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Shen Champion Spotlight

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Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Shield item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Bami's Cinder item Chain Vest item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Sunfire Cape item Titanic Hydra item
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item Warmog's Armor item Spirit Visage item
Situational Randuin's Omen item Adaptive Helm item Gargoyle Stoneplate item
Consumables Health Potion item Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Machete item Health Potion item3 Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Bami's Cinder item Skirmisher's Sabre item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Skirmisher's Sabre (Cinderhulk) item Titanic Hydra item
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item Warmog's Armor item Spirit Visage item
Situational Randuin's Omen item Adaptive Helm item Gargoyle Stoneplate item
Consumables Health Potion item Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Shield item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2
Essential Mercury's Treads item Sunfire Cape item Dead Man's Plate item
Offensive Titanic Hydra item Trinity Force item Frozen Mallet item
Defensive Aegis of the Legion item Randuin's Omen item Warmog's Armor item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Howling Abyss
Starting Guardian's Horn item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item3
Essential Mercury's Treads item Sunfire Cape item Dead Man's Plate item
Defensive Randuin's Omen item Warmog's Armor item Spirit Visage item
Situational Titanic Hydra item Frozen Mallet item Knight's Vow item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item

Tips

Playing As ShenSquare Shen
  • Keep an eye on allies and be ready to Stand United 2 save them with Stand United Stand United.
  • Leverage your Energy to get a long-term advantage over Mana users.
Playing Against ShenSquare Shen
  • Be ready to dodge Shen's Shadow Dash taunt and punish him if he misses.
  • Once Shen reaches level 6, watch out for his global-range Stand United ultimate, which can Stand United 2 turn fights quickly.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Ki Barrier Ki Barrier grants ShenSquare Shen a shield that scales with bonus health for 2.5 seconds each time ShenSquare Shen cast an ability.
    • This is greatly useful in small trades, where ShenSquare Shen can absorb some damage while dealing damage with his abilities to his opponent.
    • Twilight Assault Twilight Assault will only trigger Ki Barrier when the blade connects with Shen, not when the ability is activated.
    • Spirit's Refuge Spirit's Refuge will trigger Ki Barrier when the effect ends.
    • Shadow Dash Shadow Dash will trigger Ki Barrier when he finishes his dash, meaning a short range dash will trigger the shield sooner.
    • Stand United Stand United will trigger Ki Barrier when he arrives at his destination. A shield won't be granted if the ability is cancelled.
  • Twilight Assault Twilight Assault is an offensive ability that doesn't deal damage itself, but grants ShenSquare Shen bonus magic damage on his next 3 basic attacks within 8 seconds. If the ability hits an enemy champion, the ability grants even more bonus magic damage and also grants 50% bonus attack speed. Enemies hit are also slowed when moving away from ShenSquare Shen.
    • 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 ShenSquare 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 relatively low energy cost: if you have at least one point in Shadow Dash Shadow Dash, each enhanced basic attack restores between 30 / 35 / 40 energy.
      • If you have enough energy to cast Twilight Assault Twilight Assault and need to restore energy, cast it and hit any enemies you find.
  • Spirit's Refuge Spirit's Refuge is a defensive ability that creates a protective zone around the Spirit Blade for 1.75 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 TwitchSquare Twitch, VayneSquare Vayne, or OlafSquare 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 Twilight Assault just before Spirit's Refuge Spirit's Refuge. By doing this you'll bring your Spirit Blade to you and activate the protective zone around you.
    • When clearing the jungle or fighting enemies who only fight with basic attacks, it is helpful to activate the ability when Ki Barrier Ki Barrier is not on to ensure that neither ability's damage mitigation is wasted.
  • Shadow Dash Shadow Dash is an offensive ability that makes ShenSquare Shen dash 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 Twilight Assault's and Shadow Dash 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's Refuge 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 Twilight Assault just before.
      • A great combo is: Twilight Assault Q > Spirit's Refuge W > Shadow Dash E. This will grant you bonus magic damage on your next 3 basic attacks, a 100% dodge chance for 1.75 seconds, and a Taunt icon taunted enemy at your mercy.
      • A more offensive combo would be to Shadow Dash Shadow Dash through your opponent to make sure that your Spirit Blade passes through your enemy to trigger the amplified bonus damage.
  • Stand United Stand United is a global range defensive ability that shields the target allied champion for 5 seconds; after a 3-second channel, ShenSquare Shen and his Spirit Blade blink to the ally's location.
    • This ability is what makes ShenSquare Shen a great splitpusher despite lacking any innate turret taking or waveclear abilities, as he can easily join his team if they get engaged on or force a 5v4 in his team's favour if the enemy team tries to deal with him.
    • The base values of this ability are really high. A well casted Stand United 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 ShenSquare Shen a game changing champion: Stand United Stand United on near-death carries can grant them an unexpected shield that can be potentially higher than their entire health bar.
Runes Usage
Item Usage
  • ShenSquare Shen is mostly played as a tank or an attack speed / attack damage bruiser. His kit has bonus health scaling for Ki Barrier Ki Barrier's shield and Shadow Dash Shadow Dash's damage, a dodging zone with Spirit's Refuge Spirit's Refuge, and a global range Stand United ultimate that allow him to blink to an allied champion while giving them a powerful shield. Due to his Stand United ultimate, ShenSquare Shen is also a good splitpusher as he can easily join his team if a teamfight breaks out.
    • Titanic Hydra item Titanic Hydra and Sterak's Gage item Sterak's Gage are great for a bruiser ShenSquare 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 Ki Barrier, make him even tankier.
    • Sunfire Cape item 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 Spirit Visage, Banshee's Veil item Banshee's Veil, Dead Man's Plate item Dead Man's Plate and Warmog's Armor item Warmog's Armor are great items for ShenSquare Shen.
    • For boots, Ninja Tabi item Ninja Tabi or Mercury's Treads item Mercury's Treads are great choices, with Boots of Swiftness item Boots of Swiftness being a great alternative.
    • An item classified as an offensive item is Guinsoo's Rageblade item Guinsoo's Rageblade. It offers ability power, attack damage, and attack speed, all going well with ShenSquare Shen's kit.
    • Another great item for ShenSquare Shen is Wit's End item 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.
  • ShenSquare Shen can also be played as an ability power bruiser.
    • Liandry's Torment item Liandry's Torment is a great choice, granting health, AP and magic penetration.
    • Rylai's Crystal Scepter item 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 Twilight Assault's buffed autoattacks and his Shadow Dash 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's Hourglass item Zhonya's Hourglass, it grants armor, ability power and statis for 2.5 seconds.
    • Abyssal Mask item Abyssal Mask grants health, magic resistance and aura reducing enemies' magic resistance. However, the aura is only be useful on Twilight Assault Twilight Assault's bonus magic damage.
    • A straightforward choice would be Rabadon's Deathcap item Rabadon's Deathcap or Luden's Echo item Luden's Echo.
    • Another unsual choice would be Nashor's Tooth item Nashor's Tooth, granting attack speed, ability power, cooldown reduction and on-hit magic damage.
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