Kensei 4.2 in depth guide(I change my build) by SpyBlueMaNN

Kensei 4.2 in depth guide(I change my build)

By: SpyBlueMaNN
Last Updated: May 9, 2019
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Kensei

Build: Recovering from killing changes

Ability Path

Immovable Mind
Heroic Perk
Lotus Strike
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Kensho
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Path of the Ronin
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Threat Hero Notes
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Phinn easy dogde all of his skill
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Kestrel be careful not to underestimate her early
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Grace easy dogde her B but her ult is a problem. Rush mortal wounds
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SAW Lane bully try to let your team help or switch lane. His still an easy kill though.
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Gwen anoying and can escape your empowered attack
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Lyra Really pain in the ass without poison shiv. Escape her B by using Your B
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Baptiste His B is a strong zoning rush reflex block and poison shiv
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Adagio like Lyra .His range can tilt you
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San Feng very tanky but his passive spoiled everything
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Fortress He is no joke right now
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Krul You escape from him easily but don't 1v1 him before you have poison shiv and atlas proton
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Tony even match-up
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Ylva In blizt very annoying
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Kinetic even match-up. Who ever stun first wins
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Taka Based on mind games. If your able to use empowered when he is using Kaku, you won't panic.
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Ringo he bully you early
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Yates Try not to get pull
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Lorelai just dodge her A but her B is quite a challenge. she will punished you if she ult on your target.
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Idris pretty hard actually. He has better powerspike than you and has better laning phase. Frustrating to fight but late game you rekt em unless he's fulll glass cannon
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Malene Very anoying
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Catherine Her A is braindead.. Avoid attacking her when she has her B. Her ult is a disengage and engaged ability so try to not get hit the silence hurts his mobility.
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Glaive Rush reflex block and atlas proton. Don't 1v1 him early on
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Blackfeather Should not 1v1 at all stages you know why
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Grumpjaw This powerhouse can overwhelmed you. Try to avoid his skillshots or play safe when champ. Remember you can kill him easily with your passive but don't underestimate grump reputation.
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Lance Like caterine but more tilting. His B is a no-no for you. Try to dodge his A if you get hit used your B to safely escaped. Remember to kill him when his oncool down .
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Koshka Absolutely chaos can one shot you. She can tilt you easily in ur mid and early. Try to out mobile her. Rush reflex block or even slumber husk. Her late suck so you rekt take that opportunity and let karma satisfied you.
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Anka Very dangerous early and mid. You will always pop up like a balloon and 100% lose the lane. She's too op best to buy slumber husk make sure you and your team land a cc on her or not end of the world
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Reza This dude can one shot you.
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Joule Very tilt your head. It's nearly impossible to dogde her B. I recommend to spam empowered attack and try to get behind her.

Key to deal damages current patch Top

Alright tension bow is Nerf. Would now recommended not to build it.

Kensei now can abuse items that grants on hit effects . In my opinion Bonesaw is way to go.
2 reason
1.Provide good stat with kensei overall ,the attack speed ,wp.Hit harder and faster = stronger and more barrier
2. Synergies your passive perfectly,it helps you to kill tank faster.It is quite good and weird
Building Pure high weapon power like Sorrowblade and Serpent Mask provide strong barrier on Immovable Mind .
While items grants attack speed proc Immovable Mind barrier more faster.
I use to say crit is not viable. I underestimated the power it provides. Tyrant's Monocle best crit item to buy due the the stat is very strong and synergies perfectly with kensei . It Makes him deal more damage.

Pros and Cons Top

Pros
•High damage output
•Good scaling
•tank killer
•Multiple and creative ways of him to do plays therefore very unpredictable
•Versatile utility
•Strong peeling or engaged Lotus Strike and Path of the Ronin
•High mobile
•High Outplayed potential
•Good at Teamfight
•Rewarding when master
•Fun to play
•Sexy dude
Cons
•Hard to master
•Required allot of game and match-up knowledge
•Very squishy (easily one shot by burts)
•Uncomfortable Playstyle
•Expensive Build Path
•caught in with CC equals g
g game over
•Easily counter by CC burst and zoning
•Weakness point during channeling ult

Combos Top

Basic dps combo
Locked on target Auto attack immediately Lotus Strike then character automatically do auto attack, repeat this process again.
•Note that this one of his his main source of dps he can do this when or while moving or chasing enemies .You don't need to kit or stutterd step
Second combo unseen double attack
You auto attack immediately Activate Kensho ,you can animations cancel reset
•give decent burst and surprise enemies with your empower attack
Third combo adding empowered attack
You can use your empowered attack by adding it to dps combo or at any time you fighting.

Tips and tricks Top

1.Escaping Roots
You escape roots or snared by simply tapping Kensho on enemy.Very useful when getting caught by the jungle monster, the one that root you.
•Beware that your Kensho is your Basic range
•Hence must be in Range

2. Kensho stance
•If you are not certain what to empower consider taking advantage of your Kensho stance
•This generates forfill health, somehow allows you to absorb some damage
•Remember tapping Kensho will cancel any target locked with target, and you character will not move unless you do
•Hence you can be creative either bait enemy or even do some trading before unleashing your next empowered abilities.

3. Kenshoas Gapcloser

•Imagine you walk towards an enemy that is walking really slow ,activating Kensho sent a instant basic attack propel kensei backwards.
•Then you walk Bypass your target and activated Kensho. You notice that kensei leap backwards but actually propelling foward direction away from target
•Therefore use this as a gapcloser to nearby minons to close to target and decide what empowered you wanna land to enemy
•Not only that by exploring certain angle you will understand where his ganna back off. Practicing and mastering his Kensho is important in order to set plays as a Kensei player.
Your abilities apply stacks
•it's important to land your ability to get stack from passive
•reach 3 your next basic attack you get barrier
•It's important to keep attacking and using abilities but be careful you need mobility in order to escape from misplay
•Hitting enemy the better chance of surviving from attacks due Immovable Mind
•Remember you get stacks from heroes or jg or epic monster not minions. You need to land a hit to get stacks.
4.WEIRD thing with Lotus Strike
Lotus Strike Kensei perfom a short dash and slash his blade in a cone or an arc or that clean blade chop thingy .
•you don't have to make sure landing Lotus Strike cone slash directly to enemy .He can instantly deal damages once activated Lotus Strike.
•THEREFORE dashing through your target still deal damages before Kensei do the cone slash.
•This rule still applies to his empowered Lotus Strike
•This combo I called **** move :
•Used Kensho and get close to target as possible then use empowered Lotus Strike to bypass the enemy at the same time dealing damage and applies a GOD damm slow without hitting that cone slash of Lotus Strike.In summary you deal damages immediately no matter if you don't land the cone slash as long you are hitting and in range with enemies. Remember its instant damages. Use the combo earlier to flank or escaped. Note the combo you don't have to get close but the closer you are the farther you cover distance for your escape.

Laning phase Top

Straight foward, your basic is quite long for a melee hero in vainglory so it's a bit easy to farm. Poke with your basic attack especially against melee match-up .Whenever you get passive barrier, use this opportunity to trade such as start playing aggressive. Use your dps combo on enemy, you get at least receive two passive barrier then use B kensho safely escaped safely Preventing enemy from counter attack ,you can also use the stance to absorb some damage or if you have aim and enjoy freebies or to bait because your jungler or team are coming to help you (use empowered to overkill the buffet).You can whatever you want to do with kensei abilities. Be creative like use your Kensho gapcloser trick to cover enemies escaped path and land a empowered attack or use two Lotus Strike cast then Kensho use third Lotus Strike empowerment either escaped or slow down enemies. It's your game so feel free to explore and play around with kensei laning phase nothing is wrong unless you are feeding. Best advice is to play smart, read your opponent don't mindlessly engaged.

Teamfight Top

Empowerment
Very crucial to land these attacks because it's a skill shot. Missing can be punishable.
Engage with empowered ult can be a strong peeling for you and your team.
Kensei can kill both front line and backline with ease.
You can flank enemies.
But beware that his late game is strong but he is not a God.
You need to be patient don't be greedy and timing is very important .

Common mistake Top

•Wasting your Lotus Strike, remember even though you have allot of mobility you need to use it smartly.
•Not using empowered abilities
•Don't time well
•Don't build right defense on the current situation
•Always using Kensei

Summary Top

HoweverHe requires skill than average heroes, He has versatile empowered mechanics and allot of tricks you can do with Kensho , Lotus Strike and strong ultimate Path of the Ronin
Therefore a good kensei knows when to strike and reposition while maintaining damage with perfect timing in dodging do personal plays . Remember always do decision when playing the dude you will learn opportunity is very big. Remember it all started with mastering Kensho so practice it do some cool and creative tricks using your way,so be creative . Kenseican do allot of things hence why Kensei is very unpredictable

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