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Champion Spotlight

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Akali Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Cloth Armor item Health Potion item4 Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Hextech Revolver item Bilgewater Cutlass item
Essential Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Hextech Gunblade item Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item
Offensive Lich Bane item Void Staff item Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item
Defensive Guardian Angel item Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item Abyssal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Amplifying Tome item Health Potion item2
Essential Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item Hextech Revolver item
Offensive Lich Bane item Hextech Gunblade item Wooglet&#039;s Witchcap item
Defensive Abyssal Scepter item Randuin&#039;s Omen item Banshee&#039;s Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Howling Abyss
Starting Guardian&#039;s Horn item Boots of Speed item Refillable Potion item
Essential Hextech Gunblade item Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item
Offensive Lich Bane item Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item Void Staff item
Defensive Abyssal Scepter item Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item Sunfire Cape item
Consumables Oracle&#039;s Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item

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 of 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
  • Her bread & butter combo involves proc'ing Mark of the Assassin.png Q twice in quick succession. Akali's Mark of the Assassin.png Q mark lasts 6 seconds, and its cooldown at 0% reduction is lower than 6 seconds at all ranks except the first, when it is 6 seconds exactly. This combo comes into effect once you get your ultimate at level 6, and consists of Mark of the Assassin.png Q - [wait for Mark of the Assassin.png Q cooldown] - Shadow Dance.png R - AA - Mark of the Assassin.png Q - AA. You can then add any Crescent Slash.png E's or additional Shadow Dance.png R's as you want, as well as more Mark of the Assassin.png Q's if the fight lasts long enough for the cooldown; however this combo will proc (if off cooldown) Thunderlord&#039;s Decree mastery 2016.png Thunderlord's Decree and her passive damage, meaning big damage to the enemy. This will likely put your target below 150 health if not kill them, which can easily be finished by auto attacking, igniting, using her Crescent Slash.png E, Shadow Dance.png ulting the target again, or any combination thereof.
  • Akali's Twilight Shroud.png W - Twilight Shroud is a very versatile ability. After the rework, there are 4 important things to note: First, Vision Ward item.png PINK WARDS (now control wards) will no longer reveal you in your Twilight Shroud.png shroud, nor will anything other than a turret or an ability/effect that specifically says it reveals stealth. You will have a shimmer similar to sweeping lens/oracle alteration (except not red) when taking damage while invisible. [NOTE: There is currently a bug on the stealth where many hard crowd control abilities will actually reveal her and make her targetable] Second, the movespeed from shroud is now on at all times while you're in the shroud. Third, it is no longer placeable. This means that some previous advanced tactics, such as placing the center of the shroud in a wall to make the shroud invisible to enemies, are no longer possible. You can still do the aforementioned tactic using brush, however. Fourth, her shroud now has a small blink on cast. This is useful for gap closing, dodging abilities, and juking. But a very unknown mechanic on it, because it was never listed although it is confirmed intended, is that you can actually use her blink to negate displacements, such as knockups and knockbacks. This is shown here; look at how Lee Sin [[|Lee Sin]] Dragon&#039;s Rage.png Dragon's Rage is negated. In order to negate the displacements, you must cast her W at about the same time as the displacement; it just has to finish the cast time after the displace begins. Akali will be moved to the center of her shroud (not to where you targeted to blink to).
  • You can fake blinking over a wall with Akali's Twilight Shroud.png W - Twilight Shroud by running up to a wall and then targeting somewhere not over the wall. Enemies will likely expect you to have gone over the wall and will use their own abilities or flash to cross the wall, allowing you to get away safely.
  • Akali's Twilight Shroud.png W - Twilight Shroud will allow you to Teleport.png Teleport and be invisible, but it will reveal you for a moment after casting Teleport. Keep in mind that this will put your Twilight Shroud.png W on cooldown, meaning you won't have access to it when you arrive, which is especially important to be aware of if you are joining a teamfight. Make sure to weigh the pro's and cons of being able to immediately Teleport.png Teleport at the cost of your Twilight Shroud.png shroud against the value of having your Twilight Shroud.png shroud for the teamfight at the cost of having to back away from danger first.
  • Akali's Crescent Slash.png E - Crescent Slash is an point-blank AoE ability with good damage and a relatively low cooldown. It is especially useful for wave-clearing: Crescent Slash.png E's cooldown is reduced 60% if it kills a unit, so make sure to utilise this when trying to clear a large wave.
Mastery Usage
  • Thunderlord&#039;s Decree mastery 2016.png Thunderlord's Decree is very important to being able to burst down targets early, as well as for trading in lane. It can be proc'd fairly easy using a Mark of the Assassin.png Q - auto attack combo, as the damage from Mark of the Assassin.png Q landing, the damage from the auto attack, and the damage from Mark of the Assassin.png Q proc'ing are all considered separate. This also works using the damage from the second auto attack of her passive.
  • Once you have it, use your mastery emote after every kill. This is a very important part of Akali's kit, as it lets your opponent know how grave of a mistake they've made by underestimating you. This allows you to establish your dominance as the alpha-laner. Follow in Best Akali FL's footsteps.
Item Usage
  • Use Hextech Gunblade item.png Hextech Gunblade as part of your burst combo.
  • Use Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass to survive large burst, sustained damage, or to survive long enough for ability cooldowns required to kill a target or escape, especially when you are very likely to die before those cooldowns come up.
  • Lich Bane item.png Lich Bane can be very useful for boosting your burst as casting your Mark of the Assassin.png Q will activate spellblade on your next auto attack, which means you will proc your Q and hit the damage from Lich Bane item.png Lich Bane at the same time; Lich Bane item.png Lich Bane is guaranteed to add Tons of Damage to your combo. Keep in mind Lich Bane item.png Lich Bane comes with mana, which means some wasted gold efficiency on Akali.
  • Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter is a great pickup if you are against a lot of magic damage. It's passive also boosts your own magic damage by 10%, providing a nice boost to your burst.
  • Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter allows you to stick to targets easily, as well as giving a large amount of Ability Power and Health. The passive slow activates as single target on both parts of your Mark of the Assassin.png Q, your Shadow Dance.png ultimate, and the second auto attack of your passive.
Countering
  • Like most assassins, Akali can be countered through extensive hard crowd control. Examples: Wukong Wukong's Cyclone.png Cyclone, Veigar Veigar's Event Horizon.png Event Horizon, Annie Annie's Pyromania.png Pyromania (passive), or Nautilus Nautilus.
  • Akali is a champion that snowballs well into the game. She will target the ADC and Support primarily, although anyone squishy is fair game- always ward the river to let you know when she is coming- then hard Crowd Control her. She can easily 1v2 due to the level advantage and pure damage output/vamprysim that comes with a Hextech Gunblade item.png Hextech Gunblade. When you see her coming, try to hug your tower effectively force her back to her lane, causing her to miss CS.
  • Try to gank her early while her shroud is down. Do not go into the shroud - Akali can burst you down from half health to 0 with a Shadow Dance.pngQ - Crescent Slash.pngE and Ignite.pngignite combo, even in the early game. Using champions like Lee Sin will make this easier with his vision debuff from Sonic Wave.png Sonic Wave or Tempest.png Tempest.
  • Stealth Detection Abilities like Lee Sin Lee Sin's Tempest.png Tempest, Rengar Rengar's Thrill of the Hunt.png Thrill of the Hunt, or Twisted Fate Twisted Fate's Destiny.png Destiny can reveal Akali while she is inside her shroud, making her vulnerable.
  • Akali is considered a squishy champion. Fighter Champions particularly, Juggernauts like Mordekaiser Mordekaiser, Garen Garen or Darius Darius & Divers like Diana Diana & Irelia Irelia can counter Akali thanks to their high damage & extensive toughness. Champions with high burst and reliable hard crowd control such as Annie Annie are also excellent counters, as they can kill Akali before she is able to take any actions.

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