Hey its no problem! I just was looking for a new AP mid to really get into. I loathe playing my favorite champion in the game now, so I need some new champs. I've been playing Diana semi-recently but felt I was doing it sub-optimally. You seemed knowledgable so I asked if you had any tricks. Diana seems to act as if she were Kassadin during laning, she cant really do a whole lot until level six. Im glad I played Kassadin as my first champion ahaha.
Well, I hope I helped you with my reply! To add on to it, pre-lvl 6 is Diana's weak point. If you are vsing a burst champion, then you need to keep them close to you as long as you can. Ex: Katarina Shunpo's to you- Q ontop of yourself, activate W, and autoattack. When she is about to outrun you, use E and get more damage on her. However, if you are against a sustained DPS mid like the new bruiser mid meta, then its best to just play safe until lvl 6, recall to get an AP item or two, and try to nuke em down.
I'm sure Diana can fill that void that Malza-...er...Vlad left in your heart!
I like to build glass-cannon Diana early-mid game and switch to some sustain late game (in my opinion, its the most useful way to play her. Though my friends have proven that she is a good disrupter/tank with CDR and tanky items.)
Typical core build: Sorc shoes, Rod of Ages, Rabadon's Deathcap, Deathfire Grasp (this item takes some getting used to on Diana with its activate), Zhonya's Hourglass, and a situational item such as a Frozen Heart or Guardian Angel.
One thing that I see alot of AP mid's -not- doing now a days is building defensive. Diana is melee, so she is very vunerable to poke. So if you ever fall behind in your lane buy an early Abyssal Scepter! Very soon, their damage will be next to nothing and you'll start winning those trades :)
Early skill order depends on whether or not your jungler is going to gank mid. If you have a gank coming, go Q - W - E, if not go Q - W - Q - E for the extra damage on her Q. Max Q > W > E and of course get her ulti whenever its up!
My Diana Mastery page is 25-2-3 getting a point in Summoner's Wrath, 3 points in Fury, 4 points in Sorcery, maxing every AP mastery and getting 3 points in Havoc. In the Defense Tree I get 2 points in Perseverance. And in the Utility Tree I get 3 points in Meditation.
I currently use my Akali runepage for Diana because she benefits early-game from that extra AD (has secured me many kills when my Q would take too long to go off of Cooldown in early fights). It is 2 Greater Marks of Penetration+7 Greater Marks of AD, 9 Greater Seals of Armor, 9 Greater Glyphs of Scaling Magic Resistance, and 3 Greater AP Quints. The 7 AD marks can easily be substituted for full Magic Pen. marks if you want though.
As for tricks with Diana...hmmm...dare I divulge my secret strategies with her? Well, since you like Diana I will :) Pre-lvl6 is when Diana is in the most trouble. Diana can't win trades using her burst at this lvl, but instead wins sustained fights. If you and the enemy mid are equal health and he engages on you (how DARE he...) then autoattack--W--Q--autoattack you'll soon proc your passive and the enemy's spells will be on cooldown, so they will most likely run- thats when you use E to pull them back and get another passive proc on them! Remember that Diana is tankier than your average mid champ ^.^
Her lvl6+ combo is Q --> W --> R --> autoattack --> E (when they begin to run) --> autoattack --> Q --> R --> R. A skill that you'll learn the more you play Diana is deciding whether or not to Q --> R --> R an enemy to kill them. You'll soon get a feel for her damage and know if you can finish someone off with a double ulti or not.
Thats all that I can think of off the top of my head, but if you have any specific questions please ask them! I love to help out my fellow Diana players =D Good luck, have fun, and make a new moon rise!
on top of the glorious creativity in this comment "Im sure all support mains bitch about that "Oh wah its unfair, AP's get like a million champions a year why I only get one?" Well yeah nobody likes playing support. Especially since AD ranged usually have heads the size of Saturn and like to treat you like a little slave while you run around in circles and heal sometimes or be a complete douchenozzle and go fishing with Blitzcrank."
(fishing with blitz, lmao so true)
im borderline obsessed with kefka and feel inclined to contact people when they pose a similiar interest in kefka. lol
On more league related notes, i completely agree with your views on bot lane and the current supports. its extremely terrible that EVERY game its either u can expect Graves/Ezreal/Corki bot lane with any manner of not quite interesting support. I find the only other truly viable ADC is Kogmaw. his biggest problem and why u don't see him more often is his lack of escape probably. however that isn't much of a problem if you have his void ooze on smart cast and have decent map awareness.
Hey nice to meet you! Why thank you, I love Kefka myself. He's an interesting a tragic charactor. One of the best in FF's history. Personally I like Kog, hes rather cool, but yes you're right. His lack of escape is what is keeping him out of the meta. If you ever wanna talk about League or anything feel free to leave a thing here :3
FF 3/6 (i prefer 3 just because that's what it was originally and i never beat the ps1 version or GBA one) is the best FF imo. the story is so dynamic and Kefka actually enslaves the whole planet and the Espers almost half way through the game and then you have to work your way back to the top and rescue all of your friends. i LOVE how during that time all of your teamate's stories develop further. makes the game far more intersting. Also, there is a ton of hidden things in that game. i once spent 6hrs in the Magitek Research Facility because a guy in the auction house says that there is an item that can revive people there. this was before i had internet so i thought that this was indicitive of a way to revive Leo after his demise. Turns out that if you search every wall in the facility there is about 10 or so hidden rooms with moderate treasure in them.
Back to league, have you played as or against Kha'zix yet? i bought him and find him to be extremely underpowered. i was 7/0 against a wukong with a maxed bloodthrister, brutalizer and ninja tabi and he was still trading equally with me. all of his damage comes from his q and passive. if whoever you're laning against buys an oracles your ult because the most useless skill in the game. u wont get ur passive and u don't go camo.
i never play as Caitlyn simply because i find her to be meh as a champ for similar reasons as Draven. However, i feel like Caitlyn is just a few tweaks from becoming a great carry. For instance, if her ult's bullet would shatter on impact dealing a small amount damage in a cone behind whoever it hits that would make her ult pretty viable while not making it over powered. if someone is trying to block the bullet they'd also have to stand a small distance away from who they are trying to protect. kinda like MF's double up. just make the cone a tiny bit larger than kassadins one ability. then the only left to do would be remove the cast time from her whatever-caliber net entirely (making it possible to cast while moving) then she'd have as much mobility as Ezreal/Corki/Graves.
1-6 were my favorites too. I started out with 4 when I was 10. But 6 is my favorite due to the plot and the characters were really interesting. Also the neat battle mechanics were fun (Bushido was my favorite)
I actually bought Kha'Zix immediately.(I always wanted to play as a bug). I played him once on the PBE and was neutral on him. Ive played him about 3 times on the regular NA server. I havnt laned with him yet. Ive only done jungle. Im unsure if Oracles prevents him from getting Unseen Threat while in his ultimate. If so, thats a little unfair for him, reducing his ult to a 2-3 second 40% MS boost with the option of a 3 second 40% damage reduction. Personally I dont have a verdict for him yet since I havnt completely explored his mechanics. I havnt seen a particularly good one, and I dont play him very well myself(Yet).
Cait is pretty meh. Outside of her passive, she lacks any sort of steriod which hinders her gameplay lategame. Although you would think Twitch, who has a 70% AS and a 36 AD steriod would be super strong, he's regarded as one of the worst carries now. Also her poke is a slow to shoot, easily dodged attack that has its damage reduced by the amount of targets hit. Unlike Graves/Corki/Ezreal who have fast(Too fast) poke which goes through minions(Graves Q, Ezreal fairy dust), does AOE on hit(Corki, Graves ult) or just hurts like hell if you get hit with it(Ezreal Q).
Draven. I like Draven. I think he's awesome. His Q does truckloads of damage, and he has a decent steriod. I have a friend that plays him really well and I enjoy seeing him destroy stuff. Im not sure why Draven isnt that popular...
That ult sounds good, however im pretty sure people would complain that it is a "Targetted Graves ult". The balance team seems content that her ult is fine. Since there is reward for hitting somebody(It hurts like a bitch) and counter play(Shen get out of the way).
My knowledge of AD ranged isnt that broad since for one, I hate the class in general, and two, bot lane is a nightmare and I hardly ever want to go near it.
Do you play on the NA server? If so I could add you on Skype if you'd like.
yeah i play on the NA server. my skype and lol names are ructstew. my friend, a long while back, gave me his runescape account which had that name so i just kinda stuck with it even though it makes zero sense.
i've been reading some posts in the forums today and it seems that kha'zix has solid damage against isolated targets (i already knew that) but its borderline impossible to isolate a guy from minions unless they are terrified of you not knowing that you have low damage. i've been wanting to play kha'zix jungle but the servers went down yesterday when i was about to, so that was cool. lol. i've definetly still got some time before i could say im good with kha'zix cuz he is a very complicated champion.
yeah im unsure as to how bot lane needs to be changed but it very much needs a rework. i'd say top needs a rework as well only because snowballing is so powerful and easy to accomplish top lane. if you're top and you get first blood that lane is pretty much yours if you know what you are doing. the only reason this isn't too much of a problem is that the jungler could always come in and turn it around. jungle is my least played position (only played it like 5 times) but i play everything else pretty well imo. i almost never lose my lane unless someone else feeds. unfortunately, and this isn't a joke or exaggeration, when i started ranked i lost 20 games in a row due to afkers and feeders. well 12 in a row then won 1 then lost 8 more. so i went on to play draft quite often unless im playing with my brother who only plays ranked. i believe im up 30 wins in draft atm.
my favorite champ is leblanc but her lack of ability to push a lane, doesn't work out too well in teamfights, and the fact that she is very easily countered by MR leads to me never playing her. after that i'd pretty much tied between Rengar, Fizz, and Cassiopeia. Never play as fizz though because sustain counters him hard which is very common to face off against. i bought Rengar the moment he was released and was very dissappointed because his abilities didn't flow. then whaddya know, hot fix focused on his flow. then he gets nerfed. im very happy with the nerf because im pretty sure that it'll get people to hop off the nerf rengar train for a while and the nerf hardly effects my playstyle. so yeah. im at work right now but i will definetly be on later.