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Riven Build Guide by vert1g0

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League of Legends Build Guide Author vert1g0

Riven, The All Around Destroyer

vert1g0 Last updated on June 19, 2012
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Riven Top & Mid

Ability Sequence

1
14
15
17
18
Ability Key Q
2
4
5
7
9
Ability Key W
3
8
10
12
13
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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Introduction

Hello all, I'm vert1g0 & I have been playing League of Legends for quiet a while now.
My favorite champion at the moment is Riven, she is easy to play & she will burst you in to higher elo in no time!

I've made this guide because I see a lot of people playing Riven the wrong way, and I hate it!
Riven is all about scaring people, not hiding under your turret, this is where I hop in.
I hope this Guid gives u an all around look on how to play Riven properly.

THERE ARE 2 BUILDS: 1ste one is for toplanes, 2nd one is for mid lane.
HERE WE GO!


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Pros / Cons

The Pros & Cons for Riven are pretty basic.
Pros are

    High Damage
    High Mobility (E->Q)
    Extremely strong Early, Mid Game.
    Safe blind pick, no direct counters
    Hard to gank (since she has 4 escapes on her, including flash)
    Can be played Top, Mid, or Jungle even tho I prefer her Mid/Top.

Cons are
    She's not tanky enough to carry an entire team (unless u get fed like a maniac)
    Her Late Game isn't that good compared to her Early & Mid game or any other strong melee

As you can see the Pros outwage the Cons, which is good if you want to build on your elo!


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Summoner Spells

Explanation

Riven is all about bursting her top / mid lane, how else then with Ignite?

With this Spell nobody can escape from you. There are 2 combo's you should remember if you want to pick up some clean & fast kills.
1)The Chaser: Q + Q + Flash + Last Q + W
2)The Diver: R + Flash + Auto Attack + W + Auto Attack + R + Ignite
[*] Don't EVER dive anyone who has enough CC to pin you down, I don't care how fed you are. Perfect examples are: an Alistar combo, Fizz ult + trickster, Cassiopeia ult, Shen ult, Swain crepify & snare,... As you can see the list goes on and on so be carefull.

WHY NOT TO TAKE THE FOLLOWING SPELLS
Exhaust isn't so bad to choose as spell, even tho I don't use it much, it can come in handy if you're facing a top laner who can escape pretty fast such as Renekton or Nidalee (even tho Ignite comes in more handy vs her because of her healing)

As said earlier, Q + Q + Flash + Last Q + W, Flash is more effective on Riven than Ghost.

Riven doesn't depend on Teleport since her mobility is so high, she can easily gank other lanes & be back in time on her own lane to farm it again.


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Skill Sequence

Maxing is always: R > W > E > Q > Q > Q
Unless if dominating hard then: R > W > Q > Q > E > Q

Against early harassing lanes go E-Q-W-W-W
Against most other matchups go Q-W-E-W-W-

Since Riven is the strongest champion in the game at lvl 1 with a doran's blade and Q combo you should take advantage of it, ask your jungler for an early gank & get First Blood.


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Enemy Setup

The early purchase depends on who you are facing, i'll give a quick revue on what to buy depending on who you're facing.

Cloth Armor, 5x Health pots:

    Garen
    Renekton
    Teemo
    Trundle
    Gangplank
    Tryndamere
    Irelia
    Olaf
    Udyr
    Lee Sin
    Pantheon
    Shyvana
    Shen
    Wukong
    Talon
    Jax
    Darius
Plenty who are in this lane u can also face with Dorban's Blade.

Champions you can face with Doran's without any problems
    Mordekaiser
    Rumble
    Singed
    Akali
    Yorrick
    Vladimir
    Warwick
    Ryze
    Udyr
    Cho Gath
    Irelia
    Kennen

[*] To start of with Doran's a lot depends on your Jungler, if you are premade with him First Blood is guaranteed, if not with a premade be carefull if u want to risk starting with Doran's.


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Conclusion

So if you want to grow in ranked games, get your hands on Riven and start carrying games.
I hope you guys had some help out of this brief Guild. Im going to adjust things over time to keep it updated.
Anything you think is left out of my guild, don't hesitate to contact me!

vert1g0