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Gameplay

Champion Spotlight
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Akali Champion Spotlight

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Tips

Playing As Akali Akali
  • Akali excels at killing weaker characters. Let your team initiate and then strike at the people in the back.
  • Find the balance between storing Shadow Dance.png Essence of Shadows, and using Shadow Dance.png Shadow Dance before having max charges.
Playing Against Akali Akali
  • Akali can still be hit by area effect spells while invisible inside Twilight Shroud.png Twilight Shroud.
  • Akali greatly benefits from both The Dark Seal item.png The Dark Seal and Mejai&#039;s Soulstealer item.png Mejai's Soulstealer. Watch which items she gets and prioritize her accordingly.
  • Return to base if your Health is low and Akali has multiple charges of her Shadow Dance.png ultimate.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Beyond rank 1, Mark of the Assassin.png Mark of the Assassin's debuff lasts longer than the cooldown, allowing Akali Akali to perform a high-damage burst combo by timing her attacks. Specifically, Akali Akali can cast Mark of the Assassin.png Mark of the Assassin, follow it up with Shadow Dance.png Shadow Dance, then finish with another Mark of the Assassin.png Mark of the Assassin for extremely high burst damage.
    • Full Sequence: Mark of the Assassin.png Q > wait for cooldown > Shadow Dance.png R > AA > Mark of the Assassin.png Q > AA
      • If you are under level six, you can surprise enemies low on health by substituting Shadow Dance.png Shadow Dance with Flash.png Flash to get a kill.
  • When harassing a squishy opponent, be sure to use an autoattack to detonate Mark of the Assassin.png Mark of the Assassin. Save Crescent Slash.png Crescent Slash for when your target is out of auto-attack range to deal maximized damage. However it will no longer detonate Mark of the Assassin.png Mark of the Assassin.
    • You can use Crescent Slash.png Crescent Slash to harass tough melee opponents from range.
  • Manage Akali Akali's energy by using only the abilities that will deal the most damage. Spamming her abilities will drain her energy and lower the damage she can inflict over time.
  • The stealth and slow of Twilight Shroud.png Twilight Shroud can be used offensively to provide cover and allow her to chain skill combos on the enemy more quickly, but can also be used defensively to prevent drawing enemy focus during team fights and to provide aid in retreating after team fights or running from ganks. Be wary of Vision Ward item.png Vision Wards as well as champion abilities that may reveal you.
Item Usage
Countering
  • Akali Akali is most effective when making quick kills. The longer she has to stick around in a fight the more susceptible she is of taking a heavy amount of damage.
  • She isn't as effective against durable opponents because of her low base health and the fact that she is a champion that has to burst a target down quickly.
  • Do not underestimate Mark of the Assassin.png Mark of the Assassin's secondary damage, as it is where most of her damage comes from.
  • When Akali Akali uses Twilight Shroud.png Twilight Shroud, she can use it to get in and out of stealth, making it tricky to target her. However, having a Vision Ward item.png Vision Ward will make her more vulnerable and easier to take down, and they are highly recommended if one should look to fight her. Investing in a Greater Vision Totem may give you an edge and might prevent her from engaging in the first place.
    • Morgana Morgana can damage Akali Akali with Soul Shackles.png Soul Shackles, despite being invisible due to her Twilight Shroud.png Twilight Shroud. This can be an effective way to damage her in her Twilight Shroud.png Twilight Shroud, potentially forcing her to run from her cover. Many other champions have similar auto-targeted abilities that don't require vision.
  • After Akali Akali's burst, she has to wait for her cooldowns in order to deal her burst damage again, which takes a while, even with cooldown runes and masteries. When fighting against her, use this time to take her down, if ever you survive her initial burst.
  • When you are chasing her, make sure you are aware of the amount of HP you have, due to the fact that she can nuke quite easily and score a kill on you.
  • Against Akali Akali, play more offensively before she reaches level 6; try to deny her early game, as she usually has the advantage once she gets her Shadow Dance.png Shadow Dance.
    • Akali Akali has very few ways of dealing with pressure early. She can choose between returning damage or farming from a distance with her Mark of the Assassin.png Mark of the Assassin, and using her Twilight Shroud.png Twilight Shroud to farm without being heavily punished or as an escape. Abuse her weakness to try and gain a level advantage before she unlocks her Ultimate.
  • Twilight Shroud.png Twilight Shroud will stealth her only while she is idle inside the AoE, meaning that she will come out of stealth briefly if she performs any offensive actions or leaves it. Try to move out of the AoE as fast as possible to prevent her from bursting you while in stealth, or pick up a Vision Ward item.png Vision Ward if you mean to fight her.
  • Take great care when chasing Akali Akali, as her Shadow Dance.png Shadow Dance and her Twilight Shroud.png Twilight Shroud will make her a very effective juker and escape artist.
  • Champions with AoE abilities or reveals (such as Lee Sin Lee Sin) can be an extremely effective counter.
  • Hitting Akali Akali with hard CC makes her extremely vulnerable.
  • Good Akali Akali players will use Shadow Dance.png Shadow Dance to jump out of a fight if there are nearby minions or neutral monsters.
  • A common strategy among Akali players, is to, after level 6, go to other lanes and take advantage of Shadow Dance.png Shadow Dance to get multiple kills and help her allies by making them gain assistances and pushing their lanes. If you have no vision of Akali and is unsure of where she is, remember to warn your allies. Because Akali is a champion with a lot of snowball potential, making her ganks succeed can be extremely detrimental to your team.

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