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Skarner Statistics for Muffit

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

Value
Average
Games Played
2
4
Win %
100
45
Kills
8.0
4.0
Assists
13.0
8.9
Deaths
3.0
5.3
KA:D Ratio
7.0
2.4
Gold Earned
12.6K
10.4K
Creep Score
52.5
141.0
Average

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Summoner Spells Back to Top

The only two choices, flash for initiations/getting away/chasing. Smite for obvious reasons.



Thoughts on ghost: Nop. Why? You cannot possibly be able to waltz through the entire enemy front line to reach the backline where your ult targets are. You don't need ghost with your W speed-up aswell as the new passive stun, flash enables chasing way better than ghost will, especially if fighting at areas where obstacles provide flash destinations.

New Runes Back to Top

The standard skarner build that you will always run. Reduces your flash+smite cooldowns to clear faster and make more plays. Free stopwatch+boots is insane, and waterwalking+celerity makes you a duelling monster.

Abilities Back to Top

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

Max Q for clearspeed and consistent damage, W second for tankyness and E last.


Alternatively, you can level E first for burst and more potent ganks, W second and Q last. 

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Standard start for every game. Aids your Q spam and gives you an insane clear

Core Items

    Example full build. Get your trinity and cinderhulk asap and t2 boots then adapt.

Situational Items

    Either one depending on if you need CC reduction or not
    If you feel you need more MS to engage. A really good item situationally.

Cinderhulk/trinity are always core, the rest are all adapting to what defenses you need. You can also go warding jungle item or red smite if you don't need the slow (but 90% of games, take the slow).

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Aatrox
    Easy
  • Alistar
    Easy
  • Amumu
    Easy
  • Cho'Gath
    Easy
  • Diana
    Easy
  • Dr. Mundo
    Easy
  • Elise
    Easy
  • Evelynn
    Medium
  • Fiddlesticks
    Easy
  • Gangplank
    Easy
  • Hecarim
    Easy
  • Jarvan IV
    Medium
  • Jax
    Medium
  • Kha'Zix
    Hard
  • Lee Sin
    Medium
  • Malphite
    Medium
  • Maokai
    Easy
  • Nautilus
    Easy
  • Nocturne
    Easy
  • Nunu
    Hard
  • Sejuani
    Easy
  • Shaco
    Hard
  • Shen
    Easy
  • Shyvana
    Medium
  • Skarner
    Medium
  • Trundle
    Easy
  • Udyr
    Hard
  • Vi
    Easy
  • Xin Zhao
    Medium

VS

Aatrox

Easy

Good clear+sustain, decent damage but very squishy. In teamfights you can simply grab him if he decides to Q in and he'll be dealt with accordingly.

VS

Alistar

Easy

Not much to say here, he will gank your lanes, you will either counter the ganks with your own or counterjungle him. He has 0 kill potential on you, but you can't kill him either if he plays his cards correctly. Try to get a ward on his wraiths and invade his red lvl 2, providing you got a smiteless blue yourself.

VS

Amumu

Easy

Easy matchup. You can even look to kill him at his red at level 2! Amumu is very weak early, but don't underestimate him. If he has higher hp he might kill you, so be careful. You both have playmaking abilities, just try your best to counterjungle him and make his life hell.

VS

Cho'Gath

Easy


VS

Diana

Easy

Diana has nothing on you. You can permaslow her to death pre 6, and after 6 she still won't do enough damage to scratch you. Go offensive counterjungling as soon as you can, since she will want to reach level 6 as soon as she can. You need to stop her!

VS

Dr. Mundo

Easy


VS

Elise

Easy

VS

Evelynn

Medium

A lot of burst, but your ult counters hers.

VS

Fiddlesticks

Easy

He doesn't have shit on you, but nor do you on him. He has a really slow clear and if you can catch him with his pants down he will get destroyed. Try to outscale him and gank all the lanes pre 6, when he can't(that efficiently). Your ult also counters his in a way! Fiddle flashing into your team? Drag him out!

VS

Gangplank

Easy

Yarrrrrr, he has a slower clear time than you, and duels worse if you can catch him off guard. Care at your red tho, his lvl 2 can be scary if he catches you off guard. Just outscale and outgank him.

VS

Hecarim

Easy


VS

Jarvan IV

Medium

A mediocre matchup for skarner. His clear time is slower, but his ganks and duelling power are terror. Careful if you want to counterjungle, he will most likely kill you if he finds you in the wrong place at the wrong time. Play safe, countergank lanes and outscale him.

VS

Jax

Medium

He scales better, but it takes him REALLY long due to lackluster farm as a jungler. He is super squishy early but dishes out tons of damage, don't fight him after 6. You can 1v1 him before.

VS

Kha'Zix

Hard


VS

Lee Sin

Medium


VS

Malphite

Medium

He scales better, but has a really slow clear and super weak ganks early. Counterjungle as much as possible, he will NEVER kill you in a 1v1 situation (maybe at the 55th minute with a full build)

VS

Maokai

Easy


VS

Nautilus

Easy

Squishy early, slow clear. Go bone him at his red asap! You scale better and if he misses the hook, he can't land a gank. You do way more damage aswell, so just go bash his big skull in and send him back to the depths.

VS

Nocturne

Easy


VS

Nunu

Hard

Nunu is simply broken atm. His clearspeed is unmatched and he's relevant throughout the whole game. What you have that he doesn't, however, is a really beast initiate. Look for ganks alot and try to ward your/his/both jungle entrances to prevent invades and remember to always keep dragon/baron warded. Nunu can solo dragon at level 5(even earlier sometimes) and baron at 15 provided he gets some items.

VS

Sejuani

Easy

Got nerfed

VS

Shaco

Hard

He can escape you forever, he has higher damage early and he will gank all your lanes before you can even kill your own blue buff. What to do? Countergank and wait for him to fall off. Tell your lanes to play really passive. Try to get 6 asap and gank for your team.

VS

Shen

Easy

You have a faster clear, you scale equally and you have equal presence in teamfights. His ult is annoying and he gets supertanky late. Try to disable him early or gank alot.

VS

Shyvana

Medium

Outscales you, but you have tools to stop her and blow her up if she goes full yolo.

VS

Skarner

Medium

SKARNERCEPTION?

VS

Trundle

Easy

VS

Udyr

Hard

Broken atm, you can't keep up with anyhing he does.

VS

Vi

Easy

Nerfed

VS

Xin Zhao

Medium

Has a huge early game, so take care for counterganks/invades. After 6 you can start making plays against his team.

Early game Back to Top

Powerfarm and gank overextending lanes. Don't be afraid to invade if you have sufficient vision

Mid game Back to Top

Get dragon control and superior vision. Look to flash engage on a carry without QSS at any point of time.

Late game Back to Top

Stay with your team. Group up and look for a pick with your flash grab, or look for smaller skirmishes around key objectives. Play around your spires


If the enemy team is sieging, group up and do the same. Look for an opening to flash+R a prio  target (AP/AD)

Update log Back to Top

31.1.2013:


 Added some items and matchups, thanks for making my guide one of the highest rated aswell as featured!
 

11.3.2013

Added some matchups, items and edited certain matchups.

23.3.2013

Added some items,updated aswell.

13.5.2013

Added matchups and notes.

28.5.2013

Added machups+notes

08.06.2013

Added ghost explanation+elder lizard, matchup update.

24.06.2013

Added matchups.

11.07.2013

changed item descriptions, edited matchups.

30.07.2013

Edited matchups.

31.07.2013

Updated masteries

20.08.2013

Edited some items, still waiting for skarner skin+buffs T_T

19.10.2013


19.11.2013 

rework please

25.11.2013

Added masteries for s4

4.12.2013

Edited items, descriptions, matchups

10.12.2013

Edited matchups+items

17.2.2014

Added/edited matchups. Edited items, edited ability path.

4.06.2014

Skarner PBE changes announced, looks promising but will update guide accordingly once i've executed the required tests and theories. Masteries updated

19.06.2014 

4.10 patch update!

10.10.2014

Updated matchups

05.05.2015

Updated items+matchups

17.02.2016

Updated items, masteries, skills, matchups, early mid late game sections.

19.01.2018 

Updated everything

About Me Back to Top

I was 2300+ elo back in season 2. Diamond 1 season 3, master season 4 and 5, along with challenger in s4. 


Thank you for reading my guide and i hope you enjoyed it!

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