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[4.0a] Pantheon Guide - how to dominate top laners early

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You can also do this mid, but Orianna will bully you so ban her if you must.
Patch 4.0a
February 25, 2023 03:16
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how to dominate top laners early

pantheon is an early game bully, so you definitely want to capitalized on that. this guide shows you how to win duels against top laners (as long as you dont completely suck)

Pros

  • versatile, can be played as assassin or even bruiser
  • wins against majority of top laners early
  • (almost) global ult to gank and return to lane quickly
  • most champs made out of paper during lvl 1 (easy to poke)
  • 3rd ability easily blocks execute ults
  • burst champion and great all-in at lvl 3

Cons

  • will lose late if you dont win early
  • hard to lane against ranged champs
  • most likely going to get ganked (pantheon pushes wave easily)
  • will start to get harder to lane against AA heavy champions after lvl 6 (jax, fiora, kayle, trynd)
  • need to get kills early-mid or you'll be useless
  • not a good teamfighter

Pantheon Build

Best Build Guide for Pantheon

Starting Items
Long Sword
final build
Black Cleaver
Youmuu's Ghostblade
Stasis Enchant
Death's Dance
Sterak's Gage
Guardian Angel

Item Build Description

Additional information on the items

Starting Item:

Long SwordLong Sword (You obviously need the AD.)

Final Build:

Black CleaverBlack Cleaver (Probably a must-have in any Pantheon build, Aegis AssaultAegis Assault can proc the Sunder effect of BC and shred the whole 24%. Just great damage.)

Youmuu's GhostbladeYoumuu's Ghostblade (Can be switched out for Blade of the Ruined KingBlade of the Ruined King . While your abilities are on CD, you can use the 25% attack speed bonus to stack Mortal Will faster.)

(Stasis Enchant) (You wanna build either Mercury's TreadsMercury's Treads or Plated SteelcapsPlated Steelcaps , depending on the team comp. I prefer the latter, since it's better for most enemies at top lane. [steel-plated stasis] is just an amazing item. If you're getting targeted during teamfights (which you probably will since you are an engage champion) you can stasis and let your tank take the damage for you. Then just annihilate the ADC or whatever person happens to within range lol.)

Death's DanceDeath's Dance (Allows you to soak damage for much longer, just trust. Also extra armor for defense and any enemy using Black CleaverBlack Cleaver can't proc the effect as quickly since the damage dealt will be true instead. Or atleast I'm assuming that's how it works.)

Sterak's GageSterak's Gage (Is that Aatrox's hand? Anyways, this item makes you much for tankier and gives you more damage on auto-attacks when your abilities are on cooldown.)

Guardian AngelGuardian Angel (Basically a second chance at life, and increased tankiness.)

Core items should usually be build in order, but if you get fed like me then buying Guardian AngelGuardian Angel  early might not be a bad idea.




Pantheon Runes

Best Runes for Pantheon

Keystone
Conqueror
Conqueror
Domination
Triumph
Triumph
Resolve
Bone Plating
Bone Plating
Inspiration
Mastermind
Mastermind

Conquerer always, the extra AD is necessary.

Triumph is great since it's basically the same thing as your Comet SpearComet Spear passive.

Bone Plating or Adaptive Carapace work. Doesn't matter, but if your enemy uses bone plating you might be fucked in an all-in.

Mastermind is great, so is Manaflow. Mastermind can be used when the top laner is immobile and you can quickly Grand StarfallGrand Starfall to tower and explode that thing. Manaflow can be used if you're an assassin trying to spam all your abilities.

Skill Order

How to distribute skill points

Mortal Will
Mortal Will - Passive
Comet Spear
Comet Spear
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Shield Vault
Shield Vault
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Aegis Assault
Aegis Assault
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Grand Starfall
Grand Starfall
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Summoner Spells

When to take which summoners

Ignite
Always. Ignite early to get them at low health as soon as possible (to execute with Comet Spear)
Flash
Get away.

Combos

Learn how to maximize the champions potential

Shield Vault
2nd
Comet Spear
1st

In general, you ALWAYS want to level up Comet Spear first. Comet Spear allows great poke, great damage and a way to clear waves. Shield Vault second. In general, you want to poke with Comet Spear at max stacks, AA some minions 4 times then stun and hit the enemy with another empowered Comet Spear. Usually you'll be out of range for them to AA when your stun duration is over. Then level up Aegis Assault to deny any damage when retreating and deal some to them. 

Pantheon Matchups & Counters

Detailed information on how to play matchups and counters

Sett
Easy
Sett
Tryndamere
Easy
Tryndamere
Teemo
Medium
Teemo
Yone
Medium
Yone
Jax
Medium
Jax
Garen
Hard
Garen
Dr. Mundo
Hard
Dr. Mundo
Vayne
Hard
Vayne
Nasus
Hard
Nasus
Akali
Hard
Akali
Fiora
Skill
Fiora
Gwen
Skill
Gwen

You don't lose to Sett unless you're bad. You have better range, a way to deny his true damage, and much faster overall. Poke him, block his Haymaker with your shield and just bully the hell out of him at lvl 1-3.

Pantheon

Tips and tricks.

- Use your third ability to block all executes (or execute-like abilities). This includes GarenGaren , LuxLux , PykePyke , SettSett , JinxJinx , or anyone who's ult does massive damage like ZiggsZiggs .

- Use your first ability to steal kills (lmao) during fights since it's almost like an execute, it does more damage to lower health opponents.

- If you and your enemy top laner are isolated and your team is fighting a 4v4, go ult them and turn it into a 5v4. Thank me later.

- Ban Fiora. Ban Fiora. Ban Fiora. Ban Fiora. Ban Fiora. Ban Fiora. Ban Fiora. Ban Fiora. Ban Fiora. 

- Despite what most people say, you can 1v1 enemy junglers if you get the first hit in. I personally like to assault Olaf's and Master Yi's. If you're not confident, don't do it. 

- When being chased by multiple enemies, ult away if you know for sure they don't have a stun. Preferably, do it in a bush.

- Stun enemies when they're using their stupidly broken massive AOE ultimates, like KatarinaKatarina , [nunu and willump], SamiraSamira , and Miss FortuneMiss Fortune .

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