How To Play Anivia – The Cryophoenix

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Anivia’s Backstory

Anivia is an ancient Freljordian demigod. She represents the eternal cycle of life, death and rebirth, in sync with the changing seasons. She is a symbol of hope to the Freljord.

There are several stories and myths about Anivia. She is said to reward those who are kind and humble. Anivia is describes as a noble spirit-bird of ice. She has glittering wings that span the heavens and a piercing cry.

There are songs that tell of Anivia’s birth bringing snow into the world. When she burst from her giant egg of ice, tiny pieces of her egg were hurled into the sky and has fallen as snow ever since. The frigid winds originate from the first beating of her wings.

Anivia controls the full power of winter. Those who seek to destroy her homeland are faced by a bitter foe. She can cleave fortresses and mountains, and summon blizzards at will.

The most respected belief is that Anivia created True Ice. This ice is infused with magic, making it unable to melt, pure and potent. The greatest seers and ice-mages have always wanted to use shards of this True Ice to make themselves and their weapons stronger. Even a tiny sliver forged into steel makes a deadly weapon.Anivia Ice Storm

This demigod welcomed the first mortals to arrive in the Freljord. These mortals could not survive long in the cold, so she guided them to shelter in secluded valleys. Anivia would watch over them, and the mortals would worship her.

Anivia wanted these tribes to remain unified and protect the Freljord from outsiders. But they fell to human tendencies and became divided, making themselves susceptible to attack.

A greedy southern king marched into the land, seeking to claim the north lands and its magic. Anivia was enraged at these outsiders and the divided tribes. So she blasted them with a snowstorm that lasted a century. Scattered stones can still seen today on the plains from these strong storms.

There are several tales outlining Anivia’s involvement with the history of the Freljord. If all of them are true, she has witnessed the rise and fall of many mortal civilizations.

Anivia is immortal. Even though she can be defeated, her soul is immortal. Eventually she is always reborn, ready to protect the Freljord.

She has even sacrificed herself against a march of towering Balestriders. Knowing she could not slay these giants, Anivia plunged into the ice beneath them, shattering her body but entombing the creatures.

Recently, she has been said to have been newly hatched from the egg, appearing before the new leader of the Avarosans, the Warmother Ashe. Perhaps Anivia sees someone in this Warmother who can finally reunite the Freljord.

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Anivia’s Abilities

Anivia is a Mid Lane champion who uses ability power to freeze her foes. I have seen her played as Support too.

Every champion in League of Legends has a passive and 4 abilities which are used by pressing “Q”, “W”, “E”, and “R” on a keyboard during game play. “R” is considered an ultimate ability and is usually the most powerful ability. Each ability has a cool down, which means you have to wait some time before you can cast it again.

Anivia’s abilities use mana. So you will have to watch your mana bar during the game. If your mana runs out, you will not be able to cast spells until it fills up.Anivia Passive

Passive – Rebirth. When Anivia falls in battle, she reverts to an egg and is reborn with full health. She can be taken down in egg form though.

Q – Flash Frost. This ability summons a sphere of ice which flies towards her opponent. This sphere of ice damages and slows down anyone in their path. When the sphere explodes it does damage in a radius and stuns any enemy in the area.

W – Crystallize. Anivia uses the moisture in the air to summon an impassable wall of ice. The ice physically blocks enemy movement, they have to go around it or wait for it to melt.

E – Frostbite. Using this ability blasts a freezing gust of wind at the enemy which deals damage. If the enemy was recently hit by her Q or damaged by R, the damage is doubled.

R – Glacial Storm. This is Anivia’s ultimate. It is an ability which can be toggled on and off. When it is on it continuously uses mana. She summons a driving rain of ice and hail which damages and slows any enemy caught within.

How To Play Anivia

Anivia is a somewhat difficult but easy to learn champion to play. She is great to play in the mid lane. She has stuns and the ability to block enemies.

When laning, start with your Q to start zoning out the enemy. You can recast this ability to make it explode earlier if you need to. Land your stun in order to lock the enemy up

Get your E next in order to further harass your enemy. Get your W to start blocking your opponents path and zone them from last hitting.

When you have your R, use it to slow the enemy, use your E to proc the extra damage. Place your wall in strategic places in order to block the enemy or trap them.

Everytime you level up your W, it increases the size of your wall.

Play around the cool down on your passive. You basically have two lives when it is up. Play more aggressive when it is up, and more passive when it is down.

How To Play Anivia

Tips And Tricks

Remember, Anivia’s ultimate uses mana as long as it is activated. The farther away you move from your R when it is placed will deactivate it. Use this to your advantage.

Buy items that will regenerate your mana so you can use your R longer.

It is important to use your R and E together. E will provide extra damage if cast when the enemy has been touched by your R. Look for these opportunities.

Your wall is a great tool to have in team fights. Look to cut off enemies in order to take them down, or help a teammate in need by blocking the enemy. It is a great zoning tool.

Ward your lane often in order to stop ganks from happening.

Play around your passive. You can still be taken down when in egg form, so be careful!


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2 thoughts on “How To Play Anivia – The Cryophoenix”

  1. Hello there! I remember when I first started playing league of legends, I didn’t have too many of my own champions to use so I used the free ones for that week and Anivia happens to be one of the first ones I played. I often go for champions that are animal like. I remember Anivia was really fun to use. My experience playing with Anivia was a really long time ago, so I’m not sure if things changed since then. I might try to play this champion again one day while applying some of the strategies you provided. Thanks for these tips!

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    • Your welcome!  Anivia is a fun champion to play!  I don’t think too much has changed with her since you’ve played her last, but I do know her ultimate is getting reworked next patch!

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