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Illaoi Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Blade item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Essential Mercury's Treads item The Black Cleaver item
Offensive Sterak's Gage item Death's Dance item Trinity Force item
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item Randuin's Omen item Spirit Visage item
Consumables Corrupting Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Machete item Refillable Potion item Warding Totem item
Essential Stalker's Blade (Cinderhulk) item Mercury's Treads item The Black Cleaver item
Offensive Sterak's Gage item Death's Dance item Trinity Force item
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item Randuin's Omen item Spirit Visage item
Consumables Hunter's Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Blade item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2
Essential Mercury's Treads item The Black Cleaver item Sterak's Gage item
Offensive Death's Dance item Trinity Force item Titanic Hydra item
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item Spirit Visage item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Howling Abyss
Starting Guardian's Horn item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item3
Essential The Black Cleaver item Mercury's Treads item Sterak's Gage item
Offensive Death's Dance item Titanic Hydra item Maw of Malmortius item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Dead Man's Plate item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item

Tips

Playing As IllaoiSquare Illaoi
  • Prophet of an Elder God Tentacles are an immense source of power. Don't fight without them.
  • Test of Spirit Spirits inherit their target's current health. If making a Vessel Vessel is your goal, try whittling your opponent's health down a bit first to make killing the Test of Spirit spirit easier.
  • Leap of Faith Leap of Faith is best used to follow-up a strong engage or when being engaged upon. Be careful about being the first one into a fight.
Playing Against IllaoiSquare Illaoi
  • Killing Prophet of an Elder God Tentacles whenever possible will make it much easier to win a fight against Illaoi.
  • When your Test of Spirit spirit gets pulled out, fight back if you can. Dealing damage to IllaoiSquare Illaoi reduces the Test of Spirit spirit's duration.
  • Avoid grouping up for Leap of Faith Leap of Faith to reduce the number of Prophet of an Elder God Tentacles available to IllaoiSquare Illaoi.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Prophet of an Elder God Tentacles queue attack commands. Commanding an attack from a Prophet of an Elder God Tentacle that is already performing an attack will make that Prophet of an Elder God Tentacle strike again directly after it finishes its first attack.
  • Test of Spirit Spirits and their bodies can both be damaged by the same instance of damage. Pairing IllaoiSquare Illaoi with an area of effect damage dealer, such as BrandSquare Brand, causes Test of Spirit Test of Spirit to effectively amplify damage to the target.
  • Damage dealt to the target of Test of Spirit Test of Spirit is not redirected to the Test of Spirit Spirit. As such, it is possible to kill the target if their health is reduced lower than the Test of Spirit Spirit's. Establishing the Test of Spirit Spirit before engaging the fight can give you a means to finish your target off if they get out of your reach but do not break the tether.
  • Prophet of an Elder God Tentacles, both active and dormant, can be targeted by Teleport Teleport.
  • While playing in the jungle, you would do well to use the time before the camps spawn to set-up Prophet of an Elder God Tentacles at the first few camps you intend to clear. As well as increasing your damage output, they will also alert you when they're in combat with any would be invaders.
  • When you go into a fight remember to pull out the Test of Spirit Spirit of the nearest enemy champion, then quickly activate Leap of Faith Leap of Faith to summon the maximum amount of Prophet of an Elder God Tentacles, and immediately after start hitting the Test of Spirit Spirit.
  • Sometimes a good defense is a good offense, try to pull out the enemy's Test of Spirit Spirit near your turret and your Prophet of an Elder God Tentacles.
  • AoE damage will be amplified for an enemy champ if he and his Test of Spirit Spirit receive the damage at the same time.
  • Illaoi doesn't have hard CC or defensive abilities but is compensated for it with her incredible physical AoE damage and sustain, so a good pairing for her is a champ that has a lot of CC, can protect her from enemy damage, or deals good magic AoE damage, a few examples are:
    • BraumSquare Braum. His Q can stun enemies but needs a little coordination to do well. His W allows him to increases Illaoi's resistances, E permits him to protect her from projectile attacks and his ult gives a knock-up and a potent slow that is difficult to escape, and combines well with her ult.
    • AmumuSquare Amumu. His abilities dealt medium and constant magic damage, particularly his W. His ult is perfect to synchronise with Illaoi's ult.
    • NautilusSquare Nautilus
    • AniviaSquare Anivia
    • Jarvan IVSquare Jarvan IV. His ult allows Illaoi to secure champ strikes for her ult and Prophet of an Elder God Tentacles. This is less useful against champ with dashes or blinks.
    • OriannaSquare Orianna
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • You must buy one pair of boots to increase Illaoi's movement speed.
    • You can upgrade it into Mercury's Treads item Mercury's Treads if the enemy team has a lot of CC.
    • Upgrade into Ninja Tabi item Ninja Tabi if most of the damage that you receive is from basic attacks or abilities.
  • The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver is one of Illaoi's core items as it provides:
    • 300 health for her survivability.
    • 50 AD, every of her basic abilities have good AD scalings.
    • 20% CDR, this statistic is very important to Illaoi because most of her damage are from her abilities.
    • The most important effect is the 30% armor reduction allowing her to deal more damage also against heavy armored champions. Illaoi can stack the effect very quickly to all enemy champs thanks of her Prophet of an Elder God Tentacles and abilities.

Iceborn Gauntlet item Iceborn Gauntlet is another Illaoi's core item on part with The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver as it provites:

  • + 65 bonus armor for her survivability against AD champs and minions attacks.
  • + 500 bonus mana allowing her to casting abilities more frecuently by solving mana issues.
  • 20% CDR, equal to The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver this statistic is very important to Illaoi because most of her damage is from her abilities.
  • The 20 bonus movement speed is useful to move fast across your enemies or when you are escaping.
  • The most important effect is the Spellblade effect that creates an Icy Zone that scales with Illaoi's 100% high base AD (damage) and 55% bonus armor (radius) and SLOWS every enemy in the zone by 30% allowing Illaoi's Prophet of an Elder God Tentacles to easily hit her target, while also giving her another source of AoE damage.
    • This effect synergizes well with The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver's armor reduction allowing Illaoi to stack it more quickly to all enemy champs.
  • Sterak's Gage item Sterak's Gage can be a great fighter item to Illaoi as it provides:
    • + 400 health for her survivaly and also stacks with Sterak's Fury.
    • + 25% base AD, on Illaoi this effect is very incredible as she has a high base attack damage at all levels, and her basic abilities and Prophet of an Elder God Tentacles scale with total AD so they will have increased their damage. Also this will increase the bonus damage of Spellblade.
    • The most important effect is the Sterak's Fury that generates an absorption shield equal of Illaoi's 30% maximum health and another + 25% bonus base AD allowing Illaoi to survive a burst damage or a team fight and dealt an awesome damage.
  • Against AP champs considering to buy one or two of the next items:
    • Spirit Visage item Spirit Visage, give a great regeneration on your Health Regen and increases the healing effect of an Prophet of an Elder God Tentacle to 6.25% from 5% of Illaoi's missing health. Also gives 500 health, 55 magic resistance and 10% CDR.
    • Banshee's Veil item Banshee's Veil, protects Illaoi from an important spell either by burst damage or a heavy CC, gives 70 magic resistance, 300 healt and a good health regen.
    • Maw of Malmortius item Maw of Malmortius, is a good fighter option as it provides 50 AD, 10 Armor penetration to increase Illaoi's damage and 40 magic resistance, a magic shield that scales with magic resistance to increases her survivality. It's very useful against burst magic damage. Don´t buy it if you buy Sterak's Gage item Sterak's Gage.
  • Against AD champs considering to buy one or two of the next items:
    • Ninja Tabi item Ninja Tabi is great against basic attacks champions and gives a little bonus armor but you only will buy if the enemy team don't haves important CC to reduce or if them have CCs that is impossible to reduce.
    • Randuin's Omen item Randuin's Omen is an incredible option as it will reduce attack speed of enemy that attack you, gives a good portion of armor (60) and 500 health for her survivality. The critical reduction is useful against the ADC or critical champs ever more with Ninja Tabi item Ninja Tabi and also it will affect critical strikes from abilities like Frostbite Frostbite. The active is useful for your Prophet of an Elder God Tentacles as with you are scaping.
    • Thornmail item Thornmail is very useful against carrys with a high AD or attack speed just like Master YiSquare Master Yi or TryndamereSquare Tryndamere.
    • Dead Man's Plate item Dead Man's Plate is pretty useful if you need to run so much to escape or attack your target and gives a good initial damage.
  • Guardian Angel item Guardian Angel is the best option if the enemy team focusing Illaoi first, as it will revive her after receive most of the damage of basic attacks and abilities as well of CC. This item leave 2 choices to the enemy team, attack Illaoi or ignore her however in these cases Illaoi or her team will probabily win the fight.
  • Death's Dance item Death's Dance is a good item for its cooldown, damage, and lifesteal. It also makes Illaoi more survivable in teamfights.
  • Titanic Hydra item Titanic Hydra is an execellent offensive choice as it will give more damage to your basic attacks and also scales with maximum health, both effects are AoE. Only buy it if you have enough health items and enough resistances or if your enemies don't kill you quickly.
  • For a more 1 vs 1 built try to buy this items:
Countering
  • Be careful when ganking IllaoiSquare Illaoi after level 6. If she can land her Test of Spirit Test of Spirit and Leap of Faith Leap of Faith properly, the fight will quickly turn against you.
  • Remember that IllaoiSquare Illaoi's healing is more potent the lower her health, which makes her deceptively durable.
  • Dealing damage over time to Illaoi is very effective for reducing your Test of Spirit Spirit's duration, because it will be reduced by 1 second for each tick of damage and you won't need to attack Illaoi directly. The more ticks, the less Test of Spirit Spirit-related damage for you.
    • Every damage (like On-hit effects or spell effects) that deals additional damage with your basic attacks or abilities will reduce the Test of Spirit Spirit's duration by 1 second, each.
  • Should you get hit by Test of Spirit Test of Spirit and don't necessarily wish to fight Illaoi for it, a trick you can use to minimize Prophet of an Elder God Tentacle spam is to break the tether and dodge the first tentacle that spawns. Do not kill it immediately, instead simply wait by it for the remainder of the Vessel Vessel debuff. Assuming Illaoi doesn't chase you down, the tentacle will not take any further swings at you. Once the Vessel Vessel curse expires, you can remove the tentacle freely. This method not only prevents you from having to focus on dodging multiple tentacles over the course of the curse, but also prevents Illaoi from having more tightly clustered tentacles to abuse with any of her other abilities.

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