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[2.0.0] Janna Guide - A casuals guide on how to climb as Janna

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March 14, 2021 22:28
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A casuals guide on how to climb as Janna

Hey there! I am what you would call a "casual" player. I'm neither a pro in PC League nor do I play Wild RIft every single day. Even tough I managed to get a 75% win rate (as of now) by playing mostly Janna in ranked games. Here, I want to show how.

Janna Build

Best Build Guide for Janna

Starting Items
Amplifying Tome
Ruby Crystal
Boots of Speed
Core Items (magic)
Harmonic Echo
Ardent Censer
Rod of Ages
Athene's Unholy Grail
Morellonomicon
Archangel's Staff
Core Items (Defense)
Dead Man's Plate
Iceborn Gauntlet
Zeke's Convergence
Protector's Vow
Abyssal Mask
Guardian Angel
Upgraded Boots
Ionian Boots of Lucidity
Mercury's Treads
Plated Steelcaps
Boots of Swiftness
Boots Enchantment
Shadows Enchant
Locket Enchant
Redeeming Enchant
Glorious Enchant
Stasis Enchant
Teleport Enchant

Item Build Description

Additional information on the items

Starting Items
These are your standard starting items. I usually take [amplifying_tome] to boost my poke and shield a bit. If the enemy has bigger poke-range than you and you ADC, you can also pick [ruby_crystal] for a bit more HP.
I rarely get [boots_of_speed] when starting the game, but it can be quite fun if you know your teammates and manage to roam to midlane or enemy jungle together.


Core Items (Magic)
These choices are all AP-orientated and boost your DMG, but your shields (+ the AD it gives) and heals too! Generally you get a mix of magic and defense items, but if you really stomp a game... why not have some AP fun? :)

  • Harmonic EchoHarmonic Echo Great item, lets your 3rd ability heal several teammates (and you). You should almost always get it, as item 1 - 4.
  • Ardent CenserArdent Censer Also a very good item. gives your shielded teammate and you attack speed and bonus damage. The stats also work great on Janna. Can be acquired as first to 4th item.
  • Rod of AgesRod of Ages A very good choice if you win lane and want to capitalize in form of some serious stat boosts. After 6 minutes it gives a toal of: 450 HP, 400 MP and 120 AP! And the passive also heals you a bit whenever you spend mana. Crazy good value! This should be either 1st or 2nd pick.
  • Athene's Unholy GrailAthene's Unholy Grail Also a good choice, especially if you have problems managing you mana or the enemy has good magic damage. It also grants a healing effect on your 3rd (and 4th) ability, if you poke your enemies.
  • MorellonomiconMorellonomicon Not your everyday choice, but it can really help whenever the enemy has some HUGE heals or sustaion. I'm talking Mundo, Olaf, Soraka, or even your fed enemy Draven with 30% Life Steal (tough, that will be a hard game to turn). Oh, it also boosts your HP, heals and poke too!
  • Archangel's StaffArchangel's Staff Only used it a couple times, when it was pretty clear early on that we scale better or at least have some good chances to win. The more abilities you use, the more mana you get. At max capacity it turns into Seraph's EmbraceSeraph's Embrace and gives ehen more AP and s really good passive shield when you fall under 35% HP. Also, you won't have mana problems as much. In combination with other items and a high level it also gives a pretty good amount of AP (at least ~100AP)
  • Not listed, but it goes without saying that you can always purchase a Rabadon's DeathcapRabadon's Deathcap to boost your damage and shield/heals!

Core Items (Defense)
Here I will talk about more defensive choices for your build. 

  • Dead Man's PlateDead Man's Plate I recently picked this one up. It is crazy fun to just zoom around and poke the enemy even better! It's a great pick against AD damage (hard or mixed). It gives the basic stuff, good HP, good armor. But the real value is the fun (and effective, if positioning is well) passive ability!
  • Iceborn GauntletIceborn Gauntlet Another good choice against AD damage, tough it gives MP and ability haste instead of HP (so less tanky overall than Dead Man's PlateDead Man's Plate !). It also gives a (really fun) passive: an aoe slow on your next basic attack after using an ability. Generally great to annoy your enemies, help a bit in teamfights, but also to boost your damage output.
  • Zeke's ConvergenceZeke's Convergence Zeke's is a good choice for overall tankiness, as it gives armor and magic resist, but also mana and ability haste. The pasive on this one is generally great, but as a Janna you will rarely fully utilize it. Most of the time you will the positive effect to a teammate, but the slow and damage to an enemy with your blizzard will be nigh impossible, as you throw them away with your ultimate ability. Tough, it has some usefulness in teamfights!
  • Protector's VowProtector's Vow A good item. It gives good HP, armor and ability haste. But the passive it what makes you buy this item. It protects you and your next allied champion and gives you a shield and movement speed if you get attacked by a champion or tower. Keep in mind that you have to stand relatively close to your desired ally and the passive has a 30sec cooldown!
  • Abyssal MaskAbyssal Mask Another good choice against enemy AP damage. It gives HP and MP, magic resist and ability haste. The stats are already great. But it also gives two passives, one that heals you slightly when spending mana, but ALSO: it increases all magic damage dealt to nearby enemies by 15%! That means, that all your teammates do more magic damage to enemies when you're near the enemies. If your team relies heavily on magic damage, it can be a great pickup (equally for your defense, and your allies offense).
  • Guardian AngelGuardian Angel Now, don't laugh at me. The item is pretty much OP in this game, as the passive, that revives you, only has a 3 minute cooldown. If the game goes on a bit longer, it can be a great value, as it allows you multiple revives. Oh, it also boosts your AD (might as well take it) and good armor! If you're not hellbend on tryharding the game, it can be a very fun item ti pick. You certainly will get questioned, tough.

Boots of whatever you need
Now, you could basically pick every boots. Janna is very versatile in her build (as you might have guessed by now) and can utilize almost anything.
ALSO: don't forget to use the active ability of your boots to get in lane faster or chase/run away!

  • Ionian Boots of LucidityIonian Boots of Lucidity This will probably be your basic purchase. It gives ability haste (nice), decreases the CD of your summoner spells (Nice) and also increases your movement speed (NICE). All boots give the movement speed, tough (so, NICE).
  • [mercury's threads] A great choice against an enemy team with high magic damage and/or much CC! The magic resist is nice to have, but no much. The tenaciry is probably more useful.
  • [ninja tabi] Good item against AD heavy enemy teams, especially if they use a lot of auto attacks (marksmen/ADCs, but also fighters like Tryndamere, Master Yi, etc..
  • Boots of SwiftnessBoots of Swiftness Even more movement speed! And reduces effectiveness of slows. If you want to go fast, get those sneakers! Keep in mind that they offer less stats that are useful in combat (armor, magic resist or ability haste).

Boots Enchantment
Your enchantments take the active of your boots away (=sad) but do give some pretty amazing actives in return!

  • Shadows EnchantShadows Enchant The enchant I used the most, I'd say. But only because I didn't dare to try the others. These are a great and especially easy choice of enchant, as all others recquire a bit of experience to use. I'd recommend this to all players learning the game still. It sends out 2 ghosts who track down enemy champs to slow them. Can be used to chase someone, to further slow in a fight, to excape, and probably to annoy your enemies even more. Cooldown is also quite low.
  • [locket enchant] Good teamfight option. Gives a shield to you and nearby allies. The more, the merrier! Keep in mind, while it has a generous range, you should always aim for all your team members to get a shield!
  • Redeeming EnchantRedeeming Enchant Great pick for teamfights! It heals your allies and damages your enemies (with true damage!). Tough, it takes some practice to aim it. My first few redemptions didn't hit a single champion! I suggest using Co-op games or at least normals to get a feel for it. It is quite "wonky" to use.
  • Glorious EnchantGlorious Enchant Does what it says. Gives bonus movement speed towards enemy champs and turrets, and slows nearby enemies. It can be useful, but it makes you run directly into enemies. You should be somewhat tanky if you want to pick this up!
  • [stasis enchant] A somewhat selfish choice, but: keeping you alive helps your team out. You can use it to negate the damage from many ultimates or bursts (think Zed, Fizz, Lux, Vi, Darius, ...). You need to be able to rely on your team to guard you while you're in stasis. Otherwise, you will, most certailny, still die.
  • Teleport EnchantTeleport Enchant Very versatile. Can be used to get somewhere quick. Either get to a teamfight faster or to an objective. I'd really recommend this to players who already have a good map awareness, so you can use it to its fullest.

Conclusion:

As you may have thought, it's best to know your items and react to the progress of the game (also true for any other champion/role).
If you're unsure what you should build in which situation, just take it easy and use the pre-made item set in the game. It's not bad. Try to get familiar of your choices, and try to pick them and use their effects to the fullest. Also, you can experiment! Just because I didn't mention an item, doesn't mean it can't be good on Janna. Who knows, maybe the next meta thing will be ADC Janna or something!
Also, try to have fun while paying. That's what keeps me playing (and climbing) soloqueue! :)

Janna Runes

Best Runes for Janna

Keystone
Summon Aery
Summon Aery
Domination
Weakness
Weakness
Resolve
Second Wind
Second Wind
Inspiration
Pack Hunter
Pack Hunter

Setup #1
Pretty basic. Aery to shield/poke, Weakness to increase damage from you and your mates, Regeneration for more sustain in lane, Pack Hunter for that sweeeeet movement speed near allies. And bonus gold on supports (which you will get. A lot.).

ALSO:
All these runes are changeable! Try to pick something that suits your playstyle. For example, I tend to overstay in lanes, so I pick regeneration to help me not die from a stupid gank I missed.

Keystone
Font of Life
Font of Life
Domination
Triumph
Triumph
Resolve
Loyalty
Loyalty
Inspiration
Manaflow Band
Manaflow Band

Setup #2
An alternate choice of runes. These also work quite good on Janna, tough they are a bit more defensive than setup #2.
Font of life regens some life of your mates after you slow/immobilize an enemy. (Could have crazy synergy with Weaknes, but I haven't tried it out yet)
Triumph is generally a good rune for the heal alone (which could potentially protect you from getting killed by an ignite after a big fight).
Loyalty gives you and your ADC some defensive stats. Noice!
Manaflow Band Great choice for some early mana regen! If you have trouble with mana in early game, this is a good pick!

Skill Order

How to distribute skill points

Tailwind
Tailwind - Passive
Howling Gale
Howling Gale
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Zephyr
Zephyr
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Eye Of The Storm
Eye Of The Storm
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Monsoon
Monsoon
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Summoner Spells

When to take which summoners

Exhaust
Great spell if you're up against champs who rely on movement and attack speed (ADCs, Tryndamere, Master Yi, ...)
Ignite
If your team only has 2 Ignites, but you need a third one for good measure. But seriously, Ignite can help so much with fighting the whole game, especially early game.
Heal
If, for whatever reason, your ADC, mid and Baron Laner have Ignite, and you have some serious concerns about their wellbeing and safety in teamfights.
Ghost
Haha, Janna go brrrrrrr. While it does feel good to use Ghost on Janna, you will probably be not as effective, as when using exhaust, ignite or heal.
Barrier
When you firstpick Janna, but the enemy picks 4 assassins, 3 Master Yis, 2 ADCs and an extra Garen and Darius. This spell won't save you from death most of the time, but hey: if it keeps you alive longer, maybe your team can win the fight!
Flash
Basic spell. Almost needed in Wild Rift. It's just so damn versatile to flash over walls, to escape or chase or do whatever. Definitely recommended.
Smite

Janna Matchups & Counters

Detailed information on how to play matchups and counters

Ashe
Easy
Ashe
Seraphine
Easy
Seraphine
Vayne
Easy
Vayne
Garen
Easy
Garen
Jinx
Medium
Jinx
Alistar
Medium
Alistar
Soraka
Medium
Soraka
Sona
Medium
Sona
Ezreal
Medium
Ezreal
Blitzcrank
Hard
Blitzcrank
Braum
Hard
Braum
Lux
Skill
Lux
Jhin
Skill
Jhin

Watch out for her 2nd and 4th abilities, but she can generally be poked and punished in lane.
Her passive slow is really annoying, tough.

Janna

A last few words

Well, this is it. My first guide!

Hope you had a laugh and maybe learned a thing or two.
As I constantly said: nothing of this is final. You can always experiment with roles, items, runes and lane partners.If you try something funny and it works: good for you! Maybe post it here as a comment, or even write your own guide! :)
In general, if you want to leave a comment, do it. I'd love to hear your impressions and feedback ideas! :)

Janna is a very simple, but fun character to play. And you can make a real big difference in your game, even if you don't believe so.
Hope you have fun trying this out in Wild Rift! :)

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