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League of Legends Kayn Guide– Runes & Summoner Spells
Kayn’s runes mainly depend on which form you want to go for. There are two typical rune sets – one for each form. Let’s start with Rhaast (Red Form), since it’s the most versatile out of the two.
As Rhaast, Kayn gains more sustain with its passive, making him an all-out healing bruiser. Using Conqueror further enhances his strength, allowing him to duel both aggressively & defensively.
Last Stand has good synergy with this form as well, since your immobility will make you tank more damage than usual. Nimbus Cloak is the best rune for both chasing & running away from enemies, while Transcendence is the other strongest rune in the Sorcery Tree, thanks to the Ability Haste.
If you’re planning on going for Blue Kayn, instead, you should pick Dark Harvest. This is very much self-explanatory: Darkin is an assassin & he will inflict insane burst damage. Proc’ing Dark Harvest for a champion like him is extremely easy, and once he has a takedown, the cooldown will be refreshed.
These are the most effective items for Kayn. While the two forms require distinct items, there’s isn’t much choice in each form’s build. Like previously mentioned, you will focus on different stats so just build accordingly to the game & pick the right items. (Edit: Darkin is Shadow Assassin, not Rhaast)
Kayn’s ability order also mutates in-between forms. Maxing Q is better when you want to go for Rhaast, while max W instead for blue Kayn since you will be spamming it a lot more. Max E last and R whenever possible.
During the Early Game…
When playing Kayn, your main goal in the early game is to reach your form as soon as possible. You will get an extremely strong spike when achieving it. Reach level 3 in order to start ganking around the map & pick up the orbs that will allow you to transform.
Remember that orbs will be different depending on if you’re damaging a melee or a ranged champion. If you want to become Shadow Assassin, then focus on ganking ranged enemies, otherwise fight melee ones for Rhaast. In most cases, Rhaast is more effective because it is more forgiving execution-wise. Blue Kayn requires much more attention due to its innate squishiness.
Later Into the Game
When playing as Red Kayn, you will most likely look for flanks & be the main engage for the team. You can throw yourself as a decoy, ult any possible target (possibly a tankier one, since it heals more you) then continue to fight spamming Q & W.
As Shadow Assassin, you will also be looking for flanks. However, your focus will be on the enemy’s backline, primarily focusing on the ADC. If you manage to do so, your job is basically done. Deal as much damage as possible & sneak in & out from the fight using your E.
With the recent item changes, Kayn has become more relevant in the meta. His versatility & flexibilty makes him a valuable blind-pickable choice, when you don’t know which enemies you will be up against. His kit is also very fun & engaging, while not being mechanically-intensive. You will be able to learn him very quickly so don’t discourage yourself!
What are you waiting for? Jump in Summoner’s Rift & play Kayn, the Shadow Reaper!
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