Sylas, Champion Guide

What is yours, is mine!

Sylas
Hey there!

Riot once again breaks the barrier of creativity (sort of) with this last champion added to the game. First of all, after the success of Zoe’s “Summoner’s Spell Steal” (which gives you the option to copy your enemy’s crucial abilities); consequently, you have the chance to copy your allies “looks” with Neeko, making this “copy” gaming mechanics somehow interesting. Furthermore, this new “theme” of skills can give you more entertaining options in every game. Besides the randomness of your teammate’s picks, you now have different options to “steal” between your enemy’s arsenal. Therefore, the “fun factor” can reach higher levels of entertainment when you’re experimenting between your chosen “lane” and later on with interesting team-fights.

This time around, with the last acquisition of the (seemly) never-ending roster, you get more options to
have fun in your matches. In this Sylas champion Guide, we’ll go through the new elements that he brings to the
table. Above all, the new interactions
that you can witness after activating the “Ultimate” that he possesses.
Similarly to the previous two “copy” champions, you’ll have lots of fun
experimenting the different outcomes that may go through in any particular
match, expecting the unexpected. Even more, we’ll dive deep between the other
abilities that Sylas the Unshackled
contains, what roles he shines on, and what possible builds can improve your
playstyle to keep you ahead of the game.

Breaking the chains (Lore)

Being born in a low-income family, with natural magic, and
between the walls of Demacia; creates a total mixture of problems in the
future. Therefore, when his parents noted the “gifts” from their son, they had no other choice but to give him the advice of turning himself to the authorities.
Sylas, having no other option, he followed his parent’s
wishes and left the house within a shortage.

Sylas
Magic For the Win!

The “mageseekers”
though, had “pity” on him; and after realizing about his power to recognize
other’s people magical abilities, they gave him another task to comply.
Therefore, Sylas was now acting as a “snitch” to help his captives about
possible discrepancies from magical beings. As a result, like a well-trained dog, he was able to “sniff” the magic capabilities from other Demacian citizens and report them for
imprisonment. Due to his effectiveness, Sylas was able to witness some
discrepancies in his society, involving influences. In contrast to enslave all
the possible “evildoers,” he quickly
found that only the people of the “lower grounds” took full punishments; while the higher and important families got
more privileges and protection instead.

Still though, feeling ambiguous about his role in Demacia,
he kept his oath through the years. Sadly, this “arrangement” took its toll when an accident occurred in a
particular case. First of all, after touching powerful
magical power in a young girl, Sylas was able to “steal” her potential,
creating catastrophe with bursts of
energy. After the commotion, he soon figures
out that his accident had taken the life of three people and consequently
making things worse for him. Within a couple of hours, he was now between bars
in what it seems for the rest of his
life.

Possible Roles in League of Legends

Like the other “copy” champions from League of Legends,
Sylas the unshackled has the potential to
be quite versatile. Due to his ability to use Ultimates from your enemies, different roles can take advantage of his
randomness and the potential to keep the other squad in confusion.

Mid-Lane

Being an “AP” champion, this role is probably the most common for him to master. Most noteworthy, by standing near the minion wave, you always can obtain experience; which to Sylas, it takes priority instead of continuing the “last hit” chore that we all have to endure. Due to his lack in the “health” department, this is probably your best take when you’re between the first couple of minutes. Furthermore, Sylas lacks long range attacks which the enemy mid-lane can take advantage if you’re not careful enough.

Jungle

Sylas
Everything you do, I can do better!

If you’re careful enough, you have the option to use the
enemy’s jungle for your advantage. Therefore, when they less expect any
encounters, move quickly and use your chains to give a surprise attack and move
near your enemies. Consequently, you always need to be precise when you’re
using this champion for possible Ganks in
the middle of a match. Above all, remember that your movement is limited to
cooldowns, which means that once you go in, there’s no turning back.

Support

Sylas
Need a hand?

The ability to steal one enemy’s ultimate is all you’ll need
if you’re trying to go in this role as Sylas. Consequently, the only tasks
required in the early stages of this lane are to get as many levels as possible and keep your carry alive. Indeed, when the “fun” part starts, use your
“copying” abilities to create chaos within
the team-fights and help your squad for any engagements. Above all, remember to
keep every possible ward on the map to prevent possible “Ganks” and give more
information about the enemy’s whereabouts.

Top-Lane

Due to some similarities with the Middle-Lane, your approach
on “top” is probably similar. Remember to keep some distance between the
minions and the enemy champion. Therefore, if you’re dealing with a range
adversary, retreat to heal and use your surroundings wisely. Likewise, it is fundamental that
you keep that experience bar in progress, the more levels you’re able to obtain
in the lane, the better.

Pros and Cons

Pros

Versatile

Besides his Ultimate ability, Sylas contains with different skills that pretty much help in achieving
different tasks in the game. Due to his arsenal, it is hard to “ping” him for a
singular role in every possible game through the League of Legends “uneven”
matchmaking. As a result, you have the opportunity to counter any possible
threats and accomplice your team for
better chances of winning. Therefore, doing some queue in the ranked
atmosphere, you have better options to strategize
with your teammates and create better opportunities.

Good defensive skills

Sylas
I came here to Win it!

Between your ability combo,
you’ll probably find out that some protections may trigger from time to time. That’s
right, with Abscond/Abduct (E), you’re able to trigger a shield that can help
you in keeping you active for a longer time in a random encounter. At the same
time, you can use the same ability to deal more damage to your enemies and win
some team fights in the process. Furthermore,
with some equipment that can boost your AP “numbers,” the protection will be
more robust to get through.

Great passive

Feel your enemies “regret”
as you keep throwing abilities and triggering your passive at the same time.
Since you need to be as close as possible between fights, the damage that you’ll
deal over time will be hard to bear. Most noteworthy, being an AOE (Area of
Effect) damage, even though you’re focusing all the damage in an enemy, his
allies may feel the “love” as well.

Stealing capabilities

Sylas
Nice Ult you get there mate

What makes this champion unique is the most substantial element that Sylas possess.
With the ability to borrow and use the enemy’s Ultimates at will, you have the “trump card” that can create chaos within the
game. Therefore, in the middle of any team fight, the enemy’s squad can never assure what Ultimate is going
to change “sides” and hurt their chances of winning. In contrast, always
remember to use your “stealing skills” wisely and keep an eye for your cooldowns,
when you master this champion, everything will feel more natural for you in every match.

Cons

Low Health

Being an “AP” champion, Sylas shares the disadvantages that
this archetype always suffers. That is a
low health pool that can easily banish if you’re not careful enough. Therefore,
you always need to keep an eye of your
positioning; the less they can target you, the better. Also, being “squishy”
can be troublesome in the early stages of every match, with low levels, you can
quickly die if you’re not careful enough. As a result, it is advisable that you
keep your distance and sacrifice last hits to maintain your presence in the
lane.

Some bad Ultimate
interactions

Sadly, the “stealing”
wonders of the Ultimate may not work correctly
with the vast roster that League of Legends contains. Due to this troublesome
reason, if you steal the ultimate of some specific champions, your ability won’t be
as useful as it should be. Most
noteworthy, when you copy some skills, it
always counts your stats to deal with the
damage. Consequently, if you’re stealing an ultimate that requires “AD” stats
when you use it, the damage may be less impactful
as it should be.

Sylas
Nothing to worry about!

No range for attacks

It may be “weird” at first when you are mastering an AP
champion with no damage from afar. Because you count with a lower health pool,
you’re always in constant jeopardy between
the damage you make, and how much you can handle. As a result, you need to
master the art of “positioning” with this character to keep your presence for a
prolonged time on the lane. Above all, in
the late game, your bought equipment kind
of keep this disadvantage to maximize your damage in the ability department.

Cooldowns

The nightmare of every AP champion is dealing with the time
that they have to wait to continue with the “pain train” from their abilities.
First of all, is your primary source of damage, its always recommendable
to keep an eye for those pesky “cooldowns,”
before, in the middle, and after an
encounter. In contrast, the mana pool in League of Legends is more forgiving, making
it less stressful for you. Above all, the more you play with a particular
champion, the more familiarized you’re going to be with the different cooldowns
that every ability possesses. Due to this same reason, you’ll find it more comfortable and natural the more you keep practicing.

Abilities

Sylas
So many paths to choose!

Petricite Burst
(Passive)

Sylas
Petricite Burst

Description: After
casting a spell, Sylas’s next basic attack whirls his energized chains around
him dealing bonus magic damage to enemies hit.

Tips: With this passive,
you better keep those abilities on cooldown all the time. As a result, you’ll
become an AOE (Area of Effect) monster that continuously
damages those enemies that want to get a
little closer than usual. Above all, remember that this passive doesn’t require
more mana to be triggered. Instead, you
need to do right-clicks between abilities
to take full advantage.

Chain Lash (Q)

Sylas
Chain Lash

Description:
Sylas lashes his chains out, intersecting at his targeted location dealing
damage to and slowing enemies. After a delay, magical energy explodes from the
intersection point dealing damage and increasing the slow.

Tips: When
mastered, this ability alone can give you a lot of last hits and therefore,
more money will be going to your wallet. Most noteworthy, always keep an eye to
where you click when you use this
powerful “weapon,” because that will be
the center of all the damage you’ll make. Consequently,
if you aim this ability around the middle of the minion wave, the better for
you and your income.

Kingslayer (W)

Sylas
Kingslayer

Description: Sylas
lunges at an enemy with magical force dealing execute based damage and healing
himself against enemy champions.

Tips: With this
tool, you’ll be able to keep your enemies as close as possible. We all know
that pesky “Flash” that is used sometimes to get out of trouble. Therefore, if
you’re using the “W” correctly, your enemies won’t
have that “glorious” escape that the Summoner’s Spell provides.

Abscond / Abduct (E)

Sylas
Abscond / Abduct

Description: Sylas
dashes and gains a shield. Sylas can recast the ability to throw his chains
out, pulling himself to an enemy he hits.

Tips: This is probably the most loved gaming mechanic in the Riot studio. Similarly to all the other champions with this “hook,” you’ll have the chance to aim for your enemies and begin an encounter as close as possible. Likewise, if you’re familiar to similar abilities (like the Leona’s Zenith Blade), you’ll probably need less time to master it.

Hijack (R)

Sylas
Hijack

Description: Sylas
hijacks a targeted enemy, allowing him to cast their ultimate ability as they
would throw it, based on his Ultimate
level and using his stats. Hijacking an
enemy places a cooldown on them for 200% (modified by Sylas’ Cooldown
Reduction, minimum 20 seconds) of the enemy’s ultimate’s cooldown, during which
time Sylas cannot hijack them again. Sylas
converts non-hybrid AD ratios into AP ratios, granting him.

Tips: Always fulfill the need to interact with every Ultimate
that you can come across in the different matches that you can get with Sylas.
As a result, you’ll find it easier to target the best “steals” that can be
gaming changing and give you some advantages. Furthermore, always keep a track
to what enemy you steal from, to avoid more
cooldowns that’ll reduce your effectiveness in a team fight.

Ultimate Interactions

After a lot of digging with different outcomes that this ability offers to Sylas the unshackled, there may be some discrepancies that you’ll want to keep an eye. It seems like; some interactions may guide you to make a mistake in a particular match. Therefore, to prevent this inconvenience and probably some blessing from your team-mates, here are some advice to consider before pressing that “R.”

Sylas
Demacia’s New King

Poor animations and sounds:

This may be a little “picky,” but it kind of feels like an “easy route” that Riot made for this ability that makes it look “weird.” First of all, if for any reason, you copy one Ultimate that triggers an animation. Instead of Sylas mimicking that movement, he practically changes to that enemy’s model. For example, if you steal Annie’s “Summon: Tibbers;” when you cast that spell, Sylas will momentarily chance to a phantom model of Annie, do the summon animation, and change back to his original form. Sometimes Sylas even “copies” the sound responses from that champion as well.

Cho’Gath stacks become permanent by devouring:

Sylas
Eat it up!

If you’re able to steal this Ultimate, the game will change into something like “All you can eat” feast. The more you take advantage of the time you get with this ability, the better for your stats

Changing form and gaining all of its abilities:

Here are some examples that take full advantage of this gaming mechanic; Nidalee’s Cougar, Elise’s Spider, Jayce’s Range. When you’re able to steal any of these forms, you’ll be able to transform into a “phantom copy” and gain the additional abilities that come with a particular shapeshift as well. Furthermore, this change won’t last long though (around 5 minutes,) so use them as much as possible. Another example comes with Shyvana’s ultimate. In contrast to the previous forms, this time around it will last until you run out of mana. Consequently, when you turn back to normal, your mana will return to normal after it ends.

Enemy’s Sylas Interactions:

Sylas
Real or Not?

If for any case, you end up with a copy of Sylar in the other squad, there are things to consider before you try to use your Ultimate on him. First of all, if you’re able to be more efficient and reach level six before your enemy. Pressing “R” on him will only get you this message “Nothing to Steal!” giving you nothing in return. Therefore, if you wait a little bit more, your ability will only work if the enemy Sylas already stole one ultimate beforehand. As a result, it will give you the option to “steal” one of your teammates Ultimate and use it twice. Above all, be careful as well, because it can happen to your squad as well.

Using your Ultimate on Shaco’s clone will make it only go into cooldown:

Taking this into consideration, Shaco is probably one of the “counter” champions that may make it a little bit hard for you.

Udir sucks:

Do not even try to steal anything from him, avoid at any cost.

Skill and Item Build
Options

Ability Order:

Sylas
Choose Wisely!

To get full advantage of what Sylas the unshackled offers, you’ll probably want to
follow this useful guide to follow as you level up. First of all, try to max your Q (Chain Lash,) with this skill, you’ll
be able to gather more gold from minion waves. At the same time, it gives you
some opportunities to inflict some damage to the enemy. Secondly, max out your
W (Kingslayer). With this tool, you’ll be able to scare your enemy as you dash
near them; additionally, you’ll have some
healing options for your lane. Last but not least, max out your last ability E
(Abscond / Abduct) to get those more elements
which can be useful in any encounter. It’s needless to say that you need to use
skill points to your Ultimate when available, this is your primary tool to keep
everything interesting in your matches.

Item Build:

Sylas
You’re a Wizard, Sylas!

Try to get those fantastic
items that help you on improving that AD stat as much as possible. With every
point in that stat, you’ll be able to deal more damage and get those precious
advantages when team fights occur. At the same time, look for some equipment that reduces
your cooldowns. As a result, you’ll be dealing a lot of damage as fast as
possible. In contrast to those AP carries, you need to rely more on spamming
your abilities to deal with all that
hurting.

Conclusion

With all that gaming changes that those “stealing” champions
that have become available in the League of Legends roster, you have no other
choice but to have fun. Furthermore, with those new mechanics that Sylas the unshackled
bring for your entertainment, you’ll have more time checking how it correctly works. Consequently, with this new
thing about being a close range champion and AD at the same time, you’ll
probably find it fun to experience this new type of gameplay. Above all, after
you have seen all those different interactions between all those options, you can “borrow,” you’ll have a better time later on in choosing better later
on.

Whatever the case it may be, keep the fun coming and the
Wins in your records. This time around though, with another layer of fun for
you to experience in a random match of League of Legends.

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