Shaco Build Guide by cocco
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Most would say that death isn't funny. It isn't, unless you're Shaco - then it's hysterical. He is Valoran's first fully functioning homicidal comic; he jests until someone dies, and then he laughs. The figure that has come to be known as the Demon Jester is an enigma. No one fully agrees from whence he came, and Shaco never offers any details on his own. A popular belief is that Shaco is not of Runeterra - that he is a thing summoned from a dark and twisted world. Still others believe that he is the demonic manifestation of humanity's dark urges and therefore cannot be reasoned with. The most plausible belief is that Shaco is an assassin for hire, left to his own lunatic devices until his services are needed. Shaco certainly has proven himself to be a cunning individual, evading authorities at every turn who might seek him for questioning for some horrendous, law-breaking atrocity. While such scuttlebutt might reassure the native inhabitants of Valoran, it seems unimaginable that such a malfeasant figure is allowed to remain at large.
Whatever the truth of his history might be, Shaco has joined the League of Legends for reasons only he knows. He is a terrifying figure, typically shunned by both his fellow champions and the media at large. Only the summoners in the Institute of War know why such a creature was allowed into the League, but most Runeterrans suspect it to be a means that allows the power that be to keep an eye on the ever-elusive Shaco. Unsurprisingly, this champion is popular in places where madness can openly reign, such as among the power-hungry summoners of Zaun and Noxus.
Whatever you do, don't tell him you missed the punch line.
With these runes, Shaco can do enormous damage with his Shiv and the explosion of his clone should do even more. With the magic penetration runes, Shaco could take down tanks with Magic Resist easily, just with tricking your opponents into thinking that your clone is you.
This skill sequence allows Two-Poison Shiv to do scary damage. Stacking Shiv once all your other moves are at rank 2 will make your opponents think, "Omg. Shaco. Run." After your Shiv is at rank 5, rank the others in the respective order,
Q W Q W etc.
The items I get are critical to especially early game, which I will explain later. Lich Bane, Nashor's Tooth, and Rabadon's Deathcap are the core items of AP Shaco. Activating Lich Bane with Shiv will well, like I said like 5 times, "Do enormous damage" The last item I get are usually Void Staff or Abyssal Scepter. If there are some heavy ap mages.. then get the scepter, if there are heavy MR tanks, get the staff.
The Offense Masteries I have for AP Shaco give me exceptional AP per level,Magic pen, improved Ignite and Exhaust. The Utility give me Health/Mana Regen, and CDR needed to spam your jitbs
For Shaco, Flash isn't necessary when you have Deceive every 15 seconds. Exhaust and Ignite are the moves that are the best for a person preferring offense more than getting away (defense).
Jack In The Box *IMPORTANT*
At the beginning of every game... quickly gather your items and make your way to the blue buff, if and only if you do not have a jungler on your team starting at blue. Stack your jack in the boxes at the blue buff and take the golem down with the Health Potion you have and auto attack. With the blue buff... you should be able to constantly spam your moves until Level 4. Don't underestimate the blue buff.. put a move down every time you can when having the buff.
Stacking Boxes in the Bushes.
This is my favorite strategy of getting kills. 3 times out of 4, I get a First Blood Double Kill. If you are dominating your lane put your JitB's in the bushes as farthest from the minions as possible.
DO NOT EVER PUT JACK IN THE BOXES IN THE BUSH CLOSEST THE TURRET. PUT YOUR JitB's IN THE CLOSEST BUSH TO YOUR TURRET (anywhere in that bush).
When you walk out of the bush to farm some minions, and you want to walk back into the bush with your jitb's... MAKE SURE YOU ARE NOT ATTRACTING ANY AGGRO BECAUSE THEY WILL FOLLOW YOU INTO THE BUSH AND YOUR JACKS WILL BE WASTED!
When Ganking, deceive over to your enemy, and PLACE A JACK IN THE BOX IN THE DIRECTION THEY ARE RUNNING BEFORE YOU START ATTACKING. Slow them with your Shiv and attack them from the behind as they are running. If they do not run, turn into two (Hallucinate) and nuke him down.
Tricking your opponent with Hallucinate really makes me happy because it most often saves me and haves me have a chuckle when the opponent for the many tricks I play on.
I have many tricks to use to trick your opponent.
Trick #1: Control your clone to approach the enemy. You, yourself, will Deceive to the enemy and focus them down.
This trick is the easiest to see and will cause you the most trouble.
Trick #2: Control your clone to run toward the enemy and then you respectively follow.. pressing the keys, ALT Click --> Click --> Alt Click --> Click
Usually, you lead the clone then fight. In this, the clone goes first, so the opponent thinks its you.
Trick #3: WHEN RUNNING AWAY... Turn into two. Then imitate the "W" from Wukong. Stay in one place. Then command your clone to run away. When the team follows the clone. Simply deceive the other way and you get away alive.
This trick works 50% of the time. So don't rely on it heavily.
DODGING ENEMY ULTS
Shaco can easily dodge ults from people such as Karthus, Caitlyn, Lux, and Garen.
If you notice when you play Shaco and his ultimate, he stealths for half a second and reappears. This is the perfect time to actually dodge a ultimate and save your life. I perform it all the time and rarely ever miss it. (This is because I practiced this a lot in custom). This trick always has someone rage that they didn't get the 500g from me and they start getting mad, saying, "HACKS HACKS HACKS NOOB."
When lanning with Shaco your main objective is to set up traps for your enemy to fall in so you spend most of your time in the brush placing jitb. Therfore lanning with an AD carry to take the creep kills can be the most helpful.