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Sion Statistics for TwTvTastyPotatox

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

Value
Average
Games Played
42
7
Win %
26
44
Kills
3.1
4.2
Assists
7.1
9.7
Deaths
4.9
6.3
KA:D Ratio
2.1
2.2
Gold Earned
9.6K
11.1K
Creep Score
119.2
132.8
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Reasoning behind summoning spells: YES I USE THESE FOR BOTH MID AND TOP







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Lets you avoid ganks, finish off enemies, and lets you flash + ult to escape bad situations. 


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Allows you to pull off the level 2 wolves cheese. 

Early game: Allows you to reset lane if you die, TP bot lane + ult for sexy ganks

Mid game: Allows you to TP in for objectives

Late game: Allows you to push a lane while your team sits in another and TP in when you need to. Also allows you to TP in behind to ult the enemy back line (very devastating) and finally allows you to defend against splitpushers.

Once again, there is no better alternative. TP provides game changing possibilities.

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If you are man enough to play Bot lane ADC sion take cleanse to cleanse exhaust and also cleanse CC while in your passive. 

New Runes Back to Top

Why grasp of the undying? Grasp is consistent. It is much easier to hit than aftershock, and it is more useful than guardian. 


After many games, demolish is the best tier 1 rune. It gives you pressure when trying to take towers and scales well into the game. The other option would be font of life, but I feel it does not have as much of an impact.

Conditioning is the best tier 2 rune. You never have problems before 10 minutes. So you just get a nice bonus in stats.

For tier 3, I prefer overgrowth since it works well with sion's infinite HP passive. 

You go sorcery second for the CDR reduction on your ultimate since it is a major reason why sion is so good. His hard engage with ult wins games so having it up more is invaluable.


For this reason we take ultimate hat and transcendence


For AD Sion you want to go everything that gives maximum damage. 

Abilities Back to Top

E
Q
W
E
E
R
E
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E
W
R
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Q
Q
R
Q
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Passive
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FOR FULL AD SION MAX Q > W > E 
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Tank Sion:



Glory in DeathPassive: Glory in Death

Upon taking fatal damage, Sion briefly becomes invulnerable then enters a frenzy, restoring himself to full health but losing 1 (+ Sion's level) health per 0.25 seconds, increases by 0.7 (0.7 x Sion's level) per subsequent tick. Sion can freely move and attack during this time, gaining 100% lifesteal, attacking at 1.75 attack speed and dealing 10% of his target's maximum healthas on-hit physical damage (capped at 75 bonus damage against monsters).

Additionally, Sion gains the ability to cast Death Surge.png Death Surge using any learned ability.


This passive also scales with max HP which Sion gets a ton of thanks to his W and helps you still become a threat late game in teamfights even after you die. Finally, it can be used to take turrets or inhibitors after you die and the tower/inhib is low. (or maybe even end the game killing the nexus.) Note that his attack speed is set at 1.75. This means that building attack speed past that point does not make you attack faster while undead. The passive will actually make you attack slower since it sets your attack speed at 1.75. UNLESS YOU BUY GHOSTBLADE. YOu can activate ghostblade while in passive to rape kids with more attack speed. 



Decimating SmashDecimating Smash (Q)

FIRST CAST: Sion channels, increasing the damage of Decimating Smash over the next 2 seconds and the range over the next 1 second. If the channel is interrupted, Decimating Smash will go on a reduced 2 second cooldown.

SECOND CAST: Sion deals physical damage to all enemies in the target area. If he has charged for less than 1 second, he will Slow icon slow all enemies in the target area by 50% for 0.25 seconds. If Decimating Smash is charged for at least 1 second, Sionsmashes his axe into the ground instead, Airborne icon knocking up all enemies hit for 1.25 seconds, up to 2.25 if Decimating Smash is fully channeled.


Minions take 60% damage from Decimating Smash.

Great follow up damage for your E. Make sure to charge it as much as possible without the enemy leaving the zone as the damage has a super high base and a great AD ratio. Can be used to waveclear, disrupt channel abilities (Katarina ult, Malazahar ult, ect.) Very powerful ability in teamfights. One well placed Q can win the game. Can also be used to block escape routes during fights and zone. During laning you can use it to zone the enemy from farming under tower (especially when they want to kill a cannon minion)

While playing AD sion it is important to buy pink wards and sweeper because while charging in a bush or around a corner enemies cannot see the Q charge zone (much like when nunu is ulting in a bush) so you can suprise people with a full charged Q.


Soul FurnaceSoul Furnace (W)

PASSIVE: Sion permanently gains 2 bonus health whenever he kills a unit, increased to 10 against large units and champion kills and assists.

ACTIVE: Sion surrounds himself with a shield that absorbs damage for up to 6 seconds. After 2 seconds, Soul Furnace can be recast to detonate the shield if it hasn't been destroyed, dealing magic damage to all nearby enemies. Bonus damage from the target's maximum health is capped at 400 against minions and monsters. The shield will detonate automatically if it persists for the full 6 seconds.


Soul Furnace can be activated and detonated while using any of his abilities.




This ability is what makes Sion, well Sion. He gains 2 max health for every killed unit. It is very important to be able to last hit to get the bonus HP since Sion's base HP is very low. Cannon minions and jungle creeps are also high priority since they give +10 maximum health. 

In lane, this ability is used to trade damage. The key is to start shielding damage near the end of your opponent's combo. Why you ask? Because if Sion's shield breaks, he cannot reactivate the skill to deal damage which is very important. For example, say 86_64.png activates Q, runs over to you, hits you, then spins. Near the end of his spin is when you should activate soul furnace, then immediately when you can, reactivate it and blast Garen for 10% of his max HP.

Late game, you want to use this ability while engaging with your ult. The reason being the same as in lane. You want to absorb some damage while still blasting as many people as possible with your shield as it deals a % of the enemy's max HP.



Roar of the SlayerRoar of the Slayer (E)

ACTIVE: Sion bellows in the target direction, dealing magic damage to the first enemy he hits, as well as Slow icon slowing it and reducing its armor by 20% for 2.5 seconds.


If the target is not a champion, it will be knocked back 1500 units - dealing 150% damage to all enemies it passes through and slowing them by the same amount for 2.5 seconds.



This ability is what separates good Sion players from the bad ones. This is your primary harass in lane, helps waveclear, and many times I find myself finishing off opponents under tower, or while recalling with this. 

Note the part: If the target is not a champion (if it hits a minion) it will be knocked back 1500 units (Twisted Fate's Q is 1450 range for comparison.) and deal increased damage to anything it collides with as well as applying a slow. 

In lane, this is what you want to focus on. Any time the enemy doesn't respect your lane dominance and tries to farm, shove a minion in their face. It scales great with AP, so with the 21-9 mastery and the dual pen marks, you will be dealing serious damage for a tank.

When you want to all-in an enemy however, you will want to directly hit your enemy (not push a minion into them) because only by directly hitting when will you apply the armor shred. Allowing you to easily hit your ult, and for more damage. (your ult is physical)

One last word of advice on this skill, when you are getting ganked and you know you are going to die, hit the more squishy champion with this skill (apply the armor shred along with the slow) right before you die, then when your passive kicks in you will deal more damage possibly killing one or both of the champions. 



Unstoppable OnslaughtUnstoppable Onslaught (R)

FIRST CAST: Sion bellows, which can be heard by all players, and begins charging in the target direction for up to 8 seconds, during which time he cannot cast abilities nor attack, but is immune to all crowd control effects. Sion's trajectory will update toward the mouse cursor over the duration, but his turning speed is significantly slower than normal.

If Sion collides with an enemy champion or terrain, charges for the full 8 seconds, or recasts the ability, he will slam the ground with earth-shattering force, dealing physical damage and Slow icon slowing surrounding enemies. Enemies hit directly are also slightly Airborne icon pulled in Sion's direction, and then Stun icon stunned for a short duration. The damage and crowd control duration increase over the first few seconds of the charge, capping at 200% damage and 1.75 seconds respectively.

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Colliding with terrain will cause Sion to stun himself for a short duration.


This skill is pretty tricky to use, especially if you know the person you want to ult has an escape or flash. Keep those in mind. 

In lane you want to use his after you directly hit your opponent with your E to apply the armor shred and slow to make hitting this skill a breeze. You can also use this skill to get away while split pushing since you cant be disabled. Hardly anything can catch you once you flash ult away.  

Outside if lane, look to teleport bot and ult in, many times this results in at least 1 kill. During mid - late game look to teleport BEHIND the opponent line to ult their backline squishys. This can instantly end a teamfight since once you knock someone up with ult you can cast your Q without fear of them moving. 

Annoying champions that can stop your ult: Careful of 34_64.png wall, 59_64.png wall, 48_64.png pillar, 64_64.png Q (yes its literally the most OP move ever) 

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Standard start. Really cost efficient.
    Take this if against a high poke champion or a DoT champion like Darius bleed

Core Items

    Sunfire after the buffs is very strong. Even against AP champions
    Merc only if they have 3-4 AP. Else take Tabi to reduce ADC damage dealt to you.
    If they have a lot of auto attackers get thornmail and randuins if they have crit (yasuo jinx twitch tristana)
    Get this if they have AD but not auto attackers. (Jhin Lee sin pantheon miss fortune)
    If you need MR Adaptive helm is really nice. Also locket is really good against assassins for your team. If they don't have spam abilities get mask since it boosts your teams magical damage.

Situational Items

    Example build vs all AD You still want one MR item for small magic damage such as from support or abilities that deal magic like lee sin E
    Example build vs all AP (minus ADC)
    Example build vs balanced team

Sion is flexible. He can build pretty much any tank item. It is up to you to decide what to build. I listed example builds above. I suggest building sunfire every game. It is very strong. Stay away from spirit visage since you really don't have a way to use the healing passive. 

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Aatrox
    Easy
  • Akali
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Medium
  • Darius
    Medium
  • Dr. Mundo
    Easy
  • Fiora
    Hard
  • Fizz
    Hard
  • Gangplank
    Easy
  • Garen
    Medium
  • Gnar
    Medium
  • Hecarim
    Easy
  • Irelia
    Hard
  • Jarvan IV
    Hard
  • Jax
    Easy
  • Jayce
    Easy
  • Kayle
    Easy
  • Kennen
    Medium
  • Lee Sin
    Medium
  • Lissandra
    Medium
  • Lulu
    Medium
  • Malphite
    Easy
  • Maokai
    Hard
  • Nasus
    Medium
  • Nidalee
    Medium
  • Olaf
    Medium
  • Pantheon
    Medium
  • Rek'Sai
    Medium
  • Renekton
    Medium
  • Rengar
    Easy
  • Riven
    Hard
  • Rumble
    Medium
  • Ryze
    Easy
  • Shen
    Easy
  • Singed
    Easy
  • Swain
    Easy
  • Teemo
    Medium
  • Trundle
    Easy
  • Tryndamere
    Hard
  • Urgot
    Easy
  • Vladimir
    Medium
  • Wukong
    Hard
  • Yasuo
    Hard
  • Zac
    Hard

VS

Aatrox

Easy

Start dorans ring if you can or if yo uwant to be safe start flask + cloth armor after you start a camp level 1. Rush frozen, get glacial shroud first. He can't fight you after you get frozen. Care for his tower dive if he has passive up.


As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Akali

Medium

 Rush Spirit visage, get specter's cowl first. Cancer champion, care for her level 6 burst. Always have a pink ward or upgraded trinket in your inventory in case you have kill potential or your jungler comes to gank.


As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Cho'Gath

Medium

Dorans ring start. Care for his passive on E when he autos minions as the damage can add up. His sustain may be too much for you to have kill potential unless you hit all of your Es. If you don't kill him early you are gonna have a hard time. I recommend getting double dorans rings vs this guy since he is a tank and has little kill potential on you early game.


As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Darius

Medium

Dorans shield start. Rush frozen, get glacial shroud first. 


Darius struggles against poke champions. Lucky for you, your E is long range poke and you get more max HP as the game goes on to make his ult less useful. As long as you don't die early this matchup gets easier as time goes on when you get tanky and have more HP.
DONT LET HIM GET 5 STACKS
He is also very easy to gank as he has no escapes. Ask for jungler help for free kills.

As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Dr. Mundo

Easy

Dorans ring start. He just farms forever. You can zone him from melee farming, and under tower harass with E and Q combo. Later, when you pick up warmogs, feel free to tank cleavers to deny more farm since you will heal it back. I recommend getting double dorans rings vs this guy since he is a tank and has little kill potential on you early game.




As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Fiora

Hard

New Fiora is a very good tank killer with her new %Hp passive. she can also easily dodge your spells with her short cooldown Q. I would not pick sion into this matchup. If you do play it prepare to ask for jungler help and farm with your E and Q. dont try to ult her whjen her W is up or else she will block your ult. 


As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Fizz

Hard

Try to avoid picking sion into this matchup. He has a lot of mixed damage, can dodge your spells and has %hp on his W. Don't play aggressive vs him just wait for jungler help.


VS

Gangplank

Easy

Dorans Ring start. Rush Frozen heart, get glacial first. Then get Spirit Visage second since gangplank does mixed damage. 


Gangplank is reallllllyyyyy strong level 1-2. Care for his magic damage and slow stacking passive. He will walk up to you, Auto Q Auto and follow you to tower while autoing early for a lot of damage. Careful of this cheese strat and you will be fine. Later after you pick up your first 2 items he can't touch you.

As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Garen

Medium

Have not played this matchup at all in diamond yet. Start dorans's ring. Careful since his Q breaks slows. Make sure he does not have it up when you E Q combo she will be able to walk out of your Q and punish you. Also care because his Q will cancel your Q.


As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Gnar

Medium

Start dorans ring. Annoying champion, speeds himself up while slowing you down and does %HP magic damage so hard to itemize against. Never over commit as he can easily chase anyone down. Mega Gnar form is actually easier to deal with. I go double Dorans rings to ensure I can beat him.



I mark this matchup as hard because unless he gets hit by a lot of Es it is hard to kill him. However, it is also hard for him to kill you unless you over commit and are far away from a tower.

As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Hecarim

Easy

Easy Matchup for Sion. You can zone him so hard and you can slow him which reduces his damage because his passive gives bonus AD based on his movement speed. Double Dorans rings will ensure you destroy him. Punish him whenever he tries to farm.

VS

Irelia

Hard

Skill matchup


Start dorans Ring. Rush frozen heart since she is an auto attack based champion. Your maximum health stacking makes her true damage useless later in the game. Once you get frozen heart, Ninja Tabi, and warmogs, you will always be able to 1v1 her. Remember, her stun can cancel your Q, so make sure she doesn't get to close, or doesn't have her dash to get next to you and stun you. Also, care of her dashing to a minion to avid your Q.

As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Jarvan IV

Hard

This is actually a pretty hard matchup for Sion. His passive deals %HP, his ult stops you from ulting away, and he has armor shred to counter your armor stacking, and deals magic damage with his standard. Plus, it is hard to dodge his E Q combo because of your huge hit box. If you do manage to dodge his E Q, unload on him since most of his burst as well as his armor shred will be gone. IF YOU DIE YOU LOSE LANE FOREVER.


Start dorans shield and rush frozen heart taking glacial shroud first. Ask for jungle help if he is super aggressive. 

As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Jax

Easy

Start dorans Ring, rush frozen heart into Ninja Tabi and then spirit visage.


Jax is pretty weak early. His E doesn't really affect you at all minus the stun and you can interrupt his leap with your Q. You can harass him under tower pretty easily as well. When he jumps into your minions Activate your shield AFTER he stuns you, then unload everything you have before he gets back to his creep wave. He will cry as he does no damage to you later in the game. 

As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Jayce

Easy

Dorans Ring start. Get frozen heart first so you can spam skills at him. Maybe get a warmogs second to counter his poke. He isnt too hard to play against as long as you sit behind your minions. Careful his E in hammer form will cancel your Q. If you time it perfect you can ult to avoid getting knocked back by his E.


As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Kayle

Easy

Dorans Ring start. Rush visage first. Very easy matchup. Don't try to farm while her E is up. Click on her and when the E buff is about to run out, walk up to her and show your dominance by E Q comboing her. She will blow mana trying to speed herself up, but your 60% slow is too much. Care for when you towerdive if she has ult. 


As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Kennen

Medium

Dorans ring start. This matchup is quite annoying. He he very fast making it hard for you to land any of your spells. He has no mana to run out of, and he sets up ganks pretty well and is hard to gank! Do your best to poke him with E. If he gets low enough try to otplay him with your shield and ult. 


Get spirit visage first. Then merc treads because he has a stun. Look to help other lanes with your TP. 

As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Lee Sin

Medium

Dorans shield start. Rush frozen heart. After that he will cry because he deals no damage and cant farm with anything but his Q. Just don't die early or your life will be hell. Care since his W can re-position him away from your charging Q, his ult can stop your Q, and don't try ulting away if his Q is on you as he will cancel your ult if he kicks to you for some reason. 



As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Lissandra

Medium

Dorans Ring / Shield your pick depending on how confidentyou are with hitting Es. Rush visage then merc treads to counter her CC. Care since she sets up ganks for her jungler very well. Keep your lane warded. 


As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Lulu

Medium

Dorans Ring Start. Rush visage and get merc treads ASAP. She won't ever be able to kill you, but it is very hard to kill her. Care since her polymorph and ult will interrupt your Q. Don't try to towerdive her by yourself if she has ult, she will outplay you every time.


As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Malphite

Easy

Dorans ring start. Get visage first. Very Easy lane. He will never have the damage to fight you. He will build armor when you deal mostly magic. You also have %HP magic damage on your W for later in the game. The best way to dominate malphite is to push as hard as possible to his tower (buy mana pots to do this). Why you ask? well malphite is not the best at farming under tower, nor does he clear anywhere as well as you, so you will force him to use mana to farm. Then, if the enemy jungler comes, he will have no mana to help AKA HE IS USELESS. Go double dorans rings early to ensure you destroy him.


As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Maokai

Hard

Dorans ring start. Rush visage into merc treads because of his CC. Maokai is an interesting lane. He heals for a lot and is very tanky making it hard to score a kill. His W also does %HP which Sion dislikes. Even if you zone him away he can still farm with his E and he sets up ganks for his jungler very well. Always keep the lane warded. Take his tower ASAP and look to make plays with TP. Go double dorans rings early to ensure you can keep up with him.



As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.


VS

Nasus

Medium

Dorans ring start. Rush Frozen heart and spam skill at him. He will build either spirit visage or frozen heart first. Good thing for you, Sion deals mixed damage. Try to bully him as much as possible and take his tower ASAP. Then group up with your team and take objectives before he can get big. I mark this as medium instead of easy because if you don't take tower or bully him, he will eventually be able to sustain your damage and win the lane. Go double dorans rings early to ensure you destroy him.


VS

Nidalee

Medium

Another Cancer champion. Start dorans shield. Nidalee is another champion with mixed damage. To win you need to go glacial shroud into specter's cowl. Very hard to land Q after you lane E since she can jump away. All around hard to land skills due to her mobility. 


As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Olaf

Medium

Dorans shield start. Very easy lane. Sion laughs at true damage since he has a huge health pool later. Get frozen heart first. 



As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Pantheon

Medium

Dorans shield start. Rush frozen heart. Very easy if you can survive early. He will most likely buy a flask and a lot of potions to spam his Q. Try to not eat to many spears while farming or you will get bullied out of lane.  Care for when he backs when level 6. He will look to ult bot lane and pick up kills. Be ready to TP after him.



As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Rek'Sai

Medium

Dorans shield start. Not as hard after the nerfs. Have not played vs her since nerfs. Build armor vs her.


As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Renekton

Medium

Dorans shield start. Care for his burst combo. Rush Frozen Heart. Hard to kill him because of his good sustain with Q. He also deals magic damage with ult. Ask for a gank and don't overcommit. 



As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Rengar

Easy

Dorans shield start. Rush Frozen Heart. Always have a pink ward in your inventory so he can't ult away from you. Care of his triple dorans blade burst. Use your trinket or a green ward t ward the lane bushes so you can E minions at him even while he is in those.



As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Riven

Hard

Dorans shield start. Very hard matchup early for Sion. She can shield and dodge most of your spells. As long as you don't die early, after you get frozen heart and ninja tabi, the matchup turns in your favor. Careful of her level 6 burst. Riven is very strong at level 2,3, and 6, so watch out for those levels. DO not get hit by 3rd Q you will take a lot of damage. Give up farm while your skill are on cooldown. if she jumps on you and your E is not up you will die.



As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Rumble

Medium

Skill matchup.


Dorans ring start. Buy extra mana pots for this matchup so you can spam shield to negate his flamespitter damage. Rush visage and get merc treads. If he gets a kill on you he will win the lane. He will rush liandry's and it hurts a lot so make sure to get MR. Try to bait out his shield, then when it runs out E a minion into himso he can't negate the damage. While he is slowed, follow up with your Q since he won't have shield to speed himself up.

As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Ryze

Easy

Dorans ring start. Rush visage. Easy matchup despite him being OP. Bully him out of lane. He has no escape and it is easy to set up ganks for your jungler. Go double dorans rings early to ensure you destroy him.




As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Shen

Easy

Dorans ring start. Rush visage and merc treads unless you think you will need tabi later. He will most likely stack armor and rush sunfire cape. Laugh as he deals no damage to you while you deal mixed damage and %HP to him. Buy mana pots so you have enough mana to kill him through his sustain. Go double dorans rings early to ensure you destroy him.




As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Singed

Easy

Dorans ring start. Rush visage and merc treads. Singed is pretty annoying. He has no kill potential on you but care of his level 2 burst and his flip can cancel your Q. Don't chase him too long and look to set up ganks with your jungler since you can lock him up for a long time.



As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Swain

Easy

Dorans ring start. Rush visage and merc treads. Very easy lane. Just buy mana pots to be able to kill him through the sustain. Go double dorans rings early to ensure you destroy him. Easy to set up ganks with your jungler since he has no escapes.


 

As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Teemo

Medium

Dorans shield start. Rush visage into merc treads. Remember to buy red trinket once he hits 6. Care for ulting into his territory for a kill. It will be littered with shrooms. He is pretty squishy and you can set up for ganks since you can lock him up for a long time. REMEMBER TO USE YOUR TRINKET DURING ALL IN AS IT DISABLES HIS SHROOMS. Go double dorans rings early to ensure you destroy him.




As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Trundle

Easy

Very easy lane. Bully him everytime he tries to take farm with your E Q W combo. Care at level 6 when he has ult because he can steal all your tank stats. If the jungler comes while he is ulting you, you will die fast so watch out. He should never be able to 1v1 you though. If things go bad you can E him and walk away or just ult away.

VS

Tryndamere

Hard

Dorans shield start. Rush frozen heart into ninja tabi into thornmail. At that point, Tryndamere will no longer be able to 1v1 you, but he will ignore you and take jungle and towers. He will win until you get at least frozen heart. Care for his level 1 damage and respect his level 2 combo. I main Trydmere as well and he has the advantage most of the game. I would advise to not pick sion into Tryndamere.


As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Urgot

Easy

Dorans shield start. Rush frozen heart. Easy matchup. Urgot will never have the damage to kill you and your ult can't be stopped by his. Easy to set up ganks against since he has no escapes.Be sure to dodge his E.


As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Vladimir

Medium

Dorans ring start. Rush visage. Very annoying matchup early. He will sustain your damage and out push you. He can also dodge your ultimate. Buy mana pots in lane to have enough mana to push back and potentially kill him. Look to set up ganks with your jungler. Go double dorans rings early to ensure you destroy him.




As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Wukong

Hard

Dorans shield start. Rush frozen heart. Interesting matchup. He is similar to Jarvan in that he has armor shred so he will always be able to deal damage to you. However, this matchup is slightly easier since he does not have %hp on hit and does not have a wall to stop your ult. Try not to trade too much if he uses is Q on you. Try to poke with your E until he is low enough to all in. Careful since his clone can stop your ult. 



As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

VS

Yasuo

Hard

Very hard matchup for sion. Start dorans ring and rush frozen heart into ninja tabi. He is hard for sion because he can dodge all your skills by dashing around minions with his E. I recommend not picking sion if you know it is yasuo top. 

VS

Zac

Hard

Dorans ring start. Rush visage. THIS GUY IS SO ANNOYING. I have this marked as hard not because he counters you, but you will never have enough mana or damage to get a solo kill on him in lane. It's pretty much a slap fight between you two, except that he has no mana to run out of. How boring.



As with all matchups, when your opponent walks up to kill a minion, shove a minion in their face with your E, walk up to them and charge up your Q as much as possible without them walking out of your range, then smash them for huge damage. This can also be done under tower without taking tower hits when you get good.

How do I play top Sion? Back to Top

Early game:

Early game you should try to pull off the level 2 cheese with wolves /raptors  as it gives you a huge lane advantage. Once you pull off the level 2 wolves, teleport to your tower as fast as possible after buying so you don't miss too many minions. Once you get to lane, if you are level 2 E a minion at your opponent as they come up to last hit, and immediately charge up your Q as much as you can without them walking out. Then, while the are knocked up, follow up with 1-3 auto attacks since you have really high base AD. Now your opponent will be at 40-50% HP. Ward around 3:00 with your trinket so you don't die since Sion has no escapes. Try to not use your W to negate damage since it costs a lot of mana early. Repeat the process of E Q combo your lane opponent until you think you can all in them. 
 
Remember to keep farming as you get more max HP from last hitting. Remember to always get the cannon minions as the give you 10 max HP.

When you want to all in for a kill: First think, does my opponent have an escape, do they have flash, where is their jungler? If they have an escape or flash you should try to get them to use it first.

When you are ready to all in, make sure you E your opponent first. DO NOT HIT A MINION INTO THEM, you want to reduce their armor. Hitting a minion into them only slows and does not reduce armor. Immediately follow up with your ult ad press your W while ulting, then Q them and pop your shield for more damage. Follow up with more auto attacks and your E until they are dead. MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT ULT INTO THEIR TOWER. Many times your opponent will flash out of the way and cause you to run into the range of their tower. Many times this will result in your death so watch out for this. 

If you are pre 6 and wish to score a kill many times it involves using flash. I will usually push them to their tower and if they are at like 20% Hp I will press W and when it gets to the point where I can detonate the shield I will flash E W Q as fast as possible and hope I will them before they can react and flash away.


Mid Game:



During mid game you should be buying at least 1 green ward or a pink each back. Keeping vision is everyone's job, not just the support. You should be looking for opportunities to teleport behind the enemy team and ult into their backline to instantly win most teamfights. Make sure to keep pressure on dragon as it is very important in this season. By mid game you should have itemized against your lane as well as whatever is most fed on the other team. Tell your team that you will initiate and to not fight without you. Remember to keep side lanes pushed so you can siege mid lane. You still do a lot of damage at this point in the game and can 100 - 0 someone squishy if you ult them with your team. 


Late Game:



Late game is where you are an unstoppable force. You should have a ton of health, and you should have full cooldown reduction, and a thornmail and frozen heart to make their ADC cry. Your shield does a ton of damage since it is a % of the enemy's max HP and you have a ton of crowd control with 35% CDR and your E and Q. Look for good opportunities to ult multiple people, or teleport behind to ult their squishes. Finally, you can tank towers really well with your high defense and high HP and shield. SO if your team needs someone to tank a tower for a wave, go do it. If your ADC is fed after initiating a fight turn around and try to peel for your ADC. Remember Sion's E lowers armor by 20% so it makes your ADC destroy their target faster! 

Pros and Cons Back to Top

Pros: 

Good initiation
Strong laner
Can tank for dayzzz
Infinite scaling
High base damages on skills
Is still a threat even after death
LOUD AND EVERYONE CAN HEAR YOU
UNDEAD JUGGERNAUT

Cons
All of your skills except W are unreliable (can be dodged or avoided.)
Predictable
High mana cost early
can be kited when there are no minions nearby
Q is easily interrupted
Huge hitbox (hard to dodge some spells)
Pretty useless if you can't hit spells

About the Author Back to Top

Hello friends! My name is Andrew. I am a third year at the University of Cincinnati studying Industrial Management. I am a student athlete and I play for the school's League of Legends team. Currently, I peaked at Master tier 240LP Season 6.  My favorite champions are Tryndamere, Sion, and Mordekaiser. 


My streams link is: http://www.twitch.tv/tastypotatox 


Check out my Top lane Tahm Kench guide at: http://www.lolking.net/guides/edit/360390
Check out my Tryndamere guide at: http://www.lolking.net/guides/349183
Check out my Mordekaiser guide at: http://www.lolking.net/guides/381186



Thank you for reading my guide and I hope you found it helpful! 
If you feel anything should be further explained, or you want something added just let me know in the comments!

Best of luck out there in the Fields of Justice! See you on the Rift!!  

MASTER CONFIRMED Back to Top

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My Stream, Watch Me And Learn To Be A Better Sion Back to Top

The best way to improve is to watch high level streams of people who main the champion you want to play. The reasoning is because you can learn every matchup and learn build paths against certain matchups that may not be in guides. I watched Boxerpete and fwii and played 100s of games of Tryndamere before I could play him at a diamond level. 

I am by no means the best but I am in the top 3000 people in NA. Also at this rank I need to play what my team needs so  I can't play SIon every game. But I will answer questions and take into consideration what you want to see me play.

I mostly play Sion, Tryndamere, and Mordekaiser so if you want to see those follow my stream!


My streams link is: http://www.twitch.tv/tastypotatox 


I don't have a set time that I stream because I am a college student. 
Also there is a donation button if you are feeling generous :3

Thank you again everyone for reading :D

Changelog Back to Top

Pre 4-2-215

Made the guide for 21-9 with full dual pen and aggressive playstyle

Post 4-2-2015

4-2-2015 
E heavily nerfed. Updated the guide for 9-21 still with dual pen runes and added cinderhulk because OP.

6/17/2015 
Updated because LouTheLarge wanted me to continue making guides. E Max and 21-9 and 9-21 still work with full dual pen runes.

7/1/2015 - Updated for 5.12

7/2/2015 -  1 Million views Kreygasm thx bros

7/15/2015 - Re-read the whole guide and cleaned up wording and revamped some items and matchups.

8/26/2015 - Took out TP smite since cinderhulk got nerfed. Redid matchups that included it. Removed warmogs from items and thornmail since it got nerfed. Added dead man's plate and replaced thornmail with sunfire since it helps deal damage. 

9/15/2015 - Updated some of the juggernaut matchups. I have started to like mid sion a lot because Sion doesn't do too well against juggernauts. 

11/24/2015 - Updated Masteries for 5.23 and the build. Mostly the same. I will start adding video matchups when I get good footage.

12/31/2015 - Started playing mid sion a lot. Will make a section for that soon

2/16/2016 - Guide revamp for season 6 build. Mid lane section incoming as well soon

4-18-2016 - Masters confirmed playing mid lane sion more than top. Same roam strategy as top.

6-21-2016 - Updated runes masteries and build for FULL AD SION. Check the authors notes and my youtube for more info

2-7-2018 - FInally updated for season 8. Added new builds and runes. 
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