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Shaco Build Guide by DesperateShaco

Jungle [12.7] LITERALLY FREELO WITH AD/AP Shaco | by Desperate Shaco

Jungle [12.7] LITERALLY FREELO WITH AD/AP Shaco | by Desperate Shaco

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  • LoL Champion: Shaco
    Crit Shaco
  • LoL Champion: Shaco
    AP Shaco

Runes: Standard Rune Page

Domination
Hail of Blades
Cheap Shot
Eyeball Collection
Relentless Hunter

Sorcery
Absolute Focus
Gathering Storm
Bonus:

+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-140 HP (lvls 1-18)

Spells:

1 2 3
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LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite

Ignite

LoL Summoner Spell: Smite

Smite

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Champion Build Guide

[12.7] LITERALLY FREELO WITH AD/AP Shaco | by Desperate Shaco

By DesperateShaco
Who am I?
Before I start off with this Guide, i wanted to introduce myself, my name is Niklas, also known as Desperate Shaco on EUW and I have been maining Shaco since Season 5 and have been creating content on Youtube and Twitch for the last 3 years! In Season 8 and 9 i managed to get to Master peaking at 100LP and 230LP and in Season 10 i managed to reach 640LP Grandmaster, one of my proudest achievements! In Season 11 i reached Challenger for the first time and I'm currently trying to go for top 100! As for Season 12, i peaked at rank 76, now sitting at around 700LP.



This is the highest winrate i ever managed to get by only playing SoloQ:




If you are interested in Tips and Tricks, VOD Reviews, Full Game Commentary, or just Montages of my best plays, then I would highly recommend checking out my Youtube Channel and if you want to catch me during one of my live streams in which I play Ranked and just talk to the people in chat then Twitch it is! If you have any questions feel free to join my discord and ask away at https://discord.gg/ZpskUVm !
Why should you play Shaco?

Here are a couple of reasons as to why i think Shaco is 100% worth picking up as a new champion or even OTP


    - A lot of fun to play
    - Insane Outplay potential
    - Challenging but not too hard to learn
    - Regarded as the best SoloQ Jungler
    - Annoying for the enemy team
    - Most people don't know how to counter Shaco
What are the Pros and Cons?

Of course every Champion has his Pros and Cons, because if a Champion only had Pros he would be the best Champion in the game and no one would be able to touch him, here is a list for both the ups and downs playing Shaco has:



Pros:

    - Best LVL 1 Clear in the game
    - Doesn't need a Leash
    - Fast Clear with 3 points in his Box
    - Good Counter Jungler
    - Very Strong LVL 3 and LVL 6 Power Spikes
    - Having a low Cooldown Flash on your Q that also has invisibility and damage
    - Able to play with Ignite for strong early Duels and Ganks
    - Insanely Frustrating to play against
    - Arguebly the best Assassin to 1v9 with
    - Very snowbally
    - Great Splitpush
    - Easy to take Objectives with Ult
    - Huge Outplay potential
    - Very powerful when Mastered

Cons:

    - Takes time to Master him fully
    - Invading and destroying his Boxes LVL 1 makes the first clear really tough
    - Armor greatly reduces Shaco's damage
    - Somewhat useless if behind
    - A couple of Bugs that make it a tad frustrating to play Shaco at times
    - Requires Items to be strong
Playstyle
Shaco's playstyle is really hard to define, but I'll try my best to give you a general idea of what it is like playing Shaco. His class is Assasssin, which means you are generally going to kill the enemy backline by outplaying them and then trying to get out.


AD SHACO:



Every Assassin has some kind of initiation tool, for Shaco it's his Deceive, the 3.5 seconds of stealth and the Flash range blink built into it makes it really easy to get on top of your target. Here is where things get tricky though and this is something that ultimately comes down to experience. You have to know your limits and damage you are able to dish out. Someone like Rengar can usually jump into 3 people, kill someone and get out, Shaco on the other hand has to be a lot more careful and going for these kinds of plays requires a lot more planning ahead as well as knowing what your champion is capable of.

A big advantage over other Assassin Junglers it that Shaco has a great splitpush, because you have high base attackspeed and his Jack In The Box, clearing the waves becomes really easy. You also have your Jack In The Box to block off pathways the enemy team could use to catch you, allowing you to pretty much always get out of any sticky situation when splitpushing.

Hallucinate makes it really easy to duel pretty much anyone in the game that is trying to hinder you from splitpushing. This allows you to not only kill them, but then also have you and your clone push pretty much twice as fast allowing you to put insane pressure on the enemy team.

One of the coolest things about Shaco though, has to be his insane burst if you manage to get a decent enough lead in the Early Game, not only is it fun to see the Enemy Squishies poppin in less than 1 second, but whats even better is seeing their reaction in All Chat.

TLDR: Shaco requires you to know his limits and kit really well to be able to use him to his full potential, but once you get that down, he is the most rewarding and fun to play Assassin in the game, hands down! So if you want to put the time into learning Shaco properly, then you are in for a fun time, i guarantee it!


AP SHACO:


This playstyle is rather hard and requires a lot of confidence and experience! AP Shaco is all about outplaying the enemy through boxes and good Clone micro, meaning you have to be able to control your Clone properly to make this playstyle work!

The main objective outside of the early game is to try and bait the enemy team into your Jack In The Boxes, get your Clone to explode inside of the enemy team and just being a nuisance to the enemy team in general by poking them with
Two-Shiv Poison.

Lets start off with the Jack In The Boxes, there are several ways you can place them or use them. The usual way you want to use them is by putting them at choke points like lane entrances or at spots were the enemies usually path through, here is a little screenshot to give you a general idea of what im talking about:



The red dots obviously mark the areas in which you want to place Jack In The Box, but so do the 2 red lines, you can place boxes anywhere on that line aswell, these are especially useful for making picks when grouping or helping you to disengage when the enemy team tries to force a teamfight!

When it comes to using your Clone properly, this is where it gets hard for most people, you have to be able to control your own and the clones movement at the same time which is hard. There are several tricks to you can do but I'll run you down on the 2 most used ones.

The first one simply requires you to Deceive into the enemy team and then using Hallucinate, this does NOT reveal you but keep in mind that your Deceive stealth duration is not so long! Now all you need to pray for is the enemy team killing your clone so it explodes. The other trick you can use is to Hallucinate early, making your Clone run away from you while you Deceive into the enemy team, at a certain range the Clone will teleport back to you, so if you time it right he will leash back to you once you reach the enemy team. Again, this comes down to experience but is a better version of the trick above.
AP VS AD ???
So a lot of people ask me this question every day and it is probably the most asked question ouf of all. Is AP or AD Shaco better??? The answers to this question is sadly a lot more complex than most people think, which is what makes this somewhat tricky to answer.
I already went over the differences of each playstyle in the "Playstyle" chapter, so if you wanna know more about the playstyle, read that first. Now to actually answer this question, both are equally good... yeah...not what you expected.
The thing is that both playstyles just excell at different things, AD Shaco can oneshot people really easily and then get out, while AP Shaco can keep the enemy team at distance and have great poke damage with Jack In The Box and your Two-Shiv Poison while also being great at turning around huge fights with your Hallucinate explosion.
So here is the actual answer to this question, yes both are equally good, that wasn't a lie, but because both excell at something different, there are scenarios where one is better than the other but that is really difficult to break down and is something you pick up after hundreds and hundreds of both AP and AD Shaco games.

Here is a video i made that tries to explain my decision making as simple as possible:
Runes
Just a quick run down of the Runes I use and why I use them.


AD SHACO:




So lets start off with the keystone, Hail of Blades is in my opinion essential for the crit Shaco playstyle, it allows you to get those initial 3 auto attacks in faster, which is huge especially once you have your first crit item, allowing you to pretty much one shot squishy targets. Another reason why Hail of Blades is just insanely strong is because of how it interacts with the Shaco's Clone. The way the Clone works is he copies your stats the moment you cast Hallucinate, so if you cast it anywhere between your first 3 auto attacks from Hail of Blades your Clone will have the attack speed bonus permanently, not only for his first 3 auto attacks. This makes Shaco really strong through out the entire game, even if you die, your clone will still deal nasty damage if untounched.

As for the 1st row, there is a debate in the Shaco community whether to run Cheap Shot or Sudden Impact. I personally prefer Sudden Impact because it outscales Cheap Shot fairly quickly. While Cheap Shot allows you to have a little bit more damage in the first couple of LVLs, Sudden Impact gives you Lethality that enhances the damage of your entire kit, thus outclassing the little bit of True Damage you get from Cheap Shot.

Since Shaco is an Assassin, the best choice for the 2nd row is Eyeball Collection. Shaco is really snowbally allowing you to get the 20 stacks super quickly if you play the early game right.

Relentless Hunter is easily the best choice out of the 4 options you have in the 3rd row, you get an insane amount out of combat movement speed! This is useful in so many ways, but mostly because it allows you to travel further during Deceive, making it easier to catch up to targets in stealth. But it also allows you to create more pressure on the Map by being everywhere a lot faster, allowing you to win games more easily.

As for the 2nd tree you run Sorcery, with Absolute Focus and Gathering Storm you scale insanely well into the mid and late game, which will allow you to oneshot most targets quite easily while also having insane DPS with the current Kraken Slayer build.


AP SHACO:




Dark Harvest is by far the best choice for AP Shaco it has insane synergy with your Two-Shiv Poison so stacking it is pretty easy. If you don't like Dark Harvest you can also run Electrocute but that is usually more burst oriented which AP Shaco isn't really about.

The rest of Domination is the same as for AD Shaco except for Ultimate Hunter, so if you want the reasoning for that, just scroll up a little! Ultimate Hunter is insane on AP Shaco, having the reduced Hallucinate cooldown makes it so that you have your Hallucinate every fight, sometimes even twice, which if used correctly can turn any game around!
Ravenous Hunter is okay too, the healing is really nice, but nothing compared to the likes of Ultimate Hunter.

As for the secondary tree, the best choice is by far Sorcery, it gives you insane amounts of AP and with the setup im running it gives you even more AP!

I personally really like to take Gathering Storm as it gives you a lot of AP which comes in super handy during the mid game and especially during the late game where this playstyle really shines.

As for the second rune in Sorcery you take Transcendence this gives you more CDR which is really nice and allows you to get more boxes down which is what AP Shaco does best anyways. It also allows you to spam Two-Shiv Poison for some nice poke damage.
Build Order
Okay, a more in depth run down of what i build, here we go:

CRIT SHACO:



So first of all you want to start with Emberknife, it is generally the better option of the 2 choices you have, because it has greater dueling power which comes in super handy especially because the current meta is really fight heavy. You can opt for the Hailblade though if you feel like you need the slow and movementspeed buff from it over the dueling power.

The Build i currently run is very straight forward actually. The first 2 Items are always gonna be the same, just like the order in which you build the components and such.

You wanna try and get a Serrated Dirk for your first back, that is one of the biggest power spikes for Shaco throughout the game. If you cant afford it dont worry, just get a Long Sword or two and boots if you can.

Next you want to finish Youmuu's Ghostblade, this Items allows you to be around the map suer quick, which not only speeds up your farming speed but also makes it a lot easier to get ganks off because you also travel a farther distance during Deceive.

After Youmuu's Ghostblade you want to buy Kraken Slayer, this Item actually allows you to burst squishy champs, but also duel bruisers or tanks quite easily, thats what makes this Item so great in 90% of the games. The order of components heavily depends on your Gold, but usually try to get the Noonquiver first if you have 1300 Gold right away, otherwise get Pickaxe and a Long Sword. Somewhere in between you want to get your Berserker's Greaves, if you cant buy any components of Kraken Slayer it's a good idea to just finish your Berserker's Greaves. It's also totally okay to finish the after Kraken Slayer, but before is preferred.

Now is where you can start "adapting" your build depending on what you like and what you feel like you need. I'll do a quick rundown on possible items, you can choose whatever you like or just take a look at the recommended build at the very top of the page.

Now the situational items:

Essence Reaver offers insane burst and great stats for its cost, you have a sheen proc that scales off of AD and you also get a decent amount of AD, Crit and Ability Haste. This is probably the best item to buy if you want to maximize your burst, because it gives you pretty much everything you want.

Lord Dominik's Regards this is almost always my 3rd item after Kraken Slayer because it transitions nicely into the 60% crit build with Infinity Edge or allows me to just sit on those Items and go for more defensive ones, while still being able to dish out quite the damage as well as being able to kill Bruisers/Tanks.

Infinity Edge is great Item if you really wanna max out your Burst, which is not always the case. Only buy this if you have 40% Crit Chance from other Items already, or you wont make use of Infinity Edge's passive.

Death's Dance is now a really solid choice, i usually build it after Lord Dominik's Regards because it allows me to get more AD, which helps with dealing damage, but it also allows me to be a lot tanker and survive fights for longer with the 30% damage conversion to burn and the heal from Kills or Assists.

Maw of Malmortius is a solid option especially in combination with Death's Dance, but even without that it really shines when you are worried about getting oneshot by enemy Mages, it allows you to live just a little longer while also providing you with decent stats like AD and CDR and you get free Omnivamp when you drop low which makes it even better for longer fights.

Wit's End is not quite as good as it used to be because it got nerfed once or twice, but it's still a really solid option after Death's Dance for example if you want more DPS but also want to be a little tankier against a heavier AP team.

Blade of the Ruined King is a great option if you are trying to shred high HP targets like tanks, that don't have too much Armor. In combination with Lord Dominik's Regards this item can be really powerful to kill tanks, but keep in mind that your overall burst will be a little lower.



AP SHACO:



Start with Hailblade and a Refillable Potion, AP Shaco wants to stay away from his enemies and keep distance between them, that makes Hailblade a lot better than Emberknife because for you to make use of that you want to usually be up close in a duel trading auto attacks.

Ionian Boots of Lucidity are your go to first Item, they provide you with 20 Spell Haste which is insanely helpful when it comes to clearing the jungle, but you also get to move around the map faster which makes counter jungling or counter ganking a lot easier. We don't really go Sorcerer's Shoes anymore, because otherwise we dont have enough Spell Haste in our Items.

Your next goal is to finish Liandry's Anguish as fast as possible, this is your first huge power spike allowing you to farm your jungle a lot faster and also have a decent damage spike. You will not be super powerful yet, but your Two-Shiv Poison damage and the burn as well as Jack In The Box will be enough to chip away the enemies HP.

Demonic Embrace is next. It is a great item, it is basically a 2nd Liandry's Anguish just a bit weaker and offers a bit of defence as well. Once you are at this stage of the game you start to become a serious threat, you have insane poke and running into a bod can easily chunk them 1/3 or 1/2 of their hp depending on how tanky they are and if you are able to follow up with a Two-Shiv Poison.

Void Staff is probably the best item after Demonic Embrace, it allows you to shred so much magic resist and in combination with Liandry's Anguish you can shred even the beefiest of tanks. Even if the enemy team doesn't stack as much magic resist this item is still great because you can pretty much just deal next to true damage which is always great on AP Shaco

Morellonomicon is good if you need its Healing Reduction. This is somewhat situational and usually you would want your AD Teammates to build Executioner's Calling but if thats not the case then you can definitely pickt his up.

Zhonya's Hourglass is really really nice to have because it makes your outplay potential just so much better, it has good stats, but the active just makes it super OP. Being able to Deceive into the enemy team, then Hallucinate and then bursting the enemy team down once your Clone pops is already really strong, but also being able to Zhonya's Hourglass afterwards to prevent anyone from killing you is just amazing. You can use this item in so many situations, you can dodge skillshots, you can buy time for your cooldowns to come back, bait the enemy team into attacking you but then using
Zhonya's Hourglass and many many more.

Rabadon's Deathcap is something i don't build too often. While it is insanely good because of the raw amount of AP you get from it, it doesn't have anything apart from that where as most other items have some kind of active or passive that really benefit Shaco. Don't get me wrong, having huge amounts of AP is good, but if you are not snowballing this item is kinda wasted in my opinion.

Banshee's Veil is a good choice if you need the MR from the item or want the initial spell shield to not get cc chained right away when looking for poke with your Two-Shiv Poison or when placing boxes. I generally dont recommend building defensive items because if you are good on AP Shaco you shouldnt die too much anyways, but if you struggle with it or really really need the item, then go ahead, not a horrible choice.
Shaco's Clear
Since Shaco's Boxes were changed in Patch 9.21 there is now a pretty specific Box placement you have to follow to maximize the efficiency of the first clear, here is a video of how that looks like:
VERY IMPORTANT!

!!! VERY IMPORTANT !!!



Make sure to pay attention to the enemies items at all times! I cant stress this enough, please always check for stuff
like Plated Steelcaps, Seeker's Armguard, Stopwatch or just any Armor Item in general. Since Shaco deals mostly physical damage, Armor really screws you over, so always make sure to check the scoreboard for any of these items!
Early Game
The Early Game is what secures you a good spot in the Mid and Late Game, this is where you want to snowball as much as possible! You want to create pressure on the Map and make the enemy Team fear you by constantly looking for Ganks or opportunities to invade the enemy Jungler and steal their camps and potentially look for a kill.

Don't neglegt farming your own Jungle though especially once you have 3 points in Jack In The Box it is really easy to get an efficient clear going. Finding the balance between Ganking, Counter Jungling and Farming your own Jungle is what makes a great Jungler, the order of priority is usually Ganking>Enemy Jungle>Your Jungle.

Tracking the Enemy Jungler also makes the game a lot easier, there are some great Videos about that on Youtube, but its too complex to get into it here, but let me give you a couple of tips:
    Pay attention to the Map as you are clearing your first camp, the enemy lane that arrives late to lane is the one that most likely leashed the Jungler. This allows you to plan ahead where he is going to be when he finishes clearing his Jungle.

    As soon as you see the Enemy Jungler on the Map, make sure to open the Scoreboard and check his CS-Count, every Jungle Camp in LoL grants 4 CS which means you can at any time, if you keep track of his pathing, know, what camps he cleared.

    Buffs take 5 minutes to spawn, and smaller Camps take 2 minutes to spawn, so a combination of all these 3 tricks allows you to always know which camps are up and where the Enemy Jungler is.

Something Shaco really excels at too is taking Dragon or Rift Herald once he reaches LVL 6, having you and your clone deal damage at the same time makes it really easy to melt objectives.
Mid Game
This is personally my favorite part of the Game to play, it is challenging but also a lot of fun. The main priority now is to slowly start working towards ending the game or at least preparing your way towards that.

The way you achieve that is by finding 1 Lane that you play around now, this should be a Lane that is ahead of the Enemy and is able to help you. Whether that is Top, Mid or Bot doesn't really matter, you wanna try and take as many Objectives as possible like Dragon , Rift Herald or Towers ultimately increasing your Gold Lead even more!

You should also start looking for Squishies that are on their own, to farm kills. This gives your Team the number advantage and allows for things like Split Pushing or forcing Team Fights. The Goal here is to try and get into the Enemy Team's Base and take at least 1 Inhibitor, preferably already opening up the other lanes to siege later on.
Late Game

!!! CAREFUL !!!



This is where most Squishies have their defensive Items, so be careful when trying to go for Oneshots as they might not work out.

Late Game is pretty much the same as the Mid Game, but everything is just a lot more important but also risky, every death matters a lot more so you have to be extra careful.

This is where looking for picks is really important, this allows you to either start splitpushing while your team threatens to force a 4v4 fight while you take their base, or you can then try to siege and end. Taking things like Baron or Elder Dragon also works really well, makes the entire process of finishing the game a lot easier!
Matchups
I made a cheat sheet for most of the Jungle Matchups with Google Docs because i prefer that over the way Mobafire works, so if you want to see that click here: https://cutt.ly/skl7YNt (Don't worry about the link, this is a link shortener which redirects to my google spreadsheet, the problem with it is that the url contains the word "****" which gets censored on mobafire and i cant generate a new url unless i make a completely new spreadsheet)

The cheat sheet should bepretty easy to understand, different colors indicate easier/harder matchups and each matchup has a couple of tips and tricks on what to focus on or how you can win said matchup. it also shows you wheter AP or AD is the better choice, but usually you can play either and adapt more to the enemy team/your team instead of the jungle matchup.
Special Q Jump Locations
Shaco has the advantage of having stealth and a Flash on his Q, this allows him to pull of ganks that almost no other Jungler can. I made a Video showing those Q jumps and also showing you how to do them because they require decent positioning and cursor placement, but with 10 minutes of practicing in the practice tool anyone can master these with ease!
Shaco Ult Walljumps
Ever since they made Shaco's Hallucinate spawn at cursor location it is a lot easier to perform wall jumps. Here is a list of all the possible wall jumps, some of them require a lot of practice and precise location of both the cursor and Shaco himself.
Shaco Combos
I will add a written version of this later down the road, but for now this video will do!
More to come!
Ill update this guide and keep adding new content in the future!

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