“TL;DR - SKILL MATCHUP. GENERATE A LEAD PRE-6. TRY TO NOT GET HIT BY HER E. BRAMBLE VEST WORKS WELL INTO HER. STEELCAPS + BRAMBLE IS GREAT COMBO VS HER. CONQUEROR BEST. AFTERSHOCK IF NOT CONFIDENT. LAND YOUR QS. CAREFUL WHEN FIGHTING HER WITH YOUR JUNGLER.
Illaoi is quite a one dimensional matchup. If she lands her E, she is in a position to kill you. If she misses her E, you are in a position to kill her instead. Against Illaoi, you need to be on your feet as there is going to be a lot of dodging involved. You have to dodge her tentacles if possible and you MUST dodge her E. Especially Post-6, as it will lead to her killing you. Keep in mind that without her ultimate, Illaoi cannot kill you at all. Pre-6, she has no kill potential on you whatsoever. Use this to your advantage to generate as big of a lead as possible. Do not miss your Qs. Bramble vest is a good pick up into Illaoi as it allows you to burst her down without her being able to heal back up using her tentacles. I’d recommend a Dblade start if you can force fights early or a Dshield start if you know that she is going to play passive. Conqueror works wonderfully in this lane but if you need extra help into her, Aftershock is another great option. If she landed her E AND used her ultimate, then just RUN. Take as little damage as possible and RUN unless you are 100% positive you will be able to burst her down before she can start DPSing you. Do not underestimate her ability to destroy you at this stage.”
“Illaoi has to be played through her passive. Keep taking the tentacles out as they grant you (5g) and prevent her from landing chain abilities, like when she uses her ultimate and hits a target nearby. That being said her ult needs to HIT a champion to activate. It's flashable and avoidable if you Zhonya. However, she is a very simple champion to deal with I would suggest learning to bait out her (E) and side step her tentacles (E) combo and her (Q). If you allow her tentacles to remain and they hit you, she will gain sustain for every tentacle that strikes a champion.
“Very overpowered E with very few counterplay options and mico windows to punish her for missing it. Its mana cost is low and its cooldown is very short so it's ultra spam happy. You'll want to either bait out her overpowered E but if you do, she will run away until it comes back. Her E cooldown is extremely short and mana friendly so she can spam it forever. This matchup is annoying because even if you're ahead, she's still a threat with her E. Normally you can zone enemies off, but Illaoi is one that is mostly immune to this because there's nothing between you and her while zoning. You do however have zone power if she missed. You can just farm safely for the most part but it's very normal for her to have more CS than you. ”
“One of the real counters to you! Do not use Conqueror Build for her. Use Exhaust with Poke build.”
“This is a skill matchup that can slightly favor Illaoi. The key to winning this matchup is to dodge the E and if she does land it you need to fight her to stop her from attacking your spirit. Stand behind the spirit and aim your Q infront of it so if she tries to attack it she gets knocked up. When she gets her ult she can be a serious threat, if she does ult, try to wait to fight her until her ult is over. If your jungler comes when she's 6 she could easily 1v2 if you and your jungler are stacked ontop of each other and get hit by her E.”
“Always try to dodge her Qs, but be mindful that her hitbox is busted. Riposte her E or Ult. When she ults, RUN. Dont fight her in her ult. ”
“Major: This lane can go either way depending on who has a lead.
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“If you can dodge her E's you'll go even, if not you're in for a world of hurt. You can bait her into ulting by running right into her most of the time and then running straight past her as she ults, but it's risky business. A few too many tentacles can ruin your lane so always be looking to AA her tentacles to death.”
“For the earlier levels, you pretty much just beat her face in. Ideally, you should be avoiding her E but even if you do, you still stand a decent shot at winning the all in anyway. Just make sure that she doesn't hit both you and your ghost with the same tentacle. Try to dodge them as best as you can. DO NOT FIGHT NEAR AREAS WHERE SHE HAS MULTIPLE TENTACLES SET UP. She WILL murder you. When level 6 rolls around, things change. You basically want to be patient with your ultimate. Yes, it does remove her tentacles but understand that if you ult BEFORE she ults, she will simply ult in Death Realm and still have a way to fight back. There are 2 circumstances where ulting is good. A)AFTER she lands her ghost. Now this might be a bit tricky to do, because good Illaoi players WILL try to predict your ultimate and ult during it. Illaoi is immune to CC during her ult which means that if she ults at the same time as your ult, she will just cancel your ult. You won't get the stats or anything and will just get creamed. The first condition is waiting for her to catch your ghost and then ulting her. This way, she will have her ultimate but Illaoi with just 1 tentacle is weak so you can actually beat her. The other way B) is to ult her AFTER she ults you. This way she is just free food. But it also requires a lot of patience and a bit of mind games. Keep in mind that Illaoi can kill you even when behind 5 kills. If you let her have her tentacles, she will be a threat no matter what.”
“My tips for this matchup:
#1 Start Doran's Blade and run PTA since we are going very agressive early levels, corruption potion is also fine if you're a bit less confident in this matchup or they have an aggressive jungler.#2 Try to be very agressive levels 1-3 because illaoi is not good until she has her full combo skilled and you are strong in these levels.
#3 Stand behind your minions to make it hard for her to land E's on you, if you're out in the open make sure you're constantly moving and trying to sidestep her E, if she misses E then try to go all in to punish her illaoi relives heavily on hitting her E to do anything.
#4 Build executioners calling at some point, usually right after Black Cleaver. #5 Try to force her into teamfights, Illaoi thrives at splitpushing but urgot thrives at teamfighting.
#6 If you know she is going to use her ultimate then try to play right outside the range of it so she doesn't get an extra tentacle on you, this can be especially important if your jungler is ganking for you and you know she is going to ultimate, her ultimate range is about the same as your auto attack range so you can simply step back a little bit to bait it out. #7 You can kill her tentacles with your W very quickly, this is especially useful to know once you're level 9 and have your W maxxed, it is important to note that auto attacking the tentacles and using your W will use your passive proc in that direction, which isn't a big deal later on but can be something to keep in mind early game.”