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⚡Morgana Support in Action⚡

[12.16] In-Depth Morgana Support Guide



Quick Morgana AP Support Build


Summoner Spells


Starting Items

Best Overall Build

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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WHY MORGANA?

Morgana
is a high damage utility support with a special ability to deny enemy CC while locking enemies in place with her massive crowd control kit that provides slow, root and stun!

Pros

+ Strong CC + Great Range + High Damage + Skill immunity Morgana has big pick potential with her Root ability and that's what makes her strong from the start of the game. Her kit has a quite nice range with good amount of damage and a skill to deny enemies crowd control abilities.

Cons

- Very Squishy - Low Mobility - Long Cooldowns - Small Support Kit Very squishy with a decent mobility makes Morgana an easy catch!. Her cooldowns are insanely high especially in the early stage of the game, gets better later on! She doesn't have enough skills to support your team either so you have to be more precise with your decisions.




RUNES



Morgana
has 2 different Page options depending on what she is facing in her 2v2 lane. One will provide you some extra damage and the other will benefit you with some extra tankiness and survivability.

Main Page

This shall be your default and primary rune page. This rune page will provide you even more damage to the aggressive playstyle you need to adapt as Morgana, especially early game. It will also improve your cooldown reduction in a good amount overall.



Keystones

  • 
    Arcane Comet
    is the best option for Morgana as it gives you enough extra damage for lane pressure. 
    Summon Aery
     is not a bad option either as it can give an extra shield to your teammates that can block any type of damage, BUT it does less damage than 
    Arcane Comet
    .



  • 
    Manaflow Band
     helps negate running out of mana in laning phase. It pumps you up with extra 250 to your maximum mana and extra mana regen after you reach that threshold. Definitely an important rune as you don't want to run out of mana due to poking with your  
    Tormented Shadow
    .



  • Ability Haste is really important on Morgana! Her cooldowns are pretty long so  
    Transcendence
    provides you a good boost on level 5, 8 and 11 which you can reach fairly easy every game. Don't forget that Ability Haste affects Summoners Spells and Active items cooldown! That's great news for your  
    Zhonya's Hourglass
    Redemption
     etc and 
    Flash
     frequent engages.



  • Since Morgana excels in laning phase with her high ability damage, picking 
    Scorch
     is your best bet for some extra harass. It can be applied by any ability and its best to pair it with 
    Tormented Shadow
     which is easier to land than hiting a
    Dark Binding
    .

Secondary

  • 
    Perfect Timing
     builds into 
    Zhonya's Hourglass
    . So picking this does take up one slot but saves you 650g. This item can give huge lead on your team early in the game by baiting enemies and/or simply take some damage.



  • This rune improves your Summoner Spell and Active Items cooldown! That's great again mostly for her 
    Zhonya's Hourglass
     important usage and 
    Flash
    . You get to use your 
    Ignite
     or 
    Exhaust
     more often too.

 

  • The 2x
    Adaptive Force
    provides you some extra AD and AP damage. The numbers are small but great for the early game.
    Armor
    rune gives you some armor to reduce AD damage, mainly good against auto hits from the enemy Marksman.

Situational Page

This is your alternative page that you should use when you need that extra shield from  

Guardian
 that blocks any type of damage while 
Black Shield
 doesn't. So pick it when you are facing engaging tanky supports like 
Alistar
,
Leona
,
Maokai
,
Rell
,
Galio
AND/OR when they have a team with a lot assasins like 
Zed
,
Katarina
ect.



Keystones

  • 
    Guardian
     is great against tanky or hard engage supports. The shield can absorb both AP and AD damage, to both you and your buffed or in range Guarded ally. Basically dueling their tankiness and hard engage kit, with this rune you have higher winning potential than any other Keystone.



  • 
    Font of Life
     is an excellent option for Morgana here. Works well with your CC Abilities 
    Dark Binding
    and 
    Soul Shackles
     providing your ADC some small healings!



  • During a 2v2 fight 
    Bone Plating
     will help you to stay ahead for your ADC and tank some damage for them. This rune will reduce damage significantly against consecutive attacks or abilities on you.



  • This rune is great against a botlane with great Crowd control or team overall. A second option that works well on Morgana is 
    Revitalize
    and you should pick it only if enemies have mostly pure damage abilities with not so strong CC.



Secondary

  • 
    Perfect Timing
     builds into  
    Zhonya's Hourglass
    . So picking this does take up one slot but saves you 650g. This item can give huge lead on your team early in the game by baiting enemies and/or simply take some damage.
  • 

  • This rune improves your Summoner Spell and Active Items cooldown! That's great again mostly for her 
    Zhonya's Hourglass
     important usage and 
    Flash
    . You get to use your  
    Ignite
     or 
    Exhaust
     more often too.



  • 
    Transcendence
     cannot be picked in Resolve page so
    Scaling CDR
    rune can provide you some of it. 
    Armor
    rune gives you some armor to reduce AD damage, mainly good against auto hits from the enemy Marksman.



SUMMONER SPELLS







Flash
 is a must pick Spell for champions with no escape mechanism like 
Morgana
. In addition to that it can synergies with her Ultimate ability for an engage. 



Ignite
 can provide you massive pressure in laning and that's because it gives you that extra damage and kill potential. The idea of it is to help your ADC with the damage while reducing Enemy's 
Heal
 or any healing ability. 
Ignite
 is less useful later game.
Exhaust
 should be your alternate option. Pick this if they have a champion that is a threat for your ADC like 
Zed
 or if your team doesn't have
Exhaust
already but a lot Ignite spells.


ABILITIES



Morgana
has 2 different ability orders, again depending on what she is laning against. One will provide you with the ability to inflict extra damage and longer zoning, while the other will deny more enemies, deny their damage and reduce your ability's cooldown.



Main Skill Order

The Ability order below is your default option. By maxing your 

Dark Binding
, you increase its Stun duration. Then you max 
Black Shield
for a smaller cooldown and bigger damage threshold into 
Tormented Shadow
.

  • Skill Path

Morgana

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Situational Skill Order

It's nice to give some extra points on your

Black Shield
or even maximize it before your
Dark Binding
. For instance on level 4 you give an extra point on  
Black Shield
, when you are facing Engaging Supports that do AP Damage and can reach on your ADC wiht their skills. A good example is 
Thresh
 that can still reach on ur ADC even if you Shield in time. If he picks a 2nd level on his Q or E he can break your 
Black Shield
 with just one hit if you don't give it that extra point. From Level 5 and above you can continue normally with 
Dark Binding
 level ups then into 
Black Shield
 if your ADC is mobile such as 
Ezreal
Lucian
. If your ADC is immobile and a scaling one such as 
Vayne
,
Jinx
 then you Max your
Black Shield
for extra protection and continue with
Dark Binding
.



Skill Details



Soul Siphon
(Passive)

Morgana heals herself equal to 20% of the post-mitigation damage dealt by her abilities to champions, large minions, and medium and large monsters.

Helps Morgana to sustain, mostly helpful during laning phase. You can only heal when dealing damage to enemy champions, cannon minion and large jungle monster like blue/red buff golem, the big wolf in the pack and the big raptor ect.





Dark Binding
(Q)

Morgana releases a sphere of dark magic in a line in the target direction, dealing magic damage to the first enemy it hits and rooting them for a duration.

This is Morgana's most important ability and the one you should primarily maximize in level first!

Dark Binding:

  • Is always cast from the original casting position. So getting pushed let's say from
    Heroic Charge
     or  
    Devastating Charge
     won't change your Q's starting position.
  • Can also hit enemy minions and jungle monsters not just enemy champions.
  • Dark Binding's hitbox is slightly bigger than it seems, meaning you can sometimes hit enemies who look out of range. A good comparison example is 
    Light Binding
     which has much smaller hitbox.





Tormented Shadow
(W)

Morgana desecrates the target area with infected soil for 5 seconds, dealing magic damage every 0.5 seconds to enemies within, increased by 0% − 170% (based on target's missing health). The first tick of damage is dealt instantly to enemies in the area at the time of cast. Tormented Soil deals 155% damage against non-epic monsters.

This is the ability that procs your and

Manaflow Band
easy for the extra damage on enemies. Also it provides you easy gold for your
Spellthief's Edge
.

  • Soul Siphon triggers from Tormented Shadow's damage, which in turn triggers Tormented Shadow's effect, reducing its own Cooldown reduction cooldown.
  • Since Tormented Shadow procs
    Arcane Comet
    its a good way to check a bush from a safe distance.

Black Shield
(E)

Morgana  shields the target allied champion or herself for up to 5 seconds, which absorbs magic damage and grants crowd control immunity while the shield holds.

Morgana's shield is pretty powerful but you have to be really accurate when you use it. Black Shield prevents your ally from getting CCd. That means he can't get slowed, stunned, suppressed, knocked up, feared, silenced or rooted. Morgana's shield works only if the CC hit your ally while is shielded. In other words using your Shield on an ally that is already under 

Nether Grasp
 will be a big waste!

Black Shield:

  • Won't resist nearsight debuff like 
    Blinding Assault
     or magic damage reduction like 
    Wall of Pain
    .
  • Negates Crowd control effects before any magic damage is absorbed, even if the shield is broken by an enemy's ability its associated disables will not apply, except for shield-destroying effects such as 
    Ruthless Predator
     and 
    Static Field
    .
  • Will take priority over 
    Barrier
     Spell and other Shields Skills like
    Prismatic Barrier
    ,
    Inspire
    ,
    Triggerseed
    except
    Spell Shield
    .
  • If used in conjunction with Lifeline items such as 
    Sterak's Gage
    ,  
    Hexdrinker
     the most recently-applied shield will take priority.
  • Does not negate self or ally applied crowd control effects such as an Bard's
    Tempered Fate
    .
  • Only negates crowd control, so a 
    Leona
     won't stun with 
    Zenith Blade
    but she will still dash to the target. Same for
    Nautilus
    and
    Thresh
    .
  • Skills that have 2 Crowd control effects such as
    Cosmic Binding
    can still apply effect on the aimed target if the first effect breaks the Black shield.





Soul Shackles
(R)

Morgana latches chains of energy onto nearby enemy champions over the cast time, dealing them magic damage and forming a tether between Morgana and each target for 3 seconds, during which the targets are revealed and slowed by 20%.

Basically there are 2 phases on Morgana's ultimate. (1st) Morgana attach chains on enemies while getting bonus movement speed moving towards them. (2nd) If the tethers are not broken by the end of their duration, the tethered targets are dealt the same magic damage again and are revealed and stunned for 1.5 seconds.

  • 
    Spell Shield
    skills and 
    Cleanse
    Spell will block the tether's slow application and initial damage but not the shackles which means that after 3 seconds the target can get stunned.
  • Soul Shackles cannot be cast without a valid target nearby.
  • You are able to cast ultimate even when enemy is invisible either hiding in a bush or ability like
    Ambush
    Soul Shackles
     indicator will light up available!



ITEMS

There are a lot item options but some are mandatory. Make sure you don't miss the important ones then build items that benefit you and your team against the enemies.



Itemization

  • Item Order

The Item Order above shows the buy order from left to right.



Item Details

Shard of True Ice
This item starts as 
Spellthief's Edge
, this will be your main source of income at the start of the game. Once you complete its quest, it transforms into 
Frostfang
(into 
Shard of True Ice
) that gives you 1 ward to place on the map. Everytime you go back to base it refreshes back to 3 wards. This is where you start providing vision and objective control for your team!





Control Ward

You are not going anywhere without buying this everytime you back to base. You should at least have 1 placed on the map and 1 in your inventory everytime if not 2. Combined with

Stealth Ward
, you can get a serious amount of vision for your team. Do not forget to switch it to
Oracle Lens
when your
Spellthief's Edge
is almost completed.

Zhonya's Hourglass
Must buy item and your first one in most scenarios. This item will help you get the entire 
Soul Shackles
 easier, while in other cases without it you would propably need to give up on some targets while you are ulting to survive. Morgana is squishy so this helps a lot.
Stopwatch
 will help you in the early game and it does reduce the cost of Zhonya's later on! It is also a must pick if you are kinda the only one in your team that has to initiate and start the fights!





Ionian Boots of Lucidity

Best option for boots, it provides you less cooldown on your 

Flash
. If you want some extra damage you can go
Sorcerer's Shoes
but Ionian is the best bet for the +20 Ability haste it provides.
Shurelya's Battlesong
OR 
Imperial Mandate
Consider Shurelyas if your team is missing a good engager (and you must be the one) to start fights and/or you also need a disengage factor. If you have quite good mobility in your team and engaging potential then pick Mandate.



Redemption

This item is a solid item for most supports. Morgana has no assisting ablities other than her Black Shield. Pick this when you do not need any of the listed Situational items.

Chemtech Putrifier
OR  
Morellonomicon
These items are only good in specific situation! That's when enemies have a lot of healing, self-healing skills/items such as  
Kayle
,
Aatrox
,
Senna
,
Goredrinker
. Now if they have a lot of tankiness and hp pool you go with Chemtech Putrifier, because its easier to proc the 60% Grievous wounds on enemies just by landing your CC. Otherwise Morellonomicon is the option. If they have a lot of healers in the enemy and a strong enchanter support on botlane like 
Yuumi
 or
Soraka
you might need to rush
Oblivion Orb
just to apply the Grevious Wounds.





Rylai's Crystal Scepter

If you are having hard time hitting your abilities due to enemies having a lot of movement speed then Rylai's is a great item to build. This item provides you a good amount of Ability Power and HP to tank a little bit more for your team before you use your

Zhonya's Hourglass
.





Vigilant Wardstone

This item is very cheap giving you that extra Ability haste that Morgana needs. Morgana can easily zone out of objectives mainly due to her Q ability. Picking this item can provide you more control wards to get better vision in your side. That way you can deny more vision, potentially pick an enemy out of position and control easier the objectives. You should consider this item at the end of the game where you constantly keep buying 2x

Control Ward
and holding that slot in your inventory with no extra stats given.
Demonic Embrace
or
Rabadon's Deathcap
or
Void Staff
Pick
Demonic Embrace
as your 6th item, basically at the very end of the game for extra damage. This item is heavily good against enemies with big HP threshold. If there are none and you are facing squishy enemies, build
Rabadon's Deathcap
instead. If the enemies have already builded a lot Magic Resist you can consider
Void Staff
. You will hardly ever reach at this point before the game ends.


PLAYSTYLE



Morgana
has a very specific playstyle and easy to understand with not so many combos either. Your early game consist in an aggression playmaking with hitting your abilities and zoning enemies. Your teamfight includes a part of your early game with a small twist, hitting a great ultimate!



Early Game/Laning Phase

Starting of as Morgana its a good idea to gather your team and go for an early invade. Morgana has a big pick potential with her 

Dark Binding
which you shall level up first anyway during laning phase. If your team decides not to invade then you help your jungler get his buff. Once you get on lane try picking someone with your
Dark Binding
preferably the one that position closer to your ADC so he can follow up. That way you can have an early advantage before hitting Level 2 either by getting some of their Summoner Spells down or even by killing someone! Make sure that as you hit your Q, move closer to the target for some free auto attacks. You can use the bushes early on to hide urself and make an easier Binding. Try this ''level 1 tactic'' on the first wave only and avoid it on the 2nd wave half because this is where u get level 2 and you don't want to have it on cooldown. If you don't hit your Q, its fine move on hitting the minions to help you and your ADC get level 2 before or same time as the enemy!

On Level 2 you level up:

  •  Black Shield when there is engage support on the enemy team like 
    Leona
    Nautilus
    Thresh
     to prevent them.
  • 
    Black Shield
     if your ADC has a reposition ability like 
    Lucian
    Tristana
     and you get Level 2 first than enemy. That way you can shield your ally when he engages and stop incoming cc from enemy Support that pick on Level 1 like 
    Shield of Daybreak
    Grand Entrance
    ,
    Flay
     and more! OR
  • 
    Tormented Shadow
     if none of the above valid. With this you can just apply some extra damage and start farming your quest earlier and easier even before level 3.

Once you have your

Tormented Shadow
you should use the skill to farm gold for your
Spellthief's Edge
 quest. Now... you should never spam it everytime its up because you will run out of mana fairly quick. Also, make sure to use it when enemy isn't that close to the minions and prioritize the enemy ADC if possible! You don't want to hard push the lane with it or killing the minions urself just to farm your quest. Feel free to hit the minions though for a faster wave clear, when your ADC needs to back. During laning phase try to hit your
Dark Binding
and always follow up with
Tormented Shadow
 for the extra damage and self-healing. After casting those move closer for auto attacks. Keep in mind that
Tormented Shadow
heals you during your fight through her
Soul Siphon
(passive) so don't be scared to go for 1-2 auto attacks.
Dark Binding
is easier to hit in shorter range distance. However, you should not walk closer risking your life for it, unless they have cooldown on their abilities. Knowing when is the next 
Arcane Shift
,
Tumble
,
Relentless Pursuit
is a good example. Also, as I mention earlier using bushes is a good way to hit those Q's as the enemies don't know your exact position.

Another good idea is since the enemy ADC has a dash/dodge tool you can lock down the enemy Support when it's not close to his ADC. In such scenarios the enemy ADC might turn immediately towards you or your ADC taking a fight. If you are not close to bind enemy Support its a good 2v1 for you and your teammate.


When you hit Level 6, you should look for a fight. Start with hitting your

Dark Binding
then get closer for
Soul Shackles
and use immediately
Black Shield
on you if they have a strong CC Ability that can stop you from keeping enemies in range like 
Solar Flare
,
Condemn
,
Buster Shot
. You can always setup an ambush with your ADC or Jungle and start with Dark Binding then Soul Shackles if they are close enough to you.
Soul Shackles
reveal hidden enemies, meaning that if lets say a champion is invisible in a bush or due to a skill like 
Twitch
,
Vayne
is in your ultimate range, the skill indicator will light up.


ROAMMM!!! Morgana excels on rooting someone in a position, right? That makes her an excellent choise for roaming. Always take the safe path in your side to roam. You don't want to get yourself caught by enemy jungle, also is most unlikely to be warded.

  • Is the enemy botlane missing? Roam!
  • Did you recall and Bot is missing? Roam from base and then head to your lane.
  • Is your lane pushing but you feel like you can't pressure for early plates? Ping and Roam!
  • Is your jungler going for crab or a fight is 'about to happen' there? Push your wave and roam!

Do not use your Flash while roaming unless you know that enemy doesn't have it. Work mostly around 

Dark Binding
while you are roaming and
Flash
if you are in trouble.


How to deal as Morgana against ganks! First of all as I said couple of times through this guide, your

Dark Binding
is the strongest skill. The best thing you can do is to keep the wave management around mid side. Avoid attacking the minions when there is no need and avoid hitting them with
Tormented Shadow
. You should always give your Jungler the opportunity to gank for you! Pushing towards the tower all the time and especially when you don't have any clue where is the enemy jungler, its a big mistake to do with Morgana. Stay in range, you don't need to walk close. Make sure you use you wards and when you are about to get ganked look for the closest threat to use your
Dark Binding
. That is either the Support or the Enemy jungler, ADCs don't have Crowd control. Denying those CC with your
Black Shield
and keeping one locked with
Dark Binding
will deny the enemy ADC to follow up with any damage. When you are getting ganked from High Mobility champions such as 
Rammus
,
Udyr
,
Lillia
it's good to avoid throwing your
Dark Binding
as soon as you see them because it's way too easy for them to dodge. Instead you wait untill they get somewhat closer to you, to increase the chances of hitting it. On the other hand if you are getting ganked by an enemy Jungler that has a reposition ability like
Kindred
,
Graves
you most likely won't to avoid aiming your
Dark Binding
towards him, but instead use it on the Enemy Support.



Late game/Teamfight

Morgana's late game is simpler than her early game. Moving out of laning phase the best thing you can do is always stick around your ADC. At this point of the game you have to always ward around jungle and objectives. Even at this phase of the game Morgana is strong on picking, so don't be scared on trying picking on enemy heroes using your 

Dark Binding
. In teamfights you should prioritise your
Black Shield
on your ADC OR a Midlane that can quickly initiate a fight like
Diana
Azir
,
Katarina
. In other scenarios where you have a 
Warwick
Rengar
,
Darius
ect that are looking for a catch, you can 
Black Shield
 them before they get out of your range and they are closer to the enemy. In worst case scenarios where your team composition doesn't have any champion that can engage, YOU have to be the one that must do it. So when you feel confident and your team is grouped, try to use
Dark Binding
 on someone then if enemies are close to him quickly
Black Shield
 yourself then
Flash
into the enemies and
Soul Shackles
. While in the fight use your
Tormented Shadow
, tank as much damage as you can and to keep as many as possible in range of your ultimate. When you are running low on HP use your
Zhonya's Hourglass
. Never use it instantly after your
Soul Shackles
.

CONCLUSION

Morgana
is mostly a situational pick and you should not Blind pick her, but get to know your team composition first if possible. If you are picking after most of the enemies, that makes it even better. Morgana's laning phase is strong to a point where you can snowball the game and excels when it comes to roaming, so work mostly around that for a better and easier late game too.



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aceyhyena 2 months ago

the entire section of the items/itemization is pretty poorly written and should try to be fixed, im not sure what its trying to tell me to go for my first item at all as it says zhonyas most scenarios first item but early game get bandleglass and kindlegem? just doesnt make sense and should be revised/edited.