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[2.3] Kennen Guide - Baron Lane Kennen ~ The Hero of the Storm

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Kennen got nerfed in Patch 2.1, but all information is still the same. He is just slightly weaker with less potential to one-shot, so be aware of that.
Patch 2.3
July 12, 2021 10:55
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Baron Lane Kennen ~ The Hero of the Storm

Turn your opponents from living beings into crushed ashes by electrocuting them to death! Learn how to play AD/AP Kennen in the Baron Lane! Easy way to gain free elo.

Kennen Build

Best Build Guide for Kennen

Starting Items
Boots of Speed
Amplifying Tome
Long Sword
first recall
Ionian Boots of Lucidity
Oblivion Orb
Haunting Guise
Vampiric Scepter
burst ap (vs squishy targets)
Infinity Orb
Liandry's Torment
Stasis Enchant
Rylai's Crystal Scepter
Rabadon's Deathcap
Void Staff
tank demolisher
Liandry's Torment
Morellonomicon
Stasis Enchant
Rabadon's Deathcap
Void Staff
Rylai's Crystal Scepter
ad build
Blade of the Ruined King
Rapid Firecannon
Protobelt Enchant
Frozen Mallet
Nashor's Tooth
Guardian Angel
flexible items
Hextech Gunblade
Runaan's Hurricane
Phantom Dancer
Protobelt Enchant

Item Build Description

Additional information on the items

Starting Items

  • Boots of SpeedBoots of Speed are generally a good purchase for you to kite more freely. However, if you don't need movement speed then go for an amplifying tome
  • Amplifying TomeAmplifying Tome builds into all of the first AP items
  • Long SwordLong Sword is only bought if you go for the ad build

First Recall

Burst AP (vs Squishy Targets)

  • Infinity OrbInfinity Orb is bought as a first item in order to push lanes faster and deal critical damage to low health champions which is beneficial for team fighting and taking down e.g. ad carries, supports or mid laners.
  • Liandry's TormentLiandry's Torment as a second item grants you health which lets you survive more damage while also having a good passive that synergizes with your kit.
  • [stasis enchant] is bought because of your ultimate. Engage with flash+e+ult+zhonyas.
  • Rylai's Crystal ScepterRylai's Crystal Scepter synergizes with liandry's torment and your ultimate as well as W. Lets you slow down targets, stun them and melt them with liandry and infinity orb.
  • Rabadon's DeathcapRabadon's Deathcap just generally makes you more powerful. Not much else to say.
  • Void StaffVoid Staff is bought as the last item because enemies tend to buy defenses by mid and late phases, especially top laners which you will be facing.

Tank Demolisher

  • Liandry's TormentLiandry's Torment because what's better than damaging healthy champions than an item that deals damage based on hp %?
  • MorellonomiconMorellonomicon is bought because it gives that early ap penetration and also applies grievous wounds. A must-have against champions with lots of hp as they also tend to have health regeneration
  • [stasis enchant] is bought because of your ultimate. Engage with flash+e+ult+zhonyas.
  • Rabadon's DeathcapRabadon's Deathcap just generally makes you more powerful. Not much else to say.
  • Void StaffVoid Staff is bought to tear through enemy resistances.
  • Rylai's Crystal ScepterRylai's Crystal Scepter synergizes with liandry's torment and your ultimate as well as W. Lets you slow down targets, stun them and melt them with liandry.

AD Build

  • Blade of the Ruined KingBlade of the Ruined King is the AD version of liandry's, but also gives you life steal and attack speed which you need for this build. Also has a unique passive that lets you take down or catch up to opponents
  • Rapid FirecannonRapid Firecannon synergizes with your passive W, allowing you to land stacks from longer ranges for executions and pokes.
  • [stasis enchant] is bought because of your ultimate. Engage with flash+e+ult+zhonyas
  • Frozen MalletFrozen Mallet gets you a lot of health which you will need to avoid getting one-shot. It also makes you auto attacks slow down enemy targets which is insane for catch potential.
  • Nashor's ToothNashor's Tooth gives your auto-attacks AP damage which will make it harder to build around your build. It also gives AP, Attack Speed and Ability Haste which is the perfect all-around item for Kennen.
  • Guardian AngelGuardian Angel is bought as the last item to make you even more annoying to deal with. You now have three lives with stasis and guardian angel, making enemies really pissed off. Plus it gives some nice stats too!

Flexible Items

  • Hextech GunbladeHextech Gunblade can be bought for both the AP and AD version. It basically gives you a lot of life steal through both physical and magical vampirism, whilst also giving AD and AP. Confusing for your opponents as they won't know if you are going AP or AD Kennen, but mainly bought for the sustain.
  • Runaan's HurricaneRunaan's Hurricane is typically bought for the AD build but I don't see any purpose in taking it. Just makes your auto-attacks fire two more projectiles, but it doesn't work with any of your abilities.
  • Phantom DancerPhantom Dancer can be bought for the AD build if you still get one-shot despite buying frozen mallet.
  • Protobelt EnchantProtobelt Enchant can be bought if you have problems with getting into our out of fights.

Kennen Runes

Best Runes for Kennen

Keystone
Conqueror
Conqueror
Domination
Brutal
Brutal
Resolve
Hunter Titan
Hunter Titan
Inspiration
Hunter Genius
Hunter Genius

Conquerer

  • Mainly taken because Kennen is a team fight-oriented champion, and conquered gives you AP/AD which works will all your abilities.

Brutal

  • Always taken. For both AP and AD builds. Gives you early damage and penetration. You mainly need the penetration.

Hunter Titan

  • Since you won't be buying Mercury's TreadsMercury's Treads , you need this rune for the tenacity. The rest are meh choices.

Hunter Ingenius

  • Really necessary for more ability haste. The more you can spam abilities, the more impact you will have on the whole game.
Keystone
Electrocute
Electrocute
Domination
Brutal
Brutal
Resolve
Hunter Titan
Hunter Titan
Inspiration
Hunter Genius
Hunter Genius

Electrocute

  • Rarely taken, but works against squishy champions. I recommend using it if you plan to have more of a split push-playstyle in which case you should also take mastermind (blue rune).

Brutal

  • Always taken. For both AP and AD builds. Gives you early damage and penetration. You mainly need the penetration.

Hunter Titan

  • Since you won't be buying Mercury's TreadsMercury's Treads , you need this rune for the tenacity. The rest are meh choices.

Hunter Ingenius

  • Really necessary for more ability haste. The more you can spam abilities, the more impact you will have on the whole game.

Skill Order

How to distribute skill points

Mark Of The Storm
Mark Of The Storm - Passive
Thundering Shuriken
Thundering Shuriken
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Electrical Surge
Electrical Surge
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Lightning Rush
Lightning Rush
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Slicing Maelstrom
Slicing Maelstrom
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Summoner Spells

When to take which summoners

Flash
Always take flash. Necessary for engages with your ult and zhonya's
Ignite
Standard rune. Take if you have kill pressure.
Barrier
Useful against bursts like Darius, Garen, Nasus, Malphite, etc

Kennen Matchups & Counters

Detailed information on how to play matchups and counters

Nasus
Easy
Nasus
Wukong
Easy
Wukong
Yasuo
Easy
Yasuo
Singed
Easy
Singed
Jax
Easy
Jax
Malphite
Easy
Malphite
Garen
Easy
Garen
Camille
Medium
Camille
Fiora
Medium
Fiora
Dr. Mundo
Medium
Dr. Mundo
Tryndamere
Medium
Tryndamere
Fizz
Hard
Fizz
Olaf
Hard
Olaf
Orianna
Hard
Orianna
Annie
Hard
Annie
Darius
Skill
Darius
Kennen
Skill
Kennen

Take electrocute+ignite+max Thundering ShurikenThundering Shuriken and bully the living hell out of this dog. Even when he is under the turret, you can use Thundering ShurikenThundering Shuriken with Electrical SurgeElectrical Surge and an auto-attack to proc electrocute and take about 1/3 to 1/4 of his health. Keep doing this until he has to back, or dies.

Kennen

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Uses Energy
  • Safe Pick
  • Lane Bully
  • High CC for team fights
  • Amazing at dealing AoE damage

Cons

  • Squishy
  • 0 lane sustain
  • Weak at 1vs1
  • Bad against engages (E.g. AlistarAlistar )
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RiAnnLiVE
3 years ago
Good job, will u hold it up 2 date?
SilverNova
3 years ago
I will do my very best to do so.