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Shen Statistics for Split King

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

Value
Average
Games Played
105
7
Win %
54
41
Kills
3.7
3.6
Assists
7.4
10.3
Deaths
4.7
5.4
KA:D Ratio
2.4
2.6
Gold Earned
10.8K
10.6K
Creep Score
162.4
135.6
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

There is not much to say about summoner spells for Shen. 4.png and 12.png are extremely good on Shen. Flash is needed to make game-changing flash-taunts. Teleport is a no-brainer as well, Shen needs teleport to improve his ultimate. With teleport, you can help your teammates even early in the game without losing lane, as you can get quickly back to lane with teleport after saving a team member.

New Runes Back to Top

Take Second Wind Instead of Conditioning if you are playing against poke.

Abilities Back to Top

Q
E
W
Q
Q
R
Q
E
Q
E
R
E
E
W
W
R
W
W
Passive
Q
1
4
5
7
9
W
3
14
15
17
18
E
2
8
10
12
13
R
6
11
16

Pretty straightforward stuff here. 

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Doran's shield is very strong. There is no better start for Shen
    Most matchups will deal physical damage. Sunfire is the perfect start item to deal with physical damage. Tank stats and waveclear in one item, yes please
    Against AP: If the lane is hard to survive I buy spectre's cowl. I do however rarely finish it as it does not build into any decent items for Shen. I then buy Titanic Hydra as I need waveclear.
    This build has 3 items that need Rejuvenation bead. But even if you are going to sell this later it is still a wonderful money dump. It seels for 104g, so it essentially only cost 46g. Cheaper and far more effective than a health potion.

Core Items

    The "Trinity Force - Sterak's Gage" is very Strong, especially if you have full CDR and can use Q to provide full uptime on Spellblade. For those who did not know, Sterak's Gage buffs Base dmg, which in turn also buffs Trinity Force. No boots, because fuck boots, they do not give enough stats for the late game, and ZZ'Roth + Trinity + Deadman's is plenty of Movement Speed.

Situational Items

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Camille
    Easy
  • Darius
    Hard
  • Fiora
    Hard
  • Gnar
    Easy
  • Heimerdinger
    Hard
  • Irelia
    Easy
  • Jax
    Medium
  • Kled
    Easy
  • Nasus
    Easy
  • Renekton
    Medium
  • Riven
    Medium
  • Trundle
    Medium
  • Tryndamere
    Medium
  • Vladimir
    Medium
  • Yasuo
    Medium

VS

Camille

Easy
Camille cannot do much to you. Make sure not to get hit by the outer cone. I do not think I have ever lost to a Camille 1v1

VS

Darius

Hard

Darius is tough. His kit is made to kill anything that comes into melee range. Do not try to fight him unless you know you can outplay him. It is easy to stay alive and farm however. Use q to activate passive when he uses decimate. You will take no damage and he will push lane. Use your taunt to disengage when he uses apprehend on you. Focus on buying early health, His true damage and armor penetration greatly reduces the effectiveness of armor

VS

Fiora

Hard

There is no easy way to deal with Fiora. You cannot farm safely and you cannot fight her either. She should have been banned. If you are forced to fight her, try to control your vitals, if you get a vital facing her, back off so that a new vital will spawn instead.

VS

Gnar

Easy

Land a taunt on him when he is in mini form. You will outtrade him really badly. Back off when he gets big. Keep engaging till he dies.

VS

Heimerdinger

Hard

There is not much counter play for Shen in this lane. Do not fight him unless he is really bad. Focus on farming and staying alive. Rush Spectre's Cowl and Merc treads.

VS

Irelia

Easy

Irelia is a tough matchup for many top lane champs. This is not the case with Shen. Just make sure that you are tanky enough to survive an all-in with her ult. Health is worth more than armor early on, as you cannot reduce her true damage. Try trading with her from time to time. If you lose trades then farm for a while and try again. You will become stronger than her eventually.

VS

Jax

Medium

You should not start with q like usual. He will just dodge it and return all the damage to your face. Start e instead so that when he tries to stun you, you simply dash away.

VS

Kled

Easy
Your entire kit is perfect for turning Kled inside out. Just make sure not to do the things I talk about in the Video Guide
Your entire kit is perfect for turning kled inside out. Just make sure not to do the things I talk about in the Video guide.

VS

Nasus

Easy

Nasus will cry in the corner. Shen's kit just screams "Anti-Cane-Wielding-Dog"

VS

Renekton

Medium

Farm and play defensively till around level 9, at this point you can start winning trades.

VS

Riven

Medium

When I first started playing Shen I had a hard time against Riven. But now I kinda like laning against her. Do not engage on her with e if her ultimate is ready. Farm and wait for her to use her abilities to engage. You can then fight her and outtrade her, or dash away if it goes south.

VS

Trundle

Medium

Trundle is an anti tank. You cannot win 1v1, unless you wait for him to run out of mana. Just farm. He cannot kill you unless you decide to fight him, as you can always just e away if he tries to engage you with pillar

VS

Tryndamere

Medium

You should treat Tryndamere a bit like you treat Yasuo. He is hard to deal with early, but if you make sure not to feed him any kills you will eventually become too tanky for him to handle.

VS

Vladimir

Medium

This lane can go both ways. Shen can abuse Vladimirs shitty early game. But if Vladimir survives early and keeps up in farm Shen can no longer touch him. Try your luck and adapt accordingly

VS

Yasuo

Medium

Just farm early and make sure not to fight him if he uses ultimate. The armor penetration will end you. Once you have Ninja tabi and Sunfire you can start dominating lane.

Runes Back to Top

Runes

Season 8 is here and the runes have changed with it!

Resolve should be Shens main rune tree at all times

grasp-of-the-undying.png Grasp of the Undying
This is the keystone I pick on top lane most of the time. It is like it was in season 7 but now it also gives you permanent health that can scale indefinitely, sweet. Against standard melee top laners that aren't too hard to deal with Grasp of the undying is ideal. When deciding if you should take Grasp of the Undying, look at the laner you will be facing. If you think you can walk up to him and auto attack him from time to time without too much of a risk involved Grasp of the Undying is your rune!

aftershock.png Aftershock
Aftershock is great man! Unlike the old Courage of the Colossus this rune actually works wonders even in 1v1. The only question is, When is Aftershock better than Grasp of the Undying? In tough matchups or matchups where your opponent is ranged and good at staying away from you, you should pick Aftershock. Aftershock is more defensive than Grasp of the Undying and it is also more burst oriented. Grasp excels in long fights where Aftershock excels in short engagements.

guardian.png Guardian
This is easy. Are you support? if No, don't take Guardian, if Yes, take Guardian. Boom you are welcome. Guardian has INSANE synergy with Shen's ultimate. This rune might actually make Shen viable as a support. More so than usual anyway.

demolish.png Demolish
90% of the time Demolish is the best rune you can take in this tier. It seems like it was made for Shen. Shen is a tanky Split pusher with NO way of dealing extra damage to turrets. Demolish scales off health and helps Shen be devastating even for turrets ;-)
Only take unflinching.png Unflinching if the enemy team has insane cc, and Only take font-of-life.png Font of Life if you are support. But even in those cases, Demolish is still a solid pick.

conditioning.png Conditioning
ALWAYS take this, never take the other 2 options. Split pushers need to become strong and scale well into the late game. Conditioning helps you achieve this.

revitalize.png Revitalize
Revitalize is INSANE on Shen. It helps his passive greatly but more importantly, it boosts the effectiveness of his ultimate! Revitalize is strongest when people are below 40% health, Shens ultimate is also strongest on targets below 40% health. SYNERGY!
Never take overgrowth.png Overgrowth (even in the super late game Revitalize is stronger) and only take second-wind.png Second Wind if your opponent is a blowgun wielding hamster (it is good against poke champions like Satan)

Secondary Tree: Sorcery

Why Sorcery? Because you can use ultimate whenever you feel like it. YES PLEASE.

the-ultimate-hat.png The Ultimate Hat
Take this, Always take this. It is quite obvious really.

transcendence.png Transcendence
My build needs full cooldown reduction to be effective. I used to have runes for that, but now! ...I still have runes for that! ALSO if you get blue buff with full CDR you get damage instead, WIN WIN. 

Introduction and Video Guide Back to Top

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WHO is the Split King? 
Feel free to watch my channel teaser to get the idea.

But more importantly, watch this Video Guide to better understand the written guide:

Season 8 Update Back to Top

Season 8 has made Shen extremely strong! Watch the video to learn how I deal with season 8.

Why play Shen? Back to Top

I have said it before and I will say it again. The best reason to play Shen is to improve on the game overall.

After I mastered Shen I was able to jump several ranked divisions on all of my champions, despite the fact that I was quite highly ranked, to begin with.

I have HOWEVER also tried to click on a low health ally to press R, despite not even playing Shen. It becomes a habit. If you play Shen a lot you should also play Soraka while support, as their ultimates, works in similar ways. It is the same kind of awareness they need to be successful. I would do the same if it was not for the fact that I have 80% win rate on my Janna.:-)

Math! Back to Top

As shown in the video guide Shen works a bit differently than other tanks. If he double his effective health, he becomes far more than twice as tanky.

The riven example:

Riven has a dps of 100.
My passive can shield 100 every 2 seconds.

This means that riven deals 50 dmg to my actualy health per second.
If I then backed and got twice the effective health either through armor or simply buying health, my passive would also gain double effectiveness. (Passive only scales from bonus health so it actually gains more than twice the effectiveness in most cases, but let us keep it simple)

When I return to lane Riven will no longer be able to deal damage to me because my shield takes all the damage. SO having double the effective health does not mean that I can take twice the damage, but that I can take infinite damage, because Riven will never deal more damage than my shield can take.

A tiny CS lead or kill lead compared to your opponent means A LOT in terms of punishment you are able to take. In other words, if you make sure not to die once to Riven, and still keep up in farm, it wont take long till the Riven will become obsolete against you.

My scaling runes help me get ahead even if I don't get kills or more CS than my enemy.

If you have any questions about the math or anything else for that matter feel free to drop a comment on this site or on my youtube channel.

Playstyle Back to Top

My playstyle is mostly covered in the Video Guide so this will just be a quick summary.

Early Game:

Make a plan, AND STICK TO IT.
You need to know your matchup and play accordingly. You will either be the aggressor and use your taunt to engage in order to zone your opponent or get kills.
OR you will be on the defense and simply farm as much as you can. In this case, you will save your taunt for disengage. You need to know when to switch between being offensive and defensive.

Vs a Vladimir you will be offensive from the start to try and take him out, but if you do not succeed you will have to switch to defensive later on as Vladimir will heal more than you deal damage.

Vs a Renekton you will be defensive from the start. Then as the game goes on you will try to trade from time to time to test your strength compared to his. When the time is right you go on the offense to turn this crocodile into a fancy handbag.

Some matchups like Darius are simple because you will always use the defensive strategy unless he makes a mistake at some point.


Mid Game:

Your Mid Game starts once you get ultimate. It is playmaking time!. Look for opportunities to turn the tide around the map. But be careful as Shen's ultimate has a very long cooldown.

When your ultimate is on cooldown, you should either farm your own lane and try to take the tower, or stay near your own team to take objectives together.

Do not rely heavily on Split push if your ultimate and teleport are on cooldown. It is better to stick to your team and wait for your cooldowns to be back up.

Late Game:

Split Push for days.

Zz'Roth and Trinity Force are your turret destroyers. Sunfire or Titanic Hydra is your wave killer. If you are so behind that you don't have the items necessary to split push successfully, then you are better off sticking to your team.

If the enemy team sends someone to stop you, you should keep an eye on the minimap to be able to join your team so you can 5v4 the enemy team. BUT in most cases, I am ignored. No one ever comes to stop me. Instead, they go 5v4 on my team. In this case, I use attack move (bound to the A key by default) to push the lane I am in, and then I keep my screen on my team so I can be their guardian Ninja.

I often have 40% cooldown reduction and rank 3 ultimate at this point. So my ultimate will be up all the time.

Low Elo Back to Top

I would recommend not to use Shen to gain elo if you are silver or worse.

Shen is essentially a very tanky split pushing support. But a support nevertheless. Supports are rarely good for climbing the ladder. Shen's ultimate is FAR better if you throw it on someone with good knowledge of the game.

Honestly, It seems like my win rate on Shen only gets better the higher rank I am in.

I recommend using Tryndamere in low elo to climb the ladder. I will make a guide about that in the near future
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