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Since Shen's skills scale with AP and very well for that matter I'm surprised that nearly no one buys AP items for him. What is the reason for that? There are a lot of semi-defensive ap items or ap items with health and armor.

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It's a blast to go into AI games and buy soulstealer on Shen. The shield is HUGE! –  Toast Apr 22 '13 at 21:38

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Somewhat viable to a certain extent, but not to the extent of getting Rabadons, for instance. He gets so much more from stacking HP and resistances, since he is, in essence, a damage-soaking tank. His kit (a shield, a taunt and a global shield-teleport) make it a must to build tanky.

Pro-tip though: (This is not for Shen jungle, but for Shen Top.) Build a rylai's crystal scepter if you get ahead, which you should, since you are Shen after all. That bonus AP and Health are great for Shen, and the 35% slow on Vorpal Blade is just too much. That slow + taunt and you'll shut-down the enemy carries every time.

I suppose you could get things like zhonya's, abyssal or even DFG but those would be tremendously not cost-effective on Shen.

I think it's viable, but it ends at Rylai's and masteries 9/21/0 going for the MPen.

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I see that's what I thought but I wanted a pro tip. –  Adam Arold Jan 29 '13 at 18:58
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One thing to keep in mind too: Warmogs is just too good in it's current state. Don't sacrifice rushing the mogs to get a rylais. mogs first. –  user41604 Jan 29 '13 at 19:06
    
well i can't remember the last time i built mogs with shen. is it that viable? i did fine without it so far. –  Adam Arold Jan 29 '13 at 19:38
    
@AdamArold Warmogs in its current state (Thresh patch) is the strongest item in the game. With the focus right now being on armor/MR shred, (i.e. most AD bruisers getting black cleaver) the best way to mitigate this is by stacking Health. –  user41604 Jan 29 '13 at 19:44
    
Oh I see. I'll try that out. Should I use my scaling health seals instead of the armor ones? I usually play top solo. –  Adam Arold Jan 29 '13 at 20:26

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