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Welcome, summoners! Runes are an extremely significant factor in victory on the fields of justice. Because of this, I thought I might try my hand at educating fellow players on the subject. To simplify this guide, I will be writing exclusively about Tier 3 runes. Tier 1 and Tier 2 runes are unfit for truly competitive gameplay; I would recomend against purchasing them.
Why Make Your Own Guide?
While this wiki has its own page about runes, it doesn't go to lengths to explain the relationships between runes themselves and live gameplay, nor does it attempt to recommend runes or propose a plan for deciding what runes you should actually be fitting into your rune pages.
The common knowledge of runes.
Primary and Secondary Rune Status
Each of the rune groups is particularly suited to providing the most effect for only a few types of bonuses. If it's not primary, providing the most bonus of any type of rune, it's secondary.
Marks are best suited for penetration (all types), attack damage, attack speed, critical strike, and critical damage bonuses. They represent the offense quadrant of the rune page, and primarily serve physical damage purposes.
Seals are best suited for regeneration (all types), armor, and health bonuses. They represent the defense quadrant of the rune page. Seals offer strengths in relatively few categories when you eliminate per level and garbage* (*opinion) runes, so they only truly primarily (triple adverb combo) serve for armor and health bonuses.
Glyphs are best suited for ability power, magic resist, cooldown reduction, and mana bonuses. They represent the magical quadrant of the rune page, and primarily serve spell-oriented purposes.
Quintessences offer bonuses in all possible categories. They are best* suited to augment a primary choice in one of the other quadrants. The most* remarkable quintessences are the quintessences of movement speed, offering a bonus that no other runes provide, and which make a significant difference in gameplay if used correctly.
Lifesteal, spell vamp, experience %, and reduced revival time can also only be found on quintessences. Gold per 10 runes can be found on quintessences and seals. These runes in isolation, by themselves, lacking synergy with other rune slots (repetition for emphasis), tend to, more often than not, be a weak, if not invisible, bonus to your champion. Experience % runes lose effect entirely at level 18, and provide an arguably irrelevant bonus anyway - a complete waste*. Reduced revival time only helps you when you die, and your quintessences could have helped you not die in the first place. Worse yet, if you never die, you never get any bonus from using them. Lifesteal and spell vamp are weak (lifesteal quints were nerfed, and spell vamp requires you to keep casting spells), while gold per 10 loses all effect once you have a full build (nothing left to spend money on). Of this misfit lot, gold per 10 is probably the best*.
"Tertiary" Rune Status
While the runebook does not recognize a full heirarchy of bonuses, it's important to realize which secondary runes are better or worse than others. The worse secondary rune can be thought of as a "tertiary" rune, since it provides a lesser bonus. This is particularly useful when trying to optimize a rune page.
Limit Your Types of Bonuses
The four separate areas of the rune page each have their own specialty. Your limit for types of bonuses should be, accordingly, four. If your rune page exceeds four types of bonuses, it is apparent that you are spreading your bonuses too thin. Even though you might be getting the most out of any particular rune slot, if the combined total effect (read: synergy) of your rune page is literally "a whole lot of nothing", where your bonuses are too spread out to provide a meaningful impact on your gameplay, then you are wasting your time. While I recommend this rule for 99% of cases, your rune page goals and specific champion synergies may definitely allow for it to be broken. You should be able to answer the question, "What does it do?" quickly and briefly. If you cannot tell someone else what your rune page is supposed to do, without much thought, and without going into harsh detail, you may want to reconsider your rune page.
Advanced Rune Concepts
It's nice if you know that the shiny yellow bricks make it harder for Captain Shooty Face to kill you, but that doesn't matter if you're up against The Shortest Incarnation of Evil Imaginable, That One Woman That Cheats By Calling Her Twin Sister for Help, or even Captain Shooty Face himself (because of Grog Soaked Blade and Cannon Barrage). It also doesn't help if you have power coming to you with per level runes, but you're dueling and going all-in like you have your opponent's (likely flat) runes, at level 3.
This section will bring to light some of the ambient background knowledge, things you would know if you cared to pay any attention to them.
Let's get started.
- Attack speed doesn't help you if you can't get your target to let you hit them. Also, if they're letting you hit them in a fight, a.) they think they can kill you, b.) they think you're going to die before them (someone else will kill you, and if you can't see them, then you might want to run away, or c.) they are underestimating your power. For these reasons, despite the power of attack speed runes, they're really not as powerful against enemy champions as you might think they are. The DPS bonus is easily felt by junglers, against monsters, of course.
- Healing abilities do not benefit from magic penetration. When creating a rune page for champions with healing abilities, you may decide to choose magic penetration as a way to deal more reliable damage with champions whose ability power scalings are below par for whatever reason. However, that takes a healing or shielding ability completely out of consideration. You may want to consider this heavily when looking to rune-up your champions for battle. Perhaps the versatility of ability power outweighs the potential benefit of runing for a scarce stat like magic penetration.
- Getting the last hit on minions is a significant part of your gold income (in a lane), especially early game. I'm looking at you, Swain. If your champion absolutely sucks at something as simple as last-hitting, especially when you're pushed and forced to compete with your turret for gold, maybe you don't want that full ability power rune page. Maybe you want some attack damage on your caster because of this. Before you go, "Why would I build attack damage on my magic damage mage?" ask yourself whether or not you're okay with the enemy laner having 500 more gold than you, even if you don't die - even if you kill him a few times ( *cough* *cough*). That negligible little number on the far right of the scoreboard could mean the difference between winning and losing (*cough* Nasus *cough*). While we're talking about the scoreboard, don't forget about the number on the far other right, too.
- Understand the random number generator before you start messing with it. This applies to critical strike chance. Until you reach 100% critical strike chance, you are rolling attacks at only a chance to critically strike. The reliability afforded by critical strike chance runes, is, then, a non-factor. You should avoid praying to the RNG God if you can help it, because reliability, the very opposite, is what shaped the meta. Also, make sure you have something to crit with first...As a damage modifier, critical strike chance only helps you when you have damage to modify. If that damage is irregular or tied to an ability, you may want to consider how long it will take you to properly utilize the runes you think you want to bring into the match.
- Those champions with the red health bars (purple in colorblind mode) want to kill you. So, you might want to have a plan of attack (pun intended) for keeping them from being successful. If your champion is particularly prone to dying early, you may want to bolster your defense from the start. Doran's items are good at providing a death buffer for the first few minutes, but they probably won't save you all by themselves. Decide if you or your champion could use a little extra security, letting someone else get flamed for giving up first blood, at the cost of true power: damage, the ability to make your opponents give up first blood.
- How long will your "advantage" last? Depending on your champion and your build and your opponents' champions and their builds, how long are your runes really going to shine? Do they even need to shine that long? Do they only shine for every once in a while? Your runes can change the game you're playing, or they can fade into the background. Your runes can be the reason you won, or they can be the reason you lost. Your runes are literally the big half of what makes you different from any other player in that particular match (or this particular region/game, if you ignore the statistics which easily make you one of hundreds of people doing things in a certain way, if not more), alongside masteries and (really, the other 10 just don't see the same amount of play). Most importantly, however...how much do they shine, anyway? Does it even matter? I think I struggle sometimes when it comes to flat vs. per level, when I'm only really getting a tiny bonus compared to my enemy with flat, and only after a long period of already being in the game.
- Generally, the more you're going to buy on items, the less your runes matter. Make your runes important. Don't waive this precaution unless you have a good reason to continue to build a stat far and well beyond the point where it wouldn't matter if you had critical damage runes on your AP caster. (How much is 36 AP if Veigar has 1000?)
So...What Does It Do? It Does THIS!
Sometimes the best rune pages are the ones with the least types of bonuses. It may seem particularly uninspired to look at a rune page that does only one thing, but can you argue that it doesn't do that one thing very well? Probably not. Some may even say that a rune page with only one type of bonus is stupid*, because you lose out on the primary power of the secondary quadrants. This is part of the fun and strategy of runes. You will find things that work well, and things that don't. Blindly following someone else's strategy (cough cough Worlds cough cough LCS cough), without having an intimiate knowledge of that setup (which probably revolves around a certain playstyle and only works particularly well with certain champions, etc.), is just asking for failure.
When you want results, go with something you're familiar with. Not familiar with it? Then go play Normal Draft! (pretty please?)
Let's take a step back from hardcore planning, and pro strats, and tryharding, to dumb things down and enjoy the simplicity of maintaining a single goal for our rune page:
|Legacy Name||Limitations||Statistic Bonus||Gold Value||Scarcity|
|Malice||MSGQ||+20% Critical Strike Chance||1000G||8 Items|
|Strength||MSGQ||+22 Attack Damage||800G||23 Items|
|Might||MSGQ||+52 Attack Damage @18||1850G||23 Items|
|Force||MSGQ||+85 Ability Power @18||1800G||25 Items|
|Furor||MSGQ||+45% Critical Damage||N/A||1 Item|
|Potency||MSGQ||+36 Ability Power||750G||25 Items|
|Knowledge||MSGQ||+833 Mana @18||1650G||7 Items|
|Intellect||MSGQ||+329 Mana||650G||7 Items|
|Alacrity||MSGQ||+41% Attack Speed||1200G||13 Items|
|Focus||MSGQ||+20% Cooldown Reduction||N/A||26 Items|
|Celerity||GQ||+30% Cooldown Reduction @18||N/A||26 Items|
|Resilience||MSGQ||+36 Armor||700G||10 Items|
|Shielding||MSGQ||+74 Magic Resist @18||1450G||11 Items|
|Defense||SQ||+47 Armor @18||900G||10 Items|
|Insight||MGQ||+20 Magic Penetration||N/A||3 Items|
|Desolation||MQ||+19 Armor Penetration||N/A||3 Items|
|Vitality||MSGQ||+537 Health @18||1400G||19 Items|
|Fortitude||MSGQ||+205 Health||500G||19 Items|
|Clarity||SGQ||+34 Mana Regen per 5 @18||2000G||9 Items|
|Replenishment||MSGQ||+12.75 Mana Regen per 5||750G||9 Items|
|Vigor||SGQ||+15.5 Health Regen per 5||550G||8 Items|
|Regeneration||SQ||+33 Health Regen per 5 @18||1150G||8 Items|
|Endurance||SQ||+9% Max Health||14G ~ 2550G||8 Items|
|Destruction||MQ||+13 Armor Penetration & + 9.5 Magic Penetration||N/A||6 Items|
|Warding||MSGQ||+38 Magic Resist||750G||11 Items|
|Acumen||GQ||+36 Energy||N/A||0 Items|
|Meditation||SQ||+10 Energy Regen per 5||N/A||0 Items|
|Lucidity||S||+10 Energy Regen per 5 @18||N/A||0 Items|
|Sapience||G||+26 Energy @ 18||N/A||0 Items|
Any rune page built like this may not offer maximum efficiency for each rune slot, but it will do at least one thing well. That's all you can really ask of any rune page. You can emphasize a strength, or attempt to cover a weakness. Perhaps seeing this table is influence enough to try it out, or perhaps you would prefer to just make your champion a little better than itself all around.
The Biggest Bang for Your Buck
DISCLAIMER: Preseason changes have effected the values per point of mana regeneration in yet-undocumented ways. The following was written before the changes, and cannot be held to the present conditions of the live game.
In case you were curious, the following runes provide the highest possible gold value of a rune page, within reason (because %health runes and absurd health stacking is NOT within reason):
- 9x Greater Mark of Scaling Attack Damage,
- 9x Greater Seal of Scaling Mana Regeneration,
- 9x Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power,
- 3x Greater Quintessence of Scaling Mana Regeneration
...for a grand total of 22 Attack Damage, 28 Ability Power, and 24 Mana Regen per 5, at level 18, valued at a total of 2841G. Mind you, I think gold efficiency is more an art than a science, and I hope you have something to do with all of that mana regeneration. The problem with the true value of mana regeneration is that it doesn't matter until you're out of mana. Mana regen kicks in the moment you have space in your mana pool to fill, but it doesn't really help you until you're out - at which point all of your spells' cooldowns are now directly tied to how fast you can regenerate the cost. That said, this doesn't look like a completely awful Jax or Ezreal rune page, maybe Jayce, Pantheon, or Kayle could work with it; using these with Gangplank or Jarvan IV would be a huge stretch, and Malphite, Swain, Udyr, Twisted Fate, and Xin Zhao would probably rather find a different way to fix their mana, or just deal with having to manage it tightly.
Oh, and because these are scaling runes, they could never be taken to the jungle...except by Shaco, because he's awesome. ( Shaco's Jack In The Box allows Shaco to jungle (and I didn't say very well) with literally any runes.)
The biggest bang for your buck gets a bit different when you're looking at the start of the game:
- 9x Greater Mark of Attack Speed,
- 9x Greater Seal of Mana Regeneration,
- 9x Greater Glyph of Magic Resist,
- 3x Greater Quintessence of Attack Speed
...for a grand total of 28.5% Attack Speed, 12.06 Magic Resist, and 3.69 Mana Regeneration per 5, valued at a total of 1317.6G. Attack speed is pretty powerful, even when dealing with the secondary runes. Since the buff to the attack speed quintessences, they provide the most gold value of any flat stat quintessence. This was just fine for me, since I was already using attack speed runes as a general jungle solution. Again we see the probably-overvalued mana regeneration runes, but this time just in the seals. Magic resist glyphs are only a tiny bit more valuable than flat ability power glyphs, but are commonly used to fend off early magic spell harass, and so see play much more often than the ability power alternative to the blue magical rocks. That, and maybe people are using a bland, lifeless rune page because they're afraid of harassment by teammates or they doubt their ability to handle damage when it finds them.
Runes on a Budget
I don't think it's an IP-restriction that keeps probably well over half* of runes unused, but if you happen to be new to this "rune" thing, or actually don't have a lot to throw around because you buy champions with IP often, then you're probably going to want only a few runes that work well most of the time, and regardless of who they are being used on.
- 15% Attack speed
- 8.5 Attack damage
- 8.2 Armor
- 12 Armor Penetration
- 7.8 Magic Penetration (yes, the diversity for rune icons is truly staggering)
- 9 Armor (still very popular despite the nerf)
- 72 Health (personal recommedation, remember that is a thing}})
- 12 Health per level [216 @18] (recently buffed, it's a good extra layer (216 health is more than 10% of most champions' level 18 health) if you don't need early help, also )
- 6.7 Magic resist
- 12.06 Magic resist
- 10.71 Ability power
- .833% Cooldown reduction per level [15% @18] (cooldowns only really matter as the game goes on, and you get a lot of it from these if you want items that don't give CDR)
- 6.3 Armor
- 101.25 Mana (an extra cast or two early game, maybe the one that matters)
- 78 Health (pretty standard, general use, high impact early game rune)
- 6.75 Attack damage
- 14.85 Ability power
- or 4.5% Movement speed (because it only matters who's faster, not how fast you are)
- 13.78 Armor
- 12 Magic resist
- 13.5% Attack speed
You'll notice that most of those are flat runes. That's because a general setup is going to see a bunch of different champions and situations, and you can't go wrong with power right from the start.
If you're on a super tight budget, I would recommend the following rune page for literally everyone ever:
Super general rune page:
- Attack speed marks (more responsive last hitting, and weaving basic attacks into skirmishes and poking is super important)
- Health seals (personal favorite over the common armor seals; I've seen some people going 4/5 and mixing it up between them)
- Magic resist glyphs (they're valuable and serve a worthwhile purpose for the slot)
- Health quintessences (because more health)
- or Movement speed quintessences (if you don't think health is all that great)
I suppose these guidelines for a budget also include those of us not blessed with 20 rune pages. I'm not saying you need 20 rune pages to play competitively, but it helps a lot..especially in solo queue, when you have no idea what your teammates will let you have. In a party queue of 5, you could even have 20 rune pages set up for just your role - top lane, jungle, etc. - to meet the needs of the champion you picked to counter the enemy. With solo queue, though, it's really all just up in the air, and you'll find yourself scrambling to have a "kinda alright" rune setup for every role. It's not ideal, but this is solo queue we're talking about.
Legacy Rune Names
If you wanna be cool, you gotta know what the names were before they were simplified. You gotta.
|Legacy Name||Statistic Bonus|
|Malice||Critical Strike Chance|
|Might||Attack Damage Per Level|
|Force||Ability Power Per Level|
|Vitality||Health Per Level|
|Destruction||Armor Penetration and Magic Penetration|
|Shielding||Magic Resist Per Level|
|Clarity||Mana Regen Per 5 Per Level|
|Intellect||Mana Per Level|
|Sapience||Energy Per Level|
|Lucidity||Energy Regen Per Level|
|Avarice||Gold Per 10|
|Regeneration||Health Regen Per Level|
|Defense||Armor Per Level|
|Celerity||Cooldown Reduction Per Level|
|Revival||Reduced Time Dead|
|Haste||Attack Speed Per Level (removed)|
|Precision||Armor Penetration Per Level (removed)|
|Brilliance||Magic Penetration Per Level (removed)|
|Brutality||Critical Strike Chance Per Level (removed)|
|Carnage||Critical Damage Per Level (removed)|
You may have noticed that Furor and Alacrity have been recycled since the rune name change asand . The existed at the same time as the glyphs for energy regen per level, and the summoner spell existed at the same time as the runes for mana regen per level.
So you figured out what you have to work with, and now you want to start being a bit more hardcore about this one special champion that you like. I've developed some strategies and have done some theorycrafting for strategies with different champions, so perhaps I can share that wisdom and curiosity with you. This entire guide is about sharing my alleged wisdom, but this gets quite a bit more specific.
This guy is pretty much a hard-counter to anyone that has to fight inside his range (I've had particularly good results against Zed and Twisted Fate in the mid lane). Swain finds a target and throws everything at them, usually tearing them to pieces even if he dies thanks to damage over time. His ability power ratios are pretty mediocre, but Swain's Ravenous Flock is what makes the world of difference when choosing between ability power and magic penetration on your runes for damage. The base damage is significant for a continuous effect, but the AP ratio is terrible. It also happens to heal based off of damage. For these reasons, magic penetration is super potent on Swain. I would recommend the full 20 MPen on runes, and health seals to survive enemy chunking. Taking 21/9/0 gives you extra chunk power, and taking the AD masteries Brute Force (Deprecated template: use Mi1 to Mi6.) and Martial Mastery Martial Mastery (Deprecated template: use Mi1 to Mi6.) along with Butcher (Deprecated template: use Mi1 to Mi6.) and Feast (Deprecated template: use Mi1 to Mi6.) gives you a great deal of last-hit power compared to base Swain. A offers some sustain and additional last-hit power compared to , which doesn't do any good if you can't last hit and end up using your abilities to try to do so (which costs more mana than the ring is ever going to regenerate!).
Seven attack damage, of course, doesn't make your abilities hit any harder, and other players may harass you for getting AD on Swain. These are just preventative measures against "going oom and being unable to do much of anything", which is guaranteed ifdoesn't net you a kill, force the enemy to recall, or have them doubting their ability to safely trade with you.
If you're taking the standard Yasuo, but before his reduction is calculated). A full critical strike page (20%) offers some issues for players looking to max critical strike chance, leaving you at 90% with IE (the same as IE and Shiv, coincidentally), or pushing you overboard with anything better. This does offer remarkably greater build diversity, however, as Yasuo's particular brand of carry power may not be well met by all. Any rune build involving heavy scale modifiers like these will leave you remarkably weak and frail early game, but will pay off with a more powerful late game. You could also just run a full critdmg page, but I think the difference between 34% and 45% critical damage is outweighed by the difference between 90% and 99.96% critical strike chance. Don't quote me on that.& route, you can take three seals and four marks for critical strike chance, totaling 4.98% crit chance. Altogether, this puts you at 99.96% crit chance, with a .04% chance to not crit. It's simply the rune setup with the least impact, leaving the rest of the rune page for something else of your choosing. If you choose to use the rest of the page for critical damage, taking the critical chance in marks instead of quintessences saves you about 1640 IP over using two crit chance quints (which would force you to use the more expensive, 820 IP critical damage marks). In either case, that leaves enough room for +34% critical damage, or about 1/3 extra AD on critical strikes (not for
Any attempts to build a stronger early game will result in a relatively weaker late game. As Yasuo innately starts as one of the league's weakest champions, if not the weakest himself, this may be a tough choice to make. If it weren't for Resolve's shield, Yasuo would have no early game at all. Think about it, and make the most of it to avoid feeding or losing farm early game.
Pantheon has remarkably high bonus attack damage scaling, especially with Heartseeker Strike which deals (base damage * 6 + 360% Bonus AD) to champions. For these reasons, I would recommend against armor penetration runes. Any champion with high scaling abilities should be avoiding penetration stats from runes, which should only be reserved for champions with high base damages and relatively low scaling. Flat armor penetration loses effect against targets with high armor when compared to attack damage, and you shouldn't necessarily be planning for your targets (especially your lane opponent) to try to get by without much armor. Pantheon is one of few champions whose damage scaling creates this scenario. For comparison, Infinite Duress and Dragon's Rage have only a (+200% Bonus AD) ratio, and they are ultimate abilities.
Generally, the more you're going to buy on items, the less your runes matter. If your six item build is five items with AD and boots, you're probably going to see greater returns from flat armor penetration...after a few items...and only a marginally better return. So if you're some kind of fighter assassin, with aor , you're still probably going to want more damage.
Most melee champions see an enormous power and sustain boost with Pantheon is no exception. Gogo gadget split-push!, and
I'm going to try to prevent my bias from affecting what I have to say about Renekton. For your information, I have played more matches with this champion than any other. Now that I've said that,
is an insta-buy. Before any other item in the game, Renekton sees a greater payout from this item than anything else, and possibly more than any other champion. You should probably already be aware of his special interaction with the item's (and Ruthless Predator's animation prevents Renekton from taking other actions. The stun on the target, being only .75 seconds (or 1.5 seconds while empowered), is not that much longer than the amount of time it takes to regain control of your champion. This has been referred to as a "self-stun" or, more appropriately, "self-suppress" by players with a mind to speak out against this kind of problem. , the active ability of and , interrupts the animation of Ruthless Predator, but not the damage or stun on the target, giving you more time to use against your opponent. This results in safer trades and nasty powerful combos that the other guy can't just from.'s) active ability, but if you aren't, allow me to explain.
Ruthless Predator also strikes two or three times, dealing base (+150% Total AD) or (+225% Total AD) damage to the primary target, and (120% or 180% Total AD, down to 40% or 60% at the edge) damage to everything in a small radius around the target when equipped with , returning health based on lifesteal from all damage dealt and adding to his AoE damage on top of Cull the Meek and Slice and Dice (and Dominus, if you activated that before going in for a combo). Add (100% Total AD, down to 60% at the edge) damage for using . That's a lot of AoE damage, and a lot of sustain.
Alone, Cull the Meek only heals for 5% (10% while empowered) of the damage dealt. Using immediately before Cull the Meek, instead of the other way around, ensures a greater health return, most of the time, when there are no champions around. It would only be possible to gain less health if 's activation killed enough minions to prevent you from gaining much health from Cull the Meek. In any case, you're trying to maximize "overkill damage", the amount of damage you deal that exceeds the amount of damage necessary to kill any given target. You can't hit something after it's dead, so having more overkill damage means you've stolen as much life (or, in this case, overlife/unlife) as you can. Most of the time, deals less damage than Cull the Meek, leaving more things just barely alive to be dealt greater overkill damage.heals for 12% of damage dealt.
If you take the information I've doled out here into account, you should start the game with 24px24px3, picking up and as soon as possible, regardless of the rest of your build. Renekton's damage ratios suggest a more reliable return from armor penetration runes over attack damage runes, but now your early game is locked into relatively passive play in order to take advantage of as soon as possible. I compensate for this, personally, through passive play itself, but you may wish to adjust your runes and masteries for this.
The big speech was just to persuade you to be purchasing, every game, always, in the first place. I don't know why it isn't a 100% purchase on him, statistically, but maybe you see now why it should be. Or maybe you disagree. I would love to talk about it, but not here. This is a rune discussion blog.
This guy is a bag of cats. I've seen players rushing Bloodlust's passive AD bonus). In order to hit a target more than once, then, it better not be moving or be moving . Regardless, activating Bloodlust puts you back at square one again...where attack speed will reign supreme., players rushing , more traditional players rushing , and every once in a while I'll see an early , not necessarily in that order of popularity. Most of the time, wins. But why? Tryndamere has 0% critical strike chance by himself, like the rest of the champions of the league, until he hits something. How fast he hits something, or if that something dies, determines how much critical strike chance he gets. For these reasons, attack speed runes are potent. For the same reasons, critical strike chance runes are NOT potent—they synergize with having critical strike chance, but you don't have any (as previously mentioned) until you hit something. Without attack speed, you're pulling a remarkable 55% critical strike chance after you make it all the way to 100 fury, at your base attack speed (slow), with base attack damage (plus
Critical damage runes, while fun to look at and more fun to see in action, give a 0% raw damage increase at 0 fury and a meager 12% DPS increase at 100 fury (full page). Attack speed runes would provide an 18% increase in DPS over critical strike runes at 0 fury, and a 23% increase in DPS over critical strike runes at 100 fury, at level 1. In fact, attack speed runes provide more damage than critical strike runes all the way up to 1.35 attacks per second (+100% bonus attack speed without runes, including per level stats (+50% attack speed @18)) at 0 fury, or all the way up to 1.85 attacks per second (+175% bonus attack speed without runes, including per level stats(+125% attack speed @18)) at 100 fury. The more critical strike chance you get from other sources, the better attack speed runes are compared to critical strike chance runes. You might be saying, "Well, the critical strike chance would be better if I was buying lots of attack speed," (the vice-versa argument) but I already did those calculations! If you make it to level 13 (about 20 minutes in), and your only items areand , you win! At that point, critical strike chance runes are better (and I hope you're being carried, because you have the gold of a feeding support).
That's enough math for one champion.
I guess I'll just leave this here, since I've run out of steam and have been holding onto it long enough.