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League of Legends (LoL) Question: Nidalee; AD or AP?

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  • OTGBionicArm

    Nidalee; AD or AP?

    I'm looking into learning Nidalee for top lane. I'm curious as to which is better for top, AD or AP, and also what builds and masteries are optimal. Some of the most successful Nidalee's I've seen actually run somewhat Bulky AP with Frozen Fist and abyssal Scpter. Is this ideal?
  • Answers (6)

    GrandmasterD (531) | August 20, 2013 7:07am
    AP Nidalee has a hard time surviving in top lane so you're pretty much forced to go AD if you really want top. Stuff like Sunfire, Visage, Gauntlet and botrk are great items.
    AngGod (5) | August 21, 2013 9:58am
    i forgot to mention his runes. He actually goes hybrid pen reds EVEN when he goes AD Nidalee, armor yellows, MR Blues, and Movement speed quints
    Meiyjhe (539) | August 21, 2013 5:04am
    Nope, you got downvoted because you didn't answer the question (correctly)
    Jack Rubino (37) | August 21, 2013 4:41am
    yeah the build is cool, and ad nida is strong btw, can counter well various champs on top. As first game with her u did pretty well

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    OTGBionicArm (415) | August 20, 2013 4:11pm
    I used flat AD marks and quints with the masteries GMD suggested and went 11/7. i guess I did ok for first try with the build I listed above.
    GrandmasterD (531) | August 20, 2013 4:07pm
    17/13 works well. Hybrid pen isn't advised if you go AD Nidalee because the tradeoff isn't worth it. If you go AP Nidalee, hybrid pen are good. If you go hybrid nidalee, eh, just quit the game.
    Nighthawk (684) | August 20, 2013 4:03pm
    ah yeah hybrid pen would be just as good too I imagine. Not sure about the other items, when I played top lane Nid it was back in League of Atmogs/Triforce, I'd still say Triforce is really good on her, not sure about Atmogs anymore, maybe SV or something...I also think Manamune is considered core? Not sure lol.
    OTGBionicArm (415) | August 20, 2013 12:49pm
    Looking around Solomid it seems most top lane nidalee's run somthing like Iceborn Gauntlet, Blade of the ruined king], [[Last Whisper, Sunfire Aegis etc and use hybrid pen, or both penetration masteries.
    Nighthawk (684) | August 20, 2013 12:25pm
    in top lane I'd say 90% of the time AD > AP, however AP Nidalee probably has some matchups that she does better in than AD, and if you can get in one of those matchups, it might be beneficial to go AP as it scales much harder than AD.

    I know you didn't ask about runes, but I'll mention that imo AD marks (and maybe Quints) are mandatory for both AP and AD Nid in top as she has no other form of good harass early game.
    OTGBionicArm (415) | August 20, 2013 12:09pm
    That helps a lot, actually. Thanks Ang!
    AngGod (5) | August 20, 2013 12:06pm
    Voyboy runs 17-13-0 on AD Nidalee Toplane. Some strong items are Botrk, Gauntlet, Visage, Randuins, and Last Whisper
    GrandmasterD (531) | August 20, 2013 7:28am
    I'm not a nida player but I'd go 9/21/0, 14/16/0 or perhaps 9/12/9
    OTGBionicArm (415) | August 20, 2013 7:26am
    What about masteries, kinda hybrid 21/9 or normal ad or bruiser masteries?
    Embracing (353) | August 20, 2013 11:56pm
    AD top.

    AP top is ridiculously hard to pull off due to her abysmal early game phase.

    Core items involve Gauntlet and visage. Sheen gives Nidalee insane dueling potential.
    Against AP you can also go chalice --> visage.

    Source: I main Nidalee.
    XeresAce (91) | August 21, 2013 5:12am
    You split push and clean fights up :D
    If you're forced to team fight buff your adc and poke around with autos if an opportunity arises go for a quick Pounce> Takedown and proceed to jump on their carries while they wont be able to do anything to you 8D
    OTGBionicArm (415) | August 21, 2013 4:35am
    Ok, maybe you can help with this then, both time's I played her this way, I won lane hard (Against Riven and a Talon.) but ultimately lost the game. I feel like Im not sure of what to do after laning phase, or help my team. o.O
    PsiGuard (1495) | August 20, 2013 8:51pm
    CDR Bruiser Nid seems to have the strongest laning phase and is probably the most viable build for top lane. AP nid should be fine in certain matchups, but you'll rarely do better than go even in lane.

    My friend in plat 1 (RadCad) mains AP Nidalee top and he rushes Rod of Ages pretty much every game. Probably not what you're looking for but I thought it was rather interesting.
    hristohansen (1) | August 21, 2013 12:29pm
    AD nida is just good at the start becuase of the poking, she got a nerf with the cat form no longer gaining armor and magic resist, so I would recommend that you go AP. :)
    DKitten (78) | August 20, 2013 10:20am
    mastrer1000 (134) | August 20, 2013 11:52am
    you have pretty much ap, why not lich bane? you should already have more than enough sticking power :)
    Jack Rubino (37) | August 20, 2013 6:42am
    i have seen really few ad nidalees even in top, and seems cool, btw i personally hate nidalee ap. 860 with 1 spear at lvl 8 with only 1 ap item while support is kinda .. yeah, ****.
    Jack Rubino (37) | August 20, 2013 6:42am
    (just a wand)
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