✅ Facet's Ultimate AD Shaco Guide ✅
Hello! Im Facet, earlier known as Flygenring in the Shaco community. I've statistically hit rank 1 Shaco on multiple occasions on multiple servers, consistently Master+, hitting Grandmaster and Challenger. I started playing shaco back in season 7 on and off, and i have been playing him as the only champ in my champ pool for about 2-3 seasons straight now.
My highest ranked peak was 529 lp on EUW
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Shaco is a very fun and rewarding champion to play/OTP, playing mindgames with your enemies is very addictive.
Shaco is also very versatile as a champion, and you can play him either AD/AP/Bruiser/Tank/Support.. etc.
Shaco is regarded as one of the best SoloQ junglers as his kit allows him to counterjungle very easily and gank from a trillion different angles to 1v9 snowball games.
• Strong early game
• Cheesy ganks
• Can trap with Boxes
• Best 1v1 Champ in the game with his Clone
• Very fun and rewarding to play
• Easy solo Dragons
• Can Solo Nash
• Very Snowbally • Strong outplay potential
• Can 1 HIT squishies if fed
• Good Splitpusher
• Insane engage/escape with Q
• High skillcap/hard to master
• Boxes have high CD and are kinda useless if not AP and set right/leveled correctly.
• Needs Q to engage/escape
• Plated Steelcaps are a hardcounter
• Item reliant
• Useless if behind/very hard to play from behind
• Invades pretty much destroy your early game
(• Clone buggy)
- Electro Setup
- HoB Setup
Don't buy refillable.
- Crit HoB
When it comes to runes on shaco, you have A LOT of different options, and i'll list the ones I believe are the ones you're gonna need for all games.
First of all, my overall preferred keystone for AD Shaco has to be Electrocute, even though it may seem unconventional at first, hear me out.
As Shaco, in mid to late game you usually only backstab and auto once more before you try to get out to avoid dying, therefore having electro for the added burst and pick potential is really preferable in my opinion.
Another advantage Electrocute has, is that you can actually burst enemies from a distance, if you Red Smite, Ignite and E (or incorporate Ironspike whip/Stridebreaker proc) you can proc electrocute + red smite burn + ignite for a big chunk of damage that will finish off most enemies as its mostly true damage.
When it comes to HoB, you have to play in another manner, your goal with using HoB is to empower each and every one of your auto attacks as much as possible, for this you would want to go crit, to get the most crititical strikes possible as it will outdamage electrocute if you get more empowered attacks in.
A quick important HoB tip. When Shaco uses Hallucinate, his clone will copy his current stats, that means that if you use your ultimate while you're under the effects of HoB your clone will keep the HoB attack speed until it dies.
Just as you have multiple options for keystones on AD Shaco, you have even more options when it comes to the other runes.
First Rune Slot
If you're running Domination as your primary rune tree, you will want to go for either Cheap Shot/Sudden Impact, my personal preference here is Cheap Shot as you can proc the true damage on your E and it deals more damage in the early game, however it is 100% personal preference and both have positives and negatives.
Secondary Rune Slot
Here you will want to go for Eyeball collection almost always, but if you want, above Master you can run Zombie Ward instead, but that is also 100% personal preference.
Third Rune Slot
As for the different Hunter runes, you will want to get Relentless Hunter as it provides the most value out of any of them on shaco, It really ups your map presence with the added out of combat movement speed.
If you know in advance that you will be using a lot of items such as Guardian Angel, Maw of Malmortius, Edge of Night etc. (Items with passive cooldowns). You can go for Ingenious Hunter as it greatly reduces these cooldowns.
Example: Edge of Night Passive Spell Shield - 40 Seconds --> 26 Seconds
In the secondary rune tree, with electrocute, you NEED to run Legend Alacrity for the added attack speed with either Triumph/Coup de Grace, this is once again a personal preference, but overall Triumph gives you way more value than Coup de Grace does.
In the inspiration tree you will want to go for Approach Velocity no matter what. Approach Velocity is what i would argue is the most broken rune on Shaco at all.
Shaco's E, Two-Shiv Poison, Passive: Shaco's basic attacks Slow enemies for 2 seconds while Two-Shiv Poison is off cooldown
Passive: Gain 7.5% bonus total movement speed toward visible and targetable enemy champions that are immobilized, grounded, or slowed within 1000 range. This bonus is doubled to 15% and does not have a range cap nor require vision toward enemy champions whose movement you impaired when they were visible.
As you might have figured out, auto attacking as Shaco with your E off cooldown, you will slow down enemies ranging from 20-30% depending on ability level, and grant you 15% movement speed for towards the target for the duration, allowing you to stick to your enemies as long as you have your E off cooldown.
When it comes to the other rune options in the inspiration tree, you can go for Futures Market/Magical Footwear, however here i would always go for Futures Market, as early boots are huge on shaco, hence why delaying your boots by roughly 8~ minutes is usually bad. This, again is personal preference.
The Sorcery tree is also decent on shaco, however it's kind of counter intuitive as you want to get as ahead as you can in the early game on shaco. Therefore you don't have time to wait for either Absolute Focus or Gathering Storm to scale as you will be irrelevant in the game, when these runes are relevant.
If you absolutely want to go for the Sorcery Tree, you have a few viable options, these being:
Gathering Storm - Scales really well, but is very counter intuitive.
Absolute Focus - Decent rune, but you have better options
Transcendence - Decent rune, but kind of irrelevant compared to other options.
Waterwalking - Really good rune, but just go for Approach Velocity instead.
Don't, you have way better options in the other trees.
(But if you absolutely insist, go for Overgrowth along with Conditioning/Boneplating)
If you for some reason have Domination as your Secondary Rune tree, go for Relentless Hunter along with either Cheap Shot/Sudden Impact/Eyeball Collection.
- Electro Setup
- HoB Setup
- HoB Setup 2
For shaco, you have a few options, however Ignite will be superior for most players in almost all games, the reason I do run ignite almost all games, is that i very much prefer Electrocute, and i use it as another proc for Electrocute. (Read Keystones)
Ghost instead of ignite has a lot of potential, but it is recommended that you run the HoB with precision tree secondary along with this. The reason Ghost is viable is that you extend its duration upon a champion takedown, allowing you to weave in and out of fights and get ontop of targets.
Don't go Flash lol
- Summs (Role 1)
Shacos Skill path has a few different options as well, for starters, you want to max R>E>Q>W
But there is some things you can do differently, which i recommend, when you get to lvl 4/5, get another point in W. you can either go for 2 or 3 points in W for clearing. After, just go for E max, into Q max.
A tip is to hold onto your points at level 4/5 and upgrade either W or E according to your situation. (If you're about to gank, put 1 in E, if youre about to clear camps, put a point in W)
If you just want to spam gank, just max E. However it is highly recommended to atleast get 2 points in W.
- Skill Path
- Electrocute Set
- HoB Set
Items on Shaco are always subject to change depending on the game, but if you're going for the Electrocute setup (My Preferred Setup), you should always try to get Ironspike Whip, Serrated Dirk and Lucidity Boots as your early items, i personally really like Ironspike Lucidity rush.
After these items, go straight into Stridebreaker and then look at the enemy team and decide what you nee, if they have lulu/janna for example, you can get serpents fang, even before stridebreaker. after you have stridebreaker and serpents fang, get another serrated dirk and move into another item, for example dead mans plate, wits end essence reaver etc.
In general, just buy what makes sense, Guardian angel earlier if you have a big bounty, Maw of Malmortius if you're against a really fed ap burst champ and you need to survive, essence reaver for added burst, lord dominiks regards into armor/high hp enemies
Collector or Lord Dominiks Regards?
Collector is really good into squishies such as nami zoe, etc. If the enemy is buying armor such as plated steelcaps, go for a Lord Dominiks Regards.
For the crit build, just get a combination of the items provided either with Electrocute, or HoB(Recommended). Usually you want to get Lord Dominiks Regards as 3rd to 4th item on crit Shaco as it provides more dmg than Infinity Edge in the majority of games.
You want to place your first box after 0:50, place it at 0:51 to be sure.
If you're still in doubt, Desperate Shaco made a great video explaining the clear, watch it here.
Your goal is to get level 3 as fast as possible, when you get it down, you can even gank botlane when they're level 1, while you're level 3 on
(Karthus is a really bad matchup)
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Hello! Im Facet, earlier known as Flygenring in the Shaco community. I've statistically hit rank 1 Shaco on multiple occasions on multiple servers consistently.