Hard Difficulty

Press the Attack
Press the Attack
Legend: Bloodline
Coup De Grace
Cosmic Insight
Biscuit Delivery
Attack Speed
Adaptive Force

Starting Items

Doran's Blade
Health Potion

Standard Build

Berserker's Greaves
Infinity Edge
The Collector

Situational Items

Plated Steelcaps
The Collector
Lord Dominik's Regards
Guardian Angel


Q: 9-5

W: 14-10

E: 22-14

R: 110-90

Lucian's Skill Max Order: Q → E → W


Level 1: Start Q in this matchup and your aim is to push for 2 first. You probably don't want to cheese level 1. Try to stay back and Q the wave so he cant retaliate. Lucian wins the trade if he lands Q + double passive auto on you. If he Qs the wave, you can Q him back for a free trade. But your goal in lane is to get level 2 first. Try not to stand behind minions in this matchup because Lucian Q range is 1000 units, but his actual click range is 500, which is 25 less than your AA range. If you aren't behind minions, he has to walk into AA range of you to Q you, which is much harder for him to do and it allows you to get a trade off if he does this.

Level 2: If you get level 2 first, instantly E him and launch your combo to get him low. If he gets 2 first or you anticipate him getting it before you, back off so he can't engage on you. It's very important to play the first 2 levels cautiously because Lucian is one of the few matchups that can actually kill you level 2 if you're not careful. Level 2 onwards, you have to be extremely careful about your Q. The matchup is hard because a good Lucian will save his E specifically to dodge your Q since your Q travels so slow. Try landing max range Qs so that if you miss, he cant instantly punish you if you miss it.

Level 3: Lucian W grants him MS when he consumes it, but it's more scary for the fact that he gets more passive autos to combo with. Aim for prio in this lane if you can get it, but if you can't, just try to avoid Q poke. Do short trades only with Lucian if and only if you land your Q on him.

Level 6: Your E cancels his R, so try not to be too far from him if you anticipate him to use it. If you expect him to all in you, try to save E to cancel his R for your best chance of survival. If you go even in lane, you end up winning because you destroy lucian at 1-2 items onwards since you will have enough items to one shot Lucian if you miss your Q on him.

What To Do

This matchup sucks. Level 1 you must fight for 2 first.

If you see lucian is winning in the push, then back off because his 2 spike is strong.

If you get 2 first, instantly jump on him with E for a big trade.

A good lucian will save E to dodge your Q, which is why this matchup sucks.

Dont stand behind minions in this matchup because his Q range is longer if he hits a minion.

If you are on the side, his Q range is only 500 range, which is less than your AA range if he uses Q to click on you.

Ideally, only do long range Qs in this matchup so if you miss, he cant punish you for it.

If you want to engage, Use E first to slow him.

If you E first, lucian might panic and E away, which gives you a free blind.

Be careful with this though because if lucian holds onto E, he can punish you.

It really depends on how lucian plays, but overall just take short trades when you land Q, and if Lucian Qs the wave, you can engage on him with E for a trade.

His Q is his bread and butter combo.

Post 6, save E to cancel his R, but stay in E range of him post 6 so if he jumps on you to engage, you are in range to cancel his R.

Going even in this lane is a win for you because you outscale lucian in 1v1.