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Rengar Preseason Spotlight

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Tips

Playing As RengarSquare Rengar
  • Use RengarSquare Rengar's Thrill of the Hunt ultimate to find and assassinate high priority targets in team fights and skirmishes.
  • A lot of RengarSquare Rengar's comes from empowered abilities he uses at the right moment - choose wisely!
  • Make sure to take paths through brush when chasing opponents to take advantage of RengarSquare Rengar's Unseen Predator passive.
Playing Against RengarSquare Rengar
  • RengarSquare Rengar gains an empowered ability when his resource bar is full. Try to confront him when it's low.
  • RengarSquare Rengar's Unseen Predator passive enables him to leap out of brush, so avoid fighting him when near bushes.
  • RengarSquare Rengar's Thrill of the Hunt ultimate grants him temporary stealth, so try to avoid traveling alone when injured.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Unseen Predator Unseen Predator allows you to gank unexpectedly. Use Thrill of the Hunt Thrill of the Hunt in order to not be seen across the map as you move towards your gank or save it for chasing if you think the target can escape with Flash Flash and/or stealth or dash ability.
    • Be careful with this as opponents will know if they are revealed.
  • Unseen Predator Unseen Predator allows RengarSquare Rengar to lunge to his enemies while camouflaged using his ultimate. Use this to your advantage and use Thrill of the Hunt Thrill of the Hunt combined with Savagery Savagery for an exceptionally well executed combo in rapid succession, then slow the enemy using your Bola Strike Bola Strike.
  • RengarSquare Rengar can hop over walls using Unseen Predator Unseen Predator. Place a ward next to a jungle camp and get inside a brush over the wall, then simply attack the monsters. However, make sure they're inside your circle.
    • This is a great tactic for stealing epic monsters when counter-jungling or killing the enemy jungler.
  • Maxing Savagery Savagery first gives you some wave clear power and burst.
  • RengarSquare Rengar is a great jungler as his Battle Roar 2 Battle Roar heals him for some of the damage he taken. This allows him for excellent survivability both in lanes and jungles.
  • Maxing Battle Roar Battle Roar first gives you a good burst of AoE damage. Consider it over maxing Bola Strike Bola Strike, when jungling or playing defensively.
  • Use Bola Strike 2 Bola Strike in order to stop enemies from running away.
  • Thrill of the Hunt Thrill of the Hunt is a decent tool for escaping ganks and other nasty situations.
  • RengarSquare Rengar can use his ultimate in order to see invisible champions, such as ShacoSquare Shaco, TwitchSquare Twitch, EvelynnSquare Evelynn, or another RengarSquare Rengar.
  • When you cast Thrill of the Hunt Thrill of the Hunt RengarSquare Rengar does not immediately turn camouflaged but after about a 2-second delay. So keep this in mind while you are in battle.
  • Thrill of the Hunt Thrill of the Hunt allows Rengar to scout as it reveals enemy champions in a huge radius. This can allow his team to catch enemy champions hiding in bushes, or to prevent an ambush by the enemy hiding in bushes. This can also prevent enemy champions juking you or your allies using the fog of war or bushes.
  • When ganking a warded lane, use Thrill of the Hunt Thrill of the Hunt outside of the ward's range.
  • Item/skill usage ends Thrill of the Hunt Thrill of the Hunt, but with the half second delay RengarSquare Rengar can still leap. This is useful to finish off almost dead champions with Ravenous Hydra item Ravenous Hydra or Blade of the Ruined King item Blade of the Ruined King and then leap to another target.
  • Using Thrill of the Hunt Thrill of the Hunt with 4 Ferocity charges can lead to an overwhelming burst of damage, as he can leave stealth with an empowered skill, use his 3 non-empowered skills in quick succession on his target.
  • RengarSquare Rengar can cast Bola Strike Bola Strike and Bola Strike 2 Bola Strike when he's leaping mid-air with Unseen Predator Unseen Predator. Therefore, casting Thrill of the Hunt Thrill of the Hunt first, leaping on an enemy champion with Unseen Predator Unseen Predator then using Bola Strike 2 Bola Strike mid-air almost guarantees a root, then following Bola Strike Bola Strike for further slow. It is extremely effective when ganking and is very easy for your teammates to deal more damage for a kill.
  • Jungle RengarSquare Rengar is one of the best CC bursters allowing the player to Double Root:
    1. With 3-4 stacks of Ferocity, engage the enemy with Thrill of the Hunt Thrill of the Hunt.
    2. Use either Savagery 2 Savagery for burst damage or Bola Strike 2 Bola Strike for superior CC lockdown during or shortly after leaping.
    3. Then, use abilities to reach 4 Ferocity stacks again in which time you can Bola Strike Bola Strike to slow them for a ton, or use Savagery Savagery for further damage.
    4. Once 4 Ferocity stacks have been reached again use Bola Strike 2 Bola Strike to root them again, or Savagery 2 Savagery for more damage.
    5. After level 6 it should be OK to take 1-3 turret hits when ganking a lane to secure a kill.
    6. This combo is an effective lockdown tactic, which most champions would find escaping difficult (unless you miss the skillshots). This double Bola Strike 2 Bola Strike root combo is mostly inescapable unless they have two or more flash/dash abilities.
    7. Make sure your lane partner(s) is there to deal the damage or alternatively you deal the damage while they focus CC abilities.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage

RengarSquare Rengar is generally played as an assassin or a bruiser, relying on mobility and disabling the enemies and dealing massive amounts of damage in a short burst. Therefore, he is meant to be built with items that help him achieve this.

  • Ravenous Hydra item Ravenous Hydra is a must for RengarSquare Rengar, because of its very high AD, some health regen and life steal, and it also gives very nice wave clear and its active is very important for his one-shot combo.
  • Youmuu's Ghostblade item Youmuu's Ghostblade Is an exceptionally good item for Rengar since his skills are limited only by cooldowns, and the item's stats and active effect synergize well with his kit.
  • CDR is one of the stronger stats you can get on Rengar, because you are not limited by mana whatsoever and Rengar's empowered abilities are VERY powerful.
  • Frozen Mallet item Frozen Mallet's Icy passive allows RengarSquare Rengar to squeeze in a lot more attacks when the enemy would otherwise escape.
  • Rengar has higher than average base attack speed as well as good AS per level scaling.
  • Spirit Visage item Spirit Visage can be a good choice since it grants you MR, health and cooldown reduction as well as empowering Battle Roar 2 Battle Roar's healing and any lifesteal/spellvamp items that you may have.
  • Banshee's Veil item Banshee's Veil is a good choice as it can block a spell while you are engaging a fight with your ultimate, allowing you to not be interrupted by abilities such as Death Sentence Death Sentence or any kind of AoE ability.
  • Since RengarSquare Rengar will sometimes need initiate for your team, it might be a good idea to buy tankiness and initiation items, such as Locket of the Iron Solari item Locket of the Iron Solari or Sunfire Cape item Sunfire Cape. Ravenous Hydra item Ravenous Hydra is a very good choice to deal AoE damage and add burst to a target.
  • A possible item is Trinity Force item Triforce, as it pushes his burst damage even higher, but as this is not an optimal bursting item, purchase when very much ahead of opponents. However, if building a fighter RengarSquare Rengar, this will be a decent purchase.
  • RengarSquare Rengar can take almost any boots and benefit from them.
    • Berserker's Greaves item Berserker's Greaves gives you bonus attack speed for DPS builds.
    • Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Ionian Boots of Lucidity gives you 10% CDR for reduced cooldown on your skills, which is very effective on a skill-based resourceless champion.
    • Boots of Mobility item Boots of Mobility gives you more mobility and allows you to travel the map and gank more often.
    • Ninja Tabi item Ninja Tabi gives you armor and damage reduction from autoattacks.
    • Mercury's Treads item Mercury's Treads gives you magic resistance and Tenacity to make you less vulnerable to crowd control.
  • The assassin build is recommended only for assassin RengarSquare Rengar players. It capitalizes on RengarSquare Rengar's ability to catch out single targets and quickly burst them down.
Countering
  • Since RengarSquare Rengar deals mostly physical damage, buying armor is a top priority. Ninja Tabi item Ninja Tabi and Thornmail item Thornmail are very effective against him since the majority of his damage comes from autoattacks enhanced with Savagery Savagery.
  • Avoid fighting RengarSquare Rengar near and especially inside brushes as his passive Unseen Predator Unseen Predator provides him with great mobility and utility.
    • His passive has no cooldown making slows ineffective when fighting him inside brushes as he can constantly close the distance.
    • Skilled players can use Unseen Predator Unseen Predator to juke and escape when being chased and even dodge skillshots and avoid AoE damage.
  • Avoid dueling RengarSquare Rengar as his kit makes him excel at it.
  • When RengarSquare Rengar uses Thrill of the Hunt Thrill of the Hunt, nearby allies will get an exclamation point on top of their heads, which means he is close and could pounce you.
    • Always stick together or close to a tower so he can't leap towards your allies.
  • Avoid engaging RengarSquare Rengar when he already has 2 or more Ferocity, as when he uses all 3 of his basic abilities he will be able to cast one empowered spell as well.
  • Beware if RengarSquare Rengar is jungling as he has great ganking potential with Thrill of the Hunt Thrill of the Hunt - in addition to his high damage output and burst capabilities, Bola Strike Bola Strike and Phage item Phage or Frozen Mallet item Frozen Mallet prevent his target from escaping.
  • If RengarSquare Rengar uses Thrill of the Hunt Thrill of the Hunt while your team has sight of him a distinctive sound can be heard. Otherwise you will receive no warning of the ability's use, unless RengarSquare Rengar comes within 1450 range of enemy champion.
  • RengarSquare Rengar relies heavily on perfect surprise attacks and burst to take down his target, stunning him and getting out of melee range will stop his momentum and ruin his initial attack.
  • Placing a Control Ward item Control Ward near your lane can prevent RengarSquare Rengar from ganking you with Thrill of the Hunt Thrill of the Hunt. Placing one when RengarSquare Rengar uses Thrill of the Hunt Thrill of the Hunt to run can prevent his stealthy escape.
  • Traps such as Noxious Trap Noxious Trap can punish him for entering bushes, hindering his ability to leap at you. Additionally, he is particularly susceptible to Blinds, as almost all of his damage is autoattack reliant.
  • RengarSquare Rengar doesn't trade very well at low Ferocity, so if you can keep him at a distance and poke him constantly you will make him much more vulnerable in lane. However, be wary if he has maximum Ferocity, because in early laning a Savagery 2 Savagery > Savagery Savagery combo can take more than half your health.
  • RengarSquare Rengar's damage, burst and sustain relies mostly on his empowered abilities. Aim to engage Rengar when he is low on Ferocity stacks so that he cannot heal back any damage (Battle Roar 2 Battle Roar) or counter burst you (Savagery 2 Savagery) or nullify your engage abilities using his strong CC (Bola Strike 2 Bola Strike's Root icon root)
  • RengarSquare Rengar cannot function well in large-scale teamfights, as he is an assassin focused on picking off lone targets. Grouping late game and focusing him can make his ability to fight significantly lower.
    • However it can only happen if RengarSquare Rengar builds glass cannon. Some Rengar players especially Jungle Rengar players would probably require to build tank items on him in order to compensate Battle Roar Battle Roar and Battle Roar 2 Battle Roar. It is very important to keep him underfarmed in order to hinder a Fighter Builld Rengar in teamfights.

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