With the new runes out, League of Legends as we know it is gone. Going from simple stat runes to actually meaningful choices of keystones and sub-runes has almost forced us to re-learn the game, as far as pre-game is considered, in any case. So, here’s my general guide to the most important runes, the Keystones. I will not be giving specific instructions as you would with previous runes, as in “AD Carries must take this rune set,” or “If you’re a tank, take this page,” since the keystones along with their adaptive damage type nature have become so much more versatile and each rune is more accessible for all championss, regardless of damage type.
So, my advice will be much more as a general guide, though I will be pointing out special interactions and specific cases where a certain, single champion should be wary of using a keystone. With that out of the way, lets begin with the Precision Tree. Lethal Tempo is a powerful keystone for auto-attacking champions, though it is not just limited for AD Carries. Champions who use on-hit effects will benefit from the high attack speed buff, and champions with many attack speed steroids such as Master Yi and Aatrox can benefit from breaking the attack speed cap. If you do on-hit effects like Vayne’s three-hit Silver bolts, Aatrox’ three-hit Blood Thirst or Blood Price, or Kog’maw’s Bio-Arcane Barrage, the attack speed will provide massive synergy, especially if you’re already building attack speed and can reach beyond the attack speed cap. Jayce’s Cannon-Stance W, Hyper Charge, says it will “increase attack speed to maximum” for three attacks. According to the wiki, he will gain attack speed, not set it to the exact amount, and thus can achieve insane levels of attack speed with the mastery.
Whether this is practical or not since it is only for three auto-attacks is debatable. Jhin has no attack speed cap since you cannot raise his attack speed at all, and will only gain a minor raise to attack damage. You probably shouldn’t use it on him. Press the Attack will shred an enemies overall damage resistance by 15% after you hit them with three auto-attacks.
It is worth noting that abilities that apply on-hit effects such as Ezreal’s Q and Warwick’s R will apply stacks of Press the Attack. This means that other abilities such as Gangplank’s Q and Urgot’s W will also apply stacks. Additionally, when you have six stacks on Guinsoo’s Rageblade, you will apply two stacks with the phantom hit. As a three-hit effect, it may seem like a good idea to have alongside other three-hit passives, but know that the damage reduction will not be in effect until AFTER you land your third attack, so the hit that activates Press the Attack will not be amplified in damage, only the third attack after that will be affected. Worth keeping in mind. True damage like Vayne’s Silver Bolts will not be amplified. While this is good on any auto-attacking champion, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be some kind of marksmen. Any champion who uses auto attacks can benefit, so auto-attack resets, such as Leona’s Q, will make applying the resistance reduction easy. In fact, since the keystone specifies “15% extra damage from all sources”, this should also benefit your allies attacking the same target.
Use as a support in a kill lane or a jungler in ganks for some extra deadliness. Fleet Footwork adds sustain and movement speed on an energised passive. Unlike Warlord’s Bloodlust, this does not scale entirely with 100% of your attack damage, but now has a scaling-with-level base heal, and also scales with AD or AP adaptively, allowing AP champions to take advantage of this should they desire. Fleet Footwork adds sustain and movement speed on an energised passive, it has synergy with Rapid Firecannon and Statikk Shiv, both charging together and faster due to their passives. It is also the only Keystone to have effectiveness against minions and monsters, granting sustain to laners and junglers who desire it.
Although, with no bonus attack damage in this rune tree, the sustain at the beginning will be very low. Picking any of these Precision keystones will grant you 18% attack speed from the start of the game, useful for any auto-attacking champion or jungler. Press the Attack is great for general use by any champions who commonly use auto attack, Lethal Tempo is amazing for marksmen and champions with on-hit effects and attack speed steroids, and Fleet Footwork is a great option for poke champions, and for sustain, chasing and kiting. Thank you very much for watching. This has been Part One of the Keystone Rune Guides. Due to how lengthy these explanations have gotten, and the fact that I wanted these to be short guides, I decided to cut these down into a few shorter videos, rather than having one overwhelmingly-long video on just Keystones. Next up, we’ll look at the Domination tree, and then the Sorcery tree, and so on. Hope to see you in the next few ones, and if you haven’t done it already, go ahead and Subscribe, and ring the Notification Bell so you can know when the next part is out. Thank you very much for watching, and I’ll see you next time.
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