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Sion Statistics for II Avalanche II

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

Value
Average
Games Played
16
6
Win %
44
45
Kills
3.6
4.3
Assists
8.4
9.6
Deaths
4.8
6.3
KA:D Ratio
2.5
2.2
Gold Earned
11K
11.3K
Creep Score
175.3
139.5
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

These are the only good summoner spells for Sion. Ignite is a viable option but I wouldn't recommend it, as teleport is such an amazing summoner spell.


With the nerfs to teleport you can consider ignite, if you don't plan to gank your other lanes.
Just get fed off of your lane, and not off other lanes.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

Please read:
Most of the lanes I go the upper one, 12/0/18
When against an opponent i'l be able to kill I go the bottom one, 12/18/0

12/0/18 explained

Ferocity Tree

Fury vs Sorcery
Sorcery wins in every aspect. The dmg is much better than a bit of AS.

Vampirism vs Natural Talent
This one is matchup dependant. Most of the time i would go Vampirism, however in a matchup thats more late game focused i would go for Natural Talent.

Booty hunter vs Opressor vs Battle Trance
Battle trance is really good, as your fights wil almost always be longer than 5 sec.

Cunning Tree

Wanderer vs Savagery
honestly, I prefer savagery, but this is up to you

Secret Stash vs Assasin
If against a sustain matchup, Secret Stash, and in a matchup where you have kill potential go Assasin i guess, however if you have kill potential go 12/0/18

Merciless vs Meditation
this is the reason you would even put point is cunning; Meditation is so good so go that :D

Bandit vs Merciless
same as with secret Stash and Assasin
Bandit is the choice here. Merciless is good if you have kill potential, but 12/0/18 is better when you have kill potential.

Resolve


Recovery vs Unyielding
Recovery is just better overall

Explorer vs Tough Skin
The 2 most useless masteries in game. Tough Skin is less useless so go that I guess

Runic Armor vs Veterans Scars
this one is tricky, so lets go over everything
if using Runic Armor
Shield lvl 1: 30*1.08+6.48% of your hp
Shield lvl 5: 130*1.08+10.8% of your hp
if using Veterans Scars
Shield lvl 1: 32.7+6% of your hp
Shield lvl 5: 134.5+10%of your hp
Runic Armor scales a lot better. the extra hp in lane is decent for sustain, however the extra healing from Runic armour is atleast as good. Runic armor wins

Insight vs Perseverance
Insight wins here. The sustain you gain is not really that important as the reduced CD on TP allows you to return to lane faster. And lower CD on Flash is always the best.

Swiftness vs Legendary Guardian
I think the tenacity is a lot better than a bit of armor and mr.

Stoneborn Packt/Grasp of the undying
[7.6] Testing whether or not stone born packt is better.
If you trust your carry, go Packt, if you dont (i'd say everything below P2)
go Grasp

Why no Thunderlords?
Well, Sion has this weird thing going, where if you e a minion and that minion hits a champ, it doensn't count as a ability for thunderlords. So you would have to hit q, e and an aa for thunderlords to proc. so just keep clear of it as grasp does so much more.

Abilities Back to Top

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

Alright, let's talk about abilities.

First of all,
your W scales with minions killed. So make sure to get a lvl in there as early as you can. If you are in a matchup where there is no chance that you will have to fight hard at lvl 1, consider starting W. 

Maxing Q
In most matchups you will start q and max it out. the mana cost is the same for every lvl so there is no reason the not max it. If in a matchup like this, follow the path above.

Maxing E
Now, this is something i've been experimenting with. When in a lame matchup where you have almost no chance of hitting Q, or will probably be zoned, consider maxing E. If you plan on doing this make sure you go 0/12/18.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Standard start. Even when starting a Dorans item buy this after your first back.
    If against a hard counter, or an enemy you are not familliar with.
    When in a sustain lane, where you need your mana to get CS, and noone will get killed.

Core Items

    Boots choices are quite straight forward. Vs a full ad team? Tabis. High cc/AP? Mercs.
    Only when against some tanks, to peel for your ADC. Never go this when behind.
    When going thunderlords vs a squishy like Kennen or Kayle, and you can snowball. ONLY IF YOU ARE AHEAD, playing from behind this is useless. Always go Revolver first. Revolver+thunderlords+combo does half their hp. Make sure you get a big enough lead or you will be a bit weak in the mid game. The healing helps hugely late. Also affects thornmail passive, so you will live longer. See matchups for when to go it.
    Depending on the matchup, but thornmail is mostly better.
    Depending on the game, chose one. Abyssal when your AP is doing well. Helm when its passive is good Spirit visage for the rest.
    When not at 40%CDR. Gauntlet when fed. Frozen when behind.
    Both health Items. Both great. make sure you have Armor/MR first tho.

Situational Items

Starting items:
I'm trying to always start corrupting potion, and when the matchup needs it i'l buy a dorans ring in order to extend my lead. This is mostly against squishy guys like Kennen or Teemo. I often buy potion, a healing bead and a ring and i'l be able to just farm forever.

Items to stay away from:
3742.pngwhy. what are you doing lol.

3748.pngGreat item if you do 300 auto attacks. However, Sion is about spamming those abilities and not aa'ing all day.
(If you want any explanations about item choices put them below, i'l explain where I can)

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Darius
    Hard
  • Ekko
    Easy
  • Fiora
    Medium
  • Garen
    Medium
  • Gnar
    Easy
  • Graves
    Medium
  • Jax
    Easy
  • Kayle
    Medium
  • Kennen
    Easy
  • Lissandra
    Medium
  • Malphite
    Medium
  • Malzahar
    Medium
  • Maokai
    Easy
  • Nautilus
    Medium
  • Poppy
    Easy
  • Rumble
    Easy
  • Teemo
    Easy
  • Trundle
    Medium
  • Vladimir
    Easy
  • Yasuo
    Hard

VS

Darius

Hard

Quite a hard matchup, help your team get ahead


Start either Doran's Shield or Potion
12/0/18 and Max Q
Rush Sunfire Cape

VS

Ekko

Easy

Quite favoured for Sion

Even though Ekko is know as the most OP top laner atm, you are stronger.
At all stages of the game you can 1v1 him, punish him early.

12/0/18 and max Q
Bami's into Spirit Visage

VS

Fiora

Medium
Edit (hard -> medium): most Fioras i play against will either save their q to jump out of your q last moment, or wait with their w untill your q will stun her. I found that I manage to kill her early game by spamming q, but releasing it right before it would stun her, so that she does get damaged. Also, just max e and spam her face, most wont even notice you are leveling it and try to save parry for your Q should be an easy lane. Still avoid her late at all cost!
*Tips Fiora*


0/12/18 and max E
Doran's Ring start
Rush Sunfire Cape

VS

Garen

Medium

Good old Garen.

Standard matchup, just a boring sustain lane. try and help out your team with teleport and ult
Protect your carries from Garen in the late game, and win.

12/0/18 and max Q
Corrupting potion start
Rush Sunfire Cape

VS

Gnar

Easy

Easy matchup. Try and hit an enrage.png, then crypticgaze.png him. if he jumpsgnarE.png out, go back to farming. If he gets stunned he's dead. If he got away, he will probably come back to farm. Do the same thing then but whilst hisgnarE.png is on cooldown. 

12/0/18 and max Q
Corrupting potion start
Rush Sunfire Cape

VS

Graves

Medium

A decent matchup. I recommend maxing e to be able to keep up with his pushing power

you cant duel him up untill lvl 11, where you can kill him.

0/12/18 and max E
Doran's Ring start
Rush Sunfire Cape

VS

Jax

Easy

Care for his lvl 1, he kills you no matter what however after that you can easily poke him out of lane. never full on fight him, just poke. He will probably go triforce, and he won't be able to even come close to you.


12/0/18 and Max Q
Corruptiong potion start
Rush sunfire or randuins. not sure what is better, randuins completly shuts him down, will update

VS

Kayle

Medium

Beware of her damage before lvl 5 (your first back). Just farm and don't trade. After that you can kill her after hitting an E. Ask your jungler to camp because Kayle is a monster late.


12/0/18 and max Q
Potion start
Black cleaver Rush

VS

Kennen

Easy

You are simply too tanky for him too kill

at lvl 1 try and get a few fully charged crypticgaze.png's off, as he will likely startkennenshurikenhurlmissile1.png. You can already chunk him really hard
Just buy tanky, help out your team and always push your lane, as he will lose a lot of cs under his turret

12/0/18 and max Q
Potion start
Rush spirit visage

VS

Lissandra

Medium

Lissandra pushes hard, so I recommend maxing E and pushing. If you manage to Q her, you can kill her.


0/12/18 and max E
Doran's Ring start
Rush spirit Visage.

Note: if you feel confident you can go 12/0/18 and corrupting potion, and max Q

VS

Malphite

Medium

Start Dorans shield.


Rush spectres cowl. He will outtrade you so just poke with Q
Black cleaver is a good item, however only go it when you have a lead, and after spectres.
your late is the same, just defend your carries from his engage.

VS

Malzahar

Medium

Start Dorans shield.


Rush spectres cowl. He will outtrade you so just poke with Q
Black cleaver is a good item, however only go it when you have a lead, and after spectres.
your late is the same, just defend your carries from his engage.

VS

Maokai

Easy

Favourable matchup. If he uses maokaiunstablegrowth.png while you are chargingcrypticgaze.png, he will not interrupt you, allowing you to stun him. 


12/0/18 and max Q
Corrupting potion start

VS

Nautilus

Medium

Honestly quite a hard matchup. Be carefull of his early game dmg. He wins extended trades so just poke him. if you get a Q off you can E his face and aa, but the just walk back. Hes quasi the same champ as you late, so just try and help your team early.


12/0/18 and max E
Corrupting potion but consider buying a ring on your first back

VS

Poppy

Easy

Easy matchup because your laning is even/favoured a bit. Just farm up and help your team. If you channel crypticgaze.png, she can stop it with an poppyheroiccharge.png, however this puts crypticgaze.png on a 2 second cooldown so you can use it again to duel.


12/0/18 and max Q
Corrupting potion start
Rush Sunfire Cape

VS

Rumble

Easy
Go thunderlords this matchup.
Start pot.
Early, try and get some full sionq.png's off, as he doesn't have his rumbleshield.png yet.
First back aim for a revolver. Then just use your combo everytime thunderlords is up, and you can kill him easily. Do your full combo, make sure hes silenced and then R on him.

Try to buy a magic mantle in the early game aswell.

VS

Teemo

Easy

Not that hard to be honest. 

Just try and poke him with Q, but be carefull to  not go near him when your spells are on cooldown and you don't have flash/ult. He will kill you.

12/0/18 and max Q
Potion start
Rush Spirit visage.

VS

Trundle

Medium

Trundle aka Tankbuster 4k

Laning fase is pretty even and boring, just farm up till lane and care for his lvl 6
Poke him hard with Q at the early lvl's, but don't allow him to auto attack you for long. He should be able to kill you post 6. 
When ulting beware of his E, as it stops your fun

12/0/18 and max Q
Corrupting potion start
Rush Sunfire Cape

VS

Vladimir

Easy

New vladimir,

Just like old vlad he pokes and sustains, and it's a boring lane. At lvl 1 you can trade with him, but beware of his passive meter, as he detroys you when it's full.
I tried both playstyles and had a lot of succes with maxing E and going 0/12/18. Vlad can't keep up with your pushing power and will have to use his E to clear, dealing damage to himself. try and hit him with a minion as much as you can, but don't expect any kills. From lvl 11+, you can easlily 1v1 him, just bait out his pool and ult him.

0/12/18 and max E
Doran's Ring start
rush spirit visage

VS

Yasuo

Hard

Yasuo, every anime fan's wet dream

It's a stupid champ, and he's appearing more and more in the top lane.
He can poke you down easily, and he dodges all your shit. Ask your jungler for a camp, because even with a little lead you can kill him.

12/0/18 and max Q
Rush Randuin's omen

Introduction Back to Top

Hi everyone, 

My name is II Avalanche II. I played since the end of season 4, and I mained Top lane since the start. Originally I played the old Sion in the bot lane with a friend of mine, but now that he got reworked I really started maining this train. At the moment I'm Plat V after a giant losing streak, but i'm going for Diamond this season.
According to Lolskill, i'm in the top 1000 Sion players, with a 75% winrate (21/7).

When should i play Sion?
All the time. No, thats wrong. Sion is a decent laner with a great late game carry potential. Oh yeah and hes one of the best tanks around, while still doing a lot of dmg. Personally, i don't care a lot about matchups, so when i have to first pick my laner I usually go for Sion.
Sion is also great at defending teammates, but also a good engager, so he is a very flexible pick.


Tips for Sion Back to Top

Pushing tips:

From lvl 9-13(or earlier if you have sunfire), charging Q and then using E on a melee minion will clear all the minions, allowing for a fast and effective push.

Your ultimate is able to kill minions without stopping you, so you can clear 2-3 waves while also going close to the enemy's base.

When hitting lvl 6 (you will probably have to back by this time) consider ulting to your bot/mid lane, get a kill or 2 and then teleport back to lane.

Don't ult into the enemy team. this is maybe a weird thing to say, but its better to ult to protect your adc from that enemy rammus or whatever. Its also better to walk into the enemy, then ult to secure your knockup, rather than ulting from afar and having them just juke it.

Your ult knocks the enemy up for atleast 0.75 seconds. Your q takes 1 sec to load up the knockup, knocking them up for another 1.25-2.5 seconds. That's atleast 2 seconds in which your team can kill them all.

Maxing E Back to Top

Maxing E is a strategy where you max E (duh). I go this if i'm up against a poke lane, where I would be denied a lot of cs being melee.


Start with a Doran's Ring and 0/12/18 masteries

Just use your E on the wave to push, and try to poke your opponent aswell. E does a decent amount of dmg, allowing you to even poke some champs out of lane, and pick up some cheeky kills.
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