Saw this today. Visual guide to what the keystone masteries look like in action: http://imgur.com/a/VPXR9
A little while back, I decided I'd spend a bit of time working on my top laners... preferably in the form of top laners that would very rarely be banned or picked. I decided to key into renekton and irelia. Currently focusing my efforts on renekton.
Anyway, my primary source of "learning" is coming from SoloTopRenekton. He has guides that were up-to-date in the new season and discussed in quite a bit of detail why he liked specific masteries in this season, which was a really good starting point anyway. Before 5.24, he was running 18/0/12. Now he's either set in on 12/18 or is still testing/experimenting. The guy also streams a bunch, but with lower viewership 200-1000.
Anyway, I tried a bunch of experimentation already with 5.24. I started with 18/0/12, then 0/18/12, then 12/18/0. I'm finding the most value from the standard 18/0/12 though, skipping on thunderlords in favor or more consistent damage with the expectation of multiple combo rotations in < 20 sec. What I'm finding to be INCREDIBLY strong as a mastery at least on top laners - 1 point in that resilience or w/e mastery in the last tree. It's the one that gives you 200% hp regen when you cross a certain threshold along with a nonstop 50% increase in base regen. That enables you to recover very well if you have a bad trade - but also enables you to survive all ins if you do something silly.
re: a few things I've learned
He has a few combos and a few things to keep in mind:
- You want to build fury stacks - ideally having at least 50% to trade
- With ignite, you can pretty well 0/100% someone if you have max fury stacks at level 3 if you hit 3 first.
- He has a very safe combo against most matchups - e to dash, land an auto, w to stun, auto and or q, dash. Depending on their posture and how the trades are looking, you skip the auto after w and instead just q then dash away. More often than not, this ends up being a hugely favorable trade. You just retreat for a brief moment after the trade while you wait for your cooldowns and then auto a bit on creeps to start charging up your passive
- He has a very strong combo, similar to rivens quick combo. Strong in that there is very low counterplay. You can do this once you have the super cheap tiamat (eg after 1st back). E to dash in, AA, W, tiamat, AA, Q, E to dash out. Damage is very big with thunderlords or fervor.
So far I think I've lost lane once properly due to being a bonehead after some jungle nonsense. Most other matchups and, considering my lower skill level with melee top laners, you might get an idea of his ease of use. Pretty easy to win with. So that leaves how to play things once you start bullying a ton and snowballing. I'm finding getting rift herald very useful if you can get your jungler to swing by. That will draw some pressure if you are still pushing top or grouping. It's completely normal to get rift herald twice with renekton and most junglers.