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Nidalee Statistics for Tiande

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

Value
Average
Games Played
18
5
Win %
61
36
Kills
6.7
5.7
Assists
7.4
7.1
Deaths
5.3
6.9
KA:D Ratio
2.7
1.9
Gold Earned
12.8K
10.9K
Creep Score
195.1
70.8
Average

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Summoner Spells Back to Top

TP is for TeamPlay and splitpush/sustain

Take ignite if you're tilted from previous game

Congratulation if you picked TP, you look less like a trollpick now.

New Runes Back to Top

Aery is super compatible with Nidalee's kit (traps, autos and heal)

Nullifying is a small hexdrinker for more sustain.
Scorch for poking
CDR because you want to reach 45% to make your low-cd spells super efficient.
Magical Footwear or Stopwatch. situational but the footwear don't force you to go for the Zhonya path.

Abilities Back to Top

W
Q
E
E
E
R
E
Q
E
Q
R
Q
Q
W
W
R
W
W
Passive
Q
2
8
10
12
13
W
1
14
15
17
18
E
3
4
5
7
9
R
6
11
16
You have to know that Nidalee's cougar spells don't improve by evolving their respective spells, instead it's the R ultimate that scale the whole cougar kit.

Nidalee's healing is more effective during laning for sustain and attack speed poking and pushing. The spear is an all-in thing which is more adapted if you go full AP.

Lvl 2/if your hp are clearly below your enemy's at the time you level up, you might wanna take heal before spear.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Poke starter
    Get poked started
    "I know how to cs" starter

Core Items

    Standard build
    Utilities

Situational Items

Build resistance according to the type of damage you're facing!

Prioritize tankiness and cdr to increase your sustain during laning phase and less vulnerable to ganks.
It's the most optimal kit for 1v1 too (because of the mass healing and spells combo).

Hexdrinker works great against AP heavy and Iceborn against AD heavy.
Protobelt and Sunfire are better against tanky champions.

Build toward splitpushing

Protobelt, Talisman and CDR items are splitpushing items which makes you nothing more than the annoying unkillable bug flying around the enemy team's leg when they're relaxing on the couch.

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Aatrox
    Medium
  • Akali
    Medium
  • Alistar
    Medium
  • Camille
    Hard
  • Cassiopeia
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Medium
  • Darius
    Medium
  • Dr. Mundo
    Medium
  • Fiora
    Easy
  • Gangplank
    Medium
  • Garen
    Medium
  • Gnar
    Medium
  • Gragas
    Medium
  • Heimerdinger
    Medium
  • Irelia
    Hard
  • Jarvan IV
    Medium
  • Jax
    Medium
  • Jayce
    Medium
  • Kayle
    Medium
  • Kennen
    Hard
  • Lissandra
    Easy
  • Lulu
    Easy
  • Malphite
    Medium
  • Maokai
    Easy
  • Mordekaiser
    Hard
  • Nasus
    Easy
  • Nidalee
    Medium
  • Nunu
    Medium
  • Olaf
    Medium
  • Pantheon
    Hard
  • Poppy
    Medium
  • Rek'Sai
    Medium
  • Renekton
    Medium
  • Rengar
    Medium
  • Riven
    Easy
  • Rumble
    Hard
  • Ryze
    Medium
  • Shen
    Medium
  • Shyvana
    Easy
  • Singed
    Easy
  • Sion
    Medium
  • Teemo
    Easy
  • Tryndamere
    Easy
  • Vladimir
    Medium
  • Wukong
    Medium
  • Yasuo
    Easy
  • Yorick
    Easy
  • Zed
    Easy

VS

Aatrox

Medium

Take advantage of your mobility, dodge his jump and bait his ult.

VS

Akali

Medium

It's a snowball/skill matchup, hexdrinker is a must. 

VS

Alistar

Medium

VS

Camille

Hard

Really difficult matchup because of her shield and mixed damage.

VS

Cassiopeia

Medium

VS

Cho'Gath

Medium

He definitely has the upper hand if you don't snowball quick enough.

VS

Darius

Medium

You just have to kite him a lot, and jump when you know he'll instantly die from your cougar Q. You should also be able to dodge his Q-heal with your jumps

VS

Dr. Mundo

Medium
- difficult to kill
- he can farm and harass with Q, so zoning will require some dodge skills
- he can dive you so go back if you are low on HP and MP
- on equal term, late game you are pretty much even, and this is bad

Kill potential : 50%
Getting killed : 25% (you would see it coming)

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VS

Fiora

Easy
Iceborn first.

Wait for her to burn her W before Q-ing when you jump on her, then you usually wintrade 90% of the time. She's strong lategame though!

VS

Gangplank

Medium

VS

Garen

Medium

VS

Gnar

Medium

Pretty difficult if you don't snowball quick enough

VS

Gragas

Medium

VS

Heimerdinger

Medium

If you can't dodge his E it's pointless, just farm and roam. The matchup doesn't become easier for you or him, it's just situational.

VS

Irelia

Hard

Boring matchup, unless Irelia makes mistakes or you get the jungler's help, she'll always be ahead of you. You have a small window before lvl 3.

VS

Jarvan IV

Medium

Dodge his Q+E and wait his shield.

VS

Jax

Medium

Dodge his stun and poke/kite

VS

Jayce

Medium

Build armor and he should be killable during all-in

VS

Kayle

Medium

Boring farm under-turret matchup

VS

Kennen

Hard

Most boring farm under turret matchup.

VS

Lissandra

Easy

Hexdrinker first. Auto attack a lot and dodge her Q-spells.

VS

Lulu

Easy

VS

Malphite

Medium

VS

Maokai

Easy

More killable than you may think.

VS

Mordekaiser

Hard

VS

Nasus

Easy

VS

Nidalee

Medium

VS

Nunu

Medium

VS

Olaf

Medium

VS

Pantheon

Hard

VS

Poppy

Medium

VS

Rek'Sai

Medium

VS

Renekton

Medium

VS

Rengar

Medium

VS

Riven

Easy

Iceborn Tabi first. If you bait her Q well, you can usually kite a Riven. Be careful she's strong lategame! 

VS

Rumble

Hard

Sustain Nidalee is very weak against Rumble because of his shield. An option is to go fullAP and try you luck out.

VS

Ryze

Medium

VS

Shen

Medium

VS

Shyvana

Easy

VS

Singed

Easy

VS

Sion

Medium

VS

Teemo

Easy

VS

Tryndamere

Easy

VS

Vladimir

Medium

VS

Wukong

Medium

VS

Yasuo

Easy

VS

Yorick

Easy

VS

Zed

Easy

Nidatop mechanics Back to Top

Nidalee Top works because she has a lot of mobility, vision and sustain. She has the perfect kit to be a splitpusher.

The biggest disadvantage you'll face while picking Nidalee is having no CC, so you'd better be prepared with your team if you face a Master Yi or something that requires CC.

Don't underestimate Nidalee's 1v1 potential, she can heal and kite a lot with her mobility and pounce reset. You can bait with your heal and engage in all-in with a total of 6 low cd spells.

Every item you build should be toward 1v1, sustain vision mobility splitpushing.

Nidalee during Laning Phase

  • Poke early with the bushes (enter bush, auto out of bush, enter again to remove aggro)
  • Control the bushes with Traps
  • You should be able to get lvl 2 first since you have a lot of zoning with the bushes
  • Wave clear faster and pressure under turret or roam around the enemy's jungle
  • Trap the bushes where the jungler can come from

Nidalee during Splitpush

  • Trap and ward the jungle siding your splitpush
  • Keep an eye on your teammates and communicate to not get surprise ganked
  • If you can 1v1, apply pressure under their turret
  • If you cannot 1v1, play safe and be on the lookout if he's gonna roam

Nidalee during Teamfight

  • Iceborn auto attacks and healing are the core gameplay during Teamfight, tons of zoning and sustain
  • Play passive until you are sure you can spear all-in or take a burst and survive the tf
  • Stay alive, it's the most important thing with Nidalee

Nidalee behind

  • Be as annoying as possible with your splitpush while staying alive (even behind, you should have a lot of potential to escape)
  • Keep vision of your enemy and communicate his movement to help your mates that'll carry you (hopefully)
  • Unlike a Vayne or Riven, there's no miracle burst or massive outplay, Nidalee is a positional/strategy champion relying mostly on cd. Be safe and try to estimate your damage, and things should work out most of the time.

Nidalee ahead

  • You should be able to 1v1 anyone and escape 70% of 1v2

Random tips Back to Top

  • Always adapt your playstyle and keep track of the jungler's position
  • Never jump in unless you know you'll survive
  • Keep your death count low
  • Don't mindlessly follow an enemy who roam (just push your lane instead)
  • You should always have a cs lead because you are only farming/pushing a lane
  • Traps the lane bushes like your playground (to prevent the jungler from coming out of there)
  • Remember the enemy's flash timer
  • Counter-jungle, time their buff and roam around to kill the jungler
  • With experience, you can sometimes 1v2 their jungler
  • Turn back after you flashed out
  • Learn wave control
  • Farm the jungle whenever you can
  • Pounce cd reset after each minion/champion kill : use that to harass a lot by kiting
  • You can animation cancel morph back during your pounce
  • Use ALT+E to heal yourself, this is just a must
  • Take advantage of LOL's "tick", sometimes even if you are 0.1s too late and out of range to Pounce toward an enemy with the Mark, it will actually work
  • Always play safe ; as long as you stay alive there's heal. A sustain Nidalee should have a really low death count.
  • When chased and low life, morph back into human, place a spear+trap and heal yourself before morphing back again (you trade distance for hp)
  • During 1v1 against melee, take advantage of your morphing to jump out and place autos before morphing back.
  • During 1v1 against range, if you can cougar jump on a marked enemy, think about morphing back to place a spear+trap+heal to keep the mark and prevent him from running away.
  • Use Q+left click instead of right click for auto attacks.

About Back to Top

I did a recent update on this guide but it's a bit rough bear with me..

About me : My name is Tiande, I'm a main Nidalee Top from EUW who usually play HeimerdingerTop, GnarTop and ADC. I'm pretty bad with melee champions and better with range. My highest rank reached on League is Master.

I used to stream but because of my wooden laptop and internet connection I cannot do it anymore unfortunately..

I'm also a SC2 and CSGO player, and I draw stuff http://orobou.tumblr.com/



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