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Summoner Spells

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Ignite is a must have on Riven. It gives you more lane dominance ( even though Riven is pretty lane dominant ). It also reduces the healing of Champions which is pretty nice ( f.e. Irelia, Rengar, etc )

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For the 2nd summonerspell you should consider in 8 out of 10 cases flash. It gives you the opportunity to escape over walls, engage ( flash -> w ) or even dodge a skillshot ( f.e. Ashe Arrow ).

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In the other cases you can take heal instead of flash. When you know, that you are able to win a 2v1 you can take heal instead of flash.

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Teleport is really rare on Riven, because she mainly needs ignite to burst someone down! 
Just run teleport when you know that your enemy is easy to shutdown AND your team will start to force objectives! 
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Runes

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Marks

Here are 2 available options for you. You can take AD ( = attack damage ) runes to maximize your early game damage and it's way easier to last hit with it or you take ArP ( = armor penetration ) runes to maxzimize your mid/late game damage. I prefer in 9/10 cases the 2nd variety. 
P.s. when you want to do the double golems, take flat AD marks

Seals

I just consider armor runes for a real option ( on seals ) even though you have to lane maybe against an AP carry. They can harass you with AA ( = autoattacks ) or you get ganked ( atm most junglers deal mostly physical damage ).

Glyphs

Flat MR ( = magic resist ) or MR per level runes are pretty standard for top laners. When there is no AP damage in the enemy team, take CDR ( = cooldown reduction ) runes.

Quintessences

Take AD runes for Quints. Those give you a lot of AD what you'll need because you are an AD caster. Don't take ArP Quints, they don't scale pretty good.


All in all this is a pretty balanced rune setup when you want to maximize your damage but still having a bit of defense.
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Masteries

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Normally I take a 19-11-0 mastery page.
This setup gives you a lot of AD, ArP, CDR, health and def-stats so you can trade pretty well with the enemy in lane and have a chunk of damage in lategame. When you are on purple side and want to do golems/wolves ( solo ) take 2 points in "Tough Skin" except of armor or MR.

Just go for a 21-9-0 mastery page when you know, that you will rape your enemy.

In some cases you can also run a 9-21-0 mastery page; I won't recommend this a lot.

Never go for a X-X-21 Mastery Page on Riven, it's not worth it.
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Abilities

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How to skill?


There are technically 3 ways how you could skill Riven till level 3:

  • Q -> E -> W
A lot of utility, go for this when you want to do safe trades and fear early ganks (pretty good with a CDR build)
  • Q -> W -> E
Getting Q and W at level 2 provides you with a lot of burst
  • E -> Q -> W
Safest start, go for this when you are playing against a hard lane matchup


After those 3 levels, there are still 3 more ways to max your spells:

  • R > Q > W > E
Max Q first for a lot of damage, especially when you are dominating the lane
  • R > W > Q > E
Max W first when you just want to do short trades
  • R > E > Q > W
Max E first for "safe" laning


Why do I max Q over W?

Q at 1: 30 - 60 - 90 ( up to 3 uses )
W at 1: 50
Difference: You deal 20 damage less with 1 Q, 10 damage more with 2 Qs and 40 damage more with 3 Qs

Q at 2: 55 - 110 - 165
W at 2: 80
Difference: You deal 25 damage less with 1 Q, 30 damage more with 2 Qs and 85 damage more with 3 Qs

Q at 3: 80 - 160 - 240
W at 3: 110
Difference: You deal 30 damage less with 1 Q, 50 damage more with 2 Qs and 130 damage more with 3 Qs

Q at 4: 105 - 210 - 315
W at 4: 140
Difference: You deal 35 damage less with 1 Q, 70 damage more with 2 Qs and 175 damage more with 3 Qs

Q at 5: 130 - 260 - 390
W at 5: 170
Difference: You deal 40 damage less with 1 Q, 90 damage more with 2 Qs and 220 damage more with 3 Qs

But the cooldown of the W is decreasing by 1 for every point you put into W.

All in all you can say that maxxing Q is by far better when you are able to use at least 2 Qs, what is generally the case; but if you just want to play really safe or do short trades I would still max W first.
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Items

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Situational

Starting Items

  • Start with 2037_32.png + 3x 2003_32.png against really hard matchups ( f.e. Darius )
  • Start with 1036_32.png + 2x 2003_32.png when you want to shutdown an easy - medium matchup
  • Start with 1006_32.png + 2x 2044_32.png + 3x 2003_32.png for safe laning
  • Start with 1029_32.png + 5x 2003_32.png when you consider doing the golems and the enemy laner has a pretty strong AD damage/harass in lane ( f.e. GP )
  • Start with 1054_32.png + 1x 2003_32.png against heavy poke (f.e. against an AD Carry top)

Core Items

  • Never ever forget to ward your lane with a 2044_32.png, so you won't get ganked; you can also buy 2043_32.png to clear the vision of the enemy laner, so your jungler has the possibility to gank your lane successfully
  • Buy at least one or two 1055_32.png  because they are the only source for health ( except "Black Cleaver" ) and they give you a lot of lane dominance
  • Try to get a 3134_32.png asap ( AD, CDR, ArP is all what you want )
  • Then you should buy a 3072_32.png, you scale really good with AD
  • After that consider building a 3035_32.png or a 3071_32.png to deal a lot of damage ( consider building a "Black Cleaver" over a "Last Whisper", when your team has a ton of physical/AD damage )
  • Now you need a 3026_32.png so you can jump in to burst someone and after your downtime you still have enough damage to kill everyone

Situational Items

Which boots should I buy when, when should I upgrade them?
  • Buy 3047_32.png against heavy AD damage or AA harass ( f.e. Nidalee )
  • Buy 3111_32.png against a lot of CC or magic damage ( f.e. double AP )
  • Buy 3158_32.png when you are winning your lane pretty hard or for a CDR orientaded build
Buy a boots upgrade ( tier 3 ) when you are nearly fullbuild ( except homeguard )
  • 3260_32.png3265_32.png3275_32.png in other words Homeguard; take those when you want to go fast from your base to lane or you have to defend your base pretty fast ( f.e. 2 inhibs are down )
  • 3262_32.png3267_32.png3277_32.png in other words Furor; those are pretty standard when you are aiming for long combos
  • 3264_32.png3269_32.png3279_32.png in other words Alacrity; standard upgrade

Situational items ~
  • Buy a 3022_32.png when you need more health ( I won't recommend Frozen Mallet a lot )
  • Buy a 3035_32.png when the enemy team is building a lot of armor and you aim for more damage
  • Buy a 3074_32.png when you need more burst and more sustain
  • Buy a 3083_32.png when you need to be more tanky and need more health
  • Buy a 3139_32.png when the enemy team has a lot of CC 
  • Buy a 3156_32.png when the enemy team has a lot of AP burst damage
  • Buy a 3143_32.png when the enemy team is relying mostly on AAs, f.e. double ADC or a fed ADC
  • Buy a 3153_32.png when you duel a lot, need sustain and more chase power
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Matchups

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1 year ago
Cool detailed guide, seems interesting.
But i would have a little request:
could you add a shyvana and a mordekaiser matchup
they may be rare, but can be really nasty :s
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1 year ago
Thank you and I've added those matchups. :)
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1 year ago
so many downvotes O.o
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1 year ago
I also don't get it why my guide gets downvoted. Anyways, as long as my guide is helping others, I'm happy about it. :)
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1 year ago
This is why we featured it--it's awesome :)
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1 year ago
Thank you for that. :)
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1 year ago
It's probably all the other Riven guide writers lol
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1 year ago
Nope, I upvoted this guide :)
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1 year ago
Hi, I play Riven a lot as well. I'm Showtekzz in eune and Caliii in euw. I've got few questions.
1) Why don't you like doran's blade start?
2) Why not take points to Tough Skin and Bladed Armor instead of Resistance and Unyieldign? This will keep your health fairly high even after wraiths/wolves.
3) What's your opinion of Barrier? Don't you think that Barrier can block the burst damage on lane or on teamfights(like Amumu ult) and sometimes is more useful than Ignite? Of course Ignite is superior, but Barrier might be very good pick in some game.
4) Have you thought about going for Zeke's? As a 3rd or 4th major item I find it very good for fights.
Ohh and you should include to Wukong matchup, that pinging Wukong will help you avoid jukes.
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1 year ago
hey :)
1) Starting Dorans is pretty tough; when you get ganked ( and it's successful ) you'll have a hard time. Even when this gank fails and the enemy jungler camps you, your only way to sustain is to attack minions, so you'll have to walk up to the minions and you can lose your life with that action. Starting with a longsword + 2 pots is the better opportunity, because you have effectively more sustain.
2) I recommend this option, when you take the golems or wolves ( read the info, I'll mark it out ). Without golems or wolves I wouldn't take points in "Tough Skin" because even when you are trading with the enemy, you can jump quickly in and out ( you have 3qs and 1e ) without getting really aggroed from the minions.
3) I really don't like Barrier on Riven! Since Riven is a AD caster ( or even an AD burst champ ), you only have to survive to do your combo. When something is blocking your burst, f.e. Amumu with his CC, I would rather recommend building "Mercurial Scimitar".
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1 year ago
Of course doran's start is risky, but if you have purple side and get the wraiths, I usually get Tough Skin and Bladed Armor, get the wraiths and win lane by level advantage. I ask in chat if I can get the wraiths/wolves and if I don't get them, I usually go for your masteries.

Zeke's Herald is very strong if you are vs Irelia for example, as 4th item(BC, Ionian, BT, ZH), it gives you health, cdr and lifesteal, what makes you survive better and on teamfights. It also benefits others in your team with lifesteal and damage. I don't like GA, because it costs too much for the active. I know how to teamfight with Riven and often I don't go for carries(only if I have flash and carry doesn't, and I won't be kited). I rather take Mercurial Scimitar instead of GA.

Barrier is very good imo vs some bursty aoe comps. Whit Janna, Lulu or Orianna, you could have 3 shields.
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1 year ago
As I can say, I like the longsword + 2 pots more than a Dorans, because you have more sustain and the same amount of damage; you're just missing a bit ( 80 ) health.

Zekes; I tested it and tried to find a way to build it on Riven, but it's really hard to deploy the whole potential of Zekes, after a lot of tests my opinion is that it's more a jungle or support orientated item. ^^

Barrier is a critical thing, I don't like it at all! I used it sometimes on Riven and sometimes on other chars like Irelia, Pantheon and a lot of AD carries, my results where pretty shitty for every AD melee champ but I really like it for AD carries. I'm more a fan of the GA against heavy burst, it's still a good item ( active wasn't changed ) and you don't need a lot of resistances, because the whole penetration thingy got buffed a lot.

Thanks for the feedback, I'm really happy too see that people are really reading my guide. :)
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1 year ago
I guess our playstyles are a little different then. I can somehow analyze how many damage I'll be taking and from who, position myself carefully and focus the best target(the safest to hit). That's why I usually don't buy GA anymore, but some health instead.

Thank you for making this guide and helping newer Riven players. :)
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1 year ago
4. The stats from "Zeke's Herald" are pretty good ( a bit expensive ), but there is a problem with it; you want to kill the squishies in the teamfights so you are normally at the front line in the teamfights and that's the problem, none except you is profiting from this Zekes so you are waisting it's potential. You can get a BF sword and a vamp scepter for this gold what gives you 35 more AD the same amount of lifesteal and 150 gold ( you'll won't get the health and CDR, but for this stats I would recommend a black cleaver ).

And ty for the Wukong tip, I knew I forgot something there. xD
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