Shyvana Build Guide by lyticvirus
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I was playing Shyvana as the glass cannon that other builds have you do and just didn't feel right to me. Decided to try a tank version, which worked well, but still wasn't what I wanted. So I tried a hybrid tanky/DPS build and loved it. I use this for 3v3 for sure and pretty close to what I use for dominion. I'm sure this would work 5v5, but I typically don't use her there. I like the close area that 3v3/dominion offers for her.
Lots of alternates available of course... this is just what I suggest. Cooldown is great, but you could go more tanky and do magic resist Glyphs. You could use health Seals instead of armor Seals, which may work better with the Atma's and the Juggernaut mastery. I just think the early armor helps you get ahead in the jungle. Lots of choices...
So this was the big change I made... going tanky. This is where you will see me beat other Shyvanas and surprise other champions expecting a glass cannon.
Boots to start because you need the mobility. Around level 3 from bottom lane (3v3) you should have enough gold for the scepter... that when you can start jungling. You could start jungle and get smite, but I think it tips the other off. Obviously you want your other tanky champion bot because they will be 2v1ing. So I hit the bottom jungle and get red, hit B buy up, push bot lane back and try to gank. Hit top jungle and by then you should have the lantern. Once you have lantern, you should be able to solo dragon (around level 6). Use your free ward and B. From here you can get greaves and balance jungle, lane pushing and of course ganking. I go straight for hammer since you have to CC other than exhaust... if you play with a lot of CC, the swap out the hammer for a phantom dancer. Next I go with Witt's End (or Malady, depending on the opposing team) for a cheap Attack Speed/Attack Damage boost. It also adds some Magic Resist to keep you up.
So ranked 3v3s, my favorite champion (Singed) typically gets banned, so I was trying to find another solid champion that's almost never banned. Enter Shyvana... I like her sustainability and her jungle skills, along with the play style. She also has decent escapability with her ult. I would say half the time I use her ult to escape after ganking someone than initiating with it. I'll use it to push a champion off of their tower that I just dove, I'll use it as a catch up to finish a kill and, by the end, when they realize they need to focus me for the extra defense. You can also use her like a singed in that perspective. Using burn out in dragon form. You know you can play your champion correctly when you can leave a fight with under 100 HP consistently, getting everything out of your champion without dying. The biggest frustration with her is the lack of CC, so someone on the team has to have a REALLY good CC to help you out. One of my teammates is trying to get good on Sijuani, because I think they would have an AMAZING synergy. Both with their AOE "W" and her built in CC. Then you'd just need a powerful AD champion (Talon, Renekton, Vayne) and you got a POWERFUL premade ranked team.