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Talon Preseason Spotlight

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Playing As TalonSquare Talon
  • You can use Assassin's Path Assassin's Path to get behind the enemy and set up for Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy's melee attack
  • Shadow Assault Shadow Assault is a powerful escape tool, but can also be offensively used to assault a group.
  • Remember to pick your target before the fight. Focusing all of TalonSquare Talon's abilities on one target can be very rewarding, but splitting them up between many may leave you helpless.
Playing Against TalonSquare Talon
  • TalonSquare Talon's attacks are all physical damage. Build armor early to counter his burst damage.
  • TalonSquare Talon is heavily reliant on Shadow Assault Shadow Assault to escape a fight. When it is down he's significantly more vulnerable.
  • TalonSquare Talon has unrivaled roaming ability. Make sure to keep track of his position or force him to stay in lane by pushing aggressively

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • TalonSquare Talon is an AD caster assassin who specializes in early game burst and roaming. Against most opponents, his high damage can overwhelm them should he be able to combo his skills, while his Assassin's Path Assassin's Path gives him almost unlimited mobility in the jungle, allowing him to reposition himself with ease
    • Because of his high AD ratios, early game power and map pressure, TalonSquare Talon can easily snowball out of control if left unchecked.
  • Blade's End Blade's End is TalonSquare Talon's passive: upon hitting an enemy champion or epic monster 3 times with any of your abilities, your next basic attack causes a full-stacked enemy to bleed for 2 seconds
    • The skill's base damage and high ratio makes it a tremendous source of damage in your kit, allowing you to win most trades should you be able to proc it.
  • Blade's End Blade's End cannot be stacked on the same enemy as long as he's bleeding. Once the bleed is over, you can immediately restart to stack it again.
  • Hitting an enemy with your basic attacks while he has at least 1 or 2 stacks of Blade's End Blade's End will reset the stacks' duration to 6 seconds. By starting with Rake Rake, one can proc the passive as soon as level 1 by resetting the timer long enough for your Rake Rake to be available again.
  • Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy is TalonSquare Talon's most reliable skill. Depending on the distance between him and the target, it can either be a targeted dash or a high-damaging stab.
    • If Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy kills an enemy it refunds half of its cooldown while also healing TalonSquare Talon, making it good for farming and sustaining in lane.
  • Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy resets TalonSquare Talon's autoattack timer, so use this ability after autoattacking to gain 2 hits in succession.
  • Rake Rake is one of your best tools in the lane, allowing TalonSquare Talon to last-hit and harass from a decent range.
    • Rake Rake deals more damage and applies its slow with its return. Using it at close range can ensure to get both hits on the enemy champion.
    • Be sure not to overuse this ability at earlier levels to avoid running out of mana.
  • TalonSquare Talon's usual combo is to either lead with Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy or Rake Rake, follow with the other skill and autoattacking to proc Blade's End Blade's End. Using Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy's dash first allows to ensure Rake Rake's return to hit, while in the other way you can use Rake Rake's slow to get close to the opponent and follow with the Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy's stab. However, do remember that the second combo is more difficult to perform because of Rake Rake's unreliability.
    • When you use your second combo, try not to use Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy beforehand as it resets your autoattack timer. This means you can activate it right as a basic attack hits to get a second hit nearly instantly and substantially increase your burst.
    • TalonSquare Talon's can easily score a kill as soon as level 2 thanks to his combo burst. It is highly advisable to look for early opportunities, as they may give you a strong lead
  • Assassin's Path Assassin's Path is TalonSquare Talon's most important skill. When near any structure or wall, you can jump to its other side. Because of its very low cooldown, it gives TalonSquare Talon almost unrivaled mobility while in the jungle
    • The ability puts the piece of terrain used on cooldown. Because of its high times in the early-mid game, it is important to use the ability sparingly
    • The jump is considered a dash, which means it can be interrupted by other champions' abilities like ThreshSquare Thresh's Death Sentence Death Sentence
  • Assassin's Path Assassin's Path can be used to cross player-created terrain as well, such as those made by TaliyahSquare Taliyah's Weaver's Wall Weaver's Wall or AniviaSquare Anivia's Crystallize Crystallize
    • The terrain cooldown applies to these kind of structures as well. If you jumped over AniviaSquare Anivia's wall and the cooldown hasn't expired yet, you won't be able to cross it again
    • Being a dash, Assassin's Path Assassin's Path cannot be used to cross structures that do not allow champions to dash over, such as AzirSquare Azir's Emperor's Divide Emperor's Divide
  • Shadow Assault Shadow Assault's stealth and damage allow it to be used both defensively or offensively. It can be used as either a tool for chasing an escaping champion, escaping a gank, improving your burst or ensuring Blade's End Blade's End's stacks on your targets.
    • It is difficult to utilize the movement speed of Shadow Assault Shadow Assault to its fullest due to the small range of the radius, however. It is more likely the movement speed will be helpful to quickly get in range of a target to use Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy on than simply running around should you wish to hit an enemy with Shadow Assault Shadow Assault twice.
  • Shadow Assault Shadow Assault's volley's return can converge on the first enemy you hit with your basic attack or Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy.
  • Beware: if you cast Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy's dash and while in mid-lunge Shadow Assault Shadow Assault's, the basic attack that immediately follows the dash will make both your stealth expire and your blades collapse
    • While this allows you to deal damage with both volleys as fast as you can, the lack of stealth may leave you in dangerous situations.
    • Similarly, remember that using Assassin's Path Assassin's Path during Shadow Assault Shadow Assault will automatically reactivate the skill, making you lose the stealth
  • TalonSquare Talon is a hard champion to catch. Use Rake Rake to slow pursuers, Assassin's Path Assassin's Path to freely dash over the walls and Shadow Assault Shadow Assault for the stealth and high movement speed. Try to change your path directions and use your stealth to juke and confuse your enemies.
    • Be careful at the paths you take though, as you may find yourself in front of a wall on cooldown
    • Keep in mind that the enemies can see where your blades travel when your stealth ends, so using the ability just to run can sometimes be better than running into the enemy jungle while trying to juke the enemies.
  • The fastest combo that dishes out the most damage possible is the following: cast Rake Rake, immediately follow with Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy's dash and use Shadow Assault Shadow Assault in mid-lounge. In this way, you'll quickly stack Blade's End Blade's End on your target and proc it with the basic attack following from your dash. Although you won't be stealthed, you can still use Shadow Assault Shadow Assault's movement speed to get away (or to the closest wall).
Runes Usage
Item Usage
  • Caulfield's Warhammer item Caulfield's Warhammer or Serrated Dirk item Serrated Dirk are excellent early purchases for TalonSquare Talon, the former for its cooldown reduction and the latter for its armor penetration. Both combine into one of his core items, Youmuu's Ghostblade item Youmuu's Ghostblade, which provides flat armor penetration that is very useful for bursting squishy targets, and the active combined with Shadow Assault Shadow Assault gives TalonSquare Talon amazing gank potential in the mid game. It makes catching up to targets and sticking to them far easier.
  • Edge of Night item Edge of Night and Duskblade of Draktharr item Duskblade of Draktharr are another core items that are built almost always. Not only do they give armor penetration (lethality), but they also give useful passives and actives which help in successfully assassinating an enemy.
    • Edge of Night item Edge of Night is an excellent choice against most AP laners and AD carries such as CaitlynSquare Caitlyn or VayneSquare Vayne because of their 90 Caliber Net 90 Caliber Net and Condemn Condemn. You can use the active ability before engaging and put your opponent in a tricky situation where they have to sacrifice one of their abilities against your shield, which can be crucial to their survival.
    • Duskblade of Draktharr item Duskblade of Draktharr's passive deals bonus physical damage to an enemy champion with an basic attack after 1 second of being hidden from the enemy team (bushes etc.), while also briefly slowing it. Its passive also provides a subpar Sweeping Lens item Sweeping Lens' effect, revealing enemy wards. It won't however outline invisible enemies as the Sweeping Lens item Sweeping Lens do
  • Against compositions that tend to build a lot of armor, Last Whisper item Last Whisper can be a good purchase. Not only does it provide a nice amount of attack damage, it also adds bonus armor penetration. It can later be upgraded to Lord Dominik's Regards item Lord Dominik's Regards or Mortal Reminder item Mortal Reminder, both of which not only provide additional bonus armor penetration as well as more damage, but the former also deals increased damage to high-health enemies (such as bruisers, juggernauts, and tanks), and the latter applies Grievous Wounds icon Grievous Wounds to enemies, especially strong against healing-based enemies or those who stack life steal.
  • The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver is a good late-game purchase, giving strong armor shred as well as considerable amounts of CDR. All of TalonSquare Talon's abilities deal more than one instance of physical damage and several are AoE, making passive stacks very easy to apply to amplify your team's DPS. Do not rush this item till mid game however, as the low AD and its build path can weaken your damage in the early and mid game. This is a team-oriented purchase, as this item does a very poor job of helping you burst squishy targets.
  • An early Hexdrinker item Hexdrinker can be the bane of burst Mages, and later on can be upgraded to Maw of Malmortius item Maw of Malmortius. It's essential when facing opponents with 'finishing' moves that deal magic damage like EliseSquare Elise's Venomous Bite Venomous Bite and KarthusSquare Karthus' Requiem Requiem. Alternatively, a Mercurial Scimitar item Mercurial Scimitar can be purchased if Quicksilver's cleansing is needed.
  • Guardian Angel item Guardian Angel is a great purchase for late game, as it makes TalonSquare Talon harder to kill and may deter the enemy team from focusing him.
  • Dead Man's Plate item Dead Man's Plate is another great choice for late game and splitpushing, as it makes TalonSquare Talon harder to kill and gives him out of combat mobility and a proc that slows and damages the enemy with an basic attack whenever he fully charges Dead Man's Plate item Dead Man's Plate.
  • Because Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy's damage scales with both AD and bonus critical strike damage, building an Infinity Edge item Infinity Edge can be a good late game item to kill squishy targets in ganks, roams, or flanks onto the enemy squishies.
  • A few unconventional items such as Sterak's Gage item Sterak's Gage, Tiamat item Tiamat and its upgrades (Ravenous Hydra item Ravenous Hydra and Titanic Hydra item Titanic Hydra) do work as well, yet are not optimal for his assassin playstyle.
    • If one wishes for an item that allows for more frontal confrontations, a Death's Dance item Death's Dance may be a good last item
  • It is advisable to start with a Warding Totem item Warding Totem in order to ward your lane against ganks, unless you are fighting a stealth champion such as AkaliSquare Akali (or indeed another TalonSquare Talon) in which case Sweeping Lens item Sweeping Lens is preferred. However, on ambush champions such as TalonSquare Talon, a Sweeping Lens item Sweeping Lens into an eventual Oracle Alteration item Oracle Alteration is often preferable past laning phase, so that you can ensure that the bush you're waiting in to ambush the enemy team from is not warded.
Countering
  • All of TalonSquare Talon's damage output is physical damage: investing in a Chain Vest item Chain Vest or Cloth Armor item Cloth Armor early (and higher-value armor items later) can significantly reduce his damage.
  • It is recommended to play safe at early levels, especially at lvl 2: TalonSquare Talon's early damage should not be underestimated, as it can easily net him a first blood given the conditions
  • TalonSquare Talon is a great roamer that relies on getting early kills to get going. Forcing him to stay in lane by pushing to his tower can deter his ganks and his possible lead
  • TalonSquare Talon needs to hit both Rake Rake's instances for him to proc his Blade's End Blade's End. Avoiding Rake Rake's return will cut a lot of his damage
    • Remember that the skill can be easily sidestepped, since only the second part slows.
    • Champions with mobility skills like YasuoSquare Yasuo's Sweeping Blade Sweeping Blade can easily avoid the return
  • Abilities that stop projectiles like BraumSquare Braum's Unbreakable Unbreakable can give TalonSquare Talon a hard time, as they can also stop him from stacking Blade's End Blade's End on his targets
  • TalonSquare Talon's reliance on burst damage is a heavy weakness against targets he can't quickly kill. Fighter champions tend to beat TalonSquare Talon, being durable enough to survive his combo and do enough damage to kill TalonSquare Talon afterwards, while fighters with innate sustainability abilities will survive TalonSquare Talon's combo and then just heal themselves back up.
  • It is recommended to engage TalonSquare Talon when you think his Shadow Assault Shadow Assault is on cooldown as it is his only reliable escape mechanism.
  • TalonSquare Talon relies heavily on walls because of his Assassin's Path Assassin's Path. If you know where he might be, stay away from the terrain in question, as he can otherwise ambush you
  • Champions with Stealth Detection Abilities like Lee SinSquare Lee Sin, Twisted FateSquare Twisted Fate or RengarSquare Rengar can be a nightmare for TalonSquare Talon as he couldn't escape even with his Shadow Assault Shadow Assault.
  • TalonSquare Talon tends to lose his influence in the late game, as he can easily risk getting killed in teamfights because of his melee range. Prolonged games can be a bane for him
  • TalonSquare Talon's mobility and burst can make him an assassin even more dangerous than Kha'ZixSquare Kha'Zix or RengarSquare Rengar against lone targets, as he doesn't rely on isolation or giving notice of his presence before-hand and his Assassin's Path Assassin's Path allows him to gank from unexpected places. Staying together with your team can however not only easily cripple his engages, but also make his already-poor disengages even worse
  • Some of the most difficult match-ups for TalonSquare Talon involve being against champions with point-and-click burst, sustain and pushing capabilities
    • PantheonSquare Pantheon can easily shut down TalonSquare Talon in lane by zoning him from farm with Spear Shot Spear Shot. Most importantely, Aegis Protection Aegis Protection, Aegis of Zeonia Aegis of Zeonia and Heartseeker Strike Heartseeker Strike allow him to not only outrade TalonSquare Talon, but also to engage on him at whim as he does not have any disengage ability outside of his Assassin's Path Assassin's Path and Shadow Assault Shadow Assault. Lastly, Grand Skyfall Grand Skyfall can easily turn around any gank made by TalonSquare Talon
    • AkaliSquare Akali can easily outdamage and outsustain TalonSquare Talon at most points of the game. While it's true that pre-6 she can be shut down, her Twilight Shroud Twilight Shroud allows her to stop TalonSquare Talon to proc Blade's End Blade's End on her. Once Shadow Dance Shadow Dance is available, she has no problem in going toe-to-toe against him
    • AniviaSquare Anivia and OriannaSquare Orianna can punish TalonSquare Talon's lack of in-combat mobility and roaming with ease
      • While AniviaSquare Anivia's Crystallize Crystallize can't really stop TalonSquare Talon, once she reaches level 6 she'll constantly threaten the tower with Glacial Storm Glacial Storm. Furthermore, TalonSquare Talon is really limited into assassinating her, as not only he's hindered by Rebirth Rebirth and Flash Frost Flash Frost, but he can easily be poked thanks to her autoattacks' range and Frostbite Frostbite
      • OriannaSquare Orianna can make TalonSquare Talon's life a living inferno because of her Clockwork Windup Clockwork Windup, as not only she can zone him with her autoattacks, but he can also easily risk getting hit by her full combo, without even considering Command Protect Command Protect's strengths. Lastly, once she obtains some mana regeneration she can push the wave effortlessly

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