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Counter Tips to Beat Skarner


Skarner

The Crystal Vanguard

Skarner is played in the jungle

Azir Head Image

Abilities

Passive – Shurima’s Legacy
Q – Conquering Sands
W – Arise
E – Shifting Sands
R – Emperor’s Divide

Counter Champions

Trundle Xin Zhao Counter Champion
Olaf Irelia Counter Champion
Nunu

Counter Items

Quicksilver Sash
Quicksilver Sash

Introduction

Skarner is a tanky jungler that boasts move speed increases and CC, as well as extra artificial durability. He clears the jungle well, and is a deceptively good duelist thanks to his Fracture ability. and his Crystalline Exoskeleton.

He also starts a minigame involving Crystal Spires that can cause the entire playing field to shift in his favor in a fight. Still, all these mechanics mean that things can go wrong for him if he is misplayed, or outplayed, let's talk about how to do the latter.

Abilities


Passive – Shurima’s Legacy

Passive – Crystal Spires

Skarner's presence causes crystals to spawn in set locations around the map. While near crystals his team owns, Skarner gains tremendous movement speed, attack speed, and mana regeneration.

Q – Conquering Sands

Q – Crystal Slash

Skarner lashes out with his claws, dealing physical damage to all nearby enemies and charging himself with Crystal Energy for several seconds if a unit is struck. If he casts Crystal Slash again while powered by Crystal Energy, he deals bonus magic damage.

W – Arise

W – Crystalline Exoskeleton

Skarner gains a shield and has increased Movement Speed while the shield persists.

E – Shifting Sands

E – Fracture

Skarner summons a blast of crystalline energy which deals damage to enemies struck and slows them. Basic attacking these enemies within a short window will stun them.

R – Emperor’s Divide

R – Impale

Skarner suppresses an enemy champion and deals damage to it. During this time, Skarner can move freely and will drag his helpless victim around with him. When the effect ends, the target will be dealt additional damage.

Our Top Counter Tips For Skarner


Skarner has a move speed boost, but without a blink or dash, knockback abilities are still strong against him, especially if they're used after or while he's used his Crystalline Exoskeleton, since he won't be able to chase as hard when it's deactivated.

Doing enough damage to Skarner will break his shield, and remove his movement speed bonus, weakening his chase potential, and the likelihood that you get pulled into his team.

Buy a QSS against Skarner. It'll remove a lot of Skarners value in his team comp.

Don't run into the jungle when Skarner is chasing you, unless you have help. The Spires make him capable of chasing you down easier, and hurting you worse.

Champions That Counter Skarner


Trundle Xin Zhao Counter Champion

Trundle

You can do so much more than just fighting him. You can deny him much of his movement speed increase with a well timed Pillar of Ice. You also scale hard enough to fight him one on one in the midgame.

Olaf

Olaf

He cannot CC you, and you can carve through his shield. You do more damage, and while your ult does make your squishier, with a defensive items, it's negligible, as you eat through his health.

Nunu

Nunu

You can just permaslow him, and then laugh emote. He'll never catch anyone you're protecting.

Itemization


Quicksilver Sash

Quicksilver Sash

Sunfire Cape

Mikaels Crucible

A QSS or Mikaels is a good pickup, otherwise, just have health, the damage he does later in the game isn't very high, so actual defense types (Armor, MR) should be chosen based on the actual damage dealers of the enemy team.