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Gameplay

Rek&#039;Sai Rek'Sai is a powerful and mobile monster well suited to the jungle of Summoner’s Rift. Clever use of her Tunnel.png Tunnels gives Rek’Sai unparalleled mobility through her jungle and into the enemy’s domain. Once there, she works best counter-jungling her opponent into obscurity before ganking enemy laners from the unconventional angles her Tunnel.png Tunnels provide.[1]

Jungling
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Rek’Sai is a mobile menace at all stages of the game, creating Tunnel.png Tunnels throughout her own jungle to help her dart from camp to camp. But she doesn’t just Burrow.png Burrow quickly; she kills at speed, too. Queen&#039;s Wrath.png Queen's Wrath brings mass carnage to each camp’s monsters, dealing solid area of effect damage to every enemy around her, while Furious Bite.png Furious Bite deals powerful single target damage. Monsters will fight back, but Rek’Sai – once she’s generated enough Fury of the Xer&#039;Sai.png fury - can sustain through the slaughter by Burrow.png Burrowing, which restores her health and speeds her toward the next camp. And once her jungle’s empty, it’s time for Rek’Sai to turn toward the enemy jungle.

Burrow.png Tremor Sense is central to Rek’Sai’s counter-jungling runs, which focus on killing enemy camps while her counterpart’s away rather than dueling directly. By checking for movement in her intended direction, Rek’Sai can at least understand where her opposing jungler isn’t, then use that knowledge to Burrow.png Burrow in and steal camps, effectively starving her opponent out of their jungle and forcing them into premature ganks, or worse yet, into Rek’Sai’s lair. Pity those who dare stray too deep into the burrower’s home: her Tunnel.png Tunnels offer incredible mobility, and with good vision control, Rek’Sai can easily coordinate her allies as she hunts down wandering targets.

Then there are her ganks. Rek’Sai’s relative lack of burst damage means she thrives best when she ganks for her high-damage allies, using her considerable utility to slow and stop her target’s escape. Most crucially, Rek’Sai’s Tunnel.png Tunnels give her unique angles of attack into enemy lanes, from which she can damage her mark with Prey Seeker.png Prey Seeker before Unburrow.png Unburrowing beneath them. The Unburrow.png knock-up provides a strong enough window for most assassins to secure their kill, but even if her enemy’s still alive, Rek’Sai can turn to her own abilities - Queen&#039;s Wrath.png Queen's Wrath and Furious Bite.png Furious Bite in particular - to add extra damage into the mix.

Teamfights
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Come mid-game, Rek’Sai operates best when she takes advantage of her unique Burrow.png vision and Tunnel.png Tunnels, using her knowledge of the enemy’s movements to split push or pick lone targets. In split-push situations, she makes short work of minion waves with Queen&#039;s Wrath.png Queen's Wrath, shoving her own minions into towers and forcing the enemy team to react. Burrow.png Tremor Sense ensures she’s always aware of her enemy’s whereabouts, too, allowing her to dive through the myriad Tunnel.png Tunnels she’s already created and skirt around those who come to stop the shove. But her mobility doesn’t end there. Void Rush.png Void Rush gives Rek’Sai the ability to burrow to any of her tunnels, potentially crossing over the entirety of Summoner’s Rift in seconds.

But when to Void Rush.png ult? If she’s attracted enemy attention with her split pushes, Rek’Sai can quickly relocate to join her waiting allies in another lane, using their newfound numbers advantage to force down towers or claim other objectives. Alternatively, a sneaky Tunnel.png Tunnel in the enemy base sets up a perfect late game backdoor attempt, while Tunnel.png Tunnels near her own base give Rek’Sai the opportunity to dash back and help defend when the enemy forces come knocking. During the early and mid game, Void Rush.png Void Rush gives Rek’Sai instant access back into her jungle whenever she Recall.png Recalls, meaning she can carry on clearing camps and gaining experience and gold while her counterpart heads back to their jungle.

In large-scale teamfights, Rek’Sai works best when she can follow up on a solid initiation, following in and locking up priority targets with the knock up from Unburrow.png Unburrow. Once she’s engaged, Rek’Sai has to work fast, generating Fury of the Xer&#039;Sai.png fury as quickly as she can before crippling her enemy with Furious Bite.png Furious Bite. The ability scales in damage depending on how much she’s filled her Fury of the Xer&#039;Sai.png fury bar, and deals true damage when full. Once she’s laid down her punishment, Rek’Sai needs to focus on survival. Burrow.png Burrow gives her both the movement speed and health regen she needs to dodge and recover from the enemy’s retaliation, and gives her opportunity to peel for her damage dealers by Unburrow.png Unburrowing beneath their would-be killers.

Synergy
Works well with: Struggles against:
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Lux - the Lady of Luminosity

All of Lux’s abilities synergize well with Rek’Sai’s at every stage of the game. Early Light Binding.png Light Bindings help Rek’Sai move into place for her Unburrow.png knock up, while in teamfights, Lucent Singularity.png Lucent Singularity and Prey Seeker.png Prey Seeker grant long-range vision of their targets. And while Rek’Sai is not the most delicate of flowers, Prismatic Barrier.png Prismatic Barrier helps her soak up extra damage as she moves in to engage.

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Kalista - the Spear of Vengeance

While Rek’Sai punishes those she can stick to, she struggles against champions who can kite effectively, particularly Kalista. Martial Poise.png Martial Poise enables the Spear of Vengeance to continuously dart around the Void Burrower while she lays down punishing damage with her basic attacks and Pierce.png Pierce.

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Malphite - Shard of the Monolith

Crowd control’s the word when Rek’Sai and Malphite buddy up for teamfights. Unstoppable Force.png Unstoppable Force is the perfect area of effect initiation tool for Rek’Sai, who can Tunnel.png Tunnel in and send her enemies skywards once again with Unburrow.png Unburrow before working on her targets with Queen&#039;s Wrath.png Queen's Wrath and Furious Bite.png Furious Bite.

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Lee Sin - the Blind Monk

One of League’s eminent counter-junglers, Lee Sin’s got the damage, sustain and mobility with Sonic Wave.png Sonic Wave and Safeguard.png Safeguard to hunt down and kill Rek’Sai whenever she tries to tunnel her way into the Blind Monk’s jungle.

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Kassadin - the Void Walker

Come mid game, Kassadin and Rek’Sai can pair up to form a small and Riftwalk.png mobile death squad. Both have enough Void Rush.png mobility to jet around the map, and once Rek’Sai locks their target up with Unburrow.png Unburrow, Kass has plenty of damage to earn his team a kill.

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Ziggs - the Hexplosives Expert

Hexplosive Minefield.png Hexplosive Minefield and Satchel Charge.png Satchel Charge make Ziggs a difficult target for Rek’Sai’s ganks during laning, but the problems don’t end there. Even if Rek’Sai is able to split push a sizeable minion wave into the enemy’s turret, the range and power of Mega Inferno Bomb.png Mega Inferno Bomb can quickly wipe out the wave and rebalance the map.

Champion Spotlight
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Rek’Sai Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items
Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran&#039;s Blade item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Ninja Tabi item Phage item Jaurim&#039;s Fist item
Essential The Black Cleaver item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Sterak&#039;s Gage item
Offensive Titanic Hydra item Maw of Malmortius item Death&#039;s Dance item
Defensive Randuin&#039;s Omen item Spirit Visage item Frozen Mallet item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Machete item Health Potion item3 Warding Totem item
Early Ninja Tabi item Stalker&#039;s Blade item Caulfield&#039;s Warhammer item
Essential Stalker&#039;s Blade (Warrior) item The Black Cleaver item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item
Offensive Sterak&#039;s Gage item Titanic Hydra item Maw of Malmortius item
Defensive Randuin&#039;s Omen item Locket of the Iron Solari item Spirit Visage item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran&#039;s Blade item Health Potion item2 Boots of Speed item
Early Caulfield&#039;s Warhammer item Phage item Tiamat item
Essential The Black Cleaver item Ninja Tabi item
Offensive Titanic Hydra item Maw of Malmortius item Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item
Defensive Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Spirit Visage item Sterak&#039;s Gage item
Consumables Health Potion item Refillable Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Machete item Hunter&#039;s Talisman item Health Potion item3
Early Stalker&#039;s Blade item Caulfield&#039;s Warhammer item Boots of Speed item
Essential Stalker&#039;s Blade (Warrior) item Ninja Tabi item
Offensive The Black Cleaver item Titanic Hydra item Maw of Malmortius item
Defensive Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Spirit Visage item Sterak&#039;s Gage item
Consumables Health Potion item Refillable Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran&#039;s Blade item Doran&#039;s Shield item Health Potion item4
Essential The Black Cleaver item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Mercury&#039;s Treads item
Offensive Trinity Force item Ravenous Hydra item Frozen Mallet item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Randuin&#039;s Omen item Orb of Winter item Thornmail item Banshee&#039;s Veil item Locket of the Iron Solari item
Consumables Oracle&#039;s Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item

Tips

Playing As Rek&#039;Sai Rek'Sai
Playing Against Rek&#039;Sai Rek'Sai

Tricks

Ability Usage
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • As Rek&#039;Sai Rek'Sai is most effective in the jungle, picking the right jungle item enchantment is one of your most important decisions.
    • Typically, the Warrior item.png Warrior enchantment is the best one as it enhances your early ganks and gives you cooldown reduction.
    • Due to Void Rush.png Void Rush giving her a large amount of attack speed, the Devourer item.png Devourer enchantment is another option.
  • A Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra is her core damage item. It increases her AoE damage with her Queen&#039;s Wrath.png Queen's Wrath and gives good sustain.
  • After your Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra, it is recommended to buy items that give tanky stats, as Rek Sai is very squishy for what she does.
  • Both a Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil and a Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage can be useful on her, depending on how often you activate Fury of the Xer&#039;Sai.png Fury of the Xer'Sai.
  • A Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen can be very deadly on her once she engages. Her enemies will have a harder time to escape.
  • A Warmog&#039;s Armor item.png Warmog's Armor is typically not recommended on her as she doesn't scale very well with straight health.
Countering
  • If you see one of her Tunnel.png Tunnels, try to destroy it as quickly as possible. Keep in mind this takes time, so be careful not to get ganked.
  • If you spot her entering your jungle, be sure to alert your allied jungler that she might be counter-jungling. If you are the jungler and you feel that you may not be able to take her on alone, be sure to call for allies or perhaps even stand still as her Burrow.png Tremor Sense only activates when a unit or group of units move.

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