The only Qiyana mid guide that you will ever need!
In this guide, you will find all the necessary information to take your Qiyana to the next level
Quick Qiyana AD Mid Build
Best Overall Build
Hello, my name is F0cus and I'm a Qiyana main obsessed with playing Qiyana as best as possible. I have spent countless hours researching, practicing, and analyzing Qiyana so I can create the best guide possible. This guide is made specifically for Qiyana mid but some concepts are applicable to Qiyana JG
Well, Qiyana is a fairly difficult champion, but her kit comes with great utility and she has a pretty flexible build path. I love this champion because once you get your R you can apply so much pressure and you can carry the mid-game.
Qiyana is an assassin which is a role that got hit super hard by the durability patch. This means she can't carry all games, tanks with cc hard counter her, so in games where you won't make a big impact on the enemy team, you should always play to get your win condition fed. Qiyana got really hard nerfed these last patches, and she cannot 100-0 squishies anymore. Because of that Qiyana is best played as a utility bruiserish assasin who's main goal is to use her r for setups and to use her highly versatile kit to try and cause problems for the enemy with the highest damage potential (in most games that would be the ADC or the MID).
With the recent durability patch, first strike Qiyana outperforms both in terms of damage and versatility. I go electrocute when there is a good chance of the enemy procking my first strike before me damaging them, thus making it useless.
- Meta Build
- Goredrinker Bruiser
And remember to always switch your armor/magic resist based on your matchup.
As Qiyana you should always go these, 100% of the games you have.
- Best runes
The skill paths are based on preference and the matchup In the matchup section, you can see which skill path you should take when versing a champ
- normal w start
- q start vs ranged champs
- korean w start for more single target damage
- e cheese
- goredrinker bruiser
- Meta build
- vs 2+ tanks
- goredrinker bruiser
- Perma Ban
- easy matchups
- medium matchups / skill based
- hard matchups/ enemmy favoured
- very hard matcups
Managing, Qiyana's passive ability is crucial to performing well. Her passive allows you to deal extra damage on a target and then marks them. Damaging a marked target doesn't apply the bonus damage. Switching to a different element with your W removes any passive marks on the enemy which allows you to deal the bonus damage again if you hit them with an ability or an attack.
Qiyana's Q ability is her most versatile one. Qiyana's Q deals damage in a short-range in front of you, very similar to Yasuo Q but with a slightly longer range. Many people start Q lvl 1 because of the safe farming it provides. Getting an element with your W changes your Q to a ranged projectile and gives additional effects based on the element you have. Throwing Q expunges the element Qiyana is currently holding.
Wall Q The wall Q allows you to deal way bigger damage to targets below 50% health. It's best used to execute people. The hardest combo in the combos tab utilizes 2 wall Q's to deal insane amounts of damage.
River Q This is your main gank setup. This ability roots the target hit for 0.5 sec and then slows it for 20% for another 1 sec. The river Q allows you to prevent an enemy from dashing which is amazing to prevent the enemy from dodging your R all-in. Another use is the Q+W+Q combo. Throwing your first Q with river almost guarantees you to land your second Q.
This is Qiyana's best ability. Use it as much as possible. When thrown the bush Q leaves behind a canopy trail that makes Qiyana invisible when she enters it. The canopy lingers for 3 secs or until you damage an enemy. This skill is what makes Qiyana so annoying to deal with. You should use this skill when you want to trade safely, when you're getting ganked or when you want to cs safer. Using your bush Q near the wave allows you to walk up and aa a minion without any repercussions. When teamfighting chaining bush Q's allows you to stay way longer in the fight without dying.
Qiyana's W performs a little dash and switches elements. When holding an element Qiyana gains a small attack-speed buff, she gains bonus damage on every ability and attack and she gains a little movement speed buff while near the element she is holding. This ability's small dash allows Qiyana to dash through some walls. You should try to always hold an element. Getting caught without an element is a death sentence most of the times. Many people start lvl 1 W because of the passive reset when switching elements. if you want to cheese with W lvl 1 you should look to get river/bush W before engaging and then you should switch to rock so that you get more chase potential. Below is each and every single spot Qiyana can dash through.
Qiyana's E is a dash that deals a good amount of damage. Qiyana can cast skills or items while in her E animation. Casting E+Q on a champion auto-aims the Q, so there is no need to aim at all. Using W or prowlers while in E animation cancels the E. This is especially useful when you are trying to bait FLASH or a certain defensive ability.
Qiyana's R is one of her scariest abilities. A single good R can end a teamfight in an instant. Qiyana's R sends a windblast in the target direction that knockbacks all enemies within its path and stops upon hitting terrain.
After a really small delay, the windblast creates an erupting shockwave across any RIVER or BRUSH it passes through, as well as around the borders of the terrain it reaches, dealing physical damage to all enemies struck, with the damage and after stunning them for 0.5 − 1 (based on proximity) seconds and granting sight of the area along its path each for 0.75 seconds. A good tip I have learned is that you can aa while you are in the ult animation for free damage. You should look to ult 2+ people in teamfights to get good value of your R A tip to counter Qiyana's R is that because of the small delay in between the knockback and the stun in her R, if you spam flash you would be able to escape the stun and the damage even if you get knockbacked. To prevent that from happening Qiyana should use river Q before engaging. Casting R before flashing will leave the enemy with far less time to react.
The combos listed below are categorized by how hard they are. This tab is quite big so don't get intimidated, you will learn them all in no time 😃. Remember that you should start most of your combos with bush or river Q
These combos are the basics of Qiyana so try to master them
The basic Q+W+Q This combo is your basic form of poke. You should always look to have an element ready before your first Q, so that both Q's are ranged.
Тhe lvl 1 W all-in
This combo is your lvl 1 all-in. You should get bush or river element before using this combo. The combo is AA+W(wall)+AA. You should look to get wall element from your W, so you can chase the enemy better because of the w passive movement speed.
the best way to proc electrocute lvl 3
Basically you should use W(bush)+E+AA+Q This combo is great when you want to trade safely. The bush Q allows you to exit the trade safely or you can stay and surprise them with an all-in.
These combos require a little bit more skill but they aren't anything special.
The basic lvl 3 all-in
you can go EQ+W+AA+Q for max damage, or you can go E+Q+W+Q to exit the combo further away.
The advanced lvl 3 all-in
This combo is usually used when your enemy plays safer and you don't have the range to use your E.
The combo is Q+W+EQ+AA This way you can use your E because of the little dash your W give
These combos require a significant amount of skill to be performed training them in practice tool is advised
The prowlers all-in
This combo is your best 100 to 0 combo Qiyana has that doesn't waste your R The combo is PROWLERS+AA+EQ+W+AA+Q
The hardest combo you can do
This combo requires a very good amount of speed to get pulled off. The combo is Q+W+Q+FLASH+AA The combo is best used when you are looking to finish someone below 50 % health. In most cases, enemies don't expect the combo and they probably won't have the time to flash away before they're dead.
The basic Qiyana R all-in This combo is best used when reaching lvl 6 The combo is E+R+AA+Q+W+Q
The R FLASH combo The combo is R+FLASH+AA+FOLLOW UP
the 1 shot ult from 2 screens away combo this combo is one of my personal favorites because it allows you to ULT anyone that plays passive, using their minions. The combo is E on the wave+PROWLERS+R+AA+FOLLOW UP
The most single target damage Qiyana can do
I usually FLASH in when I use this combo so I catch the enemy off guard.
The combo is FLASH+PROWLERS+R+AA+Q+W+EQ This combo is great because it has an escape so you don't die when using it in a teamfight.
Buffering abilities will make your combos noticeably faster
First of all, I want to thank the Qiyana mains discord server and the Qiyana mains Reddit, for allowing me to use some of the information there, making this guide would've been close to impossible without their help.
English is my second language so excuse me if there are any errors. The last thing that I want to tell you is that Qiyana is a really challenging champion, you shouldn't mentally beat yourself up if you can't pull off some of the combos or if you seem to struggle. After all learning Qiyana is half of the fun 😄. Everything will feel so rewarding when you finally pull off that combo you have been practicing for hours, or when you get that beautiful Penta, so take things slow and enjoy your time.
His name is Beifang and he is challenger on the China national server. He streams in Chinese but you can learn a lot from him.
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