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AHRI BUILD GUIDE: How to C'Ahri by Varph

by Varph (last updated 4 days ago)

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Greater Quintessence of Ability Power(+14.85 ability power)
9
Greater Mark of Hybrid Penetration(8.1 Armor Penetration and 5.58 Magic Penetration)
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Greater Seal of Health(+48.15 health)
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Greater Glyph of Magic Resist(+12.06 magic resist)
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mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 0/4
mastery 3 4/4
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 3 3/3
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
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mastery 3 1/1
mastery 3 3/3
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 3 3/3
mastery 4 1/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 1/1
mastery 2 1/1
21 Offense
mastery 1 0/2
mastery 2 0/2
mastery 3 0/2
mastery 4 0/2
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/3
mastery 1 0/3
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/4
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 2 0/1
0 Defense
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 1/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 4 1/1
mastery 1 0/3
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mastery 2 0/1
9 Utility
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Essence Theft
QOrb of Deception
WFox-Fire
ECharm
RSpirit Rush
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Introduction

[http://th06.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/f/2013/253/5/3/foxy_ahri_by_artgerm-d6lqxo3.jpg]

By Artgerm


Hi there, I'm Varph, a random no one you have never heard of who mains Ahri and this is my guide to her.
Ahri is an opportunistic assassin, she CAN jump in like a regular assassin and go for a kill but her combo is much more unreliable compared to her competition. However what she can do that other assassins cannot is safely "fish" for a kill opportunity with the long range as she can fire these from range and if one lands on a good target she can all in then for a guaranteed massive chunk of burst. She is also particularly strong against melee champions in lane. Sadly the versatility that Ahri has does come with a pricetag, She lacks the insane laning strength that most assassins have and as a result, Ahri beats most people that assassins beat(though it does not come as easily) but she does not beat the other assassins.

Season 2 Stats

[http://i.imgur.com/uadPe.png]


Season 3 Stats

[http://i.imgur.com/3AFLZO0.png]

[http://i.imgur.com/p1T7PUL.png]


Season 4




My LoLKing: http://www.lolking.net/summoner/euw/25277585

Note that you will see I have some rather unorthodox runes/masteries/skill orders/whatnot, this is not an ordinary guide on how to play Ahri, anyone can tell you to max and build , instead this is how I play her, Everyone finds their own little niche on champions they play often and theres already enough starting guides to my fox. (It seems that after the finals this is no longer my niche way of building but is infact the way to build Ahri now, hell I've been doing this build forever *Hipster glasses*)

Pros


  • A very versatile AP Assassin(not a common trait for an assassin to have)
  • Very safe when is ready for use
  • AoE true damage with
  • Incredible chase and kite potential through use of and +
  • LeBlanc style burst but viable playstyle late game for teamfights.
  • Free sustain
  • Opportunistic, strong when taken advantage of.
  • One of the strongest midlane gankers
  • She is a sexy fox human hybrid
  • With a she has a very respectable engage especially against disengage based teams()
  • A built in with


Cons


  • Without shes a sitting duck and easy to gank
  • Dashes counter her as they make difficult to land
  • Opportunistic, weak when there is none.
  • Very heavily team reliant, both enemy and friendly.
  • Close range on her combo makes her very vulnerable
  • Skillshots on and short range on lead to somewhat unreliable damage sometimes
  • Brush destroys her in 1vs1's
  • Huge reliance on landing
  • Mana issues in lane
  • Naturally a very squishy champion. A caught fox is a dead fox.
  • Shutdown by movement impairing effects making her an easy target in teamfights
  • Meh laning phase, she can lane and survive but she has very low kill potential pre-6
  • If you have a bad game, you are next to useless as you offer less than average utility for teamfights

Runes

If you are not aware, there is a little tab at the top left of this section linking you to multiple rune pages for different situations.


For mages there really is only 2 choices for quints, Flat ability power or Movement speed quints. I take flat AP the majority of the time only switching to movespeed depending on the match up(basically against people that have very strong but dodgable harass in lane.)


Once again for mages there is only 2 choices for marks, Magic penetration and Hybrid Penetration. Which depends on the player, the difference in magic penetration between the 2 sets is only 2.3 so basically depending on the player/champion IF you autoattack your laner whether it be harass or in duels hybrid penetration will work out better for you. Flat penetration is for those champions that don't ever auto



The purpose of these flat health seals is just to keep your level 1-6 as smooth as possible, an extra 72 HP is pretty significant especially early on to keep you decently durable to survive Ahri's weakest stage of the game.


Like the seals, these runes are for keeping you alive! Generally I'd prefer to go MR per Level runes as they beat flat by level 9 but Ahri has a tendency to get bullied by stronger laners early on so she needs the early game strength from the flat MR runes.

Masteries

mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 0/4
mastery 3 4/4
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 3 3/3
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 1/1
mastery 3 3/3
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 3 3/3
mastery 4 1/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 1/1
mastery 2 1/1
21 Offense
mastery 1 0/2
mastery 2 0/2
mastery 3 0/2
mastery 4 0/2
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/3
mastery 1 0/3
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/4
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 2 0/1
0 Defense
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 1/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 4 1/1
mastery 1 0/3
mastery 2 1/1
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/2
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 2 0/1
9 Utility
Offense

Since you are a soft burst mage/assassin, offense is the tree to dedicate the most points into since it obviously will offer the most benefit towards your damage dealt which is the most important for you to try and improve.

A common argument for this mastery is that it is bad on ranged, because if you pick it you are giving the enemy the mastery as well. Now that is sort of true but not entirely since in a teamfight you can hit as many as 5 people but they can only hit 1 of you. Not only that but when your primary role is dealing damage, that takes priority over all else including your own survival. Finally, 1.5% on a soft squishy is nothing, everything hurts a lot it is just whether or not it kills you that matters and 1.5% extra damage taken is really not going to be noticeable.
This is an absolute must since you shouldn't ever have 40% CDR from items alone, so any free CDR that can count towards that cap is worth having.
Any ability power masteries are going to be worth taking on a AP scaling mage.
5% extra damage against someone under 50% health is HUGE! This mastery is awesome since 5% is a pretty big modifier and 50% health is a massively generous health threshold for an execute.
This mastery is pretty much a must have for any champion in the game that will buy a , 5% AP for 3 points is really amazing, looking at it this way if you have 400 AP from items alone you get 20 AP for free from this mastery. Thats a free 435 gold! making it more valuable than the Mental Force mastery and it only scales further.
This mastery is pretty awesome for only 1 point. It might help you in lane by saving you from an Ignite if you just killed an enemy champion but its really value lies in teamfights, the potential to regenerate up to 25% of your health/mana can easily make the difference between surviving it or dying during it.
Penetration is a very powerful and difficult to obtain stat since it is so rare. This mastery is a must on any damage dealer in the game.
This is a quite a good 1 point wonder. Any damage helps and this especially helps with last hitting as the game goes on.
If you look at the executioner mastery, which is a good mastery, it works out to be a flat 2.5% increase in damage, generally. 2.5% for 3 points and this is 3% for 1 point, simple maths says it's a good choice especially since you already went 20 points into the tree.

Utility

Utility is the tree I dedicate my last 9 points too. Reason being is the 9 points into utility just offers more use than 9 into defence. The added benefits of lower summoner cooldowns, longer blues and movespeed just outweigh a small amount of extra durability.


Since you will be using trinkets all the time you might as well make it have a bit more range, this is especially useful if you use the ward trinket to scout a bush that you think someone might be in, that extra 15% might be the difference between you getting garen'd or not.
Movement speed is awesome, this is basically a free movespeed quint and basically moves your champion up a tier in base movespeed.
Having Flash and Ignite up as often as impossible is important for playmaking and in general having more uptime on them.
A point to make potions better. Only an extra 15 hp on a health pot but you need the points to get to the buff duration mastery and this is probably the best one for 1 point.
When you have blue buff, all is well and you get to become a much bigger lane threat due to being able to effectively throw spells out like you were a resourceless champion so it's well worth having blue buff for that bit longer!

Summoner Sets

Primary Set


Flash is brilliant, it really is, theres a reason everyone takes it. In lane this is what keeps you safe from ganks, but its also great for very fast engages, if the laner is at the otherside of the minions from you, into for a melee engage can take them by surprise its so fast. When getting away before teamfights, use before to escape, simply due to the cooldown difference BUT, late game during teamfights, flash first to escape from a sticky situation as your is worth a whole lot more in a teamfight that could break out in the next minute.

Remember, this is not just a defensive summoner, the distance Ahri can cover with allows for the element of surprise, much like in this video.


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It helps you kill people! Fantastic choice.


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It's really good! brilliant choice against someone bursty that you feel will give you are hard time, and barrier baiting is always great.


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An ideal choice if you are willing to part with ignite to focus on destroying bot lane with teleport ganks or counter ganking. This is more a personal based summoner choice over a champion based one, but obviously some champions can perform better with it than others, Ahri is one of the better users of teleport.


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- This is probably preference based since it is quite comparable to Barrier except it heals a bit less in earlier levels and it has a 30 second longer cooldown. Barrier is still the better selfish choice for preventing burst.

- if you use it correctly, exhaust can be a great aid to you, it makes nigh impossible to miss, and more importantly if timed well, it can save you from the burst of , it's also great for escaping an early gank without using flash.

- Don't do it! this summoner is a complete noob trap regardless of champion, it will do nothing for you late game and even though Ahri has terrible mana(lowest base mana and scaling of all ranged mages, and amoung the lowest regen scaling) it is still just bad.

- Get out you aint no support.

- I see many who recommend this over due to the fact that Ahri has 3 flashes , but I feel that encourages you to use your ult as a flash, which you shouldn't, its a damage move. In addition Ahri is so slow(305 base MS) that ghost won't really help you escape from much that wouldn't be superior for.

- If you are considering this... why not, just take it.

- You are not

- Take it, it makes last hitting easier.

- Meh, If you really need cleanse, would probably be better as its already a very situational thing to need rather than using a summoner slot.

- I don't know what this even does...

Item Builds

Starting Build(s)
Default Starting Build
2
Flask start
Either start is fine, Which ever suits you. Whether it is the sustain you need or just the lane presence.

NOTE: For the pink ward start, you can't afford them all with the starting gold since it costs 480 gold so you have to wait for the 5 gold as the minions spawn.

Final Build(s)
Standard Final Items
are core on any primary damage dealing mage ESPECIALLY assassins!

is arguably the best item in the game, its utility and baiting potential is far too valuable to pass up on especially as Ahri who is a close range squishy. In addition it is one of the few 120 AP items to get as high AP as possible.

is an absolute must on any single target burst mage and especially Ahri, its synergy with her charm amplifying damage to 144% of its normal means this isn't optional on Ahri, it is mandatory.

is a great all round item to fill in the versatile slot of Ahri's build(since the other 5 slots are taken by mandatory items). 80 AP is a good high number for a last item in her build and the movement speed is welcome but the main parts are the 10% CDR, on top of the Deathfire Grasp and mastery this will put Ahri at 25% CDR on items alone which is really awesome that she can build a second item with CDR on it without suffering in raw damage. The active is also amazing especially for setting up her combo as the slow makes it much easier to land her Charm.

These 2 share the item slot that Twin Shadows would take up, but it is the situation that decides which you should get.

Ahri has great synergy with this item as she autoattacks a lot and has her ult and Foxfire to proc it multiple times consistently. She also should get an autoattack off during her combo so the extra 50% AP(amplified to 72% by DFG/Charm) ratio nuke really makes her combo something to fear.

- If the enemy team have an absurd amount of healing this can take up that last item slot.
Build Order
This build order is extremely versatile in the order it can be built, literally all the items after DFG can be interchanged with each other. This listed build order however is by far the highest damage, most dangerous and least forgiving build path. You will have amazing damage, and if the enemy so much as stare at you too long you will die due to how soft it is.

- DFG comes first as it is the best item in the game to increase a mages damage against 1 target, especially mages who specialize in that sort of thing which Ahri does. It is not an optional item as you are doing yourself no favours not getting this item as it has extremely heavy synergy with Ahri's kit as it increases all magic damage the target takes by 20% during the next 4 seconds. Ahri deals her burst in a <4 second window, and her charm increases damage dealt to the target by 20% also, this stacks multiplicatively with the DFG amplifying her damage to the target by 44% extra.

- With a big AP item like DFG(120) and whatever runes/masteries/rings, the next item that will increase Ahri's damage by the most is this cap as she will already have a big chunk of AP to boost by 30%

- Even if your enemies haven't built MR this item is still 1 of the best items when it comes to killing people as a mage. The magic penetration on this item is just as effective as the AP amplifier on Dcap but this is much cheaper, once you get this even enemy tanks will be scared of you.

- This item can literally come anywhere in the build, it depends on the situation if you feel you need the active or the armour now or later. Regardless it will still be a fantastic item to get as it is 1 of the 3 120 AP items that Ahri can and should get. The amazing utility it has to offer is just an awesome bonus on top of the damage.

- Along with Hourglass this is another item that can be bought at any stage of the game. It's stats are perfect no matter when you buy it, I often get the Aether Wisp early on if I really need the movement speed to help with dodging or roaming. This item works literally whenever, first item or last its good to get.

Skill Order

Player Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Essence Theft
QOrb of Deception
WFox-Fire
ECharm
RSpirit Rush
At level 1 you either take if you want to get some damage out or not miss any tricky last hits but often first can be the safer choice if your laner is going to use level 2 to their advantage ESPECIALLY if they get it first you can just charm them and back off.


This is maxed first due to what it is. It is the SAFE harass tool + most effective farming tool + highest damage. Maxing this gives you a strong poke and with AP it should start clearing ranged minions after level 9.

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Due to the large difference in damage between this and orb of deception this is generally maxed after it since they are both damage spells but Orb is more damage and more versatile. This should only ever be considered over Orb if the target you are facing is just to mobile for you to hit with orb. That being said I personally would still opt to max orb over this in all situations.

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Low damage utility move, as with most champions these kind of spells are maxed last.

Skills

Essence Theft
A really nice sustain in lane passive, once you get 9 stacks just fire a through a wave for a hefty heal. A neat trick to pull off with this, is if you are low on health and really need the heal for the next wave, fire a through to hit the wraith camp, this will give you 3 easy charges. Due to the heal being based off the amount of targets hit it is always best to use for the heal as it can reliably hit the most targets.

This passive has a visible indicator when its ready, Ahri's orb goes from blue to green and makes a rather annoying sound to tell you its ready.
[http://i.imgur.com/M7RO5.jpg]
Orb of Deception
This is a standard skillshot AoE ability with a slight twist, it deals half of the damage as it is fired out, and once it hits its maximum range it then turns back and comes back to Ahri this time dealing the second half of damage as true damage. The easiest way to land this is to go for a max range hit so that both the magic and true damage portions hit at pretty much the same time.

Take note that the range indicator for this spell is considerably shorter than its true range, the spells range is 880 units(almost 9 s) but the range indicator cuts off short.
[http://i.imgur.com/IENMv.jpg]
This shows its true range, about an orbs length longer than its indicator.
Fox-Fire
This spell is fairly unique in how it works, it is an instant cast ability so it can be used while moving. When cast it spawns 3 Foxfires around Ahri that orbit her, these Foxfires will fire the moment they acquire a target within their range and will deal magic damage to them when they hit although any additional foxfire that hit the same target will only deal 30% of their original damage.

A simple damage spell. Decent damage, easy to land at close range and cheap mana cost. This is a sort of hyperscaling ability as the game goes on. early/mid game this spell is a high cooldown(9 seconds) magic damage autoattack, it will hit enemy champions for ~50-80 damage but as the game goes on, this spell gets leveled and with CDR and AP it ends up being as low as a 3 second cooldown and will be dealing 500-700 damage per cast making it very powerful late game.

Each of the foxfires has an individual range, so make sure when fighting enemy champions that all 3 are in range otherwise 1 or 2 of the foxfires will fly off to nearby minions. So the range may be stated as 800, its effective range is ~500.
[http://i.imgur.com/MAZ7k.jpg]

1 last thing. This spell is instant cast, it can be cast while moving BUT Riot decided that Ahri can't have that entirely for free so casting this will lock out from being able to cast until the animation for foxfire is complete(Ahri does a spin for you).
Charm
This is a standard line skillshot. When cast, Ahri fires a heart in a straight line with a decent range that will hit the first target it collides with dealing a low amount of magic damage and will amplify all Magic damage(and true damage from the orb) that Ahri deals to that target for 7 seconds.

Ahri's most important spell. This built in Deathfire Grasp is vital for Ahri to be able to kill her target. If she misses this she will likely not have the damage to finish someone off unless incredibly fed. It is also not cheap to cast making it a very risky spell to throw out in lane. It is completely vital to land this spell and if you do the target will almost certainly die late game as this really is Ahri's Kiss of Death that Riot wanted it to be.
In addition this is the most powerful CC type in the game, great for catching people out in standoff teamfights or just keeping people still so that u can land an easy . Outside of melee range, this isn't the easiest skill shot to land, it has a noticable cast time on it coupled with a thin projectile and an average speed.
This spell is a fantastic disenage for any melee that tries to dive on to you.
This increases not only your magic damage by 20%, but the true damage on aswell!

NOTE: This skill causes the target to start walking, an incredibly powerful thing to have since it interupts dashes(It even stops midair and causes his to not land or deal damage). Champions this affects include but are not limited too
Spirit Rush
Ahri's ultimate is kind of why a lot of people hate her as it offers her massive catch/escape potential when used. When cast Ahri dashes towards the cursor, during this dash she will fire out 3 magic damage dealing projectiles at any enemies within range. She then has 10 seconds to use 2 more charges of this. She does not dash a set distance, if your cursor is on top of Ahri she will dash on the spot and won't move.

This is Ahri's lifeline, if you have to use this to escape, thats not good. When its on cooldown you are a sitting duck and should play like one. The synergy this has with Ahri's kit is why shes so good, its fantastic champion design.
Thanks to the triple flash, Ahri can use this to
  • Get an easier or clear shot to land
  • Get her in range to
  • Allows making the true damage portion of easier to land.

[http://imgur.com/isV8e.jpg]

Although the range indicator for is longer than , the spell remains a dash, so make sure you are right beside the wall if you are trying to dash through it but don't be surprised if it fails to clear the thicker walls.

Warning!

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Unless you are in one of these, they are not your friend, Ahri's will only fire essence bolts at enemies who are in line of sight at the time of cast, if fighting amoungst the bushes, a smart opponent can use this to their advantage and get you to blow your charges on nothing! be sure to cast from inside the bush!


As you can see, anyone else would be dead here but Ahri is going to R away to safety and troll Darius!

The DFG Jump Combo

This is your kill combo, I recommend you do what I do, and find a nice comfortable button to use your , I have it smartcast bound to my mousewheel click, allowing for a very smooth combo without fumbling all over the keyboard with drool.

Open with: at the same time, the travels faster than so it will hit first!

Immediately follow with: then and another

Finally: If they are still alive, either use your final to keep up with them if they are escaping and autoattack them down or if you can, wait for to come off cooldown again for a jump. You will unlikely be able to wait for this at early levels where still has a high cooldown.

The Ideal Combo


Ideally you don't want to have to jump in to get someone. Simply opening with charm from an ambush or from charm fishing will result in the best possible combo. Late game you can kill squishies without the use of if u hit charm first! This will be your most used tactic to get a kill. Due to the reliance on Charm Ahri is an opportunistic champion so you should "fish" for charms and engage IF the charm lands. You can also try the slightly more advanced and aggressive tactic of Charm Flashing, where you cast charm towards the enemy champion, then flash mid cast towards them giving them a much smaller interval to react to it.

Anyway the combo would look like this:

Things to note
  • BEFORE for 2 reasons. 1, deals more damage than so you want it to have the 20% amplification and 2, you don't want to waste a 1 minute cooldown item on a target if your charm didn't land.
  • is not necessary and can be put pretty much anywhere in the combo. If the target is still charmed you can jump on yourself so you don't move anywhere and potentially cause the true damage portion of to miss.
  • Try wait until the charm is 100% landed as you don't want to blow everything on a target without the CC+amplification.

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By RiyokuSakimori

Items

General Build

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Situational Items


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Core Items


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The ultimate sustain choice, a flask with any combination of the other consumables is the stay in lane forever start, I'd recommend you run this kind of start against people who you are not confident against or want a safe long lane before you back.
I'd Recommend you put your pink ward in the bush shown in the picture below. No one ever seems to check that bush during laning phase so what you get is a near permanent ward for only 100 gold!


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Standard starting items if you intend to do a lot of running against specific match ups()


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If you feel you need the early game boost or simply don't have enough gold to get anything bigger, a ring can't go wrong. It offers a good amount of lane presence stats with the HP/AP and the mana regen really helps Ahri since she rarely builds any major mana regen items.

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This is Ahri's bread and butter, it should almost always be the first major item to be completed as its stats are just insane. A huge amount of AP and her most sensible source of CDR, and then, the active, allowing her to burst any soft champion from 100-0 in 1 jump. This stacks with to give you a 44% bonus magic damage buff so this item should be purchased before 100% of the time.

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Simply not optional but mandatory. Your job is to deal damage and the 30% amplified ability power from this item makes it one of the top 3 damage items Ahri can get, there isn't a build without this item that would do more damage than a build with it.


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If you find yourself getting focused or are against someone that can be countered by the active(), you can't go wrong with this item, it requires you be quick to react though especially when trying to avoid fast ults such as Malphites . This item allows for some pretty amazing plays late game. That aside the 50 armour is very much appreciated and 120 AP is massive for an item, getting this along with DFG/Deathcap gives you the 3 Needlessly Large Rod items giving you a massive amount of AP, considerably more late game than traditional mage builds run(Those with items like Athene's or Liandry's)

Here I actually activate it BEFORE Malph ults but he still does it anyway, that just goes to show you can abuse peoples reactions and connections.


NOTE: Activating this item will cause Ahri's to fizzle. Meaning if you cast it and then hourglass before it fires it will simply disappear and do nothing.

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This item is in the same boat as Deathcap, it is mandatory. It may be a lowly 2300 gold item but it is the magic damage penetration item and the amount of extra damage it offers you even on squishies is huge. This and Deathcap should be treated as the same mega damage item that you must aim to get in your build every game.

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This item actually competes for that slot in my build that Lichbane takes up. This item is really great for Ahri, 80 AP is a very respectable number, 6% movement speed will go a long way which you will certainly appreciate and then there is the 10% CDR, another item that offers CDR is amazing especially late game. That and it has really nice utility with its shadows whether they be used to scout the jungle for traps, slow your enemies to make Charm easier to land or just to kite some one that is on your tail(s). Which item I get is highly dependent on how the game is playing out, If I feel I really need extra damage outside of combo-ing I may get a LichBane over this but most often I will get Twin Shadows.

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An extra single target 50%(Amplified to 72% when used on a Charmed/DFG'd target) AP spell is awesome! + Ahri is very good at getting spellblade charges with her ult. This item has great synergy with Ahri's charm fishing playstyle and significantly adds to her burst and gives her significant tower pushing power.

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Aether Wisp Place Holder! ლ,•ﺪ͠•.ლ


This little item is great, it is a cheap source of movement speed that even brings some damage in the form of 30 AP. If you ever find yourself in need of movement speed whether it is for dodging someones harass or running away you can buy this item as a remedy for that since it leads into both LichBane and Twin Shadows whichever you get is your choice!

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Which ever of these you get is based on how you feel you are doing, If I feel I don't need the damage(i.e. I'm doing lots, got fed early) I go for the to get get my CDR up since the only CDR item I usually buy is the DFG since it allows me to spam more often, otherwise I get since magic pen is a rare and extremely powerful stat.


What tier 3?


Boot enchantments are very situational as you would expect but some are more fitting than others.

- This is the enchantment I go most of the time simply because 20% less cooldown on Flash is massive, having Flash up as much as possible late game is of utmost importance since it is a major playmaking summoner that can allow you to make game winning(or losing:P) plays. The movement speed bonus after flashing is just an added benefit to appreciate. This enchantment gets even better if your run teleport since the post teleport effect of 30% movement speed for 3 seconds is really awesome and obviously the cooldown of both summoners will be reduced in this case.

- 20 movement speed, it's quite simply but it is also quite good. This is the competitor with Distortion for enchantment of choice in a standard game.

- This is the enchantment you get in desperate situations, the enemy are at your gates and you need to be on the front line. This isn't a champion based enchantment but just an act of desperation to keep your team in the game.

- This has decent synergy with Ahri's Foxfire as they will proc the movement speed buff but overall this is more of an autoattackers enchantment and is beaten by Alacrity.

- This is a team oriented enchantment which does nothing for you. As your teams AP assassin/mage/damage dealer you shouldn't be taking a team helping attitude with your gold. Your gold is for you to make you do your job best! This is a support or tanks enchantment and anyway, most of the time you will be behind your team so they won't benefit from this much anyway.




I'd recommend this be the trinket for you. Keeping you safe from junglers and saving money from buying 2 green wards every back is too valuable to pass up. In addition since the support is no longer the dedicated solo ward person any ward down is a good thing for your team. Super late game you can consider getting instead for those tense games where the enemy could be waiting in any bush as a trap, especially helpful at Baron if they are doing it with pinks.

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Optional Items




Generally Liandry's is not an optimal item choice for burst mages, but since after Ahri's initial burst she still has decent sustained damage unlike other bursters, it actually is perfectly reasonable to get for Ahri and will have a significant affect on her over all teamfight damage with 0 input since it is just added damage to whatever she hits.

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This is the best dedicated defence item Ahri can get and it is the only one she should consider, the value of a spellshield on Ahri is huge since getting caught by 1 CC effect can mean the end of her late game. It is also really helpful against poke heavy teams.

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Morellonomnomnomicon is actually the third item I consider often for that versatile item spot as a last or second last item to buy(shared with LichBane and Twin Shadows. The reason I would get this over them is if I fully intend to make use of the grievous wounds passive on it if the enemy team has an absurd amount of healing. The passive isn't the only reason however since the item is still great for Ahri, 75 AP is a respectable number although the mana regen is not going to make much of a difference at the stage of the game that it is bought but the biggest bit is the 20% CDR. Getting a Morellos late game will put Ahri at 35% CDR permanently, this will be most noticable in teamfights where she will be firing out Foxfires roughly every 3 seconds.

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Can't say its a bad item on any champ since it will always fulfill its purpose. A good standard defense item to finish up a build just less ideal than a Banshee's since you can't rely on being able to survive once you get back up without your ultimate.


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This is a situation item that should be bought if the enemy team has a rather high amount of magic damage sources. It should take up the versatile item spot in the build and it will be well worth it since typically only mages build penetration items, so the other sources of magic damage will be hit by the MR on this item quite heavily. Additionally the -20 MR aura is great for boosting your own damage which Ahri is good at utilizing due to her naturally short range.

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Ahri is a great Rylai's user, Reasons being:
  • It gives 500HP, making it Ahri's most balanced defensive item, and gives her a bit more beef that she needs to survive getting close in fights.
  • It is very efficient, when completing this item, you get the stats you pay for, and the slow for free!
  • has a low cooldown and procs the full 35% slow, making Ahri a very good kiter/chaser, and even if she isn't doing either in a teamfight, those random foxfires are crippling whoever they hit, potentially securing kills or saving teammates without effort.
  • Ahri doesn't have any natural movement impairing effects, so this causes all of her spells to slow, doubling the effectiveness of the passive on should you be getting it.

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This is a pretty good item for Ahri since she can make good use of all its stats in teamfights.
80 AP is a good amount for any item for Ahri.
10% CDR like with Twin Shadows goes a long way in Ahri's build late game, and it affects the Foxfires the most which also just so happen to be her best spell for spell vamp.
20% Spellvamp, Ahri is 1 of the best assassins to actually benefit from spell vamp since she has a kitey sustained damage nature once she has done a burst combo, the healing from this along with her passive can make her considerably tougher to take out especially if it is only 1 person going after you. Foxfire is a great spell for spell vamp as it procs single target healing and has a very low cooldown.

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This is an item you get a first item if you are not confident you can kill your laner by bursting them down after a little bit of poke. Instead the playstyle from using this is to simply play a farm war whilst trying to poke your enemy as often as possible so that they are low enough for you to kill without needing a DFG. The massive mana regen and 20% CDR is what makes this item work in lane but it may lead to a deficit in damage if you buy this then fall behind later on.

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Not so good items




Ahri is a poor stacker, she is a combo mage, not a consistant damage mage, so it takes too long to stack this fully, additionally you probably won't be buying any items that it synergises with(other mana items) so you can't even make the most out of its passive, too many other better choices.

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This is a very niche and that niche isn't one that concerns Ahri.


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This item doesn't even exist anymore!


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If your best interest is winning, Mejai's is a bad choice, as soon as you buy it you are literally throwing away a 2 kill lead in gold until you get 5 stacks, the item is too risky(especially with Ahri's range). The gold you spend on this is better spent on building items that are not gambles.

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You shouldn't even be considering this as attack speed is wasted gold for you.


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A good item on the people that buy it, but on burst mages this item is bad. It is too expensive for so little offensive power early game, not only that but its getting in the way of which is unacceptable.

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Synergy

Synergy


Team composition is, although not always the biggest deal in solo queue, often games are won on champion select alone so its always best to get the team synergy going, what champions go with who and do well on paper. That being said Ahri sort of has synergy with every team, she just fits into every comp, maybe not the best for the role but she will never be a poor choice(although the enemy team comp can make her one). Nevertheless here are some, but not all champions that go particularly well with Ahri.

Junglers



Any champion that singles out a priority target, and keeps them still is a great champion for Ahri as it makes her combo free to land and is pretty much a 100% kill. Amumu may not single out 1 champion like the others but his ult keeps them all still preventing anyone from crowding Ahri or her target.




Marksmen



Same reasons as the above junglers, these 2 have great ults for picking a target for Ahri and setting her up for the easy kill.




Midlane


There isn't any champions that synergise with Ahri since she should be midlane... duh.




Support



These 4 are good with Ahri for their own reasons. Blitz is good with her since if he grabs a target into the team, Ahri can immediately said target pretty much condemning them to death. Lulu is good because Ahri's have a tendency to get caught, it kind of comes with the job of diving in as a soft assassin so Lulu proves particularly good for saving Ahri should she get in a sticky position with . Leona works just like the junglers that single a target out and dive on them keeping them still for you, she also comes with the added bonus damage from and Taric has his targeted stun which is just perfect for making Charm a free hit.




Toplane




Since Ahri is a 100% pure damage dealer, the need for a high damage top isn't that big of a deal, rather having a manly beast toplane that dives into the enemy team and takes the attention is something much more useful. Kennen gets an honourable mention since although he isn't tanky, he does dive in like a psycho.

Counters

Some teams just want see to the Fox burn. An example would be if you are last pick and the enemy team have picked mid, jungle and support. Don't pick Ahri into that, they wont let you or any other close range burst champion do anything.

Junglers



Any champion that singles out a priority target, and keeps them still is a great champion for ending Ahri as it makes her pretty much a free 100% kill. Basically anyone that can keep Ahri still is a problem for her. Fiddlesticks is the worst as he WILL fear an Ahri and if Fiddle catches Ahri with a fear inside his ult Ahri is dead.




Marksmen



Even though Ahri is the marksman killer, she that they fear so much these 2 are the best to pick on a team against her. Sivir is troublesome for the obvious reason of her spellshield, makes it difficult to pull off the entire combo on her. Vayne on the other hand, a good Vaynes reactions on her stealth tumble when Ahri jumps at her is problematic as the Foxfires go off to other targets and the spirit rush charge is wasted, not only that but Vayne can then fight back. Obviously this can be remedied with an Oracles but thats expensive and you cant reliably have an Oracles at all times. Graves and Lucian get mentions due to their dashes being very fast traveling dashes making it very difficult to land a charm on them.




Midlane



is a good counterpick to Ahri as Annie can't really miss her stun, and it has a very low cooldown due to the spammability of her spells making it quite easy for her to stun Ahri at random times.
has an invincibility shield that she can put on whoever she wants, makes killing a priority target in a teamfight pretty much impossible since her shield has a very low cooldown and a long range.
is here for the same reasons as Kassadin although too a lower extent since LeBlancs shutdown combo is considerably harder to land than Kassadins.
has a targetted hard hitting stun making it extremely dangerous for Ahri to be near her during teamfights.
this little guys massive AoE stun is a nightmare for Ahri, plops it down and she can get herself in a horrible situation, her dashes go through it but she will be stunned at the end of it. Not only that but regardless of how Veigar did in lane, Ahri and her items do the job for him, all he needs to do is push R and that will be an easy 1500+ damage late game.




Support



These guys are the worst, Fiddle sticks targetted fear strikes again, to be honest I could put this guy in every single role and he would make it. Fiddles fear is the counter to Ahri. Lulu and Soraka are the same, they just rock at saving their team, trying to assassinate someone they protect is a nightmare as Lulu will just ult them, knock Ahri up and polymorph her. Soraka will just heal them for half their health and her targetted silence will make life difficult for Ahri. I've played against Sorakas that just seem to have a vendetta against me and spam silence whenever they can, it is REALLY annoying. Thresh is here since the amount of CC he applies and the duration of it, should he land a hook on Ahri that is pretty much the end for her assuming his team act on it.



Toplane



These are the people that can ruin Ahri even if she is doing well, since if they are doing well midgame they can just run at her and make life hell as they all become pretty much invincible midgame, the softest of these guys() make up for it by doing insane damage ... and they ain't even that soft anyway. Ever had a Renekton or Volibear who is fed dedicate their game to running at you? ends up being used to get away 100% of the time, they will zone you to the ends of Runetera.

Strength Levels

Early Game: Weak

Early game Ahri is very weak which is surprising for an assassin. She has a puny mana pool that can't withstand trading often and her damage is mediocre and unreliable. She is also easy to kill since without spirit rush she is slow and soft. This makes her a terrible skirmisher early on when junglers start fighting pre-6


Mid Game: Strong

Mid game is where Ahri starts becoming a real threat especially once she has her hands on . With her ult up she emanates an aura where the enemies will feel extremely uneasy near her if they are missing health due to the distance Ahri's kill zone covers. She is also one of the stronger roaming mids again due to her ult killzone.


Late Game: Very strong

Late is where Ahri is strongest. Despite this myth that "All AP casters fall off late game" thats really not the case for Ahri(or most mages for that matter). Late game is where Ahri is the most threatening. Simply landing a can be the end of someone and whoever gets hit by it is in for a world of trouble. She can kill squishies with a basic combo late. Basically the ability to amplify her own damage by 120-144% makes her a total monster late game when she lands her spells. Not only that but there isn't a bruiser out there that has an easy time killing a champion who can dash away 3 times.

Early Game

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If you don't have this skin you are doing it wrong!

Ahri despite the common beliefs, isn't fantastic in lane early game as far as mages go, she has mana issues that limit how often she can trade, and her damage outside of a perfect EQW is mediocre, alot of people can abuse this.
So until you have , just play it safe, farm farm farm, try to avoid using spells to clear waves unless necessary. Do take advantage of the opening to trade though, should they deliver themselves into an easy E, you should abuse that.

If you start with a flask combo, generally you should try aim for 1675g on your first back, this allows you to get , with such a huge boost in early game AP you will really feel the damage. Although if you can't afford that then items like are all fine early buys. Most of the time on my 2nd back I end up getting a without any other items, and that is perfectly ok to do so, don't let people make you think that boots are 100% always needed on mages, but do try get atleast before your 2nd major item completion.

In lane its very simple, try get some harass off with and always look for the oppertunity to . Once you have , with you should be able to 100-0 all but the most durable opponents.

Mid Game

Once your midlane has experienced the glory of your LeBlanc-esque burst, push your lane with and its time to introduce the botlanes to it, via lane gank or just running through the river if they are overextended, AD carries and support at this stage are very easy to kill so you shouldn't have a problem with it.
Personally I find lane ganks(coming through lane and sneaking in the bush) work best, be sure to confirm that there are no wards in the side bushes before you do this. Here is a nice and easy botlane gank with little resistance. had already used flash so she is pretty much a free kill.

Note that this is before the nerfs to Ahri and the importance of charm!

Toplane is harder to do it too but if both toplanes have fought recently and are under 60% hp, you can easily go there via their jungle( would be required against blue team) and tower dive.

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What? I don't need a reason to include such an awesome art of her!

Late Game and Teamfights.

Your priority job at this stage is to kill either of the carries, with your combo and using the mobility to get to and away from your target safely, carries will be easy to kill should you catch them offguard or too close to the front of their team.
This video shows a rather nice situation where the rather fed is at the back of the enemy lines, but I use to bypass their tank line to get to corki.
Note that although I miss , the damage from the initial combo is enough for to panic away and get caught by s allowing the damage from my to finish him off.


If you can't get through their tank line, you can always just play as a regular Ahri, offering your AoE damage with no real focus, just make sure you are dealing damage.

During stalemates, should it be them or you pushing at a tier 3 tower(thats the inhibitor tower), catching ANYONE with can provide a very strong initiate as the victim of it should die before it ends.

Champion Matchups

Brand
Difficulty
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Really straight forward match up, dodge his shit(especially ), engage on him if he puts ANY of his abilities on cooldown, he is quite soft so should fall over quite easily.

Wait for him to use either or before you engage for a relatively easy kill. DO NOT CROWD HIM DURING A JUNGLE GANK! Giving his ult something to bounce off of is a quick way to give him a double kill!
Cassiopeia
Difficulty
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Very much the same as brand except, once you engage on her, be sure to face away and perpendicular to her to avoid being stunned by her ult, she is an easy match up but she will make short work of you if she stuns you.
She will destroy you pre-6 if you get in a fight with her so be careful. I should note that the higher you get in level the harder this match up gets, I'd say at Diamond this is a solid 8/10 but this guide isn't aimmed at Diamond!

After landing a abuse the fact you don't need to face her to deal damage with and
Ezreal
Difficulty
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AP ez is not to be underestimated, his in lane poke and damage is quite terrifying and if he gets you low enough he can kill you but again, he is too soft and has no CC to stop you from just killing him, Play it safe before you get your .

Hide behind the minions, Ez can't touch you with or (which is an important part of his kill combo). In addition, push hard as he lacks a waveclear and will have a tough time last hitting under tower.
Karthus
Difficulty
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Karthus is in my opinion one of the easiest lanes to destroy, his only strength in lane is that he is very good at farming safely from afar, thats where comes in, you shouldn't be afraid to tower dive this guy constantly, hes free godlike.

Try baiting him into attempting to you by aggressively running towards him, then back off until the slow has ran out and go back in for a hard engage.

Consider getting a and keeping it in your inventory, then use it during karthus as a mini heal. For late game get a to negate anymore ults.
Kennen
Difficulty
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One of the most irritating champions in the game, This filthy hamster is luckily not all that bad to lane against as Ahri, Kennen has a major weakness to bursty mages like and ofcourse with the way you will be playing , just blow him up after he uses his cocaine ball but do remember, Kennen has alot of damage on his ult, he can just as easily kill you if he pokes you low with . Beware of his early laning trading capabilities! He can easily beat you up in a trade with his stun.

Let him use to farm minions(if he is reckless) or force him to by engaging without the use of then engage on him during the short downtime of his cocaine ball.[/center]
Nidalee
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Dodge spears, , its that simple.

Don't get too close when she goes into catform, her damage in kittymode is pretty strong against squishys such as yourself. Don't fight with a trap on you, the MR shred puts you at a big disadvantage!

Wear a hat, this may stop you from pulling out your own hair after you get hit by spears
Soraka
Difficulty
Favors You
Another one of those gimicky champions although she is alot stronger than Janna, you have got the range to farm safely against her until you are ready to fight, try poke her down to bait her heal before you fully commit.

Don't underestimate s damage, it builds up alot faster than you would expect. Also has a 20 second cooldown, thats your engage window.
Twistedfate
Difficulty
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Now I may say 2/5 Favors You, but don't let that fool you. He has no intention to beat you in lane unless his jungler helps him snowball. He is going to kill your botlane over and over and then return to lane fed and then he will beat you. You have to either beat him fast to kill his confidence(TF's seem shy to teleport when they get destroyed) or you have to be ready to countergank yourself.

Look out for his cards, if its yellow hes quite obviously going to try stun you for a trade, if he seems to be trying too hard it probably means the jungler is nearby, play careful at level 2 as junglers love to gank for this guy. Consider running to counter gank as TF will win games by ganking bot lane, not by beating you.
Xerath
Difficulty
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Xerath is a back and forth lane against Ahri. When she doesn't have her ult she can't safely get close enough to hurt him and he will attempt to poke you relentlessly with his high range spammable abilties. But when Ahri has her ult Xerath is terrified since he has a 4 skillshot kit, everything can miss and in a duel, they should so you shouldn't be afraid to just bring the fight to him and make it an extended one since early game his cooldowns are extremely punishing. It is vital to dodge his stun though as it can last up to 2 seconds which is pretty long so if you leave minion safety to try charm him don't be surprised if he tries to stun you.

When dueling him time your Spirit rush charges specifically to dodge his abilities.
Zyra
Difficulty
Favors You
Zyra just can't touch Ahri, don't let her kill you pre-5(she can do it with her root and ), as soon as you both are level 6, let her fire her or put 2 plants down and engage on her out of range of her plants, its a very easy kill. NEVER engage when her isn't off cooldown.

makes short work of plants used for harass on you, use to fight her away from her own plants, shes easy to deal with if she missed
Ziggs
Difficulty
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His poke is insane, it will make you cry, but if you fight him you will realise all Ziggs actually has is unreliable damage and basicly 0 CC, hes also very soft, real easy kill. That being said I cannot state enough how annoying this guys poke is.
Don't try trade with him close range unless he ate a Charm first, the closer you are the easier he can land everything and will get to use his passive which will make trades favour him quite heavily.

Other than dodging bombs there really isn't much to say here.
Aatrox
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<PLACE HOLDER FOR VEL'KOZ>

Pretty standard match up that happens in 2 phases.
1. You have no ult, or it is on cooldown. During this time simply farm the wave and focus on dodging that barrage of purple harass he throws at you pretty much all the time, don't sit in your minion waves as he will Void Rift them constantly, instead sit on the outsides of your minions and be ready to move back to dodge his E or to move through your minions to the other side to dodge his Q
2. You have your ult available. This is when you have a massive natural advantage, you should look for any opportunity to Q harass him, and once he is missing some health go in for a charm initiation. You can use your ult to get into range since Vel'Koz has 0 mobility spells and will be very predictable, he is also very large. After that it is just natural outplay as you dodge all of his abilities with your ult charges. Beware of Barrier though, most Vel'Kozi run Barrier so don't get yourself baited in.

Late game you will be able to reliably instagib Vel'Koz if you get close due to how he will build but don't be surprised if he does the same to you if he catches you with his E.
Anivia
Difficulty
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Anivia varies from very easy to very hard as Anivia players themselves have quite a large skill gap, Her passive is a nightmare ofcourse as you will not have the damage to take her down and then kill her egg on your own, you will need to egg her then re-engage later before its off cooldown, ideally engage if she fires and misses and try stay out of her R. Her harass is very painful but its close range, so if she comes towards you try lure her out of the minions for a. Do what you can to avoid her ball as she will easily chunk 40% of your hp off in 1 combo.

Dodging is key to avoiding any harass pre-6, once she has her ult though she will go for the easier combo, but due to its range it is very obvious and sets her up for easy s[/center]


Lux
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Wow Lux can be annoying! She harasses insanely well with , if she pokes you to <70% she can go for a kill with , and when you engage on her, its all down to whether the Lux can land her binding or whether you can dodge it, that decides the outcome of the fight. Don't go into this match up thinking Lux is a weak mage, she is anything but.

If she fires and misses, you are pretty much safe to engage her as she won't be able to retaliate, focus on dodging poke in lane, if she tries to follow it up with an AA to proc her passive, punish her with everything you got.
Leesin
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Lee mid really isn't all that hard, hiding amoungst your ranged minions means he will never land a and he won't outtrade you with only his , his sustain is a problem though, you wil have to spam alot to deal with him.

How to win: stay in your minions so he can never land and when he does land it be ready to him midair as it will stop the damage and dash as soon as charm hits and allows you for a counter attack.
Mordekaiser
Difficulty
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Stay away from him and max and try to do as much long range harass when his shield is down, always make it a big harass, do as much damage as you can to get through the shield as early game Morde is actually quite soft, exploit the weakness that is his lack of escape and get easy kills with the aid of your jungler, I wouldn't recommend engaging on him unless his shield is at 0.

WARNING: Don't get baited by his low HP as is basically a heal for morde making him seem weaker than he is at low health.

How to win: When mordes shield is down, hes alot softer than he looks, be sure to get any harass you can when he has no shield up and push the lane hard to punish him for farming wraiths/wolves/golems/buffs/dragons(he farms alot is what I'm saying)
Orianna
Difficulty
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Her harass is annoying as hell and if she catches you with her ult you are in trouble, do what you can to avoid her Ball harass, if you want to engage make sure it is immediately after she moves the ball, it may be a low cooldown but those 3 seconds are 3 seconds of her being able to do nothing but shield herself.

Quite difficult as she outfarms and harasses you, best hope is to land some good to get her low, dodging with would be an ideal way to start a fight.
Pantheon
Difficulty
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This lane is decided in the first 6 levels, do all in your power to survive his harass, Pantheon isn't as tough as he looks, you can still kill him, but his early harass and gank potential is really quite scary, You may need to request aid from your jungler to get the first kill on him but once you get the kill, you can snowball off him quite easily. Be very careful of the jungler as Pantheons stun is a fantastic gank initiate tool.

Don't ever let him trade for free, unless he jumps on you you should be able to do more damage to him than him to you especially with autoattacks. Make sure you tell your team if he is missing as alot of Panths power is in his roaming potential.
Rumble
Difficulty
Favors You
Rumble mid happens, and it works, its quite powerful, luckily he won't faceroll stomp Ahri as hard as he does some of the other mages due to him being big and easy to hit while he fumbles through minions, max against him and try land as many s as possible. Engage on him if he overheats as he can't make the most of his AA's against you due to you being ranged.

Take advantage of how he will struggle to get by the minions due to the size of his character model, this allows for alot of easy harass on him, and take note of his heat bar, if its nearly full that is a great time to engage as he will overheat, and he can't make use of his extra magic damage on hit against a mobile ranged champ such as yourself.
Ryze
Difficulty
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The only time Ahri beats Ryze, is early game(About levels 2-8), you should try abuse this as much as possible, a full combo will out damage anything he has to offer and once hes lower than 60% hp, can be used to finish him off, but the later the game goes, the more he starts to outtrade you, even if you beat him in lane, he will eventually become too tanky and have too much damage for you to trade with him(unless you are really fed).

The reason Ryze outtrades you so hard is down to 3 reasons
  • His shuts you down, you can't during it pretty much stopping your damage and it allows him to dodge the return part of if he isnt charmed.
  • Ahri in a duel, is a close range mage, and Ryze is pretty much the number 1 close range trading mage in the game, often you will be close enough for his to bounce on you multiple times.
  • He builds tanky, tanky enough that you can't burst him down, and Ryze can burst you down as his 'burst' doesn't end, he has sustained burst if there is such a thing.
Zilean
Difficulty
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Avoid his bombs(or try to) + , your is a shorter cooldown than his so treat him like , kill him, THEN KILL HIM AGAIN!

Go balls deep against him if he tries to bomb you as you will outtrade him, if he puts on himself, try wait it out if you can afford to rather than healing him for half his hp.
Kayle
Difficulty
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Kayle mid is a frustrating thing. She clears crazy fast, she deals crazy damage and she carries crazy hard. You really have to respect her power, She is an incredibly simple champion with 1 "combo", She s you which slows you and amplifies her damage(and its a hard hitting nuke) and then she just s up and autoattacks you for very heavy damage. Her is very anti-fox as it's ideal to soak up burst damage so be sure to try avoid that either by taking her by surprise or by staggering your abilities until shes pops it.

Before she gets any CDR her has a 16 second cooldown with a 10 second uptime, so whenever she uses it to last hit, be sure to AA and harass her as much as possible when it is down. When she initiates on you with , just her face and run away to get out of her range, be sure to give her a though.
Jayce
Difficulty
Favors You
As far as unconventional mid picks go, Jayce seems pretty weak, weird since you expect the unconventional picks to stomp traditional mids, thats the reason they are picked. But Jayce isn't all that scary. Outside of AA's he doesn't have that much to bother you since when he goes into melee form he will suffer the wrath of and get out traded. His damage is quite high and his ball will hurt a ton if you let it hit.
Fiora
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
A very simple and repetitive lane. Fiora will onto you, you will while running, she will again and get 1 more autoattack before backing off and you will hit her with a and auto. Thats literally it until one of you has the other low enough to ult the other. If Fiora s onto you when you are relatively high health(enough to survive) give her the maokai treatment and and drop her off under the tower.
Syndra
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Syndra is a MASSIVE lane bully. She will be throwing so many orbs at you you will wonder why you can't do the same thing. I run movespeed quints and rush boots against Syndra to make dodging her orbs as easy as possible. This lane should be played defensively unless she puts her stun combo on cooldown. This is a hard lane to rate for me in a guide since at silver I'd imagine Syndra would be considerably less of a threat but at diamond -.- this is a horrible lane to be part of...

Do not underestimate her damage, she can burst you very easily if she lands her stun combo, so if she uses on an attempt to stun you, thats your queue to engage on her as she will have alot of trouble landing anything outside of her ult on you while you dash around
Ahri
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It's no surprise to find the Fox in this section as the differences here are literally the players alone. That being said coming up against another Ahri is no different from anyone else, shes just a mage you want to kill! Hide behind your minions to prevent her from getting a on you, in addition if she wants to harass you she will need to which will hit your minion wave causing the wave to push towards you potentially opening up the chance for ganks on her. Post-6, since you are the same champion whoever attacks first assuming skillshots land will be the victor. Go full manmode in your item choice going for pure AP and dueling power() and make sure when you jump to attack her that she isn't right beside her tower, like you she has 3 jumps and if you make the first move the basic instinct is to run from a fight you didn't start so shes gonna head back to her tower.

Attack first and max as landing a full on her in a duel just isn't going to happen
Lissandra
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Lissandra can be quite the pain with 2 abilities that stop you from dashing(), later on in the game these will cause major problems for you but in lane her damage is below average(you are soft so its nothing to be scoffed at) and shes soft making her quite a weak laner. All you gotta do is make sure you avoid her harass by never keeping the minions directly between you and her and watching out for ganks as her is quite potent. When engaged in 1vs1's with her try to stay out of her range(its a bit less than autoattack range around her) and keep that range maintained as you can sustained dps beat her due to her range(Yes a mage that Ahri can play the ranged war with). There isn't much you can do to avoid her but thats just damage you got to man up and take, I'd recommend a to keep you alive to her combos. If she doesn't you but herself in a fight you can avoid it with your dash as it radiates quite slow, TBH this shouldn't happen since in a 1vs1 fight as Lissandra it doesn't make sense to ult herself over the enemy unless its Zed.

You have the ranged advantage for once, try maintain that range whether it be for harass or in an engagement. Lissandra's main threat in lane is her ability to aid ganks as she struggles to kill people on her own.
Annie
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Depending on the Annie player, you can either still rush if they are not playing to their full potential, or get an early /, Annie trades when she wants to, and when she trades, you don't. If you stay to trade you get stunned and come off a lot worse than her, if you back off, shes zoning you just by walking towards you, Annie can quite easily 100-0 you with her combo, shes a terror to lane against, she is by no means invincible, but don't fight her when she has up, and if you don't kill her in one rotation of your spells you should probably back off as her gives her more sustained damage than your does.

Getting early health is the best way to deal with Annie, if she tries to kill you with tibbers, try get your health back up as your best chance of killing her is when she doesn't have her ult ready.
Talon
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This guy hurts a lot! you gotta play really careful against him as he can easily 100-0 you once he gets some items rolling, the only time you can get an advantage is early on, the later it goes on the more likely he will kill you easier. He also has a 0 counterplay kit, literally the only thing anyone can do against him when he combos them is survive the intial combo. There is no play or input you can make to change how his combo goes.

Don't let him get away with harassing on you without hitting him with a few autoattacks and atleast a as he runs off, Talon has no sustain early game!
Fizz
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Bait shark with and then engage, after that its up to how you use and how he uses his jumpystick. Try abuse AA harass in lane but be careful as Fizz can easily combo you if you piss him off and that will do alot more than some pansy AA's would.

It is vital you let him engage with so that you can dodge it with , once in a duel don't just throw away your , he has to sooner or later and you should be patient with him
Jarvaniv
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Jarman is scary as hell, he has arguably the highest kill potential on you in lane out of every champion, and that's not even with jungler aid. Be wary of his starting items(especially looking out for ). Jman wants to kill you at level 2, his is literally half your health just in his gap closer, he will have no problem getting flash out of you if he lands it and you have to be incredibly careful pre-6, once you get your it will feel a bit safer thankfully. Unlike all the other AD Caster champions in lane, Yarvin doesn't just deliver himself into a free like the rest, he generally lands right on top of you making it very difficult to land so try move away from him before you fire it.

Dodge his and punish him with . Obviously you ain't a super computer and won't be able to dodge every combo, so when he does, if he isn't going all in for a kill don't let him get away jack free! throw everything you have at him and autoattack as much as you can as he backs off. AND BE CAREFUL! This is a scary lane.
Khazix
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Alien is problematic, his damage is utterly insane especially when you are isolated(you have no allied units within melee range). He isn't undefeatable but he is certainly very hard just because of that damage potential, you need to play really carefully and make sure he can't get close to you. He always initiates with , during that jump you have time to and run away, don't ever stay in melee range. As long as you play carefully you can poke him down with until hes low enough to kill.
Diana
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very difficult match up without aid from your jungler, she has too much damage and durability(without even building for it). You should try poke her as much as possible pre-6 as she lacks anything to fight back properly unless you get too close(don't) but as soon as 6 comes it is a very hard match up. If she lands her Banana strike on you be prepared to charm her if she dashes on you and then run, don't take the time to Q her until you are at a safe range outside of her hoover.

Always run to your champions right to avoid Diana's , her whole kit revolves round landing this, and it comes from her right and your left(assuming you are facing each other)

Consider an early into a if you are not winning lane, it's your objective to stay alive in this lane.
Akali
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3 Flashes to escape? no problem, sideboob here has 3 longer ranged higher damage flashes to catch you, this is not a matchup you should do, dodge the game or feed(Assuming the Akali player is good). If Akali isn't good, well it shouldn't be too hard, Akali's are either really bad or really good, you don't get an inbetween. Don't feed her and outscale her as her teamfight presence is null, she dies to passive AoE and mild breezes of cold air.

Assuming you are able to trade with her a in the middle of your lane is great for countering her , this isn't really an option, you need one else she will zone you just by putting the shroud near you. Also be prepared to counter her jumping on you with with an instant to the face, if u you hid her mid jump you will have time to , if not just run back with .
Note her will cause your to miss her if you don't have vision, wasting the spells.
Galio
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Galio himself isn't actually that bad, just dodge his for the most part, he shouldn't be able to kill you BUT, his ultimate is a terror, it pretty much is a free kill on you when he has the jungler on his side, max first and abuse the true damage on his ridiculous MR and counter push the lane, to deal with any s you collect and should keep you safe in lane, do what you can to roam bot and pick up the gold there instead.

Dodge and don't be afraid to do damage to him, he may have alot of MR but that does not make him invincible, an early followed by many s can take the beast down.
Leblanc
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LeBlanc should probably be at both ends of the spectrum, some LeBlanc's are REALLY bad, they will be easy to kill and will fall off at 15minutes. But some LeBlanc's are really good and will make your life a living hell(though all LeBlancs are hot, ooft.) run an MR heavy rune page, get an early and/or (You don't need to upgrade this), Don't let LeBlanc force you into only building defence. will serve you well, engage on her if she uses on anything, try to avoid her chains(don't be afraid to flash them if they hit you). by level 9 one of you will be one shotting the other, and in an equal skill set up, LeBlanc wins this match up(unless they are both equally UNskilled, LeBlanc is a harsh champion to people who suck at her).

IMPORTANT: LeBlanc can get the Kassadin treatment, try catch her with when she s to you for a very favourable trade but you have to be very quick as a fast LeBlanc is incredibly hard to land this on when she harasses. If you catch her with this post 6, engage on her for the kill.

Don't stay in lane with less than 70% health, thats kill health for LeBlanc, try push as hard as you can and spend as little time near her in lane unless you are winning.
Malphite
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He is too damn tough, you probably won't kill him, max to abuse the true damage against him and the same as , as Malphites teamed up with any jungler in the game is a dead Ahri.

If you think he is up to something, have you finger on flash or Hourglass and be prepared to pop it if he ults hopefully avoiding it.
Malzahar
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As weak a champion this guy is, his 1vs1 potential against other mages is scary, if you don't kill him with your initial combo, he will at the very least, kill you along with him or just straight up kill you with his damage. stay away from minions with his DoT on them and max first to counter push the wave. I recommend buying and an (use this as a mini heal during the fight should he get his off on you, you should survive the ult in time to use it for that extra health)

Let him use or on minions(prefrebly both) and engage with speed, the element of surprise is vital for you to either avoid or only take damage from it, as he won't have time to combo up his spells. Also kill his voidlings, they are worth gold and it will demoralize him to see them die!
Swain
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A good swain will annihilate you and then some. Do everything you can to dodge his AoE root, if he catches you he is then going to you from his minions and walk away, once he gets his ult every time he catches you with his he will go for a kill, dodge his with if you have too as you will die if you don't.

The only time you can get an advantage on him is if you land pretty much every (max this) early game, and even then, an Ahri with 2 kills up on Swain can still lose a post 6 duel. Strongly recommend you run MS Quints against this guy.[/center]

Things to do.
  • Dodge the root as much as possible
  • Don't focus too much into defence, a won't make a difference, he doesn't give a damn about your MR, hes going to kill you, if you build too much defence you won't have the damage to fight him when your jungler comes after your constant pleas for help and he will quite easily 2vs1 you.
  • Push the wave like there is no tomorrow, Swain struggles to farm undertower since he lacks reliable waveclear.

Try poking him down with so that he heals up with , once he turns it off that is your chance to kill him, and your only chance as hes not much tougher than a normal mage without crowform, also look at his mana, hes very mana hungry and if he has 1/3 or less you should be able to engage on him.
Veigar
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Veigar himself won't be too hard for Ahri until he gets some AP, infact the match up is in your favour except for one thing, Veigars is such a strong ganking tool on someone like Ahri pre and post 6, its worth being scared of, play like a bitch if you dont have any wards up. An early should be enough for you to survive his burst and start killing him but this lane is very unstable, 1 kill either way and its a snowball, a violent one. Won't help you late game, Veigar won't need to you to kill you at that point, I recommend getting against him.

Take note that you cannot through veigar's without getting stunned

In lane its not hard atall, late game though, keep your distance from Veigar and thats all there really is to it.

Consider if you feel Veigars stun is what is screwing you.[
Viktor
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Viktor is basicly , they are the same champion pretty much except viktors CC for you is a bit weaker thus making him slightly easier than Annie, hes still gonna trade with you like a baus and be obnoxious about it, his ult is Tibbers. Max , you don't want to be close to this guy.

Don't let him get close to you during lane as he will outtrade you, treat him like Annie, an early should keep you alive, Viktor is alot softer than Annie so duels shouldn't be too bad.
Vladimir
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There are 2 kinds of edward players, the ones that don't know their power midlane and will play like that, they are easy, won't cause you any trouble. Then there is the Edwards that know how well they trade with Ahri, Edward can zone you to the fountain with his harass while he shrugs off your feeble attempts to hurt him with your fragile blue bar, Hes a real terror to play against, Request aid against him as he will most likely be pushing. Once he gets a hextech he will be chunking you for a quarter your hp every . Just hope you don't play against one of those manly Edwards as they are quite rare thankfully.

Don't let him you for free, punish him hard with as much and AA's as possible, fight often if you want to win, you can't let him heal up for free so drink those pots and fight more!
Sion
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You can't do much to him, hes Sion, good thing no one plays him anymore. Do what you can to pop his shield

Run away, try his shield off when he runs at you, but generally without jungle aid he won't die, hes very tough.
Chogath
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Don't even bother trying to harass him, he won't feel it atall, you cannot touch this dinosaur, you won't get close to killing him, if you do, he is doing something wrong BUT he will have alot of difficulty hitting you with his just because its predictable, This lane is 100% decided by your jungler, without your junglers utmost attention, Dinosaur will outfarm you hard and make your life difficult, junglers focus can allow you to kill him, and once you start killing him you can start doing it alone with a lead on him, if your jungler doesnt do all he can to help, just try gank other lanes as often as possible.

Dodge and farm as hard as you can, you outscale him, as do many mages, Cho mid cannot fufil the role of AP carry, late game he either builds like a normal Cho and their team lacks the strong magic damage source, or he builds a much stronger AP build and gets shredded by your AD carry.
Zed
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Zed is kind of scary, as one of the AD mids he has an annoying amount of poke with , especially since it costs energy he can just spam it forever so your main job is dodging harass. He is fairly soft early so harassing him is easy enough. When it comes to post-6 duels, it is incredibly easy for an Ahri to outplay Zed. Assuming you are on full health or close to it, when zed uses his jump on you, simply away as he is midair and where you orginally jumped from. After that assuming he still has his shadow up, hes gonna use that to catch you, thats where the second jump comes in. At this point most Zeds go "Oh, guess she got away this time and go away", thats where you use your final jump to catch up with him and generally go for the kill with and autoattacks.

Wait for him to use his energy, Zed is very energy hungry so if he uses his energy to clear a wave you have a chance to engage on him. Get asap, Zeds all over the world hate the existance of this item and rightfully so, when he jumps on you with his ult, DON'T activate it immediatly, wait about a second first otherwise the mark will detonate after the hourglass.
Morgana
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Morg used to be a standard lane for Ahri, but changes in 3.13 to the both of them really changed things. Now Morg has a natural advantage in lane for a few reasons.
  • She pushes extremely hard early on, Ahri just cannot keep up a counter push especially early on due to her weak wave clear without items.
  • Morg has built in sustain, this means Ahri can't poke morg to kill health since she will simply heal it back up and you don't have the mana to fight her.
  • stops your from applying its CC. And due to the above section you can't poke her to lower health easily either. The shield has to be baited out before fights are engaged.
  • is one of the scariest spells in the game to be hit by. If you get hit by this late game and don't have a you are dead, simple as that. 3 second CC :/

Try bait her into attempting to you by giving her an easy shot away from your minions(that obviously you will dodge). Once in a duel wait for her to and remove it before you fire . is great for breaking her off of you. BUY A , it is a must to counter any bindings Morg lands on you. Also, blue buff is when you can fight back since you can throw out as many as you like! you can also counter push with it.
Yasuo
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Yeah, good luck hitting this guy with anything. If the Yasuo is bad he may screw up and be easy for you, in that case there isn't really any tips against him except always throw and autoattack at him when his shield is charged up to proc/waste it, you can see its charged as it's his resource bar. But if the Yasuo is good you really can't do much. His infinite dashes with next to no cooldown mean you probably won't land any skillshots on him and even if they were to land he can just pop them with his windwall. Ahri being a champion who doesn't kill people without landing charm and Yasuo will quite easily avoid it. I dunno what can I say I hate this champion already and just thinking about the match up makes me mad.
Maokai
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AP Maokai is NOT to be underestimated, his damage when building AP is really high burst, not only that but your spamming on him gives him a lot of sustain, make sure you dodge the saplings as they hurt(its not hard)

When on low health, bait him to using on you when you are close enough to your tower so that you can into tower range and him as he comes out.
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Katarina
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Shes scary. Her manaless harass and the impressive base damage she whips out allows her to bully you really hard, is nearly useless against her as a good kat will avoid everyone you fire, she doesn't even need to to dodge it as her base MS is already incredibly high. This is going to be a really difficult lane if the Kat is good + she pushes and roams like a boss.

If she uses on anything, go in for a trade and always save for when she attacks you(its near impossible to open a fight against her with this)

Final Comments

Take everything I say with a grain of salt, Don't follow each and every build to the letter, adapt, your opponent and how hard you get camped by a jungler changes things alot!
TLDR: You ain't getting a TLDR this guide is huge!

Feel free to ask any questions, I'll answer them pretty quickly.


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Please Riot hire Artnothearts and make this skin a reality.


Check out my other guides!

Zyra - http://www.solomid.net/guide/view/64057
Brand - http://www.solomid.net/guide/view/64059
Syndra - http://www.solomid.net/guide/view/43301
Lissandra - http://www.solomid.net/guide/view/120925
Veigar - http://www.solomid.net/guide/view/121986-veigar-build-guide-apc-by-barph
Morgana - http://www.solomid.net/guide/view/120786-morgana-build-guide-by-barph
Anivia - http://www.solomid.net/guide/view/122383-anivia-build-guide-apc-by-barph
Xerath - http://www.solomid.net/guide/view/122384-xerath-build-guide-apc-by-varph
Vel'Koz - http://www.solomid.net/guide/view/123802-velkoz-build-guide-apc-by-varph
Ziggs - http://www.solomid.net/guide/view/124195-ziggs-build-guide-apc-by-varph

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Snowstorm Ahri Rito plz?
Someone is mad I removed their shoutout.

Comments

6 days ago #1

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April 4, 2014 - 03:21 AM #2

is normal to spend a lot of mana?

April 4, 2014 - 02:41 AM #3

is normal to spend a lot of mana?

April 3, 2014 - 05:32 PM #4

" raise a bit the ad/ad speed in between those" I've no idea what you mean by that

April 2, 2014 - 09:51 AM #5

im embarrased at this question but well... i just started using ahri (free week yuuuhuu) and i love the playstyle, but i feel a loss of power between DFG and rabaddons (probably due to lich bane), isnt there a single way to raise a bit the ad/ad speed in between those or any advice you could give me? tyvm

March 26, 2014 - 08:28 PM #6

Depends on who I'm laning against but I am going Dorans/2 more often these days

March 26, 2014 - 03:28 PM #7

Do you still start flask or is opening with ring two pots your preferred start now?

March 23, 2014 - 08:08 PM #8

@Otaku Soto Assuming you're playing ahri similarly with both LB and Nashors, weaving in a lot of autos inbetween spells cast, lichbane would do way higher consistent damage since u can proc it every 2 seconds. Not sure what you're trying to get at with its damage being as good as LB over a longer period of time, since in the time it takes to get as much damage out of Nashor's as ONE LB proc, you could get an extra one or two more LB procs in.

March 20, 2014 - 02:50 AM #9

I still get Lichbane, just not as a 3rd item anymore. Void Staff/DFG/Dcap all come before it 90% of the time

March 19, 2014 - 11:16 PM #10

Do you still recommend building a lich bane on ahri since it got nerfed in 4.4 and if not what do you build instead?