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[2.2c] Leona Guide - Leona Essential Guide - The Underrated Tank

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May 25, 2021 08:39
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Leona Essential Guide - The Underrated Tank

Leona is very rarely picked in Wild Rift, which is strange because in my opinion she is a S Tier tank support with great engage and great mid-late game. Her ultimate is also one of the best utility skills in the whole game.

Pros

  • Great Engage Potential
  • Amazing Utility with the S1 and S4
  • Great Mid and Late Game
  • Amazing Sustain from 3 items

Cons

  • Quite weak early game
  • Highly dependent on 3rd skill to engage
  • Not as easy to play as other tanks

Leona Build

Best Build Guide for Leona

Starting Items
Cloth Armor
Boots of Speed
Ruby Crystal
BUILD VS HEAVY AD
Dead Man's Plate
Plated Steelcaps
Zeke's Convergence
Iceborn Gauntlet
Thornmail
Force of Nature
Build vs Heavy AP
Spirit Visage
Mercury's Treads
Zeke's Convergence
Force of Nature
Protector's Vow
Dead Man's Plate
Standard Build
Zeke's Convergence
Plated Steelcaps
Dead Man's Plate
Spirit Visage
Iceborn Gauntlet
Force of Nature
POTENTIAL BOOTS
Locket Enchant
Redeeming Enchant
Shadows Enchant

Item Build Description

Additional information on the items

Leona's build are pretty situational and really depends on the other team composition. Here are my suggestions

- If you go againt AP carry (Varus, Ezreal), AP Support, and either the Top or Jungle is AP, go with the Build vs Heavy AP. 

- If you go against AD Carry, and the Top and Jungle are AD (Darius and Lee Sin for example), go with the Build vs Heavy AD 

- If you go against a more balanced composition (AP Mid, AP Support, AD Carry, AD Jungle), go with the Standard Build. 

In terms of Boots, again it is very situational. If you go against a Rengar, Evelynn or Khazix, take the Shadow Enchant to detect them. If you go against a heavy AD comp, take the Locket Enchant. In any other case, take Redeeming Enchant. 

Leona Runes

Best Runes for Leona

Keystone
Aftershock
Aftershock
Domination
Weakness
Weakness
Resolve
Loyalty
Loyalty
Inspiration
Pathfinder
Pathfinder

I usually go with this set as Aftershock is a great bonus when using the first skill. 

Keystone
Font of Life
Font of Life
Domination
Weakness
Weakness
Resolve
Loyalty
Loyalty
Inspiration
Pathfinder
Pathfinder

You can use this rune set if your ADC is a more aggressive ADC and you know he is going to follow. Works especially well with Kaisa. 

Skill Order

How to distribute skill points

Sunlight
Sunlight - Passive
Shield Of Daybreak
Shield Of Daybreak
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Eclipse
Eclipse
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Zenith Blade
Zenith Blade
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Solar Flare
Solar Flare
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Summoner Spells

When to take which summoners

Flash
Always
Heal
Take heal if you're ADC has barrier.
Exhaust
Take Exhaust if you're ADC has Heal.

Combos

Learn how to maximize the champions potential

Zenith Blade
3rd
Shield Of Daybreak
1st

Standard Level 2 combo. Do not engage unless you're jungle is ganking or the ADC you're engaging into his low health. 

Eclipse
2nd
Zenith Blade
3rd
Shield Of Daybreak
1st

standard Level 3 combo. Activate your shield, wait a bit before using your 3rd+1st skills combo so that when you land your engage your shield explodes. 

Eclipse
2nd
Solar Flare
Ult
Zenith Blade
3rd
Shield Of Daybreak
1st

Same as the Level 3 combo, but adding the ultimate. Activate your shield, wait just a bit, land the ultimate, hook, stun, and in theory the shield explodes as well. Very useful for teamfights especially when fighting for Dragon or Baron. 

Leona Matchups & Counters

Detailed information on how to play matchups and counters

Blitzcrank
Easy
Blitzcrank
Annie
Easy
Annie
Nami
Easy
Nami
Seraphine
Easy
Seraphine
Sona
Easy
Sona
Braum
Medium
Braum
Lux
Medium
Lux
Rakan
Medium
Rakan
Alistar
Hard
Alistar
Janna
Hard
Janna
Galio
Hard
Galio
Malphite
Hard
Malphite
Lulu
Hard
Lulu
Soraka
Hard
Soraka

Even if he hooks you, you can use you first skill to stun him or the ADC. 

Leona

Why you should pick Leona

For me Leona is one of the best support in the game right now, and one of the most satisfying to play as well. Her engage potential is amazing, she has a really strong late game, and pairing her with a Kaisa, Tristana, or Vayne can be deadly. It does take some time to really pay her well, especially to understand when to engage or not. But if you like to engage, decide teamfights, and protect your ADC at all cost, she is for you. 

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