Best builds for Rakan

Rakan, one half of the new hero duo along with Xayah, has been tested and stretched to his limits in the week since his release. Various experimentation (none of which I recommend) included one-shot AP builds with Hextech Gunblade and Lich Bane as well as on-hit Rakan with Runaan’s Hurricane, which he qualifies for thanks to his ranged designation.

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One thing is made abundantly clear in the aftermath: Rakan’s propensity to itemize towards health, healing and shielding power, cooldown reduction, and ability power. With this, Rakan has a pretty dynamic support build path that definitely changes based on the types of compositions you’re likely to face.

The Classic

  1. Always buy Control Wards
  2. Ancient Coin
  3. Sightstone
  4. Eye of the Oasis
  5. Boots of Mobility
  6. Redemption
  7. Ardent Censer or Zeke’s Harbinger (depending on team composition)
  8. Locket of the Iron Solari or Knight’s Vow
  9. Abyssal Scepter or Knight’s Vow

Against majority AP

  1. Always buy Control Wards
  2. Ancient Coin
  3. Sightstone
  4. Eye of the Oasis
  5. Boots of Mobility
  6. Redemption
  7. Ardent Censer
  8. Locket of the Iron Solari
  9. Abyssal Scepter

Against majority AD

  1. Always buy Control Wards
  2. Ancient Coin
  3. Sightstone
  4. Eye of the Oasis
  5. Boots of Mobility
  6. Redemption
  7. Zeke’s Harbinger
  8. Knight’s Vow
  9. Locket of the Iron Solari

Against majority squishies

  1. Always buy Control Wards
  2. Ancient Coin
  3. Sightstone
  4. Eye of the Oasis
  5. Boots of Mobility
  6. Redemption
  7. Ardent Censer
  8. Locket of the Iron Solari
  9. Knight’s Vow

Against majority tanks

  1. Always buy Control Wards
  2. Ancient Coin
  3. Sightstone
  4. Eye of the Oasis
  5. Boots of Mobility
  6. Redemption
  7. Zeke’s Harbinger
  8. Locket of the Iron Solari
  9. Knight’s Vow

Gabriel Zoltan-Johan is a News Editor at theScore esports and the head analyst for the University of Toronto League of Legends team. His (public) musings can be found on his Twitter.

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