Champion Notes: Lissandra, The Ice Witch!

Champion Notes: Lissandra, The Ice Witch! 

Today we cover the most chilling champion in the game, Lissandra!  Lissandra is a high control mage with decent burst and built in protection.  She can be very tough to drop and can kite melee for days.  But she suffers from short range compared to other mages.  Overall she is a chilling champion to face and worth becoming a champion for you to learn. 

Stats, Abilities, Ratio's Numbers:


  • Simple passive.  Free spells are good!  
  • Lissandra is very mana efficient.  Only her E, Glacial Path, has a scaling mana cost.  All her other abilities have a flat mana cost at all levels.  
  • Lissandra gets a lot of free harass from her passive.  Melee champions that do not have sustain are at Lissandra's mercy in lane.  Unlike ranged, they simply have a much harder time dodging Lissandra's abilities.  
  • The visual effect that her passive is ready is very subtle.  Her "V" headress starts to shine when you get a free spell.  
  • The second effect of her passive to get more spells is not always noticeable, but with blue buff and some CDR, she can basically spam spells all day long.   


Ice Shard

  • Lissandra's basic damage and farming tool. 
  • Whether hit by the projectile or the broken shards, they all take the same damage. 
  • The projectile range on this ability is extremely short, almost as long as her AA range.
  • The shards break upon hitting a target and travel further.  This can make it easy for Lissandra to harass an enemy laner trying to hide behind minions. 
  • Please note that the breaking into shards does not really extend the range of the ability. 
  • The slow is not really noticeable until higher levels of the ability. 
  • Having an innate slow gives a lot of synergy with Liandry's Torment.  Combined with the short CD gives Lissandra more sustained damage than you would think she would have. 
  • Pretty much always maxed first. 


Ring of Frost

  • Ever played a mage in World of Warcraft?  Then you know what this ability does. 
  • The AOE on this skill is rather small.  To use it, and most of Lissandra's kit, you need to be rather close. 
  • When combined with her other abilities, you can basically dive into the enemy team, root them, entomb yourself (or the enemy) and start the fight off in your favor. 
  • When combined with her E, you easily set up ganks for your jungler.  Ganking a Lissandra lane is very easy.  
  • Usually maxed second.
  • I wish it did more damage to match the great sound effect. 


Glacial Path

  • Lissandra's teleport.  The claw is very slow moving but it moves very far. 
  • Because of the slow moving claw, do not double tap E quickly.  Be sure to train yourself to give it a second for the claw to travel before you press E. 
  • The damage on this spell is largely secondary to the fact it is an amazing movement tool. 
  • Diving into the enemy team is also a valid choice of this skill.  Just be careful when you do it! 

Frozen Tomb

  • Lissandra's Ultimate.  At first it seems rather unimpressive but it is a great ultimate.  
  • The first option is to target an an enemy and it stuns them.  An instant, high damage stun is hard to call anything but good.  Add to that the AOE magic damage and slow for a powerful ultimate.   
  • The second option is to entomb yourself and make yourself invulnerable, but still having the ice come out.  The use for this version of the ultimate is multifaceted.  You can ult yourself to stop ignite, karthus ult, zed ult, vlad ult....Basically it is a Zhonya's hourglass option.  Not bad huh?  
  • Another way to use it is like how Kennen or Morgana would use theirs.  Dive right into the enemy team, hit W, hit R and start the team fight.  


General Notes:

  •  Lissandra loves non-gap closing melee.  If the enemy team is something like Shyvana, Udyr, Warwick, Singed, or Trundle.  Lissandra gets even stronger.  Her suite of slows, roots, stun and teleport make her all but untouchable.  
  • Ganking for Lissandra is easy.  Her ulitmate, teleport and root make the ganks as easy as can be.  She has all the CC needed.  
  • Conversely, ganking Lissandra can be tough.  The same things that make ganking for her easy, make ganking her difficult.  Her long range teleport alone is infuriating.  
  • Diving Lissandra is often times a bad idea.  She can stun you or make herself invulnerable.  
  • Lissandra does well against champions that have delayed damage effects and non-gap closing melee.  Singed is a good example of someone I would pick Lissandra against in lane. 
  • Her Q is a great skill, if short range.  Lissandra's wave clear is pretty good.  Her harass is difficult to avoid if the target is in range.  Hitting a minion is often times easier to land the harass as the breaking shards cover a wider area than the base projectile. 
  • Lissandra is an odd champion that could go for a utility build or a bust mage build.  I believe she should be built more utility based like Orianna, but a DFG, Deathcap, Lichbane build would work with her.  You can dive in and blow up a target very well with Lissandra's mobility. 
  • Her overall burst is not amazing.  Do not play her expecting to just melt people (she encases them!).  But the overall influence she has on movement is phenomenal. 


She might be a frigid witch, but she can be made cute!

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  • #32 dumbitdownjr

    I was playing kog against lissandra. She wrecked me, she used her tele to get to me, rooted me and that made for and easy q and used r on me and that would kill me. I think She fills the spot of a anti carry also. Her ult is devistating enough used on a carry.

    Last edited by dumbitdownjr: 7/11/2013 1:42:21 PM
  • #33 Emeraldw

    Absolutely!  An instant stun can certainly work for that.  Just be sure to have Zhonya's if you do it.  Your more than likely in the middle of their team. 

  • #22 Cerbereth

    Does she have a high skill cap or is she weak, because I haven't seen any good Lissandra players?

  • #23 Emeraldw

    Skill cap.  She has a lot of good uses.  I would compare her to Twisted Fate. Her biggest strengths are more useful in ranked 5's but they work in Solo Que too. 

  • #26 Cerbereth

    Thanks I have been curious about her since I don't see her a lot. I think I am going to pick her up since I need someone I can pick into Fizz, Zed, Khazix, Twisted Fate and Talon. I am not sure about Talon, but it looks like she wins vs the others. Basically I need someone to absorb the anti mage picks while I pick Viktor into more conventional enemy mids.  I only need 500 more ip to unlock her :)

  • #28 Emeraldw

    You have a lot of Single Target Assassins in your roster.  Zed/talon/Kha'zix are all in the same boat.  Someone like Lissandra, Orianna, Morgana would help round out the roster.  Those champions snowball hard, but control mages have the added advantage of always being useful.  Assassins are only useful if they are ahead really. 

  • #29 Cerbereth

    No I don't play those champions I was saying that I need someone to counter those champions since I come across them a lot. My mid laners are Evelynn and Viktor. I was wondering about the permissibility of using Lissandra against assassins while I play Viktor and Evelynn against more conventional mids. 

  • #30 Emeraldw

    Oh, my bad.  Lissandra does well against those mids.  The only one that might really scare me is Diana.  But she eats a lot of mid mages.  Thankfully, she has no escapes to get away from ganks.  Bad trait against Lissandra. 

  • #31 Cerbereth

    Thanks for all the help. I unlocked her, but I haven't gotten a chance to use her yet.

    I'm not overly worried about Diana as I have had really good matches using Viktor against her. The matchup either tilts in Viktor's favor or they weren't quite sure how to approach Viktor. The gravity field really helps against her. I'm always a fan of your champion notes articles.

  • #19 Basinator

    How is her status in top lane, actually?

    In general, I am assuming she is very strong vs the same team comps Ashe is strong vs? Basically no gap closers in enemy team (hard melees like Garen, Udry, Sion....)

  • #20 Cyrodilian

    Well Extinkt destroyed EG with a top lane Lissandra in the LCS last week. I'm not sure where this idea that she is only strong vs non gap closer type teams comes from. It seems to me one of the great things she brings is the ability to survive gap closing initiations and still be useful. She also one of the best initiators among AP mids. You've got a teleport that gets you to the enemy team and a zhonyas when they close on you. Quite a few Korean teams have used Diana's ultimate into zhonyas as their fight initiation, Liss doesn't even need to buy a zhonyas to do the same. Forellenlord has been incredibly successful in LCS performing this role with Liss, some examples here:

  • #24 Emeraldw

    Lissandra has issues with champions with sustain.  She is designed to poke and they will just heal through the steady damage.  Tryndamere is a good example of a bad lane match-up.  He will heal through the damage and then turn on you with his spin.  

  • #15 assault_sloth

    Lissandra is a piece of crap. I strongly recommend picking a viable champion like Diana, Ahri or Zed instead.

  • #17 Emeraldw

    How is Lissandra bad?  She even has a good match-up against Ahri and Zed.  Diana I don't know, but many mages do not have have a good match-up against her. 

  • #21 Benegesserit

    How can she have a good matchup vs ahri with her sustain and Liss's horrible damage (meaning she loses trades)

  • #25 Emeraldw

    Trades in mid lane are different than trades elsewhere.  More often trades can end up being "free" or "I hit you and you die."  Lissandra is very good at not dying.  Ahri abuses people with skill shots and Liss only really has one.  Liss also has an instant sun and a teleport to fall back.  So I am not really sure the sustain makes a difference, Ahri's sustain is a thing but not a defining feature.  As for her damage, I disagree.  How much damage do you really need if you stun lock for a gank?   

    Lissandra doesn't destroy lanes like Cassopeia or Leblanc.  But she doesn't really lose lanes either. 

  • #27 Cyrodilian

    This - she's a really solid laner, and her utility more than makes up for her relative lack of burst compared to LB etc. She's a little like Orianna or Morgana (not in playstyle to be clear), you pick them because they combine damage and utility. To compare her with Ahri. Ahri is likely to have more pure damage but low utility (other than her charm she has none) whereas Lissandra will bring more utility and initiation ability but with slightly lower burst. All I can say is that she would not be such a popular pick with EU LCS mid laners if she was weak, she just needs to be used correctly.

  • #34 Benegesserit

    Except her charm is one of the strongest utility spells in the game. An AP mid with a taunt?

  • #35 Emeraldw

    Wukong has an AOE knock-up, but I would not call Wukong a utility powerhouse.

  • #36 Cyrodilian

    Which is why I said (other than her charm) -  read the post. The fact remains that Ahri's utility is lower than that of Lissandra, who has a teleport, a free zhonyas or a high damage stun, which she can combine with aoe damage. Having less utility doesn't make Ahri weaker it just requires that she is used differently in a team comp. You aren't going to see Ahri initiating teamfights by porting into the middle of the enemy team, whereas Liss is quite capable of this

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