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Shaco Build Guide by Bufao Funesto

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Bufao Funesto

New Way to be PRO as Shaco (Best Shaco TW)

Bufao Funesto Last updated on December 21, 2014
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Team 1

Ability Sequence

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12
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Ability Key Q
1
9
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Ability Key W
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Ability Key E
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Ability Key R





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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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Havoc
 
 

Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Legendary Guardian
 
 

Defense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bandit
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wanderer
 
 

Utility: 0



Threats to Shaco with this build

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Fiddlesticks Always R when he uses his Q, and use your box when he uses his W.
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Udyr Very easy, because he doesn't have mobility and your W will make him unable to engage your team and when you use your Q, he's unable to follow you.
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Some Basic Knowledge

REMEMBER TO START AT RED OR BLUE , DON'T Smite , USES ALL THE BOXES ON RED OR BLUE BUSH AT 1:03 IT WILL PREVENT YOU FROM COUNTER JUNGLING. ALWAYS GANK AND TRY TO ONLY FARM ON ENEMY JUNGLE!!! BUY WARDS AND NEVER GIVE UP, YOU CAN ALWAYS IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS AS SHACO, HE'S VERY FUNNY AND TOO STRONG WHEN WELL PLAYED!
ALWAYS IN LANE START WITH W AND POSITION THE BOXES A FRONT OF THE LANE, JUST BEFORE THE TOWERS RANGE TO CLEAN THE WAVE FAST AND PUSH THE ENEMY FARM TO THE TOWER AND GET A ADVANTAGE AT FIRST LEVELS, EVEN AS SUPPORT, YOU'LL ALWAYS START WITH RELIC SHIELD.
AT LATE GAME, WHEN DAMAGE BUILD ALWAYS STAY BEHIND OF TANKS AND IF AP, SPAM E IN FIGHTS AND USES W CLOSE TO YOUR TEAM ADC, AND IF AD, STAY HID AND JUST ENGAGE IN TF TO FINISH SOME CARRY, BE CAREFUL WITH PINKS.
IN LANE, AS MID OR TOP, ALWAYS SPAM W IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WAVE OF MINIONS, LIKE A HERMEINDINGER. AND IF SUPPORT, ALWAYS SPAM W IN BUSHES TO WARD.


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Introduction

Is a great champion to Counter Jungle, Specially in season 5, because of Poacher's Knife you'll have 175% move speed bonus, inivibility and blink you'll never be caught in enemy jungle. and with Tiamat you'll clean the jungle really fast.
is the best pick with a team that have a mage in mid lane and a tank in top lane, so your team may need a assassin to finish the carries.
is also good in late game different than many players and PRO players say, but is really, REALLY hard to play with in late game, but when you learn will be great! o/


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Items

With Shaco AD in jungle or top you'll need Life steal, Damage, attack speed and CDR. and as Bruiser you'll also need MR, armor and Life, some CDR and attack speed is good too.
As AP Shaco, always do CDR and the max AP you can do except as Shaco Jungle, for this I recommend do Rod of Ages because you'll need mana, life and mana/life regen and some CDR with Ionian Boots of Lucidity
Statikk Shiv and Infinity Edge is great, but just for Shaco full AD
Frozen Heart and Warmog's Armor is great with Shaco Bruiser for sustain, CDR and resistance
Blade of the Ruined King or Ravenous Hydra ??? both are great, but Ravenous Hydra is for clean wave, split push and squish enemy team and also will do more damage with Trinity Force and Infinity Edge, and Blade of the Ruined King is against tanker team, when you'll not need to split push and when the active skill of Blade of the Ruined King will help you to get closer to the carries. You can do Ravenous Hydra as bruiser if need to split push or against squish team, and can do Blade of the Ruined King as full AD when you won't need to split push, when against tanker team and when you'll need this to assassin the enemy carries.


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Skill Sequence

is not a champ that have a standard combo. Here I'll tell you guys how to use every skill of Shaco:


Is a great skill for bait, kiters and agains casters, but before, how to use? Backstab deals more damage when shaco is behind of the enemy, this enemy can be a champion, a jungle monster or just a minion, is great to farm in jungle and lane when you AD is low. this makes shaco wants to attack ALWAYS from behind! But now, why is great for bait? because it makes more damage when attack from behind, and when you bait enemis you can select where you'll beat him, always choose from behind.
Why against kiters? because when enemy kite you, he need to turn his back to you, so when he run from away of you, you'll do more damage to him.
Why against caster? because casters usually use their skills and run away from fight, so as a kiter, you'll do more damage after he uses his skills.
is great skill that have numerous uses, I'll try to cite all of them, but maybe there are more. Deceive can provide blink and invibility, that means escape, chase, dodge and jokes :) . and is very hard to choice, because one time used to chase, you'll lose your escape, and will be very hard to survive because Shaco ir very squish. Very well, I'll tell you guys how to use in every situation you may find in a game:
Chase: In TF's you'll have to chase the carries, always uses AFTER the tank or the main CC reach the enemy team, everytime you uses this for chase, deal the damage from behind to get the damage bonus from Backstab .
Escape: Escape is easy to understand, but a little hard to do in game, because some champions can follow you, specially Lee Sin or Lulu because they can reveal you, so be careful with them. Always try to Q through some wall because it's harder to follow you.
Dodge: Q isn't only invisibility, as you can see, It's blink too, so you can parry some skills like Javelin Toss or get out of skill range like Tempest, It can makes shaco deadly when 1 VS 1
is a ward that deals damage and fear, but have HP. There uses for this too, so let's go :)
Jungling: You have to use this behind of enemy, to make they turn their back to you and you can deals more damage with Backstab , also uses this to ward your jungle and lane bushes and enemy jungle. As Shaco you won't start in gromp or golems , you'll start at your buffs to prevent counter jungling and if enemy team invade, they will face your boxes and die o/ .
Ganking: Your box have 2 seconds until work, so you have to position where you think the enemy will run, or where you don't want it to run. Your Jack In The Box can also be used to Teleport when the things become harder and a 2 VS 2 become a 3 VS 2.
Fighting: Your boxes have HP remember? So be careful with who's close to it, because Miss Fortune Make it Rain will destroy them, but this can be positive, because you can use Jack In The Box to block Rocket Grab and save you or someone in your team.
It deals damage and slows when activated, but when out of cooldown It provides passive slow. This skill is the more easily to explain, to learn and to use in game. Always when ganking and your Deceive hits the enemy, you'll aply the passive slow, so you don't have to use this, keep this out of cooldown until the time you have to use It. Just use It when your Deceive hits the enemy to finish him, or when he gets out of your range. When your Deceive don't hit him, you won't have your passive slow, so If you're ahead of the enemy, just Two-Shiv Poison and follow him! If you're behind of enemy first you have to position your Jack In The Box and then uses Two-Shiv Poison.
This skill makes shaco create a clone of himself, the clone deals damage when auto-attacking, accurately 75% of Shaco damage. There many uses like the others skills, so there we go again :)
Diving: Always when you see a enemy with low HP in lane, uses you clone to tank the turrent damage and kill him with your laner, even the enemy seem not viable to dive like Kayle or mordekaiser]] because you can send the clone, he'll deals some damage with auto-attacks and more with the explosion, so you can use your Two-Shiv Poison (remember to don't across the turrent range of hit) and them he'll become viable to dive like every other champion :) You can use your Jack In The Box to hold the next enemy wave of minions or tank one hit of the tower, remember, your Jack In The Box can tank many things :)
1 VS 1: Your skill Hallucinate can dodge EVERY SKILL IN THE GAME except melee auto-attack skills like Siphoning Strike , but can dodge Spinning Axe because it's ranged auto-attack skill and it means it's a projectile. When a normal 1 VS 1 try to use you Hallucinate to dodge some skill, but if not, like when against Nasus you have to use Hallucinate earlier as you can. If 1 vs 1 when baiting, like when you are in a bush with one or more Jack In The Box ult earlier as you can, because you'll have 1.5 seconds to hit the enemy, so you'll deal a lot of damage :)
Fighting: When you can't get closer to the enemy carries, ult as soon you can, and movement your clone to the middle of the fight, to tank some skills and explodes dealing damage in everyone around.
Kiting: Hallucinate makes shaco incredible because you can kite with him even he's a melee champion - WHAT THE HELL???- yes, he can kites with his ult, how? there goes :) Your clone can't use skills right? so he'll always have Two-Shiv Poison on cooldown, so he'll always have passive slow, so uses this to make the enemy always distant from you, and hold him until your Deceive be ready and you deal a great critical damage from behind of him and kill him. If it's hard to hold him distant, uses your Jack In The Box to make a digression and keeps him alway from you, and if it's more harder, uses Two-Shiv Poison to hold him more distant(the skill will get in cooldown on real shaco, not the clone, so the clone will keep causing slow) o/
Jungling: You can use Hallucinate everytime to solo dragon and when your life is too low and you have to clean some buff camp to don't take a counter jungling later. Shaco can Solo baron when high level too when using Hallucinate .
GREAT TRICKS!!! : Shaco is great when split pushing with Ravenous Hydra or Statikk Shiv so you can use Hallucinate to take down a turrent really fast, or maybe the Nexus and win the game. What? It's not great? fine, look at this! Hallucinate have a range of action, so when the clone become too distant from real shaco, he'll appear right on Shaco's side, so what? so you can use this with Deceive and then blink inivible and at the same time sending the clone to away from you aiming in a distant point in the map with R(you must have R on smart cast for this) and then BANG! the clone will appear at Shaco's side visible, but the real one stills INvisible, then the enemy team will think "Oh, this is the real one that used Deceive but now he's out of invisibility!" No, man! no! he's not out of inivibility, this is the clone! Then they'll kill the clone, taken the damage of clone's explosion and you can finish with someone over there, or more, you can use you Clone to distract the enemy team when you are getting closer to the nexus and finish the game! you have numerous possibilities of uses to this trick! You Also can position your clone to behind of your enemy and he'll deals more damage with Backstab always, ALWAYS position your clone behind of the enemy, because if the enemy focus you, your clone will deal more damage, and if he focus the clone, you'll deal more damage! You can confuse enemy team too, staying stopped and moving your clone like you're running away.


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Spells

You'll always use this as Jungler, I don't like to improve this because I played as Shaco for too long time, and I know that you don't need to improve your smite, you better buy another item replacing Poacher's Knife with Infinity Edge or some strong item like this.
and . Ignite It's great in Shaco as jungle, top, mid or support, you just have to know when get this spell. In jungle you'll use this normally, just get Exhaust when the enemy team doesn't have heal like Soraka or Kayle and they're static or have too much attack speed like Tristana or Draven . As top or mid, you'll always use this spell. As support you'll only use this spell replacing heal if the enemy team have too much decreasing cure effects like Tristana or Katarina or replacing Exhaust when the enemy team have heal like Soraka or Kayle and they're not static so the slow from Exhaust won't help. I always use Exhaust when against Katarina or Orianna because It will reduce their ult damage.
It's nice in Shaco to 1 VS 1 in lane, I always use this in top or mid. I just don't use this when against a static and attack speed based champion like Shen or Fiora or against some champions that will deal a lot of damage in TF's like Katarina or Orianna , so Exhaust will work better taking out some damage from their ults.
and makes shaco strong as support, because shaco don't need flash, so you can use 2 spells to help your team like Heal and Exhaust


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Pros / Cons

Pros:
-Nice to finish with enemies
-Great split pushing
-Fear in area with Jack In The Box
-Assassin with passive slow
-Great damage when right builded

Cons:
-Pinks or oracle can hold him away from carries
-Fear with Jack In The Box won't work in TF's because can be destroyed
-Low Ranged in lane
-Hard to get back in game when loses his early in Jungle


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Team Work

Champions that have a good synergy:



will never disturb your team even the worst one :)

Champions that is bad against:



is great with when she uses her Command: Protect when shaco is close enough to the enemy and he won't suspect, so when shaco deals his damage with Deceive he can position his Jack In The Box and while the box loads, Orianna uses her Command: Shockwave to hold the enemy. If you're using Orianna, never uses Command: Protect before Shaco gets close enough to the enemy, because the enemy will realize that the ball is on someone inivisible.
In team work, always try to uses your Jack In The Box to hold enemy's position and keep him in a place that your ally can uses his combo on him.
Passive slow from Two-Shiv Poison has a great synergy with champion that uses skill shot like Javelin Toss , because it will make the target easier to hit.
is bad against champions that doesn't have skill to dodge like Nasus . and against champions with protection skills like Kayle or Zilean because one time used Deceive to chase a enemy you won't have escape anymore. Katarina and Warwick are good against Shaco because their ults can't be dodged with Hallucinate, and sinister steel and Death Lotus besides can't be dodged will destroy Jack In The Box . and Warwick will be annoying in TF's because Infinite Duress can't be dodged and will suppress you can deals a lot of damage, making you a easy target to kill. Lulu is annoying too because can protect allies with Help, Pix! and Wild Growth and Help, Pix! also reveals you even invisible and can't be dodged like Tempest or Sonic Wave