Masteries, Runes and Summoner Spells
In League of Legends, masteries and runes serve as elements to enhance a champion's abilities and power, among many other benefits. At summoner level 30 -- the maximum attainable level in League of Legends -- the most powerful masteries and runes become available to you for your full benefit.
The mastery section in League of Legends focuses on three skill trees: Offense, Defense and Utility. Each summoner receives 30 mastery points to use as they see fit in a skill tree. Riven's primary role is as a fighter who focuses on attack damage, ergo she benefits most from the offensive and defensive mastery trees. For example, placing 21 points in offense and 9 in defense would offer greater attack damage to a champion such as Riven while also managing her natural frailty by placing several points into defensive abilities, such as extra armor and magic resistance.
Likewise, runes should provide a similar enhancement. Riven excels at close combat fighting due to her high base attack damage, but in contrast is rather frail. Runes are bought with the games in-game currency -- earned by playing any game mode -- and act as extra upgrades to a champion's base statistics. For example, Riven benefits greatly from armor penetration runes for enemies with high armor, attack damage runes, and general defensive runes such as armor, magic resistance or dodge runes to help mitigate basic attacks from an enemy.
For example, a typical level 30 rune-page for Riven may include:
- 9 Armor Penetration Marks
- 9 Armor Seals
- 9 Magic Resistance Glyphs
- 3 Attack Damage Quintessences
Because of the great amount of runes available, these runes may be changed to better suit a particular user's play style. Runes that increase movement speed, or grant health over time benefit Riven just as much during the lane phase.
Over the course of the game you will come across summoner spells that you can utilize in battle. Each summoner is granted the use of two summoner spells to use from a large list and bind them to the D and F keys for use. The effects some of these spells grant your champion are extremely useful and powerful, allowing you to escape dangerous situations and speed up your movements.
There are no right or wrong summoner spells to spells to choose from, however there are certain spells that are better for some champions than others. Because Riven excels at close ranged combat, summoner spells such as Exhaust which reduces an enemies armor, magic resistance, and slows their movement speed proves extremely beneficial to Riven during a fight. This spell combined with another like Ghost which increases your movement speed will allow you not only gain the upper hand in a fight, but allow you to escape as well should things not go as planned.