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Shen Build Guide by CommieRed

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League of Legends Build Guide Author CommieRed

Shen, the Based God of Top Lane S5 (v5.9)

CommieRed Last updated on May 22, 2015
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Ability Sequence

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Ability Key Q
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Ability Key W
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Ability Key E
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Ability Key R





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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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Havoc
 
 

Offense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Legendary Guardian
 
 

Defense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bandit
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wanderer
 
 

Utility: 0



Threats to Shen with this build

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Zed Very easy match-up. Shen sustains better and has a better early game. Poke with Q's and rush Sunfire for an easy win.
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Akali Fairly easy lane. You poke harder and sustain better, and your taunt can pull her out of Shroud. Once you get Cowl, she can't touch you.
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Yasuo Easy lane. Harass with Q's, rush Sunfire, and snowball the heck out of this guy.
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Introduction:

Zdravstvuyte! Welcome to my guide for Shen: "The Eye of Twilight".

I'm CommieRed. Shen has been my favorite champion since I started playing League in Season 3, and I've grown to love his strengths, weaknesses, and uniqueness as a champion. Shen is a disruptive tank, and while he isn't the most mechanically challenging, he requires a keen tactical sense and map awareness to use effectively.


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Should I pick Shen?

So, before we get into the gritty business of how to use Shen, let's look at why or why not to pick him in the first place:

Strengths:

In-Lane Sustain
Global map pressure
AoE crowd control
Dueling / Backline Diving
Team monster objective sustain
Split Pushing


From this list we can see that Shen excels in making plays around the map with his strong team utility and his global map pressure, and is a capable laner and duelist through his sustain. In addition, his abilities allow him to disrupt part or all of the enemy team long enough for his own team to follow up. Now let's look at the other side.

Weaknesses:
Ranged harass
Kiting
Lane pushers
Burst damage
Disengage


From this list we can see that Shen fares poorly against teams or champions that can kite him / disengage from him, or who have burst damage that can be applied without repercussion, as Shen needs targets to apply his sustain effect. In addition, teams with good disengage can avoid his fight-turning ultimate by simply pulling back.


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Runes

So you've decided Shen is the right pick! Let's return to the basics. For runes I go with AD marks, Armor seals, Scaling MR glyphs, and either Attack Speed or HP Regen quintessences.

To break it down:
AD Marks: aid with last-hitting, dueling, and early trades.
Armor Seals: give tankiness. Enough said.
SMR Glyphs: scaling tankiness towards when casters get more AP.
AS Quints: synergy with ki strike, last hitting, and dueling.
HPR Quints: extra sustain for difficult lanes.


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Masteries

9/21/0.

Offensive: Emphasis on AD and AS for last-hitting and trading.
Defensive: Emphasis on HP and flat resistances for sustain and tankiness.
Utility: Why you would pick anything here on Shen Top is beyond me.