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Riven Build Guide by ZOMGItsNickie

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League of Legends Build Guide Author ZOMGItsNickie

Riven~(Qx3)+E+R=Kill? You do the math

ZOMGItsNickie Last updated on September 16, 2011
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Ability Sequence

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

 
 
 
 
 
4/
Sorcery
Alacrity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3/
Brute Force
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3/
Lethality
Improved Rally
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Havoc
 
 

Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
4/
Evasion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Veteran's Scars
Willpower
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ardor
Reinforce
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tenacity
 
 

Defense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
Awareness
Expanded Mind
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Quickness
Blink of an Eye
 
 
 
 
 
Intelligence
Mystical Vision
 
 
 
 
 
 
Presence of the Master
 
 

Utility: 0


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Introduction

Hey all, this is my guide to Riven, the Exile. My in game name is ZOMGItsNickie and this happens to be my first guide. No hate please. :)


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Pros / Cons

In my opinion, Riven is an extremely fun to play champion. She is a melee DPS champion who is high in mobility and has abilities that combo with each other, dealing great amounts of burst damage. The trade off is that she is squishy. Very squishy (that's what she said?)._.

PROS
-Combo abilities really disrupt enemies.
-High burst for a melee DPS.
-Q's out of just about every skill.
(causing many scrubs to mindlessly RAGEQUIT)
-Has a broken blade.(Cloud?)
-Has her sexy Redeemed skin. <3

CONS
-She is squishy. (I'm going to keep saying it.)
-Vulnerable to CC.
-Doesn't have boobs as large as Sona. ( no one ever will... )
-She is squishy.
-And yes, she is squishy.


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Runes

For Marks I go standard DPS armor penetration runes.

For seals, Evasion

for Gylphs, Focus

And lastly, for Quints I go 1 fortitude and 2 Evasion.

This setup lets me pierce armor early game(duh) and gives me a chance at surviving close encounters. (yeah a chance)Focus gylphs are standard for most manaless champs as they are based around cooldowns. And the quint of fortitude is for that little bit of extra health.


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Summoner Spells

I take Flash and Exhaust.

Flash is just awesome. Fullstop. It gets you over walls, away from teamfights, etc.

Exhaust allows you to get kills early on. It also benifits you late game.


OTHER SPELLS

Ignite - Ignite is viable for that first blood you so very much want. However, it loses it's effectiveness late game and that's why i always prefer exhaust over ignite.

Ghost-substitute for flash or exhaust if you're confident without a disabling Summoner spell.

Cleanse- Against a team with CC, cleanse is your best friend along with Quicksilver sash.

DON'T TAKE

Rally-ghei.

Promote-It works wonders... oh wait, it's gone. D:

Smite-You're not a jungler. GTFO.

Revive-no.


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Farming

Riven has a low base damage for a melee dps champ. This is why early game, you should focus on farming to gain the gold needed to by damage boosting items. Many people I see are building trinity force on Riven. While I do notice that Sheen/Trinity Force's benefits, I feel the Trinity Force is too expensive and can be replaced with other more useful items.

Remember. FARMFARMFARMFARM.

The first time you B to base, you should have farmed enough gold to buy boots and a Ruby Crystal. The ruby crystal will build into a Phage, which in turn will build into a Frozen mallet.


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Items

As said before in farming
The four core items in this build are:
Doran's blade
Boots of Speed
Frozen Mallet
Avarice blade

Many of my friends question the use of Avarice blade. As a GP5 item, I think it is useful for the extra money. I often buy it before the Mallet, just to assist with gold in the early game.

Youmuus and the Black Cleaver (which actually is the White cleaver) are to increase my armour penetration, and provide more damage.

Guardian angel stops Riven from being too squishy, and when coupled with the Frozen Mallet's health, makes a great survivability combo.


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Team Work

In regards to teamwork, Riven DOES NOT INITIATE. NEVER. EVER.

Let your tank do the job then jump in there with you Q. (Q-Q-Q-R-W)

Try to save your E for escape or for chasing after that one champ who gets away.
-nudges kassadin-
(note: A good Kass always gets away. don't bother if hes out of range of your flash. he has one on 2 seconds cooldown. ==")

try not to jump into a teamfight too early. wait until most of the CC has been dropped by your opponents and then hop in and wreak havoc. (pentakill?)


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Summary

Well, in conclusion, this guide wasn't very good. I did it in about an hour. (HORHORHOR)

I was bored and it was 1130pm in Australia. Still, i made this with all my heart </3 so please don't downvote. :)



Go out there and get me a pentakill my babies. ;D
(if you do, send me a screenshot) :))

ZOMGItsNickie <3



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