Midlane Akali Guide
Best Overall Runes
Best Overall Build
My name is Cocho. I've been playing League since Season 6. I play on NA and my peak rank is Master in S11 (Top 0.2% of Ranked Players). I main mid and have good understanding of all midlane champs, since I have played against each one 100s of times.
For those who want to understand Akali quickly without reading.
Akali is a high skill ceiling assassin. She can be hard to win with at a low level of play, but you will significantly improve with her over time. She can do a lot! She can build to kill tanks, can build to kill squishy champs, she can teamfight, she can sidelane. Akali's shroud (W) is an amazing ability. Akali's shroud lasts 5-7 seconds. This allows you to farm and trade effectively in lane and teamfight/sidelane later into the game. Akali's ultimate (R) has a 100 second cooldown, which is pretty low. Once you hit level 6, you can look for solo kills or roam around the map. She is generally pretty good against most enemy teams, but watch out for specific abilities that reveal you in shroud. Too many of these champs make make it very hard to play Akali. Here's a picture of every ability that will reveal you. Ban one of them!
if I had to sum it up as quickly and general as possible:
In lane against ranged opponents, farm up. Use shroud to get good trades if it's smart to do so.
In lane against melee opponents, play reactively, Q them when they go for farm and use W or E when they step out of line.
After 6, you can let them push or hold the wave on your side to run them down the long lane. Or you can push and roam/call objectives.
Once your botlane gets their tower, tell them to come mid. You'll sidelane to clear waves quickly then come back to mid if they're going to fight.
Be at every objective early, use sweeper + control wards to clear vision.
Try to get dragon soul, or pick up enough gold in fights + sidewaves to carry fights.
Here are Akali's 3 main rune pages. You can copy these and change health to armor or magic resist based on matchup. I will explain different choices below.
Akali has many different options for runes.
Open each tab for an explanation!
These choices are preference and have different playstyles. Try them both out and see what you like.
Flash is obviously a great summoner spell. If you don't have a solid gameplan around TP, then I would suggest Flash as it is generally better. Flash helps you secure kill and escape deaths. If your lane opponent has great gank setup and their jungler is a great ganker, then you could take Flash for safety.
Teleport (TP) was nerfed on Patch 12.1 but it is still great. Akali has plenty of mobilty and doesn't NEED the safety/mobility that flash provides. Teleport allows you to cheat the lane by getting a free recall. Later on you can split push and TP to fights.
A great time to push the wave and recall are before cannon minions hit the wave. A cannon minion wave spawns every 3 waves (1:30).
If you recall and TP at 3:45, the cannon wave will hit mid at 4:00. Your opponent will have a hard time shoving that wave and you will have plenty of time to push and look for a roam. Then your next TP will be up around 10:00 minutes. Then 16:00.
TP turns into Unleashed Teleport at 14:00, and using TP like this allows you to get plenty of TPs off.
If you don't TP as it comes off of cooldown, then consider saving TP until 14:00 so that it becomes Unleashed TP.
Unleashed TP lowers TP's cooldown by 2 minutes, so it is usually a bad idea to use TP from 12:00 - 13:59.
Always max Q > E > W
Points in Q will lower the energy cost. This allows you to clear waves and combo better/more often.
Points in W extend Shroud's duration by 0.5s and reduces the cooldown a bit. This isn't worth it compared to points in Q or E.
Every point in E adds 87 damage, which adds up quickly.
You can go E level 1 or level 2 sometimes if a ranged opponent tries to walk up to far for poke.
Here's Akali's best items. I will explain the item choices in-depth below.
Open the tabs for more info on each item and when to build!
- Starting Items
- Early Recall
- Core Items
- Why Not This ?
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