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Illaoi Statistics for joeytheleo

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

Value
Average
Games Played
6
Win %
44
Kills
4.4
Assists
5.0
Deaths
6.5
KA:D Ratio
1.4
Gold Earned
11.1K
Creep Score
182.5
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

I play Illaoi very aggressively so I find myself frequently running out of mana in lane. This + the fact that teleport is just the meta toplane spell right now. 



New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

Pretty standard 12/0/18 page. Grasp of the Undying is really good on toplaners at the moment, but sometimes I switch it out for Strength of Ages if I don't think I'm going to be auto attacking my lane opponent very much.


The reason why you put points in the ability damage masteries instead of the attack damage ones in the ferocity tree is because you do more damage with your tentacles than you do with your autos.

Abilities Back to Top

Q
E
W
Q
Q
R
Q
E
Q
E
R
E
E
W
W
R
W
W
Passive
Q
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7
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W
3
14
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18
E
2
8
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13
R
6
11
16
illaoipassive.png- Passive: Every ~20 seconds you spawn a tentacle on a nearby impassable piece of terrain that doesn't already have a tentacle near it. Early before the game starts place your tentacles in a triangle of sorts defensively in case the lane gets pushed into you. One near your turret, one in the top brush, and one near the river. This sets up a good starting defense especially against super aggressive laners. Some Illaoi players like to place their tentacles very aggressively but this more often than not just turns into free CS for the enemy laner. The tentacles have a lot of other uses that I will get into later when I talk about her other abilities.


illaoiQ.png- Q: Your bread and butter on Illaoi. Her main harass in lane. Once you have used this ability a few times you will get the hang of its cast animation and be able to hit the enemy laners at a pretty consistent rate. A great time to use this is when enemies go for creeps or to kill your tentacles. To really master using this skill you must master using it when you think the enemy is going to auto attack or use an ability and constantly punish them for it and eventually zone them out of lane. We max this ability first because it does the most damage and because the passive on it scales up the damage your passive tentacles do as well.

illaoiW.png-W: You gain increased attack range and your next auto will cause you to leap at an opponent and deal bonus damage. That being said, the true use of this ability is that after using the empowered auto any of your tentacles that are in range will swing down and attack in the direction that you just autoed. This ability is also crucial with your ultimate. Its cooldown is reduced to 2 seconds for a duration after you ult so you essentially want to spam is repeatedly so that the tentacles from your ult keep smacking the opponents in range over and over again. The reason we max this ability last is because you really don't get that much value from putting points in it. Leveling it up DOES NOT increase the damage your tentacles do when you proc them to attack. All putting points in this does is barely reduce the cooldown and barely increase the damage the empowered auto does. For that reason, even though this ability is super important to Illaoi's kit, we max it last

illaoiE.png- E: Now we come to the ability that every hates. You throw a tentacle forward and pull out the spirit of an enemy. If the enemy leaves the range OR you kill the spirit, the enemy will be cursed and tentacles will spawn near them and attack them until they kill 3 tentacles or wait for a long duration for the debuff to expire. This ability takes a while to master but once you get it down it becomes very useful and lets you dominate in lane. A great way to use this ability is when you pull out the enemies spirit try to hit both the spirit AND the enemy with your W tentacle procs and your Q to maximize damage done the them. ALSO the spirit counts as a champion for the sake of your ultimate so if you pull out someones spirit before ulting you will get an additional tentacle spawn. A great time to use this ability is when someone goes to try and kill your tentacles. Usually even if they have ranged auto's they will not be behind creeps and must stand still for a moment to auto attack the tentacle. This is the perfect time for you to cast E on them.

illaoiR.png- R: The ability that gives Illaoi 1v5 potential. You want to cast this when there is as many enemy champions in the target area as possible. You want to IMMEDIATELY follow it up with casting your W and autoing enemies so that all the tentacles that spawn from this will slap down at them. You want to use your W as much as possible while this tentacles are still active for maximum damage. There really isn't a lot to explain about this ability you basically just press R then spam W and proceed to 1v5 the enemy team


Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Most common start. Long sword builds into Steraks and having 3 potions helps with your weaker early game
    If the enemy is playing a champ that is incredibly weak early go with this since you wont need 3 potions so you might as well take the extra damage

Core Items

    Your core items. I rush steraks in 95% of my games unless I am against an AP top that is heavily harassing me then I will build a hexdrinker before my Steraks. I never build Iceborn before Steraks. I occasionally skip Iceborn if I am behind and just get Steraks
    Final items in my build depending on how the game is going.
    I get merc's 90% of the time. I only grab ninja tabi if enemy team is full ad or has a super fed AD champ

Situational Items

    Not exactly my favorite items on Illaoi but they have their uses and in VERY particular situations can be useful. IBG is almost always a better pick that Mallet and your waveclear is good enough that you are better off getting deadman's or randuins than sunfire

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Aatrox
    Easy
  • Cho'Gath
    Medium
  • Darius
    Easy
  • Dr. Mundo
    Easy
  • Fiora
    Hard
  • Gangplank
    Medium
  • Garen
    Easy
  • Gnar
    Hard
  • Heimerdinger
    Easy
  • Illaoi
    Easy
  • Irelia
    Medium
  • Jarvan IV
    Hard
  • Jax
    Medium
  • Jayce
    Hard
  • Lissandra
    Easy
  • Malphite
    Medium
  • Maokai
    Easy
  • Nasus
    Hard
  • Nautilus
    Medium
  • Olaf
    Medium
  • Pantheon
    Medium
  • Poppy
    Medium
  • Quinn
    Hard
  • Renekton
    Medium
  • Riven
    Easy
  • Rumble
    Easy
  • Shen
    Medium
  • Singed
    Easy
  • Tahm Kench
    Easy
  • Teemo
    Medium
  • Trundle
    Medium
  • Wukong
    Hard

VS

Aatrox

Easy

Force him to waste his Q on dodging your E. You do more damage than him for most of the game

VS

Cho'Gath

Medium

He has no escapes from your ult as long as you dont get caught on his Q. He outscales you late game however so try to get a big lead during the mid game.

VS

Darius

Easy

Every time he comes walking towards you trying to use his E or Q just use your E on him. Don't let him hit free Q's on you when you farm and play safe levels 1-3. Once you hit level 4ish you will win most trades with him

VS

Dr. Mundo

Easy

zzzzzzz farm lane, dodge Q's

VS

Fiora

Hard

A good Fiora is a nightmare for Ilaoi. She can parry your E and can use her Q to dash out of your Q. Really bad matchup for you overall, just play very safe and farm and try to wait for her to make a mistake

VS

Gangplank

Medium

Skill matchup. A good Gangplank can be rough. When you ult he will most likely ult as well and you need to make sure to get out of it as fast as possible

VS

Garen

Easy

Play safe levels 1-3. Once you hit level 4 you can out trade him easily. When he runs at you with his Q just E him

VS

Gnar

Hard

This guy is a serious pain in the ass. He can harass you forever and bully you out of lane frequently. At level 6 if he tries to all in you, you can win it if you play it right but the slightest misplay will lead to an ensuing 15 minute nightmare for you

VS

Heimerdinger

Easy

You can harass him while staying out of his turret range. If he wants to harass you with his W and E he has to move out of minion block range where you can E him easily.

VS

Illaoi

Easy

If you are better, you will win :D

VS

Irelia

Medium

Skill matchup. Be sure not to miss your E when she jumps on you

VS

Jarvan IV

Hard

He is silly strong toplane at the moment. He can E-Q over you and avoid most of your damage

VS

Jax

Medium

He outscales you later but he must stay right on you to do most of his damage which lets you smack him with lots of tentacles

VS

Jayce

Hard

His kit counters yours quite a lot. He can E you out of ult range, and he has the range to kill your tentacles constantly

VS

Lissandra

Easy

You can harass her out of lane. Build a hexdrinker first and you shouldn't have much difficulty in this lane

VS

Malphite

Medium

Watch out for his damage. If you play safe you will do fine but just be sure not to take too much damage from his E over time

VS

Maokai

Easy

He doesn't do a whole lot of damage and if he uses his W on you be sure to use your E once he becomes targetable again.

VS

Nasus

Hard

Outscales you hard and he can stack your tentacles. Sadly there is no way to have your tentacles not spawn so he will stack faster than he usually does

VS

Nautilus

Medium

Hes so frickin tanky its going to be really hard to kill him just play safe and farm

VS

Olaf

Medium

Play extremely safe early, once you hit level 4 you will be able to trade with him. DODGE HIS Q PLS

VS

Pantheon

Medium

Skill matchup. You can punish him for being overly aggressive but if he plays it right he has way more damage than you so you have to be safe

VS

Poppy

Medium

She can be insanely annoying. Stay away from the walls and try not to ult her when her ult is up or she will just knock you away

VS

Quinn

Hard

BLIND OP

VS

Renekton

Medium

His damage is insane. He heals. He has no mana. He is Renekton. Farm safe and wait for him to make a mistake

VS

Riven

Easy

Despite her being able to dash away from your tentacles, she will have to choose to either do that or trade with you. If you can force her to always use dash to avoid your attacks you will win lane

VS

Rumble

Easy

He will ult when you ult, don't stand in it. Harass him from range. Pull him with your E when he tries to E you or plays very aggressive

VS

Shen

Medium

DO NOT FIGHT HIM EARLY. His damage early is INSANE. When he goes to taunt you E him.

VS

Singed

Easy

Pull him when he runs towards you its pretty easy

VS

Tahm Kench

Easy

It will be hard to kill him but you have way more harass than him and he will frequently make himself vulnerable to be pulled 

VS

Teemo

Medium

Play very very very safe early on, you will lose trades badly. Once you hit levels 4-6 you will be able to trade more consistently and if he gets out of position you can all in him

VS

Trundle

Medium

He outscales you but in lane you will be stronger than him

VS

Wukong

Hard

He outdamages you for most of the game and his knockup will mess up your ult. Farm safe, try to not fight him

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