[10.10] Matchups of Riven [Completely updated]
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This is EVERYTHING I can tell you about each and every matchup that has been requested (or assumed) for top lane Riven. This page is for those just stopping by or revisiting to figure out how to play certain matchups
Control+F (Type Champion's name) to quickly find the champion you're facing in lane.
This was last updated 3/24/2022. It will probably be a while till I update it again. It mostly happens when someone requests it or I'm talking with a friend and they ask about matchups.
The longest sections will be color coated for your benefit
One thing that is consistent throughout matchups you struggle with is that Doran's shield will probably help. Having said this, you have to recognize that you're lacking AD and play around the item. Doran's shield is best for short, light trades. Whittle the opponent down and do your best to avoid long trades, having said that, don't take 4 autos on your way out of a fight, trade 3 back if you can without chance of death.
The Rock (Malphite)
Killer Croc (Renekton)
A Baker (Pantheon)
Pax Jax that commonly Hax
The Dunkstar (Darius)
The devil himself (Teemo)
Slapstick Teacher (Fiora)
Soulja Boy (Garen)
The don.ger (Heimerdinger)
Tentacle Girl (I...Ill.. Illioweiwae? oh..Illaoi)
Big Booty Beauty (Irelia)
Blue Man Group (Ryze)
Ashe's Bae (Tryndamere)
Kawaii Schoolgirl (Poppy) (updated)
Metal Man (MordeKaiser)
This is the first section without pictures. It won't be the last. If you want me to add them, leave a comment and next time I update I'll find something creative. I put an absurd amount of work into finding pictures for all the previous matchups and I'm just not into the extra effort for these 5 matchups I'm adding.
In most cases, for this matchup, I'd suggest a dodge. I think the champion is just a little too good at everything he does. Even if you manage to get behind him, he can circle back the other way instead. Having said this, the main way to outplay the champion is to approach with an early stun and get behind him to cancel his e very early. I avoid fighting the champion until level 6 in most cases. If he gets a little too ballsy with tower poking and I can garantee two tower shots (a quick flash w and third q auto) I can generally just barely kill him. In most cases, however, this champion will be able to kite too well. His passive gives him movement speed and hitting his q does as well. On top of the shield from his passive, he can also buy shieldbow with Tabi's and it makes him nearly impossible to take down. He falls off slightly late game but if he builds well it can still make it very difficult to challenge him.
Against Sett, you're going to want to play around cooldowns. Ignite and this will often get you the upper hand. Recognize his keystone and play around it. In most cases, however, if he has no e or w due to an earlier trade you can just barely finish him off before he gets a second rotation. Flashing (or dodging) his w (if it's charged) and baiting his e can make the lane much easier.
Against this champion, playing around his e cd is important. Without his e, it can be difficult to fight. The spacing is incredibly important for the Yone player. If you're able to get an early lead and avoid his q knock ups/r cc the lane will be easy for you. If not, you're likely going to have a rough time once he finishes shieldbow and tabi. Often flashing his ult or quickly moving to avoid it is what sets apart the men from the boys in this lane.
In most cases, while facing this champion, you just have to focus on avoiding his w cough (end of animation when he adds brittle marks). If you're able to avoid getting the brittle mark things become much easier. Having said this, CDR/Black Cleaver/Conqueror are going to be the things that win this lane for you. Second/Third/Fourth rotations are often what are going to decide this lane. Attack Ornn before he becomes invincible or you'll have to struggle. Avoiding parts of his ultimate or the cough will be a huge help though.
I've found Gwen thankfully pretty easy to deal with. Honestly, read her w ability. Once you understand that, the matchup becomes much easier. Don't fight her if you know the fight is terrible, backing away when she ults and coming back later can frequently work. Get Executioner's Calling early on in this lane, it will help a lot.
This lane is honestly daunting anytime I face it. I frequently seem to face good Aatrox players that know how to space and build armor. The ease this champion has with turning around fights is rather something to be envious of. Dodging the w initially or getting out of it generally isn't incredibly difficult. The good Aatrox players are going to place their first q over a spot where you're trying to cs, and if you engage they're going to second q and e backwards every time. If that q hits its gonna make the game rough.