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Lee Sin Statistics for Keragom

Author's performance with Lee Sin compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
6
Win %
40
Kills
6.1
Assists
7.7
Deaths
6.6
KA:D Ratio
2.1
Gold Earned
10.7K
Creep Score
131.0
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Flash

First, you should understand summoner spells. For almost all champions, you need a summoner spell that boosts your mobility. The two mobility summoner spells are Flash and Ghost, and you will see that 90% of champions will be running with one or the other, or both. This is because you will be unable to chase or unable to run away from enemies that have a mobility summoner spell unless you have one as well. This is not the case with Lee Sin, as he has two abilities built into his skillset that can both be likened to Flash. However, Flash allows you to setup big plays in the form of backwards ultimates into your own team, or perfect allignment of Dragon's Rage so you hit a 5 man knock up and obliterate an enemy team.

Ignite

You want Ignite because it gives you more utility. You can now help your team focus down a champion who is healing such as Dr.Mundo, or if the enemy team has a Soraka. It will generally increase your Damage: Directly affects the power of a champion’s basic attack. Bonus damage is calculated before damage reduction from armor. This statistic scales additively, meaning that each bonus point acquired directly affects the statistic.
">damage output and give you more opportunities to kill enemies. Sometimes you will use Dragon's Rage and not quite kill someone, which gives you a good opportunity to Ignite them to finish them off.

Exhaust

Very specific summoner with more defensive potential than any other summoner. Much better than ignite in terms of lategame, because you often won't be strong enough to kill people on your own anymore, if you aren't overfed. So this makes you a much bigger threat later on.

Teleport:
Whenever you see that your teamfight potential is higher than your laning kill potential, go for this summoner. It's actually a more close call than you might think because its really reliant on how safe the other lanes are to tp ganks.

New Runes Back to Top

Abilities Back to Top

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

Your abilitie skill order should depend on your enemy. But this is a pretty save and good choice of skilling if you're not trained yet in finding your balance.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    against heavy ad
    going for dunks against easy lanes
    This will give you some killing potential, tankyness and sustain at the same time. Don't buy this against very strong poke champions like Gnar or Lissandra.
    The best and only item choice for top Lee Sin. Upgrade it later to be able to always set 1 ward every 60secs and always have 1 ward for safety jumps as backup. INSANELY AWESOME!

Core Items

    Armor pen choice.
    only buy dorans if you really need all of these 3 stats to get your kills or to survive your lane
    Possible boot choices depending on your laning opponent and the enemy team. Always go for either Alacrity or Homeguard enchant though.
    One of Lee's best items currently. Just gives you good stats in general and huge waveclear.
    Obviously compareable to the ravenous brother but the more tanky option.

Situational Items

    typical mr item for lee
    In addition of Botrk and a overall tanky lee build this item can be extremly strong. It provides good aoe cc in in combination with your E
    A decent tank item for a good price.
    Really good synergy with Hydra, CDR is always great on Lee and it gives you a considerable amount of hp.
    Tasting the blood of feeding enemies? Why not go full retard? With your W and Ravenous Hydra this gives you insane sustain AND solo potential for baron.

Note to situationals:
There are of course many other items you can go for if they are perfect for your current situations. But these are my favorite choices.

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Aatrox
    Medium
  • Akali
    Easy
  • Azir
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Medium
  • Darius
    Medium
  • Diana
    Easy
  • Dr. Mundo
    Medium
  • Elise
    Medium
  • Fiora
    Medium
  • Gangplank
    Medium
  • Garen
    Medium
  • Gnar
    Medium
  • Irelia
    Medium
  • Jarvan IV
    Medium
  • Jax
    Medium
  • Jayce
    Medium
  • Kayle
    Medium
  • Kha'Zix
    Easy
  • Lissandra
    Easy
  • Malphite
    Easy
  • Nidalee
    Medium
  • Olaf
    Medium
  • Pantheon
    Medium
  • Renekton
    Medium
  • Rengar
    Medium
  • Riven
    Medium
  • Rumble
    Medium
  • Ryze
    Medium
  • Shen
    Medium
  • Singed
    Easy
  • Swain
    Medium
  • Teemo
    Medium
  • Tryndamere
    Medium
  • Udyr
    Hard
  • Vi
    Easy
  • Vladimir
    Medium
  • Volibear
    Medium
  • Warwick
    Easy
  • Wukong
    Easy
  • Xin Zhao
    Medium
  • Yorick
    Medium
  • Zed
    Medium

VS

Aatrox

Medium

Since you E doesn't slow aa speed anymore, this matchup got a bit harder. With a maxed W you will make this lane a boring sustain festival and the junglers will usually decide who comes out of top.

VS

Akali

Easy

This champion has got nothing on you.
You got:
- more dmg
- more sustain
- more resistance
- more utility
- stronger early game
- stronger mid game
- stealth detection making her W totally useless
I recomment maxing W for complete lane controll.

VS

Azir

Medium

The poke was real, yet the nerfs did hit him pretty hard.
I recomment maxing W and rushing your usual Hydra in order to outsustain his harassment.
But Azir still remains very hard to kill for you and outscales you at any point of the game. I don't recomment picking Lee in this matchup at all.

VS

Cho'Gath

Medium

This guy can be pretty annoying.
You shouldn't have any problems surviving in lane, but you might have difficulties with killing him.
If he starts with armor + 5 pots it is hard to push him out of the lane.
The point is, that you have to use your early advantage, because otherwise Cho will be incredibly annoying in lategame.
You either have to kill him in lane or work together with your jungler. Anyway, do NOT passive farm.
Be careful in case you are not maxing your W-spell, Cho can deal more dmg than you think.

VS

Darius

Medium

Darius is an hard opponent.You got kinda the same problem like with Cho. He can build tanky items and benefits
very well from them. But you can beat him. I suggest you max your W-spell, because you might really need
all of the 3 stats you gain from that to win against darius. If you lane against him, don't forget that you should only
trade dmg if YOU want to. But be careful about how you use your safeguard. Using it to harass Darius
while he got more minions than you can easily end up with him pulling you back into the minion aggro.
Darius got immense damage output but he got no escape abilities and is pretty mana thirsty so try to gain
advantage from that.

VS

Diana

Easy

She's not used very often in toplane at the moment, but i should still give my statement out about this
matchup. But well this girl basicly is a joke against you, just like Akali.
You got (again):
- more dmg
- sustain she got nothing
- a stronger shield
- more utility
- no mana issues
You can decide if you max your Q or W to destroy her but she shouldn't stand a chance against you anyway.

VS

Dr. Mundo

Medium

I never fought against this guy at top lane but he's probably easy to lane against but hard to kill.
I mean this guy stacks life and resistences like no crazy. And buying madreds isnt really an option with Lee sin.

VS

Elise

Medium

This girl is a feared duelist. She can beat up Champions like Jax and Irelia. But dude, you're Lee Sin,
probably Elise's worst nightmare. Nobody without sustain fucks with Lee Sin.
First of all, make sure that you put enough skillpoints into your W to block the harass from her Q.
You can't risk dropping low on health, because of her spider damage, which is based on % of your missing life.
This would make the situation where you jump on her to kill her much more dangerous and you might end up in loosing to her.

VS

Fiora

Medium

After all the nervs, I believe this has become a skill matchup.

But you need to avoid getting your blindmonkrkick.pngparried by fiorariposte.pngby all cost. You are done for if you don't.
Going even in this matchup is troublesome, because Fiora heavily outscales Lee Sin.

VS

Gangplank

Medium

Well, to be honest i don't really think Gankplank is such a good pick overall.
He's funny because of his global ult and moneymaking Q.
And yeah he's a freakin pirate who eats oranges, buts thats about it.
But well this guy looses against Lee pretty badly.
first of all, his poke isn't strong enough to break trough Lee Sins shield.
Lee Sin has way more sustain and Gangplank can't really make a good use of his W against you.
A smart Gangplank would probably ask for ganks or camps on your lane or try to passively farm.
So you should make sure that you beat the sh*t out of this guy, but be carefull about getting too greedy.
But keep in mind that Gangplank can still assist his team with his ultimate, and can get really strong in lategame.
That shouldnt really be a problem though, because he's not really outscaling you like Irelia or Jax.

VS

Garen

Medium

One of Lee Sins normal advantages is his strong harass. But this guy just doesn't give a fuck about harass at all.
If he starts spinning, jump away or fight but don't run. You survive in your lane by using
your W correctly. Your only chance to actually win your lane though, is to kill him at early levels.
Ganking Garen is very hard. Your jungler needs a strong stun in order of killing this guy.
I wish you good luck against this guy, thats all i can do.
Also, keep in mind: You are Lee Sin. The brute force of Garen is meaningless against your skill.

VS

Gnar

Medium

Outscales you hard, but is killable in lane with some good moves.
It's your choice which skill you max but make your decision between either Q or W.
Also, armor is a really good pickup against Gnar, never get early hp.

VS

Irelia

Medium

Yeah here she comes, Irelia ,the so called "safest top lane pick" in season 2.
I have to admit, that she can get pretty strong in lategame, but until then, you can defeat her.
It's not very easy to dominate her but it's possible. Her skill setup is nothing against you in lane.
Also, her passive isn't really usefull when you ulti her in teamfights, so you should be fine against her.
But be aware, that your game is probably over if Irelia gets fed.

VS

Jarvan IV

Medium

As I already mentioned: Nobody without sustain f*cks with Lee Sin. Jarvan is no exception.
He is strong against Champion who are stacking health, And Thats not what you're up to anyway.
Jarvan got zero sustain, a tiny shield and mana problems. He is not the best lategame champion and
all of his abilities are weak against Lee Sin. So you shouldn't have any problems against him.
But don't leave your W at level 1!

VS

Jax

Medium

Here comes the lategame king. The guy who even outscales Irelia.
But you still have an remarkable advantage, you have sustain, Jax doesn't.
Winning against Jax is actually easier than winning against Irelia.
But if you loose against Jax, then you're even more f*cked than you would be against Irelia.
Try to take advantage on him as long as he got no sustain. Ask for ganks to make sure that you definetly shut him down.
Remember: Nothing is impossible. I already won against an enemy Jax in a 50min game. The real skill
of a Lee Sin player can be stronger than the power of lategame Jax.

VS

Jayce

Medium

Another Champion without sustain. The good thing is that this one won't outscale you.
The bad thing is that this guy is ranged and meele from level 1.
Jumping on him in the wrong time can end up in taking tons of damage by all his abilities.
In order to use his sustain problem for your favor, you either try to make use of his mana issues or you kill him in 1 or 2 strikes.
I don't have much experience with Lee Sin against Jayce but yeah you should be fine against him.
Probably a skill matchup.

VS

Kayle

Medium

Going aggressive with E? Not against Lee Sin.
This girl is way to squishy to fight against you and has no real defensive options.
The point where it gets important is when she uses her ultimate. If she manages to block your
Q Ult Q combo ,you're pretty much f*cked. But you should have the upper hand.

VS

Kha'Zix

Easy

Max out your W to block his Q and you will win against him. He got mana issues and bad sustain.
And if he maxes out his W he won't be able to harass you anymore and killing you should be nearly impossible.
Try to get ahead early on and you can destroy the whole game.
Always make use of your E, it makes Kha'Zix ulti useless.

VS

Lissandra

Easy

When maxing W, Lissandra does not have enough poke damage to injure you at all. Be aware of possible ganks, since Lissandra is pretty good at setting them up.

VS

Malphite

Easy

This armor stacking rock gets harder the longer the game goes on.
He shouldn't be as problematic as Cho'Gath though, basicly because he's got no sustain.
You can gain advanage through this in the early levels, but always make sure to buy black cleaver and lastwhisper to catch up to him in mid game. His basic abilities are pretty useless against you.

VS

Nidalee

Medium


VS

Olaf

Medium

A lot of players out there say that Olaf wins against Lee Sin.
But this is the biggest sh*t i've ever heard. This matchup depends on skill and the junglers.
Maxing your W makes you immune to any harass from olaf and you have an equal, if not better sustain.
This is really a even matchup but it gets out of control pretty easy.

VS

Pantheon

Medium

Sparta has to much mana problems to beat your sustain. And you can totaly destroy him if your opponent is dumb enough to run manareg on yellow instead of armor. But be careful, Pantheon works very well with ganks from his jungle because of his stun.
I suggest to max W to wreck him in lane. This makes you invulnerable in 1v1.

VS

Renekton

Medium

This freakin Aligator ist just like you. He is very strong in the early and mid game but falls off lategame.
He doesn't fall of so hard like you BUT he can't rescue his falling with skill.
The fight against him will be a test of your skills.
I really suggest that your max your W. Otherwise he will outsustain you with his Q.
Don't jump on him if he has more then 50fury and no cooldowns and you will probably win the trades.

VS

Rengar

Medium

Rengar can balance his abilities just like you. But concidering that you're Lee Sin he, probably goes for maxing
his W for the ultimate sustain and resistances. He also gets pretty annoying if he stacks life.
If you can't get ahead early on with a kill or something like that, you have to passively farm.
Try to make use of your skill in teamfights.
Max out W if you don't want to loose your lane.

VS

Riven

Medium

This girl has no sustain (that pretty much says it all). And bunny skins don't work against you since you're blind.
Your sustain makes you unbeatable. Try to kill her or push her out of her lane.
But be careful, if she gets a kill and buys lifesteal early on, she's gonna be able to handle
or even beat you in lane. So watch out for the enemy jungler and don't get to greedy.
And don't go all in too early. She got high burst potential, but is weak against strong harassment.

VS

Rumble

Medium

Another guy without sustain but with high harass potential. He is weak against you until he buys a hextech revolver. His shield is not strong enough to block your harass but your shield+sustain easily blocks his harass. You have the upper hand in this matchup and can outplay him easily.
Find your balance between Q and W.

VS

Ryze

Medium

VS

Shen

Medium

Free farm lane. But you need you make good use of your time. You can't sit around in your lane while he ults into teamfights over and over again. You can try to beat him in lane but its gonna be hard.

VS

Singed

Easy

He's probably gonna push the lane all day to hold you in lane. But you can easily win against him if you make use of his weakness in the early levels. Over the time he gets really tanky and its a real pain to fight against him since you're not the best chaser out there.

VS

Swain

Medium

I never fought against Swain with Lee Sin. But i can't imagine him beeing strong against you.
You probably can destroy him until he reaches level 6. He's gonna be pretty useless though, if he is 0/3 or something like that if he finaly reachs level 6.
Dodge his W with your W and beat him up.

VS

Teemo

Medium

This little guy is a test of your abilitie to balance your skills. You can totaly destroy him, if you hit your Q often enough. But if you put all your points into your Q and don't hit him, you're gonna have a bad time. If you don't have the best aiming, go for your W to outsustain him slowly but securely.
Ap Teemos lategame scaling is pretty strong, probably stronger than yours, so be careful with passive farming.

VS

Tryndamere

Medium

Beware of the random crits.

VS

Udyr

Hard

A great counter against you, but he can be considered outplayable as far as i heard.
I didn't fight against him yet, so I can't really give you any advice.
Sry :>

VS

Vi

Easy

Your shield is stronger then hers. She's got no sustain. She has no form of cc to force trades, so you can pretty much decide when you want to trade and when not, you kinda take the right from her to decide anything at all in lane [insert sexist joke here].
But she can get really annoying though, if she starts stacking armor and health.

VS

Vladimir

Medium

Got high sustain but 0 burst potential. You can easily go all in whenever you want a force him to pool or something like that. With a maxed W you can even lane against his harass if you want to.
But better destroy him in the early levels and make use of your advantage.

VS

Volibear

Medium

This guy is stronger then you might think. He can stack life against you and if you're not able to kill him through his ult you're probably gonna have a problem. But you can't allow him to freefarm. Volibear with good items is damn strong.

VS

Warwick

Easy

Another joke (And I thought my jokes are bad). A magic damage auto hitting wolf with medium sustain, but huge mana problems.
But since he needs to autoattack to sustain himself you can easily zone him with your E.
Beat him to hell and don't let him get any farm or exp.

VS

Wukong

Easy

Jokes everywhere. A no sustain stealth champion? His only chance against you is getting a lucky fb and staying under the tower. Your abilities are madeto destroy a champion like him. I usually go stats like 10/1 against Wukong so i don't think that you should worry about anything.
BUT: Max out your W. If you're not doing that he can kill with a bit luck and armor shred of his Q.

VS

Xin Zhao

Medium

A pretty strong opponent. He got strong burst and good sustain. So be careful when you go in to harass him. Don't get scared after his 3 Q strikes. His damage after that is weaker then yours, so continue fighting and don't back off after his strong hits.
This is a good test of your balance skills.

VS

Yorick

Medium

The new Yorick is quite a threat, but this is a skill matchup after all.

Be wary to never be caught by his yorickdecayed.pngyorickravenous.pngW+E Combo 

without having blindmonkwone.pngup.


VS

Zed

Medium

Synergy Back to Top

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This guy is the ultimate playmaker support for you. You can jump on his freakin lantern! So you can jump on it kill X-enemy and rightclick on it to get back to safety. Or you can safeguard on it and use at the same time.
It's like giving you free flashes and thats just awesome!

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You probably help her more then in the other way. Since you are Lee Sin with one of the highest mobility kits in the game you can bring her ball whereever she wants. These two also create a big threat to the enemy team while being able to protect their own ad carry. So playing with an hyper carry on their side is a really good idea.


About the author Back to Top

Hi there, my name is Keragom and you are currently reading my Lee Sin Guide.
I've been playing League of Legends since season 1 and with the beginning
of season 2 I started getting really into the game. Im playing on EU West
and my soloQ elo is about 2350 (Diamond III).I had already reached gold elo in season 2.
I gained a majority of my elo through playing solo top with Lee Sin.
As long as you have an eye on the enemy jungler you're almost unstoppable.
Technically, the chance that I lose my lane is about 5%, but as you all
probably know, not losing your lane in soloQ doesn't automatically mean
not losing your game. Anyway I'd like to point out for you, why Lee Sin 
is my favorite choice for Solo Top:

Lee Sin's strenghs:
-strong sustain
-incredibly high mobility
-great kill potential
-strong early and midgame
-good supporting skills

 

Lee Sin's weaknesses:
-hard to master
-even harder to master in his "weak" lategame
-You need alot of knowledge about the game to lower the risks of you plays
-honsetly kinda out of meta and performs poorly against some other early game dedicated champions
So let's start with the guide:                              64_64.png

The art of Lee Sin Back to Top

First of all you might ask yourself, why should I play Lee Sin? And what does it mean to play him?
Lee Sin is a melee ad caster/bruiser, who is, as you probably already know, capable of using 7 abilities
instead of 4. Considering that only the W scales with ap (the scaling is not that good anyway), buying
ap doesnt really make sense at all. The remaining abilities all scale with ad, and quite good actually.
Okay, having cleared out these basic things about Lee Sin, let's moved on right away to a rather controversial topic.

If you'd ask someone where Lee Sin's weak point lays, every experienced player will tell you,
that he loses a lot of his power the further you get into lategame. But i think that you can't
say that so easily. I'd prefer to say that Lee Sin simply gets harder to play during the game.
There is no real skillcap for Lee Sin, wich means that his real strengh always equals to the personal skill
of the player, wich is in this case, you. Lee Sin depends about 90% on his abilities, and until now you probably
realized that, as already mentioned above, the scalings are everything but bad.

The myth that Lee Sin is weak in lategame probably origins form the circumstance that most players
started building him as a tank/support. A tank Lee Sin with Aegis and Randuins? Of course did no Jungler
ever carry the lategame with such a build. The jungle doesnt give you enough money to go for carry items anyway,
considering you didnt do extremly well with the ganks. But even if you're a extremly good ganker,
you just can't depend on getting so much money in jungle.

But we're talking about solo top Lee Sin. On the lane Lee Sin gets the necessary gold to buy the items
he needs as an ad-caster. On the toplane, he becomes the bruiser genius who is, if you are able to find the
perfect balance between sustain and damage, able to win every lane matchup. The Champion who , if
played correctly and with the right amount of skill, can be a real monster in the early-mid and lategame.
Mastering Lee Sin can be really difficult, but once you did master him, you can easily win against anyone
who cant keep up with your skill-level.

Now to get to the final point, the mindset or lets rather say, your mindset.
The way you play always depends on the individual situation in the game, but one thing has to be constant:
Lee Sin would probably say:"balance in all steps", and thats and pretty accurate description of your laning phase.
The most important thing while laning is to find the balance between sustain and damage.
This balance of course variies from oponent to opponent and because of that, there is no defined skill order
for Lee Sin. Keep in mind:
To master Lee Sin its also important to have a lot of knowledge about the other champions in the game.
("Master yourself, master your enemy" Lee Sin quotes are far more usefull than you might have thought)
Thats the only way of finding  your balance and taking advantage on your enemy.

You might ask yourself, what exactly is this "balance" I keeps talking about?
Well there are three main factors:
1. Your own skill
2. Your opponents Champion and skill
3. The junglers

1. First of all you have to honestly ask yourself : "how good do I play with Lee Sin?"
You can only use his full potential, if you are capable of actually profiting from leveling up your skills.
Leveling up Q can be completely ineffective if you dont have such a good aiming with it.

2. Now lets talk about the enemy Champion.
A good example for the importance of this would be the setup Lee Sin vs. Teemo.
For a experienced Lee Sin player, this would be a pretty easy lane, but it also depends on the Teemo player.
Considering that Teemo got no sustainability, there are two ways of balancing you abilities
that can lead you to victory. The first one would be maxing Q right away. Your damage output will
greatly increase and go far beyond teemo's, so you can easily force him to leave the lane with 1-2 well
placed Q's. The second, rather safe, way to win the lane is making use of the fact that you can incredibly
great sustain. When maxing out W you can completely take away Teemos ability to trade with you,
because your sustain potential is technically unlimited.

3. The jungler is where it gets complicated.
A maxed W is always useful when acting with your team, but there are also junglers who can guarantee
that you'll hit your Q, which could make maxing your Q first the better descision, even if you need
the sustain from your W. There are more scenarios like that, but i think you got the idea.

These are of course only examples of how you can find your balance while playing Lee Sin.
Keep in mind that you'll always have to find this balance for every specific game.



Questions and answers Back to Top

F: Where do you play Lee Sin?


A: I obviously prefer him at top lane but if you really want to master him you should be able to play him nearly everywhere.



F: How long do you need to train him until you "mastered yourself"?


A: It depends on how talented your are and how good Lee Sin fits into your playstyle. But i can tell you that the progress of mastering Lee Sin already makes a lot of fun.



F: What is the sence behind Lee Sin + Botrk?


A:Botrk is my way to counter the health stacking champions in season 3.
Champions like Garen or Renekton normally have the upper hand against you but this item can turn it around in your favour.
But you probably need to build some tanky items with this strategy in order of surviving long enough in team fights. (since you need to auto-attack a bit)


Some last words Back to Top

In the end i want to add that this style of playing Lee Sin is pretty much general. Your domination potential in mid lane is pretty strong too. And of course Lee Sin is a real god in the jungle, but you don't gain enough gold there in order of going carry mode.
 

So thank you for reading my guide, good look in solo Q and have a wonderful day. - Keragom

Special thanks to my friend Vansalat who helped me translating this guide.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Saskem my YouTube account where you can find some How to Solo Top guides (german only) and some montages ;)

Comment on Lee Sin Jungle vs Top Back to Top

After all the nerfs riot made in order to balance jungle Lee Sin, playing him top has gotten a really hard choice. I personally kicked him from my main champion throne because he is just not good enough to keep up with the current meta top laners.
He is still a really fun champion though and I will keep this guide up for any player who wants to try him at that certain position.

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