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Renekton Statistics for Outback Renekton

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

Value
Average
Games Played
160
8
Win %
57
43
Kills
6.1
5.1
Assists
6.6
6.2
Deaths
3.9
6.1
KA:D Ratio
3.3
1.8
Gold Earned
13K
11.7K
Creep Score
213.2
184.4
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Flash: It's the best summoner in the game. Renekton uses it better than a lot of champions due to his ability to quickly burst targets with his abilities. You'll frequently use flash in lane or teamfights to secure kills and start fights. 


Ignite vs Teleport

This is largely a personal choice, however I believe that Ignite is better due to Renekton's strength in level 1-3 fights. It allows you to gain an advantage over your lane opponent and win fights you otherwise wouldn't win. And lategame, it's a decent chunk of damage to apply to an important target in a teamfight that helps your team melt them down. 

Teleport, on the other hand, offers a few things. A safer laning phase, due to the ability to back, heal, and then be in lane instantly, and the ability to split from your team lategame and still join them for fights. It also gives you the potential to Teleport gank, but with the lack of coordination in solo queue this will often leave you in the middle of bot lane doing nothing after their lane disengages, with your enemy top laner freely farming and pushing down your tower. 

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

After the nerfs to Courage of the Colossus, I've been having the most success with Thunderlord's for a keystone choice. It similarly promotes a quick trade-focused playstyle in lane, which is what Renekton likes to do. The cunning tree is pretty strong, and you can similarly get everything you want out of the Resolve tree with only 12 points.

Explanations for a few choices:

I like Assassin slightly more than Secret Stash because Renekton doesn't tend to buy too many potions in the early game, he doesn't need the help surviving lane and can sustain with Q. 

Dangerous Game is a little better than Greenfather's Gift because you won't usually have the opportunity to proc it when fighting in the center of the lane, or near their tower, while Dangerous Game is super strong in dives and teamfights. 

Runic Armor is better than Veteran's Scars because Renekton has healing inherently in his kit and often buys lifesteal items, so he gets value from it all game while 50 flat health falls off past levels 1-3. 



Abilities Back to Top

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renektonpassive.png Passive: Reign of Anger

Renekton is a manaless champion. His skills have no cost associated with them normally. Renekton gains 5 Fury each time you autoattack something. His abilities also grant Fury. When Renekton has 50 or more Fury, the next basic ability consumes 50 Fury to grant a special effect. 

When Renekton is below 50% health, his fury gains are increased by 50%. You can use this to your advantage by baiting opponents with your low health bar, only to quickly reach 50 Fury and heal yourself with a  renektoncleave.png Cull The Meek. 

renektoncleave.png Q: Cull The Meek

This is Renekton's most important ability. It clears waves, it pokes, it sustains, and it bursts. You max it first, because putting points in it increases the damage, healing per target, and healing cap. When you use this ability in lane, you'll want to make sure you're hitting as many targets as possible so you can get the most healing. With 50 fury, Cull The Meek can heal up to 450 health! That's an enormous amount to turn a fight with. 

Fury Effect: Deals 150% damage and healing + healing cap are tripled.

renektonpreexecute.png W: Ruthless Predator

Ruthless Predator is where most of your burst comes from. At rank 5, with 50 fury, this ability deals a whopping 135 + (225% Attack Damage). This ability is a buff to your next autoattack, that causes it to stun and deal increased damage, as well as applying on-hit effects twice. 

In lane, you'll want to use this ability to trade with your opponent. As soon as level 1, you can autoattack, W, and autoattack again for huge damage. 

Ruthless Predator has a self stun component. After using it, Renekton will be unable to move or attack for .5 seconds. You can negate this stun entirely by using the active of  3074.png Ravenous Hydra or 3077.png Tiamat, or by using Renekton's ultimate, renektonreignofthetyrant.png Dominus.

Fury Effect: Renekton will attack three times instead of two, dealing 50% more damage and stunning for 1.5 seconds.

renektonsliceanddice.png E: Slice / Dice

This is the source of Renekton's mobility. When cast, Renekton dashes towards your mouse cursor, dealing damage to all enemies in your path and gaining fury for each enemy hit. If you hit an enemy with the first cast, you're allowed to cast the ability a second time within 4 seconds. Use this ability in lane to get in, use your W and Q, and get back out without retaliation. The damage hitbox for this ability actually extends slightly behind Renekton, which means if you're directly on top of someone, you can use Slice and unlock Dice, plus get the extra damage. 

Fury Effect: Slice (the first cast) will never consume Fury. If you have 50 fury upon casting Dice (the second dash), Dice will deal 50% increased damage and reduce the 1029.png armor of any enemies hit, by 35% at max rank!

renektonreignofthetyrant.png R: Dominus

At first glance, this ability may seem underwhelming. After all, it "only" grants 200 health at level 6, and a small amount of AoE magic damage. But this is a massively important ability for Renekton. It allows you to turn fights very easily, that you otherwise wouldn't win. You can surprise your opponents with a sudden burst of health that they weren't prepared for. It also grants 5 fury per second, which is excellent because it usually means casting Dominus gives you one extra empowered ability, which can make or break a fight. Later in the game, the 800 health you get from Dominus allows you to be immensely tanky, whether or not you've built tank items. 

Dominus also grants 50 extra range to basic attacks and Cull The Meek. 

3074.pngNow for the fun part, combos!3074.png

There are three important rules of ability combos with Renekton. 

Any of his basic spells (renektoncleave.pngrenektonpreexecute.pngrenektonsliceanddice.png) can be cast immediately after an auto attack. 

renektonreignofthetyrant.png Dominus, 3077.png Tiamat, and 3074.png Ravenous Hydra can be used immediately after renektonpreexecute.png Ruthless Predator. 

renektoncleave.png Cull The Meek can be used immediately after 3077.png Tiamat and 3074.png Ravenous Hydra. 

With this knowledge, you can quickly apply lots of damage to a target. Here are some example combos:

Trading in lane - renektonsliceanddice.png, Auto, renektonpreexecute.png3077.png, Auto, renektoncleave.png, Auto, renektonsliceanddice.png.

Being engaged on - Auto, renektonpreexecute.pngrenektonreignofthetyrant.png, Auto, renektonsliceanddice.png, Auto, 3077.pngrenektoncleave.png, Auto, renektonsliceanddice.png

As you play Renekton, you'll become more comfortable in these interactions, and use your abilities in the most efficient way. 

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Starting items.
    Buy one of these every game. Pick based on the amount of CC, the damage types you're facing, and how far ahead you are
    Ideal first back. Get the components if you can't afford the whole thing.
    First buy if you're building Ravenous
    You can, and should pick these up whenever you have a little extra gold but not enough for any larger items. Only buy one Rejuvenation bead, as you're just getting it so you can build it into a Tiamat later.
    Grabbing a cloth armor (to build into your Tabis later) can be super effective in the early game against scary AD champs.

Core Items

    This is the core. You'll build these two items first almost every game. Start with Cleaver.
    These are the tank items you should be choosing from, generally. Build 1-3 of these per game, usually two.
    These should be your choices for damage items after you have Cleaver and a Hydra item. Choose according to the enemy comp, as well as what you'll be doing. Death's Dance and Maw are teamfighting items, Blade is useful for picking and splitpushing and duels. You want to have at least 3 damage items every game, except for very rare situations
    Example 6 item build. Notice the synergy between Maw passive and Death's Dance for healing.
    Example build versus heavy magic damage. Strong synergy with double lifesteal items and spirit visage, plus mercury treads to keep you sticking to your targets while autoattacking with Blade's attack speed.

Situational Items

    See below for my thoughts on Locket.
    For real men only. Ravenous -> Swiftness -> Cleaver -> complete the rest as needed.
    This item isn't bad if you feel like showing off. It's very expensive and shouldn't be bought in close/tough games though.
    Don't buy this item on Renekton, ever. It's horrible.
Your general build order should involve 3071.png Cleaver and 3748.png Titanic first. Your third item will need to be a defensive item most of the time. If you're pretty far ahead and you don't feel like you need it, you can grab a third offensive item. The offensive item third is mostly a good choice if you plan on splitpushing more than teamfighting. Your final build is generally going to involve three damage items, two defensive items, and boots. You may end up having one of your two defensive items be a "hybrid" defensive offensive item like 3156.png Maw. 

Here I'll explain each item choice. 

3071.png: Black Cleaver is one of the most important items for Renekton. The only time you shouldn't buy it is when you're facing a team comp with nobody buying defensive items at all. This is rare, so consider Cleaver a must-buy in the 1st or 2nd slot. This item gives you a LOT of damage against tanks which Renekton usually struggles to fight, and is still relevant when fighting squishy targets. 

3156.png: Renekton loves this item. Magic Resist synergizes with the health you get from renektonreignofthetyrant.png Dominus, and the flat Attack Damage is the exact right damage stat for Renekton. The passives both work well with Renekton's ability to win long, all-in, sustain fights. 

3748.png: Unlike Ravenous Hydra, this item does not allow you to cancel renektonpreexecute.png Ruthless Predator. However, it's still worth buying because it gives you a great mix of durability and burst damage. Try to use the active to reset your auto twice in a short time along with W. 

3143.png: The 4 second slow on this item's active is immense for teamfights, as Renekton can be low on utility after stunning a target. Renekton wants to get in the middle of the enemy team and cause chaos, so you'll be in the perfect place to slow all of them for your teammates to apply their damage. 

3065.png: You'll probably want a source of Magic Resist, and this is a good one for Renekton. Cooldown Reduction is important, and the healing increase makes it even harder to kill you with your healing from renektoncleave.png Cull The Meek.
3102.png: It's cheap as hell and gives you more flat Magic Resist than other options. If you really just need to take less damage from a mage, as soon as possible, look here. 

3812.png: Death's Dance is often overlooked in favor of other lifesteal options, but I believe this item is extremely useful. The flat chunk of AD is a good form of damage stats for Renekton, and the healing can get ridiculous in teamfights when you're hitting several targets with your E and Q, and landing big stuns on their backline. 

3074.png: Ravenous Hydra can be worth buying in certain situations. It has advantages over Titanic, like allowing you to start with a Vampiric Scepter, which gives Renekton incredible laning power, and being stronger for splitpushing because you can trade aggressively with whoever is there to stop you and heal up, increasing your ability to pressure. 

3026.png: Guardian Angel is an awesome item at the moment. Renekton's core items tend to offer lots of health, but minimal resistances, so picking up pure resistances at a low price is very efficient. Add that to the revive passive that enables you to dive head-first into a teamfight, blowing someone up and drawing lots of aggro, then come back to life to help your team clean up, and it's a good pickup. 

3153.png: BotRK absolutely rocks in conjunction with Cleaver for taking down big, beefy tanks. It's also surprisingly useful in teamfights, where you can use it to catch squishy targets with the active. Attack Speed lets Renekton build fury a lot quicker, as well as increasing your damage to towers significantly. You don't pick this up every game, but when it's good, it's really good. 

3190.png: This is a bit of a controversial one. This item is definitely viable on Renekton, but it's not the best choice every game. You should only buy it third item, after Cleaver + Titanic, and only if you'll get value out of having lots of magic resist, and only if you're ahead of your lane opponent and you want to roam + teamfight. It shines in midgame teamfights because it's so cheap and makes for a great 3 item power spike with the active.


Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Aatrox
    Easy
  • Akali
    Easy
  • Camille
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Easy
  • Darius
    Medium
  • Dr. Mundo
    Easy
  • Ekko
    Easy
  • Fiora
    Medium
  • Fizz
    Easy
  • Gangplank
    Easy
  • Garen
    Medium
  • Gnar
    Easy
  • Graves
    Medium
  • Heimerdinger
    Easy
  • Illaoi
    Medium
  • Irelia
    Medium
  • Jarvan IV
    Medium
  • Jax
    Easy
  • Jayce
    Hard
  • Kennen
    Hard
  • Kled
    Medium
  • Lee Sin
    Easy
  • Lissandra
    Easy
  • Lulu
    Easy
  • Malphite
    Easy
  • Maokai
    Medium
  • Nasus
    Medium
  • Nautilus
    Medium
  • Olaf
    Hard
  • Pantheon
    Hard
  • Poppy
    Easy
  • Quinn
    Hard
  • Renekton
    Medium
  • Rengar
    Easy
  • Riven
    Easy
  • Rumble
    Easy
  • Ryze
    Medium
  • Shen
    Easy
  • Shyvana
    Medium
  • Singed
    Easy
  • Sion
    Easy
  • Swain
    Medium
  • Tahm Kench
    Easy
  • Teemo
    Easy
  • Trundle
    Easy
  • Tryndamere
    Medium
  • Vayne
    Medium
  • Vladimir
    Easy
  • Wukong
    Easy
  • Yasuo
    Easy

VS

Aatrox

Easy

Position yourself aggressively to zone Aatrox away from the minions. Try not to engage in long autoattack duels, as he'll heal through them. Keep track of his aatroxw.png Blood Thirst's sound on every third auto, as starting off with a Blood Price proc is his best way to win a trade.  Dodge his aatroxq.png Dark Flight with renektonsliceanddice.pngSlice. Use 14.png Ignite early on in fights to get the most value from the healing reduction.

VS

Akali

Easy

You can play aggressively against Akali. She is very weak before level 6 and akalishadowdance.png Shadow Dance. Buy a 3155.png Hexdrinker early on, it's incredibly efficient against AP burst. If she tries to hide in shroud, you can still trade back with renektoncleave.png Cull The Meek. Post-6, be respectful of her all in potential. She'll have a lot more damage than she did previously and the last thing you want to do is screw up and have her snowball the lane. 

VS

Camille

Medium

Since the Camille nerfs this has gotten a little bit better. Some things to pay attention to: 


Her shield might be up really often, but it only lasts for 1.5 seconds. Don't use abilities into it unless you really have to (ie: you'll be able to burst through it and she's low enough to die afterwards anyways)

You can stun her during the second leap of her camillee.png Hookshot before she lands, if you're quick about it. This is really effective. It has the risk of you not getting there quick enough and eating her stun, though. 

Listen for the charge up sound on her second Q. camilleq.png The second proc hurts much more than the first, but she only has a second or two to use it. so you can just kite back for a short time to avoid it. 

If she telegraphs her camillew.png Sweep by moving up in the lane, mentally prepare yourself to move towards her. This will generally throw Camille players off and you should be able to avoid the extra damage + slow + heal zone of the ability. 

If she ults you, counter engage with your stun into renektonreignofthetyrant.png Dominus combo and do your best to fight her. She may be surprised by your damage and back away, cancelling the ultimate.

VS

Cho'Gath

Easy
Cho'Gath can match your sustain, so you'll have to play aggressively if you want to kill him. There's very little Cho'Gath can do against an all-in backed up by 14.png Ignite. If you fail to kill him early on, he'll likely become too tanky for you to burst. Many Cho'Gath players will use their feast.png Feast on a minion to get stacks, this is a good window for you to go in for a trade since he'll have almost no kill potential for the next 40 seconds. 
Respect his feralscream.png Feral Scream silence. Renekton is greatly harmed by silences, more so than most champions. Try to cast renektonpreexecute.png Ruthless Predator or renektonreignofthetyrant.png Dominus beforehand if you're expecting it. 

VS

Darius

Medium

Darius is a tricky matchup for Renekton. You'll need to dodge dariuscleave.png Decimate with renektonsliceanddice.png Slice or your own movements, and take short trades instead of going all in. Darius does more damage than you if he gets his bleed stacked up. Be wary of wasting your dashes and having him dariusaxegrabcone.png Apprehend you back in, as that will probably result in death. Your best time to fight him is when he gets aggressive and you can counter-engage with your stun -> renektonreignofthetyrant.png Dominus combo. If he's low and you decide to dive/go aggressive to finish him, be extremely mindful of his Q healing him and avoid the outer circle. 4.png Flash helps here.

VS

Dr. Mundo

Easy

Mundo is surprisingly squishy in the early game. You should be able to play aggressively and get some kills on him. Remember that you have the option of standing between Mundo and the minion wave so he can't use infectedcleavermissilecast.png Infected Cleaver to farm. Once lategame comes around and he has multiple items, he'll likely be stronger than you, but if you roam from top lane after gaining an advantage, you should be able to snowball the rest of the map and win before he's a problem. 14.png Ignite early on in fights for the healing reduction. 

VS

Ekko

Easy

I don't think anyone plays this guy top anymore, but it's a really easy matchup. He's just straight-up weaker than you and you can bully and kill him freely. 

VS

Fiora

Medium

This is a skill matchup. 


Fiora's fiorariposte.png Riposte is the deciding factor here. If the Fiora player wastes it, you'll be able to combo her and retreat. If she parries renektonpreexecute.png Ruthless Predator and you get hit by the counter-stun, you lose the trade. Play reactively and watch how the Fiora player uses Riposte. Many Fiora players are bad and will just use it at the start of every engagement, or as soon as you dash towards them with renektonsliceanddice.png Slice.

You should play most aggressively at levels 1-3. You can likely win a trade hard here, setting you up to bait the Riposte and kill her. Later on in the game, you'll probably be too weak to fight her. 

VS

Fizz

Easy

Fizz isn't played much top anymore, but he's a lot like Ekko or Yasuo. He'll have less early game damage and be much squishier than you, so just beat him up. 

VS

Gangplank

Easy

Gangplank is very weak in the early game. Zone him from farming with melee attacks and try to kill him when you can. He should be forced to use parley.png Parrrley to get any minions. Avoid using renektonpreexecute.png Ruthless Predator with 50 fury while he has his removescurvy.png Remove Scurvy off cooldown, as he can negate the 1.5 second stun which is the primary reason to empower that ability and not renektoncleave.png Cull The Meek instead. Try to learn the timing on his barrels so you can deny them, as it's a good source of gold as well as neutering his damage output. 

VS

Garen

Medium

This is a bit of a skill matchup. If the Garen player times garenslash3.png Decisive Strike well, you can lose fights to him. Remember to always press renektonpreexecute.png Ruthless Predator during the wind-up time of Garen's garenslash3.png Decisive Strike. At level 1, his trades are better than yours if any autoattacks happen, so just harass with renektoncleave.png Cull The Meek and stay out of his way until level 2. 


Also, use your mobility to get in and deal damage to ensure he can't easily regenerate health with garenpassive.png Perseverance. 

VS

Gnar

Easy

Do what you can to avoid harass, especially his third gnarw.png Hyper proc. He's very squishy early on, so if you see an opportunity, jump in and chunk him. When he transforms, it's actually easier for you to fight him as long as you don't get hit by the Wallop stun. It has a long wind-up so it's easy to dodge with renektonsliceanddice.png Slice or by predicting his movements. 

VS

Graves

Medium

Graves is strong, but you have the tools to beat him. You're manaless and have health sustain in your kit, so you can outlast him. You have two dashes to his one, so you can usually reach him. Be wary of gravessmokegrenade.png Smoke Screen, and try to predict which direction he went in as you're leaving it. Avoid positioning yourself against a wall, for his gravesclustershot.png End Of The Line. 

VS

Heimerdinger

Easy

This matchup is totally free. If you read the Runes section earlier, you know that I take Health Regen quints against Heimerdinger. With that, plus an early Vampiric Scepter, there's nothing he can do to push you out of lane, and you'll just be able to take trades at your leisure until he's low enough to go all-in. 

VS

Illaoi

Medium

You can trade aggressively with Illaoi at levels 1 and 2. When you aren't missing creeps for it, kill the tentacles around the lane. If you get hit by illaoie.png Test Of Spirit, then consider jumping in to trade with her. If you aren't going to jump in and fight, get out of the circle as soon as possible to avoid taking free damage. When Illaoi uses her illaoir.png Leap of Faith, it's not wise to stick around and fight. Save your renektonsliceanddice.png Slice and Dice to escape, then consider fighting her again when her ultimate runs out. 

VS

Irelia

Medium

Be mindful of Irelia's ireliaequilibriumstrike.png Equilibrium Strike and if it will stun you or slow you in a given situation. When she has ireliahitenstyle.png Hiten Style active, think twice before going for extended trades with lots of autoattacks. When Irelia is level 9, she'll have 5 ranks in ireliahitenstyle.png Hiten Style and deal 75 true damage per hit. Avoid fighting her at this point unless you already have an advantage.

That said, Renekton is able to bully Irelia effectively in the early game. Her low burst and mana costs ensure that you win the sustain battle, and you can easily win fights at levels 1-5 and snowball an advantage from there. 

Use 14.png Ignite while she's ulting to reduce the healing. 

VS

Jarvan IV

Medium

Jarvan's base damages on jarvanivdragonstrike.png Dragon Strike and jarvanivcataclysm.png Cataclysm are pretty high, so be careful of his damage even if he builds tank. Do what you can to sidestep jarvanivdragonstrike.png Dragon Strike in lane. Abuse the fact that you have stronger sustain and take trades, then back off to heal up. Make him push into you (He almost always will, trying to harass with Dragon Strike) and run out of mana, then freeze so you can take a good all-in or get jungle ganks. 

VS

Jax

Easy

Jax is very weak early on, so you should be able to kill him. Make sure that you don't activate renektonpreexecute.png Ruthless Predator while he's in jaxcounterstrike.png Counter Strike, because the dodge will consume your W and put it on cooldown for no effect.

VS

Jayce

Hard

Jayce is hella op rn LOL. 


Proper timing of jaycethunderingblow.png Thundering Blow can cancel your renektonsliceanddice.png Slice, leaving you slowed and helpless. If you abuse your sustain power, you can outlast him in lane, and if you manage to get next to him without taking a ton of damage, you can probably win the trade. If the Jayce player is good and knocks you back swiftly, simply go for a renektonsliceanddice.png -> Fury Empowered renektoncleave.png -> renektonsliceanddice.png trade, ignoring W. 

If Jayce blows one or more important cooldowns on the minion wave, like his jaycethunderingblow.png knockback or Acceleration Gate, you shouldn't hesitate to go all-in on him. 

VS

Kennen

Hard

A good Kennen player is a bad time for Renekton. He'll be able to outrange you heavily. Farm up and avoid as much harass as you can. Stand behind minions to stay safe from kennenshurikenhurlmissile1.png Thundering Shuriken and when he has his kennenbringthelight.png Electrical Surge proc up, try to walk back to force him to use it for last-hitting. Look for chances to either get jungle ganks or go all-in if he wastes spells and pushes up. 

VS

Kled

Medium
I have actually never encountered a Kled in one of my games, so take this section and rating with a grain of salt. 

But Kled is a fairly strong champion in the early game so you should stay respectful of his damage and not go too hyphy. Don't try to dive him when he's mounted, because he'll get free invulnerability while he hops off and probably be able to escape or kill you.

VS

Lee Sin

Easy

I don't think anyone plays Lee top anymore, but...


Stand in minions to avoid his blindmonkqone.png Sonic Wave. Beware of getting kicked back into his tower once he hits level 6. Other than that, you can play this matchup aggressively. You're more useful than Lee in teamfights no matter how the lane goes. 

VS

Lissandra

Easy
I don't think anyone plays Lissandra anymore, she's not in a very good spot. But if you run into one, consider this advice:

You might have a hard time getting in to kill a Lissandra, so it'll probably be a farm lane. Try using renektonsliceanddice.png Slice to bait out lissandraw.png Ring of Frost, then going back in with renektonsliceanddice.png Dice after she feels safe. Don't stand directly behind your minion wave, because then she'll be able to farm with lissandraq.png Ice Shard and harass you at the same time. Buy 3155.png Hexdrinker if you're feeling in danger. 

VS

Lulu

Easy

You can go balls-to-the-wall aggressive against Lulu. You'll be able to sustain through her low damage and she's squishy enough to kill quickly. Just be wary of getting luluw.pngPolymorphed under a tower. 

VS

Malphite

Easy
This lane can be played aggressively. Malphite does less damage and has less sustain than you. Buying 3071.png Cleaver first gives you actual mid and lategame kill potential on him, too. 

VS

Maokai

Medium

Watch for getting your renektonsliceanddice.png Slice cancelled by his maokaitrunkline.png Arcane Smash, as it won't give you the second dash. 


Maokai is squishy without items, so play very aggressively and try to kill him. He can't do much to escape from you, besides slow you, so it's easy to force trades upon him. Be careful about getting ganked though, Maokai has great CC to set up a jungler with. 

His base damages on abilities are pretty high, so do what you can to avoid taking damage from the spells he farms with. 

If you can get Maokai to push into you, he'll run out of mana and be an easy target for your all-ins and jungle ganks. 

VS

Nasus

Medium

Nasus can be tricky to play against. Your best option is to freeze the wave early on and deny him farm, as well as abusing recall/buy timings to all-in him before he gets really tanky. If he uses nasuse.png Spirit Fire to push heavily, you can just get your jungler to gank him, or wait for him to use it on the minion wave then go all-in while he's relatively helpless.  

VS

Nautilus

Medium

Nautilus is quite strong right now, but you have the tools to beat him. In short trades where his Colossus is up, you might lose them. You've gotta maintain pressure on him and abuse your shorter cooldowns + inherent sustain and lack of mana so you can force him out of lane or kill him. With your renektonreignofthetyrant.png Dominus damage ticking, and your renektoncleave.png Q healing, you'll win every all-in. You likely won't be able to freeze, as he can walk up and break it by simply tanking your damage for a short time and using his nautilussplashzone.png Riptide and nautiluspiercinggaze.png Titan's Wrath to clear the minions out. 

VS

Olaf

Hard

Olaf is very difficult for Renekton to beat. He has the kit necessary to go all-in at any time, and does comparable damage with a tank item first to Renekton with a damage item, while taking much less damage (because he built a tank item). If you somehow manage to survive laning phase with even farm and no deaths, you do get more useful in lategame teamfights. Honestly I would recommend to avoid picking Renekton if you see a top lane Olaf on the other team. It's really painful and you're basically just gambling on them being bad. Ganks don't even help much. 

VS

Pantheon

Hard

Pantheon is a scary opponent because of his immense burst damage and ability to harass you in lane with pantheon_throw.png Spear Shot. Remember to never use your renektonpreexecute.png Ruthless Predator into his pantheonpassive.png Aegis Protection. His damage is higher than yours in the early game, but you can still outplay him with your sustain. When his passive is up, you should always autoattack once before casting renektonpreexecute.png Ruthless Predator to break the shield. Try to position yourself so that you can retaliate to his pantheon_throw.png Spear Shot with a renektoncleave.png Cull The Meek. 


You'll likely need jungle help to win this, though. 

VS

Poppy

Easy
It's patch 7.2 and Poppy as well as COTC have been nerfed, so she's kinda free now. Consider this if you still run into one:

Don't be too aggressive, because Poppy's kit punishes reckless play. The keys are to avoid her second half of poppyq.png Hammer Shock's damage, as well as not use your renektonsliceanddice.png dash into her poppyw.png Steadfast Presence. You're ultimately stronger than her in all-in fights, though. 

VS

Quinn

Hard

This matchup is a nightmare. Quinn does ridiculous damage and there's not much you can do about that. Play safe, dodge the quinnq.png Blinding Assault, and wait for jungle assistance. As with all ranged champs, avoid taking damage unless you're gaining something from it (trading damage back, getting cs). When you use renektonsliceanddice.png Slice and Dice to go in, expect it to be cancelled by Quinn's quinne.png Vault. This will usually put you in a bad spot. Don't rely on hiding in bushes to win a 1v1 or survive a trade, because she can press W to spot you with quinnw.png Heightened Senses.

VS

Renekton

Medium

As with most mirror matchups, this is decided by itemization, player skill, and jungle attention. The Renekton who better uses his Fury comes out on top, in my experience. 

VS

Rengar

Easy

New Rengar is annoying, but you can beat him up in lane, same as ever. Watch out for wasting your stun into his rengarw.png CC immunity. 

VS

Riven

Easy

Riven shouldn't be able to do anything to you. Buy Ninja Tabi early on. Count her riventricleave.png Q casts and don't be standing around to get hit by the third one if you can help it. If you have trouble with this matchup with the standard build, 3068.png Sunfire Cape is a free pass to win lane against Riven. 

VS

Rumble

Easy

You can use renektonsliceanddice.png Slice to dodge away from his rumblecarpetbomb.png Equalizer and only take a small amount of damage from it. Buy a 3155.png Hexdrinker if you feel like you need it. Trade aggressively with Rumble, because he has much lower burst than you do and he has no sustain. Consider his rumbleshield.png Scrap Shield when you're planning an all-in or an 14.png Ignite kill. 

VS

Ryze

Medium
New Ryze is pretty strong, and you can't play this matchup too aggressively. Your best bet is letting him push in and getting help from your jungler. If he doesn't get fed, he won't be very useful in the mid and lategame teamfights. 

VS

Shen

Easy

You can bully Shen hard early on, but he'll get very tanky after one or two items and you likely won't be able to kill him in a duel. That's fine, because you should still be able to either clear the creep waves to counter his splitpush or participate in teamfights where your ADC/mid can take care of him. Be careful not to waste your renektonpreexecute.png Ruthless Predator into his shenfeint.png Spirit's Refuge, because it will consume your ability for no effect and put it on full cooldown. In lane, if you can react to his shenshadowdash.png Shadow Dash by pressing W, you'll do even better in trades. If you see Shen using shenstandunited.png Stand United, try to stun him and stop the teleport. 

VS

Shyvana

Medium

Shyvana beats you in long autoattack fights, so only take short trades. Shyvana quickly outscales you (get it? scales?) in a duel, so once she has a couple of damage items it's probably best to roam the map with your team or play safe against her splitpush. 


That said, you can kill her at level 2 pretty easily by starting with renektonpreexecute.png Ruthless Predator and then taking renektoncleave.png Cull The Meek. 

VS

Singed

Easy

Renekton can beat up on Singed easily. The biggest thing you have to worry about is Singed using his fling.png Fling to toss you under his tower. Don't chase after Singed unless your renektonsliceanddice.png Slice is up and you're in range to use both casts. Just be content with bullying him out of lane. If he decides to proxy farm, call your jungle up and kill him. This is a good matchup to buy 3074.png Ravenous Hydra in, as it makes you able to push/clear minion waves while tanking them yourself, if Singed proxies away your minion wave. Only chase/attempt to kill Singed when it's a good idea, ie: there's not much going on elsewhere on the map, you and your jungler/mid are high health, etc.

VS

Sion

Easy

Dodge crypticgaze.png Decimating Smash with your renektonsliceanddice.pngSlice, as it's most of Sion's damage. Play aggressively otherwise, as you can beat up on Sion before he gets tank items and probably earn yourself a few kills. If you hear his ultimate coming from out of lane, try to move horizontally away from where you are, ex: to the other side of the lane, as quickly as possible. 

VS

Swain

Medium

Swain can be a little tricky to deal with, but essentially you just want to wait for him to waste one or more abilities, and then go all-in. Swain's kit heavily relies on the interactions between his abilities. 14.png Ignite can slow down his healing from bird form, if you're going all-in. 

VS

Tahm Kench

Easy
I don't think anyone plays this guy top anymore, but you shouldn't have too much trouble. Don't get baited by his shield, avoid taking his Q poke, and take advantage of your big ultimate powerspike at level 6 compared to his non-combat ultimate. 

VS

Teemo

Easy

Don't use renektonpreexecute.png Ruthless Predator while you're blinded. Don't renektonsliceanddice.png Slice in unless you're ready to go all-in on Teemo. Watch for his bantamtrap.png Noxious Trap placement in lane and avoid stepping on them while he's around. Generally, just wait for him to waste his Blinding Dart and maybe his movequick.png Move Quick.

VS

Trundle

Easy

I don't think anyone plays Trundle anymore but he got nerfed hard, so you shouldn't have any trouble. 14.png Ignite reduces the healing from his ultimate and passive, so use that when you go all-in. You might want to hold onto your renektonsliceanddice.png dash to escape if he starts to turn a fight around with trundlepain.png Subjugate and trundletrollsmash.png Chomp. 

VS

Tryndamere

Medium

Tryndamere wins long autoattack trades, but Renekton wins in short trades. Hit your combo and get away from him for a bit. If he reaches level 6 before you, be very careful of an all-in. When you're fighting against him in undyingrage.png Undying Rage, try to kite back as well as you can while remaining close enough to finish him off when he comes out of it. Igniting him a couple seconds after he starts his ultimate can be really effective, because Tryndamere players usually want to heal at the end of their ultimate. 

VS

Vayne

Medium
This matchup can be a little dangerous, you might want to let her push in and get jungle ganks or at least give yourself the entire lane to use for an all-in. Boots are important early. 
Ideally, your duels will play out like this:

renektonsliceanddice.png Slice into range
vaynetumble.png Tumble away
renektonsliceanddice.png Dice into range
vaynecondemn.png Condemn away
renektonreignofthetyrant.png Renekton catches up via movement speed and kills Vayne

VS

Vladimir

Easy

I don't think anyone plays Vlad anymore after he got totally gutted, but this advice should help you out anyways...


Renekton is pretty good against Vladimir because of his ability to sustain Vlad's early poke and chunk him down when he gets into range. Avoid using your renektonpreexecute.png Ruthless Predator before he uses vladimirsanguinepool.png Sanguine Pool, because if he times it right your ability will be consumed and go on cooldown without doing any damage. Vladimir's Q has a 10 second cooldown at rank 1, so if you want, you can actually start renektonsliceanddice.png Slice in this matchup and go all-in with auto attacks at level 1. 

VS

Wukong

Easy

Unlike most champions I've listed here, Wukong can win a level 1 fight with Renekton thanks to his free attack speed and low cooldown on monkeykingnimbus.png Nimbus Strike. Play carefully until 2, when the matchup evens out in your favor. By level 3, Renekton has the advantage. Similar to Riven, you should buy some armor early on. One thing you should keep in mind is not to use renektonpreexecute.png Ruthless Predator on his monkeykingdecoy.png Decoy. Wait until he uses the ability, or wait until he's busy with something else like ulting or casting E. 

VS

Yasuo

Easy

This matchup is really, really easy. If I could, I'd play against Yasuo every single game. That's how confident I am in this matchup. You can ignore his yasuowmovingwall.png Wind Wall because Renekton has no projectiles and your abilities do much more damage than his. Play a little bit careful at levels 1 and 2, as those are Yasuo's only chances to make anything out of the early game. From level 3 onwards, until the very late game, you'll be far stronger than he is. You should be able to snowball off Yasuo very hard.


Break his passive shield before you use your abilities, if possible. 

Laning Strategy Back to Top

The laning phase is Renekton's favorite part of the game. In most matchups, you are free to exert pressure on your lane opponent without much fear. As Renekton, you should always be looking for opportunities to get a kill or a favorable trade. Often this means using renektoncleave.png Cull The Meek to harass as soon as they enter your range. 


At level 2, you should take  renektonpreexecute.png Ruthless Predator unless the enemy champion is already standing far away from you. If they are being zoned, you can take renektonsliceanddice.png Slice instead to bring the fight to them. 

When your opponent is low (around 200 health) and you have 50 fury, you can often get a kill by using 4.png Flash to get onto them, then using renektonpreexecute.png, Auto, renektoncleave.png14.png, Auto. 
Other times, you'll have to use your 4.png Flash to follow their 4.png Flash for the last lethal autoattack as 14.png Ignite ticks away. 

Another very important concept of general League of Legends play, but especially Renekton and Top lane, is the ability to manage and control minion waves. Another Renekton main, SoloRenektonOnly has written an excellent guide on this that explains it better than I could. Setting up freezes and getting the minions to push towards you are both extremely important in winning certain lane matchups. 

Surviving Ganks Back to Top

Renekton is one of the best champions in the game at turning around 1v2 situations. Why? 


His kit contains multiple sources of AoE damage as well as healing

He becomes stronger at lower health (renektonpassive.png Reign of Anger)

He is so dominant in the laning phase 1v1 that it's likely your opponent will be weaker than you already

When you're being ganked, you have a few options. The most common paths to take are using renektonsliceanddice.png Slice and Dice to escape, or turning and bursting one of the two enemies using your full combo, then scrapping it out with the second due to Renekton's healing from renektoncleave.png Cull The Meek and his consistent damage and fury generation from renektonreignofthetyrant.png Dominus. 

Using renektonsliceanddice.png Slice for an escape: The hitbox of this ability actually extends behind the point Renekton casts it from. What this means is that even if you don't have an opportunity to dash through an enemy, you can get close to them and use your dash in the direction of safety, while unlocking the second dash to put even more distance between you and the enemy. Combined with 4.png Flash if necessary, you're capable of crossing an enormous distance almost instantly. Mastering this technique will be really important for your Renekton play. 

Turning the fight towards them: Most often, the correct target will be the enemy jungler. Junglers are frequently lower level than the solo laners, and sometimes they arrive in lane damaged from fighting the jungle camps. They're very rarely tanky early in the game, even if they might build tank later. They won't expect you to move towards them for a fight, so they often won't be prepared when the person they're ganking flashes on top of them and kills them. The actual mechanics of this are fairly simple, you just need to combo your abilities quickly to minimize the amount of time they have to react. See the "Abilities" section of this guide for info on combos. 

Being able to turn ganks effectively requires a strong knowledge of your champion's strength, so it is definitely a skill that you gain over time. Don't be too discouraged if you try it and mess up - That's a learning experience. 

In solo queue, turning a gank can often cause players on the enemy team to get angry and blame each other, which works to your advantage as they'll start to play even more poorly. 

Laning Against Ranged Champions Back to Top

Ranged matchups are tough for any melee laner. Here are a couple of basic tips to make it easier for you. These apply to most champions. 


-Learn their range, and stay out of it.
When I say this, I don't mean that you should NEVER step into, say, a Kennen's autoattack range or the range of a Lissandra's lissandraq.png Ice Shard. I mean that you shouldn't do it unless you have a good reason to. Usually, this means a low health minion. It could also be that you're ready to go all in and try to get a kill on the enemy. If you stand around while a ranged champ hits you, you're taking free damage for no reason. That makes it harder to start a fight, stay in lane, or assist your jungler with a gank. 

-Learn to concede advantages when contesting them would cause a greater loss.
That's a lot of big words to say "don't get greedy". When you're low on health and you want that last minion, but the enemy Quinn is standing right next to it, you won't be able to get it without dying. If you go in and die for it, you're spending a bunch of time dead while you miss out on the gold and experience from several minions. On the other hand, if you started a recall and let the minion die during your channel, you'd get the experience for it anyway and be able to heal up and go back into lane. 

Playing The Midgame as Renekton Back to Top

Okay, so you won your lane. You've got a couple kills, a  3748.png Titanic Hydra, and a 3071.png Black Cleaver. Where do you go from here? Look at the map. See which of your lanes are doing well and which lost. Try to rotate to lanes that don't have their outer towers yet and push them down with your teammates. Fight over a dragon. Your pressure will most likely cause the other top laner to leave their lane and roam down, which is a good thing as you should be more useful than them anyways, and that prevents them from scaling up to your level through farm. Renekton can also be effective for getting picks in the jungle if your team has decent vision control. 


Essentially, you should look to start teamfights that you can thrive in. Renekton is a huge threat in early-mid teamfights, as he's usually too tanky to focus down, but still does huge damage to the ad carry or mid laner when he gets onto them. 

Your goal is to close out the game as early as possible, or at least create an insurmountable advantage. 

Team Fights Back to Top

When playing Renekton in a teamfight, he's such a versatile champion that it's important to understand what you should be doing at any given moment. Renekton can play many roles in a fight, from tanky initiator to backline assassin, and even a defensive tankbusting peeler. 


You might need to kill a key target, like the opposing mid laner.  

You might need to act as a tanky meat shield for your teammates to protect from skillshots. 

You could decide to use your CC and damage to peel threats away from your team's carries. 

You can simply zone certain members of the enemy team with your positioning, making a fight skewed towards your team. 

As you gain experience playing Renekton, you'll learn how to better evaluate each match and figure out what you should be doing to win. 

It's important to remember that you don't have to be the star player and carry of every game you're in. Sometimes it's okay to just be the tank who stuns that Camille that's trying to kill your team's Twitch. 

About the Author Back to Top

Hi! I'm Outback Renekton, a Renekton main who plays on the NA server. The highest rank I've ever achieved was Platinum at the end of Season 5. I've reached Platinum again twice after that, at the beginning of Season 6 and a second time in season 6 after the ranked borders were given out. I decayed in the middle of S6 due to inactivity. I'm back from my hiatus and my play has leveled up significantly. So far in Season 7, I'm climbing the ranks quickly (Currently Platinum 5, despite being placed in Silver 2) and plan to push for Diamond by the end of the year. 


I started playing League back in Season 3, but didn't try ranked until Season 4, where I finished in Gold V. I became a Renekton main in Season 5 and hit plat shortly after. Coincidence? :^)

Why did you choose Outback Renekton for your name?
I wanted to have a IGN that was the exact same as one of Renekton's skins - but my favorite skin, Bloodfury, has too many characters in it. So I chose Outback instead. 

Renekton is my favorite champion because he supports a very aggressive, dominating playstyle. I like to win games in a decisive manner, so it was a perfect fit. 

I have a question about something I couldn't find in this guide! or I have a suggestion for something you could add to your guide!

Feel free to send me a friend request on the NA server and I'll be happy to hear any feedback or questions you have about this guide. 

Thanks for reading, and I hope my guide helped you get better at Renekton!
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