Irelia, Blade Mistress - By Alpharius Omegon

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Table of Contents

1.      Abilities

2.      Introduction

3.      Items

4.      Skilling Order

5.      Summoner Abilities

6.      Summary

7.      Creep Jungling

8.      Working in the team

9.      Farming

10.  Masteries

11.  Runes

Champion info
The Ionians have developed some of the most breathtaking and deadly martial arts on all of Runeterra - just one manifestation of their pursuit of enlightenment. The most remarkable blade style to emerge, however, was the unusual byproduct of foreign intervention. Master Lito was a swordsman whose teachings were sought by ruling classes from nearly every city-state. His art was a highly-guarded secret, but it was said that swords would breathe in his grasp. He withered unexpectedly from a mysterious disease which baffled the brightest of Runeterran physicians. When he died, he left behind Zelos and Irelia, his son and daughter, and a truly unique weapon. Zelos became a sergeant in the Ionian military and left to seek assistance from Demacia immediately prior to Noxus' invasion of Ionia. Irelia, charged with the protection of their home until Zelos returned, was alone when the Noxian forces struck.

The Ionians fought admirably, but soon Ionian blood stained the land beneath the prints of foreign boots. At the Great Stand of the Placidium, Ionians prepared for surrender, but were inspired to maintain their resistance when the young Irelia lifted her father's enormous blade and pledged to hold until her brother returned. In the chaos of the ensuing fight, Irelia was cursed with dark Noxian Necromancy. As her life ebbed, Soraka, the Starchild, made a final attempt to anchor her fading soul. Unwilling to relinquish her home, Irelia rose at the brink of death, and her father's sword lifted in the air alongside her. Irelia rushed back to the fore, unfazed by the blade's sudden animation. The weapon danced around her effortlessly, cutting down Noxians as they gaped in horror. The decimated invaders were forced to retreat from the Placidium. Irelia was appointed Ionia's Captain of the Guard, and when the defense of her homeland moved to the Fields of Justice, so did she.

'The sword flourishes, as though painting with blood.' - Taken from a Noxian Field Report

1. Abilities


Ionian Fervor (Passive)
Reduces the duration of stuns, slows, taunts, fears, snares, and immobilizes for each nearby enemy champion.

1 Champion: 10%
2 Champions: 25%
3 Champions: 40%

Irelia dashes forward to strike her target. If it kills the target, Bladesurge's cooldown refreshes and refunds 35 Mana.

Hiten Style
Irelia is skilled in the art of Hiten, passively giving her physical attacks health restoration. Activating Hiten Style gives her physical attacks true damage for a short period.

 Equilibrium Strike
Irelia's attack balances the scales, dealing damage and slowing the target. However, if the target has a higher Health % than Irelia, then the blow stuns the target instead.

Transcendent Blades
Irelia summons 4 spirit blades which she can fling to deal magic damage and siphon life from enemies they pass through. (Aim with mouse)


2. Introduction


-Deals true damage on each attack

-Great survivability through ulti and Hiten Style

-Good assassin & lane pusher


-Her stun requires her to be at lower %Health than her target

-Long CD on Hiten Style (True Damage)


3.  Items

Recommended Items.

Berserker’s Greaves

Chalice of Harmony

Frozen Mallet


Phantom Dancer

Youmuu’s Ghostblade

Recommended item order:

Start with Null-Magic Mantle & 2 Healing Pots.

1.      Blue Pill: Get Chalice and boots 1 (Or hold out till you can get Greaves right away)

2.      Blue Pill: Get greaves if you don’t have them, and then Phage or Ruby Crystal

From here on get Ghostblade, then Frozen Mallet, Bloodthirster and finally Phantom Dancer.

If the game is goin well, I push Sword of the Occult to replace Bloodthirster, and get this after Greave’s.

4. Skilling Order

Put your first point in Hiten Style, then put one point in both Equilibrium Strike and Bladesurge.

Max out Hiten style and Equilibrium Strike before Bladesurge.

Skill priority is:

Transcendent Blades>Hiten Style> Equilibrium Strike > Bladesurge

5. Summoner Abilities

Ghost (ALWAYS) and Ignite. It’s possible to swap Ignite for Exhaust depending on what you prefer.

I find that often Exhaust allowa you to kill your target without dying or taking too much damage, whereas Ignite will get you that last damage you needed to get a kill or deny  a sion his regen.

6. Summary.

Game Mechanics/Strategy

-          After you get Chalice, you’ll virtually have infinite mana, and you should never have problems with it again.

-          Your ulti is great for when you need to clear a minion wave fast, you need health or you need to snipe a champion for that last amount of hp. I always initiate with Bladesurge, ulti, hiten style and then stun / slow

-          Irelia’s ablities work well for zoneing an enemy champion to deny them XP / Gold.

-          If possible, lane with a champion like Sion, Nasus, Pantheon, etc.

A champion that has a on-target slow/stun, and with them you can tower dive virtually anyone, or just annihalte you’re enemies.


7. Creep Jungling

I have yet to try this on Irelia, but it should be more than viable with your stun and maxing Hiten Style ASAP.

For jungling I’d start out with Doran’s Shield + Health Pots and Hiten Style.

8. Working with your team.

As Irelia, try to keep an eye on enemy champs with low hp for an easy kill with Bladesurge + Equilibrium Strike combo’s.

You’ll also want to keep an eye out for who to stun/slow to save your team mates or help get a kill.

9. Farming

Irelia is an INSANE farmer once you hit lvl 6.

With your ulti you can easily hit minions down to 1/4th of their HP, and then spam your Bladesurge to clear the last minions.


I run a 22/8/0 build for Irelia.

With point distribuiton as follows:

Offence:                                                                        Defence:

3/3 Deadliness                    1/1 Cripple                          3/3 Resistance                     1/3 Hardiness

4/4 Sorcery                         4/4 Alacrity                         4/4 Evasion

3/3 Sunder

3/3 Brute Force

3/3 Lethality

1/1 Havoc



My runes  for Irelia are focussed mainly on Attack speed and then Armor Pen + HP


Marks: Attack Speed

Seals: Hp Pr/lvl

Glyphs: Attack Speed

Quints: Armor Pen.

Stats with theese runes are:

Armor Pen. 10

Attack Speed 21%

Health at lvl 18, 175

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