Passive - Twin Disciplines
Akali gains permanent spell vamp and on-hit magic damage based on her attack damage and AP.
Q - Mark of the Assassin
Akali throws a blade at an enemy, marking them. Basic attacks will activate the mark, dealing extra damage and restoring 40 energy.
W - Twilight Shroud
Aatrox either heals himself for way too
E - Crescent Slash
Akali deals physical damage in an area around her.
R - Shadow Dance
Akali slowly gains charges (up to 3), and may
The single biggest tip against Akali is to carry a pink ward. This prevents her from using her shroud and gaining stealth, which makes her infinitely harder to deal with.
At level 6, her damage output is insane. If she manages her combo (Q, attack, Q, R) if could mean death. Be very wary of her early game damage (post 6, pre is not that bad).
Akali will likely try to mark you very often in lane. She’s an energy based champion, which makes it essentially free for her, and the mark is fairly threatening. Keep in mind it can only be triggered by auto attacks, and before level 5 it doesn’t do much damage.
To reiterate: buy pink wards. This needed to be said twice.
I love this matchup. If Akali tries to kill you at any point, you drop a stun on her and do way more damage. At level 6, you outright kill her. You also have the added benefit of being able to flash/Tibbers on top of the enemy team later in the game, which is far more than Akali can offer. The one thing you’ll need to take care with in this matchup is Akali’s roaming potential. If she heads down
If she’s chosen as a top
Swain is incredibly good against Akali. She’s a melee assassin, and Swain is a tanky monster with great sustain. She wants to stand in your face and fight you,
Not a name that pops up often. However, because of his low cooldown on his E, he’s quite strong against her. Every time she goes to try to farm, hit her with an E. Try not to push too hard, as Morde is weak to ganks and Akali farms under turret just fine. You likely hit 6 first as you’ve forced her out of
Be sure to pick up pink wards. Like any other AP assassin - health (Rod of Ages) or magic resist (Void staff) are good early. If you happen to be playing an AD character, a Hexdrinker is always a nice pickup as well. In addition, try to pick up a pink ward as often as needed. Apart from that, remember your pink wards. Pink wards.