Lillia is currently a really strong jungler, but people are underestimating how good the new items are making her in the top lane.
This article is specifically for top lane Lillia. Even though her items dont change a lot in the jungle, there is still quite a big difference in what you want to achieve in your matchups. Lillia has always been a sleeper top lane pick and in the current meta with a few tanky bruisers she is actually super strong with the right items.
LoL: Best Toplane Lillia Build
For the starter item, you have quite a few options. Doran's Ring, Shield as well as Corrupting Potion can work really well, but in most cases I would recommend the ring. It gives you much needed mana and allows you to lane a bit more proactively.
Your boots should always either be Ionian Boots of Lucidity or Sorcerer's Shoes. Ionians are great versus bruisers and tanks, while Sorc boots allow you to kill squishy targets easier.
The first item already gives you a ton of options. You can start off with a Liandry's Torment or even a Riftmaker. In some cases, you can also build Rod of Ages if your lane is already free, and you want to spike harder in the mid-game. This does come at the cost of lane pressure, though.
Your second item will have the most choices. You can either buy Liandrys or Riftmaker if you haven't before, but Rylais Crystal Scepter is a great choice to hunt down targets. If you want some more move speed you can opt for a Cosmic Drive which basically allows you to dance between your opponents while leaving you quite squishy.
If you are looking to become more tanky you can build Frozen Heart or a Zhonyas here which allows for a bigger amount of team fight playmaking.
Your third item should be any of the previous core items, but this is really where you decide on a build. Either more tank items like Jak'Sho or Force of Nature, or you can build Rabadon's Deathcap. Morellonomicon can also be a great choice if you have a lot of heals against you.
Fill up the rest of the item slots with whatever you need. Usually two damage items are enough for Lillia because her cooldowns are very low, and your ultimate alone should decide the team fights already.
Lillia top lane struggles a bit in the early laning phase but gets very strong once she has a few items and cannot be contested anymore. It's definitely a mid to late game pick.
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