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Who am I
Hello and welcome to my guide on How to play AP Ivern.
My name is Gurrarr. I'm a gold EUNE jungle main with a lot of off-meta experience as well as literary game knowledge. I've been playing League for a couple of years now and I will say, with my current experience that AP Ivern is one of the more enjoyable off-meta builds. I do not recommend you to first time this in ranked, not only is it very situational it's also very easily counterable and sort of hard to pull off in some specific cases.
Why wood Ivern you want to play AP Ivern
Here's one of the really important questions, mainly because Ivern sticks
The reason I enjoy AP Ivern so much is because just playing it right is enough to ensure your enemies will have a sappy
- Ivern's Q
- Ivern's W
- Ivern's E
- Ivern's R
- Ivern's Passive
This is the main rune page I recommend for running AP Ivern. You can swap out Bark
- Bark Harvest
- Summon Aery
- Phase Rush
- Glacial Augment
These are the spells I would recommend but there's a lot of options you can pick between. The only ones that really aren't essentially useful are teleport, cleanse and ghost and I can already think of scenarios that are good for two of them so I'm sure you can make anything work. (Don't mind the names)
It's very basic, focus on the first three, upgrade ult whenever available and max E first.
Here are the items I would recommend building. The core items are Liandry's, Zhonya's and Rylai's. The strategy of the build is basically poking your enemies with autos and playing around Daisy. Focus on dodging skill shots. If you're jungle or support, change the starting items. The boots can be replaced for optional however I recommend you choose some type of boots as it makes dodging skills a whole lot easier. The Nashor's Tooth can make weaving in autos easier but it's not obligatory. The cloth armor builds into seeker's armguard which is very necessary in top and mid into ad match ups to spruce
Ivern is really strong in matchups where he outranges his opponent, dashes don't matter a lot but he's kind of weak to assassins, especially in the early game when Q has a higher cooldown and his shield is small This becomes easier as the game goes on though. You'll catch your opponents (bark)ing
How to play AP Ivern
In the toplane you want to face a champion who's melee and isn't Tryndamere or Yone. We'll take Darius as an example because he's fairly poplar
When you're the jungler there are two different strategies you can go for in the early game, either you're the one who sets up vision and defences in order to make sure the opponent team doesn't invade you and in the worst case steal from you and kill you. Getting put behind while running an off-meta build can be fatal for the end result so if you choose this strategy make sure you're careful. Now to the strategy which can ruin your game even harder. Vertical jungling. Invading the opponents jungle and taking their camps and escaping with your life and what is hopefully a profit. Even if the opponent steals your camps that's still fine, that just makes you equal, what you want to make sure is that they don't kill you or put you behind further than themselves. As you can tell the start here is extremely important but that's because it's what will hopefully be the root
This one is the same as for toplane except since there are a lot of mages and assassins mid you want to make sure you're safe. Sometimes this means you have to start with E or rush Seeker's Armguard. The main rule when facing an opponent who's stronger than you is to not greed. Let them go if they're low health and you can't kill them and prioritize minimizing your damage input above maximizing your damage output. Ward enemy raptors when you can. Track the enemy jungler the best you can. Make sure the support doesn't roam to **** you in the *** and finally, have fun. Who am I kidding it's league of legends.
If you're actually gonna play botlane I recommend your support is Rengar or someone willing to protect you. Nautilus and Seraphine are not preferable supports if you're playing Ivern ADC. In botlane it's way harder to poke and you're basically just looking to be useful any way you can. Pushing leads is a lot easier than gaining them. If however, you have a Rengar support. Start with E and play aggressively, remember Rengar is a champion with a lot of damage and your shield makes his kiting very effective.
Finally for support, I can't stretch this enough but please do play around your carry. Even though AP Ivern has a lot of damage he doesn't start fed. Hold your Q, shield from damage and use bushes to poke from. Don't get hooked or dashed on and try and be as flexible as you can. You don't want to be aggressive against Draven Alistar or a Pyke but against a Rell Miss Fortune you have a lot more room to play more freely. Just be careful so they don't combine their Ws and all in you. If you survive pre-six you can zone with daisy in a lot of the match ups. The main thing you want to think of is to not greed and push them into turret while against a jungler like Kayn, Shaco or Nunu. Ensuring these steps will make them fall right into the palm
Thank you for reading my guide on AP Ivern, I'm sorry for all the a-corny