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Riven, The Exile (Season 4) (Under Construction)

CaptainBio Last updated on November 30, 2013
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Introduction


About Me


My name is CaptainBio, Glarthired on EUW. I'm a casual player in Silver IV. I'm not a pro Riven player and there are many people better than me but I do know a bit about her!

In this guide I'll be talking about various subjects like skills, when to pick Riven and her pros and cons. I've put a lot of effort is put into this so I hope you enjoy and leave a comment, Thanks!


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About Riven



Lore


In Noxus, any citizen may rise to power regardless of race, gender, or social standing - strength is all that matters. It was with committed faith in this ideal that Riven strove to greatness. She showed early potential as a soldier, forcing herself to master the weight of a long sword when she was barely its height. She was ruthless and efficient as a warrior, but her true strength lay in her conviction. She entered battles without any trace of doubt in her mind: no ethical pause, no fear of death. Riven became a leader amongst her peers, poster child of the Noxian spirit. So exceptional was her passion that the High Command recognized her with a black stone rune sword forged and enchanted with Noxian sorcery. The weapon was heavier than a kite shield and nearly as broad - perfectly suited to her tastes. Soon after, she was deployed to Ionia as part of the Noxian invasion.


What began as war quickly became extermination. Noxian soldiers followed the terrifying Zaunite war machines across fields of death. It wasn't the glorious combat for which Riven trained. She carried out the orders of her superiors, terminating the remnants of a beaten and fractured enemy with extreme prejudice. As the invasion continued, it became clear that the Ionian society would not be reformed, merely eliminated. During one bitter engagement, Riven's unit became surrounded by Ionian forces. They called for support as the enemy closed in around them. What they received instead was a barrage of biochemical terror launched by Singed. Riven watched as around her Ionian and Noxian alike fell victim to an unspeakably gruesome fate. She managed to escape the bombardment, though she could not erase the memory. Counted dead by Noxus, she saw an opportunity to start anew. She shattered her sword, severing ties with the past, and wandered in self-imposed exile - on a quest to seek atonement and a way to save the pure Noxian vision in which she believed.

''There is a place between war and murder / in which our demons lurk.''



Riven is a very powerful top lane AD Caster/Bruiser in League of Legends. She is picked quite a lot in solo que because of her amazing ability to carry games and she is also great with many team compositions. Riven can be hard to master but once you get the hang of her, she is fun to play and a great champion overall.


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Abilities



Runic Blade



Riven's abilities charge her blade for 5 seconds, causing her to do 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40 / 45 / 50 % of her attack damage as bonus physical damage on her next basic attack. Riven can store up to 3 charges, and can only expend one at a time.

This is a great Passive, weaving this between your combo allows you to do insane amount of damage to your enemies!



Broken Wings



Riven steps forward and lashes out in a series of powerful slashes that will deal physical damage to all enemies within 112.5 range. This ability can be activated a second time within 4 seconds, and a third time within 4 seconds of that. The third activation damages enemies within 150 range and also knocks them up. All three strikes deal the same damage.

Riven's Q allows her to 1) Clear waves quickly, 2) Knock-up enemies 3) Escape and catch up to enemies. There is also many more things you can do with Broken Wings but we will go into more depth about this later.



Ki Burst



Riven deals physical damage to all enemies within range and stuns them for 0.75 seconds.

Riven's W allows you to deal physical damage to enemies in an area and stuns them for 0.75 seconds. Using this allows you to land your combo and get your friends involved in a wombo combo to really give your enemy a beating!



Valor



Riven dashes towards the cursor and gains a shield that absorbs a certain amount of damage. The shield dissipates after 2.5 seconds if not already destroyed.

Riven's E gives you a short dash towards your cursor and shields you for 100% of your AD. Great for escaping and catching enemies and taking some extra damage.



Blade of the Exile/Wind Slash



For 15 seconds Riven's sword is reformed, granting her 20% increased attack damage and 75 increased range on her basic attacks. Also Broken Wings's normal and third area of effect radius increase to 162.5 and 200, and Ki Burst's area of effect radius increases to 135. She is also granted the ability to use Wind Slash once for the duration.

Gives Riven an amazing boost in attack damage and range. This makes her auto attacks and her abilities stronger making it a great ability for duelling.

Riven unleashes a 2200-speed wave of energy in a cone, dealing physical damage to all enemies hit. Damage is increased by 2.67% for every 1% of an enemy's missing health, capping at 200% bonus damage (300% damage total) against enemies with 75% or more missing health.

This is a great ability to execute enemies that are running away from you. It deals more damage based on the amount of missing health the enemy has making it a great execute ability.


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Pros / Cons



Pros:


- High amounts of health and ad
- Easy to carry with
- Fun to Play
- High Mobility
- Strong Duelling Potential

Cons:

- Shutdown hard by CC
- No in-kit sustain
- Hard to play
- Hard to master
- Broken Sword


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Masteries


Masteries
1/1
4/4
1/1
3/3
1/1
3/3
3/3
1/1
3/3
1/1
1/2
2/2
2/2
3/3
1/1





These masteries allow you to deal a lot of damage to the enemy early game. The point in Double Edged Sword and Juggernaut allow us to output 2% more damage and make Double Edged Sword have less of an effect on you.





Masteries
1/1
4/4
1/1
3/3
1/1
3/3
3/3
1/1
3/3
1/1
1/1
3/3
3/3
1/1
1/3


If you want more utility, you can drop all your points in the defensive tree and put them into utility giving you increased movement speed and extra life steal.
Most of the time I take my defensive masteries.


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