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Riven Build Guide by Seth346

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[10.15] Play Riven Like A God

By Seth346 | Updated on August 4, 2020
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Forbes0697 | July 28, 2020 7:25pm
Great Guide! I was wondering though if you could go a little more in depth about when you would use the grasp rune page and how you would lane while in that setup? Especially as the ability order is different.

Still amazing guide which has helped a lot! Thank you!
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Seth346 (37) | July 29, 2020 6:25am
I will work on getting a video to show this! Thanks for the compliments, much love! <3
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NakeDkk | May 9, 2020 1:48pm
Hey Rival
I have noticed a minor mistake in your build. Looking at the abilities, then I reached to ult, showing the wrong CD per lvl up. Just wanted to point it out to you :)
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Seth346 (37) | May 17, 2020 2:12pm
Sorry I'm so late to responding to this, what mistake did you see in my build? I believe I've updated it at this point but I'm still interested to hear. As for the abilities I will fix the cooldown, thanks for telling me!
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Dilenozza66 (5) | March 4, 2020 7:07am
Excellent build and guide, it help me a lot. I love riven coz this movement with Q and E :D
I've got Dawnbringer riven skin from chest
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Seth346 (37) | March 4, 2020 11:05am
Thank you! Glad I can help! I'm glad you enjoy Riven and congrats on the skin!
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Jorge2001 | February 29, 2020 3:50am
Why did you remove the Critical Build? Is it not as effective anymore?
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Seth346 (37) | February 29, 2020 10:51am
Because I feel if someone doesn't rush tabis, they're brainless. If they do, suddenly you've committed a lot of gold to something that doesn't really help you much. It can lose a lane pretty easily and it really forces you into bad build paths. It's still great into certain matchups that don't build armor, but it requires a playstyle I don't expect newer Rivens to be able to play.

Having said that, the crit build is still extremely fun, but I want to show what is the best. Right now, I think the tankier version is better, that may change this coming patch though. Hydra rush might be viable again who knows.
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lolThe1master | January 13, 2020 8:55am
    When do you go leathality build and when do you go essence reaver build. Is it when you are going to snowball or...
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Seth346 (37) | January 13, 2020 12:55pm
It's basically when you know the enemy isn't going to build armor. This is the highest DPS build that I've found and has a very low cost of items to where you can get 6 items much faster than the normal builds. It's meant to have the maximum effect in snowballing a game. I will give a warning with this build though, it doesn't have as strong of a late game so make sure to end the game before you have too much gold after 6 items. You also need to avoid CC because the build is rather squishy.
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Fruxo (227) | January 6, 2020 11:06am
Your guide looks a lot cleaner and more sorted out than the last time I saw it.

I really like it, while having a personal favorite of playing Riven in the toplane whenever I get that role, it helps both me & many other authors to see an incredible guide such as this one. Keep up the good work. :)

I would recommend though to put in autoplay / loop on your gifs. It becomes quite annoying after a while when you have to click to restart or to start it in general. Especially for the showcase of her abilities, most people like to see them multiple times to understand what they do, and usually doesn't like to have to click all the time.
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Seth346 (37) | January 13, 2020 12:56pm
Thank you! One of my friends helped me with recoding a lot of it! I appreciate your praise!
I will absolutely turn on autoplay since you recommended it!
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Below3iq | December 7, 2019 9:33am
I'd love to see a indepth item section added
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Seth346 (37) | December 7, 2019 12:33pm
I'm working on that, it may be a bit till I have it together though. For now, the notes on each build will have to do!
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Insightonic | November 22, 2019 6:07am
You should update your "CDR with transcendence" build since spear of shojin was removed.
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Seth346 (37) | November 22, 2019 12:51pm
Thank you so much for reminding me! I've renamed the build to be experimental because the loss of shojin makes it a little more difficult to fill the spot. Right now I've been experimenting with Sanguine a lot, I think it may be the way to go for now if you want to be relevant. I just need to find a build that can incorporate it.
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ollav12 | November 3, 2019 2:19am
Hey! i just started playing riven is the runes up to date? and could you explain in more detail what runes is best for when didnt quite get all of the rune page names. nice guide too!
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Seth346 (37) | November 3, 2019 4:43pm
The runes have been updated since your comment to be compeltely up to date. I've added some context here in the message to you as well as in the notes for the guide itself. A section will be coming to the guide shortly as well.

As for tertiary runes they are basically optional.

As for the pages, conqueror is extremely prevalent for Riven, Electrocute is another option against mages.

As for the secondary trees,

the conventional Riven build is for capping CDR very quickly.

Sorcery is for getting a better late game with a large amount of AD from transcendence.

Resolve is for renekton or other lanes like that which have extremely high kill potential.

Domination can be used if you need to win the matchup from level 1.
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Hunipop (2) | October 25, 2019 7:15pm
i wish i could relate to that win streak. that's just so satisfying
learning from the best of the best makes me feel so spoiled, i never thought guides would help me out especially since i don't play melee champs that often. i haven't been more confident to play riven after reading this guide!
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Seth346 (37) | October 25, 2019 9:11pm
It's always good to hear from someone who loves what I've done. However, I wouldn't call myself the best of the best. I am pretty decent though and know quite a bit.
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SenseiWu (1) | October 1, 2019 1:15pm
Regarding to the crit build: Since Riven doesn't have mana, isn't the passive of Essence Reaver wasted on her? The dmg, crit and CDR is of course everything she needs, but by building that item along with Spear of Shojin and DD plus Transcendence rune, is it really worth the CDR converted into AD due to Transcendence? Wouldn't Infinity Edge do a better job or be a good substitute for Essence Reaver once you have the gold to buy it?
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Seth346 (37) | October 1, 2019 1:47pm
Yes, the mana part is wasted, but the item is an IE with 20% cdr basically. That's insane. It caps out CDR very early on and Transcendence makes it even stronger late game. ER is your second buy. IE can be built after ER if you really want to go full crit but it leaves you very squishy.

Basically, ER is an insane item, IE is no comparison for Riven.
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Slayerseba | July 2, 2019 3:31pm
thank you man for that guide, it allowed me to face kennen and actually win even though I was using only few of your advice I was able to get A+
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Seth346 (37) | July 3, 2019 9:49am
Nice Job! Also, thank you for reading my guide and getting something out of it! That's all I could ask for!
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