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Strategy and Tactics
Lane Phase/Early Game
Nidalee's lane phase is one of the strongest in the game, as she can zone most enemy champions. She has very little that counters her, and her mobility allows her to avoid most ganks.
Nidalee still with the recent patch has great sustainability in the lane. You should place traps in key places such as brush and lane entry points. You also want to avoid throwing spears early to conserve mana for heals. During the early levels (1-5), it is key to try to harass the enemy using your auto attacks and to use the brush to your advantage. The easiest way to do this is to pop in and out of brush auto attacking the enemy once each time. Doing this will prevent your lane from pushing, and prevent you from taking minion damage. If you can, try to zone the enemy champion to force them to lose gold and experience. You are able to take most heroes by just auto attacking and healing. It is very important to try and hit as many last hits as you can while also harassing this puts you even further ahead in lane.
With the recent rework, Nidalee has gotten a huge boost to her power with addition of having Cougar form pre-6. Look to land spears and engage on the enemy early, when your damage is the most surprising. Nidalee's all-in in the first 6 levels is very high and should be able to force most laners away from the minion wave and allow for Nidalee to zone with bush control and spears.
Auto Attacking From Top Brush
Harass with your auto attack and then go back into the brush to take off the aggro.
By mid-game Nidalee should be able to split push into the enemy's towers with ease, escaping any ganks that come her way. Place wards deep into the enemy jungle to spot any ganks that are coming before you shove the laner to the tower. With this build, Nidalee can force down towers swiftly and draw attention to the top lane allowing for your team to secure objectives elsewhere on the map.
Nidalee starts to fade off late game, especially in team fights, so you must play her to her strengths if a game reaches that point. Her cougar form is great for chasing and escaping so use that to your advantage when playing Nidalee. The split-pushing strategy is still best for Nidalee because she cannot really participate in a full on teamfight unless she comes in from behind or to clean-up the stragglers. Nidalee, while building a few tank items, is still relatively squishy, and if caught by CC, she will die.
Look to push to the enemy's inhibitors while you have vision on the enemy team and know that you can do it safely.
Nidalee, even post patch is played in a similar manner where roaming is her strength. She can Bushwack the enemy jungle, place wards in their jungle and get back to lane without losing experience. She can gank the enemy jungler with proper vision. Because of how quickly Nidalee can do this and not lose significant experience and farm in lane, she is still very strong.
If you plan on leaving the lane, push the lane quickly with Cougar form's W+E. Go into the enemy jungle and use Bushwack to place vision sites in the bushes.
Nidalee is not the strongest teamfighter, so you have to play her to her advantages. Since her most recent patch, she has become more of an assassin/clean-up champion. Without CC or CC-breaking abilities, Nidalee cannot completely participate in team fights. As Nidalee, your goal is to land spears on weak targets and finish them off with smart Pounce combos. Nidalee should be able to get in and out of a teamfight after assassinating a target with the reduced cooldown on Pounce.
Tips and Tricks
Experience: Nidalee has a hidden passive that many people do not know about. When Nidalee is higher level then another champion on your team you can stand next to them and they will slowly gain EXP over time you can see 5 and 10 EXP pop up over people's heads when you stand around Nidalee.
Map Control: When playing Nidalee, remember that her Bushwack (W) gives vision a trap is popped. You can give your team map control by placing traps at key points near Baron, Dragon, and other buffs. You have a good chance at stealing Baron over Smite with a fully distanced Javelin Toss (Q).
Effective Spear Usage: When poking an enemy team, it is key to try to run the opposite direction from which you threw it. This is because spear damage is calculated from your current location when the spear hits, not your location when throwing it. A great way to do this is entering cougar form and using pounce right after throwing a spear. Adding distance between yourself and the impact will add a great deal of damage to your spears.
Baiting Enemies in to fight a lost battle: With Nidalee you can heal a large amount and people underestimate it quite alot. You can easily bait enemies to come fight you thinking they can easily kill you then you can pop your heal and maul them with cougar form.
Evading: Nidalee is one of the best evade champions in the game. She can easily kite nearly any champion and while the enemy is chasing you, you can have other members of your allied team working on other objectives (towers, dragon, etc).
Synergies and Counters
Nidalee has synergy with many champions in League. She is very strong on teams with champions that can poke well, as well as block for her (i.e Amumu, Rammus). When picking Nidalee, make sure that you have a team that can poke and kite for a long time, as well as a team that can hold a team 4v5 while you split push. Trundle works well to allow you to land spears on targets that have to walk around his Pillar. Orianna is a new synergy with Nidalee since her reworks as the Pounce + Ball combo is similar to what is seen with Ali and Shyvana. Nunu can speed up Nidalee for a chase or escape as well as slow enemies to allow for easier aiming with spears.
Nidalee has very few counters - only a select few that can burst you very quickly. Champions such as Irelia and Yasuo can engage on Nidalee and burst her down with ease. Yasuo's windwall also shuts down Nidalee's spears if timed properly. Lulu counters Nidalee because she stops the split push with her waveclear, and can avoid dying to Nidalee's all in with her shield and ult.
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