Originally Posted by Lumberjock
Except that E and Q combo are his sustain in the jungle, and just "forgetting" about E will ensure low health clears since he doesnt benefit a great deal from wriggles. That whole lack of ad thing you know...
In other news, not forgetting about E makes skarner a viable top lane which is where i see him do a little better recently. Ranged poke, sustain, Q and passive to punish them for brawling, and the ultimate anti turret dive at 6.
Ok, take this from a guy who mains skarner, and consistently uses him in ranked. He's my favorite champion.
First of all, max Q/W/R first, ignore E. It does mediocre damage, the sustain isn't much, and the shield lasts longer/mitigates more damage than a measly 30-90 HP. I play skarner like I play amumu, if you can't gank early, since some champs are designed to gank at 2, and some are made to gank later, then level up/farm up first. I usually gank after going blue->wolves->wraiths -> red -> gank. Level 3-4 is a great time to start ganking. Once you hit 6, then your ganks are almost a 90% kill rate. There are better top laners btw, skarner is perfect in the jungle, I can even bypass wards by quickly moving with W and then flash/ult, his kit was designed to kill creeps really fast and have a lot of HP, there are better top laners.
28-7 skarner, that's my two cents.