Tristana is a very fun Ranged AD Carry who has been in League since the very beginning. She has very strong and deadly burst early game and she is ALSO one of the scariest (if not the scariest) champions late game.
Barrier: A very powerful summoner spell on all AD carries and on slippery champions. Obviously you should use it to reduce the amount of damage you are taking. Since the shield only lasts 2 seconds, try to use it right before you think you will take a lot of damage. It's great to have defensive spells like Barrier on AD carries to ensure you can stay alive and you can keep doing damage. It's also amazing to bait enemies.
Cleanse: A very good pick when facing heavy CC teams (especially when laning against an heavy CC support like Leona or Taric). It DOES remove any enemy Exhaust or Ignite so make sure you remember that in the laning phase. I'll take this over Barrier if I see that the enemy team is just too heavy on CC.
Ignite: Ignite is a powerful spell to pick up cheesy kills in the laning phase. The extra damage it adds to your burst combo is very often unexpected and can get you some easy kills. Make sure you use Ignite BEFORE an enemy uses any form of healing. It can be okay to get one offensive summoner spell on Tristana instead of Barrier if you know it will be worth it. If you're in doubt, stick to Barrier.
On a side note: Yes, you CAN take Barrier AND Ignite together for ultimate laning domination. However, you should make sure that you able to play without Flash (you will have to be extremely careful about your position during the game). I do not recommend this to new players.
Exhaust: One of the best summoner spells for bot lane. It's great to win 1v1 against the enemy ranged AD carry and to slow down the enemy jungler so he can't hit you with his red buff. It also scales very well into late game. You can get Exhaust instead of Ignite if you see that the enemy team has many big AD threats but ususlly your support will take Exhaust already so it won't be necessary that you take it.
-Other summoner spells.
Increases Tristana's attack range by 9 every time she levels. At level 18, Tristana has 153 bonus range on her autoattacks and her Explosive Shot (703 maximum range).
Don't spam this ability too much. Really, just use it when you need it. Tristana has kind of low mana pool so yeah, save your mana.
I don't get this ability until level 8 because attack speed is nearly pointless early game. Your Attack damage, Crit chance and Armor Penetration are all very low and Rapid fire will not increase your damage per second so much. Also, 30% attack speed is not worth 50 mana early game.
Since the most recent patch, Rapid Fire has no mana cost! This wouldn't justify maxing it FIRST but it certainly justifies putting a point in it at level 4 :D!
As soon as you will start getting big damage items, this ability becomes incredibly good. Max it second.
Tristana fires at the ground to propel herself to target location, dealing 70 / 115 / 160 / 205 / 250 (+80% of ability power) magic damage and slowing surrounding units by 60% for 2.5 seconds when she lands. On a champion kill or assist, Rocket Jump's cooldown resets.
Even though it is truly amazing to escape bad situations, this spell SHOULD also be used offensively. You can use it as a gap-closer. Unless you max this ability first (which can make your burst rather impressive), the damage this ability will do won't be very powerful during most of the game so you should really be saving it for the jump and slow effect.
The extra damage you get from every rank is really good and every rank also lowers the cooldown of this ability so maxing it first isn't a terrible idea. However, to make use of the damage, you need to jump on enemies and you won't be doing that everytime the spell is up so maxing E first gives more consistent damage.
*Important Note*: Especially on AD Tristana, make sure you don't put yourself in trouble when you use this. If you see 5 people, please contain your urge to jump in them. Try to initiate fights the least you can. Only jump on 1 or MAYBE 2 enemies at a time, only if you know that you are going to kill them. Alright? Let your tank/support initiate and be careful, it's very easy to get yourself in trouble with this ability... When in doubt, don't jump.
Passive: Enemies explode when slain by Tristana's basic attacks, dealing 50 / 75 / 100 / 125 / 150 (+25% of ability power) magic damage to nearby enemies.
Active: Explosive Shot rends the target enemy, reducing healing and health regeneration by 50% and dealing 110 / 150 / 190 / 230 / 270 (+100% of ability power) magic damage over 5 seconds..
Another reason why this skill is great is because it reduces enemy healing by 50%. That's really powerful against champions such as Soraka that are based on healing, this ability will counter them really well. It even cuts the effectiveness of an Health Potion by half so make sure you use it on enemies that are healing!
In lane, you should try to use this ability as much as you can on the enemies to put some pressure on them. Try to always at least autoattack once after everytime you cast Explosive Shot. It's easy and the damage quickly adds up :P.
Also, the passive on this ability should not be forgotten at all. Every time you kill a minion, the whole minion wave is also damaged. This means:
Tristana fires a massive cannonball at an enemy unit. This deals 300 / 400 / 500 (+150% of ability power) magic damage and knocks surrounding units back 600 / 800 / 1000 distance
You can use this to:*Be careful* Don't use this spell to finish off an enemy unless you are really sure that it will kill him. Unlike AP Tristana, you can't rely on Explosive Shot and Ignite to finish off your enemy. Your teammates will hate you if you save an enemy with this.
Ahh, the Ranged AD carry items... Ranged AD carries are Glass Cannons. That means they deal a lot of damage, but they are also extremely vulnerable and easy to kill. Since Tristana has insane range and two ways to escape an enemy, she can make sure no one ever lays an hand over her. It is a good idea to build straight damage on Ranged AD carries but some defense is always welcomed.
There are 3 ''main'' ways to build Tristana that I have listed. Which one you want to use is a matter of preference really.
Keypoints to remember for early game:
If you don't know what last hitting is already, it's autoattacking minions only to kill them. That way you will not push your lane too much (pushing your lane means you will get ganked) and you will get the most gold possible.
Your lanemate will not steal any of your CS (Creep Score, also known as minions) if he has any clue on how to play this game. If he tries to kill the minions OR (even worse) if he keeps autoattacking minions mindlessly, tell him to stop. As a Ranged AD carry you NEED the farm to be effective.
Early game is also the part where people will underestimate Tristana. You must not! Her damage output early is scary. Harass with Explosive Shot + autoattack everytime you can, autoattack the enemies whenever they get in your range.
If they get below 50% HP. Do not hesitate. Ping your target, jump on him with Rocket Jump, use Explosive Shot on him while you are in the air. That way you will prevent the enemy support from healing himself/his ally. Then autoattack your enemy to death.
The main point of early game is to farm though. If you have to choose between farming and harassing, choose farming.
-Winning your lane and killing enemy champions.
-Controlling Dragon with the help of your jungler.
I really insist on farming and controlling dragon though. Dragon is a very important quest. Each time your team kills it, each member of your team gets 200 gold. 200 gold X 5 =1000 Global Gold. That is a little more than 3 champion kills!
Other than that, get your CS (creep score) up to the roof!
Or if you are getting fed because your enemies are not as good as you, then keep on killing them/denying them XP and Gold. Or gank a lane to help other lanes if you are THAT fed.
All you have to do now is stay with your team and either:
-Push a Lane
-Roam as a team (catch enemies in 1 v5 situations)
Your behavior in a teamfight is very often what shows if you are either a bad, good or amazing player.
The most common misconception is that you should always focus the enemy carries on the enemy team no matter what because they are the most dangerous ones. This is wrong, especially when you are playing ADC. It can get you killed many times. Charging into an entire enemy team just to get one or two hits on the enemy carry before dying is NOT a good idea.
Unless the enemy AD or AP carry is reaaally out of position, as an AD carry you need to hit whoever is closest to you.
In most cases, the closest champions will be enemy anti-carries bruisers or tanks like Irelia or Amumu. Despite what noobs/ragers on your team might say, if the tank is all that's in your range, then there's no harm in focusing on the tank.
Remember, your goals are to :
The wording used for this section of the guide was heavily influenced by Astrolia's Miss Fortune guide :).
I will be adding more as I think of them! :D
-Using a clutch Barrier when a ranged enemy is chasing you and is trying to finish you off :
If you save your Barrier, you can use it just right before (and by that I mean like, 0.5 seconds before it hits you) the last enemy autoattack or enemy spell was going to kill you. Why would you do this you say? Because most players will immediately back off after they send out the fatal autoattack/spell that they think will kill you. If they start backing off and you pop Barrier and save yourself, there is a good chance that the enemy will not turn around again to chase you any further. They will give up and you will get away safe. There's also a good chance they'll express their anger in the all chat afterwards :P.
-Move between autoattacks. Really, this will separate a noob AD carry from a good AD carry.
Here is a short video that explains the basics of moving and attacking very well:
Basically, you don't want to right click an enemy and wait. You want to move in between each attack. Moving between autoattacks will make your life much better. This applies to every single champ, even AP carries and Melee champions.
-Bait enemies. If your jungler is nearby and he wants to gank, don't wait for him to initiate. Fight the enemy, lure them towards you, they will blow their spells and summoner spells to fight you and THEN your jungler comes in and the rapefest begins.
-Do not go too far in your lane unless your lane is really warded like a pro. Putting a ward at dragon only is not enough, junglers can still go through the tribush or can even lane gank. Always watch your map to see if the jungler is MIA. Map awareness is key to gold and platinum.
Since I got asked to....
If you have LoLReplay, you can click on the links and download the replays to see me playing AD Tristana! Get some popcorn! Seriously though, watching replays will make you learn quickly and efficiently.
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First and only game I have for you guys yet :P. Me and Leona do some aggressive plays and rape our lane pretty hard :D. Then we proceed to carry the game with the help of our team.