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Build Guide by Considereth

Sion: The Critical Strike Zombie

By Considereth | Updated on January 29, 2011

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To where? I should know. I can't remember. It all bleeds together. Does it matter? Noxus conquers. The rest? Trivial. So long... since I've tasted victory. The war wagon rocks. Rattles. A cramped cage. Pointless ceremony. The waiting. Maddening. Faster, dogs! There. Banners. Demacians and their walls. Cowards. Their gates will shatter. Thoughts of the massacre come easily. Who gave the order to halt? The underlings don't answer. No familiar faces. If I do not remember, neither will history. The cage is opened. Finally! No more waiting. WE CHARGE! Slings and arrows? The weapons of children! Their walls will not save them! I can taste their fear. They shrink at every blow as their barricades splinter. SOON! Noxian drums. Demacian screams. Glory isn't accolades; glory is hot blood on your hands! This is life! A thousand shattered corpses lie at my feet, and Demacian homes burn all around me. It's over too quickly! Just one more... The men stare. There's fear in their eyes. If they're afraid to look upon victory, I should pluck those craven eyes out. There is no fear in the Grand General's eyes, only approval. He is pleased with this conquest. Walking the field with the Grand General, surveying the carnage, I ache for another foe. He is hobbled, a leg wound from the battle? If it pains him, he does not show it. A true Noxian. I do not like BeatriceSquare.png his pet, though; it picks over the dead, having earned nothing. His war hounds were more fitting company. Demacia will be within our grasp soon. I can feel it. I am ready to march. The Grand General insists that I rest. How can I rest when my enemies still live? Why do we mill about? The waiting eats at me. I'm left to my own devices. The bird watches. It's unsettling. Were it anyone else's, I would crush it. Fatigue sets in. I've never felt so... tired. Boram? Is that you? What are you whispering? Where am I? Captured? Kenneled like some dog. How? There was... the battle, the razing of the fortress, the quiet of the aftermath. Were we ambushed? I can't remember. I was wounded. I can feel the ragged gash... but no pain. They thought me dead. Now, I am their prize. Fate is laughing. I will not be caged! They will regret sparing me. Demacian worms! They parrot kind words, but they are ruthless all the same. This place is a dank pit. They bring no food. There is no torture. They do not make a show of me. I am left to rot. I remember my finest hour. I held a king by his throat and felt the final beat of his heart through my tightening grasp. I don't remember letting go. Is this your vengeance, Jarvan? I hear the triumphal march. Boots on stone. Faint, through the dungeon walls. The cadence of Noxian drums. I shall be free. Demacian blood will run in the streets! No one came. I heard no struggle. No retreat. Did I imagine it? There is no aching in this stump. I barely noticed the iron boot. It's caked in rust. When did I lose my leg? I still smell the blood. Battle. It brings comfort. The hunger gnaws. I have not slept. Time crawls. So tired. How long? So dark. This pit. I remember. Grand General. His whispering. What was it? Not who I think. Fading. Mustn't forget. Message. Cut. Remember. SION – Beware ravens. FREE ME! BLOOD." 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Spells:

LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

LoL Summoner Spell: Exhaust

Exhaust

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Sion: The Undead Champion

Sion: The Axe Wielding Zombie



Sion is possibly one of the most diverse champion in league of legends, being able to fit into two of the most important roles in the game, namely ap caster and atk damage carry. He is extremely tanky even when not built as such due to death caress shield and farming with enrage, plus his passive. He has an excellent stun as well and his ult is extremely useful in team fights and when pushing turrets. Without further ado, Critical Strike Sion.


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Runes:

Greater Mark of Desolation Greater Quintessence of Desolation

Armor Penetration Mark are the only marks you should have on Sion, period.

Dodge Seals because you take 6% less damage, arguably the best seals for any dps champion.

Cooldown Reduction Glyphs are very nice on Sion, being able to spam his shield and stun is the different between kills and deaths in many cases.

Armor Pen Quintessences
because we are not building Armor Pen items and need as much as possible in order for those critical strikes to get through armor.
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Summoners Spells:

gives Sion a escape mechanism.

is good on Sion as well, allows him to chase and get away better.

helps to escape, chase, and CC.

is worth mentioning, great for finishing people off.
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Masteries and Skill Sequences:

21 in offense, most noticeably picking up improved exhaust, armor pen, and critical strike/chance. The rest into Defense in order to improve his dodge to stack with his runes.

As for skill sequences, you will want to max out enrage first along with using his stun to put you in range for kills and shield for protection.
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How to play DPS Sion:

Always have Enrage on, always. You want to always be last hitting in order to abuse Enrage to gain the extra life. During the laning phase, you can solo pretty well. However, you are best when paired with another person who has Crowd Control. You have the ability to dominate a lane early game, so take advantage of this. Mark the target you wish to stun with Cryptic Gaze in order to let the team know who to focus. Use death's caress, your shield. The shield is for defensive purposes only, as you are not building ap. Anyways, use your shield and stun the target. Get up close, exhaust, use your ultimate which is Cannibalism and start whacking them down with your axe. Watch for your moves to come back up, as Sion has a very quick cooldown on stun especially with proper runes. In team fights, you want to always be attacking someone in order to gain the life steal from Cannibalism and heal your team. You want to stun their carry and take them down. You are an anti-carry that can take a beating in order to get the job done. You should be right behind your tank when going into battle. When played correctly, late game Sion is a beast who is extremely hard to take down and deals a **** ton of damage fitting into his true role as an offtank.
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Items:

Core


Grab and a and head into your lane. Focus on last hitting in order to power up enrage. As soon as you have enough, buy . Next, grab your boots which should be as Sion biggest weakest is CC. If they have little to none CC, pick up . The whole theme of this build is to get Sion a high critical chance while being extremely tanking in order to take advantage of his ultimate and be nearly impossible to kill with the correct team support. As noted in the core section, you should complete those first 3 items on sion first as they are the most important in order to get him going. Purchase a to later build into and then you want to build Zeal into . Congrats, you just finished all the damage you will need in order to bring down the pain. Now time to build some survivability and take your place as an offtank.

Ok, so now you need to make a decision. Does the enemy team have a lot of CC and/or Ap casters are shutting you down that you cannot seem to stay alive? , it will mend the problem along with providing health and mana. If that isn't the problem, perhaps you are getting ripped apart by melee/ranged dps? Build , it will allow you to debuff their atk speed and slow them so that you to chase/get away better. If you are doing extremely well, go ahead and pick up .

After solving the survivability problem you want to pick up . Atma's Impaler is extremely good on Sion, I mean extremely good. Sion has a huge hit points pool thanks to enrage if you farm properly along with the items I have suggested. With this, you will be ripping the enemy team a new *******.

The result of this item sequence is: large and often critical strikes coupled with his ultimate results in nice healing for the team along with excellent survivability, Enjoy!
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