Irelia is a top lane fighter. She is not the best in the early game, but once you get a few levels and items under your belt, you can stack your passive (Ionian Fervor) and get a lot of attack speed and use your Ultimate (Vanguard's Edge) to deal high amounts of damage. Irelia also has insane 1 vs 1 potential and is great if you can split push in a side lane.
Irelia can also be played in the mid lane, make sure to check the alternative build at the top of the page! With Irelia Mid the build and playstyle are the same. The only difference is you will most likely not need to buy teleport so you can get Stasis to keep yourself alive in team fights.
Hitting enemies with abilities grants bonus attack speed for a few seconds, stacking up to 4 times. At max stacks, attacks deal additional magic damage. Abilities that hit multiple champions grant multiple stacks and attacking enemy champions refreshes the duration.
Irelia heavily relies on Ionian Fervor to deal damage and it's always best to stack your passive before going into fights to deal extra damage. The most reliable way to stack Ionian Fervor is by using Bladesurge and resetting the ability on multiple minions.
Irelia dashes through an enemy dealing physical damage and healing herself. Bladesurge's cooldown is refreshed if the target was marked or dies to Bladesurge. Bladesurge also applies on-hit effects like Ionian Fervor and Spellblade from Trinity Force.
This is one of the most important abilities on Irelia as it helps a lot when stacking her passive and getting the most out of her damage potential.
When you hold the ability, Irelia defends herself with her blades for just over a second, taking reduced damage. When you release the ability, Irelia whips the blades forward dealing physical damage, increased by up to 100% based on charge time.
You can use Defiant Dance to last hit minions from range if you are low on health or in a losing matchup in the baron lane. You can also use Defiant Dance to get minions low enough so you can use Bladesurge to get resets and start stacking your passive.
Irelia sends a blade to a target location, which can be recast within a few seconds to send another blade. When you activate both parts of the ability, the blades converge upon reaching their destination, dealing magic damage, stunning for a second and marking enemy champions and large monsters hit for a few seconds.
This ability is Irelia's main crowd control ability and her main set-up to be able to dive into the backline and get multiple stacks of her passive and resets from Bladesurge to kill the enemy.
Irelia fires a storm of blades that deals magic damage and marks enemy champions for a few seconds. The blades explode into a wall for a few seconds upon hitting an enemy champion. The wall deals magic damage.
Irelia uses a mixture of both damage and tank items that work well to help with her damage and keep her alive for longer. Trinity Force is the perfect item and a must-buy on Irelia. This item gives her some damage and tank stats. Trinity Force's passive effects also work great with Irelia's abilities. Bladesurge (1st Ability) is a great way to proc the Spellblade passive. Irelia also works perfectly with the extra movement speed you get from the Fervor passive. Sterak's Gage is an ideal example of a tank item that fits Irelia. It gives her some health and when she gets low on health, she gets a shield to keep her alive longer.
For runes, we have the following:
Irelia is a fighter so she wants to get in the enemies face and attack constantly. This means she can get the 5 stacks pretty fast with her abilities, resulting in more damage.
This helps out Irelia in the early game get that extra bit of damage when last hitting minions and trading vs the enemy champion.
With Irelia you will be in a lot of fights and trading actively in the laning phase. Bone Plating helps you take reduced damage and win out trades against your opponents.
A great rune for Irelia if you get low in the laning phase and need that extra bit of healing and free money.
Irelia struggles a bit in the early game. It's best to play passive in the early game unless you have a great opportunity to go in if the enemy makes a mistake. In the laning phase, you want to use Bladesurge (1st Ability) to last hit minions. Defiant Dance (2nd Ability) is great when you are in trouble and about to take a lot of damage as it can protect you.
Once you get to the late game and Irelia has her core items, this is where you can become unstoppable. At this stage of the game, the best thing you can do is split-push, this means going to one of the side lanes (top or bottom) and pushing the minions.
Irelia's 1 vs 1 potential is really good because of her kit and she pushes towers quickly. Make sure you keep an eye on your team and use Teleport (Boots Enchant) to group with your team if they need help. When in a team fight with your team your, main goal is to get on top of the enemy backline. Use your Ultimate to get passive marks on the backline so you can dash to them and deal loads of damage.
Overall Irelia is one of them champions that might seem hard to play at first with her complicated kit and trying to utilise her abilities to the max. But once you understand her whole kit and can practice a lot she can be one of the best champions in the game and you can carry your whole team.
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