Fiddlesticks Build Guide

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Fiddlesticks, the fearful drainer

written by Peled

Fiddlesticks Build

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

    I'm Peled and have been playing this game for quite a while now.This is my first guide, but I plan on updating it frequently. I currently have 590 total games played, 107 of which are with Fiddlesticks. You may be thinking, "thats only 18% of your games, why should I read this?" Fiddlesticks is my most played champion and is the champion that I get the most complaments on. So I figured I would make a guide on him while I wait for the servers to get back up. I recommend you read the full guide so you will get the reasons I selected what I did and able to use the information correctly.

    League of Legends version:

  • Base Stats

    Health: 390+80/lvl
    Mana: 251+59/lvl
    Move Speed: 300
    Armor: 5.25+3/lvl
    Magic Resistance: 35
    Critical Strike: 1.75+.25/lvl
    Health Regen: .92+.12/lvl
    Mana Regen: .88+.09/lvl

  • Abilities

    (passive)Nearby enemy champions have their magic resistancereduced by 10.

    This ability makes you able to hit 9% harder right off the bat.

    [Q]Strikes a target unit with fear, causing it to flee in terror for a duration. Strikes a target enemy unit with fear, causing it to flee in terror for 1/1.5/2/2.5/3 second(s).

    (This ability allows you to have a good say in the result of the game. It is
    essential in team fights and allows you to drain for a whole 3 seconds
    without interruption. The downside of the spell is that it has a short range,
    so stay in bushes when encountering a ranged champion.)

    Cooldown: 13 seconds
    Mana Cost: 65/85/105/125/145
    Range: 525

    [W]Fiddlesticks saps the life force of an enemy, dealing damage while healing himself. Drains 50/75/100/130/160 (+0.4) health each second from target unit and gives it to Fiddlesticks.Lasts up to 6 seconds.

    (This is the ability that this build revovles around. The amazing damage and life gain makes fiddle almost unkillable 1v1. This ability will be almost spammable due to the masteries I have included and the golem buff at which you should always have. This ability has a short range, but you must run far to get out of it. It even has the power to keep draining after your opponent has gone invisible. The only downside is it is a channel and can be interrupted easily.)

    Cooldown: 12 seconds
    Mana Cost: 80/100/120/140/160
    Range: 450

    Dark Wind
    [E]A wisp of wind strikes an enemy unit and then bounces to nearby enemy units, dealing damage and silencing the victims. Strikes an enemy target and then bounces to a nearby enemy unit. Deals 100 (+0.35) magic damage and silences for 1.5 sec for each strike.Can bounce up to 3/5/7/9/11 times and may strike the same target multiple

    (This ability is not much used in my build. In fact, it isn't even acquired until level 13. The only use in using this is to farm creeps or to do an emergency silence when your terrify is on cooldown. It is also helpful to use on enemy champions who have purchased banshee's veil because it will remove it, allowing you to terrify.)

    Cooldown: 15 seconds
    Mana Cost: 50/70/90/110/130
    Range: 600

    [R]A murder of crows flock wildly around Fiddlesticks, dealing damage each second to all enemy units in the area. A murder of crows flock wildly around Fiddlesticks for 5 seconds, dealing 150/250/350 (+0.4) magic damage each second to all enemy units in the area. This has a 2 second channel duration and teleports Fiddlesticks
    to target location.

    (You should always get a kill when this ability is up. This in combination with terrify, drain, flash, and exhaust can get you a sure kill or more if correctly executed on the correct people. You should, although, save this for team fights late game.)

    Cooldown: 150 seconds
    Mana Cost: 200/300/400
    Range: 800

  • Pros / Cons

    Pros of Drain Build:

    This build allows for survivability and heavy damage if the opponent is close. It is most effecient 1v1 or when you have a partner helping you. Even though it is not as dependant as a Dark Wind build, it helps to have teamates around to finish the kill due to the fact they can run out of the Drain and return to attack.

    Cons of Drain Build:

    Your Drain is affected by healing reducing effects. Be aware of champions with a healing reducing spell, Ignite, or Executioner's Calling. Your main ability is a channel, which means you will need to be aware of which champions have an interrupt.

  • Goals

    Your goal is to have your enemy to have as little magic resistance as possible with you having as much ability power as possible without sacraficing survivability.

  • Combos

    Combos are combination of abilities in certain orders. Combos make champions good and lucky for us this build allows for many combos.

    Terrify/ Drain: You cast Terrify then Drain right after to have 3 seconds of uninterrupted draining. (This is your most common combo, mainly because it has a short cooldown and can be used often. You want to do this everytime you cast Drain. You can use Flash to get to someone surprisingly, but only use Flash when you are level 1-5 and the enemy has low health.)

    Terrify/ Drain/ Exhaust: With this you do the same as the Terrify/Drain combo but with a twist at the end. You cast Terrify and then Drain right after, then watch carefully to see when the Terrify is up and cast Exhaust when the Terrify is gone, allowing for even further amount of draining.(You want to do this only at levels 1-5 to save your Exhaust for Crowstorm to get a multi-kill. Same goes for Flash, only use Flash to get there when your 1-5.)

    Crowstorm/ Terrify/ Drain/ Exhaust: This takes some practice but is deadly when executed correctly. You want to start out in a brush or behind a wall so they do not see you charging your Crowstorm. Crowstorm on top of the enemy champion or where you anticipate them to go after your charge is complete. If you miss, use your Flash immediately to correct yourself then immediately use your Terrify and your Drain thereafter. If there is another champion that you feel you can kill with your Crowstorm alone. use Exhaust on him while you Drain the more challenging champion.

  • Good Laning Partners

    Anyone that cant keep the enemy near you. A good Blitzcrank pull then a Terrify/Drain combo can be deadly. Mid game, an Amumu ultimate in combination with Fiddlestick's ultimate can be deadly. Alistar, Udyr, Rammus, Singe, and Nunu can also be good partners.

  • Masteries

  • Summoner Spells

    Summoner spells are very important to fiddlesticks because they can almost assure a kill. I strongly believe Flash and Exhaust are the only spells a drain Fiddlesticks should use.

  • Runes

    Greater Mark of Force
    Greater Seal of Force
    Greater Glyph of Force
    Greater Quintessence of Force

    Full ability power per level runes. Only other alternatetive for a caster champion would consider is magic penetration runes (there are exceptions), but this is covered in the build and their is no reason to have any more spell penetration due to the fact that it does not go negetive. Only your passive and Abysal Scepter contribute to the oppenent's negetive magical resistance.

  • Spell Order

    And if that is too hard to read...

    1. [W] Drain
    2. [Q] Terrify
    3. [W] Drain
    4. [Q] Terrify
    5. [W] Drain
    6. [R] Crowstorm
    7. [W] Drain
    8. [Q] Terrify
    9. [W] Drain
    10. [Q] Terrify
    11. [R] Crowstorm
    12. [Q] Dark Wind
    13. [E] Dark Wind
    14. [E] Dark Wind
    15. [E] Dark Wind
    16. [R] Crowstorm
    17. [E] Dark Wind
    18. [E] Dark Wind

  • Item Build

    I made an image to make it easier to refer.

    -Total Cost:
    -----Build with Banshee's Veil and Abysal Scepter: 12732
    -----Build with Banshee's Veil: 13227
    -----Build without Banshee's Veil: 13162

  • Formulas

    Enemy Magic resistance formula (with Abysal Scepter):
    ------If enemy resistance > 30 then
    -----------Enemy resistance - (30 + ((Enemy resistance - 30) * .15) + 40)
    -----------(If the answer is negative, there resistance is 0)
    -----------Enemy resistance - 30
    % Reduction Formula:
    ------Enemy resistance / ( |Enemy resistance| + 100)
    So how hard will I hit?
    ------S= How hard your spell says it will hit.
    ------E = The enemies current resistance without your debuff on them
    ------If they have 78 magic resist or more then
    ------If they have 30 - 77 magic resist then
    ------If they have less than 30 resist then

    ------Enemy resistance = 40
    ------Spell = 150
    -----------You will hit for 75
    ------Enemy resistance = 140
    ------Spell = 150
    -----------You will hit for 49
    ------Enemy resistance = 20
    ------Spell = 150
    -----------You will hit for 82

  • Early Game

    Try to get as many creep kills as possible. Try to work with your teamate to get an early kill. Use your combo's with your summoner spells to execute an enemy that gets in range. If your health gets low, Drain a cannon minion. If your health is too low to stay, Drain a neutral minion. Never return to base unless your health and mana both are low. Be sure to tell your teamate you are returning to town. Call mia's and don't die.

  • Mid Game

    Ganking time. Blue pill back to town and get your items, then look for easy targets. Easy targets are groups of 2 or more that are bunched together and do not consist of alistar or tristana because they can push you away from the group. Once you find your targets, cruise threw the jungle secretly until you reach a wall in between you and your targets. Then use your Crowstorm combos. Make sure to communicate with your teamates so they know you are going in for a kill and they may be able to help you. Do this everytime your ult is up. Start getting golem buff so it is up more often.

  • End Game

    Your team should start grouping up if they haven't already. Now it is all about team fights. Silence you enemy with Dark Wind, use your Terrify to interrupt important channels, and save your Crowstorm for big team fights. Get the golem buff any chance you get. Play smart and don't wonder off.

  • Comments

    I encourage all critizm and corrections. I will try to update this as much as possible. My item build is different in the screenshot because I don't believe in a single item build. It depends on who you are facing and adapt. This guide does give the most common items I used for Drain Fiddlesticks.
    Hope this helped.

  • Credits

    TiberiusAudley for the resistance to % formula.
    Stumpster for the magical resistance subtract order.
    Umbrage for spotting errors

  • Images

  • Videos

    Just some clips I threw together from some of the games today.

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