Pantheon, The tank annihilator
Welcome, my name is Awawoo and I have been playing League of Legends since season five. (7 years) This guide will mainly focus on an underrated Mid/Top Pantheon guide that works in almost every matchups/team composition.
This guide will be seperated in 5 parts
- The general idea behind the guide
- This is Pantheon
- Strategies in Early/Mid/Late game
The idea behind this build is to make Pantheon a tank destroyer. The guide idea turns around Blade of the Ruined King and his passive armor penetration included in kit. The goal is to shred the tanks (and other living champions) with his empowered Shield Vault (W)
Pantheon, or from his real name Atreus, is from Mount Targon and is a really strong, endurant warrior who is the host of The Aspect Of War, The Pantheon. From that, you can guess that Pantheon is a strong mele fighter who beats his ennemies with his spear and shield.
Pantheon is known to be dealing a big amount of physical damage on a single target without risking much. His high attack damage scaling on his abilities makes him deal an absurd amount of damage for each item built.
If you do not wanna read every single word of Pantheon's abilities, I highligted the important stuff.
As you may have seen, I highlighted, in red, some parts of his abilities. Those are the parts that makes Pantheon the tank shredder. His 10-30% armor penetration included in his kit helps him a lot but the main source of damage is his Shield Vault (W). After building Blade Of The Ruined King, when Pantheon strike his targets, it will deal an absurd amount of damage since every strike apply the items passive (12% current health phy. damage). We will go through this more deeply into the Itemization section.
Those are the orders in wich you have to max out your abilities depending on your preferences. If you invade, start with your Shield Vault (W) to have a better engage and crowd control.
Maxing (Q) first is always the best thing to do since it is versatile and deals a lot of damage in laning phase. Maxing his (W) second makes you deal the best amount of damage as possible and helps you with good trading. Maxing his (E) second let's you have more survivability and let's you cast it more often in fights.
Those are the four items that are important on Pantheon. I will take more time to explain them more deeply since they are REALLY important.
- The 4 items
After building these few item's, you don't really need more damage so you will often build bruiser items or tank items. Here are some build examples:
Pantheon's runes are very versatile but there is one rune that outranks the others in my opinion. This rune is: Press The Attack.
Those are the main runes set to use in 95% of the games. Adjust if needed against or with certain team compositions.
- Main Rune Page
- Against 3-4 tanks
- Against poke laner
Pantheon has a really good laning phase because of his high early damage and his (E) to stop incoming damage. You basically want to be agressive against mele champions when they wanna get farms. Against long range champions like Xerath, Vel'Koz or Ziggs, you mostly wanna get your minion wave close to your turret, farm and wait for ganks. If they make mistakes like fighting you to close range or miss spells, you can play more agressive and gets some damage on them.
Here are some popular good and bad matchups to know:
- GOOD MATCHUPS
- BAD MATCHUPS
The rest of the mid laners depends on the ennemy skills with the champions. Learn how to play against bad and good Yasuo's for example a good one will know what to do when a bad one will try to engage you level 3.
In the mid game, you want to use your ultimate to get pressure on the map and objectives. With it, you can roam fast and get into team fights rapidely.
Here is an example of what you should do when there a fight to get drake.
You should basically push the wave to get the priority and use you're ultimate fast to get in the fight as fast as possible. If a laner is opposing you, you're ultimate will get you there first unless it is Twisted Fate.
If you do not have you're ultimate, do the same but run to help you're team as fast as possible. If the fight seems like it will never work out and you're team is fighting for no reason, stay in the side lanes and push turrets safely.
The late game is basically the same. Pressure the other lanes and roam when you're team needs you but if you do not have you're ultimate, stay with you're team when a fight comes up.
In a teamfight, you want to focus on making the ennemy carry a bad time. By that i mean focusing on killing him. If you're carry is you're only chance. Peel him from the tanks and assasin's.
If there is some changes in the current meta. Go look at stats sites and get to know the new stuff.
And the most important part of this guide, Have Fun!
I am a pantheon main :)