IntroductionHi , i am A Lucky Potion, this is my new Account, but my main is Danteph (EUW) and is currently sitting on 1880 Elo.
I am dedicated to top lane, as if you check my stats you will see that i only play top champions, expect i get forced to play other roles. Ive been playing Irelia for hundreds of games now, and i think its time to share some of my "tricks" with you guys. Irelia is a very flexible Champion, you can build her full tanky to hardly initiate on their ad carries or ap carries and let your team finish the rest, or go bursty to kill their ad carry/ap carry in a splitsecond.
Sorry for any grammatical mistakes.
Change log10/12/2012 Released this Guide.
11/12/2012 Added some replays and "Typical Ennemy Top Laners" section.
VIdeos about me playing Ireliahttp://www.leaguereplays.com/replays/match/2582399/
Even though this game was a loss, i wanted to show you that you can even lane and do better than Malphite, and eventually kill him. At 6:50 theres a nice example of saving Q to do 1 more autoattack when they run away.
This game i was just stomping my ennemy top laner, and carried SK Ocelote :)
Here i tried the new Season 3 Build ( Ignore that zenaans hurricane, it should be zephyr but i didnt know that was ranged only item ^_^)
I will upload more replays, with commentary.
(Note : these are all ranked games ~1800-1900)
Skill orderAt LvL 1 you want to get or . Get your Q first if you think you cant farm vs your ennemy laner, and E if you can easily get your Creeps. Your E also is really strong at lvl 1, it lets your get 1-2 more auto attack than the ennemy in a trade. A little trick is to wait until he attack animation of the ennemy is nearly done, and then stun him, cause you want to attack him first, and when he attacks backs you want to use this tactic.
At lvl 2 you want to get if you took . Or take if you took .
(More information will be added soon)
MasteriesI go 1/22/7 for obvious reasons : The defensive stats really help as you dont want to be that agressive until you hit lvl 5 (expect the ennemy laner is a noob) , i dont think its worth it into going 9/21/0 because the 4% Attack speed and 12 Attack damage at lvl 18 wont benefit you that well.And going 21/9/0 isnt good at all for Irelia, even if you can go more offensive , the defensive stats benefit you more. And people tend to camp top at my elo, so thats why i think its better if you go defensive masteries.
RunesStandard Runes for any Top Laner , some players like to go Attack Speed Reds but i dont feel like it is worth it, you can last hit with AD Reds, and if your lane gets pushed you can easily bladesurge the minions to get the lasthits under the tower, while if i have Attack Speed runes, i have to Autoattack once first before i can bladesurge. (No that doesnt mean you should bladesurge every fucking creep even if it looks cool!)
You could also go Health Regen Quints or Movement Speed.
best summoner ever, lets you engage , disengage , survive ganks , succeed ganks etc.
to burst them even harder.
You could also take , tell your team to ward the second brush at bottom so you can ninja gank ( Aware some people will expect you ganking bot, so they will pink ward their second brush to avoid it).
Viable summoner spells :
Passive: Ionian Fervor
Other initiators like Lee sin or Renekton are kinda countered if they get cced a lot , they cant engage really well then, but with your passive, dem 2 seconds snare will be way shorter, and you have free room to play, but dont be too greedy even if you have that ulti, they can still fuck you up.:
My second favorite spell of Irelia, it allows you to make Big Plays or Epic Jukes, or just let you surprise the ennemy. What i like to do is to Q to a low hp minion next to my ennemy top lanes, then stun him with my E and activate my W to do them damage. If they run away chase them until they are out of range, then Q and land another free hit. This little trick often allows me to get 40-70% of their health. :
W: Hiten Style
Thats what you should max first, cause the sustain you get is amazing, and the true damage is what makes you to Irelia.Not much more to say:
E: Equilibrium Strike
My favorite Irelia spell. I max it second before bladesurge cause the stun duration at lvl 5 is 2 seconds, and if you can stun an ennemy ad carry in teamfights like that, or just catch them offguard, you can burst them down or let your team finish them. 2Seconds is really long, and the damage isnt that bad at early levels.:
R: Transcendent Blades
Use this to push the lane if your ennemy laner just went b to deny them.I also use this to burst ennemies down from 100% to 0%:
Your best 1v1 100% to 0% burst combo should be like that : E+W+R and they normally fight you for 3 seconds until they realize they are fucked. If they run away, you should still have your Q up and then Q, free auto attack ignite and they should be dead. I will upload some Videos later.[imgext=]
Item BuildsSo i start with Boots + 4Health Potions first cause the mobility is great and having 4 health potions is great too.
Rarely i start with , but sometimes if i play vs Garen or Renekton that have high early AD Burst, i go for it. But beware, if you go , you should play passive and not agressive, because if a red buff shaco comes gank you and youre overextended, youre a Happy Meal.
If i have to go back early cause i got ganked or i played bad, i buy Ninja Tabi if the ennemy top laner is AD, and if it is a caster i buy .
If i did successfull and killed the ennemy laner , or i farmed very good, i go back and buy Brutalizer and 1-2 Wards + Health Potions.
If i am very fed and i go back with alot of gold i rush , if not i buy my or .
After Black Cleaver you should devastate the ennemy top laner, and their jungler has to come gank the whole time. If you do not, and your team doesnt need some1 tanky at the moment, you go for . I didnt test it that much but all i can say is that the extra Tenacity makes you even more strong, and the attack speed+ movement speed + cdr is awesome.
You could also go for the old , it is still very good on Irelia , but i feel like S3 offers other choices.
Then i usually go cause it will be mid-late game then, and their team will become stronger too and you dont want to go in and die immediately.
If you are mid-late game and just stomping, or you have a tanky team you can go for .
If their AD carry is killing your team including you get , if their AP Carry is fed you can go .
If they arent fed and just have mixed damage get this! .
Typically ennemy top laners.Here i will explain how to play against certain ennemy champs. I think theres no counter to Irelia top, i never lose my lane 1v1.
AA = Autoattack
When i say E him, you should remember that you have to be lower % HP than your enenmy to stun him, otherwise you only slow him.
Basic Combo(In Lane): Q to a low hp MInion next to your ennemy, then stun or slow the ennemy, activate your W, and eventually your R, AA him until he runs away or is dead. If he runs away follow up With Q and all the AA you can still hit. Do Not Forget to move inbetween your AAs
Basic Trade : E - AA - AA
Want to outtrade him heavily? : E-W-R-AA-AA-Q
Malphite is a very strong top lane pick, but dont be afraid of him, you can still beat him, watch this replay, even though i lost the game, i won my top lane. http://www.leaguereplays.com/replays/match/2582399/
So you wanna start + vs this guy. Ennemy Junglers love to get their Malphite fed, cause he will be unstoppable then, so care for ganks. At the beginning Malphite will harass you with his Q but it wont do that damage at that time, you should be ok farming. Remember to attack him if he goes for a creep for free damage. When he lands your E on you, you shouldnt fight, expect you are much stronger than him and you think you can still beat him. Sometimes Malphites go for E to kill creeps, that the moment where you should engage. You either run to him and E, or you Q a low hp minion next to Malphite and stun him, autoattack, then Q afterwards if he runs away and land a last autoattack. Thats how you can beat him, but beware when he gets lvl 6, its impossible to dodge without Flash or a good timed Bladesurge. IF you get hit and their red buff jungler comes you will die. Watch this replay to watch some nice play against Malphite. The game was a Defeat but i still outplayed their Malphite.
Good Cho Players can be very annoying, especially if they land all their Knock Ups on you, here you also start + . Dont let him free farm, always try to autoattack him when he goes for a creep/creeps. If you are like lvl 5 you can go even more agressive, try to have same % Health as him or lower, E - W -AA -AA He will run away or Q you, if it lands np, you still have your Q. These Combos can take about 40-60% of their health even at lvl 5.
Darius, Darius, Darius in low ELO everyone fears him, if he is fed his ultimate chunks you and your team. A lot of players say Darius counters Irelia or does better against her, what i dont understand at all. Start with + , so you can dodge his Pulls and Qs better.
When he hits 6 you shouldnt fight him 1v1, wait until you hit 7/8 because at 6 you are able to kill him , but he is able to kill you too. Rush Ninja Tabi and maybe a Dorans Blade if you think you need some HP. If he uses his Q on creeps punish him for it! Do the usual combo : Q to a low hp minion next to him - E - W -AA until he runs away -Q + AA if he is low then Flash+Autoattack +ignite and if you have ULT you should activate it as soon as you stunned him.
Difficulty ?(Based on ennemy skill)
Didnt play vs a lot of Fioras, you have to care that she doesnt block your autoattack. If you can suceed with that you should be able to beat her later.
Difficulty 5/10(Based on ennemy skill)
Only 2 kind of Garen players exist : Very good ones , and very bad ones.
If you meet a bad one, you should be able to stomp him.
IF you meet a very good one, you wont beat him early game, but after you got like Ninja Tabi + Dorans Shield + Brutalizer you can 1v1 him and win trades and eventually kill him.
This is rarely seen , but if he goes top he usually is a good Jarvan. All i can say is to not get hit by his Knock up Combo, and dont let his Passive trigger on you too often, cause like that you will lose the lane. His Q kinda hurts after a certain level , but Ninja Tabi helps alot. If you loose feel free to go .
After you get a bit of AD (Brutalizer,Long Sword) you can outtrade him , but you should manage to dodge his Q that he tries to send through the minions to hit you. If you do that, engage on him.
You will most likely lose to a good played Jax, but they seem to be rare. When he use his E on you and still is far away , he has to jump on you. When he jumps on you , you should immediately jump to a low HP creep or just to a creep to get away. He will most likely come to you even after you jumped away. If you could reset your Q you should fight him, but if you didnt you should still fight him :D just go the usual again : E-R-W-AA until he runs away, then Q and give him more autoattacks. http://www.leaguereplays.com/replays/match/2582496/ This should give you some ideas about playing vs Jax, my ennemy laner wasnt that experienced. But it should still give you an idea. I am looking forward to play another game vs Jax in Ranked to share it with you guys!
Easy easy lane if you play it right. When you engage on him he will knock you away with his E in Hammer Stance, but thats why you want to have your Q up when you engage. Try to not get Poked by his E+Q cause the Acceleration Gate makes his Q very very painful. Engaging on him : Basic Combo
Difficulty , cant judge, depends on ennemy lee sin.
Lee sins can really outplay you hardly. You wont die from him but you wont be able to kill him if hes good. If he max W first he has infinite sustain and a heavy armor boost so you cant burst him down. You can still kill him if his CDs are on. If he max Q it should be easy to dodge it and even if he hits it you can still outtrade him expect he goes for Q-Q-W to his minion. When you are crippled you should run away or find a low HP ennemy Minion to Q on and then engage him with the Basic Combo.
Difficulty , 3.5/10
Easy one, she will try to autoattack harass you all day, but at level 3 you can outtrade and get her off lane already. Care to not get harassed too much from 1-3. If i realize that their Nidalee is a bad kiter, i run to him stun him, activate my W and Autoattack until she runs away. Then i Q her and give her another AA. With this combo you could also get FB. If she is a good Kiter just outplay her and abuse her low HP caster minions with your Q- Basic combo engage.
Some people fear Nida at lvl 6, but as Irelia you dont have to. If you realize that she is going to W on you and do her E-Q, just Q to a low HP minion ( if there is one) behind her and E her and start auto-attacking such trades cant be won by Nidalee.
Difficulty , 4.2/10
Olaf, the known counter to Irelia. All i say to this is : BULLSHIT, i get a smile on my face if i see ennemy picking Olaf when i play Irelia.Cant find any good replays now, but i will try to find an ennemy olaf, and share the clip with you guys. Dont eat his axes early game, if he comes to E you just stun him and autoattack him. If he throws his Axe and fails and goes for picking up do your Basic Trade or Basic Engage. You shouldnt have problems against , just dont get ganked! But sometimes you can still win vs Olaf if he gets FB, this doesnt depend on how good he is, only on how you go on it.
Difficulty , 5/10
Rengar jungle is op , and some players seem to have issues vs him at top too, but i dont fear renger cause you out play them as Irelia. His damage is insane at top lane, but after he bursted you for a bit it is your time to burst twice as hard back.Your Basic Combo wrecks him. Care for ennemy Jungler ganks as always.
http://www.leaguereplays.com/replays/match/2584861/ did some mistakes here, like killing rengar but going back to tower aggro and dieing cause creeps blocked me haha. But in this replay you can see how i outfarmed him and won all 1v1 trades, and towerdiving him.
Renekton is harder cause his ad burst hurts, you should play smart and careful here. If he gets first Blood it will be devastating for you. If he Q minions use your Basic Combo or Basic Trade, as soon as you get a little bit ahead of him (LEvel, Item) you beat him easily . Watch this Replay http://www.leaguereplays.com/replays/match/2582487/
Watch this replay : http://www.leaguereplays.com/replays/match/2584882/
So Singed is a really easy ennemy for Irelia. If he goes like Ninja Tabi+Dorans+Frozen Heart it will be hard to kill him, but he shouldnt be able to go that path, cause you will zone and punish him for every Creep he tries to hit. If he Flings you dont run away, fight him with your Basic Trade!
Dont let him get between your towers, if he does just ask your jungler or kill him by yourself.
It should be easy stomping him, just try to practise Irelia a bit.
Early GameJust farm until you are level 5 , if some Jax jumps on you with his E on, try to Q to a minion with low HP and then walk back to Jax , Stun him, activate your W and start attacking him, he will run away if you guys are even, or if hes a little bit ahead of you, but is hes totally fed you should be the one running away, and hoping for a jungler gank or him to get greedy under your tower. So when hes running away wait until you cant land any autoattacks anymore and then Q on him and give him that last free devastating Auto attack.
Always buy 1 or 2 wards when you go back to prevent ganks.
Mid GameMid Game is where you should start pushing your tower top and go roam. I tend to go mid and then wait in the brush. If i see a low HP minion next to the ennemy Mid Champ or whoever is standing there, i jump on the Minion, then i stun him and attack him, usually your teammate will also jump on him, this will 100% burn his flash or kill him.
IF that succeeded you should go Dragon, your stun should be at lvl 3-4 or even 5 already, so whoever tries to get in to steal, you should stun him. Your team should kill him in a split second then. (Note that you have to have a lower % of HP than the ennemy to stun them) You should find opportunities to stun their AP Carry or AD Carry. I dont like to Q-E the ennemy cause my Q will be on cooldown then, but if you have a nice opportunity and you are lower HP, or you just wanna slow him, then do it! Best would be Flash-E-W-R he runs away and then Q if he isnt dead alraedy cause Mid Game Irelia burst is very high, especially if you got Black Cleaver already.
Late GameTry to tell your team to team up, be sure to ward all the brushes at top river, cause people tend to facecheck them and thats what throws games. If you see some1 offguard and youre sure that it isnt a bait, engage on him your slow or even stun from your E will devastate him and if you team is behind you, he will flash or die. You shouldnt engage on their bruisers, expect theyre off-guard or just overextended. I prefer not initiating if i dont have to, i wait for an opportunity to strike their AD Carry or AP Carry . Usually i always get to their AD Carry, even if they are good Kiters, you should always be able to catch up on them. Dont walk to top to take the 10 Creeps if you cant see their team, and if your environment isnt warded. This means that you will get ganked, and die, and probably give them free Baron and let them finish the game.
Team FightsRemember, even if you are a burst assassin, that doesnt mean you cant defend your ap carry/ ad carry. If my AP Carry is fed or my AD Carry, and theyre are in danger i immediately go help them. That doesnt mean that you should only help them if theyre fed, but i wanna say that they are very important, and they decide the teamfights.(You too if you can catch their AD/AP Carry)
A 2 Second stun on their AP/AD Carry in a Teamfight is devastating, they will just die. Also you shouldnt focus too much on jumping to their AP/AD Carry, cause if their Front Line is too strong, and you just dive through them, it is garanteed that you will die. You should play it smart, sometimes it aint wrong to kill the bruisers first if he is a fed Darius or whatever, and stomping your team.
Final CommentsI hope this Guide helped you, i will add more stuff later, like what to do against certain champions.
Videos will also be added soon of me playing Irelia.