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Skill usage

  • Spell vamp from Soul Siphon.png Soul Siphon and magic damage from Tormented Soil.png Tormented Soil allow MorganaSquare.png Morgana to stay in her lane for a long time.
  • Use Dark Binding.png Dark Binding to check for enemies in the brush. The projectile stops moving and makes a distinctive sound when it hits something. While this method does work, it is best to save Dark Binding.png Dark Binding unless you have maxed cooldown reduction, as it is an essential ability for Morgana's combat and will leave you vulnerable if it is on cooldown.
  • With enough ability power, Dark Binding.png Dark Binding can deal a fair amount of damage as well as snare the opponent. The projectile moves fairly slowly, though, so always lead your target at any distance longer than close range.
  • Dark Binding.png Dark Binding is an exceptional zoning tool. If you're being chased, throw it at your enemies so you can get away. Even if you miss, it will cause enemy players to waste time moving around it.
  • MorganaSquare.png Morgana's damage output is centered around a simple combo, the snare from Dark Binding.png Dark Binding followed by Tormented Soil.png Tormented Soil. Soul Shackles.png Soul Shackles can be used with this combo either after the combo to finish the enemy off or initially to slow the enemy and land Dark Binding.png Dark Binding easier.
  • Tormented Soil.png Tormented Soil used on an enemy champion and following up immediately with Dark Binding.png Dark Binding to snare them in place is an excellent harassing tool in the early game. Low health champions can even be killed outright since Tormented Soil.png Tormented Soil deals more damage to lower health champions and will hit for its maximum damage for every tick rather than grow in damage when the target is at much higher health.
    • Note that Tormented Soil.png Tormented Soil deals a tick of damage immediately when placed on the ground. Use this knowledge to finish off an enemy fleeing with very low health.
    • When using Tormented Soil.png Tormented Soil to harass an enemy, place it somewhat behind them. This is because they will naturally run backwards and doing so will cause them to take at least 2-3 ticks of damage. Eventually they will catch on and run to the side or forwards, use this to your advantage when casting Dark Binding.png Dark Binding.
      • At rank 3, Tormented Soil.png Tormented Soil if leveled early potentially clears a wave of caster minions, and possibly melee minions depending on ability power and time into the game. As the game progresses, minions receive additional health and magic resistance, so either level up the ability, or build more AP and/or magic penetration.
    • Every tick of Tormented Soil.png Tormented Soil on every champion procs the Tribute passive from Spellthief's Edge, a quick way to maximize gold generation.
  • If an opposing champion must be killed in a team fight, use Soul Shackles.png Soul Shackles and Dark Binding.png Dark Binding on that champion - if it doesn't kill them outright, it will at least deal a significant amount of damage and leave them stunned.
  • Soul Shackles.png Soul Shackles can be used to detect stealthed units and opponents in the bushes. The icon of Soul Shackles.png Soul Shackles will become available only if an enemy champion is near you. It can be used to see where they are the moment you use it, but you can't keep track of them if they are moving.
  • Flash.png Flashing into a group of enemies, using Soul Shackles.png Soul Shackles and then using Zhonya's Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass is excellent to initiate team fights stun many enemies and come out with a fighting chance since they will likely be trying to scatter away.
  • Items that provide survivability make MorganaSquare.png Morgana extremely difficult to kill in conjunction with Black Shield.png Black Shield and Soul Shackles.png Soul Shackles.
  • Black Shield.png Black Shield is a vital ability to learn as it stops all forms of crowd control and also makes your target temporarily absorb magic damage. Shrewd use of Black Shield.png Black Shield can determine the outcome of team fights.
    • Try to cast it pre-emptively on your teammates when they initiate, or as soon as you see them targeted by any spell or ability.  If you can get the shield in before your teammate is hit, it just will absorb it.
    • Casting Black Shield.png Black Shield on champions with channeled spells (e.g. KatarinaSquare.png Katarina and FiddlesticksSquare.png Fiddlesticks) will help keep their abilities from being interrupted.
    • Remember that Black Shield.png Black Shield will only block Magic Damage, it will not block Physical Damage or related spells such as Ace in the Hole.png Ace in the Hole, Parrrley.png Parrrley, Sonic Wave.png Sonic Wave, or Volley.png Volley.
      • It will still block the crowd control effects from Physical Spells and on-hit items, however.
    • If you play MorganaSquare.png Morgana more offensively than supportive (at mid, for instance), it is best to go for higher levels of her other spells for farming unless you are against a heavily Crowd Control orientated team, as you will need damage to lane effectively.

Build usage

MorganaSquare.png Morgana is a magic damage caster with strong AoE damage and disables and scales well from ability power.


Damage

  • Liandry's Torment item.png Liandry's Torment helps MorganaSquare.png Morgana out in boosting her sustained damage; it has decent synergy with Tormented Soil.png Tormented Soil. As the item does double damage when the enemy's movement is impaired, using Dark Binding.png Dark Binding or Soul Shackles.png Soul Shackles beforehand can dish out more damage.
  • Rabadon's Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap is great on most every mage champion. However, Morgana is best if built a little tougher first and thus it is recommended to delay purchasing this item until at least one other item is finished, though it is not needed directly.
  • For enemies building high magic resist, building a Void Staff item.png Void Staff can help negate their MR and provide more damage.
  • Zhonya's Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass is one of the best items for MorganaSquare.png Morgana; in addition to giving armor and massive ability power, the active is absolutely invaluable as it can be used while Soul Shackles.png Soul Shackles is still casting and with proper positioning she can hit multiple enemies that would otherwise kill her while staying alive to finish them off after it’s over.

Defenses

  • If laning against a physical damage champion(ZedSquare.png Zed, TalonSquare.png Talon), buying a Seeker's Armguard item.png Seeker's Armguard will help mitigate their damage. It can be later upgraded to Zhonya's Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass.
  • The magic resistance from Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter and the added ability power and magic reduction aura make this item a decent anti-magic damage item but just remember her two primary damage spells far out range the magic reduction aura it provides making it only useful at close range (team fights and melee attackers).
  • Banshee's Veil item.png Banshee's Veil is a good choice against a burst heavy enemy team. It contributes more to MorganaSquare.png Morgana's survivability and gives more chances to get Soul Shackles.png Soul Shackles off successfully.

Utility


Health

  • Rod of Ages item.png Rod of Ages is a very good item due to the good amount of health and mana it provides, albeit it takes some time to fully charge up so it is best when purchased as a first major item.
    • An early Catalyst the Protector item.png Catalyst the Protector provides some good early sustain during the laning phase as well as the mana and health keep her in the lane for extremely long periods of time making this item perfect for early, mid and late game.
  • Rylai's Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter is decent to replace Rod of Ages item.png Rod of Ages if another item is needed first, since it provides a good deal of health and ability power and does not take the time to build up strength like Rod of Ages item.png Rod of Ages. Although the passive slow does not have the full effect for most of her abilities, when coupled with Liandry's Torment item.png Liandry's Torment, casting Tormented Soil.png Tormented Soil will deal severely increased damage.
  • While at full health, the slow from Rylai's Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter will cause Liandry's Torment item.png Liandry's Torment to deal increased % health damage and as their health drops it increases the damage on Tormented Soil.png Tormented Soil to maximize them in synergy, boosting both damage and health significantly.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Ring item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Zhonya's Hourglass item
Offensive Rabadon's Deathcap item Abyssal Scepter item Void Staff item
Defensive Rod of Ages item Athene's Unholy Grail item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Ruby Crystal item Sapphire Crystal item Health Potion item3
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Rod of Ages item Zhonya's Hourglass item
Offensive Rabadon's Deathcap item Void Staff item Liandry's Torment item
Defensive Twin Shadows item Athene's Unholy Grail item Abyssal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector's Ring item Health Potion item2
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Rod of Ages item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Offensive Void Staff item Hextech Sweeper item
Defensive Abyssal Scepter item Frozen Heart item Athene's Unholy Grail item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Ring item Boots of Speed item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Rod of Ages item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Offensive Void Staff item Hextech Sweeper item
Defensive Abyssal Scepter item Frozen Heart item Athene's Unholy Grail item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Countering

  • Be aware of MorganaSquare.png Morgana's survivability early game because of her passive spell vamp from Soul Siphon.png Soul Siphon.
  • Save your heavy CC until MorganaSquare.png Morgana's Black Shield.png Black Shield duration expires.
  • MorganaSquare.png Morgana tends to quickly barrage her spells even if Dark Binding.png Dark Binding fails to land; without it you will be able to avoid her other abilities and kill her.
  • Avoid standing above Tormented Soil.png Tormented Soil's AoE. The spell damage is small but the tick is very fast, making it a dangerous spell.
    • At any moment of the game it can eat your MR in seconds, moving out of the area while confronting her is crucial.
      • However if you are a very fragile champion moving out can easily take you short time of health, bursting her down or outmatching her regeneration may be wiser.
  • MorganaSquare.png Morgana's high survivability makes her dangerous to DoT based mages such as SwainSquare.png Swain, CassiopeiaSquare.png Cassiopeia or AniviaSquare.png Anivia as she will be able to output the damage long enough to kill her opponent, but is weaker against potent disablers with high burst damage as MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar or LeBlancSquare.png LeBlanc who can ignore her spell vamp.
  • Moving erratically will make you safer from Dark Binding.png Dark Binding.
  • Remember that  upon activating Soul Shackles.png Soul Shackles no CC will be able to stop the second hit, silences are worthless in such case, but all other forms of CC will cripple her ability to keep you in range, however she can eliminate this problem with her shield. In other words, it is better to use some form of dash or speed up to escape the tether.
  • When MorganaSquare.png Morgana uses Soul Shackles.png Soul Shackles, quickly move away to break the spell tether and avoid the second damage and the stun.
    • This can be hard however as the spell comes with a slow, remember that killing her will also break the tether.
  • MorganaSquare.png Morgana's most dangerous form of attack is opening up with Dark Binding.png Dark Binding and immediately following up with Tormented Soil.png Tormented Soil and Soul Shackles.png Soul Shackles—at most stages of the game, this combination can be devastating and in most cases it spells instant death for the one being focused. Taking great care to dodge her Dark Binding.png Dark Binding will greatly reduce her danger to your team, as that very same spell is also her method of escape.
  • Due to MorganaSquare.png Morgana's anti-caster nature, consider using a physical damage champion, such as AsheSquare.png Ashe or TalonSquare.png Talon, against her.
    • However as any burst mage she can kill a fragile champion outright so sending a fighter is a more reliable choice, making AD fighters a reliable choice even in lane.

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