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Leona Champion Spotlight06:09

Leona Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Relic Shield item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Sightstone item Targon's Brace item Boots of Speed item
Essential Face of the Mountain item Locket of the Iron Solari item Boots of Mobility item
Aggressive Iceborn Gauntlet item Sunfire Cape item Righteous Glory item
Protective Frozen Heart item Randuin's Omen item Mikael's Crucible item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Shield item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item
Essential Boots of Mobility item Locket of the Iron Solari item Frozen Heart item
Aggressive Righteous Glory item Talisman of Ascension item Banner of Command item
Protective Mikael's Crucible item Randuin's Omen item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Guardian's Horn item Health Potion item3
Essential Ninja Tabi item Frozen Heart item Locket of the Iron Solari item
Offensive Zeke's Convergence item Righteous Glory item Sunfire Cape item
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item Banshee's Veil item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item

Tips

Playing As LeonaSquare Leona
  • Lead the charge and mark your foes with Sunlight Sunlight before your allies deal damage.
  • Shield of Daybreak Shield of Daybreak and Zenith Blade Zenith Blade form a powerful offensive combo.
  • You can absorb a huge amount of damage using Eclipse Eclipse, but you must stay near enemies to gain the bonus duration.
Playing Against LeonaSquare Leona
  • When LeonaSquare Leona activates Eclipse Eclipse, you have three seconds to get away from her before she deals damage.
  • Only foes in the center of Solar Flare Solar Flare get stunned, so you can often avoid this if you're quick.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Maxing Eclipse Eclipse will allow for more durability and also the biggest burst damage. Maxing this ability is recommended when playing on bot lane as support.
  • Maxing Shield of Daybreak Shield of Daybreak will allow to Stun icon stun your opponent more often, while also increasing your DPS. Maxing this ability is recommended when playing on top lane as bruiser.
  • Try and save your Zenith Blade Zenith Blade for after an enemy uses a dash/blink.
  • Due to its low cooldown, Solar Flare Solar Flare should be used whenever possible, including picking off enemies, chasing or even fighting epic monsters.
  • During a teamfight, you should decide whether you want to use your Solar Flare Solar Flare on a group of enemies or a backliner, based on who is more of a threat
  • If possible, try and wait for your teammates to attack an enemy you have damaged to allow for the most applications of Sunlight Sunlight get consumed.
  • Activating Eclipse Eclipse before getting in increases the chance of dealing damage, while activating it later allows to absorb more damage.
  • Remember that Solar Flare Solar Flare empowers her next attacks. Since each attack applies Sunlight Sunlight, it is good to attack an enemy one of your allies is attacking already.
  • Zenith Blade Zenith Blade combined with Shield of Daybreak Shield of Daybreak allow you to set up kills and are great tools when ganking.
Mastery Usage
  • Bond of Stone or Strength of the Ages will allow for increased durability
  • Grasp of the Undying can be used if you wish to play more offensively
Item Usage
  • As a support, Relic Shield item Relic Shield is an obvious choice. Not only it is made for melees, but also it's upgrade, Face of the Mountain item Face of the Mountain is more effective on her than Talisman of Ascension item Talisman of Ascension.
  • As a top lane, starting with Corrupting Potion item Corrupting Potion will allow effectively trade with your opponent. Thanks to its burn component, you can come, Stun icon stun, then walk back and take a nice chunk of an opponent's health, while possibly healing from minions and restoring some mana. Versus harder match-ups, Doran's Shield item Doran's Shield is the way, and for easier - Doran's Ring item Doran's Ring.
  • Iceborn Gauntlet item Iceborn Gauntlet is very effective and must be taken when going offensive. Not only it greatly increases damage dealt with Shield of Daybreak Shield of Daybreak, but also combines well with high base attack damage and causes you to slow opponents hit and, if at full cooldown reduction, stick to them like nothing. Also it grants itself cooldown reduction and armor, which both are stats LeonaSquare Leona needs.
  • Abyssal Mask item Abyssal Mask is another offensive item - since she deals magic damage with all of her abilities, increasing it by 10% while gaining great defensive stats seems to be a good deal.
  • Dead Man's Plate item Dead Man's Plate furthermore increases the ability to stick to targets. It's hasting component allows for easier Shield of Daybreak Shield of Daybreaking your opponents. Even if it's slow component wastes in most situations, it's very good item to afford.
  • Titanic Hydra item Titanic Hydra is effective on all tanks that want to deal damage and LeonaSquare Leona is no exception here. When having another item granting health, this can deal great amount of damage - by attacking, then Shield of Daybreak Shield of Daybreaking, and then Titanic Hydra item hydring, all in a quick succession, you can deal vast amount of damage.
  • Frozen Heart item Frozen Heart is effective when facing enemies depending on attacks. But if you have reached the cooldown reduction limit with other items, try Randuin's Omen item Randuin's Omen instead. Having both is recommended when an enemy has two hypercarries, like an ADC and Master YiSquare Master Yi or TryndamereSquare Tryndamere.
  • Righteous Glory item Righteous Glory allows for easy initiation, allowing you to save Zenith Blade Zenith Blade for catching up escaping enemies. It grants health and armor to endure longer and mana and cooldown reduction to cast your abilities more.
  • When mostly supporting, Knight's Vow item Knight's Vow is the way. It allows you to assist your ally and get some wanted healing, while also decreasing damage they take.
  • When facing champions with big area of effect damage like BrandSquare Brand or FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks, Locket of the Iron Solari item Locket of the Iron Solari will greatly reduce the damage your team will take.
Countering
  • Leona can easily be kited after she uses her Zenith Blade Zenith Blade
  • Leona's Solar Flare Solar Flare has a small stun radius, so it can be easily avoided
  • If you are caught by Leona from her Zenith Blade Zenith Blade, you have a brief moment to Flash away before she can land her Shield of Daybreak Shield of Daybreak.
  • Leona's Solar Flare Solar Flare has a short cooldown, reaching down to 33 seconds. When fighting her, always assume she has one ready.
  • If possible, try to focus other team members. LeonaSquare Leona, being a tank, can absorb loads of damage, increased even more by Eclipse Eclipse, but can deal lock on one target at max with her Zenith Blade Zenith Blade and Shield of Daybreak Shield of Daybreak.

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