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Solo Top Shen

Last updated on December 18, 2011
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Shen Build

Not Updated For Current Season

The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Offense: 0

Honor Guard

Defense: 14

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 16

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Hi i've played Shen solo top for a while now and i think he is great!

I would like to make an guide for people who are intrested in playing him.
All criticism are welcome as long as its constructive.
This is what i have found working great for me and my playstyle.

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Pros And Cons.

    *One of the best CC's in the game(Taunt).
    *Great initator of fights. (Flash + Taunt)
    *Has a Global ulti (can be evry where at once)
    *Great Support Tank Mid to Late game.
    *Game changer in team fights if played well.

    Very item Dependant.
    Team fights are dependant on good use of ure taunt and ulti.
    Must farm alot to be of use Mid/late game.

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Glyphs - (Magic resist: Flat or per lvl) Explanation Shen benefits greatly from these runes as he is a tank. Mr Flat is the safest runes for the early game... But! If u know u wont be needing a high Mr pool early (depending on if u are laning against a Mage or not) i would recommend going for the per lvl ones as they scale good in to the mid and late game.

Seals - (Flat Armor or Hp/lvl) Explanation. Flat Armor is the safest runes in the early game if ure up against a tanky meele dps or an assassin like (Talon, Irelia or Renekton). Otherwise Hp/lvl to make u more tanky in the mid and late game

Marks - (Magic Penetration or Flat Hp) Explanation Mpen synergizes well with Vorpalblades and Flat hp synergizes well with his passive.

Quints - (Hp Reg/5 or Flat Hp) Both are good but expensive. I personally use the Hp Reg/5 as it makes my hp regen crazy good with Dorans sheild.

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Summoner Spells

Summoner spells: Teleport/Flash or Teleport/Ghost.
Explanation: Teleport is needed on Shen. It gives u the possibility to gank other lanes with ure ulti and then get back as fast ure gank is finished to farm.
Flash or Ghost is ure choice. I personally go with flash as it gives me the possibility to initate on the enemy teams Carrys easier.

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Items: Start off with Doran Sheild.

Build priority: Sunfire cape> Mercury Threads or Dodge boots> Aegis> Force of nature> Guardian Angel.
Explanation: Sunfire cape is cheaper then Warmogs and it makes ure taunts more scary :P. No one wanna be near u if ure burning .

Mercury Threads or Ninja Tabi depending on the enemy team Setup. No movment speed boots pls!
Mercury Threads if they have alot of CC. Ninja Tabi if they have alot of ad.

Aegis: To buff ure team and ureself. After all u are a support tank not an assassin.
FoN: Allround good item, Regen/Magic resist against Mages and makes u alot of faster. No squishy can run away now beside maybe (Nidalee).
GA: Last item that makes u the TERROR for any team. Even if they kill u once u get back.. op.

If game goes further then this consider bying Red Pot for 250 gold or some last item depending on the situation. Maybe a Thorn Mail for the lols?

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Skill Sequence

To lvl 6 (Q,E,Q,E,E,R)

Priority: R>E>Q>W

U can take one point in W before lvl 6 if u are under alot of harassment. Otherwise the recommended skill Sequence is the ones above.

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Early game: Farm, gank, Farm, gank, Farm.
Mid game: Fight, Farm, Support when doing dragons/baron excetra.
Late game: Win

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Closing Words

Consider getting Tabi on Shen after all he is a Ninja :DDDD!

This is a short version guide. If u have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below.

Have fun with the ninja!