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Pantheon is ****. Pantheon is OP. Pantheon is low Tier. Pantheon is AWSOME. pantheon is at his most basic form a high damage low defense assassin. Thus he bears all the pros and cons of his occupation.
insane nuke damage
high auto dps
up to 2 second long stun
great counter for physical carrys
the best tower diver in the game(IMO)
one of the best passives in the game
no real escape
Phases of play.
levels 1-5: here is where pantheon at his absolute most deadly, i recommend a taking the solo lane if your team doesn't mind. Pantheon is a char with auto attack, IMPORTANT do not allow him to auto attack and try and let the opposing champ push you until u are just out of your own turret range. your stratagy should be to harras their squishy with your Q until they are at bellow 40% health then once they wander into range at low health BAM jump them with W-E-Q, and they should be dead. This gank takes some getting used to, for instance on Jax dont use the combo until he is around 30%. Sometimes a champ will stay just out of range of your combo with low enough health you know you can easily kill them if only you could get into range. Fortunitely you have flash, flash into range and bam hit them with your combo. make sure to check their summoner skills, wasting a flash when they have heal or worse yet burning your flash just to run into a heal, exhast combo and winding up dead is not a fun way to start your game.
countering frustrating characters:
Kassadin: kass's disable can make it difficult to get pantheons nuke off. the trick to this is trade your spear throw for ker disable, then run after kass. if you have been letting kass push your lane you should be able to hit him with one of your combos before her disable is cooled down .
Vlad: vlad is a tough cookie to crack when 1v1ing. the key to vlad is the very first engadgement. make sure that he hits you with his life leech before you hit him with your spear or else he will simply heal the damage you did to him. after this engagement you should try and hit him once more with your spear before backing off as his cooldown is longer on his leach then your spear. after this make sure to get into spearing range as soom as you see him leach off a minion, other then that use your spear throw to last hit melee minions, but dont bother with ranged ones, they dont provide enough gold to be worth the mana. you might have noticed that your regular combo doesnt work on vlad since he just turns into a puddle. there are two ways of countering this. the first is highly effective but requires you to reorder your skill tree, and thus you will suffer a not be as effective a ganker in the next phase(lvl6-10). the second is slightly effective but allows you to maintain the usual skilltree and thus be a more effective ganker. if you want to effectivly counter vlad but lose ganking potential, then level your aegis to 3 in place of your heartseeker, this way vlad will remain stunned through your entire cast of heartseeker. To maintian your ganking prowess simply attempt to lure vlad into your E instead of jumping him.
lvls 6-10: played mostly the same as previously except now you should be pushing your lane, and peeking into the other lanes every so often to see if they have a low health char you can gank with your ult. pantheons greatest asset is the ability to gank 40% health chars standing right next to a turret. make sure your passive is up then aim your ultimate right at them. when the circle appears cast your W as it will auto cast the second you land. great you have ganked them from right under their own tower, what now. hopefully if you have been pushing your lane you will have time to do some damage to their tower and maybe even take it out before you tele back to your own lane.
items of opportunity
if playing a heavy tank team substitute last wisper for bloodthrister.
if playing a team without many stuns or slows but high dps substiture randuins omen for bansee's veil.
if the only way for your team to win is by tower diving subsitute sword of the divine for either frozen mallet or banshees veil. more on this later.