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League of Legends Build Guide Author linky317

Yummy Rice's In-Depth S7 Top Lane Shen - The Flippin Ninja

linky317 Last updated on April 16, 2017
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Rispido | May 3, 2017 1:47pm
Great guide, mate. I'm having some problems as Shen (being noob is just aa aggravating cin***stance) and maybe you can help. I'm doing OK during early-mid battle, being passive-aggresive on lane and looking for 2vs1/3vs2 with ultimate, but I find myself "without weight" at the end of the battle on late team-fights. I mean, I can eat damage and that but I have to rely a lot on team-mates during those late fights.

Is it supposed to be? I mean, lack of skill appart, does shen deflate at late game? Anyway I'm loving the champ, so you've got a new YT subscriber.
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linky317 (15) | May 3, 2017 11:05pm
I know what you mean by feeling "without weight" lategame, I get people telling me the same thing. Shen should not deflate late game, in fact he does very well late game due to his item/kit scaling nature. This might have to do with itemization, are you pure tank? are you doing a bruiser build? a peel build, etc. He is heavily team-dependent lategame for damage (even damage builds will struggle with 1v1ing ADCs late game), but your main goal is to eat damage, buy time with your W against ADCs, and you should generally by doing what your team needs such as engaging or peeling. Generally I spend most of my time peeling since overextension can lead to an easy death and alot of people tend to tunnel on the squishy backline anyways. If you can catch some livestreams or full gameplays, you might be able to see what I do late game. I actually play best late game with near full items.
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Rispido | May 4, 2017 7:06am
Thanks man, I knew it was mainly because of me (skills, farm capabilities and all that). I've seen a couple of your videos and I think I know where to starts, thanks. Mainly I need to farm better, but I'm finding more difficult to last hit on Shen than other champions I play.

You know, low CS, low build, low damage. Noob style. Thanks again.
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SnowBinder | May 2, 2017 9:48am
Cool guide, but I don't get why you went for "Grasp of the undying" instead of "CotColossus",
Since you can rely on taunt and get more shield?
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linky317 (15) | May 2, 2017 2:02pm
In top lane, the sustain, and Shen's constant fighting makes Grasp much more valuable for long term fighting, short trades, more damage, and sustain. Sure COTC gives you a shield but only for a short while, it has a cooldown, and you can miss your taunt which results it not procing. Honestly Shen is tanky enough if you can manage you Ki-Barrier properly. Honestly if you like it then take it, but long run Grasp is alot more valuable, I've won trades/sustained longer in fights due to it. You can take COTC if you're jungling or supporting.
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SnowBinder | May 3, 2017 1:29am
Got it, thanks for the analysis :)
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TheSecretK | May 1, 2017 6:29pm
What do you think about the changes in 7.8. Are they considered nerfs or buffs?
Also, does this change his build?
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linky317 (15) | May 2, 2017 1:58pm
Powershift, definitely makes early lane pushing/farming harder but your empowered Q trades are a bit more impactful. You can actually risk all ins with 6 empowered autos with good success depending on the matchup. If you are struggling to farm very early, try using 6/6/18 and even AD marks, Sunfire will become even more important for wave pushing and Titanic is a bit more appealing.
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Synmad | April 29, 2017 9:12am
Hey man, loving your guide as much as I'm loving Shen :D silly question: what are your thoughts on hybrid penetration marks?
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linky317 (15) | May 2, 2017 1:57pm
Used to be something I used prerework with decent success. I honestly think Marks should be AS or AD due to Shen's terrible AS scaling. I think it will still work fine, but you might struggle early on CSing.
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LenSaito (1) | April 16, 2017 5:25am
i love your guide and your videos when i started playing shen i learned from you and you even inspired me to write my own guide so a big thank you
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linky317 (15) | April 18, 2017 12:08pm
Thanks for enjoying my content :D
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monimakaroni (12) | April 16, 2017 4:58am
Hey,

I see that you have great knowledge about Shen, but I couldn't really understand why would Shen purchase Hextech Gunblade. I personally haven't seen in game players with gunblade on Shen, but apart from that everything is very cool, easy to comprehend and helpful.
I just couldn't get the point of the first video, since there are only good plays with Shen in it and not really answering the question - Why you should play Shen.

- @ monimakaroni
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linky317 (15) | April 18, 2017 12:12pm
I've been requested by viewers on stream for something fun to use that included AP, Stattik Shiv and Hextech Gunblade have unique interactions with each other. Where the Hextech Gunblade will heal off Shen's Q bonus damage and AD, as well as the lightning Shiv procs. I do it sometimes on stream to show off the build. This build obviously not meant to be used seriously but more of something for fun while still having sense. First video does show why should we play Shen maybe not in a literal sense, but it shows saving boosted monkeys and gets ladies from the bot lane :^]. Thank you for enjoying the guide though.
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ScdoWn (3) | April 16, 2017 2:05am
Hey linky317,

Wooooooow man?! This is so AWESOME guide about Shen Its realy realy realy in-depth so helpful and so useful. You have spent a lot of your free time to create this amazing guide. This helps me a lot. Now this is my favorite champion. Thanks again a lot. Have a nice day. :)

-ScdoWn
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linky317 (15) | April 18, 2017 12:06pm
Thank you still improving it :^]
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kubos | April 8, 2017 11:40am
i love you man,these runes are awesome but in me opinion better is trinity force for botrk.
PS. i know me english suck ;)
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Neon2120 (2) | April 7, 2017 2:22am
What do you think about the Shen nerfs in the PBE and some changes to tank items as well?
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linky317 (15) | April 10, 2017 11:51pm
Made a video regarding the changes. Check it out.
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MintyCu | March 31, 2017 3:53am
BOTRK vs Titanic Hydra? Which one is better and why botrk over titatnic in general full build?
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linky317 (15) | April 7, 2017 1:10am
BOTRK is just a personal favourite of mine. Titanic Hydra may be better for me when 7.8 hits.
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ViniciusHenriquePMelo | January 29, 2017 2:52pm
alguma dica de como "pegar as kills", e broxante voce bate no cara e ele fugir com 10 vida ;-;??!!
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linky317 (15) | January 29, 2017 3:35pm
If I understand your question correctly, holding Ignite to finish off or saving your taunt to follow them if they Flash can help. Shen does lack kill secure abilities though.
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Boonanabob | January 18, 2017 9:12am
I love this guide it so in depth and has great humor which makes it a fun read. Being a support main i think i might just add him to my collection of supports i play, saying that any tips on playing Shen support?
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linky317 (15) | January 18, 2017 11:50am
I mainly play him in the top lane, but I've been thinking about doing a Shen support guide since I do it often as well. Some people find Shen support sketchy, but when done well can be very nice having an extra tank/peeler.

A decent amount of this guide can be used for Shen support with regards to Spirit Blade manipulation and Spirit's refuge use, however as a support you wouldn't really be buying some of the items I have listed.

Shen support has favourable and some very unfavourable matchups. Shen support can do well both in the aggressive taunt role or the very defensive peel role. For a build, I prioritize, Face of the Mountain, Locket, and Ruby sightstone for maximum shield and denial. Try checking below in my Spirit's Refuge section to see what you can block, can give you a good idea against which champions he does well against. (Blitzcrank, Leona, Braum)

If you need more help, check out my Youtube, I think I had a recent all support Shen game stream.
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