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Skill usage

  • AnnieSquare.png Annie's strength as a mage comes from her decent laning phase with Disintegrate.png Disintegrate allowing her to last-hit without mana problems, and her exceptional AoE damage potential from Incinerate.png Incinerate and Summon- Tibbers.png Summon: Tibbers. Her Pyromania.png Pyromania allows her to lock up multiple targets in an area for a decent duration with her Molten Shield.png Molten Shield giving her both a convenient way to charge it and a good defensive boost.
    • AnnieSquare.png Annie's weaknesses include her short spellcasting range, which makes it difficult and risky to land a combo on the key targets in a fight. Pyromania.png Pyromania is AnnieSquare.png Annie's only form of crowd control, and while it is charging up she is very vulnerable to getting initiated upon.
  • During the laning phase, try to find a good balance between storing your stun for use on the enemy champions, and continuing to use your spells to maintain a strong creepkill count.
  • If you expect a level 1 teamfight, a good tactic is to use Incinerate.png Incinerate 4 times to get a stun ready before you leave the fountain. This can help turn the tide of an enemy invade or supplement your own to get you first blood.
  • Whenever you respawn or Recall.png Recall to the fountain, use Incinerate.png Incinerate and Molten Shield.png Molten Shield to gain charges on Pyromania.png Pyromania.
  • Sometimes it is smarter to approach an enemy with 3 Pyromania.png Pyromania charges instead of 4 to appear vulnerable. You can then quickly charge the stun with Molten Shield.png Molten Shield. It can also allow you to break Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil with a weaker spell before using a spell (especially Summon- Tibbers.png Summon: Tibbers) that stuns them.
    • This can also be an effective strategy to lure enemies into a false sense of security.
  • During the laning phase, use Disintegrate.png Disintegrate to last hit minions since it refunds its mana cost and halves its cooldown when it kills a unit. Use this to quickly stack Pyromania.png Pyromania.
  • Disintegrate.png Disintegrate can be used once Pyromania.png Pyromania is available to lock down a single target, as it is a targeted ability, saving more powerful abilities for follow up.
    • It is often better to use Incinerate.png Incinerate to stun as its effect is almost instant, compared to Disintegrate.png Disintegrate which has travel time and a disjointable projectile. On the other hand, it can be easier to miss if you misjudge the range.
  • While Incinerate.png Incinerate can take down groups of low health minions early game, positioning the cone so that it also routinely damages the enemy champion can be very useful. Dropping their health like this can be followed up with a big Summon- Tibbers.png Summon: Tibbers+Pyromania.png Pyromania burst for the kill.
  • Don't rely solely on Molten Shield.png Molten Shield to keep you alive. Its damage isn't great for countering AD carries with life steal, and early game its defensive properties are minimal at best. It is mainly used to charge up a stun.
  • When you have 3 Pyromania.png Pyromania charges you can cast Molten Shield.png Molten Shield while Disintegrate.png Disintegrate is in mid-flight to prime the stun and land it when your Q hits.
  • AnnieSquare.png Annie's Summon- Tibbers.png Summon: Tibbers can be controlled, like most pet units, by holding Alt or activating the ability again before moving.
  • Summon- Tibbers.png Summon: Tibbers or Incinerate.png Incinerate used in combination with Pyromania.png Pyromania results in AnnieSquare.png Annie having an AoE stun effect.
    • Incinerate.png Incinerate can be used as an AoE stun in replacement of Summon- Tibbers.png Summon: Tibbers, guaranteeing Tibbers to land and damage all the intended targets.

Build usage

  • As a mage, AnnieSquare.png Annie benefits greatly from ability power, cooldown reduction, and mana-pool and regeneration bonuses. But because her abilities are relatively short ranged, she may also want to build some defensive stats - health, armor and magic resistance.
  • Disintegrate.png Disintegrate can quickly build up mana in items like Tear of the Goddess item.png Tear of the Goddess or Archangel&#039;s Staff item.png Archangel's Staff.
  • Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter is a great item for AnnieSquare.png Annie, as the health and area of effect slow allows Tibbers' AoE damage aura to constantly apply the slow debuff, making Tibbers excellent for chasing and kiting.
    • Combined with this, Liandry&#039;s Torment item.png Liandry's Torment can help in extended fights as TibbersSquare.png Tibbers' aura does constantly apply the health burn.
  • Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap works well for AnnieSquare.png Annie as a purely offensive item because of her high AP ratios.
  • Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter is a good option for AnnieSquare.png Annie when the enemy team has lots of magic damage. It provides magic resistance, but still contributes to her burst potential with AP and a magic resistance reduction aura and since none of her abilities exceed the 700 range, she can capitalize the aura to its full potential. 
  • As AnnieSquare.png Annie's ranges are very short compared to other mages, Boots of Mobility item.png Boots of Mobility can be an excellent choice for roaming to other lanes or closing the distance on key targets.
  • Rod of Ages item.png Rod of Ages can be a good choice in giving AnnieSquare.png Annie a bit of extra durability to accommodate her abilities forcing her to be relatively close to the action.
  • Aether Wisp item.png Aether Wisp and its build paths, Lich Bane item.png Lich Bane and Twin Shadows item.png Twin Shadows can be viable options for providing a slight increase in mobility and an extra burst on autos or chasing potential respectively.
    • Note that AnnieSquare.png Annie has a very long basic attack range, which coupled with her low spell range means Lich Bane item.png Lich Bane is particularly easy to use.
  • Distortion item.png Distortion can supplement the Flash.png Flash and Summon- Tibbers.png Summon: Tibbers initiation combo that AnnieSquare.png Annie is feared for by decreasing the cooldown on the spell and providing a small boost in mobility.
  • Because AnnieSquare.png Annie's Molten Shield.png Molten Shield reflects back auto attacks as magic damage in addition to armor and magic resistance boost, a Thornmail item.png Thornmail works relatively well on her (especially against a basic attack or attack damage heavy team).

Supporting

  • While AnnieSquare.png Annie has been traditionally played as a solo lane champion, she can also excel as an aggressive support alongside a marksman in a duo lane. The combination of a long duration AoE Stun icon stun from Pyromania.png Pyromania, instant casting or targeted damage spells, and her high basic attack range makes AnnieSquare.png Annie a great threat even without gold and items.
    • However, AnnieSquare.png Annie provides no sustain. Poke-based champions such as CaitlynSquare.png Caitlyn, EzrealSquare.png Ezreal, SonaSquare.png Sona, and KarmaSquare.png Karma can chip away at Annie and her laning partner's health from outside her range.
  • Since you will not be taking last-hits, charging Pyromania.png Pyromania is not as simple in the support role. With its low manacost and disposable nature, Molten Shield.png Molten Shield should be used to make sure Pyromania.png Pyromania is ready as much as possible.
  • Spellthief&#039;s Edge item.png Spellthief's Edge and its upgrades serve Annie well, since she can easily proc the gold bonuses with her long range basic attacks. Frost Queen&#039;s Claim item.png Frost Queen's Claim's active is a great way for AnnieSquare.png Annie to get close to targets for her combo, or simply buy time til she can charge Pyromania.png Pyromania for more crowd control.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran&#039;s Ring item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Essential Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Rod of Ages item Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item
Offensive Void Staff item Morellonomicon item Liandry&#039;s Torment item
Defensive Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Doran&#039;s Ring item2 Boots of Speed item Health Potion item5
Essential Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item Rod of Ages item
Offensive Abyssal Scepter item Void Staff item
Defensive Archangel&#039;s Staff item Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector&#039;s Ring item Health Potion item2
Essential Wooglet&#039;s Witchcap item Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Rod of Ages item
Offensive Void Staff item Lich Bane item Morellonomicon item
Defensive Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item Abyssal Scepter item Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran&#039;s Ring item Boots of Speed item
Essential Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Rod of Ages item Wooglet&#039;s Witchcap item
Offensive Void Staff item Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item Hextech Sweeper item
Defensive Will of the Ancients item Abyssal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item


Countering

  • All of AnnieSquare.png Annie's spells deal magic damage, therefore any form of magic resistance will mitigate her damage significantly.
    • Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil offers a spell shield to negate 1 spell from AnnieSquare.png Annie. Its magic resistance and health will help tremendously in surviving AnnieSquare.png Annie's burst, while possibly blocking AnnieSquare.png Annie's initiation. As such, it is a recommended buy if going against Annie.
    • Quicksilver Sash item.png 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.
  • Do not underestimate the damaging aura from AnnieSquare.png Annie's Summon- Tibbers.png Summon: Tibbers. The longer the fight lasts, the more damage you will take from it.
    • Avoid focusing her TibbersSquare.png Tibbers when attacking AnnieSquare.png Annie. TibbersSquare.png Tibbers has a lot of health and damage, and killing AnnieSquare.png Annie kills TibbersSquare.png Tibbers as well. Focusing TibbersSquare.png Tibbers allows AnnieSquare.png Annie to finish you off with her spells if she is ignored.
      • Do not disregard TibbersSquare.png Tibbers completely, however. Its attack damage and damaging aura can easily put a tense fight against AnnieSquare.png Annie in her favor if left to attack you.
    • Alternatively, use ranged attacks and abilities to kill TibbersSquare.png Tibbers while keeping out of range of AnnieSquare.png Annie's spells, the advantage to this being that TibbersSquare.png Tibbers will most likely be easier to kill.
    • TibbersSquare.png Tibbers is considered a minion therefore Smite.png Smite and champion abilities that work on minions and monsters only (such as SyndraSquare.png Syndra's Force of Will.png Force of Will and NunuSquare.png Nunu's Consume.png Consume), will work on him as well.
  • At lower levels, a ChoGathSquare.png Cho'Gath that uses Smite.png Smite and Feast.png Feast can kill TibbersSquare.png Tibbers immediately, and gain a stack of health.
  • Be alert for the visual effect that appears when the stun from Pyromania.png Pyromania is ready.
    • Because Disintegrate.png Disintegrate refunds mana when used to last hit minions, be cautious around an AnnieSquare.png Annie using autoattacks on minions. She is likely to have 3 stacks on Pyromania.png Pyromania and is waiting for someone to engage her. She will cast Molten Shield.png Molten Shield, allowing her to stun on her next spell.
  • Molten Shield.png Molten Shield acts similarly to Thornmail item.png Thornmail. Be careful when engaging her if you are using a champion that relies on auto-attacks.
  • Despite AnnieSquare.png Annie's long basic attack range, powerful stun, and powerful burst in spells, Annie's spells are short-ranged. As such, long range mages such as LuxSquare.png Lux, MorganaSquare.png Morgana, ZiggsSquare.png Ziggs, and XerathSquare.png Xerath, and long range marksmen like CaitlynSquare.png Caitlyn, KogMawSquare.png Kog'Maw or TristanaSquare.png 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.png Annie players are known for making unexpected Flash.png Flashes when they have their stun ready, casting Summon- Tibbers.png Summon Tibbers and stunning your entire team. This can be potentially game-breaking, especially if the stun affects your allied carries.
  • Don't be deceived by Annie's lack of Pyromania.png Pyromania stacks, she may have three of them and she is just baiting you on thinking that she does not have enough stacks to stun you. This may lead to unexpected kills.

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