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AP Shaco intro
Shaco can be played as an AD assassin which snowballs very well, but he can also be played as an AP trapster and harasser, his harass is beyond godlike with his Two-Shiv Poison and your traps allow for easy kills all across the map, easy blue, easy red, easy baron, easy dragon and so on, Map controll through Jack In The Box almost outweighs Teemo's shrooms, they only thing to cry about is the lousy duration of those boxes :(
AP Shaco, PROs and CONs
Pros: Best Taunt ingame.
Good at killing towers with Lich Bane and Jack In The Box
DAMN funny kills with Jack In The Box
Nice harass and slow through Two-Shiv Poison
Deceive allows for an easy escape or gap closer to throw a shiv.
Good Map Control
great to kill enemy junglers or steal their buffs.
lane dominance through Jack In The Box and Two-Shiv Poison
Ulti makes you Rofl hard.(especially if Morde or Kata blow their ult on it)
Cons: No Sustained damage in a Teamfight, relies on traps to kill important parts of the
Creeps might trigger your Traps early.
Timing and awareness for your Boxes are key to your success.
can be CCed and killed fast.
long CD on Jack In The Box (about 9 secs with blue and morello's)
Most AP shacos tend to max Jack In The Box first, but hey, the joke's on you, I DON'T!
Two-Shiv Poison is great to last hit, great to harass, great to charge your Tear of the Goddess and so on.
But still max Jack In The Box second, around lvl 13 you should be having your first heavy AP items, so your boxes can finally deal that crazy dmg.(whilst your shiv becomes insanely strong too!!!)
Deceive one of my Favorite skills, very versatile, stealth to dragon/baron steal with shiv, flash out. I could write for hours explaining how epic this skill is, dodge Ashe's ult with it, get out of Nunu's or Katarina's Ult with it, jump over cliffs/trees WHATEVER, one point early, max last.
Hallucinate i like that word, Hallucinate, sounds great right? This spell is great for so many reasons :D get the enemies to waste important spells on your clone, eventually deal a ton of dmg with it, steal buffs by letting your clone run up to the enemy team doing baron/dragon they kill it, they just lost baron/dragon. I'll explain how to work with this later.
Runes and Masteries
Runes: Standard AP caster setup.
Greater Mark of Magic Penetration
Greater Seal of Replenishment
Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power
Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
Masteries: AP caster setup picking improved flash and teleport.
Start out with a Meki Pendant and two HP pots, if you are able to farm well, pick a Doran's Ring first.
Tear of the Goddess Mana problems? i can't rly find them... (turned into AA later)
Sorcerer's Shoes MPEN, mobility.
Rabadon's Deathcap heavy AP item.
Rylai's Crystal Scepter Health <3, AP and makes your Shiv cripple an enemy severely, or what i like best, your shaco boxes now even SLOW the enemy they rape! HOW GREAT IS THAT!?
Archangel's Staff the so called AA, AP and mana and AP through mana, great item, love it big deal.
Morello's Evil Tome Mostly overlooked, but this is one of the best endgame items for AP shaco: CDR/AP/MP5 , if you feel like it replace this with Lich Bane but i personally like Morello's more.
Zhonya's Hourglass great item, AP and Armor, lure enemies into your Shaco boxes, use Zhonya's result: Enemy= dead, you=WITHOUT A SINGLE SCRATCH!
Great teammates for AP shaco.
Shaco works well with just about any Champion, but together with Heimerdinger Blitzcrank he is extremely strong, put your Boxes in Blitzcranks face, he pulls someone in, and you actually should know how this ends up.
Heimerdinger's Turrets and your Boxes synergize well, ways to well^^ and the combined harass with Two-Shiv Poison and Hextech Micro-Rockets wears enemies down quickly.
How to piss the enemy jungler off. Securing your lane against ganks.
Get out of your lane, put some boxes into the jungle path of your enemy, look at him raging :D
Put shaco boxes in all Brushes and remember to replace them if someone activated them, or if they just timed out.
AND! Using Hallucinate correctly: A good way is to stay in a brush, hallucinate and use your clone, as a little you, run around your creeps and still last hit them with your clone, this looks like a damn normal shaco to me! most enemies will fall for that and attack your clown, some wasted ignite/exhaust others wasted their ulti,(ashe arrow, kata ult, morde ult and so on) but almost all good players will directly look through this disguise so you might aswell just try to "towerdive" them with your clone to deal damage.
The pro way: be aware that you can NOT always do this, try to let your enemies think that the real shaco is the clone, and that the clone is you, hallucinate, run straight at the enemy, they will run around you and attack the clone, if the clone did die and explode, just Deceive out.
Early Laning. Mid - Late game "Warding"
Start of by teleporting to your lane, run into a brush and start to set up Shaco boxes. Might get you first blood.
Secure Brushes with your boxes, harass enemies with your shiv. Make clever usage of Hallucinate to make them waste their ultimates, or summoner spells(or other spells with a long cooldown(vladimir's pool, graves' quickdraw))
Mid and Late game: Set up some boxes at your blue if your jungler doesn't need it(or your support/ap carry) if not take the enemy blue, but be careful. In the most cases your Boxes will grant you the Blue buff 95% of the time.
NOW to the fun part, set up boxes in the important bushes close to buffs or baron/dragon this grants surprise kills and makes for an easy teamfight in the aftermath.
You can easily win a 1 on 1 by putting a box in your face, throwing a shiv and deceiving around while kiting them around that single box.
thanks for reading this guide, i hope you like it as much as i do^^
Now give AP shaco a shot and pwn faces ;)