Lucian is one of the most popular champions in League of Legends. Even though he is usually played as an ADC, no matter what the meta is, AP Lucian is a fun spin-off on your favourite marksman that is guaranteed to give you an enjoyable match.
Although most of his damage is physical, Lucian’s W and R are affected by AP, and rather significantly so. You can even melt enemies like a super-farmed mage with Lucian!
AP Lucian is a high-burst ultimate-machine kind of build that will allow you to have a blast while playing in a way your enemies will never expect Lucian to be played!
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AP Lucian Background:
Added to League of Legends in 2013, Lucian enjoys immense popularity as an ADC champion. No matter the meta, you are bound to run into a Lucian sooner or later in your endless hours spent on League of Legends in pursuit of LP.
However, LoL players have shown that their creativity knows no bounds. This is why AP Lucian has become a very viable pick in recent years. Despite being an explicitly ADC champion, Lucian can be played as an AP champion and is unreasonably effective.
This ADC is now commonly being flexed as an AP support. You may think it’s like trolling on purpose, but this build actually works, especially if you are playing with premades. Keep scrolling for a detailed build guide.
How Does AP Lucian Work?
Lucian’s W (Ardent Blaze) has AP scaling, and does magical damage. His W has a whopping 90% AP scaling! It has an incredible amount of damage, and the AP scaling is a bit unfair, but that’s good for us AP Lucian fanatics.
Additionally, Lucian’s ultimate can also scale via AP. Despite the scaling with AD being higher, the AP scaling at 15% is still quite significant considering the speed at which Lucian launches projectiles during his ultimate.
By abusing your W and using your R to finish off your enemies, you can use AP Lucian to be an extremely annoying opponent in lane. Plus, being non-meta means your enemies won’t know what to do, or how to counter you.
Best Items for AP Lucian:
There are a bunch of items that go really well with AP Lucian. The best items to build on him are:
Luden’s Tempest is one of the best items for burst AP champions such as Lucian. It can easily be triggered by your W and allow you to deal heaps and heaps of damage with a single ability cast.
Luden’s gives you an amazing amount of mana and ability power, and helps you tear down enemy champions early on in the game with ease. It is a must-have for AP Lucian.
This is also the mythic of choice since it gives bonus magic penetration to all your Legendary items as well, which boosts your one-shot potential.
Another must-build for AP Lucian is Sorcerer’s Shoes. The magic penetration will allow you to bypass whatever magic resistance items your enemies buy. This will go well with the burst damage your W + R combo provides. Even the tankiest of champions will not be able to escape unscathed.
If you aren’t convinced yet, the magic penetration allows you to deal significant damage by spamming your W, which will melt the HP of your opponents.
Lich Bane gives you much needed AP boost, and also a sweet movement percentage increase. This is highly desirable for an AP Lucian who wants to weave in and out of enemies, dealing high amounts of damage.
Lich Bane also provides your attacks bonus attack damage based on your AP after you cast an ability, which is incredibly useful and it seems like this item was made specifically for an AP Lucian. It fits too well! Lich Bane is a must have too.
You might find that you are being quickly shut down right as team fights begin. No need to worry! There is an item just for that situation! Zhonya’s Hourglass gives a significant AP boost as well as allowing you to live through the initial vicious assault of enemy ADCs.
It is a must have for difficult situations where you are constantly being nuked down.
Rabadon’s Deathcap is the best item you can bless your AP champion with. What else do you even need? Rabadon’s Deathcap gives you a MASSIVE AP boost which will make your W and R even deadlier. This is the item which you must attain in order to reach the level of conventionally high damage AP mages. After this, you can quite literally one shot your enemies.
After Rabadon’s Deathcap, there’s not much more you need. However, your enemies will most definitely build some sort of magic resistance items in the late-game. To counter this, you should go for a Shadowflame.
It gives you an AP boost similar to that of Rabadon’s Deathcap, and a delicious method of rendering the enemies’ magic resistance useless.
After this, all you need to do is run around one shotting everyone! Have fun!
AP Lucian is an interesting build on one of the most popular League of Legends ADCs, and you can play this to confuse both your enemies and your teammates whilst having the time of your life.
What are your thoughts on this playstyle? Let us know in the comments down below whether you prefer AP or AD Lucian.
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