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All Guides Akali Guides A Master-Tier Akali Mid/Top Guide Updated 6.20
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Akali Statistics for Best Akali FL

Author's performance with Akali compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
73
7
Win %
44
40
Kills
9.7
7.9
Assists
3.9
5.6
Deaths
6.5
7.6
KA:D Ratio
2.1
1.8
Gold Earned
12.3K
11.6K
Creep Score
172.3
140.1
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Flash every game, no matter what. 

Mid - ignite (almost) every game, just helps with snowballing a lot. No reason to take tp mid, ignite just adds to her early kill pressure that can really get the ball rolling. However, I do take cleanse in about 2% of my games if they have a cc heavy team that is point and clicky, but they need to have a lot of cleansable abilities -> like TF Lissandra Nami Thresh Taric Fiddlesticks Rammus Lulu -> they need to have 3+ champions that have long cleansable abilities for me to take it. That's why I say 2% of my games. 

Top - I take tp in 95% of my games. If you fall behind, get ganked or whatever, tping back to lane can prevent you from getting shit on. The other 5% I take ignite because against Graves or Mundo, you're not killing them without ignite or else they will outsustain your damage. However, keep in mind, you may need to play smarter and not die at all pre-6. 


New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

Pretty self-explanatory but I'll go through my thought-process regardless. 


Starting w/ferocity -> increased ability damage. Yes. 3% more damage > feast (because I already know how to sustain with my current setup, however if you're beginning, you can take feast til you get the hang of her laning phase. Natural Talent > Vampirism because the ap and ad make both your passives stronger + abilities + autos, where as vampirism only gives 2% spellvamp which isn't very noticable. Bounty hunter for mid, oppressor for top is what I normally do. 

Cunning -> Akali new passive means getting the last hitting thing. assassin > secret stash just like I said above, more damage, I'm use to playing her laning phase, however you can go biscuits if you're still learning her out. If you take Meditation over Merciless on Akali, then there's no helping you. Same with taking bandit over Dangerous game(one of the strongest points in the game). Cdr is terrible on Akali and more hybrid yay. 
Thunders is op on Akali -> can proc it w/Qauto. Akali doesn't need stormraiders, she has her W movespd + r resets to be slippery. 

Abilities Back to Top

Q
W
Q
E
Q
R
Q
E
Q
E
R
E
E
W
W
R
W
W
Passive
Q
1
3
5
7
9
W
2
14
15
17
18
E
4
8
10
12
13
R
6
11
16

Max R > Q > E > W every game. W level 2 to make farming and trading easier. 97% of my games I will go this skillorder. The other 3% I will go E level 2 and its because I'm trying to get a kill at level 2, and I already know where their jungler is. HOWEVER I RARELY DO THIS. If you die level 2 because you don't have shroud, you're gonna have a rough time.  

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COMBOS LABELLED AS 1 2 AND 3. 
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The combos below are laning phase. 

Teamfights what I do is R + Gunblade mid R, Q upon landing, AA + E + Hourglass -> another combo / escape. You can cancel your E animation with R (something a lot of people don' know). 


All combos are post 6

This one, every Akali main should know it. I will refer it to it as "1" as in if you don't know this 1 you're trash. Q someone wait for it to go off cd, R AA Q AA E and boom they're half hp (probably).


This one i will refer to as "2" as in I'm too good w/this champ and I made this one up. R Q AA, walk away a little throw a Q as you're walking away and they'll try to trade back and walk away from the safety of their tower and as a result, bam you R back and AA E Q AA and they're (probably) dead (just add some r's afterwards if they're not). 


This last one is called "3" as in you're fucking retarded if you think I'm making up another pun on this one. So against champs like ahri who have a skillshot cc its really hard to throw a q at them without getting harrassed. So you do a variation of 2 where you R Q (upon landing) the second your r lands you walk up or down i don't fucking care where you walk you just cancel your aa and by walking in a direction instead of staying on top of whoever you're dashing on, they will miss their cc and then you finish your combo by R'ing again Q AAing again pressing e etc. 

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    95%
    5%
    Buy
    THIS
    EVERY
    GAME

Core Items

    DEFENSIVE ITEMS -> 1ST 1-2 ITEMS
    OFFENSIVE ITEMS

Situational Items

    IN DESCRIPTION
    Suppression

95% of my games, I start w/Boots and 4 pots. Why? Because boots lets you have a chance at getting kills pre6, and along with decent mechanics, dodging abilities, and mindgames, they are the best starting item for Akali. 


1001.pngWhy? Because, ladies, you buy boots, you run faster to get away from ganks, dodge skillshots, and when you want to play aggressive vs ranged champs, you pop down shroud, and next second they know, you're next to them coming out of stealth throwing a Q AA because they didn't expect you to go from point A -> B so fast with your boots. By throwing a Q AA in laning phase(lvl3/4/5) (proccing thunders) they will take ~ 300 damage from that and will respect you enough to not try to harass you as much. By playing a little aggressive they will back off because they didn't expect that from an Akali pre-6. However, do not continue the trade unless if they have used their cd's already. By going back into shroud, you will drop minion aggro and they won't have the reaction time to get any damage back. 
That's how you use boots with Akali. 

1029.pngWhen do I start cloth? Against heavy Ad-champs that have no skillshots and rely mainly on point and click abilities or autoattacks. Who does that include? -> 80.png133.png58.png41.pngThat's about it. 

1054.pngpretty good starting item vs 39.png


3146.png This item is ALLLLLLLL Akali's. Legit, you can't play Akali and not rush gunblade. It is the strongest item for Akali in the game. Every. Single. Game. This is your first completed item. For components to buy first, I normally go 3145.png->1036.png+1036.png->3144.png->3146.png

Before I continue, I am missing a lot of info here, so let me just fill everyone real quick. Csing is important. Not dying pre-6 is extremely important. I try to not back until 6 minutes in(That's when you hit 6 (the cannon minion wave)) and the goal is 35-40cs. With that cs, you should have enough for revolver. If you can't afford it, and you're against a poke lane, instead of buying more health pots 2031.png is a good investment. Having 250hp to chugg on is worth its money, as its saved me many times from close duels. 

Next point -> if you're getting stomped on hard, buy some resistances before finishing gunblade. If you're vs an ad champion get 1029.png+1029.png BUT DO NOT FINISH SEEKERS. The 30 armor will be enough to get to gblade. If you're against an ap champ, then go 1057.png BUT DO NOT FINISH ABYSSAL. These resistances, whichever one you're getting will help you survive long enough to gunblade. However, if you're not behind (in kills or cs) then just rush gunblade. I do not know how much I have to stress it enough. 

After gunblade -> 3020.png are next. Boots lets her roam more, and with some decent ( I won't say amazing because they aren't) base damages, Akali can 1 shot any squishy with no MR items with 3146.png3020.png. The 15 penn is always worth it on her every game. Merc treads just aren't good anymore. 

3157.png3001.png3140.png3116.pngSo after those 2 items are completed, you're building either Abyssal/QSS or Hourglass. No exceptions. Akali needs to have a defensive item for her 2nd major item, otherwise she will die if she goes in. Vs a heavy ap team, you can go abyssal. However, hourglass is my favorite item. Why? Because the active lets you initiate fights if you're team are pussies, or if you don't have to do that, you can R in, combo -> hourglass -> and combo again since her cooldowns are relatively short already. 

*Edit* Rylais is a super strong item atm, in full builds, I've been going Hourglass+Rylais 70% of time or aby + rylais or sometimes all 3 if I'm toplane and just not get deathcap. Super good item. 

3135.png3089.png3157.png3001.png 3rd item 50% of the time is voidstaff or deathcap. Are you super ahead? Dcap. Are they beginning to stack MR? Voidstaff. The other 50% is when your team is behind, and you need to stay alive long enough to kill everyone. You go the 2nd defensive item that you didn't go already ( from up above). 2 defensive ap items + gunblade for your first 3 items is perfectly fine. 

Again for the 4th / 5th item, ask the questions above. Final build vs a regular mixed damage team comp will be 
3135.png3089.png3157.png3001.png 3146.png3020.png

Situational items: 
*** If you feel like they have are all ap/ad heavy with the exception of 1 character, just get rylais and focus that character. It works. I've been getting rylais a bit more now. 

Vs All AD then 3116.png (if need more defense) or 3100.png instead of 3001.png.

Vs All AP then 3140.png3116.png3100.png 3065.png instead of 3157.png(I do not buy visage often, only when a 16.png or other healer is on my team)

3140.png instead of 3001.png vs Warwick/Malzahar/Skarner/LIssandra/Twisted FAte I only finish it into3139.png when I'm full items already. 

When 6 items, replace 3020.pngwith 3100.png
My thought process for why no Lich in my normal build ->

Dcap + Void > Lich + Void/Dcap. However Dcap + Lich is the most damage build, you need magicpen because everyone starts buying MR when Akali starts destroying everyone. 

3116.png instead of 3089.png When you're the toplaner, and your team lacks a frontliner, and you need to engage. 

I do not play her like a tank. I'm not trash. 

2139.png if your team is about to win or lose(last teamfight nexus defending), spend 500g for 40ap + an op passive, just be sure to make the cost worth its buy and snowball /end the game with its purchase. 


***6.9 Update***
So lately for my defensive items its been qss/abyssal or hourglass/qss or hourglass/abyssal. Qss over abyssal when vs 4 or more stuns that can be qss'd. Since they nerfed Abyssal, its not worth rushing as hard as before, so it definitely is viable to go qss over abyssal now. Gunblade is fucking broken on Akali, no need to look at other hextech items since actives can't stack. Sucks that they put CDR on hourglass and abyssal, but its no big deal. In case I wasn't clear, aby + qss vs triple ap, hourglass + qss/aby vs mixed team, hourglass + rylais vs triple ad. 

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Aatrox
    Easy
  • Ahri
    Easy
  • Akali
    Hard
  • Anivia
    Medium
  • Annie
    Hard
  • Aurelion Sol
    Medium
  • Azir
    Easy
  • Blitzcrank
    Easy
  • Brand
    Medium
  • Caitlyn
    Medium
  • Cassiopeia
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Medium
  • Corki
    Medium
  • Darius
    Medium
  • Diana
    Medium
  • Dr. Mundo
    Easy
  • Ekko
    Easy
  • Elise
    Easy
  • Ezreal
    Easy
  • Fiddlesticks
    Easy
  • Fiora
    Hard
  • Fizz
    Medium
  • Galio
    Medium
  • Gangplank
    Medium
  • Garen
    Medium
  • Gnar
    Easy
  • Gragas
    Easy
  • Graves
    Medium
  • Hecarim
    Easy
  • Heimerdinger
    Hard
  • Illaoi
    Hard
  • Irelia
    Medium
  • Jarvan IV
    Medium
  • Jax
    Medium
  • Jayce
    Hard
  • Jhin
    Easy
  • Karma
    Medium
  • Karthus
    Easy
  • Kassadin
    Easy
  • Katarina
    Easy
  • Kayle
    Medium
  • Kennen
    Medium
  • Kled
    Hard
  • Kog'Maw
    Easy
  • LeBlanc
    Medium
  • Lee Sin
    Medium
  • Lissandra
    Medium
  • Lulu
    Hard
  • Lux
    Easy
  • Malphite
    Medium
  • Malzahar
    Hard
  • Maokai
    Medium
  • Master Yi
    Medium
  • Mordekaiser
    Medium
  • Morgana
    Easy
  • Nasus
    Medium
  • Nautilus
    Easy
  • Nidalee
    Easy
  • Nocturne
    Easy
  • Nunu
    Medium
  • Olaf
    Hard
  • Orianna
    Medium
  • Pantheon
    Medium
  • Poppy
    Medium
  • Quinn
    Hard
  • Rammus
    Easy
  • Renekton
    Hard
  • Rengar
    Easy
  • Riven
    Easy
  • Rumble
    Medium
  • Ryze
    Easy
  • Shen
    Easy
  • Shyvana
    Easy
  • Singed
    Medium
  • Sion
    Medium
  • Swain
    Medium
  • Syndra
    Hard
  • Tahm Kench
    Medium
  • Taliyah
    Medium
  • Talon
    Medium
  • Teemo
    Medium
  • Trundle
    Medium
  • Tryndamere
    Medium
  • Twisted Fate
    Medium
  • Varus
    Easy
  • Veigar
    Easy
  • Vel'Koz
    Medium
  • Viktor
    Medium
  • Vladimir
    Hard
  • Volibear
    Medium
  • Warwick
    Medium
  • Wukong
    Medium
  • Xerath
    Medium
  • Xin Zhao
    Medium
  • Yasuo
    Easy
  • Yorick
    Medium
  • Zac
    Medium
  • Zed
    Medium
  • Ziggs
    Medium
  • Zilean
    Hard
  • Zyra
    Medium

VS

Aatrox

Easy
AAtrox (that's how I pronounce it - like AAron from substitute teacher) - who the f plays him anymore? Anyways, he does no damage so when you hit 6 just do combo #1. Shroud when he uses his knockup, and do not let him auto you for free as he has decent sustain. Pre6 should be a breeze. 

VS

Ahri

Easy

Use Combo #3 to dodge ahriseduce.png. and you can easily kill her. You do more damage than her at all points in the game and there is 0 way she can kill you 1v1 if she misses charm unless you take a tower shot. 

VS

Akali

Hard

Blindpick? Ew. 

VS

Anivia

Medium

Farm to 6 save up your 3 akalishadowdance.png stacks and do #1. You will use all 3 r stacks to proc her passive. After proccing her passive go b and reheal then do it again for the kill. Really annoying champ as she only has to place on glacialstorm.pngon top of herself and she can get the double frostbite.png damage pretty easily. But that doesn't mean you should die to her, just means its hard to kill her w/o dying. If she misses her flashfrost.png, that is your best oppurtunity to jump on her. In fact, do not try going in until she uses flashfrost.png or you're going to get chunked pretty hard as her base damages are insanely good early on.


Post 6.9 - Stun duration is longer, so make sure you shroud if you think its going to hit you, but with the reduced R radius, it's definitely a manageable lane now, she can't simply put her R on top of herself and expect to kill you since the radius starts off small. 

VS

Annie

Hard
Farm as much as you can pre 6. She will auto and spam her disintegrate.pngincinerate.png on you pre 6, so do your best. Just make sure you don't die. You have the damage to kill her at 6 but not when she has stun up. The second you see her use stun, go aggressive asap. #3 without the sidestepping. 

Basically the same post update 6.9, just put down shroud after you kill annie or tibbers will pimp smack you to death. 

VS

Aurelion Sol

Medium

Haven't actually done the matchup yet, but farm to 6, post 6, you can easily play aggressive. Just jump on him if he overextends from tower. Stay as close as you can too him to prevent his passive from doing damage to yu. 


Pretty easy guy to kill, although I do not recommend diving him, as he can potentially ult you into a stun and you'll die under tower.

Most annoying thing is this likes to roam a lot - at least in my elo. So try to keep him shoved in, and ward. Its like playing against tf, however countered harder by wards yet a bit more mobile than tf(twisted fate).

VS

Azir

Easy

6.15 - pretty nerfed now,  shouldn't have too much problem with him anymore.  6.17 just wanted to remind everyone he's been gutted. Riot put him out on the curb for the vultures to eat away.


He's sadly coming back to meta. Farm to 6, avoid his azirW.png. To avoid them, just make sure you're not standing next to minions he might try to farm. Don't let him harass you and kill minions at the same time. He doesn't have the damage to kill you, just annoying in teamfights where he uses azirR.pngto displace you/prevent dashes. Combo #1. In lane just farm as much as you can and post 6 make him push so that when you jump on him he can't just ult you to his tower. What I tend to do post 6, is try to all in him so I can get him to azirR.png me away. Then he b's. When he comes back, go aggressive on him immediately as the cd is relatively long, so that's your opportunity to kill him before it comes up again. 

VS

Blitzcrank

Easy

Just dodge hooks and its easy to farm/get kills. Don't dive until at least one of his abilities (rocketgrab.png/powerfist.png/staticfield.png) are on cd. Combo #1.

VS

Brand

Medium
6.9 - Basically the same thing, dodge his abilities as his most damaging one, and his stun are both skillshots and you'll 100% be fine. 

Just dodge stunbrandblaze.png and he can't escape you. Combo #3. He has strong damage so don't let him poke you down. He does a shit ton of damage so don't be retarded. If you take any harass he can 70-0 you pretty easily if you're stunned. 

VS

Caitlyn

Medium

Pre6, she is a bitch. Dodge Every Q caitlynpiltoverpeacemaker.png in lane and you will be able to stay in lane til 6. Its okay to be down 20 cs by the time you hit 6 in this lane. Just make sure you don't die, and you'll be fine. Rely on shroud to farm a lot. Do not step on her traps caitlynyordletrap.png, if you do, you just take free poke. If Cait goes anything but ie/hurricane, she will fall behind. So if she starts building 1 of those 2 items, you'll easily be able to kill her. 


If she goes like Hexdrinker, she won't do any damage for 10minutes, and you'll still be able to kill her. If you dashover her traps caitlynyordletrap.png, you will land where you wanted to land, but you will still be snared. Combo #2 is what I did, as if you try to do #1, then you will take 3 autos to the face before you get a q off. 

VS

Cassiopeia

Medium
6.15 laNing phase dodge her q, rely on shroud so you don't get e'd to death. Post 6 you can kill her pretty easily as long as you don't get ulted. When she uses her antidash ability, put down shroud so that she doesn't know if you're jumping her.  If you're struggling get an early negatron.
Farm to 6, dodge her cassiopeianoxiousblast.png, and you'll be fine, as she can't reset her cassiopeiatwinfang.png. Post6 you want to avoid her R by doing #3 and you should kill her. Not that hard anymore. Once you hit 6, whenever she misses q just jump on her as she won't have the dps to kill you. Prediction is a must so you must sidestep/turn around when you think she's gonna cassiopeiapetrifyinggaze.png, especially if you're trying to dive. 

VS

Cho'Gath

Medium
Easy to farm against pre6 - In fact, I tend to play really aggressive early on -> like zoning him level 1. A great example of how to play the early laning phase vs him post 6 you both have kill potential on each other. All you have to do is dodge his rupture.png. If you do that he can't kill you. Combo #1. 
If you get camped, it's going to be a hard lane to win until you get gunblade.

VS

Corki

Medium

Pre 6 is a pain, he's going to constantly autoattack you and spam abilities. Do your best to farm. If you manage to get to 6 being down 20 cs but haven't died, you'll be able to kill him. Corki's tend to rush tri-force so they won't have hex and he'll be an easy kill w/ combo 1/2. 

VS

Darius

Medium
If he buys 3155.pngits really difficult to win (but most don't they tend to go cleaver). Just get your jungler to gank for you because he naturally pushes in and has no escapes. Combo #1. Now that darius dariuscleave.png has a delay, just wait for him/bait him to use it before going in. You have the damage to kill him, as he does on you, but if he misses q, he loses that pressure. Another note, do not do extended trades. He will win because of his bleed. Q auto, and run away. Do not let him get stacks of blood on you, as that will make you lose the trade 100%. 

VS

Diana

Medium

Easy to farm to 6, but she will push you to tower though. post 6 whenever shes misses dianaQ.png GO IN. all in and all that. she has no damage when she misses q because then she can't reset her dianaR.png. Combo #3 without the sidestepping. 

VS

Dr. Mundo

Easy
Farm pre-6 he's really squishy even at level 6, you can burst him and when he uses his sadism.png(which costs 20% of his current hp) that's when you want to use every thing you have to try to all in him because he will be at his weakest at that point.  Combo #1. If you're not able to kill him, just build sustain and he won't be able to kill you. His empowered auto does quite a bit of damage so don't be retarded by doing bad trades. I tend to take 14.png instead of 12.png.

VS

Ekko

Easy

He's pretty squishy but can deal a lot of damage with his ult. Just try to burst him fast enough so he can't ult and get his hp back but you can still kill him either way. Do your best not to get stunned and try to dodge his q. Put down shroud if you think you're going to get stunned. When you combo him, constantly watch out for his ekkoR.png- Shadow. Combo #1. Yeah very easy to kill, but he can be superr slippery. When you get him to 40% use all your abilities at once so that you can kill him before he reacts to press r in time.

VS

Elise

Easy

So elise is pretty annoying early on, but she doesn't really have any kill pressure. She will Q you in human form, so just wait for her to push you in to tower. If she's in spider form, you can outtrade her with Q - AAs with your shroud. Post 6, you will absolutely destroy her. Just be sure to do combo #3 to sidestep her eliseE.png as that will allow her to run away if you all in her. Also, if she repels, just stand where she used it, your R range reaches her repel range. 

VS

Ezreal

Easy
Easy(ap)Medium(ad) - post 6 you destroy him, you can dive him even w/o items. #1/#2. Any time he uses ezrealarcaneshift.png, you want to go in. Ad ez mid can be annoying, but just farm up, and post 6 you should destroy him. Against any ADCs you want to just farm up til 6, its OK to be down 20 cs against adc solo lanes, but when you get your 3 r stacks you want to make sure you get kills to put you back in the game. 

VS

Fiddlesticks

Easy

With 14.pngyou can kill him every time. Just make sure that you don't let him sneak up on you with his crowstorm.png, because he can actually kill you if he surprise party r's on top of you. So if he goes mia, becareful when going near fog of war or he might ult you from that. If he gets fed, remember you can use your akalishadowdance.png to dash to minions to run from his crowstorm.png or drain.png

VS

Fiora

Hard

I struggle in lane vs champ. Just farm to 6, every attempt I've made at killing her pre-6 has failed me. So after you're done farming to 6, you can play smartly aggressive. If she has a pink, don't bother going in. Another comment, post 6, this is how you bait her parrie - You do Combo #1 -> So Q (wait for its cd to be 1 sec away) R BUT CANCEL YOUR AA SHE IS GOING TO PARRIE, WAIT FOR THEfiorariposte.png THEN AA her and do the standard combo. If she ever misuses fiorariposte.png it's a good time to go in. 

VS

Fizz

Medium
Your goal is to make sure he misses or you dodge his fizzmarinerdoom.pngor else he will kill you. Vs ap fizz, standard matchup any time he wastes fizzjump.pngyou go in, its his main damaging tool/ escape too. Definitely a matchup you can be aggressive pre6 though Levels 1-2 Akali > Fizz. Fizz > Akali 3-4. Akali > Fizz at 5. Fizz > Akali 6->til Akali gets gunblade. (unless he misses R/E as stated earlier). 


6.12 Rito gutted Fizz pretty badly, nerfed fervor, increased E cd, lowered W damage at later levels. So you're less likely to see tank/fervor fizz. As I said above, very strong 1v1 champ still, if he lands shark, you'll prob die. When you get hourglass ( to hourglass shark) you'll win the duel 100%. If he misses shark you'll win 100%. 
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VS

Galio

Medium

I don't even know how this champ works, just try to dodge his galioresolutesmite.png, as that's his main damaging tool. Anytime he shields himself just walk away. Go in when its down. Once you get gunblade you can kill him pretty easily. He stacks mr and his base damage is a little high but his mana costs are high aswell. You can go aggressive at level 7, (even if he already has a lot of MR). 


VS

Gangplank

Medium

Farm to 6 then kill him. He will poke you down like Pantheon pre6 just by spamminng parley.png. If you don't die to him pre6, you will kill him post 6, just be patient, don't take free harass.  Combo #1/#2 is good vs him. If he puts any barrels near you just last hit them. Very squishy champ atm. 

VS

Garen

Medium
akalismokebomb.pngwhen even he tries to garenslash3.png you that way he can't target it on you. Combo #1 works best. Post 6, just do constant small trades (Q AA, don't use R) when you have revolver, and outsustain him. When he gets to half hp, you can all in him. 

VS

Gnar

Easy

Farm to 6 then kill him whenever he's in minignar. its annoying when he only farms w/his gnarQ.pngbut he's super squishy when he's mini so you can easily kill him. Just back off when he's mega or when he's about to switch back  you can go in. Combo #1 is really good when he's about to switch back to mini (by that I mean, Q him when he's mega about to switch to mini, R in when he goes mini). 

VS

Gragas

Easy

He's melee, but has a lot of sustain. You outdamage him, but just don't let him poke you down with gragasbarrelroll.png. Combo #1,is the best way to go about killing him. However, make sure when you're going in, to know if you don't kill him, he will sustain himself through his passive and your attempts will be a waste. Use your r, to make his gragasexplosivecask.png displace you in a direction he didn't intend. Either R before he R's or R away as he's casting it. 

VS

Graves

Medium
He will push you into tower 24/7. Get the cs you can, stand behind minions to avoid taking shotgun harass. Do not take damage from his q, as that does a shitload of damage. If you can farm to 6, you will be fine. Take IGNITE OVER TP in this lane, will help immensely so that he cant sustain w/warlords or if he rushes 3155.png, you can pop 14.pngakalishadowswipe.png and he will die. 

VS

Hecarim

Easy

Farm to 6 - He's got a lot of damage pre6 so just stay safe. Post 6 you have more damage than him so combo #1 will destroy him. Dont give him any kills pre6, and you should be good. He will just spam his hecarimrapidslash.png, so if you don't have any cd's up, no point in getting melee range of him. 

VS

Heimerdinger

Hard
Farm to 6 get all 3 stacks of r combo #1 and go invis when he ults -> literally wait for all your cds to come up, you will need to do very quick and efficient combos so that his h28gevolutionturret.pngdon't kill you before you kill him. You're very shroud reliant in this matchup as shroud lets you drop turret aggro, otherwise do not go in w/o assistances and even then, just get your jungler to make heimer use his upgrade!!!.pngand pink, do not commit to him because heimer can definitely 1v2. 

VS

Illaoi

Hard

Pre-6 you're going to be farming, she has a lot more sustain than you with her tentacles healing her. Avoid getting 'grabbed' idk what the ability is called but the one where she turns you into a vessel. You can kill her until she gets hexdrinker. If she gets it, just farm until you get gunblade. Standard Akali combo, I think I have it as #1. Do not go in if she her vessel ability up. Once she uses it, it'll be semi-safe to go in. 

VS

Irelia

Medium

She got nerfed. Start dorans shield,  play aggressive early and easy lane. 


This champ is so fucking easy like wtf a 2 second stunireliaequilibriumstrike.png w/true damageireliahitenstyle.png and unlimited sheen procsireliatranscendentblades.pngireliagatotsu.png. Buy double amp tomes and go for giants belt if you're afraid of dying so that the true damage doesn't kill you when you're stunned. Combo #1 ftw. However, if you're quick enough, this lane can be really easy if she doesn't have a pink. Cast shroud when she uses her stun. Then wait out her ireliahitenstyle.png duration in shroud. Then it'll legit be easy. 

VS

Jarvan IV

Medium

His raw damage is pretty strong, he has a lot of kill pressure pre 6 if you pokes you with his q. Post 6 you can kill him unless he buys hexdrinker, then you're kinda fucked. Just be sure to not avoid his knockup at all costs, or you will die 100% post 6. You can get out of his jarvanivcataclysm.png by dashing to other things. 

VS

Jax

Medium
Farm to 6 make sure he does not attack you with his r passive up. By that I mean, dont let him attack minions before going in. He will get an insane amound of attackspeed from his passive, and will quickly be able to get the bonus magic passive damage from his jaxrelentlessassault.png. You want to fight in bursts - not in long extended trades. Do combo #1 and only shroud when he uses his jaxcounterstrike.png. That way he can't attack you when you can't attack him. 

VS

Jayce

Hard
Farm to 6, he'll try to poke you pre6 but its not a big deal. Post 6 he'll probably buy a tear which has no combat stats so you can go in and try to kill him. Combo #1/2 both work well. Basically a more bruisery ezreal to me.
If he rushes hexdrinker, then you're going to have to make sure that he uses some sort of ability before going in (His Q or E), or he'll be too tanky to burst and you he will outdamage you over a long period of time. 

I hate when this guy goes into meta, has a lot of disengage tools which makes it hard to kill him in laning phase without getting poked down too much. 

VS

Jhin

Easy

Basically an Ezreal but has 0 escapes. After you farm to 6, you can jump on his ass and there's nothing he can do. Even if he buys hexdrinker, you'll be safe. Just make sure to all in him before he pokes you down. 

VS

Karma

Medium

Pre-6 she's really annoying/strong by constantly spamming Q's And W's in laning phase. But after you hit 6, just all in her, so that she can't get many q's on you. Combo 1 is best. Do not get baited by her Mantrakarmaspiritbond.png, as that will heal her for a great amount. 

VS

Karthus

Easy

Pre 6 you're fine he does no damage, post 6 you're still fine he does no damage. Combo #1/2. The only thing is late game he does a lot of damage so try to snowball game the game so he doesn't get to that point. Yeah late game you want to avoid standing on his e when he's dead.

VS

Kassadin

Easy

Play aggressive pre6, every time he Q's you, go up to him for  Q-auto. Just wait for his shield to go down before autoing. Post 6 play just as aggressive, your all-in is 10x stronger than his, so don't let him poke you at all. . Combo #1. He can try poking you down with his q, but that's about it, post 6 your r cd is way lower than his so you can chase him down like the boosted animal he is. 

VS

Katarina

Easy

Annoying as fuck pre 6 she is just going to spam bouncingblades.png on you all day. But post 6 you do hella more damage than her. You can tank her ult if you wanted to. So Combo #1 and she's dead. Just be sure to not go in at less than 80%. 

VS

Kayle

Medium

She will push you into tower pre6 so just farm. Post 6 she does no damage and is super squishy so combo #1. Try to kill her before she can ult. If she kayleR.pngjust go invis and wait for it to go out. While you're in shroud, throw a q at her, but don't proc it til her ult wears off.

VS

Kennen

Medium
He will poke you with constant autos pre6. Post 6 every time he misses his kennenshurikenhurlmissile1.png go in and kill him because his q is a lot of damage and one of his stun marks. When he kennenshurikenstorm.pngs go invis that way you get stunned but he won't target you w/ any of his abilities. Combo #1.  I hate playing vs kennens, they always seem to do so much damage and it's hard not to get stunned by this guy.

VS

Kled

Hard

I have no idea what this guy does, but this guy does a lot of damage. I still haven't laned against him, but whenever he's in my high elo games, he gets fed, and I honestly can't 1v1 this guy. His leash reveals Akali out of stealth and he seems to burst me faster than I can burst him so hopefully I don't ever have to lane against him pre6 because it seems like hell. 

VS

Kog'Maw

Easy
Farm to 6 and just farm for as much as he farms. Post 6, If he gets away from tower go in because he's super squishy but they will normally farm with their kogmawlivingartillery.png and stay at their tower all game which is no big deal just freeze lane until he comes out, because they always do. 

VS

LeBlanc

Medium

She's strong pre 6 so don't let her leblancchaosorb.png + ability you. Post 6 you can kill her. Ignite her before her passive goes off that way you know which one is the real one. You need to go in before she gets any type of harass post 6. She can't 100-0 you, but she can 75-0 you so go in or go home.

VS

Lee Sin

Medium

Actually an easy matchup if you dodge his q. If you dodge his blindmonkqone.pngthen he doesn't have the damage to kill you so you can play as aggressive as you want or fight in minions so he misses his q. Combo #1. Just be sure to not get kicked under tower. 

VS

Lissandra

Medium
She's an okay champ now, no damage(just a spammable Q) but lots of kiting ability. You can play super aggressive and she can't kill you unless w/jg help or if you dive. Post 6 just do combo 1/2 and you'll wreck her. Do not dive her if she has ult, otherwise she'll self cast and get a bunch of health back. If she has ult on cd, dive dive dive!

VS

Lulu

Hard

Annoying pre6 but post 6 you can kill her even after she r's. When in lane, just do your best to get cs and avoid getting q'd or e'd by her. Do not let her farm and harass you w/ her luluq.png. Make her choose whether if she wants to farm or harass you with it.  Combo #1and2. Post 6, you will need all your stacks to kill her, as with her lulue.pngandlulur.png she has a lot of effective health. 

VS

Lux

Easy
Also annoying pre6 but she's super squishy and has no escapes. Post 6 combo #3 will kill her. Just dodge her snare luxlightbinding.png man and its an easy win. 

VS

Malphite

Medium

He will try to poke you with his seismicshard.png but he runs out of mana quickly so after he goes oom then you can freefarm to 6 and there you can outdamage and kill him. If he maxes landslide.png first, then he won't poke you at all pre6. He has good base damages so don't underestimate his damage and you should be good post6 with #1/2. Don't dive unless if you have flash to dodge his ufslash.png.

VS

Malzahar

Hard
6.9 - BAN EVERY GAME, IF YOU DON'T YOU DESERVE TO LOSE.

Most malzahars get their jungler to camp for them so all he has to do is press r alzaharnethergrasp.png while the jungler does the damage. You can outdamage him if you all in him immediately, you can't take any poke though. I buy Qss vs him. Combo #3 without the sidestepping when all inning. If he misses his alzaharcallofthevoid.png, it's a good time to go in. 

VS

Maokai

Medium

He'll push you to tower pre6, post 6 its a wetnoodle fight. Buy revolver for sustain, and just  Q aa him as many times as you can without r'ing to him. Q aa minions when he trades back to sustain.  When he's about 50% hp thats when you include your R in combos. When he r'smaokaidrain3.pngtry to just go invis and wait for it to run out because it reduces a bunch of your damage - aka just disengage, just run away like singed ults, because you're probably not going to kill him through his ult unless he's already 15% hp. When he's 50 % hp that's when you do #1.

VS

Master Yi

Medium

Pretty annoying champ at all stages of the game, pre 6 just farm. He can't kill you. Post 6 just do combo #1, when he meditatesmeditate.png just  aa him or Q him and just stand there do not proc it while he meditates or its damage will be reduced. He's pretty squishy otherwise. Try not to q him if you know he's going to alphastrikealphastrike.png you or it will make your q disappear and then you have to wait for its cd.

VS

Mordekaiser

Medium

Farm pre6 or ask for a gank, he pushes and has no escapes(like Darius). Post6, you can fight him. Just don't fight near your minions or else he can get his passive(iron man shield) up by doing damage to them so don't fight near your own minions at all costs. ***Don't let him hit his 3rd qmordekaisermaceofspades.png on you as that does a ton of damage.

VS

Morgana

Easy

She will push you into tower with hertormentedsoil.png but will have 0 kill pressure, post 6 you can kill her because she's pretty squishy. Combo #3 to dodge her bindsdarkbindingmissile.png. Her ult reveals you now so always try to find a way to dash/flash out of her ultsoulshackles.png range.

VS

Nasus

Medium
Your opportunity to kill him is pre6 until level 7. If he's able to get some siphoningstrikenew.pngstacks and an mr item and you haven't killed him yet then he will outsustain your damage sadly and it will be hard to kill him. Along with him having a lot of cdr, it will feel like his godofdeath.png doesn't have a cooldown.  At level 7 combo #1. If you haven't killed him by level 9, he will prob be able to kill you, and at that point just go roam. 

VS

Nautilus

Easy

I haven't lost to a nautilus ever, even when getting ganked. Farm pre 6 and post 6 you outdamage him in everyway. Rush revolver for your own sustain because he can poke you with riptide quite a bit. Combo #1 (try to go in after he uses nautilussplashzone.png or nautiluspiercinggaze.png). You can cancel his ult and make it go on a 2 second cd by stealthing immediately after he casts nautilusgrandline.png. Can be very helpful by Comboing -> stealthing then comboing again before he can cast ult and he might even die because of that. 

VS

Nidalee

Easy

Super squishy,  post 6 she can't escape you so once you're on top of her she isn't getting away. Combo #1. Laning nidalee is garbage in my opinion. 


However, if you're vs AD Nidalee toplane, it's still cancer (HARD) like it use to be 2 seasons ago. Just rely on shrouding to farm, as she will AA you to death sadly. You can kill her post revolver, just be sure to prevent yourself from getting marked when you go in. 

VS

Nocturne

Easy

Better in the jungle but if you go against a solo lane nocturne, just bait out his spellshieldnocturneshroudofdarkness.png and after he uses it just use your combo on him and he won't go anywhere and he will die. When he has his fear tether on you, just shroud so that he can't get any autos off while you're feared. Try to dodge his nocturneduskbringer.png as that's his main damage source (200damage + gives him a BF sword worth of AD while he's on it). 

VS

Nunu

Medium
Cheesy AF pre6 he will just spam snowballiceblast.png but post 6 you can easily all in him and he can't really do much other than snowball you. Thats why post6 you go in straightaway to avoid his poke. Make sure enemy minions are nearby when you go in. He will try to cast ultabsolutezero.png, so dash to a creep so that you can avoid taking its full damage. 

VS

Olaf

Hard
Can be pretty annoying, pre6 do your best to farm as his undertowolafaxethrowcast.png and true damageolafrecklessstrike.png can poke you down pretty hard. Post 6 you can kill him if he has no mr items or pink, if he has an mr item, it's going to pretty difficult. Combo #1. Try to use shroud when he's 50% hp or lower as he gets insane atck speed when he's low hp and will tear you up if you try to trade autos. . 

VS

Orianna

Medium
She'll harass you pre6, but post 6, you will do alright. Anytime she uses her ball aggressively, go the fuck in. R Q aa immediately before she gets her orianaredactcommand.pngshield on herself. When she shields herself combo #1 and proceed to kill her. She doesn't have much burst, but she does have a lot of consistent damage.  

VS

Pantheon

Medium
Annoying pre6, constant spears pantheon_throw.png = cloth5 - but post 6 you have the damage to kill him. Combo #1, try to go in when his block passive isn't up, but if you can't its fine, you still do more damage than him at 6.  This season, they made it so block consumes Akali's Q. So when you go in, R aa to get rid of his block, then Q so that when you proc it, you'll actually get the damage through. If he pantheon_heartseeker.png when you're post 6, R on to him so that you'll be behind him and he won't deal any damage. 

VS

Poppy

Medium

Her rework is pretty annoying, but since the nerfs have hit, she isn't too bad anymore. Definitely still possible to get kills pre 6 vs this bitch, just do not trade when she has her passive shield up. Go in when she has her passive down. When you initiate on her, just save your r charges until her anti-dashpoppyparagonofdemacia.png ability is on cd. Combo #1. When she starts charging her Rpoppydiplomaticimmunity.png, put shroud down so that she has to guess where to put it for it to land. 

VS

Quinn

Hard

Lane bully to the max, like teemo but a little harder. Cloth5, farm to 6 and post 6 you will kill her as you outdamage her and she's pretty squishy, go in whenever her blindquinnQ.png is on cooldown because being blinded means you can't see shit which means you can't dash or anything. Throw your q and try to make it look like you're about to dash so that she uses her vaultquinnE.png prematurely and then you can use all 3 dashes effectively. Try to keep TP up to counter her quinnR.png roams. 

VS

Rammus

Easy

Pretty easy, you can play aggressive pre6. Do constant Q AA's using shroud to drop minion aggro. Don't Q AA him when he has his defensiveballcurl.png up. Post 6, he's just going to try to push the wave, but force him to fight you. You can kill him until he has 2 items.

VS

Renekton

Hard
Cloth5, another lane bully, he doesn't have too much kill pressure(do not let him use his empowered abilities on you) but at the same time you probably won't be able to kill him unless he's too aggressive and takes tower hits etc. Combo #1. Just farm and wait for teamfights and you'll be good. Otherwise he's one of those wet noodle tanks you gotta poke down without using your r. Surviving to 6 is the hardest part.

VS

Rengar

Easy

Squishy champ, he outdamages you levels 1-5 though so don't be retarded. Post 6 you can play aggressive and kill him and make him your cat bitch. Combo #1. He'll try to cheese you pre 6 by getting an early level 2 and trying to use an empowered ability on you so don't let him do that. 

VS

Riven

Easy
If the riven is bad then easy if not then more difficult(but Riven isn't strong at all right now so we're all good right now). You're stronger than her at level 1(as long as you fight in your minions not hers) so you can trade with her so feel free to. Combo #1 or go in whenever they use an ability (her knockup from q or her stun that way she can't cancel your aa or r). She will push you in, as she'll be using Qriventricleave.png which will hit the minions as well, but whenever she uses her shield, put down shroud and do a q auto and run away and just repeat until she has to b.  
Post 6, do not go in unless if she has her Q knockupriventricleave.png or W stunrivenmartyr.png down.

VS

Rumble

Medium

Farm to 6 his qrumbleflamethrower.png is super annoying when you're farming (he will sit outside of tower range) so do your best. Post 6, go in whenever his danger zone is to the max which means he can't use spells or whenever his abilities are all on cd that way you can start doing the damage first and burst him before he bursts you. Combo #1. 

VS

Ryze

Easy
Rito reworked him... Again. Seems like he does less damage now, post 6, should be super easy to kill him. Almost no ryze ever buys mr on their first back, so all you need is revolver to 1 shot him. He's got relatively low cooldowns, but not as low as Akalis so he's one of those champions where if he overextends you can chase him down and he'll only perform 1 combo. However if you let him combo you 2-3 times, you will probably die, so don't take free harass. His Q/W are the same, his e seems to amplify his damage more, but his ult offers 0 combat stats/power, so your 6 powerspike is definitely stronger in a 1v1 scenario. 

VS

Shen

Easy

New shen isn't much of a lane bully anymore. You can literally ignore him and just farm to 6. His anti autoattackingshenfeint.png field consumes your Q-mark so do not try to proc it when he places it down. Use TP to follow his ults. Just like other tanks, constant small trades to wittle him down before all inning him at 50% hp. 

VS

Shyvana

Easy

She can do quite a bit of damage and is pretty tanky when ahead, but if you're both even then you can kill her. Just do a wet noodle fight til she's 60% hp and then start using r stacks with combo #1. Try to dodge her eshyvanafireball.png  or her autos will do a bunch of damage to you if you don't. 

VS

Singed

Medium

An experienced singed player is annoying to deal with because he'll always get away w/1hp. however if he sucks, then he'll just suicide. Pre-6, you will deal a lot of damage, but his minions + poison will take you down faster than you expect so don't get to greedy with trades. Do not go in if uses his ult even if he's 50% hp because he has so much regen and resistances, he gets waay to tanky. Once his ult is down, you can try all inning him with #1. 

VS

Sion

Medium

Just like nautilus you just farm pre6 ( avoid harass), and post 6 he won't have the damage to kill you (if you dodge crypticgaze.png with your r, then he definitely can't kill you. Shroud when he deathscaressfull.png, or when you have cd's. I tend to use combo #1 and dash in when he uses any 1 of his abilities that way he can't trade back. 

VS

Swain

Medium
6.13 So its not as hard as it was before, mainly because his swainbeam.png doesn't target you if you're in stealth. Also his ult swainmetamorphism.png  does not target you if you're in stealth. His ult has a 20s downtime, so if you want to kill him, my suggestion would be to bait it out (not when he's near your minions or he'll heal off them, and just put down shroud. After he turns it off you can start comboing him. After roa nerfs, he isn't too difficiult to kill, but his harass pre6 is still pretty solid. Not as rough as before though. 

--What i had before changes don't feel like reviewing it, so take what you can :p--

This is actually really tough matchup, you have 1 chance to kill him (at level 7 w/ignite) otherwise you're f'd. He does a lot of damage to single target champs and his ult makes easy for him to sustain some damage. That's why at level 7 bait out one of his abilites by starting combo #1 (Q'ing him and he will surely throw an ability at you, then you go in).
Shroud when you go in, as his doesn't target you in stealth. Try not to fight near your minions or his ult will sustain off them. You need ignite. Pre6, cry that he doesn't harass you too hard. 

VS

Syndra

Hard

Farm pre6, post 6, do the good old combo 3 to dodge her stunsyndraE.png. If you aren't careful, she can poke you down with q'ssyndraQ.png and can kill you eventually, but its easy to predict where she'll be spamming them. Just jump on her when she leaves tower range and show her who's boss. 


The only reason I'm labelling it hard is because if the syndra is good, and lands 1 Q into E into W, into another Q + R, she will 100-0 before you can do anything.... However if she sucks/if your'e good at dodging stuff like me, then it'll be easy-medium. 

VS

Tahm Kench

Medium

He can do quite a bit of damage, but the biggest thing is hard he is to kill with his gray-health. You can easily farm the lane, but killing him without getting eaten(and getting 1/4th of you hp chunked) is hard. Do your best to dodge his tahmkenchQ.png pre6. 

VS

Taliyah

Medium

Pre 6, she will harass you a lot. She can clear minions fast with hertaliyahQ.png and she will machine gun you if you don't dodge it. Strong harassing tool. She is relatively short range, but she will kite you if you try to trade early. Number 1 goal in your lane is to dodge her knockup taliyahW.png or you will probably die/ lose 1/2 your hp. Once you hit 6, get your 3 stacks and all in her. Relatively easy to kill post 6. Just dodge knockup :)

VS

Talon

Medium

Pretty even matchup, mostly skillbased. You can trade pre6, Post level 4, his talonrake.png does  a decent amount of damage and that's where you should stop initiating trades.  Post6 don't let him go in first, you have to be the one being aggressive or bait out one of his abilities before going in. Mainly his w. When you go in, chances are, he will just Rtalonshadowassault.png away, so you might need a pink if you want to get a kill.

VS

Teemo

Medium
Just like quinn, a lane bully. Pre6 farm, post6 combo #1, don't go in until he uses blind. If you're not patient enough, R in Q, make him Q, sit in shroud and wait for blind duration to go off before proccing and continuing your combo.  You can also do #2 by going in on him, do a quick combo, then when he blinds you do the walk away and dash back in after the blind wears off. 

VS

Trundle

Medium
Doesn't have kill pressure pre6. Post6 just try to bait out his ult as he can steal quite a bit of resistances from you so he'll be really tough to kill when his ulttrundleR.png is active. Combo #1. That's an understatement. Just disengage after he ults. 

VS

Tryndamere

Medium
Low elo tryns are pretty bad, they don't know how to trade, so you can either try to kill him pre6 if he's bad but if he has his fury all the way try not to as he will get free crits on you. Post6, Use any combo until he ults, then shroud and wait for it to go out, then go back in after it wears off. Do your best to initiate fights when he's low on fury. 

VS

Twisted Fate

Medium
Pre6, he's just going to harass you with aa's and whatever. Do your best not to take free aa's and dodge his q. Post 6, go in whenever Pick a Cardpickacard.png is on cd or he locked in something other than a stun, because then he's defensiveless. Combo 1/2. What makes him hard is that he will constantly ultdestiny.png bot and get free kills which puts your team behind so do your best to kill or follow him as much as you can. 

- Quick Update, I buy QSS first item after gblade every time vs TF, then continue on with whatever you think is good. 

VS

Varus

Easy

Another squishy adc midlaner, pre6  he'll try to poke you down, but it isn't too bad. Post 6, just get him away from tower and combo's 1/2 will destroy him. If you get hit by his qvarusq.png, that's on you not being able to dodge. This should be an easy matchup. Don't dive him when he has his varusr.png up or you will just die under tower like a noob. 

VS

Veigar

Easy
6.9 his r does more damage, i've been building qss or taking cleanse (1 of the 2) every game vs veigar. Abyssal + Qss is smart vs this dude, but if they aren't at least double ap, then not worth. 

Riot gutted him pretty bad by taking away the insta stun so now you can easily avoid it. Just like tf, whenever he uses his stun, feel free to go in and destroy him as he also has no escapes. You can kill him easily levels 1-9, but after that he gets a lot of damage and he can easily 100-0 you with his ult. A mr item is a must buy. If I don't have cleanse, then I will buy 3140.png right after gunblade to prevent myself from getting stunned.  

VS

Vel'Koz

Medium
6.9 - Haven't really seen anyone play this guy yet, but the notes made him look like he does literally the same thing as before, so just make sure you don't getvelkozE.pngknocked up into velkozR.pngr'd.

He can poke you down pretty bad pre6. Just stay in lane for as long as you can, and post6 you want to jump on him immediately before he can get any poke off. You can 100-0 him much quicker than he can on you. Combo 1/2 work well. You want to get up right in his face after you hit 6, do not let him abuse his range on you, otherwise you'll have a rough time. 

VS

Viktor

Medium

His short range means he likes when champs like Akali get into his range. Farm to 6 then wait for your r stacks. Whenever he puts his stunviktorgravitonfield.png on top of you, dash to him if that means it'll get you out of its radius. If he puts it on himself, then just shroud immediately after he puts it down. Standard combo 1/2 on him. He will poke you down pre6, but post6 won't be bad at all. 

VS

Vladimir

Hard

A self-sustaining monster. I thought Rito said they were going to stop making him this way. Feels impossible to kill. If you don't have ignite, don't expect to kill him ever. He will just rush spirit visage. Just like vs old vlad, you will have to all in him. Do not try to poke him down, as he will sustain up. If vlad has empowered vladimirtransfusion.png then just wait in shroud til its gone. It literally lasts 1 second.  If he uses empowered Q on you, he will heal to full. 

VS

Volibear

Medium
Pretty tanky, not much damage pre6 so you can trade. Post 6 just combo 1 and if he uses his passive just try to burst through it(if you think you can, depends whether you have Q coming up along with any R-stacks) or just walk away and charge r stacks up again and just keep comboing him until he dies eventually. 

VS

Warwick

Medium

Don't bother trading pre6 as he will just Q back to full hp. Post 6 you have a lot more damage than he does even through suppress. Combo #1 and you're good. Qss after Gblade is a must. I LOVE SUPPRESSION!!!

VS

Wukong

Medium
He can deal a lot of damage so don't let him get free trades on you. An easy way to tell if he clones is if you throw a q before he clones and it disappears, then he cloned so just go invis and wait for him to appear again. Combo #1 and you're good, also try to go in when any of his abiltiies are on cdmonkeykingdoubleattack.pngmonkeykingdecoy.pngmonkeykingnimbus.png so he can't get an even trade. When he monkeykingdecoy.png, put down your shroud, so that he can't get the first move when he gets out of stealth. 

VS

Xerath

Medium

He will poke pre6 but post6 you will destroy him 100%. Do your best to dodge his abilities. Combo #3 ftw as you need to dodge his stun so you can kill him faster!


Your ability to dodge will determine how difficult this lane is. 

VS

Xin Zhao

Medium
He can wreck you pre6, so play a little passive, You don't really need cloth armor though because he doesn't have much of poking abilities he's really all in or sit there kind of champ. Post 6, combo #1 and shroud when he aa's back and its an easy kill. If he has a pink ward, definitely play cautious around that, as he has a lot of consistent dps, and will kill you if you try all inning him in a 1v1 aa race. 

VS

Yasuo

Easy

Pre6 for the  most part you can just farm, he might push you in, but that's no big deal. Just let him, and farm it out. I've been down 2 kills in this lane before and still won it since its Akali vs Yasuo. Just do your best to not give him a lead because snowballing the game by winning your lane asap is better than giving him a lead and trying to take it back which makes the game harder.  Post 6 just proc his passive shield with q and go in after the shield is gone. He's super easy to kill with combo 1/2. If you shroud while he casts tornado, and you get knocked up, he can't see you so he can't ult. 

VS

Yorick

Medium
I've laned against this guy once since the rework and I did super well against him. So just farm to 6. If ghouls get on you, just shroud to drop aggro. Combo #1 works best post 6. After you perform combo #1, put down shroud and wait for q to come up again to kill him. Feels like a vlad with sustain, and poke you can avoid with shroud. If I lane against him again and I get a different result, I'll try to remember to update this. 

VS

Zac

Medium
His sustain is bullshit. I honestly just got shit on by one, and I don't know what to do. He was just collecting blobs and grasped of the undieing' me all game. Even post gunblade, couldn't do much. Just farm. Farming vs Zac should not be very hard, but do not expect to kill him. Ever. I hate this champ and Wukong the most. 

So with his passive you Q aa one blob, then you auto attack each blob 1-2 times depending on your damage and when they all get close you e to kill the remaining 3. Combo #1 in lane. Whenever he uses his gapcloserzacE.png, you're free to go in.

VS

Zed

Medium
A good zed can be a little difficult but for the most part its sorta easy. You can dash on him all you like and if he tries to tradeback/ult then shroud and dodge his shurikens. always q him before you dash in, and wait for the q to land on him, because he can be pretty slippery. By letting the q land on him first and then dashing it means when your dash registers and you get that instant auto off that you always get when you dash to a target (unless you cancel it like i explained in combo3) then you'll proc the q before he flashes or shadows away. Combo #1 is best and always go in if he uses his shadowzedW.png aggressively and you aren't afraid of dying. If he rushes hex, just farm until you get gunblade. He doesn't that scary since Riot nerfed him in 6.7.

VS

Ziggs

Medium

No one plays him anymore but he's like tf. Pokes and has lots of waveclear. Farm pre6, post 6 try to freeze wave in front of your tower so that you can jump him and have enough space to do damage to him without taking tower damage. Combo #1 and 2 are best. This lane is another one where you'll constantly have to dodge his ziggsq.png. Revolver + Refillable potion is a strong suggestion. If you're able to get a good freeze, you can potentially chase him down, as his only escape is ziggsw.png, so if he ever uses that, go aggressive. 

VS

Zilean

Hard
His poke isn't reliable anymore but killing him can be extremely difficult due to his ult. So basically its like anivia, go to lane jump him, get his ult out, he'll prob go b. DO NOT KILL HIM IF HE PRESSES Rchronoshift.png ON HIMSELF. Then you're giving him a free hp pot. Go b at the same time he does. When you both get back to lane, JUMP HIM IMMEDIATELY, his rchronoshift.png is still on cd so that's your window of opportunity to kill him. 

VS

Zyra

Medium
Finally, last matchup, so with this bitch you're just going to farm pre 6, she can do quite a bit of damage with her plants ( think like she's heimerdinger except her plants don't last that long and aren't as strong). Post 6 when you go in, just like heimerdinger combo 1/2 and when you jump in shroud so plants don't target you, also shroudakalismokebomb.png when she ultszyraR.png so she can't target you when you get knockedup.

6.9 - still super squishy, shroud when you get snared or before her knockup and you'll be fine. 

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Hey everyone, its Best Akali FL, a high diamond (diamond for 3+ seasons) Akali main. Akali has been my love since season 3, and I have mastered her and stuck with her through all the changes. Why? Because she's fucking hot, that's why. Nurse Akali all day everyday. 

I used to keep my guide on twitch.tv/squirrtlez, but now I'm moving it over here, just to make my page cleaner. I like being organized, and when my page gets to cluttered, it becomes a pain to edit, so I'll stop putting this off and move the damn thing over here.

I also have a youtube channel youtube.com/c/BestAkaliFL -> where I put a bunch of matchup videos/gameplays (50+) and some highlight vids of my plays I make in diamond/Master. 

Last thing - I consider low elo d1 and below. So if you're question is "Can Akali carry in x elo" where x is d1 and below, well this is what I have to say to that. Ofc she can as I have 90+% winrates in those elos on Akali.

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Something I did not go above in-depth were timings. 

These are going to be what I consider "standard" timings. If you're behind in this remark, then you're going to be behind the curve where Akali can excel. 

6 mins - (30-40 cs) Convert kills to 15 cs. 
10 mins (60-80 cs)
14 mins (100 cs) Gunblade should be completed at this point.
20 mins (140 cs)
25 mins Hourglass should be bought if its you're first major item after G-Blade. 

Anything else I remember to include will probably go here.

You can cancel your e animation with your r, a full combo with multiple rotations late game - R GBLADE Q AA E HOURGLASS R Q AA E R

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