Aug 20, 2015

Weird Picks #26: Leona Mid

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Hey everyone! This week's pick is quite similar to our Jarvan Mid pick last week, Leona Mid! Heavily touted by Riot Ironstylus, it somewhat works, but never became mainstream meta. With her high CC potential and super fun all-in ability, it's definitely one of the rarer selections on the rift.

Introduction

Hey everyone! This week's pick is quite similar to our Jarvan Mid pick last week, Leona Mid! Heavily touted by Riot Ironstylus, it somewhat works, but never became mainstream meta. With her high CC potential and super fun all-in ability, it's definitely one of the rarer selections on the rift.

How to Play
Runes: Attack Damage Quints, Attack Damage Reds, Flat Health Yellows, Flat Magic Resist Blues
Masteries: 21-9-0, Standard AD Caster Masteries
Abilities: E, Q, W then prioritize  R > W > E > Q
Core items: Trinity Force, Sunfire Cape, Merc Treads, Randuin's Omen

Why It Works

Deceptively Strong All-In
Despite the fact that she can't pop her passive by herself, Leona's ability to jump to enemies and beat them down with as a melee bruiser is quite strong. This combined with the CC she has starting from level 2 allows her to trade well provided she can close the gap.

Excellent Diving Power
By maxing her W, Leona naturally has strong diving power. This means that in a 1v1 situation against squishy casters, she can snowball quite hard.

Jungle Synergy
There are few champions with as much CC as Leona. This means there are few champions that offer as much jungle synergy as Leona. As a mid laner, she gives her junglers far more angles that result in successful kills.

Strong Base Damage
Leona has surprisingly high base damage, which allows her to build tanky and still do decent damage. Although she would intuitively do better top lane as a bruiser, mid lane allows her far more kill potential as many top laners will likely be too tanky or high in sustain to take down.

Potential Pitfalls

Weak Waveclear
Leona's waveclear tends to be somewhat weak. However, if you can combine her waveclear (W) with an all-in combo, she can quickly pick up free CS while simultaneously harassing.

No Poke
As a pure all-in type of champion, Leona has literally nothing that can be conceptualized as a "poke" spell. This means you'll want to pick up mostly hard engage type champions that excel at diving as well to maximize the effectiveness of the team comp.

Vulnerable to Ganks
Although Leona is a naturally very tanky champion, she can still be vulnerable to jungle camp, especially if she's continuously going all in on her rival laner.

Conclusions

Leona Mid actually plays surprisingly similar to Jarvan Mid, but with higher utility/free tank stats, but lower poke, waveclear, and damage.

Suggested Rating: Low Tier 3

What do you think about Leona Mid? Comment below!


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