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Jun 10, 2015

Weird Picks #16: AP Irelia (Mid?)

Hi everyone and welcome back to episode of Weird Pick Wednesday! This week we're looking at an especially unorthodox Irelia build. Although Irelia mid is starting to become somewhat of a "thing", AP Irelia remains the ever elusive, strangely scaling champion clothed in black.


Hi everyone and welcome back to episode of Weird Pick Wednesday! This week we're looking at an especially unorthodox Irelia build. Although Irelia mid is starting to become somewhat of a "thing", AP Irelia remains the ever elusive, strangely scaling champion clothed in black.

How to Play
Runes: Ability Power Quints, Hybrid Penetration Reds, Armor Yellows, Magic Resist Blues
Masteries: 21-9-0, standard AP laner masteries
Abilities: Q, E, E, W then prioritize  R > E > W > Q
Core items: Lichbane, Nashor's Tooth, Deathcap, Voidstaff, Zhonya's Hourglass

Why It Works

Powerful Burst Damage
As an AP champion, Irelia offers 50% AP scaling on both her E and her ultimate. Against a ranged champion, she'll easily be low enough to use her E as a stun and deals a surprisingly high amount of "turn-around" damage.

On-Hit Synergy
Around the same time as when Irelia finishes her Nashor's Tooth, her W will likely also be at a decent level. As an AP champion, she can take strong advantage of the cooldown reduction and ability power that Nashor provides, and also scales up well via attack speed due to her ever popular true damage.

Low Cooldown Ultimate
At around 20% cooldown reduction, Irelia's max level ultimate is on a 40 second CD, meaning that she can use it for poke early on and still have it up for teamfights to give her insane sustaining power via its heal.

Potential Pitfalls

As a standard bruiser type champion, Irelia does suffer somewhat from not building tanky. However, as an AP champion she makes up for it somewhat since her ultimate will heal more than usual if she builds pure (AP) damage.

Irelia also lacks a true short cooldown poke ability that's become a staple among most mid-laners. However, with the latest nerfs to Luden's Echo, the meta may start shifting back towards assassin types mid, which Irelia performs well against.


AP Irelia doesn't seem to offer quite enough that I'd consider playing her terribly fun, but the amount of damage she can output with a single E at full build is hilarious enough that it's worth trying once in a while just for the shock factor of getting one shot by a close range point and click spell.

Suggested Rating: Low Tier 3

What do you think about AP Irelia? Comment below!

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  1. Should be, what do you think about mid Irelia, not Rengar.

  2. SSJSuntasticJune 10, 2015


  3. Steven NadlerJune 11, 2015

    Since irelia is on-hit, via nashor's, why not grab wit's end for extra tank, on-hit magic damage, and atk speed? If you are going for more of an on-hit irelia build, wit's end + nashor's is a must. You can drop hourglass if you are facing more AP heavy teams, or keep hourglass and drop voidstaff for more AD heavy teams. Since wit's end steals MR from enemies, void staff won't really be needed.

  4. Turpal GiskaevJune 11, 2015

    u dont go that much for hits, the pro on nashors is that it ALSO gives you 20% cd red.. The primary forcus is to oneshot the squishys with your e and ult + one aa via lichbane. Already played her a few times mid ap, if you dont suck early your late game will be insane (still dont recommend her...)

  5. DankynugzJune 11, 2015

    Probably would forego void staff entirely, since despite having AP scaling on her ult, the only magic damage you'll be doing is your E, lich bane proc and nashor's passive. Everything is else is physical or true damage.

  6. Oh man, you did it ! :D
    FOTM Irelia Mid Friday ?

  7. Nicolas CageJune 11, 2015

    Sounds like a lot of fun. Her R would certainly work quite well with a ton of AP.

    How do you feel about some more standard and/or hybrid runes/masteries? I feel that they might help to give her a bit more lane dominance, since I imagine this build takes a few items to really get rolling. So long as you grab relevant late-game stats for her as well, I imagine a little bit of starting tankiness and/or AD might go a long way.

    To cite a competitive use of something similar to this, generally, when jungling with Evelynn, pro players will start with a high amount of AP for strong early-game presence and clear, then build a Warrior enchantment and/or Trinity Force for damage, oftentimes. Your runes/masteries don't necessarily have to be synergistic with your late-game, certainly.

    That said, AP runes/masteries probably go a long way in increasing the potency of her level 6, and she has some decent base damages as well that are probably enough for dealing with squishy mid-laners. I'd still probably consider investing in some MR, though.

  8. Too much atk speed isn't necessary for melee champs, even if she has one of the strongest gap closer

  9. Mac MorrisJune 11, 2015


  10. Her ult deals Physical damage so penetration is kinda lack luster for her.

  11. Agreed, some AD and tankiness would go a long way. ALSO, with more AD, CS'ing is easier.

  12. ToontownBoltVids .June 12, 2015

    That'll probably be a FOTM.

  13. Steven NadlerJune 12, 2015

    The reason we go AP irelia, is because she has AP ratios on her W, E, and R.

  14. Steven NadlerJune 12, 2015

    The thought here is that you deal passive true damage, while healing (with your AP ratios) with the active of her W, needing more atk speed means healing more. Since we need more attack speed, I bring up the thought of on-hit irelia, as opposed to AP burst irelia.

  15. Steven NadlerJune 12, 2015

    Since her W has AP ratios, more AP means healing more on-hit.

  16. DankynugzJune 12, 2015

    What W ap ratios do you speak of??

  17. Does she have an AP ratio on her true damage!?!

  18. Ben HaertelJune 13, 2015

    IMHO hextech gunblade should be a core item as irelia scales with the ap and ad it gives... Also her ultimate synergies really well with the spellvamp

  19. Erm, are we talking about xinzhao or smth?


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