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Kennen Statistics for AngelOfDeath7

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

Value
Average
Games Played
23
3
Win %
43
46
Kills
8.2
5.8
Assists
6.4
6.9
Deaths
6.8
6.4
KA:D Ratio
2.1
2.0
Gold Earned
14.4K
10.6K
Creep Score
226.1
149.5
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

6.png and 4.png are the best two summoner spells for Kennen.

6.png recent buff is incredible that you simply can't ignore how good this spell is. Incredible spell that allows you to enable god mode in teamfights! Usefull during laning phase as well since you can use it instead of 4.png and escape a gank in style! 153 seconds cooldown on this thing with the Insight mastery on top of it!!

4.png is very effective with Kennen since he can use it not only for positioning , escaping and chasing, but to turn around a whole teamfight with a good Flash initiation followed by the insane damage he can deal.
This exact summoner makes Kennen a sneaky teamfight winner . He goes silent like a b*tch and flashes in , ults , lightning rushes and so on and eventually leads your team to a won teamfight.


Alternative Options:

 14.png is the best summoner spell for increase in damage.

 6.png can replace your 4.png at some occasions. For example when the enemies lack of Crowd Control abilities. I have been recently playtesting this one by replacing 4.png and for the love of god it did WORTH IT A LOT. 6.png is an awesome tool for Kennen. First of all , while Flash has a 300s cooldown ( 5 minutes in other words ) , this spell has 210s only ( 3 minutes and 30 seconds ). For instance , in a game of 30 minutes , 4.png can be used in a total of 6 times and in reality you end up using it less than 5 times. Comparing to 6.png , this one can be used in the same 30 minutes game in a total of 8.5 times and it is there to save your life when you are splitpushing etc something that Flash doesn't!

12.png can also be a nice alternative but i don't highly recommend this one. I would only use it if im playing 5v5 premade games so
 I could setup some devastating ganks by teleporting to a friendly ward , minion or pet and finally, to join teamfights when I am splitpushing away from their location.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

With the introduction of the new masteries i prefer to run 18/0/12 on Kennen. I feel like Kennen should invest in the Ferocity tree For his Keystone Mastery which is no other than Deathfire Touch. The discussion now comes in the Ferocity tree where i run Feast instead of Double Edged Sword. This is due to the fact that i care about the sustain in lane that Feast provides while Double Edged Sword is risky to run because it increases the damage that 85.pngreceives throughout the game. Next up , i prefer Natural Talent instead of Vampirism because i don't need the lifesteal and spellvamp while the additional attack damage and ability power comes in handy and scales better as the game goes on.

Now , in the Resolve tree it is really worthy to invest 12 points just to get the Insight mastery. This one puts 4.png on 255 seconds cooldown! That is really nice for 85.png since he can do great stuff when he has 4.png off cooldown so this is very important. In addition , it puts 6.png's cooldown on 153 seconds!!

Abilities Back to Top

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

I have been recently maximizing my abilities like above and it seems to be working very effectivly. So , here are some advantages that this order provides:

  • Since Thundering Shuriken will not be easy to land on your opponent during laning phase ( except if he is playing badly of course ) , by maxing W , you can W passive the guy and then activate it for some decent harass.

  • With Lightning Rush and Electrical Surge combo , you deal more damage to minions so consequently you kill minion waves faster which allows you for opportunities to gank sidelanes , get more cs from nearby jungle camps etc.

  • Since Kennen is an AP Carry that brings huge CC to teamfights while dealing tons of damage , maxing W allows you to be a big threat from earlier on.

    The only drawback that Electrical Surge loses to Thunderin Shuriken is that you need to be more carefull while csing with your shurikens. While maxing Q , it is really easy to lasthit everything while q'ing from long distance.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    This is what items should AP Kennen buy with the first 475 gold. Amplifying Tome because combined with the runes and masteries we start the game with 47 AP and that means 75+35= 110 damage on your lvl 1 Thundering Shuriken. That makes it pretty easy to last hit every opposing minion.The health pot is required to keep you alive as well.
    Another good start which makes you tanky. Do this against AD Assassins ( Zed etc ). I do prefer this one instead of Cloth Armor and potions.
    Boots Of Speed and potions is a pretty good start as well. Boots help you avoid annoying poking skillshots and the 4 potions are there to keep you going.
    Season 6 start! Your pressure in lane with the doran's start is insane.

Core Items

    The penetration build. Get those three M.Pen items when your opponents are stacking lots of resistances.
    The Gunblade is super good on Kennen. It adds so much to Kennen's damage.
    My core build for Kennen as of season 8!

Situational Items

    These items are viable on Kennen but still situational. Details on these below..

So , this is the most important chapter and you definitely need to check it out to understand how the Kennen mechanics work.

Kennen has an interesting role. He doesn't deal as much damage as the "top" AP carries (cassiopeia, anivia, xerath, karthus etc), and he doesn't do AoE hard CC as well as the people who are made to do it (galio, annie, amumu, etc). He also doesn't have quite as much mobility as a pure assassin like Ahri, Kassadin or Leblanc. What he excels at however, is doing very well in all 3 of them at once. 
The thing that makes Kennen a good champion is his damage/CC combined with his long range spammable poking/kiting capabilities and the ability to spread his damage throughout an entire teamfight with 3 AoE spells rather than upfront on one group of people.

To have success with Kennen of course you need to build him right and carefully so that he can be much more of a threat as your game progresses. The way of building is pretty standard, but you get into a position to change it sometimes depending on the enemies.

My core build is the following: 3255_32.png-3146_32.png-3157_32.png-3089_32.png-3135_32.png-3116_32.png. With this build Kennen can dominate late game and can lead your team to victory if his abilities are used correctly in a teamfight.

So , what we start the game off is a with an 1052_32.png and 1 2003_32.png . As i mentioned previously , with this item start combined with the runes and masteries of this build , your Q hits with 110 damage right from the start. Enough damage to harass your opponent and to farm minions. After your first recall , you should be grabbing your precious 3145_32.png , your 1001_32.png  and if required some 2003_32.png . From here , try to farm everything , anything standing in your way , get jungle creeps , push your lane and gank sidelanes , get farm from wherever you can. FARM-FARM-FARM Kennen loves it ^^ 

Next, get your BIG ITEM which is no other than 3089_32.png. HUEHUEHUE. This is were it all begins. Now you can farm champions my fellows :D . Next , grab your 3157_32.png if required ( your team wants to fight a lot , enemy mid laner is Karthus and you wont to avoid his R , etc ).
But , instead of the hourglass , i usually buy my 3146_32.png for the next big item. Just simply go out there , spamm your full combo and you have now a big slow with this item's unique active that deals a lot of dmg. It is like you have 2 ignites in damge with this item ^^ .   Do not forget to buy your 3020_32.png as well. I usually complete my first two items and then proceed into building this one. At this point when you have completed the above items , 3020_32.png is needed to boost your speed up so you can roam faster around the map.
At this point i grab my hourglass no matter what. The stats it provides to my cute Kenny are awesome..but all the money in this item is the unique active: << UNIQUE Active - Stasis: Champion becomes invulnerable and untargetable for 2.5 seconds, but is unable to move, attack, cast spells, or use items during this time (90 second cooldown). >>
In teamfights those annoying bursters can not touch your skin now..unleash your powers without worrying of getting focused. Send them back to the abyss :D

From now on , look at your opponent's items and decide which your next item is gonna be. Usually you will get your 3135_32.png and then your 3116_32.png but when the time comes , you will notice that most of your enemies will have got some Magic Resist already. Oh well , if not make sure to make them suffer for their lack of knowledge about your huge damage output and give them some extra reason to regret it with the passive slow that the 3116_32.png offers to all your abilities: << UNIQUE Passive: Dealing spell damage slows the target's Movement Speed by 35% for 1.5 seconds (15% for multi-target and damage-over-time spells).
I always get this item for this reason. I think it does not worth rushing it anymore but still , i include it always into the core build. It is really awesome for Kennen because your low cooldown Thundering Shuriken ( 2-3 seconds) is made now into a deadly poke ability that slows as well ^^


Right now , im testing a new order for purchasing my items. My core one which is shown above works pretty damn fine, but im currently trying something slightly different. After my first big item which is 3089_32.png , i do purchase my3116_32.png . The reason behind that is about the noticable big amount of health that it offers and of course the very effective slow which synergizes with 85.png's abilities. So with rylais i am not squishy now and i have tons of damage as well. It is an awesome item which i feel like that can be purchased earlier on for all the awesome stuff it provides. So after that rylais , i start working on my 3157_32.png . With this item and the earlier purchased rylais you are not squishy at all while not sacrificing damage either.
Next , 3135_32.png as the game goes on to deal with any resistances and finally upgrade your 3145_32.png into 3152_32.png or 3146_32.pngbased on your personal preference. Sometimes i do upgrade it into 3152_32.png because at this point of the game im focusing on teamfights. We are about 35-40+ minutes at this point. Feel free to try this alternative build on and check your selves if it is worthing it or not. Seems to be quite effective so far though! :)

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So , now i wanna discuss the situational items for Kennen , which i do not include into the main build.

  1. 3152_32.png : I get this item when i have another AP that benefits from it and we are both doing well , or whenever i feel like i need more spellvamp. It is still a great item , but i feel like 3146_32.png is more than enough.
    So after the recent buffs to Will of the Ancients i do consider it now to be a very good item and cost efficient as well. Here's the link of it's update http://leagueoflegends.wikia.com/wiki/Will_of_the_Ancients
    Well right now 3152_32.png offers 80 AP , 10% CDR and the awesome 20% spellvamp. So right now it definitely worths a slot at Kennen's build! It provides so many stats which are good for Kennen. With this unique item you can stay in lane forever. I feel like it is way better for Kennen right now than it has ever been. Too good in general...i do reccomend it right now as a main item. Still i need to playtest a lot to decide whether or not it will replace my 3146_32.png since i do love that item on Kennen :)

  2. 3001_32.pngAbyssal scepter doesn't give the best defenses as the other two magic resist options and the magic resist reduction isn't as helpful as a void staff. I get this item though when im facing 45_64.png or 7_64.png since they aim to kill me whenever they catch a glimpse of me. In this case , i get the abyssal and at some occasions 3111_32.png if  i can not deal with them. 

  3. 3100_32.png:Lich bane is outstanding on him as a late late-game item, but it's only possible if the enemy isn't making you build magic resist and you actually get to this point in the game without them building any themself.This item allows you to get some turrets pretty easily as well when splitpushing , but let's leave it there since it will be rarely included into the main build.

  4. 3285_32.png  is a powerfull item which can be included in the main build. You can buy it right after revolver and i feel like it's a huge boost to Kennen's early-mid game.

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Ahri
    Medium
  • Akali
    Easy
  • Anivia
    Easy
  • Annie
    Medium
  • Brand
    Easy
  • Cassiopeia
    Medium
  • Diana
    Medium
  • Elise
    Hard
  • Evelynn
    Easy
  • Ezreal
    Easy
  • Fizz
    Medium
  • Galio
    Medium
  • Gragas
    Medium
  • Jarvan IV
    Hard
  • Karma
    Medium
  • Karthus
    Easy
  • Kassadin
    Hard
  • Katarina
    Easy
  • Kayle
    Medium
  • Kha'Zix
    Medium
  • LeBlanc
    Medium
  • Lee Sin
    Hard
  • Lissandra
    Medium
  • Lux
    Easy
  • Master Yi
    Easy
  • Mordekaiser
    Hard
  • Morgana
    Medium
  • Nidalee
    Medium
  • Orianna
    Medium
  • Pantheon
    Hard
  • Riven
    Medium
  • Ryze
    Medium
  • Swain
    Easy
  • Syndra
    Hard
  • Talon
    Hard
  • Twisted Fate
    Medium
  • Veigar
    Medium
  • Viktor
    Easy
  • Xerath
    Medium
  • Zed
    Medium
  • Ziggs
    Easy

VS

Ahri

Medium

You have to dodge her skillshots. When she attempts to poke you with W and comes real close , try to land a Q and then immediately W afterwards. Try to play passive. Do not be agreesive because if she catches you with her E and follows it with all of her combo , you are pretty much in a bad situation. Try to harass her with W-passive and then W-active. Ask for some ganks from your jungler so that she has to waste her ulti to get away. If you feel like you have the damage to kill her , poke her with Wpassive and active and flash in with E . By now she has been stunned. Then follow it up with ulti and ignite. That should be it!

VS

Akali

Easy

Akali is an easy matchup. I think as well that Kennen counters her. Why that? simply because you can hit all your abilities while she is into her W-Twilight Shroud. If you get her low before 6 , flash in while you are in Lightning Rush form. If she immediately uses her W , you already know her position so you can Q her as well. If she has not dies yet , use your ignite as soon she leaves from her W. Or , if you wanna be 100% sure that she will not escape , ignite her while you are flashing in.

VS

Anivia

Easy

Anivia will not be a problem. Avoid her Q and you will be fine. Keep some distance from her so she can not deal any damage on you. If she gets too close while attempting to poke you with anything , try to land a Q or/and a Wpassive-active combo. Do not be greedy to kill her early on because she has got the egg form available. That means that she will be backed up from her jungler before you can burst her down before she has revived.

VS

Annie

Medium

Annie can be a bully against Kennen. Keep distances and watch out for that passive stun of hers! After 6 lvl , beware a lot because she can now stun and tibbers you from long range and follow up with some serious damage. Still , i am sure you will have the opportunity to trade with her equaly but most of the cases , you wanna play passive against her.

VS

Brand

Easy

You have to dodge his skillshots. If he uses his Q as well , you can all in him from early on. He will start running back and maybe flash to avoid some damage. Overall , he will be very easy to be killed. 

VS

Cassiopeia

Medium

Cassiopeia can be really annoying. Dodge her Q's! Otherwise , she can follow it up with serious damage with her E-Twin Fang. If you feel like you can kill her , Flash behind her and do the job. Probably she will waste her ulti in the air. She is really squishy so you will be rewarded..

VS

Diana

Medium

Diana is maybe a hard matchup. She can avoid your attempts to poke her with the W combo and still damage you with her Q. When she reaches 6 , you will have hard time. Try to bait her to Q-R you when you are huging turret and then blow all your abilities. She will be stunned while taking turret aggro and you will be still attacking her. If she flashes away - runs or whatever , chase her! Flash as well to close distances and do the combo again. Ignite for the kill as well.

VS

Elise

Hard

Elise? :S
You can not Q her while she is into spider form. She dodges those shurikens with her spiders. Stay behind your minions and do not trade with her at all. She can bring so much pain on you with those that you will need to recall immediately. Be very carefull at this matchup..because Elise can make some unexpected plays which you do not see them coming.

VS

Evelynn

Easy

Same as akali. You can damage her while she is invinsible. Overall really easy matchup. It will be very easy to be poked with Wpassive and active. When she is at like 70% hp , flash in and kill her. Most of the cases , you can easily kill her with out reaching 6. Lightining rush through minions and get on her. 1 mark by now. Wpassive and active while you are next to her is the way to do it. Follow it up with Q and ignite.

VS

Ezreal

Easy

AP Ezreal? Too squishy early on. You have to poke with as much as you can. The go in when you can land a stun combo and ignite him. Overall easy kills early on.

VS

Fizz

Medium

Fizz is quite difficult to be faced overall. When he reaches 3 lvl , he can outtrade you because he can simply get away with his E-Playful/Trickster. Avoid trades with him and try to outfarm him hard , since Fizz has a bad laning phase early on while he can not farm the wave with his E.

VS

Galio

Medium

You can not kill this guy. He has already countered you with his passive. He will be bulding MR as well and that makes an AP Kennen useless against him. Try to gank sidelanes against this guy to get some kills/assists. You should propably start with a Doran's Blade against him to outtrade him and poke him with autoattacks and surges. Get some AD runes as well so that you can force him to recall very often.

VS

Gragas

Medium

Gragas can counter you later on with his R-Explosive Cask and destory your teamfight presense. Wait for your bruisers to engage on him and then follow them up. If he is already low , flash in and blow everything to ensure that he will be doing nothing on you. Other wise if he manages to split you from the fight flash in to rejoin the party.
   Other that thay , you will not have trouble laning against him. You can E through minions and follow up with a shuriken or surge..Try to trade with him because you can win those. Be carefull of minion aggro though because if he uses his E-Body Slam on your face while you have already atracted the minions and you get slowed as well, he will kill you before you can escape.

VS

Jarvan IV

Hard

So jarvan for me is the absolute counter on Kennen. Oh well , he does not have to be facing Kennen on the middle lane , but whatever. If he ults Kennen and does not allow him to unleash his combos in a teamfight that pretty much is a counter..

So , when you see that the enemies have picked him , DO NOT PICK KENNEN. You gonna have hard time if he ults you.

VS

Karma

Medium

Avoid her Q-Inner flame because it deals some damage from early on. still you can poke her with Wpassive-active but be carefull for her W-Focused Resolve that can root you in place. She can E-Inspire as well to avoid your damage while her speed gets increased for a short time to avoid your potential damage. Try to outfarm her and gain some advantage later on.

VS

Karthus

Easy

Easiest matchup for you. Attack him every time you see him aproaching you. He can be outgamed really easily because of you. You can deal all the combos on him and bring him down very easily.
  One more thing to be noticed here is that you may have to rush you Hourglass against him to avoid his R-Requiem when you are trying to leave his dead body.

VS

Kassadin

Hard

This guy is quite annoing. You can trade with him while he is attempting to Q you with your Wpassive-active combo. H can be stuned as well your E-Q-W combo while he is attemptin to Q you. Simply wait for the silence duration to end and follow up your E with Q and W while you are next to him. After six , you can not kill him while he will be dealing a lot of damage on you. ( can not be killed since he R-Riftwalks away). One more thing to be noticed is that you have not to spamm your Q at lane to farm the minion waves because he will benefit from it and get his E-Force Pulse really quick and poke you again.

VS

Katarina

Easy

You stun her while she uses E-Shunpo early on. If she does not , poke her with Wactive passive and try to Q her as well. You can also use the combo of Lightining Rushing and following it with a Q and W for the stun but an experienced Katarina will avoid that with a nicely played E. If she tries to kill you after 6 use R immediately and Q to stun her. Follow it up with E-W-ignite and ano more E. She must have died at this point.

VS

Kayle

Medium

Play safe against a Kayle early game. She deals hell of a dmg from low levels and well , she will win the trades if you are looking for those. Your CC can deal with her. If she wants to kill you , your abilities will always be there. Kayle hates CC so you just have to farm and punish her any possible mistakes.

VS

Kha'Zix

Medium

Try to outfarm him and zone him with your Wpassive-Wactive so that he will probably fall behind in cs. Be carefull though , after 6 he can deal a combo that will bring you very low with no difficulty since that he can stealth for a split sec and gain the element of surprise. Farm against Kha Zix and try to gank other lanes. A Kha Zix will most of the times leave his lane and hunt some kills at sidelanes. Follow him and ambush him when he goes aggresive.

VS

LeBlanc

Medium

LeBlanc? Dude , dont allow her to poke you..you can outfarm her and look to deny her possibly. Follow her if she wants to gank and bring her down. She is really squishy. But , after 6  she will be a real threat. Avoid facing her one on one cause that would be a huge mistake. Try to poke her with Wpassive-Wactive when it's not too risky , and use E-FLASH-ULT etc and bring her down. LeBlanc can be a real nightmare..but always be concentrated and aware of her potential will to bring you down.

VS

Lee Sin

Hard

Lee Sin can be devastating against you. Later on , he is one of those few that can wreck your teamfight presence. <-- His R-Dragon's Kick would do that that job.

Other than that , be possitive when facing him at mid game. B patient and play passive. If a Lee Sin goes deep and tried to Q you twice , prepare yourself for revenge. You land a stun combo there and follow it up with some autohits. Remain patient if you gain difference..because the Lee Sin mechanics can outplay you if you aint carefull..

VS

Lissandra

Medium

Avoid her main resource of damage , her Q-Ice Shard and you will be fine. you can poke her when she has already used that with some cheap combos of Wpassive-Wactive. If she tries to use E-Glacial Path to get on you and try to burst you , prepare your mindset to bring her down. Use all the combo which will be really easy to land since she has just come in front of you. While you see the path that it is following and you know she will be reactivating it to come closer , be ready to land your Q when she is about to land. Then , you know your job..stun her before she can activate anything else.
   Other than that , a Lissandra can be quite difficult to kill. She will be using Glacial Path most of the times to get away. A big plus that she has is that she can be almost ungankable since of this ability. Still though you can surprise her with your damage and flash in while she is ready to be stunned and follow it up with your ignite and stuff for the kill.

VS

Lux

Easy

Avoid skillshots. Move a lot during laning phase and try to trick her. If you have gathered your Wpassive , and she has just used her Q-Lightbinding to farm , find your chance to strike. It is quite easy to bring her down as well , but since she has her W-Prismatic Barrier which absorbs some decent damage, she can not be killed that easily. So , try to poke her with the 2W's combo and find later your chance to kill her. That means if she has been to like 70% hp after your W combo , flash in and stun her and follow it u with the rest of your damage.

VS

Master Yi

Easy

Master Yi will not be much of a threat. He relies on a lucky Q-Alpha Strike to poke you..but that leads him to push the land at the same time. You can farm with no worries against him. It would be difficult to kill his since he can get all his health back from a single W-Mediate. Try to stun him quickly with the 2 W's when he has used it and follow it up. You can eventually kill him i guess.

VS

Mordekaiser

Hard

The reason why i have marked Mordekaiser to be a Hard matchup is due to personal experience. I have always had troouble with a good Mordekaiser. He just pushes his lane with incredible speed and can still damage you while you are farming under turret. His passive - Iron Man provides him with a huge shield that avoids your damage when he spamms his abilities. Oh well , due to the fact that he is such a bully during the laning phase , i do not like facing him at all. Good think about this though is that Mordekaiser currently does not feel the meta and he is picked rarely right now.

VS

Morgana

Medium

Againt Morgana you have to be very caucious. Early on , keep distance from your minions so you can avoid the damage from her W-Tormented Soil. She is quite hard to be killed easily from you , since her E-Black Shield can avoid a big amunt of your damage. Plus , while the shield persists , she can not be CC'd , in other words you can not stun her. After she is 6 be really carefull because if you get close to her , she can ulti , q , w and ignite you for a guaranteed kill. Gank lanes to gain some difference and try to farm a lot against her. 

VS

Nidalee

Medium

Avoid her annoying Javelins ( her Qs ). Pre 6 , she can be slained with ease. Keep in mind to ignite her ealier from when you would normally do to reduce her heal coming from her E-Primal Surge. After she has hit 6 , ward your lane at the exits of it since you want to be notified when she is running ro gank sidelanes with her cougar form. Warn your teammates about that since she can do decent gank at that point.

VS

Orianna

Medium

Such an annoying champion...you have to lift around more than she does. You need to avoid her spamming Qs followed by Ws because that is a lot of poke. Be warry when laning against her. Find your ooportunities when you can trade with her and look up for a kill when she is not looking after herself. Close gap with flash and stun her before she can react. You need to double stun her to effectivly kill her otherwise , if an Orianna finds her victim in front of her face...let's just say that that guy will have a hard time. 
   If she is playing passivly and does not make any mistakes and stuff , try to keep up in cs with her. That will not be difficult. Provided that she farms while she is keeping distances , you can do the same with Wpassive , Shuriken and then W active for some easy double minions kills etc. 

VS

Pantheon

Hard

This guy? Play passive. You may need to get an early blue elixir ( elixir of Briliance ) so that you can have some cdr and consequently farm everything with Shurikens while avoiding his annoying spamm of spears. Ask for blue buff assistance so you will definitely won't be losing out to cs. Do not attempt to trade with this guy , it is almost impossible to come out on top of those trades.

VS

Riven

Medium

She is an AD Assasin as Pantheon. But in this case , you can trade with her from the backline. Do not go to deep so she can not catch you out of position. Not as hard as the Pantheon matchup , but keep in mind that she can burst you down really easy as well. Do not go all in since she can escape with Qs , E and maybe flash.

VS

Ryze

Medium

Some say that Ryze is a direct counter to Kennen. That is not neccesarily true. His W-Rune Prison , okay can rute you in place while he is bullying you but why should you get prisoned ? Do not go any close to him . Farm a lot against him and push the land. Find your opportunity to gank sidelanes as well. Try to gain any possible advantages against Ryze. If he spamms his abilities a lot and you have seen him using his rune prison , gather your marks and attempt to keel him if you have given the chance too.
   You can also try to kill him before he has stacked mana by going all on. Ryze is squish early so you can just do the damage to burst him down. 

VS

Swain

Easy

I have seen people marking the Kennen-Swain matchup to be a hard one and that they also feel like that Swain is a direct counter on him. Hell no! You can easily poke him with your W's and flash in for the kill. Ignite counters him as well. Well , if you are not carefull and become greedy against a Swain , you will be Q'd-Decripefied and W'd-Nevermove in a bad position. He will chase you then eventually and you will have a bad time in that case. But , you do not need to be greedy! He is squishy and that allows you to kill him with some nice stategy on your mind.

VS

Syndra

Hard

Can be the nightmare of an apc on mid lane. She has got lots of burst and you have to avoid it. After she is 6 , do not even think about trading with her as she has got an overpowered ultimate which is what makes her the nightmare of an apc as i mentioned above. She can oneshot you at 6 if she does the maths correctly. Her whole combo can be enough for that even from 6. An ignite makes it even worse..

VS

Talon

Hard

This guy? Same like Syndra , Veigar or LeBlanc but at an ad form. The nightmare of an apc. Ask for jungle assistance against him as he goes deep. He can deal good amounts of damage pre six and if he position himself correctly , after he has used W-Rake and you get slowed , he has the time for that. After 6 , he oneshots you without second thought. He may close the gap with flash and then follow it up with his E-Cutthroat that in addition silences you so you can not even use Lightning Rush to get away..So that means that you should be hugging turret and stay behind minions. If he does go deep and decide to dive on you , you can stun him after his landing if you are aware of it and then start chasing him for the kill. He is squishy as well early so you will not have trouble with that.
   Make sure to rush your 3157_32.png against him!

VS

Twisted Fate

Medium

You can have a bad time against him. If he tries to zone you from close range to stun you and follow it up with his Epassive - Stacked Deck and his Q-Wild Cards beware of that so you can avoid it. If he plays passive you can f*ck him easily. Charge Wpassive and all in him. Lightning Rush through minions and use Wpassive and active and while he is stunned use your Shuriken. He is drop low by now. Next time you have E up , flash on him while in E form and use W and ignite on him. He is pretty much a deadman now.

VS

Veigar

Medium

AP carry aiming to kill you. Do not get stunned by his E. You can decide to bait him to use it and E away. Then try to poke him. Other than that , if he plays passive and stacks his Q like hell , he will propably decide to kill you at 6-7. Beware..
   In addition , pick up an early giant's belt to deal with his burst. If he ulties you , he benefits if you stack AP , so rush that precious belt against him after your revolver. If you want to be absolutely sure that he won't kill you , upgrade your boots early on into Mercury Treads.

VS

Viktor

Easy

Will not be a difficult matchup. You can Lightning Rush whenever you feel like through minions to add a mark on him. Wpassive and active and then Q him. When you ahve your E again up from cooldown , E to him ( flash if needed ) and ignite and W for the kill.
  Other than that , care if he tries to zone you. After 6 he does deal a heck of damage and his R silences as well. But you will not have trouble. He can not sun you with his W-Gravity Field since you can E away with ease.
  In addition , do not be too close to minions so he can not poke you with his main damage resource , his E-Death Ray.

VS

Xerath

Medium

This guy outranged all AP champs. If he plays passive , there are no chances to kill him..if you attempt to go near to him, he can e and q you for a stun. Try to avoid the Qs at least by movind a lot. If  he does not care too much and used his W-Locus Of Power in a starnge and bad position , try to poke and eventually kill him. But a good Xerath will not be doing that at all..well , keep up into cs and punish him as the game progresses with an all in which will stun him a couple of times and kill him in the end.

VS

Zed

Medium

Talon's upgrade. This is pretty much the same as Talon but with a different skill setup. He does not silence but he does heck of damage with his shadows. He is also a flippin ninja but that does not make a Zed friendly to you. Beware of this guy..same as Talon pretty much. Make sure to rush3157_32.png against him! This one counters his ulti and without it , he can not kill you really.

VS

Ziggs

Easy

Avoid the spamming Qs-Bouncing Bombs and you will be fine. His E does not have sich a big range to poke you with that as well. He is really squishy and with some nice planned stategy you can bait him and kill him. If you go in like a fool does , he can use E-Hexplosive Minefield in front oh himseld and follow it up with his Bombs and stuff. Avoid being such a fool please..

Some Combos Back to Top

So here is a part which makes clear if you are a good Kennen or a bad one. First of all , as you probably know by now , Kennen has crowd control abilities which can stun multiple people at the same time. My goal is to describe to you some of those combos.

Basic Stun:            W-passive , W-active , Q
                                                                OR
                                              W-passive , Q , W-active 

This is the easiest , cheapest and the first stun you can make.  When you reach level 2 and you have both Q and W , charge the W's passive and you are ready to do this. While you are farming and you have it charged , autoattack the opponent with it to apply one mark and then proceed to stun the guy with one of the above combos depending on the situation.


Fast Stun:                Q , W-active , E .  

This one comes a lot in handy. This one makes good Kennen able to avoid annoying ganks. As soon as you see their jungle approaching you , use this one. You escape quite easy since you stun them with your E , which means you have a speed boost to get away while the ganker is left stuned.



Ulty Simple Combo:                         E , R , W-active , Q


This one aims towards stunning an opponent twice in quick succession. By using this one , the opponent does not have much reaction time.



Ulty Full Combo:                        W-passive , Q , W-active ( stun ) , E , R ( stun + 1 mark )  , Q ,                                                                               W-active ( stun ) , Ignite.


This one gets people's lives. With this , you stun three times a single enemy while dealing tons of damage. Ignite just puts the ice on the cake. This is also what you aim to do in teamfights. One tip at this route: remember to autoattack while your doing this and not just derping with your spells. In this case , you will be charging up your W's passive..which will be a nice boost to your combo.

Gamescores and Stuff Back to Top

The following shot presents the stats of a game where Froggen was playing Kennen and as you can see , he is building the same as i do. So this is like some proof that Hextech Gunblade is very viable on Kennen and definetely worths it. Unfortunately he did not achieve the win , but in my opinion , if a good Kennen rushes the Rabadons he will be dominating early on and then proceed to carry the game! What Froggen did at this game ( which i was watching ofc because he was streaming '^' ) is that he bought zhonyas as his first big item and then went into bulding his Rylais. He was very good , but he did not have the damage to carry the game from early on. I do not know if my decision to rush rabadons is better than his..but i feel like that an early Rabadons allows Kennen to be a real threat from early on.

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Here is one more , where you can see some games of mine. Just want to ensure you that my build on Kennen is very viable and effective especially when the circumstances allow you to follow the order of it.

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Here is one more of mine!

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Finally , this showcases the season 3 stats of mine with Kennen :)

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Edit: This section is outdated. I will be freshing things up right here soon as well...

Updates Back to Top

14/5/13: Guide published!
20/5/13: Updated my thoughts on runes and added a couple of alternative options to the masteries section.
24/5/13: Edited some matchups explaining with details my thoughts on those.
29/5/13: Added a new section "Gamescores and Stuff" and also edited almost half of the matchups. More are coming soon!
6/6/13: Updated more matchups! One more time required to finish the whole thing :)
18/6/13: Updated pretty much the whole guide. Added Spirit of the Spectral Wraith at the situational items , published an alternative build that seems to be working very good right now , eddited Summoner Spell thoughts , edited all the matchups and finally , changed the name of the guide from " A fast AP MID Kennen Guide " to " The eyes never lie! - An AP MID Kennen Guide.
27/7/13: Updated the Summoner Spells and Masteries chapters.
17/9/13: Improved my thoughts for the summoner spell options and also updated the abilities chapter.
17/2/14: I took some time to upgrade my guide! Also added a new section named  "Some Combos" . I am facing difficulties with the rest combos because their description was not shown. Will try again soon to upload them as well..
3/6/14: Edited the runes section and the Will of the Ancients thoughts.
At the moment , i do have troubles with the section Some Combos since i can't add more of those. I do write them and in the end the are not there to be seen. I hope i can manage to fix it.
14/5/15: Changed a bit the Masteries , added there some cool notes and i also did fix some grammar issues here and there in this guide. In addition , edit is going to happen at sections Some Combos and Gamescores and Stuff. Finally , i would like to link some cool videos of Kennen! :D
25/9/15: Added a couple of combos at the appropriate section!
10/7/16: Updated the item section where you can now see my Season 6 core build. But , i feel like i need to freshen things up a little bit here and there.

*PS: I would appreciate if people who downvote my guide leave a comment including why they downvoted so I can fix the problem. Thanks in advance! =)




About Myself Back to Top

Hello guys. If you are reading this , i am glad because you have read most likely my guide.
So , i am AngelOfDeath7 , i play on the EUNE server and im absolutely in love with Kennen <3
He was the reason why i started playing the game. One day i saw a friend playing with him and since i had some previous experience with such kind of games , i wanted to try it out and check my self Kennen's potential. I can say now , since i have played thousands of games with him , it is quite safe to admit that i have mastered him and play him like he truly deserves.
   I hope i can continue offering to the community some sexy Kennen moments while having such great time with him as i have been doing all this time.
Cee ya all out there! ^^

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