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Akali Statistics for Panchie

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

Value
Average
Games Played
4
Win %
41
Kills
8.8
Assists
6.2
Deaths
7.9
KA:D Ratio
1.9
Gold Earned
11.5K
Creep Score
135.1
Average

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  • Guide Details

Summoner Spells Back to Top

Ignite + Flash for most DPS (damage per second) and since Akali is a master assassin, this compliments her.


Cleanse + Flash if you want to play passive and safe, works best against dangerous CC.

Runes Back to Top

  • 9x
    +1.34 magic resist Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
  • 9x
    +1.19 ability power Greater Glyph of Ability Power
  • 9x
    +8 health Greater Seal of Health
  • 9x
    +1 armor Greater Seal of Armor
  • 3x
    +4.95 ability power Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
  • 9x
    +0.9 Armor Penetration / +0.62 Magic Penetration Greater Mark of Hybrid Penetration

Hybrid Pen > HP > Armor or MR (pick one) > AP QUINTS

Masteries Back to Top

1/1
0/4
3/4
0/1
0/1
3/3
3/3
0/1
1/1
1/1
1/1
3/3
0/1
0/3
0/3
1/1
0/1
3/3
0/1
1/1

Offense: 21

2/2
2/2
0/2
0/2
1/1
3/3
0/1
0/1
1/1
0/3
0/3
0/3
0/1
0/1
0/1
0/1
0/4
0/1
0/1

Defense: 9

0/1
0/3
0/3
0/1
0/3
0/1
0/1
0/3
0/1
0/3
0/1
0/1
0/1
0/3
0/2
0/1
0/3
0/1

Utility: 0

Putting points into Martial Mastery and Arcane Mastery to further scale akali's passive. Rest is self explanatory.

Abilities Back to Top

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

R > Q > E > W


Q should be maxed first since it is your main damage dealer and CD's are lowered. Next is E for added damage and lowered cooldown and energy cost. Finally, W last for utility and resistance.

There will be certain scenarios when W will be prioritized first. Mainly against bursters since the added resistance can help you take the load.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Standard
    if against AD

Core Items

    1st major item, will cover each one
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Situational Items

    If owning and have core items

Start

Start with boots + 4 pots if against a standard AP caster, this will help you effectively harass and be mobile against jungle ganks. If against an aggressive AD mid, go armor + 5 pots (can substitute a ward) to be able to farm and win the battle of attrition since you have more pots.

Core

Akali doesn't scale very well with AP items, a straight MPEN build makes her more deadly to deal with. 
Make sure to get your MPEN boots on your first back + pots and wards, you will be around lvl 5-6. Getting MPEN boots first allows you to burst the enemy to half HP with a mere Q > R > AA or E combo. They will be unable to stay in lane and are zoned until you're out of essences. Some will be overzealous and try to overextend and CS therefore will result to their death. 

With the new added spectral wraith, it gives a whopping 20% spell vamp and 10% cooldown reduction. It brings dominance in lane and fast neutral camp clears on the fly.

Your 1st major item will depend on the situation. Your choices are; Abyssal if against AP heavy team, Rabadons if resistance isn't needed (rare case), Rylais if lacking CC, Gunblade against long skirmishes, and Zhonya's against AD heavy.

Situational

A GA rush after your core items only if you are dominating the enemy team. If the team is being dominated, you will be ahead in lvls and therefore don't need your first major item.

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Ahri
    Easy
  • Anivia
    Medium
  • Brand
    Easy
  • Cassiopeia
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Medium
  • Diana
    Hard
  • Evelynn
    Easy
  • Gangplank
    Hard
  • Karthus
    Easy
  • LeBlanc
    Medium
  • Lee Sin
    Hard
  • Lux
    Easy
  • Mordekaiser
    Hard
  • Morgana
    Medium
  • Orianna
    Medium
  • Pantheon
    Hard
  • Ryze
    Hard
  • Swain
    Hard
  • Twisted Fate
    Easy
  • Vladimir
    Medium

VS

Ahri

Easy

Ahri is relatively squishy, make sure to avoid her skillshots and constantly harass her with Q

VS

Anivia

Medium

Anivia should be easy pre 6, harass with Q and don't get hit with the stun. When she becomes 6 it becomes hard to dash on her as she'll always be clearing the wave. The opportunity lies when she has used all her skills.

VS

Brand

Easy

Too skillshot reliant and squishy. Abuse this.

VS

Cassiopeia

Medium

This could go either way, she'll constantly harass you and zone you with her poison. Make sure to avoid it and Q and W constantly in lane.

VS

Cho'Gath

Medium

He is very tanky and has major sustain. The only way to beat him is to get a jungle gank and deprive him from taking creeps by constantly Q-ing him.

VS

Diana

Hard

Diana is very good, she's almost like another Akali. Avoid trading when her shield is up and avoid her Q's.

VS

Evelynn

Easy

You can easily win by zoning eve with constant Q's.

VS

Gangplank

Hard

His Q and auto attacks are too devastating. Farm from afar and use W.

VS

Karthus

Easy

Akali counters Karthus. Both will be able to relatively farm safe, when you hit 6 dominate this no escape champ.

VS

LeBlanc

Medium

Might be a little tricky when she gets lvls but you should be able to win pre 5 because you're energy based.

VS

Lee Sin

Hard

He will rape you in lane. Make sure to play safe and trade when he has missed his skills.

VS

Lux

Easy

Skillshot reliant but dangerous when hit. Easy lane, just constantly Q and don't get harassed.

VS

Mordekaiser

Hard

This guy will push the lane and have infinite shield. Q him whenever while avoiding his E. Might have to call in jungle assistance.

VS

Morgana

Medium

She will be clearing the wave for days, make sure to not get caught by her ult combo.

VS

Orianna

Medium

Orianna is probably one of the most balanced AP's, this is a skill match up.

VS

Pantheon

Hard

Utilize your energy, he can go oom and be ineffective after.

VS

Ryze

Hard

His burst is too strong, make sure to make him go oom and retaliate.

VS

Swain

Hard

Swain's sustained damage is hard to deal with in trades so make sure to not get caught and farm safely.

VS

Twisted Fate

Easy

Easy lane, he will shove the lane but you should be able to zone him with Q.

VS

Vladimir

Medium

Abuse him early lvl since his sustain isn't as effective yet.

Who is Panchie? Back to Top

Hi Guys,
My in game name is Panchie.  I'm currently top 100 in NA ladder hoping to earn more ELO 119_icon_64.png!  While I wasn't able to play AD or wasn't feeling it, I would often take out my secret weapon Akali. 119_icon_64.png
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Why Akali? Back to Top

When Akali comes to mind, people often think of "pubstomp", flashy anti-carry, and most of all FUN. She is a hybrid AP ninja with a stealth + dash mechanic that can be utilized to outplay the enemy. Although the recent patch has reduced Akali's early game, she still remains awesome.


Pros

  • Tremendous single target DPS
  • Stealth + dash gives room for outplaying
  • High mobility
  • Snowball champ (dominates when slightly ahead)
  • Best skirmisher 
  • Energy based
  • FUN, FUN, FUN, and did i say FUN?

Cons

  • Easily countered
  • One AOE
  • Falls behind if she doesn't get ahead
  • Aggressive playstyle might backfire
  • Need more skins

Gameplay Back to Top

Early Game

Base your play depending on my match up guide. Early game will all be about winning or staying even until you're lvl 6 or first back. Remember that you're an energy based champion so keep spamming that Q on the enemy or for CS, if they get near whack them in the face or E them, if they try to harass you, make sure to use W so that you get resistance while they get minion agro (which slowly wins you trades). Once you're on your first back and and have bought MPEN boots, you will start utilizing Akali's true power.

Akali Combos

Q > wait for Q to be up > R > AA or E > Q > AA or E = This is the burst combo, good for surprise kills
Q > R > AA or E > W + AA > Q > R > AA or E = Chase combo, good for any other situation
Q > E = Can't reach combo, will be often used in lane since E range is 325 and AA range is 125

Mid Game

Mid game will all be about utilizing your MPEN core, killing more people, pressuring your lane, and following up for ganks/counter-ganks. To be able to roam effectively, make sure to shove your lane so that the enemy mid lane doesn't get vision of you. You will mostly gank bot lane since there will be more enemies and that results to more kills/assist and because bot lane doesn't buy early MR means you'll be dealing true damage. This little skirmishes is where Akali shines, force them as much as possible and take objectives like dragon and towers.

Late Game

Many Akali's I see mistake themselves as superman and would often go 1v5 or dive really far into enemy territory. When there's a teamfight make sure that you can take out the carries while giving yourself a safety margin by going in after CC's have been used, also take note of your energy and don't spam E as it drains your energy quickly. After you have taken out the carries, make sure to commit to a target to refresh your essences and take out the remaining enemies.

Synergy and Counters Back to Top

Best

57_icon_64.png Maokai provides the best CC's and an ultimate to negate damage.
32_icon_64.png His hard CC will make you feel safe the entire teamfight.
54_icon_64.png His ultimate and skill set makes the AD's life a living hell. Akali likes dat.
35_icon_64.png He can easily snowball your lane which can win you the game.
64_icon_64.png He's energy based like Akali! He can peel, shield, and displace unwanted attention from you.

Counters

1057_32.png Bursting them down just got harder
2042_32.png "Where ya goin'?"
2043_32.png "You ain't safe!"
64_icon_64.png He is your hard counter.



Final Notes Back to Top

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