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Apr 24, 2015

FOTM Report: Support Kennen

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Ever since Edward "Edward" Abgaryan from Gambit Gaming started the support Kennen trend last month in LCS, we've seen a steady influx of new support Kennen players enter the scene. Although still not quite "mainstream" along with Edward's other unorthodox support, Amumu, Kennen does have a unique skillset that makes him somewhat viable as a support.

Introduction

Ever since Edward "Edward" Abgaryan from Gambit Gaming started the support Kennen trend last month in LCS, we've seen a steady influx of new support Kennen players enter the scene.

Although still not quite "mainstream" along with Edward's other unorthodox support, Amumu, Kennen does have a unique skillset that makes him somewhat viable as a support.

Strengths

  • Excellent harass with long range and manaless resource;
  • Good single target stun power and AOE stun, similar to Braum in effectiveness; and
  • Free escape mechanism and engagement tool;

Weaknesses

  • Almost completely shut down by Janna, a very popular support;
  • No sustain or true "support" type skills; and
  • Very squishy, especially before Zhonya.

Thoughts on Support Kennen

He's definitely viable as a support, but I wouldn't say that he's necessarily better than any of the other mainstream supports out there. Kennen as a support is somewhat a jack of all trades and a master of none. 

His poke/all-in early game isn't as strong as Brand or Vel'Koz.

His single target CC requires more set-up time than other supports.

His AOE CC is comparable to Sona ultimate, but more dangerous and slower to tick.

All in all, I think his biggest benefit is that he's a manaless support with a built-in escape. Otherwise, I don't see any particularly strong reason to pick him over more orthodox supports in solo queue.

What do you think about support Kennen? Comment below!



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25 comments:

  1. MellowthreatApril 25, 2015

    So pretty much he's Tier 4 support.

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  2. well he have 0 cc at lvl 1, and for lvl 2 cc he need to stack his aa.
    His gameplay is more like karma/sona but without mana.

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  3. But as a kennen support, its easier to stack your aa since you dont have to farm. You can have your W stacked most of the time.

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  4. well i meant that you start with w and get weaker poke but your cc is ready right at lvl 2.
    or you get w at lvl 2 and you need few aa's to get your cc ready.

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  5. Kennen support? Plz Kennen ADC is best bot lane Kennen :P

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  6. Daniel KasmanApril 25, 2015

    Omfg your pic

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  7. when will elise support be realized

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  8. Jim PaponettiApril 25, 2015

    when its not horrible

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  9. Robert HarleyApril 25, 2015

    Support Elise is trash, There are so many more supports than can do exactly what she does, but much better.

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  10. RathengardApril 25, 2015

    Elise is a weak Morgana imo

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  11. He is better than Annie Supp

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  12. better than annie?
    Are you crazy right?
    Annie can carry as supp.

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  13. disisdeathwingApril 26, 2015

    i really dont see why janna is a counter pick.
    yes, she can be annoying, but she needs very quick reaction time+ predict the flash ult to stop kennen from wrecking.
    in lane, kennen will just straight up poke u to death.

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  14. If kennen is same carry, he will buy liandry and rylai and could start racking dem kills.

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  15. bturner4559April 26, 2015

    What makes him strong back when I used to play him supp is he doesnt take a ton of items to do damage. Him and rumble only need a liandrys anf maybe a rylais to really hurt. The zhonyas is expensive tho...

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  16. Yes but i think any player can play better with annie than kennen.
    It's my idea.

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  17. Bryce PotterApril 26, 2015

    Kennen + Kalista is just rude
    I hear you like Zhonyas, so let's give you one that walks!

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  18. KingoftheSocksApril 26, 2015

    Its the fact that it takes 3 procs of the ult to stun so Janna has ample time to ult kennen away, Worse case scenario Kennen is separated from the team and is picked off easily.


    That being said I am fond of him and do feel like he's a tier 2 supp

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  19. yeee... compared to annie kennen is harder... but he have not mana and his e gives movesped :^)

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  20. I hate that mofo

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  21. I'm kind of on tilt right now but that's besides the point she can cheese the enemy jungler before she goes into lane. I typically run 9-0-21 masteries when I play her support. If you start with a doran's blade and run ignite you have a high potential in catching the enemy jungler at 2:00 when he starts his blue or red buff. Most of the time you can trade an ignite for the junglers flash. She maybe countered by morg but I think she isn't weaker than her. She has so much utility and early game damage to bring to lane. At the earlier levels she allows you to establish dominance in lane due to her percentage damage insane damage. If you fuck fine w.e you still can rappel away and pretend nothing happened.

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  22. I really hope she gets a buff soon still but as of now I love playing her more in this role than in any other lane or as a jungler

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  23. She give's a bit of everything. The reason why I like her is that you can cheese the enemy jungler when he's doing his early buffs. I know Im not saying this will work in higher elo's but its really gratifying to kill the enemy jungler and basically shutting him or her down for the earlier part of the game. Support elise allows your team to take dragon's much more easily as her spiderlings do a ton of damage and even tank dragon for some time. She also gives your team alot of dive potential.

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  24. TPA OriannaApril 28, 2015

    SKT T1 Wolf was first!!!

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