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JANNA BUILD GUIDE: Support Janna by Xpecial

by Xpecial (last updated over a year ago)

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Greater Mark of Armor( +8.19 armor)
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Greater Seal of Armor( +12.69 armor)
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Greater Glyph of Magic Resist( +12.06 magic resist)
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Greater Quintessence of Gold( +3 gold / 30 sec.)
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mastery 1 mastery 1 1/1
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Tailwind
QHowling Gale
WZephyr
EEye Of The Storm
RMonsoon
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Masteries

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Skill Order

Player Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Tailwind
QHowling Gale
WZephyr
EEye Of The Storm
RMonsoon

Champion Matchups

Changelog

1/29/13 - Re-released, completely updated for Season 3

07/10/12 - Updated commentary, runes, masteries and included balance changes

02/19/12 - Updated runes, masteries, playstyles and added commentary

10/20/11 - Released guide

Introduction

The prevalence of assassins in Season 3 has caused Janna to become relatively stronger. Janna's strong peels and shield have pushed her higher up tiers of supports. However, strong aggressive ranged support have pushed Janna to the side and caused her to be overlooked.

Champion Overview

Strengths
+High CC
+Two AoE CC
+Powerful shield that also gives bonus AD
+Innate high movement speed due to passives
+Healing in teamfights
+Hot elf

Weaknesses
-No heal in lane
-No spammable heal
-Vulnerable without ultimate
-AD is lost when shield is broken
-Low range
-Weak damage

Commentary

Masteries

1/13/16:

Defensive page, when looking to trade. Janna's range/damage is too low for harassing with autoattacks to be worth it beyond level 1 and 2, so Pickpocket is not worth it.

[http://i.imgur.com/w4xHKaE.png]

0/9/21:

More utility. This page is more for playing passive or against weak lanes.

[http://i.imgur.com/Br0bt.png]

Runes

Marks:

Armor
Armor is the go-to marks for any support. Janna can't trade effectively alone, simply taking armor to tank extra hits is nice.

Attack Damage
Attack damage is something I would only use against extremely weak lanes, but this is very situational.

Seals:

Armor
Armor is again the default best page.

Mana Regeneration (Flat)

Mana regen is nice and gives you the needed mana to spam spells.

Glyphs:

Magic Resistance (Flat)
Magic resist is default against any bottom lane with magic damage.

Magic Resistance (Scaling)

Magic resistance scaling runes are the best against lanes without magic damage.

Mana Regeneration (Flat)
Mana regen in glyphs are nice if giving up armor is not something you want to do.

Quintessences:


Gold per 10
Gold per 10 allows you to scale nicely into mid/late game.

[http://i.imgur.com/bfBNKuo.jpg]

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Summoner Spells



Explanation:

Exhaust is great and gives an additional peeling tool for Janna. It makes it extremely hard for teams to dive Janna's AD carry.



Heal is nice, I'd consider it against strong AoE comps and very little focus damage.

Skills

Passive: Tailwind

Explanation:

This is one of the strongest passives in the game. Global movement speed is super strong, but remember that the passive goes away when you (Janna) die.



Q: Howling Gale

Explanation:

AoE knock-up with nice range but short duration.

Note: Howling Gale, like any knock-up, can cancel dash spells in mid animation (Graves' Quick Draw, Leona's Zenith Blade, etc.)

[http://i.imgur.com/zsVaD.jpg]



W: Zephyr

Explanation:

Increases Janna's movement speed when off cooldown, decreases target's movement speed when used.

Note: If you are chasing, use this ability. If you are running away from a single target, use this ability. If you are running from multiple enemies, PLEASE DON'T USE THIS ABILITY (you want the extra movement speed and the ability to run through units).



E: Eye Of The Storm

Explanation:

A shield that also gives a fairly substantial AD boost (more than a BF Sword at max rank).

Note: If the shield is broken, you will lose the AD buff.




R: Monsoon

Explanation:

This skill makes or break Janna. Nobody can tell you when to use your ultimate as the few moments it takes to communicate such information, it will likely be too late. Only after playing games as Janna and really understanding the capabilities of both your team and the opposing team will you be able to truly utilize this amazing skill. It is not uncommon for a mistimed Janna ult to be in the favor of the enemy team, so be careful!

It also has a fairly impressive AoE heal, so keeping it up in a teamfight can be very effective.

Note: You can not use any spells while your ultimate is channeling, but you can use summoner spells.





Skill Order

> > /

Starting with (Howling Gale, Q):

gives an AoE CC at level one. This is the best skill to start with if your team plans to teamfight.


Starting with (Eye of the Storm, E):


gives the only form of "sustain" for your AD carry in the bot lane. Take this spell if you plan to start mini golems or in lane.


Skill order: I always max first as the bonus it gives beats out all of other spells (shield + AD steroid). Maxing or is debatable, but I personally prefer getting . Either way, both skills are extremely good and either works well. I typically take at level 8 and 10 for laning and max afterwards as we start to teamfight.

: I pick up Monsoon at level 6, but I leave it at level one for a while. The AoE heal simply isn't very needed until much later in the game and the hefty increase on mana cost without utilizing the heal is simply a waste.

After a certain point, the AoE heal can be used strategically (typically when teams start to go for Baron) or if playing against a high poke comp.

Item Builds

Start: ( + )

+ +

Starting Faerie Charm gives you the additional mana regen to trade with spells in lane, and you can build it into a Philo Stone or save for a Chalice later into the game.


+ +

Starting with both Faerie Charm and Rejuvenation Bead leaves you with no potions and only two wards. Only use this if you are sure that you won't get harassed down, as you lack sustain and early vision. The earlier gold per 10 is really nice though.

Rush:
/ +

Grab Philo Stone early if you can grab it before 12 min. Kage's Lucky Pick is nice too if you can grab it early. Sightstone is necessary as an investment due to the amount of gold it will save you from spending on wards.

Boots: // +

CDR boots
are the best for utility, Mercury Treads is an option if they focus you with CC.

For enchantments, you'll most likely go with Alacrity or Distortion. Distortion is better if the enemy seems to be focusing you and you need the extra Flash cooldown or you constantly need to reposition yourself. Otherwise, extra movement speed is just useful.

Important:

Sightstone
and Ruby Sightstone are extremely valuable items. Both these items allows you to forget about buying wards, saving a ton of gold. Getting these items as early as possible will give you the greatest return on the investment, plus the HP is awesome.

Locket of the Iron Solari has everything you need as a support. HP, CDR, Armor AND an active shield, Locket is a solid item for any match-up. This is by far my favorite item to pick up on a support.

Utility: /////+/

Mikael's Crucible builds from a . The extra mana regen is great, especially in a long siege. The Cleanse also works perfectly if the opponent has any Cleansable CC.

Shard of True Ice is alright. The AoE slow adds another slow to Janna's kit and can be nice. Not exactly the most useful item.

Twin Shadows
is fairly nice for Janna. The engage helps in situations where you want to engage, but don't have the tools needed. The long range slow can help those scenarios.

Zeke's Herald is perfect for a team with multiple AD champions. The expensive price makes it difficult to rush, but it can be bought as a second/third item.

Shurelya's Reverie
like Twin Shadows, Reverie helps your teammates get into range to engage. Another item that has potential with teamplay.

Aegis of the Legion
can be bought pretty much every game. The Armor and MR aura is still amazing and there should be one on every single team.

Runic Bulwark
is the upgrade for , but is only useful when going against a lot of magic damage. The upgrade is extremely costly, so make sure that the extra MR will be useful before purchasing it, simply having an Aegis is sufficient in many cases.

Will of the Ancients is now built from and is a nice item if your team has multiple champions that scale with the AP and can use the spell vamp.

Laning Match-Ups

One = Easy
Three = Mediocre/skill match-up
Five = Hard



Difficulty:

Explanation:
Alistar is a fairly easy lane for Janna. He has a very hard time engaging, even with Flash, as long as Janna is not the one being focused. The Alistar lane should not be able to kill your lane without a jungler gank.


Difficulty:

Explanation:
Blitzcrank is a bit difficult. He isn't hard if you manage to push up against his tower, but Janna's poor harass makes it scary if you are pushed against your own tower. Warding up the brushes in lane is a requirement.


Difficulty:

Explanation:
Fiddlesticks will focus you. Early on, both sides play very passively, but the moment Fiddlesticks hits 6, it's a scary lane. Fiddle will ult and Fear you and Janna WILL die from the burst. Be very careful and ward the lane brushes!



Difficulty:

Explanation:
Leona is a very easy lane prior to 6. Each time Leona wants to engage with Zenith Blade, Janna can cancel the engage with her . After 6, Leona may try to initiate with ultimate and Janna will be bursted down if that stuns you.


Difficulty:

Explanation:
Lulu will just be extremely annoying in lane. If you constantly shield her poke, Lulu will run out of mana quickly, but if you can not shield it, then she'll quickly have the upper hand. Quick reflexes will win this lane.


Difficulty:

Explanation:
Morgana is actually a difficult lane. Black Shield will stop all of Janna's low damage CCs, and if anyone gets caught by Dark Binding, the victim will lose a significant amount of HP. Aim to push up every single wave to avoid being caught by Dark Binding in an unfavorable situation.


Difficulty: ]

Explanation:
Nami isn't too strong with her poke. Aim to block her poke with shield and the lane will be very simple. Janna's AD carry should be able to easily harass with shield. Be careful of enemy ganks due to Nami's high ganking pressure.


Difficulty:

Explanation:
Nunu is not going to a problem in lane. There is no way for Nunu to pressure Janna out of the lane, however Nunu's AD carry will be scary once he hits late game.


Difficulty:

Explanation:
Sona is difficult for Janna to deal with. Sona's poke and sustain combined with killing pressure at level 6, makes it difficult for Janna to deal with. Before 6, it should be alright as long as Sona's pokes are being negated by shield, but be careful of the level 6 burst damage.


Difficulty:

Explanation:
Both sides will just farm. Very dull and boring lane.


Difficulty:

Explanation:
The lane should be very even. Taric has killing potential due to his stun, but as long as you shield whoever is targeted and you have a knock up the AD, it shouldn't be too bad. Careful of the burst damage beyond level 6!


Difficulty:

Explanation:
Thresh is very reliant on his Death Sentence to engage, but by using , Janna can negate that engage. This makes it very hard for Thresh to get in. Not getting caught off-guard and pulled in is very important. After level 6, this lane just becomes a farmfest.


Difficulty:

Explanation:
Zyra has a ton of poke damage, but lacks sustain. She has a lot of killing potential, but if you can avoid snares, you will be fine. This lane is very dependent on if Zyra can land her spells, but you should be able to avoid any deaths.


Team Fights

In a team fight, a good Janna will stay in the very back, completely avoiding all damage and throw CCs on a single target while also shielding the carry.

In a team fight, an excellent Janna will instead stay next to the carry, avoiding most damage and throw CCs into multiple enemies while being in range to ultimate for the team at any time. An excellent Janna will take some damage, but will not be killed. Vie for excellence, not just good.

Some supports can afford to stay in the very back and still be useful (Soraka), while some need to be a bit more aggressive and Janna needs to be aggressive.

Final Comments

Janna is even more useful than she was in Season 2. Her role in the game is fairly niche and a bit overshadowed, but I feel that she is still strong.

Comments

September 17, 2013 - 02:58 PM #1

Wow! I never considered getting flask on her, even after playing Janna for so long. Does this still work out? I like that getting flask means that you get 3 free pots everytime you go back to base, and you don't need to get mana at all. All the best Xpecial!

September 10, 2012 - 06:59 PM #2

Not the best Janna player cuz i'm in love with the man with the mustache.... "Blitzcrank" Still if played right Janna is a beast!

Love your guides!!!

August 12, 2012 - 12:18 PM #3

Haha, I liked the part of "Pros and Cons" for the Pros. Hot elf. Hahaha, i lol'd. Made my day

August 7, 2012 - 08:54 AM #4

Please update the shield, the ad buff does not stay anymore if it is broken.

Otherwise, Janna is one of my favorite champions to play due to the amount of saving potential and disruption in team fights.

July 22, 2012 - 10:51 PM #5

wer

July 15, 2012 - 02:41 PM #6

@Nash19



Don't get grabbed/stunned/pulled/stomped. It's as simple as that. If they're controlling a dangerous bush, then ward it. If you keep dying to Alistar/Taric, then you're getting way too close in. If you keep dying to Blitz/Leona, then you're not dodging well enough.



Don't harass with Q/W ever... it's a waste of mana. Use your mana on shielding your carry whenever you're near 90% mana or even lower because it gives them an opportunity to play aggressive on which they will take if they have a brain. However, obviously don't shield when a lot of minions are about to die, because then he's just missing CS and you're wasting mana.



Don't harass with auto attacks against those supports... it's a death wish.



If your carry gets pulled/stunned/grabbed whatever, just shield him, nado so that both the support and AD gets hit, and then slow their AD (never use W on support) if they continue chasing. If you think it's a fight you can take (this only works if you know the AD you're playing with and can tell him/her on vent/mumble/teamspeak/raidcall whatever) then fight back. Too many bad bot lanes get CC'ed and then just run away taking free shots when they can take a fight.



In general, I just think you're playing way too aggressive in a lane where you should play a lot more passively.

July 12, 2012 - 03:28 PM #7

I love Janna and while I do well in teamfights, I really suck during the laning phase. I don't know how I should react to aggressive supports who are kinda popular right now such as Alastair, Blitzcrank, Leona, Taric, etc.



Maybe I don't harass through auto attacks + Q/W enough I don't know. I usually can shield the harass pretty well, but feel vulnerable against burst damage these guys provide.

July 12, 2012 - 01:38 PM #8

@nRRe

If you die and loose the Oracle you basically ruined the whole game for yourself. Early Oralces is russian roulette, and ESPEICALLY when you start with Mobility boots instead of fearie charm (for faster GP10). That Idea sounds extremely terrible, what rating do you play at?

July 12, 2012 - 08:14 AM #9

I use Boots of Mobility and grab a super early Oracles and clear the bottom half of the map of wards constantly. Also, roaming is great with them as I can almost run to mid between waves w/out the other team even realizing i'm gone.

June 30, 2012 - 02:12 PM #10

Everytime I play a support with no healingspell, I usually try to max hp regeneration in masteries. I think thats a bit better than exp.

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