Originally Posted by EatMyTracers
I tried this and I do like no damage but I also do no damage with any other build I do. Am I doing something wrong or does riven just not do a lot of damage.
I'll be honest, Riven does heaps of damage with a Bloodthirster + Last Whisper build, especially against squishies. All her abilities scale with AD so with a stacked BT + LW + AtMogs your AD is well over 300 which is devestating for someone that tanky.
To maximise her damage in team fights or in a 1v1 you have to put faith in your passive, it is a huge source of damage for Riven. In teamfights you will have one of two jobs, protecting your carries or going after the enemy carries. You obviously wont be doing massive damage while protecting your carries from other tanky bruisers, however Riven shines when she is bursting down other carries. Put your Ultimate on, shield dash towards your target, Broken Wings once or twice if needed then Attack - Stun - Attack - Broken Wings - Attack - Ignite - Wind Slash (maybe another shield dash) is a popular combo, no squishy could ever survive it, well none ever have for me anyway unless they get soraka heals and summoner heals blah blah.
Especially post level 3 lane trading / fighting learn to abuse her passive whenever you can, and in late team fights her maxed W (stun) + Auto Attack does LARGE damage with a BT. Just using abilities is not enough to burst your target to 0 HP, mix in auto attacks / ignite with the insane steroid which is her Ultimate and you will be a force to be reckoned with no matter the stage of the game.