IntroductionPantheon mid lane, something you might not have seen before, though it is very strong. Lets talk about his pro's and con's in mid lane.
To start with the true power of pantheon is assasination, with the build I reccomend you you will have loads of AD and armor penatration, resulting in a lot of burst damage.
Secondly pantheon has a very strong crow control, his W which makes him leap to target enemy and stun them.
Also Pantheon can roam around the map with ease after level 6 by jumping to top, bot lane or jungle, with the range of his ult he has to walk just a small amount before he can jump to bot or top lane.
As last point pantheon also has his Q (spear throw) with which he can harras his opponent in mid lane.
First the biggest con of pantheon, he is very mana hungry.
Then he also has no escapes, which makes him very vurnerable to jungle ganks.
Patheon's ulti takes a long time before it can deal damage, and it is also easy to evade if you are aware of it coming.
Runes and MasteriesFor runes and masteries it is important that you take a mix of damage and a bit of defense.
I take the extra points in cooldown reduction in the offense tree just so you can use your spells that little bit more. For the rest I just go everything for attack damage in the offense tree.
In the defense tree it is important that you take the health increase and the magic resist so you can survive mid lane.
For my runes I make sure again to get a mix of damage and defense, grabbing AD quins and reds since your main abilities E&Q scale off attack damage. For yellows I take health, just so I can take a little more punishment and for blues I take magic resist so the opponent mid laner deals less damage to me, since they will probably be AP.
Flash: I take flash so I can initiate combined with my W, to secure kills or to escape from jungler ganks, just making it over all very viable on pantheon mid.
Ignite: I take ignite to be able to secure kills in lane, since pantheons early game damage isn't that high.
Item BuildsIf you play pantheon, you want to assisante, therefore I take a lot of armor penatration and damage, resulting in your E (heartseeker strike) dealing about 1200 damage late game. Which makes you able to do a lot of damage.
If the enemy team focusses you it is important to get a frozen mallet, a guardian angel or both, since you don't to die early in the fight, cause that would make it very hard for you to get their carries down before going down yourself.
Black clever and phage are essential, cause they give you a bit of health, and in the black clever's case, tons of damage.
How to play throughout the gameEarly game:
Early game it is important to harras as much as you can, since pantheon is pretty item reliant to deal enough damage. Also you should try to not push up your lane to far, since that will make you very vurnerable to jungle ganks and you have no real escape included, and then you will have to flash.
In the mid game it is important that you play aggresive, if you at least have a black clever and a phage.
This is because pantheon is at his strongest in the mid game, so make sure you make use of that.
Late game you have to play carefull with pantheon, and wait for a good opportunity to jump on their high priority targets, if you don't do this, this can get you killed.
In teamfights it is important that you focus high priority targets, like the AD carry. Since pantheon has a lot of burst potential you should always jump on the most important target of the enemy team, to take him down as quickly as possible. Also you should make good use of your ulti to secure high priority kills, help teammates, or just be in the teamfight as quick as possible. But! do not use it when the teamfght has already started, cause you do way more damage with your normal abilities and if you ult if the teamfight has already started, you can't focus down the carry fast enough.
Final CommentsWell, I hope you make use of this guide, learned something of it and have fun playing this beast guy mid lane!