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LeBlanc Preseason Spotlight

LeBlanc Preseason Spotlight

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Ring item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Fiendish Codex item Lost Chapter item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Morellonomicon item Rabadon's Deathcap item
Offensive Luden's Echo item Void Staff item
Defensive Zhonya's Hourglass item Banshee's Veil item Hextech GLP-800 item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Ring item2 Health Potion item
Early Boots of Speed item Needlessly Large Rod item Fiendish Codex item
Essential Morellonomicon item Sorcerer's Shoes item
Standard Wooglet's Witchcap item Void Staff item Luden's Echo item
Situational Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Fiendish Codex item Health Potion item4
Essential Morellonomicon item Luden's Echo item Sorcerer's Shoes item
Offensive Void Staff item Rabadon's Deathcap item
Defensive Zhonya's Hourglass item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item

Tips

Playing As LeBlancSquare LeBlanc
Playing Against LeBlancSquare LeBlanc
  • Stunning or silencing LeBlanc will prevent her from activating the return part of Distortion Distortion.
  • Stay behind minions to make Ethereal Chains Ethereal Chains difficult to land and force her to use Distortion Distortion in a suboptimal manner.

Tricks

LeBlancSquare LeBlanc is a demanding champion when it comes to managing her abilities. Although a little practice will help the player figure out the main combos, this section should helpful regardless to skip those parts.

  • LeBlancSquare LeBlanc is a prime candidate for a solo lane due to her high burst damage and her need to level up quickly. Distortion Distortion also provides her with a deceptively large radius of threat.
  • When using LeBlancSquare LeBlanc, you should not throw all of the abilities at once. Be sneaky and space out your combo.
  • Distortion Distortion can be used as an escape mechanism as it can pass through thin walls.
    • Distortion Distortion can also be used to "juke" enemies by dashing to one location, running, then using the second activation to return to the casting point.
    • Never be afraid to use Mimic Mimic to double-Distortion Distortion out of a gank. Combined with Flash Flash, this should make any ganks on LeBlancSquare LeBlanc difficult.
  • Distortion Distortion/Mimic Distortion Mimic Distortion allows LeBlancSquare LeBlanc to close the gap between her and her target.
  • Distortion Distortion/Mimic Distortion Mimic Distortion if timed right, can be used to follow opponents through walls since it counts as a dash.
  • If you have Distortion Distortion/Mimic Distortion Mimic Distortion and Flash Flash up, try to use Distortion Distortion/Mimic Distortion Mimic Distortion and then Flash Flash to travel a longer distance.
  • Distortion Distortion can also be used as a ganking tool as it can dash through enemies and has a second activation, that allows you to blink back.
  • The second damaging part of Ethereal Chains Ethereal Chains can also trigger Sigil of Malice Sigil of Malice.
  • If you are being chased, throw Ethereal Chains Ethereal Chains on the pursuer for the slow and potential snare, giving you a better chance of escaping.
  • If you have used Ethereal Chains Ethereal Chains while you're chasing a single enemy, use Mimic Ethereal Chains Mimic Ethereal Chains to snare the enemy again and to insure the kill.
  • When you end up in a team fight, you should consider utility of your spells over damage, and consider using Ethereal Chains Ethereal Chains as your Mimic Mimic spell for a double slow and longer snare.
  • Do not use Mimic Mimic on a champion that has a spell shield. Use a basic ability to break the shield first, or wait for another way to break the shield.
  • Distortion Distortion then Shatter Orb Shatter Orb is the most reliable source of damage, since the duration of Distortion Distortion is long enough for you to escape without putting yourself out of position. But Shatter Orb Shatter Orb then Ethereal Chains Ethereal Chains is the safest source of damage, which gives you 4 seconds of powerful disables to kite enemy champions.
  • Ethereal Chains Ethereal Chains - Mimic Ethereal Chains Mimic Ethereal Chains - Ethereal Chains Ethereal Chains and juke in between is a must-known combo. This is also why you have to get high cooldown reductions.
    • This is not an "ideal" scenario at all. You can use this in an ambush, or just simply Flash Flash to land your Ethereal Chains chains then start to juke for the kill.
  • Practice to kill 5 raptors with a single Distortion Distortion Shatter Orb Shatter Orb combo. It's basically a free canon minion.
  • Learning to hide your Ethereal Chains chains is crucial. It is a really strong tool to catch/ambush a target. Use Ethereal Chains Ethereal Chains then Distortion Distortion immediately to cancel its animation.
  • Mimic Shatter Orb Mimic Shatter Orb is your strongest tool to deal with champions who has massive, point-and-click single target burst like SyndraSquare Syndra, VeigarSquare Veigar, and MalzaharSquare Malzahar. Distortion Dash in, Mimic Shatter Orb Mimic Shatter Orb, juke, then continue your combo. By doing this, you put a huge pressure on them and force them to delay their retaliation. Even if you can't take them down, you can still out-trade them really hard.
    • While the Shadow of the Rose Mimic is still alive, do not use any damaging abilities. Practice to know when to retreat.
  • Distortion Distortion - Mimic Distortion Mimic Distortion - Shatter Orb Shatter Orb is a strong tool to clear a big wave of minions, or to apply multiple Sigil of Malice marks during a teamfight.
    • Only go in when the enemies' hard crowd controls are on cooldown. This way to stay for your passive.
  • You have to wait until the Shatter Orb Shatter Orb has bounced to the right target before retreating. If you retreat immediately after throwing your Shatter Orb Shatter Orb, it may not bounce to other targets.
  • Use Ethereal Chains Ethereal Chains then Distortion Distortion toward another direction to juke. Follow with Mimic Ethereal Chains Mimic Ethereal Chains for the biggest damage output.
Rune Usage
  • LeBlancSquare LeBlanc utilises a really fast combo with multiple abilities, therefore the best keystone you should take 100% of the time is Electrocute rune Electrocute.
    • Electrocute rune Electrocute procs for extra burst damage that deals reasonable damage throughout the game. 
      • LeBlancSquare LeBlanc is strongest early to mid, but falls off late game if she cannot snowball her lead. Using Electrocute rune Electrocute will give you extra pressure in your lane to get your snowball rolling.
  • Sudden Impact rune Sudden Impact works with your Distortion Distortion since it is a dash and blink. This rune will give you bonus temporary Magic pen, especially against squishy targets it'll be more benefitial.
Item Usage
  • Cooldown reduction is the strongest stat on LeBlancSquare LeBlanc. You must reach the cap as soon as possible using Flat Cooldown reduction runes or itemization.
  • Doran's Ring item Doran's Ring is a great starting item on LeBlancSquare LeBlanc, as she can make effective use of all the stats it gives. The extra health especially is very useful during trades due to her mid range, and the on-kill passive has fantastic synergy with the bounces on Shatter Orb Shatter Orb.
  • The Dark Seal item The Dark Seal is dangerous to start with, but it can pay off if you're able to keep yourself alive or if your teammates can protect you well. However, you should never start with this item if you aren't completely confident that you can win lane without dying once.
  • Luden's Echo item Luden's Echo is a good item to rush on LeBlancSquare LeBlanc, offering mana sustain, ability power, and cooldown reduction. The passive portion of the item also helps out with burst or waveclear.
  • Banshee's Veil item Banshee's Veil and Zhonya's Hourglass item Zhonya's Hourglass are good against magic and physical damage, respectively.
  • Both Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Ionian Boots of Lucidity and Sorcerer's Shoes item Sorcerer's Shoes are good boots for LeBlancSquare LeBlanc.
  • Mejai's Soulstealer item Mejai's Soulstealer can be especially powerful, particularly if mid-laning. Be warned that due to her already snowbally nature, getting killed while using this item may cause her to fall even earlier in the game than necessary.
  • As an ability power carry, Rabadon's Deathcap item Rabadon's Deathcap is an essential buy.
  • Hextech Protobelt-01 item Hextech Protobelt-01 boosts LeBlancSquare LeBlanc's mobility even more, while offering more cooldown reduction and health.
  • Many enemies have magic resistance that increases as they level up. Buying a Void Staff item Void Staff as a last or second-to-last item will help LeBlancSquare LeBlanc's spells deal significantly more damage.
Countering
  • Be wary of LeBlancSquare LeBlanc's damage potentials when she has you Sigil of Malice marked.
  • Presuring her into using both her Distortion Distortion can set her up for a gank by a teammate from which she can't escape, as they both have long cooldown.
  • LeBlancSquare LeBlanc is extremely squishy so she is very vulnerable to hard crowd controls, such as stuns and suppression, and focus. Taking her out of the fight early prevents her from being able to burst down a carry.
  • Avoid minion waves that was Sigil of Malice marked while you've been marked as well. Shatter Orb Shatter Orb or Mimic Shatter Orb Mimic Shatter Orb will bounces on you and deals massive damage.
  • Both Ethereal Chains Ethereal Chains and Mimic Ethereal Chains Mimic Ethereal Chains are strong disengage tools. Create distance to avoid being Ethereal Chains rooted and seek to engage afterwards.
  • All of LeBlancSquare LeBlanc's spells deal magic damage, therefore any form of magic resistance will mitigate her damage significantly.
    • Banshee's Veil item Banshee's Veil offers a spell shield to negate 1 spell from LeBlancSquare LeBlanc. Its magic resistance and health will help tremendously in surviving LeBlancSquare LeBlanc's burst, while possibly blocking LeBlancSquare LeBlanc's initiation. As such, it is a recommended buy if going against LeBlancSquare LeBlanc.
  • After LeBlancSquare LeBlanc uses her Distortion Distortion and Mimic Distortion Mimic Distortion, she is at her most vulnerable as her damage and mobility are both dependent upon it.
  • Do not be tricked by her Shadow of the Rose mimics, try to save up abilities like ultimates during this situation, as the Shadow of the Rose mimics can be used as a shield against certain attacks and abilities, making them get wasted.
    • A common technique against LeBlancSquare LeBlanc is to play a champion that can easily guess where the Real LeBlancSquare LeBlanc and the clone of herself is. FioraSquare Fiora & ZedSquare Zed are considered the best choices, because Grand Challenge Grand Challenge & Death Mark Death Mark can let them easily guess which is the Real LeBlanc and which is the clone of herself before using Mimic.
  • Watch out when you see LeBlancSquare LeBlanc missing from her lane. Her gank potential is very good and may result in you dying in a 2v3 or 2v4 fight.
    • Remember warn your teammates, when LeBlancSquare LeBlanc leaves your lane.
  • LeBlancSquare LeBlanc is surprisingly dangerous, especially when assassinating low-health champions due to Sigil of Malice Sigil of Malice, so beware.
  • LissandraSquare Lissandra is probably the best counter to LeBlancSquare LeBlanc for two reasons. First LissandraSquare Lissandra can outpoke LeBlancSquare LeBlanc in the laning phase thanks to Ice Shard Ice Shard and second, LissandraSquare Lissandra can use Frozen Tomb Frozen Tomb to negate LeBlancSquare LeBlanc's burst.
  • LeBlancSquare LeBlanc is notorious for being able to burst down AP mid laners. However, because she specializes on bursting one target, having your jungler gank during her dives will cripple her aggression significantly and cause her to fall off prematurely.
  • Warding brushes will make it harder for LeBlancSquare LeBlanc to juke using Distortion Distortion.

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