Ashe guide - the glass cannon

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06-04-2010

ASHE the glass cannon.
Introduction:
As far as I can see, Ashe is one of the most popular champion. Since it`s my main, I tried a lot of various items and runes builds and finally, I decided to give some advices – how to play as Ashe, cause it hurts, when I see such irrational builds or summoner abilities.
Ashe is great “carry” character. She was invented to be high dps champ in the late game. Both her slow and stun gives her great advantage in early-mid game and helps to take assists/kills. In this guide I`m going to show you how to overrun almost everyone in your path and have in each game 15+ kills.


Skills:
[Passive: Focus]
For every 3 seconds Ashe is not attacking, her critical hit chance will increase for a small amount. This passive won`t turn the tables of the big battles but can help you gain last hits or surprise an enemy with strong critical hit from the bushes.

[Q: Frost Shot]
By toggling Q, Ashe uses an frost arrows which slows the target up to 38%. Remember, that each shot costs mana, so make sure you aren't using this on creeps because it`s just a waste of your magic energy. Also avoid to shot someone who is not running away from you, because it`s also a waste of mana – Ashe need a lot of magical energy to fight so if you just throw it up, you`ll regret that.

[W: Volley]
Using this ability shoots out 9 arrows in a cone towards the target applying also your frost shot in each arrow. This is your best way to farm in mid-late game and to slow people who will run away from you (cone have quite decent range – much better than normal shot). In early game, you should use volley to harass the enemy and kill creeps when you have two-three low health. Remember that you can`t spam this ability or you`ll run out of your mana pretty fast.

[E: Plentiful Bounty]
This is a passive ability that increases the amount of gold you get from each kill. A lot of Ashe make a big mistake and take it very fast. NEVER do that. You`re killing creeps way to slow to feel the difference so better is take your volley or frost shot which can help you kill the champ. However, in late game, when your killing creeps abilities are much greater it makes you happy owner of big sum of gold.

[R: Enchanted Crystal Arrow] - ULTIMATE
This is the skill which will bring fear in the hearts of your opponents. Ashe launches a stunning arrow all across the map. It`s beautiful to stun people out of their sight. Crystal arrow stuns only enemy heroes and duration of the stun is longer when you`re further from your opponent. If you try to stun someone in hand-to-hand distance, crystal arrow will give you microstun and it won’t be very effective. A lot of Ashe seems to be afraid of using ultimate – big mistake! Crystal arrow has very short cooldown so you should use it almost every time when the skill is ready.

Skill Build:
1. Volley
2. Frost Shot
3. Volley
4. Frost Shot
5. Volley
6. Enchanted Crystal Arrow
7. Volley
8. Frost Shot
9. Volley
10. Frost Shot
11. Enchanted Crystal Arrow
12. Plentiful Bounty
13. Plentiful Bounty
14. Plentiful Bounty
15. Plentiful Bounty
16. Enchanted Crystal Arrow
17. Plentiful Bounty
18. Frost Shot

In early game volley helps you to keep enemies at distance and farm gold. Frost arrow isn`t much helpful yet but still you`ll need it in 6th lvl so you need to put skill points in it. Remember that volley gives you additional dmg, using frost arrow and at last lvl it has only 4 sec cooldown so it can help to kill other champs very effectively. That’s why you need to max this skill as soon as possible.

ITEMS:
First item:
-Vampiric Scepter
Second item:
-Berserker`s Greaves
Next items:
After Vampiric Scepter and Berserker`s Greaves you should buy
-Zeal
AND now this is important – it depends what you like – more damage or more atk speed. So when you choose, you buy
-Another Zeal if you prefer atk speed

OR

-B.F. Sword if you like to hit harder.

After a purchase you need to buy the other item (so if you bought sword you should buy 2nd zeal. If you bought zeal you should buy sword)

Final Build:
When you have Berserker`s graves, Vampiric Scepter, two Zeals and B.F. Sword you have already quite good atk dmg and atk speed. Now you should mix B.F. Sword with Vampiric Scepter and do Bloodthirster. After that you can complete the build. Order is up to you, just be sure to end with this items:

2 x Bloodthirster
1 x Berserker`s Greaves
2 x Phantom Dancers
1 x Infinity Edge
With this build you have + 280 dmg and 50% life steal, +115% atk speed, +40% dodge chance, +80% critical chance and your crits make 250% dmg instead of 200. Your movement is also increased by 30% which makes you small but deadly rocket.

What items you should avoid:

- Philospher's Stone – it delays purchasing mid game items (cause you need to spent some cash for it and the speed of obtaining gold by P.Stone is not so great) and its ability to regen hp can be easily beaten by lifesteal. Also mana regen is not important if you remember not to run wildly and shooting Volley in every direction

- Sword of Occult – Ashe on this build is very squishy (especially at the beginning, when you learn how to use this hardcore build) so probably you will die a lot. Gathering stacks in such condition is not an option.

- Wit`s End – This item is QUITE good but in comparison to dmg of Bloodthister/Infinity Edge or bonuses from Phantom Dancer it`s just weaker.

- Boots of Swiftness – Two Phantom Dancers + your Frost Arrows gives you enough speed to get almost everyone, so movement speed 3 is not necessary.

- Banshee`s Veil – Defense from spells and a lil more hp is not needed because you`ll die anyway if the other team gank you. In other way, if you fight with one/two enemies you don’t need to rely on this item, because you`ll shoot them before they realize what and when killed them.

ALTERNATIVE BUILDS
1st

2 x Bloodthirster
1 x Berserker`s Greaves
1 x Phantom Dancers
1 x Infinity Edge
1 x Last Whisper – take it if enemy tanks are too annoying or if they have 3+ tanks (sometimes you can meet such crazy teams ‘-_-)

2nd – this build is made to defend or if you`re very confident in your strength. Just at the end of the game when you have a lot of cash, sell your boots and buy another Bloodthirster. Your item build:
3 x Bloodthirster
2 x Phantom Dancers
1 x Infinity Edge
You`re not very slow because of phantom dancers, and you have additional 100 dmg + 25% lifesteal. It makes you some very dangerous ******* – WARNING – this build is kinda twisted, it can be your chance to victory or your humiliation.

SUMMONER SKILLS
1 – exaust
2 – cleanse

Till Ashe can be disabled in many ways (stun, blind, exhaust, taunt) and because she doesn`t have a lot of hp, every poison or ignite hurts as hell. That’s why you need to get cleanse – it will help you to survive in almost every dangerous situation and win the fight. Also exhaust is helpful when you fight with one good opponent or two of them – then you just throw exhaust at one of them, kill the other one and after that you can end the exhausted guy.
What`s important when you fight with other Ashe you`ll win in 100% sure as long as she don’t have cleanse – it’s because fight between Ashes depends on stun arrow and exhaust – if you can free yourself from them, you`re a winner

SUMMONER MASTERIES
21 Offense - Deadliness max, exhaust, sorcery 1, alacrity max, sunder max, offensive mastery max, brutal force max, lethality max, havoc
9 Utility – perseverance max, good hands 1, expanded mind max, meditation 1

RUNES
MARKS – greater mark of Alacrity x 9 = 15,2% atk speed
SEALS – greater seal of Alacrity x 9 = 6,84% atk speed
GLYPHS – greater glyph of Alacrity x 9 = 5,76% atk speed
QUINTESSENCE – greater quintessence of Alacrity x 3 = 10,2% atk speed
TOTAL: +38% atk speed!


It gives you upper hand when you fight with almost any champion cause you have range and atk speed over 0,9 at first lvl.

HOW TO PLAY

Early game:
At first you should go to mid – your global ultimate can rescue the team members or give you assists/kills so you should get is as soon as possible. You can give the mid to Karthus/Ezreal if they want though.
Pay attention to make last hits on creeps and farm gold, you have range so it should be quite easy. Also use volley when you`re certain that you`ll hit the enemy champ – you need to harass him (don’t aim to kill yet, it’s just too dangerous). When you get 6th lvl enemy champ should have less than half hp, then it’s easy – toggle on frost arrows, crystal arrow in the face, exhaust, volley and shooting his back to death. Even if he try to do something to you – cleanse will save you from trouble. Thanks to that its high chance you`ll get your first kill.
Now you can buy berserker`s and part of (or maybe full) zeal.
REMEMBER – when your crystal arrow is ready, you should search someone to hit. Run between the lanes and help others – even if you won’t kill, you`ll still have the assist which give you gold. Basically, after 6th lvl you should get assist/kill once every 2 – 2,5 minutes

Mid game:
You should have two zeals and B.F. Sword already. Now fun begins. Just camp lonely champs with less than half hp and end their life, in team battles stay behind the tough guys and shoot everyone who will run with frost arrows. Also Crystal Arrow is good choice to initiate a fight – your teammates will destroy the enemies while one of them is stunned and you get also kill or assists (from volley). Remember than run between the lanes very often so you can gank and gain cash.

Late Game:
When you have all the items needed you`re just a monster. In situation one vs one it doesn`t matter if the opponent is tank/mage/whoever. If he get stunned, you`re finishing him in no time. In team fights just stand behind teammates and shoot deadly arrows. Remember that even when fighting with two enemies all alone you don’t need to run! Lifesteal + enormous dmg is saving your ass, just stand still and shot. They probably won’t be able to kill you (I fought alone with nidalee + heim + morde with 3xbloodthirster build. I didn`t have to move even for a centimeter – just stand and shoot them – heim -> nidalee -> morde).



WATCH OUT FOR
Blitzkrang – Till you`re so fragile, you need to keep distance. He can grab you and pull towards the enemies which probably will be your end.
Eve – She is dangerous to you because she can ambush you and appear just next to you. Even stun arrow won’t help because of short stun duration
Fiddlesticks – his ultimate + fear + silence are something you cannot survive. Just be sure that you`ll ambush him first :)
Jax – his dodge is killing you pretty fast so don’t try to fight with this guy. No, seriously, it`s not something you want..

GL AND HF.
Also if you try this build, please comment here. Don’t worry if you`ll die a lot at the beginning – fighting without veil or mallet or other items for survivability is hard at the beginning but when you get used to it, no one can stop you!


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truckin

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06-04-2010

A couple of grammar cleanups will makes this a little bit easier to read. You like to use the word 'till' when 'because' is the word you mean. I'd guess your first language was maybe Swedish?

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Till Ashe can be...

Till you`re so fragile...
The guide is interesting, and the attack speed rune build is definitely unconventional. I'd have to run the numbers, but I think that an Ashe built with crit chance or armor pen runes who built Infinity edge and Last Whisper would still outdamage this Ashe.

I'm tempted to try out your build, although it sounds like it might be more effective on Twisted Fate than Ashe. Thanks for giving me some food for thought!


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06-04-2010

Thank You for first comment
My english is mostly self-taught, that`s why there are problems with grammar or words Anyway, I hope that you`ll get used to this build.

Waiting for more comments!


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Kajitii

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Yeyz, another Ashe guide!

Here are the things I cringed at:

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[R: Enchanted Crystal Arrow] - ULTIMATE
This is the skill which will bring fear in the hearts of your opponents. Ashe launches a stunning arrow all across the map. It`s beautiful to stun people out of their sight. Crystal arrow stuns only enemy heroes and duration of the stun is longer when you`re further from your opponent. If you try to stun someone in hand-to-hand distance, crystal arrow will give you microstun and it won’t be very effective. A lot of Ashe seems to be afraid of using ultimate – big mistake! Crystal arrow has very short cooldown so you should use it almost every time when the skill is ready.
You have the gist of this skill down, but there's a little something misleading in your description. While you don't actually say so, you're implying that it shouldn't be used at close range. You mention giving a sucker punch to the other opponent later on in the early game section, but honestly any situation where the extra burst damage will help net you a kill works too. Use it to save yourself if you need to.

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ITEMS:
First item:
-Vampiric Scepter
Vampiric Scepter is generally not the best starting item, and it especially fails against aggressive harassers like say another Ashe with Doran's Shield + HP potion, or Karthus. In order for you to stay in the lane, you'll need to keep on hitting the minions for that extra HP, and in fact, it encourages pushing the lane if you consistently take damage from your opponent. And if your opponent has been just aiming for you, he'll lead the minions right up to their tower, which makes ganking you pretty easy. Also, should you actually be forced out of the lane, you don't really have any other option than to turret hug and hope your opponent doesn't burst you down.

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Second item:
-Berserker`s Greaves
The extra attack speed is pretty nice considering what item it is. However, the main flaw in this choice is that it is without regards to what the other team has. Shoes like Ninja Tabi or Mercury's Treads provide protection that you'll find pretty much nowhere else, whereas attack speed can be gotten from many other items. In other words, Berserker Greaves are horribly outclassed, and should only be gotten if there's very little need for the other boots.

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2 x Bloodthirster
1 x Berserker`s Greaves
2 x Phantom Dancers
1 x Infinity Edge
With this build you have + 280 dmg and 50% life steal, +115% atk speed, +40% dodge chance, +80% critical chance and your crits make 250% dmg instead of 200. Your movement is also increased by 30% which makes you small but deadly rocket.
First thing's first: Dodge does not stack additively, but with diminishing returns. I suggest you look it up if you're not sure what that means. At any rate, your dodge is actually 36%.

You'll be a force to reckon with if you're up against physical DPS champions, but you'll absolutely be blown away against caster champions or any team with multiple blinds/stuns.

Furthermore, your damage output will be drastically reduced if someone on the other team is stacking armor items, or worse yet, attack speed debuff effects. The more attack speed you have, the harder your DPS will drop if you get hit by something like a Frozen Heart aura or Nasus's Whither spell. Actually, Whither will COMPLETELY ruin you, since your build has heavy reliance on move speed and attack speed. "What are the chances he'll be in the enemy team?" That's not the point, the point is you have to adapt according to what the other team has, and don't use tactics that are ineffective.

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What items you should avoid:

- Boots of Swiftness – Two Phantom Dancers + your Frost Arrows gives you enough speed to get almost everyone, so movement speed 3 is not necessary.

- Banshee`s Veil – Defense from spells and a lil more hp is not needed because you`ll die anyway if the other team gank you. In other way, if you fight with one/two enemies you don’t need to rely on this item, because you`ll shoot them before they realize what and when killed them.
Amazing that you didn't say Boots of Mobility... anyways, Boots of Swiftness is fine if you're going to play Ashe like a kiting champion (really, she's great at that), and you can't be bothered to rush your two Phantom Dancers... not that you'd want to once you go against people that know how to stop you. It's the only early source of movement speed you'll be getting if you don't want to gimp your champion-killing ability (champions don't sit there letting you pew pew them, which one reason why attack speed is a less valuable stat).

Banshee's Veil is a great defensive item for Ashe, but again this depends on what the other team has. The difference between Veil and Cleanse is that Veil stops the spell dead in its tracks before it has a chance to screw you over, whereas Cleanse doesn't. Those few precious milliseconds could be the difference between life and death. You can't rely on Cleanse forever, and it definitely won't save your ass if you get targeted again and again in a short amount of time. If you're getting ganked anyways, you're not doing it right, and you should re-evaluate your play style in the first place. Veil is probably a must-have against champions like Kassadin and Akali anyways, who get all in your face and r4pe you for breakfast if you're going to be a glass cannon. Veil is also nice insurance for team fights in the jungle.

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ALTERNATIVE BUILDS
1st

2 x Bloodthirster
1 x Berserker`s Greaves
1 x Phantom Dancers
1 x Infinity Edge
1 x Last Whisper – take it if enemy tanks are too annoying or if they have 3+ tanks (sometimes you can meet such crazy teams ‘-_-)
Last Whisper works fine at destroying nearly anyone really. It actually kinda stops working so well on crazy armor stackers, in which case Madred's Bloodrazor is a better choice, as not only does it do damage based off of the target's HP (which tanks undoubtably will have), it does magic damage, which bypasses armor.

2nd – this build is made to defend or if you`re very confident in your strength. Just at the end of the game when you have a lot of cash, sell your boots and buy another Bloodthirster. Your item build:
3 x Bloodthirster
2 x Phantom Dancers
1 x Infinity Edge
You`re not very slow because of phantom dancers, and you have additional 100 dmg + 25% lifesteal. It makes you some very dangerous ******* – WARNING – this build is kinda twisted, it can be your chance to victory or your humiliation.

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SUMMONER SKILLS
1 – exaust
2 – cleanse

Till Ashe can be disabled in many ways (stun, blind, exhaust, taunt) and because she doesn`t have a lot of hp, every poison or ignite hurts as hell. That’s why you need to get cleanse – it will help you to survive in almost every dangerous situation and win the fight. Also exhaust is helpful when you fight with one good opponent or two of them – then you just throw exhaust at one of them, kill the other one and after that you can end the exhausted guy.
What`s important when you fight with other Ashe you`ll win in 100% sure as long as she don’t have cleanse – it’s because fight between Ashes depends on stun arrow and exhaust – if you can free yourself from them, you`re a winner
If you take the mastery talent for it, Exhaust also reduces armor and MR. Why not just brutally murder the exhausted guy? Also, Exhaust only stops auto-attacks, it will not stop a caster from horribly nuking you and your corpse to heaven and back.

Also, in my experience, if it's 1v2 and the other team is intelligent, you're probably not going to win anyways, unless you were really fed.


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RUNES
MARKS – greater mark of Alacrity x 9 = 15,2% atk speed
SEALS – greater seal of Alacrity x 9 = 6,84% atk speed
GLYPHS – greater glyph of Alacrity x 9 = 5,76% atk speed
QUINTESSENCE – greater quintessence of Alacrity x 3 = 10,2% atk speed
TOTAL: +38% atk speed!


It gives you upper hand when you fight with almost any champion cause you have range and atk speed over 0,9 at first lvl.
Again, stacking too much attack speed is not a good thing. It's nice that you want to streamline and increase the effects of Vampiric Scepter as your starting item. But the benefits of attack speed is fairly lacking. Let's not forget that Frost Shot will cost you a buttload since it's a toggle ability that drains mana EVERY SHOT.

On the other hand, this is probably the best way to increase your raw DPS with runes in certain situations, especially early game =/


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Mid game:
You should have two zeals and B.F. Sword already. Now fun begins. Just camp lonely champs with less than half hp and end their life, in team battles stay behind the tough guys and shoot everyone who will run with frost arrows. Also Crystal Arrow is good choice to initiate a fight – your teammates will destroy the enemies while one of them is stunned and you get also kill or assists (from volley). Remember than run between the lanes very often so you can gank and gain cash.
A smart player will not go out alone without some means of escape. Yes, Ashe is able to catch people with her slows and whatnot, but let's be honest, smart people will find ways around her slows and get away.

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Late Game:
When you have all the items needed you`re just a monster. In situation one vs one it doesn`t matter if the opponent is tank/mage/whoever. If he get stunned, you`re finishing him in no time. In team fights just stand behind teammates and shoot deadly arrows. Remember that even when fighting with two enemies all alone you don’t need to run! Lifesteal + enormous dmg is saving your ass, just stand still and shot. They probably won’t be able to kill you (I fought alone with nidalee + heim + morde with 3xbloodthirster build. I didn`t have to move even for a centimeter – just stand and shoot them – heim -> nidalee -> morde).
Since the source of your survivability comes from dodge and lifesteal, it's not very hard to drop a super fragile Ashe really quickly, especially if the tank and a caster decide to team up on you. Honestly, the three people you dropped by yourself aren't very good examples anyways, since only one of them had any chance to disable you, and the other two don't have that strong of abilities anyways.



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WATCH OUT FOR
Fiddlesticks – his ultimate + fear + silence are something you cannot survive. Just be sure that you`ll ambush him first
I'm actually surprised that you don't just run away after cleansing and exhausting him. How hard is that? Also, if he insta-gibs you without the lifedrain spell, something is clearly wrong.


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06-05-2010

a lot of things you said was very helpfull and thanks for that. I cannot agree only with vampiric scepter which is working just perfect for me..
AND - what`s important for me - even if my build have a lot of holes still.. I didn`t meet ashe better than me = always when i fought with the other, it was my win.


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06-05-2010

Someone who realizes that crit damage and chance with AD and AS is more damaging than raw AD and AS. Despite the fact that you got greaves despite a 90% AS boost from PDs and the fact that you lack armor pen, you have upped my hopes that a decent ashe player exists. Just switch boots and throw in a LW or BC for armor pen and you are set.


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a lot of things you said was very helpfull and thanks for that. I cannot agree only with vampiric scepter which is working just perfect for me..
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