[.] (If you just joined champion selection , and u picked[imgsmall=champ/akali.png] and you have no idea what to do/buy/skill and was checking on solomid for a random [imgsmall=champ/akali.png] guide. Just go to the second chapter :D ) Hello summoners , My name is David and I'd like to share my knowledge with everyone. This is my first guide I have ever written , and I've never ever read a single [imgsmall=champ/akali.png] guide. this means that this guide will provide you the knowledge and thoughts of an 2100 elo [imgsmall=champ/akali.png] player with over 1000 [imgsmall=champ/akali.png] games ( Ranked and normals). My ingame name is 'NoneOfThat' and I play on the EUW-server. IF you check my profile , you will only see 100 ranked games with her. But I used to boost accounts from 1000-1800 elo , and I did it with only playing [imgsmall=champ/akali.png]. [imgsmall=champ/akali.png] is an underrated champion and not many players play [imgsmall=champ/akali.png] anymore while (In my opinion) [imgsmall=champ/akali.png] is one of the best solo top champions AND one of the best solo que champions to gain 'easy' rating with. I hope you will take the time to read this guide and give a comment below about what you think about this guide. I will kinda skipp the runes/masteries/Summoner chapters since these are pretty basic and I see no reason in explaining why i go 21/9 and want to be my double passive to run at level 1. [highlight]I will though spend a lot of time in the item build and gameplay chapters,[/highlight] Because knowing what runes/masteries you have to run won't make u a great [imgsmall=champ/akali.png] player. It's the item and gameplay which will seperate you from an average [imgsmall=champ/akali.png] player , to a GREAT [imgsmall=champ/akali.png] player. Knowing how far you can go and push it to the limits :) This screenshot shows you the current Elo i am at . But I used to be 2100 for a long time , I will be 2k+ soon tho since I am tryharding since last weeek ( i went down to 1500 elo in 3 days from 2100 :p) anyway , in these 3 games I was last pick , and playing vs 2000-2100 elo enemies since i was duoqueing with a mate. So keep in mind these scores were achieved in high elo play :) I played vs singed/jax/olaf on top lane. [imgext=http://img594.imageshack.us/img594/6154/myakaligames.jpg] [highlight]I Released this guide firstly to hear the opinion of random people , and this is What the result was. a guy started playing akali around 1400 elo and went ...just look[/highlight] [imgext=http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/1007/akalilowelo.jpg] [imgext=http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/5313/akalicarried.jpg]
Masteries : 21/0/9 Runes : AD marks --- Flat Armor Seals --- Flat Ability power glyphs --- Flat Ability power Quints Summoners : [imgsmall=summoners/flash.png][imgsmall=summoners/ignite.png] Skill priority : [imgsmall=skills/akali/r.png]>[imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png]>[imgsmall=skills/akali/e.png]>[imgsmall=skills/akali/w.png] Item build : [imgsmall=items/boots-of-speed.png] + [imgsmall=items/health-potion4.png] afterwards : [imgsmall=items/hextech-revolver.png]+[imgsmall=items/sight-ward.png] Then [imgsmall=items/boots-of-mobility.png] and follow up with [imgsmall=items/bilgewater-cutlass.png]-> into [imgsmall=items/hextech-gunblade.png] Get [imgsmall=items/rylais-crystal-scepter.png] and Defensive item like [imgsmall=items/guardian-angel.png] final build : [imgsmall=items/hextech-gunblade.png][imgsmall=items/rylais-crystal-scepter.png][imgsmall=items/warmogs-armor.png][imgsmall=items/guardian-angel.png][imgsmall=items/rabadons-deathcap.png][imgsmall=items/mercurys-treads.png] [center][title]a piece of advice vs every melee lane[/title][/center] [.] 1 : Every melee champion has to come close for a last hit [.] 2 : keep your [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] active on the enemy (I mean harrasing him and spamming [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] ) [.] 3 : Every moment that he comes too close to you. Basic attack (to proc [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png]) CAST [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] AGAIN and try to proc it again) [.] 4 : at early levels u will see the enemy being at 30-50% hp after 1 combo... -> and thats how you can get lane dominance. [highlight]Remember : once you got the lane dominance by winning the trades. Keep zoning him off and build up this advantage for easier lane kills.[/highlight]
Well most people would argue with me and say that Akali is really useless... And when I ask them 'why?' I don't get a real answer , So lets put the PROS and CONS together shall we? [title][center]PROS[/center][/title] [.] In my opinion , The strongest champion on the solo top lane if played right. [.] Easy escape mechanics when getting ganked: ([imgsmall=items/oracles-elixir.png][imgsmall=items/vision-ward.png] wont be bought at level 1 ... and after level 6 you can [imgsmall=skills/akali/r.png] away. [.]Really high burst damage to shut down every carry/squishy [.]High gangking/roaming potential [.]Even if your botlane is feeding the enemy ad carry 10/0 , You can still win the game for your team by focusing him down ASAP [.]Can be build really tanky and still do loads of damage [.]She is a gamechanger , 1 good teamfight is all what she needs [.]Snowballs really good [.]Can switch quickly between targets in teamfights [title][center]CONS[/center][/title] [.]Can be 'shutdown' with early [imgsmall=items/vision-ward.png][imgsmall=items/oracles-elixir.png] But that should not be a problem for true Akali players. [.]Akali does have problems vs a heavy CC team/Tanky team -> E.G : [imgsmall=champ/malphite.png][imgsmall=champ/renekton.png][imgsmall=champ/swain.png][imgsmall=champ/ashe.png][imgsmall=champ/janna.png] [.]When losing the laning advantage , it's hard to come back during the laning phase [.]When playing vs [imgsmall=champ/leesin.png] JUNGLE... you just know they picked lee sin to counter you and babysit the top lane I'd like to add 1 more thing : [highlight]If you are losing your lane hard and you can't farm at all ( should be around level 6) ask your jungler to take over toplane and you go jungling/gangking other lanes[/highlight] Trust me , akali is a strong gangker past level 6. So changing with the junglers place is highly recommended when you are losing the lane really hard. (if your jungler can handle it)
I use 21/9/0 masteries which are pretty basic offensive masteries. Nothing special to talk about here so I am skipping this chapter pretty much. I've tried many masteries : [.] 20/10/0 [.] 19/0/11 (->Spell vamp) [.] 9/9/11 (->Spell vamp) And 21/9/0 were IMO the most usefull [highlight]Notice That I use a point into summoners wrath , 3 points into brute force , and 3 points into mental force [/highlight] [imgext=http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/552/rightmasteries.jpg] [highlight]Also , You can choose how many points you would like to spend between the Resistance masteries [/highlight]
Same goes for runes as for masteries. pretty basic to trigger both passives at level 1. Only thing I have to add here is that I also tried many runes like 6% spellvamp or +15AD etc etc.. And again , these masteries came out the best for me. [imgext=http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/8356/runepagey.jpg]
[img=summoners/flash.png][img=summoners/ignite.png] [title]Explanation:[/title] Flash : Basic escape tool ( which can be used offesively) ignite : Basic offensive summoner for that extra tick of true damage ( and 50% healing reduction) I ALWAYS use these 2 summoners spells in any situation.
aaaaahhh , Finally ! Now I'm getting to the important chapters which (I hope) will learn you on how to play akali. [title][img=skills/akali/p.png] Passive: Twin Disciplines[/title] [number]Upon obtaining 20 additional ability power, Akali's hits deal 8% bonus magic damage, increasing by 1% for every 6 ability power gained thereafter. Upon obtaining 10 additional attack damage, Akali gains 8% Spell Vamp, increasing by an additional 1% for every 6 attack damage gained thereafter. [/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] It's the best to have both passives up as fast as possible. So if you follow my runes/masteries pages , you will have both active at level 1. Remember that her passive will give u little bit of sustain and damage. (don't depend on it too much like taking too much harrasment of the opponent) After getting more AP and [imgsmall=items/hextech-revolver.png] and even [imgsmall=items/hextech-gunblade.png] -> you will scale soo much with both your passives. [title][img=skills/akali/q.png] Q: Mark of the Assassin[/title] [number]Akali spins her kama at a target enemy to deal 45 / 70 / 95 / 120 / 145 (+40% of ability power) magic damage and mark the target for 6 seconds. Akali's melee attacks against a marked target will trigger and consume the mark to cause 45 / 70 / 95 / 120 / 145 (+40% of ability power) magic damage and restore 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40 energy. Cost 60 energy Range 600 [/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] the main damaging skill of akali , understanding the mechanics of this skill will seperate you from an average akali player , to a GREAT akali player. This is the most important skill of akali to zone/kill an enemy top laner (or even farm when you are doing bad in the laning phase) I will explain more in the gameplay chapter About the usage of this skill and how to dominate the enemy top lane. [title][img=skills/akali/w.png] W: Twilight Shroud[/title] [number]Akali throws down a cover of smoke that lasts for 8 / 8 / 8 / 8 / 8 seconds. While inside the area, Akali gains 10 / 20 / 30 / 40 / 50 armor and magic resist and becomes stealthed. Attacking or using abilities will briefly reveal her. Enemies inside the smoke have their movement speed reduced by 14 / 18 / 22 / 26 / 30%. Cost 80 / 75 / 70 / 65 / 60 energy Range 700[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Twilight shroud , notice that this ability not only make you invisible , you also gain an armor/magic resis buff when you are located in it and notice that enemies inside the shroud will also have a movement speed reduction. [imgsmall=champ/lulu.png][imgsmall=champ/leesin.png][imgsmall=champ/twistedfate.png] -> got visible making skills (ofcourse ill explain more about the laning phase in another chapter) [imgsmall=items/vision-ward.png][imgsmall=items/oracles-elixir.png] -> both makes u visible. I will explain more on how dodging the pink wards and Lee sin on lane ^^ A last comment I would like to add is : this skill is not only an invisible making skill at level 18 you get +50 armor/magic resis , which will make you REALLY tanky ( especially with the item build I prefer ) , and a 30% movement speed reduction As Area of effect Crowd Control. [title][img=skills/akali/e.png] E: Crescent Slash[/title] [number]Akali flourishes her kamas, hitting nearby units for 30 / 55 / 80 / 105 / 130 physical damage (+30% of ability power) + 60% Attack Damage. Cost 60 energy Range 325[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] This skill was pretty much useless and only used to farm with , because the energy cost is pretty high and the damage dealing is kinda low comparing to akali's other damaging abilities. Using this skill in combat or teamfight mostly made me run out of energy , meaning I couldn't cast any other 'important' ability. Like I said -> WAS ! Now I fell in love with this skill since it also triggers the second proc of Mark of the assasin [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] and IMO a huge buff to akali. I will explain more about this skill in another chapter but I'd like to add 2 examples here. 1: now its possible to [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png]+Basic attack+[imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png][imgsmall=skills/akali/e.png] -> Fastest way to proc your [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] 2 times effectivly ( without using [imgsmall=skills/akali/r.png] ) 2:And this is my favourite : [highlight]It's possible now to harrass even more under the turret[/highlight]!!! Just use [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] and when the enemy melee top laner comes close for a last hit on the ranged minions , use [imgsmall=skills/akali/e.png] and watch a huge chunk of hp getting drained while he is under his turret . without you taking a single turret hit as a trade. [title][img=skills/akali/r.png] R: Shadow Dance[/title] [number]Akali moves through shadows to quickly strike her target, dealing 100 / 175 / 250 (+50% of ability power) magic damage. Akali stores an Essence of Shadow on kills and assists as well as every 25 / 20 / 15 seconds up to 3 total. Cost 1 Essence of Shadow Range 800[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Shadow Dance :) the 'KS'ing skill that makes your teammate flame you all day long. Firstly when they flame you about 'KS!!! KS !!!!' , you just respond smoothly with '' yeah was a goodjob ^^ Kill secured'' and focus further on your game. Anyway , this skill is the bread and butter of akali. Using this skill to his maximum potential will make you (once again) a GREAT akali player. This skill has soo many uses... 1:chasing down fleeing opponents 2:KS->kill secured :p 3:Escaping mechanism ( more about this later on) 4:Initating a teamfight ( normally , you should NEVER do this... but mostly in solo Q when you have a bad initiating team , and they are scared of going in while you KNOW that you can take the 5v5 fight , you can use this. I only recommend this late game when you have [imgsmall=items/guardian-angel.png] AND/OR [imgsmall=items/warmogs-armor.png] Because these items make u really tanky and it will be hard for the enemy to focus u down. espcially when u use [imgsmall=skills/akali/w.png] (Remember the +50 resistance buff ? ) 5:harrasing skill 6:Farming :) -> when u see u wont get the last hit on the minion , just use [imgsmall=skills/akali/r.png]
Using this skill order will mostly give you the highest damage output troughout the game. sometimes when I know I will get ganked at level 1 , I don't level a skill at all. I wait , and when the gangk occurs , I get [imgsmall=skills/akali/w.png] at level 1. Fast summary : [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] Main damage ability tool so max this first [imgsmall=skills/akali/e.png] Easier to farm waves with and Damaging skill , Max this second [imgsmall=skills/akali/r.png] Ofcourse put a level in it everytime u can do it (6,11,16) [imgsmall=skills/akali/w.png]Max this as last but put a level into it early game (level 1-2) because this is your only escape tool. (besides [imgsmall=skills/akali/r.png] later on)
oke this is pretty important so I will take my time to explain and give you my thoughts about every item. [.]Start with [imgsmall=items/boots-of-speed.png] and [imgsmall=items/health-potion4.png]. I always recommend to start with boots on toplane. Keep in mind that if the enemy toplaner start with [imgsmall=items/dorans-ring.png][imgsmall=items/dorans-blade.png][imgsmall=items/dorans-shield.png][imgsmall=items/cloth-armor.png] Or any other item beside boots that you will have a guaranteed firstblood :) . Because you can harras/chase/outrun the enemy toplaner. [.]Why [imgsmall=items/health-potion4.png] and not [imgsmall=items/health-potion3.png] ? You will laugh but having that extra 4th pot saved my life so many times , and gave me the edge on having firstblood or not. [.]Anyway ,[imgsmall=items/hextech-revolver.png] should be the 2nd item you have to aim for. [highlight]Here u can know if you did a goodjob on toplane.[/highlight] [.]When Reaching level 6 , You should have around 1200-1300 gold in your inventory to buy [imgsmall=items/hextech-revolver.png]+[imgsmall=items/sight-ward.png]. If you manage to do this , you will have a guaranteed laning dominance. Cause during base time , you got [imgsmall=skills/akali/r.png] Stacked 3 times. now you can outharras/Trade/outsustain the opponent as much as you want. And in the best case kill Now you should aim for [imgsmall=items/boots-of-mobility.png]. and this is my favourite part of the guide. This makes me totally different from other akali players. Yes you read it correctly , I said [imgsmall=items/boots-of-mobility.png] :). I get flamed soo much by other players because I buy [imgsmall=items/boots-of-mobility.png] and I hope I can explain everyone now my thought process of this item. I got 3 main reasons. [.]1:ROAMING I mostly go for a gank on botlane and i mostly end up with giving a double kill +early dragon to my team. ( wow [imgsmall=items/boots-of-mobility.png] so bad?) and you can keep gangking other lanes and roaming... [.]2:Map control Kinda the same as roaming , but I like to be part of everything and get everywhere real quick.trust me , with these boots you get everywhere in matter of seconds. also you can get to your lane really really fast. [.]3:MY personal play style. The MAIN reason i get [imgsmall=items/boots-of-mobility.png] early game is to avoid gangks , escape chases or chase fleeing opponents. The chasing thing is pretty much basic , You can always outrun everyone the moment the boots proc. But I just said that I use these boots to escape gangks ? or a situation when I get caught and escape? [title][center]The thought Process behind [img=items/boots-of-mobility.png][/center][/title] the discription of the boots note this : [.]UNIQUE Passive: Enhanced Movement 2, increases to Enhanced Movement 5 [highlight]when out of combat[/highlight] for 5 seconds (does not stack with other Boots). WHEN OUT OF COMBAT? But how u may ask ? when i get gangked , the boots just give an enhanced movement of 2 ? . Well this is something I've never seen someone using. This is what makes ME different from other akali players and Now i feel ready to share my Secret with you. The secret lies in Combining [imgsmall=skills/akali/w.png]+[imgsmall=items/boots-of-mobility.png] [imgsmall=skills/akali/w.png] lasts for 8 seconds and [imgsmall=items/boots-of-mobility.png] needs 5 seconds to proc. This means , if you get gangked on top lane. you use [imgsmall=skills/akali/w.png] and wait for [imgsmall=items/boots-of-mobility.png] (while you are waiting , try to dodge AoE skills or random skillshots) -> also watch closely how your opponent moves and the moment your boots proc. BAM outrun everyone and escape the gangk :) ( Keep in mind you stay invisible for like 1 second after leaving [imgsmall=skills/akali/w.png] (This is just a small gameplay tactic btw I use to escape gangks , more tactics will be given later on in another chapter) anyway im talking about the item build so lets continue. -> after [imgsmall=items/boots-of-mobility.png][imgsmall=items/hextech-revolver.png] -> Get [imgsmall=items/pickaxe.png] and turn everything into [imgsmall=items/hextech-gunblade.png]. [highlight]Mostly when I have [imgsmall=items/boots-of-mobility.png][imgsmall=items/hextech-revolver.png] I ask my jungler to get top farm/xp and I go for a lanegangk on bottom[/highlight] Now keep in mind , nobody can escape you anymore and you should be able to kill every squishie 1v1. Don't forget to gangk botlane over and over again from lane (lanegangk) [highlight]I cant stress this out enough[/highlight] Because having [imgsmall=items/hextech-gunblade.png] OR [imgsmall=items/bilgewater-cutlass.png] will give u a guaranteed kill on botlane. After getting [imgsmall=items/hextech-gunblade.png] , buy a [imgsmall=items/giants-belt.png] and turn this in a [imgsmall=items/rylais-crystal-scepter.png]. Now u got the CORE : [imgsmall=items/boots-of-mobility.png][imgsmall=items/hextech-gunblade.png][imgsmall=items/rylais-crystal-scepter.png] After the CORE , I get [imgsmall=items/rabadons-deathcap.png] for even more damage , But when you see that your ad carry and ap carry are doing good , and your team doesnt need more damage , you should get defensive items. defensive items which i prefer the most. [.][imgsmall=items/warmogs-armor.png][imgsmall=items/guardian-angel.png][imgsmall=items/banshees-veil.png] I mostly recommend [imgsmall=items/guardian-angel.png] and [imgsmall=items/warmogs-armor.png] at the same time :p since you will have 4k hp+- and 150-200 resistance .... This means you are an assasin who can one shot the carries , and be uberly tanky !! thats why I love Akali late game as well ( most people say that akali scales really bad late game , But I would say no and discuss this of course.) anyway , When do I buy a [imgsmall=items/banshees-veil.png]? Well guys , this item sometimes decided if I would win a game or lose it :) I mostly buy it when I get focused down by the enemy team , OR when they have champions like [imgsmall=champ/leblanc.png][imgsmall=champ/singed.png][imgsmall=champ/skarner.png][imgsmall=champ/veigar.png][imgsmall=champ/annie.png][imgsmall=champ/ashe.png][imgsmall=champ/blitzcrank.png][imgsmall=champ/galio.png] These are some examples vs enemy champions why I get [imgsmall=items/banshees-veil.png] . But I'll order it down when you MUST buy it , and situational. [img=champ/leblanc.png] -> oke this is the main reason I got banshee... When enemy leblanc is fed , and focus you down ... a Banshee will stop her from doing this , trust me. I won so many games because enemy leblanc couldnt burst me down anymore... ( and i lost many games because I didn't had banshee , and she one shotted me) [img=champ/singed.png] If you are scared to get flipped ? I still would not recommend this , but its situational [img=champ/veigar.png] *Same as [imgsmall=champ/leblanc.png]* [highlight]Extra note[/highlight]:You can't be stunned ^^ [img=champ/annie.png] *Same as [imgsmall=champ/leblanc.png]* [img=champ/ashe.png][img=champ/skarner.png][img=champ/blitzcrank.png][img=champ/galio.png] -> if you are scared of their ultimates or hook. Banshee wil save you Ow 1 more thing I forgot to mention . When you always run as 5 , and start getting objectives and stuff. when you feel the laning phase is over and stuff .. you can sell [imgsmall=items/boots-of-mobility.png] and change them into [imgsmall=items/mercurys-treads.png] OR [imgsmall=items/sorcerers-shoes.png] but I prefer the [imgsmall=items/mercurys-treads.png]. I mostly do this when i aquired my full item build , But every play style is different.don't forget that. anyway , your final build should look like [.][imgsmall=items/mercurys-treads.png][imgsmall=items/rylais-crystal-scepter.png][imgsmall=items/hextech-gunblade.png][imgsmall=items/guardian-angel.png] And the last 2 items can be mixed around like this : [.][imgsmall=items/rabadons-deathcap.png][imgsmall=items/lich-bane.png] - for MAXIMUM damage. [.][imgsmall=items/rabadons-deathcap.png][imgsmall=items/warmogs-armor.png]- dmg+1.3k hp extra never do [imgsmall=items/warmogs-armor.png][imgsmall=items/lich-bane.png] since you dont benefit much here. I have 1 last thing to add about the item build. If you notice that you are playing vs an opponent team who are stacking Magic Resistance. Then I would replace [imgsmall=items/warmogs-armor.png][imgsmall=items/rylais-crystal-scepter.png][imgsmall=items/lich-bane.png] with [imgsmall=items/void-staff.png]. (But I mostly don't do this) [center][title][img=items/deathfire-grasp.png]???[/title][/center] why don't you get [imgsmall=items/deathfire-grasp.png] ? its OP , and you can one shot everyone ! Well this is just a matter of opinion and taste/play style. I don't really like it since i just get +80 AP and an extra burst ability for 2 k gold... I can spend this money way usefull on other itemss. Akali had enough burst already and you also have to think about tankyness. If u remove GA/Warmog for [imgsmall=items/deathfire-grasp.png] , then you will be much more squishier and you will do Jack in teamfighs... And I wont recommend changing the other items like scepter/rabadon/gunblade.... I only see 1 option into getting [imgsmall=items/deathfire-grasp.png] and thats trading it for [imgsmall=items/lich-bane.png]. and again , I dont recommend this.. Lich bane has a 2 second cd proc. and with 500 ap , thats + 500 dmg each 2 seconds ???????? And u wanna trade this items for DFG which has 1 minute CD? ... Anyway this was pretty much the ITem build explanation. If you have any questions about items on akali , Please feel free to ask me here or ingame.
Oke guys , I have explained the basics stuff about akali. Runes/masteries/summoners Gave an advanced explanation about the item build and why I build Akali like this. anyway , When you look up a guide of a champion , You mostly look for these basic stuff. But I will try now to explain you how to play akali : - Early game (Laning phase) - Mid game ( level 9-11+) - Late game ( level 18+) - Teamfights - akali vs ??? (Matchups) and how to play these match ups - How I play on toplane After that Some final comments and ofcourse as last chapter A quick summary for the guys who wanna learn how to play akali in 1 minute. anyway lets continue this gide.
Well since I am a 2k+ elo top laner And it's the only lane I play , I will also give you guys some advice on how to win Toplane 1v1. Always know the basic mechanics of the enemy toplaner and know if you can trade/Harras with him. [.]1: How I always play toplane. I am an agressive player ( which many people dislike) , But I like to win my lane by killing the opponent or outzone him farm and ending up with having double his farm. I do this by always trading damage. Everytime when the enemy comes for a last hit. I basic attack once and retreat-> the first 2-3 times the enemy will react slow and try to basic attack you too and will chase you for 1-2 seconds. This works extremely well for me even at high elo play. But ofcourse this is a 5v5 game and you always have to care about the enemy jungler :/ (oww i hate thoose nasty gangking junglers :p) [highlight]If you get babysitted on top lane and you manage to escape every gangk. Don't start to flame your team and ask for help .. Just feel proud that the enemy jungler is wasting lots of time and stealing the enemy toplaner xp+pushing the lane ^^[/highlight] After 3-5 fail gangks , you will actually have the advantage on the lane :D And because you are pushed so hard, you can easy ask your jungler for help and ask for just 1 gangk and this will mostly be a kill. Well , Just write a comment below please if you want to see a whole chapter about toplaning ^^ I'd be happy to make you one. Anyway this is an akali guide so i'll be focusing more on akali Gameplay on toplane. Firstly , Some basic Tactics and meaning of them . [.]Trading : Means simply that you are fighting/damaging each other 1v1 for like 1-2 seconds. [.]Winning the trade : Means that you did more damage to you opponent then he did to you. and you can outsustain him^^ [.]zoning: Means that you keep the enemy of your Minion wave making him not able to last hit. How to do this ? -> build up an early game advantage , freeze your lane and use : [imgsmall=skills/akali/w.png][imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] in front of ur minion wave to zone out the enemy. if u zone the enemy correctly he will be denied to last hit minions. If he still comes for a last hit , you should be able to win the trades really hard and make him to recall or kill him. [.]Freezing a lane: Last hitting on the last moment , and all you do is last hit. Sometimes a bigger enemy wave is pushing. DOnt clear it out . let them encounter your own minion wave and start to last hit -> freezing a wave is perfect to zone out the enemy from CS (CS-Creep score) So freezing a lane and zoning out the enemy comes out together ^^. If the enemy wave is pushing to your turret , try to block them of ur turret and hold them off until your wave arrives ( this also counts as freezing ur lane) You will get some creep damage , but you should be fine with [imgsmall=skills/akali/w.png] and. [imgsmall=items/hextech-revolver.png] Well ... You should practise all these stuff seperatly. Freezing/zoning/roaming/harrasing/trading. And to become a GREAT akali player , you have to master each one of them and put them all together ^^ Trust me , it will take some time , but hard work pays of. Now how to play akali on top. I mostly start to harras opponent on level 1 with [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] , wait a while for him to come for a last hit and proc the [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] with a basic attack and cast [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] again since it is off CD normally. You wil see 50% hp gone of the enemy and he will back off and play safer :) on this moment u won ur lane for 90% ... Just try to keep him of the farm and win trades.at level 6 everyone are easy kills to be honest. Anyway , the moment you hit level 6 and can buy [imgsmall=items/hextech-revolver.png]+[imgsmall=items/sight-ward.png] -> you did an EXCELLENT job right there ^^ If you manage to get this at level 6 (around 1300 gold) you win your lane 100% Mostly i recall buy the items , go to the lane with 3 stacks of [imgsmall=skills/akali/r.png] and kill the enemy. Well how Do I kill the enemy ? ALWAYS make your enemy feel safe. Dont harras him to much else he will recall and go back to base. I mostly use [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png][imgsmall=skills/akali/r.png][imgsmall=skills/akali/e.png] and run away When I come to the lane (He should be at 60-70% hp) Now wait again for your 3th stack...if you get your 3th stack again .. its an easy kill. Just do the follow thing [.]cast [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] waitt...[imgsmall=skills/akali/r.png]+Basic attack+[imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png]Again+[imgsmall=skills/akali/e.png]+chase with basics or just chase without attacking and wait for ur Q to come back on. (use [imgsmall=summoners/ignite.png] as well . and then again go [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png][imgsmall=skills/akali/r.png]. If he flashes , you can use [imgsmall=skills/akali/r.png] or [imgsmall=summoners/flash.png]. You can also dive. Remember if you kil him , you get an extra stack of [imgsmall=skills/akali/r.png]. This means if you kil him under the turret and there are minions nearby. Just use [imgsmall=skills/akali/r.png]To escape ^^. or [imgsmall=summoners/flash.png] If you can buy [imgsmall=items/boots-of-mobility.png] -> push lane , recall , buy them and gangk botlane ( hope bot isnt pushing ) else gangk mid. mostly you will get a kill+free dragon out of this ^^ [highlight]I CANT STRESS THIS ENOUGH[/highlight] Look , I made this guide also about 'How to win Solo Q alone' And if you roam and help your team getting kills early on+dragon. The enemy team will most likley start flaming each other , go afk .. rage etc.. Sad but true , this is solo Q. [center][title][/title][highlight]JUKING WITH AKALI !!![/highlight][/center] Escaping gangks with akali after level 6. Well if you got the [imgsmall=items/boots-of-mobility.png] , I already said on how to escape with those.Another way to escape gangks is using [img=skills/akali/r.png] on nearby minions. and juke back and forth since u have 3 'free flashes' 1 awesome play you could do is the follow thing: sometimes the enemy jungler and mid wanna dive me with 3 people top. and mostly 1 of them will come around from behind. do the follow thing -> Use [imgsmall=skills/akali/r.png] on the enemy that comes from behind , use [imgsmall=skills/akali/w.png] and run away. If you have your flash up you could also do :[imgsmall=skills/akali/r.png] on the enemy behind and use Flash immeadtaly after. He will not expect this and be too slow to react to it ^^. Keep in mind that [imgsmall=skills/akali/r.png] can be used as 'free flashes' as wel to escape with. Now i will write the matchups u encounter. [highlight]Note that akali wins every match up when played correctly. also when you manage to FB or kill the enemy top laner before level 6( with help of your own jungler) , you actually autowin the lane pretty hard and you can further deny the enemy. [/highlight]
I only play akali on the solo top lane , since Thats the only lane she belongs IMO. People play her mid as wel , but I'm not a fan of this. So I'm only making the match ups you will encounter on top lane. [highlight]The match ups are alphabetical so you can find the match up you are looking for pretty fast ^^[/highlight] Notice that if you master akali and can call yourself an expert akali player, You don't have to be afraid of anyone on solo top lane and can even first pick her :) ( which I do in most of the cases) Every match up is based on 1v1 ... If you got a good jungler , and he gangks your lane , and you get a kill out of it .. you instant win your lane since akali snowbals soooo hard ! I will Rate the matchups from being [highlight]EASY/AVERAGE/HARD/JUNGLER I NEED A GANGK[/highlight] [center][img=champ/chogath.png][/center] chogath is a difficult lane , Even for me I find myself being in trouble against this champion. The trick to win your lane is to[highlight] dominate the first few levels[/highlight]. Make him pay for every last hit , Try to harras as much as possible with [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png]+[imgsmall=skills/akali/e.png] , and then keep zoning him out , eventually you will have a huge advantage and you are able to kill him. Try to dodge as manny skills of him like Rupture and stuff. If the lane keeps 50/50 , chogath will win since he can just stack MR and be uberly tanky once reaching level 6. So dominate level 1-5 as much as possible , If your jungler can gangk top and get a kill out of it , the lane is kinda a free win for you afterwards. Remember , Getting the advantage with Akali is a free win on your lane since you snowbal so hard. [highlight]HARD Matchup[/highlight] [center][img=champ/darius.png][/center] Darius is freaking strong 1v1 , Especially vs akali. Try to avoid this matchup ( I even ban darius when i wanna pick akali) why darius is strong ? He can build tanky and still deal loads of damage. you can't trade early game with him since his damage output is higher.. and he can freely harras you under the turret... play safe , last hit when you can , Use [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] to lasthit. and ask for a gangk.. If your jungler helps you out and you get a kill .. You win the lane. But 1v1 it's impossible. [highlight]JUNGLER I NEED A GANK matchup[/highlight] [center][img=champ/ezreal.png][/center] Believe it or not , I got this match up several times on top xD I would even give it a 2/10 since its really easy. but Still , if ezreal can deny and harras u a lot. you lose the lane. the trick to win vs ezreal is to afk farm until level 6 and kill him. just be patient and try to keep up in farm , he will push the lane since he will be harrasing u a lot , so use your [imgsmall=skills/akali/w.png] and [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] to farm and dodge those skillshots. at level 6 you get 3 stacks of [imgsmall=skills/akali/r.png] and its basically a free kill. [highlight]EASY matchup[/highlight] [[center]img=champ/fiora.png][/center] Really really easy lane... if she wanna trade damage with you , she has to come in melee range , just cast [imgsmall=skills/akali/w.png] and harras back with basics+[imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png][imgsmall=skills/akali/e.png] etc.. Also note that she has a spellshield which denies basic attacks , so try to proc your [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] with [imgsmall=skills/akali/e.png] when she activates it.at level 6 Fiora can actually one shot you.. But thats not a problem because the moment she uses her ultimate on you , You just use [imgsmall=skills/akali/w.png] and Byebye ultimate... it just stops ^^ [highlight]EASY matchup[/highlight] [center][img=champ/gangplank.png][/center] try to avoid those nasty parley harrasment , you should be able to trade dmg if you can proc [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] with [imgsmall=skills/akali/w.png]. again at level 6 , its basically a free kill if you play it right. [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] , Wait a while , ->[imgsmall=skills/akali/r.png]+[imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png]+[imgsmall=skills/akali/e.png]+[imgsmall=skills/akali/w.png]+[imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png]+[imgsmall=skills/akali/r.png] etc and ofcourse [imgsmall=summoners/ignite.png] [highlight]AVERAGE Matchup[/highlight] [center][img=champ/garen.png][/center] A really pain in the *** lane matchup. I never lose this match up , but still , It's really really annoying... Garen can just camp in the bush and zone u out from cs at level 2. The good thing about this is that garen will autopush. [.] try to keep in ur minions range when he is spinning. Use [imgsmall=skills/akali/w.png] inside your own minion wave so the lane will autopush and the minions willl harras him as well, and try to avoid as much dmg as possible. 1 little trick to win this lane ? Always harras and fight him when his silence and spin are on CD. Most garen players try to charge to you with his silence. u can dodge that and fight him. Even when he spins , just use [imgsmall=skills/akali/w.png] and avoid the spin. and get the damage he did to you back.If you really have troubles playing vs garen , ask for 1 gank , get a kill and win lane. [.]1 important note tho : If garen has flash up , Pay really close attention then.. since he can flash/Q/Spin/ignite you and kinda kill u at level 2.. Have a fast reaction to do [imgsmall=skills/akali/w.png] at this time. [highlight]HARD matchup[/highlight] [center][img=champ/irelia.png][/center] nothing special to be honest , I did this match up thousands of times. Just try to make her pay for every last hit she comes with [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png]+proc. level 1-4 you can dominate her really hard. altho if the lane stays even , she will eventually kill you at level 7-9....when she gets a [imgsmall=items/vision-ward.png] so try to outzone her farm or kill her. But this should be pretty easy IF irelia gets the advantage , she just buys a vision ward and its over for you [highlight]AVERAGE matchup[/highlight] [center][img=champ/jarvaniv.png][/center] Never had this match up to be honest, Even after 4-5 k ranked games.(i play on many accounts) but I would say that its pretty similar to irelia. [highlight]UNKNOWN matchup (for me)[/highlight] [center][img=champ/jax.png][/center] Oke , I had this match up thousands of times... and jax is really really easy early game. Just make him pay for every last hit he comes. harras him a lot. and try to get lane advantage. You can pretty much kill him before level 6 or deny him much. Maybe you can kill him at level 6+ But the moment jax gets lane advantage, hits level 7+ and gets tankier and buys a vision ward , Its over for you ^^. [highlight]EASY matchup if you manage to out - zone/harras/lane him[/highlight] [highlight]HARD matchup if you dont try to get lane dominance and let the lane go 50/50..[/highlight] [center][img=champ/jayce.png][/center] Never had this match up before But I would say it's an easy lane. dodge his skillshot and win lane. [highlight]UNKNOWN matchup (for me)[/highlight] [center][img=champ/kayle.png][/center] Kayle actually win vs everyone on top lane.. She has insane damage and harrasment skills. The good thing is that she will autopush , the downside is , if your jungler wont help you , you are basicaly screwed... But if it stays to be a 1v1 , I would advice you to play safe , farm with [imgsmall=skills/akali/w.png][imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] and hope for the best ^^ [.]altho 1 piece of advice , the moment she slows you , Try to [imgsmall=skills/akali/w.png] and try to deny her as much harrasment as possible, when her E is down , You can try and trade with her. [highlight]HARD matchup , but I'd advice you to ask for a gangk and win the lane afterwards[/highlight] [center][img=champ/kennen.png][/center] Pretty easy lane. Just dodge the skill shot. dont get harrased with basic attacks. play early levels passive and keep your farm up. -> at level 6 its free kill. (I manage to kill kennen before level 6 but i will explain these kind of gameplay later on) [highlight]EASY matchup[/highlight] [center][img=champ/leesin.png][/center] ''LEE SIN THE BIGGEST COUNTER TO AKALI , OMFDFSDFSDFSDSGG WHY U PICK AKALI ? LEE SIN WILL **** ON YOU ON TOP !!!!...''''' I get this every every every game when i pick akali vs lee sin... and trust me , it's not such a big deal..I've beaten many 2.2 k elo lee sin players. I won't say its easy , but i won't say its hard as well... the trick to win 1v1 vs lee sin is to dodge his skill shot and harras him when he comes for a last hit with [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png]+proc.. The thing with lee sin is , when you don't dodge the skill shot of him , you lose the lane ^^. Also a type of advice to kite lee sin and outbrain him. [.]Cast [imgsmall=skills/akali/w.png] next to the 2 bushes on top lane .. or river bush. when lee sin comes and wanna do his E -> u just run to the bush , wait for him to use his E , and then go back into your shroud. and you are like ' Sup lee ? i am still invisible :D' Just dodge his Q please , if you wanna win the lane ^^. [highlight]HARD matchup after level 7-8 -> Easy at earlier levels if you play it right[/highlight] [center][img=champ/malphite.png][/center] I would say its a pretty solid lane :p just basic akali play , Harrass early game , and try to avoid his E... make him pay for every last hit he comes for. [highlight]AVERAGE matchup[/highlight] [center][img=champ/mordekaiser.png][/center] I have never had this matchup before. But someone asked me to make this as wel so I decided to put it in here. If mordekaiser just goes for last hits in melee range, (meaning he wont use his abilities) You should just harras him all the time and eventually you can easy kill him. (Using the double proc [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png]) If mordekaisers uses his abilities.You will lose because you cant harras him or come close to him while he can freely damage you.This means he will autopush the lane and push you under the turret.Then just ask for 1 gangk and kill mordekaiser+gain lane dominance. Since mordekaiser autopushes and don't have an escape tool. He is really open for gangks. [highlight]HARD-JUNGLER I NEED A GANGK (Because he can just push you out and keep harrassing you)-> will make him open to gangks ^^[/highlight] [center][img=champ/nasus.png][/center] Pretty easy , just deny him cs , zone him out and harras a lot. IF you manage to screw up and give nasus the lane advantage , He will just get a vision ward and kill you. [highlight]EASY-AVERAGE matchup[/highlight] [center][img=champ/nidalee.png][/center] nidalee :D well this lane can go 2 ways . [.]You totally dominate her , [.]or she totally dominate you. I manage to kill nidalee before levle 6 sometimes , but it's hard. I can just advice you to afk farm and kill her at level 6.. try to avoid getting harrased by basic attacks and dodge her traps which make u visible:/ Try to keep even until 6 and kill her , if you manage to lose the edge of advantage , she can easy kill you in her cougar form. Pay attention . I would reccomend to outsustain her with[imgsmall=items/hextech-revolver.png] and go for a kill. [highlight]EASY-HARD matchup[/highlight] [center][img=champ/olaf.png][/center] Hard matchup if u play it wrong. IF u go trade damage with olaf , try to win the trades ->= win lane ^^. but serouisly , Olaf also has a huge amount of trade dmg , especially when he hits his axes. Try to dodge them , and you should be fine. I never lost my lane to olaf , just play it smart. [.]If he can harras you with his axe and true damage and you can't trade back-> you lose [.]If you can manage to dodge his axes and harras him with double [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] while he only can use true damage -> easy win on lane. [highlight]EASY matchup ( but can go bad tho) [/highlight] [center][img=champ/pantheon.png][/center] Pantheon is IMO one of the strongest 1v1 top ... He can harras even more then [imgsmall=champ/gangplank.png] Q , and can even do more damage... Pantheon will just harras u down with his Q and eventually dive u at level 3-4 ... Yup , level 3-4 you heard it correctly , I've had it happening to me 100000 times.. This match up is really hard to win.. I can only tell u to ask jungle help :/ Even I never won akali vs pantheon matchup at 2000 elo+ ranked games... [highlight]JUNGLER I NEED A GANK matchup[/highlight] [center][img=champ/poppy.png][/center] Pretty even , leaning more to yourr advantage. just harras and trade dmg .. Akali > melee champion ^^. JUst 1 hint I could give you -> care for poppy's passive. most ppl forget about this and dive poppy when they see poppy having 250 hp... well never ever do it , poppy's passive is strong.. stronger then you expect. I made this mistake many times xD Only go for the kill when you are absolutely sure ! You should be able to outsustain and zone poppy. [highlight]EASY-AVERAGE matchup[/highlight] [center][img=champ/renekton.png][/center] One of the main counters to akali. Really really hard lane. Just afk farm , try not to get zoned ( I dont know how , but try xD) Maybe u can trade dmg if you play it smart , I've won MANY games vs renekton top , but its a really hard lane . I managed to win the trades at level 3, and get advantage . ( or your jungler helps you) Maybe some advice I could give you [.]the lanes I won vs renekton was mostly because I managed to outharras him with an early double [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] ..he had to retreat and play safer. [highlight]HARD-JUNGLER I NEED A GANGK matchup[/highlight] [center][img=champ/riven.png][/center]. I remember playing vs a 2 k elo riven who got babysitted by the enemy maokai , and i still managed to win my lane and go 5/2 with double of his farm... Just try to win the trades and you should be fine. at level 6 tho he can own you pretty hard But i manage to dodge his ultimate all the time :p you should try it too , using [imgsmall=summoners/flash.png] or [imgsmall=skills/akali/r.png] on a nearby minion ^^ The lane vs riven can go different ways , I won't say it's an easy matchup because it is not... You have to dodge his harrasment of Q and stun.. and outsustain/damage him [highlight]AVERAGE-HARD matchup[/highlight] [center][img=champ/rumble.png][/center] You win the early game trades. Just care to fight at level 6 in his ultimatE.. move away from it and continue fighting. I manage to zone out a rumble at levle 4-5 and even kill him before level 6 ^^ If you manage to do this , keep killing and harrasin him. once you get the lane dominance with akali , try to build even a bigger dominance. Ow 1 more thing i forgot to mention , only go for trades when he used his flame thrower. and go right immediatly after to harras him and retreat afterwards. [highlight]EASY-AVERAGE matchup[/highlight] [center][img=champ/shen.png][/center] Well , Shen is pretty easy for akali. You can zone him from farm really easy. try to harras with early double [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] and get the lane dominance like this. after getting [imgsmall=items/hextech-revolver.png] and level 6 , You can outsustain and outdamage+kill him ^^ [highlight]AVERAGE matchup[/highlight] [center][img=champ/shyvana.png][/center] DONT fight her in early levels , shyvana combo with basic attack+Q+W is ridiculously strong ^^ , if you manage to win the trades , you win the lane. Try to [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] run [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] run [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] run etc etc.. or manage to double proc a [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png]. Shyvana is tanky and deals loads of damage. I wouldnt recommend this matchup If you ever face her try to play like this : [.]Try to make her pay for every last hit with [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png]+proc [.]eventually when you are level 6 : harras her with [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png][imgsmall=skills/akali/r.png][imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png][imgsmall=skills/akali/e.png][imgsmall=summoners/heal.png] and back off. Look how much damage you did and go for the kill afterwards. [highlight]AVERAGE-HARD matchup[/highlight] [center][img=champ/singed.png][/center] Try to outzone him at early level (level 1-2) and harras with a double [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] Eventually you will win the lane and kill him. [.]Just don't chase singed please.. his poison is deadly [highlight]AVERAGE[/highlight] [center][img=champ/talon.png][/center] Never had this matchup before But I do play talon and I know how to play vs him. Just get an early [imgsmall=items/chain-vest.png] and he can do Jack. Try to zone him out because he is melee , and has to come close to you for those last hits ^^ If he uses his ultimate on you for a kill , try to [imgsmall=skills/akali/r.png] to a nearby minion to dodge the 2nd proc of his ultimate. [highlight]AVERAGE matchup[/highlight] [center][img=champ/trundle.png][/center] *Coming up* [center][img=champ/udyr.png][/center] One of the easiest lane for akali xD. I remember a game with SK ocelete in my team that i was facing an udyr on top having 27 cs while i had 140.. people added me back then and said ' awesome akali play'. Just try not to get harrased trough his tiger stance and win the trades... you can outzone and trade soo easy with him ^^ Udyr always has to come close for last hits , and you can outharras him so easy if u keep your [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] on him ^^ (This udyr inspired me to make an akali guide) [highlight]EASY matchup[/highlight] [.]Altho care , you need to win the early levels.. outzone him fast. [center][img=champ/vladimir.png][/center] Afk farming until level 6 and kill him. If you manage to get close with him , try to harras [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] and proc it since his Drain has a high CD ratio early game^^ at level 6 he is basicly a free kill but just the early levels are hard ^^ [highlight]AVERAGE matchup[/highlight] [center][img=champ/yorick.png][/center] well yorick is the king of 1v1 on toplane ^^ He can tradE/spam/sustain as much as he want and there is nothing you can do. Well I can win my lane with akali vs yorick and this is how I try to play vs him [.]at level 1 : try to harras him as much as possible with [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png]+procs (He has to come close for last hits) [.]at level 2 :Keep doing this and use [imgsmall=skills/akali/w.png] to escape the basic attacks of his summons -> try to get in melee range and kill him with everything you got :D[imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png][imgsmall=skills/akali/w.png][imgsmall=skills/akali/e.png]... [highlight]HARD-JUNGLER I NEED A GANGK matchup[/highlight] Well guys: Akali should be able to win EVERY matchup on toplane if you manage to outbrain the opponent. If you have any questions about this guide/matchup or anything , please feel free to ask me. [center][title]a piece of advice vs every melee lane[/title][/center] [.] 1 : Every melee champion has to come close for a last hit [.] 2 : keep your [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] active on the enemy (I mean harrasing him and spamming [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] ) [.] 3 : Every moment that he comes too close to you. Basic attack (to proc [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png]) CAST [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] AGAIN and try to proc it again) [.] 4 : at early levels u will see the enemy being at 30-50% hp after 1 combo... [.] 5 : This is called -> Double proc your [imgsmall=skills/akali/q.png] -> and thats how you can get lane dominance. [highlight]Remember : once you got the lane dominance by winning the trades. Keep zoning him off and build up this advantage for easier lane kills.[/highlight]
I hope you liked the guide and please feel free to ask my any question. I accept any critism and I'd be happy to theorycraft with you if you want to mention something that I've Written wrong. Again , My ingame name is : NoneOfThat -> on the EUW servers. You can always add me for questions or put a comment below. please Upvote the guide if you like it and don't forget to spread the word !
I will keep the guide updates and here you can check when and what I updated. Please feel free to tell guide me on my mistakes so I can correct them. 21/07/2012 - *Guide Released* 24/07/2012 - *Added new Screenshots+Matchup vs Mordekaiser*