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Anivia Champion Spotlight

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Tips

Playing As Anivia Anivia
  • Timing Flash Frost.png Flash Frost with Frostbite.png Frostbite can lead to devastating combinations.
  • Anivia is extremely reliant on Mana for Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm. Try getting items with Mana or go for a Crest of Insight.png Crest of Insight buff on Summoner's Rift.
  • It can be very difficult for enemy champions to kill her Rebirth.png egg early in game. Seize the advantage by playing aggressively.
Playing Against Anivia Anivia
  • Try to gank Anivia when she's laning. With multiple people, it is easier to ensure that her Rebirth.png egg dies.
  • If you're playing a ranged champion, stay far enough away from Anivia so you can dodge Flash Frost.png Flash Frost more easily.
  • Try to fight Anivia in the lanes. In the jungle she can block pathways with lower ranks of Crystallize.png Crystallize.

Tricks

  • Anivia Anivia is a combo mage based on landing and combining her skills onto a single enemy. However, 3 of her skills are area of effect, which increases her utility in various situations. Since her kit is focused on a quick combo and a finishing move for one enemy, being a utility combo mage with a great amount of crowd control, she is definitely a mid laner.
  • Strengths: Anivia has one of the biggest auto-attack ranges. Her damage source comes from her amazing AP ratio on both hits of Flash Frost.png Flash Frost and the double damage on Chilled targets from Frostbite.png Frostbite. Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm is a great farming tool, making her an incredible pusher. With the proper positioning Crystallize.png Crystallize will push melee enemies away. As she has an incredible scaling ratio, her late game power is quite impressive.
  • Weaknesses: Anivia is quite squishy, she has low base level 1 health, one of the lowest level 18 health pools, and the lowest base movement speed. She has high mana costs, 3 skillshots, and a high cooldown on Flash Frost.png Flash Frost. She has a slow auto-attack animation and slow attack speed growth. Due to have low attributes, average base damage on her skills and big mana problems, she suffers on a weak early game.
  • Rebirth.png Rebirth will modify your armor and magic resist, depending on your level, it will drop or raise it. From level 12 onwards, it will begin to get stronger, as it will raise your armor and magic resistance values at levels 12 and 15.
  • Her combo is focused in an All-In-Combo, so she can kill a squishy target really fast without retaliation.
  • Anivia Anivia is good when fighting enemies that need to be in a specific spot (Draven Draven and Trundle Trundle for example), zoning them with her ultimate. Good against enemies that need a way to get closer, as she can still maintain distance with her range or crowd control (LeBlanc LeBlanc,Katarina Katarina for example). And is really strong against enemies that don't have any gap closer skills, since she have great disengage capabilities and can punish enemies that comes for chasing her. And as her ultimate have the same attack speed reduction as a Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart, she is quite strong against sustained damage.
  • The Chilled debuff applied by her Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm and Flash Frost.png Flash Frost will leave a trail even if the enemy becomes invisible.
  • Since Crystallize.png Crystallize creates an impassable area, it will interact with skills that need walls to have full effect. So champions like Gnar Gnar and Poppy Poppy can be really useful on the same team.
    • Crystallize.png Crystallize grants vision of the area for the duration of the wall, and will draw turret aggro if it displaces an enemy champion.
Ability Usage
  • Flash Frost.png Flash Frost has a slow traveling speed alongside with  Frostbite.png Frostbite, Anivia's spells should be used carefully. As the slow speed make it possible for the enemy to use a shield, cure, or just dodge it.
  • As Flash Frost.png Flash Frost is a linear skill shot that hit all enemies in the path and can hit again for extra damage and stun on the detonation, it is advised to maximize it first, as it have more base damage, more utility and it can farm and harass at the same time.
  • Flash Frost.png Q > Glacial Storm.png R can farm a minion wave very quickly,but this can burn out your mana pool.
  • It is generally recommended to time Rebirth.png Rebirth while under an allied tower or while you have your allies for protection. Do not count on your egg too much when you are alone and not under a tower. Low-level enemies can kill you because of the huge armor + magic resistance reduction and long revive time. Try to be aggressive in teamfights so you can deal good damage; be focused and let your team do the rest while they start working on your egg.
    • Rebirth.png Rebirth can be used to bait an enemy to commit to killing Anivia Anivia when your jungler ganks that lane.
    • Despite having Rebirth.png RebirthAnivia Anivia is fairly vulnerable to other harassment. Heavy hits can severely cripple her. Try to stop harassment by stunning your opponent before they can combo you to win tradeoffs.
  • Anivia Anivia's basic combo is to place Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm, place Crystallize.png Crystallize to block the opponent from escaping, and throw Flash Frost.png Flash Frost at in a line towards the edge of the wall to stun the opponent as they try to move then follow up with a Frostbite.png Frostbite.
  • Both the damage from passing through and the detonation of Flash Frost.png Flash Frost remove a spell shield from Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil. This means if you time it correctly and detonate Flash Frost.png Flash Frost right after it passed through an enemy with Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil's spell shield, it will dissolve and the detonation will deal full damage, stunning the target.
  • During the laning phase, use your autoattacks to hide harassment attempts. Stand within attack range of an enemy champion and autoattack minions with Anivia Anivia. When the enemy doesn't expect it, launch a Flash Frost.png Flash Frost and charge straight at them; if you time it correctly, they will be chilled and stunned, and you'll be close enough to land a follow-up for tons of damage. This is an effective strategy because the start of many of Anivia Anivia's spell animations look similar to the beginning of her autoattack animations, and this can often catch an enemy, expecting an autoattacker, off-guard.
  • Flash Frost.png Flash Frost's area of effect explosion is slightly bigger than the initial projectile's area, so try to hit the opponent twice with the spell by detonating it after it passes through them.
  • Crystallize.png Crystallize has a short cast time, so be sure to cast it well in front of the opponent. Just a little in front will block you off and push them away.
  • In the jungle, Crystallize.png Crystallize can completely block off a pathway. Allies can be blocked in/out as well so timing is essential.
    • In the jungle, Crystallize.png Crystallize can completely block the Blue Sentinel Blue Sentinel in its area. This allows you to kill it without taking any damage as it cannot reach melee range and attack.
    • Crystallize.png Crystallize grants sight, you can cast it in a bush to safely check them.
    • Crystallize.png Crystallize will grant assists if an enemy champion touches it before dying. Be careful of turrets targeting you if an enemy touches your wall.
    • Crystallize.png Crystallize can also be used to stop Maokai Maokai's Sapling Toss.png Sapling Toss and Elise Elise's Volatile Spiderling.png Volatile Spiderling from running by placing it on top of the sapling, which prevents it from running anywhere, or pushing a minion into it, causing it to reassign its target.
    • It is also possible to disrupt channeled ultimates' animations by putting Crystallize.png Crystallize directly on top of the opponent. If done correctly will shift the opponent from his/her position, canceling the animation, but not the ability. This is useful if Flash Frost.png Flash Frost is on cooldown.
      • Be aware though that only the animation is stopped, so the abilities effects are still in effect until they are hit by a hard crowd control effect or take action.
  • Frostbite.png Frostbite deals double if the target is chilled by either Flash Frost.png Flash Frost or Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm, so try to time it correctly.
    • Casting Frostbite.png Frostbite on an opponent and immediately placing Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm on top of them will chill the target, allowing for a much quicker Frostbite.png Frostbite combo that will destroy your enemy.
  • Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm is a great spell that can clear entire minion waves very quickly. Be sure to deactivate the spell when you don't need it as it will quickly drain your mana.
  • Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm is an ideal tower taking ability, assuming you have Crest of Insight.png blue buff/high mana regen. You can drop Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm on the wide gap of the turret where the minions come out. This gives a lot of enemy champions problems especially if they are melee due to them having to make the choice of walking through Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm and getting hit with a Flash Frost.png Q > Frostbite.png R combo or try to make their way around the remaining small areas left uncovered by Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm setting up for an easy Flash Frost.png Q > Frostbite.png R combo. The same concept can be used from enemies playing offensively and attacking your tower.
  • Anivia Anivia is a great pick against enemies that need to be in a specific position, Draven Draven, Ezreal Ezreal, and even Vayne Vayne, since her kit needs positioning and mobility. Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm can make Flash Frost.png Flash Frost easier to handle, and finishing with Frostbite.png Frostbite is almost a safe kill because Flash Frost.png Flash Frost's stun will stop your enemy in Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm, causing extra damage per second.
  • Because of slow autoattack animations, high cooldowns and mana costs, farming with Anivia Anivia can be hard. So staying safe before level 6 is crucial for a good early game. Anivia Anivia has one of the biggest auto-attack ranges, and Flash Frost.png Flash Frost can be used for farming too, since it can hit two times and have a good area damage.
  • Anivia Anivia need a large mana pool for spamming spells and for maintain her ultimate. Needs survivability since in the early levels, her passive reduces armor and magic resist values so building HP is useful. A combination of Rod of Ages item.png Rod of Ages and Seraph&#039;s Embrace item.png Seraph's Embrace will prove incredibly useful. They have some synergy since the more mana you have, the more AP you will get, and a stronger shield from the active, the great AP boost from them will, eventually, get stronger as the game takes progress.
  • Frostbite.png Frostbite deal extra damage when hit enemies affected by Chill, so it need to be the last skill to be cast. The combination of her spells depends on the situation.
  • When being chased, try to walk through narrow passages. Crystallize.png Crystallize can completely block the way and for 5 seconds you can hit your enemies without risk (be aware of gapclosers and/or skillshots)
  • Anivia Anivia becomes very dangerous around the jungle, as it can give range and position for her to land her spells.Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm and  Crystallize.png Crystallize can block the way,taking advantage,try to force team fights on small places.
  • Anivia can farm waves very very quickly, so when you get a chance, kill all minions as fast as you can to lock your enemy on his/her tower, this will prevent him from roam around. But keep an eye on your mana pool.
Mastery Usage
  • The Ferocity, Cunning, and Resolve mastery trees opened new possibilities for Anivia Anivia's item, mastery, and rune combinations, depending on what do you want to focus or leave. All the paths will be focused on empower her weakness and upgrade her burst damage. Since Resolve is more focused on defensive side, you may take two paths: Ferocity and Cunning.
    1. Ferocity: Pick Sorcery mastery s4.png Sorcery to boost your abilities' damage. Now choose Double-Edged Sword mastery S4.png Double Edged Sword for a greater damage on all stages of the game, or Vampirism mastery s2.png Feast, for a more sustained lane phase. In Tier 3, you will select what kind of lane you are planning to play: Vampirism mastery s3.png Vampirism for a safer lane, or Arcane Mastery mastery s4.png Natural Talent for more damage as the game progresses. Bounty Hunter mastery 2016.png Bounty Hunter will upgrade your damage little by little for each kill, Evasive mastery s4.png Oppressor will increase your damage if the enemy got caught in CC abilities (including your own) Pick Dangerous Game mastery s4.png Piercing Thoughts and, finally, Deathfire Touch mastery 2016.png Deathfire Touch for improved DPS.
    2. Cunning: Pick Butcher mastery s4.png Savagery to easily last hit. Now choose either Runic Affinity mastery s3.png Runic Affinity to increase the duration of neutral buffs or Culinary Master mastery s4.png Secret Stash for a more safe lane with the increased potion and elixir time alongside the Total Biscuit of Rejuvenation item.png Total Biscuit of Rejuvenation. In Tier 4, get either Executioner mastery s4.png Merciless for an agressive playstyle or Strength of Spirit mastery s4.png Meditation for a defensive style. Get Arcane Knowledge mastery s3.png Precision to upgrade your damage and armor, or Expanded Mind mastery s4.png Intelligence if you are planning on spamming your abilities. Finally, for Keystone Mastery, get either Stormraider&#039;s Surge mastery 2016.png Stormraider's Surge to upgrade your mobility or Thunderlord&#039;s Decree mastery 2016.png Thunderlord's Decree to upgrade your burst damage.
  • The remaining 12 points will be spent in ways of mitigate her weakness or increase her utility/damage. Remember that your masteries will be complementing your playstyle, so choose wisely based on who you will face. Set up your combinations and play accordingly.
  • Runes: We have various situations that will improve further the laning phase, or your late game presence depending on what are you planing.
    1. Marks: Since Anivia Anivia's abilities have high AP ratios, so flat AP can be better than flat penetration. Magic Penetration can still be a good option because AP will increase the scaling of your skills, the flat penetration is necessary to maintain your damage as the game progresses, as the enemy will try to mitigate it by stacking health and resistances.
    2. Seals: Anivia Anivia is one of the squishiest champions, so improving her defenses is a must. Flat armor (or sometimes scaling armor) can make your lane a bit safer against AD opponents, primary assassins or bruisers. Health (scaling, flat or per level) can be sometimes better than armor or magic resist, since Anivia Anivia has the lowest early game health, and you can't just buy defenses yet need durability as well. Mana regeneration can still be good too, as the spam requirement of her abilities to maintain constant damage will deplete her mana pool, so this can mitigate her high ability costs during early game.
    3. Glyphs: Magic Resistance (flat or scaling) is the better option for a more defensive playstyle. Anivia Anivia has extremely high mana costs, so flat mana is a must have too. Flat AP or scaling AP are good options to greatly improve your damage, scaling for a better late game and to complement your AP if you are buying mana and cooldown first, and flat AP for mana regeneration or just mana too. Because her 'escape' abilities have high cooldowns, CDR can be a viable choice if you are intending to focus only on damage. Magic penetration is always necessary on AP casters.
    4. Quintessences: Every utility quintessence is a viable choice. For an offensive approach: Flat AP, scaling AP or flat penetration. For a defensive approach: Flat or scaling health, armor, and magic resist. For utility: Flat mana, scaling mana, mana regeneration, scaling regeneration, movement speed.
  • For a general playstyle against heavy AD teams: Flat Ability Power Marks, Flat Armor Glyphs-Seals and Flat Mana Quintessences (or Scaling Mana if you prefer to buy a Rod of Ages item.png Rod of Ages first)
  • Against AP oriented teams: Flat AP Marks, Flat Magic Resistance Seals, Scaling Magic Resistance Marks (because your will not build magic resistance items at all) and Flat Mana Quintessences (or Scaling Mana ones if rushing an offensive item)
Item Usage
Countering
  • Try to destroy her egg from her Rebirth.png Rebirth to prevent her from coming back to life.
    • At early game, the egg is fairly weak, as it reduces her armor and magic resistance instead of increasing. Use this to your advantage.
      • Use knockback or pull effects to place the egg away from allies or turrets that can aid its survival.
  • When playing on Summoner's Rift, a good strategy against Anivia is to steal her blue buff. If you do that, Anivia will be heavily crippled, since she can't regenerate mana quickly enough, even with mana regeneration items, and if she tries to spam Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm, Anivia will become out of mana very fast.
  • Anivia Anivia is very squishy both early game and late game. It is recommended to solo her while she is weak early game.
    • Try to engage her when her Rebirth.png Rebirth is on cooldown.
  • Flash Frost.png Flash Frost will stun you if you are in the path of the spell. Try to move away from the path to avoid both the stun and damage. Keep ranged from her to avoid damage.
    • When escaping from her, move criss cross to avoid her Flash Frost.png Flash Frost from a distance.
  • Avoid confrontation with her in the jungle. Her Crystallize.png Crystallize can block you from escaping or chasing easily.
  • Keep in mind that the double damage effect in her Frostbite.png Frostbite only applies when you are hit by her Flash Frost.png Flash Frost or Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm. It will not proc if you are slowed by abilities or Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter.
  • Crowd control effects that stop abilities from being cast, such as stuns or silences, immediately stop Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm from being channeled. If Anivia is not guaranteed to die within the duration of such crowd control effects, it may be wiser to save them in expectation of Glacial Storm.png Glacial Storm to stop it from being channeled.

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