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Nidalee Statistics for Auriz1998

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

Value
Average
Games Played
11
5
Win %
64
36
Kills
6.1
5.7
Assists
7.8
7.1
Deaths
5.2
6.9
KA:D Ratio
2.7
1.9
Gold Earned
13.4K
10.9K
Creep Score
65.2
70.8
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Smite when jungle, ignite when mid. Flash always. Simple like 2x2

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

Jungle masteries.

 MID LANE -You can go for 18 Ferocity and 12 in Cunning with Deathfire Touch keystone. This is your own preference, you can go both ways, but at the moment I find Thunderlord's Decree is better for Nidalee.

Abilities Back to Top

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

First max your Q, then E. 

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    If going mid always start with these.
    Jungle start in red side
    Jungle start in blue side

Core Items

    This is your mid game core. Rabadon's for huge AP boost, Athene's for mana purposes. MID LANE CORE
    This is your final MID LANE build . Build Zhonya's first if going vs AD. Void staff for crashing tanks. (For experencied players, because with this build you are glass)
    Solo carry current Jungle build. Change guardian to void staff or Banshee's veil after passive.
    #3 Tanky AP jungle build
    #2 Jungle build, with a bit of cdr and tankiness and a lot of ap + mpen

Situational Items

    These items can be very helpful if you are new to Nidalee and don't know when to jump in teamfights. But I never buy these items, I bought them only then, when I was new to Nidalee.
    You can take this as last item instead of getting zhonya

You don't need sustain. You just have to land many spears as you can when laning and in teamfights. Don't jump in in teamfights, only then, when you truly know that you won't die or if they have low health. Try to kill their carries first, try to go behind them, land spear, jump in, kill and run away.


Build 3157_32.png first when going vs AD, or enemies, which ult can be countered by 3157_32.png. If they do heavy magic damage, get 3001_32.png. But I don't buy 3001_32.png often. Now I prefer 3174.png over 3165.png because of passive.

My build route against AP in mid:
3028.png+1001.png(I try to get these at first back)--->3174.png--->3020.png-->3089.png-->3135.png-->3157.png-->3285.png



3065.png - good if they have a lot of AP based champs in their team, and passive is perfect for your healings


Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Ahri
    Medium
  • Annie
    Hard
  • Azir
    Hard
  • Brand
    Medium
  • Diana
    Medium
  • Ezreal
    Easy
  • Fizz
    Hard
  • Gragas
    Easy
  • Hecarim
    Medium
  • Katarina
    Medium
  • LeBlanc
    Medium
  • Lee Sin
    Easy
  • Lux
    Easy
  • Malzahar
    Medium
  • Mordekaiser
    Medium
  • Veigar
    Medium
  • Vi
    Easy
  • Yasuo
    Hard
  • Zed
    Medium

VS

Ahri

Medium

Be careful of her charm, because when you jump in to her, she will just use her charm, so be prepared. Try to land some spears before. If she goes all in and don't kill you, don't run, but kill her, she is reliable on her abilities.

VS

Annie

Hard

You can't kill her after 6 so try to do that pre-6 be careful of her stun+ult combo, because her burst is insane. Wait for ganks.

VS

Azir

Hard

He is easy to deal early game if you can just jump out of his soldiers attack range. Late game it is very hard to kill him without dying, unless you are very good and azir is unskilled. He has too much burst damage and can melt you down in half second. 

VS

Brand

Medium

Try to dodge his stuns or bait them. Try not to be in group against him because of his ult. 

VS

Diana

Medium

She has very high burst and can one-shot you. Play very careful after her level 6, because she can All-in you. Try to take her down pre-6 and roam bot. But if you play safe and only poke her much and then jump in, you will win. 

VS

Ezreal

Easy

He relies on his skillshots, try to dodge them, nothing special at all, easy matchup

VS

Fizz

Hard

He counters you. he just dodges your spears with his trickster, and his burst is insane too. Get zhonya's first, to counter his ult.

VS

Gragas

Easy

Easy matchup, try to counter jungle him, he starts with gromp and then blue. Don't use your smite on krugs and then go for his blue, easy kill.

VS

Hecarim

Medium

He has very high mobility, he can catch up you if you won't jump through the walls, hard to kill him, but he can't kill you easily too. 

Items: 3724.png3027.png

VS

Katarina

Medium

Nothing hard against her, only problem is that you don't have cc, so you can't stop her ult. And if she's really fed, you lost. But if you shut her down pre-6 It will be easy for you, just land two spears.

VS

LeBlanc

Medium

Skill matchup. If LeBlanc won't poke you to 0, you will win if you land your spears.

VS

Lee Sin

Easy

Not very hard, especially if he does not go tank, just hit the spear and enjoy, also try to counter jungle.

VS

Lux

Easy

Just keep in mind that you have to be careful of jumping on her, because she has snar. Dodge her skillshots and you will be ok, because she is squishy.

VS

Malzahar

Medium

Skill matchup. Try not to stand near your minions because you will just get his E from them. Take 3140.png as first item to get rid of his ult. Ask early help from jungler and you will deal more easily with him. Don't even think about jumping on him when he has ult and you don't have qss, because he will just ult you and you are dead. Try to outroam. 

VS

Mordekaiser

Medium

Poke him hard with AA and spears, his shield is strong, so be careful and calculate your damage before going in !

VS

Veigar

Medium

Be careful of his insane burst, when he is all in you, you are dead. Build Rod of Ages and then abyssal.

VS

Vi

Easy

Easy, go counter jungle after your blue/red (start with it).

VS

Yasuo

Hard

He hard counters you. He can dodge your spears with his dashes and windwall, get zhonya's first.

VS

Zed

Medium

If Zed is good player, he will be pain in the ass, if he is bad, you won. Get zhonya's first

Jungle paths Back to Top

When start on BLUE side:

FIRST ROUTE

Krugs (Try to counter jungle them if they start with gromp and blue, if not use smite)--->Raptors--->Red (use smite).

Back and then:
Blue--->Gromp (use smite)---> Wolves---> Rift Scutter 
Then gank Top or Mid.

SECOND ROUTE

Red, then go to their blue, if enemy jungler is there just kill him (you should take Q on first level and W on second) then go back to your jungle, take raptors, then rift scutter and gank the lane which is most pushed by enemy team (Mid or Bot).

When start on RED side:

Gromp (smite)--->Blue--->Wolves.

Back and then:
Red (smite)--->Krugs--->Raptors
Then gank Bot or Mid.

Pros/Cons of Nidalee Back to Top

Pros:
*Great mobility
*Can easily take their squishy carries
*Can easily counter-jungle
*Good split push in late game
*Good roamer

Cons:
*Spear reliant
*Hard to master (needs high skill and take much time to play with her right)
*No Crowd Control
*Squishy as hell

Laning phase Back to Top

Try to spam bushwacks everywhere you can, throw and throw your spear at enemy and try to get some kills, just always keep some mana to heal yourself. If other lane is pushed go and roam. Nidalee has a huge roaming potential, since she has gap closer when you land spear and bonus movement speed in brush. If you do at least 2 good roams it is much easier to play and you just get fed. Don't roam if they aren't pushing, you just wasting your time, unless they are very low and can be killed very easily. 


I usually take Q at level 1, then E at level 2. If you want to go for a kill or at least huge damage to opponent take W second, land spear jump on him and use Takedown + 14.png

TeamFighting with Nidalee Back to Top

You need to keep distance from fight at the start and land as much spears as possible before teamfight and in teamfight.  You need to be poke champion, when you see that you can get kill and get out safely, GO IN. Try to land your spears on their squishy's first.

Counter-jungling Back to Top

What is counter-jungling?


Counter-jungling is the act of invading the enemy jungle and killing their minions or enemy jungler. Counter-jungling is also ganking the same lane at the same time as the enemy jungler. This kind of turn around on a gank is specifically known as counter-ganking and can be very demoralizing for the enemy team. How fast you and your opponent clear jungle camps is a huge factor in how well you can counter-jungle.


Benefits of counter-jungling:


*Stealing experience and gold from the enemy jungler.
*When you leave smaller minion of the camp you do not allow the respawn timer to start. It starts only when all minions of camp are killed.
*Enemy jungler just wastes time by walking and killing small minions after he was counter jungled.

When to counter-jungle?


First of all, whenever you counter-jungle, your team should be aware that you are invading enemy territory. If your team is not warned before hand and you are caught, you can easily be trapped in by their jungler and adjacent lanes. Always make sure they know where you are and that they will come to aid you if you need assistance. It is almost always safe to invade the enemy jungle when the enemy jungler is ganking a lane. If the gank is too far away or you are too late to counter-gank, then invade the enemy's jungle and take what you can. Warding is another good way to know where the enemy jungler is, even when he is not ganking lanes. This will allow your lanes to know when it is safe to push and when they should play more defensive. It will also allow you to counter-jungle that much harder. For more experience players, try to keep timers on enemy camps. This will allow you to be at the camp seconds before it spawns, while the enemy jungler will only start heading towards the camp once they see the marker on their map re-appear. This allows you to take the camp while they are on their way, letting you get away without being touched
Very few champions can counter jungle effectively. Things you sould look for in a counter jungling champion would be clear speed, Damage. Nidalee is suitable.
The key to counter jungling is all about timing and knowledge. If you are looking to just steal a camp and avoid confrontation, you should never go into enemy jungle without knowing where the opposition is at. Always remember, your allies will be farther away than your enemies. If you are looking to pick on the enemy jungler, basic time sets are a valuable tool. For example, if the enemy team has a blue orientated jungler, you can opt to start your own blue, then steal their red right after or start your red, then finish your blue to obtain lvl 3 and invade by going straight to their red and possibly killing them. Which leads to your blue being refreshed and also a possible red buff steal.
IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE COUNTER-JUNGLED USE WARDS!

Nidalee tips and combos Back to Top

Tips


Bushwacks placing:

Basically you need to place them near the walls and in jungle, where enemies walks, so you can keep an eye on nearby enemies and be safe. Don't forget to put it between turret and a wall!


Landing your spear:

So, you are laning and you want to land your spear, but enemy just keeps standing behind minions? Just try to throw spear at him suddenly when minion which enemy is hiding dies. That will be a surprise for him. Enemy isn't ranged? Just try to land spear when he goes for minions (to last hit)

Combo (one and best)


Spear-->Cougar form-->Jump on him (W)--->E-->Q 

That is your main damage combo, basically what you have to do is land your spear, go in to cougar form, jump on him with your W (thanks for passive), swipe (E) and then takedown (Q). Why E before Q? Because Takedown scales with enemy missing health, so you will do more damage after you use Swipe. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO FLASH FOR KILLS IN LANING PHASE. And if you still didn't kill enemy, you just can go back to your Human form and land spear on him and to that again.




Bushwacks map Back to Top

SPAM YOUR BUSHWACKS EVERYWHERE WHEN YOU CAN. It should become like breathing. It is very important to keep track of your opponents (when enemy steps into your bushwack, you can see him for a few seconds, so you can easily back, when he is trying to gank) 




Coming up Back to Top

Coming up: 


*All possible matchups in mid, jungle and support (will add one by one when play against them at least twice)

*Laning phase, teamfighting (mid and late game) (Done).

*Comments section where I will answer your questions will be added when there will be some comments.

*Bushwacks placing map (Done)

Why I don't write much Back to Top

I think nobody likes reading loooong texts about how to heal yourself and bullshit like this. You want to read it fast and know how to use Nidalee without taking hours of reading. That is why my guide has short descriptions. If you have any questions, just ask, I will describe more. Peace :)))


THIS GUIDE IS IN PROGRESS Back to Top

I will add more info about Nidalee, and each mid, jungle and support matchup , upgrade builds, jungle routes and etc. This is just primary build. See ya :>


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