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Kennen Statistics for Aprycot

Author's performance with Kennen compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
1
6
Win %
0
43
Kills
5.0
5.6
Assists
2.0
6.8
Deaths
5.0
6.5
KA:D Ratio
1.4
1.9
Gold Earned
8.7K
11.4K
Creep Score
148.0
159.3
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

4.png A must for Kennen,  self explained spell. Also it is good for Flash + Ultimate combo.

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14.png Should be the second spell except rare occasions. It is good for lane harass and securing kills. For soloQ I recommend ignite over teleport because in soloQ you need to win your matchup and not stay farming. TP can still be taken but advise ignite. If you are against a champion that you are sure that you won't kill, grab a teleport then. If you are premade with anyone else in the team also take a teleport to help you snowball teamfights/drakes. I would only recommend this if you are seriously looking into winning lane and ending game pre minute 30.

12.png Self intrested spell: A better choice in 5v5 Rank Team or Scrims but if you want it for soloQ, it helps you for split pushing and for getting back to lane. You can also take 12 Points in RESOLVE mastery page to get lower CD.


Rare situations



3.png Great to slow enemies down, lowers their damage. This spell is great if your support is not taking it and you are against plenty of AutoAttack damage depending champions or even an assassin. It is a preference summoner spell but I feel it is pretty strong against Irelia, Jax, Zed, Riven, and Wukong, Lee Sin, Syndra, or Yasuo.



New Runes Back to Top

Standard Lane heavy page.

PResence of mind helps you restore your ultimate cooldown which is important! The last tree line is depending on if you are against a tank or a squishy. 

Scorch and Absolute Focus for heavy poke.


Abilities Back to Top

W
Q
E
Q
Q
R
Q
W
W
Q
R
W
W
E
E
R
E
E
Passive
Q
2
4
5
7
10
W
1
8
9
12
13
E
3
14
15
17
18
R
6
11
16

Max R then W then depending on matchup E or Q


Slicing Maelstrom (R)

  • Your ultimate is an area of effect stun that hits random champions, it has a 120 Sec Cooldown.
    • At LEVEL 6, Kennen has 6 bolts from his ultimate. Using only yourultimate, you can stun two champions without using your W or any other spells. This means you can escape a gank even if you run out of energy because Kennen's ultimate doesn't cost any energy. 
    • At LEVEL 11, you will have 10 bolts instead of 6. This will let you two to three people and a mark of a fourth, you can then use one of your three other spells to stun FOUR MEMBERS of a team.
    • At LEVEL 16, this is when Kennen shines. His ultimate will give 15 bolts, which is 3 marks on every member of the opponent team. 

Electrical Surge (W)

Okay, for this section you need to know Kennen's Electrical Surge (W).

  •  Electrical Surge (W) lets you have every 5th attack (don't have to be on same target) add a mark of storm on your opponent. 
  • So at level 2 you should be able to stun someone with a Mark from Electrical Surge (W)'s  Passive and Active and End it with Lighting Rush (E) or Thundering Shuriken (Q).
  • Electrical Surge (W) is a spell that does not need any skill shots and has two parts, the active and passive. The passive is every 5th attack is a magic attack that gives a Mark of Storm (Passive) on your opponent so that you can hit the active too.


Getting Lightning Rush (E)  before Thundering Shuriken (Q) at level 2 for an early escape and chase mechanic if you think the enemy jungler is gonna gank you at level 2. Your Lightning Rush (E) is a speed up and at the same time gives you both Armor and Magic Resist.

Thundering Shuriken (Q)

 Thundering Shuriken (Q) is sometimes preferred to max before your (W) when you want to harass your enemy more than focusing on farm. This will let you control and zone your lane much better. Your shuriken can also help last hitting minions. This is preferred versus champions that gets close to minions to farm like 98_64.png Shen and Garen 86_64.png.  The only reason Maxing Q is better because you can harass with it.





Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Great sustain & harass
    If you are greedy and confident.
    I don't think I can handle enemy bruiser
    I think I might get camped early game
    Effective in sustain lanes that you just want to farm

Core Items

    Generic first four Items:
    Hybrid Build with Splitpush Pressure

Situational Items

    Cheap defensive item, 2nd life
    Against specific champions that have CC
    Good to deal with those tanks, gives a lot of stats and tankiness
    Wave clear, More burst, 10% Movement speed.
    More AP = More DMG
    Maxed out your CD at 40%, gives you a way to catch to them without flashing, 300 health, + 60 AP
    Your team has so many AP champs, you want penetration
    If you need more pen and less CD

Starting

1055_32.png+2003_32.png This is the best start due to the fact it is very effective early game. The Doran Blade helps you with harassing, sustaining, and farming.
 
Other starting builds are just optional depending on your own preferences. 

Warding: Be careful around the 3:00-4:30 minute mark of incoming ganks. Jungles who start in the opposite side can sneak in a first blood against you if you aren't careful. You should be able to outrun anyone with your speed and stun them also.  Be careful that even junglers like Amumu, Eve, and Fiddle can start at red and then go to blue, be careful early game and try to figure out where is the enemy jungler starting at.

Normal Kennen Build


 *Pick up elixirs between items to maximize your damage.*

Trinkets3363.png 


In Solo Queue getting the Blue Trinket will help you spam wards around the map without facechecking.



Defensive items Notes

Usually you want to pick up3157_32.png + one or two of these items: *NOTE: placed them in order of most RECOMMENDED.
  • 3026_32.pngGuardian Angel if you are really focused in fights. It also gives stable amount of MR and Armor. Note: Your ulti won't stop even if you are reviving from guardian angel. Is also super cheap.
  • 3116_32.pngRylai for more CC,  AP, and HP. Is a great option that should be considered most of the times.
  • 3102_32.pngBanshee Veil: Good against double(or more) AP compositions. Also helpful vs CC.
  • 3111_32.png Mercury's Treads: Good against heavy CC teams.
  • 3001_32.pngAbyssal Scepter: Good against double(or more) AP compositions. Really effective to buy even early on in the game due to it being cost efficient. Good only vs Double/triple ap comps.
  • 3140_32.png really great vs CC based champs like Fiddlesticks, Twisted Fate, Galio, or even against Zed's ultimate.

Boots Enhancements


Distortion seems best atm, will add more one I test more of these.



Reason why other items are not on the list

  • 1001_32.png Starting w/ Boots: will not help you because boot's speed was nerfed and it does not give any stats except movement, which you do not need because Kennen is  already fast and you have lighting rush.
  • 1056_32.png Doran's Ring You got no Mana, Dorans Blade1055_32.png would be better

  • 3083_32.pngWarmong: Costs a lot + countered by  3151_32.png/3153_32.png).
  • 3025_32.png Iceborn Guantlets: With the buff of Trinity3078_32.png, Trinity/Lich3100_32.png are better than IceBorn.
  • 3110_32.pngFrozen heart: You got no mana, Randuin is more gold efficient. 
  • 3142_32.pngYommu GhostBlade: Can be used if you want to go full AD (add runaan, statik shiv to it!)
  • 3068_32.png Sunfire Cape: The range is lower than your AA range and it kind of waste because you won't be near the target that much.
  • 3075_32.png Thornmail: You won't be touched that much with 2-3 stuns in your spells and a speed buff. Also you would have Zhonya 3157_32.png.
  • 3190_32.png Locket: Is mainly used for Supports or Junglers. Would not help you that much to stack it even more.
  • 3078_32.png Very expensive and worthless for Kennen because you have no crit nor mana. 
  • 3100_32.png Well it has mostly mana in it so it is kind of waste of cash.

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Aatrox
    Easy
  • Akali
    Easy
  • Alistar
    Easy
  • Caitlyn
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Easy
  • Darius
    Easy
  • Dr. Mundo
    Easy
  • Elise
    Easy
  • Fiora
    Medium
  • Galio
    Easy
  • Garen
    Easy
  • Gnar
    Medium
  • Gragas
    Easy
  • Hecarim
    Medium
  • Irelia
    Hard
  • Jarvan IV
    Medium
  • Jax
    Easy
  • Jayce
    Hard
  • Karthus
    Easy
  • Kayle
    Easy
  • Kennen
    Easy
  • Kha'Zix
    Easy
  • Lee Sin
    Medium
  • Lissandra
    Medium
  • Lulu
    Medium
  • Malphite
    Easy
  • Maokai
    Medium
  • Nasus
    Easy
  • Nidalee
    Easy
  • Olaf
    Easy
  • Pantheon
    Medium
  • Renekton
    Medium
  • Rengar
    Easy
  • Riven
    Easy
  • Rumble
    Hard
  • Ryze
    Medium
  • Shen
    Easy
  • Shyvana
    Medium
  • Singed
    Easy
  • Sion
    Medium
  • Swain
    Medium
  • Teemo
    Easy
  • Tryndamere
    Easy
  • Udyr
    Easy
  • Vladimir
    Medium
  • Volibear
    Easy
  • Warwick
    Easy
  • Wukong
    Easy
  • Xin Zhao
    Easy
  • Yasuo
    Easy
  • Yorick
    Medium
  • Zac
    Easy
  • Zed
    Easy

VS

Aatrox

Easy

Item Wise

  • Get Sustain 1055_32.pngx2.  
  • Early Zhonya
  • 3252_32.png/3257_32.png adviced early to mid game so you can kite well and dodge his knock out.

Mechanics

  • Dodge his Q(Knock) and E (Skillshot) with movement or with your lighting rush 
  • Zone him out of his farm which is his only way to heal up.
  • If he ults dont fight 1v1
  • Most people with use his Q on you or behind you, so move toward him when he hits his Q.

Some Info Needed

  • In team fights, CC can control him and lead to his death.
  • You can stun him directly after his passive revives him.
  • You can take 3.pngexhaust against him, it helps a lot due to the fact he is autoattack dependent.

VS

Akali

Easy

Item Wise

  • Get 2 Dorans Blade 1055_32.png to equal out her sustain passive.
  •  Twin Shadows  3023_32.pngSeems to be a good pick due to the fact it gives MR, reveals her, and gives AP.
  • If she goes on stealth and you really want to kill her, put a vision ward in your inventory (it costs only 100 now!) 2043_32.png
  • Also Red Trinket (upgraded) can see her. So be sure to buy that.

Mechanics

  • Try to zone her out of her farm, let her not get in range to AA the farm, she will use Q to farm only.
  • Pre6 All you do is harass her with AA and W while getting ahead of farm.
  • If she shrouds to get near minions, use your Q/w/E to reveal her.
  • Freezing the lane and zoning it is great ways to get ahead in farm.
  • Use the brushes for your advantage so she will get really behind in farm.

Some Info Needed

  • ALL YOUR ABILITIES HIT HER IN HER STEALTH
  • Dont get baited by her ulting in then ulting out by hitting a minion.
  • At level 6, she needs 40 more seconds to get all ulti charges
  • She can be easily ganked because her only escape methods are her ultimate and shroud which can be nullified by a pink ward or zoning her both sides.
  • Exhaust is good against her

VS

Alistar

Easy
Item Wise
  • Get Poke 1055_32.pngx2.  
  • Building damage will help you in mid game.
  • Ward/Trinket your lane because he can not do that much by himself. 

Mechanics

  • Be careful at minute 3, the enemy jungler may gank which is easy for Alistar to CC you and get Firstblood.
  • Zone him out of the farm
  • Don't waste your Lighting rush on nonsense. 

Some Info Needed

  • Bait his ultimate before using your own. 
  • He is not that dominate in lane but he is a beast in teamfights, so avoid teamfights and try to splitpush safely.
  • Ward up  A LOT because he can setup ganks so easily for his jungler/mid laner

VS

Caitlyn

Medium

I found about this matchup by going against it in solo queue and getting owned by Caitlyn. So I went on custom game with my friend and we played the matchup. He played Kennen versus my caitlyn and I played Kennen versus his Caitlyn. We figured out the information under. This matchup can be used for the other ADCs going top lane also.

Item Wise

  • 1054_32.png w/ potion      or   1029_32.png w/ 5 potion start is advised except if overconfident that your opponent is not that good.
  • 3157_32.png Zhonya rush seems a good start against a heavy AD.

Mechanics

  • She will out-trade you
  • Do not get hit with her passive AA!
  • Play passively until level 6. At 6 you can nuke her down with your damage and cc.
  • Do not let her control the brushes, push late on her so she needs to AA to get farm only.
  • If your jungler helps you Pre-6 you will dominate lane, but if he doesn't this lane will be hard or medium. 
  • This matchup leads you to be safe and not harass but farm.

Some Info Needed

  • With the changes to the brushes, Caitlyn will now take full control of all three brushes with her traps. 
  • If she uses her ulti, use your lighting rush (E) to gain a bit more armor which sometimes can save you from her damage.

VS

Cho'Gath

Easy

Item Wise

  • 3144_32.png Going the Korean Meta is advised here because it helps against his high health, and you can outsustain and outdamage him.

Mechanics

  • He can heal up against your damage against the minions, so zoning him is advised.
  • Try to Passive mark, W then E/Q him and then farm then repeat.
  • Try to dodge his Q with your E and try not to get silenced by him during your nuke.
  • Get the bush advantage by staying there and AA and going inside the brush so that you do not get hit by the minions.

Some Info Needed


  • AP Chogath seems to be strong medium difficulty while normal tank is easy.

VS

Darius

Easy

Item Wise

  • Doran's blade helps to harass him in lane
  • Building Damage would help to harass more AP/AD wise
  • Zhonya's is essential

Mechanics

  • Stay at distance, when comes closer to pull you, kite it out.
  •  Try to harass him until the moment you can zone him and let him not farm.
  •  Use stuns quiet often
  • Bully him out of the lane so you get free farm while he sits near the tower and waiting for the minions to push. 

Some Info Needed

  •  He may get kills lately in teamfights because of his ultimate.
  • Split pushing is really great in this scenario because he is not that great at one versus one if you are ranged.
  • Take care about his flash pull, react fast or die trying.

VS

Dr. Mundo

Easy

Item Wise

  • Doran's Blade start
  • Can go to the splitpush/hybird builds against him
  • Blade or Liandry recommended

Mechanics

  • You can zone him quite well 
  • dodge his cleavers and do not let him farm with it too
  • ward you lane, because he can not do anything by himself.

Some Info Needed

he is one of the weakest top laners as of damage, you can farm easily against him.
He has minimum amount of cc and literally no damage at all.

VS

Elise

Easy
Item Wise
  • Get Sustain 1055_32.png to stay in lane longer than her. 
  • 3001_32.png highly recommended.

Mechanics

  • Dodge Elise's Cocoon (Stun)
  • Take care of her level 3 which is scary because she has all her spells.
  • You can't burst her down she has a skillshot stun and her Repel which nullify your ulti's damage.
  • Harass and poke her out of the lane.
  • Stun her when she changes to human form and proceed from there.

Some Info Needed

  • Some MR in runes/masteries may help
  • Zone her from farm!
  • Don't build a lot of health items because she has HP% Damage from Q.
  • Don't dive her except if you are 100% sure you can kill her
  • At spider form, her small spiders can protect Elise from your Q's.
  • She hits her powerspike at level 15 where her stun duration is more (except if she is stupid enough to level it earlier).

VS

Fiora

Medium

Item Wise

  • If she builds full damage, get 3047_32.png.
  • Stack Dorans
  • Build early zhonya's hourglass.

Mechanics

  • Try to zone her so she can not farm
  • When her ulti is down, that's the time to ulti yourself.
  • Stun her when she uses her Gap closing (Q)

Some Info Needed

  • She can dodge your ult with her ult.
  • She can dodge your autoattacks and reflect it on you.


VS

Galio

Easy

Item Wise 

  • Start Dorans1055_32.png but get early boots.
  • They to go the "Korean build on this guide" THIS IS VERY CRUCIAL 
  • Blade of Ruined King will help you a lot.

Mechanics

  •  Farming safely and split pushing is the way you need to go in this matchup.
  • Galio will own you if you go for an AP build
  •  Ganks would be nice from your jungler vs an AP squishy top. 

Some Info Needed

  •  For every 2 Magic resist he has, he gets 1 AP. So he might be stacking Magic Resist.
  • If you know that YOU WILL NEVER join a teamfight and only splitpush, buy Wit's End 3091_32.png which helps you less his damage.

VS

Garen

Easy

Item Wise

  • Getting Blade of Ruiend King can help to slow Garen down if you wanna go a bit AD. If Not Rylais is pretty good
  • Doran's blade helps to harass him in lane
  • Warding the brush using a trinket would help.

Mechanics

  • Stay at distance, when he speeds up, mimic him and speed up also.
  •  Kite him out. Harass him 
  •  Use stuns quiet often
  • Bully him out of the lane so you get free farm while he sits near the tower and waiting for the minions to push. 
  • If you do not harass him, he has health regen from his passive

Some Info Needed

  • Garen has high cooldowns: at lvl 1: Q 12 sec W 30 sec E 13. 
Also His Q/E scales 1 second less everytime he levels them, while his W goes down by 3 each time till 18.

VS

Gnar

Medium
Item Wise
  • Get Sustain 1055_32.png  x2
  • 3191_32.png/3136_32.png early on is recommended for the extra defensive stats.

Mechanics

  • Dodge his boomerang while trying to hit him when he tries to grab it again.
  • ALWAYS keep your eyes on his rage bar, when it is too high, do not engage and don't let your jungler/midlaner gank at that time
  • Stay away from walls when he is MegaGnar
  • If he is on small Gnar, you need to try to burst him out before he even hits you 3 autoattacks or Hop away.
  • Kite megaGnar because he is on melee.

Some Info Needed

  • His boomerang, when grabbed again, lowers its on CD
  • He is based on autoattacks with his W's passive that helps him kite you.

VS

Gragas

Easy

Item Wise 

  • Start Dorans1055_32.png but get early boots.
  • Build full damage no need for MR if you are good at dodging his skill shots..
  • WARD WARD WARD. He has the best setup for ganks with his ultimate, Q slow, E stun. Do not get caught!

Mechanics

  • You can harass him because he is melee, forcing him to use his Q to farm waves and he will wait for being under tower.
  • You can use Zhonyas to nullify his damage especially his ultimate.
  • Once you ult most cases he would ulti right after that so be careful.
  • Harass with Q W and AA but do not get too close!

Some Info Needed

  • If lane goes equally or he is ahead, he will be able to do tons of damage if you get caught in front of him.
  • Check his build route, if he goes full AP, he can oneshot you with his combo, if he goes tank, you CANT one shot him. 
  • In teamfights stay away from his ultimate and focus his carries instead.

VS

Hecarim

Medium

Item Wise

  • Doran's blade helps to harass him in lane
  • Building Rylai's would slow him but do not rush it.

Mechanics

  • Stay at distance, when he speeds up, mimic him and speed up also and use your E.
  •  Kite him out. Harass him 
  •  Use stuns quiet often
  • Bully him out of the lane so he doesn't tp to gank other lanes
  • If you do not harass him, he has sustain from flask (most probs) + W
  • He also might take ignite with tp so you just need to poke him.

Some Info Needed

  • His knockupback is only when he is behind you.
  • Once you see him all in you can stun him
  • Most Heca's take Ignite TP so just take care of the ignite and force ganks on him to abuse the fact he has no flash.

VS

Irelia

Hard
Personally, I see Irelia as one of the most picked champion against kennen, which made me learn and learn more on how to beat her. She may be hard at first to people but you need to outplay her by poking hard and nuke her(All in) at a specific time with maybe the reinforcement of your jungler.

Item Wise

  • Doran's Blade is a great start for Kennen
  • Rushing boots seems a good idea because positioning is important in this matchup.
  • She will most likely go for Mercury's Treads, so building penetration would be nice, perhaps a haunting guise early on.

Mechanics

  • Do not let her farm, harass her out of the lane so you can free farm while she doesn't farm at all. You should be ahead of her in farm at all times.
  • She can be defeated if you poke her from the brushes.
  • Try to push to her tower and harass her under tower.
  • Pushing her under tower will lead her to choose between farming or harassing you back. *Be careful of junglers*
  • Do not stay near minions that are low Hp and in her range.
  • Use your Lighting Rush (E) to move away from her when she gap closes.
  • Take care that she may use his mobility from minion resets.
  • She can be mana hungry if she misses the resets of minions.
  • All in her if she is low on mana.

Some Info Needed

  • DO NOT DIVE AN IRELIA OVER 40% HP. Except if you are very confident or have your jungler with you. She has a stun, maybe ultimate and flash too!
  • She has too much tenacity, gap close, and sustain
  •  With the buff on Trinity Force, she is now a Medium and not Easy matchup.

VS

Jarvan IV

Medium

Item Wise

  • Early 3191_32.png is recommended 
  • Doran's blade helps to harass him in lane.

Mechanics

  •  Kite him out. Harass him
  • If he goes full AD, you need to play safe, if tank then you can aggressively hit him.
  • Main thing is you need to Dodge his flag combo.
  •  Use stuns quiet often
  • Bully him out of the lane so you get free farm while he sits near the tower and waiting for the minions to push. 
  • He might poke you with flag or all in with it.

Some Info Needed

  • If he gap close he will go all in, so you should know what to do... if you are confident fight him back and STUN him down, if not then go back with an E  or a flash. 
  • Try to ask for ganks cause he is weak in 2v1 and 2v2 if he uses his gap close aggressively. 
  • He has a good scaling and with patch 4.7, his passive got buffed.

VS

Jax

Easy

Item Wise

  • Doran's Blade Start
  • Rush AP Damage
  • Zhonya's depending on their jungler.

Mechanics

  • Try to harass him in lane to bully him from getting near the farm. Doing this will lead him to fall behind.
  • Harassing him early on with Auto Attacks may anger the player playing Jax and if he all ins you, either flash away or go for the kill.
  • Control the brush so you can farm safely and harass him without taking minion hits.
  • Controlling the brush will lead him to hug his tower.

Some Info Needed

  • Try to 2 stack on him before he gap close jump you so you can just press E and then stun him when he gapclose it.
Level 1-6 Easy 
6-16 Medium or Easy, depends on how you did early on.
16-18- late game Medium/Hard

VS

Jayce

Hard

Item Wise

  • Doran's Blade Start helps in sustain.
  • Zhonya's depending on their jungler.

Mechanics

  • If you ulti, try to ulti when he is in ranged form because he has no knockback when he is ranged.
  • Control the brush so you can farm safely and harass him without taking minion hits, if he harasses you back, your minions will hit him and the lane will push to his side.

Some Info Needed

  • When he is in melee form, have fun, it is easy to own him and kite him around.
  • When he is in range mode, try to not exchange blows with him but focus on farming. 
  • Try to dodge his ranged shots because they hurt.
  • The changes to Muramuna and the addition of Essence Reaver made Jayce stronger and tough opponent

VS

Karthus

Easy

Item Wise 

  • Start Dorans1055_32.png but get early boots.
  • Then try to get 3157_32.pngand maybe haunting guise3136_32.png
  • Building Abyssal Scepter 3001_32.png may help you if they are 2 ap or karthus is really good.
  • Time your Zhonya active to hit so you dodge the damage from his ulti.


Mechanics

  •  Dodge his Wall of Pain and Q's. 
  •  Ganks would be nice from your jungler vs an AP squishy top. 

Some Info Needed

  •  And once you kill him "Lighting Rush" (E)  away from the passive.
  • Lighting Rush (E) also gives you MR so when he ults try to use it.

VS

Kayle

Easy
Item Wise
  • Get Doran's shield which will help you neglect some of her damage and let you sustain back.
  • Get zhonya which will help if he ults and go in on you, you can zhonya and wait for his ulti to ware off.
  • Tenacity may help here.

Mechanics

  • She outdamage you but you have stronger CC.
  • Pre-6, when he is not in his ranged farm, try to harass him as much as you can.
  • If you have 2 stacks on her and then go all in, you will cc her hard which will help so she can not ulti fast enough to neglect your damage.
  • However if you engage with an ulti, you will be screwed because she can just ulti back.
  • You can take control of the brushes so you can farm safely.

Some Info Needed

  • If you have a bad jungler, you are technically screwed.
  • Kayle is a lane bully who is very strong against Kennen.
  • He got pretty nerfed so he is a bit safer now.

VS

Kennen

Easy
Rank: Won't happen
Normal Game: If you use this guide then you will win, if not you will lose :)85_64.png
Pshttt normal kennen is noob .. my kennen hybirdish is better ;)

VS

Kha'Zix

Easy
Item Wise
  • Doran's blade helps to harass him in lane x2.
  • Building Damage would help to harass him
  • Seeker's armguard is essential.

Mechanics

  • Dodge his Spikes (W) to not let him sustain out of it.
  • If he uses leap (E) aggressively, punish him for it
  • Be careful of his isolation!
  •  Try to harass him until the moment you can zone him and let him not farm.
  •  Use stuns quiet often to deny his cs.
  • Bully him out of the lane so you get free farm while he sits near the tower and waiting for the minions to push. 

Some Info Needed

  • Try to control the brushes so he doesn't get more damage with his passive. If you don't know his passive, it is unseen threat: when Kha'zix is unseen by enemy his next passive attack deals a lot of more damage.
  • You can reveal him if you stun him when he is on stealth.
  • A Good Kha'zix can win against you in lane. For me I see that Kha'zix can be hard if he Evolves Q and R first not E (if no teamfights will happen)
  • Patch 4.7 made him lose his isolation when you are near tower so it became easier.
  • Patch 4.9 made him have less damage but more cc with his W becoming 50% slow when evolved.

VS

Lee Sin

Medium
This matchup depends on experience and how good you are at dodging his skillshots.

Item Wise

  • Doran's blade helps to harass him in lane
  • Building Damage would help to harass more AP/AD wise
  • Zhonya's is essential

Mechanics

  • DO NOT GET HIT WITH HIS Q EARLY ON.
  •  Try to harass him until the moment you can zone him and let him not farm.
  •  Use stuns quiet often
  • Bully him out of the lane so you get free farm while he sits near the tower and waiting for the minions to push. 

Some Info Needed

  • His ulti can take you out of team fights, take you out from bursting him or take you all the way to his tower.
  • Split pushing is really great in this scenario because he is not that great at one versus one if you are ranged and you dodge his Q.
  • Take care about his ward kick or flash kick to his tower (also called the insec move).
  • His SafeGuard(W) can help him juke and run from your ult. So don't ulti except after he uses it or if no wards/minions are around.
  • If he tries to Q you twice, try to flash and E rush it to your tower at a perfect time. *This will make him afk rage quit if he dies*  :p
  • exhaust is good against him because it halves all his damage even his ult.

VS

Lissandra

Medium

Item Wise 

  • Start Dorans1055_32.png to harass in lane. Followed by another dorans perhaps.
  •  Haunting guise3136_32.png is a good item that gives you a bit of health and ap. 
  • Building Abyssal Scepter 3001_32.png may help you minimize her burst.
  • Getting some health may help counter her burst damage.

Mechanics

  •  Dodge her Q and her Q splash.
  •  Ganks would be nice from your jungler vs an AP squishy top. 
  • Pre-6 she has 1 escape which you can break with your stun.
  • Her W wont help her because you are ranged (except if she gap closes).
  • Bully her to her tower, she will use her spells to farm which leads her mana to run out even with her passive.
  • Harass her with your Q, your Q has a higher range than hers.

Some Info Needed

  •  She has a higher cd early game so you should poke her. You have to use AA because your range is higher than hers

VS

Lulu

Medium
Item Wise
  • Get Sustain 1055_32.png to stay in lane longer than her. 
  • 3001_32.png highly recommended.

Mechanics

  • Dodge her Q so that she doesn't slow you/damage.
  • Take care of her early levels where she is strong with AA and Q.
  • You can't burst her down she can polymore (W) and you cant do damage.

Some Info Needed

  • Some MR in runes/masteries may help
  • Zone her from farm!
  • Don't dive her except if you are 100% sure you can kill her, she has CC and ult and shield.

VS

Malphite

Easy
Item Wise
  • Doran's blade helps to harass him in lane.
  • Zhonya is essential versus him because if you dodge his ultimate with Zhonya, you can win the fight.

Mechanics

  •  Constant harass him, his shield recharges if you do not damage him. The shield gives him 10% of his hp as shield. 
  • Bully him and trade with him, he is a very mana hungry champion so you will win against him.
  • STAY IN THE BRUSHES so he doesn't harass back
  • Focus on farming because Malphite is a good champion even if he does not get kills or farm.

Some Info Needed

  • Ward carefully and don't let him get any kills early in the game or you are screwed.
  • Try to ask for ganks cause he got no real escapes except a slow.

VS

Maokai

Medium
Item Wise
  • Get Poke 1055_32.pngx2.  
  • Building damage will help you in mid game.
  • Ward/Trinket your lane because he can not do that much by himself. 

Mechanics

  • Be careful at minute 3, the enemy jungler may gank which is easy for Maokai to CC you and get Firstblood.
  • Zone Maokai out of the farm
  • Don't waste your Lighting rush on nonsense. 
  • Do not spam your spells because it heals him up

Some Info Needed

  • Bait his ultimate before using your own.
  • He is not that dominate in lane but he is a beast in teamfights, so avoid teamfights and try to splitpush safely.
  • Ward up  A LOT because he can setup ganks so easily.

VS

Nasus

Easy

Item Wise

  • Try to go early AD (Doran's)
  • Going the korean build seems great to splitpush and kite Nasus.

Mechanics

  • If you get withered (slowed) by Nasus, do not use lighting rush away, just try to stun Nasus with QW + AA or E.
  • He has a lot of sustain so you should harass him if he is not near minions but focus more on the tower/ minions.
  • YOUR JOB: DO NOT LET HIM FARM HIS Q on minions!
  • If he randomly withered, it may be his jungler coming in aid.

Some Info Needed

  • If he ultis, just stun him and light rush away until his ulti is gone. 
  • Do not get baited by his jungler, because nasus will need help to dominate.
  • Deny him from farm or he will get strong late game when he has items/ Q stacks.
  • His ultimate no longer increases the cast ranges of Wither and Spirit Fire. (Patch 4.1)

VS

Nidalee

Easy
This is kind of a skilled matchup.
  • Utilize the brushes before she does that.
  • Remember that she has her heal.
  • Do not fight her if you are marked by the hunt (passive)
  • Harass her from far when she is on cougar form.

Item Wise

  • Builds early Doran's to get some sustain and harass (two doran's blade is recommended)
  • Building damage is recommended because she has minimum all in damage.

Mechanics Wise

  • Do not step on traps, it gives her longer leap in cougar form
  • If you get hit with spear/trap wait 4 seconds before going near her range so her (Hunted passive) is off. This allows her not to engage on you.
  • Dodge spears and traps and focus on CSing and waiting your jungler to force a gank or countergank. If you are equal with her in lane that means you automatically win because she will splitpush and you have a GREATER impact in teamfights.

VS

Olaf

Easy
Item Wise
  • Get Sustain 1055_32.pngx2.  
  • Building damage will help you in mid game.
  • Ward/Trinket your lane because he can not do that much by himself.

Mechanics

  • Be careful early levels, he might be deadly level 1-3.
  • Zone him out of the farm
  • Dodge the axes and damage him with W proc damage.
  • With good kiting and dodging mechanics, you can outplay him and secure an easy lane.
  • Don't waste your Lighting rush on nonsense. 
  • His damage is not long range so you can kite him easily. (only his axe is long range) 

Some Info Needed

  • He can disable your CC.
  • You can not one versus one him without risking it, be careful. Focus on farming because farm is safer and can be more rewarding.
  • Wait for jungler to gank for you.
  • Take Advantage of the brush and don't let him do that.

VS

Pantheon

Medium
Item Wise
  • Try to go early AD (Doran's)
  • Get boots soon to kite him in lane.

Mechanics

  • Get control of the brushes before he does.
  • When he stuns you and does his WQE Combo, punish him hardly.
  • He is very mana hungry champion so you can out-trade him.
  • Push him to the tower so you can poke him and he can't handle your stuns and farming at the same time.

Some Info Needed

  • You can break his ultimate by stunning him.
  • If he has 2 marks on him and you know he will jump stun on you, use your E and he will be stunned when u are stunned. Get a doran shield.
  • He isn't an easy opponent for new playing kennen, for me he is an easy target but you should take care of his Spears (Q) and his stuns
  • Ganking him is SO ESSENTIAL because Pantheon has no escapes *excluding his ultimate which can be disturbed.

VS

Renekton

Medium

Item Wise

  • Try to go early Doran's Blade and then Seeker's Armguard to rush Zhonya.
  • Get boots soon to kite him in lane. Ninja Tabi but if they have AP jungler and AP Support.

Mechanics

  • Harass him when he tries to farm so you can sit in front of the wave and zone him out. But be careful of the enemy jungler.
  • Do not let him stay in brushes (He may do that so he can farm without getting harassed).
  • When he slice and dice aggresively, stun him or use lighting rush to run away.
  • Push him to the tower so you can poke him and he can't handle your stuns and farming at the same time. With this technique you would be ahead in farm around 20 or more depends if he gets ganks or not.
  • Kiting is important in this matchup.

Some Info Needed

  • If he ultis, just stun him and light rush away until his ulti is gone. 

VS

Rengar

Easy

Item Wise

  • Ward the brushes if he uses them to farm. *Trinket or normal ward, as you wish*
  • Getting blade of ruined king and Twin shadows help you (Korean method in the item section) these items can help you sustain and find him in stealth, and both items are good for extra cc so you can kite him.
  • Zhonya is still an option that helps a lot in game.

Mechanics

  • Push him under his tower so he doesn't use the brushes to camp and leap.
  • Your CC damage can own him even when he is on stealth.
  • If he is under tower you can see where he is, if he leaves lane, be careful he may go around with his ultimate.
  • If he is in the brushes, Q it from far to get one stack and follow with E then use W to stun him.
  • If he jumps on you, EQW him to stun her and continue with some AA.
  • Poke him, You got speed over his slow.

Some Info Needed

  • Try to poke him at level 1 but at 3 play safer.  If you get 6 first try to go all in him (Take care of your hp and if enemy jungler is near.) Ask for early ganks and farm a lot. He won't be able to farm because most rengars will stay in the brush until you go near then attack. 
  • It is your brush not his. Take control of it (Similar to nidalee)
  • His stealth wont help him vs your CC burst.
  • Rengar was a Hard matchup until Patch 4.1, where his sustain and Q have been nerfed, this led me to range Rengar in the  Medium range now because now Kennen is a stronger pick than him. After Patch 4.5, rengar became even weaker where his all in takes a longer time and you can react against him.

VS

Riven

Easy

Item Wise

  • Doran's Blade is a great start for Kennen
  • Rushing boots seems a good idea because positioning is important in this matchup.
  • Going AD seems good but you need to see what fits your team comp.

Mechanics

  • Do not let her farm, harass her out of the lane so you can free farm while she doesn't farm at all. You should be ahead of her in farm at all times.
  • If she charges to you, speed up with your E or stun her with your combo Q/W/E/AA.
  • If you have a good positioning, she needs to burn Flash/her shield/her Q or maybe all three together to get near you, positioning is everything in this matchup, if you have bad positioning you are screwed.
  • Try to dodge/escape her burst if she tries to all in.
  • Dont proc the W damage until her shield is off.
  • Use your Lighting Rush (E) to move away from her when she gap closes.
  • Kiting Riven is the best way to win this lane.
  • Take care that she may use his Q/E mobility to run away from your ultimate.

Some Info Needed

  • DO NOT DIVE A RIVEN. Except if you are very confident or have your jungler with you.
  • Don't be stupid and don't use your W's active or passive on her when she has her shield on for that 1.5 seconds.
  • She got pretty nerfed but she still has good amount of damage and mobility.
  • Take care of insane flashes made early on because Riven players sometimes do that to snowball. To counter this  try to stun her immediately or flash back and AA back with the support of your own minions. 
  • Time her flash so you know when she can gap close you. 


VS

Rumble

Hard
Rumble is a hard matchup, HOWEVER not a lot of people are considered that good with rumble. I personally thinks it needs around 100 games as rumble for a person to play "good" with him.

Item Wise

  • Doran's Blade is advised like most matchups

Mechanics

  • Do not get near his flame spitter range.
  • Dodge his skillshot slow.
  • His ulti can be hurtful if well placed but try your best to move away with either flash or your Lighting Rush.
  • He has a lower range so try to poke him out, maybe 2 doran's blade would help.
  • Try to be aggressive on him, he is not that good under tower farmer.

Some Info Needed

  • Rumble is a hard champion to master, so this may be highly favored to your side except on higher elos where the players know how to play rumble really good.
  • Even if you beat him in lane, he will get his power spike later on in teamfights.


VS

Ryze

Medium
His ranges got nerfed and also tear of godness got nerfed so now he is not that hard.

Item Wise 

  • Start Dorans1055_32.png to harass in lane. Followed by another dorans perhaps.
  •  Haunting guise3136_32.png is a good item that gives you a bit of health and ap. 
  • Building Abyssal Scepter 3001_32.png may help you minimize her burst.
  • Getting some health may help counter her burst damage.

Mechanics

  •  Harass him early on to get advantage. 
  • Push lane against him or ask for a gank from your jungler
  • Control the brush so he does not damage you with anything
  • He has low range so try to annoy him from far with Q and W.

Some Info Needed

  • His w is snare so u can still press ult or press q if he does that.
  • You can dodge his Q easily because now it's a skillshot
  • If he is in purple team he will have blue as advantage but if blue team he won't. 
  • Let him waste his snare on a minion or something then all in him.

VS

Shen

Easy

Item Wise

  • Get Sustain 1055_32.pngx2.  
  • Building damage will help you in mid game.
  • Ward/Trinket your lane because he can not do that much by himself.

Mechanics

  • Zone him out of his farm
  • If he ults or use teleport, stun him to break the global teleport and let your team win the fight.
  • If he ults or use teleport, and you know that he will not gain a kill or stop a kill with it, leave him and go and push your tower till it is down.  
  • Before level 6, try to harass him a lot and get in the middle between the farm and him.

Some Info Needed

  • Dodge his taunt and he has not a lot of damage
  •  some idiots will build armor on shen still, so your ap dmg will burst him down. 
  • Check his spells to see if he has teleport or not.
  • Advise you to take 12.png because I don't think you can kill him a lot in lane.

VS

Shyvana

Medium
Item Wise
  • Get Sustain 1055_32.pngx2.  
  • Building damage will help you in mid game.
  • Ward/Trinket your lane because he can not do that much by himself.

Mechanics

  • Be careful early levels, she might be deadly level 1-3.
  • Zone Shyvanna out of the farm
  • With good kiting and dodging mechanics, you can outplay her and secure an easy lane.
  • Don't waste your Lighting rush on nonsense. 
  • Her damage is not long range so you can kite her easily. 
  • Her power spike is at teamfights so be careful in teamfights.

Some Info Needed

  • She has hybird damage
  • Take Advantage of the brush and don't let her do that.
  •  She has high MR and Armor which doubles at her dragon form. 
  • Took her to Medium instead of easy due to the smite/tp tactic which is pretty hard due to the fact she can get super tanky with cinderhulk and can even "mini exhaust" you and do more damage to you if she smites you. To deal with this you need to coordinate with your jungler or just push so she can't jungle.

VS

Singed

Easy

Item Wise

  • Get Sustain 1055_32.pngx2.  
  • Building damage will help you in mid game.
  • Ward/Trinket your lane because he can not do that much by himself.
  • Building twin shadow/ blade of ruined can help you kite him around.

Mechanics

  • Zone him out of his farm
  • If he uses teleport, stun him to break the global teleport and let your team win the fight.
  • If uses teleport, and you know that he will not gain a kill or stop a kill with it, leave him and go and push your tower till it is down.  
  • Before level 6, try to harass him a lot and get in the middle between the farm and him.
  • Don't waste your Lighting rush on nonsense. 

Some Info Needed

  • Poke him constantly so he goes back. 
  • Take Advantage of the brush and don't let him do it.
  • Check his spells to see if he has teleport or not. (Most people will have it)
  • You can all in him when he is around 50% hp.

VS

Sion

Medium

Item Wise 

  • Start Dorans1055_32.png to harass in lane. Followed by another dorans perhaps.
  • Build an early Zhonya to avoid all his damage.

Mechanics

  • Do not stand still, always walk around and trying to zone him from the farm. This technique let you avoid all damage.

Some Info Needed

  • His passive can be easily countered by stun or kiting it. 
  • Avoid getting too close to him.
  • Once you hear his ultimate, try to dodge it or Zhonya it or move towards your tower.
  • His ultimate stops when he hits terrain 

VS

Swain

Medium

Item Wise 

  • Start Dorans1055_32.png to harass in lane. Followed by another dorans perhaps.
  •  Haunting guise3136_32.png is a good item that gives you a bit of health and ap. 
  • Building Abyssal Scepter 3001_32.png may help you minimize Swain's true damage.

Mechanics

  •  Dodge his Nevermore (W) AOE Snare.
  •  Ganks would be nice from your jungler vs an AP top. He has no escapes just slows and CC so it should be going your way.
  • Bully Swain to his tower, he will use his spells (mainly his ult) to farm which leads his mana to run out.
  • Two out of his three spells are used by clicking on you, using the brush would help you minimize his damage output.

Some Info Needed

  •  Remember that his W is a snare not a stun, so you can still attack him when he uses it.
  • His sustain is incredible and can not be dealt with.
  • Make sure you ignite him if you want to all in.
  • The longer he stays in the raven form, the more mana he loses, leading him to be mana hungry.

VS

Teemo

Easy

Hybrid-AD-AP Teemos.

AP is Medium
AD is Easy
Hybrid is Easy.
  • For All three types of Teemos, utilize the brushes before they do. 
  • Bait Teemo to break your vision wards (100 gold and stays until broken) can help engaging on him. *Helps if jungler can come with you too*
  • Pressuring him under the tower will lead him to pick between farm and harass, also pressuring him will let him not able to use his shrooms (except if he foolishly put them on the minions which pushes his lane)
  • Whenever you kill Teemo say: "Hut, two, three, four... Teemo feed me more, more, more"
  • You have a higher burst damage than him.

Item Wise

  • Builds early Doran's to get some sustain and harass (two doran's blade is recommended)
  • Building Zhonyas can help if you accidentally stepped on a shroom while you are low.
  • Getting the Sweeping Lense helps in this matchup too.

VS

Tryndamere

Easy

Item Wise

  • Get Sustain 1055_32.pngx2.  
  • Early Zhonya

Mechanics

  • Zone him out of his farm
  • If he ults, stun him out and kite it out.
  • Before level 6, try to harass him a lot and get in the middle between the farm and him.

Some Info Needed

  • Tryndamere gains more health healed with his Q if he has more fury, which is gained by autoattacking. So if he is zoned out of his farm, he can not heal a lot out of that.
  • Tryndamere Ultimate lets him not die for a specific amount, but you can burst him down and let him not hit the ultimate because he would be stunned
  • Tryndamere's W slows you down if your back is facing him. So if you always face him, you will not be slowed by it.
  • Check out his spells to see if he has ghost/flash or both.
  • 3165_32.png is good against him if he goes full attack speed build.

VS

Udyr

Easy

Item Wise

  • Doran's Blade start
  • Can go to the splitpush/hybrid builds against him
  • Rylai may be helping to help you kite on him.

Mechanics

  • You can zone him quite well 
  • If he speeds up, you can speed up too or you can stun him out.
  • He has no skillshots so he can only farm near, so if you harass him out of lane he will not do anything to you.
  • Ward you lane, because he can not get near you except with flash or with help of jungler.

Some Info Needed

  • Check his stands before he attacks you.
  • After level 6, you will be a bit stronger because he has no true ultimate and you just got your ultimate.

VS

Vladimir

Medium
Item Wise 
  • Start Dorans1055_32.png and get another one to equal out his sustain.
  • Then try to get 3157_32.png to nullify his ulti damage.
  • Building Abyssal Scepter 3001_32.png may help you if you feel he is gonna do dmg or their mid laner/jungler is also AP

Mechanics

  • You can stay in the brush and go out to farm and back in so he does not harass you with his Q.
  • You can outsustain him early game but then he will get a lot of sustain.
  •  Ganks would be nice from your jungler vs an AP top. 
  • Push the lane against him so he can not farm that well.

Some Info Needed

  • You can bait his pool so you can all in him or your jungler can gank.
  • Lighting Rush (E) also gives you MR so when he ults try to use it.
  • You can Zhonya when you think he is going to ult, if he misses the ulti then he will not get the bonus damage

VS

Volibear

Easy

Item Wise

  • Doran's Blade start
  • Can go to the splitpush/hybird builds against him
  • Blade or Liandry recommended mid to late game when he is tanky.

Mechanics

  • You can zone him quite well 
  • If he speeds up, you can speed up too or you can stun him out.
  • He has no skillshots so he can only farm near, so if you harass him out of lane he will not do anything to you.
  • ward you lane, because he can not do anything by himself.

Some Info Needed

  • His passive has a two minute cooldown
  • He is one of the weakest top laners, you can farm easily against him.
  • Care he damages a lot with his ultimate
  • Care about his passive, Pop it out before you burst him a second time. Ignite helps against it too.


VS

Warwick

Easy

Item Wise

  • WARD WARD WARD 2044_32.png he will farm until a gank he will use his ult.
  • Doran's blade helps to harass him in lane.

Mechanics

  •  Kite him out. Harass him 
  •  Use stuns quiet often
  • Bully him out of the lane so you get free farm while he sits near the tower and waiting for the minions to push. 
  • His only spell that can harass and sustain from is his Q. He will be a bit of mana hungry if he constantly use it.
  • Do not let him get close to minions to heal, harass him to his tower.

Some Info Needed

  • Use your ultimate before he does, this cancel's his ultimate and lets you move freely.
  •  This can also happen if you have 2 stacks on him and you use your lighting rush before he ults.
  • Try to ask for ganks cause he got no real escapes.


VS

Wukong

Easy
Item Wise
  • Doran's blade helps to harass him in lane.
  • Zhonya is essential versus him because he is a heavy AD champ.

Mechanics

  •  Kite him out. Harass him 
  •  Use stuns quiet often
  • Bully him and trade with him, he is a very mana hungry champion so you will win against him.

Some Info Needed

  • W will send lighting to the place wukong is when he is stealth and stunned.
  • Try to ask for ganks cause he got no real escapes except clone.. With that being said if he dashes to you, hits with ranged hit, and then uses clone aggressively, you really need to call your jungler because that's an easy kill.

VS

Xin Zhao

Easy

Item Wise

  • Early 3191_32.png1028_32.png are recommended and play undertower because his gapclose can own you. 
  • Doran's blade helps to harass him in lane.

Mechanics

  •  Kite him out. Harass him 
  •  Use stuns quiet often
  • Bully him out of the lane so you get free farm while he sits near the tower and waiting for the minions to push. 
  • He has no poke so he would either charge you or farm constantly away from you.
  • If he gets into the brushes, get the control of it so he gets poor farming. 

Some Info Needed

  • He scales bad late game because he is more of a snowball champion, so this will go in your favor. 
  • If he gap close he will go all in, so you should know what to do... if you are confident fight him back and STUN him down, if not then go back with an E  or a flash. 
  • Try to ask for ganks cause he got no real escapes.

VS

Yasuo

Easy

Item Wise

  • Early 3191_32.png is recommended.
  • Doran's blade helps to harass him in lane.
  • Perhaps getting a Doran's Shield if you are comfy with playing safe for the start.

Mechanics

  • Dodging his empowered Q (3rd Q) He will have an Aura around him
  • Kite him out. Harass him 
  •  Use stuns quiet often
  • Bully him out of the lane so you get free farm while he sits near the tower and waiting for the minions to push. 
  • Control the brush and harass him from there. 

Some Info Needed

  • His wall blocks ONLY your Q and AA.
  • He can dash through minions the cooldown is very short, less than 1 second each dash which also doesnt even cost mana. He can't dash 
  • Try to ask for ganks cause he got no real escapes except towards YOUR minions & champions.
  • His dash can be used on same target every 6 seconds.
  • His Q is a short distance straight line (sort of like pantheon's E) so Kennen's range would help against it.
  • Max W, E, then Q.
  • His ultimate is 80/55/30 Seconds (without CD items/runes/masteries) so timing it would help you.

VS

Yorick

Medium
Item Wise
  • With the 4% lifesteal Quiss and 2 dorans, you would have good sustain against him.
  • Getting Rylai would help with the extra hp from it and the ability to slow.

Mechanics

  • You should all in at level 1 because he is very very weak at early game.
  • Going into the brush and out will lead his omens to not hit you, this is very helpful and this is why I have my guide on Medium. Other guides may say this is hard because not a lot know that if you go in brush Yorick's omens does not hit you. 
  • Use his omens to stack up ur W charges.
  • Bully him and trade with him, he is a some what mana hungry early game before tear.
  • Focus on farming because he has a lot of sustain

Some Info Needed

  • After he ults, you can run with ur E or stun it.  :) simple. 
  • Try to ask for ganks cause he got no real escapes except a slow.
  • Maxing E after W will help because ur Q will be useless because of omens blocking your way.

VS

Zac

Easy

Item Wise

  • Doran's blade helps to harass him in lane. Most Zacs would rush spirit visage so this is very helpful.
  • Ward your bushes to get control of them.

Mechanics

  • Dodge his stretching punch to not get slowed by him.
  • You can easily dodge his jump because of the delay it has.
  •  Try to harass him until the moment you can zone him and let him not farm.
  •  Use stuns quiet often
  • Bully him out of the lane so you get free farm while he sits near the tower and waiting for the minions to push. 
  • Contest him with his chunks of blob. If you step on the blobs they disappear but if he steps on them he gains health.

Some Info Needed

  •  Remember his rebirth passive
  • You can easily run from his ultimate with your E.
  • If his passive pops, you can get all parts with class using E/W combo :)
  • After patch 3.11 the chunks will be located in a contested area instead of near zac. So this would let you have a higher chance of denying his sustain.

VS

Zed

Easy

This matchup can go both ways (skill matchup), also silly mistakes may lead to the enemy triumph on you. 


Item Wise

  • Stack 2 Doran's Blade early on because he can not harass back without his ultimate as a threat.
  • Build early zhonya's hourglass to deny his ultimate damage.

Mechanics

  • When he ults/ uses his shadow, you can stun him directly.
  • Do not get fooled by his juking with the shadows. Don't underestimate your opponent, missclicks are OP with shadows :P
  • Control the brush to help you deny his damage and allow you to farm safely.

Some Info Needed

  • This will be a farm lane not a kill. You can't 1v1 him without both of you dieing.
  • Exhaust 3.png Can help you win lane.

Notes Back to Top

This guide is made for top lane. I also play mid lane and Bot Lane Kennen but I figured out in the mid lane poking isn't that much of a deal. This is because mid lane is a short lane and can be heavily ganked from many different directions


ABOUT MATCHUPS

I faced them personally at the top lane. ALL OF THE matchups I personally played against or saw at least one full match of it. If you play against a specific champion a lot, you will learn how to beat him even if he/she is your number one counter.

The champions I see most played against Kennen are: Shyvana, Irelia, Nasus, Renekton, and Ryze.
I would be pleased to add any match ups that you guys would suggest me to add just ask me in the comments below.

Also if you want to see videos of Kennen against a specific champion you can find them in this cool website.

WinYourMatchup is a great website that shows you high ranked plays of specific match ups like for example Kennen vs Zed.
 

Detailed Game Phase Back to Top

Pre-Minion Wave

  • If your jungler is starting at the other buff, Ward his buff if you are a good guy.
  • If your jungler is startingyour side go pull for him with only 2 autoattacks and a Shuriken (Q).
  • Be careful not to go to lane using the dangerous route, go back safely if the enemy laner is missing.
  • Sometimes you would comeback to lane to see that enemy bot laners are at top and they would get firstblood when you come back to lane using the dangerous route in the river/ tribrush.

Level 1-3

  • If you push the first wave, you can get level 2 before your enemy, with this you can create lane pressure early on. 6 Minions = Level 2. *If no xp was earnt by kills or assists*
  • You should level your lighting rush second to get an escape if something happens. A lot of people have "Flash syndrome" whenever they are ganked, they would immediately use flash even if the enemy jungler could not even have killed  you or even damaged you. You should keep your flash for serious threatening ganks or offensive plays.
  • You can harass the enemy out of lane if you AA + W proc damage him at this stage. 
  • You can get first blood at this stage.
  • Be careful around the 3:00-4:30 minute mark of incoming ganks. Try to use your ward when you think the enemy jungler will finish his second buff. Most likely it would be the same time as your jungler is done but maybe faster by a bit.
  • If you and your jungler are stronger 2v2 you can go ahead and go against the enemy jungler and top laner.

Pre Level 6 (Early Lane Phase)

  • Continue with the harassing in lane and bullying your opponent.
  • If you get minion agro, control the brush and move in and out of it so you do not get damaged a lot by the minions. *This is how ninjas harass and farm* 
  • By Patch 4.7, you can see the agro of minions attacking you when you attack your opponent. 
  •  You should place your opponent under pressure and lowering him to create a play at level 6.
  • Some good laning tips about harassing and farming can be found in the video under by MegaZero.

Levels 6-11 (Lane phase)

  • At level 6 you get your power spike, your ultimate
  • Your ultimate can stun two people, so the enemy top laner and the jungler or mid laner if they gank.
  • Kennen is extremely strong with a Zhonya. So try to not break the enemy tower early on, just damage it until it is low enough that you can take it down later on. 
  • Whenever you want to go back, try to push your lane so the opponent gets denied and the minions get killed by the tower.
  • To easily farm ranged creeps under tower, just E through them once and then let the tower hit them and then autoattack them once to finish it.
  • If you are running Teleport which is 200 second cooldown, I suggest buying a ward everytime you back so that you can place the 180 second ward on tribrush or river and play aggressively. This works well because a ward is 180 second and Teleport is 200 second (when on tower), so with this you will only have 20 seconds of risky play and rest safe warded play. You can escape ganks with 2 methods, stunnning your opponents or Rushing away with Lightning Rush.
  • Getting your Zhonya and breaking the opponent's tower signifies the beginning of the mid game phase.

Things to consider when initiating (going all in) during lane phase

  • How much energy do you have?
  • Is your next attack an Electrical Surge (W) passive mark?
  • How many marks you have on the enemy player?
  • Does the enemy have summoners? If yes, can you still kill them?
  • Is their mid laner visible on the map?
  • Where was the last place you saw the enemy jungler?
  • Can your jungler come and back you up?
  • Do they have their ultimate/escape up?
  • Do they have a global ultimate? A Soraka, Shen Support, Karthus?
  • Would I get a lot of minion agro or would I still be able to live?
  • What spells does they have on cooldown? 
  • Is their ultimate on cooldown?
  • Do they have mana or are they out of mana?
  • How much MR/Armor does they have?
  • Do they have a special item like hexdrinker or zhonya? Is it on cooldown?
  • What could go wrong? Could I miss my Thundering Shuriken? 
  • What if he attacks back? 

Levels 11-16 (Mid Game) 

  • By this time you should have at least your Zhonya, and few items more if you are winning your lane by a mile.
  • At this time you have some options: If your team is winning bottom and mid lanes, you can continue to farm & break towers at top lane. However if they are losing you can tell them to switch with you (you go their lane and they come top) or just group up and take objectives (towers/dragon/maybe baron).
  • Another option is taking Jungle camps, Wight camp/Wolves if you are Blue team, and Golems if are in the Purple team. After taking some camps you could roam around to mid lane (maybe even bot lane) and just help them.
  • Your aoe stuns helps a lot in team fights to lock in the opponents. 
  • At level 11, you will have 10 bolts instead of 6. This will let you two to three people and a mark of a fourth, you can then use one of your three other spells to stun FOUR members of a team.
  • You may want your team to take dragon
  • Zhonya Usage: Be careful on how you use zhonya, if they have a lot of cc insta-Zhonya. If low or none then try to use it if you are low, or focused. You may not even need to use it. Do not just Insta-Zhonya everytime you go in with your ultimate, you may not have locked them in or they may flash out.

  • If you get dived on by your opponent a cool trick to keep in mind can be seen in this video, where Curse's Voyboy, with style, kills a Nunu.
                                 

Levels 16-18 (Late Game) 

  • Most of the time, you would dominate your opponent that the enemy team would just surrender and give up. (Bronze to Gold Elo)
  • level 16 is when Kennen shines the most. His ultimate will give 15 bolts, which is 3 marks on every member of the opponent team.
  • Objectives: Take every objective available. Dragon has a 6 timer, Baron has a 7 minute, blue and red buffs has 5 minutes, and Towers has none!
  • Split pushing: If your team are able to defend themselves, try to split push. This is because you have the speed, passive stun and ulti stun, and a good AD. You can also take  perhaps anyone 1 on 1 and you can also run away if more than one person is there.
  • Teamfights are really good if you have your ultimate up, if not try to splitpush until it's back again.

 Team Fights:

You should wait for your jungler (e.g. Vi or Nocturne ultimates) or support (e.g. Leona or Braum ultimates) to engage first before you rush in with your lighting rush or use flash to get to the enemy back-line (Support/ADC). If you are your team's main engager, you could go in and Zhonya to not be CC'ed or bursted out. You could also camp a brush and wait for a fight with your team. Kennen's job is to lock down the enemy team's backline (ADC and Support).This may also include their mid laner depending on which meta did their mid laner get. (e.g. a lux). You should melt them down with CC which would lead your team to finish them up. (e.g.  vayne cleaning them while you cc'ed them, or a zed cleaning them).

Conclusion: 

  • Early game harass and farm up safely.
  • Mid game splitpush-teamfights
  • Late game: wreck their ADC+Supp in teamfights and then focus others.

When to play Kennen (Combos) Back to Top

All of the following champions  have some countering for you in (LATE GAME) Sometimes you will be denied  by them, but sometimes not.26_64.png40_64.png64_64.png12_64.png57_64.png79_64.png13_64.png



Your Buddies(Great AOE Damage/CC)



Jungs254_64.png113_64.png9_64.png28_64.png32_64.png33_64.png59_64.png154_64.png
Mids: Tons but most noticeably: 55_64.png30_64.png61_64.png25_64.png115_64.png
Supps412_64.png89_64.png117_64.png37_64.png143_64.png1_64.png43_64.png
ADCs21_64.png/29_64.png, others are great. All the AD carries are good with Kennen because they can either stack aoe damage or clean up your aoe damage/cc.

26_64.png117_64.png98_64.png25_64.png10_64.png61_64.png: These 6 Champions either speed buff you or shields you from damage which is great while you are going all in with your ultimate.

Your best friends 

61_64.png She shields you, speeds you, get them into your ult. What else you need? 2v5 pentakill
117_64.png Her ult gives you health, knocks enemies, and slows them if they are near you.
98_64.png He can ulti on you then taunt the enemy team inside your ultimate.
33_64.png Sonic and Pikachu working together? Whaaat? ... That speed and double ult is awesome.

Famous Pros Playing Kennen Back to Top

 Clicking on the names will take you to their Probuilds.net page where you can see their items, spell orders, runes, and masteries (which some of them are the old masteries)

Europe

ex GMB Darien

North America



Asian Scene

 Flame (One of the best if not the best Kennen out there)
Ragan (Hybrid Kennen first from the Asian scene pros)


Pros and Cons Back to Top

Pros

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  •  Great amount of Crowd Control
  •  Uses energy instead of mana! Manaless - Spam spells OP
  •  Great laning phase with harassing
  •  Great wave clearing with 2 AOE minion hitting spells
  • Great team fight AOE which wrecks enemies.
  • Wombo Combo material
  • Has a speed buff which makes ganking him hard.
  • Big Lane Bully (can not be countered heavily)
  • Can Zone and Freeze lanes very well
  • Can burst down AP champs, ADCs, and supports really easily.
  • Can go hybrid-AD-AP.
  • Low CD
  • Fun to play :D
  • Does not fall out in the late Game
  • Amazing Splitpush champion
  • Is a flippin Ninja ^_^

Cons

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  •  Somewhat squishy.
  • Gets flamed on for picking a "squishy" top laner in Bronze-Gold divisions. Even if in higher divisions Kennen is high pick that is contested.
  •  Not that great on 2v1 scenarios
  •  Ultimate Dependent
  •  Flash Dependent
  •  Being in the same team as an Akali or a Shen will lead you to get 1 hitpoint less due to the hidden ninja passive. 
  •  Doesn't have any Legendary/Theme skins or any skin that  have advanced animations :(  Riot pls.

How To Carry With Kennen Back to Top

 This section is a moral help for top lane Kennen players & even any other champions in the game.

  •  Do not Flame anyone in yourteam. Flaming would lead them to flame back, rage, or even leave the game. Some people are sensitive and only little will ignore you in game if you flame.
  • Be your team's leader If you see yourteam as "stupid noobs," boss them around in a respective way. If there is no clear leader in the team, you may lose the game. For example, you just aced the enemy team, you have five members left, two pinged dragon, two pinged baron, and you pinged the inhibitor tower. With no leader, you will not get any of the three objectives and waste an ace. 
  •  Admit your Mistakes when you are the reason why you lost a fight or lost an objective. If you got caught, apologize and tell them it won't happen again. They may flame you, just say sorry again.  
  • Praise others, if you have a mid laner than tells you that he is useless because he is 0/3, tell him he can come back with farming. If you have an ADC who is going afk because his support took a couple of farm, tell him that you need an ADC to carry the team and without him you guys will lose. A person who never plays support got support and is pissed, tell him that with winning this game, he may be in another lane next game! Be truthful and do not make fun of your team.
  • Stay Positive, The cup is half full and not half empty. If you guys are behind in towers, just focus towers. If you are behind in kills, remember that the game is League of Legends and not Call of Duty Team Deathmatch! 
  • Respect Others. When you see a person building weird builds/meta, do not flame him/her. Remember that TPA's Bebe's Blue Ezreal build was thought to be troll, but it was used by a lot of LCS players and high elo players with success. Remember that TPA also used a triple smite composition and they won their two games using this. Remember when Diamondprox first introduced Nasus, Volibear, and Karma into the jungle, everyone thought he was trolling but most of his games were successful. 
  • Farming. Remember that kills are not that easy to get but farming is. Farming two waves may be equal one kill in gold! 18 CS = 1 Normal Kill.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Back to Top

  • Why Hybrid Runes/Masteries on Kennen?
Kennen is a champion that has high Base AD and has great attack range. Kennen can harass enemies without getting harassed back, so playing hybrid on him helps him harass his enemies in laning phase.
  • Why Kennen top and not mid lane?
Kennen has a long range that can be used to bully top laners, Kennen has many counters in the Mid lane but few in the top lane, this leads poeple into picking him top lane.

  • Why Doran's Blade start?
Doran's Blade is a great start for Kennen. Kennen has long AA Range and scales well with some AD. Putting this item on Kennen maximize his early on damage in an one versus one scenario.
  • Why Max W above Q?
W is a non-skillshot spell that scales well with the hybrid Kennen AA. W has more damage and can be used instantly. However some cases Q is better like for example if you are zoned out of your farm.
  • Why _________ is not in your matchups? 
Maybe because the matchup is REALLY RARE like for example a top lane blitzcrank, or maybe because I forgot. I would be happy to add a common matchup if someone asks for it. I added a lot of matchups and will add when needed. 

  • Why you do not have a tab for archive/ change log?
Actually I do, I place my changes in my comments because if I place it in a tab, people will say that I lied or switched something, with comments I can have it verified that I placed it at the time the comment was made.

  • Why should we read your guide and not another Kennen guide?
Well, I was similar to you guys, I was looking for Kennen guides but I figured out that most of the authors are just some Diamond players who play kennen for 10 games and say they are professional with him. I knew that they had mistakes. At the time I created this guide there was one or two other guides for Top lane kennen. I do not want to disrespect the other Kennen guides but I played Kennen more than most of them. (200 games Kennen marked on January 9, 2014). I personally faced all these matchups or saw full games focusing on Kennen's lane. I knew I was better, so I created this guide. It may sound a bit silly but I use my own guide when I play kennen. When I face a Zed, I read that matchup again to remember what I wrote on him in the last times I played against him and if I learn a new thing about the matchup I would add it to my notepad and soon add it to this guide! I am not playing a lot of Kennen nowadays due to meta change and my switch to maining Jungle & ADC. I still play Kennen sometimes but not as much as before :/

Comments/Dislikes Back to Top

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