Introduction: Many people think Annie is a "cheese" or "easy-mode" character. They can go to hell. Yes, at the end of the day, all you are doing is pressing QWER and clicking your mouse but then again who isn't? There's more to playing a champion skillfully and Annie is no exception. There are deeper elements to her gameplay that you learn and master after hundreds of games with her I will introduce you to them and teach you how to lead your team to victory. I like to say that Annie is one of those characters that you can just pick up and play at 90% efficiency. That last 10% however comes with a lot of practice and skill.
Disclaimer: I'm not going to cover anything basic. (Skill descriptions, base stats, simple mechanics, etc. etc.) Read up on that yourself if you need to.
Updated as of 11/10/2011
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Great guide Sniperness. I've gone back to Annie recently, and I'm glad to see that I'm doing a lot of what you suggest already.
I really did not like playing Annie with a Mejai build, and EVERY guide says it's a must. It wasn't until I started rushing RoA after boots that she became fun again. I'm glad I wasn't totally off base
One Question. I usually run Cleanse/Flash (cleanse helps in solo queue), and Flash really helps me get finishing blows, get out of danger, etc. What do you think will be the best summoner spell combo if they remove Flash like rumors suggest?
EDIT, Also. Thoughts on DFG? AP/CDR with nice 30% nuke is too hard to pass up sometimes : /
ghost if they do remove flash.
about the blue rune isnt getting AP better than cd, since annie have so low cd already on her skill, that getting more cdr is not worth as much as the extra AP, and u should be getting cdr from mastery and the blue pot+golem buff is over 40% cdr already too.
but nice guide.
DFG cost too much gold, u are better off with another item like voil staff for about the same amount of gold.
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