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Gameplay

By Average Gatsby [1]

For this mechanics preview, we wanted to focus less on the individual abilities of our upcoming champion and talk about the skillset and character flow of Shyvana, the Half Dragon, as a whole.

Shyvana Shyvana is a melee champion that heavily rewards aggression. She does so by utilizing a modified Dragon&#039;s Descent.png Fury(*) resource that accrues anytime Shyvana lands an auto-attack. Once her Dragon&#039;s Descent.png Fury is full, she can unleash it to transform into a dragon, giving her substantial buffs, ability enhancements and some upfront damage. While in dragon form, Shyvana's Dragon&#039;s Descent.png Fury(*) is slowly consumed, though she can continue auto-attacking to extend the duration of the Dragon Form and maximize her damage output with each use.

It's also worth mentioning that Shyvana's Dragon&#039;s Descent.png ultimate has no cooldown, but can only be used when her reserve of Dragon&#039;s Descent.png Fury(*) is full. The right set of circumstances can allow a skilled player to transform much more often than would otherwise be possible.

In addition, Shyvana's Dragonborn.png passive triggers benefits to each of her abilities when she auto-attacks. This is to differentiate her from the 'melee caster' paradigm embodied by some other characters, making her play somewhere between an Attack Damage carry and a fighter.

Simply put, Shyvana is for players who like any of the following:

  • Offensive, aggressive playstyles
  • Melee carries or fighters
  • The idea of being a super-rad dragon

We think this wantonly aggressive playstyle is something we haven't seen previously on the Fields of Justice. It's an exciting opportunity for players to experience a new way to play League of Legends.

(*) Note: This was originally mislabeled as Dragon&#039;s Descent.png 'Dragon's Blood'

Champion Spotlight
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Shyvana Champion Spotlight

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Tips

Playing As Shyvana Shyvana
  • Shyvana Shyvana's abilities all benefit from attacking units. As a result, Attack Speed items are more valuable on her than most champions.
  • Flame Breath.png Flame Breath is great to level-up against difficult lane opponents.
  • Burnout.png Burnout is an ideal choice for jungling. Monsters will be hit by the full duration, and the speed boost improves her ganking potential.
  • It can be valuable to purchase one of the items that can slow enemies: Frozen Mallet item.png Frozen Mallet, Dead Man&#039;s Plate item.png Dead Man's Plate, or Entropy item.png Entropy.
Playing Against Shyvana Shyvana
  • A significant portion of Shyvana Shyvana's power is generated through aggression, making her weak against opponents who are able to keep their distance.
  • All of Shyvana Shyvana's abilities hit multiple enemies in Dragon&#039;s Descent.png dragon form. It's important for opposing champions to not cluster while fighting her.
  • Shyvana Shyvana's Fury Bar indicate her Dragon&#039;s Descent.png ultimate can be activated. Harassing her when she's low on Fury can be very effective.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Shyvana Shyvana's strength comes from her innate durability from Dragonborn.png Dragonborn and her high mixed damage output, AoE, and utility from Burnout.png Burnout and Dragon&#039;s Descent.png Dragon's Descent, along with her ability to duel effectively with Flame Breath.png Flame Breath and Twin Bite.png Twin Bite. However, she lacks hard CC and is prone to being kited.
  • With good positioning and timing, Twin Bite.png Twin Bite can massively extend the duration of Dragon&#039;s Descent.png Dragon's Descent. By hitting three targets, it generates enough fury to stay in dragon form for another two seconds.
  • Twin Bite.png Twin Bite is a great turret pushing tool, as it allows you roughly three auto-attacks worth of damage in the time space of ~ 0.8 seconds (taking into account attack animation time and casting time)
  • Use Burnout.png Burnout to chase down or flee from enemies, as it grants bonus movement speed.
    • Burnout.png Burnout provides the largest bonus movement speed at the start of the ability. Activating it gives a quick burst of speed that can be used to juke skillshots and enemies.
  • Dragon&#039;s Descent.png Dragon's Descent is an excellent peeling ability, if you see a key member of your team (an ADC or APC) starting to get focused, use the dash and knock the enemies off while giving your ally enough distance to continue attacking.
    • With good positioning, you can use Dragon&#039;s Descent.png Dragon's Descent to push enemies away from your allies while diving onto their backline to disrupt them.
  • Casting Burnout.png Burnout followed by Dragon&#039;s Descent.png Dragon's Descent will lead to a flaming trail from where you started Dragon&#039;s Descent.png Dragon's Descent.
  • Dragon&#039;s Descent.png Dragon's Descent can be used to chase in or escape from any situation.
    • Take note that stuns, silences, snares, knock-ups and knockback effects can hit and stop Shyvana Shyvana mid-flight. Beware of your enemies' capacity to do this.
    • Dragon&#039;s Descent.png Dragon's Descent is one of the longest dashes in-game, as such it allows going over large walls and otherwise impassable terrain.
  • Flame Breath.png Flame Breath goes through units. If you find yourself as a laner (most likely top) putting points in this ability gives you a good harassment tool and can be used to farm easily. It may be worth maxing if you are against a ranged opponent as Shyvana Shyvana has no other ranged abilities.
  • To perform a quick harass, hit your opponent with Flame Breath.png Flame Breath and run into them with Burnout.png Burnout, following with a Twin Bite.png Twin Bite to proc the mark from Flame Breath.png Flame Breath and the on-hit bonus damage of Burnout.png Burnout twice, putting out good damage and extending Burnout.png Burnout. You can then use the prolonged speed boost granted by Burnout.png Burnout to escape just as you entered.
  • When using Dragon&#039;s Descent.png Dragon's Descent, try to position yourself to be able to hit as many targets as you can with your AoE abilities.
  • Attacking turrets, inhibitors or the nexus does not trigger the cooldown reduction for Twin Bite.png Twin Bite. It does, however, reset her auto-attack timer, build Fury and extend the duration of Burnout.png Burnout.
  • While both hits triggered from Twin Bite.png Twin Bite deal on-hit effects, only the first hit is able to deal a critical strike. The second hit only deals a percentage of Shyvana Shyvana's attack damage as damage.
  • Shyvana Shyvana's kit allow her to do large amount of damage over time at close-range, but it doesn't provide her with burst capabilities. Failure to combine or land Shyvana Shyvana's abilities together to effectively damage a target will create an opening for a period of time that your opponents can take advantage of, so be aware of your enemies' potential methods to disengage from you.
  • Shyvana Shyvana is one of the fastest junglers, having great clear speed and mobility, allowing her to counter-jungle exceptionally well. However, her lack of CC diminishes her early game presence and is more focused on denying the enemy jungler.
    • Starting with Twin Bite.png Twin Bite can be a fair way to clear monster camps while basic attack diminishes cooldown. Same thing goes to Flame Breath.png Flame Breath as marked monsters get bonus magic damage.
      • Twin Bite.png Twin Bite can be used to clear the lesser monsters quickly before vanquishing the bigger ones. Flame Breath.png Flame Breath can be used with good positioning to mark all monster camps in order to attack effectively.
    • Shyvana Shyvana must have at least 2 ranks on both Flame Breath.png Flame Breath and Twin Bite.png Twin Bite in order to save time in clearing monster camps.
    • When farming, it's best to have the Gift of Heavy Hands.png Gift of Heavy Hands from the Ancient Krug Ancient Krug, as Twin Bite.png Twin Bite can increase the stacks by two, therefore stunning monsters quickly.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
Countering
  • While Shyvana Shyvana is autoattack reliant and is likely to build attack damage items, Shyvana Shyvana's Burnout.png Burnout deals magic damage, which scales off bonus attack damage, and the on-hit effect of Flame Breath.png Flame Breath deals magic damage based off the target's maximum health - this gives Shyvana Shyvana high mixed damage that is difficult to itemize against.
    • Overall, it is better to build magic resistance over health and armor to counteract her kit's magic damage, though attack speed slowing items such as Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart and Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen may help to lower her damage output considerably.
  • If you notice Shyvana Shyvana using her Dragon&#039;s Descent.png Dragon's Descent, move away from the spell path to avoid it damaging you - at full range, it will take her 1.3 seconds to reach you so you usually can hope to dodge it from a long distance.
    • If you have stun, silence, snare, knock-back or knock-up abilities, use them quickly on Shyvana Shyvana when she casts Dragon&#039;s Descent.png Dragon's Descent to stop her mid-flight.
  • Shyvana Shyvana has a lot of potential for AoE damage while using Dragon&#039;s Descent.png Dragon's Descent. However, Twin Bite.png Twin Bite and Flame Breath.png Flame Breath strike in front of her, so splitting apart to make Shyvana Shyvana unable to face as much of your team at once will reduce the effectiveness of Twin Bite.png Twin Bite and Flame Breath.png Flame Breath.
  • Take note if Shyvana Shyvana's fury bar is full while you are attempting to kill her. The long range of Dragon&#039;s Descent.png Dragon's Descent can easily allow her to go over walls even while a fair distance away from them, so avoid wasting abilities with significant cooldowns and costs on her.
    • Dragon&#039;s Descent.png Dragon's Descent is not limited by cooldown - quickly gaining fury allows her ultimate to be ready long before yours if you misuse it.
  • Dragon&#039;s Descent.png Dragon's Descent requires fury, which is quickly gained by Shyvana Shyvana auto-attacking. This time period is a good opportunity to harass her from range and delay her ultimate.
  • Shyvana Shyvana shines in an extended close-combat fight over time. Use champions with many options to disengage and do your best to avoid such a fight against her.
    • Shyvana Shyvana has no natural ways to keep you in place for her to auto-attack you. After using Dragon&#039;s Descent.png Dragon's Descent, she has little ability to catch up if crowd-controlled out of melee-range. Using crowd-control effects to hinder her movement during Burnout.png Burnout can also stop her from getting the ability to its maximum duration or damage.
  • Burnout.png Burnout provides a very large amount of bonus movement speed at the beginning of the ability, which decreases a bit in effectiveness over time. Try to avoid using skillshots against Shyvana Shyvana until after she casts Burnout.png Burnout, as the movement speed boost, especially at the ability's initial use, can allow her to easily dodge them.
  • Shyvana Shyvana tends to jungle and normally, Shyvana Shyvana's jungle route starts at red. Thus, considering stealing her blue is a likely safe method to take experience away her early jungle and to prevent any enemies from having it.
  • In her dragon form, Shyvana Shyvana is more powerful than during her human form.
    • Her passive during her ultimate is doubled, therefore it is recommended to buy armor penetration or magic penetration items.
    • Keep your allies spread to avoid her Twin Bite.png Twin Bite and Flame Breath.png Flame Breath as the spells are turned into AoE spells.
    • Beware overextending into tense situations to chase her in her dragon form. Burnout.png Burnout increases her movement speed to make catching her difficult and leaves a fiery trail that can deal significant damage if you do not avoid it.
      • Following the burning trail allows you to find her easily, but you also take DoT - if you and Shyvana Shyvana are both fairly weakened, underestimating the DoT can firmly put the tide in her favor.
  • Shyvana Shyvana lacks any gap hard gapclosers across from her ultimate, Dragon&#039;s Descent.png Dragon's Descent and she is highly dependent on her movement speed with Burnout.png Burnout to get into range into the enemy. As such, ranged top laners with good kiting mechanics such as Teemo Teemo, Kennen Kennen, Jayce Jayce, Nidalee Nidalee, Ryze Ryze, Lulu Lulu, and Kayle Kayle can easily zone Shyvana Shyvana out and can harass and farm safely in a distance.
  • While Shyvana Shyvana is extremely tanky, one of her biggest shortcomings is that she lacks any form of crowd control aside from her ultimate's knockback, which has a fairly wonky hitbox. Because of this, a fatal weakness of Shyvana Shyvana is that she lacks any meaningful ways to peel for her teammates, and instead must always try to dive the enemy. You can take advantage of this by just diving and killing the enemy ADC/mid laner as Shyvana Shyvana cannot protect them. But don't forget to protect your own ADC/mid laner, as Shyvana Shyvana is fairly hard to kite and peel without hard CC.
  • Azir Azir is a good teamfighting counter for Shyvana Shyvana, because he can counter her Dragon&#039;s Descent.png Dragon's Descent with his Emperor&#039;s Divide.png Emperor's Divide. Shyvana Shyvana cannot dash over it, and cannot use her Burnout.png Burnout to go into an enemy unless she can circumvent the wall, which will hold her back.

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