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Riven Build Guide by PrawnStar

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League of Legends Build Guide Author PrawnStar

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PrawnStar Last updated on September 21, 2012
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Top Solo

Ability Sequence

2
13
15
17
18
Ability Key Q
3
4
5
7
9
Ability Key W
1
8
10
12
14
Ability Key E
6
11
16
Ability Key R





Not Updated For Current Season

The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3/
Sunder
Archmage
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Executioner
 
 

Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
4/
Durability
Vigor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honor Guard
Mercenary
 
 
 
 
 
 
Juggernaut
 
 

Defense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mastermind
 

Utility: 0


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About me

I am the Prawn and honestly, I am disgusted with most of the builds on Mobafire. I don't find them strategic or smart. I am writing guides to become a better top lane player.


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Introduction

Riven. Riven is an attack damage caster who excels at assassinating squishy targets and leaving the fight alive. Her presence top lane usually means you can score some early kills with her high damage, mobility, and stun. Once you get her ultimate you should be able to take most targets down in a 1v1.


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Runes

Attack damage makes it easier to last hit and harass the opponent. The reason I don't reccomend any other marks and quints for lane riven is her entire kit scales with ad, very well too.


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Masteries

21 in offense is a no brainer. The executioner mastery scales very well with Wind Slash, the active part of her ultimate, and the armor penetration, attack damage per level, and cooldown reduction fit very nicely with her kit.


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Items

Start with boots or cloth armor, depending on the type of opponent you are facing. You should always opt for a Bloodthirster after your tier 2 boots because the AD and lifesteal complements her skill set so nicely. The type of boots (Ninja Tabi or Merc Treads) should depend on both your lane opponent, and the enemy team composition.

You should opt for a Guardian Angel next because your role is to wait for your tank to initiate, then go kamikaze onto their AD or AP carry. Getting a Guardian means that you can survive this job. The resistances also scale nicely with her shield. Last Whisper is for great Armor Penetration, you need to penetrate the armor to do damage. Maw of Malmortius scales well with your shield, as you dip lower the bonus on the shield gets higher. The magic resist and bonus shield is also what makes it such a nice item.

One thing I really disagree with is Warmogs on Riven, it's just disgusting. Your role is primarily to deal damage, not to absorb it. I saw a player start with Regrowth Pendant, and rush a Warmogs, then Merc Treads, and then an Atmas Impaler... Everything about that build is wrong. Atmas is a bad item for Riven because it no longer offers enough attack damage due to its not so recent nerf, and the base armor and crit chance is just pitiful. If you want to be tankier Aegis of the Legion and Randuin's Omen are solid items for Riven, but seldom do I purchase them because I know how much she can deal/take and I prefer to build damage.