How To Play Sivir In League Of Legends
Last Updated: November 27, 2021
Sivir is a self-sustaining ADC that brings a lot of value in any team composition. Her abilities boast a unique combination of burst damage and utility that she can easily be a game changer when placed in the right situation. Here’s how you can get started playing the Battle Mistress.
When you think about it, most ADCs fall under two categories, Burst/Caster ADCs and Hyper Carry ADCs. Sivir is a champion that fits both molds with a little more utility in her kit to tie it all together. It’s because of this versatility that she finds herself among the highly sought after ADCs in professional play. She generally does well against most matchups and can even bounce back if she falls behind when she scales into the alte game. So what exactly makes Sivir a great champion?
As we’ve mentioned before, Sivir is very versatile. This flexibility largely comes from her kit. She has burst damage, scaling damage, a shield, and a buff. There aren’t that many champions that can match the kind of utility that Sivir provides.
Passive – Fleet of Foot
Sivir gains Movement Speed for 2 seconds when she attacks an enemy champion.
Sivir’s passive is pretty basic but is very useful considering that she’s an ADC. Fleet of Foot makes her excellent when it comes to kiting and chasing down opponents. When combined with other parts of her kit, it makes her more efficient.
Q – Boomerang Blade
Sivir hurls her crossblade like a boomerang, which deals physical damage to the first target hit and 15% reduced damage to each subsequent non-Champion target down to a minimum of 40%.
Boomerang Blade is Sivir’s primary offensive ability. It scales really well with damage and can take out a huge portion of your enemy’s health. It has great range so you can use it to harass or poke down your opponents when you’re in lane. It can also be used to easily clear minion waves so she can be an efficient split pusher. This ability does cost a bit of mana early on so use it wisely before you get your core items.
W – Ricochet
Sivir’s next 3 basic attacks bounce to nearby targets, dealing physical damage to each subsequent target. If a given Ricochet attack critically strikes its first target, all subsequent bounces from that attack will also critically strike. Targets cannot be hit more than once by a given Ricochet attack and on-hit effects are applied only to the first target of each attack.
Sivir is a champion that thrives on managing waves and pressuring enemies in lane. Ricochet along with Boomerang Blade can easily guarantee that Sivir gets lane priority in most games which can lead to easy kills in the early game. When positioned correctly, Ricochet is also a good ability to poke and harass your enemy.
E – Spell Shield
Creates a magical barrier for 1.5 seconds that blocks the next incoming enemy ability. If an ability is blocked by the shield, Sivir regains Mana.
Let’s face it, ADCs spend nearly the entire game with a target on their back. Since they can be dangerous damage dealers if they scale into the late game, their enemies will fight tooth and nail to prevent them from getting a lead. This is why Sivir’s Spell Shield is one of the best abilities for an ADC. This ability gives Sivir a little more room to operate in team fights and lets her sustain when she’s being targeted with crowd control.
R – On The Hunt
Passive: Sivir gains Attack Speed while Ricochet is active.
Active: Sivir rallies her allies for 8 seconds, granting all nearby allies an initial Movement Speed bonus that decreases after the first few seconds of On The Hunt elapse.
Sivir’s ultimate is pretty straightforward. Its passive gives you bonus attack speed so you’ll increase your DPS whenever you use Ricochet. It’s active, on the other hand, is what makes it a game changer. On The Hunt, when used, increases you and your team’s movement speed. It’s perfect for initiating fights or disengaging when you get flanked by the enemy.
Runes and Item Builds
When it comes to items, there are two ways you can build Sivir. In the current meta, Sivir finds more success when she builds pure damage and lethality items to increase her burst. In certain situations, she can also follow a traditional ADC Hyper Carry’s build path and focus on increasing her criticals and attack speed.
For starting items, you have three options. If you plan on being more of a burst caster ADC, you should always start with Tear of the Goddess. This will build directly into one of your core items later on and you can stack the mana passive as early as the start of the game. If you’re playing as more of a traditional ADC, go with Doran’s Blade. This item gives you everything you’ll need to start off the game. If you feel like you’re against a losing matchup, go for Cull and just try to farm to get your core items so you’ll scale better in the late game.
Technically, there are plenty of Mythic Items that can work well with Sivir. Most items that give Attack Damage, Attack Speed, or both can actually be viable on her. But out of all of these items, we’ve found that these two are the best choices for Sivir.
- Duskblade of Draktharr – Duskblade’s raw stats give Sivir a massive boost in her offensive capabilities. The main beneficiary of this item is definitely Boomerang Blade. Having this item on Sivir can essentially guarantee that you will one shot the enemy team’s carry once you have all your items.
- Galeforce – If you’re playing more of a traditional ADC, Galeforce should be your Mythic on Sivir. This item not only increases your key stats, it also gives you additional utility in the form of a dash. Since Sivir doesn’t really have reliable mobility, apart from her ultimate, this lets her position herself better in team fights. It can also help her escape when enemies converge on her.
After purchasing your Mythic item, you should focus on getting your tier 2 boots. In this case, it would be Ionian Boots of Lucidity. Next, finish up your Manamune. At this point you should at least have some stacks on your Tear of the Goddess to make the most out of this item. After, go for The Collector to help you finish off low health targets. Once you have that item, you need to purchase Serylda’s Grudge for the damage, armor penetration, and slow to enemies hit by your abilities. Finish off your build with Edge of Night for the damage and another spell shield that can block abilities and crowd control.
Other Viable Items
There are plenty of other viable items on Sivir. In fact, as long as it gives attack damage, attack speed, or critical strike chance, you can make a case for it being a viable item on Sivir. Here are some of the best choices you can seamlessly swap for one of the items on your core build.
- Berserker’s Greaves – This is the go to boots for any ADC. If you plan on playing Sivir like a traditional ADC, you better go for these boots instead of Ionian Boots of Lucidity.
- Infinity Edge – This is pretty much a standard for any champion that can work really well with criticals. It gives you a boatload of damage and just overall makes your attacks hit harder.
- Essence Reaver – Since Sivir is pretty reliant on Boomerang Blade to deal damage, she’ll often make the most out of this item. Thanks to its Spellblade passive, this item will increase Sivir’s next basic attack every time she uses a spell.
- Mortal Reminder – Healing abilities are pretty overpowered in the game right now. So having an item that can significantly reduce the effectiveness of healing can go a long way. Mortal Reminder fits the bill and also increases your overall damage.
- Bloodthirster – If you could use more damage and survivability, Bloodthirster can and will address these needs for you. Not only will you get attack damage, you’ll also get increased critical strike chance and bonus lifesteal. It’ll also give you a shield if your health is full and you lifesteal from enemy units.
For runes, you should go for the Domination tree and take Dark Harvest as your keystone. Since Boomerang Blade will always deal a lot of damage, regardless of your build path, you can easily gain stacks for this ability. With enough stacks, Sivir can easily take out enemies before they can retaliate. Next, take Taste of Blood for bonus healing, Eyeball Collection for more damage, and Ravenous Hunter to increase your omnivamp. For secondaries, take Manaflow Band for the bonus mana and Transcendence for the cooldown reductions. For rune shards, take Attack Speed, Adaptive Force, and Armor.
- Boomerang Blade deals damage on the way when it returns back to Sivir. Try to position yourself correctly to maximize its effectiveness and deal the most amount of damage.
- Spell Shield can block all abilities in the game. Try to save it for abilities with hard crowd control like snares or stuns.
- For summoner spells, always take Heal and Flash. Barrier can be a good alternative especially if you’re against a champion with a lot of burst like Jhin or Veigar.
So there you have it! That’s all you need to know about playing Sivir in League of Legends. Be sure to check back with us again for more awesome guides on your favorite games. Have fun and we’ll see you on the Rift!