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RIVEN BUILD GUIDE: S4 Riven = More Broken than her Sword by OhMrSun

by OhMrSun (last updated 9 months ago)

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9
Greater Mark of Attack Damage(+8.55 attack damage)
9
Greater Seal of Armor(+12.69 armor)
9
Greater Glyph of Magic Resist(+12.06 magic resist)
3
Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage(+6.75 attack damage)
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21
9
0
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 0/4
mastery 3 2/4
mastery 4 1/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 3 1/1
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 1/1
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 3 3/3
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 2 1/1
21 Offense
mastery 1 2/2
mastery 2 2/2
mastery 3 0/2
mastery 4 0/2
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 1/1
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/3
mastery 1 0/3
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/4
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 2 0/1
9 Defense
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/3
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/2
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 2 0/1
0 Utility
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Runic Blade
QBroken Wings
WKi Burst
EValor
RBlade of the Exile
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Introduction

My name is OhMrSun. =D
I'm a Platinum 5 Solo Queue player in NA (currently sitting at 1910 elo)
Quick facts: I love the top lane and bruisers. I especially love Garen, Renekton, Shen, Wukong, Shyvana, Jarvan, and of course, Riven.
I've been playing Riven since I started this game (Middle of Season 2), I hold a 61% winrate with her in solo queue out of 77 games. I have a total of around 200 games with Riven. I feel it is not a lot, but adequate enough to pass on some knowledge to incoming Riven players.

Pros: Manaless, innate mobility, high damage early on and good scaling for the rest of the game, low cooldowns, medium risk high reward, wall jumps, decent waveclear, high ad scaling, all ad spells, semi-high skill cap, fun to play.

Cons: melee, squishy, vulnerable to CC, no true gap closer, if behind she is pretty much done since she can't build tank efficiently, all AD so vulnerable to armor stacking, pretty easy playstyle to identify.

When to pick Riven: The jungler is tankier than you are. Your team lacks damage. Your team has a form of initiation that allows you to follow up with your damage. Your team needs a secondary carry. The enemy team doesn't have a lot of CC.

When NOT to pick Riven: The enemy team has a lot of CC. The enemy team has champions that integrate armor into either their builds or their kits. Your team has too many squishy champions. Your team has no adequate follow-up/initiaton. Your team has too many melee champions. Your team has no AP's.

Terms: AD - attack damage, AP - ability power, DPS - damage per second, CS - creep score (killing minions and jungle monsters), carry - the damage dealer of the team that is relied on for the main source of damage in order to kill champions and win games, assassin - a role where killing champions quickly and effectively is your goal, glass cannon - building purely damage items and not tank, CDR - cooldown reduction, MR - magic resist, pen - penetration, bruiser - a champion that acts as primarily a tank and less of a damage dealing role, CC - crowd control, kiting/orbwalking - the act of fending off an enemy champion by autoattacking while moving away from the enemy champion at the same time to gain distance, AD Caster - a champion that relies on spell damage as the main source of damage, in this case attack damage, Trading - exchanging damage with the enemy champion in lane, harass - when a champion hits you with autoattacks and spells in lane to trade, Poke - a champion that uses ranged spells to harass you in or out of lane, All-in - a trade in which you blow all your spells and offensive summoners in order to go for a kill, Gank - when an allied laner or jungler comes with you to catch an enemy by surprise and force fights in which you have the advantage.

Runes

Marks: Flat AD is the way to go on Riven. She has ridiculous AD scaling on all of her spells, including her passive, which can instantly give her a huge edge in laning phase if all of her spells and auto attacks are packing a bigger punch. Also, flat AD makes last hitting easier, allowing you to focus more on trading. Armor Penetration is also very much viable on Riven; Armor Penetration has more impact later on when the enemy has more armor, so early on it might not be as worth it than Flat AD.
Seals: Nothing much to say here, Flat Armor is and has always been the best choice of Seals for every champion.
Glyphs: Flat Magic Resist instantly provides defense against AP's or bruisers that use Magic Damage. It can be replaced for CDR (Cool Down Reduction) Glyphs if you are looking for that more aggressive, glass cannon lane stomp route.
Quints: Flat AD here as well, a total of around 16 flat ad with your marks makes your damage at level 1 incredibly threatening. May substitute for lifesteal quints or armor pen quints.

Masteries

mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 0/4
mastery 3 2/4
mastery 4 1/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 3 1/1
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 1/1
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 3 3/3
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 2 1/1
21 Offense
mastery 1 2/2
mastery 2 2/2
mastery 3 0/2
mastery 4 0/2
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 1/1
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/3
mastery 1 0/3
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/4
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 2 0/1
9 Defense
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/3
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/2
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 2 0/1
0 Utility
Riven is not a tank. She is an assassin that deals massive amounts of damage at all phases of the game. As you go deeper into the offense tree, everything begins to synergize with riven's kit and playstyle. spell weaving and blade weaving are essential to give her a damage boost when she trades with her spell+auto chaining combos. Executioner allows her to kill her enemies faster. The penetration mastery and the flat AD and bonus attack damage masteries scale directly with her spells.

Building 9-21 on Riven would have been better in season 3 where the defense tree was much better than the offense tree and tanky bruisers dominated top lane. However, tanks are not as good in season 4 so far (as pointed out by several pro's on stream)
THEREFORE, 21-9 is the most efficient way to play Riven.

Summoner Sets

Ignite & Flash
Ignite is the best summoner for Riven, it allows her to deal more damage with her combo and allows her to kill enemy champions faster. As Riven is meant to win lane, ignite is your friend. It's ticks are usually what seal the deal on a low level champion that gives you that decisive edge in lane.
Barrier & Flash
Barrier is typically seen in mid-lane Riven, but it is also very much viable. It is typically used against champions with high burst damage (Zed, Syndra, Fizz, Gragas, Ahri, Leblanc, Talon). You lose kill potential, but in the case that an enemy is playing a champion who can outduel and kill you faster, barrier can save your life.

Item Builds

Starting Build(s)
Default/ VS. AP or Ranged
VS. Early AD
5
Guaranteed Lane Stomp
Confident to Apply Early Pressure
3
Neutral or Sustain Lane
5
All In
3
VS. Poke
4
Default: Dorans Shield is by far the best top lane start when the outcome of the laning phase is unknown to you, or if you are against magic damage dealing champions early on. It is also one of the best doran's starts at the moment, 100 hp and a basic attack block is huge at level 1.
VS AD: Cloth 5 vs early AD (Renekton, Fiora, Garen, Wukong etc)
Dorans Blade: Buy this if you are looking to kill your lane opponent by outdamaging him early, vs champions like Kha'Zix, Fizz, Tryndamere or anyone who wants to all in cheese you first (taken from VoyBoy)
Sustain Lane: Rejuv Bead 5 Pots is a lane you want when you know your goal is to rush Ravenous Hydra. It gives ridiculous sustain early and is perfect against a farm lane like singed shen or nasus where you want to be constantly wave clearing to push out your opponent while not losing any HP for it.
Fort Pot: This is a very risky buy. If you don't get anything out of it, then it's an essentially wasted consumable. Get this at your own risk.
Long Sword: This is one of the more aggressive starts. It gives you a damage start at the cost of sustain and defense stats. It is a very flexible item that builds into a plethora of items for Riven, but since its cost was nerfed you can afford more HP Pots for the sustain.
Boots: VS Poke (Nidalee for example) dodge skillshots.
Final Build(s)
Standard Final Items
This is a typical Riven set-up.
CDR Boots are the default Riven boots, she is an AD caster and her purpose is to get off as many spells as she can to maximize her damage and mobility, while chaining in with her auto attacks.
Hydra gives sustain and damage, while her active synergizes nicely with her combo. It gives waveclear as well and has a lot of uses that will be explained further into the guide.
Last Whisper is the Penetration Item to-go on Riven. It shreds tanks and squishies alike, and it is better than Black Cleaver in most scenarios (explained in situational builds as well).
Build Order
A basic Riven build. NOT SET IN STONE.
Read Situational Items for explanations.

Situational Items

The Brutalizer
Everything Brutalizer gives synergizes on Riven. Flat AD, Armor Pen, and CDR. So why isn't it a core item? Simply because of how the laning phase can be. If you are behind, never build this item after you have died and based vs a stronger opponent. You never want to build damage over tankiness against a stronger enemy laner. Even though Riven is not meant to be a tank, you have to substitute in lifesteal items or defense in order to have some impact later on or to stop dying.
IF your lane is either stable or in your favor, crush your enemy laner with this thing.
Kindlegem
I learned about this item after watching Faker play around with it in NA solo queue. The goal on Riven later in the game is to always have 40% CDR, in order to use her spells more and drastically reduce all her move's cooldowns.
Faker always gets Ionian Boots, Brutalizer, and Kindlegem + the 4% from masteries in order to nearly cap 40% CDR. It's cheap, but it gets the job done with low tier items.
Build this thing after your core set if you wish to hit that 40% cdr.
Mercurial Scimitar
This thing is super situational. It's so goddamn expensive that I'd rather get a hexdrinker most of the time vs MR. However, if the enemy has a gamechanging CC (Malzahar Vi Skarner Warwick Urgot) get yourself a Quiksilver Sash as soon as you can. CC is Riven's biggest enemy. It ruins her flow of damage output and this is one of the only ways to stop it.
The Bloodthirster
A common debate is the BT vs. Hydra pickup for Riven's core. BT gives 100 damage if you farm it up, which is the biggest damage spike for Riven. You want to get this when you know your job is to kill nothing but champions. Not creeps, but champions.
You want to build hydra when you are behind in lane or need the waveclear vs enemies like singed or nasus who can push you to your tower or who you can force into theirs. It's active is extremely useful and it's sustain is also much better. It doesn't give the same potential damage as a BT but it's AoE is useful if a teamfight gets really clumped. Overall, Hydra is the better choice. You sacrifice 25 damage for insane sustain, waveclear, and potential damage in teamfights. Hydra's active can also reset your spell channels which can let you unleash your combo quicker.
Guardian Angel
GA is pretty much one of the only times you want a defensive item on Riven. It is a carry's security. You want to buy this as soon as you start becoming a noticeable threat, because if the enemy knows they have to kill you they will use those huge CC spells or ults to delete you from a fight. Use this to give yourself some backup and relieve pressure from either yourself or your own teammates.
Frozen Mallet
Its changes in late season 3 made this thing really bad compared to tri-force. however, Riven doesn't get triforce. Get this for some guaranteed bruiser stats and some permaslows if you are having trouble sticking to an enemy carry or if your team lacks CC.
Randuin's Omen
This thing is one of the best defensive items in the game vs ADC's. The active and passive spells nothing but front-line. You reduce enemy AD carries' potential from killing you and you slow them down for the rest of your team. Like a thornmail, get this if you are going to be soaking up some AD and basic attacks for your team.
Hexdrinker
This is super useful early on in the game vs magic damage. Get it vs AP matchups or champions with a lot of burst magic damage. It's upgrade, Maw of Malmortius, is shit though. Don't upgrade it unless it is your 6th item. Get this thing vs champions like singed, kennen, leblanc, fizz, or anything that uses a lot of magic damage or burst.
The Black Cleaver
Black Cleaver used to be very core on Riven. However, it's nerfs and gold efficiency make it subpar to Last Whisper. Get this as an upgrade to Brutalizer if your team can UTILIZE it's armor shred, as in your team has a lot of AD to make use of its passive. It is usually a bad idea to first buy this item as well (it's like buying liandries first, just don't do it).
Spirit Visage
Upgrade to kindlegem and meant for tankier rivens. Its 20% CDR is also a great help if you want that CDR cap. However, she can't use it like other tanky bruisers that have innate lifesteal or health regen moves. Merc Scim GA or Hexdrinker are usually bought more for MR because Riven is a carry, not a tank.
Ionian Boots of Lucidity
Ionian boots are usually the core because the 15% CDR is huge on Riven. However, boot choices are always fickle depending on the game flow.
Mercury Treads: VS. Magic Damage early and for the tenacity against CC.
Ninja Tabi: VS. Heavy AD in lane and auto-attack reliant AD's.
Zephyr
A lot of people don't see this on Riven, but more on auto attack reliant champions. However, Zephyr gives so many stats that benefit Riven that I buy it if I am ahead sometimes. You get tenacity that makes up for the lack of mercury treads. You get flat ad, 10% cdr, and 10% movespeed, which is the highest on any item in the game. the 50% attack speed isn't really that useful on riven, but if she is split pushing it helps her take out towers quicker. Pretty awesome stats, I like to buy it as a replacement for boots if the game drags on that long.
Thornmail
VS AD carries that auto attack, like vayne or tryndamere in lane. also good against double or triple AD (vayne top quinn mid caitlyn bot or something like that).
Youmuu's Ghostblade
Youmuu's should only be built if you are absolutely stomping the game and you want to kill things faster. It doesn't have much synergy with Riven's kit and is better suited for melee ad carries.

Skill Order

Player Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Runic Blade
QBroken Wings
WKi Burst
EValor
RBlade of the Exile
Broken Wings- Maxing it has the greatest damage potential.
Maxing Valor second is huge because you can abuse its 2 second downtime with 40% CDR and its shield is useful for negating damage in trades early on.
Max Ki Burst last because its stun time never scales up with levels and it's damage is nothing compared to Q.

Skills

Runic Blade
This is basically a mini-Sheen. You cast a spell, it gives you extra damage on your next autoattack. Riven's playstyle is very unique; she trades in lane by chaining autoattacks with spell casts to maximize her passive's damage boost. This combined with her skills makes her one of the highest damage champions early game, and why she hits like a truck as she gets more items.
Broken Wings
Riven's bread and butter skill. It gives Riven mobility by moving her forward in whatever direction you want, damaging enemies in front of you. It's 3rd cast knocks UP enemies into the air in a wider radius. It gives her a form of hard CC starting level 1. This spell is the reason why Riven is so scary in the laning phase.
You want to trade in lane at level 1 with Q+auto+Q+auto+Q+auto.
Ki Burst
This is Riven's CC move, its more for the Stun than the damage.
You want to use this to cancel enemy spell channels, to screw up an enemies' combo, and to set up for the jungler to gank.
Valor
This is one of the most broken spells in the game at the moment. It gives Riven a shield and moves her forward in the direction she is facing. It scales +1.0 AD, which means if she buys a bloodthirster with 100 AD, her shield gets an extra 100 AD. If she has CDR, she can use it every 2 seconds granted that her shield doesn't break before that. It makes her super slippery and deceptively tanky. With a full build she can easily have a 500 Damage blocking shield every 2 seconds.
Blade of the Exile
Her ult is a steriod and a Nuke. It increases her attack range and her spell ranges on W and Q, and it is an execute nuke similar to that of garen's but Riven's is an AoE skillshot. It is used to finish off carries and increase her damage potential in teamfights or skirmishes.

Champion Matchups

Aatrox
Difficulty
Favors You
Aatrox is one of the few champions that possesses a very strong early game. His passive is a free GA and his W damage can hit hard early on. However, you want to zone him so he can't lifesteal and if he tries to kill a creep use the Q auto combo at level 1. Get E at level to to block his Q, E, or enhanced W burst. This lane is not hard at all for Riven, you are more aggressive and deal more damage than aatrox. all starts are viable.
Akali
Difficulty
Favors You
Akali's damage pre-6 is laughable, but it doesn't mean you can just play recklessly. Zone him with your combo and block his Q with your E. Do not let him auto attack you after he marks you with Q. Focus on getting a jungler's help to permanently shut out this assassin for the rest of the laning phase. all starts are viable, don't get cloth armor.
Chogath
Difficulty
Favors You
Cho'Gath is not tanky at levels 1-5 and his damage is nothing compared to yours. However, he has a lot of sustain and good CC and burst if it lands. Work to zone him from lifestealing use your superior spell mobility to dodge his rupture. Try not to get too low or take free harass or you will be killed from his R. His ult does true damage, so MR is not entirely useful. You might need HP in order to combat true damage. all starts are viable, but don't get cloth armor.
Darius
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
Darius is still a bully even after his nerfs. If you go up for a cs, shield his Q and do not take damage from the outer part of his decimate. You may even need to start with E in order to mitigate his harass damage. Call for the jungler to help because this one is entirely a skill matchup. Do not let him get 5 stats of hemorrhage or his dunk will destroy you. consider either 5 pots and rejuv bead, dorans shield, cloth armor, or fort pot.
Diana
Difficulty
Favors You
Diana's damage isn't too spectacular early on in comparison to Riven. Work to outdamage her throughout the laning phase and trade when she goes for cs. consider hexdrinker and some lifesteal, and work to bully her in lane.
Elise
Difficulty
Favors You
Elise is a terror in the top lane for most melee champions. However, Riven is one of the few melees that can deal with elise without getting bullied in lane. Her shield can block the brunt of neurotoxin. Riven deals more damage in trades and can maneuver around Elise's skillshots. Make sure you E every neurotoxin or she will hit you hard. consider a hexdrinker if you are having trouble. get a dorans shield start.
Fiora
Difficulty
Favors You
Fiora is always seen as a troll pick, but she her early game damage is incredibly high. Her Riposte gives her a flat AD bonus and her lunge auto lunge auto is a lot of burst, much like riven. You want to zone her from regening with her passive and you want to get a lead level 1, as your combo outdamages hers. Consider cloth armor. This is entirely a skill matchup and her scaling as an ad carry gives her a slighter edge later in the game.
Fizz
Difficulty
Favors You
Fizz deals a lot of damage with his Q W E. however, his level 1 is very bad, so try to give yourself the lead with a Q auto combo. buy a hexdrinker for his fish. if he gets jungler help, he will roam and kill everything on the map, so be careful of that. start aggressive build or dorans shield.
Galio
Difficulty
Favors You
galio is good against mages. not full AD riven. he is also slow and is melee. bully him straight from the start, and dodge his Q poke.
Gangplank
Difficulty
Favors You
GP's level 1 is ridiculous, his passive and Q hit deceptively hard. Do not risk trading him early at level 1, you may damage him but he can easily return it with his own trades. However, as soon as riven hits level 2 it's a free win for riven. he will never catch up to you in terms of damage. you can E his Q and you can q auto combo him to victory. fairly easy lane once you get your E level 2. any start is viable, work to deny him farm and kill him in lane.
Garen
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
This is by far Riven's biggest counter as a melee. He trades evenly with Riven's damage but he is tankier and has sustain. Riven doesn't have this survivability. His silence completely disrupts Riven's combo, leaving her open for spin to win. E his Q's and farm it out. Call for the jungler because he will be the one zoning you. He is very similar to darius, but riven can kill darius faster than she can kill a garen. Build ninja tabi and consider a defensive item like randuins or sunfire, and hydra. Do not take free harass and try to farm under turret. This guy is a monster. However, while Garen has the better tools vs riven, it is still a skill matchup.
Gragas
Difficulty
Favors You
gragas's ability to farm at a distance while poking is a pain in the ass. he is also very strong against melee champions. try to get a lead level 1 with q auto, and do not waste time trying to chase him without a jungler. you can zone him early, but once he gets mana and cdr for his Q, you are at the mercy of his poke and disengage in the midlane.
Irelia
Difficulty
Favors You
Irelia must farm out to level 9. Irelia outscales Riven later on so Riven must work to kill and deny her CS. You can openly trade her levels 1-5. Work to shut her down. Her damage is low early and she needs items to get going. She is very similar to Jax. Start a more aggressive build if you want to shut her down, but anything works in this matchup. Brace yourself when her Hiten Style starts giving her damage.
Jax
Difficulty
Favors You
Jax is a better version of Irelia, and one of the best top laners at the moment. His kit is much more versatile and he outscales Riven. His level 2 with leap strike and W is also strong, but he runs out of mana spamming his combo and is susceptible levels 1-5. Level 6 is jax's power spike so work to zone him and kill him before he hits that mark. Build aggressive in order to overtake him in trades. Stun him in place when he Q + E's you and valor away from his stun radius. then walk back in and use the Q+ auto to punish him. A good jax is a nightmare.
Jayce
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
Jayce is a pain in the asshole. The nerfs to his Gate and Tear have made him less popular, but the fact that he is ranged makes him no fun to play against. He can knock you away, rendering your combo useless. If he strays too close, make sure you damage him or he will zone you out in the lane. You outdamage him in a full trade though, so make sure you can force trades, because jayce will be zoning you in lane for free. Your best bet is a cloth armor start.
Karma
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
Karma has a lot of utility, CC, poke, and kiting potential. It is very hard to reach karma. You can all in her at level 1, but once she gets all her spells it is very hard to touch her. Start Doran's shield or an aggressive build. her damage is also very high and unpredictable due to mantra. Call for the jungler to give yourself a lead.
Kassadin
Difficulty
Favors You
Kassadin in the midlane is a cakewalk for Riven. You can negate his Q with your E, and you certainly outdamage and zone him with no difficulties. Do not let him roam though, work to shut him out of the game for good. start aggresive build.
Katarina
Difficulty
Favors You
kat poke is quite annoying and she is deceptively strong before 6. block her q's with your E and when she goes for minions start trading her with your superior combo. when she ults on you make sure to stun her with either Q or W. This lane is similar to the Akali lane.
Kayle
Difficulty
Favors You
Kayle is strong vs many melees, but not so much against Riven. Riven's mobility is enough to chase and outdamage kayle since she is very fragile. work to block her Q's with your E and turn back in with your W and Q in order to punish her for trying to zone you. Be careful of her ult blocking your R, try to outplay it and force it whenever you can. Start doran's shield because she is still a pain in the ass.
Kennen
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
This lane is a skill matchup, but the edge goes to kennen for his range and cc. even if you negate q poke with E, he still applies mark of the storm and can quickly stun you to interrupt your combo or trade freely. force his lightning rush whenever you can and use that window to force him back or inflict damage. call for a jungler if needed, get dorans shield, lifesteal, and hexdrinker if needed.
Khazix
Difficulty
Favors You
Kha'Zix's level 1 is extremely powerful, but Riven has a slight damage edge. however, Kha'zix's Q is on such a low cooldown that he can use it more than Riven can shield it before trading back. only approach the creepwave with Q or E up. try to kill him early because he is very squishy and cannot handle an all in. build cloth or aggressive damage starts. be careful of his isolation damage, stay near creeps and fight with them.
Leesin
Difficulty
Favors You
Lee Sin has one of the strongest level 3 combos in the game, next to xin zhao and udyr. level 1 you outtrade lee sin, but levels 2-3 he gets the upper hand. try to force him to trade earlier and do not let him lifesteal off creeps. Build cloth or hydra vs lee, he will most likely do the same thing.
Lissandra
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
lissandra top is very strong vs melees, but like elise, she is vulnerable once riven closes the distance and uses her combo. Work to E her poke and trade as often as you can. chunking lissandra is easier said than done though. she can interrupt your combo with her W and move out with her E. build a doran's shield and early lifesteal or a hexdrinker.
Malphite
Difficulty
Favors You
Malphite is said to be a counter to riven, but you always outdamage him and he makes every lane a farm lane. She can E his burst and chip away at him faster than he can restore his shield. Invest in a last whisper and early sustain against malphite.
Masteryi
Difficulty
Favors You
Master Yi's level 1 with wuju style and double strike hits hard, so trading level 1 might not be the best. however, you will outdamage him levels 1-5, but he outscales you as an ad carry. work to zone him and kill him in lane. build aggressive with sustain, cloth armor is useless vs true damage from wuju style.
Nasus
Difficulty
Favors You
A misconception is that Riven is the counter to Nasus. However, riven cannot stop nasus from farming and outscaling. He can easily farm under turret and build a glacial shroud or sunfire/randuins to stop most of your damage. also, he has a ton of lifesteal. you must shut him down early and pressure him continuously, or he will eventually outduel you and kill your entire team. call for the jungler to kill him, and build hydra to shove him into turret. get a last whisper for his inevitable armor stacking. the lane goes to Riven, but in an extended laning phase Nasus will gain control over Riven.
Nidalee
Difficulty
Favors You
nidalee is a pain in the ass top and mid. if you ever manage to close the gap though, nidalee is as good as dead if she isn't level 6. buy boots to dodge her spears or a dorans shield if she is top lane.
Olaf
Difficulty
Favors You
Olaf is quite strong this patch, and is starting to come back to life. He has always been one of the best duelists in the game, but Riven is still stronger than him at the moment in terms of damage output. Dodge his Q poke with E and shield his reckless swings. be careful not to fight him while he is low without your execute. build hydra and hp vs his true damage.
Pantheon
Difficulty
Favors You
pantheon's damage is ridiculous if he ever gets a lead. you want to start E in order to mitigate harass. however, your kit outscales his drastically, and your all in is much better if he doesn't have heartseeker strike leveled. try to gank him early as he has no escapes as well. go for an all in build or cloth armor. trying to farm in a lane with pantheon is not going to happen so you have to be able to answer back when he trades with you.
Poppy
Difficulty
Favors You
poppy is a god late game, on the level of carries like jax. However, her early game is weaker so deny her with your aggression and build to shut her out early. poppy's passive makes her very tanky and her ult can make her a godly duelist, so make sure the jungler can help to shut her down early.
Rammus
Difficulty
Favors You
rammus top requires nothing but constant pressure. force him to waste mana on taunts and ball curls and stun him in place before he can powerball into you. work towards armor shredding through black cleaver and last whisper. try to kill him as early as possible.
Renekton
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
renekton is very similar to garen. he bullies just like riven but has sustain and is innately tanky. he can turn any lane into a skill matchup. he is hard to bring down and the only opportunity for that is level 1 where you have a slight window to force him out of lane. call the jungler to kill him early or renekton will steamroll riven in lane just by building tanky. when renekton is below 50% hp he can become deceptively strong since his fury builds up faster. do not trade with him when he has 50% fury. a fury empowered ruthless predator will chunk you very hard, so when trading against renekton E in first in order to block either his Q or his W.
Rengar
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
rengar's damage is relentless and must be killed as soon as possible. he has low cd's like riven but his burst comes quicker than riven's does. E his bola strikes and Q's and disengage if he ever lands one. make sure to establish bush control over rengar or he can farm and trade easily with you. start cloth and work towards hydra vs rengar. the fact that he is such a monster at deleting champions in solo queue make him a big threat to riven. DO NOT trade with rengar if he has at least 4 passive stacks; he can combo you and hit you with an empowered Q or W, which makes trading vs rengar difficult.
Rumble
Difficulty
Favors You
rumble is extremely vulnerable to riven, but once he is level 4 he can start fighting back. nevertheless, riven can easily zone rumble with her combo and block his lackluster damage early on with E. he is easy to kill early on , but his ult is more useful throughout the game. you must not be scared of rumble in this matchup, but you can't underestimate his damage. build a dorans shield and work towards a hexdrinker.
Ryze
Difficulty
Favors You
ryze top used to be good, but after the nerfs he is not very strong, especially vs top lane riven. riven can bully him around and negate his poke with E, so riven should have an easy time in this lane. build aggressive to keep him out of the game.
Shen
Difficulty
Favors You
shen is an automatic farm lane, and the lane is fairly even since no one will die unless the jungler comes. block his ki strikes with your E and try to make sure he can't lifesteal. his level 2 with taunt q and ki strike hurts so try to make him low starting level 1. stun him and prevent him from ulting to his teammates and push his tower down or riven will be stuck in top lane while shen can ult around the map.
Shyvana
Difficulty
Favors You
shyvana top is very strong in the jungle, but against riven she cannot outtrade her compared to how she is in the jungle. zone her since neither of you have lifesteal and try not to die vs shyvana, or she can instantly get the lead with just 1 kill. she is a monster duelist later on and will outscale, so use levels 1-5 to shut her down. shyvana is mostly magic damage so consider early mr or some sustain.
Singed
Difficulty
Favors You
riven will always outtrade singed but his proxy guarantees farm and he will outscale later on. walk with your creep wave level 1 to make sure he doesnt proxy. all in him at level 1 because he cannot hope to fight you. make sure you establish lane dominance early or he will outscale you and overtake your usefulness later on. build hexdrinker for mr and hydra for waveclear if he gets to proxy.
Sion
Difficulty
Favors You
whether its ap or ad sion, he is still a strong champion that cannot be taken lightly. he will likely start W level 1 to stop some of your burst, so try to outtrade him throughout the laning phase with your combo and call for the jungler to shut him down. consider hexdrinker if sion builds ap.
Syndra
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
syndra mid is brutal. if you ever get the opportunity to close the gap, you will outtrade her, but she can knock you back. get the jungler to set up a kill and hexdrinker is a must in this lane. once she gets blue and a grail she can spam Q on you until you fall over. she might go zhonyas early as well. she is just as op as riven is in this patch; a flavor of the month as well.
Teemo
Difficulty
Favors You
Teemo is Satan, but he can't fight riven before he gets shrooms. E his blind and try to stay away from his harass. try to all in him with the jungler because you will never catch him once he gets W and R. get a hexdrinker and sustain for this lane.
Trundle
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
trundle is one of the best duelists in the game. every spell is either a steriod or cripples the enemy's damage output or defenses. i've played against trundles where i've gotten leads but once he uses agony, i'm dead. you must get a jungler to help you kill this guy. once he gets a triforce he can possibly outdamage you. you must outtrade him and play this lane very skillfully. if not then the lane becomes a pain in the ass to deal with. build to all in him early or sustain against him with hydra. block his Q's with E and use the third leap of broken wings to jump over his pillar.
Udyr
Difficulty
Favors You
udyr's early game is strong, but once you have all your spells you can outtrade him. beware of his double tiger, in which he can apply 2 DoT's of tiger stance consecutively. call for the jungler to help you get a lead in lane and back off when udyr starts to bear stance towards you with your E, and Q's if necessary. once bear stance is wasted you can outtrade him.
Urgot
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
Topgot is misunderstood, but it's easy to tell that he is a bully in lane. he is incredibly tanky, he is ranged, and he has his acid hunter + autos for strong early game damage. however, he is easy to gank so a jungler's help dictates this lane. try to dodge his E and block his q's with E and run out of range if he gets his lock-on. most of the time he will outtrade you, but try to make him waste mana and then go in to trade with him. build armor pen items earlier since urgot has his W and glacial shroud.
Vayne
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
vayne is the biggest ADC counter to riven (according to VoyBoy). her lack of true gap close means that vayne can tumble and knock her back, which wastes riven's combo while making her open to vayne's chase and silver bolts. once you close the gap though, you can melt vayne. you have to burn her condemn and use the bushes to prevent her from getting free autos on you, and then come at her while her condemn is down. call the jungler to shut her down early.
Vladimir
Difficulty
Favors You
Vladimir's biggest melee counter is Riven. Vladimir must scale up, but he is a sitting duck vs Riven's trades. After a hexdrinker, you can build straight damage to deny vladimir and kill him over and over again. you must deny him or he will outscale riven later on.
Volibear
Difficulty
Favors You
volibear has strong damage with his W, and his passive makes him a good duelist. all-ins early may not work, but throughout the laning phase you can outdamage volibear easily. he is very good at setting up jungler ganks though, and is hard to itemize against since he does physical and magic damage. get sustain try to go even or zone him out. he's more threatening as a jungler.
Warwick
Difficulty
Favors You
warwick's damage is no match for riven's early on. but once he gets ult he can set up kills for any jungler. get a qss for his ult and the MR, and build to outtrade and sustain vs warwick. block his Q's with his E, though it is hard to predict.
Xinzhao
Difficulty
Favors You
xin zhao's early game is very strong, and his damage can go even with riven's. try to get a jungler to help shut him down early. xin zhao's playstyle is very one dimensional, so try to force him into unfavorable situations by freezing lane or making him open to jungle ganks. you will eventually outscale him if he builds tank.
Yorick
Difficulty
Favors You
in a 1v1, you must force yorick to spend all his mana and use the bushes to prevent his ghouls from applying their lifesteal or slows on you. use your E to block yorick's ghouls and do not trade him when all his ghouls are up. a level 1 trade is possible only if yorick doesnt take omen of famine first, or he can most likely lifesteal it back. build sustain for this lane in the form of hydra to quickly clear waves and ghouls because he will push you to tower and try to zone you. call for the jungler to kill him and you will outscale inevitably.
Zac
Difficulty
Favors You
zac's early game is no match for riven. be sure to contest his blobs and shield his Q early on. trade him often with your Q auto harass and chip away at his health to prevent him from getting near creeps. invest in early magic resist since he will most likely get sorc shoes haunting guise for the double magic pen. his teamfight presence is better so it is up to you to deny him early.
Zed
Difficulty
Favors You
zed is strong at all levels of the laning phase, but your level 1 is stronger by a little. once zed hits level 2 his trades become very strong; it is mostly a skill matchup. get cloth armor or build aggressive to kill him faster, and get barrier depending on preference. his level 6 is as strong as, if not stronger than yours.

Early Game

Riven is a beast early game. She only has trouble with few champions from the start (Garen Renekton Rengar Vayne). You want to be getting an advantage as soon as you and the enemy walks into lane. Riven's level 1 is one of the highest damaging combos in the game. Vs a melee, say Wukong, you want to Q, Auto, Q, Auto, Q, Auto when he goes for a creep. He will either A. Lose the cs and back off or B. take a lot of damage for the gold. You always want to look for opportunities to outtrade your opponent when he goes for CS. Use your E to mitigate damage from high damage nukes in trades (master yi alpha strike, darius decimate, garen decisive strike, etc). If you can, call your jungler to help you get that early lead in the game. Riven is very good at setting up kills with two forms of hard cc and a lot of damage and mobility. Riven also has one of the strongest snowballing potentials in the game, but as a drawback she also gets very behind if she dies in lane.

Mid Game

Riven scales very well at all phases in the game. Her damage never falls off if she isn't behind. At this point, a Riven player would want to either stay in lane if ahead to deny the enemy, or roam and look for counterjungle opportunities or 1v1 duels against enemies. If behind, she would want to stay in lane and farm in order to maintain usefulness later on. You want to be with an ally that provides backup in the form of an initiate or a CC so that you can have an easier time killing other champions. Riven is one of the best skirmishers so you want to be looking for those 2v2s in jungle or dragon encounters with your other allies.

Late Game

Riven split pushes decently, but she doesn't push like a fiora or tryndamere. You want to be denying enemy vision and catching out champions and quickly deleting them with your damage. You should be grouping to look for Baron or deeper turrets.

Teamfights

If you have a teammate like lissandra or malphite, you want to follow up after they have initiated so you can go for priority carries. You never want to waste your damage on a tank unless your team lacks initiation or your team gets initiated on. If your team gets initiated on, you want to stay with your team and help kite back or peel for the carry by stunning the enemy disruptors. You can't just bomb it into the backline; Riven is squishy and lacks a true gap closer, so CC is her main enemy. If your AD carry is fed, protect him. If their AD carry is fed and there is an opening, delete him from the fight.

Conclusion

Currently, Riven is one of the strongest solo queue champions at ALL elos. She is currently very powerful and her ban and pick rates have increased lately ever since it was brought out at LCS, World Championships, and in High Solo Queue by a lot of players. She also received buffs due to the mastery tree and the decline in the role of tankier champions. The Best Riven NA tournament also brought her more recognition. I wouldn't be surprised if she gets nerfed next patch; she is too abusive at the moment. Famous or High Level Riven players include: BoxBox, Best Riven NA, ZionSpartan, MegaZero, VoyBoy, Nien, Hai, Bjergsen, Azurlite, BobQinXD, Faker.

This is meant to be a quick rundown of how Riven works. It is not at all comprehensive or in depth. I also want to point out that all my information is not entirely credible. I am only Plat 5, if you want really in depth learn from a pro player or more competent Riven player (such as the players i listed above). Pro streamers to watch in order to learn more about the game: bjergsen, scarra, theoddone, voyboy, dyrus

"Dunno, delete Riven from game? Tired of playing against her." -Alex Ich in a very recent interview from this week (Hence my guide's title) http://www.newsoflegends.com/index.php/interview-with-alex-ich-i-think-jungle-is-the-most-important-role-2-14095/

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December 3, 2013 - 01:51 AM #1

Please read the following http://www.solomid.net/guide/view/35596 , and remove the season 4 from your title/guide. It's not season 4 for several months.

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