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Shaco·Top Guide

BackstabP
DeceiveQ
Jack In The BoxW
Two-Shiv PoisonE
HallucinateR
Win rate44.0%
Pick rate0.2%
Ban rate25.7%
Matches3 011-
Shaco Top has a 44.0% win rate and 0.2% pick rate in Emerald + and is currently ranked D tier. Below, you will find a very detailed guide for Shaco Top, where we explain strengths and weaknesses of the champion, powerspikes, and game plans for each stage of the game. Step up your game with our Shaco Top guide!
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Shaco Strengths & Weaknesses
Strengths

He isn’t only a threat on a physical level, but the mental warfare he instills upon the enemy squishies allows Shaco to make multiple plays which other Champions can’t make. He can leave the lane and roam quite easily to get a cheese gank off (even if he is laning).

His Jack In The BoxW can allow him to disengage as well as surprise all-in champions easily. This also acts as a counter to carries who have dashes and rely on kiting to win fights.

His DeceiveQ allows him to get out of sticky situations with ease. When combined with his Ultimate HallucinateR, his enemy can be baited to attack the clone and CC the enemy team/champion that attacked it.

Weaknesses

Falls off like a truck if the game goes on for too long. During the late game, champions start building defensive items which don’t allow Shaco to immediately assassinate someone.

He is quite squishy, and is quite prone to getting killed if CC’d when his Ultimate HallucinateR is down. He will need to play around this ability in order to succeed.

Not a good pick against tanks as it would involve him changing his build and going up close and personal to those tanks. This is not very ideal, especially against experienced players.

Game plan
Early game
0 - 15 min
Shaco is Strong

You will want to riddle the lane brushes with your Jack In The BoxW and use them as cover to keep chunking your opposition out. It should be pretty easy to do during the early game.

Your DeceiveQ isn't quite reliable during the early game so don't go around invading or trying to cheese the enemy Jungler. You may get easily collapsed on if you get caught out.

Level 6 will be a great spike for you as you will be able to dish out a lot of damage and your clone can easily disrupt a fight.

Mid game
15 - 25 min
Shaco is Average

Roam and kill as many squishies as you can during this phase of the game. Remember that Shaco is an expert at picking enemies off during this phase of the game and the enemy team will definitely try to rotate.

Be a part of neutral objective fights and make sure that you can use your Ultimate HallucinateR from a safe spot to prevent enemies from coming close to your team.

During team fights, make sure that you assassinate the enemy backline. You may even use your clone to separate the enemy frontline from the backline.

Late game
25+ min
Shaco is Average

Look for picks all around the map during this phase of the game. If you can take down a carry from the enemy team, the next fight will pretty much be a guaranteed win.

Use your Ultimate HallucinateR carefully during this phase of the game. Remember that you can easily target the enemy backline with it while your team deals with the enemy frontline.

When fighting around choke points, make sure that you set your Jack In The BoxW around properly. Also, make it a point to use your Ultimate HallucinateR around chokepoints for maximal effectiveness.

Power Spikes
Early game0 - 15 min

Shaco’s strengths early in the Top lane depend on the matchup he is in. He can be strong versus all-in champions, but weak against ranged champions.

He peaks at level 6 as he can use his clone HallucinateR to deal tons of additional damage to the enemy. Furthermore, it is a great tool to juke damage and save his life.

His first spike during the early game is when he has recalled and picked up his first component item. His damage output and trading potential will increase dramatically.

Mid game15 - 25 min

The first ability will be maxed out at level 9. This ability will now hit like a truck, and he can quickly assassinate enemies if they are low.

Shaco is pretty decent during team fights. This is mainly because his clone can cause all-around mayhem for the enemy team. His ability to sneak behind the enemy team is phenomenal.

Team fights will become better for Shaco. Another point in his Ultimate HallucinateR will let him use the ability frequently and increase the clone burst damage.

Late game25+ min

A maxed-out Ultimate HallucinateR will confer the benefits of a lower cooldown and more significant burst damage of the Shaco clone. It will let Shaco one-shot enemies if they destroy it while it is in their vicinity.

He will be dealing a lot of damage to the enemy team now, especially the squishy targets. He has the potential to one-shot low health, immobile, and squishy targets quickly now.

Shaco is pretty decent in team fights due to his clones and the short cooldowns on his abilities. He can quickly get rid of critical carries due to his DeceiveQ and set traps for the enemy team using his Ultimate HallucinateR and Jack In The BoxW.

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