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Summoner Spells

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Nowtime I mostly use flash teleport, and that is part because I am an amateur competitive player and its what the meta makes me use so its better that I'm used to making teleport plays and utilize it for split push well, but its a question of preference and you are more then free to use what you like better, so, play around with it. 

I would use flash ignite heavily before and it worked out just fine, now that nidalee is better early it should work even better but, again, personal comfort in summoner spells is important if you are playing soloqueue, also, flavor of the month is very relevant when it comes down to choosing between teleport and ignite because sometimes you could make very good use out of ignite over tp but still use tp because everyone does :)

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Runes

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Basic set up that will help you get used to the champion is 15 flat ad, 12 flat mr and 11 flat armor.

Hybrid penetration is very effective for combination of going attack damage and dealing magical damage in cougar form, also having cougar early game has allowed this to be more effective due to the fact that you don't benefit from them only after level 6 anymore. 

Due to the new rune changes what I have figured out that going scaling cooldown blues is very effective in combination with gauntlet/spirit visage since at lvl 18 it gives me 40% cd (15% runes +5% masteries +10% gauntlet +10% spirit visage) this is better vs a lot of matchups that don't involve magical damage because I already use flat cool down runes without a problem and scaling is a lot better because early game I can't really fight Renekton or riven anyways but after lvl 8 I start getting benefit from thee blues and that is roundabout where I can actually start winning thee match ups anyways.

HP per level or flat is a good idea too, many times you will see a Ryze or rumble toplane and you don't really want armor against an ap champion so it makes sense to use HP instead. Also thing about it is when you are facing Irelia having flat or scaling hp is nice because armor is not going to help much and due to its nerf in the yellows you are going to benefit more from having some armor quints in combination with hp yellows and regular ad.

Basically where I am heading at here is that your rune set is very flexible and there is a lot that comes with it based on the situation. Match ups are all different and you have to be adaptable to anything, but the new rune changes brought me to the wonderful world of scaling runes which are indeed pretty nice when you are facing a lane that you don't traditionally do anything against anyways.

Hybrid penetration is a matter of taste, mostly you want to have these when you are against something that will build tanky, they help a lot after u hit 6. Usually hybrid pen is used against tanky toplaners like renekton.

As well as this you can replace AD Runes with movement speed runes for certain match up`s or if you are more comfortable with movement speed. (For example against a singed, darius, volibear).

15 AD Gives you ability to cs under the tower better or poke the opponent however, it also makes you able of last hitting at higher creep healthy which makes the lane push earlier and that is not good, if you are pushing without catform you are an easy target. 

Cooldown is ran when you are against a purely ad champion like Riven/Renekton because MR is no need.

I like to stick to high ad early on because it is very comfortable to cs under the tower with it.
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Masteries

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Offense: 21
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Defense: 9
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Utility: 0

You 9/21 in cases of severe early game for example riven where you need to focus on survivng the all in and be more careful. 

In general you have to experiment with those and mix and match them around depending who you go against.

21/9 is predominant against weaker toplaners and goes really well with the hybrid pen while flat ad and 9/21 is more for classic lane vs things that beat you (rivens/kennens etc)

I would refer to 21/9 if you are new to nidalee, offensive masteries are always good for lane winning if your opponent makes a lot of mistakes.
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Abilities

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All right, this is pretty simple, you take bushwhack level one so you can fulfill the enemy jungle with all those annoying traps, or you can protect yourself from getting ganked.

Level one, right as you appear in the fountain, grab your items learn W and run, run to trap everything, everything that bushwhack touches is your land Simba! jk, no but srsly they are very useful for tracking down jungler location, a lot more useful then a heal or spear at lvl 1, cougar form Q is arguable but I go bushwhack first everygame and it works.

Lvl 2 you get spear and try to make a play with the Q combo, its very good for cheesing so to say, where you rush lvl 2 and instantly go to trade because you have 2 abilities while he has 1.

Map For placing bushwhacks is in section one, felt like it would have a better Place there...
Its pretty simle, just trap high traffic routes.

Heal is to be maxed out on bruiser Nidalee. Gives you great sustain and a steroid.

Catform is when you can start trading well, so, i recommend passive play until you get it (in Depth in section 1)



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Items

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Start With
Core
Situational

Dorans blade is used most of the time, it came to be after the early game nidalee cougar form changes, works suprisingly well against most matchups because you have an escape route now which makes it very easy to be able to not get rekt early, also the teleport plays a big part in this because generally you don't risk as much anymore as you used to.

Cloth 5 against riven because it allows you to actually miss a couple of his engages, its not as punishing to make a mistake in that lane and you will make 1, if you think that you can get away with perfect play against an easy engage you gonna die a lot.

Blade of the ruined kind is a great item when you are staying toplane and splitpushing for a long time which is something that is played more in competitive scene, in soloqueue i like to roam after 16 or after taking x2 top towers or when I feel like it is going to be a good idea. Botrk is also a great dps item when you are getting a good toplane going.

Regarding hydra, I can't explain, It just works I guess, make sure you proc it right and don't overload too much on ad (its item that you get instead of blade when they are not tanky) Tried it many times in high level games and it works.

QSS is great against cc comps to free the kitty.

Gauntlet core, good kite, cd, mana and armor to duel anything and have control of the teamfight.
Its replaceable by Trinity Force, its older sister, everyone always asks about, afterall you don't really rush gauntlet first against a ryze do you? that would be stupid because of the armor

So, yeah, use your best judgement to pick your items, no build is ultimately good, everything is customized even when it comes down to order depending on the game!

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Matchups

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2 years ago
I highly recommend this guide, because i saw him playing Nidalee this way and it works well. This guy knows what he talks about.
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2 years ago
I'll try this guide. Whenever I play top, I lose from being dived all the time. I looked at other guides too, but this one seems to make the most sense.
0
2 years ago
I'm still very much a lowbie but I enjoy Nidalee and always seem to be so successful with playing her. What I query is how does this mastery page compared to a 21/9/0 page? As I usually play very aggressive in lane against everyone and just try to rush tower straight away, how viable is this mastery page for that? and is Nid still strong late with this page?
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2 years ago
Nid is not strong late late game to start off with.
going defense tree over offence is making sure you don`t lose your lane even though it is worse for snowballing
as well as that, playing aggressive is how you die early
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2 years ago
I meant strong in the sense if she snowballs top how does this page work for late game? but that answered with this page is worse for snowballing. how does it work for harass in lane? is it still really strong? I'll try it out next time I'm on with similar build, I'm sure it does wonders
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2 years ago
It works, consider remastering according to situation too btw, for example vs jayce i`d take champ AA hit dmg block and no mr.
Its been working for me...
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2 years ago
I will definitely try it out as I've only recently started playing LoL. Yeah, I saw your profile and saw you have a few different pages for different situations, I'll definitely keep that in mind as I tend to change my masteries around before matches.
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2 years ago
RF could you include matchup tips against Zed, Talon, and Pantheon as well?
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2 years ago
Black cleaver is getting nerfed, but yes i will sure.
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2 years ago
I saw them right before BC too. Maybe not Talon, but Zed confuses me.
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2 years ago
This guide is very good for people who want to try Nidalee, however for people that want to go further it isn't the whole way. On AD nidalee (Known as Bruiser) you rush Wriggle's Lantern for its magic damage bonus on minions, this helps alot on farming, for sustaining against ur enemy, and for warding. Plus where is Frozen Mallet or trinity force. Those 2 items are almost crucial on AD nidalee. Good build, I highly reccomend this guide to new people.
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2 years ago
trinity force new patch is not that good, there are better things to build like sunfire spirit visage. also, lantern is situational, not core.
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2 years ago
Hey RF. Can you maybe say more about other items. Im wondering what you think about Iceborn Gauntlet, Frozen Mallet, Frozen Heart, Bloodthirster etc. because they are really common ad nida items. Thank you for this guide :).
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2 years ago
not really, you can use them but for instance gauntlet would work only if they heavy on ad and you got enough hp already, i like going tanky nowdays so thirster doesnt fit, unless its a late one, frozen heart just does not work
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2 years ago
Thanks RF <3 Great guide, guess I have to play Nid again!
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2 years ago
Are there any more in depth tips you could give for laning vs wukong? he is for some reason my only/biggest problem
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2 years ago
Hey RF can you make a matchup against Swain? I had to face one earlier, I won but only because my jungler camped and he wasn't very good... Anyways it was a hard lane to face and was really confusing. Thanks :D
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2 years ago
Hi Im 1250 elo , and I play Nidalee.
Because Im low elo I use Offensive masteries and I like to buy damage items over tankier what do you think? I feel like I can carry more this way.
What do you think about botrk and zephyr?
I have huge succes , won every top lane by now , this season of my 8 games with Nidalee I won 7
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2 years ago
When you go offensive you get ganked and camped.
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2 years ago
I dont go in until lvl 6 , when I get lvl there is no jungler that can gank me.