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Nami Champion Spotlight

Nami Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Spellthief's Edge item Health Potion item3 Warding Totem item
Early Frostfang item Boots of Speed item
Essential Boots of Mobility item Remnant of the Watchers item Redemption item
Aggressive Zeke's Convergence item Morellonomicon item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Protective Mikael's Crucible item Locket of the Iron Solari item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Ring item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item3
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Chalice of Harmony item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Offensive Banshee's Veil item Rod of Ages item Athene's Unholy Grail item
Defensive Mikael's Crucible item Frozen Heart item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Howling Abyss
Starting Nomad's Medallion item Boots of Speed item Refillable Potion item
Essential Chalice of Harmony item Ionian Boots of Lucidity item
Offensive Athene's Unholy Grail item Rabadon's Deathcap item Banner of Command item
Defensive Mikael's Crucible item Locket of the Iron Solari item Talisman of Ascension item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Corrupting Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item

Tips

Playing As NamiSquare Nami
  • Be considerate of your spell usage during the early game, especially since the Cooldown reduction icon cooldowns are long.
  • Using Tidal Wave Tidal Wave and Aqua Prison Aqua Prison in tandem makes a very nice engage.
  • Nami's Tidal Wave ultimate can come in very handy for cutting off escapes.
Playing Against NamiSquare Nami
  • Aqua Prison Aqua Prison is a very powerful ability, but has a long cooldown. Take advantage of the situation if Nami misses this ability.
  • Tidal Wave Tidal Wave has very long range but travels slowly, it is easy to juke if you see it coming.
  • Try to avoid fighting an opponent affected by Tidecaller's Blessing Tidecaller's Blessing. It lasts a short duration, so waiting it out can help you greatly.

Tricks

NamiSquare Nami is an offensive enchanter that delivers augments and crowd-control capabilities for her teammates. Her well-rounded skill set can turn the Ebb and Flow Ebb and Flow of the battlefield, whether it's in helping a fight, or leading the charge.

Ability Usage

Surging Tides Surging Tides [Innate]
  • This is a great boost for getting people into lane faster, but make sure that the cost required won't hinder you if a teamfight hits immediately.
Aqua Prison Aqua Prison [Q]
  • This ability has a long cooldown for a rather unreliable projectile, so consider the shot carefully. Try leading the enemy, targeting places they are going to walk into within the next second.
  • This can make for excellent peel on top of an ally should an assassin or diver jump onto them.
Ebb and Flow Ebb and Flow [W]
  • Ebb and Flow is a fickle ability. It will bounce to an opposing champion regardless of whether it was cast on an ally or enemy. So if you're looking to trade with this ability, keep in mind of this commutative property. Instead of hitting the enemy and waiting for the rebound, you could cast it on yourself and back away as it bounces to the them.
  • To maximize the amount of bounces out of casting this ability, a good rule of thumb is to throw it on the team with more members present.
Tidecaller's Blessing Tidecaller's Blessing [E]
  • You can use this to proc Surging Tides Surging Tides on an ally with very little repercussions. If a fight goes bad, this will help them escape.
  • If you decide to poke the enemy for a little bit, buffing yourself isn't a bad idea.
Tidal Wave Tidal Wave [R]
  • This ability is slow, but it has very reliable disruption. It has the capacity to disable an entire team's engage for a quick retaliation.
    • That being said, don't be afraid of using it to save only one person; saving the team comes first.

Runes

  • The Sorcery icon Sorcery tree suits Nami's enchanter play-style by giving her more power, and providing ways to keep dishing out her spells.
    • Summon Aery rune Summon Aery works very well with Nami, considering that her kit can target both teams. Its cooldown is also very nice in keeping up with the fight.
    • Manaflow Band rune Manaflow Band isn't that necessary since Nami's core items provide plenty of mana regeneration. If you plan to cast spells VERY frequently, then it's not a bad choice.
  • The Resolve icon Resolve tree on Nami makes her more durable, which really helps against matchups with all-in engages.
    • Guardian rune Guardian is the best suited keystone compared to the others that simply don't fit her playstyle. This provides some protection if you're playing defensive.
    • Font of Life rune Font of Life can act as another benefit she provides from her crowd control, and can even proc Ardent Censer item Ardent Censer without touching her allies.
    • Revitalize rune Revitalize helps in really close fights where she needs more power to her sustain.
  • The Inspiration icon Inspiration keystones don't help in Nami's usual interactions at all, but the some of the other runes are interesting choices.
    • Future's Market rune Future's Market delivers Nami's items very quickly, giving her the enemy in an upper hand in the race for power.
    • Cosmic Insight rune Cosmic Insight lets Nami get her spells more frequently. With the appropriate build, she can use this advantage to deliver a lot more towards the game.

Items

NamiSquare Nami works well with items that enrich the aid she provides to her team, primarily when she uses her abilities, or item actives. She benefits from items that grant Mana regeneration icon Mana regeneration, Heal powerHybrid resistances icon Heal and shield power, and Cooldown reduction icon Cooldown reduction.

  • Eye of the Watchers item Eye of the Watchers is the most synergistic support item which supplies Nami's mana hungry playstyle as an enchanter. She also has good poke potential with Ebb and Flow Ebb and Flow that can reward Tribute multiple times.
  • Ardent Censer item Ardent Censer is a staple item that provides the essential stats needed for Nami's playstyle. Start sticking with your allies by the time you get this item to utilize its full benefits.
  • Redemption item Redemption is another core item that doubles down by providing a healing field should you need widespread sustain.
  • Mikael's Crucible item Mikael's Crucible's immense stats are really good if you battle oppressive engages, but note that it has a Harmony passive, meaning that having Athene's Unholy Grail item Athene's Unholy Grail at the same time will be problematic.

Counterpicks

  • Since Nami has a well rounded kit, battling her efforts usually comes down to specialized brute force.
    • Champions such as BrandSquare Brand and ZyraSquare Zyra dish out challenging amounts of poke damage for Nami to keep up, and play decently during engages.
    • Champions such as BraumSquare Braum and YasuoSquare Yasuo can counter Nami's spells for a clear shot at retaliation.

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