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Sion: Get in his Chopper!

Last updated on January 7, 2012
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Ability Sequence

1
3
5
7
9
Ability Key Q
2
8
10
12
13
Ability Key W
4
14
15
17
18
Ability Key E
6
11
16
Ability Key R





Not Updated For Current Season

The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunder
4/
Archmage
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Executioner
 
 

Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
Durability
Vigor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honor Guard
Mercenary
 
 
 
 
 
 
Juggernaut
 
 

Defense: 0

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mastermind
 

Utility: 9


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Introduction

Sion is good anyway you want to build him; Hybrid, AP, AD/AS, or Tank. That is what makes him one of my favorite Champions in the game. This build is an AP build meant for those of you who do not want to use Mejai's Soulstealer. A build for people who do want to use Mejai's will be included in this build as well as builds for tank, hybrid, and AD/AS Sion. I hope you enjoy these builds as much as I do. I have put alot of time and effort into this build making process. I will be posting updates when I find better items or there are nerfs/buffs to Sion and/or items in this build. Please read the entire build and post your feedback, questions, and suggestions. Thank you, have a nice day.


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Lore

Prior to the creation of the League of Legends, the city-states of Demacia and Noxus were locked in a brutal series of on-again-off-again wars that spanned the course of centuries. Both powers sought an advantage over the other, but Noxus was the city-state willing to forego conventional morality to achieve its goals. Only brute strength and the will to use it mattered to Noxus, and this is best exemplified in the murderous warrior, Sion. Used by the Noxians as a human battering ram, Sion would be sent thundering ahead of Noxian troops. He would mercilessly slaughter foes with his large double-bladed axe, ''Chopper''. His complete disregard for caution ultimately cost him his life, as he was captured and summarily executed by Demacian forces.

The Demacians thought that the beheading of Sion would be the end of his bloodthirsty ways. Death, however, was merely the beginning of Sion's rise to power. The famed Noxian assassin, Katarina, recovered Sion's remains and Noxian necromancers reanimated the behemoth to serve Noxus once again. Sion's reanimation actually bestowed new powers on him and increased the potency of his existing abilities, making him even more of a terror to behold on the battlefield. The Noxian High Command had a powerful new weapon in their hands - one they have brought to bear as a champion in the League of Legends. Even though Sion's increased powers would make him a powerful tool for the High Command's use outside the Fields of Justice, Noxus no longer risks losing one of their greatest champions in the League to chance or circumstance; Sion's days as a front-line fighter for Noxus' military conquests are at an end.

''For Noxus, death is a promotion.'' -- Pantheon


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Pros / Cons

PROS



Great farmer
Can have a large amount of health with any build
Great damage out put
Can carry the team
Helps immensely in team fights

CONS



Squishy early game
Very manna hungry early game with low manna
Not very effective against a team with Banshee's Veil


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Runes

- The reason you need this rune is for the Magic Penetration it gives you. Having more magic penetration helps you to deal more damage and get kills. The way magic penetration allows you to do more damage is because the amount of magic penetration you have equals the amount of the enemy's magic resistance you by-pass. The more magic resistance you by-pass the more damage you deal directly to you enemy.

- The reason you need this rune is for the Ability Power it gives you. Sion's Cryptic Gaze and Death's Caress scale with 100% of your ability power and by having this rune you will be able to get kills, live, and harass much better throughout the game.

- The reason you need this rune is for the Ability Power it gives you. Sion's Cryptic Gaze and Death's Caress scale with 100% of your ability power and by having this rune you will be able to get kills, live, and harass much better throughout the game.

- The reason you need this rune is for the Ability Power it gives you. Sion's Cryptic Gaze and Death's Caress scale with 100% of your ability power and by having this rune you will be able to get kills, live, and harass much better throughout the game. The reason I changed to this quint instead of continuing use of the insight quints is because you already have plenty of magic penetration from the marks and Void Staff so having the extra ability power to do more damage is very nice.


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Items

The reason I start out with an Amplifying Tome is for the extra ability power and because it builds into a sheen. I also grab a Mana Potion with it so I can play more aggressively in my lane.

- As I stated in the Cons of Sion he is very manna hungry and has very low manna early game. The Sheen seemed like the simple solution to that problem. It gives you manna and ability power while also giving you a great passive. The Sheen gives you a 100% chance when an ability is used to increase your damage by 80% on your next attack.

- This gives you more magic penetration and move speed if you need to know why magic penetration is important and you have not already done so please read the rune explanation.

- This is a very good item for any ability power Champion because it gives you 70 ability power and it reduces the magic resistance of enemy Champions around you by 20. I like this item on Sion because of the ability power and the passive. Since Sion is a close up Champion he can reduce the magic resistance of almost all the enemy Champions in a team fight. This is great if you have some one like Ryze or Brand both of whom have a spell that bounces from enemy to enemy. The magic resistance on this item is also very helpful because it increases your survivability.

- This item gives you 80 ability power, 650 health, and 725 manna. That in itself is good but it gets better this item gives you an additional 18 health, 20 manna, and 2 ability power ever 1 minute. Giving you a total of 100 ability power, 710 health, and 925 manna. The health increases your survivability while the extra manna and ability power allow you to get kills.


- This item is great with any ability power Champion it gives you 155 ability power and passively increases you ability power by 30%. This item gives you a large amount of ability power helping you get kills at a much faster rate.

- This gives you 80 ability power, 350 manna, and 7% movement speed which all help Sion get kills. This item is even better because it passively gives Sion a 100% chance when an ability is used that your next physical attack will deal 100% of you ability power in damage.

- The main reason behind getting this item is the 40% magic penetration. It also gives you 70 ability power.


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Skill Sequence

First off you pick an enemy, always go for the squishy or carry, then you use Cryptic Gaze stunning them for 1.5 seconds then you proceed to use Death's Caress and Enrage together. Death's Caress will insure you take a very small amount of damage while Enrage will increase your attack damage. When Death's Caress is about down activate it again so it will blow up dealing damage to enemies around you. If you are getting low on health use Cannibalism to recover it.


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Summoner Spells

- There are two reasons I get Flash. 1. it is a great escape mechanism. 2. It goes great with Death's Caress if they are low health but are by a torrent use Death's Caress and blow up on them. Once they are dead flash out of the torrents range. Or you can Flash into the torrent blow up and run away.


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Alternative Items

- Thank you RemedialHappyMan for showing me how helpful this item can be at the start of the game. Get this instead of Amplifying Tome if you want to be more aggressive in the start of the game. The reason I don't use this is because I like to have that extra ability power to help me get first blood and kills after that. It depends mostly on you game play preference on whether or not you get this.

- This build was meant for people who don't like this item. I first thought of this being one of the key items in this build but decided I would make a build that didn't require stacks. I use this in my build in game if I am playing against a dumb team that lets me get stacks. That is the only time I would recommend the use of this item.

- This is handy if you need more survivability but you dont want to give up any ability power. I do use this sometimes but only against a heavy AD team.


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FAQ

Q:Why does Sion suck so bad?
A:It's not him it's you stop whining.