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League of Legends (LoL) Question: When do you engage as Akali?

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  • Marumo

    When do you engage as Akali?

    I've been trying to learn Akali (I've been searching for a main for like 3 seasons, and think it might be her!) and I've run into a problem. I've no idea what I'm actually looking for in order to get a kill as her. I've read a tonne of guides and they're like "oh gunblade is a power spike" or "use Q + Passive" to trade.
    I don't understand how to actually start an engage, and when to abandon an engage. Am I meant to start my engage with my ult or my E? What do I do if I miss my E?

    I know it's good to start an engage if my enemy waste an ability, but what do I do if they're playing super safe and holding onto their abilities and are just matching my push? I can't roam, or I'll lose cs and plates when they do use abilities to push. I can't engage on them because (most) mid laners have some form of cc or way to stop my engage.

    I guess this is just assassin 101 to most people, but I'm just struggling to understand these concepts. Any help would be amazing!
  • Answers (2)

    Tauricus2017 (120) | April 6, 2020 3:06am
    Well if you have all abilities ready and the opponent is low on health or your jungler is waiting for follow up or you think you can win a long 1v1 and/or the opponent is over extended there is almost always a room to engage. In my opinion you are thinking about it too much. When you don't land E, well then nothing happens, just try it again next time a good situation occurs, or just Flash + Perfect Execution if you think it is worth it. Feel free to start your engage with whatever fits your playstyle more. Also If enemies are playing super safe there are still some solutions - you can try to freeze the wave by only last hitting enemy minions. This will make the wave go to your side of mid lane and now the opponent can be vulnerable. You can also play safe just like him/her, just farm and make sure you get as many CS as you can, you can also leave your own lane and look for kills somewhere else. But don't think about all of this too much, Akali is one of the hardest champions in the entire game, it takes a lot of time and practise before you can actually recognise the right situation and solution. Watch videos, train in practise tool, read guides but mainly play Akali. Also, If it is possible team up with a jungle player. If you have any jungler friend it can make things a lot easier. Sorry If my help is a bit - well - unhelping... but it seems to me that you are just overthinking it a bit, just relax and listen to your heart.
    Marumo (14) | April 6, 2020 4:22am
    It actually helps a lot!
    I guess I have been overthinking my engages too much, and I guess I won't really learn what I can do with her until I learn what I can't do. This is the first time I've ever actually played an Assassin, before this I played Veigar, Soraka and Jinx and with basically all of them the number 1 rule was "stay alive no matter the cost". I guess I just need to get used to the idea that it's more important that I get in and kill the carries than to be trying to stay alive at all costs.

    Thank you so much!
    Tauricus2017 (120) | April 6, 2020 5:20am
    I am glad I helped. Good luck in your future games with her <3
    fatemezahra | April 8, 2020 2:49am
    u have to attack when your oponent misses his ability.specialy roots and q for lux
    or if u want to start the fight u need to find a good position were there is ni minion in your e way or his jngler is at bot or he has came so clase to u that u can q him easily
    Marumo (14) | April 9, 2020 2:48am
    Thanks for the response, but this doesn't really help me. I actually specifically said in my post;

    I know it's good to start an engage if my enemy waste an ability

    which is pretty much exactly what you're talking about.

    The second bit about map awareness doesn't answer much either because you're talking about engaging with E (or Q if they're close enough which they wouldn't because I talk about people playing too safe for me to do that), which I also mention as a possibility and then I ask

    What do I do if I miss my E?

    Which you also don't answer...
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