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Irelia Statistics for UselessMerchant

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

Value
Average
Games Played
569
7
Win %
53
42
Kills
6.4
6.4
Assists
5.8
5.8
Deaths
4.2
6.7
KA:D Ratio
2.9
1.8
Gold Earned
11.8K
11.7K
Creep Score
191.2
169.4
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Standard Top Lane spells for Irelia.   


12.png if used correctly is almost always better than 14.png  since helping your team is cool and it allows you to relieve some pressure from stronger laners during your weak early game. I take it most of the time basically. If you really want to ruin the enemy laner in duels, 14.png is perfectly fine though. I've started taking it more often because winning lane is nice so up to you.

Always take 4.png in my opinion. 

In mid lane 14.png is usually better but you can take 12.png there too.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

The masteries for Irelia have been tricky this season and I've been conflicted a lot but I think this is the best setup overall. Let's look at this setup in detail.



Fury: Attack Speed for your ireliahitenstyle.png and Fervor stacks

Feast: Extra sustain that helps with surviving in lane. Double Edged Sword is also a pretty good choice, but you usually don't need the extra damage and taking extra damage yourself is a problem especially in lane. If you disagree with feast then go ahead and take DES it works just fine.

Vampirism: More sustain for lane. Honestly Natural Talent still just sucks even with the buff in 6.12, that's the main reason why you take this.

Oppressor: I think this is slightly better than Bounty Hunter because it's a guaranteed 2.5% increased damage immediately on anyone cc'd which works with your ireliaequilibriumstrike.png and any other cc. If you prefer Bounty Hunter because can let you snowball harder you can use it instead it's perfectly fine.

Battering Blows: Armor Pen since you do mainly physical damage (outside of your true dmg anyway.)

Fervor of Battle: Great for auto attack focused champions like Irelia. Great for your level 6 all ins and scales very well too. Good synergy with the runes and your need to auto attack a lot to do true damage with  ireliahitenstyle.png. Got nerfed in 6.12 but come on what else are you gonna take?

Unyielding: Works well with your runes and the high resistance items you build later in the game. Being tanky is important and although it only gives you around 6-9 extra Armor/MR by the time you hit full build and level 18, it can mean the difference between life and death. Recovery is honestly just not that good either and scales terribly. Just trust me on this one I did the math.

Tough Skin: Lets you survive and win trades easier during lane, especially vs ranged opponents who can get free AA's

Runic Armor: Increases shields, healing, regen, and lifesteal, all of which you use very effectively. Helps you in lane and throughout the entire game.

Insight: Not only is the other option, Perseverance, a terrible mastery, Insight is awesome on Irelia because you rely very heavily on 4.png to engage and disengage, as well as 12.png to apply pressure in side lanes. 


This setup lets you have good sustain in lane with your autos and w and allow you to survive while also doing great damage with fervor. Fervor is honestly just a great mastery on Irelia and always has been. 

I go 12 in resolve instead of cunning because compared to cunning I feel like you just benefit more. You lose a bit of damage but honestly, you don't really need it. Not to mention you are squishier with 12 in cunning since you won't have unyielding, tough skin, or Runic Armor so it will be harder to go in without getting blown up. 

If you think you want to try other masteries I would say the other viable mastery sets are 18-12-0 with Fervor and 12-0-18 with Grasp. You may try both of those as well if you want but I really think this one is the best BY FAR.

Abilities Back to Top

Q
E
W
W
W
R
W
E
W
E
R
E
E
Q
Q
R
Q
Q
Passive
Q
1
14
15
17
18
W
3
4
5
7
9
E
2
8
10
12
13
R
6
11
16
Start ireliagatotsu.png against poke/ranged  I.E 80.png . Start ireliaequilibriumstrike.png if you are against melee's and can trade I.E 92.png.

99%  of games you want to max ireliahitenstyle.png first so if you are unsure of what to max in a game, rule of thumb, ireliahitenstyle.png first. 

Against some (only like 4) matchups you might want to max ireliaequilibriumstrike.png first for trades or to be able to fight people that you can't hit often unless stunned, I.E 81.png. Otherwise just do ireliahitenstyle.png it's much more damage and works better with your runes and masteries. 

Max ireliaequilibriumstrike.png second for the stun duration increase. Max ireliagatotsu.png last and ireliatranscendentblades.png at 6/11/16.

NEVER START ireliahitenstyle.png FIRST IT SUCKS.


A note: I use the term spell and ability interchangeably throughout the guide, both mean Irelia's QWER abilities. If I ever talk about spells as in Summoner Spells like 4.png, I will specify that.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Get this for most matchups.
    Go Cloth 4 against a scary AD threat or if you want to rush Ninja Tabi.
    Get this if you are afraid of poke champs. Teemo, Panth, etc.

Core Items

    Always get this item. ALWAYS. It is so broken right now.
    Boot Choices
    Example build against AD dmg (Can replace Sterak with Thorn/Deadmans/Damage Item)
    Example build against AP dmg (Can Replace Maw with Wits/Banshee/Damage Item)
    Mixed Damage Build 1 (Can replace Warmog with Damage Item)
    Mixed Damage Build 2 (Can replace Randuin with Damage Item)
    CDR rush option 1
    CDR rush option 2 (or just finish youmuu's and then go kindlegem)

Situational Items

    Against scary AD threats in late game
    You can rush this if against a scary AP laner such as Teemo
    If against a lot of tanks/ it's very late game and you need damage.
    Still good against Malzahar, but doesn't work against Zed, Trundle, or Fizz anymore.
    Much better now, certainly viable to get against AP teams whenever.
    Snowballing?

I've listed so many items/builds because the best ones will change depending on the game. The above builds and exmaples are most of the best ones so use one of those if you just want to copy paste a good build. If you want to experiment and learn what Irelia can truly do then experiment around. 


Just remember AD, attack speed, cdr, and tankiness are good.


Important things about 3078.png:


Almost all the time  your first big item should be 3078_32.png

Getting 3057_32.png before the other components is very good because it helps your Q farming, mana pool, and gives crazy damage with your all ins; Try to always get 3057_32.png earlier than later in my opinion. 

Also, 1036_32.png 1028_32.pnginto 3057_32.png is a deadly combo. 

Once you have  3057_32.png  buy 3044.png  next and then just finish 3078_32.pngand then proceed to ruin people in mid game with your damage spike.



Why is 3078.png good on Irelia?

-THE ITEM IS BROKEN ON AUTO ATTACKERS. Seriously the 6.11 change made this item absolutely bonkers on any auto attacker, especially Irelia. Even the CDR buff is awesome for spamming spells especially your ireliagatotsu.png and ireliatranscendentblades.png.
-It gives you extra damage on your ireliagatotsu.png because ireliagatotsu.png procs on hit effects, including the spellblade effect from  3057.png and 3078.png. This helps you do extra damage with ireliagatotsu.png allowing you to reset on kills easier.

-With each kill (not just champions) you get, 3078.png gives you bonus movement speed from the rage passive. When combined with ireliagatotsu.png, this makes you very mobile as long as you are getting resets.

-All of it's stats are useful on you

-You can proc the spellblade passive multiple times with your ireliatranscendentblades.png doing tons of damage. (get it? XD) 



Items to buy early other than 3078.png:

Check the matchups section for specific instances when you should buy these items.


There is only 1 big item and 3 medium sized items that you should ever get before 3078.png and those items are 3110.png,3155.png3052.png, and  3047.png

Rushing 3110.png is for when you accidentally feed in lane against scary AD threats such as 58.png. If you lose hard (and i mean like REALLY hard, to the point where you just want to stop feeding) you can get this against them, otherwise just keep going for 3078.png. Another option to get 3110.png first is against heavy auto-attacking champions such as 23.png. This is generally something you want to do more often but honestly, if you aren't having trouble in these matchups either, you should probably just get it after 3078.png not before. 

Rushing 3155.png is in a situation that you need early MR against a scary opponent that does magic damage such as 84.png. Just get it if you feel you need it maybe with some 3111.png and then get your 3078.png. Dont complete it into 3156.png until later. 

Getting an early 3052.png is only for 1 situation, when you get completely and totally dumpstered early. Similar to getting 3110.png early if you lose hard, you can build 3052.png as well, usually in a situation where you don't want to get early 3047.png or and early 3110.png. It's pretty good for just trying to survive and farm because of the health stacking passive. It also builds into 3053.png so getting this as an early stepping stone if you are having trouble is good. The only problem here is that it obviously delaying your 3078.png and usually you want to get 3053.png in a game where you are snowballing, not when you fall behind. Be open to getting 3052.png early though if you find a situation where you think you need it.

Lastly you can rush 3047.png3047.png is great in a lot of situations as a counter item. It's great for early movement speed, early armor, and blocking auto attacks which helps against a lot of champions such as 92.png or 133.png. Just like with 3110.png it is also good against hard AD matchups and counters autoattacking matchups. It's even scales very well in the late game so if you ever have the need to rush them feel free, they are great! 


Consumables:

Make sure you are buying a  2003.png or 2 if you didn't start 2033.png each time you back during lane. Once mid game hits you won't need to buy them anymore.

 Buying 2043.png is important throughout the entire game. Try to make sure that you have one placed somewhere on the map at all times. If you don't have one placed on the map you should have one in your inventory. 

Good places to put them include: Your river bush during lane, the dot bushes in the river, neutral objective spots (baron and dragon), in the enemy jungle when you are pressuring, in your jungle if you are being pressured.

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Aatrox
    Medium
  • Akali
    Easy
  • Aurelion Sol
    Easy
  • Cassiopeia
    Easy
  • Cho'Gath
    Medium
  • Darius
    Hard
  • Diana
    Easy
  • Dr. Mundo
    Medium
  • Ekko
    Medium
  • Fiora
    Medium
  • Fizz
    Medium
  • Gangplank
    Easy
  • Garen
    Medium
  • Gnar
    Medium
  • Gragas
    Medium
  • Graves
    Easy
  • Hecarim
    Medium
  • Heimerdinger
    Medium
  • Illaoi
    Medium
  • Irelia
    Medium
  • Jarvan IV
    Easy
  • Jax
    Medium
  • Jayce
    Easy
  • Kayle
    Easy
  • Kennen
    Easy
  • Lissandra
    Easy
  • Lulu
    Easy
  • Malphite
    Medium
  • Maokai
    Medium
  • Nasus
    Medium
  • Nautilus
    Medium
  • Olaf
    Medium
  • Pantheon
    Hard
  • Poppy
    Medium
  • Quinn
    Medium
  • Renekton
    Hard
  • Rengar
    Easy
  • Riven
    Medium
  • Rumble
    Easy
  • Ryze
    Medium
  • Shen
    Medium
  • Singed
    Medium
  • Sion
    Medium
  • Swain
    Hard
  • Taliyah
    Easy
  • Teemo
    Medium
  • Trundle
    Medium
  • Tryndamere
    Hard
  • Vladimir
    Medium
  • Volibear
    Hard
  • Wukong
    Medium
  • Yasuo
    Easy
  • Yorick
    Easy
  • Zac
    Medium

VS

Aatrox

Medium

Generally annoying matchup because of his dmg, mobility and passive but you can still beat him if you build right. Start 1029.png and rush 3047.png. If you have a hard time you can go 3110.png as well (it counters him really hard), otherwise just get 3078.png. You will have a much better mid game, he has a scary late game but you can win the game before he gets there, or just play around it.

VS

Akali

Easy

Akali in general is rare but might be op with the hextech changes this patch. Also since most people who play the champ are Akali mains, this matchup can be a pain. Luckily you usually beat her. Just farm up waiting for some levels in your ireliahitenstyle.png and watch out for her lvl 6 spike and you should out-trade and out all in her. Buy 2043.png a lot, it makes the whole thing so much easier. Start with 1055.png and rush 3078.png. If you have trouble 3155.png is very good in this matchup. You will have a better mid game by a lot but careful with her late game since she can blow people up if she goes damage or tank.

VS

Aurelion Sol

Easy

You kind of just wreck him since you can q inside his w circle and stun him. Just farm up early and all in him over and over at level 6 and on. Start 1055.png and rush 3078.png. You can also buy 3155.pngfirst instead but you will probably not need it. He will be strong in teamfights and scale well but if you win lane like you probably should, you will just kill people over and over.

VS

Cassiopeia

Easy

Cassiopeia top is really rare now but it might come back with her changes in 6.9. Her level 2 is some crazy damage and if u don't know when to run and she has 14.png then RIP. She is pretty squishy tho so you can ruin her with all ins and ganks. Start 2033.png and rush  3155_32.png if you have trouble. You will probably be able to jump on her and just all in her every  ireliatranscendentblades.pngcooldown and your mid game is better. Just try to end the game before she gets items, her late game is insane.

VS

Cho'Gath

Medium

Cho'gath is a pain, he just pushes you in all the time and forces you to farm the entire lane since you can't really kill him unless he messes up. Just farm up get 3078_32.png and you can be more useful in the mid game/late game. Start 1055.png and farm farm farm.

VS

Darius

Hard

This lane sucks. You can't really do much but farm, sustain, and try not to die. You can fight him at level 4 and 5 but past that, even at your level 9 spike it's really hard, because his dariuscleave.png heals and dariusexecute.png damage. His weaknesses are ganks and being able to avoid his dariuscleave.png heal with your ireliagatotsu.png. Other than that all you do is farm as much as possible and see if you can be more useful in teamfights. Start 2033.png or 1029.png (get potion if he has tp cloth if he has ignite). You can rush 3047.png if you want but just getting 3078.png and being more useful earlier might be better.

VS

Diana

Easy

Diana top will pop up once in a while but it's generally pretty easy. Early on you can't really trade because of her dianaW.png shield and passive, but once you hit level 5 and on you should be able to beat her with your true damage. She will do lots of damage most likely but you can stun her with ireliaequilibriumstrike.png and just counter all in. Start 1055.png and rush 3078.png3155.png is good if you fall behind.

VS

Dr. Mundo

Medium

This matchup can actually be bloody if Mundo wants to fight. Watch out for his cleavers and his ult and generally you should win though.  If you just want to go snowball other lanes while Mundo is still weak go ahead. Start 1055.png and just rush 3078.png.

VS

Ekko

Medium

Ekko got some buffs and then some nerfs but is still really strong right now, one of the best if not the best meta top laner right now. He can go damage or tank but most likely he will go tank since it's better right now (at least in top lane) anyway. Watch out for him procing his passive in trades and try to avoid getting stunned or trading in his ekkoW.png. At level 4 and 5 you can trade with him but level 6 his ekkoR.png is probably stronger as long as he hits it. If he goes tank you probably won't be able to win fights but at least you can farm easily. If he goes damage once you get up to level 9 you beat him pretty easily as long as you dont get wreck by his ekkoW.png and/or ekkoR.png. Start 1055.png. Rush 3078.png. If you fall behind and he goes damage you can go 3155.png first.

VS

Fiora

Medium

Fiora ever since her rework has been a pain to deal with as Irelia. There are plenty of opportunities where you can kill her but her outplay potential is high since her fiorariposte.png can stop your ireliaequilibriumstrike.png stun and end up stunning you instead. Avoid her early fioraq.png and farm up. Your level 6-9 are generally stronger than hers but make sure you don't get rekt by her fiorariposte.png and try to bait out her fioradance.png when you can. Start 1055.png or 1029.png. You can rush 3047.png or just rush 3078.png

VS

Fizz

Medium

Fizz top is annoying as tank or damage. As tank you kind of have to just avoid him and farm the entire lane phase (except maybe level 9). As damage you can trade and fight him more often but he might just insta kill you with a fizzmarinerdoom.png combo. You can win this matchup but lets be honest fizz is really annoying so you will hate going against him anyway. Most fizz players go 14.png12.png in top so you have to be careful for that as well. 3140.png no longer cleanses his fizzmarinerdoom.png so you can't build it anymore in case has a lot of damage in the late game. Just remember that his lvl 6 is stronger than yours but you lvl 9 is (usually) stronger than his. Start 1055.png. Your mid game will generally be stronger if you go even.

VS

Gangplank

Easy

Gangplank is an interesting matchup, sometimes it's very bloody and other times it's a total farm fest. In the matchup you want bloody though because he outscales you. Avoid his poke early using ireliagatotsu.png to farm and then from level 4 until the end of lane phase try to abuse him. Killing his raisemorale.png or just making sure you don't get hit by them a lot is important. Start 2033.png and rush 3078.png. He will outscale you quite heavily so try to get an advantage by killing him or winning other lanes with 12.png

VS

Garen

Medium

Garen is actually really scary early but if you can farm and scale to level 6 and 9 you will be ok. If he has 14.png you can choose to start 1029.png otherwise just start 1055.png. You can also get 3047.png if you want but it's usually better to just rush 3078.png. You have a way better mid game and late game so just survive and your fine.

VS

Gnar

Medium

Irelia is actually good against Gnar but only in mini form and even then his poke and gnarW.png can make it a hard lane anyway. Start 1029.png or 2033.pngand rush 3047_32.png if you are having a hard time, 3078_32.png if not. Putting 3 points in e before maxing w might be a good idea. Watch out for his gnarR.png when he gets mega. His teamfighting is better if he is good but you have better mid game and split pressure.

VS

Gragas

Medium

Gragas top is back with the tank meta and it can go both ways. Generally you can win in lane but there are times where he just gets a lot of ganks and just gragasbodyslam.png  gragasexplosivecask.png you back into the enemy jungler and then you cry while dying. He can have better teamfights because he is tank and has good utility, but you will do more damage to the backline and you have better split pressure and usually a better lane phase. Once you get some points in your ireliahitenstyle.png he won't be able to sit in your true damage very easily and you can win trades and push him out. Just avoid trading when he has his gragasdrunkenrage.png on and you should be good. Start 1055.png and rush 3078.png.

VS

Graves

Easy

Graves top is kind of dead now but i'd imagine it still pops up every so often. This lane is pretty easy for you. You get pushed in and poked early but once you get level 6 you can all in him to at least push him out if not kill him every time. Just survive until then and you beat him. Start 2033.png or 1029.png if you want to rush 3047.png to survive and get on him quicker. Get 3057.png to get lots of damage at your lvl 6 spike into 3078.png. You will be stronger for probably the rest of the game as long as you get the stun on your ireliaequilibriumstrike.png. Be careful for his healing and mobility though as he might be able to kite you out if he's good.

VS

Hecarim

Medium

Hecarim top is basically gone but you might still see it played by some people. It's generally pretty annoying and since most of the time they take 14.png12.png you have to be careful. Farm up and do small trades at levels 3-5. Once you hit around level 7 or 9 you can fight him just be careful for the 14.png. Ganks are pretty good against him since he will probably have no 4.png. Start 1055.png and just rush 3078.png

VS

Heimerdinger

Medium

Sometimes you encounter a heimer main that goes top. I always get sad when I see it because it's very annoying but Irelia is pretty good against it at least. Early game your going to get pushed in every wave, trust me its going to happen (if you don't want to die that is). Once you get 3057.png though you can jump either his h28gevolutionturret.png's or surrounding creeps to just all in him. His upgrade!!!.pngh28gevolutionturret.png will do lots of damage to you as well but if you be careful you can probably kill him or at least get him to back off so you can farm easier. He is also pretty easy to gank early as long as he doesn't outplay so ask for your jungler. Start 2033.png and rush 3078.png starting with 3057.png of course. If he gets strong you can also start 3155.png

VS

Illaoi

Medium

Illaoi is generally not a good champion but she IS a lane bully so sometimes this matchup is hard, especially if her jungler camps the shit out of you making her snowball into the next generation. Just farm up early and maybe take some early trades around level 5 but only if she misses her illaoiE.png. If she hits her illaoiE.png you have to go on her basically to make sure you dont become a vessel. Other than if she hits her illaoiE.png just don't trade until level 9 or if it's obvious you can win a fight. Rule of thumb never fight in her illaoiR.png, you will lose. If you can bait it out however she doesn't have much and once you get some true damage you can at least push her out or even kill her. Start 2033.png and rush 3078.png. You will outscale her as long as you don't all bunch in her illaoiR.png because she has almost no cc and has to use her tentacles to do damage.

VS

Irelia

Medium

Hooray mirrors. Start 1055.png and whoever rushes 3078_32.png better wins.

VS

Jarvan IV

Easy

Jarvan top is rare but still a thing. Lucky for you it's usually not a problem. Just be careful of his level 2 and level 6 spikes and you should be fine in lane and able to fight when your w is up. Go ahead and fight him whenever you want past level 6 because he can't sit in your true dmg. Start 1055.png or 1029.png (if he has ignite) and just rush 3078.png. You will probably outscale unless he destroys your backline. 

VS

Jax

Medium

This matchup feels really weird to me and can go either really well or really bad. Early levels you want to avoid his jaxcounterstrike.png when he trades by either ireliaequilibriumstrike.png and walking away or ireliagatotsu.png a creep that's low to avoid it. Basically every time he has jaxcounterstrike.png you can't trade without losing generally so try to bait it out and then you can win trades and all ins quite easily. Start 1055.png. If you have some trouble or it's good against the enemy team 3047.png can work well here it might not be worth it since he does a lot of magic damage. Another options is that since his 3078.png spike is also very strong, you can also rush 3110.png in this matchup (especially if you are ahead). While you are tanky and still do damage because of your ireliahitenstyle.png, he will be squishy and have reduced attack speed slowing down his jaxrelentlessassault.png procs. So 3110.png first is definitely an option but otherwise you can just rush 3078.png. You can fight him lane past level 5 basically and you are pretty strong past that but if he gets a good jaxcounterstrike.png on you, you lose. Late game he outscales you quite hard so try to win before then.

VS

Jayce

Easy

Jayce is an easy lane if you don't get poked to hell or rekt early. He cant really run from you or trade with you once you hit like level 5 because of your q, your e, and the fact that he has to go tear. His poke and damage early is scary but if u get past that you are stronger than him for the rest of lane and probably most of the game. Start 2033.png or 1029.png if you want to rush 3047.png. If you just rush 3057.png into 3078.png you will do insane damage to him and he will be really scared. Otherwise you can go 3047.png and then 3078.png and will still destroy him.

VS

Kayle

Easy

Kayle top is rare but can still be seen. She has good poke early but if you hit level 6 before her you can basically just all in her and kill her or you can get ganks and she can't really do anything. Once you have 3078_32.png in lane she can't really fight with you. Start 2033.png and rush 3078_32.png or if you are having trouble you can do either 3047_32.png or 3155_32.png depending on how she is building.

VS

Kennen

Easy

In the words of Dyrus our lord and savior "Kennen players are just glorified Teemo players." It's true Kennen is quite annoying as well and his poke is very strong. However unlike teemo, Kennen is actually a good champion but has a weaker laning phase as payment for that. You will definitely get pokes a lot in this lane but if you surive that you can just chain all in him with ireliatranscendentblades.png at level 6 and on when you get ireliaequilibriumstrike.png stuns. Farm early to survive then turn it around on him and he will cry. Start 2033.png and rush 3057.png into 3078.png. If you have trouble you can go 3155.png but you really should avoid this as much as possible.

VS

Lissandra

Easy

Generally Irelia is good in this lane since you can jump on her and get some good damage. She's got good poke with lissandraQ.png, mobility with lissandraE.png and good cc with lissandraW.png and lissandraR.png so she can certainly do well if she is good but you will generally be able to free farm and chain all in her with your ireliatranscendentblades.png early. Just don't get poked to death and you will do well. Start 2033.png and rush 3078.png. If you are having a hard time 3155.png and 3111.png are good here. She has a weaker mid game but a stronger late game with her lissandraE.png lissandraR.png engages and high damage.

VS

Lulu

Easy

Lulu is quite easy for Irelia once Irelia hits 6 with a 3057_32.png. You will just constantly push her out of lane with your ult and maybe kill her if she messes up. Start 2033.png and just survive until 6 and then she hates life for the rest of lane. Her ult will be good to keep you from bursting her team but in mid game you can probably still kill them. Rush 3078_32.png.

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Malphite

Medium

Malphite is another common counter for Irelia but there are good parts about it. Your early game is generally stronger since he won't have a lot of damage and you can just afk push him in and make his lose creeps. Once he gets his ufslash.png though you need to backoff and just farm since his gank assistance is insane. His landslide.png and passive also makes trades generally not worth it but if he accidentally misses his landslide.png, you can just do a big trade right there. If he is smart though just roam around and use 12.png and attempt to be more useful. His ufslash.png is really strong in teamfights but if he doesn't get good ones or no follow up he's just a useless rock. Start 1055.png and just rush 3078_32.png.

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Maokai

Medium

This lane is slightly favored for you in 1v1 but if Maokai is getting ganks you're basically screwed. He also does have some very good sustain and high base damages so his consistency in lane is sometimes a pain; you can be out damaged early. You will be more useful in the mid game but try not to get to late into the game because Maokai late game is scary. Start 1055.png and just rush 3078_32.png ASAP. Always respect his damage otherwise he will catch you by surprise and you will die. You can buy 3155.png here but you really want to avoid this.

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Nasus

Medium

Ah Nasus... How I hate you. Nasus has been litterally the #1 counter pick I've seen to Irelia is solo queue and for good reason. There is not much you can do to stop his stacking and his w stops you from all inning all the time. Depending on how the lane goes he can be a huge terror in the mid game and is basically always a problem in the late game. There are ways to beat him however and if you do them correctly you can do just fine. 3 things: 1. Abuse him early. Nasus is still very weak early so you have to abuse it, do big trades on him with all your skills and push him in so he misses creeps. You have to abuse him yourself as much as you possibly can before he hits 6. 2. Ganks are a must against Nasus early game. Beg your jungler to camp him pre 6 and if he doesn't then god help you. 3. Once he does hit 6 if you aren't super ahead just roam or TP bot lane and try to make it so that even if you can't kill him other people can. Start 1075_32.png and abuse him from lvl 1 to 6 and then try to do work elsewhere with an early 3057_32.png into 3078_32.png.

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Nautilus

Medium

Nautilus Top is still very strong as he has been for the past few patches. Early because of his auto stuns and his nautiluspiercinggaze.png and nautilussplashzone.png you can't really trade. Level 4 or 5 is ok to trade but be careful so that he doesn't get extra nautilussplashzone.png or auto stuns in. Don't underestimate his nautilusgrandline.png lvl 6 spike either, it does a lot of damage. Once you get level 9 you should be safe and be able to win fights usually but he will probably have 3068.png so you still have to be careful. Start 2033.png and rush 3078.png. You will have a stronger mid game most likely but his teamfights are insane so make sure he doesn't peel you off everyone with his autos nautilusgrandline.png or nautilusanchordrag.png.

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Olaf

Medium

Olaf is basically just a bully that you have to just deal with until you outscale. If you are able to out trade him or he has no mana you can probably all in him just dont count on it. Ganks ruin Olaf however so ask your jungler. Start 1055.png and rush 3078_32.png3047_32.png  and 3110.pnggood here too. Once you get level 9 you can probably beat him but before that just do some small trades, he is scary. Try to avoid his olafaxethrowcast.png as much as possible because if he chains them he can just run you down.

VS

Pantheon

Hard

Pantheon lanes suck for everyone Irelia included. You basically just have to take his spear damage until you are strong enough to just fight him 1 on 1. Ganks are good here. If you survive to team fights you will be more useful because he falls off a cliff. Start 2033.png or 1029.png  if he takes 14.png. Even though he isn't an auto attacker 3047.png and 3110.png early are good here if you have trouble. If you are doing fine though then you can just rush 3078.png. Always take 12.png in this matchup.

VS

Poppy

Medium

After the Poppy rework this lane went from the easiest in the game to one of the hardest. Now that she's not quite as dumb this lane is manageable but you can't really do much early except for farm. Don't do big trades with her in her shield and stay away from walls and at least you won't get chunked out or die. Once you get level 4/5 you can trade just like i said stay away from walls and avoid her passive. Your ireliatranscendentblades.png is stronger than her poppydiplomaticimmunity.png in fights so level 6 you can get a little more aggro but you probably still won't be able to kill her if she is going tank unless she doesn't respect your ireliahitenstyle.png. Because of her nerfs she will be not as annoying in teamfights so you will be able to do at least equal work to the backline. She will outscale you a little bit so try to win in the mid game when you have 3078.png spike. Start 1055.png and just rush 3078.png

VS

Quinn

Medium

Quinn is stupid; near teemo levels of irritation. There really isn't much you can do early except for farm and hope for a pre 6 gank. Once you get 6 though you can do some trading and all ins see if you can push her out, but it's hard with her quinnE.png quinnQ.png combo. You will do a bunch of damage but so will she. Start 1029_32.png and 2003_32.png and rush 3047_32.png into 3078_32.png. You will definitely outscale her and have a bigger spike mid game so worry about getting to that point in the game first. Also make sure she doesn't flank and wreck your backline in teamfights or split you to death.

VS

Renekton

Hard

Renekton is a scary laner and if he builds correctly there is not really much you can do until you scale and he falls off. Make sure you have tp for this lane because you are going to need to tp back to lane when he gets you low enough or just go help other lanes. Start 1029_32.png if he has 14.png and 1055.png if he doesn't. 3047.png and 3110.png are good buys early if you lose hard, otherwise just rush 3078.png

VS

Rengar

Easy

Rengar top is rare now but some people still cheese with it. Sometimes it's scary but Irelia is a champion that can deal with it. Just farm up and don't get cheesed early and once you hit 6 you beat him basically. Start 1055.png and then rush 3078_32.png3047.png is good here. Make sure he doesn't rape your carries and you will always be stronger past around level 5.

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Riven

Medium

I always enjoy playing against Riven as Irelia because it's always so eventful, it can be one of the most bloody lanes in the existence of top lane. Early on she beats you so just farm up and survive and keep her from winning trades too hard by stunning with ireliaequilibriumstrike.png. Once you get level 5 you beat her. Level 6 is tricky, depending on how good the Riven player is, she could either destroy you or get destroyed at level 6. To be safe I would wait to confidently fight her until level 7 where you definitely can beat her. Just farm until then and once you get there you can just constantly all in with ireliatranscendentblades.png and either win a big trade or kill her. You technically counter her but Riven is just one of those champions that people can win on regardless of the matchup so be careful if it's a Riven main you are against. Start 1055.png or 1029.png if you can rush 3047.png since they hard counter her, then rush 3078.png. Once you get 3078.png there is basically no way you can lose duels until late game where she outscales you with her full dmg cdr build.

VS

Rumble

Easy

Rumble is a very difficult champion so you won't see him very often in solo queue but should you see him you will be just fine. This matchup can sometimes be a pain since good rumbles are scary and his early rumbleflamethrower.png damage is not really avoidable since you are a melee, but once you get ireliatranscendentblades.png you can just walk to lane every time and all him every single time. You don't even need to kill him just use it to get lane pressure and you will be able to free farm or maybe get dives from your jungler. Don't underestimate his damage though, he is scary at level 5 and on as well. Start 2033.png. Rush 3078.png if you are doing fine or 3155.png if you are having trouble. Scaling in this matchup is weird, if he is amazing he will outscale you but if you are just even with him you will generally outscale him but only by a little.

VS

Ryze

Medium

Ever since the Ryze rework he has been a pain to lane against because he has good poke, good cc, and lot's of damage. Just ireliagatotsu.png farm until you get some points in ireliahitenstyle.png and then you can trade. Don't fight him when he gets supercharged though as you will either lose a trade really badly or just die outright. You will be generally stronger than him at 6-9 and once you get 3078.png you will burst him but he can burst you pretty well too so be careful. Start 2033.png. Rush 3078.png if you are doing fine or get 3155.png first if you are having trouble. 3111.png are good in this matchup as well. Try to win in mid game before he gets too big as he will outscale you hard if he knows what he's doing.

VS

Shen

Medium

New Shen is actually pretty difficult to lane against until you get to around level 5 where you have decent true damage. Before then he will outrade you with his passive shield and shenvorpalstar.png damage. When you start being able to trade at 5 and are stronger lvl 6 because his ult can't be used vs you, you can start fights, but remember that his shenfeint.png blocks all basic attacks. To all in, start the fight like a trade to bait out his shenfeint.png, walk away, then when it's down or after you get your ireliahitenstyle.png cd back, go back in while his shenfeint.png is still down. You should be able to win in general then but don't underestimate his magic damage with his shenvorpalstar.png and 3068.png. Start 1055.png and rush 3078.png. Try to push the lane as much as possible so that way it makes it more punishing for him to use his shenstandunited.png to help other lanes. Use 12.png to follow when you can.

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Singed

Medium

Singed is always annoying to deal with so i wish you luck. He will probably proxy you at level 1 so stay in the jungle early to stop him from getting in. If you stop his proxy he will be at a disadvantage. This lane is pretty snowbally, whoever gets the first kill or advantage will be able to make sure the other laner can't do much for the rest of lane. He's a pain and will just afk push but you can free farm and most likely be more useful mid and late game. Start 1055.png and rush 3078.png. If you fall behind you can go 3155.png but it's probably better to just roam around and use 12.png when behind (and ahead honestly).

VS

Sion

Medium

Sion top isn't great right now but it's still viable so you might see it from time to time. When he sets his crypticgaze.png up to hit you run to the side, not back and when he turns his deathscaressfull.png on, try to break the shield so that way he can't re-activate it for damage. He's pretty good against you until you get some good true damage on your ireliahitenstyle.png around level 5. From then on you can trade with him pretty easily but you have to be careful still since he will most likely be going 3068.png and will do good damage himself. Just farm up and do some easy trades and when he gets low enough try to push him out or kill him. If you can't do much more than farm, push the wave as much as you can and 12.png to help your team. Start 1055.png and rush 3078.png. You will probably have a better mid and late game but he will have good teamfighting with his aoe spells and tankiness. 

VS

Swain

Hard

Swain is not as dumb as he was before but he is still very very strong and a total bully. He does a lot of damage early so you kind of just have to ireliagatotsu.png farm and avoid him. You can only really win at level 5 and 9, and not even really then so really just farm. Start 2033.png and rush 3155.png or if you don't want to finish 3156.png then maybe an early 3211.png if he is giving you trouble. Just go 3078.png if you are doing fine. You will outscale him so just survive early. 3153.png is good for late game against him since he gets so damn beefy, or maybe a 3033.png because his healing is stupid.

VS

Taliyah

Easy

Taliyah does a lot of damage but is squishy meaning this is one of the matchups you thrive the most. She can hurt you a lot but if you respect her early until around level 4/5 you can win pretty easy and you destroy her at level 6 on. Just watch for the Q poke and try to dodge her knockup combo it does a lot of damage. Start 2033.png and rush 3078.png. If you have trouble 3155.png is pretty good here but probably unnecessary.

VS

Teemo

Medium

Let's be honest, everyone hates Teemo. Every so often people will pick him into Irelia to poke you to hell and blind you auto attacks with blindingdart.png. If he has 14.png generally he will kill you early and you will rage. However if he is not able to kill you, once you get ireliatranscendentblades.png you can just chain all in him and probably win. Teemo should be a counter against Irelia but surprisingly the Teemo win rate against Irelia is around 45%. If Teemo doesn't respect your all ins after the beginning of lane phase, you will win. Just ireliagatotsu.png farm and survive and then turn it around on him. Start 2033.png. If he is scary rush 3155.png and maybe 3111.png since mobility is good in this matchup. If you are ok then just rush 3057.png into  3078.png and kill him over and over.

VS

Trundle

Medium

Trundle is one of those matchups that you think would be easy but is actually a pain. His trundleQ.png is really good and his trundleR.png is really really strong even early as it can bait you in. He also has a longer auto attack range than you so you generally lose small trades. Once you get some good true damage at level 4/5 you can chunk him but before then you just want to farm and do some light trading. His level 6 is really strong too so you can't just all in to kill him. Try to bait out his trundleR.png by making him think you are all inning him and then kill him after. His ult is more important and has a longer CD than yours so trading ults is a win. Once you get level 9 or 3078.png you can probably win even with him having his trundleR.png but still be weary. Watch out for junglers in this matchup too. Start 1055.png and rush 3078.png3047.png are good against him but not necessary unless you are having a lot of trouble or they have a lot of auto attackers.

VS

Tryndamere

Hard

Tryndamere in lane is so cancer and since anyone who plays it is a tryn main you know they are going to be good almost 100% of the time. Just farm up try to make some TP plays early and keep him from taking all your towers in mid/late game. Start 1029_32.png and 2003_32.png and rush 3047_32.png into 3078_32.png. If you are having trouble rushing 3110_32.png is good too. You will have a stronger mid game generally but his late game damage and split pressure is high so you kind of just have to sit around him the whole game.

VS

Vladimir

Medium

Basically the same in lane as it was before but the champion is just much better now so little bit harder. Push him in early with ireliagatotsu.png and dash on him to trade. His vladimirtransfusion.png is nerfed so this is easier to do now. Avoid his double damage vladimirtransfusion.png though. You can abuse him more now because his healing is generally less than before. Once you get ireliatranscendentblades.png just keep all inning him and pushing him in. 12.png around to win other lanes while he is pushed in and farming and win the mid game off your 3078.png spike. Late game he will be very scary and very tanky though so be careful. Start 1055.png and rush 3078.png3155.png is good here if you start losing but you will probably not have to do this.

VS

Volibear

Hard

I hate Volibear top and not just as Irelia. He is just really scary early and if you dont respect his damage then you will hate life. Just farm early while avoiding his volibearq.png and volibearw.png. You can potentially beat him in mid game with 3078_32.png Start 2033.png or 1029.png if he has 14.png. If he goes damage you can rush 3047.png and maybe right him. If he goes tank, just farm up and rush  3078_32.png

VS

Wukong

Medium

If you know what to specifically avoid in this lane (e'ing his monkeykingdecoy.png clone, his lvl 2 power spike and his lvl 6 power spike) this lane is fine. He can be a pretty cheese laner so be careful though. Once you hit level 9 and/or trinity force you destroy him. Start 1055.png or 1029.png if he has 14.png and rush  3078_32.png. His monkeykingspintowin.png is great for teamfights but you will probably outscale as long as he doesn't ruin your backline. If he is full damage and tries to go backline, consider just peeling back and making sure he can't do that.

VS

Yasuo

Easy

Good yasuo's are scary but bad ones are a joke so this is kind of a mixed bag but you just have a lot more damage early. The lane is pretty snowbally so whoever gets the first advantage can push it pretty easily. Try to just farm and trade early and then when you have levels you can win duels. Start 1055.png and rush 3078_32.png. He will definitely outscale you but you can win with your mid game spike.

VS

Yorick

Easy

Yorick is rare because he is pretty bad but he is still sometimes played. If you do see him you just farm and cry in lane and then TP and roam with 3078_32.png and win the game. Sometimes he will fuck up and sit in your true damage enough to kill him but this is rare. Start 2033.png and rush 3078.png. You will outscale as long as he doesn't have a hard carry he can yorickreviveally.png.

VS

Zac

Medium

Every so often you might encounter a Zac top. He isn't played very often in top or at all really but I actually think he's really strong; be careful. Try to step on his goo so he doesn't heal everything during trades/fights. This is definitely a skill matchup but his damage and cc can be scary during lane so don't underestimate it. You should be able to trade fine during level 5 and as always your level 9 is very strong. Just farm up and roam around in the mid game. As long as he doesn't zacE.png on important targets you will probably be stronger during mid game. Start 2033.png and rush 3078.png. You can go 3155.png if he gets really fed but you won't need to do this often.

Why play Irelia? Back to Top

Here are some pros and cons for playing Irelia on Patch 6.12!

Pros:

-Insane mid game spike with 3078.png. (One of the best champions with 3078.png and the item is absolutely BUSTED right now)

-A good late game.
-Good split push pressure.
-A unique passive ireliapassive.png which reduces CC duration, increasing with the number of enemies present.
-Reset mechanic with your ireliagatotsu.png which lets you A. Farm easier B. Clean up low HP targets C. Chase down targets by dashing and resetting.

-True Damage and innate sustain with your ireliahitenstyle.png.
-A 2 SECOND STUN with your ireliaequilibriumstrike.png.
-A low cooldown, multi-use Ultimate with your ireliatranscendentblades.png.
-Easy to be good with and lots to learn to become even better.
-High Carry potential

Cons:

-Generally weak early game.
-Low mobility outside of her ireliagatotsu.png (which requires a target)
-Low waveclear outside of her ireliatranscendentblades.png (especially with the 3124.png change in 6.9)
-Can be out-dueled late game by high damage top laners
-Relatively low utility compared to meta tank top laners
-Not amazingly tanky so can be bursted if focused down.
-Decent engage but sometimes unreliable (preferable to have someone else engage)
-Needs items to be good (if she falls behind she is very weak)

Irelia's Abilities in depth. Back to Top

Irelia's abilities are pretty straight forward but let's go into a little more detail with them for the sake of 13.png (clarity Haha).


ireliapassive.png Ionian Fervor: Passive


ireliapassive.png is your passive. Whenever you are near one or more visible enemy champions you naturally reduce the duration of crowd control against you (AKA tenacity). The amount of tenacity increases depending on the number of nearby champions (only 3 champions). This passive is certainly not the most innovative or amazing passive in the game but it's something no other champion really has. It's also very useful especially in teamfights to make sure you don't just get perma cc'd and bursted. This stacked with 3111.png makes cc against you hard to stick, making it hard to kite, and chase you.


ireliagatotsu.png Bladesurge: Q


 ireliagatotsu.png is your bread and butter, the spell that makes Irelia, Irelia. ireliagatotsu.png makes you dash to a target doing damage and applying on hit effects. If you kill the target that you dash to, the skill resets and refunds 35 mana. This helps you do lots of things like farming safely in lane, cleaning up low HP enemies, and chasing down enemy champions. Resetting works on every kill (minions, champions, and monsters). This is also your biggest outplay skill, the one used in all the crazy Irelia escape and cleanup compilations. Also, ireliagatotsu.png is a one point wonder since the damage you get from it is mostly from your AD scaling and the on hit effect it triggers (3078.png). You max this last in every game since it works so well with one point. It's nice when you finally max it because it lowers the cooldown but it's not necessary until later. You will love this spell.


ireliahitenstyle.png Hiten Style: W


ireliahitenstyle.png is your damage and your innate sustain. It passively gives you healing on every auto attack and when activated you get true damage and double the healing on every auto attack. Early on this skill is crazy as it gives a ton of healing even without activation and a ton of true damage on activation. It's low mana cost allows you to use it a lot too. Whenever you do any fighting, try to make sure this spell is up, otherwise your damage will relatively fall flat.


ireliaequilibriumstrike.png Equilibrium Strike: E


ireliaequilibriumstrike.png is extra damage and your cc. Unlike the rest of your kit, this spell does magic damage. It is also your only cc making it your only solid engage tool but damn is it good. If you use it on a target that has a higher % hp than you, instead of slowing it by 60% you stun it for the same duration of time. When maxed this goes up to a full 2 SECONDS, which is an eternity compared to most other stuns in the game. This spell is great for duels because if you stun them and then all in, they get bursted down very quickly without them being able to move. Using this spell correctly is very important, a lot of the time the difference between life and death, victory and defeat. If you use it correctly this spell is very powerful. Sidenote: This spell tilts squishies because they will get E stunned unable to move and suddenly die. Have fun! XD


ireliatranscendentblades.png Transcendent Blades: R


ireliatranscendentblades.png is even more damage, and even more healing. When you activate ireliatranscendentblades.png you send a blade in the target direction that damages all enemies in it's path. You can then re-activate it to send three more blades. Each blade does physical damage and heals for a portion of the damage done. ireliatranscendentblades.png combined with ireliagatotsu.png is how you outplay and tilt the hell out of your opponents. ireliatranscendentblades.png can be used in a variety of ways like using it in combination with your ireliagatotsu.png to reset on targets, clear waves quickly, heal up, proc your 3078.png or 3057.png passive, or just do a bunch of damage by itself. It has a relatively low cooldown compared to other ults so you can use this often and in many different situations. Go wild!

For an even further look at these skills, take a look at the Irelia LoL Wiki.


Irelia LoL Wiki



Here is a showcase of Irelia's model and abilities in game:





Tips and Tricks Back to Top

Irelia is generally pretty easy to pick up because her skills are pretty simple and self-explanatory. However, there are some mechanics and tricks that separate the good Irelia players, from the great ones. Here are some of them.


Using 4.png with ireliaequilibriumstrike.png:

This one is pretty self explanatory and easy but it's here to point out its importance. The surprise two second stun is very very strong. This should be used in three situations: When you are confident in your ability to all in someone, when you catch someone, and when you need to engage on a high priority target in a fight. 4.png with ireliaequilibriumstrike.png is your best form of engage outside of using your ireliagatotsu.png and being able to reset, as it allows you get on a target while still having your ireliagatotsu.png to execute or chase down him down. Use it in mid game against squishes and insta kill them, use it as a catch tool, and use it against carries/high priority targets in teamfights so they get taken out quickly. Just try to make sure you are able to stun them when you do this because if you don't it can turn bad.


Using ireliahitenstyle.png to farm and sustain:

In lane phase, should you be under tower farming creeps, sometimes you will find that you can't kill a creep with just an auto attack. When this situation arises, do not be afraid to turn on your ireliahitenstyle.png to get the extra damage needed to kill it. This tip goes for sustaining as well. If you need to get your health back a little bit faster and have no plans to trade for a bit, go ahead and turn your ireliahitenstyle.png on to double your healing per auto. You can also do this if you need to push the lane just a little bit faster.

Turning your ireliahitenstyle.png on before using ireliagatotsu.png:

This mechanic is pretty simple but important as it maximizes your damage. Your ireliagatotsu.png applies on hit damage and this includes the true damage from your ireliahitenstyle.png; this means that whenever you dash on an enemy champion (if ireliahitenstyle.png is not on cooldown) you should activate ireliahitenstyle.png right before, or while you are dashing toward them. This will then apply the true damage on the dash as well as your autos. This mechanic can be used to reset your ireliagatotsu.png on targets you otherwise would not be able to reset on, similar to using ireliatranscendentblades.png to chunk down a target so you can reset on it. Combining this with the last mechanic "Chasing and running with ireliatranscendentblades.png and ireliagatotsu.png" allows you to maximize the amount of ireliagatotsu.png's you can reset.

Beginning trades/all ins by using ireliagatotsu.png on a creep:

There are three typical ways to start a trade or all in on an opponent. The first two are: ireliaequilibriumstrike.pnging first for a stun/slow and ireliagatotsu.pnging straight onto the enemy laner/champion. These two methods work well enough but are not always the best option. In the first you have to be in ireliaequilibriumstrike.png range, which means you have to walk up and potentially take free damage if the enemy is long ranged. In the second, you are able to instantly get to the target with your ireliagatotsu.png but you won't reset it. This third option in lane is the most efficient and much of the time most surprising engage that can be done so learn it well. It's pretty simple, essentially a combination of the other two ways to start a fight. If your opponent is near a low health creep and you are ready to trade or all in, dash to that creep and fight them, usually starting with an ireliaequilibriumstrike.png to stun them. This allows you to have surprise factor, and high/efficient damage and mobility because your Q will still be up. This allows you to sometimes kill the enemy even if they have 4.png to get away because you can just chase them with ireliagatotsu.png and maybe your own 4.png. You can set-up this tactic by hitting the creeps in the back to weaken them so you can dash to them a bit later, otherwise you can just look for when the back creeps become low naturally, it will happen often from the damage from your creeps. Use this tactic and you will be double as scary in lane.

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Efficiently proc-ing the 3078.png spellblade passive:

The 3078.png and 3057.png spellblade passives give you extra damage on your next auto attack when you cast an ability (with a 1.5 second cooldown after you use the auto). This means depending on how you use your abilities, you can get more spellblade procs and therefore more damage. Proc-ing spellblade efficiently applies to using all of your abilities but it mostly applies to your ireliatranscendentblades.png. Because ireliatranscendentblades.png has 4 different ticks and therefore 4 different ability casts, it can proc spellblade multiple times. This means that in situations where you can get auto attacks off with the spellblade passive, you don't have to use all 4 ticks immediately. Use ireliatranscendentblades.png with a pause in between each blade so you can proc spellblade multiple times and therefore do more damage and even heal a bit more. This can be used on all targets (except wards) to do more damage, including towers!

Chasing and running away with ireliatranscendentblades.png and ireliagatotsu.png:

This mechanic is the big tamale, the end all be all, the biggest way to outplay your opponents possible. It is the most impressive, and most difficult of all the mechanics that Irelia can do. Irelia's  ireliagatotsu.png is very powerful but only when it can reset, so one worry that all Irelia players have is not being able to get a reset. With ireliagatotsu.png you have crazy mobility and maneuverability (as long as you have a target) but without it have nothing. So what do you do when you are chasing down an enemy for the kill or running away from a gank and you need to be able to make sure you can get the reset or else your opponent will get away/ you will die miserably? You use ireliatranscendentblades.png to weaken targets you can reset on! Typically the targets in question are enemy minions but sometimes they are jungle monsters or even other champions. Similar to using ireliahitenstyle.png before ireliagatotsu.png to get extra damage and get a reset, this mechanic gets the target low enough so you can dash to it and get a reset. The big difference between the ireliahitenstyle.png mechanic and this one however, is that your ireliatranscendentblades.png does aoe and has multiple procs. If there are multiple creeps that you can dash to, you can use ireliatranscendentblades.png  to hit them all or wait to hit different targets up ahead. This then gives you multiple targets to get resets on so you can chase a target or run away with ease, changing you from a champion that has relatively low mobility to a nearly unmatched mobility. This mechanic is not always the best since you are potentially losing damage to champions by using ireliatranscendentblades.png on creeps or monsters, but if you need to catch up with them, this mechanic is wonderful. This one takes a long time to master (I still have plenty of work to do in using this mechanic), as it takes a lot of game knowledge of when's a good time to use it, how to use it efficiently, etc. To add to the difficulty, you will most likely be under pressure when attempting to use it since it's in high pressure situations that this mechanic does it's real work. Once you master it however, you can outplay the hell out of people. Have fun with this one, it's really cool!

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Early Game Back to Top

You main job in the early game, up to around level 6-9, is to survive and farm. Irelia has to scale up to become strong so you just need to survive against your lane opponent. This is why 12.png is helpful as it can help you get back to lane with items, consumables, and full health/mana.  Sometimes this rule falls out the window and you can play more aggressive but usually it's better to just farm and take small trades until you can fight with some items and good true damage from your higher level ireliahitenstyle.png


The most important mechanics in this part of the game are ireliagatotsu.png farming safely to avoid poke or damage, ireliahitenstyle.png sustaining, and stunning with ireliaequilibriumstrike.png

If you are against a ranged champion or a bully or you just happen to need to get a cs quickly, just ireliagatotsu.png the creeps. With the recent buff, you get a large amount of the mana you spend back when you get a kill with it so this is worth it. 

When it comes to sustaining with ireliahitenstyle.png just remember that you get healed for every auto so try to auto often. You can turn on your ireliahitenstyle.png for extra healing as well, since you are maxing it you will be losing a lot of damage for trades when it goes on cooldown but it's cooldown isn't too high and it doesn't have a high mana cost. If you aren't planning on trading for a bit or you need the extra damage to last hit some creeps, go ahead and do this. 

Lastly you want to make sure you stun with your ireliaequilibriumstrike.png as much as possible. Your ireliaequilibriumstrike.png turns into a stun when you have a lower % health than the enemy champion you use it on, flat amount does not matter, only %. This means that taking poke and starting a trade with less damage can sometimes be beneficial because it lets you get stuns instead of slows. Obviously you won't be able to get stuns 100% of the time and sometimes you don't even want to, but try to get it as much as possible, especially in early trades or when running away.

During this phase in the game you need to worry about ganks or roams from the enemy and be ready for ganks and roams from your allies. Make sure you are looking at the map whenever you have even a little bit of down time to see the movement on the map. If you see the enemy jungler in another lane or clearing a camp on a ward, you can play more aggressive during that time. If you see your allies coming to help you, make sure you are ready. To watch out for the enemy make sure you also have 3340.png and 2043.png in the bushes around your lane, in the river, or even in their jungle to get some heads up.

You also should also help other lanes when you need to and get the chance, either by walking down when you push the lane all the way, or using 12.png if you don't need it to help you in lane. If you make a play in another lane, you can potentially transfer it into killing a tower or getting the dragon.

For your first buys you should be getting items to help you survive such as 3047.png or 3155.png and consumables of course, ( 2003.png and 2043.png.) This is also when you get your first 3078.png components like 3057.png and 3044.png.

Mid Game Back to Top

Rule of thumb during mid game: Kill the enemy carries!


Mid-Game comes around at different points depending on the game, sometimes it comes right when you hit level 6 and can all in your opponent with 3057.png and your ireliatranscendentblades.png. Other times it's when you get your 3078.png (more commonly this is the mid game spike that matters). What's important about Mid-Game for Irelia, especially when she gets her 3078.png is that it's her home turf, her time to shine, the point where she can hyper snowball and carry the game.

Irelia has one of the best Mid-Games in the entire game and has the 2nd best 3078.png spike beaten only by 42.png. Here she can easily 2v1 and sometimes 3v1 people if she's ahead enough. Your mobility, q damage/resets, long stuns, and ult healing and damage will make this part of the game very fun and a time that you can carry your team on your back. At this point you want to either kill your lane opponent over and over, take his tower and roam, or take his tower and keep pressing it in if there's no need to help your teammates. 

You should also continuing to pressure towers and getting dragons. Buffs are also good things to make sure you can secure as denying them can be important in drawn out fights. If your team is ahead enough you can also begin pressuring baron.

Get objectives, split push/pressure a side lane, and rotate with your team. While you are split pushing or pressuring you should continue to use your 12.png to rotate around or help your team before a fight. Keep placing 3340.pngs and 2043.pngs, especially when you are pressuring a side lane so you don't get ganged up on.

In this part of the game you are not invincible however. Irelia at this point is pretty squishy since you only have 3078.png and maybe upgraded 1001.png. Be weary that going into a group of enemies alone will probably end with you dead and giving a shutdown. At this point you want to be able to duel or follow up on other peoples engages so you can clean up. You can still engage if you know it's safe but it's relatively risky. If you aren't adept at Irelia yet, then try to avoid going in first at this point (and honestly at all points in the game). 

After getting Trinity you can branch out in your build depending on the game. A very strong item combo that works for basically any game is 3078.png, into tier 2 1001.png, into 3053.png, into 3026.png3053.png works very nicely with your aggressive style giving you damage that not only helps in general but also makes your 3078.png spell-blade procs stronger since 3053.png increases your base AD which is what affects the dmg of the spell-blade procs. That with the HP and the Shield, it's a great item. Then with the new 3026.png buffs this patch, making it cheaper, it evens out the expense of your build with 1 expensive item and 2 cheap items. 3026.png also gives even stats which is great to get after 3053.png and the passive allows you to maybe engage instead of just following up. 

Other good mid game items to buy are 3156.png (Don't buy Sterak's as well if you get Maw, they don't stack anymore) and 3142.png for snowballing. 

Heavier tank items such as 3065.png or 3143.png are also good here but if you are ahead you should get these later in my opinion.

Late Game Back to Top

This part of the game starts either around level 15, 30 minutes, or 3.5 big items. Here it gets a little tricky.


At this point you are still strong but your damage has fallen off a bit as you have started buying defensive items and your opponents will be getting more health, making your true damage weaker. It's likely you will still want to be killing the enemy carries during late game, but at this point you need to watch out for their own defensive items such as 3157.png or 3140.png. You have to be able to find the right opening to go on the backline or whatever priority target while making sure you or your carries don't die yourselves. 

From here on remember your win condition, kill the enemy nexus. You should be looking to get the inhibitors so you can pressure the map. Siege towers with your team or continue to split pressure and clear waves in a side lane while you have 12.png (or just rotate).
Here you can continue to fight around dragons and soon high dragons, as well as barons. Continue securing the enemies buffs when they come up if you can (especially red because a hard carry adc with red is scary). Use the buffs you get from neutral objectives to help siege and pressure into their base.

By this point you will have some good tank stats but want to continue building tank items, finishing your build with things like 3110.png 3143.png  and 3065.png. Make sure you continue building around the enemy team depending on how much damage of one type they have. If it's a lot of magic damage, get MR. A lot of physical, get armor. A lot of mixed damage or true damage, get a bunch of health. Try to keep an open slot so you can continue to buy 2043.png and place them around the map. 

Once you get a full build or if you have some extra gold, buy an elixir, either 2140.png or 2138.png

If you get to REALLY late game, continue to buy elixirs but also start selling some of your items that don't as much in the late game like 3053.png or 3142.png if you bought it when snowballing. Replace them with heavy tank items or if you need damage buy a 3153.png. If your 3026.png is on Cooldown because it got popped, sell it and re-buy it later.

At this point you just need to do what's best for teamfights and pressure and buy optimized items. Execute well and you will hopefully win, execute poorly and you might lose. Just keep on going until the game is over. Good luck!

Thank You's and Credits Back to Top

HOLY CRAP THIS GUIDE IS FEATURED NOW! THANKS EVERYONE!


I just want to put in a thank you to some people who've inspired and helped me during my League of Legends career and my time learning, playing, and enjoying Irelia.

IreliaCarriesU: This guy is one of the best if not the best Irelia players in the world and taught me a lot about Irelia. A lot of the stuff in this guide is from his teachings so lot's of credit to him. He's a cool guy and fun to learn from. Thanks a lot man.       ICU Twitch Channel    ICU Youtube

Dyrus: My favorite stream and top laner of all time. Really nice and funny guy and the person who inspired me to play top lane. Love you Dyrone. Thank you so much.     Dyrus Twitch Channel    Dyrus Youtube

Wickd: One of the best Irelia players in competitive ever (if not the best). Thanks for inspiring myself and others to play Irelia with your amazing play.     Wickd Twitch Channel

Totalbiscuit: A great youtuber and the first to show me what League of Legends (and moba's) was back in his videos so long ago. If it weren't for you, thousands of people including me might not be enjoying LoL today. Thanks!

A big thank you to anyone who's played with me and helped me in my time playing LoL. LoL is infamous for it's toxic community but there are plenty of awesome people playing the game. If we duo'd together or you gave me some tips to help my play in any way, thanks a lot!

And of course a big thank you to you, the reader for checking out this guide! I hope you enjoyed it and learned a lot. If any of you readers have questions about something or suggestions for the guide go ahead and contact me through my Twitch Channel (link to channel in the "Runes" and "About the Author" sections) or my gmail: MikeUMVinn@gmail.com.

THANK YOU ALL!


Credits:


LolWiki's Irelia page for ability specifics: http://leagueoflegends.wikia.com/wiki/Irelia

SkinSpotlights for their video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKZvEiHi0AE

Winniethejewbear82 for their video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DurRLGsBJU

Leon DW for their video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsPnOBk1Owk

About the Author Back to Top

Hi I'm UselessMerchant! I'm a Diamond tier Top Lane main from NA who loves playing Irelia. 


I started playing in Season 1 but never hit level 30 until Summer of Season 3 where I placed in Silver 1. From there I went to Platinum 5 in Season 4. Diamond 5 in Season 5, and now I am back to Diamond 5 here in Season 6, shooting for Diamond 1/2 by the end of the season. 

Although I play many champions in top lane, ever since Season 4 I've loved Irelia the most and play her in both top and mid (when I don't get top). Over the course of Season 4-6 I have nearly 1000 total ranked games played on Irelia with an overall KDA of 3.32 on the champion. 

I hope you enjoy my in depth guide on my favorite champion in League of Legends!


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Updates Back to Top

5/8/16- Original Release, Patch 6.9.


5/20/16- Patch 6.10 Update- Slightly updated Summoner Spells section. Slightly edited Masters and Items sections.
Updated Fizz and Swain matchups. Added Taliyah matchup. General grammar/spelling edits.

6/26/16- Patch 6.12 Update- Still working on it but the important parts are done. AND I GOT FEATURED xD
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