LeBlanc Build Guide by x3SnowyBunny
❦ Trickery Is My Form Of Sorcery ❦ [Patch 7.22]By x3SnowyBunny | Updated on November 11, 2017
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Threats & Synergies
Easy, just kite him and proc your passives and you should be fine. Careful though, his lategame is wayyyyy stronger than yours and you wouldn't wanna end up in his shark's mouth.
Dodge her Qs and you should be fine. Don't let her passive proc on you, they hurt A LOT.
You should be able to almost always sidestep his Qs. Watch out for his Ult's shadow as he might try to go all in on you if he manages to land it on you.
She can't use her invisibility to cancel your chains or deny you vision of her while she's in it. Your chains grant true sight :P
Stay FAR away from her blades on the ground, don't even try to tank that damage from it and you should be fine. When she ults, dash OUT immediately.
Mirror matchup! May LeBEST win! <3
Lissandra is the Queen of CC which simply counters any assassins. Her damage isn't much of a threat but her Ult grants her the 3rd Yellow matchup slot. Her ult can give her the opportunity to go all in on you and if her jungler is there too then... (...)!
When Annie has her Passive AND Tibbers up, don't even think of going in with W. One stun + Tibbers will shred you.
Sidestep her Qs and Es especially the one that's returning as it deals True Damage. Once she misses her Charm, go all in on her. She can't escape unless she has her ult or Flash.
His turrets simply wreck you. He can spam as many turrets as he wants and you can't get close to them as your AA range isn't capable of shutting them down at a safe range. Moreover, if you try to dash in, he'll probably just stun you and go all in. Try to call for ganks as much as possible to force him to play passively.
You can't dash out of his event horizon T_T but you can get out if you have the return pad though. Don't let him hit you too much with his Q or he'll be a real issue late game. Also, stay FAR away from him when you are low, his ult melts you. Might wanna get cleanse.
Pre 6, he wins. Post 6, wreck him.
Don't let him get his Q too much on you and dash away if you get slowed by his wall. Also, back once you have health below 20% if he has his ult.
Pre-6, you can win, post-6 she just uses herself to crush you, literally. Try to deny her cs as much pre-6 to delay her from getting items and call for ganks.
With his new update, his ult now deals significantly more damage and if you do get caught in his ult, prepare to get killed. Get qss ASAP (rush) and you should be quite safe.
I don't have much experience from this match up but just one advice, Don't Underestimate His Damage.
After gunblade, rush zhonya's!
She can poke you HARD, but if you all in her, she can't do much to defend herself except her shield. Lacks a real ult too.
Respect her placement of her ball! Stay away from her ball as the damage hurts so much it's not even funny. She is super squishy though so if you try to all in her, most likely you will win if she doesn't have her ult up.
You can dash through her Q if you're fast enough. Do note you will still take damage for dashing through her Q though. Be careful of her Passive bait too!
Annoying matchup for any assassins as her polymorph can wreck your combo entirely, set up for ganks on you and her Ult can bait you and cause the tide to turn against you instead.
You can pretty much dodge his skills but if any lands on you, it's gonna hurt balls.
Her kit deals a shit ton of damage but you can dodge her skills easily. If you get surrounded by her stone mines, DON'T DASH WITH YOUR W, YOU WILL BE SHREDDED.
He can negate your chains + passive proc with his pool. Try to dash out of your chain's tether range to cancel the passive proc and root and then going back to the return pad to land your Q on him to proc the passive instead.
...Just save your mana instead of hurling chains that will almost *NEVER* land on him if he's good as his dash is literally on 0.1s cd. Also, if his windwall is up, don't full combo him as you won't even scratch him except your W which would pretty much put you vulnerable towards him to go all in on you. DO NOT USE YOUR W AGGRESSIVELY TOWARDS HIM.
Do not do an AA battle with her, just go in, combo, out.
You can dodge almost all of her spells and all in her when she exhausted all her spells. Do look out for her Ult when it's up though, her 1 R could possibly 1 shot you if you're low.
Lure him in for his dash, then back off a lil', chain him, and Q. You will need to expect him to cast Q upon you stopping to burst him down so prepare to W away to safety and continue AA-ing him.
Are You Certain? -- -
Welcome, Deceivers! ＼(＾▽＾)／
My name is ƒaçade, and I main LeBlanc, The Deceiver... and no, this is not a lie. (￣▽￣*)ゞ Anyways, back to the Introduction... I have always embraced the style and uniqueness of LeBlanc and how she does not always need to rely on combos to get her through. Her kit and playstyle makes endless possibilities of how you can manoeuvre her and juke your enemies senseless. It makes escaping really easy and fun and engaging fast and swift, while ensuring a kill. Do note that I am not an expert at her (not yet), but I believe strongly through my passion for this character, I can slowly (but surely) improve on her and I can also share my knowledge with anyone reading this guide now. ╰(*´︶`*)╯♡ This is also my first time creating a guide so if you guys have any suggestion to make it better, I'm all ears!
Alright, that's it for the intro I guess...(≧◡≦)
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DOMINATION HUNT AND ELIMINATE PREY
Dark Harvest Champions, large minions, and large monsters drop soul essence on death. Touch souls to absorb them and deal bonus adaptive damage on your next attack based on total soul essence collected. The reason why I prefer this over Electrocute is because I find that I prefer LeBlanc to be stronger Mid-Late game rather than having early impact, but falling off late. Also, if you cs well, Dark Harvest will deal more damage to enemies than electrocute! Remember, only big minions, big monsters, champions, drops souls!
Sudden Impact Gain a burst of Lethality and Magic Penetration after using a dash, leap, blink. teleport, or when leaving stealth. It's quite obvious why we pick this rune on our Queen. "Duh. Her iconic ability?" Yes! Her dash activates this rune and to have Magic penetration everytime you dash is awesome! So take it! っゝω・)っ
Zombie Ward After killing an enemy ward, a friendly Zombie Ward is raised in its place. When your wards expire, they also reanimate as Zombie Wards. Out of the 3 different runes you can pick from in this column, it really just comes down to personal preference! Zombie ward, which I prefer, can help you extend the duration of your wards so it can really help you to look out for their jungler ganking on you!
Ravenous Hunter Unique takedowns grant permanent healing from ability damage. Ravenous Hunter works REALLY WELL with Hextech Gunblade right now as it can literally heal you close to full health with just a 'Q' bounce in a minion wave! Thanks Zozza (@ zozza for pointing this very useful and important tip! (*´ω｀*)
SORCERY UNLEASH DESTRUCTION
The Ultimate Hat Your ultimate's cooldown is reduced. Each time you cast your ultimate, its cooldown is further reduced. THIS IS A MUST!!! LeBlanc's Ult has such a short cooldown that you can EASILY get 5/5 stacks on this rune before mid game! Please take this, it will allow you to make more plays and assassinate more often!
Absolute Focus While above 70% health, gain extra adaptive damage. I personally like this rune as it gives you extra damage while above 70% health! If you think you can't maintain your health above 70% when going for an all in, then I would also recommend Transcendence as it gives extra AP for exceeding CDR cap!
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Sigil of Malice (Passive) Enhances next ability’s damage on those who were hit by your other damaging abilities. Striking any unit with any of your skills causes them to be marked with Sigil of Malice for a short period of time. The mark takes 1.5s to cook up, ready to be detonated with any of your abilities again, dealing 40-300. Sigil of Malice cannot occur again on the same unit for 5 seconds.
Shatter Orb (Q) LeBlanc projects an orb that will proc and chain to other ready nearby Sigil of Malices. LeBlanc projects an orb that will deal more damage to units marked with ready Sigil of Malice and will deal even greater damage to minions.
Distortion (W) LeBlanc dashes to the target spot while leaving a return pad which she can return to it by reactivating this skill. LeBlanc dashes towards your cursor’s spot, dealing AOE damage to enemy units nearby while marking them with Sigil of Malice. You can also reactivate this skill again to return back to her original spot after a 0.5s cooldown.
Ethereal Chains (E) LeBlanc flings an illusionary chain towards a target direction and rooting them after 1.5s. LeBlanc flings a chain that marks the enemy unit it touches with Sigil of Malice and will root enemy units to the spot and dealing additional damage if they stay within the radius of the chains connected to them after 1.5s. This also automatically procs Sigil of Malice without having the need to recast another ability to proc it.
Mimic (R1 - Toggle) LeBlanc can cast any of her abilities with no cost while invoking shadow of the rose. LeBlanc can instantly cast/recast any of her abilities once while spawning a clone which lasts 2.5s randomly around her, which deals additional damage to enemies hit and will not cost any mana. (it does not reset/reduce original skill’s cooldown)
Mimic (R2 - Toggle) LeBlanc can cast a Mimic of her Globally, invoking a shadow of the rose which will make its way to the nearest enemy champion in sight. LeBlanc can cast an uncontrollable shadow of the rose anywhere in the map which will make its way to the nearest enemy champion that is in sight and cast a fake spell that LeBlanc last used before spawning the mimic which deals no damage to the enemy champion.-
In-Depth Skills Walkthrough
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Firstly, I want to explain how LeBlanc's skills work.
In my honest opinion, I truly feel that LeBlanc's skills are definitely situational on when to level them, when to use them and when to combo them. When you are playing as LeBlanc, you definitely DO NOT have to follow strictly to these few combos I provide below at all. In fact, as you get familiar to LeBlanc's kit, you will realise you can actually change and make up YOUR OWN combos to counter your opponents by YOUR WAY!
HERE ARE THE HOLY COMBOS(not really)
AA ➛ Shatter Orb ➛ AA
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☆⌒(≧▽° ) This is a poking technique used by LeBlanc players if they're low on mana or Distortion is down or not acquired yet.
Distortion ➛ AA ➛ Shatter Orb
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☆⌒(≧▽° ) This is another poking technique used by LeBlanc players to farm minions while damaging enemy champions. High cost of mana though, use sparingly.
Distortion ➛ Ethereal Chains ➛ AA
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☆⌒(≧▽° ) This is a great combo to use to plunge their hp down to at least 75% just by doing this! Use this especially if your jungler is coming in for a gank at your lane! The stun will enable you and your jungler to deal loads of damage to the enemy champion!
Shatter Orb ➛ AA ➛ Mimic ➛ Shatter Orb
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☆⌒(≧▽° ) This is a great combo to make squishes cry out to their supports as it deals TONS of damage!! Credits to your Sigil of Malice!
Shatter Orb/ Distortion ➛ Ethereal Chains ➛ Mimic ➛ Ethereal Chains
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☆⌒(≧▽° ) MAXIUMUM DAMAGE (I think...?) and perma root! Enough time for you and your ally to slaughter an enemy champion if you manage to land all your chains!
Distortion ➛ Mimic ➛ Distortion
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☆⌒(≧▽° ) This is a common yet effective combo to use when escaping your enemies! When you do 2 Distortions, you should be able to distance yourself far enough from your chasing enemies! Should they somehow, be able to catch up to you, your shadow of the rose should be able to confuse them for a brief moment before they realise that they're fooled, and by then, it's already too late cuz you should have made your escape! This could even make them burn their flash just making themselves think that they can catch up to you! Oh joy~ Have fun spamming your "laugh" command while running away!~ (Even if you don't, your mimic will do it for you! XD)
TL;DR: I'm pretty sure these are just some common, simple and a minority of combos that can be used by LeBlanc's kit! Be creative, have an open mind and if you think of anything else let me know in the comments section! I will be glad to add in to this section of the guide and give credits to you! (of course!)
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DORAN'S RING | HEALTH POTION (x2) | WARDING TOTEM
You WILL want to get ALL 3 items as your starting items for all 3 guides, Roaming/against AD/against AP as Doran's Ring provides you with sufficient AP, Health, Base Mana Regen and grants you a lil' mana everytime a unit is killed! Taking 2 health potions is sufficient to last you till the first back and taking it is VERY important for sustain!
First Back (Roaming Build)
THE DARK SEAL | BOOTS OF SPEED | CONTROL WARD
Like I mentioned earlier in the guide (if you've read the notes), The Dark Seal is an important item as you should be able to get Assists / Kills when you roam. Boots are a great way to get around the map quickly. Control wards are optional, however, if you have spare gold, get a control ward. It helps to keep an eye for what's lurking in the jungle to watch out for roams so you have enough time to back away from harm. Please also don't forget to buy potions if you find the need to help you have more sustain! Please DO NOT USE THIS BUILD (Roaming Build) if you are not getting average kills or assist or in situations where you are forced to stay in your lane. Use (Against AD)/(Against AP) builds instead!
First Back (Against AP/AD Builds)
AP> <AP | AD> <AD
NULL-MAGIC MANTLE | REFILLABLE POTION | CONTROL WARD
Using "Against AP"/"Against AD" builds help you to better sustain in lane based on the kind of damage your opponent deals. These 2 builds are also meant for LeBlanc to stay in lane for a longer period of time and lesser roaming (but not none at all!). Please DO NOT USE these 2 builds for opponents like Katarina, Yasuo, Syndra, Heimerdinger and champions with oppressive wave clear! You should definitely get mantle or armor if you are going for this "Against AP/AD" build and take either a Refillable Potion with you if you think you're gonna rely on potions for an extended period of time or just go with a small amount of Health Potions to help you sustain in lane. Control wards are still optional with these 2 builds.
MORELLONOMICON | LUDEN'S ECHO | VOID STAFF
These 3 items are the items that you should aim to finish ASAP regardless which build you chose to follow (Roaming/Against AP/AP). Morellonomicon would help LeBlanc GREATLY in terms of mana as she has issues in that area and that would enable her to juke and sustain in terms of mana longer! Luden's Echo boost LeBlanc's AP massively and gives her a boost in movement speed, which can really help her kite! Definitely an item that I would rush. If you find your enemies building MR, please build Void Staff ASAP! Probably rush this item right after you finish Morellonomicon and complete Luden's after.
Final Build (Please Read!)
SORCERER'S SHOES | MORELLONOMICON | LUDEN'S ECHO | VOID STAFF | GUARDIAN ANGEL |
ZHONYA'S HOURGLASS OR ABYSSAL SCEPTER
Sorcerer's Shoes is my pick as they provide 15MPen for more damage, plus 7.8 we get from our runes, we'll be doing some amazing damage!
Morellonomicon, Luden's Echo and Void Staff explained in the "Core Items" section above this!
As for Guardian Angel, I will want to take this before Zhonya's Hourglass if my team is reliable and will come to my rescue during the statis effect of the Guardian Angel so I know that it won't go to waste, even if I don't want to use its effect. **NOTE: This description may change due to patch 7.8/7.9(Mid Season) as this item will be REWORKED.
Zhonya's Hourglass should be taken on both "ROAMING BUILD" and "AGAINST AD BUILD" as they provide Armor against AD and a statis effect in cases where your life is on the line while roaming, it will come in handy.
Abyssal Mask is what you should take over Zhonya's when building on "AGAINST AP BUILD" as it gives you MR and a sweet passive that provides you to have an aura that causes nearby enemy champions around you to take 10% more Magic Damage!
MEJAI'S SOULSTEALER | SHOES | HEXTECH GUNBLADE | LIANDRY'S TORMENT | RABADON'S DEATHCAP | LICH BANE | ZZ'ROT PORTAL
Completing The Dark Seal by upgrading it into a Mejai's is a risky choice as people will target you first once they see you having this item! But no pain, no gain, they say. Only buy this if you have lots of stacks on The Dark Seal. If not, just sell dark seal away and buy standard items. Just remember to stay with your team and as much as possible, don't die.
Get a Mercury's Treads if the enemy team has LOADS of CC that will counter you hard.
Pick up Ninja Tabi if the team's damage mostly comes from AD dealers.
Hextech Gunblade seems to be the hype with LeBlanc now. I've never really tried a Gunblade on LeBlanc myself but it seems to have worked on Pro players so I guess you can try this item out if you are curious! Let me know in the comments about how it went!
Liandry's Torment can be used to replace Luden's Echo if desired as it does more damage to enemies than taking Luden's with MPen and if you do not need the speed boost from Luden's (according to @ LuxTheGreyWarden).
Rabadon's Deathcap is a very good item to consider taking as it SIGNIFICANTLY increases your AP which will let you deal A LOT MORE damage to your enemies! If you feel that you do not need as much MR or Armor or the statis effect from Zhonya's Hourglass or Guardian Angel than you need AP, take this instead to boost your overall AP by a HUGEEEEE amount!
Lich Bane is a powerful item but it is also dangerous as you, LeBlanc, is super squishy and you wouldn't wanna linger around the enemy champions for TOO long as it could risk your life. If you feel that you can actually use this item to its full ability then go ahead! After all, LeBlanc is a great escaper! I'm open to any possible ideas! :)
For Zz'Rot Portal, uhmm... I would definitely suggest taking this item if your team seems to have fallen apart but if there is still hope, split push and get this item to push the lane and blow their towers into bits! Not a great item to get during a cooperative team and teams who do great teamfights but possibly useful when hope is lost.
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-- slowly but surely improve just like how I did. LeBlanc is NOT an easy champion to play, needless to say, even master! Just have fun on the rift and enjoy playing her! If you find that you dislike her playstyle, dislike her skills, dislike the way she works then you should find another champion you really love to play and spend hours practicing! It's no point practicing and maybe mastering something you dislike, the one at loss at the end of the day is no one but yourself. Once again, I'd like to thank everyone that has made it to this point of the guide and I appreciate the time and effort you put in to read my guide, I feel superrrrrrrrr honoured and I really hope you can leave a comment on points that you like about this first guide I've EVER made and points which I can improve. Also, feel free to leave personal comments in the comments section! I'd be more than happy to read every single one of the comments there!
Thank you so much once again guys for reading this guide and happy juking~! ☆⌒(ゝ。∂)-
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- I would first like to thank Luxeøn (@ LuxTheGreyWarden) for his amazing and wonderful Lux Guide that helped me greatly in improving in playing Lux and motivated me to make my own guide! You can check his lovely Lux guide here!: Light 'Em Up (I'm on fiyaa): Luxeøn Style
- I would also love to thank @ jhoijhoi for her amazing and well crafted guide on creating a guide! Definitely couldn't have done it without her amazing language of coding!
- Finally, I would like to thank all of the viewers and people who have browsed through my guide and bother to read it up till this section, please know that you have my thanks and I really appreciate your time devoted to reading through my guide! I'm glad I didn't give up on this guide halfway and persevered till the end and now I've seen what hard work can really do! Just like how Luxeøn did as well!
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(12th November 2017):
- Minor edits made to Title
- Minor edits made to Introduction
- Updated Runes Reforged
- Removed Masteries Content (RIP ;-;)