Shen Build Guide by blacksparrow
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I figured i would do my second guide on one of my favorite champs....SHEN. Shen his a great tank and should be played that way. In this guide, i will explain how to build him and how to play him.
Runes for Shen
All runes you get for Shen should include armor and magic resist. This will give you a strong defensive advantage in the beginning of games. For marks, grab 9 greater marks of resilience for armor. For seals, grab 9 greater seals of resilience for more armor. For glyphs, grab 9 greater glyphs of fortitude for magic resist. And for quints, grab 3 greater quints of resilience for even more armor.
When it comes to masteries, anything that provides you with defense should be used. This includes, resistance, tough skin, and hardiness. Masteries like these will add to your defense.
Shen is a tank. So he should obviously be built like one. To start off, get a DORANS SHIELD. As far as boots, go NINJA TABI for armor. Next, you should go WARMOGS for its health, health regen, and bloodthirster like passive. After warmogs get a FORCE OF NATURE for its epic health regen and magic resist. After that, grab a SUNFIRE CAPE to dish out some damage and retrieve its armor and health. SUNFIRE CAPE is especially good in team fights as it will slowly hurt everyone around you. GUARDIAN ANGEL is next and will grant you a revive, armor, and magic resist. The revive will enable you to jump right back into fights even if they managed to kill you at this point. Last, get a THORNMAIL. The THORNMAIL will return damage that other champions do to you and will be a deadly combo with SUNFIRE CAPE when someone is attacking you. If you get these items you will be what I like to call, The INVINCEABLE NINJA.
As for skills, you want to balance everything out a bit because all of Shen's abilities are useful. For example, vorpal blade will allow you to heal you and your allies. Feint gives you some armor which really helps in early game fights. Shadow dash is an awesome ability that taunts enemies and allows you and your teammates to nuke them. Shen's ulti, stand united is a great support. It allows you to teleport to an ally and give them a crazy armor bonus when you are teleporting. I have saved many people with his ulti and you should too. Every one and while, look around the map to find someone that is losing a fight. Then tele in and wreck.
As for summoner spells, I usually get HEAL and TELEPORT. I know it sounds noobish but it really works. HEAL is used to heaL you and your allies. And Shen is a tank and need to last long so why not heal. Even though Shen has his ulti, TELEPORT allows additional teleportation especially when you need to hurry up and defend a point.
It is important to farm as Shen. The best way to last hit minions is to wait for your passive (ki strike) to cool down and then last hit that way. A better way though is to spam vorpal blade on champions and to last hit minions.