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Strategy

  • This rune can be useful for champions in which the first three attacks are the most powerful, either because they deal more damage or because the third strike has a special effect (e.g, Shen OriginalSquare Shen's Spirit's Refuge Spirit's Refuge, Vayne OriginalSquare Vayne's Silver Bolts Silver Bolts, Xin Zhao OriginalSquare Xin Zhao's Three Talon Strike Three Talon Strike)
  • It can also be used by champions which need to stack something in an enemy, using their basic attacks. For example, Sejuani OriginalSquare Sejuani can stack Permafrost Permafrost faster with Hail of Blades as does Darius OriginalSquare Darius with his Hemorrhage Hemorrhage, and Tristana OriginalSquare Tristana with her Explosive Charge Explosive Charge.
  • Jhin OriginalSquare Jhin gains an enormous attack damage boost with Hail of Blades, as Whisper his passive converts the attack speed gained into AD. Should Jhin critically strike with that attack, he also gets even more movement speed.

Trivia

  • Since basic attacks from effects that resets the basic attack timer don't remove any Hail of Blades stacks, those types of attacks can extend the duration. This is useful for champions that have abilities that scale with attack speed (i.e Xin Zhao OriginalSquare Xin Zhao's Wind Becomes Lightning Wind Becomes Lightning).
  • Titanic Hydra item Titanic Hydra is the only item that can give a champion a basic attack reset. This means any melee champion could extend the duration of Hail of Blades. Unfortunately, since Titanic Hydra lends itself better to tanks, and Hail of Blades is better for damage focused champions, the combination is rarely used.
  • Hail of Blades has a very similar effect to Lethal Tempo rune Lethal Tempo, with a few differences:
    • Hail of Blades lasts only for the first three attacks, whereas Lethal Tempo rune Lethal Tempo lasts for a few seconds, regardless of attacking.
    • Hail of Blades activates the instant you attack, whereas Lethal Tempo rune Lethal Tempo is delayed.
    • Hail of Blades can only be activated with basic attacks. Lethal Tempo rune Lethal Tempo can be activated with basic attacks and abilities.
    • Both keystones are found in different rune paths.


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Patch History

V9.2
  • Bug Fix: Now properly procs when the first basic attack causes a champion to exit Ambush 2 camouflage.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed an edge case where its cooldown would become unable to reset after selling or refunding a fully charged Dead Man's Plate item Dead Man's Plate.
V9.1
  • Bonus attack speed changed to 110% from 75% − 125% (based on level).
  • New Effect: Attack resets no longer consume a Hail of Blades stack.
V8.20
  • New Effect: The triggering attack or ability no longer benefits from the bonus attack speed.
V8.15
  • Bug Fix: Fixed a bug where the first attack would sometimes cancel.
V8.13
  • Cooldown reduced to 4 seconds out-of-combat for 5.
  • Time between attacks increased to 2 seconds from 1.5.
V8.12
  • Bonus attack speed increased to 75% − 125% (based on level) from 50% − 100% (based on level).
V8.11 - Added
  • Domination icon Domination Keystone rune.
    • Passive: Basic attacking an enemy champion grants 50% − 100% (based on level) bonus attack speed for your next 3 basic attacks. While active, Hails of Blade removes the attack speed cap.
    • Hail of Blades lasts 1.5 seconds, and each basic attack refreshes the duration to 1.5 seconds.
    • Cooldown: 5 seconds out-of-combat.

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