After a healthy delay, I present to you the next chapter in my series, this time featuring Miss Fortune!
Miss Fortune, The Bounty Hunter
Miss Fortune has ungodly level one stats, which you can further capitalize on with flat AD, Armor and Magic Resist runes. Her kit gives her both harass and sustained damage, providing a great head start in the lane. Her one weakness is the absolute lack of escape mechanisms, which we’ll discuss in further sections.
Double Up and Impure Shots are the defining elements in Miss Fortune’s early game. Because of these, you want to be forcing trades with the enemy carry at every opportunity, making them lose health and farm while they fight you back in futility. The gun-toting Bounty Hunter is at her strongest when auto-attacking the same target, meaning she favors hard engages over poking. Bullet Time further emphasizes on her need to be up in people’s faces, meaning your support should aim towards that as well. Any champion with strong early CC abilities fits the bill here – Leona, Blitzcrank and Taric being the most notable ones. For an aggressive duo you want to have Impure Shots max’d first and only use it when the stuns have landed, as the cooldown is quite unforgiving.
Having said that, Miss Fortune doesn’t lean towards one defined playstyle in lane. On the contrary, she can do decently by whittling her enemy down with Double Ups. It’s just a bit more situational and it gimps her otherwise amazing magic DPS. If you prefer safer plays, then champions like Lulu, Sona, Janna and Nami are all strong partners. In this scenario consider maxing Double Up over Impure Shots, as you likely won’t be getting some dueling action for at least a few levels.
Miss Fortune is a passive or aggressive laner who can go to toe-to-toe with most enemy carries and trade efficiently. She excels against champions who can’t run away easily, such as Sona, Nami and Soraka, but suffers from a lack of movement abilities and mediocre range, meaning she’s an easy target for pokers such as Caitlyn, Varus and Ashe. Disregarding the support factor, she can beat Ezreal and Graves handily and can quickly zone out late-game carries such as Kog’Maw, Vayne and Tristana.
Skill breakdown & Weaknesses:
A few notes and tips regarding Miss Fortune’s skillset, starting with Double Up. Although the tooltip states that it hits enemies behind the target, the actual bounce degree is really wide, meaning a straight line is not necessary for impact. The bullet can travel 500 game units, so you can essentially double your auto-attack range! Double Up adds some decent DPS if used between auto-attacks, but it truly shines when the bonus damage from the bounce is applied.
Without utilizing Strut, Miss Fortune is incredibly susceptible to kill combos. Against certain match-ups like Sona, Leona, Blitzcrank and others it becomes invaluable to keep your passive going, as the bonus movement speed makes it very easy to dodge skillshots and keep a safe distance. Caster minions in particular can quickly switch aggro if you’re close or have targeted an enemy champion, so keep that in mind. Popping in and out of sight is a good way to lose any creep attention you may have attracted.
Make it Rain is ideal for checking brushes should your support be out of wards. The actual radius it reveals is roughly half of the spell’s AoE. It’s also a decent slow for you to follow up with Bullet Time or just a few auto-attacks. The spell itself is quite the mana-hog and has a long cooldown, so be wary of when you use it.
Miss Fortune’s ultimate is only deadly when channelled on a CC-ed enemy. The longer the distance, the wider the cone, so by staying a bit back you’re actually limiting your enemy’s escape options. If you think you won’t get the chance to get a killing blow or your lane lacks any aggressive spells, feel free to demolish an innocent creep wave or two with it.
Champions who rely on landing skill-shots will have a hard time against a competent Miss Fortune. Carries who need to be aggressive, such as Corki or Graves, may find themselves hard-pressed finding an opportunity to strike. The bane of her existence are targeted heavy-CC abilities, such as Alistar’s W-Q combo or Taric’s Dazzle. While most ranged carries have the luxury of being able to escape such situations, Miss Fortune has only her innate tankiness to save her in such times.
Be very cautious of pushing with no map awareness! Most jungle ganks can make short work of the Bounty Huntress, so you need to constantly be on the look-out for missing enemies. Always carry Cleanse if the enemy has heavy CC! It is by far the most efficient Summoner Spell to take on Miss Fortune, due to her lack of mobility.
Builds & Gameplay:
Miss Fortune benefits from quite a number of offensive items. Aside from your standard Infinity Edge, Bloodthirster, Berserker Greaves, Last Whisper and Phantom Dancer, there are certain less popular choices that are especially strong on her:
Blade of the Ruined King:
Greatly synergizes with Impure Shots, perfect for shredding tankier foes. The active component is excellent on Miss Fortune, as it helps her a great deal when kiting.
Bullet Time? More like Bullet Storm! Each wave from Miss Fortune’s ultimate (eight total) applies one stack of armor reduction to anyone it hits! That’s -25% armor for the enemy team! Don’t forget that it also works wonders with Impure Shots.
A niche pick for when you really need to keep a distance but don’t necessarily want to sacrifice damage output.
Don’t be tempted by this item stacking with Impure Shots- at best its used for quicker farming, as Miss Fortune’s magic DPS doesn’t scale at all.
Offence isn’t everything and Miss Fortune certainly benefits from a lot of defensive items. Common picks would be Guardian Angel, Frozen Mallet and Mercury Treads. Some of the more unorthodox choices would be:
Absolutely a must when facing champions with targeted nukes or disables. Make sure you keep that veil up for fights by standing behind teammates!
An instant Cleanse 3.1! Helps shrug off those pesky initiators and line up for a Bullet Time.
If you’re confident the enemy lacks hard hitters, consider this an option. It definitely synergizes with Miss Fortune’s somewhat immobile nature.
Here’s an interesting experiment for early laning:
The lifesteal and active slow component by themselves make this a worthy purchase and it also builds into Blade of the Ruined King!
Miss Fortune is quite mobile when out of fights, meaning she can be more involved in early-to-midgame skirmishes. Although farming is always top priority, do check the map for ganking opportunities whenever you can. Strut allows Miss Fortune to roam extremely efficiently when the lane is pushed and the enemy is playing defensively. If you have an equally mobile support, such as Janna or Blitzcrank, you can catch the middle laner completely unprepared. A roaming bottom lane can quickly force Dragon or take a mid tower, thus snowballing your team with an early gold advantage.
Like all ranged carries, Miss Fortune is incredibly squishy, with the added lack of an escape making her even more reliant on positioning. She has a leg up on most right-clickers in the midgame as her ultimate helps her stay further behind while still dishing out respectable damage. Whenever the situation permits, lay down a Make it Rain before Bullet Time; the slow will keep them pinned down in the AoE. At this point Double Up is largely ignored, as it actually gimps your overall DPS.
Late game & Carry potential
“Team fights are where truly good players shine, because there are far too many numbers to crunch.” This is especially true for Miss Fortune, who is heavily reliant on her team to do well in big fights. Since she lacks any real means of escaping, it’s always recommended to stay as far behind as possible and let tankier teammates get spanked. She doesn’t have access to blinks or dashes, so assassins spell doom without proper positioning. Communication is key- even in solo queue you should make an effort to convince your team to protect you, make you breakfast, pay your bills… well, you get the idea, helpful players are a blessing for Miss Fortune.
The one defining moment of her carry style is landing a good Bullet Time. It’s one of the hardest-hitting AoE spells in the game, albeit with a long channel time. It can be game-changing when used in tandem with hard team CC spells, such as Amumu’s Curse of the Sad Mummy, Alistar’s Pulverize, Galio’s Idol of Durand, etc.
Miss Fortune is all about positioning. Her ultimate provides insane damage throughout the game, meaning she won’t fall off at any point if proper farm is kept. However, she’s considered a somewhat non-standard pick due to her lack of escape abilities and heavy reliance on the team. With proper communication and strategy she is a force to be reckoned with. I recommend her to people who can play to their strengths and understand the importance of protecting their carry. For solo queue, she’s a dangerous pick, but if you have a friend willing to support you, Miss Fortune can snowball into a beastly carry.
Q: Who are you?
I’m an avid player from EU West who’s been in the League since Season 1. My highest Elo is 1927 but I mostly play premade matches. In all teams that I’ve joined for various tournaments I’ve taken the role of an AD carry. I’ve played every champion in this category extensively, although special credit must go out to Vayne who is my personal favourite.
Q: Who is this guide for?
Mostly players who have decided to delve deeper into the role of AD carry.
Q: What can I find in it?
An overview of each AD Carry, its strengths and weaknesses, both in lane and in teamfights, as well as tips for synergizing with certain support champions. There are short lists of counters and allies, as well as more detailed explanations as to why that is the case.
Q: Should I completely agree with all your choices for counterpicks and good allies?
Of course not! I’ve based my opinion around general advice. Of course, players can always pull off something amazing that I haven’t mentioned, but this guide is aimed at providing the most solid and safe choices.
ADvanced Strategy Series:
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Hope you’ve been enjoying the series thus far! I’ve broken from the alphabetical order to write on more current and exciting themes. (like Miss Fortune!) In my next guide I’ll be covering Kog’Maw!
Good luck on the Fields of Justice!