The mid laner might become a real problem in the right hands, but there are “precautions” to prevent a possible stomp from the enemy Sylas. Here are the top 5 Sylas counters in League of Legends!
Sylas is one of the most unique champions in League of Legends, primarily because he can steal the ultimates of enemy champions with his own ultimate, Hijack.
This does come at a cost. His strength is very reliant on the viability of the enemy champions’ ultimate abilities. Champions that are Sylas counters effectively keep him quiet, meaning he can struggle to dominate and carry the game!
Sylas is a very popular champion in League of Legends, so here are the top five Sylas counters for all of you enthusiasts to avoid and haters to pick up!
Kassadin is a very good pick against Sylas due to how his ultimate ability, Riftwalk, works. Riftwalk allows Kassadin to repeatedly teleport a short distance on a two-second cooldown when leveled up to level three! This sounds overpowered, right? Well, yes and no.
The ability doubles in Mana cost every time you use it within 15 seconds as you gain a stack. The first Riftwalk costs 40 Mana, but by the time you get to four stacks, it costs 640 mana! The damage scales, the more stacks Kassadin has, which increases based on his bonus Ability Power and Mana!
This heavily counters Sylas as he does not gain the stacking mechanic or multiple usages of Riftwalk when he steals Kassadin’s ultimate ability, but instead, only one use at zero stacks!
As Kassadin, you should play safe until level 6, then farm and poke Sylas down and simply just scale with your Rod of Ages and Archangel’s Staff! Kassadin scales incredibly in the late game, so if you can avoid feeding Sylas before level 6, you should be able to stomp him later!
Our next counter for Sylas is Akshan. Akshan is the newest champion on this list of our top 5 Sylas counters, but we believe he is one of the strongest.
Naturally, as a ranged Mid laner, Akshan does well in the melee matchup of Sylas, but what makes him so good is his Dirty Fighting passive and his Heroic Swing E ability.
Dirty Fighting is a three-step passive that gets activated after the third hit from Akshan on an enemy.
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This does up to an extra 165 Magic Damage, scaling with Akshan’s level, but also applies on-hit effects, such as critical strikes and previous wounds!
This means that Akshan’s poke on Sylas in lane is even more brutal when he goes to kill a minion. An enemy Akshan, with an Executioner’s Calling, absolutely negates all of Sylas’ healing from his W, Kingslayer!
Dirty Fighting can also be triggered by Akshan’s Q, Avengerang, meaning if Akshan hits both parts, he only needs one auto-attack to activate Dirty Fighting.
Akshan and Sylas both love to control the lane, but with Akshan’s shields and speed boosts that are innate in his kit. He can easily kite Sylas and hide behind minion waves. If Sylas misses the second part of his E, Abduct, he will struggle to get near Akshan!
Our next champion to counter Sylas with is Cassiopeia. She is the first Ability Power-based champion we have on this list, and a good Cassiopeia means game over for Sylas before you even load into Summoner’s Rift!
Cassiopeia counters Sylas mainly because she can use her W, Miasma, to Ground Sylas. This might seem as if he purely loses out on his E, Abscond and Abduct, but Sylas also cannot use his W, Kingslayer, as it is a dash too!
If Sylas has stolen an enemy’s ultimate that uses movement, such as a Malphite ultimate, Unstoppable Force, the only ability Sylas can use is his Q, Chain Lash.
Sylas will attempt to sit back and farm with his Q, Chain Lash, and then engage with his jungle. Make sure to use your wards, as you will naturally push as a Cassiopeia against Sylas!
You can use your Q, Noxious Blast and E, Twin Fang to poke him down when he attempts to farm, and the speed boost you get to avoid his engage!
Our fourth champion you can pick up for countering Sylas is Yasuo – one of the most popular champions in the whole of League of Legends! Not only does Yasuo always scale if he can farm, but he can also prevent all of Sylas’ engage!
Yasuo’s W, Wind Wall, can block both Sylas’ E, Abduct, and also his ultimate, Hijack! This means if you see a Sylas walking towards you, throw up your wind wall, as the chances are he is planning on stealing your ultimate, Last Breath!
Another reason Yasuo can counter Sylas is that Sylas struggles to utilize Yasuo’s ultimate, Last Breath.
Sylas, much like Yasuo, will need a knock-up to use Last Breath, but his only knock-up is his E, Abduct – which Yasuo can easily block with his W, Wind Wall!
Yasuo will also scale alongside Sylas, and with Executioner’s Calling building into Mortal Reminder, which fits nicely into Yasuo’s build, Sylas’ healing from his W, Kingslayer, can be drastically lowered!
Our final pick to counter Sylas is Leblanc. This is because of her ultimate ability, Mimic.
It works for Sylas as it does for Leblanc, meaning that if Sylas steals it, he copies Leblanc’s last used ability, whether it be her Q, Sigil of Malice, her W, Distortion, or her E, Ethereal Chains.
The best part about this for Leblanc is that If Sylas steals her ultimate, Mimic, before she is level six, it just puts his ultimate on cooldown, and he doesn’t gain any of her abilities.
Sylas loves skirmishing early on in lane, especially when champions such as Leblanc are weaker.
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As a Leblanc, it doesn’t matter if you don’t hit level six before Sylas as he will have no ultimate advantage!
Sylas also cannot utilize Leblanc’s abilities as well as she can; whilst her E, Ethereal Chains, can sometimes work in Sylas’ favor.
Leblanc can just use her W, Distortion, to get out of range and then use E, Ethereal Chains right back on Sylas!
That is all we have for the top five Sylas counters, and whilst Leblanc and Kassadin are primarily for Mid Lane Sylas, you can safely pick Yasuo, Cassiopeia, and Akshan into a Sylas that is top lane, as they can work effectively in the lane!
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