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Threats & Synergies
Aatrox has one escape, which can be easily countered by your W (jack in the box) or outdistanced by your Q (deceive)
Garen has only a speed increase, slow with your E (Two-Shiv Poison) or W (jack in the box)
Cho'Gath is immobile, capitalise on his weakness by slowing him with your E, then Q and instantly W to render him helpless to your onslaught.
Jax players tend to be trigger happy, dont be affraid to trade autos and bait him to your boxes, once he jumps to you, he's immobile
Fizz can be tricky, dodge his R with your Q and try bait his E and you will win the trade. If he ults you, Q and run into a bush, wait until the shark is about to erupt, then ult and you will negate the damage.
Maokai is generally immobile, watch out for his Root though, because when the jungler ganks thats alot of easy damage on you. You can sneak past his sapplings by using Q. Use your E and W to slow him and you will win the trade.
Karma is a b*tch. If she initiates by using her stun, Q out of the range, then go all in, chances are you will win the trade. But try not to get hit by her Q, otherwise she will have a large advantage over you.
Poke Poke Poke! Your only chance is to Q behind him, Activate R, then E, Auto, and Box, the burst is beautiful.
Early game, its easy, do the Shaco thing, late game, try and avoid 1v1 trades because he will straight up 3 shot you.
Use q to evade his domain and Pillar, once on cooldown, go all in
When she ults q, wait until the ability ends, then go all in using ult.
When his silence is on cooldown go all in using R, if he puts his voidlings on you, q, they will hop to your clone and you can continue damaging him. His ult is hard to avoid, so once it ends, q to dodge his silence.
He counters you, early game get ahead by waiting for his Q to be on cooldown then going all in. Place a box near his backline, chances are we will jump to his ally caster minions becoming feared.
Lissandra aint got nothing on you. Use q, then activate R, command the clone to attack Lissandra, hopefuly she ults it and you win the trade.
His lifesteal is nasty. Save box until he is near 1/3 health. Olaf's tend to want to 1v1 when they are low, so they wont run away. The box will fear them and you will have a major advantage.
So. Much. Range. So. Much. Damage. Just try make her b as often as possible and kill her pre 6.
Your ult counters his, use it wisely! Use your boxes to win trades.
Clone vs Clone, who wins? You do, if he ults, q, once his ult is on cooldown go all in.
Avoid Assassinating him with your q if you are low, he will just resurrect and kill you. if you do,place a box straight away, giving you time to get away.
Bait into boxes, its simple. Don't underestimate his ult though, save q to get away, do not initiate with it.
He can out poke you, baiting to boxes is much safer than trying to all in him, but both can work depending on how fed you/he is
His invulnerability is a pest. Just farm and splitpush, Q away from his stupid as sustain abiltiies
Out ranges and out damages you, if she is low mana, all in her, or bait her to boxes, either will get the job done.
Shiv cancels her R, if blinded Q away,
Why Choose Shaco?
Shaco is non-meta, he is and will always be strong.
Your role is to demotivate the enemy and make yourself rich, through the use of his epic and endless utility.
>< Alot of Burst
>< Fun to play
>< Anti-Squishy / ADC
>< Alot of outplay potential
>< One of the strongest pre-6 ganks
>< Strong counter jungler
>< Amazing splitpusher
>< You must be in the zone at all times - if you are out of position you die
>< Countered by tank items and Thornmail
>< Hard to master
>< Flamed for picking Shaco
>< Hard to teamfight effectively
Mark of Attack Damage
>< Sorcery increases Ability Damage. More damage = happy Shaco
SPACEONE>< This enhances his auto attacks, but also spells such as Two-Shiv Poison or Hextech Rocketbelt
Ability 1 (Q): Deceive - Shaco becomes invisible instantly for 3.5 seconds, his next auto attack deals extra damage and a guaranteed critical strike.
SPACEONE>< Put 1 point in this at level 3, and max this last
Ability 2 (W): Jack In The Box - Shaco places a 'box' in the target location which is visible for 2 seconds, when an enemy enters within 300 units (equivalent of a Teemo in diameter) around the box, it fears them and deals magic damage, attacking once per second until killed after 5 seconds.
SPACEONE>< Put 1 point in this at level 1, and max this second
Ability 3 (E): Two-Shiv Poison - Shaco throws a shiv at the target enemy dealing magic and physical damage. (This ability is a point and click projectile, not a skillshot)
SPACEONE>< Put 1 point in this at level 2, and max it second
Ability 4 (R): Hallucinate - Shaco becomes momentarily untargetable and duplicates himself, when the clone dies, it explodes dealing AP damage
SPACEONE>< Put 1 point in this at level 6, but dont put more points in this until level 17 and 18
When in lane, capitalise on the enemies greed. Most top laners are all in, hard engage champions (take for example Riven or Aatrox) and have minimal escapes. Don't be afraid to use your auto attacks the enemy early to apply damage, because since you have started your Jack In The Box, you have a safe haven to flee to when you are low, use this advantage to bait the enemy.
Jack In The Box applies a fear to the enemy and stops them in their tracks! Use this in combination with your Two-Shiv Poison and Deceive to decimate your enemy in lane!
You are going to want to make a triangle or square formation with your boxes, this is your bread and butter in lane; since you have 10% cdr level 1, they should be available every 14.5 seconds. If you do not have enough mana when you are being chased by the enemy top laner, place a Jack In The Box directly above one you have already placed, this will mean that the fear activated on the enemy when they move over it, then when they continue in your pursuit, it will activate again again, allowing you to Ignite or Two-Shiv Poison them, gaining the kill, or fully escape.
Triangle / Sqaure Box Formation
Known to many as the Illuminati Shaco (shout out to Vision Ward) create a triangle or square near the large walls nearest to your tower, and stand in the middle of them when you are low. This is the Top Lane Shaco bread and butter and is what makes it so successful.
SPACESPACE* when champions such as Riven, Aatrox or Lissandra hard engage on you, quickly Deceive and walk behind them, Two-Shiv Poison then auto to go 20% more damage on both
SPACESPACE* when champions such as Garen, Darius, Illaoi or Trundle run towards you, wait until one box fears them, then run behind another box (dont Deceive) they will get feared by both when they chase! If it is within your abilitiy to kill them, Deceive behind them, Two-Shiv Poison, auto and then Ignite
Baiting Tips and Tricks
Enemies are greedy for gold, baiting gets easier , althought riskier, the lower health you are.
Shaco can use his melee range to his advantage. Common combinations of baiting include:
Use Deceive and walk towards your enemy, pop up infront of them and simply auto attack. The enemy will no doubt use abilities. Run back to the first box in your Illuminati formation and Two-Shiv Poison the opposing Top Laner then run towards the second box which is closer to your tower. By now your q should be up.
SPACESPACE* This scenario can go in one of three ways: they chase you into your first Jack In The Box, but get the message and run away, in which case attempt to bait again. Or they could run into your first Jack In The Box, then run into your second Jack In The Box this is where you have the power of Shaco and two jack in the box's
Tips and Tricks
If your enemy is low, start to b, when you are at 0.2 seconds left, Deceive and run to towards them; Two-Shiv Poison, auto and then Ignite
When against champions such as Riven, Garen, Darius or Ashe (the list goes on), if you see their ultimate animation, activate Hallucinate, you become untargetable, additionally, point and click ultimates, such as Garen, Caitlyn and Darius, can be evaded by activating Hallucinate which puts their ultimate on a 10 second cooldown; which gives you plenty of time to assassinate them.
Use your Hallucinate and your Jack In The Box collaboratively to freeze lane or to push hard, as Shaco, it is incredibly easy to win lane. If your enemy leaves lane via TP to roam or has returned to base, activate Hallucinate, by the time they walk back to lane Hallucinate will be off cool down. Also, if your top laner TP's or roams, if you Hallucinate when a canon minion enters the lane, it'll be up by the time the next one arrives.
SPACESPACE *Save your Two-Shiv Poison for poking the enemy champion or to last hit Canon Minions.
Two-Shiv Poison is great at last hitting champions, plus, no matter what way you build, you always have 40% cdr, meaning last hitting champs is no different to minions
It is also your role to create a safe zone for your squishies. Allies such as Immobile Mages and Marksmans rely on you to put boxes everywhere in case the enemy is winning and you need to retreat, this can also turn team fights around if your team is coordinated.
Hallucinate can be used to explode in the middle of a huddled team, or to tank tower shots for your AD carry
*your clone also has equivalent AD as you, so use your TP to get towers in Top and Bot lane if your team is winning a fight