Skarner Build Guide by ItsGreg
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Let me start off by saying, this is my FIRST guide, so there are mistakes to be found.
But anyways, it's a guide about Skarner, a great tanky DPS champion. This is my very own build, with which I've had amazing experience. So far, out of about 30 games played, only 2 were lost.
In this guide I will try to explain as good as I can, everything about runes, masteries, spells etc...
Here is a picture of my match history:
In addition, there is a ranked game with 16/0/10 score.
Pros / Cons
I find Skarner to be a very good champion, so there are more pros than there are cons.
Great durability with amazing damage
Hard to harass
Hard to focus in fights
Good solo laner
Currently, I can't find any bad things with Skarner.
For runes, I only take Armor Penetration and Durability. Therefore, I use these runes:
9x Greater Mark of Desolation Greater Mark of Desolation
9x Greater Seal of Resilience
9x Greater Glyph of Warding
3x Greater Quintessence of Fortitude
But at times, I use 9x Greater Seal of Clarity and 3x Greater Quintessence of Desolation Greater Quintessence of Desolation, for more Mana regeneration, especially if I am taking a solo lane.
I start off with a Regrowth Pendant, which I turn into Philosopher's Stone the first time I go back to the base. Next, I buy Boots of Speed, and a Sheen. For the extra Gold/10 I buy a Heart of Gold. After that, I buy Mercury's Treads, and Phage, aiming for Trinity Force, without buying Zeal before. Now, I have my first core item. For my next item, I take Atma's Impaler, because of the armor and the great passive, which raises my attack damage to about 200. Now, I need some more life steal and spell vamp, so I buy Hextech Gunblade, which I place on my first slot in inventory, for easier active usage. Now I have all three core items. Next item depends on my score. If I'm not doing too well, I buy Randuin's Omen for more armor, or Banshee's Veil if they have more magic damage, and I sell my Philosopher's Stone Philosopher's Stone, but if I'm doing good, I still sell Philosopher's Stone Philosopher's Stone, and buy Black Cleaver. At this point, the game is pretty much over, but if not, I go towards more attack damage, or attack speed.
I go for basic 0/9/21 masteries, for the extra mana regeneration, more experience, cooldowns and I take advanced Flash.
Ignite as my spells.
Flash is great for chasing and getting out of combat. I will often use it to flash to an enemy, using Impale on him and pulling him back to my team, or if I get focused hard in a fight, I will try to flash over a wall, which will in most cases prevent me from dying.
Ignite is very optional. I tend to use it, because I play in a premade team a lot, and in that team there is only one Ignite, apart from mine.
Ghost would be a good option as well. Using Ghost with will allow you to pull your enemy further away, since your speed is faster.