Hitting enemies with abilities grant 3% - 17% bonus Attack Speed for 6 seconds, stacking up to 4 times.
At max stacks attacks deal an additional 30 - 100 (+25% AD) magic damage on hit.
Attacking enemy champions refreshes the duration.
An ability grants multiple stacks upon hitting multiple champions.
Dashes through an enemy, dealing 15 / 45 / 75 / 105 (+60% AD) physical damage and healing herself for 19% / 21% / 23% / 25% AD. Bladesurge's cooldown is refreshed if the target was Marked or dies to Bladesurge.
When aimed, Bladesurge will prioritize targets it will reset on.
Deals 150% damage to minions.
Hold: Defends with her blades for up to 1.5 seconds, taking 50%
(+7% AP) reduced damage.
Release: Whips the blades forward, dealing 10 / 30 / 50 / 70 (+50% AD +40% AP) physical damage, increased by up to 100% with charge time.
Cannot be interrupted.
Sends a blade to target location. May be recast within 3 seconds to send another blade.
The blades converge upon reaching their destionation, dealing
80 / 130 / 180 / 230 (+80% AP) magic damage, stunning for 1 second, and Marking enemy champions and large monsters hit for 5 seconds.
Fires a storm of blades that deals 125 / 250 / 375 (+70% AP) magic damage and Marks enemy champions and Large Monsters for 5 seconds.
The blades explode into a wall for 3 seconds upon hitting an enemy champion, The bladewall deals 100 / 150 / 200 (+70% AP) magic damage and slows by 90% for 1 second.
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 and jungle, make sure to check the alternative build at the top of the page! With Irelia Mid the build and playstyle are the same. With Irelia jungle the build is slightly different since you will be grouping around objectives more. Also the runes are slightly different to help Irelia clear and move around the jungle faster.
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.
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. Blade of the Ruined King is a great first item for Irelia. The items gives her a lot of attack damage and attack speed and allow her to steal movement speed from the enemies which can be really impactful when you are trading in the Baron Lane. Divine Sunderer is another great item for Irelia. This item gives her both damage and tank stats. Divine Sunderer's passive effect Spellblade also works great together with Irelia's abilities, especially Bladesurge.
For runes, we have the following:
Irelia is a fighter so she wants to get in the enemies face and attack constantly. This allows her to get the 6 stacks pretty fast, which means she can deal more damage and get a lot of physical vamp when fully stacked
With Irelia you will be in a lot of team fights jumping onto the backline trying to kill the enemy carries so dealing extra damage will always help and Irelia restores health every time she gets a takedown.
Since Irelia is generally at the front during team fights dashing around, she will take a lot of damage. Bone plating will help Irelia take reduced damage from the first three instances of damage which will help her survive longer.
Demolish works well with champions that love to split push like Irelia. Demolish helps you push and destroy towers very quickly which can give you and your team a huge advantage.
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 to last hit minions. Defiant Dance 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 rotate to a teamfight if you are needed. 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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