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. He can do quite well in the early game against melee champion as he is ranged. He can poke down enemies a lot with his effective 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.
Hitting enemies with abilities places a Mark of the Storm on them for a few seconds. At 3 stacks, the enemy is stunned for just over a second and Kennen gains energy. Knowing when to engage is all dependent on how many stacks you have on the enemy champions. If you have 2 stacks and you can get a 3rd stack easily, you can engage and deal a lot of damage.
Stunning an enemy multiple times within 6 seconds reduces the stun duration to just under a second. This shouldn't affect how you play because you can still deal a significant amount of damage.
Kennen throws a shuriken dealing magic damage to the first enemy hit. This is a long-range poke ability that you can use for great effect during the lane phase, and it has a short cooldown.
You can also use Thundering Shuriken to safely last hit minions from a distance if you don't feel comfortable enough walking up and auto-attacking them.
This ability has a passive and an active. The passive makes every 5th attack deal bonus magic damage and apply a Mark of the Storm. You can tell how many auto attacks you are on and how many you have left until your 5th one just underneath Kennen's Energy Bar.
Make sure to use your empowered auto-attack on the enemy champion so you can follow it up with your other abilities to apply your passive or harass with the Electrical Surge active. The active shocks nearby enemies afflicted by Mark of the Storm dealing magic damage.
Kennen transforms into an electric ball for a few seconds, becoming unable to attack but gaining bonus movement speed and dealing magic damage to enemies he passes through. This is Kennen's mobility ability that allows him to engage or disengage easily.
The bonus movement speed is doubled during the first half of a second. Kennen gains bonus attack speed for a few seconds upon exiting Lighting Rush. You can tap on the ability again to deactivate it so you can attack again if needed.
Kennen summons a storm that grants him Armor and Magic Resist and deals magic damage for half a second for up to 3 seconds. This is Kennen's main teamfight ability that allows him to carry any teamfight that comes his way. Each subsequent bolt against the same target deals increased damage.
Kennen builds ability power to help with the damage from his abilities. Rabadon's Deathcap is a great first item for Kennen because of how much damage it gives him. Slicing Maelstrom is such an important ultimate and the more damage you can do the more impact you can make in team fights. After Rabadon's Deathcap, 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.
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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.
A good way to get some extra ability power that can help at all stages of the game.
Nullifying Orb is a great rune that gives Kennen a shield that absorbs incoming damage when he drops low on health. This will help you survive that little bit longer so you can escape to safety or go in for the killing blow.
Kennen will always be involved in team fights and he will get a lot of takedowns. After every unique takedown, Kennen gets Ability Haste so she can use her abilities more often.
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 Lightning Rush to get away from enemies and keep your distance.
As soon as you hit level 5 with Kennen and get access to Slicing Maelstrom, 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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