- Quick Guide
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- Item Build
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- Strategy and Tactics
- Hunter's Machete
- Health Potion
- Warding Totem (Trinket)
The standard start for any jungler applies here. You get Machete and two potions to help you clear faster and last longer. Very typical start for any jungler. Starting with dorans blade is pretty terrible now, because the jungle items are so much better. (Chilling Smite, anyone?) You'll pick up the yellow trinket to help your early vision. You'll only get to use this trinket one, maybe two times before you switch it out for red trinket. It's very important to get red trinket on your first or second back.
- Enchantment: Warrior
- Statikk Shiv
- Greater Lens (Trinket)
One thing I will immediately point out is that there is NEVER a set build on Shaco. Nearly every item in the game synergizes with him, some more so than others. One thing that separates a decent Shaco player from an AMAZING Shaco player is his ability to adapt and itemize based on his own team and the enemies. There are multiple ways you can build him, and it is up to you to figure them out in the heat of the moment. I will list my various builds and why I chose them here, to better help you understand my reasoning behind why I make some of the purchases I do.
Proper Itemization is key!
Your end game build should always include the items above. Your build order is usually going to be jungle item > tiamat > shiv > hydra with boots somewhere along the way. Remember, *proper* itemization is key. If they have a lot of AD champions, you might want to consider Ninja Tabi. Is their LeBlanc mid destroying your team, and they have a bunch of CC to boot? Might want to consider Mercury Treads. More often than not, you'll want Mobility boots of Berserker Greaves if you're fed.
Situational Offensive Items
- Infinity Edge
- The Black Cleaver
- Trinity Force
- Blade of the Ruined King
- Last Whisper
- Youmuu's Ghostblade
Above are a list of items that I feel synergize the best with Shaco. Again, your strengths and weaknesses rely on you analyzing your team and the enemy team's champions and making smart purchases.
If your entire team AD heavy? You're probably going to have to include Last Whisper in your build. Do you need armor pen but lack gold? Pick up a Brutalizer. Are you surviving well and are pretty damned fed? Pick up an Infinity Edge. Is their team tank heavy? BoTRK might be ideal. Again, choose for yourself. Once you get the hang of making the right decisions, you'll find yourself winning a lot more.
Very important notes for offensive items:
- Always back and get chilling smite early. It makes your ganks a million times better and the increased gold is very important.
- Pick up tiamat, and only upgrade it if you're rich. It helps with jungling, split pushing, and is a great offensive item.
- Finish your boots before you complete any expensive items. The only exception to this is if you're really rich.
- Do NOT forget to couple defensive items with your offensive ones. Going glass cannon very rarely works on Shaco unless you're really fed and out level your opponents.
- If you're behind, build defensive! Utility items are especially good since you also help your team. (Aegis into Locket of Iron Solari.)
- Build in pieces! Don't save up thousands of gold on one buy back. You don't have to complete BoTRK as one whole item. The utility from Bilgewater Cutlass is great when ganking / escaping. Same goes with other items. If you're going to build a BoTRK, it's best to start with vampiric scepter and work your way up.
Situational Defensive Items
Below will be a list of various items that are good with Shaco. Each have their own benefits and should be purchased based on what you feel is best at the time. Depending on how rich you are, what your team needs, what keeps you alive or what goes well with your offensive item line up.
- Banshee's Veil
- Maw of Malmortius
- Mercurial Scimitar
- Aegis of the Legion
- Mercury's Treads
Armor and/or Health
- Randuin's Omen
- Guardian Angel
- Ninja Tabi
- Warmog's Armor
As mentioned earlier, there are a lot of items that compliment Shaco. If the enemy team has a ridiculous amount of Ability Power champions, I'll most likely rush Banshees. If they have a heavy physical team, I'll most likely get Thornmail. If their AD Carry is becoming a problem, Randuin's Omen might be a better choice. If you're having trouble surviving AP burst, Banshee's Veil or Maw of Malmortius might assist you in surviving.
You don't build solely defensive items, either. You have to remember to optimize your build with offensive items as well. Sometimes you fall behind and your best bet is actually to just build defensively and split push. It all depends on what the situation calls for.
Very important notes for defensive items:
- Unless you're getting utterly obliterated by magic damage, you'll most likely want to pick up Hexdrinker. If you're having tons of problems with a heavy AP team, then maybe hexdrinker into Banshee's Veil is your ideal choice.
- Thornmail is only good version a heavy AD team. Otherwise, you most likely want to build a Randuins.
- Again! Remember to build in pieces! Don't try and save up too much money for one item, this is putting you at a massive disadvantage.
- Guardian's Angel isn't as effective as it used to be. I'd only recommend getting it as a precaution to very, very long games.
- Mercurial Scimitar is good if the enemy team has insane amounts of CC or more than one supress. (Warwick, Malzahar and Skarner ultimates.)
- Health is also a good way at countering heavy magic damage. Couple a Warmog's with a Locket or Maw and be amazed at how long you'll survive.
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