My IMMORTAL Shen Build (All Lanes: Top/Mid/Jungle/Bot)
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Runes: Immortal Lane Version
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Champion Build Guide
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Lets now start with our OP Shen Build guide and how to win games easier than ever!
Shen as a champion got a very powerful and almost non-punish kit, you can literally go in with your Shadow Dash then press Twilight Assault behind the target to apply the bonus damage from the skill and then Spirit's Refuge that together with your Ki Barrier that giving you a SHIELD and DAMAGE cause of our runes that we will explain next and do an insanely big damage to the target while taking ZERO DAMAGE BACK, lane phase and overall the game itself is all about how good you can "Trade" with the enemy and how "healthy" you are going to be after your engage, we created a build that will let you be always FULL HP while sustaining tons of damage and doing even MORE to the enemy targets!
Check out what our Full Immortal build can do here:
With this build Shen will be a total MONSTER in ANY LANE, be it Top, Mid, Jungle, support or even BOT cause we maximizing his potential greatly by using the BEST item-runes combinations that will make you unstoppable while of course having tons of fun while playing him!
Shen is one of the champions that not only will totally destroy any champion, or even 3 champions (1v3) with our build, but will also support his teammates cause of your ultimate that giving a great amount of shield and cause of Revitalize even more!
So Balorians lets get started by explaining WHY Shen with our build is the STRONGEST one of all, by first understanding what our Runes will give to our favorite champion!
For Shen we got only 1 option of main rune choice and 3 choices for the secondary runes tree
Grasp of the Undying One of the most powerful runes in the game for champions like Shen this runes will give you 3 stats, bonus damage with % of your HP that will work greatly with your Twilight Assault that giving max HP from the enemy target, % of HP HEAL back and one of the most important stat that most people forgetting is the 5 permanent HP each time you using it!
Shield Bash A super important rune, a MUST TO HAVE for Shen and one of the reasons that to go for Grasp is the only way, it will give you bonus Armor-Mr each time you got a shield PLUS bonus damage that scales with the % of the shield for your next basic attack cause of your Ki Barrier you will use Shield Bash EVERY single time and will give you great sustain and damage at the same time and cause of the new Spirit Visage and Revitalize that will increase the healing and shields by 40% the damage from this rune will be EVEN GREATER than before!!
Second Wind Another monstrous rune, HP REGAIN each time you receiving damage from the enemy that scales with your MISSING HP, people keep underestimate this rune, but cause of this rune and Doran's Shield you will be totally UNSTOPPABLE early, cause of this double regeneration from level 1 you will have ability to trade with the enemy for AS LONG AS YOU WANT and kill them easily while being Full HP!
Revitalize One of the most BROKEN runes that on certain champions works incredible, Shen is one of them, 5%-15% BONUS HEALS that together with Spirit Visage you will increase this to 30%-40% and will make you an IMMORTAL MONSTER! Also you will increase your SHIELDS by 30%-40% that means your Ki Barrier plus your Stand United to shield your allies and give them much more sustain as well!
For the secondary runes tree we got two different options!
Cheap Shot Bonus True dmg after your CC, that means you will activate this rune non stop with Q-E making you use also true damage on your engages!
Taste of Blood If you want better sustain, then this is your option, bonus HP each 20seconds while damaging your enemies, this amount will multiplied by 40% cause of Revitalize and Spirit Visage
Ultimate Hunter Bonus Ability haste for your Ultimate, our Stand United is one of our biggest weapons for our Immortal bear, now we will use it FASTER and destroy them more EASIER!
And also Precision:
Triumph Missing HP Heal plus bonus gold for every kill/assist, you think the heal value is low for this rune, but in reality you will be gaining more than 500-600 HP per kill/assist, cause you will multiply this heal by Revitalize and Spirit Visage
Legend: Tenacity Bonus 30% Tenacity, making you have a total tenacity of 60%+ that will let you avoid ANY CC while fighting 1v5! One of the most important stats in the game that will also let you the option of going for Plated Steelcaps instead of Mercury's Treads to counter both CC and Basic attackers with lots of ON-hit effects!
Legend: Alacrity If you got close to none CC against you, then to go for this rune is a must, bonus attack speed that together with your Twilight Assault will let you activate Sunfire Aegis second burn effect WAY MORE TIMES than before and apply even more damage!
If you want to understand how Heals, Shields and Regeneration works and why we are choosing these runes over anything else, we got our league masterclass that will help you:
By having this combination of runes you will realize that Shen is many times stronger than you think, making him impossible to die while having the damage to kill them all!
Now that you understood what our runes giving to our monster let’s continue with the item choices.
Doran's Shield is a super gold efficient item that will give you stats that goes up to 300+% of its actual cost and together with Second Wind is going to be the reason that with just these two together you will be close to be IMMORTAL from level 1, also cause Shen doesn’t need mana (only energy that you will refund while fighting) you can freely farm, poke, fight for as long as you want!
Our first back item will always be Bami's Cinder not only you will have bonus HP but also AOE damage around you also we need a Refillable Potion and Cloth Armor if we got enough gold, your main focus is to go back to base with 1250 gold, in order to buy Bami's Cinder and Refillable Potion something that people ignoring is that by buying Refillable Potion as soon as possible in the game, you will have free pots all lane phage long and you will also sell it and gain back some of the gold that you invested to this item, making it TOTALLY FREE!
Then our main focus in to first buy Bramble Vest cause of the armor and its effects will make us even stronger, you will repel back damage while applying the Grievous Wounds effect that will reduce their healing at the same time!
Note that the armor of the Bramble Vest will not only reduce the physical damage that champions doing to you but also the physical damage from creeps, jungle camps, towers and overall any source of physical damage, making it ALWAYS to be IMPORTANT to have!
Then we will finish Sunfire Aegis one of the most powerful item for Shen, this item will give you HP, ARMOR and AOE Burn damage to destroy everyone easier, but also give you the ability to clear the waves much faster!
Then we will finish our Boots into MOST OF THE TIMES Mercury's Treads cause we need the extra TENACITY effect, plus to balance out the ARMOR and MAGIC RESIST, we will only have Spirit Visage for magic resist and together with the boots it will be MORE THAN ENOUGH!
If you playing against FULL AD teams with ZERO CC, then go for Plated stealcaps especially against champion that using basic attacks as main source of damage, like for example Tryndamere Yasuo or Master Yi etc. this item will COUNTER THEM completely, cause it will reduce their pre-armor reduction damage by 12% (it’s pretty big, cause after that you will reduce it even further cause of your resistances)
**IMPORTANT NOTE** I am 100% sure that people will say "Why not to go for Tiamat to farm better" the reason is SIMPLE, we creating a build that will make you a total monster from early to full late game, Tiamat is a 73% gold efficiency item, that means its stats are worth 875 gold, while its cost is 1200, people think that they need this to farm and thats why all Shen getting DESTROYED and they are unable to do anything, you got 2 powerful tools to farm, except of course your Q and hits, these are Sunfire Aegis Thornmail both of these items will give you MORE THAN ENOUGH damage and ways to clear an entire wave within seconds, especially Sunfire Aegis that doing DMG PER SECOND around you!
With this build we are not wasting gold or time by making us WEAKER we only getting stronger and stronger with each minute, to get Tiamat on Shen just to clear the wave faster early while the champion NOT EVEN scales with AD its just the fastest way to go 0-10 (against our builds this is the score that you will have 100% of the times) while you could be 10-0 with our style
After Sunfire Aegis and while having the Bramble Vest as it is, we will start building our NEXT CORE Mythic Item Riftmaker, this item will give Shen everything that he needs to overpower all easily, AP, HP, Ability haste, Omnivamp, BONUS %9 TRUE DMG and more omni-AP with each legendary item!
Cause of Shen AP ratios, it is making Riftmaker to be the No1 Mythic choice that we will go for and will let us not only do more damage than ever but also have a huge amount of bonus healing and even bigger shields with our R to help our allies!
Another Option for Mythic item will be Jak'Sho, The Protean item that will increase your Armor, MR, HP, Ability haste, give you bonus armor/mr while fighting and a drain heal-dmg effect after fully stacking it, also with each legendary item, you will have bonus ARMOR and Magic resist.
This item is perfect for engage type Immortals like Shen cause we can engage, apply the damage and have the resistances to survive their focus. If you now combine this with Aftershock as well (as sup, jungle or even top), you can reach even BIGGER AMOUNT of resistances and receive almost no damage back after your engage!
Note: If you got a lot of only basic attackers against you, for example, Tryndamere, Master Yi, Yasuo, Yone that also got LOTS OF HEALING then before finishing Demonic Embrace you will go for Thornmail this will be far better as an option cause you will need both the repel damage and the heal reduction against this kind of champions
Then we will finish Thornmail now you will have more HP, more ARMOR, more REPEL Damage but most importantly another heal reduction effect after using your CC, this item is by far the most important tool to have in order to make sure not only that you will sustain and do more damage, but also to not let them heal at all by reducing their heal effects by 60%!!!!
Our 4th item will ALWAYS BE Spirit Visage this item might be one of the most important to have items for our build, the reason is cause of the combination of Revitalize that we talked about you will have an insanely amount of bonus healing, that will help you sustain and easily right now destroy any kind of enemy, be it FULL AD or FULL AP and even have the power to 1v3 easily! The stats that Spirit Visage gives are the most gold efficiency stats that you can buy in the game, not only you will have HP-MR-Ability Haste-REGAIN but you will also have 25% BONUS HEALS and SHIELDS that together with Revitalize this number will go up to 40%, to understand how powerful this is, everything from your Runes will get stronger, the amount of shields that you will have will be literally game breaking and the sustain will increase even further, the more you fight!!
Now you got the following options as Last items
1. Warmog's Armor the MOST gold efficiency item in the game, its passive alone is 1000% of its cost as a stat and this item of course is Warmog's Armor not only you will have HP, Ability haste, HP Regain but you will also have an insanely out of combat HP REGAIN, imagine that you will have the power to go in, fight literally for AS LONG AS YOU WANT and then, if you are TOO LOW, to flash or E away, wait for 10seconds and then go in again with FULL HP, something else that right now is a good time to realize, we also playing with the rune Second Wind this rune is giving you health regeneration equal to 6 (+ 4% of your missing health)
cause its scales with the missing HP and cause we will have 4000 TOTAL HP or even more with our BUILD, the moment you are with only 1000 HP left you will have regeneration ~12HP per second (~120 in 10 seconds) this amount, will be multiplied by your Spirit Visage as well by 25% (its a same that Revitalize is not scales with HP regan a well) that means, from the Second Wind alone and without calculating anything else you will have HP regain of ~16HP per second (Imagine that you also have, the base hp regain, Spirit Visage hp regain, Warmog's Armor hp regain to sum them up to even greater number)
To realize why to go for Warmog's Armor is important, not only you will be able to stay full hp all game long after getting this item, but you will also have INCREASED Damage with Grasp of the Undying and of course more HEALING at the same time
Is it only that? Of course not, you will also have BIGGER SHIELDS with your passive that scales insanely good with the HP that you got and that means more damage with Shield Bash that it will also scale with the %Shield and %HP!
As you can understand all the build-runes-skills of our Immortal Shen working together in order to make you the STRONGEST monster of all, from super early till late game nothing will be able to win against you no matter WHICH CHAMPION they will pick!!
2. Demonic Embrace A super powerful item, that will give you HP, AP, HP to AP and a burn effect that will work incredibly good with Sunfire Aegis and Riftmaker or Jak'Sho, The Protean and combine all the burn damage and HEAL effects to make you even stronger. Also the bonus AP will help you do more damage with your skills and increase the shield of your R even further!
3. Gargoyle Stoneplate a very VERY powerful item that will give you mix resistances and help you survive agaisnt both AP and AD damages and will increase them even further while fighing and also a HUGE shield that if you use it right will make you dodge all the burst damage that they will use on you, note that this effect will increase even further cause of Revitalize and Spirit Visage 40% Bonus shields!!!
4. Force of Nature a very powerful anti-Magic damage item, not only it will give you HP, MR, mobility (bonus Ms) but also a 20% MAGIC DAMAGE reduction, why this effect is powerful? Cause Magic penetration effects wont "change" the number of this effect, that means you will always reduce by 20% the magic damage that you are receiving no matter what! So if you got a heavy AP Damage dealers against you, like for example Syndra, Veigar, or any AP laner Top, Mid and an AP SUPPORT then go for this as last item!
5. Redemption a support related item that is not meant only for supports, you will use the HP, Ability haste and BONUS HEALS/SHIELDS effects plus a huge AOE Heal for you and your allies but also a 10% MAX HP TRUE DAMAGE effect for the enemy team. Super low cost, very powerful active effect with decent stats, making it for sure a last item option but also must to have if you are playing as "support"!
6. Titanic Hydra lots of people keep asking about this, so lets add it as last item choice, Shen is a champion that will use lots of basic attacks so this item will be somehow useful but not ideal. The stats are AD, HP, Bonus AD that scales with your HP and on-hit damage but with A HUGE ITEM COST and weak close to useless item parts with very low gold efficiency, even Redeption will be far more useful with better sustain and even damage than this. But we got the Tiamat lovers that need it! Personally I will always choose any other choice than this, the final choice is up to you and what is working for you. To fully use the Titanic Hydra and to not effect the overal performance of our Immortal build itself always buy it after finishing your 3rd CORE item that we talked about above, so as 4th, 5th or full late game 6th item while selling the boots!
And now Balorian you can fully understand why this combination of items-runes and skills is BY FAR the most powerful one that you can even play with!
So lets talk about what you need to focus.
Creeps(FOCUS on FARM): The most important thing is to focus on your farm, you need to farm fast and if you can kill all the creeps without missing even one. This way you will take the lead from your enemy champion, dont be afraid to use your skills for last hits even at the 1 level.
Learn how To improve your Farming and Wave Management by watching our League Masterclass:
Stay Alive: To not to die at lane and not have any kills is more worth than to be 3-3 or 4-4 with your enemy Lane champion.
Your build focusing to be the strongest at the MID-Late game, doesn't matter if you cant kill now, focus on farm and you will be able to show your true Strength at the right time of the game.
Even if you wont kill your enemy, they will start losing focus from this strategy.
They wont be able to go close to cs, and lose EXP-FARM so after doing this a couple of times the game is yours.
Always engage with your Shadow Dash while having your Ki Barrier to reduce the damage that you will receive from the enemy, just by doing that, you will easily overpower them all!
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So remember the most important thing in this game is FARMING and to STAY ALIVE to overpower and kill them all will come as long as you focusing on these two things! Our Immortal Shen build will always be the strongest in full early to full late game, no matter how bad you play early, clear all the waves, get your gold that you need, use your Ultimate to help MID or BOT to get some assists/kills, play with focus and you will always end up VICTORIOUS! Our different Shen match ups below will show you how to play this champion and show you the TRUE POWER of Shen