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Irelia Build Guide by Prydar
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Bladesurge - I get this at level 1, it allows you to last hit minions and run back quickly if you are being held off the creeps by your opponent, also, if your Bladesurge kills something the cooldown resets.
Hiten Style - Suprisingly this is your main damage output ability because of the active which makes it so each hit deals 75 true damage (At max level), it also helps you sustain your lane because of the passive which heals you.
Equilibrium Strike - Use this ability just after you engage, it can easily turn fights around if you are on lower HP then your target because it will stun, and then you will heal a lot while they are stunned because of your W passive.
Transcendent Blades - This is your ultimate, I use this in team fights mostly because if the blades it more than one enemy target it will heal you for more. I also use it early game to clear big minion waves.
Berserker's Greaves - This adds to your attack speed, but also gives you movement speed, I get these is all of my matches with Irelia.
Madred's Bloodrazer - Although this item is quite expensive it deals massive amounts of damage, it also helps you to kill more tanky enemies easier also.
Phantom Dancer - This item is a must, whilst giving a huge 55% attack speed, it also gives you some crit, making your auto attacks more deadly, and it also gives you some movement speed which helps you to catch running enemies.
Greater Seal of Armor - These runes mostly help early game as Irelia is usually played as a solo top and she is squishy without armour items.
Greater Glyph of Magic Resist - These just help you be a little more tanky against AP champions.
Greater Quintessence of Vigor - These runes help you sustain your lane more, they also go well with your ulti and W abilites.
Flash - This is a MUST for Irelia (and most other champions), it has saved me from so many different fights, it is also a great summoner spell to catch and enemy, or even juke an enemy to save yourself.
Ignite - Really helps at lower levels when your enemy is escaping on very low hp and running to their turret.
Ghost - This can save you from being chased by faster enemies than you, it can also help you chase other enemies to pick up a kill.
Exhaust - Exhaust is very helpful, it can turn a fight around or stop and enemy fleeing.
When you are level 6 don't be afraid to use your Ulti to clear big waves of minions since your Ulti only has a short CD, it will also heal you for quite a lot if you hit big minion waves with it.