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Lucian Light's Justice







I am an ADC and Jungle main. Lucian has been one of my most consistent picks since his release back in 2013. I love his fast paced playstyle between a fighter, marksman assassin and a bit of a spell master. I really enjoy his theme - Lucian is like a DPS Paladin but with guns which makes him even more fun to play.

Lucian is a great pick for solo queue - he can be played in a few ways depending on the enemies composition and in the same time stay relevant through most of the game. He has great burst potential and can duel most champions in the game. His high DPS is great for securing and taking objectives quick and easy.

Strengths

  • Has great burst damage | Especially with
    Press the Attack



  • He is a Strong Lane Bully with his
    Piercing Light
    ( Q ) and
    Relentless Pursuit
    ( E ) | even more than before after Patch 12.4 with the reduced mana cost



  • Very mobile with
    Relentless Pursuit
    ( E ) and
    Ardent Blaze
    ( W ) and has great outplay potential even when the odds are against him | This gives him great 1 VS 1 and even 1 VS 3 potential.



  • Pretty good wave clear | especially because of Q and his passive.



  • Can be played in various roles and playstyles such as ADC, MID and Top.



  • Can help secure objectives because of his Burst Damage



Weaknesses

  • Has a bit of a mana problem, especially in the early to mid game | Hopefully with Patch 12.4 this is a bit less of an issue.



  • Short Range | Around 500 Range which makes him one of the lowest ranged ADC's in the game. Still in some situations you can neglect his short range with
    Rapid Firecannon
    .



  • His Ultimate
    The Culling
    can be a bit hard to aim at times | Especially if the enemies are mobile or have ways to block it
    Samira
    ,
    Yasuo
    etc. Lucians ultimate can be also blocked from opposing minions and champions.



  • Lucian relies on aggressive playstyle in the early game to get ahead and snowball.



  • If you fall behind its hard to come back especially in the late game.



Runes (Loadout)

Runes may differ from playstyle to playstyle but here I will be listing the once that I think best fit him as a champion ( The once that I use :D )

  • PTA 1
  • PTA 2
  • PTA 3






  • Keystone
  • Precision Runes
  • Inspiration Secondary
  • Domination Secondary
  • Sorcery Second

Other Rare ( Situational ) Options

If you want to make

Lucian
into an absolute mobile ganking, flanking and roaming carry you can even go as Secondary
Waterwalking
. I realy don't recommend this, because it doesnt help you at all when your at lane. If you still chose this option combine
Waterwalking
with
Celerity
for even more movement speed. The best use for this rune is if you are premade with the jungler and support and you want to dominate the enemy bot side of the river as well as Dragon pit. Ganking and roaming will be key when using this type of playstyle.

You can even try going Assassin Lucian. For Primary Runes you will go

Domination

Domination
Domination and for Secondary Precision. Take
Dark Harvest
( allowing you to finish of your targets through out the hole game)
Sudden Impact
,
Eyeball Collection
and
Relentless Hunter
. From the Precision tree you want
Presence of Mind
combined with
Coup de Grace
. This Rune set-up will make you a Relentless Assassin but you will have a bit of a harder time in your early to mid game. You will be very dependent on lots of kills and roaming to stack your
Dark Harvest
.

Now after patch 12.4 Lucian can kind of go for a bit more versatile Secondary Rune choice. Still the changes are minimal and I believe he still suffers from mana deficiency in the early to mid game, so I do recommend still going for Inspiration or even Sorcery as secondary.

Summoner Spells

I usually go

Flash
and
Ignite
but this is dependable on the situation.

  • Breakdown



Skill Path

Lucian is heavily dependent on his skills, so you will need to use them wisely and in synergy with one another. Following up each skill with auto attacks is another key thing for Lucian.

This will be your main skill order.

Piercing Light
( Q ) is your primary damage and poke spell and will act as your wave clear ability, this is why you will be maxing it first.
Relentless Pursuit
( E ) is your best defensive and offensive tool, allowing you to take chase after your victims and in the same time doge enemies and abilities.

  • Skill Path

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Ability Combos

Q Rotation

This Rotation is usually used in lane and is best if you can start with your autoattack (AA)

  • Quick and Short - AA + Q +AA
  • Short extended with a dash - AA + Q +AA + E + AA
  • Extended - AA + Q + AA + E + AA + W +AA
  • Full Rotation - AA + Q +AA + E +AA +W + AA + E + AA



W Rotation

This Rotation is a bit faster because your W doesnt have as long of a cast time as Q

  • Quick - W + AA / AA + W +AA
  • Extended - W + AA + E + AA + Q + AA
  • Full Rotation - W + AA + E +AA + Q + AA + E + AA

E Rotation

Typically used to follow an ally's CC or when chasing down targets.

  • Quick - E + AA + Q + AA
  • Extended - E + AA + Q +AA + W + AA
  • Full Rotation - E + AA + Q + AA + W + AA + E + AA

W + R Combo

Very simple - Start with W

Ardent Blaze
and than follow up directly with R
The Culling
. Each shot form your Ultimate will activate the bonus movement speed.

Item Builds

Lucian is a burst high mobility ADC so you will want to look for items which best help him push those traits even further.

Starting Items

    Early Items

      

      Core Items

        Situational Items

        • Breakdown

        Build Types

        Lucians Build and Play Style varies depending on the enemy team and of course what you feel most comfortable to play him as.

        Anti Tank and Bruiser ( Fighter ) Build

        You can swap

        Serylda's Grudge
        for
        Lord Dominik's Regards
        or if they don't have heavy healing go for
        Black Cleaver
        instead of
        Mortal Reminder
        . With this build you lose on some Ability Haste and mana regeneration but you will be an absolute Tank destroyer.

        Versus Assassins and Burst Champions

        In rare situations you can go

        Mercury's Treads
        .
        Edge of Night
        is a nice substitute item for
        Black Cleaver
        . If you want to go for a bit more damage instead of more life steal and shield, swap
        Bloodthirster
        for
        The Collector
        . ( I know both items have the same damage but the execute from
        The Collector
        is good against assassins ).
        Guardian Angel
        can be changed to
        Maw of Malmortius
        against AP champions. With this build you lose a lot on your outright damage but gain it all in survivability. You have pretty low attack speed as well.

        Versus Champions with very high Poke potential

        You can take

        Plated Steelcaps
        and interchange
        Bloodthirster
        for
        Infinity Edge
        or
        Edge of Night
        . The extra lifesteal will help you stay alive in lane longer so you can farm.
        Rapid Firecannon
        will allow you to make short trades and over all win them or come out even. The rest of the Items are focused on your damage.

        Playstyle

        

        Lucian
        is a very strong and mobile champion throughout the entirety of most games. He has great snowball and carry potential and definitely earns all the points for style if you can play him well. Each fight ( especially against multiple enemies ) is like a dance, with lots of gun light and quick moves as well as blood all over the floor.

        You will need to master his dash

        Relentless Pursuit
        ( E ) and find perfect ways to use it in traversing the terrain and dodging enemies abilities while chasing them down and blasting the to bits.

        Early Game

        • Lucian is one of the best if not the best early to mid game attack damage carries. Just after a few kills he can become and absolute monster and dominate Bot lane.
        • Look to snowball and capitalize on the early game as much as possible. You have great poke potential and can be a lane bully.
        • Playing pretty aggressive with Lucian ( especially with a strong CC Support ) is important. You have great duel potential with this champion so getting close and personal with the enemy is not a problem. Try and get on into their faces and punish every mistake they make.
        • You have a great all-in potential. When playing with a poke, all-in or CC support along side you is ideal. In many games you will be able to utilize your strong level 3 and take an early kill or two.
        • Be mindful of when and how you use your dash
          Relentless Pursuit
          since the cooldown is pretty high early game and you suffer from lack of mana. If you are sure you wont get punished for using your cooldown, go for a E + AA + Q + AA combo.
        • Poke enemies with your Q
          Piercing Light
          even trough minions and try and follow with your double auto attack.

        Observing the opponents and looking for potential moments to poke and damage them is extremely important. Capitalize on every possible mistake they make and don't let them fell safe around you.

        Mid Game

        • This is were every fight counts so you will need to win them all and end the game.
        • Having 2 or 3 key items will make you a very dangerous opponent.
        • Look to rotate mid and claim objectives.
        • Pick off squish targets and be present for teamfights . Poking enemies, picking them off and forcing them to recall will make a huge difference.
        • Use your dueling potential to its fullest.

        As Lucian you have a few options on what you want to do in the mid game. One of the common scenarios is to swap with mid lane. You don't want to split gold and XP so your Mid laner will need to move to the side lane. Another thing you can do in mid and even late game is go for objectives. Try and be present for Dragons, Rift and Baron. You high damage output can be the difference between a won fight or/and conquered objective. Don't stay in one place too long, use your high mobility and help when and where you can. Secure a tower or two, take a dragon with your jungler, pick of a lonely enemy. Doing all of this will help you and your team tremendously.

        Late Game

        • Lucian's late game isn't terrible but you still fall behind a bit.
        • Picking of squish champions is still important but it will be harder and you will have less opportunities to do so.
        • Poke before engagements and when teamfights start try and focus the back line ( squishy targets, ADC, APC etc. ).

        

        Despite all of the above you should not forget that your a squishy ADC at the end of the day. Be mindful of enemy spells, especially once that can lock you in place or hard CC. Respect the adversaries range and damage. Use your high mobility and early/ mid game damage and dominate the game.

        

        Matchups and Synergies

        In my experience Lucian is a pretty well-rounded champion against most matchups. You will be able to win lane against commonly picked champions as

        Jhin
        ,
        Jinx
        ,
        Kai'Sa
        ,
        Ezreal
        and many others. Most other opponents will be even with you but with a bit of practice and good decision making you will ultimately out play and bully them.

        Big Threats

          Even match ups

            Support Synergies

            In general champions with lots of stuns or/and movement speed disruptions/snares. Tanks go well with Lucian as well because they can block lots of damage while you burst down the enemy. In addition champions who can empower / proc Lucians passive

            Lightslinger
            will give him a nice boost to his early to mid game damage.

              Champions like

              Shen
              ,
              Thresh
              ,
              Sett
              ,
              Pantheon
              etc. provide similar benefits to the once listed above. They act as Defenders to
              Lucian
              letting him burst enemies in all-in situations. Champions like
              Rakan
              ,
              Soraka
              ,
              Karma
              and
              Senna
              can help proc the bonus damage from
              Lightslinger
              , making you more potent as damage in the early game. They will also provide you with survivability till you buy lifesteal. Over all lots of supports synergy with Lucian, helping him snowball and act as a lane bully. You need to mix and match to find your ideal combo for your playstyle.

              

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