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Skill usage

  • EzrealSquare.png Ezreal's strength as a marksman comes from his versatile kit, high mixed damage, and attack speed steroid from Rising Spell Force.png Rising Spell Force. His Mystic Shot.png Mystic Shot, Essence Flux.png Essence Flux, and Arcane Shift.png Arcane Shift have decent range and good utility, encouraging a caster playstyle, and his Trueshot Barrage.png Trueshot Barrage can deal high burst damage to multiple targets. However, he is very reliant on landing his skillshots for most of his damage output.
  • EzrealSquare.png Ezreal has one of the lowest base healths at Level 1. Utilize the range from your skills to keep yourself safe.
  • By aiming Mystic Shot.png Mystic Shot in brushes and watching your cooldowns while listening for Mystic Shot.png Mystic Shot's hit sound, you can see if enemies are hiding in a brush.
    • Keep an eye on your Rising Spell Force.png Rising Spell Force stacks and whether they increase/refresh. This aspect allows you to check brush with EzrealSquare.png Ezreal's other abilities as well.
  • EzrealSquare.png Ezreal can utilize the Spell Weaving and Blade Weaving masteries to stack up a fair amount of extra damage with successive spells and auto attacks against enemy champions. However, players must be more aggressive and ensure that they land their skills.
  • If attacking a tower with an ally, you can use Essence Flux.png Essence Flux on them to boost their attack speed. Hitting the friendly champion will proc Rising Spell Force.png Rising Spell Force, granting you attack speed as well.
  • In the lane, EzrealSquare.png Ezreal's early burst damage and poke is very high. Combine this with a support or jungler's crowd control to get some kills.
  • Do not underestimate Essence Flux.png Essence Flux's damage when building Ability Power. With some aim, AP EzrealSquare.png Ezreal can easily harass and burst enemies down safely behind minions.
  • Remember that Arcane Shift.png Arcane Shift can be used to jump terrain spots and walls in the jungle. It is your best escape mechanism.
    • Be careful using it offensively in a skirmish as people will know to focus you while it's on cooldown.
    • Take note of the surrounding area. If EzrealSquare.png Ezreal is low on health and tries to Arcane Shift.png Arcane Shift over a wall, the escape attempt may hurt you if the homing missile targets a jungle monster and pulls aggro.
    • The missile will track the closest target after EzrealSquare.png Ezreal uses Arcane Shift.png Arcane Shift. Keep this in mind when using the skill offensively near enemy minions.
  • Use Arcane Shift.png Arcane Shift to help line up your other abilities, but avoid using it in situations that would leave you vulnerable.
  • You can line up Trueshot Barrage.png Trueshot Barrage to hit multiple minion waves or monsters.
  • Do not hesitate to use Trueshot Barrage.png Trueshot Barrage to just farm a creep wave or defend a turret. By spamming Mystic Shot.png Mystic Shot, the cooldown for Trueshot Barrage.png Trueshot Barrage will come back up very quickly. With maxed cooldown reduction, its cooldown can end up as low as 30 seconds.
  • Trueshot Barrage.png Trueshot Barrage can be used at the beginning of a team fight to instantly gain 5 stacks of Rising Spell Force.png Rising Spell Force.
  • Trueshot Barrage.png Trueshot Barrage takes approximately 12 seconds, from the start of casting time, to reach the enemy summoning circle from your own.
  • EzrealSquare.png Ezreal benefits from the two neutral buffs more so than most ADCs. Crest of the Ancient Golem.png Crest of the Ancient Golem allows EzrealSquare.png Ezreal to use his skills with impunity and Blessing of the Lizard Elder.png Blessing of the Lizard Elder allows him to kite with Mystic Shot.png Mystic Shot.
  • Trueshot Barrage.png Trueshot Barrage can be saved for teamfights or 1v1 situations to finish off enemies as they run away. Since the range is global and does a massive amount of damage you can kill low health enemies with a well-aimed ultimate.
    • Never forget that Trueshot Barrage.png Trueshot Barrage is global and you may be able to snipe an enemy champion from all the way across the map if you have good aim. You can also use it to soften up an enemy that you are aiming to fight.
    • Having teammates with good CC like LeonaSquare.png Leona or AmumuSquare.png Amumu can make it much easier to land your skills and make the enemy take the full brunt of your Trueshot Barrage.png Trueshot Barrage.
    • If you decide to snipe a fleeing enemy, make sure they don't have any sort of heal, shield, or invulnerability.
    • While Trueshot Barrage.png Trueshot Barrage has high base damage, the falloff could be the deciding factor in getting a kill; to get the most out of it, try to hit your target without it hitting minions.
    • Use Trueshot Barrage.png Trueshot Barrage when the enemy has no vision of EzrealSquare.png Ezreal so that they will be unable to warn their teammates.
      • Note that Trueshot Barrage.png Trueshot Barrage can be seen through the fog of war, so a wary opponent can watch for it and avoid it from a distance.
    • Trueshot Barrage.png Trueshot Barrage has a channel time upfront and is easily dodged by skilled players. For this reason, it is often a good idea to use it to hit an entire team immediately after the battle starts, dealing significant total damage and granting multiple stacks of Rising Spell Force.png Rising Spell Force.
    • Trueshot Barrage.png Trueshot Barrage is especially powerful in Dominion, delaying enemies' attempts to capture your towers and buying crucial time. Due to its relatively low cooldown in conjunction with Mystic Shot.png Mystic Shot, use it wisely and use it often.
  • Smart casting will give you a faster response time, allowing you to hit more abilities.
    • Smart casting Arcane Shift.png Arcane Shift can help you dodge a lot of otherwise deadly situations.

Build usage

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Blade item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Trinity Force item Essence Reaver item
Offensive Last Whisper item Infinity Edge item The Bloodthirster item
Defensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Banshee's Veil item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item Elixir of Wrath item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Tear of the Goddess item Health Potion item3 Mana Potion item3
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Manamune item Trinity Force item
Offensive Sanguine Blade item The Black Cleaver item Infinity Edge item Last Whisper item
Defensive Mercurial Scimitar item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector's Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Trinity Force item Sanguine Blade item
Offensive Last Whisper item Lord Van Damm's Pillager item Phantom Dancer item
Defensive Guardian Angel item Mercurial Scimitar item Entropy item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Blade item
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Trinity Force item Sanguine Blade item
Offensive Last Whisper item Lord Van Damm's Pillager item Phantom Dancer item
Defensive Dervish Blade item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Countering

  • EzrealSquare.png Ezreal is fairly squishy at early game. Harassing him early will hinder his gold and experience gain.
  • Three of his spells deal magic damage. Buying a Negatron Cloak item.png Negatron Cloak or Mercury's Treads item.png Mercury's Treads early will help you mitigate his damage if he builds towards those spells.
  • EzrealSquare.png Ezreal's Trueshot Barrage.png Trueshot Barrage has a global range. Take care when recalling when your health is low.
    • The projectile can be seen through fog, watching the map while recalling can help you notice it soon enough to move out of the way.
    • Although Trueshot Barrage.png Trueshot Barrage is a channeled ability, you cannot stop the channel with hard CC. The only way to prevent him from ulting mid-cast is by killing him.
  • All of EzrealSquare.png Ezreal's abilities are skill shots. Buying movement speed items will make it easier to evade his spells.
  • When dueling an EzrealSquare.png Ezreal as EzrealSquare.png Ezreal, try using Arcane Shift.png Arcane Shift to dodge their first Mystic Shot.png Mystic Shot. Immediately, you are in a good place to chase them, have dealt more damage, built a stack on Rising Spell Force.png Rising Spell Force, and have a cooldown advantage. If you can dodge Mystic Shot.png Mystic Shot while they are casting Essence Flux.png Essence Flux, you will have an even greater advantage. For this reason, be careful using Arcane Shift.png Arcane Shift offensively against another EzrealSquare.png Ezreal.
  • EzrealSquare.png Ezreal cannot trade fairly during close combat and relies heavily on poking. Having a champ that can dash or blink towards him (i.e. XinZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao, DianaSquare.png Diana, IreliaSquare.png Irelia) would cost EzrealSquare.png Ezreal his blink to run away from the team fight and be isolated from the defending allies causing his death.
  • Pure AP EzrealSquare.png Ezreal suffers from a weak early game; his burst is very mana-intensive, he loses his only non-flash escape-skill when using Arcane Shift.png Arcane Shift offensively, he cannot reliably push a lane and he lacks any kind of crowd control effects. In exchange, he becomes a very high damage dealer in the mid and late game due to his high AP-scaling and massive AoE-damage. In this case, it is even more effective to dodge his skillshots by moving erratically.

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