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SHACO BUILD GUIDE: The last of the Shaco guides by Wereshrew

by Wereshrew (last updated 11 months ago)

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Greater Mark of Attack Damage(+8.55 attack damage)
9
Greater Seal of Armor(+12.69 armor)
7
Greater Glyph of Attack Speed(+4.48% attack speed)
3
Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage(+6.75 attack damage)
2
Greater Glyph of Attack Damage(+0.56 attack damage)
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Starting

5

Full Item Build

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22
8
0
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 4/4
mastery 3 0/4
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 1/1
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 3 3/3
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 1/1
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 2 1/1
22 Offense
mastery 1 2/2
mastery 2 0/2
mastery 3 0/2
mastery 4 2/2
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/1
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
8 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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Player Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Backstab
QDeceive
WJack In The Box
ETwo-Shiv Poison
RHallucinate
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Introduction

Hello, my name is Wereshrew. I am a Diamond 1 Shaco main with over 800 games played. I hope this guide can help!!

I'm an avid gamer and a winner of multiple contests/tournaments/etc.

Here is google's video on my most notable accomplishment aired on the 2012 superbowl: [vid=http://vimeo.com/50254448]

I've decided to pick up Shaco in League of Legends this year and I've studied and tried my best to master his skillset. I now have over 800 ranked games under my belt (currently D1).

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Runes

So, in the past I used to go standard atk speed yellows and blues; however, with the new jungle, you'll really need the armor runes to live longer.

I get 2 Glyphs of Atk damage because it'll give you another point of AD (it would take another 4 to do another).

This will give you a nice looking 13 armor/16 phys damage/ 4.5% atk speed (the armor and atk damage round up :p ).

Masteries

mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 4/4
mastery 3 0/4
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 1/1
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 3 3/3
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 1/1
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 2 1/1
22 Offense
mastery 1 2/2
mastery 2 0/2
mastery 3 0/2
mastery 4 2/2
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/1
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
8 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
The 3% max health from juggernaut is... ok.. I prefer to have the 22 points in offense. Spell Weaving is nice because it really works with your E.

Summoner Sets

Ignite & Smite
You'll be dueling a lot as Shaco. Ignite will give you the upper hand much like exhaust; however, ignite will help you finish people at long range with your Ignite+E combo.

Item Builds

Starting Build(s)
Default Starting Build
5
Build 2
4
Build 3
I used to start Longsword and 3 pots, but it just got too risky. A machete will help you have consistent Shaco play. Go with the mana pot build if you start red.
Final Build(s)
Standard Final Items
This is the standard set of Items I look for. I rush either hydra or BotRK depending on the threat. If its a tanky threat on the other team, I'll rush BotRK.

Situational Items

Maw of Malmortius
Sometimes you need this for fighting a fed AP carry.
The Black Cleaver
If i decide to go for a bruiser/cd reduction set, i'll trade one of the items for this. Building Cleaver/Elderlizard/Zephyr can give you a very large amount of CD reduction. More CD reduction = more Q... this makes it really hard to catch you.

Skill Order

Player Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Backstab
QDeceive
WJack In The Box
ETwo-Shiv Poison
RHallucinate
Basically R>E>W>Q

E is needed for burst so max it first.
W is most useful after that because it can help you win duels when leveled up.

Skills

Backstab
My favorite skill. 20% damage when striking from behind. This passive truly shows when a Shaco is playing properly. Every gank should be opened with a stab in the back. The 20% extra damage is just too much to ignore.
Deceive
My favorite skill. You can jump over walls and juke with ease thanks to this skill. Also, if you make sure not to use the skill until after your GA is popped, it can make for some pretty amazing bait.
Jack In The Box
My favorite skill. The box can act as a scout, support, and ranged damage in a duel. Use your boxes in a gank by placing them where you think the enemy will flash to.
Two-Shiv Poison
My favorite skill. I max it first because the burst damage is extremely effective. Use it when enemies are facing away from you for 20% extra damage!!
Hallucinate
My favorite skill. There are many jukes you can do with the clone. One of my favorite is activating it and then running the clone away behind a bush. A lot of the times the enemies will run after him or even flash while Shaco is beating him to death with autos.

Extra tip: Pressing R while a turret is about to shoot you will stop the damage. This is true for a lot of enemy skills too such as Cait's ult, Karthus ult, Zed's ult(if used when the deathmark explodes) and many more.

Champion Matchups

Elise
Difficulty
Favors You
Elise was a problem in the past. With the new S4 changes, I think its given Shaco the upper hand. The thing is, early on, you can't be scared of her burst.

If you get in a level 2 duel with her, she will burst you down below 50% before you even get a swing... but then shes out of CDs and you are wailing away on her with your box and autos. Eventually she will have to run and thats when you get her with the Q+ignite.
Khazix
Difficulty
Favors You
Basically you need to get the advantage on him fast. Plan to counter gank him because he is usually very vulnerable after he jumps in at your ally.
Leesin
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
I used to be really scared of this guy, but then I learned to play against his cooldowns. Its very important to remember not to Q away from him until after his E vision wears off. He will just follow you if you don't.

The big thing is.. DON'T BE SCARED TO INVADE HIM BECAUSE HE IS LEE SIN. His burst his high early, but you will win the duel thanks to your box.
Shyvana
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
Very tough match up. She is probably one of the only jungles that can duel you straight up. But you can still win with box placement early.

What makes her hard is that she can sit in the jungle and farm all day without ganking. If your ganks don't go well, she will be super fed and can carry. This is another matchup where you can't be afraid to counter jungle.
Vi
Difficulty
Favors You
Annoying but workable. You can Q in front of her dash to stop her from moving. You can duel her early as well just make sure you don't chase her too far. Its good to try to shut her down because she can farm fast and has an extremely good level 6 gank.

Early Game

Early game is your time to shine. You need to get your buffs and BE IN THE ENEMY JUNGLE at all times. You cannot let him farm. You cannot let him gank. You can not let him go anywhere. You need to be a wall of control against the enemy jungle. The ganks need to come when you are waiting for their jungle to come into view.

THE WORST THING YOU CAN DO is hit level 3 and start ganking mindlessly. Most likely you'll just get behind, people will flash your ganks and play passive.

If you play patiently and control their jungle, there will be opportunities to gank lanes.

Below is an example of my start:

Mid Game

By mid game, you should have control of their jungle enough to get dragons on cooldown. Remember dragon spawns on 6 minute intervals. Always keep a timer (press z to view the dragon kill time on the chat bar [make sure you have timestamps active]).

You need to make your way top and start splitting immediately. This will force a 4v4 or 4v3 with your team because the enemy team will send 1 or 2 to deal with your split. But you are Shaco. You will never be caught!

Late Game

Don't let up on the split. If you can't duel someone that is stopping your split, just farm around them. They can't push your turret without minions and they shouldn't be able to catch you. No matter how much your team tells you to 5v5, let them know you are keeping one of the enemy teammates busy (hopefully their fed guy).

Teamfights

You mostly don't want to teamfight... but it happens occasionally. When you are in a teamfight you want to protect your fed carry at all costs. You have plenty of support abilities to act like a support AND you have a clone that you can send at their carry to freak them out during the fight. Between the permaslow, fear box, and kiting abilities you have, it should be near impossible for the enemy to catch your carry.

Conclusion

If you didn't like reading, I have a video where I talk about my guide. Because we all know... reading is boring... not really... but yeah.. Here's the link below:




Shaco isn't an easy pick up and play champion. My win record when i started had to be around 40%.... it was bad. It took A LOT of research and practice to get to where I felt semi-decent with him. Every game I always feel like I can do better, and I'm always learning new things to do with him. You have the ability to either make or break a game. Thanks for reading!

Here is a pretty consistent game where I don't get too crazy :) This is the continuation of the early start I showed earlier.

part 1


part 2


Catch me streaming at www.twitch.tv/wereshrew

Comments

March 29, 2014 - 10:02 AM #1

How do you know that the fraction of damage from the glyphs adds up to another point? Does it round up before the damage from masteries are calculated?

January 11, 2014 - 07:26 PM #2

wow pressing B to reset cd faster on decieve, really smart would never think of that.

January 10, 2014 - 02:53 AM #3

Great guide Wereshrew!

January 10, 2014 - 02:16 AM #4

Love your guide =3 ( its me lupin) :D

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