Kennen Build Guide by
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Based on Edward's famous LCS support Kennen. There are a few differences however, which are personal preference and will be explained in this guide.
Q: Skill up first for harass. First point here for level 1 trading.
W: Put one point in this second, for extra level 2 harass. If you wish to level 2 engage however, skill up E second, as it gives more damage as soon as you hit 2 as well as gap close. Max this Last.
E: Skill this up third, second if you wish to level 2 engage. Max this second, as it gives you more damage and tanky stats than W for mid game balls to the wall fighting.
R: Skill up ASAP.
Edward liked to start DShield, however is has now been patched out as Riot didn't like supports building it over gold items. Because of this, start Relic Shield. RShield gives your lane great sustain for hard trading, as well as gold of course. The other two are not optimal, as Kennen is an energy champ. Upgrade to Targon first back.
The next 3 items are standard. Sightstone rush for tanky stat and vision is your first buy of the three (when you get this, swap out ward trinket for red trinket). Sorc boots for mobility and MPen come next. After that get Haunting Guise... OP mid game item, great gold value.
After these items, the build order becomes situational. If you have 2 other engagers, feel free to build some damage, such as Void Staff. If your team lacks engage and you have to be near the front line, get Zhonya's. If your team needs a tanky/damage balance, or there are many tiny skirmishes occuring around the map, Rylai's is a good option. Edward often builds Rylai's or Void Staff first at this stage, as Gambit usually have at least 2 other engagers. Often in solo queue however, more players wish to carry, meaning that you may be better off building Zhonya's to help your team's engage.
Usually complete Liandry's and Ruby Stone near the end of your build.
Utility masteries do not give you fighting stats. Kennen is all about trading and fighting. Because of this, go for a mix of damage and defense. Too little damage and the enemy won't be scared of you, too little tanky stats and they can smash you down until you cannot zone them any longer. Balance these 2 trees depending on who you are versing. I like to balance them fairly evenly. 15 15 0 works, as you get a lot of MPen from items, so you stop in the offense tree just below the Pen. Doing this also lets you take flat resistances for early trading.
Depends on play style and match up. If you are planning to aa harass a lot, you want a bit of AD, mixed pen and MR. If you prefer to harass with spells, or feel that aa harass is too risky vs your match up, go for more AP and MPen.
Quints: Flat AP OR flat AD.
Marks: MPen OR hybrid pen.
Seals: Flat armor.
Glyphs: Flat AP OR flat MR.