It’s very rare that I try out a new champion on League of Legends and feel like I’d like to main with him/her; and, although I haven’t mastered her, but I think I like her! Having been a little dry with regards to League of Legends news and posts I thought I’d share my ideas on Lissandra with a couple of tips that may be helpful to those who’d like to try her out. Bear in mind, these are tips I need to master still myself but whenever I happen to get it right, it works beautifully.
I’ll use this opportunity to briefly send out some love to the League of Legends community, I’m planning to have a section on this site for the the game and its champions; content you wouldn’t otherwise find anywhere else. There are a lot of thoughts for the section and, as Lissandra says, ”plans within plans“, so I hope that Gameplay can somehow satisfy in time.
Now, without further ado, let’s talk about Lissandra!
Here are some quick links for this article:
- “Close your eyes and let the cold take you“ (story)
- “I am Iceborn” (natural abilities)
- “The Watchers will return.” (running away)
- “So many secrets buried in ice.” (final comments)
“Close your eyes and let the cold take you”
If a League of Legends movie were to ever be made, I hope to see Lissandra take a major role and win! What Riot Games have done with this most recent champion is brilliant. Take a look at part of her story:
“Lissandra’s magic twists the pure power of ice into something dark and terrible. With the force of her black ice, she does more than freeze – she impales and crushes those who oppose her. To the terrified denizens of the north, she is known only as “The Ice Witch”. The truth is much more sinister: Lissandra is a corrupter of nature who plots to unleash an ice age on the world.”
Now, granted, this may not have sent chills down your spin but maybe knowing that she betrayed her own tribe as a move for power will. No? Well, she went on to murder and steal the identity of the leader of the Frostguard and when her “human form grew old” she did it again to her successor — what a …witch! Get this, the world servers Lissandra, the Ice Witch, thinking that she will guard them “against evil creatures like the Ice Witch“.
“I am Iceborn”
I don’t know about you but I find Lissandra’s four skills + passive to be perfect. Actually, I give a lot of credit to Riot Games and the skills they give their champions because, although they’re not all unique to the game nor are they all original but, generally speaking, all of their champions have skills that complement one another; and Lissandra is no exception.
Of course, depending on how you like to play her, and taking into consideration your own play style, you can use her combos in different ways to get the most of them. Key here is to always bear in mind your play style and, based on that, work up a good combo.
With good natural defense attributes, I can’t help but play her late-game more in a support/initiator role. How do the two coincide, right? I feel I do the same with Morgana too and I’m sure that if I try Syndra out then I’d end up playing her in the same way as I play the other two. Look at their stats, they’re almost identical. Excellent ability power, great defense power for a ranged mage and low auto-attack damage which means you’re so dependent on your skills.
Let’s face it, Lissandra isn’t going to outrun anyone unless she uses her Glacial Path and that goes for catching up or getting away so that’s a skill you really want free whenever you need it so I wouldn’t use it to cause damage even though it can do some. Here’s how the support/initiator role can work; I know some of you will oppose me on this but hear me out and see why I’m saying this.
Do you know how to cast a skill on yourself? Remember this. Here’s how to initiate (note: you may end up dying from this combo but will most likely get anywhere between 2-5 assists should you give your team enough guidance about your plans):
- Glacial Path into enemy team from the side when they’re grouped up making sure your team isn’t far off
- Use Ring of Frost and quickly cast Frozen Tomb on yourself to slow the enemy team down as well as protect yourself
- If you manage to survive till this point, use an Ice Shard and get away with Glacial Path again if you can
Now, this won’t always work of course but it’s a hypothetical strategy. Watch the video below to see how this may work; I’ve tried it in-game and I cast Frozen Tomb on myself by accident, so it wasn’t too bad. Note: this isn’t a must-do because it probably won’t always work considering the enemy team may not all be huddled up so you can improvise. Sacrifice yourself early by casting Frozen Tomb on the enemy team’s carry instead of yourself. I guess the main idea here isn’t to always get an Ace but to separate the enemy team, at least.
This is just one way to use her combo; a careless and silly way too, if you ask me, but it can do some good damage.
Another way you can use her Glacial Path is by ganking. I’ve used it a few times to surprise retreating enemy champions and it works like a charm. Below is a an almost 2 minute montage of a few surprise attacks from Lissandra; you’ll notice that it works best when executed in two ways
- a few steps ahead of a retreating enemy champion, or
- behind the enemy champion when they’re attacking you to force them between you and your team (or turret)
“The Watchers will return.”
Getting away is another of Lissandra’s specialty and although I don’t have any good snippets to show you, maybe I’ll get some in the future, but here are a few ways you can use her skills to get away.
I’ve already mentioned that her Frozen Tomb can slow down nearby enemies as well as cause damage while you’re invulnerable. Her other skills also work perfectly to assist your “getting away”ness. Before I mention any escaping maneuvers, let’s do a quick run down on her other skills and highlight how they can help
- Ice Shard – shatters into multiple pieces at the first enemy hit damaging and slowing all enemies hit
- Ring of Frost - freezes nearby enemies
- Glacial Path – creates a claw that, when re-activated, transports Lissandra to the claw’s current location
Here are a few escaping ideas and strategies:
- When enemy champion is between you and your base and there’s a nearby bush
run to a nearby bush and cast Glacial Path backwards so when the enemy chasing you reaches the bush you’re behind them and running towards the nearest turret
- When enemy champion is between you and your base and there’s no nearby bush
run to the nearest wall and cast Glacial Path over the wall at a location that puts a good distance between you and the enemy champion
- When an enemy champion or more are too close to you
Cast Ring of Frost and while running away cast Ice Shard at the most forward enemy to slow them even further
- Other Situations
- Ice Shard the chasing enemy champion and run, Ice Shard him/her again and Glacial Path away
- Watch the enemy champion and Glacial Path in the direction he’s not expecting (don’t be so predictable)
- When getting away with Glacial Path, judge your situation and based on that consider when to re-activate the skill.
Sometimes it won’t be practical to wait for the claw to reach its furthest point, every bit helps. Other times, you may have the luxury to wait a second more and get as far as possible. Think about it.
- Ice Shard in a direction that will shatter the spear towards the other champions. Don’t Ice Shard blindly wasting it; while running away, move in a direction the will force them in a good formation for you to spear one and slow them all down
“So many secrets buried in ice.”
There are so many more ways of using Lissandra; my play style is very mid-fights. I never play AP Carries right because I don’t sit back enough so if you use Lissandra purely in AP, probably as she’s meant to be played, then feel free to share some comments. I’ve only played six games of her and have won 5 out of those 6. That’s not enough to say I know her which is why I’m only sharing what I know of her so far.