Champion Reveal: Taliyah, the Stoneweaver
- Threaded Volley
- Passive: Taliyah gains increased movement speed when traversing worked ground.
- Active: Taliyah rips up the ground around her, firing a volley of five stone shards in a target direction while moving freely. Casting Threaded Volley converts the area into worked ground for a few minutes. Additional casts over worked ground will yield just one rock projectile.
- Seismic Shove
- Unraveled Earth
- Weaver's Wall
Taliyah is all about control - she dictates when and where she fights by setting up a gauntlet of traps for her lane opponent to navigate. To win trades, she can close off a section of a lane withand knock her opponent into the trap with a well-placed . With her opponent exposed, a quick will melt their health.
Spamming Taliyah's abilities in lane will slowly diminish her dueling power, however, since ground which has been worked bywon't produce enough missiles to effectively stave off fast-approaching attackers. Experienced Taliyah players will work around this by carefully working strips of ground in a trail leading to their tower. She can use the exhausted pathways as an escape route when thirsty enemy junglers come barreling into her lane.
If she's winning trades and dodging ganks, Taliyah excels at pushing waves into towers with her area of effect attacks. Once she's pushed her wave, herlets her bust out her rock-board and surf over to a friendly lane with tremor-inducing speed. She'll cruise alongside the map's walls, constantly gaining movement speed before blasting into a buddy's lane. Building an item like gives Shurima's greatest (and only) surfer the means to dart around even faster, making her roams especially deadly.
If you thought Taliyah's ganks were cataclysmic because of her, just wait til she hits level six. lets her roam to other lanes with ease, and the wall she rides in on can block off escape routes for the poor soul(s) she chooses to gank.
Clever Taliyah players will use herto instantly apply pressure to far-flung objectives on the map. The enemy team's taking ? Excellent: just cruise over there and fill up the pit with , then blast the enemy jungler out of the fight using . They're fighting but taking lots of damage? Sweet: simply line up your to wall off the Baron pit with them in it, sealing the squishies in the oven to prepare a delicious feast for your teammates.
Taliyah's strongest items allow her even greater control over her opponents' movement. When she dings a fleeing enemy withwhile wielding , the item's slow effect will make it that much easier for her to land her signature -into- combo. Items that boost her low in-combat movement speed help the Stoneweaver quickly maneuver herself into the best spot to control any battle.
In teamfights, Taliyah's area of effect abilities give her masterful power over her enemies' positioning. She might useto hurl incoming juggernauts away from the fight, then slow the enemy team's exposed backline with carefully-planted . Taliyah's damage-less means that she won't bring major burst power to fights, but she can unearth her to split their team in half, giving Taliyah and her team the chance to gang up on exposed opponents before moving onto those left behind.
Once a teamfight has ended, Taliyah is able to press her advantage with speed and grace. Herlets her rapidly cruise alongside jungle walls, catching up to escaping enemies or making her way to a far-flung tower. Once late-game hits and she drops a third point into her , its range increases enormously - she can steal an enemy after a fight, then to double-time it all the way to the enemy's camp for the .
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Lucian - the Purifier
Enemy frontliners will find themselves eating a relentless volley ofand when running down Taliyah and Lucian. Plus, if the Purifier ever finds himself caught out, the Stoneweaver can to summon a rock wall near his location. Lucian's lets him easily dash over the wall to safety.
Zed - the Master of Shadows
Taliyah is safe from nimble opponents so long as she's got earth between her and them, but she struggles against baddies who can dodge her rock barrage and slip past her defenses. She'll want to stay well out of the Master of Shadows'range, or she'll find herself marked for death.
Lee Sin - the Blind Monk
Lee Sin's powerful ganks combined with Taliyah's deadly roams make the mid-game very scary for their opponents, but they jive especially well in teamfights. When Lee usesto punt enemy laners into Taliyah's , the kicks and stones will probably break their bones.
Malphite - Shard of the Monolith
The Stoneweaver works best at the edges of teamfights, but Malphite has a way of bringing the battle straight to his targets. The Shard of Monolith's hard CC and engage are anathema to Taliyah - it's hard to weave stone when a living boulderyou ten feet into the air.
Poppy - Keeper of the Hammer
Taliyah ganks are extra devastating when the Keeper of the Hammer uses herto pin enemies to the Stoneweaver's . In teamfights, Poppy can unleash her to deport opponents to the far side of the wall, splitting teams even further.
LeBlanc - the Deceiver
If Taliyah can't catch a champ with her, her damage output suffers. Enter LeBlanc, who's got enough tricks up her sleeve to keep Taliyah . And also dead.
Champion Insights: Taliyah