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Ekko Statistics for SaintKilian

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

Value
Average
Games Played
1,235
6
Win %
53
43
Kills
6.4
6.3
Assists
6.0
6.2
Deaths
4.6
6.0
KA:D Ratio
2.7
2.1
Gold Earned
12.4K
11K
Creep Score
167.2
159.7
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

12.png  For Top lane There is no other spell you should be running, as a top laner many games your only way to impact the map in the early mid game and to assist your team with objectives or counter ganks is with teleport and if you don't run teleport you are relying on your teammates to win without you, which you should never do. Teleport also doubles as a way to deal with harder match ups that will shove you out of lane so you don't lose as much cs.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

Note: If you are going a tank Ekko Build containing Triforce put 5 points into Fury.

Intelligence and Precision on the Cunning tree is something that varies a lot between Ekko players, I prefer Intelligence as of Season 7 because of Lethality not being as good for mages as early armor pen was.

Abilities Back to Top

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

Some people prefer to level Q > E > Q for the first 3 levels i feel like this is a mistake as you will run into many games where you need W in order to not only escape ganks but you will also need w if you jg decides to gank your lane at level 3. there are just too many scenarios where w is much more valuable than the 15 extra damage you will get from leveling your q again.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    This is a valuable start for top lane because you are fairly mana starved, i'll often back and buy an additional dorans ring just to not have to worry about mana
    This is a pretty standard start although i'd recommend starting dorans ring if you don't feel like you need the sustain from corrupting potions
    Go this in the match ups that will be heavily harassing you

Core Items

    order: Roa>iceborn>mejas>spirit>ga. this off tank build allows you to still do enough damage to kill enemy carries but you're also fairly tanky. standard off tank ekko top build
    order: gunblad>void>lich>dcap>rylais. if you are against a carry that isn't rushing mr you can build lichbane before voidstaff
    order: tri>gunblade>zzrot>banner>ga. you swap the order of zzrot and banner of command if you are against an ad or an ap match up. if the enemy is ap you want to build a banner first because they have a hard time dealing with the active
    order: triforce>gunblade>spirits>randuin's>ga.

Situational Items

For top lane Ekko you can just default to a specific build you prefer, one that matches your specific play style and gives you the best results, but i'd recommend changing which build you go based on match up.

3027.png for the off tank roa build I would go this against match ups you will most likely have a hard time with and would get killed out of lane if you build full damage, examples being Renekton, Fizz, Fiora. This off tank build is surprisingly strong and allows you to farm against champions that would otherwise punish you for csing

3146.png I'd recommend going my gunblade build against any tanks top. gunblade gives you so much sustain in the long top lane along with a lot of damage that allows you to constantly harass the enemy tank and allows you to heal in those long trades so you always come out ahead.

3078.png Trinity force is still good on Ekko the only change i would go is I would never run fervor, just go thunderlords, it still allows an incredible amount of burst and doubles as a great split pushing item.

3512.png3060.png  This item combination is very strong and if your play style is one that prefers split pushing this is the build you want to be running. If you are up against a singed you want to go this build regardless of if you prefer the split pushing play style or not to counter his split push. you would build at least a zzrot against anyone that is going to split push against you to slow down their split push.

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Aatrox
    Easy
  • Akali
    Medium
  • Cassiopeia
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Medium
  • Darius
    Medium
  • Diana
    Medium
  • Dr. Mundo
    Medium
  • Fiora
    Hard
  • Fizz
    Hard
  • Gangplank
    Easy
  • Garen
    Easy
  • Gnar
    Medium
  • Gragas
    Medium
  • Graves
    Medium
  • Hecarim
    Easy
  • Heimerdinger
    Medium
  • Illaoi
    Easy
  • Irelia
    Hard
  • Jarvan IV
    Medium
  • Jax
    Hard
  • Jayce
    Hard
  • Karma
    Medium
  • Kayle
    Easy
  • Kennen
    Medium
  • Kled
    Medium
  • Lissandra
    Medium
  • Lulu
    Medium
  • Malphite
    Easy
  • Maokai
    Medium
  • Mordekaiser
    Medium
  • Nasus
    Medium
  • Nautilus
    Medium
  • Olaf
    Hard
  • Pantheon
    Hard
  • Poppy
    Medium
  • Quinn
    Hard
  • Rammus
    Easy
  • Rek'Sai
    Medium
  • Renekton
    Hard
  • Rengar
    Medium
  • Riven
    Hard
  • Rumble
    Medium
  • Ryze
    Hard
  • Shaco
    Easy
  • Shen
    Medium
  • Shyvana
    Medium
  • Singed
    Easy
  • Sion
    Easy
  • Swain
    Medium
  • Tahm Kench
    Medium
  • Teemo
    Hard
  • Trundle
    Medium
  • Tryndamere
    Medium
  • Wukong
    Medium
  • Yasuo
    Medium
  • Yorick
    Medium
  • Zac
    Medium

VS

Aatrox

Easy

don't get hit by aatroxq.png and you will win every trade. you also out scale so if he is giving you trouble just farm.

VS

Akali

Medium

You want to try to win this lane before she hits 6 because after that she will win the lane if you have not killed her so play this lane super aggressive and be cautious of the enemy jungler. your goal is to get a huge lead on her and abuse the lane before she can abuse you.

VS

Cassiopeia

Medium

This is a hard lane until you have experience with it you just want to try to kill her between levels 2-5, be very aggressive as long as she doesn't hit you with cassiopeiaq.png you can kill her.

VS

Cho'Gath

Medium

His silence can be very annoying and the true damage from his ult but he is very easy to hit with w and easy to gank so get 2 dorans rings and only fitght him off your w landing

VS

Darius

Medium

This is a lane you want to play passive and wait for jungle. the big thing to this lane is never ekkoe.png if you are in his dariusaxegrabcone.png range because what happens many times is you will start your ekkoe.png and he will pull you back into him. now you're in melee range of a darius with no escape and you will die. it's better to hold ekkoe.png if you have to until after he pulls you and to go in off your stuns.

VS

Diana

Medium

you win before she is 6 and she wins after so you want to try to kill her before 6. she's easy to abuse and easy to gank pre 6 so tell your jungler you need to kill her before 6 and play the lane aggressively.

VS

Dr. Mundo

Medium

Don't get hit with infectedcleavermissilecast.png and go in off your stuns and you should win this lane. again try to get a lead on him pre 6 or you won't be able to kill him. worst case this is a farm lane which is fine.

VS

Fiora

Hard

This is a match up that you will not win, it's the hardest match up for ekko in the game if they know how to play fiora well. her goal is going to be to parry your passive proc and lock you out of your passive. you can try to bait out her passive by landing ekkow.png
and sitting on the edge but if the fiora knows the match up you need to give up cs and try to stay in exp range, ask for help from your jungle, explain that you will need help.

VS

Fizz

Hard

Very hard match up for ekko because of his fizze.png
he will out trade you at all stages, try to hard push the lane and pressure him to farm the minions rather than attacking you.

your ekkor.png can dodge the pop of his fizzr.png

VS

Gangplank

Easy

If you ever see him removescurvy.png you go for a trade off w as he won't be able to cleanse the stun

you can ekkoe.pngraisemorale.png  if you don't feel like you can out time his q with a melee

don't take too much harass level 1 and 2 going for cs give it up and soak exp  if you need that is the only time you lose to him in lane

VS

Garen

Easy

be careful of the silence off his garenq.png and the damage off his garenr.png try to keep him in combat to avoid his additional healing from passive and you should win trades off ekkow.png

VS

Gnar

Medium

If gnar first items 3022.png this lane will be against you but many don't. you need to play this lane a few times to get used to his movements so you can land your ekkow.png and win trades. don't stand near walls when he is in mega form but you actually are better off trading him when he is in his mega form rather than his mini form.

VS

Gragas

Medium

Ap gragas can be scary in the right hands but if you dodge his gragasbodyslam.png you win
Tank gragas you play against the same way.

VS

Graves

Medium

just push the lane and farm I wouldn't get into a duel with him.

VS

Hecarim

Easy

he can't really out trade you just be aware of his burst off his hecarimramp.png and dodge his hecarimult.png you will heavily out scale him so if he doesn't get a lead on you you will win.

VS

Heimerdinger

Medium

can be annoying to farm but you can easily hit him with ekkow.png and you have kill pressure just don't go into him when he has 3 heimerdingerq.png stacks or you will die.

VS

Illaoi

Easy

This is a very easy match up if you are comfortable on ekko because you can dodge all of her damage ekkoe.png her illaoiq.pngillaoie.png and ekkor.png her illaoir.png and you will win. she is also very vulnerable to your ekkow.png

VS

Irelia

Hard

Irelia is a difficult lane because of the amount of burst she has but also the stun duration she has if she is lower health than you, what that means is if you engage on her with ekkow.png when she unstuns she will be lower than you and will get the stun off and out trade. I'd recommend farming the lane and going for ekkow.png engages when you have killed her minions and she is in a minion wave farming so that the minions help you out trade. Irelia can't push waves as well as you can early that is where you have your advantage.

VS

Jarvan IV

Medium

Don't get knocked up by his jarvanivdemacianstandard.pngjarvanivdragonstrike.png and you should be able to win the lane

VS

Jax

Hard

This match up is either one of the hardest for ekko if the jax knows the match up or one of the easiest. to understand this match up you need to know what the jax should be doing to win the match up and that's standing on the cs you want to come up and farm, walking at you with counter stance when you go to cs and jaxleapstrike.png you when you ekkoe.png out. if he knows to do this you will not win this lane however I have found even challenger Jax players don't entirely understand this match up and sometimes you will have a very easy time with this. Often the jax will jaxcounterstrike.png then jaxleapstrike.png to you instead of allowing you to first walk up to him allowing you to ekkoe.png out of his stun range and ekkoe.png back in to get a favorable trade.

VS

Jayce

Hard

Hard lane because he can abuse the fact that you are a melee and will poke you for going for cs, he is very easy to gank if he shoves into your turret so play safe and wait for your jungler.

VS

Karma

Medium

Tank Karma top stops your kill pressure don't be baited into diving her she has a lot of healing just farm and out scale her.

VS

Kayle

Easy

Easiest match up for ekko in game

Only way she can poke / fight you is with her e and she has to use that to farm and her e pushed wave into you so she's easy to gank and she can't dodge your w.

just click on her and watch the timer for her e buff and go in as it is falling off.

VS

Kennen

Medium

Hard match up because of the amount of harass kennen has against melee champions. that being said it is a lane you can win if you are good with your w. i  might even go 2 dorans rings in this lane because you spend a lot of mana fighting kennen as you can only go in off your w

VS

Kled

Medium

not a terrible lane just try to dodge the kledq.png and if it hits break its range. don't get baited into going all in when his passive is about to come back or he will regain hp and you will die. don't melee him too much as he will out trade heavily with kledw.png

VS

Lissandra

Medium

you can out trade her by going in off ekkow.png and by dodging her lissandraq.pnglissandrae.png. be careful of her level 6 she will most likely call her jungler to try to kill you at 6

VS

Lulu

Medium

lot of harass against melee champions and luluw.png really hurts you

if she pushes up into you she isn't a hard gank so play back and safe and wait for your jungle.

this is a slightly easier match up top as opposed to mid because the longer lane benefits you and it is easier to land your ekkow.png

VS

Malphite

Easy

go 2 dorans rings and constantly harass him you will win every trade as long as you ekkoe.png out of his landslide.png so you don't get the attack speed reduction.

VS

Maokai

Medium

If he gets an early lead from his jungle he can snowball the lane but if you go 2 dorans rings into gunblade you can just out harass him. be careful of diving as he can root you under turret.

VS

Mordekaiser

Medium

Morde will harass you if you go in to trade him but he really can't stop you from farming and he is really easy to gank as he constantly pushes. just farm and wait for your jungler.

VS

Nasus

Medium
nasuse.png MAX NASUS-
if it's nasuse.png max nasus it's going to be a farm lane and i don't think you will have kill pressure without your jungle, but he is very gankable so wait on your jungle.

nasusq.pngMAX NASUS-
very easy lane just 2 dorans constantly harass him you should be able to kill

VS

Nautilus

Medium

Don't trade while his nautiluspiercinggaze.png is up. you probably only have kill pressure on him first 3 levels so use it and play aggressive.

VS

Olaf

Hard

Olaf is a difficult match up because he out trades you hard early and when he hits 6 he has constant kill pressure on you.

you need to be aware of his olafaxethrowcast.png and make sure it never hit you because if it does he can chain them till you die. just be super cautious in this lane and try to get what cs you can.

VS

Pantheon

Hard

Very difficult lane because of his passive denying access to your passive, you will never win trade and he will deprive you from cs play safe get what cs you can without dying and try to get out of lane phase early you will be more useful in team fights.

VS

Poppy

Medium

Go 2 dorans rings gunblade build and try to constantly harass her. don't stand next to a wall. remember your ekkoe.png initial roll is blocked by her poppyw.png so don't do that while in he range of poppyw.png

VS

Quinn

Hard

Quinn is going to harass you in the early levels with her auto attacks just wait it out till you are 6 and you can win the lane, it's a difficult lane because it takes skill to not die to her before then. be sure to not get hit by quinnq.png or she will probably kill you off it

VS

Rammus

Easy

Worst case this is a farm lane and you will be more useful late so just farm if you can't kill and look to help your team

VS

Rek'Sai

Medium

shockingly hard lane to be honest you won't ever be able to kill him and he can kill you if you mess up just be careful and farm the lane. you will be more useful to your team late. may want to go zzrot in this lane because most top rek'sais split push.

VS

Renekton

Hard

Difficult lane for Ekko because of renektons burst. He will renektonsliceanddice.png through minions and renektonpreexecute.png you to get a favorable trade every time, if not just kill. go the roa build on this one, or the zzrot build depending on your preference and stay away from him, just get what cs you can.

don't go in on him off your ekkow.png for trades he will unstun and renektonpreexecute.png you every time to win the trade you can't trade with him so don't try to.. unless you feel he is especially bad and can abuse that.

VS

Rengar

Medium

don't die to him in lane is your mission. play super safe and learn his jump from bush range. you will not win 1v1 so just try to get what cs you can.

VS

Riven

Hard

A good Riven will out trade you and has kill pressure on you but she can't really stop you from csing and you can win fights if you are similarly leveled by timing your ekkor.png to not only dodge her rivenfengshuiengine.png but also hitting her with it. you may want to play this lane safe and go the off tank build but if you are confident the riven player isn't amazing you can opt for an ap build and wait to get trades off your ekkow.png

VS

Rumble

Medium

be careful of his level 1, give up cs and don't let him harass your potions out of you at level one and you should win this lane. easy to lane ekkow.png and you have a lot of kill pressure if he doesn't gain a huge lead on you early.

VS

Ryze

Hard

Ryze is currently ( as of season 7 preseason) one of the most broken champions in the game at a higher elo and will abuse the fact that you are melee, he is also very hard to gank. your best bet is to not stand next to minions he either has spellflux.png  on
or minions that are about to die as his e will spread to you. try to get him with ekkow.pngfrom bush as well to set up ganks

VS

Shaco

Easy

have constant control wards in lane to stop traps and sweeper trinket when you are going to fight him to disable traps. if you don't get hit by  jackinthebox.png you can't lose the lane keep that in mind.

VS

Shen

Medium

Worst case this is a farm lane hold your tp and be ready to follow him quickly so he doesn't win the map.

VS

Shyvana

Medium

she will be able to out trade you if you stand in her face and auto but if you kite her out it is at worst case a farm lane which is fine for you because you out scale.

VS

Singed

Easy

Go the zzrot banner build and stop his split push let him proxy you both get perfect cs and you out scale.

VS

Sion

Easy

as long as you don't get hit with a sionq.png you will win every trade with 2 dorans and gunblade. be aware that many sion players will start your junglers top buff so guard that for him it helps both you and your jungler if sion doesn't get it.

VS

Swain

Medium

pre 6 you win post 6 you can ekkow.png in he will respond by toggling on his swainmetamorphism.png you then leave his range he will drop his swainmetamorphism.png and you have a good window to re engage him without worry of his swainmetamorphism.png

VS

Tahm Kench

Medium

go in off your ekkow.png and be careful of his passive stacks if h eats or stuns you he can kill you.

VS

Teemo

Hard

his blind stops your passive and makes it so that you will not win trades and will not be able to farm with auto attacks, the up side is that he is very easy to gank and he can't really dodge your w so play with your jungler on this one

VS

Trundle

Medium

trundle is a lane bully and will kill you if you all in him but he shouldn't be able to stop you from farming and you out scale just farm the lane and play safe.

VS

Tryndamere

Medium

be careful of his early level harass at 6 you win this lane you just have to kite him out and bait him into you. don't get into an auto war with Tryndamere

VS

Wukong

Medium

Be careful of his burst and be aware of his clone other than that you can kill him by poking him down with your ekkow.png

VS

Yasuo

Medium

This is a skill match up that will become easier with time. try to side step his yasuoqw.png  so he doesn't build up stacks. when he yasuodashwrapper.pngyasuoqw.png at you you can ekkoe.png out to negate the yasuodashwrapper.png damage. you can also bait out a hit on your ekkor.png by getting knocked up on top of your shadow, he will most likely take the knock up and when you come down you ult him healing the damage you took and hurting him.

VS

Yorick

Medium

he has a surprising amount of burst off his ghouls if you get hit with yoricke.png or trapped in yorickw.png but if you avoid that you can kill him. also easy to hit your ekkow.png

VS

Zac

Medium

step on his blobs and don't get hit by zace.png and you should win, go 2 dorans gunblade and harass him.

Introduction To Saintkilian Back to Top

Hey, I started playing the game in season four and started maining Ekko on release. I fell in love with the champion's play style and never stopped playing him since i started. I would consider myself a jungle main with mid and top being shortly behind that. In season 6 I ended with 1800 Ekko games played, peaked 200 LP Masters in North America, and ended Masters. At the end of Season 6 I ended Rank 1 Ekko in the world on both Lolskill and Lolking. This is the first guide I have sat down and wrote so I tried to be as informative as possible but it is impossible to include everything and I'm positive i forgot something, if that's the case I apologize and if you have any further questions about Ekko or want to bounce some thoughts off someone feel free to add me on league and message me there if you are in NA, tweet at me and I'll respond when I see it (@saintkilian2), or hop in my twitch when I'm streaming and ask me there! Never worry about asking questions, I have plenty myself and it's important to have your questions answered if you're serious about getting better at the game and getting better at Ekko. I hope this guide has helped you and thanks for taking the time to read this. :)Rank 1 ekko in world season 6 pic 3.png

Tips and Tricks Back to Top

The most common question i get is: how do I improve at hitting Ekko's ekkow.png
and the obvious answer is practice, accuracy with landing w will come with the more time you spend playing the champion. once you know the cast time, animation time, and all of the delays of w by heart it will become easier to hit. Furthermore you should get into the habit of casting w when outside of vision range of the enemy to not show the initial animation and cast of your w to your enemy, you can either do this by casting just outside of their vision range or from a bush.

Another big thing is to keep in mine you can animation cancel with Ekko's ekkoq.png and ekkoe.png
you do this by e >q > take e. you don't want to do this in every situation but it allows you to get your combo off faster and you should get comfortable with using this cancel.

How to Lane Back to Top

In most of the match ups Ekko has a weak lane phase and will always have a risk of falling behind if you get killed so first off work on not dying in lane, practice match ups and become more comfortable in them. i'd even recommend playing ekko into those really bad match ups because learning how to play from behind is what makes you a better player

Another very important thing about Ekko mid is always thinking about roam times, when you shove a wave into a turret you have a good 30 seconds where you can leave your lane and not lose any cs, you should constantly look for roam times and assisting your jungler shut down the enemy jungler and to help your other lanes. one of the things that makes Ekko so good is his roaming potential so get good at roaming.

Teamfighting Back to Top

Always keep in mind that one Ekko w can instantly win a team fight if placed properly so always look for that. Most of the time you are going to want to look to land a good w and blow up an enemy carry but you can also use your w to create a 'safe' zone for your carries to peel them as well.

When To Use Teleport As a Top Laner Back to Top

When you're in lane you need to keep things in mind before you tp, the biggest thing being where your creeps are in lane and what they are doing. for example if I see that my team needs help but there is a wave of enemy minions pushing into my turret teleporting will result in me losing that wave and falling behind the enemy top laner. Every time before you teleport you need to quickly think about what you are giving up and what you are gaining so you are always making the best decision.

A good use of teleport that you should be looking for that will win you the game is teleporting off of roam timers rather than just using your teleport, obviously you can't always teleport off of perfect roam times there will be cases where you need to teleport because your bot lane is getting dove and you don't have time to set it up, but often times you know you will be teleporting ahead of time so for instance: if I see my bot lane is getting pushed into turret and they have a ward available to teleport to behind the enemy bot laner i can quickly shove the top wave so my minions hit the enemy top tower and immediately teleport, this allows me to complete my gank bot and get back top lane missing minimal cs and it additionally puts the enemy top laner in a situation where they have to choose between responding to your tp late and missing cs or not coming at all giving you a huge advantage either way.

How and When To Split Push Back to Top

Split pushing can be an effective strategy that can win you the game or cost you the game and that's why it is important to understand when to split push.

When to split push:

  1. If you need to stall out the game this is  a good way to draw a carry down to stop your split push stalling out the game by reducing the enemies ability to baron or take towers because they are a man down
  2. If you are too big for a single person on the enemy team to deal with and your team fighting isn't as good as theirs, by this i mean you may be so big that the enemy team has to send 2 or more to deal with you but because the enemy team comp is better they would win a 5v5 with champion synergy. this allows your team to get a 4v3 around objectives and lock out the game. also if you are so big the enemy team can't deal with you with a single person and decide to only send one person for you, you can kill them then tp to your team around an objective and 5v4.
  3. If you will lose the game by team fighting and want to try some sneaky backdoor tactics. I have won many games where i was 10k gold back simply by back dooring with a good split pushing build
  4. and most importantly if the only person on the enemy team that could stop your split push is their strongest player and are more valuable than you are. For example the enemy has a single fed carry like a fiora and no one else on the enemy team is strong enough to stop you they will be forced to send their strongest player to stop you allowing your team to 4v4. it's a good way to neutralize the lead the enemy top laner may have over you, if they are more valuable to their team than you are to yours you causing both of you to not fight with the team is advantageous.
When to not split push:
  1. If you are the most valuable player on your team and they need you with them in order to win the game you will need to be with them
  2. if you are strong enough to win every 5v5 there is no reason to force a split push
  3. if you are your carries only source of peel you will need to be with your team at all times because tp isn't fast enough to react off your team getting picked


Split pushing is a strategy that's very effective but will take a lot of time to get used to, you need to be so used to it that it's natural because many things are split second decision makings that you need to feel, you can't have this check list pulled up in your game and see what you should do, it's more reactive than that, my advice would be to think about these tips and try to keep them in mind but after every decision you make whether it be a teleport to your team, or a decision on split pushing, really think about if it was the right decision or not and eventually it will become natural and  you won't have to think about it so much.


My Stream Back to Top

If you want to further get advice from me or want to stop by and hang out I also stream pretty much every day at 8-9 a.m central time NA, hope to see some of you there :) https://www.twitch.tv/saintkilian

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