Shen Build Guide by donkypimp69
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SOOOOOOOOO, shen was buffed. People thought he was weak, but i thought he was fine the way he was. BUT NOW.....HOLY ****. This ninja just annhilates and takes everythin like chuck norris with a mask on. About myself. I play LoL for some LOL fun game moments. Pretty addicted. I dont play ranked cuz those ppls are mean. I play a ****load of games nonetheless and have beeen owning constantly with this new buff shen, enjoi
-ap has wicked burst
-new buffs are noticable
-valuable asset to any team
-ap shen can be squishy a bit early game
-early game tanky shen can lack a little damage before aquiring atmas
-shadow dash requires CLUTCH
-ppl think you troll with ap shen
-not as indestructible as late game full tank shen
the different ninjas
TANKY DPS SHEN
This shen is most suitable for solo top. Early game can be bit of a bore with the lack of damage, but still, with the new buffs shen has, you'll do better than most. His q scaling off max health will keep you sustained, not to mention last hitting with it will give you HEALTH BACK. His taunt deals damage now. HOly ****, nuff said. Basically, over stack health, get atmas and triforce. UR A NINJA BEAST
Seen lots of them post buff, and I gotta say it was effective, but inconsistent. With these new buffs however, You can mid/top against any champ with GREAT harass. Q is good enough harass already, BUT NOW TAUNT! WTF. Your burst is insane. Not to mention you will have a godsend W/R shield.
TANKY DPS SHEN
Pretty standard defence 0/21/9, makes you quite tanky, and when you stack that health your e/ki strike/q/w combo will make you a sustainable dmg dealing ninja EFFING BYE BYE NOOB killing machine. mmmhmm, its just my preference, do what you like around it
Standard ap masteries 21/0/9, the movement speed in utility will let you harass with ur q easily cuz of the poor range.
Attack speed runes = more auto attacks which = more ki strikes which = more ninja cuts
Armor seals = more damage you can take from AD
MR per LVL = can take magic harass thru the game
Swiftness quints = B!tch you can run away from me (more harass initate and chase), and oh sh!t im outta this sh!thole (escape), also helps the "dont kite me" factor
You can opt for vitality runes, or fort quints too, fore it helps with the damage on your ki strike. Do what you want, hes a ninja!
Insight runes = Magic pen for your Q and E
Vitality = can handle more harass, and better ki strike for your burst
AP per LVL = more AP duhh
FLAT ap quints = better early game harass
you can opt out and take armor seals for AP shen as well, it helps you take a bit of damage and escape those nasty early game ganks.
Flash and ignite
idk i choose this **** with every champion
ignite = more kills early game
flash = less deaths early game
AND EARLY GAME CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOU
Dont be a shen ninja cupcake and feed the team
Be a sumo ninja and get fed, nuff said
BUT, spells are teleport and ghost are perfectly reasonable
its just advice, do whatever the F*CK you want :]
Q - vorpal blade
For TANKY DPS, this will make you sustain your lane. Harass your enemy. Since new buffs came out, the regen scales off of your max health. WOAH. and when you last hit minions, u have health back. OMGZ
For AP SHEN, This will be your bread and butter. Just keep Q'ing your enemy, last hit, and win.
P.S. Shen still has spam problems, spamming this skill too often will deplete your energy so I suggest you spam it until you reach about 100 energy, so you have shadow dash handy just in case there is a gank or something.
Max first asap, after ult of course.
W - Ninja shield
For TANKY DPS, this shield is weak, BUT with the new buffs it will proc your ki strike faster whenever an enemy hits you with it on. Also helps block tower shots and regular harass.
For AP SHEN, this shield is more handy, it can take some damage haha. If you are laning against a heavy harraser, use this shield to absorb their harass.
Take a point in level 4, then max it last
E - Shadow Dash
For TANKY DPS, This is your intiator/ escape tool. Oh your jungle is coming for me? shadow dash. Oh my jungler is ready to gank my lane? Shadow dash, taunt, gold. Oh you guys are too ***** to engage? Shadow dash, taunt, your welcome nubz
FOR AP SHEN, with the new buffs, this sh!t does DAMAGE!!! WTF. This makes your ap burst deadly. Shadow dash > vorpal blade > feint. Pretty lethal, when you have lich bane it just goes OVER 9000 nuff' said.
P.S this skill is what makes or breaks a good shen.
When an enemy is over a wall or some hill, you must be able to predict where to use it in order for your team to follow up
When initiating, you MUST taunt AS MANY ENEMIES POSSIBLE (like 3 realistically). There are situations however where you may opt to pick off a stray sheep on the enemy team thooo.
When escaping, alwys be aware of your surrounding, you can dash through walls stupid, utilize that.
Also, alwaays leave enough energy for an emergency shadow dash, it can save you, enrich you, or kill you.
Max this second pwease
R - EFF YOU SHEN!
This is what makes shen the ninja that is shen.
For TANKY DPS, use this when you have a teammate in deep sh!t. Like when they have their health at 1/2. if you wait till they have a margin of health leaft, chances are the enemy team will obliterate the shield and you waste your ult. Use good judgement, fore this is another skill that makes or break a shen. Also can be used to escape nasty situation, but not reccomended, I'd rather die and save ult for another teamate's death than myself, cuz thats ninja honor.
FOR AP ShEN, omg hahahaha the people you will piss off. Dont be afraid to risk if for the biscuit and use your ult if someone has a margin of health left, because in AP SHEN's case, this shield can take elephant ****ting all over a rhino's horn and ramming it at you. Also after you use this ult. but again, good judgement is key
MAX ASAP YOU STUPID?
Standard combo is usually
preffereably initiate these combos when ki strike is active for a more prominent burst, quite so
ALWAYS START OFF WITH DORANS SHIELD!!!!!!!!!!
+120 health = more damage from ki strike and more sustain from Q
+10 armor = ninja that can take some mutha effin pain
8 health reg = stay in that lane, and farm
Shen just benefits from this early game item so much, so go without it no matter what you do
but hey its just advice, do whatever the **** you want :>
TANKY DPS SHEN
The stats you want : HEALTH & ATTACK SPEED
why? cuz with the new buff shen, his ki strike scales off his max health, and it comes back on quicker with more auto attacks, not to mention people who attack you with your W on.
Alright so the core is dorans shield, boots of your choice, warmogs, atmas, and trinity force. heck lots of champs use this, BUT shen shines like a ninja angel with it.
Warmogs = tankiness, more Health for more dmg off of your ki strike, more health reg from Q
atmas = armor for more tankiness, critical strike more dps and damage off of your based health which makes your ki strike do considereable damage.
trinity force = more attack speed to proc more ki strikes, slows, crits, THE PROC
For the remaining items...
its pretty flexible
If their team has more AP, go wits end for more resist/ attack speed/ dmg, or just get FON(awesome sh!t)
If their team has more AD, go thornmail(for auto attackers mainly) or randuins (massive slows, and more health)
Once again Dorans shield, even if you mid
The core in Dorans shield, Sorcerers shoes, Will of the Ancients, ryalas, and LICH BANE.
From this core you get a lot of damage and sustain from your Q. Some considereable tankiness. And when you get lich bane, your burst will be OMGGGSHENNEEDSNERFIFEEDALLDAYNUBZ
Then you can go rabadons if you are doing really great, making more mass ninja murders. Then grab an Abysmall scepter if they have big AP threat, or Zhonyas first for a more AD threat.
When I picked up the new buff shen, i thought of Morde and Kennen, since they are AP and have no mana. So yeah just follow this **** and look at your e/q combo decimate and your w/e take sh!t for you.
people say shen sucks at farming
im like NU UH!
last hit with vorpal blade
last hit with ki strike is easy too
but yea, FARMING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LOL!
TAUNT AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE
KILL THE SQUISHIES
dont be like the X-Wing guy who missed the Death Star's weakness shot horribly
Use your judgement more wisely you are a bit more fragile than tanky shen. When the time is right use your burst combo and take down the priority targets. SHADOW DASH, VORPAL BLADE, LICH BANE PROCS,W SHIELD. and save your R for anyone who is about to die. a good clutch R gives you praise from everyone on team like. "shen i ****ing hate you"
Shen's Tip of the day
vision wards > regular wards
vision wards can let you kill your enemies ward, thus letting your jungler get more ganks off you
Shen signing off =]
I like what I see with the new shen
Give this build a try and you might be surprised
OR YOU'LL FAIL HORRIBLE
or get "gj's, n1's, gg's, wow's,"
dont be that ninja who gets "he fed, feeder, noob, etc"
my first guide so slurp this one up REALLLLLL good plz