[Guide]AP Shaco: Toggle the Clown!
It has come to my attention that my buddys and people that play with me or against me have been asking me to teach them how to play shaco well.
So in this guide i'll be posting my skill path, item build, summoner spells, masteries, runebook and extra thoughts, but I will not be posting his Bio or skill tooltips because I feel that is a big waste of time.(For those of you who wish to know, shaco is my main.)
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With that being said here is the skill path I have chosen
1.jack in the box
2.two shiv poisen
3.two shiv poisen
5.two shiv poisen
7.two shiv poisen
8.jack in the box
9.two shiv poisen
10.jack in the box
12.jack in the box
13.jack in the box
regrowth pendant > philosophers stone (Late game sell this for a Haunting Guise)
boots of speed
abyssal scepter (The Hybrid side of things would suggest you to buy lichbane instead)
banshee for survival or lichbane for more damage and speed. (if you already have lichbane, try infinity edge)
sell philosphers stone > get what ever suits you, hp regen, armor, etc.
Ignite - people really underestimate this spell, at level 18 it deals nearly 500 damage, wich is a lot considering it can save you the trouble of running after someone early to late game. make sure you take your level and calculate the damage ignite will do before you use it, or make sure they have around 100hp or less exactly so that its in the bag.
(off thoughts, make sure they use their heal first before you waste ignite on accident, if you don't know if they have heal or not, go ahead and use it then, they might just forget they have heal.)
Heal - Really I only suggest this to noobs that need healing fast instead of over a period of time, not calling you a noob persay but i'm saying if your a noob shaco.
Rally - if your a skilled player and have rally masteries choose this over heal, it can really boost your ap late game and the healing your team needs to match.
Masteries - 21/0/9(the 9 in utility can be spent in defense, doesn't matter really)
1 archmage's savvy
1 burning embers
1 archaic knowledge
3 brute force
1 improved rally
1 good hands
1 utility mastery
Marks 9 "Greater Mark of Insight" +0.95magic penetration each = 8.55!
Seals 9 "Greater Seal of Furor" +0.87Critical damage each = 7.83!
Glyphs 9 "Greater Glyph of Insight" +0.57magic penetration each = 5.13 !
Quintessences 3 "Greater Quintessence of Insight" +1.89magic penetration each = 5.67!
Our Total effect = +19.35magic penetration and +7.83Critical damage!
With jack in the box handy, go to any golem spot and post 4 turrets, then lure the golem with an attack to your turrets and post a rally, you may need to post a 5th turret after your 4 are dead. with this buff in hand go forth to your lane may it be top or bottom I don't usualy go mid, post some jack in the boxes strategicly.
Mid game tips
get philosophers stone as soon as possible to maximize its gold gain efficiency and get enough kills to get mejais soulstealer, also try to gank more often to help your team while getting mejai's passive increased. continue to kill golem as much as you can so that you can post jack in the boxes as much as you want.
Late game tips
Utilitze massing jack in the boxes stradegicly so that you can bait enemys into a solo gank. use decieve to run towards their base not the other way around, enemys normaly always go towards your base when chasing you, so if you teleport behind them, they end up running around aimlessly like idiots.
Here are some Screenshots i've put together to give you an idea on were to put those jack in the boxes. http://www.xfire.com/profile/farrisj/screenshots/
Getting the Golem buff early on in the game -
As blue team http://www.xfire.com/video/18ff37/
As purple team http://www.xfire.com/video/1ab04a/
More will come....
Extra thoughts - Best combos with shaco are pro Fiddlesticks and/or amumu, fiddlesticks offers you double fear and his 16magic pen aura passive, while amumu offers 20magic pen passive on damage and stun/fear. But remember, do not and I cannot stress this out enough, do not duel stealth in any game ever. Learn from experience, if oracles can see jack in the boxes and your decieve, just imagine how useless 2 stealth players would be.
As for my reasons why AP shaco is better then AD, AP deals more damage then AD shaco if pulled off correctly.
AP shaco deals nearly 900+shiv, 1200+hallucinate and 300+jitb damage, going straight to their hp because of magic pen.(you do Increased damage if they hit negative magic resist, taking up to 20% more damage)
AD shaco deals(If you get up to 400attack damage)1000decieve, 400shiv, 600hallucinate, 125jitb, depending on if you have 50% crit damage runebook BUT shiv and hallucinate are reduced by half or more because you have no magic pen, and decieve+auto attacks are reduced by 50% if the enemy has 100+armor and decieves can be dodged.
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Pretty good guide, but some things I'd consider:
- Shaco has a LOT of quick cooldowns for Lich Bane to proc off of, and the most important part is that it essentially makes your deceive scale to your AP. I buy it after soulstealer personally but you're going to want it finished around the time your deceive hits level 4-5. When you're rocking l1 deceive it isn't all that great though. Once you get level 3-5 deceive it's going to effect your damage output much more than Z's ring or Abyssal scepter will.
- You don't really need hallucinate at level 6. I tend to level it at 10+11 since AP shaco needs a LOT of jack in the box and a lot of 2-shiv levels quickly. I think your skill build undervalues JitB, which is a big chunk of Shaco's killing power.
- Mention somewhere that AP shaco players should check on enemies' inventories using [tab] and buy the void staff if 2 or more enemies buy a decently strong magic resist item. I usually start building it the second I see a negatron cloak in someone's inventory.
You pretty much hit the nail on the head with everything else though. It's about time I saw a decent AP shaco thread around here.
@2 - if your skilled at using his hallucinate like I am, its best to grab this skill early on.
@3 - when you get archaic knowledge masterie you have 15% magic pen, thats good enough for me with all the items I grab for magic pen. besides this guide was originaly made for people that are going to combo with fiddle and/or amumu for maximum ap damage. On the subject of undermining the jack in the box ability, I don't use the boxes for sole damage early game, I use them for the fear, that combined with shiv allows me to get enough hits to ignite and finish off the enemy fast.
@4 - thanks man, good to hear positive feedback from the community.
SHaco is my main, and i completely agree with getting hallucinate. Well played it is basically a bomb.
I was doing up an AP guide for shaco as well, my build differs slightly from yours, but I believe we have something of the same play style. Though, I tend to get chalice instead of philo stone. few other differences.
I'll definitely be trying this out later today, but I took the liberty of looking up your summoner profile. It made me chuckle because in your last ten games, every victory you've had was playing Shaco (with at least a 2:1 kill ratio) and every defeat you've had was playing another hero (and getting negative scores). Guess that show you know what you're doing with Shaco :)
about the hallucinate, lol man I just premaded twice with some buddies and won both times, using hallucinate to bomb weak squishy champions hp.
chaice is a bad item my good chum, you can get magic resist from abyssal scepter or lich bane, and the mana regen is no problem if you keep getting golems like I posted. besides, that 5gold per 10seconds and hp regen is going to have a huge effect throughout the majority of your game.
but I do have nearly 60wins to 3 losses playing as shaco.
I tried killing golem with rally at lv 1 and i couldnt 8(
hey i have a suggestion... since this is a AP build, why not a frozen heart?
Because Frozen Heart isn't an AP Item? It's Armor, -CD, and some Mana. That's not to say it isn't good, but a good Shaco wouldn't be one who's standing there smacking you for god knows how long. You gotta stay out of situations where you'd need armor, imo. When I kill, I kill fast and leave. Every time.
Frozen heart isn't really a suggestion, its out of the question, frozen heart is meant for tanks not assassins.(unless of course you count malphite, he is an assassin tank afterall)
Edit: just recently posted a video showing how i kill the golem early game in the guide.
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