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Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Ring item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Lost Chapter item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Luden's Echo item Morellonomicon item
Standard Rabadon's Deathcap item Void Staff item Zhonya's Hourglass item
Situational Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Rod of Ages item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Ring item2 Health Potion item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Luden's Echo item Morellonomicon item
Offensive Wooglet's Witchcap item Void Staff item Rod of Ages item
Defensive Abyssal Mask item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Hextech GLP-800 item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Howling Abyss
Starting Orb of Winter item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item3
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Luden's Echo item Hextech Protobelt-01 item
Offensive Rabadon's Deathcap item Void Staff item Morellonomicon item
Defensive Zhonya's Hourglass item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item Corrupting Potion item

Tips

Playing As AnnieSquare Annie
  • Storing a Pyromania stun for use with her Summon- Tibbers ultimate can turn the tide of a team fight.
  • Striking killing blows on minions with Disintegrate Disintegrate enables Annie to farm extremely well early in the game.
  • Molten Shield Molten Shield is a good spell to cast to work up to Annie's Pyromania stun, so sometimes it's beneficial to grab 1 rank in it early.
Playing Against AnnieSquare Annie
  • Annie's summoned bear, Tibbers Tibbers, burns opposing units around himself. Try to keep your distance from him after he's been summoned.
  • Summoner Spell Smite Smite can be used to help take down Tibbers Tibbers.
  • Keep an eye out for a white, swirling power around Annie. It means she's ready to unleash her Pyromania stun.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Disintegrate Disintegrate is extremely useful in lane. Even at low ranks, its cooldown is extremely short if it kills its target. Along with the mana refund, this makes it an excellent farming tool. This also allows Annie to build up her Pyromania stun quickly and freely as long as every cast of Disintegrate Disintegrate kills something.
    • Disintegrate Disintegrate is a good choice to max first in a lot of situations. A higher-level Disintegrate Disintegrate means more reliable farming and increased damage on a targeted ability, while only increasing its mana cost by 5 per rank, which can be almost entirely negated by the mana refund on kill.
  • Incinerate Incinerate should be taken at first level instead of Disintegrate Disintegrate if you need a stun at level 1 or if you're playing support. The main reason is that it can be cast without a target, meaning that Annie can build up her Pyromania stun in base to negate the mana cost.
  • Molten Shield Molten Shield has two main uses. The first is to give Annie a decent defensive buff, which can help her to win trades in lane or survive teamfights long enough to dish out her burst. The second use is as a cheap charging tool for Pyromania Pyromania, thanks to its low mana cost.
    • It is very rare to see Molten Shield Molten Shield maxed first. While it is more viable than the old Molten Shield due to being a percent reduction of damage instead of a flat bonus to armor and magic resist, the benefits of maxing Molten Shield Molten Shield are negligible in comparison to her other basic abilities.
  • Perhaps the most important feature of Annie's Summon- Tibbers ultimate is its larger stun range compared to Disintegrate Disintegrate and Incinerate Incinerate. Because of this, Summon- Tibbers Summon Tibbers should generally be used as Annie's engage tool.
    • Partnering Summon- Tibbers Summon Tibbers with Flash Flash leads to a near-instant stun with surprisingly long range. However, try not to be too obvious when preparing this combo, as a cautious enemy will probably back off if they anticipate an engage.
  • Don't feel like a fully-charged Pyromania Pyromania is too valuable to waste on farming. While most enemies won't come near you when you have your Pyromania stun ready, keeping it for too long might mean you miss out on farm because you don't want to use Disintegrate Disintegrate. Given how quickly Annie can build up stuns when last-hitting with Disintegrate Disintegrate, your stun won't be down long enough for the enemy to fully engage on you unless you're too far from your tower.
  • Annie has two main burst combos, which are Summon- Tibbers Summon Tibbers>Disintegrate Disintegrate>Incinerate Incinerate and Summon- Tibbers Summon Tibbers>Incinerate Incinerate>Disintegrate Disintegrate. Which one should be used depends on the situation. The second is generally more reliable, given that Incinerate Incinerate will always hit, but it makes very little difference which one you use unless the enemy can cleanse your Pyromania stun and escape in the fraction of a second between your spell casts.
Mastery Usage
  • Annie works best with keystones that either synergize with her bursty nature or provide extra damage. Therefore, she tends to favor the Cunning tree over Ferocity and Resolve.
    • Thunderlord's Decree mastery 2016.png Thunderlord's Decree is an excellent keystone for Annie, given that her damage comes in multi-spell, powerful bursts. Your main burst combo can proc the extra damage extremely quickly, and the ability power ratio on the keystone means that it will be dealing a lot of damage, given that Annie generally builds huge amounts of AP.
    • Stormraider's Surge mastery 2016.png Stormraider's Surge can help you catch enemies who weren't killed by your combo, as you are almost guaranteed to deal the required amount of damage as long as your whole combo hits. It can also aid your escape if your aim was to burst down a squishy target and flee.
    • Deathfire Touch mastery 2016.png Deathfire Touch is a viable option for Annie given that she normally builds a lot of AP and might be able to stop an enemy escaping with a sliver of health, but Thunderlord's Decree mastery 2016.png Thunderlord's Decree is more useful overall due to its incredible synergy with Annie.
    • As a support, Bond of Stone mastery 2016.png Bond of Stone can be immensely useful. The extra health it gives allows you to worry a little less about return damage when poking. More importantly, however, your lane partner gets an incredible amount of sustain off of this keystone. At early levels, your Pyromania stun is the only method of applying Bond of Stone mastery 2016.png Bond of Stone that you have, but picking up Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Rylai's Crystal Scepter will cause all of your spells to apply the mark. This includes TibbersSquare Tibbers' basic attacks and flaming aura, as well as the damage inflicted by Molten Shield Molten Shield.
  • There are several masteries which work really well on Annie, most of which involve damage amplification, mana sustain and cooldown reduction. Generally, masteries like Bounty Hunter mastery 2016.png Bounty Hunter and Dangerous Game mastery 2016.png Dangerous Game are good picks.
  • Merciless mastery 2016.png Merciless goes particularly well with Morellonomicon item Morellonomicon. If a squishy or semi-squishy target takes the full brunt of Annie's burst, they are almost certain to be under 40% health. From there, Merciless mastery 2016.png Merciless helps Annie to finish them off while Morellonomicon item Morellonomicon prevents them from being healed above the 40% threshold.
  • Intelligence mastery 2016.png Intelligence is also very good on Annie. The cooldown reduction helps her burst combo come back up faster, and more importantly, the cooldown on Summon- Tibbers Summon Tibbers is actually lower than Tibbers Tibbers' maximum lifetime.
Item Usage
  • Annie's items for a solo lane are almost always focused on ability power, mana/mana regeneration, and health. Items that combine these, most notably Rod of Ages item Rod of Ages, are usually a good idea to buy on Annie.
  • Doran's Ring item Doran's Ring is a great starting item on Annie, as she can make effective use of all the stats it gives. The extra health especially is very useful during trades due to her short range, and the on-kill passive has fantastic synergy with the mana refund on Disintegrate Disintegrate.
  • The Dark Seal item The Dark Seal is dangerous to start with, but it can pay off if you're able to keep yourself alive or if your teammates can protect you well. However, you should never start with this item if you aren't completely confident that you can win lane without dying once.
  • The advanced items you buy in lane can vary a lot, but there are several notable options that see a lot of use.
    • Catalyst of Aeons item Catalyst of Aeons provides health and mana, making it very useful if you find yourself running out of either during the laning phase. In addition, its passive has great synergy with Annie: her low range means she takes a lot of damage during trades, which will give her mana back with a Catalyst of Aeons item Catalyst, and the refund on Disintegrate Disintegrate means that you're effectively healed for free whenever you kill something with it.
    • Lost Chapter item Lost Chapter provides more offense than Catalyst of Aeons item Catalyst does as well as the same amount of mana, though it lacks the health that Catalyst of Aeons item Catalyst provides. If you're winning trades in lane, then the lack of health probably won't trouble you too much, while the ability power will let you press your advantage. The passive's mana regeneration is also a nice addition to your sustain.
    • Blasting Wand item Blasting Wand and Needlessly Large Rod item Needlessly Large Rod are decent buys if you've killed your opponent or forced them to recall at least once. In these cases, you've probably got a fairly large advantage already, and the raw ability power given by these items can push you far enough ahead of your opponent that they will be unable to make any form of comeback in lane. However, you need to be very careful if you choose these items, as one well-timed enemy gank can easily kill you given your fragility and lack of sustain.
    • Finally, Fiendish Codex item Fiendish Codex is similar to the above two items in that it provides a decent amount of raw ability power and can be used to close out your lane. However, while the cooldown reduction is a useful bonus and can make you even more oppressive towards your opponent, you have to be very careful to watch your mana to make sure it doesn't run out at the wrong time.
  • Your first complete item will obviously depend on how your lane went and what you've already bought, but you should always consider building Morellonomicon item Morellonomicon first. The ability power, mana, cooldown reduction and mana restore on kills and assists make it a fantastic item for Annie, and the passive's Grievous Wounds icon Grievous Wounds essentially makes it impossible for your target to be saved by any form of healing or lifesteal.
  • Unless you've got a large advantage in gold and levels over your enemies, Rabadon's Deathcap item Rabadon's Deathcap is not an ideal item to rush first. While it does provide a huge amount of ability power, it has nothing to back up that power with. You'll often be better off going for cooldown reduction or sustain on your first item.
  • If you find yourself being focused, buying a Rod of Ages item Rod of Ages or Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Rylai's Crystal Scepter can help to prevent you being bursted down before you can do anything. Both items provide a fair amount of health, while the former provides a lot of mana to keep you alive and able to cast spells and the latter will Slow icon slow enemies that try to chase you, which is also useful for catching your own targets.
  • While it is listed as an essential item, Luden's Echo item Luden's Echo doesn't need to be bought first, second or even third. Like Rabadon's Deathcap item Rabadon's Deathcap, it gives a lot of burst and very little else, though the movement speed might help you get away or catch enemies.
    • Like Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Rylai's, the passive of Luden's Echo item Luden's Echo triggers on dealing damage in any way with any of Annie's spells. Be careful that you don't waste it on a minion wave because Tibbers Tibbers walked up to it or you were taking minion aggro with Molten Shield Molten Shield active.
  • Sorcerer's Shoes item Sorcerer's Shoes and Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Ionian Boots of Lucidity are both good buys on Annie. A full damage build will likely appreciate Sorcerer's Shoes item Sorcerer's Shoes a bit more to improve its burst even further, while a tankier Annie might want Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Ionian Boots of Lucidity to make up for not having that much cooldown reduction.
  • Because of Annie's short range, Abyssal Mask item Abyssal Mask can be a good buy, especially against another mage. However, a Void Staff item Void Staff might be preferable if you want straight damage.
  • Zhonya's Hourglass item Zhonya's Hourglass is good on Annie, especially against champions with massive burst and/or high amounts of physical damage. Notably, if Tibbers Tibbers becomes enraged less than half a second before you go invulnerable, his rage can last for your whole invulnerability period, allowing you to inflict significant damage while in stasis. In addition, Tibbers Tibbers can still be commanded during this time.
Countering
  • All of AnnieSquare Annie's spells deal magic damage, therefore any form of magic resistance will mitigate her damage significantly.
    • Banshee's Veil item Banshee's Veil offers a spell shield to negate 1 spell from AnnieSquare Annie. Its magic resistance and health will help tremendously in surviving AnnieSquare Annie's burst, while possibly blocking AnnieSquare Annie's initiation. As such, it is a recommended buy if going against Annie.
    • Quicksilver Sash item Quicksilver Sash is a cheaper alternative that allows you to cleanse her stun specifically instead of just one ability; however, it does not prevent the damage.
    • If you're a support trying to protect your carries from being stunned, consider Mikael's Crucible item Mikael's Crucible to help debuff.
  • Do not underestimate the damaging aura from AnnieSquare Annie's Summon- Tibbers Summon Tibbers. The longer the fight lasts, the more damage you will take from it.
  • Avoid focusing Tibbers Tibbers when attacking AnnieSquare Annie, as Tibbers Tibbers has a lot of health and a decent amount of damage. Focusing Tibbers Tibbers allows AnnieSquare Annie to finish you off with her spells if she is ignored.
    • Do not disregard Tibbers Tibbers completely, however. Its attack damage and damaging aura can easily put a tense fight against AnnieSquare Annie in her favor if left to attack you. Furthermore, an enraged Tibbers becomes very dangerous when you are Pyromania stunned.
    • Alternatively, use ranged attacks and abilities to kill Tibbers Tibbers while keeping out of range of AnnieSquare Annie's spells, the advantage to this being that Tibbers Tibbers will most likely be easier to kill.
    • Tibbers Tibbers is considered a minion therefore Smite Smite and champion abilities that work on minions and monsters only (such as SyndraSquare Syndra's Force of Will Force of Will and NunuSquare Nunu's Consume Consume), will work on him as well. At lower levels, a Cho'GathSquare Cho'Gath that uses Smite Smite and Feast Feast can kill Tibbers Tibbers immediately, and gain a stack of health.
    • Ideally, Tibbers Tibbers should be taken out while Annie is under crowd control. That way, he won't become enraged due to Annie's death, and Annie can't deal damage to you while you kill him.
  • Despite AnnieSquare Annie's powerful stun and burst in spells, Annie's spells are short-ranged. As such, long range mages such as LuxSquare Lux, MorganaSquare Morgana, ZiggsSquare Ziggs, and XerathSquare Xerath, and long range marksmen like CaitlynSquare Caitlyn, Kog'MawSquare Kog'Maw or TristanaSquare Tristana can easily zone Annie out and prevent her from using her spells effectively.
  • If there is an Annie on the enemy team, avoid being clumped thogether with your team. Some AnnieSquare Annie players are known for making unexpected Flash Flashes when they have their stun ready, casting Summon- Tibbers Summon Tibbers and stunning your entire team. This can be potentially game-breaking, especially if the stun affects your allied carries.
  • Molten Shield Molten Shield acts similarly to Thornmail item Thornmail. Be careful when engaging her if you are using a champion that relies on auto-attacks.
  • Forcing Annie to use her burst combo on a frontline tank will stop her from immediately taking out squishy targets. In particular, champions like AlistarSquare Alistar who can survive her burst and then lock her down will make Annie far easier to deal with.

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