Molten Shield is a good spell to cast to work up to Annie's stun, so sometimes it's beneficial to grab at least 1 rank in it early.
Striking killing blows on minions with Disintegrate enables Annie to farm extremely well early in the game.
Storing a stun for use with her ultimate can turn the tide of a team fight.
Beware of wasting your high impact spells on Defiant Dance.
Pay attention to Ionian Fervor stacks and try to engage Irelia when it is down.
Minion waves greatly enhance Irelia's mobility, beware fighting her inside one.
The stats shown here highlight some important Annie vs. Irelia counter statistics that can help us explain the differences and similarities between the pair. As an example, Annie’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is more than Irelia’s ratio of NaN, showing that Annie may be more central to her team's team fighting capability than Irelia..
Annie normally has a similar longest kill spree as her matchup does. Commonly, she receives less damage than Irelia. This is usually reflective of differing health capacities, but it can also show that the champion with increased health has less agility and thus is not able to flee from additional harm when engaged or poked.
Both LoL champions are great champions. Both champs have their strengths, weaknesses, and counters. In the game's current meta, Annie usually fairs equally well when trying to fight Irelia, with a 49.6% win rate. As a result, Annie makes an ok counter to Irelia.
While Annie does have a lower winrate than Irelia, when they face off with one another, Annie also has a greater learning curve that makes her a more difficult champ to pick up and master. You still need to be cautious when picking Annie into Irelia.
Furthermore, Annie also has a good amount of CC and other utility, a similar amount to Irelia. This makes her just as valuable during team fights, especially when facing champions with a lot of burst damage.
While there is not one best champion overall in League of Legends, in Annie vs Irelia matchups, Irelia is the better champ with a similar win rate, more champion depth, and a similar amount of utility to help out your team members during teamfights.
Annie is a somewhat poor counter for Irelia. Focus your tactics on keeping up your CS and taking out objectives. If you are able to do that, you should hold your own as Annie against Irelia.
To learn all of the intricacies of Annie to counter Irelia during both the laning and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should continue reading to gather a few extra lessons on this matchup. If you listen to the build and tips shown above, you should increase your win rate by a lot and be that much closer to League of Legends pro players.
Annie usually racks up a similar amount of CS as Irelia. Champs who typically don't get many minion kills typically don't require much CS to be effective, such as sup champs. These kinds of champions are able to scale properly off of their skills, stats, and first items alone. Yet, champs with a lot of CS, such as hyper-carries, often require a lot of items to be effective. In either situation, try to exceed the values displayed on this page to do well.
The most important items to have in your Annie versus Irelia build include Luden's Tempest, Rabadon's Deathcap, and Zhonya's Hourglass. When Annie incorporated at least these three items in her build, she performed a lot better vs. Irelia than with many other commonly used item sets. In fact, Annie had an average win rate of 49.6% battling Irelia with these items in her kit.
To have the best likelihood of defeating Irelia as Annie, Annie players should use the Electrocute, Cheap Shot, Eyeball Collection, Relentless Hunter, Manaflow Band, and Absolute Focus runes from the Domination and Sorcery rune sets. Of all the rune combinations we have analyed for Annie vs Irelia matchups, this mix of runes yielded the greatest win rate. In fact, these runes averaged a 49.6% winrate overall.
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