Anti-Guides: Ezreal


What's the scanner say about how old it gets playing against Ezreal?

The most picked AD Carry. Other  AD Carries being played more at high level have contributed to an increase on non-Ezreal picks (particularly Miss Fortune and Caitlyn), but this guy is still your most common opponent. He is hard to catch, hits from far away, and has the potential to deal AOE damage that slows you about every 2 seconds.

Where you'll see him/her: bottom lane, with rare appearances elsewhere. Appears in over half of all games.

Worst Case Scenario: kills two or three of you before any his teammates die. Assassins or tanks or supports try to cc him and….he’s out.

Annoyance rating: 9

Solo Queue Rating: 8

High-Level rating: 7

Things that are generally good vs. this champion: stuns, Twin Shadows, gap closers, burst, DFG, strong pushing and pushing abilities, mage pokes, Shurelya’s, Sword of the Divine, Lich Bane, Frozen Fist, Frozen Mallet.

Things this champion couldn’t care less about: AOE with no accompanying cc, Banshee’s Veil, champions with a lower movement speed, non-hard CC that doesn’t repeat.  

Items this champion often buys: AD Carry items, usually not IE. Shiv procs off his Q, as does Sheen and its upgrades, most noticeably Iceborn Gauntlet.

Watch out for: counter blinks, where you chase him too much, he pokes you, then you try to run away and he goes back in toward you; being poked out of lane; random ults from offscreen

Lane choices:  with Ezreal, the choices you have for other carries are to outburst, outtrade, or outpoke.  The only carry that traditionally has a hard time with Ezreal is Vayne, because taking even one Q from him means more than it does for other carries. For more on carries, see that “what to do in lane” section below. Miss Fortune and Graves are great counters but you don’t have to go these carries to wreck him.

From the support side, hard cc or great sustain works strongly. The easiest choice is to just go Taric, but Leona, Sona, Soraka, and to a lesser degree Alistar and Zyra are also good choices. Other choices can work depending on the lane, but aren’t necessarily counters, such as Nunu or Lulu

Team choices:

You don’t actually have to have a person that specifically beats Ezreal if you can wreck his front line. This is the rule for any AD Carry. But if you want to pick him off, or have quality ganks on him, you have to really be able to get in or be a person that can burst or stick. If you’re a jungler, Nautilus, Lee Sin, or Xin Zhao, or Nocturne can get to him and run him off or kill him. Assassins like Fizz, Zed, Shaco, Pantheon, Ahri, Kha’Zix, LeBlanc, Akali, Evelynn, or Talon can also get to him and burst him. Some initiators like Malphite, Shen, Amumu, or Sejuani can lock him for a moment, but if he doesn’t die quickly, he’s gone.  

What to do in lane vs. this champion:

Every AD Carry has a burst move and/or attack speed steroid, or poke. The simplest way to frame the lane is that if he’s pushing, he’s harder to deal with because he’ll have more shots at you, but if you’re pushing, he’ll have fewer shots. It’s even more important than with Ezreal than with other matches that you harass, poke, and attack when you have more minions on your side. Keep in mind when I list these champs it does NOT mean that it’s easier for that champion than it is for Ezreal; for example, you can outpoke as Varus, but it is a lot harder.

Outburst: Miss Fortune, Graves, Kog’Maw, Corki, Draven, Sivir, Urgot, Twitch, Tristana Vayne, Ashe, Varus. Note that for the last you have to all-in.

Outtrade (as in, even if you take a Q you can still hit him harder, and if you’re behind a minion, you should always hit him harder as long as you have mana): Miss Fortune, Graves, Corki, Draven, Sivir, Kog’Maw, Urgot.

Outpoke/outpush: Caitlyn, Varus, Ashe, Urgot, Corki, Kog’Maw, Sivir.

Obviously, the last group, except for Caitlyn and Sivir, can be difficult and require a bit of skill. And Vayne can’t deal with Ezreal unless she gets outfarmed, lands a proper condemn (hard), or has a teammate CC him properly.

If you’re support, you want to poke him when he pokes your carry, or try to bait and dodge his own pokes. If you’re an all-in champ, your job is to kill him or put the fear of god in him so that he spends more time avoiding you and less time harassing your carry. If you are tanky or have a shield, block or shield against his poke. If he has Taric or an all-in champ of his own, he usually sits in the back. CC him and use everything you can on him if your carry gets cc’d. This is general advice, but it applies to the squishy Ezreal a little more than it does other carries.

What to do in teamfights vs. this champion (what the champion tends to do and should do, what you should do in response):

Ignore him or dive him as appropriate. Be careful not to get kited too much, etc. A lot of Ezreals play overcautiously, it is easy to harass an average one way from his team and get him to use Arcane Shift early, making him contribute less to the team fight than your own carry. He will not do enough damage, and in a best-case scenario his team will get mad at him and they’ll start to fall apart.

You can also just try to assassinate him or let your AD Carry outdamage him. Ezreal’s just another AD Carry.

He doesn’t even do as much damage or carry as hard as some other carries. If you are careful, know how to dodge, and don’t get baited too hard, you won’t receive yet another loss to one.


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