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Kennen Statistics for petRoXD

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

Value
Average
Games Played
6
Win %
43
Kills
5.8
Assists
6.7
Deaths
6.5
KA:D Ratio
1.9
Gold Earned
11.6K
Creep Score
166.9
Average

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Summoner Spells Back to Top

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4.png Flash is a must for every midlaner, it's without any doubt the best summoner spell in League of Legends. It allows you to escape countless situations and also make incredible plays. Please take it.

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12.pngTeleport is something that we've seen being used very frequently by the pro players. This summoner is one of the most effective at the moment85.png's huge impact in team fights, and also the ability to split push, Teleport will come in handy.

3.png should be considered against assassin-type champions, it gives you some sort of advantage when they try to engage on you.

14.png Ignite isn't so popular anymore at higher ranks, due to the utility that other spells have gained in the current meta. I recommend taking this spell only if you know that you'll pressure your opponent and your jungler will be around for some kills. Ignite truly guarantees you some kills. If you're smurfing, you should consider taking it for mid lane domination.

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New Runes Back to Top

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Why Inspiration as the main path?

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  • Summoner%20Specialist.png?width=64is one of the best runes for Kennen, it allows you to go for 14.png early on and try to get an advantage. Later on, you should swap this summoner12.png, according to the needs of your team. It also reduces the cooldown of your summoner spells by 15%. Combine it with 3158.png, and make it 35%. That is huge!

  • Perfect%20Timing.png?width=64 is just the meta right now, if you pay attention to your opponents and even your teammates, everyone is running Stopwatch. Why is that? Well, in your case, you'll probably be building 3157.png later on, saving 350g doesn't seem like a bad deal to me. Also, it disrupts so many plays along the game. Using Stopwatch effectively can turn a fight upside down. Lastly, the combination of your kennenshurikenstorm.png + Perfect%20Timing.png?width=32 is just so annoyingly broken, take advantage of it.

  • Minion%20Dematerializer.png?width=64 can help you push the lane faster and also will be pretty useful if you decide to split push, since your damage against a certain type of minions will increase.

  • Cosmic%20Insight.png?width=64 is a very solid rune, giving you 5% cooldown reduction on everything, from items to summoner spells. It also amplifies your max CDR to 45%.

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Why Sorcery as the secondary path?
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  • The%20Ultimate%20Hat.png?width=64 will be one of the best choices, when fully stacked, it'll give your ultimate a 10% cooldown reduction, which is pretty nice!

  • Scorch.png?width=64 will help you to poke your enemies, taking them out of the lane or even granting you a kill.


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Abilities Back to Top

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Passive
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  • This passive allows Kennen to create great opportunities and have a huge impact in team fights.

  • You should be playing around this passive, always pay attention and try to master the timings on the stun.

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  • Pretty basic spell, Kennen throws a shuriken and it hits the first enemy.

  • It can be used to farm in lane.

  • It'll apply a stack for your passive.

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  • The passive of this ability comes in pretty handy, every 5 attacks you deal bonus damage and add a mark.

  • Will be your main damage in a team fight, since you'll stack using your ultimate, this can really boost your damage.

  • Great AoE.

  • This'll be your main damage ability.

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  • This will be your main ability, either to engage or escape.

  • You can use your ultimate combined with this skill.

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  • This is Kennen's most lethal weapon, it can really destroy team fights, especially if you have a 4.png.

  • Try to come from the flanks when engaging, this to ensure maximum effect.

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Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Very solid start, giving you enough sustain to stay in the lane.
    A more risky approach, but can be rewarding. If you feel like you'll dominate the lane, this is the way to go.

Core Items

    This should be your first buy, this item gives you a very good damage and also builds into Hextech Protobelt-01.
    Finishing this item should be your main priority, the combination between AP and health this item provides is just perfect for you due to your role in team fights. This item active can be used while using E.
    If you're playing against an AD champion, start working on this item. It'll cost 350g less since you'll have Stopwatch already.
    Overall very solid item for Kennen due to his role in team fights. This item gives a good combination of AP and HP that'll make you a huge threat.
    This is the traditional carry item. As it gives a huge boost on AP (that means on health too for Vladimir), this will be a must have later on.
    They are both very good choices. You need to analyze your needs but basically, Sorcerer's will boost your damage and Ionian will make you have lower cooldowns, and in combination with Unsealed spellbook, you'll be a big threat.
    Depending on your enemies, this item can be completed as the last one or even as the third one. Pay attention to what is everyone building and build accordingly.

Situational Items

    Go for this item if you feel like your team needs some CC and you'll be the one going for the hard engages.
    If you're against very hard CC and huge AP damage, this item can be a viable choice.
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Build Path

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  • Start with 1054.png+2003.png3361.png. This will be the best start, you should be able to farm safely while occasionally poking your enemy. Sustain shouldn't be a problem

  • On your first back, you should aim to at least get 3145.pngor 3067.png an2055.png if possible.
  • Upgrade your 3145.png to 3152.png as soon as possible and also you should aim to upgrade your boots to 3158.png. Your core should look very similar to this 3158.png3152.png3136.png

  • If you feel like, you can upgrade your Stopwatch to 3157.pngor I would also recommend upgrading 3136.png to 3151.png.

  • Analyze the enemy team and make a smart decision. Going 3157.png is extremely strong on Kennen since you'll be in the middle of the team fights.

  • In most of the games you'll want to get a 3089.png and a 3135.png, but of course, there are situational items that can be used like I stated above, also the order can be altered.

    The most important thing to retain here is that you need to be flexible and adapt your build according to your team needs and also paying extreme attention to the enemy team

    Generic Final Build

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Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Ahri
    Medium
  • Anivia
    Medium
  • Aurelion Sol
    Hard
  • Azir
    Hard
  • Cassiopeia
    Medium
  • Ekko
    Easy
  • Kassadin
    Easy
  • Katarina
    Easy
  • LeBlanc
    Medium
  • Malzahar
    Hard
  • Orianna
    Medium
  • Veigar
    Medium
  • Vel'Koz
    Easy
  • Xerath
    Medium
  • Zed
    Medium
  • Zoe
    Medium

VS

Ahri

Medium
  • Only trade when she wastes her ahriorbofdeception.png or ahriseduce.png.
  • Stay behind your minions to avoid her ahriseduce.png.
  • Poke her when W's passive is up.

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Anivia

Medium
  • You should try to push the lane early.
  • Look for roaming opportunities.
  • Be extremely careful with your position, her crystallize.png+flashfrost.png combo is really strong. 

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Aurelion Sol

Hard
  • Keep wards on side bushes, knowing where he's going to roam is key.
  • Punish him by pushing as much as you can.
  • He's not a good farmer under turret.
  • If he's not roaming, he's planning to catch you with a gank, tell your jungler to stay nearby.
  • Pushing this lane is the best choice, you might get ganked, so ask your jungler to stay close, a countergank will likely result in a double kill.

VS

Azir

Hard
  • Poke him early before he gets full control of his soldiers.
  • He'll most likely push, you might want to ask for a gank.
  • He outranges you and counters your ultimate with his, you should avoid this matchup.

VS

Cassiopeia

Medium
  • Try to farm safely with your Q, going for trades isn't an option.
  • Make sure you dodge her cassiopeiaq.png.
  • If she tries to cassiopeiar.png, make sure to turn your back to her.
  • Sometimes she camps in a brush expecting someone to face check, don't let it be you.
  • Just keep farming and look for roaming opportunities.

VS

Ekko

Easy
  • Poke him early, he has no range to deal with you.
  • Make sure to dodge his Q.
  • Beware of his ultimate, its damage can surprise you.
  • Keep a good map control to keep him in lane.

VS

Kassadin

Easy
  • Try to poke him early on and make his life hell.
  • Start with 1055.png.
  • Arrange with your jungler to gank him early, he'll be an easy prey.
  • He can't really assassinate you, with your ultimate he can't get near.

VS

Katarina

Easy
  • As she's melee, you have to poke her early.
  • Keep an eye on her daggers.
  • You should try to be aggressive against her, if she plans to come with ultimate, stack some marks and make that almost impossible for her due to your ultimate.
  • Keep a good map control to avoid her roaming.

VS

LeBlanc

Medium
  • Trade with her whenever you have empowered auto attack.
  • Play behind your minions to dodge her E.
  • Make sure to farm and have a big role on team fights.
  • Keep a good map control as she'll be tempted to roam.

VS

Malzahar

Hard
  • It'll be very hard for you to out push him.
  • Make sure to hit him at least once to take his passive out and make things easier to your jungler.
  • After 6, he might try something, keep your distance, if he uses 4.png+malzaharr.png.
  • The best you can do in this matchup and to play safe and farm. You'll be useful in teamfights if you can do that.

VS

Orianna

Medium
  • You should be able to safely farm, even though she out ranges you, you can farm with Q.
  • When you have empowered auto attack you can try to poker her.
  • Look for roaming opportunities.
  • Make sure to dodge her orianadetonatecommand.png.

VS

Veigar

Medium
  • He's an anti-mage due to his abusive veigarr.png.
  • Farm and keep your distance to avoid his veigareventhorizon.png.
  • After 6, the best advice once again is to keep your distance.
  • Make sure to take Nullifying%20Orb.png?width=32, it can make you survive by a tiny bit.

VS

Vel'Koz

Easy
  • You should try to snowball in this lane, he's pretty squishy without an escape.
  • Make sure to poke him whenever you have empowered auto attack and try to make a play after.
  • Calling your jungler might be a smart way to deny 161.png, since he has no escape and can be easily killed.
  • Be careful with his velkozr.png, the damage is out of this world.
  • At 6, don't be afraid, you might be able to burst him down before he reacts.

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Xerath

Medium
  • He outranges you.
  • Focus on farming and dodging his abilities.
  • He's most likely going to push, make sure to inform your jungler and punish Xerath.
  • He has no escape, if you see an opportunity, make sure to call your jungler.

VS

Zed

Medium
  • Poke him whenever he tries to farm.
  • Start with 1055.png.
  • If he tries to use his ultimate, just use yours too, in order to get a stun and maybe kill him.
  • The key here is to farm, if you die to him early, it'll be very hard to comeback, especially if he rushes 3155.png.
  • Make sure to get 3157.png at least as 2nd item.

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Zoe

Medium
  • Farm and poke her early, always keeping your distance.
  • She has no escape, if she starts pushing, invite your jungler to come and punish her.
  • Play behind your minions to avoid her zoee.png.
  • Don't be afraid of her, at 6 you can burst her down. As long as you don't get hit by zoee.png, you'll be fine.
  • 1.png will be the smartest option for this matchup.

Playstyle Back to Top

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Early Game
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  • The best case scenario is for you to push as much as you can, that way your enemy will lose some minions under his turret. Even though, that will be difficult as Kennen playing midlane.

  • Keep in mind that early game is your weakest and you'll need to be more careful to scale fast.

  • Use your kennenshurikenhurlmissile1.png to poke your enemy whenever you get the chance and try to stack your empowered hit on your opponent.

  • Make sure you keep your side brushes warded, you don't want to die too early.

  • Keep a good communication with your jungler, as you'll want to push your lane, you might get punished. Setting up a counter gank can be a great way reverse the situation.

  • Focus on farming, Kennen truly shines in the mid game fights, farm will be one of the biggest factors to carry a hard game.

  • If you have 12.png, keep an eye on the other lanes for a possible ambush.
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    Mid Game
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  • Keep your lane pushed and look for roaming opportunities. Mid game you're already strong enough to roam effectively. Doing it with success might give you more chances of winning the game.

  • When you destroy your enemies turret or get yours destroyed, laning phase will be over. You should ask yourself some questions. Is Dragon available? What about Herald? If you lose your turret, make sure to ward around that area to keep the vision.

  • Kennen is especially good in team fights, if you're winning and got mid turret, try setting up something perhaps on botlane, that way you can guarantee some kills and a dragon, but beware of their jungler position.

  • Let's say you got your enemies turret and you're ahead, if Dragon is available, try to set up a play with your jungler in order to secure the objective. If you succeed, start getting some deep wards in their jungle to know every move they make. Push mid lane and farm your jungle, if you see their mid laner roaming, maybe you can follow. Push or follow, it'll be up to you to evaluate the situation.

  • At this point in the game, you should be really well farmed and teaming up can be a great choice.

  • Flanking your enemies in a team fight can be a great way to catch the carries off guard and ensuring a great kennenshurikenstorm.png that can guarantee a win.

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    Late Game
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  • Playing late-game Kennen is very versatile, he can split push very effectively or group for big team fights (He has more impact team fighting). Having 4.png and 6.png will be ideal if you're looking for team fights and 4.png and 12.png if you're aiming to split push. If you're going for fights, flanking your enemies is the best way to shift their focus and force summoners.

  • Most important here is to keep up with the vision and don't overextend farming.

  • Keep an eye on objectives. If you're split pushing, make sure your 12.png is up.

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Combos Back to Top


Combos
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This will be your most basic combo, get one stack passive stack on your opponent followed by a kennenshurikenhurlmissile1.png+kennenbringthelight.png, this will guarantee a stun.


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This will be a faster stun, if you think that you're domination, try this aggressive combo that will allow you to do a  lot of damage to your enemy.


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With this one you'll need to have one stack already using W's passive, then follow up going on your enemy with kennenlightningrush.png+kennenbringthelight.png+kennenshurikenstorm.png. With this combo you can assure 2 stuns sometimes if you use your kennenshurikenhurlmissile1.png afterwards.


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This will be your most used combo in team fights, be sure to stack some marks with your ultimate and then use W for the stuns and damage.

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Tips & Tricks Back to Top

Tips & Tricks

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  • Use your kennenlightningrush.png to escape ganks, it doubles you movement speed, allowing you to flee. You can also pass through minions, same effect as 3046.png.
  • You can use 3152.png while kennenlightningrush.png is active.

  • Split pushing and flanking the enemies in fights are among your strengths.

  • Pressing kennenlightningrush.png a second time will stop the effect, this should be used with a good timing, it'll permit you to auto attack your opponent.

  • Your ultimate, just by itself will stun your enemies but will take longer.

  • Keep an eye on W's passive, when you get an empowered hit you might have a chance to stun someone and make a play.

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Player's Mentality Back to Top

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Pro Mindset

The most successful players all have one thing in common, either they win or lose, they always think "what could have I done better?". This is the key for you to become closer to the greatest players, it's not about how many games you play in a day, it's about what you learn from each of them. 

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Tiltproof

The easiest thing to do when you are losing a game is to blame your team, even if you're right, that won't give any help on winning the game. If you really want to get to the next level, try to keep cool and boost our teammate's morale. 

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Winning Attitude

Everyone is fed in the other team, your team is far behind and the easiest thing to do here is surrender. You might argue that it'll save you a lot of time and playing would be a waste. Yes, you're right, but some of those games you'll actually win, and you'll learn much more from hard games than from easy games that finish at 15min. Just keep focus and don't stop believing. Everyone throws, even the pros.

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Think about this:

If you're one of those players stuck in Silver, you feel like you deserve much more, but you are just unlucky and can't climb, it feels like a curse that Riot put on you. I will tell you straight away there's no such thing, and yes, sometimes we can be very unlucky, but it doesn't last. If you're stuck there, you might've been doing something wrong, the proof is that people boost accounts and they know exactly what to do in order to carry a game and climb quickly. If you find yourself in that situation, I suggest watching some of your own replays, maybe your mechanics are good but it only takes a few mistakes for you to not be able to carry your team. Start thinking, what could have you done better? The other team is silver too, if you're much better you should be able to outplay them in every way possible. 

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Special: How to get in The Zone Back to Top

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What is being "In The Zone"?

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  • It's a state of mind where you become extremely focused and hyper-productive!

  • Being in the zone is being completely immersed in what you're doing. Losing the sense of time is very common while in this state of mind.

  • You'll be able to predict your opponents movements and see them almost like in slow motion!


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    How to enter "The Zone".
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  • Think about what you're doing and your role.

  • Get rid of distractions. (Close the door if open. Being in a conversation will most likely stop you from entering this state as you'll get distracted easily).

  • You need a deep understanding of what you're doing. (Once again, know your role and your opponent as well).
  • Create a balance between challenge and skill. Big challenges require huge skill. Taking a step bigger than your leg will only get you demotivated. (Yes, this one is for boosted accounts.)

  • Be patient, it might take some time to achieve and master this state of mind.

  • Now that you know about it, you just made it easier.


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    Source: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, "The Flow" (1990).

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    Source: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, "The Flow" (1990), p. 74.


  • As you may notice, balance is key. Even if your skill level is low, a small challenge for some people can be a true one for you!



    (I do not own this video.)

  • Use headphones.

  • Those sounds will help you achieve a focused state of mind.

About Me Back to Top

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Changelog Back to Top

  • 11th of February: Guide published.
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