“TL;DR - SKILL MATCHUP IN HER FAVOR. DON’T TAKE BAD TRADES. DON’T MISS YOUR OWN QS. DON’T EAT FREE EMPOWERED AUTOS. TRY TO CANCEL HER DASHES WITH YOUR E. DON’T FIGHT IN SMOKE UNLESS YOU KNOW YOU WILL KILL HER. CONQUEROR OR AFTERSHOCK ARE BOTH GOOD INTO HER. START DSHIELD. SWEEPER IF SHE IS OUTPLAYING YOU IN HER SMOKE TOO OFTEN.
Akali is a problematic matchup for quite a few Darius players but if you understand the champion, it becomes easier. The key to winning an Akali matchup is not taking bad trades and not eating her empowered autoattacks for free. Don’t take trades level 1 that go beyond just a simple Q, as she can chunk you out to the point where you can’t even fight back anymore. Level 2 is where the tides turn, as you get access to one of your CC abilities that let you hold her in place. Akali only beats you in an all in if she is able to kite you so stick to her and kill her. Don’t miss your own Qs. If you have an idea of the Akali Q range, you can time it as she goes in so that you both get hit. And since your Q is stronger, you will win the trade. Unless you are aiming to all in and kill her, and KNOW that you can do so, don’t fight in or around her smoke. Make sure she has to walk out quite a bit if she wants to damage you further. This way you can trade back. Another plus of playing Darius is that your bleed ticks, show you where the Akali is when she is invisible. If you are on low ping and are good at predicting, you can effectively cancel all of Akali’s dashes with your E. You can even cancel her ultimate’s damage if you pull her before she reaches you. The easiest dash to cancel will be her shuriken jump. Doing that will immediately destroy her. Her level 6 powerspike is STAGGERING. She can straight up kill you from full HP with her ultimate. Try not to fuck around with her too much when you're low hp at this point. DO NOT lose lane to her, as a fed Akali is going to be a nightmare to face. She will be able to kill you with ease, even if you are under turret. If you do lose lane, try to pick up CS under turret without being poked down too much from her. Conqueror is my go to but Aftershock is an excellent choice for a more secure lane, as it neutralizes her burst. Do not underestimate her when you have a few kills on her, as her damage is crazy high either way. If you are getting unbelievably stomped, then you should invest in some early MR options. Negatron Cloak is a VERY solid buy as its a lot of MR for very cheap and it builds into FoN later on. ”
“Never trade with Akali while her shroud is up! Your poison will reveal her location, so keep an eye on where her silhouette appears so you can avoid her gap close to trade with her. Unlike when she was first released, she is no longer unstoppable. You will have enough time to throw out a (Q) or (E) before she hides again within her shroud. You can use minions to body block her (E) shuriken. She can also use it to dash over walls and gain distance from you. Do not let her land this or you will LOSE the trade immediately. You must try your best to side step or bait her (E) before trading while her shroud is down! Her sustain is worse than it was in Season 10.
“ Turn on Attack Champions Only when engaging so you don't waste you W on a minion when she shrouds. She has better burst than you so you lose your usual advantage when both targets are low HP. Early on, don't fear her poke way too much as it melts her energy. At level three, engage her when her energy is low and ”
“Level 1 all-in. You can tank one Q hit, do not get hit by 2 Qs though. Let Akali push into you and try freeze the wave, this will make it hard for her to trade into you. Try your best to do short trades until you can all-in her. Q>W>AA and E>Q>Q out is a trade she can't really trade back into.
You can all-in her at level 6 when she is around 60% hp.
Getting an early oracle lense is always an option to keep track of her in her shroud (W). ”
“Do not fight her when she is in her shroud. Try to bait out the shroud and fight her when it is down. Riposte the empower aa after her Q as it does the most damage and is one of the only abilities that is predictable.”
“Bate out her Q, when shes low on energy all in, if she doesn't get any early Kills you can just control the lane early on, keep in mind damage adds up quick and she will try to widdle you down, landing W's goes a long way in this match up, like most champs she really gets a edge over you at level 6 and if your even she maintains that advantage until about level 9, gold or level differences can fix that thou.
I would take Pta into this match up personally, or grasp. She can smoke you out of longer trades and you dont want to let her get to 6 easy playing comet.
Dorans shield, dorans blade, or corrupting pot are all viable.”
“Akali can be a pain to play against, but she can't cast her E or R whilst standing on your W. She can be solo killed if you can tank her damage but is easy enough to play against as you outdamage her early with your E. Most Akali's outplay themselves but if given the chance to combo you, it's hard not to die.”
“GP wins early, but once Akali gets some item components and her ult she becomes a greater threat.”
“Akali is a very annoying matchup to fight. The changes have added counterplay but if you don't pay attention, she can chunk you out very easily. Don't let her hit her empowere autos. It is too much damage. Later on, you need to start punishing her. Try to save your Es, as you will need them to stop her from getting away as she is VERY slippery. In an all in, you do win as long as you hit your Qs and keep close to her with your passive. Overall, Rylai's makes this matchup much easier so wait for that. It might be a bug but he shroud doesn't go away in Mordekaiser ultimate. The stats are still useful though.”
“Lane can be cruel as AD Neeko. Hard to trade vs Akali in lane. Building defensive will not help vs Akali. Lane is winnable if you can spam your w passive on her.”