The most important part of playing any champion well. I have placed my item build but will go into detail. I tried to order the items in order from most importance to least however they are all important and some may be more important in different situations.
Thought process of building Diana
I always start
because you are going to buy boots at some point, it helps clear the jungle faster and it allows for better ganks especially early on. On your first back grab one of these:*
Grants AP which increases your jungle speed and gank damage. Aim for this item but don't get it if the situation calls for it.
If you want some early mana regen and health regen. You should only get this if you feel like you are going to need the mana regen or health regen.
The next item you are going to get is your sustain item. Normally it will be
however look above to the survival item section for a more in depth analysis. After this is really where your build really starts to change. It depends on if you wanna build damage or defense or sustain.
- For damage building into that builds into a lot of items including
- Tons of damage building into
- Damage through auto-attacks. Builds into
- For attack speed for procing
. Builds into
- Extra magic pen. Adds good damage early on.
- Great health boost. Builds into
- Good for magic heavy teams. Builds into
- good against an AD heavy team. Builds into tons of items like
- good against magic heavy teams and heavy cc teams.
- good against AD heavy teams.
- Health and Mana Regen, builds into
- Adds AD and lifesteal which helps clear jungle faster. Builds into
- best sustain for Diana, grants spell vamp and ap, builds into
Building after this point depends on the kills you and your team has versus the other team and where the kills are, what items your team has and what items your enemy has. I have some example builds below however your build should change every game depending on what is happening. There is too many variables to try to explain everything. IF you have no idea what to build and you haven't built
go there. Can't ever go wrong with Rylai's on Diana.
*Exception. The only exception is if you have 3 or more kills before your first back in which everything changes. This is when you skip a GP10 and just go to
and on into large amounts of damage.
These are builds i know to work well in many situations
Diana is an AP jungler with an AD edge. This allows her to be extremely powerful throughout the game. i am going to go into detail about different builds that i have tried and worked well. I always start with
and i always grab
depending on what i need early on.
This build is an all around damage and tanky build which allows for survivability for teamfights and a good amount of AP for damage output. With this build you should have the capability to be one of the best 1v1er in the game. I feel that this build will be the main one because its an all around build.
This is going to be your full damage build. You should build this if you want to be a carry or a huge threat. You also should build this way if you are fed so that you are always a threat causing the enemy team to surrender. Rylai's in this case is used as an offensive weapon because the extra slow you get allows you to catch 1 person out easier or to catch a fleeing enemy.
This is a tanky build aimed at being an off tank if you need one. It gets some cc from rylai's allowing for Moonfall to be a heavy slow and allow for you team to initate nicely. Diana is a great off tank because Moonfall is very similar to
's ult. Note that you can swap Frozen heart for Guardian Angel if you feel like it. GA is a little bit cheaper however you get more armor and some CDR from Frozen Heart.
This is a supporty damage build in which you add 3 auras to your team for teamfights. Dont get Runic Bulwark if your support is going to get it because you dont need 2. However if you do want to you can because you will get the added bonus from the supports aegis. If your support is going to get Runic Bulwark i suggest getting Frozen heart or GA. The magic reduction from Abyssal Scepter helps the AP carry damage in teamfights.
When building with Diana a good amount of thought needs to go into what you are going to buy. Whether you will build health, MR, armor or damage and what kind of damage do you or your team need. Certain items work better with others and here are the 3 combinations that work better together.
This works well together because of the ad from Hextech Gunblade and theLich Bane proc allowing for great damage. These two items allow for a lot or all-around damage sustain and some mr. Zhonya's Hourglass would go well with these two.
This one seems odd i know but it works quite well actually. It works because you need some sort of ad item so that jungling is easier. The AS from Nashor's is enough to jungle with
. The WOTA is for an ally AP heavy team or a synergy with the AP carry having WOTA. This is also a cheaper build.
The AD from Hextech Gunblade works extremely well with the AS from Nashor's. If you decide to get these two items it will allow you to jungle with the utmost ease. It allows you not use mana to jungle. most of the time all you need is to auto-attack.
Other considerations of items:
I talked about it above however its just a reminder. This is a great item for the passive and it gives armor and some MR.
Great AOE counter to any AD. Great active ability. Grants Armor and health.
This is a good item on Diana however i like
better because of the slow.
If in need of cheaper armor and health. The Passive from this item is extremely useful when jungling.
If in real need of Armor. Cases like fed adc or against an AD heavy team.
This item is like adding another damage spell to your combo its simple damage.
If you really need the mana regen or just a little MR or both. Add CDR for Athene's.
If in need of more magic pen if they are building lots of MR.
If you wanna fly around the map and gank everything everywhere. This is fun to do on occasion. or if you really need to gank a ton of places
If you want more CDR and some mana regen its a great item. It also works if you need an ignite for some one like