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S12 Ivern Top

Ivern is still viable, I swear

"Death is the best powerspike" -Ghandi, probably

Best Overall Runes


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Skill Priority

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Best Overall Build


Intro

Hi there! I am Jellytortise88 and I would like to say that I am a well-worn and confident Ivern top troll. But it's not trolling if it works right? Anyway, I have played Ivern top many times during my league of legends career and this is what I have found to work the best for just about any matchup. Ivern is a very abusable champion with an insane amount of CC that he has early game, as well as late. This helps him win lane very easily as well as using your

Triggerseed
for unpunishable trades. Ivern tends to fall off after 30+ minutes but you can still have a lot of CC and crazy damage with some AOE
Liandry's Anguish
burst on your
Triggerseed
. Level 6 is a very big powerspike because that turns the top lane into a 2v1. I've sent
Daisy!
off with a shield to tower dive a half health Sett and STILL come out of that exchange with full health and a kill. Using
Daisy!
to run down the enemy laner is probably the most terrifying thing they will ever encounter when playing League of Legends.

Runes (Loadout)



Arcane Comet
is the most optimal rune for Ivern top because it can proc when you auto the enemy from a bush. This is very useful and painful for poke during laning phase.
Manaflow Band
helps for lane sustain and
Gathering Storm
allows you to stay in the game a bit longer especially because Ivern falls off late game.
Transcendence
is Ivern's best friend because CDR is the best thing you can give him for his ability spam. I've always preferred taking
Cheap Shot
and
Ultimate Hunter
on Ivern because you get extra damage when they are CC'd (which is most of the time) and also you can have
Daisy!
out permanently off cooldown. The rest is pretty self explanatory, more CDR, damage, and armor or magic resist based on the matchup.

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Summoner Spells



Flash
has always felt better than using
Teleport
or
Smite
. You could go
Smite
if you wanted to utilize your passive and roam the enemy jungle during laning phase but I generally prefer to stay in lane.
Ignite
gives very good level 1-3 kill pressure for an easy first blood and is useful during fights for the anti-heal.

  • Summs (Top)

Skill Path

Starting with

Brushmaker
works best for level 1 because it empowers your autos to do extra magic damage on-hit (in a bush) which gets you that first minion wave pretty confidently. Also getting poke with your high-damage autos and activating
Arcane Comet
with your autos does a TON of damage. Going
Triggerseed
next allows you to step up and go in for unpunishable trades with the decent shield and damage you get from it. Maxing
Triggerseed
first is the best because having an increase in the shielding, damage, and cooldown on such a powerful ability is extremely strong especially in the top lane because most matchups are melee. It is also a great ability to play passively because the shield denies all poke against you. Maxing
Rootcaller
next gives you the damage and cooldown you need because this is a nice anti-gank CC ability. It is also very useful when playing aggressive as well because when you hit this ability on an enemy, you can dash to the enemy that you rooted.

  • Skill Path

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Item Builds

Having a lot of CDR allows you to use Ivern at his full potential, rooting with

Rootcaller
and slowing with
Triggerseed
every other second.
Liandry's Anguish
gives CDR as its mythic passive as well as giving a painful burn. Also, autoing the enemy from a bush can activate the
Liandry's Anguish
burn.
Ionian Boots of Lucidity
and
Cosmic Drive
also give very nice CDR and movement speed to help you bully the enemy. Staying in lane and farming until you have 950 gold for
Ionian Boots of Lucidity
gives you a high amount of early game CDR and a large amount of kill pressure on the enemy when you get back to lane. Going
Demonic Embrace
gives you that extra burn which is incredibly useful on Ivern because he has that quick AOE explosion to have the entire enemy team burning to a crisp in less than a second.
Nashor's Tooth
is one of my personal favorites because it adds that extra little on-hit damage during a team fight. This Ivern build is pretty aggressive and
Nashor's Tooth
really helps you pull that off by putting out as much damage as possible while spamming shields and roots. Lastly,
Zhonya's Hourglass
is valuable while being aggressive because you can still control and fight with
Daisy!
while in stasis.

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Matchups and Synergies

Most matchups you will encounter will be melee so the main focus is to make sure you don't get in melee range of them until you are confident to go in with your shield and kill them. Ivern's best synergies are with melee/close engage champions. It gives him a lot of room to output damage and shields. STAY AWAY FROM RANGED MATCHUPS!!!

  • Tough Matches







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