Gwens Sewing Servies
Toplane Seamstress Of The Rift [AP & Hybrid Tank] [12.23]
December 14th, 2022 ⸱ 10 min read
Quick Gwen AP Top Build
Gwen is an AP heavily scaling champ that provides utility for the team to fill different roles from frontline AP damager, to tank shredder, to safe splitpusher, and so on similar positions. She is a good into melee team fighter that does struggle against a mostly ranged comp, but has no reason to be afraid of them if played in the right scenarios.
She has a pretty decently high skill ceiling that takes time to fully master, but when given the chance and taking the time to learn the ins-and-outs of her abilities, she's a force to be called overpowered and adaptable to most situations.
Always remember: Her early game isn't the strongest, so you shouldn't expect to go in and be insanely capable of a 1v1 with every champ right away, you have to scale. If you can't take the patience to wait till mid-late game to make a massive impact, Gwen may not be for you.
Pros & Cons Of Gwen
Heavily Adaptable | Late game monster | Tank Shredder | Easy Building Path
Weak Early Game | Squishy Champion | Bad Blind Pick
- Go-To Runes
- Ranged Matchups
- Quick Clips
- Full Tank Gwen
is Gwens best main rune easily without a double, ramping up her already decently impressive damage and giving it even more of a kick to power her up and giving you healing that can sway the battle since you heal off your damage you do. works best to heal and keep ranged champs closer, and just makes her a force overall but if you dont like it you can keep Conqueror. She does have mana issues so I'd always take if you go the precision page. You can transfer to if you rather have attack speed over tenacity, but since you already get alot of attack speed with the builds, Tenacity works to keep you in a fight with less risk of CC holding you back. You can swap out for as preferred.
Contrary as well, Tank Gwen is not a troll pick. I'd keep the first runepage the same except change out Unflinching for and maybe for to max out the power of tank. If you wanna go full tank, you can take the build with instead, but you lose out a bit of your damage.
and are what I mostly take for the aggressive approach, being able to have grievous on your side while also being capable of going to any part of the map just as much helps. You can substitute teleport for or as you see fit however if it is your preference to keep up with enemies but I'd always take ignite if you can.
- Q-Snip Snip!
- W-Hallowed Mist
- E-Skip 'N Slash
has her attacks deal an additional 1% (+0.8% per 100 AP) of the targets max health as on-hit magic damage, recovering 50% of the damage she's dealt to champions to her own health Gwen
You'll notice this is basically what helps her do so much damage to tanks, and what helps her Q
and E Snip Snip! scale so well along with her to keep her damage boosted up. The healing isn't as noticable anymore, but you'll always notice that this is what keeps her damage to tanks consistant. Skip 'n Slash
Passively, Gwen gains 1 stack when hitting an enemy, monster or plant with an attack. [Only applies to autos] [Max 4 stacks, lasts 6 seconds]
Actively, Gwen consumes the stacks to use
snipping 2-5 times depending on the stacks dealing 10-30 based on level (+5% AP) per snip, snipping a final time for 60-160 damage based on level (+35% AP) Magic Damage. This deals 50% damage towards minions with 20% or more health, but any with less than 20% health take 1000% damage for a basiclly execution Snip Snip!
The Center of Gwens Q deals true damage and applies her passive,
which helps her damage go off, and is her main damage dealer next to her ult. Normally, poking with her Q is most effective at 3-4 stacks with the damage, and since you just need to auto anything for a stack, it is easy to get stacked. A Thousand Cuts
Gwen Summons The
making her untargetable to all enemies [excluding towers] outside her W zone for 4 seconds or until she leaves it/recasts it once then walks out. Hallowed Mist
While in her mist, she gains 17-25 Armor/MR based on level (+7% AP)
This is her most useful tool to force enemies to either get in her face into her range, or wait it out. Since it's movable one time, it can be used to easily just get around enemy positioning and make it harder to attack you without risking becoming the target. Not to mention, this boosts her power as a tank against anyone who goes in.
Gwen dashes, making
empowering her attacks for 4 seconds and gaining 20-80% attack speed based on level (+20% AP), also giving her magic on-hit damage, 75 attack range and reduces Es CD 25%-65% based off level if hitting any enemies/monsters/structures Skip 'n Slash
This is her main gap closing/escape ability, and with such a low CD when you hit basically anything with an auto, it can be reliable in almost every situation to do as needed to fight an enemy or escape. You're overall just going to basically have a low CD possibly better version of flash.
first cast throws a single needle that deals 35-95 (+10% AP)(+1% +0.8% per AP) based on level max health magic damage, slowing by 40-60% for 1.5 seconds and applies Needlework to all enemies hit, she can then recast it up to 2 more times after 1 second. A Thousand Cuts
Second cast fires 3 needles dealing 105-285 (30% AP)(+3% +2.4% per 100 AP) max health as magic damage, with the third firing 5 needles dealing 175-475 (+50% AP)(+3% +2.4% per 100 AP) max health Magic Damage
This is the best multi-hit burst ability with her
does insane damage, and helps close the gaps she can't keep up with too well to provide her with bonus damage you'd never see coming on anyone, squishy or tank alike. Snip Snip!
- Build Path [AP]
- Buid Path [Tank Hybrid]
Item Build Explanation
Building As AP
Playing as AP, you'll always, unless they're massively mobile and you need help keeping htem still, you'll always want to build first for the bigger true damage into for stronger on-hit and it is Gwens 2 best items to build on her overall and gives her not only better scaling power, but also makes her capable of 1v1ing enemies on a better scale. is a good mythic alternative for mobile comps and provides you with decent health and AP. isn't as good as Rift but in some situations is better than Everfrost, so it's up to you if you decide to take it but it's a risk/reward playstyle making you scale later than normal.
Third Item, and what might confuse you, is but trust me, it is not a troll pick to have. It gives you more attack speed, more on-hit, and will count every third auto as 2 autos meaning your Q will stack faster and do 2 autos in 1 for more auto damage output. If you don't feel like you want to use that, you can sub it for if they have heavy lifesteal, or for armor/stasis
Fourth and Fifth final items are based off preference and enemy comp, but a good suggestion is for fourth for that movement to gap close, and last is situational between , , , , or even depending on your situation and preference. for grievous as needed if not built. If you don't need it, you can always take for more damage. The other items listed are of your preference. works to reduce attack speed champs power by slowing AS, or to slow enemies, while reducing crit and AD. For MR, is definitely useful to boost your passives healing, or you can take to reduce enemies MR while boosting your own to raise your damage indirectly
Bulding As Hybrid Tank
Contrary to how it sounds, this kind of build isn't troll. In fact with how well Gwens AP scales overall it can be prety viable if your team lacks any frontline and you feel too squishy to do it for them.
Firstly, always try to build to keep your AP up and steady so that it doesn't fall behind on you and make you lose the lane phase. Afterwards, your second item should be your mythic depending on your CS and gold income currently. If you're good on CS and not at all behind, go for that powerful tanky ability and AOE as it's making her tank power even stronger, and will provide you with insane boosted power for the entire team for you to frontline. A more supportive build item is which will increase your max health after you ult, but also in the exchange, you get 15 ability haste [ult excluded] and heal for 1% of your max health every 3 seconds and raised by 100% based on missing health. If you don't feel you want to be a more frontline tank sitting and being beefy, you can always stay beefy, but use this to give your allies support.
Third Item, unless the enemy team is fully AP or they have an AD champ that's doing nothing, always go for poke punishment and grievous. Otherwise if they're mostly AP, go or if you'd prefer not to build fourth, go third then go either of those 2 items
Fourth Item should be always unless you haven't built Thornmail/Spirit Visage yet. No substitute as building would feel pointless. Final item depends on their comp being or for more Armor and to slow enemies a bit, or you can build for more MR built as stacks and MS, or take to reduce enemy MR while giving yourself MR in the process if they have a mix of AP/Tanks. is easily now a great Armor item now and should be recommended in ANY build that you might run into involving mostly AD.
Patch 12.22 Gwen Info
Gwen in this patch is going to be insanely better with the rise of incoming on most beefy champs like Sion, Mundo, even some Sett players, etc.
You do max health damage with your passive and overall are just an insane force if they decide to build that much damage, giving you more damage, healing and even better scaling than ever.
Building on Gwen will make her tank wise alot stronger now if you follow the Tank path. She will be a force in both ways, and trust me, you won't want to mess with the Queen Of Snips when she enters the battle.
Gwen is a very versatile, multi-position filling AP champion with potential to outscale everyone when done right and very scary as a champion when you learn her properly to get the ins-and-outs of her kit to the fullest potential.
She does take time to fully master despite having a mostly straight forward kit, however if you take the time to learn her, then I give you my best and my support!
Now go cut apart your opponents in the rift future potential Gwen lovers!