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Basic Syndra Guide

All about runes, items, combos and strategies




Quick Guide



Quick Syndra AP Mid Build


Summoner Spells


Starting Items

Best Overall Build

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Guide up-to-date for patch 13.1


Runes

  • Electrocute
  • First Strike
  • Phase Rush


Explanation to every rune page.

  • • Take
    Electrocute
    into long range, take ingenious hunter for lower cooldown on
    Seraph's Embrace
    's shield and
    Luden's Tempest
    's damage.
    • • Take
      First Strike
      into immobile melee or short range.
      • • Take
        Phase Rush
        into
        Irelia
        ,
        Yasuo
        or other champions that you need to space well.
  • 

Summoner spells

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Heal
's movement lets you run away but heal efficiency is lower because of possible Grievious Wounds that can be applied by
Ignite
or
Death Lotus
.
Barrier
is better if you just want to block chunk of damage.




Skill level-uping path

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Maxing

Dark Sphere
is necessary since it's main source of damage. Next you max
Force of Will
since
Scatter the Weak
does not deal a lot of damage and
Transcendent
upgrades your W as second so % multiplier work better with maxed ability.




Itemization

  • Items

About itemization

If you start with

Tear of the Goddess
you may upgrade it to
Seraph's Embrace
which gives a lot of AP and very good passive (shield may save your life sometimes)

Cosmic Drive
is good if you'll need to spam abilities and space yourself in fights.

Mercury's Treads
are good when you play vs lots of easily hit CCs.

Farsight Alteration
makes you don't have to face check bushes.

Try to don't overstack magic penetration when enemy don't build any

Magic Resist
items.
Shadowflame
works better with
Force of Will
when enemy is low on
Magic Resist
.




Combos




Matchups

Spreadsheet

Click here for all matchups guide

Spreadsheet may be out-dated into some matchups

What Syndra counters

  • Ahri
    is lane-countered by
    Syndra
    because of easier way to hit CC.
  • Akshan
    is countered if you play respectfully, keep
    Scatter the Weak
    to stun and kill him when he uses
    Heroic Swing
    or runs toward you.
  • Talon
    always jumps towards you so if you keep
    Scatter the Weak
    to stun him when he jumps or appears from
    Shadow Assault
    you should easily kill him.
  • Veigar
    is lane-countered, stun and damage him when he's using
    Baleful Strike
    .
  • Taliyah
    is easy to hit with
    Scatter the Weak
    when she uses
    Threaded Volley
    .
  • What counters Syndra

    • Ekko
      is almost unkillable after 6th level, try to poke and kill him early to secure gold and XP advantage.
    • Fizz
      is really hard to play, you should play with
      Electrocute
      and go for long trades before his 6th level, if he's ahead buy
      Zhonya's Hourglass
      and play near turret.
    • Lux
      has bigger range than
      Syndra
      . You should don't stay in wave so Lux can't poke you and clear wave at once.
    • Xerath
      with his really big range is really hard to kill, you should stay away from wave and try to stun him when he channels
      Arcanopulse
      .
    • Diana
      can dash once more after being stunned by
      Scatter the Weak
      you should poke her with
      Dark Sphere
      and keep distance when you don't have
      Scatter the Weak
      .
    • Kassadin
      is weak only before 6th level. Keep poking
      Kassadin
      and don't let him farm. After his level 6 keep
      Scatter the Weak
      .
    • Tricky matchups

      • Katarina
        should be poken down before 6 and you should keep
        Scatter the Weak
        for her
        Death Lotus
        .
        Nullifying Orb
        may help you survive her combo.
      • Always buy
        Zhonya's Hourglass
        when you play against
        Zed
        and poke him on first and second level.
      • Buy
        Oblivion Orb
        when you play against
        Sylas
        .
      • Wait with
        Scatter the Weak
        or
        Unleashed Power
        for
        Yasuo
        's
        Wind Wall
        when you play against him.
      • Keep distance from
        LeBlanc
        when
        Scatter the Weak
        is on cooldown and try to dodge her
        Ethereal Chains
        .

      


      General informations

      Tips

      • Use
        Scatter the Weak
        when enemy champion is attacking minion because he is locked in attack animation.
      • Force of Will
        is hard to hit so you should use it after you hit
        Scatter the Weak
        .
      • You can take jungle monters with you by
        Force of Will
        . There is strategy with stealing away enemy buff on level 1.
      • Don't push without knowing enemy jungler's position because
        Scatter the Weak
        may not be enough to keep you safe.
            • Syndra is bad sidelaner. Don't splitpush withotu a vision. Generally just don't stay on sidelane alone.

        

        Synergies



Syndra
is good with
Bel'Veth
,
Olaf
,
Rek'Sai
,
Lee Sin
,
Vi
and
Volibear
on jungle or with
Yuumi
on support. She is also good at protecting long range carries like
Jinx
or
Kog'Maw
.



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