League of Legends: How the Pros are Building Sett

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We look at how the best League of Legends players in the world are building the newest champion, Sett.

Sett has been out for a couple of days and many players are already bringing him out into their League of Legends ranked games. There have been plenty of discussions as to which lane Sett performs best at and how to build him, so we are looking to the best League of Legends players to see how they are playing Sett to his maximum effectiveness.

Lane

According to U.GG pro players are running Sett mainly in two lanes, top and mid. However, as expected, he is far more prevalent as a top lane pick at the moment. About 75% of Sett games played by professional players in solo queue take him into the top lane.

Even though he is being played primarily in top and mid, pro players have experimented with him in the jungle and support roles. We see that both Jankos and Broxah have taken him into the jungle without much success and Mikyx has tried him out in the support role as well. Neither of these seems to be very promising roles for the Boss, but it’s good that pro players are experimenting with the newest champion.

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Runes

Right now, Conqueror is far and away the most-used rune for Sett, according to pro players. In 75% of matches, pros are running Conqueror with Resolve as the secondary tree.

Drilling down a bit further, in the Precision tree pro players are taking two minor runes almost universally along with Conqueror: Triumph and Last Stand. For the last minor rune in Precision, it’s a split decision between Legend: Alacrity and Legend: Tenacity, with Tenacity having a slight edge. My guess is that players will choose Tenacity unless the enemy team has little CC, in which case they go Alacrity.

In the Resolve tree, there is a pretty big split among players as to what the best minor runes are. There really isn’t a clear consensus, with pro players taking everything from Bone Plating to Revitalize to Demolish to Shield Bash.

Skill order

It’s no contest, W max on Sett is the way to go according to pro players. His W – Haymaker is the ability that does the damage in front of him in a cone with a small line down the middle that does true damage. Almost all of them will go W first as well, taking a point in each skill (W>E>Q) before maxing W.

As far as the next skill to max, Q or E, it’s a bit more split but generally, players seem to be favoring maxing E over Q. This means that players value his CC ability more than his Q – Knuckle Down, which gives him more rapid punches and damage. All of this indicates that pro players do not see Sett as an auto-attacking champion, but one who needs his abilities to do damage.

Items

The most commonly-built item on Sett so far is Black Cleaver, which confirms the suspicion that players care more about getting his abilities off cooldown and giving him more tankiness than specing to his auto-attacks. After Cleaver, Titanic Hydra is the next-most commonly built item, all but confirm that he is being played as a juggernaut/bruiser. Steraks is a natural next item for him to build after these two and, indeed, it is the third-most commonly-built item on Sett.

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Now, it is worth noting that some players are electing to Trinity Force instead of Black Cleaver, so I would imagine that is a good option in games where you are facing teams with less armor and tanks. After all of these items, there really aren’t any hard-and-fast rules. You have the option of going full tank (Spirit Visage, Warmogs, Deadman’s Plate are all popular defensive items) or a bit more offensive if you’d like (GA, Wit’s End, Frozen Mallet), but the choice is yours!