- Playing As
- You only have very slight turning ability during , so make sure to use it in straight paths.
- is a great setup ability to land a very powerful .
- The buff displays how much shield strength is remaining, use this information to time its explosion perfectly.
- Playing Against
- Even if still hits a , making him release the charge earlier reduces its impact.
- Use the time after has died to reposition and prepare for .
- Ability Usage
- relies heavily on good skill timing and placement in order to be useful - the majority of his kit is unreliable in terms of hitting abilities, but they synergize well with each other to result in incredible sustained damage.
- His passive,
, is useful for revenge kills but is most prominent in teamfights where enemies will be under threat by the extra DPS he'll have while reanimated.
- Do not underestimate the damage he deals with . With each hit dealing an additional 10% of the target's max HP, can decimate squishy/slow targets.
- If you have purchased a the attack reset of the active combined with the bonus damage can provide a large amount of unexpected burst.
deals AoE damage and, when charged enough, can knock up multiple enemies. Fully charged and well placed, this ability can singlehandedly turn teamfights. While the potential threat of is huge, getting it to apply the brief slow can be enough to pick off a target.
- To more reliably hit opponents, try to hinder the their movement before charging; having your teammates apply stuns or slows beforehand or hitting first with or will make this considerably easier.
- It is important to note both when playing as and against that his is NOT visible if he is not visible as he charges it. If you can hit your enemy over a wall, around a corner, or from a bush, this is an effective way to surprise enemies.
- Alternatively, can be an effective tool to zone opponents. For example, charging it on an area to cut off an enemy's escape route or protect an endangered ally can be well worth it due to its decently low cooldown.
- A fast cancellation of will still deal one third of the maximum damage and slow the opponent briefly.
makes very durable with both components, as he can gain quite a bit of health from the passive and a large shield that scales off his max health to compliment it.
- Though the shield may not persist for very long in early teamfights, it is still a powerful damage tool due to its AoE % max health damage.
grants a ranged AoE damage slow with armor shred, and an effective tool for initiation.
first while pushing minions in lane grants serious long ranged damage poke and wave clear.
- Since the damage is also magic, it is effective against early armor stacking.
- Slowing opponents with will make it easier to engage on them or follow up with .
- Though the armor reduction only applies to the main target, it is still a shred and will make any enemy that much more vulnerable to physical damage bursts from you and your teammates.
- His ultimate
allows him to move a long distance while also dealing high AoE damage and providing a significant knockup.
- Canceling briefly before hitting the intended target will let you stop and deal damage at that position - even if the opponent gets away. This way will hopefully be placed right where he belongs - in the middle of the fight.
- A well used melee range is your most reliable tool to save teammates from any instant engage such as a , dealing a fair amount of damage and the knockup.
- Due to the CC immunity it gives and the long distance covers, it can be used to escape or to join a fight.
- Mastery Usage
- Resolve Tree's masteries. benefits greatly from
- Courage of the Colossus is almost made for Sion. He can easily proc the shield by using his or on 1 or more champions. If he manages to hit all 5 enemy champions in a team fight, he will gain a massive shield (30% max health in this case), even stronger if he builds tank.
- Grasp of the Undying may not be a good choice on Sion as it requires his to reach his target to proc the effect. Early game it is not so effective on Sion since he doesn't have much health, and his slow movement speed and attack speed may make you risk your life for nothing.
- On the other hand Grasp of the Undying will still proc during the effect of your , which may extend it's duration long enough for you to get your revenge.
- Swiftness is always a good choice to Sion. His lack of mobility early and mid game can be coutered by this mastery. 15% tenacity on the first stages of the game are extremly strong, specially against enemies with CC or slows such as Nasus. Also later in the game, picking Mercury's Treads will increase even more your resistances to CC.
- Item Usage
- Many tank and fighter items work well with , but generally some good options support the hard-to-kill, sustained threat that he can be.
- Movement speed will improve
potential to engage a fight without his ultimate and slows will make it easier to land his abilities. Both make chasing and even more threatening.
- can be incredibly effective against teams lacking in hard CC but with lots of slows.
can be an excellent item for , giving him some extra durability and an active AoE speed up and slow to boot. It can even be cast during , meaning a well timed activation can allow your team to follow up and collapse on the enemy quickly.
- Note that it may be better to opt for other defensive items, as already benefits from theoretically infinite health scaling and already has several tools to engage.
- could be a considerable alternative for if Sion needs more mobility for himself, tank and damage mainly coming from his . As Sion is using , he builds up stacks for to make more damage for his next auto attack when hitting somebody but if he hits a terrain or wall, the stacks of still apply as he's waiting to hit someone with his next auto attack which will still do the same damage unless Sion is stacking it after he used his ultimate.
- grants the most movement speed possible from a single item along with an abundance of stats that can use, but is primarily offensive and is still expensive.
- is a decent item as it provides mana and cooldown reduction, while also granting armor and a slow field, making it easier to chase down opponents, though it lacks the higher defensive stats of .
grants HP and some AD paired with a strong single target slow resulting in a potentially devastating .
- Similarly to , you sacrifice armor or magic resist for utility, which has quite a bit of already. Keep in mind what you need more as the game goes on.
can make good use of any AD because of his scaling with and along with his auto attacks during , but can make him an easy target to focus down without some tank stats.
can be a decent item, adding to his waveclear, granting him more sustain, and some more AoE damage in teamfights, though is purely offensive.
- Alternatively, is more defensive but gives similar AoE damage that scales off max health.
- Another strong offensive pick is the . will make for a good defensive tool against mages early, granting resistances and a shield, and once upgraded, will make him more of a threat at low health, especially when considering his passive.
is decent if you have to deal with a fair amount of tanks and are frequently using . With all the CC and AoE damage in his kit, he can make good use of the burn passive along with a slight boost to his shield.
- An early works well against armor stacking opponents in lane with and .
- can be a decent item for snowballing a lane in your favor as has respectable base damage on his abilities. It also possesses an active that allows you to chase well, both alive and reanimated.
- is a decent niche item for dealing with champions that can interrupt and kite fairly easily. While decent as dueling item, he does not benefit from the attack speed as much since his attack speed is fixed during .
gets tons of HP with the passive of and has a shield that scales with maximum health, making defensive items exceptional on him. Though health is fairly appealing, it is often better to get armor and magic resist to compliment the extra health unless the enemy has an unusually large amount of true damage.
- are an excellent item for the Tenacity, and can be combined with to make even harder to lock you down.
can be a powerful defensive item, giving him a significant amount of armor and magic resist and allowing him to be even more of a threat with another revive.
- As enemy teams may ignore you because of this item, is effective on offensive Fighter builds. In tandem with a , will become a threat that is difficult to bring down but can't leave along.
- carries a large amount of health and sustain that scales with max HP. Its passive will force enemy teams to commit to killing or risk him returning fully healed, either situation being unfavorable for them.
is probably the best choice for armor, because the high amount of cooldown reduction supports sustained ability damage and CC. Furthermore, the attack speed slow works well just by staying in the middle of the enemy team. The lack of health on hurts less than most other tanks.
- The build path via is quite helpful early against an AD lane.
- is a solid item for tanks and its Spell Shield may also prevent your from being interrupted.
- is a good item as it provides favorable defensive stats along with even more sustained damage as you'll often be in the middle of a fight regardless.
- , while a staple on nearly every tank or bruiser, synergizes very well with , granting him yet another AoE slow along with a high amount of defensive stats.
strength lies in his amazing late game with infinite HP scaling, playing an early game champion like , , or can hinder him from reaching his full potential.
- In short, anyone who can interrupt his and burn through his shield quickly and early will be able to push him out of lane as well as deny his usefulness during teamfights.
- shield can deal a large amount of damage to your team if you don't break through it fast enough. If you cannot destroy it within the three second period before it can be detonated, consider disengaging and letting it expire, as it has a fairly significant cooldown.
- Pay attention to the game's audio as you can hear the noise
makes globally, and position yourself to dodge out of the way.
- While the engage potential of is significant, the cooldown is very high at early levels. Keep this in mind if he uses it defensively.
- Without , is very vulnerable to kiting. Try to engage or force an objective while it is down.
- does a large amount of mixed damage, especially in the laning plase. Avoiding his abilities early is important in securing the early game against him.
is relatively fast compared to the rest of his skills, but its high base damage and slow makes it important to dodge to avoid follow up.
- The empowered damage only applies if you are hit by a minion or monster. Try not to give the opportunity to hit you with one.
- excels at zoning low mobility opponents with his abilities. and can be effective against him, provided they do not get too close.
- A well timed can prevent from landing on you.
- Much of initiation damage is physical, so building armor will be effective for teamfights or if he manages to land his ultimate.
- can be effective in reducing his magic damage against you and prevent any kind of initiation from him.