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Illaoi Champion Spotlight

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Defensive Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Randuin&#039;s Omen item Spirit Visage item
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Consumables Oracle&#039;s Extract item Health Potion item

Tips

Playing As Illaoi Illaoi
  • Prophet of an Elder God.png Tentacles are an immense source of power. Don't fight without them.
  • Test of Spirit.png Spirits inherit their target's current health. If making a Vessel.png Vessel is your goal, try whittling your opponent's health down a bit first to make killing the Test of Spirit.png Spirit easier.
  • Leap of Faith.png 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 Illaoi Illaoi
  • Killing Prophet of an Elder God.png Tentacles whenever possible will make it much easier to win a fight against Illaoi.
  • When your Test of Spirit.png Spirit gets pulled out, fight back if you can. Dealing damage to Illaoi reduces the Test of Spirit.png Spirit's duration.
  • Avoid grouping up for Leap of Faith.png Leap of Faith to reduce the number of Prophet of an Elder God.png Tentacles available to Illaoi.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Prophet of an Elder God.png Tentacles queue attack commands. Commanding an attack from a Prophet of an Elder God.png Tentacle that is already performing an attack will make that Prophet of an Elder God.png Tentacle strike again directly after it finishes its first attack.
  • Test of Spirit.png Spirits and their bodies can both be damaged by the same instance of damage. Pairing Illaoi Illaoi with an area of effect damage dealer, such as Brand Brand, causes Test of Spirit.png Test of Spirit to effectively amplify damage to the target.
  • Damage dealt to the target of Test of Spirit.png Test of Spirit is not redirected to the Test of Spirit.png Spirit. As such, it is possible to kill the target if their health is reduced lower than the Test of Spirit.png Spirit's. Establishing the Test of Spirit.png 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.png Tentacles, both active and dormant, can be targeted by Teleport.png 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.png 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.png Spirit of the nearest enemy champion, then quickly activate Leap of Faith.png Leap of Faith to summon the maximum amount of Prophet of an Elder God.png Tentacles, and immediately after start hitting the Test of Spirit.png Spirit.
  • Sometimes a good defense is a good offense, try to pull out the enemy's Test of Spirit.png Spirit near your turret and your Prophet of an Elder God.png Tentacles.
  • AoE damage will be amplified for an enemy champ if he and his Test of Spirit.png Spirit receive the damage at the same time.
  • Illaoi's don't have important CCs or defensive abilities but is compensate it with her incredible physical AoE damage and sustain, so a good "couple" for her is a champ that have a lot of CCs, can protect her from enemy damage and maybe a good magic AoE damage just like:
    • Braum Braum. His Q can stun enemies but need a little cordiation to doing well, the W allows him to increases her resistances, E permits to protect her from based projectile attacks and his ult gives knock-up and a potent slow that is impossible to reduce that combines very good with her ult.
    • Amumu Amumu. His abilities dealt medium and constant magic damage specially his W also his ult is perfect to for Illaoi's ult.
    • Nautilus Nautilus
    • Anivia Anivia
    • Jarvan IV Jarvan IV. His ult allows Illaoi to secure champs strikes for her ult and Prophet of an Elder God.png Tentacles. Is useless against champ with dashes or blinks.
    • Orianna Orianna
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • You must buy one boot to increase Illaoi's movement speed.
    • You can upgrade it into Mercury&#039;s Treads item.png Mercury's Treads if the enemy team has a lot of CC.
    • Upgrade into Ninja Tabi item.png Ninja Tabi if most of the damage that you receive is from basic attacks or abilities.
  • The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver is one of Illaoi's core items as it provides:
    • 300 health for her survivaly.
    • 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 thanks of her Prophet of an Elder God.png Tentacles and abilities to all enemy champs.

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

  • + 65 bonus armor for her survivality 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.png The Black Cleaver this statistic is very important to Illaoi because most of her damage are 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.png Tentacles to ensure to hits his target. Also gives her another AoE damage.
    • This effect synergizes well with The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver's armor reduction allowin Illaoi to stack it more quickly to all enemy champs.
  • Sterak&#039;s Gage item.png 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 have a high base attack damage in all levels, her basic abilities and Prophet of an Elder God.png Tentacles scales with total AD so them will be 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.png Spirit Visage, give a great regeneration on your Health Regen and increases the healing effect of an Prophet of an Elder God.png Tentacle to 6.25% from 5% of Illaoi's missing health. Also gives 500 health, 55 magic resistance and 10% CDR.
    • Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png 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.png 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&#039;s Gage item.png Sterak's Gage.
  • Against AD champs considering to buy one or two of the next items:
    • Ninja Tabi item.png 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&#039;s Omen item.png 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.png Ninja Tabi and also it will affect critical strikes from abilities like Frostbite.png Frostbite. The active is useful for your Prophet of an Elder God.png Tentacles as with you are scaping.
    • Thornmail item.png Thornmail is very useful against carrys with a high AD or attack speed just like Master Yi Master Yi or Tryndamere Tryndamere.
    • Dead Man&#039;s Plate item.png 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.png 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&#039;s Dance item.png Death's Dance is a good item for its cooldown, damage, and lifesteal. It also makes Illaoi more survivable in teamfights.
  • Titanic Hydra item.png 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:
    • Frozen Mallet item.png Frozen Mallet is good sustitute of Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet if you want to focusing one target more effectively but remember that you won't have armor, mana, CDR and the Spellblade effect so try to compesate it with other items.
    • Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart gives you these statistics except Spellblade and is very helpful against AD champs.
    • Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force can be a good sustitude of Spellblade effect but the Rage effect will be useless if you already have The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver.
    • Maw of Malmortius item.png Maw of Malmortius will be an excellent choice against magic damage with out lose damage.
    • This choice is according the enemy team, Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen, Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil or Guardian Angel item.png Guardian Angel.
Countering
  • Be careful when ganking Illaoi Illaoi after level 6. If she can land her Test of Spirit.png Test of Spirit and Leap of Faith.png Leap of Faith properly, the fight will quickly turn against you.
  • Remember that Illaoi 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.png 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.png 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.png Spirit's duration by 1 second, each.

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