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Riven Statistics for FloRlI

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

Value
Average
Games Played
11
7
Win %
64
40
Kills
8.0
5.4
Assists
4.1
5.0
Deaths
5.4
6.4
KA:D Ratio
2.3
1.6
Gold Earned
16.3K
11K
Creep Score
277.5
176.1
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top





14.png4.png Take it! Riven relys on "Snowballing" which means killing enemys. And ignite is obviously good for killing enemys :D


12.png4.pngPopular, but i think it doesn't fit Riven thaaat good. If you know that you won't kill your opponent and you will be getting owned hard. It's ok to counterteleport the enemy toplaner, but usually take ignite!



1.png4.pngSounds odd, but think about it. Riven is squichy, even with her shield. If you get stunned for like a second in a teamfight, you will drop dead! I take it sometimes against 39_64.png, her 2 sec stun wrecks you most of the time; you can also cleanse the "ignite-dmg", keep that in mind! It won't block zed ulti or malzahar ulti like QSS3140_32.png.



11.png4.png There are some people, who think riven jungle is pretty good. I think, it's not the best option, riven lacks money when jungling; still she got good sustain in jungle with her shield and "ok" cleartime. In the new jungle, you have to go back after the first buff and get 5 healthpots.






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Abilities Back to Top

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Passive
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It's all about hitting lvl 6. Riven has one of the strongest, maybe THE strongest, lvl 6. She gets 20% more dmg, which means that all of her spells, even the passive, get stronger. An ulti which affects every other spell? Incredible. You can kill 95% of the enemys after hitting 6.


Start with "e" first against heavy poke lvl 1, for example 126_64.png,13_64.pngor 17_64.png, but still max q first!



You should usually go for this order, but there are some matchups, in which i would prefer to max."e", espacially for a "riven-beginner": 80_64.png,58_64.png122_64.png,86_64.png Riven's classic counters. As you get more expirienced with riven, you will know how to use your shield correctly, and you wont get stomped by your counters. I max. e in 1 out of 50 games, i guess.


You can max. "w" second if you are 5/0 and you just want to kill everything :D. Still, the w dmg is really low, just the cooldown shortens.


There are also some very usefull combos, which will be shown in videos. A expression like : "e r q aa q aa q aa w aa r " is not very usefull  in my opinion, that's why i will show them in a video in slowmotion.


Shield useage in midgame:


Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Classic Start, 99% of the time
    Botlaneswap: Vs Highranged or Pokesupport. If vs Lowranged or "JannaSupport" get Longsword and 3 pots. Botlane swaps are so uncommon, so is this itemstart.
    I buy it in one of 1000 games. If you are up vs Teemo or another AA-based Champio. But longsword is also better, even in this situation !
    Why get 7 dmg when longsword gives you 10 ? I prefer the 3 healthpots and the 3+ dmg on longsword. Just get it when you want to do a jungle camp and then tp on toplane

Core Items

    The best item. Get it EVERY time EVERY game
    Gives you an insane amount of dmg; its also a special item on riven, cause you can cancel the "tiamat-animation" with nearly every spell. But animationcancelling will be declared later on !
    Cooldown is Rivens"mana". Get as much as possible ! You can get Ninja Tabi against an full ad team, but i prefer the Cooldownboots even in this situation. Mercury's Treads are good against a Heavy CrowdControl team; dont buy it only cause of its MagicResistence, there are better options
    same as brutalizer, MUST have. I often rush it after brutalizer when im up vs Nasus, TankDaris, Maokai and so on.
    NEW CORE ITEMS (20.5.2015)

Situational Items

    The lifesteal-items, usually pick one of them. You can buy both, but only as a 3rd or 4th item. You need to get Armorpen before you get pure dmg.
    It gives you 80 AD, which is huge, but it also gives you crit.dmg and crit chance, which is not your primary aim. It's funny, espacially combined with a "youmuu's". But it's not "good"
    What to do with your brutalizer ? Usually get "youmuu's", it's great for killing squichy enemy carrys; get blackcleaver for fighting tanks with 150+ armos. Don't buy it cause it makes you "tanky". It simply doesn't.
    It's good, buy it when you are ahead and your team needs you to stay alive.
    i get it 80% of the time, it is incredible good against ap-burst champs, like syndra, ziggs or orianna. Just build hexdrinker in earlygame and finish maw in lategame
    Good item vs heavy ap based teams. You can build Banshee's or Spirit Visage out of it, but i think Banshee's is better
    Gives 80 AD, like BT, but its very expensive. It's very good vs long ccs, like Ashe ulti, Irelia stun or Nasus slow. Keep that 50% movementspeed buff in mind when escaping or chasing!
A common mistake is, to rush vampiric scepter as a first or second item. I usually don't buy lifesteal before i got 200 AD. I start longsword, go back with 1k and get brutalizer. If you still got like 400 gold, get longsword, not boots! If you got like 1k, get a pickaxe and not vampiric scepter! Get lifesteal when you are up vs a champ who relys on poke, or vs a champ who got much sustain, such as warwick, yorick or vladimir.

Some Games with a platin I acc and the itemset:


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Literally won  17 games in a row on the new map.

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Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Aatrox
    Easy
  • Akali
    Medium
  • Darius
    Medium
  • Dr. Mundo
    Easy
  • Fiora
    Hard
  • Garen
    Hard
  • Gnar
    Easy
  • Gragas
    Medium
  • Hecarim
    Medium
  • Irelia
    Medium
  • Jax
    Medium
  • Maokai
    Medium
  • Olaf
    Medium
  • Pantheon
    Hard
  • Quinn
    Hard
  • Renekton
    Medium

VS

Aatrox

Easy

Easy. Just do your normal thing and he can't kill you at any stage of the game. 14.png him when he is below 50 % hp, because his lifesteal doubles when he gets low. You can dodge his q, the jump and knockup, easily with your e. A video is in the "Riven mechanic" section.

VS

Akali

Medium

Akali is a very strong champion, she beats most of the other laners
Before lvl 6, you should be able to outrade/kill her, but after she hits 6, she will q->r->w you all the time, and you can't do anything about it. Still you can fight her with a pinkward with you. The red trinket won't reveal invisible units, you need to upgrade it !

VS

Darius

Medium

It's a Rivencounter, but its not as hard as vs 86_64.png, but it's still a challenge. You have to predict his q and shield it, otherwise you must go back after 4 or 5 Darius qs. After lvl6, you should be able to kill him, try to shield his ulti dmg; it'r relatively easy to block, cause he jumps in the air before he dunks you. Get lw after brutalizer most of the time; Darius builds armor. If he goes for ad, you should get Hydra/Tiamat.

VS

Dr. Mundo

Easy

He has nothing to fight you back. You can dodge his cleaver with your e; he can't outtrade you. Ignite him when you want to all in and he got his ult up. Try to lose as little as possible hp while trading. Dr. Mundo got insane healthreg. with his passive and his ulti.

VS

Fiora

Hard

Fiora is such a good champions vs Riven. She has a stronger lvl 6 than Riven, and their builds are similiar. Fiora will rush hydra and will outtdamage you. They key to win this lane is, to kill her before lvl 6 and snowball her. Try to bait her "block" with a q  q combo towards her. She will mostl likely press her shield, and you just wait 1.5 secs, and go all in on her. You should be stronger with lvl 2 to 5.

VS

Garen

Hard

Garen is one of the best counters to Riven. His silence will interrupt your combo and his armorbuff makes him hard to kill. Start with e, cause he will dmg you with lvl 1. Everytime Garens uses his q, his speedboost, and wants to hit you, activate your shield ! The longer the game lasts, the stonger you will get. I consider to rush lw after your brutalizer, cause Garen usually builds armor.
Alike Darius, Garen has an execution-ulti, which means: the less hp you got, the more dmg you deal. So, you know when he uses ulti, try to time your shield!

VS

Gnar

Easy

Easy to Medium: 

Gnar in his "minignar" - form is pretty bad. Just a casual ranged champ.

In "megagnar", you should try to dodge his stun with your e, and try to avoid fighting; his basestats are incredibly high.

VS

Gragas

Medium

Very popular, much op. The real problem with gragas is his sustain. He will lose trades for sure, but after that he just makes 2 to 3 speels and he "won" the trade, cause riven lacks sustain without lifesteal. If you don't kill him pre 6, i will be kinda hard. He just kites you with his ult and dashes away. My tacitcs are, to use his ulti for my own advantage. I try to flash near him, so his ult will knock me over to him. This doesn't work all the time and it costs you a summoner, but as we know: one kill on riven is like 3 kills on another champion.

VS

Hecarim

Medium

If he is not banned: Heca usually takes a jungle camp, therefore you have to push. If you don't so, he will reach lvl 3 while you are lvl 1, and that's your death. You can trade him when he doesn't stack his q passive, the cdr thingy. You are stronger in 1 v 1 past6, but hecarims use their ult to escape, cause they don't pick flash. It's very important to not get crushed by his lvl 2!

VS

Irelia

Medium

Irelia relys on her stun; As simple as it sounds, just don't get stunned ! Irelia will stun a unit, if it got the same procentual life as Irelia or more. That means, if both got 100%, irelia will stun you. A nice way to get rid of the stun is, get a few hits from the caster minions, they will prevent you from the stun.

VS

Jax

Medium

Jax has crazy lategame, dont try some outplays when he got 3 or 4 items. You can kill him in earlygame, but dont underestimate his 1,5 seconds godmodus. Your q aa q aa q aa combo doesn't work vs jax. If you engage with q, he will just activate his e and dodge every autoattack of yours. But there is a way to beat him: You need to bait his dodgespell. The best way is, to make one q towards him, followed by an autoattack. Most of the time he will activate his e, because he thinks that you wan't to go all in. But you don't want to go in! You just stun him and "e-q-q" AWAY. So, jax used his 15+ secs cooldown spell, and yours got a cd of ca. 10. Just go in then and win the trade after his "helicopter" stopped. Do the classic riven combo :" q aa q aa w aa e aa q aa" or something like that. After the fight, do the same until you are lvl 6.

VS

Maokai

Medium

Oh no, the metatree.
His passive is so good vs riven! After Riven used q 3 times, maokai's passive is nearly stacked. He just got so many sustain against a riven. You can try to kill him before lvl 6, but it's not that easy. Try do dodge his q, the knockback. You can kill him when you hit 6 before him. If he hits 6 before you, you won't be able to kill him in a while. In lategame, you will kill him so easy 1 v 1, but a maokai just want's to teamfight and root you in the middle of the enemy team....

VS

Olaf

Medium

Known as a counter to riven, this guys is pretty hard to outtrade. You just can predict his e with your shield, the true dmg thingy, to survive the lane. Olaf's ult makes him "un-ccable", which means, that your knockup and your stun won't affect him. Still, the more dmg you get, the easier you will kill him. If he rushes armor, get a lw after your brutalizer, and dont underestimate his chaseingpotential ! You literally can't stop him in his ulti.

VS

Pantheon

Hard

He will constantly use his q to dmg you. Most of the pantheons start longsword + 2manapots + 1 healthop, to harass you even longer. Get your e first, and shield every spear. I play passive till lvl 6, because if you engage with lvl 3, pantheon may win trades, and that's fatal. Pantheon doesn't have a "real" ultimate, and Riven got one of the strongest..... guess what.

VS

Quinn

Hard

Hardest of all. Your chance of winning this lane is like 2%. You really need the junglers help, quinn counters every autoattack based champ in the lane, especially the melee. Your chances of killing her are the best after lvl 6, cause she has to go melee to use her ulti the most effective. But most of the time, you will lose still. Get sustain, maybe a dorans after first back and then a vampiric.

VS

Renekton

Medium

You can start with q; i firstblooded some renektons with lvl 1, but most of the time, you should start e. Renekton builds tanky if he wants to be usefull, but there are some renektons which start hydra. They are unbeatable 1 v 1 in early to midgame, but they will be outscaled SO hard. After you finished lw and tiamat, fight him everytime. Don't die in earlygame and wait for jungler, if the jungler is a 24/7 afk- jungler, just try to farm under tower. It's not that grave if you are 50 cs behind, dont think csing is everything in this game. If the jungler carrys other lanes, it's perfectly ok.

RivenMechanic Back to Top

  1. The best way of explaining Riven, is with a detailed chart created by me and my paint skillzZ:gimmesugar.png






A typical lategame-combo ( combo in vid is : Flash -> e r -> w -> aa -> 3rd q -> ulti-projectile)

The Reason why you jump in with your 3rd q on is, that you can "cc-lock" the enemy. You flash in and press w, which is a 0.75 sec stun, followed by a knockup which is 1 sec cc. If you time the spells well, you can cc someone 1, 75 seconds !

Even is Tristana  would have flashed i would have executed her with my ulti. The range of your ulti is a bit larger than flashrange is.

A classic Teamfight turn with Riven's massive Aoe dmg.



When i got more sparetime :
Vids about the early-game and combos are coming soon. I will also upload a few wall-jumps.
Vid about riven vs ranged will follow.
Vid about full-teamfighting will come, aaand further vids about all riven stuff
No LoLReplay, no Videos.

Some general suggestions: Back to Top

"LOL RIVEN OP"

"FACEROLL"

"RIOT NERF RIVEN TY"


I've heard this a several times, especially after a  3 v 1 situation followed by a triplekill by me. Everyone who says Riven is a easy champ, only played her in bot- or normalgames. Riven is a champion, which can be shut down just by picks like 86_64.png or 122_64.png. It's hard to get ahead in such lanes. People only see Riven when see is fed, they dont see the tough earlygame sometimes. Of course, if Riven is fed, everything looks easy. Her shield has 4 secs cd and shields like 600 dmg, her autoattacks deal 500+ dmg, and she does insane AoE dmg.

I often look some matchhistories, just to see some ranked-riven-games with kdas like 3/8/4. Then i ask the person:"what was wrong  that game  ? :D ". The typical answer is :" i was forced to go top, i suck top :(".
Riven is a champ which efforts individual skill, you need practice to be able to play Riven good, espacially in higher elos.

DON'T PICK RIVEN JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE FORCED TO GO TOPLANE. Riven is a hard champ.

Even although Riven is the best champ (:D), i suggest to not pick her every game in every matchup. There are some matchups or teamcombos, in which Riven is rather useless. When you have to face an enemy team with much  cc, like maokai, leona, janna or some sort of cc-monster, try to not pick Riven. You will get stunned and be bursted down so quickly, even if you got Tenacity. In this kind of situation, the "splitpush Riven" is the clue to victory, if you still decide to pick her.

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First acc: Ayrelia
Second : Exqlusive


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