Dec 16, 2014

FOTM Report: The AD Leblanc Hype

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Disclaimer: Nerfplz in no way supports or promotes the playing of AD Leblanc in ranked matches

Introduction

Now I know what you're thinking...AD Leblanc?! You're joking right...unfortunately I wish I was. Turns out Asian teams in China and Korea have started utilizing Leblanc as an AD top lane by building Statikk Shiv/Trinity Force as her core items.

How to Play AD Leblanc

Logic
The logic behind AD Leblanc is that as an extremely high mobility ranged caster with relatively short cooldowns on her escape. Thus, she can be used as an extremely safe split pusher top lane. 

Core Items
Although she suffers from poor waveclear early on, the idea is that by building Statikk Shiv, she can shove her lane and remain relatively safe from any would-be gankers.

Meanwhile, Trinity Force Leblancs serve as more of a traditional somewhat tanky ranged duelist role, and tend to get more involved in team fighting.

Other core items for top Leblanc have historically included bruiser items such as brutalizer, generally built into a ghostblade.

Thoughts

For a person that plays Leblanc on the regular and happens to be good at playing her as an AP caster, I could see how AD Leblanc top could be viable. She has plenty of juking power coupled with high amounts of CC via her snare. In comparison, she is indeed on paper potentially the best ranged escape artist in the game.

However, similar to regular Leblanc, a large amount of her power is the ability to know when to go in and when to stay out along with landing her all-important snare at clutch times. I think that she's a viable pick, but other, much easier champions perform her split pushing role better, such as Tryndamere.

Example Game

Here's an example of a high level AD Leblanc top game posted by ChallengerTV. It's a full game, but I just selected a short segment of her doing natural AD Leblanc things. As you can see, it still involves her landing all her skills as a regular Leblanc would, but with a few more supplemental auto attacks to go along with it.



All in all, I'd say she's somewhere in Tier 3 at the moment.

What about you guys? What do you think about top lane Leblanc?



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37 comments:

  1. FOTM Report: Top/Mid Hecarim?

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  2. CommonSenseGuyDecember 17, 2014

    FOTM Report: ADC Yi?

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  3. no one plays that

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  4. KingoftheYoshisDecember 17, 2014

    Blem the god

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  5. Matthew RobinsonDecember 17, 2014

    These aren't "new" roles at all for Hecarim.

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  6. Gabriel Thomazine DamettoDecember 17, 2014

    holy shit... I dont wanna see her in my top lane too... :S

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  7. runes? masteries?

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  8. RundownmonkeyDecember 17, 2014

    so thats were ad leblank has came from was wondering.
    btw turns out urgot counters the shit out of this so finaly he has a use lol.

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  9. CommonSenseGuyDecember 17, 2014

    People play mid Hec and top LB?

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  10. are you serious
    there was finally a place where cass could get away from leblanc :(

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  11. Gold per 5 100%

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  12. CommonSenseGuyDecember 18, 2014

    You're wrong tho.

    Or bad.

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  13. Mitty Taster: (ง ͠ ͠° ل͜ °)ง™December 18, 2014

    Top/Mid Hecarim works wonderfully against certain matchups, especially vs AD assassins in mid. You just have to know when to pick him.

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  14. Time to nerf LeBlanc~~

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  15. There is no need or reason for doing LB bruiser.

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  16. If you are seeing adc yi you must be in bronze...

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  17. CommonSenseGuyDecember 18, 2014

    The joke went over you morons head.

    Mid hec and top Leblanc is unpopular.

    As is ADC Yi.

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  18. Juan Ignacio ViñuelaDecember 19, 2014

    man, is very useful. I didn't have LeBlanc until last night, so after I read this, I decided to unlock her and I have 100% win rate with LeBlanc AD top and even I did a pentakill.

    (sry if my english is not very clear, is not my mother language :P)

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  19. good luck farming as ad Yi probably bronze 5

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  20. CommonSenseGuyDecember 21, 2014

    I'm not saying that it's viable. Damn y'all are dumb.

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  21. the thing is that hecarim mid works and AD LB isnt as stupid as ADC Yi

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  22. CommonSenseGuyDecember 21, 2014

    I've confirmed your awful.

    Have fun farming and trading off mid, Bronzie.

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  23. mid hecarim works wonders vs melee mids actually

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  24. JohnfromiowaJanuary 12, 2015

    And now I'm going to see AD leblanc in my ranked matches... Thanks Piglet.

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  25. Lol every fucking champion that has an escape/gapcloser is strong with botrk/triforce/shiv

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  26. HGcareer9123March 04, 2015

    or with Solwolf

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