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[2.1a] Akali Guide - [CP] Akali - Outsmart, Outwit, Outplay

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Patch 2.1a
March 14, 2021 22:28
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[CP] Akali - Outsmart, Outwit, Outplay

Extended guide from an application I develop Wild Rift Pocket Guide

Akali Build

Best Build Guide for Akali

High Elo Build (Recommended)
Liandry's Torment
Infinity Orb
Teleport Enchant
Rabadon's Deathcap
Hextech Gunblade
Void Staff
Optional Items
Morellonomicon
Abyssal Mask
Guardian Angel

Item Build Description

Additional information on the items

I don't play Akali and to be honest I don't even own this champion but having been able to watch hundreds of gameplays from my friends who are GrandMaster/Challenger, Akali is a must pick for these players and I also noticed the pattern on how they build this champion

Liandry's TormentLiandry's Torment

This first item built by most High Elo Akali I've watched. This is good for countering Tanks as it deals damage based on health percentage, it has pretty high Ability Power stat with Max Health as well and Akali's First Skill Five Point StrikeFive Point Strike has slow effect so it triggers the additional damage of Torment effect according to the description of this item. Yeah that's the reason why they chose this item first than the rest


Infinity OrbInfinity Orb

Isn't this item broken? LOL. Aside from the bonus Crit Damage, the additional Move Speed and Magic Penetration is something that makes Akali even powerful. She has strong pursuit capability and she's a close combat Assassin champion so these stats are perfect for her


Stasis EnchantStasis Enchant or Teleport EnchantTeleport Enchant

Let's talk about the movement item for Akali. The boots should be situational meaning you should adjust it depending on the enemy team composition. Most of the time the recommended boots for Akali is Gluttonous GreavesGluttonous Greaves but you should change it if and only if: 

  • The enemies are mostly AP or Heavy Crowd Controllers then use Mercury's TreadsMercury's Treads
  • The enemies are mostly AD users then use [ninja tabi]
  • Ionian Boots of LucidityIonian Boots of Lucidity is purely a personal preference but if you want to have lower cooldown abilities then go for it

How about the enchant item? That's situational as well. Stasis EnchantStasis Enchant is a good counter to a target lock Ultimate Skills like Zed's Ultimate [zed:ult], Camille's Ultimate The Hextech UltimatumThe Hextech Ultimatum , Fizz's Ultimate Chum The WatersChum The Waters or any abilities in general that requires some time to animate. If these champions are not present in the enemy team then go for Teleport EnchantTeleport Enchant if you play her in Baron Lane so she could easily teleport to a teamfight if needed.


Rabadon's DeathcapRabadon's Deathcap

In general, this item will make the wearer's damage spike really high which is perfect for Mid/Late game. Some players prefers to build this item first but that's kinda too early for a high AP stat alone, I personally prefer an item with mixed stats which is why Liandry's TormentLiandry's Torment is in our first item of this build


Hextech GunbladeHextech Gunblade

For me the most interesting effect of this item is not the Hextech Bolt but the Energy and Life Drain. If you've noticed, Akali's damage does not just came from her abilities but from her Basic Attack as well due to the fact that her Passive Skill Assassin's MarkAssassin's Mark enhances it. You deal damage, you heal some and that could be a life saver at some point in your gameplay


Void StaffVoid Staff

If you want to deal more damage then go for this item but I kinda believe that the last item should also be situational something like a defense item. You should analyze your gameplay from early to mid game. If an specific enemy champion can easily harass you then you should change this item into Defense one. Guardian AngelGuardian Angel or Adaptive HelmAdaptive Helm is a good replacement

Akali Runes

Best Runes for Akali

Keystone
Conqueror
Conqueror
Domination
Hunter Vampirism
Hunter Vampirism
Resolve
Hunter Titan
Hunter Titan
Inspiration
Sweet Tooth
Sweet Tooth

Conqueror - Akali needs more adaptive stats for continuous damage/DPS.  She's a combo type champion so getting full stack of this rune is very easy for her rather than using Electrocute which has a cooldown of 25 seconds and it only damages one enemy per cast. Conqueror is best in the long run specially in late game where teamfight is happening left and right.

Keystone
Electrocute
Electrocute
Domination
Hunter Vampirism
Hunter Vampirism
Resolve
Hunter Titan
Hunter Titan
Inspiration
Sweet Tooth
Sweet Tooth

If you play Akali in mid lane go for this rune

Skill Order

How to distribute skill points

Assassin's Mark
Assassin's Mark - Passive
Five Point Strike
Five Point Strike
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Twilight Shroud
Twilight Shroud
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Shuriken Flip
Shuriken Flip
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Perfect Execution
Perfect Execution
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Summoner Spells

When to take which summoners

Flash
Common Spell for Everyone
Barrier
I've seen some Challenger Players who prefer a life saving spell like this one or Heal Spell
Ignite
Common Spell for Akali but since she's a close combat type champion you can also choose for a life saving spell like Barrier

Combos

Learn how to maximize the champions potential

Perfect Execution
Ult
Shuriken Flip
3rd
Shuriken Flip
3rd
Auto Attack
AA
Twilight Shroud
2nd
Five Point Strike
1st
Auto Attack
AA

It's actually very hard to explain Akali's Combo via text because it needs to be executed very fast but basically always take advantage of her Passive Skill Assassin's MarkAssassin's Mark and also don't forget to outplay, outwit, outsmart an enemy using her Second Skill Twilight ShroudTwilight Shroud . These two are what sets apart from a PRO-Akali to a beginner one if you don't utilize them very well. If you want a detailed Skill Combos, you can check my guide app Wild Rift Pocket Guide

Akali Matchups & Counters

Detailed information on how to play matchups and counters

Ziggs
Easy
Ziggs
Fizz
Medium
Fizz
Kennen
Hard
Kennen
Camille
Hard
Camille
Zed
Skill
Zed
Wukong
Skill
Wukong

Due to lack of mobility Ziggs is a food for Akali

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