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Tristana Patch 4.12 AD Carry (Statikk Shiv)
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Complexity’s ROBERTxLEE has been playing this build in the NALCS over the past weeks, in week 6 Complexity beat Cloud 9 and after the game he was interview by Phreak. When asked why he used this build he said;
“The components to Statikk Shiv are awful for lane stage, but as soon as you get Statikk Shiv you have the ability to shove. Which synergies well with her Explosive Shot (E), so you can clear out waves almost instantly, before minions even hit. Then you can walk away from lane and farm the jungle. That is how I feel you can avoid Tristana’s weak mid game by accelerating the farming phase”
So by maxing Tristana’s Explosive Shot (E) and rushing Statikk Shiv, this should help you get through that tricky mid game that has caught so many Tristana’s unstuck through the years.
With this build you only need to buy 1 Doran’s Blade, first time back you should normally have 1,400 or so Gold depending on how the initial laning stage goes, go back pick up and Avarice Blade, Dagger and a 2 or 3 pots. This should see you through to the 2,600g benchmark for the Statikk Shiv. You will soon need damage now though to not get out scaled in trading with the enemy ADC, your next item is Inifnity Edge. People will I am sure query why no boots yet, well Tristana’s Rapid Fire (Q) provides you with the required attack speed and her Rocket Jump (W) should be able to get herself out of any sticky situations you might find yourself in.
By this time you will have Statikk Shiv and Infinity Edge, possibly Tier 1 boots. This is where you have to have a look at the current game situation and forecasting the next 10 minutes of the game. You will need to choose between The Bloodthirster and Last Whisper purely on how the game is going. If I am ahead or feeling particulary strong I will continue with more damage and build The Bloodthirster, if the enemy is becoming very tanky then Last Whisper will become more useful. Either way these two items are your next items and try and finish off your boots off during this period when you have the money spare.
By the time you have completed the other items you are in the late game and this is your time. Your last item should be decided on the enemies composition and who is doing well in the game. With experience you will know whether Guardian’s Angel or Banshee’s Veil is more useful. If your getting heavily focused normally Guardian’s Angel is more useful, if they have a lot of poke then Banshee’s Veil can be the right pick up. There is also occasions when Mercurial Scimitar can be a good buy, if the enemy team are all over you the Cleanse can be very useful, but this is very situational. Also being in late game do not forget that if you lose the Guardian’s Angel’s passive the item is not very gold efficient. So if you can sell it for 5 minutes and pick up a Banshee’s Veil it can be a really good idea. You can always sell the Banhsee’s Veil back for a Guardian’s Angel when the 5 minutes have passed.