Shaco Build Guide by DeathByProx
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Prox here once again! I am now making another guide, this time for Shaco
, The demon Jester! I main shaco in 3v3s so I know what Im talking about when I say, AD Shaco is the best. I say this because AP Shaco is just for lawls... like seriously... I play AP Shaco when I want to spend my night nesting boxes in a bush and waiting for someone to walk by and have a 5 second kill and me doing /all "HAHAHAHAHAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAAH silly boxes :3" then moving on to nest again.. Anyway... AD Shaco is awesome for ganking.. Its the best build for a Shaco.. Crit are all you need to get a kill and move on.
The "GamePlay" chapter I feel is the MOST important chapter for this guide... it explains tricks and tips on using shaco... Please take a look.
AS WITH MY OTHER GUIDE, THIS IS FOR 3v3!! IF YOU WANT A 5V5 GUIDE GO LOOK UP A JUNGLE GUIDE, BECAUSE IN MY opinion, THATS THE BEST 5V5 BUILD OUT THERE
With that said, please enjoy my guide.
I will try to the best of my ability to explain each item and why I picked that item..
SHACO IS A SQUISHY TOON! NO MATTER HOW MUCH SURVIVABILITY YOU WANT/GIVE HIM... HES STILL SQUISHY... ITS JUST HOW HE IS BUILT AS A CHAMPION.. SO PLEASE DONT RAGE ON MY BUILD FOR NO SURVIVABILITY.
Cloth Armor For some early armor early game and it builds into madred's... I know you guys are like "you dont have any attack dmg early game!!!" This is why you have boxes... early gank the boxes (even without AP build) do the same dmg as you do.
Health Potion Theirs no Life Steal early game so get a pot or two to not die lol
Madred's Razors For some awesome farming early game and it builds into Bloodrazors
Boots of Speed All champs need some boots
Vampiric Scepter For much needed life steal
Recurve Bow All Shaco's need Attack speed (builds into bloodrazors)
Berserker's Greaves Attack speed boots for attack speed shaco :D
B. F. Sword 50 DMG!!!! - Ownage
Madred's Bloodrazor This item does %4 of enemy's health every hit... very good to just Q then own them
Infinity Edge LIFES A CRIT!!!! Crit + Attack speed + dmg = ownage
I dont usually get this far in my build
Phantom Dancer Attack speed for more crits... as well as move speed
Zeke's Harbinger More life steal to 1v1 yi or trynd
Hexdrinker - THIS IS A OPTIONAL ITEM! This is only if there is a lux or teemo or w.e that kills you with magic dmg when your low health... this is a life saver..
Banshee's Veil - THIS IS A OPTIONAL ITEM! This is if you need some extra health plus/or Hexdrinker. Up to you what you like better.
I use 22-0-8 because Shaco needs more AD, armor pent, and crit strike.. and 8 in Utility for the mana/health regen as well as the exp that you need when soloing lanes... or laning regardless.
For this toon, I like to have Ignite Ignite and exhaust Exhaust.
Why not Flash?
If you know how to trick the enemy with Q when running away, you wont need to double teleport (I will attempt to explain later on in guide)... so to me flash is useless if you know how to juke them with your Q... but if you feel your bad at that, go ahead and pick it up for a quick turn around.
Others you COULD use
The rest you dont really need..
I will now list the skills for Shaco, as well as what they do, order lvl, and good tactics.
Backstab Backstab - This might sound really cheesy... but hit from the back! When Qing or even farming, you do 20% more dmg! 20%!!! Thats alot.. So when you Q try to hit from the back.
Deceive Deceive - This is your best skill... Its alot the most skill - required skill... To master the art of Deceiving to get around takes a long time.. but later i will explain it.. ANYWHO! This is the skill that does all your dmg.. so Q, hit in back... done... Max this out second
Jack In The Box Mid/late game SPAM!!!! Put these everywhere but be mana careful... these are as good as teemo's mushrooms... but.. not as good.. lol its still good :D Early game be very carefull when using this... it does as much dmg as you do but dont spam early game because of your mana. Max this out last
Two-Shiv Poison Two-Shiv Poison - Very spam-mble and harass-able skill... HARASS WITH IT! nuff said.. Max out first
Hallucinate - Very beautiful skill... this is a MUST for ganking (most of the time). you should use this when you feel u need it.. its up to you when your use your ult :D
For shaco, Armor pent is a huge thing.. stacking armor pent makes sure you can kill shen no matter how much armor he stacks.. thats why I like to get
x9 Greater Mark of Desolation -will explain lower-
x3 Greater Quintessence of Desolation
But for seals and glyphs I prefer to get AS... Why AS and not dodge or crits? In my build there is a perfect balance of having AS, Dmg, and Crit... And people are like "The name of the guide is Life is a crit... why not more crit??!?!?!?" Simple.. Buying a whole bunch of crit items/runes is a waste on Shaco because of his Q.. AS + Q + IE (Infinity Edge) = OMFG your dead.
x9 Greater Glyph of Attack Speed
More Attack Speed means for crits in the amount of time you have to attack your target.. so this is good ^^
x9 Greater Seal of Attack Speed
Same as Glyph... AS means more crits which means more dmg.
Game PLay! -Tips and other stuff-
This is the chapter where I give you all my pro tips!!!! :D Very useful..
Shaco pro tip #1
-Only use Q for Ganking and escaping
Shaco pro tip #2
-Do NOT initiate
Shaco pro tip #3
-Go HERE AT START OF GAME and nest boxes (nest = stack stack stack)
90% of noobs gank bot... and when the minions spawn one goes top thru jungle.. it is recommended you have your team sitting there with you while you spam boxes IN SAME EXACTLY SPOT! (So they dont get fear without hitting all of them)
Shaco pro tip #4
-Use Q to jummp over walls! You can jump over of ALL walls in 3v3 map... I was going to mark them... but its pretty simple... just get close to one, then Q on other side..
Shaco pro tip #5
-Use E as a START ganking attack and a END ganking attack.. so they get the slow movement from first ganking them.. then they either get slowed again, or die when they start to run away.
Shaco pro tip #6
-USE ALT KEY TO CONTROL CLONE!!! Alot of people dont know this.. you can hold down the right alt key to control your clone.
Shaco pro tip #7
-Why use pro tip #6? So you can trick the other team into thinking it is you.. Ex: You are ganking, you get a kill without using ult and two people come up on you.. you have no chance and you are at half health.. -ult- -hold down right alt- and right click to control your clone away from you while you do nothing but auto attack (VERY IMPORTANT!!! ONLY AUTO ATTACK) By the time they catch it or kill it, they take the dmg, and you Q away.
Shaco pro tip #8
-Another way you can use Alt trick is to control your clone to turret dive onto a enemy tower hugging with 300 < health.
Shaco pro tip #9
-Play smart... always know if you will win a gank or now... think everything thru and dont make mistakes.. it is very important you think about the odds of the match up.
Pros / Cons
Has clone that proxes items
Enemy does not usually see a need to oracle him
Large crit dmg
Boxes can be used like teemos mushrooms
Does the worm dance
Usually gets targeted
Can see thru clone tricks
He MIGHT rape you..