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Ekko Champion Spotlight09:34

Ekko Champion Spotlight

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Starting Doran's Ring item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Early Fiendish Codex item Lost Chapter item Boots of Speed item
Essential Morellonomicon item Sorcerer's Shoes item Banshee's Veil item
Offensive Lich Bane item Void Staff item Rabadon's Deathcap item
Defensive Zhonya's Hourglass item Hextech Protobelt-01 item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Talisman item Refillable Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Stalker's Blade item Boots of Speed item Aether Wisp item
Essential Stalker's Blade (Runic Echoes) item Sorcerer's Shoes item Zhonya's Hourglass item
Offensive Morellonomicon item Lich Bane item Void Staff item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Hextech Protobelt-01 item Guardian Angel item
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Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Ring item2 Health Potion item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Standard Morellonomicon item Luden's Echo item Void Staff item
Situational Abyssal Mask item Lich Bane item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
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Howling Abyss
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Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Zhonya's Hourglass item Banshee's Veil item
Offensive Lich Bane item Rabadon's Deathcap item Morellonomicon item
Defensive Hextech Protobelt-01 item Iceborn Gauntlet item Spirit Visage item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item Corrupting Potion item

Tips

Playing As Ekko Ekko
  • Chronobreak.png Chronobreak is a potent escape tool, but it can also be quite powerful when used offensively. Don't underestimate its damage potential.
  • If you can proc Z-Drive Resonance.png Z-Drive Resonance on an enemy champion, it's worth taking risks to do so. The bonus Z-Drive Resonance 2 movement speed makes it easy to escape.
  • Phase Dive.png Phase Dive's dash is a great tool for setting up Ekko's other abilities. Use it to get double hits with Timewinder.png Timewinder or get into position to detonate Parallel Convergence.png Parallel Convergence.
Playing Against Ekko Ekko
  • Ekko is significantly weaker when his Chronobreak.png ultimate is down. Watch for the trail he leaves behind to determine if Chronobreak.png Chronobreak is available.
  • Ekko's Parallel Convergence.png stun zone takes 3 seconds to arm. Watch for the image he creates on cast and try to guess where the zone was placed.
  • The second hit of Timewinder.png Timewinder does more damage than the first; try to avoid it.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Ekko is mainly played as an mobile burst assassin, with high AP and CDR, to delete squishes while remaining a slippery nuisance. But due to his 'sticky' kit, he can also be played as a "tanky mage", combining items like Rod of Ages item.png Rod of Ages, Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet and Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage.
  • All of his skills have great synergy with themselves. Timewinder.png Q+Parallel Convergence.png W or Parallel Convergence.png W+Timewinder.png Q to slow/stun the enemy and land the latter perfectly, Phase Dive.png E+Parallel Convergence.png W to get to the sphere faster, Chronobreak.png Ult+Parallel Convergence.png W for the AoE stun and damage etc.
  • It is possible to proc his Z-Drive Resonance.png passive on every damaging spell. So running and using Q for a double stack and then Chronobreak.png Ulting back on the target is a risky but rewarding way to one-shot most champions.
  • Timewinder.png Q is a really good farming tool as it has a low cooldown and decent damage. Be careful though as spamming it will drain your mana and may also ruin the minion wave without enough AP.
  • Never underestimate your Parallel Convergence.png W's passive; when enemies are low health, it does surprisingly high damage and can help you finish off targets easily.
  • It is important to stack a lot of AP as it will go to both your damage and survivability from your Chronobreak.png Ult healing and Parallel Convergence.png W shield.
  • Ekko is a great chaser and runner as he has a movespeed boost on his Z-Drive Resonance.png passive, two slows (Timewinder.png Q and Parallel Convergence.png W), a stun on his Parallel Convergence.png W, a dash and blink on his Phase Dive.png E, and another blink on his Chronobreak.png Ult.
  • For the fastest damage combo, throw out your Timewinder.png Q and Phase Dive.png E your target as it's coming back. This will proc your Z-Drive Resonance.png passive and result in a near instantaneous burst of damage.
  • Ekko's split pushing capabilities are quite good as he has great waveclear with his Timewinder.png Q and his Phase Dive.png E damage affects towers. Due to his mobility, he can also escape easily when enemies come to try and stop him.
  • For the best use of Timewinder.png Timewinder, try to zone your lane opponent against a wall as they will have less space to move and dodge both parts of it.
  • Don't waste your Parallel Convergence.png W and Chronobreak.png Ult as they have relatively long cooldowns and are important to your survival. Time them both right to utilise as many of their effects as possible.
    • For Parallel Convergence.png Parallel Convergence, at least try to get the shield to mitigate retaliatory damage from your opponent.
    • For Chronobreak.png Chronobreak, the healing and repositioning components are most important. Don't worry too much about landing the damage as your kit still has plenty of damage without your ult.
  • Push to the limit while fighting before you Chronobreak.png Chronobreak. This will allow to heal as much as possible while baiting enemies into taking the damage from it as well. However, this is not always the best choice, especially in team fights, as enemies may burst or CC you before you can ult.
  • Always try to proc the third hit from your passive when possible. The bonus speed and damage can potentially win a trade without much effort.
  • Phase Dive.png Phase Dive has strange synergy with Rapid Firecannon item.png Rapid Firecannon. The item's damage will proc first than the damage from E but the bonus range will still be applied.
    • Phase Dive.png Phase Dive consists of a dash followed by a ranged blink-auto attack. The bonus range is still applied as the normal method of range calculation. In other words, the range is calculated from edge-to-edge (your champion's position to the edge of the range meter). In addition, the edge-to-edge portion scales with the champion's size (and Rapid Firecannon item.png Rapid Firecannon), which means that a larger Ekko will have greater range than a smaller one.
Mastery Usage
  • The best keystone for Ekko is Thunderlord's Decree, as it can proc with really well with his passive. Thunderlord's Decree can proc with the 2 Q and E, but, if you use only one Q damage and E, it will proc as well, since the E damage is physical+magical.
  • Vampirism from Ferocity Tree can be a good choice for extended fights and trades.
  • If you have free points, spent them in the Resolve tree to obtain the bonus shield and healing.
  • Deathfire's Touch is a good alternat spell, despite not having a perfect synergy with his skillset. But when the enemy team is hard to get to close combat or they are too much tanky, you may have it since it can really negate some health regen from enemies, specially on the lane phase. It can full proc on his passive, and combined with Liandry's Torment item.png Liandry's Torment, can really do the job against tank enemies.
  • For more tank playstyle, pick Grasp of The Undying.
Item Usage
  • It is necessary to stack high amount of ability power, Ekko got great scalling rates in every single skill. Passive's got 80%.Timewinder back and forth damage totalizes 90% of ability power scalling rate. 150% ability power from W's shield. Phase Dive got 40% (plus the damage from Lich Bane item.png Lich Bane) and 150% from damage scalling on Chronobreak alongside 60% of healing.
  • As said before, Lich Bane item.png Lich Bane is a core item.
  • Rabadon's Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap is an almost core for Ekko, since it gives the huge AP bonus.
  • Catalyst of Aeons item.png Catalyst of Aeons can be a really good pick, as was mentioned, Ekko strenght's is focused on constantly damage alongside with a good cooldown reduction, especially when his damage output is still average to low. The 2 passives works really well with him and the 2 final itens benifits his kit really good too.
  • Hextech Protobelt-01 item.png Hextech Protobelt-01 is a good choice for extra gap close, cooldown reduction and bonus health.
  • When facing too much physical damage, Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet will be a really good choice, making even more easily to land your combos.
  • Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage will boost significantly stats for surviability and enhanced cure. Perfect for extended team fights.
  • Luden's Echo item.png Luden's Echo works really good with all of his kit plus the bonus move speed and crucial for an assassin playstyle.
  • To maximize your damage, you will need to constantly keep close to your targets, which makes Abyssal Mask item.png Abyssal Mask an efficient buy.
  • Nashor's Tooth item.png Nashor's Tooth boosts your kit really well. Ekko got a good synergy with attack speed, especially combined with his passive from Parallel Convergion. Alongside with the bonus AP and cooldown reduction, it will make your split push really strong.
  • Despite not being too much good for his essencial attributes, Wit's End item.png Wit's End enhances his close auto-attack combat, reducing magical resistance on every hit, potentializing all of his burst.
  • Cooldown reduction is essencial. Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.png Ionian Boots of Lucidity can be a good choice, as it can even reduce the cooldown from your spells, making even more strong for hard engages and constantly presence if you are in top lane or using Teleport.
  • Morellonomicon item.png Morellonomicon gives everything essencial, combined with Lich Bane item.png Lich Bane and Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.png Ionian Boots of Lucidity, maximize your cooldown reduction without any damage sacrifice.
  • Even building tanky itens, Ekko is still vulnerable to Crowd Control since great part of his skillset is focused on keep moving around, when necessary, buy a Mercury's Treads item.png Mercury's Treads to always ult before dying.
  • Zhonya's Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass works good with the time of your ult. When in stasis, the shadow from Chronobreak will still be active, so it can catch enemies of guard.
  • Hextech Gunblade item.png Hextech Gunblade is a really good alternative item. Combined with more on hit itens with bonus effects, it can upgrade your melee combat as well.
Countering
  • Like many other assassins, Ekko is vulnerable to crowd control. Snaring or stunning Ekko before he can deal heavy damage can heavily cripple his potential in teamfights.
  • After using Phase Dive, Ekko is even more vulnerable to heavy CC and huge bursts. This situation will likely cause most Ekko players to burn Chronobreak just to survive the incoming burst damage.
  • While Ekko is a threat on his own, His kit is to primarily for 1v1 dueling and start fights. Dodging Timewinder, or Parallel Convergence can prevent Ekko from closing in on you easily.
  • Baiting Ekko in using his Parallel Convergence into heavy ambushes can be a good strategy. His stun and shield is on a long cooldown and your team can close up on him and kill him.
  • When Ekko is retreating with low health and his hologram is following him, be wary. It means his Chronobreak is available and he can instantly turn the fight around with its healing and heavy AP damage.
  • When your team is chasing a low health Ekko, If you notice Chronobreak is ready, Launch skillshots onto his hologram. Ekko players tend to do this rather than running away to attempt to turn the tables. Its better if it is a heavy CC. Your team can catch up and kill him.

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