League of Legends (LoL) Question: Is Dianna just a more complicated akali
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Is Dianna just a more complicated akali
Meh. Diana is kinda bad. She has some cc and some sticking power but akali just seems better. Is diana EVER a good pick? Or better than akali anyways. What matchups would you play diana in?
First of all, Akali has no utility whatsoever apart from the slow/vision from Twilight Shroud, which is rarely used that way because it's a precious tool for escaping/diverting attentions/engaging. She is also a single target assassin and is overall harder to peel because she can have up to 3 dashes. The best counterplay are items that give vision of her inside her shroud, because she pops easily and this also helps preventing her from escaping, while most other assassins (Zed shadows, Fizz Q/E, Talon R) have reliable methods of getting out.
Diana has utility in the form of Moonfall, meaning that sometimes you won't even need to hit Q but rather just dash on a champion out of position, press E and get a free engage for your team to follow. Furthermore, although she is a good single target assassin, Diana's Q, W and passive offer AoE and poke. She is also built tankier than Akali (Abyssal + Zhonya) which, combined with W, give her a bit more endurance in teamfights. Counterplay includes getting her off you after or during her R.
Midlane, she's good against pretty much any champion Akali is good against, plus some assassins, but she's not as straightforward, has a little less snowballing potential because she's easier to kite.
Overall: Akali is a better single target assassin in terms of raw damage, Diana has more teamplay and playmaking potential. I prefer jungling with Diana over laning though.
Diana completely destroys Fizz in lane, for example. She's an overall good pick against mid assassins.