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Irelia Statistics for ohammy

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

Value
Average
Games Played
83
5
Win %
51
42
Kills
6.4
6.2
Assists
4.9
5.4
Deaths
3.9
6.8
KA:D Ratio
2.9
1.7
Gold Earned
11.6K
11.2K
Creep Score
178.4
179.3
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

4.png: Needed for most champs. Will be used mostly defensive or for flash stuns with ireliaequilibriumstrike.png.Keep in mind that against melee champs you sometimes cant flash from autos.

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12.png: Mostly used so you can split in mid/late game, tp bot or other places. If you see your lane opponent tping, trying to stun with ireliaequilibriumstrike.png or if you cant stun do as much dmg as possible. 

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14.png: Ignite helps a lot for your all ins by giving just that little extra dmg. Only take this if you're really confident in lane you can take this for early aggression. This is also good to go against champs like 36.png 114.png8.pngfor the reduced healing.

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3.png: Basically same ignite except it makes it so your opponent cant do much dmg to you. Good for against assins and mages too.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

There are 2 diffrent masteries you can take. 


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18/0/12: This is much more standered then the other option. Fervor goes well with all your attack speed and you get some tankyness. When going with fervor remember to ult once you get full stacks so it does more dmg.

Fury for more attack speed, fresh blood for better all in, natural talent over vamprism because you have enough life steal with w, bounty hunter because the new battle trance nerf, and battering blows because you're ad, and fervor since it stacks quickly.

Recover since its just better, tough skin is better then seigemaster since you're not getting harassed under tower that much, although you can go it if you're against a heavy pusher/harasser like 126.png, runic armour for your ireliahitenstyle.png heals, and fearless for extra resists.

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12/0/18: This is the same as 18/0/12 expect you have grasp instead of fervour. This isn't for grasp though its more about getting the extra tenacity so you have even more along with your passive. CoC isn't reliable enough to get a stun with ireliaequilibriumstrike.png to go. 

Abilities Back to Top

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

Start ireliaequilibriumstrike.pngso you can stun at level 1 and get an AA, it also prevents enemies all inning you at level 1

You can start ireliagatotsu.png if you're against a ranged much up and wont be close enough to use ireliaequilibriumstrike.png anyways. 

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ireliahitenstyle.png Max Is almost always what you're going to do, sometimes you can do ireliaequilibriumstrike.png if you're against super squishes and don't need the extra true dmg.

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2nd max is ireliaequilibriumstrike.png most of the time although doing ireliagatotsu.png  works just as well. Max ireliaequilibriumstrike.png if you're against more melee champs, and ireliagatotsu.png  if against more ranged champs is a good rule of thumb. 

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Standard start for almost all lanes
    For heavy early game ad enemys
    Against harassing enemys
    If you're confident in lane and want to all in at level 4

Core Items

    Needed for any build first item
    Choose one of 3
    Tanky item options
    Extra dmg options
    Get this in almost every game
    Tanky build example
    Man mode Irelia Carries U build

Situational Items

    Enemy team has a lot of burst
    Duelling and split pushing a lot?
    Enemy has a lot of ap and full ad team
2033.png: Almost every game start this, gives sustain and a little extra dmg.
1029.png2003.png: Good against heavy ad enemy that you will probably rush 3047.png  against, like 157.png80.png92.png58.png
1054.png2003.png: Start this is you're against someone like 85.png  or 133.png that has a lot of early ranged dmg.
1055.png2003.png: If you're confident in a early all in go with this, pairs great with ignite.

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3078.png: Gives you everything you need, attack speed, Damage, extra move speed. Building order can confused people.
3101.png: Build first if you are against a tank in lane that will just sit there and have a dps battle with like 36.png
3057.png: For faster trades mostly against squishy champs that you don't need extra health from phage, like 68.png
3044.png: go phage most of the time, gives dmg, health, and bonus move speed so you can stick to your enemy.

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3047.png3111.png3009.png: Choose one depending on what the enemy team has. A lot of ad? Go tabi's. A lot of CC? go Mercs. A Have neither of the 2 and slows? Go swiftness.

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3065.png3102.png: MR tank options, spirit visage is normally better for the bonus heals, but if the enemy have a picking champ like 53.png or a busty champ like 45.png go banshee's.
3143.png3742.png: Enemy has a  157.png or non-lethality adc like 22.png? Go randuins. If not then go deadmans. 

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3022.png: Nice item, gives you stickyness, health, and a little extra dmg, just too expensive most of the time though.
3071.png: Although you waste the phage passive, black cleaver is a good 2nd item. Getting it 2nd means you have 40% cdr with trinity and it gives tankness, dmg, and armour shred.
3142.png: Nice 2nd item, gives you move speed, dmg and lethality, also cheap. ghostblade falls off later from what I noticed though and itsn't as good as black cleaver.
3153.png: Classic 2nd damage item on Irelia. Its a good item to have if you need some extra dmg against tanks and the slow. You shouldn't get it 2nd item though wait for your 3rd or 4th item to get it.
3156.png: Great item to have. Normally better to sit on the 3155.png for a while just to have the shield and magic resist. Keep in mind that the passive shield and 3053.png shield don't stack.
3748.png: Amazing item to have. It gives you the extra wave clear, health, autoreset, and a little more dmg. Works well if you are lacking dmg in a tanky build.

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3026.png: Almost needed for every game. It lets you dive in teamfights and not having to worry about getting 1 shot. Its basisically the non-mage version of 3157.png. If you lose the passive late game remember to sell it for something else until the cooldown comes back.

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3053.png: Get this if the other team has burst, it also works well with 3078.png  sheen passive.
3091.png: Wit's end is a mediocre item. Other items do it's job better mostly 3156.png but if you already have 3053.png and are full ad team then it's worth a shot.
3046.png: If you are 1v1ing a lot and splitpushing PD is a good item. Combined with 3022.png you can almost always chase down enemies.

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Aatrox
    Easy
  • Akali
    Medium
  • Camille
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Easy
  • Darius
    Medium
  • Diana
    Easy
  • Dr. Mundo
    Easy
  • Ekko
    Medium
  • Fiora
    Medium
  • Fizz
    Easy
  • Gangplank
    Medium
  • Garen
    Easy
  • Gnar
    Medium
  • Illaoi
    Medium
  • Jax
    Medium
  • Jayce
    Hard
  • Kayle
    Hard
  • Kennen
    Medium
  • Kled
    Medium
  • Malphite
    Hard
  • Maokai
    Easy

VS

Aatrox

Easy

Easy match up because simply put its Aatrox. He can be a little scary later in the game but from 1-11 you should be fine. Try to dodge his E in lane so you don't get harassed.

VS

Akali

Medium

Being in lane against Akali early is pretty simple. Once she gets 3 items then she can duel you. Try not to let her get free Q procs and you should be fine. Don't let yourself be pushed in too much either since she will want to roam after 6.

VS

Camille

Medium

I can't say much for Camille since I have not played against a good Camille. Bait out her passive and camilleq.png if you can. Her camillee.png is really hard to dodge so it's almost not even worth trying. After 3 or 4 items you wont be able to 1v1 her unless you go for a more dmg heavy build. 

VS

Cho'Gath

Easy

Cho is really not that bad to lane against. Dodge his Q with your ireliagatotsu.png and get as many autos off with ireliahitenstyle.png as you can. Go for 3101.png early so you can do more dmg. Don't be low at all since he can always 4.png ult you and you're dead. 

VS

Darius

Medium

Daruis can be a real pain if he knows what hes doing. Against Daruis you need to control the lane as much as possible. Don't let him W you for free too much and hit you with Q. When trying to kill him, do a normal combo but don't use ult and don't let him get 4 stacks of his passive on you. As soon as the passive stacks are gone go back in and kill him. Save your ireliagatotsu.png for when he Qs so you can be inside it.

VS

Diana

Easy

Diana is pretty bad early so you don't have to worry. Try not to take too much poke from her Q. Bait out her shield then all in her and you can win the lane easy. 

VS

Dr. Mundo

Easy

Mundo is basically like a punching bad for you. Once he gets 2 or 3 items you wont be able to do much so as soon as you hit 4 try to fight him as much as you can. Baiting his ult before you go in can make your life a lot easier. Rush 3101.png and let your ireliahitenstyle.png destroy him.

VS

Ekko

Medium

Ekko is not that bad to lane against. His Q spam will push you in so try to fight once you get a power spike. Stay clear of his Ult at all times. Also if you see him go into a bush or out of vision quickly then expect a W coming your way. Don't let him do quick trades where he procs his passive then runs away and you can kill him.

VS

Fiora

Medium

Fiora is a skill based match up, for the first 9 levels. Level 1-4 is going to be her Q into you to get passive procs on you then running away. When she does this try to ireliaequilibriumstrike.png and stun her. If not atleast get 1 AA on her. Watch how she uses her parry since that's what the match up is about. Also the parry will kill your attack speed even if you don't hit her with anything to try to ireliagatotsu.png out of it's range. When she ults you put your back to a wall so she can't get all the weak points on you. After 2 items there is almost nothing you can do to her in a 1v1 since its Fiora. 

VS

Fizz

Easy

Fizz top is going to be about him (her? idk) dealing a bit of damage to you, getting out, then all inning you right after. Don't let him do this since if you don't dodge the ult then you'll be dead. Watch how he uses his E so it wont cancel your ireliaequilibriumstrike.png stun. You can also dodge the E damage with your ireliagatotsu.png if you're fast enough. Try to fight at level 4 and get a lead. 

VS

Gangplank

Medium

GP is a  skill match up that's in Irelia's favour. Sticking on him will be your biggest problem since he has a QSS and 2 slows. Try not to take as much Q damage early by hiding in the bushes and only going out to CS. Dodge his barrels and fight him early as much as you can. A lot of GPs will go 3.png because of Tobito to remember that. 


VS

Garen

Easy

Garen is a almost free lane. Get you ireliahitenstyle.png off right before he silences you then just keep hitting him. Most Garens like to silence then spin but if you get your ireliahitenstyle.png before that and keep hitting him as he spins then you can out dmg him.

VS

Gnar

Medium

Gnar is all about playing around his E (jump). Getting your ireliagatotsu.png resets when going in is what will win you the lane. If you can stick on him then he wont be able to do anything as long as hes not mega. 

VS

Illaoi

Medium

Illaoi can be the biggest pain in the but if you don't know how to play against her. Dodge her E anytime you can since its the biggest problem. Keep the tentacles dead too. The biggest mistake against playing against Illaoi is not baiting her Ult. If she ults, you run until its stopped.  

VS

Jax

Medium

The classic fighter match up. It's mostly a skill match up and plays around his E. Bait his E and you win. Dodge his E with Q or stun him and walk away as it goes off, then walk in. A good Jax will let you get use your ireliahitenstyle.png then use his E to counter it. Fighter early after level 4 if you can and be carefull of his level 1 cheese with his E. After a 2-3 items you wont be able to 1v1 him well unless you build dmg.

VS

Jayce

Hard

Personally I find this match up hard although others don't. You will take too much damage before the first back do don't try to fight him. Save your ireliagatotsu.png for when he knocks you back and you should be able to stay on him. If he can kite you then you will die so get all the  ireliagatotsu.png resets you can and all in him after the first or second trinity part. After a few items you should be able to fight him well.

VS

Kayle

Hard

Kayle is a really hard match up for Irelia. Basically to win you cant let your self to get far behind early then all in him. When you're all inning him make sure you get a ireliagatotsu.png reset, let him ult and walk away. As soon as the ult goes away then ireliagatotsu.png back in. Go in right as his E is ending since it's cooldown is too low to go in right after it turns off. 3047.png works against her so its a good buy if you're behind.

VS

Kennen

Medium

Kennen is about sticking on him. In early game you should start 1054.png so you don't take too much harass. Get your ireliagatotsu.png resets and stick on him with 3044.png. Try to bait out his ult by ireliagatotsu.png in then back out. 3111.png is a good buy if the rest of his team has CC too.

VS

Kled

Medium

Kled has been rising in popularity recently. He deals a lot of damage with his W so try to bait it out. All inning him works well especially is you can get him off Skarl. Save your ireliagatotsu.png as long as you can. If you dodge his Q early game then he wont deal as much dmg. 

VS

Malphite

Hard

Malphite Is about if he knows what hes doing. If you can dodge his ground pound thing then try to trafe with him. His attack speed slow will kill you since its so bad. Try to dodge it then do in with ireliahitenstyle.png ready. Rush 3044.png and 3101.png. After 1-2 full items you wont be able to kill him.

VS

Maokai

Easy

Maokai is a simple match up that is in Irelia's favour. Your ireliahitenstyle.png will shred him after lv 4 and he wont be able to survive that long. It will probably take 1 long trade then an all in to kill him if you don't run 14.png. After 2 items killing him will take too long to be worth it or he can just walk away. Going for 3071.png 2nd is a good idea if you still want to kill him. After the recent nerfs in 7.4 he wont be able to spam push you under tower by E then Qing the wave. If he does constantly push you in try to kill some minions of his then go in right after he uses his spells. Rush  3101.png then 3044.png and you should be fine in lane.

Early game Back to Top

Early game is mostly waiting for your opponent to mess up or farming.


Lv 1 - 3: Only fight if there is a good open and you have a chance to. Irelia is kinda weak in these levels since your W doesn't do enough dmg and you have full attack speed. Therefor your only AD will come from fervor, which is very little. 

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Lv 4-5: Fighting at these levels is pretty good since you will have some auto attack dmg now from W. When fighting just be careful of your enemy's dmg since you will still be squisy.

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Lv 6-9: Most people underestimate Irelia's ult dmg even though it has pretty good dmg for a first rank ult. If you can force a back, get phage, then fight your oppenent you should have a good chance unless its someone like 58.png
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A basic combo is to jump to a minion > stun > auto attack with W > Q > ult once you get your fervor maxed (it gives AD for your ult dmg). 

Mid game Back to Top

Mid game is Irelia's best spike. Once late game hits you wont be very useful so make sure to abuse your powerspike at mid game. Roaming and taking towers while split pushing is your best bet. You should be able to 1v2 or at least go 1 for 1. 


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If you're ahead then force the enemies into making a move onto you. They will somtimes have to send 3 of them to deal with your splitpush. Make sure that your team is able to engage if the enemies do send 2 or 3 to you. 

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If you went even then you can either try to split or get some tankyness and team fight. When teamfighting mid game you have to be really careful. If you don't have other teammates that dive then stay back and just burst down their front line. Reason for this is if their backline is something like 117.png61.png or anyone with shields it's hard to get a kill before they kill you. Basically treat teamfights as if you're an assassin like 121.png

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If you're behind then just build tank items and teamfight. You will have chance in 1v1s and 1v2s but its probably better just to help the team.

Late game Back to Top

Late game Irelia is kinda shit. You don't have enough defense abilities to tank a backline for long enough, or enough offence to 1 shot a squishy. 


If you're playing with an aggressive build (ex: the icu build) then play teamfights still like an assassin. If you're tanky then you will have to rely on your teamates to win the fights. 

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Offensive build: Don't go in fist. If you have another diver on your team go in after if they are tankier. If their not more tanky then go in at the same time this will make the enemy's backline more scrambled compared to 1 of you going in then the other. 

Since you have 40% crd don't worry about getting your Q reset right away since it's on a 3 second cooldown. Getting a stun off on their carry is the most important part of your job.  your ireliaequilibriumstrike.png is a 2 second stun it will let you get your dmg off onto them. 

The best possible thing to do is to split 1 or 2 of the enemies off from the teamfight and 1v1 or 1v2 them. This can be hard since most players will know to stick with their team. However in some lower elo games players will still chase you.

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Defensive build: Just play like a tank. Your true dmg falls off so you will basically only be good for your ireliaequilibriumstrike.png stun. Try to just tank and disrupt their backline as much as possible.

If you can get out it's the best possible out come other then killing their carries. To get out use your flash over a wall, Q out onto their tank if they are on your backline, or Q onto a minion/moster camp. Getting out with little hp left, backing, then using 12.png should allow you to win any fight.

Q resets Back to Top

There are multiple ways to make sure to get your Q reset off minions:


  1.  With 3078.png  you can just activate ireliahitenstyle.png  and you will be able to kill a caster minion. Keep in mind that you only are able to do this with the sheen passive in trinity so you can instantly Q to another minion and get a reset. 
  2.  Use your ult to lower the health of a minion then just to it. This works and only 1 or 2 ult charges are needed to get a caster minion low enough.
  3. Get rift herald and use the passive along with ireliahitenstyle.png.
  4. Extra dmg items. With just a little extra dmg you can get a reset with W active and trinity. You only need this after the minions get tankyer with the game time.



Minions become much more tanky with time, so all of this wont necessarily apply after a certain amount of time. 

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