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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 March 22, 2017
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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 (13) | 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 (13) | 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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corio | January 17, 2017 1:21pm
Hi, your guide is really cool, but I don't see the Hextech protobelt on it. Is it realy useless or what ? Because it give you some dmg, health and an extra-dash. So...did you tested it sometimes ?
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linky317 (13) | January 17, 2017 6:47pm
I haven't used it often enough but honestly Shen can buy it and make some sort of use of it. Just I don't really find the opportunity or budget to purchase it.
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SixSence | January 5, 2017 5:21am
Hi. I dont understand 1 thing.In what matchups should i go Rejuvenation Bead as my starting item.
I'm big fan of your work(followed your guide before Shen rework) and keep up with good work :D
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linky317 (13) | January 5, 2017 6:40pm
I haven't really used it lately, I did use it sometimes against Swain and Teemo but overall other starts are better. I'll be removing that soon. Oh you followed me before the rework? Then you must have seen a lot of changes over time, with my recent one being the biggest! :)
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Plummy49xD | December 30, 2016 2:58am
Any opinions on rushing Triforce on Shen?
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linky317 (13) | December 31, 2016 3:04am
Highly suggest you don't due to lack of tank stats and poor wave-clearing potential early on. As well with no resists, your Ki-Barrier and health is not very efficient.
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GodLord (19) | December 21, 2016 3:23pm
great build
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Gunner.S | December 16, 2016 5:57pm
This isn't really about the guide but whats your favorite skin on Shen?
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linky317 (13) | December 17, 2016 3:15am
I own all skins but my #1 favourite skin would be TPA Shen.
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L3gislacerator (5) | December 16, 2016 12:38pm
Nice job with this guide, I love how much dedication you have to Shen!
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linky317 (13) | December 16, 2016 2:27pm
Thank you very much! I love our lord and saviour Shenpai very much :)
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Plummy49xD | November 10, 2016 6:31am
@Yummy Rice I am actually surprised to see you take bounty hunter, why not oppressor for the slow on empowered Q and taunt? Also with frozen mallet build it is very strange for me
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linky317 (13) | November 10, 2016 1:26pm
Well oppressor doesn't exist anymore with the new masteries, I want to revamp the mastery page section so hang on tight. Which frozen mallet build are you talking about? Frozen Mallet is a good item to keep enemies pinned down when you need the extra CC and I find it very useful against the new assassins that are being player often.
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Plummy49xD | December 1, 2016 4:50am
Well yeah, that kind of sucks for me, would you consider Courage of Colossus on Shen? It looks very viable and might be better than Grasp because of its value late game(I didnt try it out though).

The frozen mallet build I mentioned was the frozen mallet+ botrk. I tried it out and its very good, my opinion changed. heh
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Shenmurai | October 25, 2016 11:22pm
I also play shen, but i often work as a support. I think shen-support really better than shen-top because new shen have no damage (I think riven, rumble, G-nar, Jay, darius...will better play at top because thay can up se-mi tank + damage). You can see:I also have some Runes for my shen. One of its i coppy from you, shenpai:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0qVwkUn43L7d1YyZkZTOHFNVjA/view?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0qVwkUn43L7TVpzYlJJQ2dKV0k/view?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0qVwkUn43L7RXl0NDltdXNIT1k/view?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0qVwkUn43L7cnZSQVFNa2dXNTg/view?usp=sharing
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linky317 (13) | October 26, 2016 4:09pm
If you watch my livestream on Youtube, I actually play support Shen a decent amount. I actually have a higher win rate on support Shen funny enough. Due to current meta shifts and the nerf, Shen has fallen out of favour in the top lane but he is still playable.
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Jammy158 | September 11, 2016 7:29pm
Hi Linky,

Patch 6.18 is out and Shen has got a pretty big set of nerfs to him. The changes if you don't know are the following.

Ki Barrier (Passive): base shield reduced to 50-101 (levels 1-18) from 52-120 (levels 1-18)

Twilight Assault (Q): Damaged reduced to 2/2.5/3/3.5/4% of the target's maximum health from 3/3.5/4/4.5/5% of the target's maximum health.

Enhanced damage reduced to 4/4.5/5/5.5/6% of the target's maximum health from 5/5.5/6/6.5/7% of the target's maximum health

So what do you think about these nerfs and how will it effect Shen in LCS as he is popular right now.
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linky317 (13) | September 11, 2016 11:29pm
Hi I've posted a video on what I think about the 6.18 nerfs on my channel and should be on the guide. As well, I've been doing streams based on this patch.
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Xtone | July 24, 2016 6:09am
TL DR: Math on Veteran Scars VS Runic Armor

Hello fella shen players, here is Xtone the shen main and i am here to tell u about some math i did on the veteran scars vs runic armor mastries heres what i got:
Runic armor is ofc better for your shield (and really worth late game
Veretan scars is better for the early game (for surviving ignites and all that good stuff (im looking at u darius and teemo))

Now im gonna upload the graph i made and post it right away ;)

(Btw yummy rice, i give u the right to use this graphs i made for whatever u want :) dont need to ask)

Ps: if anyone wants, i can write an exel program in which you input bonus HP and get the shield strength) ;)
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Xtone | July 24, 2016 6:14am
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Xtone | July 24, 2016 6:18am
White: normal scaling
Yellow: scaling with runic armor
Green: veteran scars + doran shield
Blue: runic armor + doran shield

Ofc the graph is different if u get ruby crystal 1st item, but.... its pretty damn close to this one

(If anyone wants the equasions just ask ;))

Praise Shen our Lord and saviour!
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BunnyFang | July 24, 2016 12:15am
Best guide ever! Just take half an hour to read this and also watch a ton of youtube with shen top and then you should master shen!
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QWERTYkeys | June 17, 2016 10:10pm
I skimmed through this guide and just wanted to point out that your part about Guardian Angel had something ****ed up: [/color], so I came to comment on that.

Otherwise I think this is a fine guide.
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linky317 (13) | June 17, 2016 11:16pm
Fixed!
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linky317 (13) | May 9, 2016 7:54am

Great guide as always! Well put together and very thorough. Your videos and streams are great too :^) I have a question though, with the new patch out and the buff to Warmog's, would you still need to take the per level cooldown glyphs? Thank you!


CDR Glyphs still good for those times when you don't need the MR in lane and you still might not get Warmogs for the CDR, Warmogs looks alot better now with the CD though. Spirit Visage, Warmogs, CDR Glyphs will give you a very good amount of 30% CDR. 40% is too much for an energy champion I feel so 20-30% is a good amount.
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linky317 (13) | May 9, 2016 7:52am

Have you tried health regen quints?


Not yet, does sound decent when you really need that sustain against a poke lane. It just doesn't help too much in the late game when comparing to MS quints.
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Attack On Rice | May 8, 2016 4:42pm
Great guide as always! Well put together and very thorough. Your videos and streams are great too :^) I have a question though, with the new patch out and the buff to Warmog's, would you still need to take the per level cooldown glyphs? Thank you!
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Steve Redman | May 3, 2016 6:27pm
Have you tried health regen quints?
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ilosoxx | April 27, 2016 6:37am
This build is amazing!, for lower elo's. if u farm better then avarege then u cant be killed!. thanks!
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linky317 (13) | April 20, 2016 1:58pm

I usually dont pay any attention to guides where the writer doesnt include rank or ranked experiences, but yours is very well put together. I did have a question though. Which of your builds do you have the most success with? I've been trying to find something that allows me to do my job as shen(tank/splitpush), but also be a threat without compromising myself


Thank you for enjoying my guide, I've only achieved Gold IV through promo games with mainly just Shen :^). I know some people feel uneasy from a guide that is not high ranked however alot of this knowledge comes from playing a crazy amount of Shen (550k points atm). As well, the "Road To Reworked Shen" series include many enemy top laners that are Plat or Diamond so match ups are not too inaccurate.

Anyways, best build that I had success with and need to carry was either the "You ain't leaving a 1v1" build and "Dueler Shen". Both give you large amounts of resistances, HP, sustain, and dueling power. Though with Shen, it is always ideal to counter build and build to the situation but these two builds are very solid choices for Shen.

Stay tuned for updates as this guide will go through a large update featuring the Spirit Blade and a few updated matchup sections. Good luck!
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blairwest43 (1) | April 17, 2016 12:45pm
I usually dont pay any attention to guides where the writer doesnt include rank or ranked experiences, but yours is very well put together. I did have a question though. Which of your builds do you have the most success with? I've been trying to find something that allows me to do my job as shen(tank/splitpush), but also be a threat without compromising myself
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Gonzaly99 | April 5, 2016 8:22am
PLEASE DO A JG VERSION TO THIS BUILD PLEASE
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linky317 (13) | March 28, 2016 11:41pm
Montrose wrote:

Thanks for the help. I also have a question about the masteries you use for Shen. In regards to the 'Resolve' Tree, why do you go Veteran Scars over Runic Armor? Does the extra health from Veteran Scars outweigh the extra barrier you get from your passive? Or is the barrier from your passive not affected by Runic Armor? Maybe I'm wrong, but I was just wondering. Thanks again :3


I used to take Runic Armour on the old Shen to help out with Vorpal Blade sustain and regen. I took it out cause I thought it would be pointless. However noow that I've played more of the new Shen, I think I might jump back to Runic Armour than Veteran Scars. Sure the HP helps early, but the 8% increase on your base health regen, stronger Ki Barrier shields, stronger Grasp, and potentially more healing from Visage and BOTRK might be better. Thanks for pointing this out!

Both are definitely good though, it is up to you to decide.
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Montrose | March 28, 2016 9:17pm
Thanks for the help. I also have a question about the masteries you use for Shen. In regards to the 'Resolve' Tree, why do you go Veteran Scars over Runic Armor? Does the extra health from Veteran Scars outweigh the extra barrier you get from your passive? Or is the barrier from your passive not affected by Runic Armor? Maybe I'm wrong, but I was just wondering. Thanks again :3
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linky317 (13) | March 25, 2016 9:11pm
Montrose wrote:

With the new patch including a little bit of a nerf to titanic hydra, do you think the attack damage you get from the item is still worth building on shen? Just curious. ;o


It is still very worth it, I actually like building just the Tiamat portion early cause of the amazing waveclear with the cleave passive back. That little bit of AD gone should not push you away from it. This also pushes away people like Fiora/Yi from building it I think.
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Montrose | March 23, 2016 10:26pm
With the new patch including a little bit of a nerf to titanic hydra, do you think the attack damage you get from the item is still worth building on shen? Just curious. ;o
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Xtone | March 9, 2016 12:02pm
linky317 wrote:

If you have direct questions or would like to keep in better contact with me, add me ingame.

I would love to, but, unfortunatly, I'm from EUW and you are from NA if I'm not mistaken...
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linky317 (13) | March 9, 2016 11:10am
Xtone wrote:


Ok, thank you for your pacience anyways, I watch your videos and try to understand the DOs and DON'Ts, and everything like that, btw last ranked i won rank A- (26 LP) using your guide. I really like what you are doing and admire you, but I can only say, thank you. <3


If you have direct questions or would like to keep in better contact with me, add me ingame.
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Xtone | March 9, 2016 10:26am
linky317 wrote:

The patch for 6.5 were just Quality of Life buffs for himself and his allies by making his shield on allies more noticeable. I'm not that great at coaching since I've never done it and not that high rank, but I can help with Shen. Guide is already built for the majority of the community. I think I've helped a few Diamonds and Plats but thats about it. Most of my users are low-medium elo or trying to learn a way to improve map awareness and improve their champion pool.

Ok, thank you for your pacience anyways, I watch your videos and try to understand the DOs and DON'Ts, and everything like that, btw last ranked i won rank A- (26 LP) using your guide. I really like what you are doing and admire you, but I can only say, thank you. <3
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linky317 (13) | March 9, 2016 9:57am
Xtone wrote:

I would like to know your opinion on the 6.5 patch shen changes (buff or nerf?), also, I really like your guide, I've being getting A rank when I loose and S when I win, I'm really thankful that people like you help others (not as skilled XD) to learn more about champs you like.
Unfortunatly I didn't get any luck with the teams I've Qed up with in ranked games latelly, wanna know why? I got bronze 2, last season (the season I started playing) I was silver 2. I'm always ready to learn new things and improve and so, if you are interested in coaching me (just saying :D), I would really apreciate that. Also, I think that both of us would learn something from the experience, you could even improve your guide to fit lower elo players :D
But if you don't want to np then, I wount be mad or get angry :D


The patch for 6.5 were just Quality of Life buffs for himself and his allies by making his shield on allies more noticeable. I'm not that great at coaching since I've never done it and not that high rank, but I can help with Shen. Guide is already built for the majority of the community. I think I've helped a few Diamonds and Plats but thats about it. Most of my users are low-medium elo or trying to learn a way to improve map awareness and improve their champion pool.
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linky317 (13) | March 9, 2016 9:53am

Shen's changes this patch were neither buff or nerf (though I'd lean on buff). They were simply visual clarity changes to make his ult more obvious to allies that he's helping them.


Yep! This patch was simply Quality of Life buffs and will help notify players who get the Shen Stand United. I had many times where my friends didnt realize I ulted.
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Roguish Bard (9) | March 9, 2016 6:38am
Shen's changes this patch were neither buff or nerf (though I'd lean on buff). They were simply visual clarity changes to make his ult more obvious to allies that he's helping them.
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Xtone | March 9, 2016 6:21am
I would like to know your opinion on the 6.5 patch shen changes (buff or nerf?), also, I really like your guide, I've being getting A rank when I loose and S when I win, I'm really thankful that people like you help others (not as skilled XD) to learn more about champs you like.
Unfortunatly I didn't get any luck with the teams I've Qed up with in ranked games latelly, wanna know why? I got bronze 2, last season (the season I started playing) I was silver 2. I'm always ready to learn new things and improve and so, if you are interested in coaching me (just saying :D), I would really apreciate that. Also, I think that both of us would learn something from the experience, you could even improve your guide to fit lower elo players :D
But if you don't want to np then, I wount be mad or get angry :D
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linky317 (13) | March 5, 2016 1:32pm
Xtone wrote:

It would be nice if you could make a support and jungle shen guide as well. Keep up the good work


Haha, they're not my forte but I'll think about it. Hard enough to keep with one guide.
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Xtone | March 5, 2016 2:55am
It would be nice if you could make a support and jungle shen guide as well. Keep up the good work
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CrimsonCresent (3) | February 12, 2016 9:46pm
xPandamon wrote:

I really like to buy frozen mallet and zz portal as it gives you a lot of cc and great towerdiving potential. i dont like titanic at all on shen because it feels wrong to me as he is dealing his main damage with his 3 enhanced q-auto-attacks.



Zz portal is nice especiall when u're about to ult, can let top push in while their top tp or something. Titanic is actually a good 4th/5th item for me coz it makes u a threat and enemy bruisers can't ignore u like they usually would. Not to mention, u'll be split pushing a lot with ult and tp in ur kits.
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xPandamon (1) | February 6, 2016 8:50am
I really like to buy frozen mallet and zz portal as it gives you a lot of cc and great towerdiving potential. i dont like titanic at all on shen because it feels wrong to me as he is dealing his main damage with his 3 enhanced q-auto-attacks.
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clemenigga | January 27, 2016 4:26pm
epic guide
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linky317 (13) | January 20, 2016 6:28pm
Magfik wrote:

Not nearly as excited about the upcoming rework. I do fear that the Shen we all know and love might be no more. I've been a fan of the champ and your guide for a long time, and i consider you and this guide as my sensei to the ways of the flippin ninja. Still a tad too early, but would love to hear your opinion on how could the itemization change. Not asking for specific items of course, but more like what stats will we be chasing more? He will lose close to all of his sustain, he will lose damage scaling from his HP (E now has it, but the ability usually wont be usable more than once in a team fight), and he will be a lot more vulnerable to poke/kiting with the loss of range damage. Could Shen start needing BoRK or hydra for dueling purposes, or will he be made to move to an all on tank opprouch, like Malphite, as trinity force doesn't seem viable any longer?

Would love to hear a word or two about this. Greetings from Lithuania from a fellow flipping ninja :)


From what I've seen, HP is still a good stat as it scales off on both E and his new shield passive. I honestly would see more of Frozen Mallet to give you an easier time positing and landing the Q. Trinity Force will still be viable as MS from Phage and Zeal will greatly benefit you. I honestly see new Shen requiring more mobility and sticking power to get use of his bonus Q damage upon landing it. AS items such as Wit's End and BOTRK will still be very popular and probably BOTRK will be seen even more often due to the loss of LS. I wouldn't quite say Spirit Visage is gone since you will most likely take Grasp of the Undying and it greatly helps if you run BOTRK or Hydra or even Guinsoo's. Items that will no longer be used will include Rylai's as you no longer have a ranged slow poke and AP isn't such a great stat on him anymore, Banner of Command, but Abysall Scepter will still remain a highly situational pick as Shen still deals great amounts of magic damage. What I feel like is if you can get ahead, you will snowball alot harder and push your advantage since the new Q is greater damage than before however if you fall behind, it will be super difficult to survive in lane as you lose Q farm and sustain. Hope this helps answer some questions, some masteries might need tweaking regarding runic armour.
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lordglazeddonut | January 20, 2016 5:24pm
Yeah, as Karu mentioned I don't think there needs to be a lot of itemisation changes. The only thing that comes immediately to mind is Spirit Visage because no more Q heals... but even regarding that, it's still health, CDR, and MR.

I'll be following you every step of the way over the next few weeks and months.
And greetings from boring old America.
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Magfik | January 19, 2016 2:58pm
Not nearly as excited about the upcoming rework. I do fear that the Shen we all know and love might be no more. I've been a fan of the champ and your guide for a long time, and i consider you and this guide as my sensei to the ways of the flippin ninja. Still a tad too early, but would love to hear your opinion on how could the itemization change. Not asking for specific items of course, but more like what stats will we be chasing more? He will lose close to all of his sustain, he will lose damage scaling from his HP (E now has it, but the ability usually wont be usable more than once in a team fight), and he will be a lot more vulnerable to poke/kiting with the loss of range damage. Could Shen start needing BoRK or hydra for dueling purposes, or will he be made to move to an all on tank opprouch, like Malphite, as trinity force doesn't seem viable any longer?

Would love to hear a word or two about this. Greetings from Lithuania from a fellow flipping ninja :)
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Karu | January 18, 2016 6:18pm
Shen still can be capable with this godly build of yours. Plz don't give up on shen. I cri. This is the most best build ive ever used shen with. It always works. I thank you for that
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linky317 (13) | January 14, 2016 11:23am

This guide is what brought me through all my ranked games (played Shen roughly 90% of the times in ranked) and I truly thank you for it. This is literally the best guide I've read and made me a flippin' ninja in League. You'll do a good job in the reworked guide, I truly believed that. Looking forward to your reworked guide. =D PS: Greetings from Malaysia.


I'm glad that my guide could help people regarding Shen. I will try my best regarding the reworked Shen, stay tuned for videos regarding the new Shen. Also its great that people all over the world enjoy this guide, at first I thought it was only NA and EU but it seems like everyone takes a look at it.

Greetings from Canada!
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CrimsonCresent (3) | January 14, 2016 10:00am
This guide is what brought me through all my ranked games (played Shen roughly 90% of the times in ranked) and I truly thank you for it. This is literally the best guide I've read and made me a flippin' ninja in League. You'll do a good job in the reworked guide, I truly believed that. Looking forward to your reworked guide. =D PS: Greetings from Malaysia.
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linky317 (13) | January 13, 2016 5:41pm
iron golem wrote:

Nice Guide Yummy! However I have a question:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHcdf2FZ4pg&list=LL3wsI2C2c9Ng6oVPZ_ZJMIA&index=5

Above is the link showing the incoming Shen rework. How long do you think it will take to update this guide with his new skill set?



Thanks for enjoying the guide while its lasting. Honestly, it will take a while but I want to reupdate this guide to the best of my abilities for you guys. While I can keep some old things such as taunt-flash and things regarding his ult, I'll need to revamp everything mostly the gameplay section, items, as well as the matchups. The matchups all no longer can be applied to the new Shen as you know, no Q.

I'll try to jump onto PBE and let you guys how I feel about the rework. Visually I love it and the reworked abilities are actually so cool. Problem is, I'm just an old fart regarding Shen. I don't like change, especially after 4 years of playing the same old Shenpai we learned to love.
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iron golem | January 13, 2016 3:49pm
Nice Guide Yummy! However I have a question:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHcdf2FZ4pg&list=LL3wsI2C2c9Ng6oVPZ_ZJMIA&index=5

Above is the link showing the incoming Shen rework. How long do you think it will take to update this guide with his new skill set?
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My Name Is Pedro | January 2, 2016 8:26pm
I played in a game a few days ago against YummyRice and can vouch for this build. He absolutely ran through our team and man handled our top lane Vlad with it.
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linky317 (13) | December 24, 2015 3:35pm
MadSex wrote:

Hello sensei.

I have already told in comments of your video (Shen Vs Vlad) that your guide is perfect that helped me a lot when I was starting playing League Of Legends with Shen and now I want tell you one thing.

Basically in Shen match ups I couldn't find Yasuo. Yes he is often mid but.....right now,most Yas players come top and this is very hard laning. I cant trade with him, it all depends on a team and ganks. So just wondered will you add him into match ups and give some advises playing against him??

Cheers !

P.S. Also waiting for topic with what to do with your gold ;))


Yea Yasuo top is seen sometimes. I have a video on my youtube showing the matchup (S5 video). It can be tough early but keeping up on farm/harass and rushing a Sunfire can help you win.

Also thanks for enjoying the guide, there will be a part 2 for matchups. He somehow missed my initial list of matchups. :/
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MadSex | December 24, 2015 11:01am
Hello sensei.

I have already told in comments of your video (Shen Vs Vlad) that your guide is perfect that helped me a lot when I was starting playing League Of Legends with Shen and now I want tell you one thing.

Basically in Shen match ups I couldn't find Yasuo. Yes he is often mid but.....right now,most Yas players come top and this is very hard laning. I cant trade with him, it all depends on a team and ganks. So just wondered will you add him into match ups and give some advises playing against him??

Cheers !

P.S. Also waiting for topic with what to do with your gold ;))
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linky317 (13) | December 17, 2015 1:33pm

Nice guide ! I learned a lot and I keep coming back on this guide for any updates =)

By the way, Can I ask what is your Schedule on your Twitch ? If it was everyday, you can be sure i'll be the first one connected =D


I'll have to figure out a schedule since I still have school to attend. I'll be sure to let the viewers know when. You can however follow me now for those random times I am on.
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ShenpaiNoticeMe | December 17, 2015 10:59am
Nice guide ! I learned a lot and I keep coming back on this guide for any updates =)

By the way, Can I ask what is your Schedule on your Twitch ? If it was everyday, you can be sure i'll be the first one connected =D
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DenghiDenghi | December 1, 2015 6:42am
Protect my balls! Lol best guide ever.
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Quietschisto (2) | November 29, 2015 2:02pm
Great guide, it will alway have a special place in my heart, because it was responsible for my first ranked win :-)

Upvoted.
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linky317 (13) | November 22, 2015 11:05pm
LightXoX wrote:

Have you tried Guinsoo's Rageblade as a sole dmg item on him? Like make it your 3rd item after your first def item and boots then proceed to build full tank after completing it. I understand why you have wit's end in thier as it gives you a good big of mr and shreds the target's one making your thornmail, su fire cape and abilities do more dmg. But honestly Guinsoo's RageBlade has all the damage shen can ever want (as he alreadt gets good dmg from def items)it gives 64% atk speed, 54 atk damage and 72 ability power just after hitting for auto attacks plus it gives on hit magic damage that scales with a percentage of your bonus ad/ap including the bonus ad and ap you get from this item so after this you are free to build full tanky and it only cost 2500gp xD Try it out!


Yep! I've been buying it nearly every game! This item is way too strong in my opinion right now and really good! Nerfs are incoming though...
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LightXoX | November 22, 2015 8:45pm
Have you tried Guinsoo's Rageblade as a sole dmg item on him? Like make it your 3rd item after your first def item and boots then proceed to build full tank after completing it. I understand why you have wit's end in thier as it gives you a good big of mr and shreds the target's one making your thornmail, su fire cape and abilities do more dmg. But honestly Guinsoo's RageBlade has all the damage shen can ever want (as he alreadt gets good dmg from def items)it gives 64% atk speed, 54 atk damage and 72 ability power just after hitting for auto attacks plus it gives on hit magic damage that scales with a percentage of your bonus ad/ap including the bonus ad and ap you get from this item so after this you are free to build full tanky and it only cost 2500gp xD Try it out!
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linky317 (13) | November 18, 2015 4:01pm
Angelowei wrote:

Have you tried going 12-0-18 taking the keystone that restores health while fighting other champions? Taking that and oppresser gives a lot of trading and chunking power which combined with ignite makes Shen really work for me. I know other tanks are using it and I wanted to know your opinion.


That's actually a really good idea when you're planning to play as an aggressive Shen. As well this season, Keystone masteries are up to you to decide! But that's a really solid choice, I'm going to try what you suggested. I take bond of stone since I'm teleporting into fights often and I need to absorb damage for my carries.
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Angelowei | November 18, 2015 3:15pm
Have you tried going 12-0-18 taking the keystone that restores health while fighting other champions? Taking that and oppresser gives a lot of trading and chunking power which combined with ignite makes Shen really work for me. I know other tanks are using it and I wanted to know your opinion.
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linky317 (13) | November 11, 2015 11:50am

YOu should check out lightning shen, cause its pretty much Zed on steroids in my opinion


I've actually tried it and have short video about it. It's fun and all, but this guide is not meant for that. When you feel comfortable enough with Shen, then you can try it.
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Mista BeatBox | November 8, 2015 7:43pm
YOu should check out lightning shen, cause its pretty much Zed on steroids in my opinion
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For Aiur | November 5, 2015 11:36pm
Nice guide m8
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Extise (2) | October 27, 2015 1:49pm
Very Nice I like it
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linky317 (13) | September 29, 2015 1:07pm
parrot6632 wrote:

personally i'll go flash/ignite against nasus or somebody who i need early pressure on. i'll go flash teleport against anybody whom i'll just outscale like renekton. and i'll go teleport ignite if its normals and i'm bored :)


Very true! I agree on your statement. Some people such as Renekton, ugh just don't bother fighting him, he's just so strong early. People like Nasus, you can pressure him early and make him miss Q stacks.
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parrot6632 (12) | September 29, 2015 9:45am
personally i'll go flash/ignite against nasus or somebody who i need early pressure on. i'll go flash teleport against anybody whom i'll just outscale like renekton. and i'll go teleport ignite if its normals and i'm bored :)
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linky317 (13) | September 29, 2015 8:28am

not taking teleport really hurts shen if he tries to set up global ults dont you think, if u ult away and ur against a competent top laner who will jsut freeze his wave adn free farm, also shen's split push potential is hurt with an ignite and ur really not rying to get kills in lane as a shen, but other than that minor difference in opinions this is a very well written guide


It is really up to preference to be honest. Of course wastefully using your ult without achieving anything is not worth it all and it gives time for the top laner to push/farm. However I personally and I know many others take Ignite due to the fact of Shen's surprising early game damage. Since many other top laners take teleport, you bring Ignite to pressure them instead. Alot of top laners use the teleport to get into a faraway fight but they require a ward or something, meanwhile its pretty safe for Shen to ult over to join the fight. As well, if the enemy top laner teleports to bot to do a gank, you can of course counter ult if your team needs it. In the summoner spell selection, I put that it is up to you what you would like, I just personally take Ignite and Flash. I only take Teleport in ranked teams as it is better if you know your whole team and can communicate with them. Also Teleport is for those who just want to sit back and farm, if you want to go in swinging, taking Ignite is a better choice as it will give you a significant advantage. Also please try to proof read your comment next time, a bit hard to understand!
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FoFoSwagBoii | September 28, 2015 8:52pm
not taking teleport really hurts shen if he tries to set up global ults dont you think, if u ult away and ur against a competent top laner who will jsut freeze his wave adn free farm, also shen's split push potential is hurt with an ignite and ur really not rying to get kills in lane as a shen, but other than that minor difference in opinions this is a very well written guide
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Hit Hard | September 6, 2015 3:47am
Voted +1
Like your guide ! It's helped me a lot of play Shen.
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linky317 (13) | September 4, 2015 2:18pm
NinjaZaza wrote:

I want to thank you for this awsome build, this is the best build for shen so far in my opinion ^-^. Can I ask if you have a stream or a video where you explain things about shen ? Im looking for more knowledge about this badass ninja and I think you are the one we need.


Sorry unfortunately, I don't provide any voice commentary in regards to Shen. I do have videos on my youtube channel that do highlight Shen, also you could add my NA IGN: "Yummy Rice" for direct questions/help. Thanks for enjoying the guide!
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linky317 (13) | September 4, 2015 2:16pm
eNLb wrote:

Hey wanna just say thanks for the builds! I originally built shen as a tank with no damage at all. Once I looked at your guide I thought you were really just stupid even with it being a top guide (lol). So I recently built TF, Bortk, Randuins, Shiv and was going into titanic hydra. Just wanna say... I was popping people really fast xD Thanks for expanding my builds even further :P


While being tanky is still a main factor as Shen, you still want to be a damage threat. A single damage item such as BOTRK or Trinity can make you from an ignored tank into a real focus threat (which is good since they burn stuff on you) And I'm glad you enjoyed my guide! There are still many builds out there for different roles.
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NinjaZaza | September 4, 2015 3:00am
I want to thank you for this awsome build, this is the best build for shen so far in my opinion ^-^. Can I ask if you have a stream or a video where you explain things about shen ? Im looking for more knowledge about this badass ninja and I think you are the one we need.
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eNLb | September 4, 2015 12:09am
Hey wanna just say thanks for the builds! I originally built shen as a tank with no damage at all. Once I looked at your guide I thought you were really just stupid even with it being a top guide (lol). So I recently built TF, Bortk, Randuins, Shiv and was going into titanic hydra. Just wanna say... I was popping people really fast xD Thanks for expanding my builds even further :P
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linky317 (13) | August 31, 2015 9:05pm

Eyyo!!

This Shen guide is what got me out of damn elo hell. Very well written, and unlike most guide creators you did a superb job at describing Shen's strengths and flaws along with points to prove them, and your item choices really helped me narrow down my builds in situational occasions.

I'd like to know what you think about Titanic Hydra on Shen for his damage item instead of something like Wits End, despite the loss of potiental AS. Otherwise, great work so far! Can't wait for the completed matchups


Thanks for enjoying the guide! With my new laptop, I will try my best to churn out full gameplay videos to give better explanations and compilations of Shen. As regards to Titanic Hydra, that item is insane strong in my opinion. It makes you as a tank with reasonable AA damage and with the active + a combo, you can do some serious damage to a squishy. I built it in my Shen vs Nasus matchup. Despite the loss of AS it compensates by giving a nice chunk of HP and tons of AD/damage that scales of HP (Dayum). If you feel very ballsy, not a focus target, or super fed, mix in a Triforce, now that hurts.
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Kuffi Alomosy | August 31, 2015 7:47pm
Eyyo!!

This Shen guide is what got me out of damn elo hell. Very well written, and unlike most guide creators you did a superb job at describing Shen's strengths and flaws along with points to prove them, and your item choices really helped me narrow down my builds in situational occasions.

I'd like to know what you think about Titanic Hydra on Shen for his damage item instead of something like Wits End, despite the loss of potiental AS. Otherwise, great work so far! Can't wait for the completed matchups
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ZomBomb | August 14, 2015 1:51am
Voted +1
Wow! The best and most informative guide I've seen.
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Cloudy342 | May 30, 2015 3:40am
Voted +1
You know, for a change I decided to do a little something different with the builds you've given us linky.

It's a cold Saturday night and I was up against Ekko, I built Randuin, Mercury (Homeguard), Sunfire, Visage then Trinity and ended up with 4/8/11 top lane.

Your strategies have been extremely well made, it was very clear that a lot of thought was put into the creation of the guide, although I'd like to see more counterpicks updated ;).

Keep it up Linky, you're on your way to becoming one of the greatest champion guide writers there are.
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linky317 (13) | May 29, 2015 10:18pm
control33 wrote:

nice guide :D can u tell me what u think from shen upcoming buffs ? http://www.surrenderat20.net/2015/05/528-pbe-update.html


These buffs are a god send. The MR per level greatly helps Shen out against magic damage. Kinda strange how as a tank, he didn't get MR per level in the past. The energy reduction on the taunt is even greater. I might find a build to bring in more CDR (Maybe CDR Glyphs?) as more taunts will happen and make Shen's presence even greater.

Overall these buffs are awesome and I predict you'll see alot more Shen again as his core problems in the past was energy costs for his taunt and slightly less stats than other tanks.
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control33 | May 29, 2015 5:52pm
Voted +1
nice guide :D can u tell me what u think from shen upcoming buffs ? http://www.surrenderat20.net/2015/05/528-pbe-update.html
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linky317 (13) | May 18, 2015 11:49am

One sicknastily comprehensive guide. Looking forward to the matchups section. I picked up Shen again after a few months of Volibear, and this guide helped me go 3/2/27 on my first day back. The guid is also a blast to read, peppered with pictures, videos, comics, and ninja instincts. Really glad you put the time into it!

EDIT: The guide carried me to victory again today. I ended the game with 346 armor, 178 magic resist, and 47 hp regen. The game lasted nearly an hour, but I tanked the team through to a victory. :D It raised this question though; what elixir do you recommend, linky? I took iron and it worked fine, but I wanted your opinion.


I really like the wrath elixir when paired up with a Trinity Force since it really boosts your damage output as well as regenerate health. Also with constant team fights with kills and assists, the potion is almost on all the time.

The elixir of ruin is strong when you need more health and when you splitpush. With the dragon buff and the elixir, you can push towers at a fast pace.

I've been trying the iron elixir and its been doing well. As for the mage elixir, its eh.
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Checo98 | May 18, 2015 10:49am
Voted +1
Simply excellent! Very detailed, it helped me a lot! :)
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SKT_Kirito | May 7, 2015 6:47pm
Voted +1
Nice Shen Guide ^_^
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lordglazeddonut | May 6, 2015 6:00pm
Voted +1
One sicknastily comprehensive guide. Looking forward to the matchups section. I picked up Shen again after a few months of Volibear, and this guide helped me go 3/2/27 on my first day back. The guid is also a blast to read, peppered with pictures, videos, comics, and ninja instincts. Really glad you put the time into it!

EDIT: The guide carried me to victory again today. I ended the game with 346 armor, 178 magic resist, and 47 hp regen. The game lasted nearly an hour, but I tanked the team through to a victory. :D It raised this question though; what elixir do you recommend, linky? I took iron and it worked fine, but I wanted your opinion.
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qiLyan | March 27, 2015 4:51pm
Voted +1
Thanks for this, man. I appreciate the heart's blood and love you put into the guide. Very detailed, helped me as a shen newbie alot and it somehow got a special charme, because of the Ninja log etc.
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linky317 (13) | March 22, 2015 6:53pm
Angelowei wrote:

Nice guide and it's really helped me out. I just want to ask if there is any reason to take Dorian's shield over ruby crystal since you can now rush sunfire quickly.


Thanks


I used to take Doran's shield for its passive of blocking single target damage, but since the introduction of Bami's Cinder, the Ruby Crystal start is a lot stronger now. With rushing Bami's Cinder, it greatly helps Shen's lackluster pushing power early game. For now I would actually stray less away from Doran's until it becomes stronger.
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Angelowei | March 21, 2015 6:09pm
Voted +1
Nice guide and it's really helped me out. I just want to ask if there is any reason to take Dorian's shield over ruby crystal since you can now rush sunfire quickly.


Thanks
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Kinkou Guardian | March 7, 2015 8:26am
Voted +1
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Kinkou Guardian | March 7, 2015 8:26am
Really good guide check out my build/small guide and let me know what do u think. Peace, + from me.
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linky317 (13) | March 1, 2015 8:42pm
Namcha wrote:

Hello. I created an account only to tell you that your guide is amazing. I just bought Shen and surely this guide will be very helpful. Also, I would like you to add more matchups, and maybe a link of a gameplay to see how to play it. I hope you to be able to understand me, because I'm from Argentina so my english isn't very good.
Thanks for the hard work!


Thanks for the liking the guide! I'm on my by adding more matchups, it is taking a while but they're coming along and I've been trying to get full gameplay videos if possible! :)
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Namcha | March 1, 2015 9:16am
Hello. I created an account only to tell you that your guide is amazing. I just bought Shen and surely this guide will be very helpful. Also, I would like you to add more matchups, and maybe a link of a gameplay to see how to play it. I hope you to be able to understand me, because I'm from Argentina so my english isn't very good.
Thanks for the hard work!
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Faszus | February 23, 2015 4:53am
Broo!! This is the best Shen guide i've ever seen! Keep it up!
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control33 | February 11, 2015 8:05pm
yes dudes you should add more flipping ninja pictures ^^ keep reminding that i am following your guide, and as i think i'm not the only one... We keep an eyes on this cause it is well done and very good so work on it more pl !
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control33 | February 7, 2015 11:43am
this guide is amaizing, and i truel wnt to see it getting bigger and extended so keep working and thx for getting me a shen addict :D
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acalis | January 24, 2015 9:21pm
I like expose weakness over double edged sword. If you're tanking and your team actually goes for your marked target it'll be an damage increase for everyone. I think Expose weakness is a very underrated mastery even though it's straight up op.
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Skunko3o | January 23, 2015 10:11am
Voted +1
Awesome guide! really helped me with playing shen ^^
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linky317 (13) | January 8, 2015 12:20pm

is Hextech Gunblade good on shen?


I haven't tried it on him yet, but I will test it on him! Everything scales on him which is nice. The life-steal and spell-vamp off Vorpal Blade will give him ridiculous sustain. Shen will be auto attacking often and that brings back the active on the gun-blade really fast! Only thing I dislike about this item is that it is very expensive and a tad too hybrid on stats. It also lacks attack speed but attack speed marks could probably make up for it.
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xxsoulhunterx | January 7, 2015 7:14pm
is Hextech Gunblade good on shen?
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linky317 (13) | December 29, 2014 6:23pm
Hi! Hope you're enjoying the guide so far. In my first completed Ninja build, I mention you can swap out the Rylai's for Warmogs. In general, you just want your core items and then develop Shen from what your team needs. My completed builds are just some general overviews and concepts of a finished Shen build. Shen can be very versatile! Also you don't HAAAAVE to pair them together. They just synergize very well!
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KeyroTono | December 28, 2014 10:37pm
Hi, liking the build so far. However, I noticed you said to combine Spirit Visage with Warmong's Armor, but neither one of your final builds or item sets don't pair them up. I'm still new to Shen so I don't know which item to replace for Spirit Visage. Thanks.
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linky317 (13) | December 16, 2014 9:36pm

Small edit, they buffed the shadow dash so it costs 100 energy now.


Thanks and changed it in the guide now. I've added few more placeholders for items (Tiamat), added in extra tweaks, and more things of the preseason. I really like the buff to his taunt! :3
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Bjork Is Wild (1) | December 13, 2014 3:09pm
Voted +1
Small edit, they buffed the shadow dash so it costs 100 energy now.
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Bjork Is Wild (1) | December 13, 2014 1:13am
Very nice guide, upvoted!
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linky317 (13) | September 7, 2014 6:38pm
Kaeledas wrote:

Congratulations for your guide mate, very comprehensive and detailed, I have appreciated it a lot!

I was just wondering, what offensive stats are better for Shen between Attack Speed and Ability Power, thus what kind of runes and masteries should I prefere over the others.
I usually tend to build a bit of both stats on Shen, say Attack Speed on offensive tree with AP on quints.
However I'm starting to think that I should prioritise AP over AS, because it affects his entire kit and not only its passive source of damage (which of course requires him to be at melee range, and thus it is not always viable). Moreover, I think Attack Speed on Shen may have a better item scaling -gold wise-, but i'm not sure. That been said I'd really like to know your preference and the reasons why you go on certain stats over the others!
Thanks again, and keep up the good work!
Kaeledas


I would say Attack Speed helps out long-term as they scale well into the game. However I take the AP Quints and masteries for early game as I play quite aggressive for a Shen. The small boost in lvl 1-3 Vorpal Blade damage and Feint blocking power helps out quite well! Item-wise, attack speed items are more viable in a team-fight as you'll need it to dish out as many Ki-Strikes as possible. An AP choice such as Rylai's is still a good purchase if you need a ranged slow as well as stronger Q, W, E, and R.
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Kaeledas (1) | September 7, 2014 10:30am
Voted +1
Congratulations for your guide mate, very comprehensive and detailed, I have appreciated it a lot!

I was just wondering, what offensive stats are better for Shen between Attack Speed and Ability Power, thus what kind of runes and masteries should I prefere over the others.
I usually tend to build a bit of both stats on Shen, say Attack Speed on offensive tree with AP on quints.
However I'm starting to think that I should prioritise AP over AS, because it affects his entire kit and not only its passive source of damage (which of course requires him to be at melee range, and thus it is not always viable). Moreover, I think Attack Speed on Shen may have a better item scaling -gold wise-, but i'm not sure. That been said I'd really like to know your preference and the reasons why you go on certain stats over the others!
Thanks again, and keep up the good work!
Kaeledas
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tasteslikepuddin (3) | August 31, 2014 7:59pm
Voted +1
Why isn't this the top Shen guide. It's well written and has a lot of information with all the explanations!
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Amnesia T1 | August 28, 2014 9:23pm
I think I know this guy irl, he is on my friend list too.
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linky317 (13) | August 28, 2014 10:06am

One little problem, the setup you have for the Mastery page (DEFENSIVE) dosen't work to build ingame you can't have "Unyielding" without having 2 points in "block" :D
Other than that issue, great guide!


Oh shoot, just realized that. Thanks for catching that out for me, fixed it!
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TheSimplier | August 28, 2014 7:35am
One little problem, the setup you have for the Mastery page (DEFENSIVE) dosen't work to build ingame you can't have "Unyielding" without having 2 points in "block" :D
Other than that issue, great guide!
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s2william043 (1) | August 27, 2014 2:25am
Voted +1
Very helpful. More counters would be nice though. Upvote from me.