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Renekton Top Guide S12

Complete guide on how to play Renekton correctly in season 12







Best Overall Runes


Spells

Skill Priority

Best Overall Build




Intro

Hello summoner, my name is Renek1ng. I am a main renekton and I played league since s6. Renekton has always been one of the strongest toplaners in the meta thanks to his strong early laning phase and his versatility due to his many different playstyles. In this complete guide I am gonna show you how to master this champ, giving you every information you need to know to play correctly "The butcher of the sands" (runes, correct item path, summoner spells skill path , matchups, playstyle and more...)

Also, since I am from Italy I apologize for my bad English :-)


Runes

Starting from runes, we have only 2 choices for your keystones depending on matchups and enemy team comp.

1) CONQUEROR

"Conqueror" is usually the right way to go especially when you play a matchup where you are supposed to do longer trades in laning phase. It's also the most reliable keystone for team fighting since it gives more AD sinergizing very well with Renekton's kit and heals.

You always want to take "Triumph" and "last stand" from the Precision tree, but you can choose beetween "Legend: alacrity" or "Legend: tenacity" as your last rune depending on the number of cc in enemy team comp.



As for the secondary path you are gonna always choose Resolve, picking "Second wind" againts poke or ranged lanes (also againts champs that are able to prock your bone plating very easily like Volibear, Darius). In every other case "Bone plating" is the better choice. The last choice is going to be between "Revitalize" (if you want more sustain), "Unflinching" (if you need more tenacity) and "Demolish" ( only if u know u can stomp the lane hard early on ,taking more gold form plates).

2) PRESS THE ATTACK

"Press the attack" is very effective in all-in lanes or againts worst players (in low elo is very strong to get big advantages early), but is also the main keystone if we are going to play againts a range champ. However "Press the attack" is way less reliable then "Conqueror".

If you choose "Press the attack" you are going to choose your other runes as it is written above.

Double adaptive and armor or magic resist depending on the enemy toplaner runs out the rune pages.

  • Conqueror
  • Press the attack



Summoner Spells

Summoner spells are necessarily Flash and Teleport since they are the most complete spells for every toplaner. You can try going Ignite or Ghost if you are going for lethality Renekton with an aggressive playstyle, but it is not the strongest way to play Renekton.



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Skill Path

Maxing abilities on Renekton is also very straight forward and you have only one right choice: Q first, E second , W third , R whenever you can.

TIP: You always gonna start Q level 1, but at level 2 you can take W instead of E if you have a lot of rage stacked to cheese your opponent dealing a lot of damage especially if you have "Press the attack"..

  • Skill Path

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Item Builds

Renekton's build path depends on many factors. First you need to understand based on enemy champs and allies champ, what is your job during the game and what playstyle you need to play in order to be more useful in game.



  • BRUISER RELIABLE BUILD: it's the most used build on Renekton providing strong 1 vs 1, good teamfight potential and a decent front line. You always want to build "Goredrinker" as your first item followed by boots depending on enemy champs and "Sterak". During laning phase you can build "Executioner calling" for anti-heal or "Hexdrinker" againts heavy team comp (since the item is now viable on patch 12.4), but you still don't want to complete the items in the early stages of the game. Final items are "Death dance" and "Guardian Angel"againts heavy AD comps, "Spirit Visage" or "Force of nature" if you need MR. Lastly "Gargoyle stomplate" againts well mixed team comps (It is probably the strongest item on the game to make u tankier).



  • SPLITPUSH AD 1 VS 1 BUILD: some games you should prefer to play more as a splitpusher prioritizing side lane push in mid-late game applying pressure on the opposite side of the objective, trying to kill enemies 1 vs 1 or 1 vs 2 and taking down towers. In this cases the build path is gonna change slightly going for a more squishy build prioritizing "blade of the ruined king" over "Goredrinker". U can also go for a more aggressive build choosing "prowler's claw" as mythic instead of "Goredrinker
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    n.b. Although this build is supposed to make you play around split push, the "Hullbreaker" item doesn't work that well with Renekton since you still want to join your teammates for important objective fights.

    

  • BRUISER
  • SPLITPUSH

FIRST ITEM: always go for "Doran's shield" since it's just way better item then "Doran's blade". You can sometimes start with "Long sword" and potions if you think you have a free matchup.

STRONGEST EARLY BACKS: your strongest early buy are "Pickaze" or "Ironspike Whip", so you should try if possible to recall on 875g or 1100g since these items allow you to have a very strong power spike in terms of early damage.

Againts ranged AD champs (like Vayne, Quinn, Lucian, Gnar...) it is best to rush "Plated Steelcaps" as your first item.




Playstyle and combos

Renekton is decent in every stage of the game since new items made him a strong team fighter even in the late game. However he is mostly a lane bully and an early-dominant champ, so you need to punish every time you can in the early game especially on winning matchups. Depending on the matchup you want to go for longer trades or try to do short combos to deal a lot of damage and go out using ur powerful double dash.

The main combo is (E > AA > enanched W > AA > Q > E out), it's very important to reset ur AA during the animations of your spell to maximize your damage output. Done properly this combo is able to provide massive damage while taking back no damage, it is an "UNSTOPPABLE COMBO".

To play Renekton as its maximum power it is also very important to understand how the passive works and how to use enanched abilities properly. Usually you want to use enanched W to deal massive damage on single targets (flash into enanched W is Renekton's main weapon for teamfights), enanched Q for sustain and enanched E for armor penetration on tanks.

THE EARLY GAME

Since you usually want to play aggressive in the early game is very important to track enemy jungler (it's a good idea to push the first 3 waves into enemy turret and take vision of enemy jungler before minute 3, especially if you know he started botside).

Remember that Renekton loses most fights level 1; wait level 3 to unluck full power.

Renekton is also very strong at contesting stuff. So if you have priority in your lane you should try to call your jungler to make places on the topside of the map like : invading enemy jungler, tanking vision together, taking the herlad or asking to dive enemy toplaner.

If enemy toplaner plays very safe you should look to dive him with jungle/mid or even try to roam mid. Againts squishy toplaners you can also look to dive them alone when you reach level 6.

Another good tactic early game (works for every champion not only Renekton) if you have a very strong advantage is to take wave under t1 tower after you kill enemy toplaner and proxy farm the minion wave waiting for enemy toplaner to come from base, contesting him between t1 and t2 towers. He is not allowed to reach his tower if you are stronger. This way you zone him from cs and exp extending your lead on your opposotion. However you have to be carefull of enemy jungler, since he can come and punish you for doing this.

MID-LATE GAME

Once you get a lead in the toplane your job is the extend it by helping your teammates securing objective or making plays in other lanes. Renekton is not going to 1 vs 9 a game at level 18 since he is not scaling as good as other champions.

In teamfights Renekton is NOT the main engager. You can sometimes start fight with flash w but it is not a reliable engage. Renekton's job in teamfight is to flank squishy targets and follow up engages. You can also work quite well as a front line with R and big sustain from items and enanched Q. Your priority targets are obviusly the most fed people on enemy team or , in certain situations, enemy enchanters.

Matchups

Item build, runes and playstyle are very influenced by matchup especially for a champ like Renekton who needs to take advantage early to become effective at full power.

Every matchup are listed here, with tips and tricks on how to play correctly every lane.

  • FREE MATCHUPS
  • EASY MATCHUPS
  • MEDIUM MATCHUPS
  • HARD MATCHUPS
  • TOUGHEST MATCHUPS

Team comps examples and sinergies

Usually you can pick Renekton in every team composition cause of his versatilty. If played correctly you can even be affactive as a weak side.

However when Renekton is picked you want to play around him. For this reason ap junglers like (Nidalee, Elise, Diana ....) works very well with Renekton because of the mixed damage and because they all need setup for ganks wich Renekton bring easily with his W stun.

Also midlaners like Twisted Fate or Ryze that can look for dives and roams in the toplane works perfectly with Renekton.

Renekton does not have a good time againts very mobile carries and especially againts very long-range team compositions, so try to avoid picking Renekton againts Ezreal, Viktor, Orianna....

You also need to remeber that Renekton is not a main engager so you always want to pair Renekton with some engages and cc from midlane,jungle or support.





Final thoughts

That's all for the guide :-) ....

thanks for the attention, I tried to share everything I have learned from maining Renekton the last 5 seasons. If you want to learn more and watch actual gameplays I am gonna link some of the best sources u can find from players and competitive matches down here...

Good luck on your Solo Queue grind!!!!!

SOURCES

1) Italian twitch streamer and pro play from PG national: https://www.twitch.tv/deidxraa



2) NA Renekton otp ( the father of Renekton mains): https://www.twitch.tv/romaniumlol



3) 금똥왁왁 Korean Renekton main: https://www.youtube.com/c/%EA%B8%88%EB%98%A5%EC%99%81%EC%99%81

4) Best Chinese TOP Renekton YouXiaoYou: ( u can find many videos on Youtube)



5) Khan, retired pro korean pro player( one of the best toplaner ever, very good with Renekton): I reccomend to watch some of his pro paly vods on YouTube while he plays Renekton.

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cspau18 1 month ago

How do you feel about renek sup?