After 200 games, I can admit that season 13 hasn’t been Ashe’s season. And it’s been hard to carry games with Ashe against all these assassins and mages that out-range her, not to mention the amount of mobility and damage in the game. However, there’s a lethality build I’ve used on Ashe in season 13 of League of Legends that offers many advantages.
If you’ve never heard of lethality Ashe, I’ll be happy to introduce you to it. And in this guide, I’ll explain everything abound playing Ashe with a lethality build. I’ll talk about the runes, items, as well as the playstyle itself.
So, even if you’ve never tried to play lethality Ashe before, you’ll know by the end of this guide! Let’s begin!
How Does Lethality Ashe Work?
Playing Ashe with the lethality build is vastly different than playing the champion with the recommended ADC build. And if you don’t know anything about it, here are the key points.
The biggest advantage that lethality Ashe has is the poke damage. In fact, the whole of lethality Ashe can be reduced to one clear strength – constantly poking enemies from a safe range.
Since you aren’t going to build lifesteal, critical strike, and attack speed, you won’t need to depend on Ashe’s auto-attacks. Instead, the majority of your damage will come from your W.
All the lethality items make Ashe’s W – Volley deal so much more damage. This is understandable because lethality is even better than armor penetration. If you aren’t aware of it, lethality is flat penetration while armor penetration works with percentages. So, your poke damage will be great against tanks too.
On the hand, the lethality will increase your auto-attack damage too. And even though you’ll be a bit slower in attacking, your actual basic hits will hurt a lot. This is especially useful against squishy champions because your auto-attacks will practically do true damage to them.
Since the lethality items grant a lot of ability haste, they turn Ashe’s W into a 2-seconds ability. No kidding, once you pick up a few of the lethality items I recommend below, you’ll have Ashe’s W every other second.
In other words, you’ll practically spam your W button all the time with this build. Your enemies will be constantly poked and slowed, so you’ll likely “int” them too.
I personally play lethality Ashe in the mid lane, but the build works on any role. Ashe has enough range and she can farm minions relatively safe, regardless of the lane.
So, here are the runes and items you’ll need!
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Lethality Ashe S13 Runes – Explained
- Arcane Comet
- Manaflow Band
- Cheap Shot
- Ultimate Hunter
ARCANE COMET is my recommended keystone when playing lethality Ashe. It’s simply the perfect poking tool for the early game. It grants Ashe additional damage, allowing her to play the laning phase more aggressively.
Arcane Comet has the same cooldown as Ashe’s W on the first few levels. You can use it as soon as your W becomes available to deal a bit extra damage to your opponent. Arcane Comet is adaptive damage, so it will synergize with your lethality too.
MANAFLOW BAND has the same cooldown as Arcane Comet and Ashe’s W too. And in the early game, you’ll proc both Arcane Comet and Manaflow Band with a single Volley.
Manaflow Band increases your maximum mana by 25 each time you trigger its effect. And at 250 bonus mana, you gain extra mana regeneration for the rest of the game. So, it’s a valuable rune for managing your mana on lethality Ashe.
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TRANSCENDENCE is a great rune for stacking ability haste. Basically, it grants 10 ability haste in total and helps you refresh your abilities during a fight.
Once you hit level 11, Transcendence will refresh the remaining 20% cooldown on your basic abilities when you take an enemy down, so you’ll spam your W even more frequently.
SCORCH is another damage booster for Ashe in the early game. When you hit an enemy with an ability, Scorch will simply burn them for additional magic damage. The rune has only a 10-seconds cooldown, so you can squeeze a lot of extra damage out of it during the early game.
CHEAP SHOT is a rune specifically designed for Ashe. It allows you to deal bonus true damage to the enemies you CC with your W or R. Cheap Shot has only 4 seconds cooldown and you can abuse it to constantly deal more damage.
ULTIMATE HUNTER is the last rune you need to pick up on lethality Ashe. It will greatly reduce the cooldown of your ultimate, so you definitely need it. Besides W, Ashe doesn’t have other damaging abilities. So, having Enchanted Crystal Arrow every 30 seconds is a big deal.
The way you stack Ultimate Hunter is by collecting Bounty Stacks through champion takedowns. You can get up to 5 Bounty Stacks from the 5 champions on the enemy team. And the more Bounty Stacks you have, the lower the cooldown of Ashe’s ultimate will be.
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Lethality Ashe S13 Items – Explained
- Duskblade of Draktharr
- Axiom Arc
- Chempunk Chainsword
- Ravenous Hydra
- Ionian Boots of Lucidity
MANAMUNE should always be your first item upgrade on lethality Ashe. And because of that, you should always start the game with Tear of the Goddess. Ashe’s W takes a lot of mana early on, so you’ll need the Tear as soon as possible.
Once Manamune is completed, the item will give you a bit of ability haste and make your auto-attacks deal bonus damage based on your maximum mana. And since you won’t have attack speed, this will be a pretty good deal against any enemy.
Duskblade of Draktharr
DUSKBLADE OF DRAKTHARR is the best lethality mythic item you can get on Ashe. In terms of stats, it will give you tons of damage, lethality, and ability haste. However, Duskblade’s passive allows you to deal a bit more extra damage and even gain invisibility upon a champion takedown.
AXIOM ARC is perhaps the most important item in the lethality build for Ashe. Not only does it offer all of the essential stats such as AD, lethality, and ability haste, but its passive helps you reset Ashe’s ultimate. I already mentioned how important Ashe’s R is in this playstyle, so make sure to always get Axiom Arc as soon as possible.
CHEMPUNK CHAINSWORD is the fourth item you’ll need and it’s an anti-healing item. There’s a lot of healing and self-healing in League of Legends, so you’ll need this item to counter that.
With Chempunk Chainsword, each use of Ashe’s W will apply the Grevious Wounds effect on your enemy. And it will help you and your team secure more kills overall.
RAVENOUS HYDRA is the last item I’d recommend in all games as lethality Ashe. Not only will it give you more damage and Omnivamp for self-healing, but it will make your abilities and auto-attacks deal damage to all enemies around your primary target.
This is such a fun item to have in your inventory, especially on Ashe. Volley will easily spread its damage to multiple enemies, so it’s a great item to have in team fights.
Ionian Boots of Lucidity
IONIAN BOOTS OF LUCIDITY is the boots upgrade that fits the best with the playstyle of lethality Ashe. For only 950 gold, these boots will give you 20 ability haste which is a lot in the early game. They’ll shorten the cooldown of your W, so make sure to buy them in every game!
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Optional & Situational Items for Lethality Ashe
Aside from the recommended items you see above, there are a few other items that work very well with this build.
For example, you can sometimes switch Duskblade of Draktharr for Eclipse, especially if you need more defensiveness or you’re facing multiple tanks. Eclipse does more damage to tanks and grants you a shield, so it can sometimes help you carry.
Items like Serylda’s Grudge and The Collector can help you combat defensive enemies. And Edge of Night and Guardian Angel are there to give you a second chance when you make a mistake.
And finally, I can recommend building Serpent’s Fang if there are multiple enemies with shields in your game. Serpent’s Fang is an anti-shield item in LoL, so use it that way.
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Even though there are more things I could share about playing Ashe with a lethality build, I decided to keep this guide pretty simple. I really believe that you should test the playstyle for yourself and see how it works for you.
Personally, I love the amount of poke Ashe has and the fact that you can torture your opponents with slow. It reminds me a bit of lethality Varus, even though it doesn’t have the same one-shot potential.
That said, I hope you’ll at least try this lethality Ashe build in your own games!
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