Shaco Build Guide by Tali

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Tali

The Smiteless Jester - Dont Let Them Turn Around

Tali Last updated on August 14, 2012
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Ability Sequence

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

Not Updated For Current Season

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.



Offense: 25

Honor Guard

Defense: 4

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 1

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Difficult Start

Shaco is one of the few champions who can jungle without smite, his boxes allow him to complete this task.
But it isn't easy as it sounds, you could end up dead in the jungle without the proper help, and so, that's what I’m here for.

Step 1: Starting the jungle
Its easy to guess how shaco should start jungle but since we don't have smite we will not be going for a level 2 gank, thus we will need blue first rather than red.
Make sure that you get to blue buff at least 50 seconds in and start setting your boxes at EXACTLY 00:55, Ever since shaco's nerf your boxes die in 60 seconds, Buffs spawn at 1:55. So set as many as you can before the Golem spawns. In fact, you don't even need a leash! Who would have thought you could have no smite and still not need a leash.

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Taking The Fast Route

Step 2: Proper Order
You probably guessed already that you will have a slow jungle and chance to get buffs stolen, especially in ranked. Well I have found the solution.
It’s simple really and it’s called timing and defense. You must know that your side of the jungle is safe and still get through just as fast as the enemy jungle.
Doing this is easy, once you have your blue you can throw a quick box down on wolfs and burst that down but you will need to pop a health pot. Once you have done this go to red buff and place box either in the tip of the bush or the center, Make. Sure. Its. Out. Of. Range. Of. The. Lizards. I can’t even begin to explain how important that is. After setting to box you can go ahead and run over to wraiths, use a box first then finished them off. Next on your way to golems set another box down in the same spot by the lizards, if there are any invasions they will be hurt badly and you can get over there and kill them fast, especially since you have a secret weapon, ignite.
If no one comes that's good to since you will be able to get your red easy, so after killing golems run back over to red and put third box down and get the buff. If you still have your last health pot you may attempt a gank if it’s needed but if not this is a good time to recall and start the cycle over again.

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The First/Second Gank

Step 3: A secret Weapon
If you haven't already ganked or you have it doesn't matter, what matters is late game ganks aren't as easy as early game and take careful positioning, luckily your smite gives you an advantage to most.
You will probably want to go for the lane that is most in need and pushed like you would with any jungler. Go for The one with the most health if you are Ganking bot, otherwise it won’t really matter since there's only one in the other lanes.
[IMPORTAINT]: Do not use your deceive after leaving the bush, that's bad. Make sure to use it so they don't even know your there until it’s too late. Hit them from behind of course; follow with a box to the most logical path they will run to. And slow them with a shiv so your allies can take them down if they are still alive.
Another good tip if the lane is pushed enough (up to your turret) Time the enemy minion wave and set a box in their lane where they are going to run to so you aren't noticed, now you will have to be quick before the next wave comes so it’s useful in your kill.

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Sneaking A Tower

Step 4: A Planned Ghost
In your typical league game towers are everything, especially in ranked. So you have to know how to get that tower quick and get out alive without any trouble.
To start, find a lane that is doing well and pushing up to an enemy tower to the point where your minions are getting targeted by the turret. Make sure there are enough minions and your ally in lane is ready. Proceed in with a deceive and start hitting the turret, sounds simple.
But this part is a little more complicated, Depending on the position of your minions it will change where your enemy’s minions are. Take a Box and place it in an area not in range of other minions, place it in the corner by the wall if there are none, once that’s done it will target the closest object which is the tower, I have matched the perfect time to rank up your box with when you will most likely be pushing a tower so that it will do plenty of damage and allow to get it fast. This may sound like a small thing but it’s not, it can be the difference between getting the tower and dying to the enemy.
Be careful!

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Winning A Team Fight

If you followed every instruction correctly and your team mates aren't face rolling and awful, you should be winning! So it’s time for a good team fight, whatever is happening I can’t predict but there is obviously going to be a team fight at a certain point in the game, unless you’re still in the level 1-10 range games back when tryndamere Was God And Rammus Was Un-killable. "Shudder" never mind.
Anyway wherever this team fight is you don't want to be the first to go in, make sure to leap into the confusion when your opponents least expect It.
Example: If it’s your typical "all mid" team fight you should hide yourself in a bush on the sides but be careful of wards. It will be the end of you.
Wait for someone on your team who is tanky to run in or an AOE or global ult to take place and deceive into to fun, take out the squishiest first and then get back because people will most likely target you if you’re not careful. Make sure you have Flash up for emergencies.
Predicting the exact outcome of a fight is impossible so you will have to improvise. It’s not like you’re totally helpless without my words I’m just saying that I can’t give you tips at this point. I think you can figure it out yourself. Unless you’re a level 1 summoner and they have a tryndamere! Run away!
I'm kidding.

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That Victory Came To Soon...

If you followed every step I hope that everything turned out correctly and your team didn't feed that god awful tryndamere. Anyway if you won I hope you enjoy your victory and the future games you will play with the help of this guide as The Smite less Jester. Please Rate/Like for more guides by me. If you really liked the guide click that nice little heart at the top right corner. I swear it won't open a secret compartment in your roof that Tibbers will suddenly drop from.
Have Fun Explaining that situation to Annie.