Quick Overview Of Certain Matchups
Some match ups to avoid at all costs:
4)Any ranged, bursty ad carry with a gap closer/escape tool (i.e.
Most of these champs have really good sustain (morde is hell after he gets hextech) and out-damage you. Do not go up against these guys in-lane unless your jungler is ready to camp you for the first couple of levels.
Ranged ad champions simply out-range you. Once you close that gap with your
they use their escapes (graves dash, corki valkyrie etc.). This negates all your damage potential since you can't catch them. Also, you can't kite them for the same reason.
Kayle falls under the ranged ad class as well since he has a speed boost (his heal) as well as a slow. Added together these are basically the same as a flash escape in a 1v1 situation.
You can beat these champs after you've farmed and have your ult up. So see if you can swap into mid lane or jungle in champ select if you see the enemy take one of these counters.
match ups that will be difficult but do-able:
1)Teemo or Kennen
Most of these champions can harass you from range, but close that gap and you can beat them. Don't try to trade before you get ult, they have strong damage early game.
Some of these champions actually do out damage you in close quarters, however, if you use your poison to kite them you can easily win trades.
garen is difficult, but his q (the speed boost) that initiates his combo has roughly the same cooldown as your
. When he runs at you flip him away with a skyautoattack
, and if he's still chasing you just kite him with your
Jax, Renek, and Riven matchups can go either way. It just depends on who snowballs first.
Jax and riven are both strong early, but if you play passive until you get ult you should come out even.
These champions are both melee, so they have to be
For xin you need to apply everything in every single trade. Look at your creeps and try to predict when he'll go for a last hit.
When he does,
and run at him. Flip him with a skyautoattack
and kite him. When he jumps at you,
him and kite him some more. The trades will be about even, you should come out on top due to your regen. Just don't let him auto creeps if you can help it. He has a high amount of lifesteal. Don't engage him without your
When against teemo or kennen stay in the bush and only come out to last hit. Lane should push to your tower so last hit as much as you can.
This lane will be hard until you get ninja tabi. After that you should get one or two regen pendants (build these into force of nature later). The extra regen mitigates most of the harrass that these champs can put on you. Keep in mind that if they're attacking you, they're missing creeps while your
trail will pick up creeps for you while you duel them. You should come out even in this lane if you play it safe.
Once you get your ult, you can run at them with it on, slow them and close the gap. If you keep engaging them like that you'll come out on top since you out damage them up close. Be conscious of where teemo places his mushrooms, if you keep hitting those he will win exchanges and come out on top.
match ups to avoid:
You beat morde before he gets hextech, make him pay for that. Engage him whenever you can. When he gets hextech though, you can't win. That lifesteal is ridiculous when combined with his shield.
Vladimir is the hardest singed counter. He outdamages you up close, any damage/harrass you can put on him is healed up quickly, and when he gets rylais you can't outrun him. Also, if he's smart, when you go to flip him for a skyautoattack
he will pool away. Vlad can also use pool to avoid the slow from your
if he uses it before he walks over it.
Swain is fine until he gets his ult. Then there's no way to win except engage when he's out of mana.
The rest of the champs mid lane can't damage you or burst you until later in the game, which is when you will have a lot more hp and survivability.
The easiest matchup in mid lane that i've done is against gragas. It's hard for him to land his abilities because of your move speed, and he can't burst you down before his ult, and that will only happen if you're already below half hp without your
take note of how these champions are being played. with swain, vlad, and mordekaiser, as with any champion, they have cooldowns on their abilities.
if they use their abilities to clear minion waves, you can apply tremendous pressure on them while their spells are down.
Super In-depth Lane matchups:
hard lane once she gets ult. Before that though it's a joke. With your move speed you should be able to dodge her charm, just keep your distance and run from side to side when farming. Be careful of ganks.
Once she gets ult make sure you have a catalyst, giants belt, or a bunch of health pots to keep your hp above at least 3/4. Her burst is hard to counter since she can hit you for half your hp with her combo, then ult at you until her skills come off cooldown and hit you with them again.
in this matchup because jungle presence will be the only thing that can kill you until ahri gets her ultimate.
If you push the lane hard then she will be forced to use her mana to clear waves. She has very limited mana early levels, so abuse this as much as you can. Make sure you have warded both sides of the river though, this is a very risky tactic mid lane.
This lane is meh. You counter her invisibility with your poison because it damages her when she's in her shroud. Don't stay in lane with low hp when she has her jump up, she can burst you down pretty hard since she only has to wait on cooldowns for her spells, being an energy-based champion.
She'll throw her q at you almost every time it comes up, however these don't deal much damage until she activates the marks. Just rely on hp pots until you get catalyst and giants belt. You may find it worthwhile to purchase giant's belt before or right after you get your catalyst for the health.
Akali is predominately magic damage, even if you see her get something like a vamp sceptre or dorans blade. Her passive turns extra attack damage into spell vamp.
in this matchup so that i can chug pots through her q harass, and to avoid ganks which should be the only way you will fall behind.
Ap alistar is a beast. I haven't played this matchup before, however it should be fairly easy. Buy a catalyst and pot up to outlast his heals. I would also start
If he uses ult, don't fight him just kite him with
until it runs out, then go in for the kill.
Push lane hard in the early levels. He can clear fairly fast, however he has a low mana pool early levels. Make him run out of mana and you will win.
I would likely start
in this matchup to heal through his w q combo and to help outlast his heals. Also grabbing the two wards for ganks since any gank with an alistar in it is a deadly one.
If he's jungling make sure you have wards. his ganks are very strong early, you can't counter them if you don't know they are coming.
I also haven't played this matchup in-lane before. This should play out just like an alistar matchup though. You'll need sustain from hp pots and catalyst.
I'd get merc treads against him due to his stun combo. That combination will set his jungler up for a good gank and you don't want that.
Try to stay behind minions since his bandage toss stun only hits the first enemy minion, champion, or neutral monster it collides with.
Fairly difficult. Anivia gets strong when you get strong, so this matchup should stay the same throughout the game unless one of you makes a mistake and gives the other an advantage.
Once she gets ult this will become a farm lane. she'll clear your wave of minions, you'll clear hers after, and it will go on forever.
I would rush giants belt in this lane since anivia is more of a quick burst champion rather than a sustain champion. However after giants belt I prefer grabbing rod of ages for even more health and some mana.
In this lane I would start
for some sustain and the increased move speed. The only way you'll get harassed hard by anivia pre-6 is getting stunned by her q, and the move speed helps me dodge them.
Get mercury treads asap. Her stun allows her to combine all her abilities so she can faceroll you to a third of your health.
This is another rush giants belt lane.
If you are wondering when her stun is up, you can click on her and it will display below the hud that comes up in the top right of the screen. Red means her stun is up.
When her stun is up just play it safe. If you miss cs, it'll be ok. You won't have to worry about her once you get giants belt and negatron cloak.
I would recommend grabbing mr/lvl blues in this lane instead of ap/lvl blues. This will help you more than the extra ability power.
This lane isn't as bad as you would think. You can push harder than she can after you get 2nd rank
, and you can harrass her whenever due to her low move speed and lack of escapes. Sure she has a slow, but it's only 15-35 percent which you can negate with your
(which has a 35-75 percent slow).
Punish her whenever her flash is down, since she has no other escapes.
I start either
depending on their jungler's amount of cc.
Another matchup I haven't tried. This one should go the same as amumu, be careful if he goes ap. He actually does a lot of damage.
You outpush him at all stages of the game. Once you get some wards, push this lane hard and force him to use mana to clear the wave.
Stay behind your minions, his grap works exactly like ahri's charm.
Same start as Ashe.
This matchup isn't as bad as you would think.
Brand has his e which deals instant damage, however this costs a fair amount of mana for him. Also, brand has no escapes. Whenever his q is on cooldown (q is his stun ability) run at him and combo him. You'll find that this lane ends as a farm lane if neither of you gain an advantage.
His stun hits the first thing it collides with, so when you see him trying to work his way around your minions towards you, run. This could mean one of two things:
1) His jungler is nearby and is ready to gank you.
or 2) All of his spells are up and he's going to combo you down.
Neither of these things are good so back out until he uses a spell, backs off, or you are certain his jungler is gone and that you can take him.
in this matchup so I can tank through his e's while warding the bushes to watch for ganks.
This girl falls into the category of ranged ad champion that counters you.
She has an escape combined with a slow, almost doesn't require wards due to her traps, and she has two high damage abilities, one of which is a locked on ability.
Basically, you will lose this lane. It just depends on how hard.
Use bushes as much as you can, stay above half hp with pots (you don't want to get pegged by her ultimate), and only chase when she overextends and you can overtake her even when she uses her escape.
If you can dodge her net, this lane won't be too bad and it'll end up about even, maybe slightly in her favor.
Unfortunately, even if these lanes come up equal she can still kill you.
The best thing you can do in this situation is to rush
. After that you shouldn't be hurting too bad from her harass, and will be able to lane fairly evenly against her.
I would start
to tank through her harass and to get a head start on your ninja tabi.
This is a standard lane. You shouldn't really have problems farming, make sure that when she gets her poison on you after level 1 you run away until it ends. Never underestimate her damage when you're poisoned.
You should also know that when cass uses her ultimate (the stun-vision thing) it only stuns you if you're facing her. So try not to do that.
It's hard to tell when she's going to use it, but if you think about it, she'll only use it when she's:
1) about to die
2) trying to burst someone down
3) in a teamfight to initiate
so just watch and if any of these criteria are present, turn your back to her.
I start I start
in this matchup because if she does land her abilities, you will get chunked really harshly.
If he goes ap, he is very bursty. Just be careful and make sure to stay above 3/4 of your health if you can.
You should have no problem avoiding his q (the spikes) but watch out because if you get hit by that it opens you up to his full spell combination which can decimate you.
If you survive his level 6 and keep your health above his bursting ability, this will become a farm lane. Neither of you will want the other to free-farm so no one will leave lane for more than a minute.
I would buy both catalyst and giants belt in this matchup before continuing to rod of ages.
The catalyst gives you the sustain to stay in lane against his passive, and the giants belt gives you the health to survive his burst.
This matchup is a lot like a darius lane, however unlike darius, cho gath's abilities cost a lot of mana. I like to push this lane as hard as I can until He hits level 6, then I start to play more passively since that is usually when I run out of wards with my
He has very high burst, you can't kite him due to his valkyrie, he has armor shred, and his passive is true damage. Very hard to win against.
Utilize brushes, and rush ninja tabi, catalyst and giants belt. I would purchase giants belt first, just because his burst is very high and you can always buy more hp pots to make up for the lost catalyst procs. Giants belt is also cheaper, and you will have trouble farming in this lane.
I would start
to negate some of his damage, sustain through his harass, and to get a head start on ninja tabi.
Play passive until you get your
. If he chases you kite him with
, if he gets too close or uses his pull on you use
Darius is a very high burst, melee champion and the only way to really counter that is to hit him as hard as (or harder than) he hits you. Your
helps a lot with that because he won't be hitting you as hard due to the regen and armor/mr, and you'll be hitting him harder due to the extra ap you receive from it.
When he fails his pull you should play super agressive and force him away from creeps.
This is a lane where I would purhcase rod of ages. The sustain and ap will help you more than health in this case, since he will burst you and run out of your poison trail, making your altercations very short.
The sustain from catalyst will negate some of his damage, making the trades about even if you rank
I found that the best start for this is
. It negates most of his damage (his passive is magic damage, however it doesn't do much unless you let him stack them on you).
I almost forgot to mention, if you have 3 or more stacks of his passive bleed on you, just run away. It's not worth staying and fighting if you're constantly bleeding throughout the fight.
She is fairly easy. You have the move speed to avoid her long-range strikes, just make sure to keep your distance when that ability is up. It really hurts after level 4, and when she gets her ultimate it makes kiting her extremely difficult.
With this matchup I would start with giant's belt and go rylai's, then upgrade boots to merc treads before even considering rod of ages.
The reason being that any harrass she can put on you in lane is easily mitigated by health pots.
Plus the slow from rylaist will help you more than the extra health and sustain that roa would provide in lane.
if you push hard early you will force her to use mana to clear waves, which is definitely not ideal for her.
i like starting 5hp pots, 2mana pots and 3 wards since you need to ward both sides of river to be safe while pushing lane.
easy lane early, make him pay for his terrible early game. When you hit level two skyautoattack
him as much as possible while keeping an eye on your mana. Dodge his cleavers, and if you can't do that just stay inside of your minions. If you have him zoned you can tank a couple of cleavers when he tries to cs with them, however be careful since those start to hurt a lot after level 7.
This would definitely be a sustain lane, so make your first purchase a catalyst into a rod of ages.
His cleavers do magic damage, so buy mr if you need to.
I would get hextech revolver after rod of ages in this lane just because of the sustain. after that i would purchase a spirit visage, giving me more mr as well as making full use of my ult and spellvamp.
Not a bad lane. His axes make it easy to predict his movements. However, this is a cautious lane. Draven fits into the category "ranged ad with an escape tool" due to his stand aside manoever. It slows you, and knocks you to one side, making it twice as effective as a normal slow.
He is squishy though. Close the gap with your
, unleash your combo on him and he should be brought down to about half hp.
If he is getting some really good harass on you I would rush a
. If he's more focused on farming than harassing you, I would rush a
and start to play more aggressive. You outdamage him up close so utilize brushes and max
. The extra points in
don't help much here, you need to slow him enough so that his stand aside doesn't act as an escape tool anymore. The extra damage helps, but it won't be enough to kill him, your full combo should take him to half his hp regardless.
She has really good burst potential so rush a
, followed by either
. Rylais is extremely useful in this lane due to the slow. She has a speed boost, and the slow from rylais is enough to mitigate most of that.
Her e is a melee ranged ability which means that in order to nuke you down she has to be in melee range. If she tries that fling her away with a skyautoattack
. This lane should end about even
Careful for her roaming ganks, this is what makes eve mid-lane so powerful. If you really need to keep tabs on her consider buying vision wards rather than sight wards
This lane can be a nightmare. Like most ranged ad's in the current meta, ezreal has an escape tool that is pretty much flash, except on a 19 second cooldown instead of 150. This makes it easy for him to negate your slow from
. The only way you're catching up to him is if you use the brush, catch him without using
which will cause him to use his flash ability, and then you slow him after he uses that.
You will need ninja tabi
in this lane. After buying that item, rush a catalyst followed by a giants belt. In order to stay in this lane, you need really good sustain, and a lot of health.
I wouldn't rush sheen in this lane. It will be very difficult to catch him for a skyautoattack
You need to outsustain him
to come out even.
The skill you need to worry the most about in this lane is his fear. It lasts between 1-3 seconds (depending on it's rank) and it is instantaneous with a range about half as much as your
. This opens you up to ganks, stops you from running towards him, and when he gets his drain ability, he can use that on you and heal himself. He also has an ability that silences you for 1 second for when you do finally recover from fear (his ability... or the emotion. take your pick).
While he's using drain you can fling him to stop the ability. However this will take you half a second to close the gap, plus a 1 second delay if he initiated with fear. This means that he will deal about 120 damage to you at level one, and heal himself for 60% of that (72 hp). After you fling him (or if he knows what's coming he will cancel drain (dealing only 60 damage) and hit you with his silence for another 65 damage (up to 195 damage) and you won't be able to use abilities between 1-3 seconds depending on how many times it bounced to you.
In short, this lane is about the same as a vladimir lane. It is extremely difficult (especially in mid-lane without bushes to hide in) to come out even. He outsustains you and outdamages you. However, it is playable. you really need to stack magic resist and health against him.
Try not to fight him where he can bounce his silence at you more than once. If you are apart from any of your minions, ally champions, or neutral monsters you can trade with him. If he gets one other bounce from his silence ability on you then he will win the trade. Otherwise you come up even. That is, until he starts ranking his abilities past level 1.
For this lane I would rush mercury treads, followed by catalyst, and giants belt
. You will be missing out on a few minions since you can't trade with him, so take your jungle's monsters whenever you can.
I would definitely not get a sheen
here. The problem isn't your damage output, it's his silence and his fear
. To mitigate that, you need hp, sustain, and tenacity
to reduce the duration of his silences and fears on you.
I would start in lane with 2 wards and max out health pots. this will sustain you long enough to grab some health and magic resist items on your first back.
She is really weak early game. To be strong, she needs to be able to combine all of her abilities so she will become more of a problem after level 3, and especially once she gets her ultimate.
In this matchup I would rush sheen, get rylai's crystal sceptre, and purchase frozen heart after that. If she starts hitting you harder with her basic attacks you should purchase ninja tabi. Although she will only really hurt you with those when she gets more items under her belt (like a couple dorans, a bf sword, etc.) so you needn't worry about it until she hits level 6 or later.
Her passive gives her some decent sustain, however she needs to be able to autoattack minions to do it. Freeze the lane and last hit with autoattacks only. Make her have to come through you to last hit.
You win this matchup early game. If you extend your advantage enough by freezing the lane and zoning her out, you win this mid to late game as well. If you let her farm and you push lane (letting her last hit under tower) you lose this mid-late game.
The reason you shouldn't push lane is that she has an ability called lunge. it works a lot like irelia's dash ability except that instead of refreshing on a killing blow, she can use it twice within 4 seconds of casting it. This ability lets her last hit under tower with relative ease. You're also a melee champion, so you can't zone her out from underneath her tower unless she is below 1/4 of her health.
i would start 2 wards, 1 mana pot and 8 health pots. since she has a weak early game, she will try to outsustain you and look for help from her jungler until she reaches level 6.
this matchup can get really difficult, however this is very winnable.
due to fizz's passive, he will take less damage from your auto attacks. he is also able to get away from you very quickly, as well as becoming untargetable so you can't fling him for a short period of time.
this comes down to playing mindgames with him. you have to "trick" the trickster.
if you run at him, he will expect you to fling him, so he will use his escape to both damage you, and get away cleanly. however, if you auto him only, and save your fling until he lands, then you can put some damage on him.
after you get second rank of fling, you outdamage him so play very agressively. try not to trade auto attacks with him because his hurt a lot more than yours. kite hime with poison instead.
in this lane i would start either boots and 3 health pots, or 2 mana pots, 5 health pots and 2 wards. the boots 3 start is if you plan on last hitting only. the latter is if you intend to push lane hard and play very agressive.
this lane is ok. you need to play very cautiously if you're below 3/4 of your health once he has his ult. other than that, this lane is mostly a farm lane. neither of you can kill one another.
rush catalyst followed by giants belt. you need both sustain and health to do well. due to galio's passive, extra ability power won't help much so go for early tank/sustain items first.
after catalyst is upgraded i would consider grabbing hextech revolver and spirit visage for the health, sustain, and magic resist.
abyssal would be a great buy in this matchup as well.
for starting items. i would grab 2 wards and 7 health pots and push my lane as hard as i can with poison. keep your health bar high with pots and be aware of ganks with wards. galio is very mana dependant early on, so make him waste it on creep waves.
you both do the same amount of damage close up, however 1v1 fights (without kiting) will go in his favor due to his poison. how do you avoid this? don't let him auto attack you if you can help it.get in close for a skyautoattack, then kite him with poison. if he spams parrley on you in-lane, just chug potions. that is the only harass he can get off on you, and it does a lot of damage if he gets some crit on him. however, you should be fine. once that spell goes on cooldown you can zone him really hard.
i would start 7health pots and 2 wards so you can tank through his q harass.
catalyst will help a lot here for sustain, and the ability power from roa will help in trades so that is why i would make this my first purchase. after that however i would grab a tear of the godess so i will be accumulating more mana, health, and i'll be able to spam my abilities on him in lane. my next item would likely be rylais for the slow, health, and ap.
this guy is actually fairly easy to trade with. his q initiator (his speed boost/silencer) has approximately the same cooldown as your fling, so when he runs at you, click on you poison and fling him away with a skyautoattack. doing this consistently, you will trade even with him. do this and kite him with poison, and you will win all trades.
in order to keep my mana up so i can spam fling, i start 5 health pots and 2 mana pots with 2 sight wards.
if you have any problems, buy a doran's shield or two.
if you are doing well, buy tear of the godess first, and rush a rylais. you don't need to go roa.
after rylais consider either the new force of nature build (hextech + spirit visage) or liandry's torment.
this is the easiest matchup ever. gragas needs to hit level 6-7 before he starts to deal damage, and you can just tank through all of it.
before he gets his ultimate, and when his barrels are on a long cooldown, you can apply tremendous pressure on him. as long as you use wards to be aware of any incoming ganks, you can freeze the lane and completely zone him from the wave.
in this lane i would start with 3 wards, 6 health pots and 1 mana pot. the wards keep you from being ganked, the pots help keep you above his burst range, and since you will have to be overextended in order to zone him fully, the wards
this is another champion in the category of ranged ad with an escape tool.
the worst thing about graves is that his passive gives him bonus armor and magic resist, which will make him quite tanky early game. unfortunately, this hurts you the most because now, even if you do catch him, he will still outdamage you.
i would start cloth armor and 5 health pots. the only way to come out even, or at least not too far behind in cs is to hide in the bushes (assuming you are in top lane) and only come out to last hit melee creeps and siege minions.
once you hit level 6 you should be able to play more normally, however he will still outdamage you so be extremely careful.
you outdamage him. freeze lane and force fights, just be aware of his jungler. that's the only way you would lose this matchup.
he outpushes you, and outdamages you. he has a slow/stun, and once he gets rylais he will kite you for days. how is he not categorized as an unbeatable champion? because he has extreme mana problems early on. you can outsustain him until level 5-6, then once you have your ult you can outsustain him even more. you also do much more damage for your team in fights, whereas heim's only real help is a stun, and objective control with his turrets.
i would start boots 3 in this matchup. the lane should naturally push your way regardless, so you shouldn't have to worry too much about their jungler. the only real problem you have is heim's stun, and his rockets. you will be able to dodge his stun, and run faster than him to get out of range of his rockets thanks to boots
rush giants belt for hp, and get magic resistance. i recommend two negatron cloaks; one for spirit visage (you should get hextech at some point to make full use of this item) and the other for abyssal sceptre. after you get those items you should resume your core build.
you do fairly well against irelia.
instead of rushing a catalyst in this lane, i recommend buying 1 dorans shield and a tear of the godess. after level 6 irelia starts to get very agressive. the doran's shield mitigates her damage a little bit (as well as giving you increased health and health regen) and the tear allows you to always have enough mana to cast fling and insanity potion. remember to stack your tear up! that's an extra 250 health when fully stacked.
for starting items i recommend 8 health pots, 1 mana pot, and 2 sight wards if you are planning on being very agressive early. if not, cloth armor + 5 health pots is just as strong against her.
this could go either way. if you let him burst you with his passive and get away, you will lose. what you should do is force him to stay in your poison for as long as possible. if he runs away, fling him back. continuously auto attack him into the ground. this is where the hybrid marks really pay off.
if you are having trouble, buy a dorans shield or two.
i like starting cloth 5 in this matchup because he will more than likely try to beat you down early. sacrifice two pots for a ward if you feel it's necessary.
you should seriously consider taking flash instead of ghost this game. his ult completely wrecks your usefulness in teamfights.
flash is still a very useful spell for singed, just as useful as ghost imo, so you really shouldn't hesitate switching them.
you counter jax, hard.
when he goes for a last hit, poison your creeps so he can't auto them without taking damage.his burst gets pretty scary once he reaches level 6, however, make sure once he jumps on you fling him as fast as you can. if you do this correctly you shouldn't get stunned, and you will have taken very little damage while dealing a lot to him.
having trouble? buy a null magic mantle (turn this into merc treads asap to lessen the effect of his stun) and two dorans shields. if you are still having trouble, abyssal sceptre should reduce most of his ability damage, while giving you a huge damage boost.
i would start cloth armor, 5 health pots so i can 1v1 him early.
rush giants belt for the health. the next items are your preference, i would get a tear of the godess, followed by spirit visage and hextech revolver.
everyone seems to think he is an amazing singed counter. however, in reality the only harass he should be able to put on you consistently comes from auto attacks. if he makes the mistake of switching to melee form and trying to burst you down, fling him away and kite him. you outdamage him when you apply skyautoattacks and kiting with poison.
once you have ninja tabi, it gets incredibly hard for jayce to harrass you.
the tricky part about this lane is the start of it. to avoid his auto attacks, hide in the bushes. only come out to last hit. if jayce's wave of minions gets really big (9 or more creeps) fling him towards his tower and poison the wave while running away from him.
i would rush ninja tabi in this lane, followed by giants belt and tear of the godess. after that, i would either buy a frozen heart or a rylais.
this is a strong matchup for singed. karthus wants to stay in lane, farm everything, and use ult to pick up kills. you want to stay in lane and farm until mid game, then roam or push towers. you can also cancel his ult, so you will do a lot for your team by simply staying in lane vs him.
make sure to stay inside of your minions so his q can't catch you alone.
it is generally a better idea to freeze the lane and zone him off the wave so he can't farm under tower, however, if you are unable to zone him completely you should continuously push the wave to his turret and roam or take jungle creeps.
for items i would start with either boots 3 health pots (if you are planning on zoning him hard) or crystalline flask, 1 health pot and 1 ward if you are planning on passive farming/creep pushing.
for this matchup, in order to scale well you should grab the hextech/spirit visage combo. this will give you enough sustain to save your life if there's a karthus ult incoming.
i would skip rod of ages and go straight for rylais and tear of the godess. they just cost less and tear takes less time to stack.
lich bane would be a really good buy once you complete your core build. it gives you tremendous burst, and the best way to 1v1 a karthus is to kill him iwithin a couple of seconds.
unfortunately, lich bane no longer gives magic resistance, so it would not be a good item to rush first in this matchup.
he gets free qs on you, so stack health pots. i recommend 9 health pot start with 2 wards.
on your first back, get a negatron cloak and a null magic mantle if you can. you should go back as fast as you can to get a giants belt and another negatron cloak.
the null magic mantle will build into mercury treads, the giants belt into a rylais, and the two negatron cloaks will build into a spirit visage and an abyssal sceptre.
only get rod of ages if you think you can afford it.
the key here is magic resist and health.
he won't spell spam you too much early on, he'll run out of mana too fast. just make sure to poison your creeps so he can't auto them without taking damage.
this lane can go either way. she plays a lot like akali, try to not let her trigger marks from her q without giving her a fight.
the good thing about this lane is that neither of you should really be able to get too agressive. if you try to fling her, she will shunpo away. if she shunpos at you or near you you can fling her away for free damage.
the hard part about this is that she has free damage on you with her q, however if you chug through health pots until you get a catalyst you should be fine.
i recommend 9 health pots plus 2 wards to start. rush catalyst followed by a negatron cloak. the cloak can turn into either abyssal sceptre or spirit visage, your preference.
this is terror. absolute terror.
1) she does just as much as you do in team fights (her splash damage hits harder than your poison, and she has both a heal, a slow, and her ult gives invulnerability for several seconds).
2) she has a slow as well as a haste that totally negates your slow (even at max rank).
3) her slow increases her damage output on you for several seconds.
4) she has a ranged form that costs very little mana.
5) this ranged form deals splash damage, so even if you turn this into a farm lane you will still take lots of damage.
6) she outsustains you with her heal.
7) even if you do manage to start winning 1v1 against her, her ult gives her invulnerability from damage for two full seconds.
i think that's everything.
how do you do anything with this?
1) abuse her cooldowns. a lot of kayles will ability spam you as soon as you come out of the bushes. if she throws her q at you, run back into the bushes so she can't harass you further. once the slow runs out, you have about 10 seconds to pressure her as hard as you can.
her ranged form cooldown is only about 4 seconds however, so be alert.
2) if you managed to reach level 6 without dying, good job. now is the time to push the minions as hard as you can. both you and kayle can clear waves in a very short amount of time, but this will still give you the best chance of both keeping the wave between her side and the river, as well as picking up as many creeps as you can.
3) build up your resistances as well as your health.
a lot of kayles are starting to build straight ap items with attack speed. this helps you since all you need to build is magic resist.
however, some still build her as an adcarry, or as a mix of magic and attack damage.
if she is going full ad, her abilites will still do a lot of magic damage so i suggest building mercury treads (this also minimizes the effect of her slow). then a glacial shroud if you can afford it.
top (ad/ap mix) :
his early game harass is really strong. i'd suggest cloth 5 in this situation, and on your first back get a negatron cloak and a doran's shield if you can afford it.
as long as you don't get stunned you should be fine (his stun occurs when he hits you with an ability 3 times). just use the bushes and come out to only last hit and/or clear the wave.
once he hits level 6 you should be careful. if he stuns you, he can flash ult ignite and spell spam you into the ground.
literally, all you have to do is stay behind your minions so he can't q you. still have to be careful of his stun though, his burst gets pretty huge after level 6.
haven't faced him as singed yet.
the way i've beaten him with other champions is to keep out of range of his jump, and push wave really hard so it becomes a farm lane.
as singed, you should fling him away as fast as you can when he jumps on you. if he gets both his vorpal spike and his buffed attack on you he will win the trade.
he's all physical damage, so i'd recommend buying two doran's shields, followed by giants belt and tear of the godess. while you are acumulating stacks on your tear, finish your rylais and move on to either hextech revolver and spirit visage (if their jungler and mid are both ap). if one of them is ad, build frozen heart instead.
i think of this lane the same way i would think about facing a jayce. he has the same mana problems early, and most of his damage comes from auto attacks.
rush ninja tabi, followed by one or two dorans shields. after that this will be a piece of cake. your armor should mitigate most of the damage, and your regen will heal the rest of it.
he does out scale you after level 16, so if you're 1v1 against him be extremely careful.
extremely difficult if you play this wrong.
first thing you need is mr/level or flat mr glyphs instead of whatever else you are using. this is a MUST, especially since there aren't many magic resist items you can buy in season 3.
1) magic resist
since she will be able to damage you for free, i pick up either 9 health pots + 2 wards, or even 11 health pots + 1 ward.
on your first back you need to pick up a negatron cloak and a null magic mantle as well as some extra health pots. you should be able to tank through most of her harass now.
your next buy should include a giant's belt (catalyst would be a good choice, however it is usually mid game at this point and giants belt costs less while giving you more health) and finish off mercury treads. this should allow you to play more agressively against her.
she is a squshy champion, so once your defenses have been built up force some trades.
i recommend building both spirit visage and abyssal sceptre after you pick up your mercury treads.
hard if you play passive.
if he lands his q on one if your minions near you, either fling him when he comes or run out of range of his e. if he lands q on you, run at him and fling him as soon as he goes on you.
he has an extremely good kit for killing you when his jungler is there, so be extremely careful with ganks.
other than that, play agressively and you will win this matchup.
ninja tabi doesn't really help here, lee sin will want to harass you with his spells, not auto attacks.
for a build, i would get rylais and rod of ages. the health and slow helps you more than armor 1v1 against him
after that though, frozen heart would be a good choice since it will affect the opposing adcarry as well.
never faced her 1v1, however her ult is annoying. her toolkit makes tower diving almost impossible.
lux doesn't really become a problem until her lazer gets on a 30 second cooldown.
i would pick up merc treads and abyssal sceptre, then continue on with the core build.
starting options are varied, i would rather start boots and 3 health pots to make it easier to dodge her skillshots.
freeze lane or push it, it shouldn't make a difference to either of your scores. lux has good aoe skills so she can farm under tower, and she outranges you so you can't deny her.
in some games, you will do better in lane if you run ap quints. this is definitely one of them.
the extra damage helps you cut through malphite's passive, as well as giving you a high kill potential on him at levels 2-5.
his damage is really negligable, the only trouble is ganks from his jungler. especially after he gets ult.
once he is forced to farm with his q, you've won.
when i reach level two i like to spam skyautoattacks, so i would either start 7 health pots, 2 mana pots, 2 wards, or flask 1 health pot and 1 ward.
if you start potions, you will never have to buy another for the rest of the game.
he gets free damage on you with visions, so be careful. keep your health above 3/4 with health pots and it should be fine.
the best thing you can do is turn this into a farm lane. that means afk poison push the wave to his tower so he is forced to use spells to clear the wave.
once he gets his ult you need to have a negatron cloak and possibly merc treads as well since his burst potential skyrockets at that time.
ad: whenever he uses his gap closer on you, fling him away.
treat this lane as you would vs jax. ad yi has the same kind of strategy.
really good poke, but squishy target and has long cooldowns. pressure him whenever they are down and chug pots through his q harass.
if he's dumb enough to use q directly on you you could likely kill him. just save fling for when he meditates if you can.
hard, yet easy if you play it right. play passive agressive. agressive when her spells are on cooldown, and passive when you're going to be kited.
she has no escapes, so you will have constant kill potential on her until she builds health and/or resists.
easy in the beginning.
you have more consistent damage than him, so if he tries to hit you and run away, force the trade to keep going with your flip and slow if need be.
he does have more burst than you, so keep your health above 3/4 and you will be fine early game.
his ult does percentage health damage, so even if you build straight health items it will still hurt.
morde is another champion which would be better played against with ability power quintessence. the extra damage will cut through his shield faster.
try not to let him e you while you're in your minions. make him throw it at you when you are alone so he gets less shield.
i would build with an emphasis on magic resist and regen, and have health as a trait to pick up after i accomplish the first two.
because of this, i'll rush a negatron cloak, possibly mercury treads, and then go for hextech revolver and rylais. after that i look to pick up spirit visage and possibly abyssal sceptre if the lane phase continues.
if you let her hit you with dark bindings, you won't win this lane.
instead of orb walking front to back, do your best to walk side to side from her perspective. and stay inside of your own minions.
for the entire lane phase you should push minions right up against her turret. ward both sides of the river in case of ganks.
her w costs a lot of mana and does very little before she ranks it to at least level 3. force her to farm under tower early.
i would focus on health, mana, magic resist, and ability power in this matchup, in that order.
first item would definitely be a catalyst, followed by rod of ages as well as tear of the godess for both mana and health.
merc treads works well in this matchup to reduce the duration of her bind.
abyssal sceptre would also be a good pickup in order to strengthen you resistances, as well as do more damage.
if she shields herself, fling her and continuously auto attack her. your fling damage wrecks her shield and deals a bit of damage to her so your poison can now damage her too.
i admit, if you can wait for her shield to end before flinging her that would be best. but use your own judgment. if you can stay behind her until her shield runs out then do that.
your flinginterrupts her ult, but only when she has just clicked it and the attack animation is not finished. it doesn't interrupt it after that so be very aware of where you fling her in teamfights.
you outdamage him early, so zone him away from creeps.
do not leave lane and let him farm. stay too, until the end of the game if you have to.
teleport is an essential tool here for that reason.
if you have him farming with his aoe spell, you've won the game.
no matter what you build here, you should win this matchup early. nasus without damage on his q can't touch you.
so look at the other kanes to determine what you should be building.
also, freeze the lane. don't ket hin farm under tower.
even a terrible nasus will be able to cs half of the creeps under tower, and that is a lot more than he would be getting if you freeze the lane.
the most cc heavy champion in the entire game. no exceptions.
absolute terror jungler, however he is really slow and his hook is easy to dodge. pre level 6 ganks shouldn't be a problem, and if he's camping you every time he has ult up you had better have some wards down.
watch her stats and play accordingly.
if she is running ad runes/masteries you should play this like a jayce matchup. try not to let her land free autos on you. utilize bushes and only come out to farm with poison and last hit. rush ninja tabi followed by catalyst into roa keep a mental note of where her traps are being placed and tell your jungler.
if she runs ap runes/masteries you will want to play really agressive until she hits level 6. once she hits that she can actually outdamage you up close with cougar form.
if she's going fulltank, you won't be able to do anything to her. she will try split pushing and keeping you top lane to deal with her. however, this isn't necessary. assist your team and simply ignore her unless it's absolutely essential to turret survival. take down mid towers and bot towers, kill dragons and barons. your team will be fighting 5 on 4 and there shouldn't be any way you could lose.
teleport is useful in this situation, however it isn't necessary.
i haven't come across this matchup often. i remember playing against some really good nocturnes on the old twisted treeline though.
i would face this matchup much like going against a darius. he outdamages you up close, but kite him and you should be good. get slow at level 4 so you can use it when he casts fear.
i would start cloth armor and 5 health pots. you'll want to just outsustain him, and tank through his q's for the first couple of levels until you have enough for two dorans shields. he has naturally high ad, made even more fearsome if he takes ad runes + masteries.
he doesn't have very high armor or magic resist, so take advantage ofthat early. kite him, don't let him auto attack you more than once if you can help it.
after the doran's shield(s) i would get both tear of the godess and start working on my boots and rylais.
you need to always have your fling ready for when he goes on you, so tear will help with that. boots let you kite him easily, and rylais will both help you kite him, deal more damage to him, as well as give you more health.
for teamfights, randuin's is a great item to counteract his ult if you can find him. he has to auto attack to deal damage, and randuins will also slow his move speed so his fear tether will be easier to break.
ap nunu is harsh. you have to force trades to go on for as long as possible, you excel at these with your poison. he has only one damage ability, so make sure your trades last just long enough so he can only use it once.
he will heal off of creeps, but try not to let him get his free ability from his passive. force him to use his ice ball to farm by covering your creeps with poison.
key to this matchup is magic resist>health>ap .
rush two negatron cloaks and mercury treads, followed by rylais.
no joke, you will likely have to turtle through his levels 6-9 if you didn't gain an advantage early.
priority number one in this matchup is health and ability power. even if you stack a tonne of armor, his true damage will still cut through you. the ability power just helps kill him faster.
the rod of ages and rylais combination would be good items to get in this lane
if you can dodge her ball, you will be fine. if you can't, this will be really difficult.
prioritize health>mr>ability power.
i would start with 9 health pots and 2 wards, since her autos hurt like hell until you get magic resistance. don't let her auto attack you more than twice if you can help it, her autos deal increased damage to the same target.
rush negatron cloak, and merc treads for the move speed and mr. from then on i would continue with the core item path rylais and tear, and go from there.
the neg cloak can be upgraded either to abyssal, or spirit visage, your choice.
hard matchup with the current meta. he can stack mana pots and flask against you and just spam spears until you die.
the key here would be armor, health, and health regeneration.
the early phase is hardest against him, you're going to want to start cloth armor and 5 health pots. those should last you until you have enough miney to buy two doran's shields.
the doran's should give you enough regeneration and armor to tank through most of his harass. next, you'll want to grab a catalyst (into a roa+ rylais build) if you're not too far behind. if not, then extra armor and health always helps so go for a chain vest and giant's belt. if you didn't get a catalyst, you will need mana so make your next purchase a tear of the goddess.
after that just piece your build together. sunfire wouldn't be a bad choice here, however i personally like frozen heart and rylais better.
you outdamage her. her passive doesn't matter to you much, since your poison is damage over time.
force trades as often as possible. you will force her out of lane really fast so you don't need the extra sustain from a 9 pot start.
you can start cloth 5 if you're worried about ganks, or crystal flask, 1 hp pot and a ward. flask will be all around useful, because you won't need to buy pots again.
she deals mixed damage, however it is all pretty much negligable. just build your core items and build for teamfights and late game.
he is a hella strong jungler, although he really needs to hit level 3 or 4 to get his full ganking kit.
once the time gets to around the 3-4 minute mark start warding. ward farther up so you can see him start to spin.
if you are 1v1 against him in lane, you don't really have anything to worry about until he gets his ultimate. you will outdamage him since you are an ap based champion.
don't let him stun you. if you can flip him before he stuns you, this lane will be fine for you.
if he lands stun he can combo you down, then dash away to safety without taking damage.
dorans shield is highly recommended, it gives you health, sustain, and armor. don't buy more than two though.
he is all physical damage, so you can stack armor against him. however, i would first buy your core items before getting randuins (or frozen heart, etc). health and ap will be just as effective as health and armor.
zone him out of bushes. stay in them and own the space around them. if he is allowed in the bush, he can hop around the lane all day and that mobility is what usually allows him to make plays and win lanes.
try your best not to get hit by bola strike. it is his engage tool, if you don't get hit he can't catch you without flashing or jumping.
keep your health bar above 3/4ths. he is a very burst-heavy champion, so stack health, armor, and sustain.
i would start cloth armor + 5 health pots. it allows you to survive his eaely burst, and to sustain through anything he can dish out.
on your first back pick up two doran's shields. after that simply continue with core items rylais and tear.
armor is a decent buy after core items, however you should focus more towards building for teamfights. he shouldn't be a problem 1v1 anymore.
she is extremely strong between levels 2-6. keep your distance as much as you can and stay in brush for the most part. rush ninja tabi to mitigate some damage from her passive, and build a doran's shield or two.
after that tear will be a good pickup so you don't have to worry about your mana pool and can spam flip every time she goes in on you. rylais is also an excellent pickup so her gap closing abilities are less effective.
what to focus on building:
similar to rengar, yet different in a way. if you get hit by his slowing spear a lot you will lose. it allows him to hit you with his flamespitter and possibly his harpoon again.
to put it into perspective, if he hits you once with his harpoon it's about the same damage as two ticks of your poison, however if he hits you with it twice it deals more damage than your level 1 fling (before the nerf).
add to that his flamespitter and you're in for some serious trouble.
there's no way you can completely avoid his flamespitter damage, so magic resistance is key here. mercury treads, abyssal sceptre, and spirit visage are really strong items for this matchup.
i would rush the magic resistance compnents for those items first, then move onto the core item build.
hiding in bushes doesn't help you much in this lane. if you are away from your minions he can spam abilities at the bush. what you have to do is stay inside your creeps. if he uses flamespitter on you he will be pushing the lane, and he shouldn't be able to shoot you with his harpoon if you are hiding behind creeps.
what to focus on building in this matchup:
magic resistance per level glyphs are good for this matchup.
difficult, however not impossible.
use his cooldown on rune prison to your advantage. you move faster than him so there is no way he can stop you without that spell.
rush mercury treads for the move speed, tenacity, and magic resistance. after that, get one or two negatron cloaks (for abyssal sceptre and/or spirit visage) followed by tear of the godess.
once you get tear of the godess, you should have your slow ranked to at least level 1. now when he traps you, you can slow him and trades should be even with him.
if you try this before you get tear, it will be very hard to both deal enough damage and to conserve your mana.
really have to beware of her when she gets her ultimate. other than that her jungle ganks are less than spectacular, and her ratio's aren't anything to write home about.
ganks are decent, however he falls off really fast in the jungle if he doesn't get ahead.
easy to counter jungle, steal his stuff whenever you have the opportunity.
he is strongest between levels 3-5, once he gets his ultimate you outpressure him. his ult doesn't help kill you in any way, so just flick yours on whenever you can to apply pressure and force trades.
you outdamage him at level 2 only, after he hits level 3 just turtle until you get level 6.
the thing with shen is he outsustains you early. he does throw free q's at you so i like to start with 9 health pots and 2 wards. wards are extra important here because with his taunt, any jungle gank becomes extremely powerful.
also, you cancel his ultimate if you fling him. this is worth tanking a couple tower shots if you are able to.
health>ability power > magic resist > move speed
generally, shen builds fairly tanky, with attack speed and a little ability power. his ratios don't scale as good as yours, so you will naturally end up dealing more damage than him. the ability power will help kill him faster, as well as force him to build magic resist items instead of armor, slightly lessening the pressure he can put on your adcarry.
you don't really need to build a catalyst in this matchup, however if you fell behind it does help a lot for regenerating through his harass.
mercury treads will be the most magic resistance you will need in this lane (they reduce the duration of taunt as well).
rylais willgive you health, ability power, and the slow will allow you to outrun him so he can't ki strike you easily.
since shen is an energy based champion, tear would be a good pickup, you can pickup hextech revolver as well if you wish, however you really don't need more regen than your ultimate. it doesn't hurt you though, it will give you more abikity power as well so it will be a decent buy.
after tear i would focus on getting liandry's torment, then build for teamfights.
teleport is an absolute must in this matchup. it significantly reduces his ability to splitpush late game, as well as increasing yours.
this champion's ganks are a joke until she hits level 6. she does have a speed boost though, and if you let her close that gap you will be in trouble. however, she can't stop you from flinging her, so if she keeps chasing you try to land her in tower range.
should i really add a part for 1v1 against another singed?
his mid game is even more retarded than yours. his abilities combo in such a way that if he lands his stun on you, you will get bursted down. there's really no way around it. even his e gives him a ridiculous amount of ad as well, making it hard to counter. this is possible though.
if you don't feed him between levels 3-11 you can win. i know 3 isn't mid game, but it's when he gets his full burst combination.
what to prioritize:
MAGIC RESIST > HEALTH > move speed > ability power > armor
although his ad is very high with e on, he will be hitting you with the damage from his shield more than auto attacking. just because his lane phase is so retarded, i start 9 health pots and 2 wards. the only real way to counteract his damage early is to just regen through it.
magic resist glyphs are a must.
for items, rush mercury treads. these reduce his stun, as well as giving you movespeed to get out of shield burst range.
after those, buy two negatron cloaks and go into rylais as well as tear. the cloaks will be built into spirit visage and abyssal sceptre later.
if you accomplished that without dying, good job! you just won the game. sion falls off really hard at this point. why? his only use in teamfights will be his burst (which is on a ten second cooldown) and his stun (which is also on a large cooldown). his ultimate doesn't heal his team for very much so just kill the rest of his team while he waits for his cooldowns.
important: if you can burst his shield down before he is allowed to pop it, he can no longer use it to burst anyone down.
priorities: armor > move speed > health > ability power
he needs attack speed to be truly dangerous. rush ninja tabi and tear of the godess. the ninja tabi will reduce a lot of his damage, as well as give you move speed to get out of autoattack range. tear is a good second pick up here because it allows you to fling him away whenever he gets close. this prevents more autoattacks, and actually is a better pickup than giants belt or chain vest in this situation.
your next item should be rylais, followed by either frozen heart or randuin's omen.
after that you should be fine in lane, or the lane phase will be over, so either way build for teamfights.
priorities: armor, movespeed, health, ability power.
the most important thing is to not fling her when her shield is up. it wastes your spell, as well as giving her mana. she really doesn't have an escape, so she doesn't fit into your counter.
rush ninja tabi for movespeed to dodge her abilities, as well as the auto attack negation and extra armor. after that, rylais and either randuin's omen or frizen heart are good counter items.
when those are finished, you should be good to go.