Sion Build Guide by DRAGONLOL11
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Hello! Im dragonlol11 and im 1700 ELO player who is currently doing his best to get platinum this season (I think i will do it, as season will be probably long..) I don't think im good at writing guides, but I think i got enough knowledge to share it at Mobafire.
Sorry for my bad Engrrrish, but it's not really my national language and most of my english is what I learned playing them gaimz. Sion is PUBSTOMPER. If you can't win every normal game u play with Sion, then you are doing something wrong. He's strong, because his roaming ability is insane, also he is very strong on laning phase, ure supposed to DOMINATE over your lane opponent as Sion. He is strong both as Tanky AD and AP, but my way of playing him is AP roamer.
I got over 60 ranked games with Sion played, and my win ratio is dancing between 70 and 80 percents. So as you can see Sion is great way to boost your ELO.
Learn to creep with Sion (which is total ez mode)
Learn to dominate your lane opponent with Sion
DONT FIRST PICK SION ON RANKED BECAUSE THEY WILL COUNTERPICK YOU WITH RYZE OR SOME BURSTY CHAMP LIKE THIS
Learn to roam
Win games while theyre too busy typing "NERF THIS OP CHAMPION" by destroying their nexus.
Hope you will like the guide.
Yo nyggur why AP and not AD
AD is strong but it's totally depending on team, and that is AP guide. Both ways are viable but really, would you pick AD Sion when you don't have AP in ur team, and you already have Master Yi jungle, top Lee Sin and Caitlyn bottom? I wouldn't lol.
Also AD is about farming tons and being strong late game, while AP Sion is about very easy farm and then roaming. As I said before, Sion isn't as strong AP carry late game as Brand or Veigar, but his early-mid game laning and roaming is strong enough to make for it and pubstomp hard.
RUNE CHOICE HEHEHE
Greater Mark of Magic Penetration
STRONG AS HELL
Those runes are damn STRONG and I recommend them on 99% AP casters
more mpen u got more dmg u deal, this is all you need to know.
those runes + void staff + right masteries makes u deal nearly true damage all game.
greater seal of replenishment
Greater Seal of Scaling Mana Regeneration
Those are for better mana regen all game. You should have blue buff most of times, but to help early game and the time you dont have blue buff you need those. Remember, for Sion mana regen = Survi, because his shield is just insanely strong.
Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power
Most of times these will be what I pick. More Ability power means more DMG and shield for survi. More DMG and shield means better laning, roaming, teamfighting. Those are just perfect runes for Sion.
Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
Same as above. Gives you great boost to your shield. You totally need those on laning phase atleast.
Keep in mind that any runes will actually work, it's just that those are probably best for him, atleast it's what I use.
Those depend on player's prefference, at beginning you can see what masteries I use.
I dont take Havoc, because this mastery is awful. I'd rather do 2 more damage to minions for better last hitting early game than have 0.5% more damage, really.
ITEM CHOICE BRO
Those are situational but most of the games I will try to build like this~
Do you lane versus AD because they sent you solo top? Cloth Armor Health Potion x5
Are you going mid? Boots of Speed Health Potion x3
Do you think that your lane will be totally easy? Doran's Ring
I usually try to farm 2 Doran's Ring before taking mobility boots, then I buy last Doran's Ring. With 3 Doran's Ring and mobility boots you should be able to clear your creep wave with few autoattacks and W to push it and then go roaming.
At 14 - 16 minutes I usually already have Rabadon's Deathcap. Sion can farm it without a problem. At this point your QW combo should be able to take squishies from 100%hp to 30%. To keep your damage high next item I build is Void Staff. Squishes will be dying from ur QW even easier now, and those silly tanks who build magic resist to counter you.. Will die anyway, because with your Greater Mark of Magic Penetration, Arcane Knowledge and Void Staff you got TONS of magic penetration.
Let's say, that it's 25th minute of the game, you end up with Rabbadon's Deathcap and Void Staff and 3k gold in your bag. You're UNSTOPPABLE, unkillable force.
What can you do to be even more scary? YES. Guardian Angel. This item is OVERPOWERED.
A lot of Armor and Mresist will make you and your shield even stronger. But teamfights are teamfights, If you are focused by 5 people you will probably die. But what, it's not that bad?...
1. If you get focused it will be actually fine. They throw things at you, and rest of your team can hurt them. And actually you wont die fast. Sion is naturally tanky, add armors, magic resists, overpowered shield every few seconds to it and its very hard to take him down, even with 5 people.
2. Ok, so you died. Your team killed two of them, from your team only you got focused and died, so what then? You ****ing revive and it's 5vs3. You may say, "ok, you revive, but with low hp!! they may instantly eat you after u revive!!" Not really bro. You shield urself for 1000 and stun someone, they're soo deaaad.
After this you generally build whatever you want, more defence (example - Frozen Heart, Banshee's Veil) or more damage (example - Deathfire Grasp, Lich Bane
I GOT DEM SKILLS
If you think that there will be teamfight at level one - take Cryptic Gaze.
Sion is a beast in level one teamfights.
But if there is no teamfight you just take Death's Caress and launch it when you expect harass. Bad Sion's think it should be just used to deal damage, bait people or for survi. Actually early game this spell is overpowered, because with some mana regen you can often launch it to keep ur *** safe from enemy harass.
Level your E at lvl 4 and let it always be active so u get +health for creeps.
I get my ultimate situationally.
is a skill you should use when you 1v1 while waiting for cooldowns, for dragons, barons, when you solo blue buff, when you steal their buffs, when you're hurt and want to lifesteal ur health on lane / wraiths, when you're pushing with ur team to heal ur team a bit. It has many uses, but I recommend to not level it before level 8. It's really situational, but most of times it will be better if u get one more point in Q instead of R earlier.
MY SUMMONER CHOICES
are summoners I will use 99% of my games. Flash is obviously epic for Sion. Flash stun over a wall. Flash QW ignite and 2 autoattack during the stun will take like 80% opponent health at level 5! You can use this spell basically for everything, escaping, closing distance to stun or something, stealing buffs or dragons, just everything. But what about Ignite? It's really overpowered early - mid game, and as Sion is burst champion.. he will really benefit from this spell. Late game its not that useful, but still adds up, its ~400 TRUE DAMAGE after all. It will secure kills and give you a lot killing power early - mid game.
Other viable choices are~
Heal - It can be used instead of ignite, more baiting powweeerrrr. You are 10%hp? Enemy squishy wants to kill you? Hueuheuheuheue, Heal and Death's Caress instantly, eat him bro.
Revive - Let me quote Dyrus.
This is really good spell, but still I wouldn't recommend it as it's overpowered LATE GAME spell and you want to be powerful early - mid game. Win early, win late.
Teleport - tell your top laner / bott laners to put a ward in enemy bush.
look for situation that can give u kills or check if they need help vs enemy jungler
HHUEUHEHUE win their lanes
Ghost - duck meta game. Flash ghost still good sometimes.
Pros / Cons
- HE IS GREEN
- HE GOT BURST
- HE IS UNKILLABLE EARLY - MID GAME
- BEST ROAMER IN GAME
- TANKY EVEN WITHOUT TANKY ITEMS
- ONE OF EASIEST CHARACTERS TO FARM CREEPS WITH
- ACTUALLY FUN TO PLAY WHEN YOU SEE PEOPLE DYING TO YOUR QW COMBO. HEHEHE.
- VERY EASY TO WIN LANE WITH SION
- VERY EASY TO COUNTER ON LANE (ex. RYZE, ANNIE)
- HE IS GREEN
- NOT A TOURNAMENT CHARACTER I GUESS BECAUSE IF HIS ROAMING IS DENIED HE WON'T DO MUCH
- HE ISN'T AS STRONG LATE GAME AP CARRY AS BRAND OR KARTHUS FOR EXAMPLE.
- HE IS NOT CUTE, CAT, FOX OR SONA
Ranked games -- mindset
I have to quote Cruzerthebruzer, because it's really all you need to know about ranked games. I love this guy for what he said. Here you are.
Whenever someone screws up, chances are they know it, you don't have to drill them with it.
If you are blamed, even if it's not your fault, don't say anything. A lot of people attack just to get a rise out of you or to justify their poor play. You fighting back won't get anything done, and it makes you look stupid.
If you criticize someone at all make sure it is constructive! Most the time even constructive criticism gets a negative response so be careful when you use it. If they attack you for that, ignore it, don't get flustered, and don't offer that person advice ever again.
If you lose a game, it's not a big deal, no need to spout off "Well my team this, my team that, bla bla bla bla" you lost, get over it, requeue and play better.
Make sure you realize your mistakes! Too many players are way too concerned about how poor their team did and don't even notice that they made mistakes, this is unacceptable to people trying to improve. You cannot improve if you don't know what to improve on.
If you want to troll, don't queue for ranked, better yet, don't queue at all and possibly go rethink your attitude.
Following all these guidelines will surely boost your Elo, and I know, you're only low elo because your team sucked (everyone's been there), your internet is bad (everyone's been there), but you're the perfect player.
I made this Sion guide 14.01.2012 0:30 pm
- Lol exactly month after releasing I update my guide. 14.02.2012
I explained a bit why AP > AD, few corrects everywhere and.. some more stuff, check it urself