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IRELIA BUILD GUIDE: It's Irelia, GG by counterhealer

by counterhealer (last updated over a year ago)

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Greater Mark of Attack Damage(+8.55 attack damage)
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Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist( +1.2 magic resist per level (21.6 at champion level 18))
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Greater Glyph of Attack Damage(+0.28 attack damage)
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Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage( +6.75 attack damage)
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Champion Matchups

Introduction

Irelia is a toplane bruiser that excels at getting to any target due to her passive. Her passive gives her an immense amount of tenacity with Mercury's Treads, making her one of the hardest champion to kill or to kite in team fights. She also has a strong CC with her E and great sustain with her W and R, her Q is one of the greatest farming tool in the game also great for chasing with the low cool down time.

Logs

10-8-2012 Added some additional information about irelia, more details on build, skills, different stages of game, lane opponents.

11-8-2012 Added some information on masteries and runes and summoner spell.

14-8-2012 Added video

20-8-2012 Added some explanation about the items to get.

28-8-2012 Added some new item builds, new skill order.

19-9-2012 Fuck the Maw when you are carrying.

17-11-2012 Name Change

18-11-2012 Some changes in summoner spells

19-11-2012 Changes in runes, masteries, build, and skills, tips and many more changes.

8-12-2012 Masteries changes.

11-12-2012 Some more changes in masteries, new season 3 farm chart

1-1-2013 Big changes to item builds, and Lane opponents

2-14-2013 Changes with match up, item change

Masteries

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This is the masteries im using now, it is the old 9-21-0 dipping a bit into the offensive tree to get the upgraded ignite and some fighting potential. But I put still focus more on the defensive tree to keep me in lane longer and the new tenacious works great on Irelia. This is the stander masteries I usually take.

[http://i1151.photobucket.com/albums/o639/counterhealer/irelia1.png]
This is a very aggressive page, focusing mostly on offensive tree of the masteries. Only use this if you are confident you can win your lane or you have a aggressive jungler that is going to gank your lane. But for this masteries I suggest to take more of a passive summoner spell just as a back up for not having much points in defense.

[http://i1151.photobucket.com/albums/o639/counterhealer/irelia2.png]
This is a very mixed page, giving a little damage, and take enough points to get CC reduction in defence, and also have some mana regen, this is good for most of the situation, i usually take this for fun though.

Runes

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Use these runes if you can come out or even in lane phrase.

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use these runes if you know you are going to loose your lane, or if you just want to out harass your oppenent, because regen will help you a lot.

Red- I always take flat attack damage, this is very good for last hitting under turrent, and harass your oppenent.

Yellow- For yellow I take flat armor, because most top are AD, this will help you save a lot of pots, and you take less damage from minions, this will sometimes safe your life early games.

Bule- Now, for both of the pictures I have posted I have MR per LV, this is fine if you lane opponent is AD because AP will mostly effect you mid or late games, but you if you laneing against an AP, like Vlad or Kennen, you should consider taking flat MR runes.

Quins- For the first set of runes i have flat AD quins, this is very useful if you know you can win your lane, with junglers help you should snowball very fast. For the second set I have regen quins, as I explained earlier this this for a very passive lane. There are also other very good choice like movement speed if you feel very slow and getting kited, or you could take health for someone like Olaf.

Summoner Spells



Explanation:
For summoner spells take and . will help you a lot early games, especialy when you have an aggressive jungler, and flash is just op. I just to take ghost instead of Flash, but I have come to a reality of some times ghost is just not enough.

Other good spells for Irelia
This is a very good spell for late games, you should take this instead of ignite if you know you can't win your lane, or when enemy team has a very aggressive jungler.

Take this if the enemy top or carry doesn't have very good escapes, this way they can't kite you.

This spell is very obvious, this is for more dragon control, or if you are looking to help other lanes.

Anything else I don't really suggest.

Skills

Passive: Ionian Fervor
Each nearby enemy champion (to a maximum of three) reduces the effectiveness of Crowd Control on Irelia.1 Champion: 10%2 Champions: 25%3 Champions: 40%

Explanation:
A lot of people think this is what makes Irelia, Irelia, now that's true, but, I don't think is as strong as people think it is, especially in laneing phase. I think for the most of the time is a good idea to get a merc treads to make her passive more significant in team fights.




Q: Bladesurge
Irelia dashes forward to strike her target for 20/50/80/110/140 (+1 per Attack Damage). If it kills the target, Bladesurge's cooldown refreshes and refunds 35 Mana.

Cooldown 14 / 12 / 10 / 8 / 6 seconds

Cost 60/65/70/75/80 mana

Range 650


Explanation:
One of the best farming ability in game, refreshes when kills a unit, refunds part of mana when kills a unit so feel free to use it when farming. It has very low cooldown which makes it great for chasing, it also gives her great mobility. Remember this ability also apply on-hit affect so it applies your W.




W: Hiten Style
Irelia is skilled in the art of Hiten, passively giving her physical attacks 5/7/9/11/13 health restoration. Activating Hiten Style adds 15 / 30 / 45 / 60 / 75 true damage to her physical attacks for 6 seconds and gives her physical attacks 10/14/18/22/26 health restoration.

Cooldown 15 seconds
Cost 40 mana


Explanation:
Very nice ability, true damage, and sustain. This ability does true damage, which will melt anyone with some attack speed. And the reason why no matter how hard you harass Irelia and she will still keep up with you is because the massive health regeneration you get from this ability.




E: Equilibrium Strike
Irelia's attack balances the scales, dealing 80 / 130 / 180 / 230 / 280 (+50% of ability power) damage and slowing the target by 60% for 1 / 1.25 / 1.5 / 1.75 / 2 seconds. However, if the target has a higher Health % than Irelia, then the blow stuns the target instead.

Cooldown 8 seconds

Cost 50 / 55 / 60 / 65 / 70 mana

Range 425


Explanation:
Very good ability, very good CC, when you are fighting 1 on 1 in top lane, this ability will turn the table very fast sometimes. Remember don't use this ability unless you have lower health than your opponent you unless you are chasing.




R: Transcendent Blades
Irelia summons 4 spirit blades that she can fling to deal 80/120/160 (+60 of attack damage) (+50% of ability power) physical damage to enemies they pass through. She heals for 25% of that damage against champions and 10% against minions.

Cooldown 70/60/50 seconds

Cost 100 mana



Explanation:
Tons of damage, very good wave clear ability, it has a very low cooldown, and can sometimes can take your enemy by surprise, so feel free if you just want to put some more harass onto your enemy.



Skill Order and tips

For skill order R>W>E>Q. If you are fighting someone that is ranged, sometimes is a good idea to max Q beofre E. Why? Because you are not gonna hit them with your E, so what is the point maxing it?

Now some tips.
1. When you are fighing someone like Jax or just a mele champ, at lv1 you should take E first, when they come to cs E and then a auto attack, this aggresive move will make them scared, and this is a very good harass. Don't do this if you know you are gonna get lv2 gank, but other wise you should get some early advantage.

2. Always pay attention to low health enemy mionions, they can be used as inisition, escapes, or to dodge skill shots.

3. If you want to jump on some one don't use your Q on them. Use your Q on a low health mionion so you get a refresh, then E your enemy and fight with W, when they try to try that's the time to use your Q to do some follow up.

4. If you are behind in lane, try to save up for a red elixir, this is the only way to get back in the game without jungler ganks. Remember to use it during to fight.

5. Always control your lane to zone your enemy. I will try to get a video up for how to control your lane.

6.Always ward.

7. Sometimes you don't want to run right back to turrent when you see enemy jungle coming to gank. Some times you should pretent you didn't see them to waste their time, but also know your limit. Also if you jungler is near by you guys could also plan a counter gank

8. Irelia's only job is not just to jump the carry. She could also protect her carry very well.

Item Builds

Starting Item:or or
First back:x2
Mid game:/
End game:/


If getting carried:/

If are are carrying:/

If against very heavy AD:

If against very heavy AP:

Split pushing:





  • One of the most important item on Irelia, this item is just a all around item for much of all top laners. It gives you some survive ability, some decent damage, and the movement speed allows you to chase the carry down, the attack speed scales very well with her W, remember to use the Sheen proc well.


  • This item is very good on Irelia, it gives you great MR, get it early if you are laneing against magic damage champions. The attack speed scales very well with her W, and it gives you a mixed auto attack damage makes it harder to defense.


  • This item is made for Irelia, it has both MR and armor, it scales very good with health, what it means is that the more MR and armor you have, the more your health is worth. The second life is just a pressure on the enemy team, it makes them not want to focus you because you will revive anywamys.


  • GET THIS ITEM, this item is so good in season 3, it gives you so much health for its low price. Rush this right after Tri force, sometimes you need this before tri force, it just gives you so much tankness that allow you to do whatever you want.


  • This item is ok, I don't get it that often anymore, it gives you decent armor, and it scales ok with health, only get it if you are going for a tank route with a frozen mallet and warmogs.


  • Very strong item, very cheap, and is the only item that gives you both MR and armor besides GA. Get it if your team doesn't have one, the new upgrade in S3 made this item even better, and just so much for it's price.


  • Get this when your team need a tank or you are doing bad in lane, try to get right after if you are doing this build.


  • I just recently start trying this item, is surprisingly good get this when they have more than 2 AP or if the AP is fed, it also gives a shield which is very OP, and a decent amount of damage.


  • This is a troll item for Irelia, though you could get it if you are really really far ahead, is a fun item.


  • I have been buying this item a lot. The active and passive on this item can shut down an AD carry very hard, it has a movement and attack speed debuff, what more do you want? lol. In season 3 I get this item in most games now.


  • This item is ok. It now builds to black cleaver, which is a god like item now. But is not the best item on Irelia, not saying you can't get it, is just there are so many better item for Irelia then BC, instead of arm pen Irelia is more dependent on attack speed.


  • This is another snowball item, get it if you are far a head. Tons of damage and sustain.


  • Another item that shuts down AD carries like randuins. It gives you a lot of armor to survive the pressure from a fed carry and it shuts them down by reducing their attack speed. And the cooldown reduction is somewhat good on Irelia it means that her W can come up more quickly.


  • I've been trying this item recently, is really not bad, not as good as Tri force when you are winning, but better than mallet if you are loosing and other team's AD is fed. Worth getting if you can't get Tri force by 25 min.


  • Get this if you are carrying, because chances are the enemies are going to build lots of armor to counter you, yes, you do have true damage, but is only up for 6 seconds, and is on a 15 second cooldown, so most of your damage is still your auto attacks, that's why you need arm pen or else you won't do any damage.


  • Not sure what to say about this item yet, it sounds and looks very good, but I still have to try it out.


  • You can get this item early if you are loosing your lane against an AP, you get very tanky against AP and massive regen, is worth rushing before damage items if you are loosing.


  • This is a very good item on Irelia, I think is a way better version of ionic spark. It has movement speed and attack speed which Irelia scales very well on Irelia, and the passive generates great aoe damage during mid game and gives her great split push potential.


  • I usually I don't get this item, but I can see how this item can become a good item. It gives great armor and with statikk shiv you can split push like crazy. But usually as Irelia you want to be with your team during team fights.


  • Ok, I have to admit, this is one of the best item on Irelia right now. But I still don't know it's full potential yet,I still have to test more on it, like when to get it, when not to, should you rush it or not.

Early Game

Early game ~00:00 - 20:00
Irelia has a relatively weak early game, but it should be very easy to farm with her Q even under turrets, farm as much as you can, surviving should't be a problem from the sustain of W. Farm for the 15-20min, you should have around 100-120 cs by 15min at least. Fights before lv4 are not suggested. Q appplies W and it could be used as a flash to catch up to your enemy, if you used both before you fight someone you could be killed or miss a kill. If you are fighting a ranged champion try to Q to a caster minion and E your enemy because they are most likely trying to kill your minions around their caster minions. After E use W to put some auto attacks in, when your enemy tries to run Q to him and put few more attacks in, it should refresh because your Q refreshes after killing a minion. Don't get kited, when you feel you are about to get kited, back off. Try to control your minion wave.
For last hitting under turrent:
Caster minions, 1 turrent hit, 1 auto attack, if you don't have AD runes add a Q after auto.
mele minions, 2 turrent hits, 1 auto, if you don't have AD runes add a Q after auto.

Mid Game

Mid game ~20:00-36:00
Mid games is where Irelia really shines.Your high mobility makes you one of the deadest champion. You should try to push down the outter turret around 20min and start roaming mid and bot to help out small teamfights and drag if possible. This is also the time to choose your build path, you should always choose your build carefully because it will effect you late game.

Late Game

Late game ~36:00 until the end
GODMODE IRELIA, at this stage she should be unstoppable, no matter if she's not or not.Honestly, at this stage I don't have much to say because she is just OP. Don't get caught out, take control of baron and dragon. You should never be the one who starts the fight, wait for your tank to going in first and jump on enemy carry.

Farming

New CS chart in season 3
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My own stander is at very very least to have 100 cs by 15 min

Video

Picks and Counter picks

Champions Irelia counters:
Champions counters Irelia:
Champions work well with Irelia:

Source From:http://championselect.net/champ/Irelia

Lane opponents


  • She is very annoying, she can hit you but, when you try to hit her she can just hide in her smoke. In this lane just try to farm you have a very low killing potential killing Akali alone, if you have extra gold you can get a pink ward to counter her.


  • This is a scary lane for Irelia, first your passive doesn't work against his know up, at the same time he can get tons of health from his ult and do some true damage on to you. In this lane, you have to be very aggressive early, since killing him post 6 is very hard. Try to punish him if he gets close before 6 and tell you jungle to gank. In this match up try to get a early giant's belt, if you can't just go for doran's blade.


  • This is a very tough lane, Darius is just so hard to pay against, not many top lanes can beat him including Irelia. You will not have a chance to kill him if Darius plays right, the only chance if you have is your sustain. You can get an early Doran's shield instead of Doran's blade if you are loosing really bad. Let him push to tower and farm safely under it, tell your jungler to help you in this lane since Darius has no escape abilities and very easy to gank.


  • Easy lane, Mundo is not that strong early game, dodge his cleaver, and farm, you don't want to harness him that much because he is just gonna regen everything back, focus on farming, Irelia is really dependent on CS.


  • Though lane, very annoying, she has a shied that blocks your auto attack and has a attack speed steroids, is not recommended to fight her until level 9. When you play against her try to bait her steroids out before you fight. Watch for her ult when she hits 6 it does tons of damage, can she can dive you easily if you are low.


  • Farm Farm Farm


  • Easy lane, you counter him, but don't ever ever fight him before level 4, the chances are you will loose, after level 6 is a cake walk. Dash to a low health minion and stun him, no way he can out trade you.


  • Very annoying guy, tons of damage early games, and will regen all your harass back, don't fight him until at least level 9, and go back when you are low got to watch out his ult. There's nothing you can really do in this lane since he out sustain you, and very hard to gank, the only way is to farm it out since you scale way harder than he does late game, it shouldn't be that hard to make it through lane if you have defensive masteries and runes.


  • This lane is not that hard, you out sustain, and out trade him, be cautious early games, try avoiding getting combed before level 4.


  • You will loose this lane, he has tons of damage, and E can dodge all your true damage and stun you, get 1 or 2 Doran's blade after your first back, it will give you a lot of sustain to out trade him. Try to be aggressive early at earlier levels especially at level 1 or 2 when he doesn't have his E, stun him and give him an auto attack when he comes for cs, when you fight him try to bait out his E by jump in on a low health minion, and pretend to fight, when he E jump away with your Q and when his E procs jump back to fight him. Don't feed him early because he could snowball out of control.


  • She could be some trouble earlier levels because you won't have enough sustain to regen all her damage, but you won't have the damage to kill her either. Try to jump in when you hit 4 if you didn't take that much damage, if you took some damage early game wait till level 6.


  • You don't have much trouble beating him in lane, just do what i told you early with ranged champs, remember to rush


  • Don't fight Lee early game, he will always out trade you, farm until about level 7 then you can fight him, if you are really having trouble rush and


  • This guy is annoying, it would most likely end up as a farm lane, he tankyness and attack speed debuff is just too much for Irelia. Really nothing you can do besides farming.


  • This guy is OP, farm and tell your jungler to gank.


  • Farm lane, you can't kill him and he can't kill you. Tell your jungler to give you some early ganks, as soon as you get some early advantage you should start to deny his cs, because if you let him farm he will out scale you late game.


  • AD Nidalee is very strong, the lane is really dependent on skill, the guy with better skill is going to win, they are about the same. AP Nidalee is not that much trouble, just dodge her Q.


  • You will loose this lane, don't fight this guy 1v1 at any point of the game, he can spam his Q to harass you out of your lane, regen health back through W, and melt you with E, try not to fight him when he has his W. Let him push under your tower, and farm safely under it.

  • Not that much trouble, remember to leave base with rush and , you can win a fight against him after 6 with all your sustain.


  • Nothing really special, she may dive you when she gets her ult.


  • Don't fight him until level 9, farm before level 9, try to not mess with this guy.


  • The dumbest thing here is to fight her 1v1 early game, no one beats Riven 1v1 early games, if she jumps on you just E her and back off, you can fight her at level 9 if she does not have a big advantage in lane, and you will for sure beat her 1v1 at level 11.


  • Scary guy, he is too strong early game, don't fight until you get let him push, and farm under tower.


  • I never play against him that often since he is always banned, but is usually a farm lane unless your jungler ganks.


  • Singed will push like crazy, and he will just soak up all the damage you put out, just farm and let him push.


  • This guy is all about late game, put lots of pressure on him early and mid game, try to deny him from cs, should be a easy lane.


  • Should'd be that big of a problem, you can dominate him very easily with your damage, also try to deny his cs.


  • He is better than you in lane, he has more sustain than you, and out trade you with his Q, don't fight, get GP10s and farm.


  • He should'd be a problem at all after you hit 5 or 6 you can kill him very easily, but before level 7 don't get harass by him too much so you have a disadvantage.


  • Farm lane, he is really tanky, you passive does nothing to his passive. but if you fight and if he fights you, you could win, just to remember to put ignite on him to fuck his passive up.


  • He used to sh*t on you before the nerf, now you scale way harder than him, try to fight him at the moment he switches to his ranged weapon, that's when he is weakest and he can't knock you back. But if you do fight him when he's in his hammer form and knock you back, just dash back with your Q.


  • This guy is a nightmare, he has great 1v1 potential with his passive, and great wave clear, and he is very hard to gank, just let him push and farm safely.


  • Same as Jayce, before his nerf it was a hard lane, now is an easy lane, 2 Doran's blade early then you will have more sustain and damage then him, don't be afraid of him.


  • He is soooooo annoying, he can jump on you, do a lot of damage, and just stealth away, you can fight him 1v1 after 6 , but chances are he's not going to do that, just get a pink ward in lane, and you will see the surprise ;)


  • Very tought lane, you can't fight him 1v1 and he also has a lot of sustain like you, farm and tell your jungler to gank, not that much you can do in this lane.

Final Comments

Irelia is a very strong top lane, even though after all the nerfs she is still one of the best top laner, the very important factor about Irelia is farm, if you are not good at farming, you should get some more practice on it. Always know your limits when you fight, don't fight anyone before lv 4. Change your build and play style to game. Thank you for reading this guide, I hope you enjoyed it. Feel free the press like.
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