[PATCH 13.18] THE ULTIMATE SYNDRA GUIDE! - Always win lane 100%
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Runes: Highly recommend for snowball and reliable damage
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist
Ability Order ALWAYS TAKE THIS
Threats & Synergies
Very hard counter, since he has all the utility to dodge your abilities constantly. Would recommend asking for ganks when his E is down.
Same as Fizz, can dash through your E to get to you. Uses his ult to negate your ult, very hard match up, would also recommend asking your jungler for a gank as early as possible.
Pretty easy since you outrange her in the early game, once she hits level 6 though, make sure you always save your E for when she decides to go aggro on you (dashing).
Very easy lane, constantly harass him, poke him. Save your E for when he decides to pull out his gold card, so he can't get near you.
Even though Kassadin is a amazing an denying certain AP champs, syndra can work past that. Never let him walk him to Q you, and as Syndra you should always be poking him when his Q is down so he can't shield your damage, don't forget to keep auto'ing him pre-6 too.
Always make sure you save your E for when he wants to get close to you/ult you. This will be the only way of getting him away from you. Apart from that, poke him pre-6 and take barrier if you're not fond of the match up.
Since she can jump straight to you, I'd highly recommend not using your E aggressively. Wait till she ever jumps on you, then use it. Don't use your E in a panic otherwise this'll get you killed.
Very easy since you always out range him.
Another AP counter, save your E until he decides to charge in so he can't taunt you. Other than that, poke him constantly and wait till level 6 to all in him.
Ok, so I found Yasuo to be completely aggravating to deal with. Baiting his windwall is extremely hard since your E animation isn't exactly fast. I'd highly recommend trying to bait his W out to do anything to him. Otherwise he'll be able to walk all over you.
Very easy to poke in lane, don't go anywhere near her shroud when she has it up. And all her whenever you get the chance, always make sure you're behind minions too then she'll never be able to hit her E.
Bit difficult for Syndra since you both have long range, the only problem is that Azir has the mobility with his E-Q combo. I'd recommend playing as aggro as possible early before his 6. Call for ganks if needed.
Short range mage like Ryze, shouldn't have a problem as long as you don't let her hit her Q. If she does make sure to use your E to push her away.
Shouldn't be too hard to deal with. You can get rid of his passive shield with your Q and repeat for combos. Did you know? You can pre E -Q combo when malzahar goes to ult you and it will cancel his ult completely :)
Poke him as much as possible in lane since he'll never be able to reach you. If he attempts to fly at your with his stun, just E him away. You shoudn't any problems with this match up at all.
Not extremely hard, but not too easy either, I'd recommend baiting out her black shield so you can get your Q-E combo off on her. Other than that, harass her as much as possible.
Bit more of a tricky match up since he has his W to pool the majority of your abilities. Try baiting this out before deciding to burst him. Also be careful of his E-W flash combo.
Since you both have insane range, this'll mainly be a skill match up. Don't get hit by her sleepy bubble and make sure you hit your Q - E combo. Who ever gets their CC off wins basically.
Pretty even since you both have good range, dodge her Q CC and you'll win. Vice versa.
Since Lux W can tank a bit of your burst, wait until her shield is down before deciding to burst her. If she does spam her shield never go to all in her since your full combo with be denied by her return shield. Poke her throughout laning phase and do short burst combos.
Pretty dangerous champ to play against after level 6. Would recommend getting of as many poke as possible as quickly as you can. If you Q - E then W make sure this is done as fast as you can since she can deny the W damage if your stun comes off. Stay away from her Q at level 6, since this will be her chance of getting onto you. Waveclear and roam if possible.
Not played a lot in mid lane nowadays but be mindful of his W (or E) - Q combo. Stay behind minions as often as possible to avoid this.
Stay away from his Q range and you'll be able to poke him out throughout the whole laning phase. Make sure you only use your E if you know you're going to hit him otherwise you will have to play passive dude to his Q engage.
Don't get caught by his cage and you'll win this easily. You outdamage him at any part of the game until late of course when he can just press R. But always stay out his R range and you'll be fine.
Dodge his E and you'll win this match up easily since his Q is short range and his only main ability that he does damage with. Constantly poke him and all in him with ignite so he doesn't heal when he goes into his ult form.
Syndra is basically the biggest counter to heimerdinger since you can pick up his turrets with your W. Constantly poke him with Q as well. Easy win.
Short range mage so you out-range her. Just watch out for her level 6 flash R combo, make sure to save your E for this.
Skill match up. If he hits hit knock up, you'll get burst down. Make sure you save your E for when you think he'll use R since this will take him out of it.
Short range mage, but with a complication. Don't get poked out with her Q splash and make sure to bait her ult, so you don't end up ult'ing her R.
Tricky match up since she has long range and a shield to protect her from your burst. I'd recommend asking for ganks with this match up.
Mainly a poke match up/dodge match up. Your level 6 beats his though, play aggressive into him with Q-E to combo with your W then R at level 6. Buy zhonya's if you think you're taking too much damage from his ult.
Poke him as much as possible during early and never let him get to W range since he'll be able to heal off of you.
Mainly a skill match up, don't let her hit her enhanced root on you and try your best to not get caught in her ult, otherwise you'll need to force a summoner to not die.
Not easy, nor hard. Make sure to Q him when his Q is down, so he doesn't negate your damage. Using Q-E when he decides to walk up to you to Q/E you and trade with him efficiently, make sure he doesn't get both Q's and his E off on you otherwise he will wins trades.
A nice poke match up, dodge all of his Q's and try and he all your Q's. You both work the same way since you're disengage is your E, same with his time bomb. Make sure you play as aggressive as possible if he isn't able to hit his skillshots.
Works simliar to Syndra, both have stun and both have poke. Try to dodge as much of his poke as possible (buy booys first if needed) and all in him whenever you get the chance to.
Since Taliyah's W doesn't have the range your Q-E combo does, you shouldn't have any problems with range in this match up. Q poke as often as you can and avoid her W, you should win this match up if you follow the above.
As long as he doesn't hit a double bomb on you, you'll be fine during laning, the problem occurs when he hits 6. Since he denies your ult with hit ult. The only thing I can suggest is perhaps getting your jungler to gank you to get his ult down, the use your ult once his ult is on cooldown.
Quite easy since your poke will always out-trade her, don't let her dash into you, and always save your E for the moment where she does attempt this.
Easy to poke, make sure you leave enough of a gap between you and him since if he's able to get a Q-E combo off onto you, you'll most likely have to blow a summoner to get out of the rest of his combo. Keep your distance from him!
Quite easy to deal with. When he E's in just counter him with the Q+E combo or just E him away. He won't be able to get any damage off. Poke him throughout the whole laning phase too. When he hits 6, save your E for when he uses R since he can teleport through your E.
You out range him and can push him away with your E if he attempts to get near you. Don't use your burst combo if he decides to go in on you since his passive will deny some of it. Zone him out constantly using your Q.
Again, not hard of a match since you can actually deny her R with you E. SAVE YOUR E SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS. You don't outrange her but, try to avoid any of her abilities when she has her fear passive up. Other than that, standard laning phase with Q+R+W trades.
Champion Build Guide
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Syndra was my first ever mid lane champion that I played. I would recommend her to anyone who is looking to play a high-burst, semi-high skill cap one shot machine.
+ Long-range poke (great for laning phase)
+ Insane burst damage
+ Fantastic waveclear
+ Great AOE CC
+ Fun to learn!
- Bad positioning = very easily punished
- Skillshot reliant
- Semi-high skill cap
- Hard to carry with
Here you can find some short montages and highlights on my Youtube channel.
You can play Syndra passively or aggressively, mainly depending on what the mid/jungle synergy is. For example if you're playing against a Shyvana jungle and Cassiopeia midlane then you can pretty much play aggressive the whole time since Shyvana won't really be able to do anything pre-6. On the other hand, if you're against a Zed mid and Elise jungle, you'd want to try and poke as much as you can but not overextend since you'll most likely get caught. You should always take Flash. Syndra is extremely immobile and you'll need this as an escape route.
If you're target isn't all-inable because they counter you or they've got just as good of waveclear as you have, I'd highly recommend taking this. You can get a good push, back and quickly return to lane without getting behind on gold or xp. It's also great if you need to side lane during mid game and suddenly need to get to a teamfight. Again, this can be an alternative especially when the "aggressive" playstyle doesn't suit you in lane.
Another great option if you're really not down to play against Assassin's like LeBlanc, Zed, Talon. This will help prevent high-burst champions from 100-0'ing you instantly. It will give you a little chance to fight back and has a much lower cooldown than Heal.
Another great summoner spell to take after the above. As an immobile mid laner, you're prone to getting CC'ed a lot by junglers like Rammus, Elise and Sejuani. Even mid laners that have CC too. It also saves you from having to waste money on a Quicksilver Sash.
Domination - Primary Tree
|With any burst type of mage/assassin, Electrocute will be your bread and butter rune. With Electrocute you'll need to hit all of your pre-6 abilites in order for it to proc. At level 2 you will need to add an auto attack after hitting a successful Q + E combo for Electrocute to proc.|
|Since you're a long range mage this'll be a perfect rune to help you sustain in lane. Enemies will also struggle to trade with you if they have no gap closers, since you'll be able to out range them and heal yourself.|
|Again, you need all the power you can get early-mid game, so that you're a monster late game. Syndra is pretty decent at roaming since you can hard push waves. Try to roam as much as possible to maximize the potential of this rune.|
|Since Syndra has a point and click ult, you're going to want this ability to be off cooldown as much as possible, especially since it executes.|
Sorcery - Secondary Tree
|Personally, I like to take Transcendence on Syndra due to the fact that, if you're not running Ultimate Hunter then you'll always have some backup ability haste for your abilities.|
A common swap would be from Electrocute to First Strike. Now with the Inspiration tree, you'd then run > Magical Footwear > Minion Dematerializer > Cosmic Insight. This build is mainly on players who want to passively farm up the extra gold via. First Strike and dont want to play agressive to snowball. It is still better in my opinion to run Electrocute since burst mages/assassins snowball extremely well.
It's also quite common to run the Sorcery tree along side Inspiration. You'll benefit from Manaflow Band and Transcendence to help you a long your journey. One gives all the mana you need to continue poking throughout laning phase, and the other being an extremely OP CDR rune, which gives you incredibly low CD's on your basic abilities (after takedown) past level 11.
Dark Sphere is Syndra's main ability. Everything she uses is based around her sphere's, this will always be maxed first.
You want to max Force of Will second. Once this ability has evolved at 60 splinters you will then deal an extra 12%(2% per 100 AP) true damage which is a lot going into late game.
Unleashed Power is always maxed third. This is Syndra's bread and butter ability. Point and click massive damage. Once you get 100 splinters this ability will execute the enemy at 15% health.
Scatter the Weak will be maxed last. This is maxed later due to the fact that, it's level 1 has more than enough CC potential to carry you though till you hit the 80 splinters mark. Can also be used to initiate and defend yourself pretty well during laning phase.
Syndra Restores 20-215 (based on level 1-18) mana whenever she collects a Splinter from an enemy. She can gain Splinters via:
Damaging an enemy champion with 2 Abilities within 4 seconds grants (1/2/3 at levels 1, 11 and 18) Splinters (8s CD per target)
Leveling up grants Syndra 5 Splinters of Wrath
Killing a Cannon minion grants 1 Splinters of Wrath
At 120 Splinters Syndra gains 15% total AP.
At 40 Splinters of Wrath: Dark Sphere can store 2 charges (1.25s CD between casts).
At 60 Splinters of Wrath: Force of Will does an additional 15%(1.5% per 100 AP) true damage.
At 80 Splinters of Wrath: Scatter the Weak's cone is increased (56 deg --> 84 deg) and also slows enemies by 70% for 1.25s (applied after initial CC).
Early game Items
|As with most mages/AP mid lane champs, Doran's Ring is the standard starting item as it gives AP, HP, and passive mana regen. Since you'll be trying to poke a lot, it's definitely recommended to take this over Corrupting Potion so you can get free mana back from hit the enemy champion. You will also take 2 Health Potion's to help you sustain HP in lane.|
|Core 1st back item for most AP laners. It gives AP, mana, +10% ability haste and even a mana regen passive on levelling up, all for an incredible 1300g. This will sustain you easily through the rest of your early laning phase.|
|This again is a very good item to get if you ever have a spare 150g on an early back. It refreshes every time you go back to base and it means you never have to buy Health Potion's again. I would not recommend buying this past the 12+ minute mark though. Don't be afraid to sell any leftover Health Potion's that are in your inventory just to buy this.|
Tear of the Goddess
|This gives you a nice mana boost in lane to help out with the poking and grants bonus mana when hitting enemies with abilities. I personally build this if I know the enemy team are tanky or are going to be a very high-health based comp. When eventually built and fully stacked into Seraph's Embrace it synergises extremely well with Liandry's Anguish due to it's ability haste numbers.|
|The core of all AP mid laner items. It gives massive AP, lots of mana and 20 ability haste. The passive also helps with waveclear (even though Syndra already has enough) and damage on your enemy. Using a single Dark Sphere on the ranged minions, will wipe them out 100%. You can also Dark Sphere + Force of Will to 100% clear a melee minion wave too.|
|These are the boots that you want to be buying the majority of the time as they will help with your damage output. If you need the extra flat magic penetration, pairing these with your Luden's Tempest will help with the early game damage, since FLAT magic penetration is extremely good early-mid game.|
|If you got Tear of the Goddess during laning phase you should have hit max stacks by the time you've built Archangel's Staff. Again, this item is crucial on Syndra when paired with Liandry's Anguish because you'll do a lot more damage when against a hp-based comp/tanky comp.|
|I would only recommend building this item if the enemy team is squishy and don't build early magic resist. The reason for this is Shadowflame utilises FLAT magic penetration rather than % mage penetration. Meaning, it will minus the amount from the enemy's magic resist, rather than taking a percentage of their magic resist away like Void Staff. You benefit from Shadowflame's full potential when the enemy is less than 1000 total hp, recently been affected by a shield and have no magic resist. Bare all these factors in mind when wanting to purchase this item.|
|This will be either your 3rd or 4th item. It is the strongest mid-late game item on mages. If enemies have lots of MR, you will need a Void Staff before buying Rabadon's Deathcap.|
|As defensive as it gets to be honest. It doesn't have to just be built because the enemy team is full AD but it can really save your life too with only a 2 minute cooldown. It can negate things like Karthus's Requiem, Veigar's Primordial Burst and Fizz's Chum the Waters. I don't recommend building this early at all. If you are really struggling in lane against an AD mid laner like Zed, Talon etc. I would build Seeker's Armguard just to help you against their damage. Don't bother completing Zhonya's Hourglass until 2nd since you'll ruin your early powerspike. I would still say that purchasing this item even towards late game is still worth - it could save your life.|
|So this item negates healing to put it bluntly. Syndra is a burst mage. If the enemy team have 5 champions that all have some sort of healing, buy Oblivion Orb 2nd. Otherwise DO NOT buy this item. Champs for example would be, Soraka , Aatrox , Swain. Finish Morellonomicon last though if you do end up buying Oblivion Orb early.|
|This is a great item if you're afraid of being bursted down yourself i.e Fizz, Akali, LeBlanc or even Katarina. Banshee's Veil is well-known for it's spellshield passive which blocks a single ability which could potentially save your life if your opponent wasn't able to get their full combo off on you. It works great against CC champs like Sejuani, Elise, Zac, heck even Blitzcrank as it can stop one major ability which CC you to death. It also provides a nice 45 MR and 10 ability haste.|
|This is situational and would only purchase this item if, the enemy team were stacking hp and tankiness. This item is specifically only helpful if 3+ members of the enemy team are stacking health. A comp like, Kled, Zac, Ryze, Varus and Braum would probably be a time I'd purchase.|
Rylai's Crystal Scepter
|Another extremely situational item. Would only build if you really needed kiting potential. For instance if the enemy composition consisted of a Jayce, Nidalee, Cassiopeia, Lucian and Leona which is quite a heavy initiating comp, Rylai's Crystal Scepter would help kite these champs out.|
If you're against a good matchup, you should aim to constantly zone the enemy from farming. You have extremely long range, a low cooldown/mana Dark Sphere and you need to be stacking your passive Transcendent as fast as you can for big powerspikes.
Going in for quick trades like I mentioned in the combo video above ( Dark Sphere + Scatter the Weak ) and not taking damage in return will benefit you extremely in the long run, since Syndra has got her stacking passive Transcendent, which gives you a splinter every time you hit 2 abilities on an enemy champ. Make sure you wait for it to come off cooldown before your next initiation.
Your early game powerspikes with Syndra are: -
Your first 40 stacks of Transcendent by level 7 (8 definitely) if you've been doing decent in lane. This'll be your first powerspike, which gaurantees an easy all in if you hit all your abilities
Luden's Tempest or Liandry's Anguish will be your next spike around about the 10-13 minute mark. At this point you can FAST CLEAR waves. Q + W the melee wave, push the sphere back with your E to make it hit the range creeps and then finish them off with another quick Q.
Around the 12-15 minute mark you will most like hit your next powerspike being your evolved W from Transcendent.
Don't get too cocky since Scatter the Weak is your engage tool AND disengage tool. ALWAYS REMEMBER TO BUY A Control Ward WHEN YOU BACK. THIS IS EXTRA IMPORTANT AS AN IMMOBILE MAGE. Engage when you know there is no jungle nearby, and save it if you have not got a ward down and you are not sure where their jungler is.
If you're against a bad matchup i.e Fizz, Yasuo or even Ekko try to avoid pushing your lane into their turret. Reason being is, Fizz and Ekko for example have gap closers and can easily dodge your Scatter the Weak which again is your ONLY disengage tool. If this is on cooldown, you'd have to burn a Flash which isn't good since it can leave you prone to ganks. Your goal against these types of champions is to survive and then excel towards the mid/late game.
If you somehow do manage to get a kill, use this to your advantage by pushing with Dark Sphere's and Force of Will quickly, then roam. Remember, towards the late game, you outperform the majority of assassin's so play carefully.
You want to concentrate on getting vision when possible. That means, pushing waves as soon as possible so you can get some deep wards in the enemy jungle (whilst being with your jungler of course). Getting objective's like dragons and turret's are extremely important and again, zoning with your Scatter the Weak is extremely beneficial when doing these.
Your mid-late game powerspikes with Syndra are:-
Your evolved E from trascendent should be around the 16-18 minute mark. This will now apply a slow after a successful hit, this should help with the Unleashed Power + Scatter the Weak combo in teamfights.
Around the 20 minute mark you should have your next Transcendent upgrade, which will be your most broken one, Unleashed Power. You now have an execute on this ability when the target hits 15% total hp or less whilst the balls are hitting their face.
Your next powerspike will be getting your 3rd item, Rabadon's Deathcap or Void Staff around the level 16 mark. Huge damage boost!
Your last major powerspike should be by the 25 minute mark. You gain an extra 15% AP
from 120 stacks of Transcendent.
Once you have hit one of the powerspikes above, use it to your advantage. Play aggressive, force objectives once you and your team have killed someone, and get vision wherever possible.
Late game teamfights are not the best for Syndra but they're not too bad either. Utilising your Dark Sphere + Unleashed Power + Scatter the Weak combo in a teamfight is a great way to stun multiple enemies and have your team mates finish them off. You can still try to one shot a carry with a full combo or, even down them to low health, which will then force them back to base and you'll be able to force objectives as a 5v4. Again, your main tool is Scatter the Weak so use it with caution. If you think someone will get onto one of your carries, use it to disengage. If you think you've got a good initiation comp, use it aggressively.
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22/05/2020 - Changed some errors within the guide that people have pointed out for me. Thanks guys :)
09/10/2020 - Added Yone to the match ups with detailed description. Updated Oblivion Orb details on when to buy. PLEASE CHECK THIS. Same with Morellonomicon Will be doing a full updated for when the new items come out :)
16/03/2021 - Full update to everything. I've revisited everything and taken everything which I've learnt in game and put it into this guide. I believe strongly that the core build on this guide is the best build for Syndra right now.
23/11/2021 - Update for the new season. Including the new item Shadowflame. Included new match up's Vex and Akshan.
02/09/2022 - Got a lot of questions regarding whether to build Seraph's Embrace or Shadowflame as 2nd item. This is situational since Shadowflame is flat magic penetration. Check out the latest info I've added in the item description for these 2 items. This should help you decide what you need to build when in game :D
05/10/2022 - I have changed a lot in the guide since Syndra received her mini-rework today. Changes include, her runes, her ability rundown, what items you should buy (mainly her 2nd item, since a lot of people have been asking whether it should be Shadowflame or Seraph's Embrace, how to play her laning phase differently cause of her new passive and overall grammer clean up. I will be updating this guide even more over the next couple of weeks ready for preseason. Enjoy, go spam this broken mage!
21/11/2022 - Added some more builds in transparency to the new preseason meta. Check out the Liandry's Anguish and Seraph's Embrace build. Added more builds for when you're against certain match ups. Added the First Strike rune page for late game players. New way to play Syndra in both the early game chapter and mid-late game chapter. She's still really OP to play guys, trust!
07/12/2022 - Changing some of Syndras numbers since she got nerfed in 12.23 :(
Everything in this guide is still good for her now though!