The First Step To Joy
EDIT AS OF November 23rd aka patch 12.22b: SO, preseason. This guide still holds up heavily very well nowadays, especially with the increase in tank meta. The only thing that is changeable as per usual is the boots between mercs, plated, and berserkers as they're all equally strong and built for diff situations. "BUT WAIT WHAT ABOUT NAVOR-" stfu, thats mainly only useful for ability spammers like ezreal for example and maybe miss fortune, who knows, we will have to see more of it in general but def not on nilah.
Most if not all of this info will hold up for a long time until major changes to items/runes come along or something so even if this does become a bit outdated from lack of updates for the most part it will likely be accurate while I focus on things other than league.
I am a triple flex role player that has peaked diamond and consistently play at around plat-diamond games, formerly a warwick mid one trick that has been playing ADC and support for the entire season! I am by no means the best Nilah in the world or anything, but I have confidence I know enough about her kit and how she plays to talk about her like this with consistent KDA and CS per min. If you have any questions you can contact me through discord for actual conversations; Yiger#6198
Quick Nilah AD ADC Build
Best Overall Build
Matchups are still a work in progress, will be quite a bit until i have every adc mu listed, apologies! I will try to list them on difficulty if possible when I have the time to think about it and edit through what I can!
Lethal Tempo is still currently best with the BORK build but if you PREFER conq go ahead and use it instead.
BLOODLINE > ALACRITY ALWAYS! Bloodline gives you lifesteal and 100 hp, alacrity is only 18% atk spd which isn't enough to warrant using it over bloodline or tenacity.
- LT (better)
- no heal/shield
- heavy cc
Ghost is super strong, especially with Nilah who can get kited pretty easily even with the gap closers provided, Ghost allows you to chase down and have safety if need be. The summ is just broken period and many people have been using it, like Vayne f.e.
Exhaust is obvs for hard engages with good burst damage like Draven, Tristana, Samira, etc.
Heal for poke lanes like xerath, Velkoz, Caitlyn, Varus.
Cleanse for things like Veigar, Pantheon, Lissandra, etc.
Let's talk about Nilah's build, shall we?
Bork rush is very strong after a lot of testing other opinions, I've come to the conclusion bork > sb > ldr > ie is her current best core build in the game with LT. Common things like Essence reaver after shieldbow HAD popped up in the past or storm razor, or bloodthrister. ER is unnececssary entirely, stormrazor is good and not a bad option but Phantom dancer outclasses it basically every way possible. Bloodthirster is too expensive as a second or third item on Nilah.
Why Bork rush? This is because of the fact you are a melee champion, you can abuse this HEAVILY and has been seen that you are having mostly better games with bork rush damage wise which you need for snowballing the early game. You may not have the shield anymore but you still have lifesteal which is procced by bork passive and your autos. You lose out on q and r healing and passive armour pen but quite frankly, that's fine early game. They aren't important that early on honestly, especially compared to the damage you find yourself doing with Borks passive, plus the movement speed steal really helps at times. The good stats saves you any trouble of feeling too weak and the passive works on minions and monsters as well. Shieldbow second tends to have a lot more value as its better as the game scales onwards. Ldr after shieldbow is because we dont need phantom dancers passive or stats due to it being replaced with better more optimal options such as generic flash ghost and bork rush into shieldbow.
Staring Items? Dshield feels very strong on Nilah as she's a melee and gets full value, poke is no longer that bad of an issue for you to deal with (even though it's still pretty bad). Dblade is a good option as well but it won't do much if you get poked at all, and is more of an item to go vs double engage bot lane which isn't common.
On generic build you can opt out of deaths dance or bloodthirster for spirit visage or force of nature depending on your comp and enemy comp. If you have enough healing/shielding from allies like a soraka/sona/yuumi/rakan/taric (assuming youre being pocketed) then spirit visage. Otherwise go force of nature into 4+ ap comps. There is also mercurial schmiter for cc comps.
- current best
- Kinda preference
- Top 5 best
- A tier supports
- Mid tier
- low synergy
- ZERO SYNERGY
I will be updating this guide accordingly when possible for matchups and synergies whenever I have the information needed for each champion THIS INCLUDES OFF META ADCS AND SUPPORTS AS WELL!