IntroductionHello everyone. I'm Wyrm and this is my lee sin guide. If you are looking to learn lee sin then this guide has everything you should need to do so. Lee sin has been one of my favorite champions since he was released and i have played him in roughly 500 games. Lee sin has such potential with his damage and ability to get to a carry, cripple, and then eliminate them from a fight entirely. Learning his limits and how to hit can be challenging but when learned fun and ELO will be found.
Season 2 Stats
Lee Sin Stats
Best summoners for top lee sin. Gives him the utility and nuke a top laner needs to make big plays.
Can be used to get closer to someone to finish them off with or them, get closer to minions to to or to catch up to someone or escape ganks, and to get behind your enemy to them back into your team.
Used to increase Lee's aleady incredible burst damage.
Other Summoners To Think About
Cripple your lane or a carry even harder with the combo of and Takes away from his burst so I would only take this when jungling or if your team needs an exhaust.
The combination of top is very strong for lane for baits and going for kills. I personally like the utility of but it is always an option if you want to be just like Silsol.
I don't really see the need for this on lee since he is so dominate in lane when you are running or but it is an option.
Used for jungling. Do not take for top lane.
Alright if you wanted to keep up with elusive carries but once again the utility of on lee is just better than ghost in my opinion.
I have never run cleanse on lee sin top but if their entire team has crowd control effects and you want to run this go right ahead but as i've said for other summoners I don't like to give up or .
If you play dominion and you like these summoner spells go right ahead and use them, all a personal preference.
You are one punk bitch if you pick any of these summoners on lee sin.
I run these masteries on lee sin to maximize my damage output (Click Image To Enlarge)
Note: If you plan on building anything with critical strike chance like or switch the points in HAVOC into DEADLINESS and LETHALITY for increased critical strike damage.
Note: Change between the HARDINESS and RESISTANCE masteries in the defense tree depending on who you are laning against.
I run these runes on lee sin to survive top lane with the armor, magic resist for late game, and attack damage to crush my lane early. (Click Image To Enlarge)
Other viable runes on lee include:
- Armor Penetration -
Run these if you don't have attack damage marks or just prefer armor penetration over attack damage.
- Hp/lvl -
Only other runes i would run for yellows and only if the enemy team was mainly AP or you could run this against an AP top if you really wanted to but i prefer armor to take less damage from auto-attacks.
- Flat Magic Resist -
Good if you are against an AP top and need magic resistance right away
- Armor -
If the enemy team is stacking AD and you don't feel threatened by their AP damage at all you could also run these glyphs.
- Armor Penetration -
Same as for marks, always a preference and I prefer to have flat attack damage on lee sin.
After Lee Sin uses an ability, his next 2 basic attacks gain 50% Attack Speed and return 10 energy each.
Good for sustained damage while fighting someone. You must utilize this to keep your energy up as well in fights. When fighting someone try to space out your abilities to keep energy levels up and to maximize damage.
Q: Sonic Wave / Resonating Strike
Sonic Wave: Lee Sin projects a discordant wave of sound to locate his enemies, dealing 50/80/110/140/170 (+90% of bonus Attack Damage) physical damage to the first enemy it encounters. If Sonic Wave hits, Lee Sin can cast Resonating Strike for the next 3 seconds.
Resonating Strike: Lee Sin dashes to the enemy hit by Sonic Wave, dealing 50/80/110/140/170 (+90% of bonus Attack Damage) physical damage plus 10% of their missing health.
Cost 50/30 energy
Cooldown 11/10/9/8/7 seconds
Explanation:The big damages on Lee. With an .9 AD ratio on strike you have a 1.8 AD ratio in 1 spell with extra damage depending on how much health they are missing. Comboing with ->->->-> can pick up some easy kills to an unsuspecting enemy. You must at the right time to be able to land it at the end of the combo. Also, the 2nd part of will deal more damage using the Executioner (6%) and Havoc (1.5%) masteries for an additional 7.5% damage as well as dealing 8% of their missing health as damage.
W: Safeguard / Iron Will
Safeguard: Lee Sin rushes towards a target ally, shielding them both from 40 / 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 (+80% per Ability Power) damage. After using Safeguard, Lee Sin can cast Iron Will for the next 3 seconds.
Iron Will: Lee Sin's intense training allows him to thrive in battle. For 5 seconds, Lee Sin gains5/10/15/20/25 lifesteal, spell vamp, and armor.
Cost 50/30 energy
Cooldown 8 seconds
Explanation:Great ability for escaping, ganking, sustaining, diving, and protecting teammates in lane and during team fights.
1. Escaping - Hopping onto a ward, allied minion, or teammate to escape a gank.
2. Sustaining - Using both abilities of for extra armor and lifesteal to fight enemies or heal off creeps.
Protip:Be Careful of Jungle ganks while your is on Cooldown
3. Diving - Hop to allied teammate to sheild them from turret damage and get into position or hop out of tower range if you are diving alone.
4. Protecting Teammates - Sheild carries to mitigate some damage coming at them as well as getting on top of them to block oncoming skillshots. You can also hop to an ally to get into position to kite or peel someone away from them.
E: Tempest / Cripple
Tempest: Lee Sin smashes the ground sending out a shockwave that deals 60 / 95 / 130 / 165 / 200 (+0.6 per bonus Attack Damage) magic damage and reveals enemy units hit. If Tempest hits an enemy, Lee Sin can cast cripple for the next 3 seconds.
Cripple: Lee Sin cripples nearby enemies revealed by Tempest, reducing their Movement and Attack Speed by 30 / 37.5 / 45 / 52.5 / 60 % for 4 seconds. Movement and Attack Speed recover gradually over the duration.
Cost 50/30 energy
Cooldown 10 seconds
Explanation:Very strong for ganking and dueling. Stacking with if you or your jungler are running exhaust is pretty much a free kill. The Attack Speed reduction from this ability makes the dueling potential with lee that much better and late game with a you have a similar attack speed reduction to while on an AD carry.
R: Dragon's Rage
Lee Sin performs a powerful roundhouse kick launching his target back, dealing 200 / 400 / 600 (+1.5 per bonus Attack Damage) physical damage to the target and any enemies they collide with. Enemies the target collides with are knocked into the air for a short duration.
Cost 0 energy
Cooldown 90 / 75 / 60 seconds
Explanation:My favorite ability on Lee Sin. The utility of this spell to engage, disengage, and nuke a champion is incredible. When you become tanky enough and your team is around you to engage you can the enemy, to slow them down, , , or walk behind the enemy to get into position, and then them into your team for massive damage. Kicking enemies in a line is also a potent, unsuspected nuke. This kicks one champion away from your team and if others are hit they are knocked up into the air and also take massive damage which sets your team up to hop and gib them. Use this ability to kick the enemies away if you get caught pushed up too far and the minions are too far away to to or if your is on cooldown and you need to buy yourself some time.
Skill OrderIn almost every game you want to max your abilities in this order:
There are some lanes (which i will state in the laning matchups) that you will want to use a different leveling path on.
Some games I start with if i am expecting a lvl 1 or 2 jungle gank by some popular early ganking junglers such as , , , or to have a better chance of surviving and will get at level 1 and then at level 2 if I am expecting my own jungler to gank and feel no threat coming from their jungler.
Item BuildsMy Lee Sin Build: OR OR
After experimenting with many different builds I find this one to be one of the best. ~170 Armor with active and ~130 MR combined with the damage, lifesteal, spellvamp, and slow from , , , , and makes lee a force to reckoned with.
Boots + 3 Pots
I usually only start boots on lee if i am against an AP lane such as , , and or a champion that i need to run from or chase such as , , and . I might be opted to buy boots as well if the enemy team has an aggressive early ganking jungler.
Cloth Armor + 5 Pots
Most common start for lee sin top. You need the armor to survive the power of heavy AD tops such as , , and . Build this into or to survive in lane.
2x Doran's Blades
I get these every game with lee sin. Two doran's gives you some extra hitpoints, sustain, and damage in lane to duel with enemies. If my lane is pushed extremely hard and I have at least 550 gold i will go back to base and buy to help live and win my lane.
I love this item on lee sin. Has everything lee sin wants to sustain and survive top lane. The ward from wriggles also makes this item attractive on lee by giving him a free ward to to if he is escaping or chasing someone.
Good boots on lee against AP top lanes and teams with champions that have heavy crowd control effects such as , , , and .
Great item to help you survive top lane against some of the harder hitting AD tops. I will almost always sell these past the 25 - 30 minute mark for if the enemy team has some forms of crowd control.
Heart Of Gold
More gold? More hitpoints? Builds into ? Perfect item for lee sin early if you are having a farmfest top lane or just want some extra income. I will usually buy this item after i have my OR. If you are crushing your lane skip to buy some more damage and resistances such as , , or that will later build into and
More hitpoints, damage, and a passive that slows? Amazing. Great early buy to keep someone permaslowed with a 30% movespeed reduction chance passive and .
Great early game item if you are against an AP lane. I rush this after to have ~110 MR in lane as well as some sustain. Great counter to and .
The big damages. One of the best scaling items on lee sin. With a 1.8 AD ratio on , a 1.0 AD ratio on , and a 2.0 AD ratio on , a fully stacked can increase his damage up to 480 damage not including % increased damage and resistances.
One of the best items in the game. 350 hitpoints, 75 armor, 25 health regen, 5% Cooldown Reduction, and an up to 70% movement + attack speed reduction. Combined with lee sin's and if you have it will almost stop someone in their tracks and reduce the DPS of an AD carry by 50-75%. This item will utterly devastate anyone caught out of position and AD based teams.
Helps lee sin immensely. Permaslow, hitpoints, and some extra damage. Has great synergy with , , and . No one can run from this item.
Maw Of Malmortius
Great item to reduce the amount of magic damage taken during teamfights. I feel that with lee sin you are almost never focused so with this amount of magic resistance if the enemies decide to focus you with everything, you should win the fight anyways seeing as it will take them forever to take you down. My favorite part about this item is the ability to bait with it when against an AP carry. With the passive proccing for a 400 magic damage sheild along with you have a 600 point sheild where you are lifestealing the whole time which can really catch an AP carry off guard.
Boss item if the enemy team is stacking armor. I usually get this late game if the enemies are stacking armor or mid game for the same reason. I find usually that armor isn't really a big deal against lee so i don't mind not having this item early.
Great item on lee sin if you are against a very heavy AD team. The extra damage and critical strike are also nice on this item. Buy a after you purchase his early core items if you are thinking about buying this item. REMEMBER: Take the points in your masteries from HAVOC and put them into DEADLINESS and LETHALITY for extra critical strike damage if you are going to build this item.
R.I.P. This use to be one of the best items on lee sin because all of his abilities scale with it but after its nerf it isn't worth the gold anymore.
Aegis Of The Legion
Very strong item that isn't bought often by lee sin's. I mainly see this coming out of the jungle but if you are getting into your build a little bit and you are looking to become a little beefier and help your team out aegis is a great item.
Force Of Nature
Incredible item against teams that are heavily stacking AP. I would only normally get this item if an AP carry becomes extremely fed or if I an against a team with an AP top, AP mid, and AP jungler.
Beast of an item. Makes lee sin's auto attacks do even crazier amounts of damage. If you were to build this I would probably skip and get it instead but it also a viable item to buy as a last spot item after you sell your late game. REMEMBER: Take the points in your masteries from HAVOC and put them into DEADLINESS and LETHALITY for extra critical strike damage if you are going to build this item.
The Black Cleaver
Pretty fun item to have on lee. If I'm fooling around with friends or if I'm feeling trolly I would get this with a and have all that armor penetration and attack speed. Only try this item if you start to feel confident with lee and feel like trying something new.
Crazy item on lee sin. Gives him more damage early as well as some armor penetration and cooldown reduction. People use to rush this item on lee quite often and every once in while i might pick it up early game if I am really fed after my and don't think i'll need to sustain to win my lane. Don't build this into and sell it later for a better item depending on what you plan on building. is viable on lee but sometimes it isn't the right item to buy in the game you are in.
All around great item if against an extremely heavy (3 or more) AD team. An early is always a good investment if against a heavy AD team aswell.
Decent last item on lee sin if you have a phage and you aren't planning to build a frozen mallet. Use to be built alot back when lee sin first came out but sort of dropped out due to its high cost and lower efficiency on lee compared to other items you can buy.
Really great item on lee sin. More hitpoints = more time to kill and with items such as and can make lee sin extremely tanky.
Youmuu's ghostblade. Another one of my favorite items in the game just because of the damage it brings. Running up to an AD carry and popping in their face followed by and is almost a guarenteed kill.
Akali top lane is one of the easiest lanes for lee sin to play against when you know what you are doing. Just make sure to get 2 points in to block all the damage from her or you will get poked down very quickly in lane. If she uses then simply to a creep in the shroud and then the area for vision and then follow up with and put her ass into the ground. Difficuly: Easy
Blitz top actually does an unexpected amount of damage and just be careful of ganks. Try to avoid blitz's when you go in and try to poke with a quick and then to minions. Difficulty: Easy
Cho'gath is one of those champions where all you are going to want to do is farm against past level 5. Make sure to build dorans and wriggles early to be able to sustain any damage he does to you. Try to poke him early and ask for a gank from your jungler early on if you are trying to shut him down. Don't be afraid to go hard on him early because this is the only time he will be weak enough to kill. Always try to side-step , be weary of the 3 second silence of , and also watch out for the true damage combo of + Difficulty: Medium
Darius gets dunked on by lee sin. When his is on cooldown you can go hard on him. Try to as you go on him for the sheild, lifesteal, spellvamp, and armor to reduce damage taken. If you are hit by , either to safety or fight him if you are confident with the situation. Lee will either trade even or win every exchange he is in with darius just make sure not to take too much poke damage from his and if possible. Difficulty: Easy
Fiora is a decent champion top but no match for lee sin. If she uses top hop onto you simply -> her in the face. You will win trades with fiora every time but just watch out for when she uses and wait until it disappears to auto attack her. Also, be aware that she is untargetable with her active but will follow you wherever you move to so if it looks like she is going to begin to you, her first if you have it to reduce her healing while in the ultimate, to reduce damage taken, and then her into your tower if she is close enough or clean up with , , and if you aren't near a tower. Difficulty: Easy
Fizz is a little pest top lane. All of his abilities are annoying and he is hard to tag with because he is so mobile. Try to some of his damage and when possible. Be careful of his at level 6 if you don't have a lot of magic resist because his nuke is very strong. Difficulty: Easy
Galio gets stomped on by lee. Galio isn't that great against AD tops so you should have no trouble as lee. Try to dodge his and watch out for baits with his and you should win the lane. Difficulty: Very Easy
Gangplank is one of those faceroll top lanes and will spam on you all day. Make sure to get 2 points in depending to mitigate the damage from . Just try to farm and watch out for his which is devastating if you are pushed too far and he is auto-attacking you. Don't attempt to duel him early and as always ask for friendly jungle ganks to help you win your lane. If played correctly you should be able to kill him at level 6 as long as you poke him down to a burstable amount of hitpoints. Difficulty: Medium
Garen is similar in playstyle to gangplank. If he uses on a minion be sure to use to close the gap and then punish him with and . 2 points in always helps to block some of his damage since his is bound to hit you when you hop in. Difficulty: Medium
Irelia vs lee can go either way. She can really hurt you with and a so be careful of that. If you can her before she stuns you you will take less damage from due to the attack speed reduction. As long as you don't take free damage and eat all the time you should win the lane. to her when you can and don't be afraid to duel her when is on cooldown. She is also fairly weak until she hits about level 4/5 so bully her early. This is a very fragile lane so if you get ganked early and die you will have a lot of trouble for the rest of your time in lane. Difficulty: Medium/Hard
Jarvan is not often used top but he can annoying for lee. His hits really hard and a -> will burst you hard the entire game. Only engage on him if his and are on cooldown or if he misses either of these abilities if you want to beat him in a duel. If he onto you, either him out of the circle or to safety. I usually take 2 or 3 points in to shrug off most of his poke damage. Most of the time, jarvan will start to fall out going into mid/late game so even if you get caught early keep farming and you will be more useful.Difficulty: Medium
Jax is a weak early game champion that needs farm to scale hard into late. Bully him extremely hard early. to a creep, , and then is great for poke damage early on jax. When he hits level 6 he will start to do a lot of damage so be careful of dueling with him past that. If his is active him, walk away, and when it is on cooldown hop in to wear him down. Difficulty: Easy
Jayce is a ranged and melee AD top. Pretty annoying with the amount of base damage does in ranged form and how he can use in melee form to knock you away from him after you to him or to a creep. You can duel him all the time if you can hit your but just be careful of his burst. Difficulty: Easy
Kayle is similar to teemo top lane when playing lee. Her gives her range and her will slow you so if you see her use either of these abilities to safety until they are on cooldown. Try to poke kayle hard when her abilities are on cooldown to keep up with any poke that you are receiving. Don't mind missing a few creeps, farm with , and let her push so you can last hit on your tower and allow a potential gank on kayle. Kayle is one of the match-ups where i'll ask my jungler if i can do Double Golems so I hit level 2 faster in lane to bully her with a level advantage. Difficulty: Medium
Kenny-boy. Fairly easy top lane to handle just don't eat too much poke from and when the passive charged auto-attack from is up back away so he uses it on a creep and you don't eat free stuns.
Make sure to buy to keep up with him and lower the amount of time you are stunned for while in his . Difficulty: Medium
Mirror lanes, always a blast. If you want to win a mirror lane with lee then then enemy lee and then to safety or wait until his is on cooldown and then go all out on him. Pretty annoying mirror lane because he is such a mobile champion but if played right and with added ganks if possible makes this lane a breeze. Difficulty: Skin = Win
Lulu is pretty terror for top lane. So much poke with her and as well as being pretty hard to hit with your abilities because of . If she isn't running armor runes feel free to go hard on her early but if she has armor runes level up a bit first before you try to go on her. Always remember to poke with and then to a creep quickly so you wont actually be on top of her. Difficulty: Hard
Malphite is one of those faceroll top lane champions who uses to be a douche. Malphite top will usually roll which makes him pretty much impossible to kill alone. If he uses his or on minions go fight him because you will easily out damage him. At level 6 be careful of the burst of ->-> if you are low hitpoints. Difficulty: Medium
Master yi is pretty easy to beat as lee. If he onto a minion, to that creep, and then him for an insane amount of poke damage. If he tries to go behind him, and then him to interrupt it and move him closer to your tower. If you can, tag him with a before you kick so he doesn't go usain bolt on your ass with Difficulty: Very Easy
Morde is an annoying top lane champion that will just push all day. You will only want to engage on him when his sheild is low (which it always should be at levels 1/2) and if his abilities are on cooldown. You should win this lane 100% of the time as long as you poke him down early and don't take free poke with his. as much damage as possible and him if you can because if you slow him, you can repeatedly auto attack and full combo him. Difficulty: Easy
Nasus is a fairly easy lane with lee sin. His can be annoying and does a decent amount of damage when he gets farmed so try to zone him off of creeps and bully him early. Be careful of ganks seeing as you should be pushed to or nearly to his tower simply by how much stronger of an early game lee has. Difficulty: Easy
Nautilus is a fairly easy top to beat as lee. Only engage on him when his is on cooldown so you don't get rolled by it but other than that it is a fairly easy lane. Watch out for ganks becuase if the jungler comes and nautilus tags you with , , and , you are pretty much dead unless you got your juke boots on. Difficulty: Easy
Nidalee isn't too bad of a lane for lee top. She will auto-attack you forever and try not to take too much damage from this. Pre-6 nidalee is really easy for lee to handle just farm as much as you can and her auto-attacks to stay healthy. If you can go on her lead with and then punish her (as seen in video). At 6 just watch out for her damage with in cougar form. Nidalee is a hard lane for the enemy jungle to gank for so keep that in mind. As long as you aren't pushed so far up and the jungler isn't someone who could take you 1v1 then you should be fine. Difficulty: Easy
Nocturne is almost never played top lane but I've played against a couple before and it was pretty annoying. Nocturne naturally pushes the lane with his so he should be an easy kill for your jungler. If the nocturne is good enough he will your and outdamage you greatly with and so be careful if you are going to go in on him. Only fight him if he is low on mana or if you can tag him with the first part of , wait for his spellshield to run out, and then onto him for some decent damage. Difficulty: Medium
Nunu top is pretty annoying for every champion. He will spam in your face all game and will be hard to catch with his up all the time. Grab 2 points in early to have a shield when nunu snowballs you to help with the damage and remember to him out of his if he starts to channel it on top of you. Also be careful if he uses his in the bush because you won't be able to see it and will take massive damage. You will see a "slowed" warning but you won't be able to see nunu while he is using in a bush. Difficulty: Easy
Olaf is a fairly strong champion against lee and i've seen the lane go either way. Try to poke him when his is off cooldown and some of the damage if possible. Just remember that your and will not slow/knockback olaf with his active so be careful if he is running and you are out of position. Also be careful of his + combo which will do ~550 true damage at level 9 (scary). Difficulty: Medium
Mantheon is a very easy lane for lee sin to win. 2 points in prevents his spears from doing much of anything to you and if he uses on you, turn and make him pay for even thinking he can harass you. Mantheon is fairly strong early with a jungle gank where he can + you which can result in a death so watch out for that early on. Pantheon falls out as time in lane goes on so just keep farming if you are behind and you should be fine. Difficulty: Medium
Poppy is a terror top lane if she is running a full armor page. Coming into lane and seeing a poppy with 80 armor is just crazy. Do not try to duel her seeing as you will do no damage and just farm the lane all day. I would recommend maxing or getting 3 points in just to farm with and sustain in lane. If she goes on you you can and for some damage but just be careful. If she is not running a full armor page feel free to do what lee sin does best - shit on weak early game champions with his mobility and poke. If poppy is 6 and has her , her to keep her at bay and try to kite her until it runs out if you are low hp or if she is on your tower. Don't get stunned by either or you will take a lot of damage. Poppy's is also very strong against lee sin's nuke so don't get baited by thinking you can kill her when her passive will save her. Difficulty: Medium
Renekton is an early game terror for just about every top lane. Only try to duel him when his abilities are on cooldown. This guy is GOING to kick your ass early game so get 3 points in to sustain in lane and max after that. If renekton is onto you, pop both parts of before he you to mitigate damage greatly. Do not get baited by his either and this can save him a lot of the time from your ->-> combo. Difficulty: Hard
Riven is one of the hardest champions for lee to face top due to her ability to out damage and move faster than lee sin. NEVER duel a riven on lee or you will lose the 1v1 100%. You must poke with and a quick out to minions if you want to even have a chance against her. A nice little bait i tend to do against riven's is if we are fighting at level 6 I will or to a creep behind her as she is ulting to juke the ult, and then her closer to my tower or into my minions where she cannot get away. This is a 50/50 lane with lee and must be played correctly if you want to win. Usually the higher skilled player will win this match-up. Difficulty: Hard
Zakkers is again another skill based match-up. If you are against Rumble's Zakkers, RIP. To even have a chance of beating rumble you must beat him up early with some nice and early and then to creeps immediately after to dodge his . Once rumble hits level 4/5 he will start to out damage you so ask for a gank preferably before then. If he is smart and gets [imgext=] there isn't really much you can do but poke with if he is not shutdown early.
Shen is a pretty easy lane for lee to win. Just get 3 points in early and you will take no damage from his . Just watch for him to use his and on creeps if you are looking to go in on him. Make sure to his before you get taunted so you take less damage. Just remember, it takes shen 120 energy to at or away from you so if he gets cocky and wastes energy poking you or on creeps don't be afraid to duel him. Difficulty: Medium
Shyvana is like to AD singed of top lane. Pushes all day, farms all day, and can get beefy as hell. Only duel her when her is on cooldown or you are in for a lot of pain. Shyvana is all magic damage besides her and auto attacks so remember to also pick up some magic resistance against her. Difficulty: Medium
Singed is extremely easy for lee sin to beat top. Bully him hard early and build magic resist and some sustain and you will easily win your lane. Careful of being into the enemy tower. Watch out for his disrupting your mid hop too or you could end up dead if you are getting ganked.Also, DON'T CHASE THE SINGED WITH AND UNLESS YOU LIKE POISON. Difficulty: Easy
Sion is an easy top lane for lee. If it is AP sion, use to break his and if he is AD just be careful of him baiting you with the lifesteal and attack speed he gets from . Difficulty: Easy
Talon is a fairly weak champion against lee sin. Build an early and you should destroy him in lane. Don't take too much free poke damage from his and watch out for the 1 second silence on his because this could prevent you from for your burst or using to get to safety. Will reveal and slow talon while he is stealthed in his so use this to your advantage. Difficulty: Easy
Teemo is pretty much free food for lee sin top lane. Early he is going to do what teemo does best and auto-attack you to death. Farm with if you can't get to the creeps and get 2 points early in to block all the damage of 1 auto-attack so you can last hit a creep and then out while taking no damage. Also don't be afraid to duel with him past level 5. Lee sin destroys teemo in damage and as long as you aren't sitting in taking insane amounts of poke damage and have minions to to you should win this match-up. Difficulty: Medium
Trundle top is a rare sight but happens sometimes. His will reduce your attack damage and increase his so be careful of dueling him. is another annoying ability for lee because it can push creeps away from you and set up ganks from the enemy jungler. Also, don't get baited thinking you are tanky with . Pretty easy lane to poke as lee just don't stay in and duel him for long periods of time. If he uses on a creep try fight him right then before it comes off of cooldown. Difficulty: Easy
Tryndamere is a fairly easy lane with lee sin. This is one of the lanes where you want to max first on to reduce tryndamere's movement and attack speed while he is fighting you. If he turns to run with on him turn and tag him with a then to creeps for maximum poke damage. If you get him low enough and you are level 6 try to ->-> combo him and if you do this quick enough he might not even be able to use his ultimate. Difficulty: Medium
Udyr is a bully top lane. Crazy amounts of damage with no items, crazy amounts of sustain. Max against this guy and just farm it up. There is no way in hell you want to trade damage with him or even consider killing him unless your jungler has pitched a tent in top lane. Difficulty: Annoying
Vladimir vs lee is a pretty fun and somewhat challenging match-up if you don't know lee fully yet. Early he will out range you with his but remember that early on it has a long cooldown so take advantage of this. After level 3 you will start to shit on him in lane and should have no problems. when posssible and watch the amount of stacks he has on . If he doesn't have 4 stacks you will easily out trade him. Some people max and make it a farm lane but I prefer to max after picking up 3 points in . Either way is fine I want to duel all day during lane phase. Be care of him dodging your with his and watch out for his burst at 6 with if you don't have magic resistance yet ( and ) Difficulty: Easy/Medium
Volibear is one champion lee sin utterly shits on. If he you, immediately him back closer to your tower or if you aren't level 6 tag him with and and keep the damage rolling. Be careful of the damage on his + combo . Another thing to watch out for is his when trying to use your combo because if it procs you probably won't kill him. He will probably have to back but don't get baited by this if you are going to dive. Difficulty: Very Easy
Warwick is such a weak champion pre-6 so you MUST take advantage of this. If he gets in range to you punish him with and and stay on him. No mercy to the king of dogs. If he starts to stack armor farm and sustain yourself in lane. You should be able to shut him down completely if you play the early game correctly. When he hits 6 be careful of the nuke potential with ->-> and don't get on the tower. Also, if you are below 50% hitpoints and procs, watch out for the ->-> because he will be moving fast as lightning. Difficulty: Easy/Medium
Wukong is a somewhat even lane. Try to tag him with before he uses his so you can see where he is going and then to slow him down. yourself when he hops on you with and to reduce damage taken and then punish him with a -> combo to the face. When he hits 6 and gets be careful because he can nuke you down from fairly high hitpoints with a full combo. Difficulty: Easy/Medium
Xin Zhao gets destroyed by lee top lane. If he onto you then to reduce his movement and atttack speed, to reduce damage taken, and then him and continue auto attacking while his abilities are on cooldown. If you miss a or use to farm minions be careful because he can out trade you if you don't have all of your abilities up. If you need to run because your cooldowns aren't up always to minions and you will be fine. Difficulty: Easy
Yorick yorick yorick yorick yorick yorick yorick yorick. #1 douchebag champion in the game. Facerolling ghouls can be annoying but this is a lane lee sin can survive. Max W in this lane and get an early to lifesteal off of his ghouls and farm the minions in lane. I usually don't try to go for a kill on yorick unless my jungler is camping top and in that case i will get a few points in for some extra damage and then max . Also, his creeps to slow them down or just run into the bushes and they will lose aggro on you. Difficulty: Medium/Hard
Champions That Work Well With LeeChampions i find that do well with lee are champion's with stuns or snares like , , , and . These champions are so great because they set you up for an impossible to miss which can be followed up with -> for a quick kill. Other champions that have great AoE ultimates like , , , and also work great with lee because they can keep targets in a line to hit multiple people with as well as with the slow and attack speed reduction of .
Early GameEarly game is a very strong with lee sin. Realize your match-up and buy accordingly. As with any champion farm as much as you can. If your opponent is getting cocky poke with and and then to safety. If doesn't get you far enough away from the people chasing you, quickly to slow them so you can keep running. Try to build up your early core here, always watch your map, and ward the map. Lee's laning phase is important and if you have a bad laning phase you can begin to fall out mid/late game so always remember even if you start 0-2 or 0-3, just keep farming to try to keep yourself in the game. If you roam try to push your lane all the way to the tower and then go down to mid or to wherever you are going. Also, roam down to dragon if your team wants to do it for assistance if needed.
Mid Game/Team FightsThis is lee sin's time to shine. You should have at least 1 or 2 of your late game core now and should be doing some serious damage. You should be able to get to and insta-gib a carry with ->->->->. If that doesn't kill them they will be extremely low and shouldn't be able to fight any more. You will also want to protect your own carries during fights by using to peel bruisers away and to kick them away. Also watch for any teammates that are getting blown up or have a DoT on them such as or on them and to try to save them from dying. is also great for positioning since it is basically a free and you can catch people easily with a well placed followed by a until your team arrives to help out or you might even take them down by yourself.
Late GameThis is where people say lee sin falls out but I don't think this is true. Any champion will fall out if you don't get a good amount of farm or get destroyed in lane and lee sin is one of those champions where if you aren't at a peak farming level, you will fall behind. As long as you stayed ahead the whole game late game will be just like mid game. Keep on their carries and protect your own during fights. Once you are fully built you will be a total brick house. A clutch can be important at this part of the game so make it count.
Random Lee ClipsPeacing Out After Dive
JunglingOccasionally I will jungle with lee sin but since this is a lane guide I won't be creating a jungle guide yet but if one day if I feel inspired I definitely will. If you would like to see a great jungle guide for lee, check out TheOddOne's guide here: http://solomid.net/guides.php?g=9356
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Final CommentsLee sin is an amazing champion and takes some time to learn. Don't give up just because you aren't doing too well with him when you first start and eventually you will start to understand him. Good Luck!
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