How do I play Irelia?

#1ThyCorndogPosted 4/8/2013 10:56:41 AM
when she was free I did really well
killed a Renekton and took his lane AND was more useful than him in teamfights (which like, rarely happens for me because he usually destroys me in lane)

now I bought her and I've done 2 games, one against a Shen and one against a Kha and both killed me easily
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#2ERLiNoPosted 4/8/2013 11:00:05 AM
irelia is really weak early you gotta care, at a certain point irelia gets strong and u own.
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#3LlamaNubPosted 4/8/2013 11:04:28 AM
Irelia has low harass early game. Her main form of damage is autos, which gets outclasses by abilities early-game. Her Q commits you into a fight, which she often can't win early-game. Her E primarily a defensive tool that stops enemy melee harass/all-in cold.
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#4ThyCorndog(Topic Creator)Posted 4/8/2013 11:06:28 AM
so just farm until I've got a few items, using e to stop dives?
her sustain is really good, I just can't win trades for s***
I guess I'm not supposed to
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#5LlamaNubPosted 4/8/2013 11:08:11 AM
She can literally trade against anybody after she maxes out W, except Jax, who has an inherent advantage over her.
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#6MegeasPosted 4/8/2013 11:16:32 AM
Yeah Irelia's sustain is her biggest strength so drawing out the match is in irelia's best interest. Remember that your Q does on hit effects so if you activate your W then Q it will do the true damage. Once you hit 6 and get your ult you can trade a lot more effectively and even get a kill if you were able to out sustain your opponent.

Also Irelia is one of the best champs for farming minions under tower. So letting the tower drop a minion low and then using Q you can last hit minions quite easily. Also sometimes its better to Q a low health minion near your opponent and kill it and then go after your opponent. They will try to use escapes or flash and your Q will still be up to use so you can chase.
#7FlareZeroPosted 4/8/2013 11:27:41 AM
E is a nice tool since it offers you the ability to disengage or bait enemies. But I'd avoid early game skirmishes until you get W up a few points to out-sustain your opponent. True damage is just too strong once you start fighting with a decent level W.
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#8EDumeyPosted 4/8/2013 11:33:31 AM
General rule is that after 3 points of W, you'll be able to out trade near anyone in a simple fight. You may have kill potential at that point. nd then again at 6 with your Ulti.
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#9MIG297Posted 4/8/2013 11:36:35 AM
Also remember that her Q resets when you kill anything including minions.

Means you can use it to double dash at an enemy of a minion that's about to die if they're hiding behind thir casters and you know you can kill them.
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#10ThyCorndog(Topic Creator)Posted 4/8/2013 11:41:10 AM
thanks for the responses

I'm guessing attack speed is important on her to get the most out of w
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