“TL;DR - SKILL MATCHUP IN YOUR FAVOUR. DODGE HER STUN. DON’T FIGHT HER WHEN HER PASSIVE IS STACKED. DON’T FIGHT HER NEAR TOO MANY FRIENDLY MINIONS. TRY TO LAND YOUR Q. CONQUEROR IS A MUST. AFTERSHOCK IS OKAY IF YOU ARE SURE YOU CAN LAND YOUR HOOKS.
Irelia is not too difficult of a matchup. She cannot quite stand up to you in lane in all ins and, unless she takes ignite, the lane should be yours to take over. This is a very snowbally lane so try not to die to her. And if you do, try not to die any more, because Irelia can be a teamfighting monster who can obliterate your backline. When fighting her, there are 2 things you should try to be mindful of. The biggest thing is Irelia’s passive. Try to make sure not to fight her when she has it stacked up fully OR when she has the means to stack it up VERY quickly (basically, a bunch of low health minions for her to Q between). The second thing that is even more important is dodging her stun. If Irelia has her passive AND she lands her stun on you, there is nothing you can do to prevent death. If only ONE of those things is true (basically she lands her stun but starts from no passive stacks OR she has her stacks but missed her stun) then the winner of the fight will be the better player. It is worth it to flash her stun at times but ghost will allow you to dodge it easily. Try to understand what an Irelia is going to go for. If you have a low hp minion near you, and Irelia walks in range, you can prime your E to cancel her Q. This is INCREDIBLY difficult and you need to actually play Irelia as well as Darius in order to do this consistently but If you manage to cancel her Q, you basically insta win the fight. Conqueror is a MUST against Irelia, as you need to out fight her. Don’t just stand next to her and let her auto you, as she has more DPS than you thanks to her passive. Kite her, going in to AA and use your abilities. Try to make sure you land your Qs on her, as it will be very tricky when she has her Q up. One trick to do this is E and then immediately go for the Q. You should have enough time to land your Q on her before she can get in a position to avoid it.”
“Maxing (Q) is your best bet, however, late game this becomes less effective simply due to her gap close chase and lock downs which tends to be impossible to avoid. It's a pain, especially with the new BOTRK build they tend to go for. If they do end up going BOTRK you can sort of get around it by building Ninja Tabi. Try your best to close out the game before late game arrives. She is a monster later in the game. Early game it's all about avoiding her stun and staying away from low HP minions so she can not dash through them to you with a stun. If you get hit by her (R) don't touch the blades. Flash / sidestep her ultimate.”
“I recommend letting her push early on. You can harass her whenever she goes in close with her dash on ranged minions using your Q - it should be pretty easy to predict when she'll dash to the minion. Once Irelia's passive is stacked, you should be very wary of taking trades with her as it is very strong once stacked. She'll be able to stack her passive on minions, so I don't recommend getting close to minions that are low health, especially your melee minions - you can still harass from range with Q. The main way you beat her early on is through short trades with Q and E as well as by dodging her stun and ultimate. Even if you can't dodge her stun every time, you can disengage most of the time by using Q and W. Irelia does better in trades than Kayle early on because of her mobility and ability to get out after trading, making it hard for you to trade back. Late game, your main priority in fighting her is dodging her E and ultimate.”
“Be careful against Irelia's level 1 and 2 as her auto attack range is really high and most of them try to all in at level 2 especially if they can hit their E, you always want to pay attention to Irelia's stacks from her Q and do not trade when she has a high amount of stacks, you'll also want to punish her with Q's and auto attacks whenever she goes to Q a minion, you can also predict this and E to a minion you think she is going to Q to which can be good if you want a kill, although this can be risky if she doesn't Q then your E will be on cooldown for a bit and you have to play safe, overall most irelias are the same they try to push in once they get tiamat and they try to all in with ultimate at 6 after they get a few passive stacks, Irelia is never really an issue for me as Urgot unless she somehow gets fed.”
“Another matchup that can snowball if you let her free farm or play to scared, play around her W and her E as much as you can. Watch your minions hp to predict if she is going to Q to that minion and try to Q her everytime she does that. When she activates W try to backout and then all in once it's over. Also if she get's a bork do not fight her. You outscale her in teamfights very hard.”
“Irelia is quite weak early game. Abuse that fact and trade her as much as possible, because after trinity force, she can start to hurt a little. You can block her stun and her ultimate with your windwall. If she's playing too aggressive and winning most of the trades, rush tabis first item. If you can manage to dodge her stun and outtrade her, go for PD first item.”
“Very mobile and has the advantage in early fights. She wants to fight extended trades and will hard push her lane to open an engage. Dodge her stun with your dash in combat to avoid getting marked. Stay away from minions when trying to escape trades unless you are using them for your E. She can get infinite dashes if she kills her target with Q. Her W block is the counter to your W. You have to outplay it in order to win because Irelia is a stronger champion if all abilities land. You have to dodge two of hers and land all of yours.
“Dodging her E is easy and her Q can be cancelled by your W. When she R's you and Q's onto you, fling her the other way and run through the opening of the R.”
“Difficult lane ban her out so you don't have to vs her.”
“Even with the Range advantage Neeko has over Irelia; She can still all in with her E (the stun) to kill you easily in lane pre 6. Her ultimate just makes it worse, i recommend rushing ninja tabi vs Irelia. The lane is still winnable as Neeko, Just make sure you can dodge the stun and keep your distance.”