Sion Build Guide by Twiggymocha
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+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
Threats & Synergies
He is extremely easy to lane vs because you just hold in q every time he goes for a minion. He is also very easy to poke.When he slows you, you slow him back.
Gangplank is a major pain to play versus. He has his orange that allows him to remove your ult and q stun. He can also harass you from a distance with his q. I would recommend maxing out e vs gangplank.
As long as you play smart he will not be able to kill you and you can zone him with your kit. He has the ability to spin out of your q which could be annoying so pay attention if it is down and take advantage of it.
You can easily outpoke trundle with your e and w. The main reason he is seen as a counter to sion is due to his pillar. Trundle's pillar counters sion q, because he can cancel it. It is also a hard counter to sion's ultimate, since it can stop him right in his tracks.
He is beatable, but he is a tough matchup, his q cancels your q and he easily harasses you with his e. I always rush merc treads when I am vs Cho Gath.
Ornn is a champ you do not commonly encounter on the rift anymore due to multiple nerfs. When you are vs him just make sure he does not stop your q with his abilities and you will be good. Engaging when his w is down will be optimal.
She can easily get out of your q and then continues to get her combo on you. I recommend playing safe-ish and maxing e.
To new sion players she will be hard to face, but after a few games you will be able to play vs her with not too many problems. Just follow the normal rules when playing vs illaoi, stay behind minions and do not stick around when she uses her ultimate.
Xin and yasuo are both very mobile champs and hard to hit. They also have a knock up to cancel your q with, play passively and max e vs them.
Probably your hardest match up, does a lot of damage and his e is just long enough to cancel your q and do his combo. Play safe vs him and survive laning phase.
Early game vs garen is difficult but if you max your w you will be fine. You are also a lot more useful in team fights.
Yasuo and Sion had a great synergy due to sion's massive aoe knock up and his ult doing the same thing. This allows yasuo to follow with his ult.
Again they have a great synergy due to their ultimates. If you manage to knock them up as a group brand can follow with his ult and w securing multiple kills and winning the team fight.
Kai'sa and sion match up very well since every hard cc sion is able to get off will give kai'sa a stack on the enemy. When you engage in a team fight you can get up to 10 stacks for kai'sa, meaning she only has to add 3 auto's per enemy to prock her passive damage.
One of the strongest laners vs squishies like teemo and ryze. He is basically unkillable and when he finally dies the fight still continues in his passive. He also has a ton of cc with his q being a stun or slow depending on how long you could hold it, his e being a slow and his ult being a stun.
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 lvl6 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
Mid Game : 1. Try to get first tower, you are very strong early and can dominate your
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.
Arcane Comet - With your q that stuns or atleast slows and e that slows Arcane Comet almost has a 100% chance of hitting, dealing a ton of extra damage.
Manaflow Band - Sion's early game is very mana hungry so with manaflow you will have much more sustain.
Celerity - It is a great combo with your ultimate since you increase your movement speed and therefore your damage.
Scorch Since sion has such a strong early game I prefer scorch because it offers a decent amount of early game damage.
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.
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.
Glacial Shield - An excellent starter item for Sion because you can spam your abilities and gain armor.
Bami's Cinder- 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.
Control Ward- Because vision is important.
This will be your core items
Sunfire Cape - It gives you sustain pushing power and aoe damage.
Frozen Heart- It gives 100 armor which is pretty decent and also mana for long fights. The attacks speed slow is also useful in team fights.
Boots - Depends on the match up but you will but merc treads or ninja tabi's most of the time, depending on the match up.
Warmog's Armor - gives a ton of hp and is perfect for short burst fights.
Adaptive Helm- very strong item vs cassiopia and teemo because it reduces dps mage damage, or all other abilities for that matter that has a low cooldown.
Spirit Visage - A good tank item vs mages, even better if you have a heal bot support like Soraka.
I suggest you get things like thornmail if you are vs lifesteal or attack speed adc's like vayne. Gargoyle Stoneplate is an amazing tank item because you can frontline longer and win the start of a team fight. Randuins omen is an useful item vs kiting and attack speed adc's. zz Rot is not something I build often but is good if you need to split push. 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.
His Q Decimating Smash - Sion's q 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.
His W Soul Furnace - Sion's w 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.
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.
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