Shen Build Guide by BaLoRi
My IMMORTAL Shen Build (All Lanes: Top/Mid/Jungle/Bot)By BaLoRi | Updated on January 14, 2021
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Runes: Immortal Lane Version
+10% Attack Speed
+10% Attack Speed
+10% Attack Speed
Champion Build Guide
My nickname is BaLoRi, I am an Educational Content-Build Creator that I got 1 goal every single time. To create the MOST POWERFUL builds for each champion, that will give you the FREE ELO that you really want and rank up with your own skills in any DIVISION you want.
Forget about everything else, cause this is going to be how you will play Shen from now on and reach insanely crazy win ratios!
With this build you will have around 80% Win ratio at Iron to Gold Elo, 70% Win Ratio At Platinum Elo and 60-61% At Diamond-Challenger Elo!
Feel free to join me in our youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/lolbalori for more BUILDS and GUIDES, our ultimate Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/balori and join our Discord server for real time build creation: https://discord.gg/RazhNDW and reach any ELO you want!
Nothing will stop you, nothing will win against you, the only thing they will ever feel is FEAR from your insane damage!
Hope to enjoy your Elo Boost!
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 35%-45% 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!
The secondary runes tree that we will choose will always be DOMINATION and that cause we need the Ravenous Hunter rune at all cost plus one of the other 3 choices:
Cheap Shot Extra true damage after your CC, that means with both your E and your Q, a powerful rune that will give you extra damage, most of the times, this is what we choosing!
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
Sudden Impact This rune giving you both Armor pen and Magic Pen, Shen is one of the champions that using BOTH of these stats and will give you equal damage to Cheap Shot especially if you playing against a ranged top laner that will have low MR, this rune will give you more damage than you think!
Ravenous Hunter A MUST TO HAVE RUNE, 11% Damage to heal, that means each time you using your RUNES-SKILLS you will receive 11% of the damage dealt as health back, this amount will be MULTIPLIED by 40% cause of Revitalize and Spirit Visage and together with all the runes that we talked about will make you a total MONSTER!
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 of armor if we got enough gold, your main focus is to go back to base with 1150 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! Cause of Ravenous Hunter we will use that repelled damage as heal back so if you wanna have more sustain to fight while creeps hitting you is the WAY!!
Then we will try to finish our Mythic item Sunfire Aegis is order to get the insane stats from the item that will make us the STRONGEST in lane phase and later on in the entire game, HP, ARMOR, MR, Ability haste, More burn effect that will scale with your HP, that means your Grasp of the Undying will make this effect grow stronger and stronger the more you fight and also another effect that will increase the damage that you doing around you per second in combat, at 6 stacks you will start doing double damage around you with the Sunfire Aegis that means, the more you fight THE BIGGER the damage it will be, our Immortal builds designed to keep fighting literally for ages and that’s why these new changes will make us the UPSOLUTE MONSTERS that we really are!!! And also with this Mythic item we will gain 5 ability haste per Legendary item (everything else except boots) so that means we will have up to 20 Ability haste more (and 25 if we go full late game and 6 item build)
**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
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 next 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, the more you will see that just with 3 items no matter who is against you will always remain a FOOD!
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)
Now you got the following options as 4th item
1. Sterak’s gage One of the most amazing new item changes, I really love this item, AD, HP and two insanely powerful effects that fitting so good with our immortal builds, HP HEAL for each champion that you damaging or taking damage from (that means all 5 while going 1v5 with ease) and a huge shield effect that will activate on its on after taking damage, why this is so important for our IMMORTAL build? Cause you will multiply both the HEAL and SHIELD by 40% cause of Spirit Visage and Revitalize but not only you will have bigger shield, you will also have BIGGER DAMAME cause of Shield Bash the more shields you got, the bigger the damage it will be and cause of your HP that you will have, Shield Bash will scale a little too much for them to handle!
2. To go for a TOTALLY DIFFERENT type of item that is Demonic Embrace I know that you think that this is strange, but trust me its not, this item will give you AP, HP, a burn max %hp effect that will work INSANELY GOOD with your Q and also bonus armor and magic resist while fighting, making it very interesting as an option to have, especially since your Q and R will also scale with the bonus AP that you will have, making especially the shields with R to be EVEN MORE POWERFUL!!
For last item, we will go for 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 that means more healing as well from the 2nd effect of the rune but also that means more extra healing from Ravenous Hunter and the damage effect of grasp!
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!!
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.
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!
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
and the answer is simple and i will give it to all of you as well.
Im playing always with Flash and Ignite Top, for the following reason, Teleport is a skill for any of players don't have enough confident in theirselves that they can DESTROY the enemy TOP laner.
Its as simple as that, Teleport can be used to Come back after a fast back or go to other lane and "Help" your team.
The reason all playing with Teleport is cause they want to find the "easy" answer behind the top lane "go help others and exp there", i cant judge them really, but if you really want to say yourself that you actually won the TOP Lane then you need to do it SOLO.
We need to also remember that Shen is one of the champions that got a dash for free cause of his Shadow Dash if you are confident enough you can play just like with our Rammus build and choose Teleport Ignite instead of Flash Ignite this will give you more tools to go back to your lane, but you need to be confident enough that you can handle the enemy jungler all game long! Of course with our Immortal build after buying your first item you can easily kill them all 1v2 easily!
TIP: Lots of you will think "but when my team need me i can teleport there", NO. You dont need to teleport there. You can be there by foot, in Shen case you can LITERALLY go ANYWHERE you want your Stand United and help your teammates win any kind of fight! If you cant join and help them, then continue with the OBJECTIVES, push your lane destroy towers take Dragons with your jungler etc.
Almost every rush TP to help BOT or MID Lane end up by being all DEAD together with you.
Cause when you TP, you suddenly change the entire MAP Phase, you going somewhere where you will be 100% seen and try to either Dodge your skills or Kill you first.
So go by foot, and go from behind them by using the FOR OF WAR.
In our Youtube videos you will understand FULLY how to use our gamestyle, be sure to watch our gameplays and you will for sure be ALWAYS VICTORIOUS!