“Have you seen my bear Tibbers?”
Innocent sounding, but anyone who knows a thing or two about “League of Legends” will know this line instantly. It means PAIN for the receiving end. Burning, fluffy fur and bear claw slashes of PAIN. Simply put, Annie is a serious, competent threat despite her little girl demeanor.
I have long avoided playing Annie for a variety of reasons. Easily considered the most “basic” mage character in the game, Annie uses a straightforward kit that is not flashy when compared to LoL’s entire roster. However, straightforward is very good in this type of game.
When I finally overcame my stubbornness of being “unique,” I started to develop a liking for Annie’s style of play. She is certainly basic, but her strength lies in her raw efficiency for her role. Instead of trying 10x harder to work toward an ideal result, Annie just makes magic happen. So yeah, it is fun to beat people as a little girl.
The Skill Breakdown
What is there not to love about Annie’s moves? She was one of the first mage characters ever in LoL’s history, so a beginner-friendly vibe is always present with her skill-set.
The Skill Build
- Incinerate is maxed first because it does the most damage out of the regular abilities, plus it does its damage in an AoE cone.
- Disintegrate is leveled second for its point-click reliability.
- Molten Shield is ranked up last for passive-charging purposes.
- Summon Tibbers is grabbed whenever possible for bear-summoning madness.
- Flash is the most versatile Summoner Spell in the game. It is always good to have.
- Ignite is common on mages for the finishing blow in duels.
Runes & Masteries
For Runes, I have an emphasis toward magic power and a touch of extra movement speed. The extra speed in particular allows me to maneuver around the lanes quicker. It makes juking, ganking and positioning a lot easier.
Masteries are pretty simple as well. I focus on magical prowess while dipping into the Utility tree for a boost in movement speed.
The best part about Annie is how versatile she is for the mage role. She is ALWAYS “safe” for a team’s lineup. There is never a situation where Annie is a bad choice. She does everything you would want or need from the mage role. Her real strength lies in her consistency. She does not really rely on fancy tricks or gimmicks in this day and age of LoL, where mage champs now often have extra quirks and nuances to keep in mind.
In other words, Annie being simple makes her extremely powerful in many ways. Every time I pick Annie, I can rest assured that I will have all the necessary tools for victory. I will not need to worry about my character being a bit lacking in terms of viability. After all, Annie is the most basic mage you can play in the game. Beginners learn how to play the mage role with her. Pros can still dominate with her skill-set. Who can argue against this kind of universal efficiency?
At the end of the day, I love how I can just win with Annie because of her reliability. I once thought of her as too Plain Jane, but I was a fool to think so. Annie will crush you in more ways than one. She will burn you to a crisp. Her bear will maul you.
So, I guess it is time I ask again …
“Have you seen my bear Tibbers?”