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Champion Spotlight

By David 'Phreak' Turley [1]

Ashe Champion Spotlight

Ashe Champion Spotlight

With the Freljord event coming to a close, this edition of the Champion Spotlight focuses on one of the leaders of the three tribes. Take aim with Enchanted Crystal Arrow a giant frozen arrow and Focus Focus your enemies into frigid oblivion as AsheSquare Ashe, the Frost Archer.

With her full suite of crowd-control and utility, Ashe has the ability to harass in lane and deliver high-impact damage complemented by one of the strongest Enchanted Crystal Arrow initiates in the game. Ashe demonstrates natural kiting power with Frost Shot Frost Shot, while Volley Volley provides efficient wave clear and Hawkshot Hawkshot's active effect allows her to spot a sneaky gank attempt. Use Enchanted Crystal Arrow Enchanted Crystal Arrow to start a fight, or pick off an opponent with a cross-map snipe to end one.

Check out the video for tips, tricks, and sample runes and masteries for Ashe, an ADC with a chilly disposition.

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Blade item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Early B. F. Sword item Zeal item Boots of Speed item
Essential Essence Reaver item Berserker's Greaves item Runaan's Hurricane item
Offensive Infinity Edge item Phantom Dancer item Lord Dominik's Regards item
Situational Mercurial Scimitar item The Bloodthirster item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Wrath item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Blade item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2
Early B. F. Sword item Zeal item Vampiric Scepter item
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Infinity Edge item Rapid Firecannon item
Offensive Phantom Dancer item The Bloodthirster item Runaan's Hurricane item
Situational Lord Dominik's Regards item Mortal Reminder item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Howling Abyss
Starting Guardian's Hammer item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item3
Essential Infinity Edge item Berserker's Greaves item Runaan's Hurricane item
Offensive Rapid Firecannon item Lord Dominik's Regards item Essence Reaver item
Defensive The Bloodthirster item Death's Dance item Mercurial Scimitar item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item Corrupting Potion item

Tips

Playing As AsheSquare Ashe
  • Ashe doesn't have any offensive power to succeed independently, so make sure to stick with the team when they start to group up.
  • Ashe's kiting ability is her only defense, so be wary of invasions and sudden signs of engagement.
  • It's best to focus on one target since Frost Shot Frost Shot becomes very powerful when accumulated.
Playing Against AsheSquare Ashe
  • Ashe has very few defensive options, so she's an easy target to attack.
  • Ashe has unparalleled kiting ability with Frost Shot Frost Shot; a fast approach will prevent you from getting Frost Shot 2 slowed.
  • Since AsheSquare Ashe relies on autoattacks for most of her damage output, tanks who can build a Thornmail item Thornmail should itemize for it if possible.
  • Enchanted Crystal Arrow Enchanted Crystal Arrow is deadly if you get caught in it, but it is quite easy to avoid. Walking in a straight path makes you easier to target, instead, make erratic movement patterns to make it harder for her to predict where you'll go.
  • Be wary of skirmishing when you cannot account for a surprise Enchanted Crystal Arrow Enchanted Crystal Arrow.
Playing With AsheSquare Ashe
  • Ashe's secondary role is support, bringing her along while you're taking objectives will greatly reinforce your advances.
  • Protecting Ashe during a fight will enable her to lock down oppressive enemies and lay down some zone control.

Playstyle

AsheSquare Ashe is a team-oriented marksman that thrives in asserting control over a fight with her full suite of crowd-control and utility. Where she lacks in dueling power, she excels in kiting her enemies Frost Shot 2 frozen and initiating for her team with Enchanted Crystal Arrow Enchanted Crystal Arrow. Since she lacks durability or mobility, positioning is key to applying pressure; which comes slowly but surely.

  • Ashe is a great champion to learn how to kite and stutter step since it serves as a very important technique to play into her strengths and weaknesses.

Ability Usage

Frost Shot Frost Shot [Innate]
  • Frost Shot Frost Shot makes last hitting easier. Since AsheSquare Ashe's autoattacks against enemies who are affected by her passive's slow deal bonus damage, it's much easier to land killing blows on minions.
    • Try attacking once when the minion is about less than half health, and once immediately after.
Ranger's Focus Ranger's Focus [Q]
  • Ranger's Focus Ranger's Focus is a great kiting ability, since it applies Frost Shot Frost Shot very quickly.
  • Ranger's Focus Ranger's Focus can be used to push turrets quickly. This is even more deadly if there are minions around to help AsheSquare Ashe build up stacks of Ranger's Focus Focus.
Volley Volley [W]
  • Volley Volley is the safest and most reliable way to spread Frost Shot Frost to multiple targets.
  • Volley Volley can be used as a sort of autoattack reset. Firing it immediately after a basic attack will allow AsheSquare Ashe to fire off another attack faster than if she were to wait between attacks.
Hawkshot Hawkshot [E]
  • Hawkshot Hawkshot is a scouting tool that is much safer to use than wards, given that it has a global range and holds charges. It can be used to scout unsafe territory without having to overextend.
    • Hawkshot Hawkshot reveals units in brush. If a team fight is occurring in the jungle it can give you a significant advantage.
    • Cooldown reduction does not lower the time between Hawkshot Hawkshot casts, but it does affect the recharge time.
    • Be conservative of charges during the early levels, it's best used when you need vision where you otherwise aren't present.
Enchanted Crystal Arrow Enchanted Crystal Arrow [R]
  • Enchanted Crystal Arrow Enchanted Crystal Arrow is a global stun that can be used to save allies or yourself from a long distance, initiate teamfights, or execute enemy champions (although the damage is not very good).
  • When you are about to use Enchanted Crystal Arrow Enchanted Crystal Arrow, try to guess where your target will go and aim there, instead of aiming directly over where they are standing. Doing so increases the chances of landing a hit.
  • The closer you are to the enemy, the less effective Enchanted Crystal Arrow Enchanted Crystal Arrow is.

Runes

  • Since AsheSquare Ashe focuses on frequent basic attacks, the Precision icon Precision tree provides the greatest supplement to her playstyle.
    • Press the Attack rune Press the Attack will fully benefit Ashe as a supportive fighter and an attack speed lover.
    • Lethal Tempo rune Lethal Tempo Allows Ashe to stack Frost Shot Frost Shot quickly upon targeting a champion if she goes on the offensive.
    • Fleet Footwork rune Fleet Footwork procs very frequently within Ashe's kiting ability, and helps her survive a fight simultaneously.

Items

Counterpicks

  • Champions that can get the jump on her such as AlistarSquare Alistar or IreliaSquare Irelia can easily capitalize on her lack of defenses.
  • Champions with oppressive poke such as EzrealSquare Ezreal and SonaSquare Sona force Ashe out of combat.


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