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Skill Usage

  •  Nami has very high potential in ganking. Her passive  Surging Tides gives bonus movement speed for 1.5 seconds, which is enough for a teammate to catch up to an opposing enemy.
  •  Tidal Wave should be used immediately in large team fights to gain an advantage. It can also be used to catch up to retreating enemies.
  •  When  Tidal Wave passes through ally champions, it grants Nami's innate ability  Surging Tides.
  •  Aqua Prison can be cast on an ally just to apply Nami's innate ability  Surging Tides.
    • If you need a quick escape from a melee champion who is already autoattacking you, try casting  Aqua Prison right on yourself, as it will be extremely hard to dodge and will also apply  Surging Tides to speed your escape while the enemy is stunned.
  •  Tidal Wave and  Aqua Prison can interrupt channeling spells, like  Death Lotus,  Requiem and  Absolute Zero.
  •  Ebb and Flow is great for casting in a 2v2 fight in bot lane. It damages your enemies, heals an ally and activates your passive  Surging Tides, which will provide a significant advantage.
  •  Ebb and Flow bounces between allied and enemy champions and doesn't hit the same target twice, depending on which side you cast the ability on.
    • If cast on an allied champion, the spell will hit as follows: ally → enemy → ally. If cast on an enemy champion, the spell will hit as follows: enemy → ally → enemy. If there is no appropriate unit for the middle bounce effect, such as if no enemy unit is around in an ally  enemy  ally bounce, only the initial cast will occur.
    • This ability can deal a lot  of damage if quickly combined with  Aqua Prison and followed by  Tidal Wave, this burst is somewhat near to that of a mage character and can kill fragile opponents if you have a lot of AP
  • The bounce range of   Ebb and Flow is larger than the cast range, so sometimes casting  Ebb and Flow on yourselves can achieve  longer range than casting  Ebb and Flow straight on enemy.
  •  Tidecaller's Blessing works great with skillshot champions like  Corki and  Ezreal, because of their great poking potential and how they rely on spamming basic attacks between skillshots. It's also extremely effective on champions with powerful auto-attack modifiers such as  Draven or  Kog'Maw to create powerful harassment which is more difficult to escape from.
  •  Nami is a squishy champion, so be careful not to let yourself get caught alone. Positioning is always important.
  • Care should be taken when utilizing and choosing targets for  Nami's abilities:
    •  Aqua Prison Offensively, should be cast on squishy targets, like an AD carry or a support, unless they have high mobility or can easily dodge it (like  Ezreal or  Vayne). In these cases, you should instead aim at a target with a lower chance of dodging it. Defensively, it's (more reliably) useful to peel for your carries after they've been jumped at by someone with a gap closer, like  Pantheon or  Vi, or interrupt a channeled ability like  Katarina's  Death Lotus or  Varus's  Piercing Arrow.
    • When prioritizing healing,  Ebb and Flow should be cast on allies: this will potentially heal two allies or yourself as well. On the other hand, when harassing, prioritizing enemies may result in two enemies taking damage while healing one ally or yourself.
    •  Tidecaller's Blessing damage increases with your AP, not the allied champion you cast it onto. Unlike most other attack steroids, there is no need to choose a high damage or attack speed target. As long as your target attacks three times in six seconds, you get the full effect of the skill. A slower attack speed target may even be able to apply the slow longer. It will, however, benefit from the allied champion's magic penetration.
    • It will also work with champions that are using on-hit builds like  Teemo and with abilities that apply on-hit effects like  Gangplank's  Parrrley.
    •  Tidecaller's Blessing synergizes well with  Fizz's  Seastone Trident when used in conjunction with the Spellsword mastery, giving your ally great magic damage output on his basic attacks.
  • If you see that your teammate needs to escape or is chasing an enemy down, you can use either your  Ebb and Flow or  Tidecaller's Blessing to quickly activate your passive,  Surging Tides increasing your allies movement speed.
    • Casting  Tidecaller's Blessing is usually the better option than  Ebb and Flow because it consumes less mana and is instant cast.  Ebb and Flow may heal you or your allies, but it requires a very short channeling time, which could allow your chaser to catch up.

Build Usage

  •  Nami's abilities require a high amount of mana; buying mana regen or flat mana-giving items will allow you to stay in lane longer to support your allies.
  • If played as support  Nami has many viable builds; choose items that suit her lane partner and/or counter the opposing duo.
  • If you're aiming for mana, try buying items that grant plenty of mana, such as Archangel's Staff and  Frozen Heart. If combined, these items can give you some decent survivability and AP.
  • If your aim is for mana regen, try Athene's Unholy Grail or Morellonomicon. Another option is Mikael's Crucible, a more support-oriented item that could replace Athene's Unholy Grail; the downside is that Mikael's Crucible doesn't provide cooldown reduction.
  • All of  Nami's abilities have long cooldowns, and they hardly reduce by leveling, so items that grant CDR like Morellonomicon and Athene's Unholy Grail will definitely help you.
  • Ionian Boots of Lucidity may be your first choice of boots if you're a support; however, the previous three mentioned items will give you max cooldown reduction, so these boots would be useless. Trying other boots, such as Boots of Swiftness or Sorcerer's Shoes, should be equally as beneficial in case you wanted to move around faster to keep in position, or pack more damage into your spells.
  • If you are being focused by the enemy team because you are a good support then a Zhonya's Hourglass/ Wooglet's Witchcap might be a viable choice.
  • Hextech Revolver is a relatively cheap item, it can provide some more healing sustain, and it can later be built into Will of the Ancients.
  • Rylai's Crystal Scepter is a great item if you want to maximize your slow effectiveness on your offensive skills. Both  Ebb and Flow and  Tidal Wave can benefit from this very well, since first skill can bounce to enemies and apply full slow and your ultimate can apply additional slow. Beside that you will gain additional HP that can stack effectively with your Sightstone, and portion of AP for even more damage with your  Tidecaller's Blessing.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Spellthief's Edge item Health Potion item2 Sight Ward item Scrying Orb item
Essential Ruby Sightstone item Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Frost Queen's Claim item
Offensive Athene's Unholy Grail item Rabadon's Deathcap item Twin Shadows item Farsight Orb item
Defensive Zhonya's Hourglass item Mikael's Crucible item Locket of the Iron Solari item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Ancient Coin item Chalice of Harmony item Health Potion item3 Mana Potion item1
Essential Nomad's Medallion item Ionian Boots of Lucidity item
Offensive Talisman of Ascension item Athene's Unholy Grail item Banner of Command item
Defensive Mikael's Crucible item Locket of the Iron Solari item Zhonya's Hourglass item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector's Ring item Health Potion item2
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Chalice of Harmony item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Offensive Archangel's Staff item Hextech Sweeper item Abyssal Scepter item
Defensive Athene's Unholy Grail item Mikael's Crucible item Rod of Ages item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline!
Starting Doran's Ring item Boots of Speed item
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Chalice of Harmony item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Offensive Abyssal Scepter item Deathfire Grasp item Hextech Sweeper item
Defensive Mikael's Crucible item Athene's Unholy Grail item Rod of Ages item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Countering

  • Like all squishy champions,  Nami can be countered and easily targeted by assassin champions with stealth like:  Evelynn,  Shaco and  Teemo and champions with gap closers like  Fiora,  Jax and  Xin Zhao.
    • Keep in mind, if she realizes you are about to close the gap, she may use  Aqua Prison on herself. Even if you apply a stun or silence, there is a short delay on cast so a skilled  Nami will make a tower dive a regretful decision.
  •  Aqua Prison and  Tidal Wave are both fairly easy to sidestep, but be careful when you are fighting in the jungle or being chased, as this limits where you can go in order to dodge both abilities.
  • Use any item that grants Tenacity. It will render most of her crowd control useless.

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