League of Legends‘ latest champion, Gwen, is a puzzle that players are gradually cracking. In the first few days of release, she had a 39% win rate in high ELO solo queue. Currently, it’s climbed to 44%.
The only thing pro players seem to agree on is her keystone rune, Conqueror, and running Resolve as her secondary tree. Still, there are split opinions on which is the best lane to play her in and what’s the most effective itemization for this champion.
Pro players across regions in mid and top lane have their own take on what’s the best build, even within the same lane. Here’s everything you need to know about which pro is building what on Gwen:
T1 Canna (top lane)
Officially released as a top laner, it’s not surprising that T1’s Kim “Canna” Chang-dong took his time to experiment various Gwen builds, and eventually settled on bruiser items. His starting item is always Doran’s Blade, and sometimes adds a Dark Seal.
The Mythic item he rushes is Divine Sunderer, which gives Attack Damage, Ability Haste, and most importantly, Health, while his second core item is Nashor’s Tooth for the attack speed.
Canna rounds off the build with Cosmic Drive for the additional movement speed and sticking power.
Out of the ten games played, he’s won seven, and currently holds a 70% win rate on top lane Gwen with a 2.21 KDA.
G2 Esports Wunder (top lane)
Across the globe, G2 Esports’ Martin “Wunder” Nordahl Hansen opts for a completely different build in the top lane. Starting with Doran’s Ring, it is followed by Hextech Rocketbelt as his Mythic item. It gives less health than Divine Sunderer, but more offensive power in the form of AP, magic penetration, and an additional gap closer.
He then goes for Sorcerer’s Shoes and Zhonya’s Hourglass, then varies his third core item depending on the game.
Wunder has also experimented with Riftmaker as a Mythic item, but has played many more games on his unique Hextech Rocketbelt build.
G2 Esports Caps (mid lane)
Maybe it’s because they’re teammates, but EU pro players seem to prefer building AP on Gwen.
G2 Esports’ mid laner Rasmus “Caps” Borregaard Winther is the only one so far to go all out on a full AP build. Buying Everfrost as his Mythic item, it gives Gwen the hard crowd control that’s lacking in her kit.
His second core item is Lich Bane, which boosts Gwen’s movement speed and an added empowered basic attack which synergizes perfectly with her passive.
Is this just Caps being Caps?
C9 Perkz (mid lane)
Former G2 teammate Luka “Perkz” Perković, who just earned his first LCS title with Cloud9 this LCS season, has his own ideas about how to play Gwen mid.
After a Doran’s Ring start, he rushes Riftmaker for the Ability Power, Ability Haste, Health, and distinctly, Omnivamp, all which entirely benefits Gwen.
He then grabs Nashor’s Tooth, and typically Lucidity Boots for the added cooldown, and varies his third item according to the state of the game.
T1 Faker (mid lane)
In the East, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok takes inspiration from Canna’s hybrid bruiser build. Going all-in on the opposing Twisted Fate at level one in a 1v1, Faker demonstrated Gwen’s incredible early game damage.
Like his fellow top laner, Divine Sunderer is his choice of Mythic, followed by Nashor’s Tooth. The difference is that he prefers Zhonya’s Hourglass as his third item instead of Cosmic Drive.
Out of the five games Faker has played on Gwen, he’s won four, holding an 80% win rate with an impressive 3.15 KDA.