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Skill usage

  •  Ezreal's strength as a marksman comes from his versatile kit, high mixed damage, and attack speed steroid from  Rising Spell Force. His  Mystic Shot,  Essence Flux, and  Arcane Shift have decent range and good utility, encouraging a caster playstyle, and his  Trueshot Barrage can deal high burst damage to multiple targets.
  •  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 in brushes and watching your cooldowns while listening for  Mystic Shot's hit sound, you can see if enemies are hiding in a brush.
    • Keep an eye on your  Rising Spell Force stacks and whether they increase/refresh. This aspect allows you to check brush with  Ezreal's other abilities as well.
  •  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 on them to boost their attack speed. Hitting the friendly champion will proc  Rising Spell Force, granting you attack speed as well.
  • In the lane,  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's damage when building Ability Power. With some aim, AP  Ezreal can easily harass and burst enemies down safely behind minions.
  • Remember that  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  Ezreal is low on health and tries to  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  Ezreal uses  Arcane Shift. Keep this in mind when using the skill offensively near enemy minions.
  • Use  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 to hit multiple minion waves or monsters.
  • Do not hesitate to use  Trueshot Barrage to just farm a creep wave or defend a turret. By spamming  Mystic Shot, the cooldown for  Trueshot Barrage will come back up very quickly. With maxed cooldown reduction, its cooldown can end up as low as 30 seconds.
  •  Trueshot Barrage can be used at the beginning of a team fight to instantly gain 5 stacks of  Rising Spell Force.
  •  Trueshot Barrage takes approximately 12 seconds, from the start of casting time, to reach the enemy summoning circle from your own.
  •  Ezreal benefits from the two neutral buffs more so than most ADCs. Crest of the Ancient Golem allows  Ezreal to use his skills with impunity and Blessing of the Lizard Elder allows him to kite with  Mystic Shot.
  •  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 massive amount of damage you can kill low health enemies with a well-aimed ultimate.
    • Never forget that  Trueshot Barrage is global and you may be able to snipe a enemy champion from all the way across the map if you have good aim. You can also use it to soften up a enemy that you are aiming to fight.
    • Having teammates with good CC like  Leona or  Amumu can make it much easier to land your skills and make the enemy take the full brunt of your  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 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 when the enemy has no vision of  Ezreal so that they will be unable to warn their teammates.
      • Note that  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 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.
    •  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, 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 can help you dodge a lot of otherwise deadly situations.


Build usage

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
recommended items
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item4
Essential Doran's Blade item Berserker's Greaves item Trinity Force item
Offensive The Bloodthirster item Last Whisper item Infinity Edge item
Defensive Guardian Angel item Mercurial Scimitar item Iceborn Gauntlet item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
recommended items
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
recommended items
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
recommended items
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

  •  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 or Mercury's Treads early will help you mitigate his damage if he builds towards those spells.
  •  Ezreal's  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 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  Ezreal's abilities are skill shots. Buying movement speed items will make it easier to evade his spells.
  • When dueling an  Ezreal as  Ezreal, try using  Arcane Shift to dodge their first  Mystic Shot. Immediately, you are in a good place to chase them, have dealt more damage, built a stack on  Rising Spell Force, and have a cooldown advantage. If you can dodge  Mystic Shot while they are casting  Essence Flux, you will have an even greater advantage. For this reason, be careful using  Arcane Shift offensively against another  Ezreal.
  •  Ezreal cannot trade fairly during close combat and relies heavily on poking. Having a champ that can dash or blink towards him (ie  Xin Zhao,  Diana,  Irelia) would cost  Ezreal his blink to run away from the team fight and be isolated from the defending allies causing his death.
  • Pure AP  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 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 lategame due to his high AP-scalings and massive AoE-damage. In this case, it is even more effective to dodge his skillshots by moving erratically.

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