LeBlanc is a very difficult champion to master, but, once mastered, you can easily carry your ranked games. She deals massive damage in a short period of time. Her main task is to burst and assassinate the enemy team’s carry.
Why play LeBlanc?
A user on Reddit, /u/VectorxP, wrote a perfect answer to this question 3 years ago, and we couldn’t agree more with him. He said that LeBlanc is the most interesting character choice for him in the whole game. With LeBlanc, you can stun your enemies, escape from the ganks, and most importantly, one-shot enemies.
Still not impressed? Here are the LeBlancs’ pros and cons:
- Insane mobility
- Easy escape thanks to her Distortion (W ability)
- Insane burst damage
- Difficult farming with basic attacks
- Falls behind if not fed
Even though these cons look scary, they can be easily fixed or avoided. Farming with LeBlanc can sometimes be really difficult, but we found a solution to that problem. All you have to do is take a little dose of Attack Speed runes. With LeBlanc, you’ll need to be extra careful in the early game. Don’t roam before level 6 unless you feel really confident that you’ll get a kill on the top/bot lane. If you gank your allies and don’t get a kill/assist, you’ll have lots of trouble in your lane.
It may seem like LeBlanc has a hundred different and complicated combos, but once you get to master these five useful combos, you’ll see why LeBlanc is such a fun-to-play champion.
- Q>W combo is the most standard combo for quick-trading in the early game. You’ll probably use this combo most of the time in the game.
- W>E>Q combo does wonder when you’re closing in on the enemy and trading.
- W>R is the most versatile combo which you can use throughout the whole game. This combo is best-to-use throughout the entire mid to late game.
- E>R is the best combo in the early game (between level 6 and 13). It’s best to use this combo to set up a gank when your jungler is around your lane
- R>W>Q is a fantastic combo to abuse before level 11. You won’t be in any danger if you choose to use this combo because you can just easily escape using the double Distortion (R+W).
Here’s a tutorial on all of these combo by the #1 LeBlanc player BobqinXD:
Best Skill Order for LeBlanc
This section is pretty easy-to-understand. Since W does most of the damage, you’re gonna need to max W (Distortion) first. After that, you’re going to need to start leveling up Q (Sigil of Malice).
Best Item Build for LeBlanc
Just like with any other mage, the best build with LeBlanc starts with Doran’s Ring and Health Potion as starter items. The first item you’ll need to rush in most cases is Luden’s Echo, and then as a second item, you should purchase Sorcerer’s Shoes. Then, if the enemy team doesn’t have tanky champions, you can get Rabadon’s Deathcap. The last items you need are Void Staff and Zhonya’s Hourglass.
Best Runes for LeBlanc
If you’re confident that you’ll destroy your opponent, you should use:
Electrocute>Sudden Impact>Eyeball Colletion>Ravenous Hunter>Pressence of Mind>Coup de Grace
You should use these runes only if you’re confident that you can easily win your lane. If you don’t think that you can win your lane, you should choose these runes:
Electrocute>Sudden Impact>Eyeball Colletion>Ravenous Hunter>MinionDematerializer>Time Warp Tonic
Who counters LeBlanc?
LeBlanc main should win in most 1-vs-1 matchups in the mid lane, but playing against these champions can be really unfavorable for LeBlanc.
Kassadin has two abilities to counter LeBlanc. His passive allows him to take 15% reduced Magic Damage, and his Q gives him a Magic Shield. These two spells make him hard-to-penetrate, meaning that you probably won’t be able to one-shot him. However, if you play aggressively pre-level 6, you may have a chance to win against him.
Lissandra & Galio
Lissandra and Galio have a very similar play-style. Many people take Teleport and Aftershock when they’re playing against LeBlanc to be annoying during the laning phase.
Is LeBlanc still good?
Like we said earlier, LeBlanc is a very difficult champion to play for beginners, but if you manage to master her, you’ll probably manage to carry your games alone. So, to answer your question, LeBlanc is STILL an extraordinary champion to play in the latest patch.