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Riven: The Tank Carry

Last updated on July 2, 2012
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Ability Sequence

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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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Sunder
Archmage
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Executioner
 
 

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Honor Guard
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Juggernaut
 
 

Defense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
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Mastermind
 

Utility: 0


Table of Contents
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Introduction

[Riven] is one of the champions that is extremely hard to play. Or so I find it. Timing is very important with Riven, and if you're not able to get that right then you won't be able to kill. However, if you do play her right, she can be the gayest champion to lane against. I mean who likes going up against someone with 4 dashes, an AoE stun and a ton of damage?
This is CSKorndawg and this is my second guide. I'll try to make it better that my first one!


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Important

Riven is not very tanky. Therefore, if your jungler is someone like Shaco, you will not be tanky enough late game and have harder teamfights. Make sure the jungler will be someone tanky, like [Warwick] or, one of my favorites, [Cho'Gath]. Late game with him you won't need another tank, especially if he's fed enough and ate with his ulti.


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Items

Start with either [Boots of Speed] and 3 health potions or [cloth armor] and 5 health potions. If you are laning against someone like [Yorick], get [boots of speed]. In fact, generally you should get boots. However, if you are laning against a hard AD champ like Garen, you should start with cloth armor to minimize his items.

Early Game:
Early game you want to get one of the three boots: [Ninja Tabi], [Ionian Boots of Lucidity] or [Mercury's Treads]. Each of the boots depends on the situation. If you're going against a heavy AD champ like [Garen], get ninja Tabi. You can sell them later for other boots. If the enemy team has some CC, get Mercury's Treads. This is a common buy for any tank, and riven should get it too. Getting CC'd can really stop you from doing much. However, if the enemy has barely any CC, Ionian Boots of Lucidity are perfect for you. Why these boots? It's simple: you need cooldown. You are VERY skill reliant, and having these skills ASAP can help you do much more. These are the only 3 shoes worth getting.

The [Brutalizer] is yet another item necessary for early game riven. It gives you CDR and damage. It's basically perfectly suited for you. You should get one, maybe two if you're doing really well. You can sell these later anyways, and it builds into [Youmuu's Ghostblade], which works quite nicely on riven.

You should also get a [Doran's Blade] or two for the AD, HP and lifesteal. If you're doing well you can sometimes skip these, but I would still recommend getting one.