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Diana Statistics for Kesha

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

Value
Average
Games Played
3
5
Win %
67
44
Kills
6.0
7.0
Assists
5.3
6.0
Deaths
8.7
6.7
KA:D Ratio
1.3
1.9
Gold Earned
10.5K
11.3K
Creep Score
117.3
164.7
Average

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Summoner Spells Back to Top

4.png  Make big plays with your ultimate, escape from fights and catch people (combined with Lunar Rush.) Always take flash, this should be common sense!

12.png Currently the best summoner spell for Diana. Helps with roaming and counterganking.

3.png If you're not running Teleport, run Exhuast. Good against some lane matchups. Rarely used on Diana . If you focus alot on your lane instead of roaming, it's very effective. If you feeling confident enough, you can use this against 105.png238.png or 126.png to snowball the lane and win the game for your teamby simply being stronger.

14.pngSecure kills and increases damage overall. Ignite is very strong against people who rely on spellvamp Or just annoying healing spells, such as 8.png82.png and50.png however, Teleport outclasses Ignite in every way in the current patch.

21.png7.png Never use these summoner spells.


11.png You can jungle as Diana. It's viable. But It's kinda different. As jungle Diana you want to focus on your shield and your passive. Good items for jungle Diana are the following; 3115.png and 3100.png.


New Runes Back to Top

Electrocute for the burts - Sorcery for the bonus damage and utility. Currently there's no page that's more effective. 

Masteries Back to Top

You always want to go Thunderlords or Stormraidsers on Diana. 


Thunderlord helps her fast and high damage combo deal more damage and makes it easier to execute people along with ignite.

If you feel confident with Diana and you feel like you know your combo well, use Stormraiders. The movement speed is insanely huge for catching up to people running away from you after you killed his mate. Also, it's a great escape tool along with Q+R.

Double-edged sword has been buffed recently and is very good with Dianas kit right now. Usually you want to take this mastery on all champions that has shields or heals, Dianas shield works perfect with this mastery. 

Assassin or Secret Stash is up to you. I would go Assassin because you'll be killing enemies that tries to splitpush which will be a 1v1.

Natural talent should be used over Vampirism since the fights you choose should be very fast and not dragged out, damage over spellvamp.

The masteries are pretty straight forward, as long as you have Thunderlords you can't really go wrong.

Abilities Back to Top

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

Quick Note:

As a player you can decide yourself what you prefer when to open E.
Me myself, I always like to open it at level 4. As I just want to farm until level 6. When level 6, You can either wait for a gank, or if your opponent is low, do the deadly combo and finish with Lunar Rush + Ignite. 

Combo on Diana;  Q  --> R  --> W --> E --> R ( To finish the kill).

Note: Remember to always TRY to auto-attack after each ability. It will make you proc your passive, and you will deal alot more damage to your target.

Note: If you are jungling as Diana, start W.

The first 4 levels really depends on your matchup. Sometimes it's really good to start W, sometimes you have to start Q. Though, most of the times you don't need your E lvl 3 so you'll unlock it lvl 4.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Best start currently.
    Late in the game you want the red trinket. This is so you can camp in bushes and wait for your target to walk straight into your face, since you know it's not warded.
    Do not start this item.

Core Items

    This is the best start for Diana, try to get this after basing 1-2 times
    After getting your Lost Chapter, you want to build it into Ludens Echo. Got some changes recently, and is super good and fits Diana right now
    Against AD, Hourglass Rush
    Optional. I personally really like this item, but I don't always build it. Only build this item if you are ahead and have 2 or 3 items completed.
    This item also works to rush, but it's not quite as good as Rod of Ages - unless you are ahead. If you have solo killed the enemy midlaner two or three times early on, try go for this item.
    Very good item on diana in this meta, this is also a ridiculously strong item on diana jungle. This is another item that you can build early or if you are ahead to put out unexpected damage and snowball. Good item if you're playing against alot of tanks where your fights will be longer - do not build this if you're playing against squishy targets that you will oneshot.
    Items you should never build on Diana.
    The second most important item on Diana - Zhonya's Hourglass 9 out of 10 games you will buy this item. do not priorotize Rabadon's Deathcap over hourglass unless you are 10 kills ahead the enemy midlaner.
    This should be included in your build at the later stages of the game.
    Great item on alot of the meta mid laners, but I wouldn't recommend this on diana since there are so many other items that will do the job better and make you alot stronger
    Which boots should I buy? Help! There has been alot of changes during the season but as for now, the magic pen boots are the best. Don't build any other boots unless you really need tenacity (mercury's treads) Currently ninja tabis are very strong, works good against full ad.
    If you get to lategame without voidstaff you simply won't be able to carry. Get this 3rd or 4th.

Situational Items

    THE BEST FULL BUILD FOR THE CURRENT PATCH

Starting items

1056_32.png  + 2009.png 2009.png Core


2043_32.png Always grab a ward when Basing. Map control win games.

Trinkets

3361_32.png Do not underestimate wards and the power that they have, because these simple wonderful things will gain you ELO. In the current patch, you will automatically buy a trinket after walking out of base.  2043_32.png 3361_32.png


Abyssal Rush

3020_32.png 1056_32.png1056_32.png 3001_32.png
• You kinda "have" To build this against AP Mid champs. 
• This rush gives you more damage as you take less damage from your opponent
• start Negatron cloak as you see above.


Hourglass Rush

3020_32.png 1056_32.png1056_32.png 3157_32.png

• Very good counter item against champs such as  238_64.png  30_64.png  (Please don't rush it against Karthus doe.)
• Don't rush it against Ap mids if you don't got a lovely jungler that gets you 4 or more kills in laning face.

Nashor's Rush


3020_32.png 1056_32.png1056_32.png 3115_32.png

• Very good against some Melee champs
• After Nashor's Tooth A Good Pickup Would Be 3100_32.png. Also add the 3089_32.png to increase overall damage.
Why would I go this build?!
- Because attack speed on Diana scales very good with her passive. If you have a good team with alot of CC (Crowd Control, Stuns, Fears, Silence, etc.) You have a good chance of just standing there and slashing down your opponent. 


Luden's Rush

3285_32.png

Really good item on Diana. Allows you to roam and deal tons of damage. Build it as your first or second item. Or else it is not worth to build it.


Items in General


3001_32.png I almost always build this on Diana. You can build it even if you are against AD mid champs. But you would like to put it in your build later in the game. Never build this item against Ad mid/top/jungle.

3089_32.png Best Damage item, therefore you shall build it. But don't rush this item as first item. 

3157_32.png Key Item. Outplay your opponents, Make plays, Avoid ultimates. 

3135_32.png If against a team full of fat tanks stacking tons of MR build it EARLY. You can wait, but don't wait too long with building Void Staff.

3041_32.png Carrying way to hard? GG Easy? Buy this, have fun

3026_32.png In 95% of the games I buy this as one of my 6th Item.

3083_32.png Against AP Mid top and maybe a AP jungle. (Hybrid team, mostly AP.)

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Ahri
    Easy
  • Akali
    Medium
  • Anivia
    Medium
  • Annie
    Medium
  • Azir
    Hard
  • Brand
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Easy
  • Evelynn
    Easy
  • Ezreal
    Medium
  • Fizz
    Easy
  • Gragas
    Medium
  • Karma
    Hard
  • Karthus
    Easy
  • Kassadin
    Medium
  • Katarina
    Easy
  • Kha'Zix
    Medium
  • LeBlanc
    Medium
  • Lux
    Easy
  • Malzahar
    Hard
  • Mordekaiser
    Hard
  • Morgana
    Easy
  • Orianna
    Medium
  • Pantheon
    Medium
  • Ryze
    Medium
  • Swain
    Hard
  • Talon
    Medium
  • Twisted Fate
    Easy
  • Vladimir
    Medium
  • Zed
    Medium
  • Zyra
    Easy

VS

Ahri

Easy
 • Diana is strong agains Ahri because your shields absorbs a lot of her damage.
 • Diana can harass Ahri alot, you will win this matchup if you avoid her herass.
 • At level 6, harass her and bait ult. When you know it's down, try to kill her.

VS

Akali

Medium
• This is a match up that snowballs extremely hard into one persons favor
• Diana wins in a straight up 1v1 fight against Akali if both are at 100% hp and are even in lane
• The biggest downside is that Akali's on energy and can abuse that.
• Don't let her roam. This is what will win the matchup, the person who roams the most and gets the most kills from other lanes, will be able to carry the game.
• Be careful of Akali double procing her Qs. She will mark you once and right before it expires will ult to you then Q again.

VS

Anivia

Medium
• A Downside is that she can harass you pre level 6
• Once you're level 6+ you can burst her down
• You have to take all the farm you can, dont let her farm way too much. You will fall behind but after level 6 you will beat her.
• Try to remember the timer CD on her wall. It can be really annoying and a good Anivia will bait, outsmart and outplay you. lol

VS

Annie

Medium

• Annie has a very safe lane because she gets her mana refunded when she kills a minion with her Q. Try to abuse this by using your Crescent Strike(Q) on her whenever she tries to farm. 

• As always, try to push out your wave and use Pale Cascade(W) to deny her damage while clearing minions.
• Be very careful when she hits level 6. You could get oneshot and with the enemy jungler you could lose the game by dying one time to Annie.

VS

Azir

Hard

• Hard matchup. You are going to be pushed in to turret, so ask for help from your jungler.

• Clear your wave with Q and W. Try to kill minions with W while absorbing damage.

VS

Brand

Medium

• He can easily harass you before level 6 with his E/auto attacks
• Once you go aggressive on him he can E+Q and then walk away to peel you off him
• Look to go aggressive level 6+ whenever his Q or E is on cooldown
• He can have very annoying lane harass, especially once he has blue buff
• You can still land another Q on him after he's stunned you and all in him if you're ahead
• Your aggression should be based on when his skills are on cooldown

VS

Cho'Gath

Easy
• Can snowball into Diana's favor very easily
• You will win this matchup if you force fights vs him. In the fights you must juke his Q with your R. Proc autoattacks on him. I like to go  3115_32.pngand 3100_32.png vs him. Works really well
• Will force Cho'Gath to farm with his skills
• You can out burst him
• Careful about being baited into a jungle gank because of his CC.

VS

Evelynn

Easy

Lol who plays Eve mid?

VS

Ezreal

Medium

• As of patch 5.12, Smite AP Ezreal midlane is ridiculously strong. Try to push out your waves early, you really don't wanna get behind against him.

• Roam alot after you've cleared your waves.
• Try to fight him and use your shield offensively

VS

Fizz

Easy

• This matchup can snowball very hard to one of you. But Diana has easier to snowball and win the lane since she can poke with Q.

• Always use shield when he jumps on you
• In my opinion, the one who have the most skill, will win this matchup.
• If you feel unconfident, use 21.png.

VS

Gragas

Medium

His ult is pretty annoying in ganks. His E is really strong early, and it will be easier for him to land it because Diana's a melee champ. Farm level 1-6 and then go roam. You won't be able to kill him without trading alot of hp.

VS

Karma

Hard
• Karma can bully and outpoke you early
• It's very complicated and it's very hard to all in her. 
• I'd recommend to just roam around and farm with Q. Try to get blue buff from your jungler at minute 7 and take wraiths when they're up

VS

Karthus

Easy

Build Hourglass lategame, counter him out of the game

VS

Kassadin

Medium

• If you don't kill this guy or don't outfarm him, gather base and spam surrender. I hate this guy.

• Try to force melee fights against him pre 6.

VS

Katarina

Easy
• You have more damage and outburst her at any level
• This lane will be won by playing smart with your W and E. The trick to win vs kata is to ONLY and ALWAYS use E when she ults.

VS

Kha'Zix

Medium

VS

LeBlanc

Medium

VS

Lux

Easy

• Lux is like TF, but Lux uses skillshots. With that said, you should know how you can beat her.

• Poke her alot
• Charge at her at level 6. You outdamage her and if you manage to juke her snare, she's dead

VS

Malzahar

Hard

VS

Mordekaiser

Hard

• Your Biggest counter.

Going against this guy is a Nightmare. He outscales you early and lategame. Midgame is where you want to get help an kill him like 5 times. Then you might have a chance. 
 ~Lay down. Try to not Cry. Cry even more.~

VS

Morgana

Easy

VS

Orianna

Medium

Skill matchup. Poke her down in lane and try to not get pushed into your turret.

Maxing shield against Orianna is optional.

VS

Pantheon

Medium

• Survive laning phase

• Pant sucks monkeyballs lategame.
• He will harass you in lane, so if you manage to don't die and get decent farm at the same time, you will probably win the game.
• If he snowballs and roams with his ult your game won't be easy. He can also countergank your roams. Try go for lategame against this guy.

VS

Ryze

Medium

VS

Swain

Hard

• Another really sad counter. The only way to beat this guy is EITHER, to max shield. OR, if you get alot of help from your jungler then max Q and try to kill him all the time for the snowball effect.

• If you manage to dodge his stun by either walking it or ulting away from it, you have an advantage, try to immediately fight him.

VS

Talon

Medium

• Try to find a oppurtunity to all in him. Ward alot and be very careful when you push our your lane. With help from a jungler Talon can shut you down very easily.

VS

Twisted Fate

Easy

• Against TF, you just want to poke him with your Q.

• Charge at him at lvl 6. You will outdamage him in every single way.
• Don't let TF roam with ult. Always try to push up the lane.
• Your shield blocks the most of his damage.
• Try to snowball.
• Remember that you can cancel his ultimate with your Moonfall (E). So always try to keep an eye out for Twisted fate when he tries to roam.

VS

Vladimir

Medium

VS

Zed

Medium

• Against Zed you just want to poke him with Q and get him low lifed. At level 6, charge at him. BE AWARE, he will ult you. When he ults, pop shield and pop E. 

• If you kill him in lane, you will win the game. If he kills you, you're screwed. 
• Diana outscales Zed lategame in 1v1's. 
•  3157_32.png is a good pickup.

VS

Zyra

Easy

Pros n Cons Back to Top

Pros and Cons when playing Diana

Pros

  • She has a very good burst
  • Can wave clear really well
  • Can clear wraiths and wolves camps really well
  • Can assassinate everyone and wins most of trades due to shield.

Cons

  • Because she's a melee champ, she can be zoned easily.
  • Can fall of lategame depending on the enemy champions.
  • Has no escapes except ninja'ing away onto minions with Lunar Rush.
  • If you miss Q and accidently R... You're gonna have a bad time.

About me Back to Top

Man will someone ever read this?


I just thought I'd make a guide about my main champ, Diana. 
I've played her a lot in ranked and carried my way from ~900elo to 1,4k elo. And I will go further.
I've not made any other guides before, so leave some tips about what I should improve, and tell me what I did good!
Name on League is: Kesha (EUW)!

Thanks and have a good day :D
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