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League of Legends Build Guide Author Split King

Split King: World Famous Shyvana

Split King Last updated on September 16, 2017
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Threats to Shyvana with this build

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Volibear Shyvana generally has an easy time against low mobility champs that have to fully commit to deal damage. Shyvana beats Volibear in 1v1's even if Volibear is vastly ahead
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Introduction and Video Guide

I am Split King, and I am known for about 3 things, Split Pushing, Late game dominance, and unusual playstyle. I also have a youtube channel that I spend a fair amount of time on

WHY would you want to read my guide? Well because I am Diamond 1, and also one of the best Shyvana players in the world. LolSkill rates me as the 30 best Shyvana in the world (at the making of this guide). But I would like to point out that if you are looking for a guide on how to play Shyvana like everyone else does, this guide is not for you. This is the Split King Way.

The Video Guide works with this written guide to explain everything:
To see my Shyvana in all her glory watch this Clip:
If you want commentary and need to know how to carry in even high elo watch this Clip:


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Summoner Spells

I used to run Exhaust but after Exhaust was nerfed to no longer reduce armor, mr or attack speed, I felt like Flash was a better option. I cannot think of a better choice than Flash right now. It fits perfectly with my new Dragon controller strategy, as it allows me to use Flash around the dragon pit. This is especially important since I will be taking the first dragon much earlier than I get level 6, so Flash is my only escape at this point. See the video guide for further info.


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Why play Shyvana?

Honestly right now there are a quite a few better junglers out there. But Shyvana has not been a weak champion at any point since her release. She stays reliable.

BUT She COULD be the best jungler for YOU!. I mean right now she is the best jungler for me, and there has to be someone out there with a playstyle close to mine. If I can play her this well at the top of the ranked ladder then anyone can atleast get some value out of her.

I encourage you to try her out for a few games, and see how it goes. If you lose 10 out of 10 games then it is time to find another champion that fits you better. But who knows, you might just be the next big Shyvana player. I wish you luck.


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Early Game: Dragon Control

Season 7 left much to be desired for my dear Shyvana. So I went back to the drawing board to see how I could adapt.


Here is the conclusion:
Shyvana is the best dragon slayer in the game and at the same time has a passive that rewards her even further for slaying dragons. That is why I now Specialize in securing dragons for my team. I kill the first dragon at the 3 min mark, and then I keep the dragon supply flowing everytime they spawn.

Let me show you how this wins me games. Imagine the enemy team has a Lee Sin. A jungler that is known for his early game pressure through ganks. Shyvana simply can't keep up with Lee Sin in early ganks. So I must do something different. Just surviving till late game is one way to do it, as my late game Shyvana has the value of 3 Lee Sins. But this method relies too much on my teammates' ability to play defensively.

Let's say Lee Sin has a high impact game and that he has somehow killed or assisted in killing 3 people before the 4 min mark. But then at the 4 min mark, I kill an Infernal Dragon. What does that mean? It means that I now have 5 more armor and magic resist permanently as well as 8% more ad and ap permanently. The rest of my team obviously also have the 8% ad and ap. THAT IS HUGE. If I have a Riven top lane with 100 ad, I just gave her 8 ad by killing the dragon, which is about 300g in value. In other words, I gave my Riven a kill worth of stats simply by slaying the dragon. If I went AFK now, that bonus would eventually be 16 ad when she gets to 200 ad and so on. So killing the dragon essentially is the same as giving my team a TRUCKLOAD of gold. I actually did more by slaying the dragon than Lee did with his 3 kills/assists. This is, however, the best case scenario, when the first dragon is infernal. But the other dragons are quite powerful as well, especially early on. I can consistently get 5 dragons for my team in Diamond Ranked games. That is just HUGE.

Keep in mind that after I hit 6 I start killing people as well.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DO WHEN PLAYING SHYVANA THE WAY I DO, IS THIS: DO NOT DIE EARLY ON. Play Safe, and encourage your team to do the same. I am running scaling runes for a reason. Also, remember that Shyvana can take out the Herald very fast aswell, further helping her team through other means than ganks.


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Mid Game: Adapt

When the Dragon and Herald are dead, it is time to choose a lane you want to dominate. I always adapt my build so it fits with the lane I decide to camp. Example: If the jungler and mid are ad champs, that opens up the botlane for me. I can itemize against physical damage well knowing that if I stick to bot I am well equipped to deal with anything the enemy team throws at me. I could still do this if mid is a mage but then i would have to back off everytime mid is missing.

I rarely camp mid. The lane is short so it is hard to abuse my high movement speed. Also, since it is the center of the map, it is very unpredictable what happens there. Everything goes so to speak.


Essentially: Look at top and bot and decide which one is easier to fight. The choice is often an easy one. Would I rather gank a Tristana and a Janna, or a Rumble? Obivously Rumble, as Tristana and Janna can keep me at bay, Rumble can't. If their jungler is Elise the choice is even better, since I can then go with my Wit's End-Warmogs build and be able to deal with both Rumble and Elise.

If all lanes are very hard to gank, feel free to spend your time counter jungling instead. It is pretty safe after level 6.


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Late Game: Split Push!!!

Late game is simple. Start split pushing and keep split pushing till their nexus is a thing of the past. If you don't know how to split push. Read up on it or play another champion. Not split pushing as Shyvana is a crime against humanity.

I can quickly sum up how to split push:
Put deep wards so you can see the enemy team coming a mile away. If there are too many people to handle, back off. Not entirely, just enough for the enemy team to turn around, and then continue split pushing. (Warmog will ensure that you are always topped off)


If they send only 1 or 2 that you are confident about killing. Well kill them and put their heads on spikes to remind people to stay far away from you.

That is mostly it. In rare cases I intentionally pretend to overextend just to hold back the enemy team for a while, so my team can kill Nashor, take out an inhibitor, kill a dragon, and so on. I do not play for KDA I play to win, and I do not mind dying for the greater good. (if the greater good has something to do with winning)


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What to Max second? Twin Bite vs Flame Breath

Hold your horses I am about to throw math at your face. I would not recommend actually reading it all. I hated doing it. But if you do feel like you want the explanation as to why I max Twin Bite second, feel free to read it. I will sum it up. With this build maxing Twin Bite is far superior to maxing flame breath. MATH DOES NOT LIE



WARNING THERE IS A LOT OF MATH, AND IT IS VERY BORING:

Twin Bite Rank 1:
9 Seconds Cooldown.
140% Damage.

Twin Bite Rank 5:
5 Seconds Cooldown.
200% Damage.

9/5 = 1.8
200/140 = 1.43

1.8*1.43 = 2.574

In other words, Twin Bite Rank 5 deals roughly 260% damage of what Twin Bite Rank 1 does.
So a 160% INCREASE in damage.


Flame Breath Rank 1:
12 Seconds Cooldown
86 Damage.(60 + 30% AD is added as base damage from level 9, for fair calculations)

Flame Breath Rank 5:
8 Seconds Cooldown
260~ Damage

12/8 = 1.5
260/86 = 3

3*1.5 = 4.5

In other words, Flame Breath Rank 5 deals 450% damage of What Flame Breath Rank 1 Deals
so a 350% Increase in damage. Which is vastly more than Twin Bite.

But What if Shyvana is in dragon form? Well, the bonus damage from dragon form does not come from ranking up the skill, but from levels, so Flame breath increases in power
despite not putting points into it. I could do the calculation on that as well but it is pointless as these calculations are not very useful in the real world. They just show how much
each skill increases in power relative to itself with each rank. What we want to know is: Which Shyvana is strongest. The one that has rank 5 Flame Breath or the one that has Rank 5 Twin Bite?

There are a few things to consider:
Twin Bite is Melee single target but can be used on turrets!
Flame Breath is AOE and Ranged, But cannot be used on turrets!
As a Split pusher the turret part is quite important, but since Flame Breath helps in wave clear, so that we get faster to said turret, I would say they are somewhat even in
that aspect. Flame Breath being the winner because it is ranged.

Flame Breath does however not scale nearly as well as Twin Bite does, ESPECIALLY if you run Trinity Force like I do. Further more Twin Bite is greatly amplified by Fervor of Battle.
It benefits more from the stacks AND helps generate stacks faster. Twin Bite also benefits greatly from Bloodrazor, which Flame Breath gets no benefit from at all.

SO MUCH TO CONSIDER! I am however not a fan of guess work. So I will do the math. Math never lies.

When I am done getting my second skill to rank 5, I usually have Trinity Force and Bloodrazor (Deadmans Plate as well, but it does not add any damage to either of the skills.)

I am level 13 when I get Rank 5 in my second skill so I will have 102 base attack damage. I get roughly 8 damage from my Natural Talent mastery at this point, and trinity force gives 25 damage.
With 8 stacks of Fervor of Battle, I get another 48 damage.

I will have 27% Cooldown Reduction at this point.

102+8+48+25 = 183 Attack Damage.

So, Rank 5 Flame Breath will deal
220+0.3*183 = 275 Damage

Every
8*0.73 = 6 Seconds.

Resulting in a DPS of 275/6 = 46
But this is in human form, and Flame Breath is far more powerful in dragon form.

While a dragon, Flame Breath deals 135 more damage on hit as well as leaving an AOE DOT on the ground. 1 Tick of this dot is almost always applied, adding another 95 damage.
Thus, the dps in dragon form is (275+135+95)/6 = 84

(I know that I have not yet taken into account the fact that the on hit damage from Flame Breath is also up more often, but I keep it out for simplicity, simply because a high rank of Twin bite also procs the on hit more often)
ALRIGHT.... Moving on to Twin Bite.

Twin Bite is harder to calculate due to the way it's cooldown works.

The cooldown is 5*0.73 = 3.65 seconds.
But it is also reduced every time I aa.
instead of calculating this, I have simply tested it, and I knock off roughly 1.3 Seconds of the cooldown.
3.65-1.3 = 2.35 Seconds cooldown.

The attack damage is still 183, But there is also 20 on hit damage from burnout.
Bloodrazor also deals 4% of max health damage per hit. The typical level 13 has about 1500 health, but it will obviously be far more powerful on a high health target.
4% of 1500 is 60

Meaning we deal 183+20+60 = 263 Per hit
Twin Bite Attacks Twice, so obviously, it deals 263*2=526 damage.
Resulting in a DPS of 526/2.35 = 224.
Which is FAR greater than the DPS of Flame Breath at rank 5.
and this is without even taking the Spell Blade passive on Trinity force into account!!!
Low cd on Twin Bite means smooth proc rate for Spell blade = very high DPS.

Obviously, the calculations do not stop here. Because when I have rank 5 Flame Breath I still use rank 1 Twin bite for damage and vice versa
So We have to know the DPS of those rank 1 Spells to get the actual difference in Rank 5 Twin Bite and Rank 5 Flame Breath.

Twin Bite Rank 1
9*0.73 = 6.6 Seconds CD
140% damage.
It still hits twice though!

so it deals 183*1.4 = 265 damage.
2*20 + 2*60 = 160
265+160 = 425 damage.

I tested rank 1 cd as well. It gets reduced by exactly 2.5 seconds (5 aa's)
so the cooldown is 6.6-2.5 = 4.1

The DPS is therefore 425/4.1 = 60

Flame Breath Rank 1
12*0.73 = 8.8 Seconds CD
60+0.3*183 = 115

The DPS is therefore 115/8.8 = 13


Twin Bite Rank 5 + Flame Breath Rank 1 DPS:
224+13 = 237

Flame Breath Rank 5 + Twin Bite Rank 1 DPS:
46+60 = 106

Conclusion Twin Bite wins by a land slide. These calculations are without Spell Blade!!!
Twin Bite Rank 5 in human form even beats Flame Breath Rank 5 In dragon form by 93 DPS.

To double test, I have also tested DPS on target dummies.
Rank 5 Twin bite: 900 DPS
Rank 5 Flame Breath: 800 DPS
But target dummy testing should be taken with a grain of salt, they have 10000 hp, so bloodrazor and Flame Breath on hit effect deals waaaay too much damage.