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PANTHEON BUILD GUIDE: (S4) The Manliest Baker of the League! by OneMadEmu

by OneMadEmu (last updated 7 months ago)

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Greater Mark of Armor Penetration(+11.52 armor penetration)
8
Greater Seal of Armor(+11.28 armor)
1
Greater Seal of Critical Chance(+0.42% critical chance)
9
Greater Glyph of Magic Resist(+12.06 magic resist)
3
Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage(+6.75 attack damage)
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mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 0/4
mastery 3 2/4
mastery 4 1/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 3 1/1
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 1/1
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 3 3/3
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 2 1/1
21 Offense
mastery 1 2/2
mastery 2 2/2
mastery 3 0/2
mastery 4 0/2
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 1/1
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/3
mastery 1 0/3
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/4
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 2 0/1
9 Defense
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/3
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mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/2
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 2 0/1
0 Utility
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Aegis Protection
QSpear Shot
WAegis of Zeonia
EHeartseeker Strike
RGrand Skyfall
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Introduction





Eligibility

Before you even start reading this guide, you need to know if you are eligible to play the manliest man of all the League.

- Do you like winning games ?
- Do you like jumping really high in the air ?
- Do you keep screaming "THIS... IS... SPARTA!" when you kick one of your friends in a well ? (not that I would ever do that)
- Do you like bread ?
- Do you like wearing a skirt ?

Well, if you answered "yes!!!" to one of these question, you are officially eligible to play Pantheon: the manliest baker of the League.
Withouth further ado lets begin!


A word about myself

Hello everyone and welcome to my Pantheon guide! This guide is mainly for mid lane but I will also add some tips and matchups for top lane. Before we start, let me introduce myself.

My ign is deathcachou and I'm a platinum player. It is my first guide so all critics are welcome! I would really apreciate constructive comments as well so I can further improve this guide for you guys. I decided to write this because I really enjoy LoL and I love reading other's guide to know how and why they play a champion. Moreover, their is not a lot of good Pantheon guide out there and I wanted to share my way of playing him. I consider myself as an everage player that knows a lot about this game but has still a lot to learn. Although I'll do my best to write as well as I can, english is'nt my first language so I appologize for any grammar or spelling mistakes.
I started playing Pantheon more a month ago (or so) but he is one of the first champ that I've played. He is a lot of fun to play and I think he fits my playstyle and my personality very well! (not that I like throwing spears at people, but...) I feel like he is really underated and even if people are saying that he needs a rework, I think they are wrong. I know that he has his place in the league and I will try to make you think my way.


Pros

- He is an INSANE laner
- He as no real counter
- He has crazy poke
- He snowball like a truck (not a lot of champ snowball like that)
- He scales really well with items (long swords <3)
- He has, imo, the best map presence in the game (more explanation why later)
- He can one shot any carry late game
- He can reach back lines really easilly with his ultimate
- He has the highest base movement speed in the game! (except for master yi, but who cares about this guy? :P)
- He is a lot of fun to play and actually not that hard
- He has a f****** skirt... WHAT A MAN!!!


Cons

- He is an assassin so he is somehow squishy
- He has some mana issues if you dont manage it correctly
- If you fall behind, it may be harder to get back in the game (although it is not always true)
- He lack escapes (like he needs some)
- He don's scream "SPARTA!" when he use his ult :'( plz riot make it happend!)




WHAT?


Runes

Runes are a preference and I agree with that, but I really think that this set is the best for Pantheon. I know that these are common for him and I did'nt come with it myself. Let me explain why these are the best choice for him.

Reds: armor pen - these are better imo than flat ad for Panth cause even if your enemies buy armor (mid laner might buy a cloath armor) you can still do good amount of dmg. Furthermore, it really scales well with your other penetration items. (even malphite feel squishy with these runes on)

Yellows: armor - these are basic on any champ and are really usefull top AND mid. Because of the fact that you are melee and most mid laners are ranged, you will get auto attacked a lot. The other thing is that when you get minions aggro from Qing the ennemy, armor will help you take less dmg. ( I also take 1 crit. chance rune for that lucky crit, but it's not mandatory )

Blues: magic resist - the reason behind this should be obvious. It will help you to take less dmg from the enemy mid laner who is, usually, a mage. You should also take it for top. A lot of champ do magic dmg even if they are ad. (Ex. Jax, Shyvana, etc.)

Quintessence: flat ad - these will let you cs more easilly and will get you some poke and dmg potential. Really basic.

Masteries

mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 0/4
mastery 3 2/4
mastery 4 1/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 3 1/1
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 1/1
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 3 3/3
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 2 1/1
21 Offense
mastery 1 2/2
mastery 2 2/2
mastery 3 0/2
mastery 4 0/2
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 1/1
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/3
mastery 1 0/3
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/4
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 2 0/1
9 Defense
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/3
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/2
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 2 0/1
0 Utility
More Defensive
I tried these over 21/0/9 because I think the tankiness that it gives you really helps a lot. The fact is that it will help you take less dmg from basic attacks and will give you more health.

I won't be explaning all of them because I think each masteries I get are use for obvious reasons and it's a preference!.

Summoner Sets

Flash & Ignite
I take these 99% of the time because it will help you secure kills and/or escape. It's an obvious choice in my opinion.

Flash will help you get closer to your target or will help you escape after you killed someone.

Ignite helps you get the kills you need to snowball. I can't even count the number of first blood I did with ignite at lvl 2.
Flash & Teleport
Teleport is also really good because it will help you gank other lanes and get your team fed. It can also help to get back in your lane quicker after you ulted, espacially when you are top and you ganked bot for example. I still prefer ignite over it though.
Almost all summoner's spells can be good on Pantheon but I really recommand taking ignite or teleport with flash.

- Barrier can help you survive burst.

- Ghost can help you escape or chase

- Exhaust can be good top lane Vs a high dmg champion (Ex. Tryndamere)

The only ones I wouldnt recommand is heal and clarity These summoners aren't that powerfull compare to the others already mentioned and are alsmot never picked on any champion.

Item Builds

Starting Build(s)
Starting Build
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Second option
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Because of the low cost on long swords, I almost always start with this build in mid like in top lane because it gives you more substain than with a dorans blade (3 pots instead of 1) and it provides a good amount of dmg early game. Furthermore, it will help you get first blood and it transform into a lot of items that Pantheon needs. We can also say that compare to the doran's ring and 2 pots that mages take almost every time, you have a blue pot over them and you should be harrassing more than they do. Also, because Pantheon building path is full of cheap items, you will be backing to base almost every time you get a kill and you will be refilling your mana at the same time.

You can also start with flask but to be honest, I dont like it. For sure if you dont manage your mana carefully, you will be oom quickly, but you wont be able to get the kills that you need to snowball as easy as with the long sword. I do it sometimes though vs champion that can out substain me (Gangplank is a good exemple... them oranges!). But in the end, it's also really good.
Final Build(s)
Standard Final Items
This is what I will go for almost each games. It provides incredible amount of penetration, good amount of defence (for an assassin) lifesteal, ad... all the things that a good Pantheon needs to f*** people up! I get Hydra over Bloodthirster because of many reasons. (more explanation down below). Your best combo is: R in, W on the target you want to kill, Q, Auto Atack, Hydra actice, E, AA and Q. At this point, if the ennemy is not dead with your final build, you maybe have to try this on champion instead of Baron ;) In all seriousness, if the champ your focusing isn't dead by the time your Q is up again, either you are really behind or the enemy your targeting is realllllllllly tanky.

Why Hydra over Bloodthirster?

A lot of people are asking why I take Hydra over BT. For me, the reasons are really simple:
- Hydra is built with a lot of cheap items that pantheon can scale off very well and that you can buy after a single kill or so.
- Hydra passive is like an other ability that deals around


Build Order
3
You can pretty much go in the order you want but this is how I go most of the time. You can finish your boots whenever you want and maybe get exdrinker quicker againts heavy ap team. Sometime, I take Last whisper before Hydra when the ennemy team is really tanky. You can also replace Maw by an other item such as the ones below.

Other Items

Randuin's Omen
If you are facing an heavy ad team composition or if your team needs you to be a bit more tanky, this item is the way to go. With it, you will be able to take a lot more punishment withough getting killed too quiclky. Moreover, its active can come really handy when the person you are trying to kill has a lot of movement skills: Ezreal, Vayne, Tristana, etc.
Mercurial Scimitar
Scimitar can be a really good item on Pantheon as well. You can replace your Maw or even your Guardian Angel with it when their is a lot of ap champion againts you and/or if the ennemy have a lot off crowd control ( Warwick's ult can be a really good reason to buy this item).
Infinity Edge
When I feel like I dont do enough damage ( 0% of the time ) or when I want to troll/really do a ton of dmg, Infinity Edge is my favorite item.
It let your 100% crit chance on ennemies below 15% hp do its executioner job really well.
Trinity Force
This item can be good on Pantheon. It provides a lot of things he needs. But the fact is I dont like wasting a spot in my item inventory for this one because I feel like my build is really balance. Furthermore, Trinity cost a lot of gold and it will make your itemisation slower.
Frozen Mallet
NEVER take this item on Pantheon.The reason behind this is pretty simple: If you want to be tankier by having more hp, buy Randuin's Omen. It will give you the hp you want plus some armor. If your argument is that Frozen Mallet help you stick to your target, Randuin's let you do the same but AoE and it also reduce the attack speed of your ennemies. If your argument is that it gives you atack dmg... Comon guys 30 ad... really? With these reason explained, you should NEVER take this item on Pantheon imo.

Skill Order

Player Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Aegis Protection
QSpear Shot
WAegis of Zeonia
EHeartseeker Strike
RGrand Skyfall
Leveling Q first is not an option. Even though E those insane amount of dmg late game (around 1 k and more), Q is just too good to poke and to finish people off.
I take W at lvl 2 because I almost get first blood every game with a good combo of flash - W - Q - AA - ignite.
You can skip maxing you ult at lvl 11 but I would'nt recomand it because it reduce the CD greatly and increase your dmg , wich is kind of usefull to help your side lanes more often.
You should never max W second or first because it's only use for the stun, not the dmg componant of the spell that actually scales with ap. (PLZ RIOT MAKE IT SCLAE WITH AD) <--- side note on that, kha'zix's jump is a bit like Pantheon's w and is use for its utility part, but the bug's jump is scaling off ad like all his abilities... ISN'T THAT UNFAIR!?!

Skills

Aegis Protection
This passive is amazing imo. It can block AA, tower shots, canon minion's shot, monster attacks like baron and some spells like Gangplank gun shot. It makes you able to poke under the ennemy tower withough getting shit on by the early tower dmg and it makes you able to dive easier. This passive saved my life so many times in little skirmishes when I was low hp. You can reset it with 4 skills and/or AA wich is fantastic imo. Your W also refresh your passive instantly.
Spear Shot


This skill... is amazing! It has such great dmg, a good range for a melee champ and it is working with you E passive... OP!

It's the skill that you will be using all the time to poke and to kill. BREAD and butter skill... now that I think about it, I always wanted to be a ...

This is the dmg of 3 spears on a mage withough additional armor at lvl 1



And this is the dmg of 3 spears with 38 armor (with armor as yellow runes basically)
Aegis of Zeonia


This skill make landing you E as easy as... well... kicking a messenger into a well :P it's a leap that stuns people and makes your passive resets. It has a good range it this is the skill you will be using for: helping you place your E, escaping ganks by jumping on the ennemy jungler, helping your jungler gank your lane and much much more. (you can pay it in many payments of 99,99$)

BRAND NEW HOT STUFF GOING ON WITH THIS SKILL!!! you can now use this on minions and monsters! To be honest, I don't really use it often that way, but some times, when the play is right, it can either save your life or getting you a kill by jumping in range for a Q. Furthermore, it can helps you get your passive back when tanking tower or when tanking baron/dragon.
Heartseeker Strike


This is the skill that scale the best with ad in the entire game. At lvl 5, it has 318 base dmg plus a 360% ad ratio vs champions!!! OMG THIS IS AMAZING! Yes it is and this skill has a passive that makes you crit 100% of the time when you attack an ennemy (minion work as well) that is below 15% health. THIS SKILL IS F****** OP!!!! but it is not enough for our manly Pantheon, this passive apply also on your Q, wich make your spear one of the best finisher in the game. Bonus: it helps you cs because of the passive :)
Grand Skyfall


This ult is what makes our lovelly spartan a beast. At lvl 6, you can alsmot guaranty a double kill bot lane or at least a kill and a flash. You can see in the minimap how big the range is. From where I am, I can even gank bot so no one (except for wards) will see your departure for outerspace to finally smash their skulls bot lane :D
This is also what you will be using to get into the ennemy back lines to kill \\\"dem squishies\\\". You can also easilly kill someone that is on a bad spot or low hp with that. When maxed, this skill does 1k magic dmg wich is INSANE in a team fight. Even though you dont build magic pen, this skill can deal to a large group of people over 500 magic dmg. This is pretty good if you want my opinion.

Early Game

You poke, poke, poke and try to get a kill if possible. You can also ask your jungler to come over to try to kill or burn your ennemy's flash. Dont forget to farm though and try using your mana as less as possible to cs, otherwise you will run out of mana quickly. You can use your E on the ennemy when he comes in range to cs if he his melee or trying to reach a minion in the back. Try to get your brutalizer, at least your tier one boots and your hydra for the 20 min mark.

Mid Game

Your goal is to gank other lanes. Bot lane is usually what I go for because it is harder for the junglers to gank bot. (and there is more kills at your dispositon)
Try not to get pushed to much though and ask your jungler to cover mid if you ult far from your lane. You can pressure dragon and dont forget that YOU ARE NOT THE ENGAGER in team fights.

Late Game

At this point, you can one shot almost any carry and even bruisers. Try to go for objectives and if an adc is farming alone... MAKE HIM KNOW PAIN! use your ult and kill him quick before joining your team again. You need to be carefull not to stay alone and even if you can do craycray amount of dmg, dont get to cocky and stay with your team, focus the carries and carry your game!

Teamfights

The only thing you need to know about team fights that is unique to Pantheon is that you are not the one who engage. You let you team go first and you ult on the carries that are harder to reach for your team. If you do this right and your team is not full of retards, you should win this.

Conclusion

Well here goes my first guide. I will be upgradign it soon and I will try to put some videos and stuff. Dont forget that Pantheon is an assassin, not a bruiser and he is really good in ALL stages of the game if played right. People are not use to play vs him so take it as an advantage and win your games!

Good luck and have fun.

PS: all critics are welcome!
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