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League of Legends Build Guide Author armadillus

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armadillus Last updated on August 29, 2011
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Team 1

Ability Sequence

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Brute Force
Improved Rally

Offense: 24

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 6

Expanded Mind
Blink of an Eye
Mystical Vision
Presence of the Master

Utility: 0

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This build should be tried only by advanced shen players or you will fail but feel free to try it is just a harder build than others.

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The seals I inserted Armor Do not take armor take ENERGY REGEN RUNES seals they are called
Greater seal of meditation

Same for quintessences do not take HP ones Take the ENERGY REGEN ONES

they are called the same Greater quintessence of Meditation

Sorry if i was misleading but did not find any energy regen runes here in moba

And why do i take those energy runes? i tell you

Shen's energy regen is about 10 per 5 sec with these runes you reach 10 energy regen per 5 sec so you double the rate of regen

Plus take blue and you can spam how much you pls and want

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With these runes as shen you always take 3 or 4 bloods on your own and no ks (in my opinion ks does not exist but the merit of the kil yes). Choose these with 2 important summoner spells i will arrive to them.

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Summoner spells

Exhaust - Read it and apply the mastery and you will see how efficient also this helps too much in teamfights

Ignite - Really important

So i chose these two because i want some early kills and assists for this build which costs a lot. How?

Take a crystal to boost ki strike take vorpal first.

Here is the burst combo you will apply for first kill this takes skill and practice tough

Clairvoyance let them focus your pal (he must not be squishy) fr only half a sec then exhaust their squishy - ii) vorpal iii)ki strike iv) ignite v) last vorpal to finish the job

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I choose crystal to enhance ki strike and t rush spirit visage

What makes this build unique if you find it so is just spirit visage and i recommand to keep it to last of game WHY?

i) Synergy with vorpal
ii) Cooldown 10 percent is cool
iii) As a tank you will have tons of energy regen this will enhance them calculate the extra amount of regen you will get
iv)Early hp regen and early mr
v) you get it fast and easy

Mercury no doubt really good especially for the escape i escaped singed slows and annie stuns a lot with few hp thanks to this wonderful item - never skip it
Also mr love it consider nothing else unless the enemy team is all ad or dps get ninja tabi but unless this happens mercury is your bet

I pretty much dislike warmog a lot but i tried after spirit visage and mercury and gave great results but you must give a lot of assists and take one or two kills to make for cost. Also you must be good at split pushing to farm hp.

Now this depends
but i found Fon and thornmail are really effective and as last randuin

But these are situational depend on team you must coordinate your mr and armor according to team

Now you might be asking then why did you add hextech ? go to situational items.

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Situational Items

The first 3 items must remain in that order but the next 3 not.

If the other team offers high physical damage you should go

If the other team is filled with magic and few or nothing physical (lets assume they have one dps at least and lets assume he is yi) get
Sunfire/thorn - depending on what opponent yi will get

Sometimes if you have a free slot - you do not need it for tanking generally last item at min 40 or 50 depends get one of these two items

Hextech- look at stats and you will realise it will make you more tanky more efficent and deal a lot more damage and slow


Nashors tooth - attac speed yes please
ap more yes pls
But the most is the cooldown which great - remeber you also would have 10 from spirit visage and about 5 from glyphs. Overall should not get over 40 percent cooldown which is limit then would be waste.

By THE way 40 percent cooldown on shen reduce his VB cool to about 1.7 not exactly but something like that and with blue and energy regen runes its pretty spammable.

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Skill sequence

1st q
2nd e
3rd w

The rest i leave it to you and your playstyle

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Farming should never be a problem with energy regen runes you can lasy hit with vorpal even when under pressure even when solo with ki strike and vorpal you can last hit under tower safely or from a short distance and still avoid harassment.

Another farming technique lategame is using feint going in middle of wave get attacked continuously and spam ki strike with lots of vorpal but do it near your tower and always notice energy bar

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Ranked Play

Never tried this build in ranked. Also I still think it has a bit of work to be done in it but i won 5v5 normal for 5 times with good results which is not that common with shen.