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League of Legends (LoL) Question: Rumble & Kennen

Posted in Champions | Tags: Kennen Rumble 35,434

  • I want to be a Blitzball

    Rumble & Kennen

    First of all, I've been practicing Rumble lately. But, I'm whiffing 90& of my ults, even without smartcast. Any ideas on how to do better?

    Second, does anyone here still play Kennen? I always enjoyed him, even if he isn't really a meta champ anymore.
  • Answers (4)

    HiFromBuddha (82) | November 29, 2014 6:35am
    Well, there really isn't any tips on how to actually use The Equalizer better from a mechanical perspective other than you're just going to have to get used to it.

    If you mean from an in-game fighting scenario sense, then I'd say that you shouldn't be so impulsive on its usage. Don't hold it on for too long and then go through the whole fight without using it, but don't just use it because you're panicking. Look at the enemy team's positioning and think. Do you want to try and hit everyone, or are you going to split up the carries from the peelers? Good analysis of the situation at hand is key to landing good The Equalizers. "It's what separates the good Rumble players from the great."

    As for Kennen, the only people I find who play Kennen are people who are really dedicated to him. Most Kennen players I've played with always have 300+ games with him for some reason. People do play him, but he really isn't ideal, since the current top lane meta heavily favours tanks over anything, and Kennen really doesn't fulfill this. Additionally, he is a lane bully, but he honestly doesn't bully as hard or scale as well as Viktor or Azir or Nidalee. He's just a meh champion that doesn't stand out. Additionally, the RNG on his ult is at times very unreliable. The biggest issue really though, is after lane phase, he really doesn't do that much. All he can do during a fight is just ult and hope for the best. If you go in and ult, and your tea doesn;t push them off, then you're instantly dead. But like I say, if you're good with a champion, you can win with anyone, regardless of their perceived power level.
    FalseoGod (316) | December 4, 2014 7:16am
    Also, Kennen used to be pretty unique among the ranged toplaners of his era (because most of them were manaless and could disengage + poke well, not to mention he had better range and ad stats). Now, you have Gnar who does what Kennen used to do, even though he transitions into a very different style of champ midgame.
    RottedApples (57) | November 29, 2014 12:37pm
    "But like I say, if you're good with a champion, you can win with anyone, regardless of their perceived power level."
    Like Teemo!
    Teemo is the best and i will happily play him ap/ad mid/top/jungle/support/adc
    from what i hear he's a ranged, melee, tanky dps, assassin, mage, tank, support, jungler.
    FalseoGod (316) | December 4, 2014 7:27am
    The Equalizer is about sense of opportunity and an understanding of what's happening. You have to get a real idea of how much damage you'll deal and what are you should cover.

    An example are the early game fights toplane. I've see Rumble players start a long duel and cast it behind their opponent as if expecting them to try and run, whereas they committed and succeeded in killing. It's such a long ultimate, why would you not make it hit them?
    You must realize it deals ******ed amount of damage to those who stay in it. If you're getting ganged and you're sure you can't escape, you should always ult on top of one or both of them and commit, odds are you'll easily take a kill.

    Areas where your let can be of perfect usage are the jungle and both dragon and baron pits. The tight spaces really facilitate their usage, and if you touch a camp on purpose you may also drag monster aggro towards your opponent. In the jungle, it can separate initiator from carry with ease if you place it well in their midst, or even help stop a well positioned ad/ap carry from being on the other side of a wall casting their spells in safety.

    In the lane during team fight chances, due to the loss of it's initial slow and damage procs (due to nerfs), you should avoid using it to start the fight unless someone is REALLY out of position. Rather, you can use it to counter initiate or followup on better initiates. However, I advise you to always make the initial cast hit someone, a lot of people use it like some Anivia wall and waste ticks (or worse, it's just there doing nothing). Cut their tower dives, cut their followups on major AoE ults or make it burn from them to behind their tower to make it harder for them to run or attempt to make your team pay for a dive, etc.

    Practice :P
    Hopesedge (8) | March 17, 2015 5:23am
    Rumble's " The Equalizer" is best used in narrow areas (like inside the jungle) or to cut off escape routes, when I use it (with smartcast) I tend to Click R where I want it to start and just drag my mouse as far as I can in the direction I want it to go before letting go of R thus casting the ultimate. The reason why I do it this way is because I know the range of his ultimate so I know the distance it will span, knowing that you can choose where it starts you will know where it will end so dragging your mouse in the direction you want it to go as far as you can allows you to ignore calculating it's location and instead dedicate your attention to casting it as quickly as possible.

    That may sound complicated but that's just the way I see it, get used to his ultimate by taking a bot game to practise it, build CDR right away and begin to practise quick placement of his ultimate. Remember not to Hold R and position your ult for any noticeable time, when you need it just click where you want it to start and click where you want it to end, once you know it's size you will always ult correctly!

    As for Kennen he is very powerful but lacks this meta's "early game", he doesn't have much sustain relies to heavily on Zhonya's to be effective, hopefully with the introduction of Luden's Tempest he will see more frequently in competitive play.
    IcyAuron (23) | December 4, 2014 7:11am
    Kennen's very strong, I think the reasons that people stopped playing him are related to the team fighting like posted above, as well as the fact that he's really a lane assassin, which means that he either does a ton of damage or is almost completely useless. He's pretty unique, so I can see why fans stick to him, but from a broader viewpoint, there're many others than accomplish what he does with more forgiveness.
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