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Champion Spotlight

Fiddlesticks Champion Spotlight07:11

Fiddlesticks Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran&#039;s Ring item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Fiendish Codex item
Essential Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item Morellonomicon item
Standard Abyssal Scepter item Luden&#039;s Echo item Void Staff item
Situational Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item Rod of Ages item Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Talisman item Health Potion item3 Warding Totem item
Early Stalker&#039;s Blade item Boots of Speed item Aether Wisp item
Essential Stalker&#039;s Blade (Runic Echoes) item Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item
Standard Abyssal Scepter item Morellonomicon item Void Staff item
Situational Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item Rod of Ages item Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran&#039;s Ring item2 Health Potion item
Essential Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Wooglet&#039;s Witchcap item Abyssal Scepter item
Offensive Void Staff item Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item Luden&#039;s Echo item
Defensive Hextech Protobelt-01 item Morellonomicon item Moonflair Spellblade item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Talisman item Hunter&#039;s Machete item Refillable Potion item
Essential Stalker&#039;s Blade (Runic Echoes) item Wooglet&#039;s Witchcap item Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item
Offensive Void Staff item Liandry&#039;s Torment item Hextech Protobelt-01 item
Defensive Moonflair Spellblade item Abyssal Scepter item Hextech GLP-800 item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Orb of Winter item Health Potion item3
Essential Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Abyssal Scepter item
Offensive Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item Void Staff item Luden&#039;s Echo item
Defensive Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item Banshee&#039;s Veil item Hextech GLP-800 item
Consumables Oracle&#039;s Extract item Health Potion item

Tips

Playing As Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks
  • Use Dark Wind.png Dark Wind to rack up many minion kills, and try to use Drain.png Drain on minions to get the maximum health drain.
  • Use Terrify.png Terrify on enemies before starting up Crowstorm.png Crowstorm or Drain.png Drain to ensure maximum damage.
  • Fiddlesticks is very fragile if you build AP items. Try to strike a balance between offense and defense with runes, masteries, and items.
Playing Against Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks
  • Avoid attacking while close to your allies. Dark Wind.png Dark Wind will bounce between you and your allies, increasing its damage.
  • If Fiddlesticks has used Crowstorm.png Crowstorm, try casting a stun or slow and moving out of range until the spell dissipates.
  • If Fiddlesticks is nowhere to be seen, watch out for an ambush Crowstorm.png Crowstorm from brush.

Tricks

  • Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks is versatile and can go on a variety of lanes, with the most common one being jungle. Due to Fiddlestick's sustain with Drain.png Drain, he is one of the few junglers who don't have to worry at all with being at such low HP at the first clear, that they have to go back to base instead of ganking. In fact, this combined with Terrify.png Terrify makes Fiddlesticks one of the best level 1-3 gankers; he can even gank at level 2 just after taking blue if he decides to level up Terrify.png Terrify instead of Dark Wind.png Dark Wind.
    • Fiddlesticks's jungle sustain is so good, that he might not even need a leash at all. This allows his teammates to go directly to their lanes to farm.
    • However, Fiddlesticks is extremely dependent from the blue buff to jungle, especially early game, as he is mana hungry. Be very careful of enemy counterjungling.
    • Fiddlesticks' ganking potential spikes even more after he obtains Crowstorm.png Crowstorm as he can make nasty surprise ganks, coming from nowhere.
  • Although Fiddlesticks is good at jungle, he can go mid lane too. The advantages of doing this is that it allows your jungler to pick a tankier champion. While Fiddlesticks may seem to lose most matchups at mid lane, his Dark Wind.png Dark Wind allows him to farm and to harass the enemy laner from a long distance, and his Drain.png Drain allows him to stay at lane for a longer time than many other mid champions, as long as you can manage your mana effectively. Keep in mind that Fiddlesticks doesn't push the lane very well unless you decide to max Dark Wind.png Dark Wind, but if you do that, you lose the sustain and dueling potential from Drain.png Drain.
  • Because Terrify.png Terrify is a reliable crowd control, and the fact that he can harass very well with Dark Wind.png Dark Wind, Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks can also be used at bot lane as a poke-based support. Fiddlesticks' harass is one of the strongest and without a healing support such as Soraka Soraka or Sona Sona, Fiddlesticks has the potential to harass the enemy ADC and support out of lane with ease. However, he is very vulnerable to all-ins due to his lack of escapes and his squishiness. Keep that in mind when facing enemy supports with a lot of CC such as Leona Leona.
    • Keep in mind that Fiddlesticks doesn't have a lot of utility outside Terrify.png Terrify. You may need to purchase some support items such as Mikael&#039;s Crucible item.png Mikael's Crucible to compensate for that. Do that only if Fiddlesticks is behind or if you don't really need another source of magic damage, however, as Fiddlesticks' damage potential is wasted if he goes for a support-oriented build; his Drain.png Drain will be useless and his Crowstorm.png Crowstorm will do laughable damage without AP items.
    • Even if you decide to build AP, however, Sightstone item.png Sightstone is still essential.
  • At late game, it is likely that many champions have build their own form of sustain, or defenses, allowing them to 1v1 Fiddlesticks effectively. He is also prone to being bursted due to being squishy. Despite this, Fiddlesticks is extremely good late game due to his insane AoE damage with Crowstorm.png Crowstorm allowing him to devastate enemies at teamfights, especially when combined with other AoE ultimates such as Amumu Amumu's Curse of the Sad Mummy.png Curse of the Sad Mummy. His Terrify.png Terrify is also detrimental to any champion who is vulnerable to CC, this includes squishy carries such as the ADCs.
Ability Usage
  • Dread.png Dread is a very useful ability. It allows you to reposition yourself after Drain.png Drain or Crowstorm.png Crowstorm.
  • Terrify.png Terrify with Drain.png Drain is an amazing combo that can turn the tables in a fight. To make sure that the enemy stays within range, Terrify.png Terrify them against a wall, where they will be under heavy fire and under control.
  • If you use Drain.png Drain on enemies that go into stealth or Flash.png Flash, Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks won't stop channeling until they go out of range. Drain.png Drain also continues through Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool, Rebirth.png Rebirth, and Playful.png Playful.
  • When laning, Dark Wind.png Dark Wind is an extremely effective poke. Furthermore, Dark Wind.png Dark Wind can be used from an extremely long range since you can bounce it from melee minions to range minions to the target character. Even at a closer range it silences so you can escape often without taking damage. Since Dark Wind.png Dark Wind is the last ability you should level, use it early (levels 1-5) and often to give you a lane advantage. At middle levels (6-11) this ability will be far less effective at poking from range and clearing minions, while champions with long range pokes will stop you from farming.
  • When taking down opponents, consider using him as an assassin, as Fiddlesticks shouldn't take on many champions head-to-head. Sneaking up on an enemy champion then using Crowstorm.png Crowstorm, Terrify.png Terrify, and Drain.png Drain maximizes damage. You can also initiate a fight by using Flash.png Flash or Crowstorm.png Crowstorm over a wall and using the aforementioned combo onto the enemy team.
  • Dark Wind.png Dark Wind is most useful for silencing enemy champions, but can do very high damage to bunched up enemy champions (especially pairs of champions with no minions around as the spell will bounce between them until it reaches 6 bounces, although it can only silence each target once). It can also be very effective for farming since it deals bonus damage to minions.
  • Coordinate with your teammates when you use Crowstorm.png Crowstorm in order to maximize the damage. It synergizes well with abilities which provide area of effect crowd control.
  • Use Dark Wind.png Dark Wind to rack up minion kills and try to use Drain.png Drain primarily on siege minions to get the maximum health gain.
  • Drain.png Drain allows Fiddlesticks to jungle by almost continuously regaining health.
  • Casting other abilities, getting silenced or getting stunned while using Drain.png Drain or Crowstorm.png Crowstorm will stop channeling.
  • Flash.png Flash can be used after casting Crowstorm.png Crowstorm to quickly jump into an enemy or a group of enemies. Two blinks are twice as effective.
  • A summoner spell that can be used to escape, such as Ghost.png Ghost or Flash.png Flash, is essentially mandatory on Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks, as Fiddlesticks lacks any ability to escape.
  • Crowstorm.png Crowstorm does not make you invulnerable. Be careful about blinking into crowds with only maximizing damage in mind. Items like Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass or abilities like Idol of Durand.png Idol of Durand would be helpful.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • When laning, starting items for Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks should almost always include some form of mana regen. A Doran&#039;s Ring item.png Doran's Ring will allow you to poke constantly and keep your life up with Drain.png Drain.
  • Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass is a must have on Fiddlesticks. It gives you the ability to very effectively tower dive or initiate team fights with Crowstorm.png Crowstorm or block the massive amounts of CC and incoming damage that will be thrown at you whenever you choose to Crowstorm.png Crowstorm in.
    • It is often best to rush Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass since a Terrify.png Q > Drain.png W combo will give you plenty of sustain while Crowstorm.png Crowstorming in for 1v1 assassinations, and what you need is early team fight sustain since you often have to get into the frontline to deal damage.
  • Buying Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter will maximize your damage with Drain.png Drain, as your enemy is slowed when trying to escape. It will also help your ultimate by maximizing damage and adding a large AoE slow in teamfights, giving an advantage to your team.
  • Buying a Liandry&#039;s Torment item.png Liandry's Torment can help Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks deal with champions with high health.
  • Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks is a relatively slow jungler and it can be hard to gank until you reach level 6 and get Crowstorm.png Crowstorm. Consider buying Boots of Mobility item.png Boots of Mobility / Boots of Swiftness item.png Boots of Swiftness to help switch between farming while your Crowstorm.png Crowstorm is on cooldown and ganking. However getting Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item.png Sorcerer's Shoes can give you enough magic penetration to basically do true damage.
  • Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter is another good option, since Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks is almost always inside the aura of the item to deal damage. The magic resistance also gives a good defensive stat against mages.
  • Buying a Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil is good idea for more survivability. It also lowers the chance that the channeling of Crowstorm.png Crowstorm will be interrupted by an enemy with a disruption CC ability.
  • A Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage allows Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks to heal a lot more with Drain.png Drain, meaning that he can put more points into other abilities earlier on.
  • Hextech Protobelt-01 item.png Hextech Protobelt-01 gives Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks health, AP and CDR which are all helpful for his playstyle. The mini dash on the active also gives Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks a larger initiate range in combination with Flash.png Flash and Crowstorm.png Crowstorm.
  • Void Staff item.png Void Staff as with most mages, should be bought to counter high MR stacking.
  • Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap is a great mid-late game item for Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks as his AP scalings are extremely high.
Countering
  • Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks deals most of his damage from his Drain.png Drain and Crowstorm.png Crowstorm and both have channels which can be interrupted. This means that hard CC, like a stun, can stop most of Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks' damage. However, Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks will likely disable you with Terrify.png Terrify's lengthy fear before channeling, making a teammate invaluable.
  • A common Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks strategy is to hide in the brush, wait for an unaware champion to appear, and use his Crowstorm.png Crowstorm. Good warding and map awareness can stop Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks from ganking you from typical locations.
  • When starting a teamfight, try to save your ability with CC that can interrupt his channeling abilities.
    • If you see an enemy Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks channeling his Crowstorm.png Crowstorm, use a CC ability that can stop him (stun, silence, knockback, knockup).
    • If you have vision of Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks, Crowstorm.png Crowstorm has a distinctive 'scratching' noise while channeling. Alternatively, his pose is the same as Drain.png Drain except without a green leash.
    • However, the time window is fairly narrow, and you may be in even more danger of taking the brunt of Crowstorm.png Crowstorm's devastating damage if you are trying to reach Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks.
  • Having a source of Grievous Wounds icon Grievous Wounds (like Ignite.png Ignite, Morellonomicon item.png Morellonomicon, or Mortal Reminder item.png Mortal Reminder) can make Drain.png Drain less effective.
  • An easy way to counter Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks is to purchase Mercury&#039;s Treads item.png Mercury's Treads to reduce the duration of his Terrify.png fear or a Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil to negate one of his spells and reduce his damage output.
  • As for champion counterpicks, it is recommended to use champions who have more than one hard CC, such as Cho&#039;Gath Cho'Gath and Blitzcrank Blitzcrank.

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