Originally Posted by Zon
Hello! I'm new to LoL and am working on learning my first champion, Tristana. I got her from following the game on Facebook, which is where I heard about it to begin with. I've played a couple of games and I have a question. Is Attack Damage or Ability Power better for Tristana?
I have gone Attack Damage for my first two games and it's worked well. I level Rapid Fire first so that when I have high attack damage items I can get big hits off quickly. Rocket Jump is my secondary ability, as it serves both as a great gank tool and as an escape. I level explosive shot when I can't train either of the other two, with my ultimate taking priority over all else of course.
Is this the correct way of playing, or should I be training a different skill order and/or going AP?
First of all, AD is definitely better than AP.
Secondly you shouldn't be leveling rapid first first. It is her best ability and the most important one later in the game (roughly 20 minutes and above), however it is very weak early in the game. Her auto attacks dont do very much damage and you dont often get chances to unload on things early in the game.
By getting levels of rocket jump and/or explosive shot (even if its just a few ranks of them early on) you drastically increase her strength in the early and midgame, rather than being completely useless until you get items. Most importantly you can still get rapid fire maxed (or close to maxed) by the time it becomes important.
I think if you try that out you will find yourself much stronger throughout the entirety of the game, rather than having to wait till you have items to be useful (at which point you can still have rapid fire maxed anyways).