Akali excels at killing fragile champions. Let your team initiate and then strike at the people in the back.
Twilight Shroud offers safety in even the most dangerous situations. Use that time to save up energy for a quick strike later.
Riven has a great deal of mobility but she cannot move very far with any one skill. Rooting or silencing her during her combo will greatly reduce her effectiveness.
Riven excels at dueling multiple melee attackers at once, as she will be on an almost equal footing damage-wise. If pairing up against Riven, don't go in as double melee until she has expended her full combo.
All of Riven's damage is physical, prioritize high Armor if an opposing Riven gets out of control.
The stats provided here feature some strategic Akali against Riven counter stats that may help us explain the differences and similarities between the pair. Akali’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is more than Riven’s KDA ratio of NaN, indicating that Akali may be more central to her team's team fighting capacity than Riven..
Akali often has a slightly larger longest killing spree than her opponent does. Typically, she takes a similar amount of damage to Riven. This typically indicates different amounts of tankyness, yet it can also show that the champ with more health has less agility and thus is unable to kite away from additional damage when engaged or poked.
Both League champs are great. Both have their pros and cons. In the game's current meta, Akali usually loses when playing against Riven, with a 48.9% win rate. Therefore, Akali makes a poor counter to Riven.
While Akali does have a lower win rate compared to Riven, when on opposite teams, Akali also has a lower learning curve that makes her a less time consuming character to learn and master. You should be careful when picking Akali into Rivenas her relative depth means that you may not be able to reach her full potential without a significant amount of practice beforehand.
Furthermore, Akali has only a small amount of CC and other utility, a similar amount to Riven. This often makes her just as valuable during teamfights, especially when trying to counter champions with a lot of burst damage.
While there isn't a single best champion for every situation in League of Legends, in Akali vs Riven matchups, Riven is the better champ with a lower win rate, less champion complexity, and a similar amount of utility to help out your allies during late stage team fights.
Akali is a somewhat poor counter for Riven. You will do well by focussing your play on maximizing your gold income and destroying objectives. If you do that, you should do very well as Akali against Riven.
If you would like to truly master Akali to counter Riven during both the early game and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should continue reading to gather a few extra tips and tricks for this matchup. If you pay attention to the build and suggestions displayed above, you should grow your win rate significantly and be that much closer to League of Legends pro players.
Akali on average accumulates a similar amount of CS as Riven. Champs who typically don't earn much CS usualy don't require much CS to be effective, such as sup champs. They are capable of scaling well off of their abilities and first items alone. Yet, champs with a lot of CS, such as hyper-carries, usually have to have a lot of items to be effective. In either case, try to surpass the numbers reported on this page to do well.
The top items to use in your Akali versus Riven build include Hextech Rocketbelt, Rabadon's Deathcap, and Shadowflame. When Akali combined at least these three items in her build, she performed significantly better countering Riven than with most other commonly used item sets. In fact, Akali boasted an average winrate of 48.9% battling Riven with these items in her kit.
To have the best likelihood of defeating Riven as Akali, you should use the Conqueror, Presence of Mind, Legend: Tenacity, Last Stand, Second Wind, and Overgrowth runes from the Precision and Resolve rune sets. Out of all the runes we have analyed for Akali vs Riven fights, this composite of runes yielded the highest win rate. Moreover, these runes provided a 48.9% win rate overall.
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