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Shapeshifters are champions that transform into an altered and usually more powerful state. They are a more defense oriented class, their transformed state get a bonus to their maximum health and a good portion of the champions in this class are tanky already. All Shapeshifters besides Swain OriginalSquare Swain can only cast their ability once, for better or for worse.

Strategy

  • Since most Shapeshifters only cast their special ability once, after they cast it, they are essentially immune to any mana draining or ability stopping effects, like Hush item Hush, Demon TFT icon Demon, and Kassadin OriginalSquare Kassadin.
  • Shapeshifters want the battle to last at least long enough for them to activate their special abilities, so Shapeshifters naturally do better against traits that wait to deal their damage. Elementalist TFT icon Elementalists and Sorcerer TFT icon Sorcerers want to use their special abilities to try to destroy their opponents with a single high damage ability, by the time they build up enough mana, Shapeshifters could have more than enough health for them to do enough damage in one ability.
  • Wild TFT icon Wild is a nice partner for Shapeshifters. Two Shapeshifters already are Wildlings, and the buff that Wild gives is a nice addition to the boosted attack that most Shapeshifters get in their transformed state.

Items

  • Shapeshifter's gain health based on a percentage when they transform, so items based on using health to your advantage are welcome. Items like Warmog's Armor item Warmog's Armor, and Titanic Hydra item Titanic Hydra play off a champions health.Guinsoo's Rageblade item Guinsoo's Rageblade can also be used to achieve a similar effect for the champion equipped with it.
  • Shapeshifters can be used as effective tanks with defensive items like Thornmail item Thornmail, and Dragon's Claw item Dragon's Claw. Teammates can supply some defense too, Guardian TFT icon Guardians, and Knight TFT icon Knights are some of the best partners for this role.
  • Shapeshifters should avoid items that are built from Tear of the Goddess item Tear of the Goddess. Most of these items will be absolutely useless to all of them besides Swain OriginalSquare Swain, and even Swain doesn't get a lot of use out these items.
  • The same idea applies to items built from Needlessly Large Rod item Needlessly Large Rod. Most Shapeshifters only use their special ability once, meaning they only partake in the extra spell power given by those items once in a match. Although, Shyvana OriginalSquare Shyvana will constantly benefit from the spell power after transforming, and Swain OriginalSquare Swain can cast their special ability multiple times.

Counters

  • Because of Shapeshifters synergy, Giant Slayer item Giant Slayer is one of the best items to use against them. In a similar manner, Red BramblebackSquare Red Buff and Morellonomicon item Morellonomicon are good items to use.
  • Pantheon DragonslayerSquare Pantheon is a good counter to Shapeshifters because of his special ability.
  • It's possible to beat Shapeshifters without them activating their synergy, they need to be taken down fast to achieve this. Assassin TFT icon Assassins are experts at this, and there are other traits that achieve some level of success doing this, like Glacial TFT icon Glacial, Blademaster TFT icon Blademaster, Ranger TFT icon Ranger, or Gunslinger TFT icon Gunslinger.

Trivia

  • Shapeshifter is the only trait that activates during the round that isn't based on random chance.


Patch History

V9.22 - Disabled
  • Disabled due to Set 2.
V9.19
  • Bonus health reduced to 60 / 100% (based on the number of Shapeshifters) of maximum health from 60 / 120%.
V9.16
  • New Shapeshifter: Jayce OriginalSquare Jayce.
V9.15
  • Bonus health changed to 60 / 120% (based on the number of Shapeshifters) of maximum health from 60% at 3 Shapeshifters.
V9.14 - July 17th Hotfix
  • Bug Fix: Fixed a bug that caused 2 and 3 star Shapeshifters to receive too much health on transformation from all sources.
V9.14
  • Bug Fix: Shapeshifters will now gain the correct amount of health when they transform, previously they would fail to take into account the health they gained from their star level.
  • Transform bonus health reduced to 60% of maximum health from 100%.
V9.13 - Added
  • Synergy: When Shapeshifters activate their Special Ability, they gain additional 100% maximum health and heal for the amount gained.
  • Champions: Elise OriginalSquare Elise, Gnar OriginalSquare Gnar, Nidalee OriginalSquare Nidalee, Shyvana OriginalSquare Shyvana, Swain OriginalSquare Swain.
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