Each of Aphelios' weapons have different strengths, so try to find the right situation for your current weapons.
Be ready to dodge Shen's taunt and punish him if he misses.
Once Shen reaches level 6, watch out for his global-range ultimate, which can turn fights quickly.
The stats provided here emphasize some critical Aphelios against Shen matchup stats that may help us figure out the distinctions between the two. As an example, Aphelios’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is greater than Shen’s ratio of NaN, highlighting that Aphelios may be more central to his team's team fighting capacity than Shen..
Aphelios normally has a slightly larger longest kill spree than his matchup does. Typically, he takes less damage than Shen. This typically indicates different amounts of tankyness, yet it can also imply that the champ with higher HP has less agility and thus is unable to escape further harm when engaged or poked.
Both League champions are great champions. Both champs have their pros and cons. In League's current meta, Aphelios usually loses when trying to fight Shen, with a 46.1% win rate. Therefore, Aphelios makes a poor counter for Shen.
While Aphelios does have a lower winrate compared to Shen, when facing one another, Aphelios also has a much greater difficulty level that makes him a more time consuming champ to learn. You should expect to face a difficult match when picking Aphelios into Shenas his relative depth means you may not be able to unleash his full potential without a lot of practice beforehand.
Moreover, Aphelios also has only a small amount of CC and other utility, a similar amount to Shen. This makes her just as valuable during team fights, especially when facing champions with a ton of burst damage.
While there is not a single best champion for every situation in League of Legends, in Aphelios vs Shen matchups, Shen is the better champion with a much lower win rate, more champion depth, and a similar amount of utility to help out your team members during team fights.
Aphelios is a bad counter for Shen. Focus your play on increasing your gold income and taking out objectives. If you can do that, you should do very well as Aphelios against Shen.
To truly master Aphelios in order to counter Shen during both the lane and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should continue reading to learn a few extra tips and tricks for this matchup. If you listen to the build and stats displayed above, you should grow your win rate significantly and be that much closer to League of Legends pro players.
Aphelios on average racks up a similar amount of CS relative to Shen. Champions who on average don't acquire much CS typically don't have to have much CS to be valuable teammates, such as sup champs. They are capable of scaling well off of their skills, stats, and first items alone. Yet, champions with a lot of CS, such as hyper-carries, usually have to have a lot of items to be effective. In either situation, try to exceed the numbers displayed here to do well.
The most important items to focus on in your Aphelios versus Shen build include Galeforce, Infinity Edge, and The Collector. When Aphelios incorporated at least these three items in his build, he performed significantly better vs. Shen than with most other typical builds. In fact, Aphelios had an average win rate of 46.1% when countering Shen with this build.
To have the best likelihood of vanquishing Shen as Aphelios, Aphelios players should equip the Fleet Footwork, Overheal, Legend: Bloodline, Cut Down, Taste of Blood, and Ingenious Hunter runes from the Precision and Domination rune sets. Out of all the rune sets we have analyed for Aphelios vs Shen face-offs, this set of runes resulted in the highest win rate. Moreover, these runes averaged a 46.1% win rate overall.
By default, tips, statistics, and builds on how to beat Shen as Aphelios are displayed for all skill levels, merged. If you would like to scope the statistics and builds to a distinct player tier, you can use the selection menu located earlier in the counter matchup guide.