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Darius is a high damage dealing champion and he is really annoying early game as he would be able to out trade you pre level 3. However you have more sustain then him. At full ferocity, you can use
to heal 15% of your health and when you are higher health then him you can engage with
activated at full ferocity. An alternative to trading all together is to harass using
so he cannot pull you in. After level 6, Darius can use his ultimate which interacts with his passive. With each hit, Darius marks his opponent with a blood symbol which constantly damages you till a few seconds later. Each mark increases the amount of true damage his ultimate does. You can harass, but don't engage until your health is much higher then his and in this case, use
at full ferocity if you need to for increase health and armor.
- Harass with
- Bait his Q and his E, engage with both are on cooldown
- If caught by his pull, activate for increase armor
- Out sustain him using at full ferocity
- Don't engage below 65% health, make sure you're health is atleast 40% higher than his.
Most players have problems laning against Garen due to his silence, defence, speed and the amount of damage his ultimate does. You will know when he is trying to attack you as he will use his Q(you will see his hands shine). Avoid trading with him at this time and wait till it either expires or till he wastes it on a minion. When the mistake is made, jump on him with
activated, following with
for the complete exchange. If you're at full ferocity, you can add additional damage using
. Harass using
- Stay away when silence is active
- Harass with as much as possible
- If building armor, use at full ferocity
Many guides, whether it be on Rengar or another champion, state the same thing about Irelia. Don't engage when she has activated her true damage nor should you engage when she has her dash. If her stuns are annoying you, build tenacity and get to the nearest brush ASAP and jump to a minion for safety. She is weak pre 6, post 6 her harass is a bit more of a problem, but you want to get the best advantage before she hits level 9 as that is when she is at her prime.
- Don't engage when her true damage is activated
- If she uses her dash and it does not kill a minion, you can trade back up close
- Harass with as much as possible but safely
- Use the brush to your advantage
Pre 6, Nasus is at his weakest. Harass him as much as possible with
and deny him as much gold as possible. If he tries to farm using his Q(Siphoning Strike), it will empower the future Siphoning Strikes, so if he activates try to make him waste it. After level 6, try to bait his ultimate which basically empowers him (like renekton) giving him bonus health as well as an AoE effect that drains champions' max health and converts it into bonus damage for the duration of the activated ultimate.
- Harass him as much as possible
- Bait his slow and his Siphoning strike
- Don't let him farm with his Q
- After level 6, bait him into using his Ultimate
- Due to dependency on mana, engage if he is low.
Olaf can be a real pain to most champions, however with Rengar's skill set, it seems Olaf is a very manageable lane. Dodge his Axes and deny him the opportunity to get it back. If he throws his Axe and has his lifesteal on cooldown, engage at full ferocity leading in with
if you are above 50% health or
if for the heal. After level 6, don't engage Olaf at any time as he would be able to out trade you if you have not had an early advantage.
- Dodge his Axes, harass back with
- Engage when lifesteal and Axe is down, if he has his true damage lead in with instead of at full ferocity
- Deny his retrieval of his Axe
- Don't engage after level 6
The first day Rengar had been released, my first lane with him was against a Pantheon. I lost that lane because I was not familiar with his skill set. The next time I had fought a Pantheon top lane, it was easier then killing Golems.
Pantheon's Spears are lock on shots, so you can just simply farm from the brush, jumping in with
activated and then
as he will harass you as soon as you come out. If you want to engage but his shield is up and he is close to the brush, quickly run into the brush, jump with a normal attack and combo him in order of:
. If he stuns you, run behind him because he will probably use 'Heartseeker Strike'. Once behind him, harass with
and run away safely.
- Farm from brush, activate to increase armor and take less damage from spears
- Before engaging, use a normal attack(use the brush to jump), then use a combo suited to your situation
Thanks to Malakim for the spear change notice.
- If stunned, move towards the back of him and harass
Many have difficulty fighting against a Renekton and think he is one of Rengar's counters. I initially though so too, but after having experience fighting him, it is a manageable lane.
If you have a strong jungler(Udyr, Lee sin, etc), you could ask for a level 2 gank to make your lane much easier.
However, your jungler will have to gank other lanes too, meanwhile here is what you can do. When Renekton dashes towards you, use
for extra bonuses and damage. When he disengages, use
and go back to farming. I usually choose to bully Renekton with
to the point where he just hugs tower to farm and waits for ganks. If he does hug turret however, just farm safely using
and staying near the brush. I don't recommend this however, when I play I usually like to be safe, however just make sure you have sight coverage over the tribrush and the river. At level 6 he is much like Nasus, his ultimate gives him increased health and damages enemies around him. Try and bait it out and once it is finish you can then do the usual routine.
- Get early gank if you have a strong jungler
- If he uses his Slice n Dice move, combo with , when he runs use and disengage.
- When he is level 6, bait his Ultimate. Don't harass or engage till it is on cooldown.
- Use to your advantage (farm, harass)
Teemo is really annoying to those who are just starting out with Rengar, however he is just like any other lane. He is weak and very vulnerable pre level 6 and you should take every chance to harass and bully him. If he tries to harass you with his Blinding dart, use
to trade back the damage and once the blinding duration is over, jump on him with
activated and use
(if you have
then use that to disengage and run away).
Teemo also has high mobility even before he hits level 6. His W allows him increased movement speed. If he tries to get away using this, run into the brush and pounce on him leading with
combo. He is EXTREMELY weak to
at full ferocity so keep that in mind.
Once he hits level 6, it would be wise to by an oracle otherwise stay away from the brush when chasing him. His mushrooms can prevent your passive from working to its full potential. Though you may catch up to him, the poison will damage you and without you noticing, leave you in a fatal position.
- If he uses blind dart on you, harass back with
- Bully him when his blind dart is on cooldown using the combo
- When engaging at full ferocity, always use first. If you are low health, just farm and heal using
- After level 6, don't chase him through the brush(unless you've oracles)
Wukong is EXTREMELY weak levels 1-2, take advantage of
harassments when possible and try to get first blood in these levels. If he dashes at you, slow him down and harass with which ever combo you feel is necessary. Once he has a point in his clone ability, you'll notice. When fighting, make sure he is not just standing still, if he is it is probably the fake one so move away from it or run where you think he would go. At level 6, he gets annoying. His ultimate is an AoE knock up while doing damage per second. If he activates his ulti and you've been knocked in the air, run to the brush and jump to a minion.
- EXTREMELY weak levels 1-2
- Harass when he dashes towards you(lead with )
- Don't be fooled by his clone(can use oracles or vision wards to help)
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- If caught in ultimate, use brush to jump to minion
Before level 6, Jax is somewhat manageable. He can dodge your basic attacks for a small duration (if
is activated, it is counted as a basic attack). It also reduces AoE damage, so
is reduced if he is hit by it. He basically has the same skill set as Rengar with minor differences. After level 6, Jax gains a new passive when he takes a point in his ultimate. Every third basic attack, Jax deals additional magic damage and increases his magic resistance and armor for within a duration. It is somewhat like
, but this is what makes Jax deadly. Because the magic damage dealt is based off his ability power, it is hard to continue laning against him. In this case you want to gain an advantage by ganking other lanes.
- Gain as much of an advantage before he hits level 6
- His passive increases his attack speed each successful basic attack
- Don't engage him while he has his dodge up, more damage is inflicted
- If he jumps to you with it activated, run to the closest brush possible and try and get out of his stun range
- Post 6, don't engage without help
- If he is absent from lane (e.g. at base), gank other lanes and try and get an advantage in assists and kills
- If his ultimate is active, never fight him. You have a much higher death rate.
Supposedly a counter to Rengar due to kiting harassment and stuns. Kennen can be a pain considering he is another champion who uses a different resource then mana resulting in a longer sustain. If he harasses you early, don't be afraid to whop out a combo on him. His lightning rush provides him with high mobility, don't chase him. After level 6, his ultimate does really high damage. Try not to engage him while it is up.
- You can farm safely with
- If he harasses you, trade back harder and heal at full ferocity
- Take advantage when his Lightning Rush is down
- After level 6, don't engage if he activates his ultimate.
- His passive marks you, after the third mark you'll be stunned. Avoid this by not engaging for a small duration.
Malphite is VERY mana reliable. He is weakest early so take the highest advantage of it. His passive gives him a shield which absorbs 10% of his maximum health. You can counter his passive with your abilities. Take
first and each time he slows you, you slow him. Every time he activates 'Ground Slam', use
. If he tries to do close up damage with 'Brutal Strikes' activated, activate
and harass back. When he gets his ultimate, you've got to be as careful as possible, especially when they have a strong jungler such as Alistar, Lee sin, Diana or anyone with heavy CC. You can try and bait his ultimate by timing it correctly and knowing when he will use it. If he builds tanky again your attack damage, use
always at full ferocity.
- Lower his shield, keep it down by harassing with
- Counter his skills with your similar skills
- Bait his ultimate because he gets his jungler to come
- If he is building straight armor, use at full ferocity
Riven is a strong, mobile, high bursting champion. She is one of the strongest top lanes to play against and can give you a run for your money. Early game, don't engage at all, simply farm safe using
. The only time you can actually engage her without the high potential of dying is if you have your jungler ganking your lane. If you can, get a early gank on her. Once you have this advantage you have to try and keep it that way. At level 6, Riven can 1v1 any champion, even if they've an advantage over her. Her ultimate increases her damage by 20%, increases her attack range and depending on how low your health is, do anywhere from 240-480(+1.8 per attack damage) base damage.
- Strong early and mid, farm with
- Ask your jungler for a early gank for advantage in lane
- If she over extends, harass with and
- After 6, don't engage until her ultimate is on cooldown
Sion is really easy early game, the only thing that may annoy you is his passive which decreases the damage of auto attacks, and since Rengar's overall damage (including
) are basic attacks, it makes him suffer lightly. When he hits level 6, his ultimate gives him lifesteal and 50% bonus attack speed. This lifesteal can range from 35%-100% depending on how many points he has on it AND has a unique splash effect which heals his surrounding allies for half. You can win early game against him, when it comes to late game, it is impossible to beat him 1v1. When laning after 6, push your lane and roam. There is no point to stick around, you cannot engage him. He will win trades because of the lifesteal.
- Bully early game, gain an advantage
- If he has shield up and you're engaging, take it down fast
- When he is level 3, get your jungler to gank as he can inflict extra damage (ability)
- After level 6, engaging is not an option, push lane and roam
- While roaming, keep an eye on your tower, he clears very fast
Udyr is a match up where I find it really easy to kill him. I usually start
against him, however this is my choice, stay safe with the recommended start items.
He is probably his strongest at level 1. Unless you have full ferocity and a point in
, I would suggest you don't engage until level 4. His tiger stance is underestimated, but deals a large amount of damage at level 1. You can trade back at full ferocity and out trade him, but he can still do a large amount of damage back. At level 4, you out sustain him. If he harasses you, use
for armor bonuses. At full ferocity,
heals you, so if your low use that. You also out trade him after level 4.
Because Udyr has no ultimate, he is manageable after level 6. His usual core item is
, when he has that he does start to do damage. But even after that he is manageable. Bully him out of lane as quick as possible (make sure his jungler isn't around) and push your lane. Once you've done that, visit some other lanes and help them out.
- You've more sustain and damage after level 4
- After level 6, bully him out of lane, push, and roam
Frustration occurs to many when facing a Vladimir, especially one who knows how to play. Vladimir's dependance is health, if used wrong Rengar will dominate lane, however the right use can create annoyance. Vladimir sustenance is mainly from his 'Transfusion' ability. It allows him to take some of your health and replenish his own. He can also turn into a pull of blood, making it easier for him to turret dive and dodge attacks. After level 6, he has an area of effect (AoE) ultimate that infects your allies in an area. After a few seconds, the ability activates causing great damage. Vladimir is also hard to play against due to his passive. His passive grants him 1 ability power for every 40 health he has and 1.4 health for every ability he has.
Rengar is a good match to Vladimir, use him correctly and the lane is won. Early game, farm minions using your passive to jump from the brush to last hit. Make sure
is always activated while doing so (increases ferocity). At full ferocity, pounce on him with
activated. This should be an easy first blood. Later in the game, he starts to get tanky. If you cannot kill him, push your lane and help other lanes. Gain as much of an advantage as you can. Build items that increase both magic resistance and attack damage, such as
and build it into
. An early
should also help with the magic resistance.
- Make him paranoid with your passive to farm creeps while increasing ferocity
- At full ferocity(pre level 6), pounce on him with active
- If you've gained an advantage, try to keep it
(Xin Zhao, 6)
- If you are having difficulty killing him, push your lane and help others
I find Xin Zhao REALLY easy to lane against, however, I've decided to include him into the harder section simply because others don't. Early game, take control of your brush. If he dashes to you, run into the brush and jump to a minion. At full ferocity, just take him down with
activated. Xin Zhao does have some sustain as his 'Battle Cry' gives him a healing passive, when active the healing is doubled and his attack speed is increased. Basically, try and get the highest advantage you can early. After 6, his ultimate can do quite some damage. You can fake an engage on him and make him waste it by using
at full ferocity to heal yourself. In team fights, he basically has the same role Rengar does, take out the highest damage dealer. Xin Zhao's passive allows him to mark a champion, and his ultimate hits everyone else away apart from the champion he has marked, allowing his team to find who he has targeted and kill them. In this case, you want to take him out AFTER taking out the highest damage dealer.
- Weak early game, take advantage
- Take possession of your brush, hide in if he dashes and jump to a minion
- After 6, bait his ultimate by fake engaging, using at full ferocity to heal
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- In team fights, kill him straight after taking out the highest damage dealer
Fiora is one of Rengar's counters. She can parry
and deal significant amount of damage back. When she has a
, she is most dangerous. She can increase her attack speed and sustain possibly more then Rengar can while stealing life back. At level 6, she has the ability to turret dive without taking any damage until the ultimate subsides. if you are at low health, don't try to heal. Go back to base and heal there.
- She is weakest levels 1-2, try get first blood with
- Ask your jungler for early gank
- If she has activated her parry, don't engage till it subsides
- When she has , she wins all trades, stay safe
- Push your lane when you can and roam
- At level 6, she can dive you without taking damage
- Recall as much as possible to get an item advantage over her
Jayce is one of the hardest champions to face, not just against Rengar. He has mobility, range, melee and incredible burst. At level 1, try and get the first blood at full ferocity. Stay behind your minions at level 2+ to dodge his accelerating shock blast. When engaging, it would be wise to save your ferocity for
to heal. When he is below 50% health, engage full ferocity activating
for the bonus damage. After level 9, he can out damage you, even if you have the advantage. Have your jungler gank right away. Push your lane when possible and roam.
- Weakest at level 1, gain advantage with brush control and
- Stay behind minions to dodge accelerating shock blast
- Use at full ferocity when he is above 50% health
- After level 9, ask your jungler to gank for advantage
- Push lane and roam when possible
Personally, Nidalee is a breeze for me. However, due to her range and her spears, some players do have trouble. Early, Nidalee is very vulnerable. Stay behind your minions for her spears OR you can bait them and dodge them. Once that is on cooldown, harass her using the brush and strive her from killing minions. As soon as you hit level 2, it is first blood guaranteed with
at full ferocity. At level 6, she has substantial burst damage. Don't be surprised by it, if she harasses you with her cougar form, use
for heal. Once you have
, gain full ferocity and burst her down with your combo then ultimate once more to gain ferocity again.
- Stay behind minions for her spears
- Harass her when spear on cooldown
- First blood guaranteed at level 2
- Don't be surprised by her cougar form burst
Rumble is considered to be one of the strongest top lanes. Little do many know that he is weakest early game. Between levels 1-3, wait till his Flamethrower is on cooldown. Once it is, burst him down with your combo. After level 3, Rumble can overheat. If he is overheated, don't engage until the duration is over. He does 25% increased damage while in this state. After level 6, Rumble has an AoE ultimate. It damages enemies in an area overtime and slows them. Just stand out of this area if he uses it on you.
NOTE: If you are having trouble early game, get your jungler to help you out.
- Most vulnerable when flamethrower on cooldown
- Don't engage when he has flamethrower activate and is overheated
- If he is overheated and has used something other then flamethrower, engage
- After 6, avoid the area of his ult
Possibly the biggest pain in the ass to lane against. He is a true counter to Rengar as his 'Rabid Bite' ability halves your attack damage for 8 seconds. During this time he has increased attack damage. His Contaminate is also another pain when laning against him as it increases his potential to chase you + win in trades. And last but not least, his ultimate 'Agony' overpowers you. You should, at NO POINT, trade or even get near him. Farm safely with your bola strike and try and get your jungler to gank for you as much as possible. When if he is absent from the lane, push your lane to his tower and roam, don't stay there as you're already at a disadvantage. While roaming, kill wraith, golem and wolf camps and help out other lanes (gank).
- Don't even try to trade with him
- Have your jungler gank as often as possible
- Farm safely with bola strike
- If absent from lane, push your minions to his tower and roam
- After 6, he has the biggest advantage on you, play smart
Thanks to 'Dided' who mentioned Trundle
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