Rengar Build Guide by ThePowerOfAura
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Threats to Rengar with this build
|Kassadin||auto + Q on cooldown every time it's up, Kassadin's ability to trade back with you is pretty bad, and you should have no problem's at all getting a level 2 cheese, kill him as many times as possible pre-6, using every trick in the book (see rest of guide), and delay his Rod of Ages for as long as possible. If he's so far behind he opts to not go for RoA, you can easily 1 shot him late game. Also if you somehow fall behind in lane to Kassadin pre-6, junglers love ganking a Kassadin, most of them remember the days of permaban Kassadin, and will rejoice in the thought of killing him. Killing him post-6 is a bit harder, and you should try to jump on him from a brush, and then using your ultimate to catch up to him after he ults away. Make sure you land bola against this guy, because without it he'll be able to get away even if you ult after him the second time.|
|Lucian||I mean people do this sometimes I guess. Don't stand in line with your minions or he will hit you with his Q, jump on him whenever your Q is up level 1, level 2 cheese is easy for him. Don't let him get free autos. If you get a level 2 kill, or even farm and go even with him, you can probably kill him at level 6 with a full combo... Try not to get shoved under tower, but lucian can't do that much damage unless he is ahead. Late game you get to pick from TWO ADCS which is really nice. Also their team probably won't have a split pusher that can respond to you without you just tower diving them/1 shotting them. Side note, late game they will have 2 adcs... this can be good or bad. If you have a strong diving tank line, or another assassin mid, this will be a ton of fun, if you're the only person with diving potential on your team, you might have issues if they burst you down instantly.|
|Ryze||Since the nerfs, if you take flat MR glyphs, his early game damage is a joke, and you should be going for auto+ Q every time it's off cooldown, if ryze starts mana crystal, you can level 1 cheese him with double q, no need to wait for level 2, if you want to be safe wait for level 2, but ryze is super squishy early game and it's really easy to shut him down. If you get ganked early or something, and you fall behind, you should still try to go aggro with triple doran's, and see if you can out susustain him in lane. Also, feel free to ask for ganks if you fall behind or if Ryze shoves you under tower, he's super easy to gank, and until he gets his core items, it is very unlikely he can 2v1 your jungler and you.|
Rengar is a champion that was considered very strong in the season 4 jungle, and was lesser known as a hard snowballing top laner with excellent mid game roaming potential. When people see me pick Rengar, I get the question of "why top lane?" well because I suck at jungling, but furthermore, Rengar is a champion that excels at capitalizing on the mistakes of enemy top laners, and if played correctly, can easily win most top lane matchups and scale excellently into mid-late game.
In the words of reddit, "'Its pretty much free elo now' ft. Ryan Choi"
I'm not really anyone special in terms of this game, I started playing on Vi's release, and have been maining top lane ever since I saw Voyboy play Lee Sin top in the LCS. I consider myself a Rengar main, with a background in Lee Sin and Nidalee. I have climbed from Silver 4 to Gold 1 playing almost exclusively Rengar in the last month of season 4, and from Silver 2 to Diamond 5 once season 5 began. I like to think I have a good understanding of this game, but I'm Still learning, and still climbing. I hope you like my guide!
Pros and Cons
These masteries are slightly different than what other guides are recommending, however I believe that these are the best choice in terms of a 21/9/0 mastery spread.
The following two pages are not ideal, they reduce your late game damage a notable amount, however they can get you through even the worst lanes.
The runes I utilize are fairly common:
Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage
Greater Mark of Attack Damage
Greater Mark of Critical Chance
Greater Seal of Health
Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
These runes maximize your potential for dueling other champions early game and are by far the best choice for a top lane Rengar.
Upon further testing I have decided that against AD top laners, going Greater Seal of Armor is preferable due to your ability to get more effective HP with potions. It's a somewhat difficult concept to explain, but the jist of it is that if your potion heals for 150 HP, that 150 HP will be worth more HP if you have a higher armor value, the contrary is also true, if you have a lot of HP, 150 HP is relatively lower and will heal you for less.
TL;DR vs AD top laners take Greater Seal of Armor and vs AP top laners take Greater Seal of Health and Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
This is the section on laning! Honestly there are so many tricks to laning with Rengar it is really difficult to cover them all, however there are a few that strike me as the most obvious tricks to discuss. These are the "Auto Q", the "level 2 cheese", and cancelling the bola animation.
The first trick I want to discuss is really simple, I'll refer to it as "auto Q" for the rest of the guide and it's really simple, you simply use the brush to jump on your opponent in lane, and then reset your auto attack with Q. At level 1 this will deal 85 + 85 + 30 ... 200 DAMAGE this ignores armor of course, because I'm bad at math. BUT this is still major damage at level 1, and is why you should ALWAYS use auto + Q instead of just using Q, there are a few exceptions to this that I'll talk about in the matchups section. After you do this you should immediately run back into your creep wave and go back to last hitting. If they chase you into your creep wave to try and trade back, you can easily fight them with the help of your creeps. If players at your elo are bad enough, they sometimes won't even auto attack you in return! Regardless, you should be trying to do this two times at level 1 to ensure your opponent is low enough for a level 2 cheese.
Have you ever wondered why lanes will randomly die around between 2:30-2:40 in game? This is the time a solo lane that is pushing will hit level 2. A lot of champions can do this actually, and it's not uncommon for players to try and push early so they can hit level 2 before the other laner. Although many champions can do this, I personally believe that Rengar's level 2 cheese is the strongest in the game. Rengar's level 2 cheese involves getting 3-5 ferocity stacks, and then using a full combo on the enemy laner who has already been chunked substantially. Ryan Choi is a challenger top laner who mains Rengar, and he EXCELS at doing this, even in challenger division.
Skip to 1:49 for early laning
Skip to 1:15 for early laning
Notice how in each of these games, Ryan starts off the game by waiting in the brush closest to the enemy tower and pulling the creep aggro towards the brush, this allows you to jump onto the enemy top laner whenever you want to, as all of the creeps that they will be going to last hit will be in range of the brush. When you are laning now, you should try to stack up your Q on minions while pushing the wave slightly. Your goal early game is to get 3-5 stacks of ferocity, and chunk the enemy top laner slightly. If you go for auto + Qs whenever the other top laner goes for a cs, you should win trades assuming they don't go for you instead of the creep. Regardless, once you hit 4 ferocity, and your EXP bar is near full, you want to auto the creep that is closest to death,and then go to the brush. Right after the creep dies, you want to level up your bola, jump onto the enemy top while throwing bola, and then double Q them, while animation canceling for your auto attack delay, if you've done this correctly they should be in ignite range, if they flash, flash to follow them for the auto ignite finish. Congrats. If you've done this correctly, you just scored first blood. After pushing your wave to their tower you'll hit 3, and you can go back and spend your 650 gold.
Vs Ryze (this is before the rework but the same concept still applies)
(this is before the rework but the same concept still applies)
These are easily the best examples of Ryan doing a level 2 cheese, executed perfectly and does everything I mentioned in the section.
I mentioned it briefly on the section about level 2 cheesing when I said "jump onto the enemy top while throwing bola". Basically you can throw your bola while you are in mid leap as long as you leave your cursor over the enemy champion, you still have to aim it of course, but this allows you to chase so much easier as you do not need to stop moving your champion to land bola, also if you want to perform a 1-shot on Rengar you need to land this ability mid leap.
1-shotting people is a trick, but I think it deserves it's own section of the guide, so I'm going to leave this section as is, there are a few more tricks I can think of, and I'll explain them if people actually seem to take notice of my guide and want me to write more.
Performing a 1 shot with Rengar is a pretty exact science, there are pretty much 4 combos that you use as Rengar, but they all have a few core mechanics.
- The "Perfect" 1-shot:
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Youmuu's Ghostblade + Empowered Savagery -> Bola Strike + Tiamat -> Battle Roar + Savagery
- The "I hate Corki, Tristana, Vayne (AND PROBABLY KALISTA) Combo":
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Youmuu's Ghostblade -> Empowered Bola Strike + Tiamat -> Battle Roar + auto Q -> Bola Strike
- The "my jungler took my ferocity stacks" combo:
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Youmuu's Ghostblade -> Bola Strike + Tiamat -> auto Q + Battle Roar
- The "I couldn't think of an original name for this combo" combo:
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Youmuu's Ghostblade + Savagery -> Tiamat + Bola Strike -> Empowered Savagery -> Battle Roar
After Laning Phase (Mid-Game)
Your ultimate goal in laning phase should ultimately be to take the opposing laner's tower, and push the other laners creeps to the second tower.
One of three things will happen now:
-An enemy champion will come top lane to catch the wave
-You will get ganked by the enemy jungler as the top lane comes back
-Other team will try to force dragon as a 4v5 while you are top
No matter what happens, start pinging the **** out of dragon, you're going to draw pressure top lane no matter what, and this should be a free dragon or free tower for your team.
In each of these situations, you and your team can capitalize on your push. Let's say an enemy champion comes top. Can I tower dive this champion? Is this champion crucial to the other team's 5v5 potential? Does this champion have teleport? If you can tower dive the person who comes to stop you, back off like you're recalling, and press R, if you don't see anyone else near you with ult you have free reign to tower dive them. If you do see another champion heading towards you, it means you're getting ganked. You can easily escape the gank by ulting and running back down lane, or if you want to try something ballsy, pick the squishier of the two, and try to 1 shot them. If you're successful, you'll probably still be healthy enough to 1v1 the other champion, and force them to back off or just try to hold tower against you. If you get a double kill, back off immidiately and make sure your team gets a dragon with the 4v3, if you die, ping your team to get the dragon with the 4v3. With the pressure you're drawing top lane you should be able to capitalize in some way, shape, or form. If the enemy team tries to force dragon 4v5, you should take the tower, and then roam to dragon, assuming your team fought, you can probably pick up a kill or two, and if they stalled, you can probably fight 5v5 now that you are grouped.
Aside from split pushing, Rengar can also gank bot as soon as he gets his tower in lane. You can try to do this right at level 6, however this is very risky as if you don't get kills in the gank, you will lose your tower top lane for free, and fall behind in lane. On the bright side, a successful level 6 gank bot can put your bot lane significantly ahead, get your team a free tower bot lane, AND DRAGON. Sometimes it is worth the risk if you feel as though you're ahead enough top lane and your team needs your help.
Did anyone actually get this far? If you want me to finish this I will lolz...