Kennen is an ability power champion with mobility, huge crowd control, and damage. This build is for the top lane however Kennen can be also played in the mid lane. Kennen can do quite well in the early game vs melee champion as he is ranged. He can poke down the enemies a lot with auto attacks and abilities. Kennen does not use mana when using abilities he has energy instead, so just make sure you keep an eye on this so you don't run out when using a lot of abilities. Once Kennen roams and groups with his teammates this is where he can make a difference with his ultimate Slicing Maelstrom being a huge team fight ability that can win the game.
Kennen builds ability power to help with his damage from his abilities. Liandry's Torment is a great 1st item for Kennen. With Kennen, you will be in combat a lot, auto-attacking at range and using your abilities to close the gap to allow you to use your Ultimate, Slicing Maelstrom, on the whole team. After Liandry's you want to build more ability power so his abilities can do more damage and your ultimate can get stronger. This gives you the opportunity to turn a team fight and win the game.
For runes we have:
With Kennen you will be auto-attacking from range a lot and you have some abilities to poke down the enemies which can get you stacks really quick. This allows you to deal even more damage during the game.
Good way to get some extra ability power that can help at all stages of the game.
With Kennen you will be trading a lot in the laning phase so it is very helpful to have more health regeneration so you can stay in lane for longer and win trades.
A great rune for if you get low in the landing phase and need that extra bit of healing or mana and get some free money.
With Kennen, you can use his range to your advantage early on. Make sure you poke with your auto attacks and abilities when you can vs melee champions however keep track of the enemy minions attacking you as sometimes they can do a lot of damage. One thing you need to be careful of is if the enemy jumps onto you and you get into melee range. Kennen does not have the most health early on and you can die pretty quickly. Make sure you use Lighting Rush (3rd Ability) to get away from enemies and keep your distance.
As soon as you hit Level 5 with Kennen and get access to Slicing Maelstrom (Ultimate) you should look to group with your team and team fight straight away. The first opportunity you will have will be at 4 minutes when the first dragon spawns. Make sure you go back to base buy items and then rotate to the dragon with your team so you're able to group up and use your ultimate to your advantage. Kennen does not do well in 1 vs 1 situations so make sure you don't get caught by yourself and stay with your team at all times so when you use your ultimate they can follow up and kill the enemy team.
Kennen is one of the best team fight champions in the game! If you like to group up with your team and focus on team fighting and winning with your team then Kennen is the go-to champion for you. He is also a safe champion in the laning phase as long as you keep your distance
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