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League of Legends S12: Irelia Top Build Guide

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League of Legends S12: Irelia Top Build Guide

Find out all you need to know to build Irelia Top in League of Legends Season 12, including runes, items, and skill order.

League of Legends S12: Irelia Top Build Guide

From runes to items, gameplay tips amd more, we've put together a guide to help you master playing Irelia in the toplane in League of Legends.

Be mindful that there are several ways to build and play a champion, and you'll need to be adaptable as the game and the enemy team progress.

That said, this guide is a good starting point to helping you get to grips with the champion and making an impact in your games.


Irelia Rune Choices - League of Legends
Irelia Rune Choices

Core Items

Blade of the Ruined King

3200 Gold

Trinity Force

3333 Gold


Blade of the Ruined King is a great item for sustained damage, especially against high-health enemies. You'll also get lifesteal and attack speed.

Trinity Force is essential to fighters, especially in protracted teamfights.

Starting Item & Boots

Health Potion

50 Gold

Doran's Blade

450 Gold

Defensive Boots

Plated Steelcaps vs AD

Mercury's Treads vs AP

1100 Gold

Skill Order

While your choices may differ according to how the game progresses, the typical Irelia skill priority is:

R > Q > W > E

Summoner Spells

These are the summoner spells most typically taken by Irelia in this role. Naturally, this may change depending on match-ups.

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Irelia is great in the early game, if she manages to stack her passive to its maximum. You can even go all-in at level 2 to secure an early kill, if you're skilled enough.

  • Level 1 - Take Q - Bladesurge, for a gap closer, damage, and heal. If you kill a unit with this, its cooldown is refreshed. 
  • Level 2 - Take W - Defiant Dance, for sustain in lane and damage based on charge time.
  • First Back - Start building towards your Blade of the Ruined King, or take defensive boots if you need more survivability.

Tips & Tricks

  • Try to keep your Ionian Fervor passive stacked at all times.
  • You can use a low-health minion to surprise an enemy with the cooldown reset of Bladesurge.
  • Defiant Dance is a great way to survive burst damage. 
  • Charging Defiant Dance for longer will deal increased damage.
  • Remember that Vanguard's Edge reduces the cooldown of Bladesurge. 
  • You can use Flash and/or Bladesurge to increase the impact of Flawless Duet. 

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