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Riven Statistics for Powergaz

Author's performance with Riven compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
223
12
Win %
53
39
Kills
8.0
5.8
Assists
5.3
5.1
Deaths
5.5
7.0
KA:D Ratio
2.4
1.6
Gold Earned
12.3K
11.5K
Creep Score
173.9
162.5
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Yo hello guys, in this guide i will be explaining pretty much everything there is to start off playing riven, you can start practicing everything from this guide for yourself




So the reason you should pick ignite is because then you can cheese lane hard, around lvl 2-3 its all about who gets the lvl first and also depends if you can get in range. The only downside to ignite as riven is she has no sustain and if your opponent just tp's back to lane your pretty much behind and have to back.

I would recommend tp if you are in around D3 or higher, people there understand how to play against ignite and the dmg


Of course you pick smite for jungling as riven but i dont think i will be focusing that much on explaining how to jungle in this guide

New Runes Back to Top

Abilities Back to Top

Q
W
E
Q
Q
R
Q
E
Q
E
R
E
E
W
W
R
W
W
Passive
Q
1
4
5
7
9
W
2
14
15
17
18
E
3
8
10
12
13
R
6
11
16
  • You max (Q) for more damage of course, but the CD doesnt get reduced by maxing it. It has a 13 second CD and will have 12,35 if you have the CD masteries. You take W in lvl 2 to maybe get a firstblood it works sometimes if you are very good at trading. When you have lvl 3 riven is a very good fighter because she offers so much (Shield) (Stun) (Knockup) and a long combo which means you can combo it alot. Your passive is very strong it gives you like 200 AD lategame, Maybe even more and your ulti gives about 80 which is a huge amount, Basicly a free Bloodthirster. And also like i said, dont get overgreedy so thats why you max (E) after maxing (Q)

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Start this against some laners that can oneshot you or counter you in lane. It gives you 80 more HP. and even tho the hp pots combined from long sword can heal you more dorans blade is better for trading and staying alive, and find ways to Firstblood
    This one makes the lane a bit easyer for you against some non-tanky early bullies
    You can start this but its not that efficient its only good against Autoattack champs and renekton because his (W) is on hit effect 3 times which means you can block 24 damage but i would still get Dorans blade in these 2 situations
    You only start this against pantheon which makes you able to survive his poke early on and stay on lane, he counters you pretty hard and his block will most likely destroy your laning phase

Core Items

    You go this build if you have managed to win lane and have the possibillity to nuke people. Dont greed for this build if you cant nuke tho, for example if they have a fed renekton or trundle. if you go this build against that you will just ask to die. And its also pretty risky since squishy riven is very hard to play but still possible if you have good mechanics. The distortion boot enchantment is the most important thing for riven
    This build will make it easyer for you to teamfight, and still somewhat be able to kill people, not oneshot tho. This build can make you able to peel for your team and shield out at the last second

Situational Items

    Mercs are if you cant deal with the enemy CC probably something like Leona or morgana Those picks will annoy you pretty hard. Scimitar is if you dont want Mercs but zephyr then you have tenacity and a cleanse its good against Magic damage. if you dont want scimitar you go banshee. And spirit visage can sometimes work if you got Hydra and bloodthirster, it makes you lifesteal like a beast. But be sure to get Tenacity to be able to lifesteal that amount you have got, or else you will just end up getting CC'ed and die before you can even lifesteal
    If you get behind in gold the build should look something like this. You should think yourself what to buy after this

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Aatrox
    Medium
  • Ahri
    Medium
  • Akali
    Medium
  • Annie
    Medium
  • Brand
    Hard
  • Cassiopeia
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Medium
  • Darius
    Medium
  • Diana
    Easy
  • Dr. Mundo
    Easy
  • Fiora
    Medium
  • Fizz
    Medium
  • Galio
    Easy
  • Gangplank
    Easy
  • Garen
    Hard
  • Gnar
    Medium
  • Gragas
    Medium
  • Heimerdinger
    Easy
  • Irelia
    Medium
  • Jarvan IV
    Easy
  • Jax
    Medium
  • Jayce
    Hard
  • Karthus
    Easy
  • Kassadin
    Easy
  • Katarina
    Easy
  • Kayle
    Hard
  • Kennen
    Hard
  • Kha'Zix
    Medium
  • LeBlanc
    Medium
  • Lissandra
    Medium
  • Lulu
    Hard
  • Lux
    Easy
  • Malphite
    Hard
  • Malzahar
    Hard
  • Maokai
    Medium
  • Mordekaiser
    Hard
  • Nasus
    Medium
  • Nidalee
    Medium
  • Olaf
    Medium
  • Orianna
    Easy
  • Pantheon
    Hard
  • Poppy
    Medium
  • Quinn
    Hard
  • Renekton
    Medium
  • Rengar
    Easy
  • Riven
    Medium
  • Rumble
    Easy
  • Shen
    Medium
  • Singed
    Medium
  • Sion
    Easy
  • Swain
    Easy
  • Syndra
    Medium
  • Talon
    Easy
  • Teemo
    Hard
  • Trundle
    Medium
  • Tryndamere
    Medium
  • Twisted Fate
    Medium
  • Udyr
    Medium
  • Veigar
    Easy
  • Vel'Koz
    Medium
  • Viktor
    Medium
  • Vladimir
    Medium
  • Volibear
    Hard
  • Wukong
    Medium
  • Xerath
    Medium
  • Yasuo
    Easy
  • Yorick
    Medium
  • Zed
    Hard
  • Ziggs
    Medium
  • Zilean
    Medium

VS

Aatrox

Medium

Care for this guys sustain and passive. but after lvl 6 it will be easyer to kill him because you just outscale him at lvl 6 if you feed him and he becomes tanky it can be hard for you to deal with him

VS

Ahri

Medium

Ahri has the advantage pre 6. but if you have flash and (R) and maybe a tiamat or possibly hydra there is a high chance of you killing her

VS

Akali

Medium

Bait shroud, pop your ult kill her, she can still outdamage you and outsustain you because of her passive

VS

Annie

Medium

This lane is very tricky, depends if the enemy annie knows how to stun you correctly

VS

Brand

Hard

This lane is very hard, brand has high burst damage and damage over time from his passive

VS

Cassiopeia

Medium

This lane should be easy early but she kinda outscales you in terms of dps

VS

Cho'Gath

Medium

You have to kill him before level 6 or else he will be a big trouble and stack armor and hp, he will most likely go for frozen heart

VS

Darius

Medium

This is mostly a skill matchup you have quicker nuke than him at lvl 6, he needs to stack blood stacks while you can pop ult and start doing your combo, but you cant kill him if hes too fed and has sunfire cape

VS

Diana

Easy

This lane should be easy she doesnt really have anything to stop you, just play properly

VS

Dr. Mundo

Easy

This lane should be very easy you can just block all of his damage and combo kill him. Be sure not feed him too much or its dangerous. But its hard to make that happen

VS

Fiora

Medium

When you are on lane and use your combo and she uses her (W) you should not autoattack but shield while her (W) is up then continue your combo after. Also be sure not to engage recklessly at lvl 6 you cant outplay fiora with hp her ult destroys your combo

VS

Fizz

Medium

This lane is annoying since fizz can dodge your (R) Wind slash and ult you from distance and combo you

VS

Galio

Easy

This should be very easy since galio needs to stack Magic resist to be efficient and since all you do is phsycal damage you should win this lane

VS

Gangplank

Easy

Dont fight him at level 1, he actually outdamages you wait for lvl 2 or 3 but best for 3 and use your combo correctly and you should be able to kill him

VS

Garen

Hard

This guy counters you pretty hard. he silences you to destroy your combo, destroys you damage with his (W) and his passive just outsustains you, pretty hard to win this lane

VS

Gnar

Medium

Havnt played this matchup yet, since he just got released but i think a skilled gnar can easily win lane against you

VS

Gragas

Medium

After his (Q) nerf he cant waveclear as good but i think he still wins this lane unless your pretty good, his passive outsustains you and can destroy your combo with his (E)

VS

Heimerdinger

Easy

His turrets can destroy you on lane but after all you can still nuke him

VS

Irelia

Medium

In this lane you need to avoid trading when her (W) is on you should Auto>Q>E since he will probably stun you after you use Auto>Q. So after your (E) and she used her (E) you should continue your combo.

VS

Jarvan IV

Easy

You should be able to outdamage him if you (E) properly

VS

Jax

Medium

Trade with him when his (E) is down or just (W) him and (E) or (Q) away and re-engage after that

VS

Jayce

Hard

This lane is pretty hard all of his abillties fit to stop you he can knock you back or go to ranged form harrass you and jump on you with melee form when your too low. but theres a small chance you can win lane when you hit lvl 6 since jayce is not that good at lvl 6 since he doesnt get a new abillity.

VS

Karthus

Easy

This should be very easy since you can dodge karthus dps and you can shield his (R) and it will deal no damage (on lane)

VS

Kassadin

Easy

Should be an easy lane not really much he can stop you with, the only annoying thing is his (R)

VS

Katarina

Easy

This lane is one of the easyest because katarina has no damage on laning phase and she is melee aswell, so you can just oneshot her and stop her (R) with your (W) or third (Q)

VS

Kayle

Hard

This lane is pretty hard since she has range and a (R) that makes her unkilable so you cant execute her with your combo plus she has heal from her (Q) which will annoy you pretty hard

VS

Kennen

Hard

This lane is a bit hard since he can harras you out of lane with his range and stun you, this guy has alot of damage on lane

VS

Kha'Zix

Medium

You should not make long trades in a isolated area, you can fight him next to minons and (E) his (Q) if you can react on it

VS

LeBlanc

Medium

This might be a bit tricky since she has range but you can outplay her, if your timing is good you can stun her when she (W) to you

VS

Lissandra

Medium

This is a bit hard since she can rush seekers armguard and poke you down 

VS

Lulu

Hard

This lane is pretty annoying she has an (R) that gives her HP which means you cant execute her with your combo and she has very annoying poke and CC

VS

Lux

Easy

Should be easy since you can dash to the side and dodge her (Q) and (W)

VS

Malphite

Hard

This  lane is pretty impossible. His (E) makes you not able to autoattack at all and once he gets frozen heart your done for. Not really possible to deal with this guy

VS

Malzahar

Hard

Malzahar  is very annoying since he can silence you and outdps you and his (R) will just stop your combo aswell

VS

Maokai

Medium

Maokai recently became toplane meta and your (Q) will just give his passive stacks and make him outsustain you, also he can destroy your combo which makes him annoying. but overall i think it is a medium difficulity

VS

Mordekaiser

Hard

This lane is pretty hard if you go duel with him he will just stack up his shield passive and not make you able to trade and just kill you, he has way too much damage

VS

Nasus

Medium

This lane is all about killing him before lvl 6 or else his (W) and (Q) will completely destroy you

VS

Nidalee

Medium

Nidalee has a better execute than riven so watch out for some early damage spikes, and wait for a possibillity to be able to kill her

VS

Olaf

Medium

To win this game you have to predict when he uses his (E) and block it with your shield. you should be able to win this lane in trades if you know how to trade properly

VS

Orianna

Easy

Should be an easy lane, she cant escape your combo

VS

Pantheon

Hard

Pantheon is one of the most annoying matchups for you he can block your autoattack and stun you and just continue his combo on you while he blocks your Autoattacks and deny you your combo 

VS

Poppy

Medium

Poppy is a very weird champion but i think you should be able to kill her in lane unless you cant see openings for a free kill

VS

Quinn

Hard

Quinn top is a very hard matchup since she has range and  blind and a strong melee form 

VS

Renekton

Medium

You can kill renekton if he hasnt got fury, makes him able to do no damage you can easily just (E) and go unharmed. Dont let him get his fury up

VS

Rengar

Easy

He wins level 1-2 but when you are level 3 you can (E) his (Q) and (W) to cancel his (Q) and just kill him

VS

Riven

Medium

Who plays normals :P but if you are in this lane it is all about who uses combo first and how you play against the combo. And you have to know the CD of the other rivens abillities

VS

Rumble

Easy

This lane should be easy for you he hasnt really got anything to stop you with. and he has no sustain

VS

Shen

Medium

This guy can be a tanky piece of meat on the lane but he cant really kill you and you can stop his (R) with the third (Q) or (W)

VS

Singed

Medium

This lane should be easy just care for him not to flip you into his tower or many enemy minions, after 25 minutes it will be a bit harder for you to deal with him

VS

Sion

Easy

This lane should be pretty easy if you know sions damage. when he (R) dont let him hit anything or else he will lifesteal too much and kill you

VS

Swain

Easy

This should be easy you can dodge his stun and ignite him to be able to kill him while in his (R) he hasnt got burst, but you do, use that as your advantage

VS

Syndra

Medium

Her (Q) can destroy you but you just have to play it safe and wait for level 6 and then oneshot her

VS

Talon

Easy

Should be very easy, he hasnt got high damage while on laning phase and he is melee 

VS

Teemo

Hard

This guy is the most annoying thing in laning phase. If he properly knows how to play teemo you cant really win lane, you have to get hydra as fast as possible

VS

Trundle

Medium

You have Dashes and a stun so you should be able to avoid his damage and do some damage to him, but just care if has Blade of the ruined king and ults you. you cant really get away and he outscales you lategame too

VS

Tryndamere

Medium

Dont let this guy get his rage up, you can win this lane anytime but care for his crit damage, your (E) will be very important

VS

Twisted Fate

Medium

You need to dodge his (Q) and try to stay out of range in his (W)

VS

Udyr

Medium

Care for his tiger stance but if you combo him correctly you can win lane easily, just care about early levels

VS

Veigar

Easy

Destroy and deny him farm early

VS

Vel'Koz

Medium

Dont let him poke you out of lane. Play it out safe till level 6

VS

Viktor

Medium

Dodge his laser and (E) his (Q) and gap close him

VS

Vladimir

Medium

When looking at the abillities Vladimir should win lane but Riven can kill him on lane simply by oneshotting him

VS

Volibear

Hard

Volibear is a hard matchup he is kinda like a better udyr at toplane his passive makes you not be able to kill him and he gets more atk speed and will be hard to kill him on lane

VS

Wukong

Medium

This guy outdamages you at lvl 6 care for that. You need to outplay him

VS

Xerath

Medium

Dont let him hit his poke, you need to play safe til level 6. kinda like velkoz

VS

Yasuo

Easy

This lane is pretty easy even tho he has his (W) to prevent your (R) Windslash 

he can kill you lvl 1-2 but after that you should just win lane simply by damage

VS

Yorick

Medium

Yorick is pretty annoying on lane he can just use his ghouls and win trades. You have to trade in another way

VS

Zed

Hard

In this matchup he should win. you just have to trade carefully with him and expect his damage

VS

Ziggs

Medium

The only thing you should think of is gap closing him and dodging his bombs and playing safe till level 6

VS

Zilean

Medium

(E) when his (Q) explodes and gap close him

Teamfighting as riven and tips Back to Top


TIPS:

If you click on the ground while using (Q) you can Autoattack faster after the (Q) this is how boxbox makes the combo so fast


You can animation cancel your (R) which means you can use (R) while using (Q) and (E)
it will take a while to learn this but you can practice this in custom games,
Bassicly you use your (E)>(R)>(Q) and then it should cancel the (R) animation since you stand still for half a second when you (R)


You can also cancel your (W) if you have bought hydra or with the (E) but using Hydra with (W) gives huge burst
To be able to do this you use Hydra first and (W) straight after, the faster you do it the better it will benefit you

Canceling the animation of (W) with (E) is simply done by using (E)>(W) it will make you use (W) while using (E)
But i recommend (E)>Auto>(W) for a better trade. you should only do (E)>(W) when you feel like insta bursting someone 

it can also be a good idea to do (E)>Hydra>(W) to shield in for safety and insta nuking


Teamfighting as Riven.



You should always try to get to their backline its the most important thing, Riven is a skirmish champion
Which means she is good in 3v3's but is also possible in 5v5's with flash. You should use 2 of your (Q) then (R) and then Flash>Q to their backline then Hydra>(W) then using you (R) Wind slash and shielding to safety or continueing to fight if you can. You only do this if you know most enemy CC is on cooldown. and also this depends on if you know the limits of Riven. You can also do R>E>Flash while using (E)>Hydra>W>R (Wind slash) but that is not as good as the (Q) engage, you only do this in skirmishes sometimes. If  you come behind as Riven you wont be that much use because  Riven is a champion that relies alot on AD which means if you get behind you wont have as much use. So you have to grab some tanky items atleast if you get behind. to be able to atleast stay alive in teamfights and not get nuked by some Mage 

About me Back to Top

I main riven since her nerfs and i understand them i've climbed from Silver V to Plat IV in one season

It took me a while to understand riven as a champ, but i got to that point
You just have to keep playing and learning from your mistakes (just like one of her quotes mentions) :P

Link for my stream :) 
http://www.twitch.tv/powergazthesecond

Link for my Youtube channel, a few montages released there
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE-8P-KAJZeyJtueZ0YpkMA

Link for my facebook Page :) 
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Link for my Facebook profile page 
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Riven (General) Back to Top

Rivens nerfs are fine and i understand them her nerfs mostly hit her (E) hard they nerfed (Q) to make her not be able to cheese hard


The proplem with her is also her Health regeneration
Also because her combo is hard to do. 1 mistake and you're dead (most likely)
Mastering Rivens full potential takes alot of time
I have played over 500 games and still have alot to learn
There is not a limit to how high mechanics you can have
You can always improve, remember that



Pros and cons Back to Top

 

Pros                                                                                                                                                                           Cons

                                          
 Strong damage and strong splitpush                                                                                 can be destroyed early game  
 Good surviveabillity and mobile                                                                                                    easily  Focused                                                                                                                                                            Tanks can be troublesome
 Can snowball hard                                                                                                           Requires snowballing to carry
 Can carry in Solo queue                                                                                                                   Unplayable if tilted
Offers lots of stuff Shield,AOE stun,high combo etc.
   
                                           
 

Rivens Abillity explanation Back to Top

(Passive) use this passive to your advantage it will help you alot it also works with lifesteal so its very strong
even tho it gives you so much AD early it can not be enough to win trades no matter what remember not being reckless

(Q) Remember the way you dash with your (Q) is the direction you are facing. If there is a enemy unit in your (Q) range you dash to him instead, try doing (Q)>Auto combo as fast as possible


(W) Is a very important thing to put in your combo it makes your combo more deadly and a strong dueler, Try to mix your (W) with lots of diffrent combos


(E) Is one of the most important Spells for riven this abillity can do wonders you just need to time it correctly and you're ready to go, You can outplay people very hard with it


(R) You should always see the situation when you can use (R) its very important to calculate your damage with (R)
And remember that The less HP the enemy has the more damage your (R) Wind slash does, This is very strong for skirmish objective grouping


Riven mid Back to Top

In Riven mid you should always think of playing safe till level 6 since must midlaners have range and you dont. You are a great dueler and have high burst damage against other midlaners, its an ok pick some downsides and some good sides. Be carefull not to get ganked since there is 2 places to get ganked from. Its very diffrent than toplane since you cant really get ''counterpicked'' in midlane

Osu Back to Top

If you want to play alot of riven you can try out the game Osu! it can help you with your accuracy and timing

And also very fast reactions, takes a while to learn this game tho, but very fun :)
https://osu.ppy.sh/p/download

Ending Back to Top

And most important of all, remember to have fun its not all just about tryharding :) try to keep calm and keep thinking to see what you can do and improve

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