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[Top] Tank Sion Guide Patch 10.15

By Twiggymocha | Updated on July 31, 2020
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Runes:

Sorcery
Arcane Comet
Manaflow Band
Celerity
Scorch

Resolve
Demolish
Conditioning
Bonus:

+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor

Spells:

LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

LoL Summoner Spell: Teleport

Teleport

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Threats & Synergies

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Sion



Why pick Sion?



Sion has a lot going for him. His kit gives him cc, damage and sustain. You can place Sion into any match-up and he will be fine.He is basically unkillable and when he finally dies the fight still continues in his passive. He also has a ton of cc.

What makes him viable in lane?



Sion has the ability to not only survive in lane but often dominate it. His kit offers him sustain with his w, poke with his e and all in potential with his q. All this also gives him the ability to set up ganks for his jungler.

What does he bring to the team?



Sion has a very strong engage with his ultimate, allowing him to set up team fights. He also has the option to poke pre-fight which is great for teams who need to soften up the enemy before they are ready to all in. Sion's decimating smash also allows him to disengage fights and peel for his carries. He also has a shield he can use for sustain while taking harass from the enemies pre-fight.
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Roles During Different Stages In The Game


Early Game :
1.Harass the enemy laner as much as you can, you are a very
strong laner,ALWAYS take Corrupting Potion as your first item. It gives
mana,hp and damage.
2.When you hit level 6 try to force a fight, you gain a massive power spike with
your R since you get to use your combo for free.
3.A very effective item for your first back is glacial shroud, it gives mana
and armor


Mid Game :
1. Try to get first tower, you are very strong early and can dominate your
enemy laner.
2. If getting first tower is not possible, try to get an objective
like dragon,herald or roam bot and get the tower there.
3. When you try to roam, use your ultimate the other lanes never see it
coming since they expect you to go top



Late Game :
1. You have a very strong engage, so if you see an opportunity, take it.
2. You have a lot of cc so try to defend and peel for your carries.
3. Use W as much as you can, since it does percent damage.
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Runes


Recommended runes



Sorcery



Arcane Comet - With your q that stuns or at least slows and e that slows Arcane Comet almost has a 100% chance of hitting, dealing a ton of extra damage. This rune is also ideal since you can dish out a ton of damage and harass your opponent out of lane, giving you an opportunity to pick up some sweet tower plating gold.

Manaflow Band - Sion's early game is very mana hungry so with manaflow you will have much more sustain. This allows you to stay in lane much longer than your opponent giving you a lead you can use either to press advantage top or roam while your opponent is catching up.

Celerity - It is a great combo with your ultimate and also allows you to roam often without giving up too much in your own lane, resulting in stronger teammates and easier snowballing.

Scorch Since sion has such a strong early game I prefer scorch because it offers a decent amount of early game damage. This will help you to secure an early advantage so you can snowball and carry your team mid to late game.


Resolve



Shield Bash / Demolish - I recommend Demolish in most scenarios but in some match ups like vs Garen , Shield Bash will work well.

Conditioning - I feel sion has a really strong team fight kit with all of his cc so taking Conditioning allows you to tank and stay in the frontline longer. This will let you deal more cc to enemy carries, peel longer for your carries and overall improve your team fights. Although this rune is not beneficial to your early game, so if you are very dependent on that or are still new maybe consider something else.


Runes vs Melee Matchups



Resolve



Grasp of the Undying - This rune is great if you are vs other melee champions and tanks. It gives you some sustain and also allows you to scale well into the late game.

Demolish - This is one of my favorite runes on Sion, it gives him the opportunity to gain a large gold advantage vs enemy laners once they were harassed out of the lane. This rune is also great if you roam to another lane such as bot lane, if you get a kill you could even pick up tower and roam to the closest neutral objective such as drake.

Conditioning - I feel sion has a really strong team fight kit with all of his cc so taking Conditioning allows you to tank and stay in the frontline longer. This will let you deal more cc to enemy carries, peel longer for your carries and overall improve your team fights.

Overgrowth = This rune is a great option for scaling into the late game. You do not only gain hp from your w Soul Furnace but also gain hp with this rune. Giving you a ton of hp for team fights and surviving even longer, making you a massive tank.



Sorcery



Manaflow Band - Sion's early game is very mana hungry so with manaflow you will have much more sustain. This allows you to stay in lane much longer than your opponent giving you a lead you can use either to press advantage top or roam while your opponent is catching up.

Scorch Since sion has such a strong early game I prefer scorch because it offers a decent amount of early game damage. This will help you to secure an early advantage so you can snowball and carry your team mid to late game.

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Items

Starter Items

I always buy corrupting potion on sion because it allows you to spam abilities do extra damage and heal, giving you more than enough sustain.

First Back

An excellent first back item for Sion because you can spam your abilities and gain armor. All this for the low, low price of 900 gold.
This is an insane item vs champ's like darius and fiora because it gives hp and damages the enemy with magic damage in long duels. But do not buy during laning phase if you are under tower a lot because it will trigger agro. This item is also great in team fights and skirmishes since it damages groups of enemies at a time.
Because vision is important. No seriously knowing where the enemy jungler is or when your laner is roaming could be the difference between life and death, and then again life and death with your passive.

MID GAME

Once you reach mid game you would preferably have or be close to having your core items.


It gives you sustain pushing power and aoe damage.
It gives 100 armor which is pretty decent and also mana for long fights. The attack speed slow is also useful in team fights.
Depends on the match up but you will buy Mercury's Treads or Ninja Tabi's most of the time, depending on the match up. When the enemy team is majority ad you go for ninja tabi but if the enemy team is majority ap or has too much cc you go with merc treads.
Gives a ton of hp and is perfect for short burst fights. This item is ideal for fights where you go in, leave and re-engage since it gives you a high amount of hp regen once you are above a certain amount of hp, which you will often reach with your w Soul Furnace passive and your runes.
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Obviously if you are going vs an ap heavy team both would be great, but in the scenarios where there is one maybe 2 ap champs I divided these two up and said in which scenario each would work best

Very strong item vs dps mage damage. This item would be perfect vs champions like teemo, ryze and cassiopia who repeatedly use the same abilities that are on a low cd.
A good tank item vs mages, even better if you have a heal bot support like Soraka, the reason for this is that this item increases your healing received, so heal bots are more effective at keeping you alive and in the frontlines.

END GAME

At this stage in the game you definitely want your core items completely done and are looking at getting your last few items, which are usually determined by your enemies or teammates.

I suggest you get things like Thornmail if you are vs lifesteal or attack speed adc's like vayne, since this reduces healing and also makes them damage themselves while attacking you. Gargoyle Stoneplate is an amazing tank item because you can frontline longer and win the start of a team fight, this is due to its passive that gives you increases resistance if there are multiple enemies close by. Randuin's Omen is an useful item vs kiting and attack speed adc's, I also like to build this item vs champions like tryndamere since it reduces critical damage. I suggest you get Frozen Mallet if your team needs more damage or you tend to die first in team fights because you can slow the enemy and do more damage in your passive form. Although this item is low on my priority list when I play Sion.
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Abilities

Sion's passive rises him from the dead and gives him a short time to kill his killer or someone else with melee attacks that do a lot more damage and gives lifesteal so he can fight longer, this makes him very strong against melee laners and in team fights if he dies in the middle of the enemy team. If the enemy is out of reach you can at least push in the wave so that you lose less farm while walking back to lane



Sion's q Decimating Smash is a certain area where if the enemy is caught in it they are slowed or if he can charge it up for long enough it will stun all enemies in the area. It also deals a ton of damage especially early game, that is why I almost always recommend taking his q first.



Sion's w Soul Furnace offers him a shield. if the shield is not damaged through within a certain time period it explodes and damages all enemies in a certain area. I recommend you to take as much damage as you can before exploding it so you can maximize your use from the shield.



His E Roar of the Slayer - His E is your ultimate weapon against squishie enemy laners since it offers you range and the ability to poke them without getting into range. If you play a good riven or yasuo for example who you can not get in your q max e first.



His R Unstoppable Onslaught- His R has a fairly long cooldown at first, so use it sparingly. But it gives him a MASSIVE power spike. If you are getting ganked ult out. If you think you can outplay it ult in. His ult does more damage the further you go, so if you return to lane and the enemy is under your tower use your ult it will clear the minions and stun him automatically making him take tower damage.
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His combo

At the start of the game just take q, they never expect the damage. After I would recommend e, unless you are really getting destroyed then take w.Then 3rd obviously the remaining one.

His combo is e,w and then q. After you e he is slowed so press w so that damage starts charging up and so you do not take too much damage from minions. Then q so he is stationary for your w damage to hit. If you have your ult just engage with that then repeat the combo.
Also try to get as many auto's in as you can.
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Tips in general

Use the bush, especially if your q is maxed. This works well at the beginning of the game, when you are getting ganked and when the enemy took you to low health and you are running away. I have turned around many fights after doing this.

Here is an example of how to start the game and use the above mentioned strategy
If they are backing try to use your e to cancel their back, they will often back again, sometimes the same spot, making them an easy kill if your e got them low enough.

If you are getting tower dived use your e to slow them and then try to last as long as you can without your w so they take too many shots and can not finish you.

This one is situational, but if your lane is very far ahead and you can afford to stay away from it a short while gank another lane with your ult, they almost never expect it.

Awesome sion outpaly vs vi and camille
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Additional information

Thanks for viewing my guide!

Any comments or advice is appreciated. A like is also always appreciated. I have also made 2 additional guides one for Nasus and one for Draven. But neither is as good as this guide simply because I am a lot more passionate about Sion.
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Introduction

About Me

Hi I am Twiggymocha and I have around 600k mastery points on Sion and would like to share my take on how to play tank Sion top.

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