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Champion Spotlight

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Shen Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran&#039;s Shield item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Mercury&#039;s Treads item Bami&#039;s Cinder item Chain Vest item
Essential Titanic Hydra item Sunfire Cape item Warmog&#039;s Armor item
Defensive Banshee&#039;s Veil item Randuin&#039;s Omen item Zz&#039;Rot Portal item
Situational Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Spirit Visage item Sterak&#039;s Gage item
Consumables Health Potion item Refillable Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Machete item Health Potion item3 Warding Totem item
Early Mercury&#039;s Treads item Bami&#039;s Cinder item Skirmisher&#039;s Sabre item
Essential Skirmisher&#039;s Sabre (Cinderhulk) item Titanic Hydra item Warmog&#039;s Armor item
Defensive Banshee&#039;s Veil item Randuin&#039;s Omen item Zz&#039;Rot Portal item
Situational Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Spirit Visage item Sterak&#039;s Gage item
Consumables Health Potion item Refillable Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran&#039;s Shield item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item Sunfire Cape item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item
Offensive Titanic Hydra item Trinity Force item Frozen Mallet item
Defensive Aegis of the Legion item Overlord&#039;s Bloodmail item Randuin&#039;s Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Refillable Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Doran&#039;s Shield item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item Sunfire Cape item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item
Offensive Titanic Hydra item Trinity Force item Frozen Mallet item
Defensive Aegis of the Legion item Overlord&#039;s Bloodmail item Randuin&#039;s Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Refillable Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Guardian&#039;s Horn item Health Potion item2
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item Sunfire Cape item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item
Offensive Titanic Hydra item Trinity Force item Frozen Mallet item
Defensive Randuin&#039;s Omen item Warmog&#039;s Armor item Spirit Visage item
Consumables Oracle&#039;s Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item

Tips

Playing As Shen Shen
  • Keep an eye on allies and be ready to Stand United Shield save them with Stand United.png Stand United.
  • Leverage your Energy to get a long-term advantage over Mana users.
Playing Against Shen Shen
  • Be ready to dodge Shen's Shadow Dash.png taunt and punish him if he misses.
  • Once Shen reaches level 6, watch out for his Stand United.png global-range ultimate, which can Stand United Shield turn fights quickly.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Ki Barrier.png Ki Barrier grants Shen Shen a shield that scales with bonus health for 2.5 seconds each time Shen Shen cast an ability.
    • This is greatly useful in small trades, where Shen Shen can absorb some damage while dealing damage with his abilities to his opponent.
    • Twillight Assault will only trigger Ki Barrier when the blade connects with Shen, not when the ability is activated.
  • Twilight Assault.png Twilight Assault is an offensive ability that doesn't deal damage itself, but grants Shen Shen bonus magic damage on his next 3 basic attacks within 8 seconds. If the ability hit an enemy champion, the ability grants even more bonus magic damage and also grants 50% bonus attack speed.
    • Versus minions and monsters, this ability grants a flat bonus on top of the bonus magic damage that the ability already grants, capped up to a certain amount.
      • This makes last-hitting very easy for Shen Shen: activate this ability, and have between 30 – 175 free bonus magic damage for your next 3 basic attacks.
    • This ability has a low cooldown and a low energy cost: if you have at least one point in Shadow Dash.png Shadow Dash, each enhanced basic attack restores between 30 / 35 / 40 energy.
      • If you have enough energy to cast Twilight Assault.png Twilight Assault and need to restore energy, cast it and hit any enemies you find.
  • Spirit&#039;s Refuge.png Spirit's Refuge is a defensive ability that creates a protective zone around the Spirit Blade for 2 seconds, granting 100% dodge chance to all allies in the zone.
    • This ability is very effective against enemy champions that rely on basic attacks, such as Twitch Twitch, Vayne Vayne, or Olaf Olaf.
    • This ability may be hard to master in the beginning, but the only thing you have to do to make it useful is to cast Twilight Assault.png Twilight Assault just before Spirit&#039;s Refuge.png Spirit's Refuge. By doing this you'll bring your Spirit Blade to you and activate the protective zone around you.
  • Shadow Dash.png Shadow Dash is an offensive ability that makes Shen Shen dashes in the target direction dealing physical damage that scales with bonus health to all enemy champions hit and Taunt icon taunting them for 1.5 seconds. Passively, this ability allow Twilight Assault.png Twilight Assault's and Shadow Dash.png Shadow Dash's damage to restore 30 / 35 / 40 energy.
    • This ability is a great engage tool if you manage to aim at the right direction and at the right moment.
    • If you manage to Taunt icon taunt an enemy champion, you will be hit by his basic attack for 1.5 seconds. To avoid the potential damage, you can cast Spirit&#039;s Refuge.png Spirit's Refuge on yourself to have the 100% dodge chance, if the Spirit Blade is not already on yourself, you must cast Twilight Assault.png Twilight Assault just before.
      • A great combo is: Twilight Assault.png Q > Spirit&#039;s Refuge.png W > Shadow Dash.png E. This will grant you bonus magic damage on your next 3 basic attacks, a 100% dodge chance for 2 seconds, and a Taunt icon taunted enemy at your mercy.
  • Stand United.png Stand United is a globally range defensive ability that shields the target allied champion for 5 seconds; after a 3-second channel, Shen Shen blinks to the ally's location.
    • The base values of this ability are really high. A well casted Stand United.png ultimate on an allied champion requiring help can dramatically change a team fight.
    • This ability has one of the highest AP ratio in the game with (+ 130% AP). This makes AP Shen Shen a game changing champion: Stand United.png Stand United on near-death carries grants them a 1300 health shield.
Mastery Usage
  • Grasp of the Undying mastery 2016.png Grasp of the Undying is a great keystone for Shen Shen due to its health scaling, which synergises with his buildpath. The sustain it provides is also useful as Shen doesn't have innate sustain. To top if off, Shen's trading patterns naturally include autoattacks which will proc the mastery.
Item Usage
  • Shen Shen is mostly played as a tank or an attack speed / attack damage bruiser. His kit has bonus health scaling for Ki Barrier.png Ki Barrier's shield and Shadow Dash.png Shadow Dash's damage, a dodging zone with Spirit&#039;s Refuge.png Spirit's Refuge, and a global range Stand United.png ultimate that allow him to blink to an allied champion while giving them a powerful shield. Due to his Stand United.png ultimate, Shen Shen is also a good splitpusher as he can easily join his team if a teamfight breaks out.
    • Titanic Hydra item.png Titanic Hydra and Sterak&#039;s Gage item.png Sterak's Gage are great for a bruiser Shen Shen. The former grants Shen much needed waveclear while significantly boosting his damage due to the item's health scaling. The latter provides yet another shield for Shen which combined with Ki Barrier.png Ki Barrier, make him even tankier.
    • Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape grants him health, armor and some magic damage while at melee range. The passive is also excellent to solve Shen's innate lack of waveclear.
    • Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage, Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil, Dead Man&#039;s Plate item.png Dead Man's Plate and Warmog&#039;s Armor item.png Warmog's Armor are great items for Shen Shen.
    • For boots, Ninja Tabi item.png Ninja Tabi or Mercury&#039;s Treads item.png Mercury's Treads are great choices, with Boots of Swiftness item.png Boots of Swiftness being a great alternative.
    • An item classified as an offensive item is Guinsoo&#039;s Rageblade item.png Guinsoo's Rageblade. It offers ability power, attack damage, and attack speed, all going well with Shen Shen's kit.
    • Another great item for Shen Shen is Wit&#039;s End item.png Wit's End. It provides Attack Speed, Magic Resist, bonus on hit magic damage and MR shred and steal. This help Shen deal more damage without sacrificing too much tankiness.
  • Shen Shen can also be played as an ability power bruiser.
    • Liandry&#039;s Torment item.png Liandry's Torment is a great choice, granting health, AP and magic penetration.
    • Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter seems like a good choice, it grants health, AP and a Slow icon slow, but although the slow applies on Twilight Assault.png Twilight Assault's buffed autoattacks and his Shadow Dash.png Shadow Dash, it would be useless on the latter as the target would be Taunt icon taunted and therefore unable to move anyway.
    • An item that doesn't grant health but is still alright is the Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass, it grants armor, ability power and statis for 2.5 seconds.
    • Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter grants ability power, magic resistance and aura reducing enemies' magic resistance. However, the aura is only be useful on Twilight Assault.png Twilight Assault's bonus magic damage.
    • A straightforward choice would be Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap or Luden&#039;s Echo item.png Luden's Echo.
    • An unsual choice would be the Banner of Command item.png Banner of Command, it grants health, health regen, ability power, magic resistance, cooldown reduction and a magic resistance aura.
    • Another unsual choice would be Nashor&#039;s Tooth item.png Nashor's Tooth, granting attack speed, ability power, cooldown reduction and on-hit magic damage.
Countering

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