This League of Legends Season 10 Ultimate Lucian guide is the only guide that you will need in order to play Lucian Mid. This guide will include builds, combos, counters, synergies, keystones, and runes.
Lucian, son of Urias, was never allowed to follow the footsteps of his father as a Sentinel of the Light. He lived in Demacia, where he saw people in need. As he returned home of one his journeys, he got to know Senna, the apprentice of his now dead father. Together, they grew and formed a bond. They journeyed and fought against creatures, while Senna taught Lucian the ways of the Light. Eventually, Senna entrusted Lucian with his father’s weapon, and they became a team against the Black Mist, until the monstrous Thresh killed Senna and took her soul away. Lucian then hunted Thresh in hopes of destroying the lantern and releasing his lover’s soul. Instead, she reemerged alive and well. Now, they are back together fighting darkness.
This guide was written by our team of writers along with the help of Challenger player, Ostrich, who is an expert in everything Lucian. He is considered by many to be the best in the world at this champion and you can find him streaming on Twitch.
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Who is Ostrich
Ostrich, 21 years of age. Currently playing with the summoner name OSTRICH. He has over 2 million mastery points on Lucian and he peaked at 445 LP in North American Challenger. He has a KDA ratio of 2.27:1 with a 60% win rate. He started playing League in Season 3 and got the rank of Bronze 5. He first fell in love with the champion after seeing his longtime friend play a few games with Lucian. Soon, he decided to pick up the champion himself, and after playing Lucian for so many years, just the sheer feeling he had when correctly weaving in auto-attacks in-between abilities, using Lucian’s E successfully with his passive, canceling animations and totally outplaying the enemy players, transformed him. Getting that pentakill when you played well, and R (The Culling) someone from full HP to 0, makes everything great for the purifier.
Table of Contents
Why Play Lucian
Before we start on the Ultimate Guide to Lucian, we first want to tell you why you should play him. His overall strengths and weaknesses are as follows:
- Lots of burst with Press the Attack.
- Decent range.
- Can build different items to fit the matchup (Maw of Malmortius as first item is ok).
- High mobility.
- No disengage.
- E has a long cooldown early, so it’s risky to trade without knowing where the jungler is.
- Loses against burst mages.
These champions give Lucian mid a hard time in-game, due to having a kit that can stop Lucian from doing what he wants to do. Here are some of the biggest issues and how you can try to overcome the challenges they bring.
Yasuo is considered a counter because of his W (Wind Wall) and his high mobility, so it's hard for you to land a Q (Piercing Light) or R (The Culling). When he has a good support in teamfights, he will be able to dash around minions and beat you hard. Some ways to play around this is to get rid of his shield with your W (Ardent Blaze), auto-attack him, and most importantly, try to deny him as much farm as possible early on. He is a melee champion, so he is forced to walk up and hit minions. If he does comes closer, just do small trades with him. If Yasuo's Wind Wall is on cooldown you will most likely win the trades.
Cassiopeia is considered a counter because her W (Miasma) has a root effect, making Lucian's E (Relentless Pursuit) and Flash unusable. Her Q (Noxious Blast) range is longer than Lucian's auto-attack range, making this a difficult matchup inside and outside of the lane. To survive lane phase, it is recommended to have a healing support or someone who can all-in on her without a dash, like Thresh, Blitzcrank, Brand, etc. Try to bait her Q when you are going for CS, and if you get hit by it dash away immediately until the poison wears out.
Pantheon is considered a counter because his entire kit just stops you from doing anything. His Q (Comet Spear) is for poke. His W (Shield Vault) is the same range as your auto-attack range, so you can't get close. Finally, his E (Aegis Assault) stops all damage, so it's impossible to trade with him. The only way is to use Q (Piercing Light) through minions and try to harass him until he is low on HP.
These champions work well with Lucian and should be considered being picked alongside him if possible. Here are some of the biggest synergies and how you can abuse them.
Karthus works well with Lucian because he has the ability to slow the enemies with W (Wall of Pain) while you hit the target with as many auto-attack as you can. His Q (Lay Waste) will deal tremendous damage and he can ultimately kill the targets with R (Requiem). Having Lucian in the mid lane requires another role to take an AP damage dealer to balance the team, and Karthus is a great one to choose.
Amumu works well with Lucian because he can hold the enemies with his Q (Bandage Toss) when he ganks your lane. This gives you the chance to deal a lot of damage to the enemy, and hopefully get a kill. Amumu can also boost all AP damage from his allies with his passive (Cursed Touch), and stop the movement of enemies with R (Curse of the Sad Mummy), giving your team the time to follow up and harass them.
Sejuani works well with Lucian, as she can disrupt the enemy team with her abilities. She can knock up a target with Q (Arctic Assault) and stun enemies with her passive (Fury of the North) and R (Glacial Prison). This gives you the time to deal a lot of damage to the enemy champions.
Lucian Summoner Spells
Lucian recommended summoner spells are Ignite and Exhaust. Ignite helps you snowball and it deals more damage the higher level you are. As you are in a solo lane, you will get more experience, and therefore level up faster. Exhaust should be taken if you are in a matchups where you don’t want to get bursted, like against Fizz, Zed, Yasuo, Leblanc, etc.
If you want extra mobility you can use Ignite and Flash instead. You will have an extra way to dodge skill shots that may kill you in the game instantly. This increases your chances of survival in any skirmish.
Lucian Runes and Keystones
Lucian’s recommended runes are Press the Attack, Overheal, Bloodline, and Coup de Grace on Precision as primary, and Nimbus Cloak with Gathering Storm on Sorcery as secondary. This combination provides the necessary damage, as well as the needed survivability to deal damage in the lane. Press the Attack will make your target vulnerable and shred them to pieces, while the other runes will give you the lifesteal, movement speed, and damage to be a great ADC in the mid lane for your team.
If the enemy has lots of ways to waveclear, you can consider using Conqueror, Presence of Mind, Bloodline, and Cut Down on Precision as primary, and Nimbus Cloak with Gathering Storm as secondary. This combination of runes can help you survive their durability. Having Conqueror, Presence of Mind, and Bloodline together will help you have sustainable HP and mana while you kite the enemies. Cut Down can increase your damage, and it is amazing combined with Nimbus Cloak and Gathering Storm.
You can also use Press the Attack, Overheal, Bloodline, and Coup de Grace on Precision as primary, and Nullifying Orb with Gathering Storm on Sorcery as secondary. Nullifying orb will give you more defenses against teams with 2 or more AP in their composition.
All rune pages will be using +10% attack speed, +9 adaptive force, and armor.
Lucian’s recommended items change depending on the situation. However, the following items will give you a good idea of what to build in different situations.
Lucian starts with Doran’s Blade to add damage, health, and lifesteal in the early game phase. It is an optimal item to deal with the enemy laner more efficiently.
Lucian starts with Doran’s Shield if you want health restoration, extra damage on minions, and health regeneration. It gives back health every 5 seconds and after being hit by enemy champions.
Blade of the Ruined King is core on Lucian because this item has AD, lifesteal, attack speed, and a passive that does 8% of your enemy’s current health as bonus damage. BotRK is great as the first item on Lucian, as it gives everything you want except cooldown reduction. AD + AS for his auto-attacks and abilities, lifesteal for laning phase and fights. On top of that, BotRK's passive procs on both of Lucian’s auto-attacks, which means that you are doing 15.36% of someone’s current HP as damage each time you do a double auto-attack. With PTA this is a lot of frontloaded and sustained damage against one target. B. F. Sword gives the same amount of AD, but it doesn’t give you extra stats. The active of Blade of the Ruined King is also very helpful to kite and chase. Blade of the Ruined King is also a nice item because there is always some component that you can buy on each back that costs less than 500g. All in all, a great item.
Essence Reaver is core on Lucian as it drastically gives you more damage output against your opponents. It provides additional critical chance and CDR, which are good for Lucian. Also, the mana is very helpful since you use your abilities a lot for clearing waves and in fights. Take Bloodline with this item if you don't build Blade of the Ruined King. Pair this up with Infinity Edge and you will deal a lot of damage.
Infinity Edge is core on Lucian because it greatly increases AD as well as critical chance to your auto attacks. Combined with your Essence Reaver, you can have 2 BF swords early on and deal tons of damage in every auto attack. You can also have more critical chance to burst out opponents while you shred tanky enemies with BOTRK.
Use Berserker’s Greaves as this is the cheapest attack speed item in the game. Take Berserker's Greaves if you are ahead or are not against CC or an AD damage threat.
Mercury's Treads should be built only if the enemy team has a strong source of magic damage or has a lot of CC, as you will need the tenacity and magic resistance they provide.
Use Ninja Tabi if you are against a strong auto-attack-based team or just need some armor to keep you alive against a bruiser, such as Riven or Darius, or against Zed.
Offensive Situational Items
If you need both offense and defense in your items, you should build Phantom Dancer. This items not only enhances your attack speed, movement speed, and critical strike, it also provides a shield that can protect you from assassination. This is a great combination with your core items to make every basic attack deal tons of damage to your enemies.
If you want AD, HP, CDR, and to reduce your enemies’ armor, you can build Black Cleaver. This item helps you shred any and all armor pre-20 minutes, which is quite low. Your two-auto-attacks passive (Lightslinger), Q (Piercing Light) and R (The Culling) with E (Relentless Pursuit) auto-attack reset make it extremely easy to stack the Black Cleaver. This item, if used correctly, also gives Lucian the ability to get his dash back after 1 rotation, which could have a great impact in fights. Also, the little bit of health it provides is nice, because the more health you have the harder you are to kill.
If you're super mega ahead and want to push your lead, you can build Duskblade of Draktharr. The +21 lethality, 60 AD, and 10% CDR it gives are the most out of all the lethality items. This item also increases your damage when you ambush enemies (after being unseen for at least 1 second).
Defensive Situational Items
If you need protection against mages, you can build Maw of Malmortius. Buy this against a fed AP carry. With Nullifying Orb it gives you a huge shield when it activates, plus 20+ AD, 10% spell vamp, and 10% life steal, making you extremely dangerous when you have low HP. This item does not stack with the Phantom Dancer's lifeline shield, so choose wisely which one is better in your situation.
If you are against a high CC team, you can build Mercurial Scimitar. Get this item when you are against a lot of CC and definitely make it a must-buy against CC that locks you down and will kill you. Examples are Lissandra, Malzahar, Warwick, Teemo. Remember that you can also use QSS against the ultimates of Vi, Lee Sin, and many others if you are fast enough.
If you want a revival item, you can build Guardian Angel. This item basically gives you additional damage and the chance to survive assassination attempts from champions like Zed, Kha’zix, Rek’Sai, and many more. Buy this item last.
Full Build Example
An example full build for Lucian Mid can consist of
- Blade of the Ruined King
- Mercury’s Treads
- Essence Reaver
- Infinity Edge
- Phantom Dancer
- Guardian Angel
This is the most recommended build path for Lucian in the mid lane, as it will provide the shredding mechanics he needs to deal with enemies. You want to hit as many auto-attacks as possible, and play around your rotations while surviving burst damages from AP champions through Nullifying Orb rune and escape with Youmuu’s Ghostblade combined. BotRK, BC and LDR will viciously damage any enemies in front of you, even tanks, which will make you an effective midlaner in the late game.
Ability Skill Order
The skill order for Lucian is R > Q > E > W. The reason is that you want to maximize the damage of your Q (Piercing Light) and damage the enemies through this ability. Your E (Relentless Pursuit) is second, as it gives you the ability to dash in and out of fights while avoiding skillshots from enemies. W (Ardent Blaze) is often used to chase targets or kill a cannon minion. Level up your ultimate (The Culling) at levels 6, 11, and 16 to use it on teamfights or initiate small skirmishes in the mid lane. Create plays by acquiring the right skill point to your abilities and dominate the game.
A power spike is when a champion reaches a level or builds an item that makes him a lot stronger than other champions in the game. Lucian’s power spike is when he reaches level 9, because at that point he has already maxed his Q (Piercing Light) and will deal tremendous damage to his targets. This gives him the best chance to win in teamfights. Acquiring his 3 core items before the enemy midlaner can give him the upper hand in the game. Focus on earning as much gold as possible to get that item boost.
How to Play Lucian
Playing Lucian as a midlaner requires great map awareness. Enemies from top lane and bottom lane can easily gank you, so warding is a priority. Focus on getting all your abilities first so you can use your full rotations when you have reached level 3. If you are against a champion that is weak in the early game, such as Kassadin, Fizz, Anivia, Azir, etc., try to harass them as much as you can. When you know the position of their jungler, use that opportunity to all-in them with your rotation as you have both Ignite and Exhaust to secure the kill and snowball your lead early on. When dealing with high damage champions in the early game, you can poke them with your Q (Piercing Light) before trying to all-in.
As you approach the mid game, Blade of the Ruined King will be a strong item to hold you firm in your lane. Having this item with your Exhaust can give you a chance to escape enemy or trade better in small skirmishes. You can buy an early Hexdrinker and Mercury’s Treads to reduce the burst damage of their AP midlaner. If you have taken a lead from the enemy early in the game, use it to roam around the map and gain more pressure on the enemy team. This will increase your chances of winning the game before the tanks build their defenses against you.
- Split-pushing – As any ADC, you can split-push and take more gold for yourself so you can easily buy better items in this phase. But avoid doing this if you are not in the lead, as Lucian can be easily killed instantly with chain CC. Split-pushing can be easier since you have Ignite on an ADC, and Lucian is already very powerful in 1v1s, so fighting a 1v2 with Ignite and BotRK should make it a lot easier. If you are going to be split-pushing most of the game, Sanguine Blade can be another good item in the mid game. Trinity Force also helps breaking towers down because of the Spellblade and the massive amount of attack speed it gives you.
- Objective control – During objectives like Dragon and Rift Herald you want to skillfully use your rotations to quickly reduce the HP of the objective. If enemies try to contest, stop what you are doing and position yourself where allies can easily provide healing and defenses for you. You will most likely be the second ADC of the team, and you should be aware that assassins and mages can easily burst you if you are in the wrong position.
Playing Lucian mid is similar to playing Lucian in the bottom lane. The difference is that you have more defenses against AP damage to avoid being killed by assassination. Avoid all-in attempts to enemies when you are in this phase. It would be best if you stay with your ADC and near your support, so both of you can kite the frontline while your bruisers/tanks attempt to kill the carries of the enemy team. Provide assistance as you dash in and out with E (Relentless Pursuit) and cast your R (The Culling) in teamfights. This will give your team an edge to skillfully strike down foes while you are in a safe spot. When the enemy team loses members, you can either siege towers or take objectives like Baron and Elder Dragon to buff the team and exert pressure around the map. Always remember to be careful with CC like Morgana’s Q (Dark Binding), Malphite’s R (Unstoppable Force), Orianna’s R (Command: Shockwave), Fizz’s R (Chum the Waters), etc., which will instantly kill you and turn the tables of the game. Awareness is key to succeeding and winning as Lucian mid in this phase.
Lucian Tips and Tricks
- Don’t use a lot of mana early. If you do, then you should consider taking Manaflow Band to have an easier time.
- BotRK active is longer than your auto-attack range, so use that first if you are trying to chase someone that’s just a bit out of your range.
- Don’t underestimate the utility of the movement speed that your W gives you. Most people think W is completely useless but it still speeds you up a lot. You can use it on a camp that your jungler is doing to get to lane faster. You can also use W to check bushes.
- Your W has the shortest animation so it’s best to burst someone by starting off with that. Your Q animation gets faster the higher level you are.
- Lucian’s Q can be dodged early game simply by walking out of it sometimes so be aware that it’s not 100% always going to hit the enemy.
- You can use Lucian’s R inside of Bard’s portal & Tahm kench’s belly.
- Your passive procs on-hit effects like Sheen’s Spellblade and Conqueror.
These below videos are great game play examples for how to play Lucian.
Frequent Mistakes/Noob Traps
These are things most Lucian players do that shouldn’t be done at a high level ELO.
Mistake #1 – Players are always running out of mana because they use W (Ardent Blaze) too much. It is the ability that costs the most amount of mana, and isn’t worth using until you’re in a fight or you need to last-hit a cannon minion that’s out of reach.
Mistake #2 – Another mistake low ELO Lucian players make is not weaving in their auto-attacks between every ability, which lowers their DPS greatly and doesn’t allow their E to come off cooldown quicker.
Mistake #3 – As a last thing, low ELO players don’t know when they can play aggressive. There are lots of opportunities for Lucian to capitalize on the enemies’ mistakes, but honestly, that just comes with testing limits and figuring out how much burst Lucian really has.
Similar Champions to Lucian
Listed below are some champions you can use to replace Lucian. Similarly to him, they deal heavy damage in the mid lane. When he isn’t available because he is either banned or picked by the enemy team, knowing these champions will give you a variety to choose from, safeguarding your LP from going down and keeping your games awesome.
Very mobile. Outplay potential. Six abilities. Jayce is amazing at positioning properly and throwing a long range Shock Blast that will burst enemies. He can then jump on them with his hammer and deal some heavy blows. He is a great bruiser that can go in and out of teamfights easily.
Long range. High zoning potential. High DPS champion. Corki loves to ride his plane and use its weapons to kill his targets. His ability to shoot missiles multiple times with Missile Barrage in a teamfight can turn bad situations in your favor. He can also bombard enemies with a Special Delivery that can split the enemy team, which will give you an advantage to kill them before anyone can follow up.
Fast clear. Carry potential. Strong late game. Ekko is a kid that excels at moving back and forth in time. His quick movements will enable you to outplay enemy champions. His brave demeanor to dash inside turrets’ range with no fear makes him a great midlaner that can also roam around and exert pressure on the side lanes. Utilize the power of Chronobreak and deal as much magical damage while regaining back any HP in no time!
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