League of Legends: Wild Rift Champion Guide – Kennen, the Heart of the Tempest
Well, if you were looking for a champion that can do it all for you or help you win games with lesser efforts, then my friend, your wait is over. Kennen, the Heart of the Tempest, is one of the most flexible mage champions in League of Legends: Wild Rift. He can be either played in Baron Lane or the Middle Lane. In fact, he can also be played as a support champion down in the Dragon Lane. With high damage output and DPS (which is kind of rare for mage champions), Kennen ultimately excels in team fights and other skirmishes happening anywhere on the map. Despite having a small size like just any other yordle champion from the Bandle City, Kennen can turn the tide of any team fight with a picture-perfect ultimate. It’s time we take a look at his abilities.
Apart from his ultimate, Kennen’s primary damage skill is his first skill, ‘Thundering Shuriken.’ Kennen throws a fast-moving shuriken towards the intended direction, causing damage and marking the hit target with a ‘Mark of the Storm.’ Don’t forget that with Kennen’s passive, you can stun enemy targets by hitting three consecutive abilities. If Kennen gets caught in a dire situation, he can always escape with ease thanks to his third skill, ‘Lightning Rush.’ Undoubtedly, his ultimate, ‘Slicing Maelstorm’, is a game-changer as it can destroy all five members of the enemy team in a matter of seconds. The Ability Power damage ratios on his ultimate are insane. Let’s jump straight into his skill order! And since players are playing him more as a mage in the Baron and the Middle Lane so, we’ll prioritize his ability order for maximum damage output.
- Thundering Shuriken – Level 1/4/6/8
- Electrical Surge – Level 2/7/10/12
- Lightning Rush – Level 3/7/14/15
- Slicing Maelstorm – Level 5/9/13
You can always alter the order in which you max your abilities depending on whether you like to play aggressive or defensive. Also, depending on the enemy opponent, you can level up your abilities as per your wish. However, it is strongly recommended that you max the skills in the order mentioned above!
It’s often said that big things come in small packages. Well, Kennen is the prime example of it when it comes to the League of Legends’ champion pool: Wild Rift thus far. All his abilities do decent damage, while his ultimate can dish out crazy damage. One picture-perfect ultimate can win you the team fight or the entire game eventually. Kennen also does exceptionally well in 1v1 duels. Moreover, if you fall behind in the early game with Kennen, you can still come out strong and create a massive impact in team fights with your ultimate.
Kennen has low armor and defense stats in the early game and is super weak against heavy Ability Power/Attack Damage assassins unless you make something like Ionian Stasis on him.
You need 5500 blue motes or 725 wild cores to purchase Kennen.
Recommended Keystones and Summoner Spells with Kennen
Summoner Spells: Flash and Ignite are the most recommended summoner spells with Kennen. However, you can replace Ignite with Exhaust when the enemy team has assassin champions like Zed, Akali, or Evelynn.
- Aery Setup: Aery + Triumph/Weakness + Regeneration+ Manaflowband
- Electrocute Setup: Electrocute + Gathering Storm + Regeneration + Hunter-Genius
Item Build with Kennen
- Infinity Orb
- Ionian Protobelt or Ionian Stasis (depending on the matchup)
- Rabadon’s Deathcap
- Liandry’s Torment
- Void Staff
Strong Against: Kennen is reliable against squishy champions with very little mobility or dashes that can help them escape or get out of Kennen’s ultimate ‘Slicing Maelstorm.’ Kennen is convenient when it comes to team fights and skirmishes. Also, Kennen is good against champions with no crowd control ability to CC him while he is casting his ultimate.
Weak Against: Kennen is weak against champions having high armor/magic resistance. Moreover, champions that have CC in their kit can displace Kennen while he is casting his ultimate such as Alistar are strong counters of Kennen. Additionally, assassins with an insane amount of burst damage like Zed and Evelynn are also good picks against a champion like Kennen.
How Good is Kennen, the Heart of the Tempest in Wild Rift?
Like we mentioned earlier, Kennen has the potential of turning the tide of team fights in a matter of seconds with his ultimate. After release, you can easily see him being played in every single normal or ranked 5v5 game that hints at how strong the champion is in the current patch. Thanks to the range in his auto-attacks, Kennen can easily stand toe to toe against any Baron Lane champion. Moreover, the stun and the damage in his kit make Kennen a lethal champion overall.
LoL Wild Rift: Kennen – FAQ’s
1. Can I build Attack Damage on Kennen – Marksman?
In League of Legends PC, Kennen was played as a marksman before. So, you can try out Attack Damage Kennen build. However, this will result in your ultimate ‘Slicing Maelstorm’ dealing with lesser damage due to your build’s lack of Ability Power stats.
2. How do I maximize the potential of Kennen’s Passive – Mark of the Storm?
Well, you can always try to move right or left after casting each of Kennen’s abilities, as it will help you dodge the ability cast by your opponent. Additionally, it will also help you attain your passive stacks of ‘Mark of the Storm’ in a much faster and effective manner. After three abilities landed on a target, the target will get stunned, after which you can cast your ultimate for an easy kill!
3. What are the core items on Kennen?
Ionian Stasis/Protobelt, Rabadon’s Deathcap, Infinity Orb, and Liandry’s Torment.