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Liliana Item Builds
Liliana primarily wants two resources from her items: ability power and cooldown reduction. A whopping seven abilities as well as her attacks in fox form benefit from ability power, while the CDR is necessary to keep her cycling through abilities in fights. In addition, Liliana likes to get in close to finish off enemies, so durability in the form of armor, magic defense, and/or life steal is also desirable.
These items are necessary in order to play Liliana optimally. Only diverge from a core item if you are a very experienced player and/or you have a very good reason for doing so.
|Orb of the Magi provides both significant ability power and a nice 10% CDR to power Liliana through fights. Though the lane sustain from Phoenix Tear is helpful, you’ll want to build straight to Orb of the Magi – stopping only for boots along the way – to immediately get the increased AP and CDR as well as start the timer on Bide. The extra health that Orb provides is a welcome bonus to prevent Liliana from getting burst down too quickly.|
|Magic life steal is the life blood of mage assassins, and Liliana is no exception. Seven abilities means Rhea’s Blessing will continuously fuel Liliana through fights; even channeling Reiki Shot in the middle of the opposing team will be worth it because of the 600+ HP heal payoff in the late game. Life Shield is also crucial, as you’ll often be the focus of the opposing team. Finally, 10% CDR is the icing on the cake, giving Liliana more opportunities to lay down the hurt while healing herself back up.
Keep in mind that both magic life steal and Life Shield benefit from high ability power, so going too defensive and skimping out on AP with your remaining items will only make Rhea’s Blessing less potent.
|Hecate’s Diadem is nearly mandatory for mages, as it almost always provides the most ability power of any item, including Holy of Holies. The only time you’d go without Hecate’s as a mage is if you’re choosing between it and Holy of Holies and you desperately need the HP from the latter.|
Due to her multiple viable play styles, Liliana has more potentially useful items than most heroes.
||10% CDR is a good excuse to take Staff of Nuul even if the opposing team isn’t stacking much magic defense. Of course, if they happen to be piling on the magic defense, then Liliana is more than glad to punish them while treating herself to some juicy CDR.|
|Boomstick provides Liliana with a lot of ability power, and its passive adds a good chunk of damage as well. However, it doesn’t provide sustain or CDR, so it’s best to purchase Boomstick if you’re likely to passively spam out Shining Light throughout the game.|
|Similar to Boomstick, Frosty’s Revenge is most useful when throwing out Shining Light, slowing down your opponent(s) and making things annoying for them in general. Chill can also make it more difficult to run away from Reiki Shot.|
|You’ll typically find yourself choosing between Berith’s Agony and The Aegis if you want sustain combined with CDR. Berith’s provides 10% less CDR and slightly less armor than The Aegis, but 140 ability power is nothing to scoff at. Torture is a cute bonus, but you’ll never get Berith’s just for the extra 4% damage (which is mitigated by magic defense anyway).
Update: with the August 2018 buff to Torture, Berith’s is the pick over The Aegis in most situations.
|Soaring Aura provides the largest non-percentage magic pierce as well as a significant HP bonus. It’s your go-to if you like to brawl in fox form often, since Shining Light’s range is longer than the range of Protection.|
|A massive AP and HP booster, Holy of Holies would nearly be a core item for Liliana if CDR wasn’t so important for her. Combine Holy of Holies with Rhea’s Blessing to make Liliana both more lethal and durable.|
|Apocalypse gives Liliana CDR and a healthy chunk of ability power. Its passive isn’t as useful as the core items listed here, but it still does a decent amount of damage, particularly because Liliana already has incentive to weave in attacks in fox form. If you decide to purchase Apocalypse, be sure to use its passive liberally – even in human form – as the cooldown is a mere 2 seconds and the damage is significant.|
|A nice way to get some extra CDR and sustain while providing some utility in fox form. Do not purchase both Frost Cape and Apocalypse though, as their passives will not stack (more precisely, Elemental Power will proc in favor of Frost Power)|
|The Aegis is very useful for the great sustain it provides as well as its massive CDR (the mana is mostly irrelevant, as Liliana rarely runs out of mana). It doesn’t provide any ability power, which Liliana needs more than Lauriel, so it’s not quite a core item. That said, The Aegis’ 20% CDR allows Liliana to skip other items with CDR in favor of the heavy hitters like Hecate’s Diadem and Holy of Holies.|
|Crowd control is Liliana’s #1 weakness, so you’ll be getting Gilded Greaves most of the time.|
|Your job should be to hunt down marksmen, so Sonic Boots is only advised if the situation is out of control – ie they have multiple auto attackers like Wukong or Zuka trying to cut you down.|
Sample Item Builds
|Orb of the Magi||Gilded Greaves||The Aegis||Rhea’s Blessing||Hecate’s Diadem||Holy of Holies|
Look familiar? This is the same build we recommend for Lauriel, and for good reason: it gets Liliana to the maximum 40% CDR, while providing a good mix of ability power and sustain. The armor from The Aegis, magic life steal and Life Shield from Rhea’s Blessing, and HP from Orb of the Magi and Holy of Holies – in combination with the armor and magic defense in fox form – should be enough to survive fights while you dish out your damage.
Switch out The Aegis for Boomstick if you really want to nuke fools with Shining Light.
[Added 9/18/2018] The first four items are what MeMarkz, he of AWC finals fame, has built recently during the RPL. Unfortunately, none of the games have lasted long enough to see what the rest of the build is.
Building completely toward ability power, you’ll hit massive power spikes by the third and fourth item. To get through the opposing defenses and add a bit of CDR, we go for Staff of Nuul fifth, then add Arctic Orb last for a bit of safety while also adding another 200 ability power to the build. If you’re a bit unsure of being able to use Arctic Orb’s unique active properly, then go for Blade of Eternity, as the +10% damage naturally adds to Liliana’s ability power as well.
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