Match Up Difficulties on a Scale of 1-10.
General Matchup Info
Generally Kennen excels against melee champions who have a hard time sticking to him or locking him down. Kennen also excels against champions with a weak early game or heavy resource consumption.
Kennen is weak against high burst/CC champions or champions with multiple gap closers.
The thing to remember about Kennen is even if you fall behind due to jungle ganks or bad trades you can still come back in the lane (Depending on the match up.) If you get off some smart pokes you will be able to shut down the enemy laner and catch up.
Individual Top Lane Match Ups (A-Z)
Akali- You will beat her pre-6, just don't stand in her shroud and let her proc Q's on you for free. Try to deny her as much as possible to keep her behind. If she gets ahead early she will snowball hard. Once the lane hits 6 it's iffy. If she jumps on you use your ulti and you should be able to win as long as you don't get outplayed by her shroud. Try to keep a pink ward on you at all times to avoid this.
Easy lane 4/10, just watch out for her roams and hope your team doesn't feed her.
Cho'Gath You should win early, as he can only use his passive if he can actually get near creeps. If you zone him hard enough he will not be able to sustain. If he knows you're going AD and he picks up cloth-5 this may be a little harder, but you will outscale him. Be wary of ruptures, as a good QWR ignite will almost definately kill you or force you out of lane. Depending on how the first few levels go you might want to max Q first in this lane. If Cho builds early armor then go AP and punish him, if he builds MR finish Blade of the Ruined King as it will be very effective against his feast stacks which give him a large amount of health.
~6/10 depending on the early game and how he builds.
Darius- Darius is weak against ranged harass champions such as kennen. Just pressure him early as he has no sustain. If he hooks you E away as he has no way to stop you during it. As long as you play safe and don't get caught by his burst you should win the lane, if you DO get caught use your ulti and try to turn the fight around, you probably won't be able to survive and it isn't worth it to burn flash only to die to bleed + ignite damage. Buy an early giant's belt if you want to survive the lane more easily, true damage is countered by HP and you won't really need armor for his Q because you'll be able to out trade it.
3/10 Easy Lane
Diana- She is a weak early game melee mage who is reliant on her ultimate. You will dominate her early game and should be able to beat her post 6 as well, much like the akali match up. Try to juke the Q's by running to the side instead of backwards. If she tries to jump you just ulti her, be careful of letting her shield refresh as that is one of the ways you will lose a trade. Keep harassing her and you will be able to run her OOM as she will most likely have to shield your harass and CS with Q.
Judgement: 4/10 Easy Lane.
Elise- You both do very similar things, this matchup hinges on your ability to dodge cocoons. If she manages to get her full QEWREQ off you will be in trouble. Her spiderlings can block your Q, which is a large annoyance, so you will mostly be relying on your W to proc stuns. Once you hit 6 you can ult her if she rappels onto you, just disengage and kite her, making sure to dodge cocoon. I recommend building sustain and trying to run Elise out of mana or forcing her to farm under turret.
Judgement: 6-7/10 skill match up.
Fiora- Annoying match up, she has a double gap closer, insane amounts of damage, invulnerability ultimate to cancel your ultimate, and an auto attack block for your harass. You should probably just go straight AP in this match up, consider maxing Q if you get zoned. Match up gets much easier once you get zhonya's because it cancels her ultimate. Consider buying ninja tabi and hextech revolver and just try to survive this lane, you outscale her.
7/10 difficult match up.
Galio- Annoying champion to play against, almost definately going to be a farm lane, whether you go AD or AP. If there is any chance for you to kill him at all its at level 2-3. After that you will want to pick up sustain and farm it up, try to dodge his Q's so he can't force you out of lane and don't hit him if he activates his W, you'll only be giving him free health. If you suspect that galio wants to all in you with his ulti or during team fights, activate your ulti so that he will get stunned, this will cancel out his ultimate. (You will still take damage, but not as much. It will also cancel the taunt and could win you a team fight)
5/10 Even match up, farm it up.
Gangplank- You should win this match up, as everytime GP tries to Parley you, you can hit him back much harder. Make sure you don't get baited into All-inning when he has orange up, as he will just shrug off your stun and walk away while you burn your summoners and cooldowns. Once you hit 9 you should be able to double stun him with your ulti and multiple W's. You outscale GP by a landslide, if GP doesn't win early then he is going to be pretty useless later on. Just remember not to fight him inside of his ultimate, it does unexpectedly high damage if multiple cannons hit you.
3/10 Easy Match up
Garen- Garen is weak against ranged harass, easy lane for you. If he runs at you with his Q use your E to run away and keep up the harass. If you get caught with a Q it could be the death of you though, so be careful when your E is down unless you know you can stun him when he runs at you. Try not to let him abuse his passive by keeping up the harass and don't face check the brush and you will be fine in this lane. If Garen can't win early game and push down towers he won't be doing much later on. Try to wait for his W to go on cooldown before you all in him, it has a very long cooldown (30 seconds at rank 1)
2/10 Easy Match up
Irelia- Skill dependent match up. Make sure you watch your creeps to make sure she can't refresh her Q and jump onto you from there. She will definitely win trades and all ins, so it's your job to stay safe and poke at her. She scales very well into the late game and can shrug off your stuns. You should try to beat her levels 1-3 where her sustain and damage is still low.
Consider buying an early giants belt rather than twin shadows to help against her true damage. Randuin's Omen is a good late game defensive option against her to deal with her attack speed.
6/10 skill match up, I'd favor Irelia in most cases.
Jarvan IV- You can zone Jarvan easily in the early levels, E away if he EQ combos you, if he ults you use your own ulti and try to kite him as much as you can. Watch out for his burst damage, especially if he builds AD caster. If you try to all in him try to do it while his flagtoss is down, or he will be able to easily disengage, or even turn around on you and burst you. Consider buying early defenses to survive his all-in because if you're too squishy he'll be able to force your flash every time he ults.
3/10 Easy lane Early
8/10 Hard lane later, especially if he builds damage.
Jax- Jax has an auto attack dodge, a gap closer, and a stun to stop your E. Not a fun lane for kennen to be in. Early on you should be able to out trade his combo with your harass, but at 6 he will be able to all in you. You should be able to disengage with your ultimate and your E but make sure you don't stick around too long since most Jax's max Q against ranged champions for lowered cooldown on the gap closer. If possible set it up so you can stun him once he jumps on you with his E so that you can run away before he stuns you.
Jax scales well into the late game and has his own AOE stun and absurd damage, be careful and try not to feed him/let him splitpush his way to victory. When Jax hits 6 remember that every third attack will deal additional magic damage, so if you see him attack creeps twice back up because he'll probably want to jump on you with the third hit.
Jayce- Jayce is very similar to kennen, autoattack and poke champion with disengage. Kennen's early damage should be stronger. If you see him miss his E-Q combo that is a good time to go in. Be careful of letting him Hammer form E you away when you ult him. If he melee forms you post-6 just ult him and kite him around. His burst is much higher than yours but you should win a sustained fight. Note that if you flash his Melee Q you can avoid both the damage and the slow.
5/10 Even lane
Katarina- Similar to the Diana match up. You should win early and be able to zone her and force her to CS with Q. If she ever tries to fight you post 6 just use your ulti and decimate her. If she shunpos onto you kite her and auto attack her for free until she backs all the way off. You should be able to out trade her and outpoke her at all stages at the game as long as you are ready to cancel her ultimate.
Your only concern should be if she tries to shove and roam, but she has to stand next to minions to clear them out with W. Get free damage on her if she starts shoving the lane so that roaming will be riskier and shove back.
2/10 Easy lane.
Kayle- Her autoattacks will hurt more than yours and her slow is a major pain. You will not be able to out-trade her early. She will most likely be pushing the lane so just let the wave hit your tower and farm with Q. When the wave isn't at your tower land as much Q-W harass as you can. You will outscale her and be better in teamfights. Kayle's ulti is great for protecting a single target from burst damage but with Kennen you will be AOEing her entire team and you can save your spells for after Intervention wears off.
8/10 Difficult match up, try to make it to late game.
Kha'zix- You should beat him early, just dont let him get close. If he E's to jump in back off and attack from max range, when he is walking back to behind his creeps chase him for a bit and keep dealing free damage. Post 6 he will mostly be looking to clear the wave and back off with his spikes, in lane and in team fights if he ever jumps in simply ult him and lock him down.
2/10 Easy lane
Lee Sin- Lee should lose to you early as long as you don't get hit by all of his Q's. Stand behind minions and auto harass if him if he goes in for CS. Later on his sustain, shields, and slipperiness with W will be annoying, so it will be tough to kill him or poke him in lane. Just farm and outscale him, be careful not to let him kick you out in team fights, consider using zhonya's before he can kick you.
5/10 Even/Farm Lane
Malphite- Tanky top laner with an attack speed slow. Consider skipping the bilgewater and going AP and poking him down. Don't leave him alone for too long or he will get his passive back up. If he has to back off completely and miss CS to activate his passive that is great for you. Be careful of jungle ganks post 6 as his ulti combined with the jungler's CC will be able to catch you out.
4/10 Even/Farm Lane
Mordekaiser- Not many people still play Morde top but if they do just bully him early. Later on he will push nonstop, call for a jungle gank and with your stuns he should go down easily. Consider skipping the bilgewater in this lane if you are the one being pressured. When Morde is pushing it will be difficult to auto harass him through his shield. He shouldn't ever be able to kill you due to his lack of CC and melee Q/W abilities.
5/10 Even/Farm lane
Nasus- Easy lane, try to keep him down and deny him as he will turn into a monster late game. Wither can be annoying, so consider going straight AP. Your auto harass will still be a pain if you go AD and will force out withers that will run him out of mana, but you won't be able to finish him off most of the time. If you want to stay AD then consider rushing Blade of the Ruined King depending on his items. (If he's buying health and MR get BoTRK, if he's buying glacial shroud etc buy AP) With your poke you should be able to deny him and force him out of lane quite easily, just don't let him free farm since he does have quite a lot of life steal. If Nasus maxes E first for the wave clear just try to keep the wave pushed to his tower and force him to go OOM so that he can't scale his Q up. Beware of Wither in conjunction with jungle ganks and do not use your E while withered.
2/10 Easy Lane
Nidalee- Not many people still play Nidalee top but if they do-
AD: You should win early game hard, all in her. Later on it becomes a farm lane and she will out-sustain you. React to her build and get whatever she is not building resists for.
AP: Should be an easy match up, dodge spears and chain slow/stun her so she can't pounce away. She should die quickly.
In either case wait on your ignite before trying to all in because you could get baited by her heal. Don't force trades with her because she will outsustain you with her E, unless she builds no mana item and you know you can run her OOM while being able to sustain yourself.
AD- 6/10 try not to give her free towers
AP 3/10 Easy lane if you all in properly
Nunu- He snowballs you, consumes, and laughs. Try to build some sustain and poke him down until he is oom. Don't let him freely auto attack minions for his passive and you will be able to force him out of lane. Ward up because if you get hit with a snowball and the enemy jungler is nearby you are in big trouble. Watch out for cheesy strategies where he tries to solo/duo baron at 15 minutes.
5/10 Annoying lane
Olaf- Should be an extremely easy match up as long as you don't get chain slowed by axes. Kite, juke, harass, win lane. He will need ghost + his own ulti if he wants to have any hope of killing you, and in addition to that he will have to land all of his axes. Consider going Blade of the Ruined King against him and skipping out on the twin shadows or saving it for later. The move speed active and health drain could save your life from a ghost Olaf, but remember that you won't gain any move speed if Olaf's ultimate is on. (The active steals move speed and while he cannot be disabled he isn't slowed, therefore you gain nothing)
2/10 Easy Lane
Pantheon- He will out burst you and outpoke you. Try to get ahead levels 1-2 before he gets his full spell rotation up. His passive is very annoying in trades since it can block your autos and he can W to stop you during your E. Consider skipping bilgewater and try to poke him down with Q. Ward up so he can't freely jump midlane and try to get as much farm as you can, Pantheon falls off in the late game.
7/10 difficult lane
Poppy- You should be able to harass her easily, just don't let her stun you against a wall. Don't allow her to have short trades where she just EQ's you, keep attacking her from a distance until she backs all the way off. Poppy excels at short trades so just keep it going as much as you can without overextending and back off before her cooldowns refresh. Poppy has mana problems so if she tries to keep trading with you she will eventually go OOM. Poppy has very poor pushing power and isn't the best at farming under tower so just apply pressure and harass her under tower if possible. Don't try to kill her without ignite, Poppy passive baits are strong.
Chain slow items will be very effective at locking her down and preventing her from all-inning you with her ult. Poppy will win the trade if she all in's you so watch out for her tower dives. Try to kite around the tower as much as you can and when her ult expires stun her under it if she decides to stay around. If you don't think you will be able to kill her in this way just lightning rush away and stun her to disengage and hope she brought flash instead of ghost so she won't be able to catch up.
4/10 Easy Lane
Renekton- Renekton has a double dash, a stun, and is ridiculously tanky while being able to chunk your HP bar. Not a fun lane to be in. His Q sustain makes it hard to auto harass him since he can just jump on you. Consider skipping bilgewater and try to chunk him with magic damage since most renektons will get a hexdrinker at most for MR then go for items like Randuins and Sunfire Cape. Farm up as much as you can, Renekton is a pure tank you and you will provide much more damage and utility for your team.
8/10 Hard Lane
Rengar- Don't face check the bushes and the lane will be easy. Poke him down, make him take damage every time he tries to build ferocity stacks. His Bola Harass can actually be a huge pain but don't be afraid of it, just trade the damage back, you will win the trade. If Rengar jumps on you don't panic, just disengage and once you're at a safe distance auto attack to trade the damage back, you should come out ahead. Twin shadows can reveal him if you catch him before he stealths. Wards in the brush can be handy and allow you to harass more.
Get an early cloth armor if you're afraid of his burst damage.
2/10 Easy Lane
Riven- Poke her, E away if she tries to engage on you. Riven will need to burn her shield and Q charges to close the gap, greatly reducing her damage and trade potential. She will have to flash W your E if she wants any hope of being able to kill you. Even if she does you can just trade flash or chain stun her to force a disengage. As long as you play well there is no reason you should lose this lane. Just remember that even though Kennen has a large advantage in this match up Riven does have the potential to burst you down if you get out of position and let her combo you.
2/10 Easy Lane
Rumble- You should try to play aggressive and bully him levels 1-3. After that avoid getting caught by harpoons and taking flamespitter damage, rumble will out trade you. If you see him overheat try to kite him and don't let him auto attack you as it does a large amount of damage. Rumble is a powerful laner once he gets his spell rotation available so play safe and poke when you see good opportunities, but don't play too aggressively as he will be able to force you out of lane easily. If an engage does happen don't fight inside of his equalizer, you will melt.
6/10, winnable if you beat him early levels, otherwise difficult.
Shen- Harass him and be careful of taunts. Do not underestimate his damage potential, his Ki Strike and Q damage is actually high if he can get it off. If he tries to poke you with Q instead of going in with taunt make sure you poke him back and don't let him hit you for the regen. If you get taunted back away from minion aggro before reengaging. Counter build his resists and try to keep him under his turret to make sure he can't ult for free, if he leaves you should be able to deny him a large amount of CS and potentially take the turret. If he does ult you can most likely cancel it with your stun.
3/10 Easy lane (don't get taunted under his turret and hope your team plays around his ult)
Singed- Harass him, and if he tries to run at you for a fling kite him. If he ghosts or ults at you just E away and stun him. Simple match up. Singed outpushes you but only if you let him, zone him. If he tries to farm behind your tower just clear his wave with EW and don't let him draw too much pressure. If the jungler does decide to come help you it shouldn't be too hard to catch him with his tenacity nerf and your many slow items. I reccomend not sending 3 people to kill singed unless you have a sure kill as his team will probably take dragon or bot/mid turret when you chase Singed.
2/10 Easy Lane/Farm Lane
Swain- Tough lane, you have to win early. Once he hits 6 he will be able to outsustain your harass and slow you followed by a snare to stop your E. He will be unkillable no matter how you build, but you will do a lot more in team fights, just try to keep up in farm. If he is 6 and your jungler wants to gank him make sure you have ignite or he could just bait you and win 1v2 depending on how much damage output your jungler has. One option to survive this lane is to push up to his tower and force him to CS instead of bullying you, but remember to ward accordingly.
7/10 Difficult match up
Teemo- Teemo's constant auto harass hurts more than yours but your spells and burst are more effective than his. If you land a stun on him he should die, just be careful of his blind. Don't get baited into shrooms and the lane should be easy. Make sure you let your jungler know where his mushrooms are if you want a gank.
4/10 Easy Lane.
Tryndamere- Auto harass him and kite him if he E's in. Don't let him gain free fury on the creeps and let him heal, apply constant pressure. If he ults try to keep him stunned and slowed in place so that you can finish him off once it ends. If possible try to land your ignite on Tryndamere just before his ultimate ends. This will lower the heal from his Q and finish him off as his ult ends. Don't try towerdiving him, just force him out of lane and take any towers that you can, as he will probably become a split pushing nuisance later. If you want to roam make sure you push your lane out, as giving Tryndamere any towers will be a large problem later in the game.
3/10 Easy Lane
Udyr- You will be able to harass and kite him with ease early on, but once he gets a good number of points in turtle stance it'll simply become a farm lane. Get as much poke off as you can and run him out of mana since turtle no longer restores mana on-hit. Try to win the lane early on and get free turret damage whenever you can, as he has no way to stop you.
4/10 Easy/Farm lane
Urgot is very weak when you are at your strongest, levels 1-3. You should be able to bully him and deny him. Once Urgot gets to around level 5 his harass will be very powerful, try to dodge his E so he can't lock his Q's onto you. If he misses his E go aggressive on him. Post 6 he may try to catch you and all in you with his ulti, but as long as you have your E up and he doesn't cancel it with his ulti you should be okay. Depending on whether he rushes damage or tankiness it may be a farm lane. Urgot will almost definately win an all in if he lands his E, so be careful.
6/10, win early and try to snowball, Dodge his E otherwise his Q's will chunk you out of lane.
Vi is should be easy to deal with pre-6. If she Q's at you just disengage and poke her down while she runs back to her side of the lane. Once she hits 6 beware of her gap closing and burst potential, especially in conjunction with jungle ganks. Consider building a little defense so she can't instantly burst you once she hits 6. If you survive her initial burst you should be able to stun lock her with your own ulti, as she will have no escapes left. Remember that she can't be disabled when she ults, save your marks for after she finishes using it.
7/10 Post 6 Skill match up, you can win if you avoid getting caught and poke her down before she initiates.
Vladimir- Many people think Vladimir is a tough lane for kennen, but with this build it is easy to force vlad out of lane early or get first blood. Levels 1-5 you will destroy him and his Q sustain won't be enough due to the long cooldown. If Vlad starts 9 pots just try to all in him and force him to play passive or kill him. Later on the match up will be harder but if you got an early lead you should be able to keep it. If you plan to kill him post 7 you probably will want to wait for your ignite and all-in him. Trading is not something you want to do against Vlad.
2/10 levels 1-6
7/10 levels 7+
Wukong- Harass Wukong and E away if he E's you, if he is greedy he will probably try to auto attack you before using his Q to maximize his damage, but you will be able to get out of range. If he tries to cyclone then ulti and move away from him. You can easily tell when he decoys because it won't have any of your passive marks on it. Beware of his burst potential, especially if he builds for damage. (Brutalizer, BT, etc) Wukong has no sustain in his kit and if he builds life steal then you will be able to trade with him easily, take advantage of this..
3/10 Easy Match Up Bruiser Wukong
6/10 Skill Match Up AD Caster Wukong
Xin Zhao- Xin Zhao has a gap closer and can easily slow you and knock you up, dealing immense damage. He will probably have to use his first 1-2 Q strikes on minions if he wants to knock you up during your E though. Once his E is down try to kite him and trade the damage back, otherwise he will flat out win the lane for free. Unfortunately Xin has a fair bit of sustain from his W so this is difficult as well. Try to do your best and survive the lane, you should be able to outscale him as long as you are able to peel him off of your ADC in team fights. Difficult match up, consider early ninja tabi/armguard.
8/10 Hard lane
Yorick- Yorick harasses and sustains hard, you will have to kill him levels 1-3 if you want to get an edge in the lane. His ghouls can block your Q, which is a pain. You will outscale him greatly so just keep your farm up and try to sustain. If you do plan on all inning him make sure you have your ignite to reduce his healing and be careful of his ulti, as he may be able to force a 1 for 1 trade after you kill him.
When laning against Yorick make sure to utilize the brush. Walking into a bush will deaggro his ghouls unless he has vision of the bush. (He can ward the bush or spam W to keep ghoul aggro on you, but this will force him to spend more money or burn his mana pool faster, so it doesn't hurt to try using the bushes)
6/10 Annoying/Farm Lane
Zac- Zac can't really do anything to you early on in lane. Just poke him down and make him drink all of his health pots, you probably won't be able to kill him because of his passive and sustain. This is mostly a farm lane although his all in's can be scary if you don't see him coming at you with his E/Ultimate. Try to stun him before he ults because he gains a large amount of tenacity while bouncing.
Either go full Blade of the Ruined King or skip the cutlass in this lane, the cutlass alone won't be enough to poke him down.
Remember to step on his blobs or zone him away from them to keep his sustain down if you can. It'll make a large difference in the long run.
Ward well, Zac is very powerful in conjunction with jungle ganks due to his CC, initiation range, and damage.
5/10 farm lane, you win pre-6
Zed- You will beat him early but once he hits 6 he can burst you like nothing. If Zed uses his living shadow to poke you, back off as he will be able to E twice while it is up. Once Zed's shadow is down play aggressive as it has a long cooldown (Around 20 seconds depending on whether or not he double E'd you). If Zed tries to all in you Ult and stun him with your spells and disengage with E, then hope you survive his burst. His Ult is on a lower cooldown than your own, so play passive when your ult is down. Consider rushing zhonya's to cancel his ult's damage. He will push the lane nonstop and poke at you under tower, consider maxing Q to farm more easily under tower.
2/10 Easy pre-6
7/10 Hard Post-6
1/10 Laugh once you buy zhonya's