[4.1b] Varus Guide - AP Varus, One Shot Tanks
- R->W->Q can genuinely one shot tanks
- Has a strong early with the right runes and items
- Insane late game
- Can melt towers late game and early
- Very strange to get into, as you need to be very patient most of the time
- Awkward mid game where you dont have much poke or one shot ability
- Loses hard against hyper mobile champs unless you are really good at predicting dashes
Best Build Guide for Varus
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Varus tends to be an ad poke, or attack speed on hit champ. The goal of this build is to go for one shots made possible by Blighted Quiver . We go Manamune first because it lets us have an early game where you aren’t just under your tower the whole time. Most of the time, you will start with Sapphire Crystal because early you have next to no mana and even with this you may struggle to not run out without the use of your honey fruit. After completing Manamune , get your boots asap. Go Mana Boots (this site doesn’t have them yet so sorry if you were confused about reg boots). Get whatever enchant you need (typically hourglass or repulsor), and then get [ludens echo], which is overall pretty self-explanatory. Next you’ll get Horizon Focus . With this item, your [varus:ult] will do an additional 25% ap and give vision. You are also able to activate it with Piercing Arrow or Hail Of Arrows . [rabadons deathcap] and Void Staff are just for the extra stats.
The attack speed build is kind of a hybrid between normal attack speed varus and ap. You will still be able to do a lot of burst, but probably not one shot. Most of your damage will come from auto attacks with Blighted Quiver active, as well as Kraken Slayer . The rest of the build is pretty self explanatory (build either attack speed boots or mana boots, your choice).
The situational ones are ones I almost never build, however under certain situations they may be able to carry you to victory. I would also recommend trying out
in the attack speed build if you think it sounds interesting.
Best Runes for Varus
Runes on this arent updated yet, but go either first strike or kraken slayer and whatever works for the enemy team comp.
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Make sure you don’t forget to press W. it really increases your damage. The auto is also pretty important most of the time just for the faster W stacks. Otherwise, this is pretty much the only combo you’ll ever use. Make sure to get good at hitting your R and make sure to be patient for those W stacks.
What you’ll do before you get your R, or if it’s on cooldown. Does the same thing as the other combo in a sense, it just has less damage and is harder to do.
Varus Matchups & Counters
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Easy as they come really. You will stomp him so hard he won’t be able to scale into the monster he wants to become lategame. Just make sure to spam Q once he hits lvl 5.
If he goes up to stun you, you root him. Simple as that.
This seems weird but he is really easy with the attack speed setup. If you go reg AP you may struggle but just space well and you should be fine.
Stay range and harass him. Don’t let him farm and don’t let him poke. Give him a minion instead of getting hit if need be. He should get next to no stacks.
Just farm. You’ll be fine. You have longer range and his ult is only scary if you don’t know how to position around it.
If the Annie is good then you may lose if you misstep but otherwise just don’t be dumb when she has her stun and you’ll do just fine.
Probably as free as it gets so long as you aren’t greedy. I repeat, do not greed vs Asol. That is how you lose.
Could be biased but fuck this guy man.
Dashes. Lots of dashes. You probably won’t get killed, but you will get bullied if you’re not careful.
Do not step up. Ever. You will die. Just farm under tower with Q and E and hope he’s dumb and will walk near you when you have R.
Just go AD. He has so much MR it’s not worth it to try.
Perma ban him. Windfall + dashes + his passive make him really annoying. Not impossible to win just really annoying.
Hard if she realizes her E hard counters you from activating your W stacks. Otherwise Medium difficulty.
She has no dashes but she is still hyper mobile and will fuck you up if you’re not careful. If she’s bad it’s easy tho
Good Zeds are scary but if you’re in an ELO where he is good you should be good at positioning so it’s kinda 50/50.
It’s all up to how well you can predict her R with this one. Also makes sure to dodge her charm when you ult, she’s always gonna use it the moment you stand still.
Same thing with every hyper mobile champ, just don’t be dumb and you’ll be fine.
Same thing with most dash heavy champs l. Just don’t be dumb near minions, try to burn her invincibility and you should be fine. If she’s a sweat you may be fucked tho.
Just depends on how good the Akshan is with his swing and invis. If you are good at predicting tho this isn’t too bad.
I have never seen a corki in game while playing this so I genuinely have no clue. Probably skill based tho. Be careful of his package.
She can one shot. You can one shot. Whoever gets the first kill or more cs will win.
Varus is typically oppressive early if played right, and that holds true for this build too. Start Sapphire Crystal or Dagger depending on what build you decided to go with. If your jungler started red side, go ward blue side and vice versa. This is really important for most mid laners to do and you could be losing games because you aren’t doing this (seriously, it’s that important). After that, go to lane and sit under tower until your minions start attacking your opponents. Your pushing power is good early but there’s really no need to use it. Just focus on last hitting and using Piercing Arrow to poke your lane opponent if you see the opportunity. You’re also free to trade because you will probably need to grab the honey fruits at some point even if you don’t get hit. Do this until you have enough gold to get a Tear of the Goddess or Nashors talon. Now burst the wave as quick as possible and recall. Go back and basically just do the same. At this point though, your opponent may mess up and you may be able to get a kill. If you do, don’t greed. Recall ASAP. They’re jungler is probably on his way, and if he isn’t someone else is. At this point kinda just do whatever aside from roaming too far. You aren’t mobile and you need to remember that. At the same time though, you’re range is plenty to help quickly if need be.
I define mid game as the moment people start roaming far. At this point you probably have an item, boots, and have started on your second or maybe even third item. This point of the game is your weakest but it isn’t too bad. Just go for one shots with your Chain Of Corruption into Blighted Quiver and Piercing Arrow . The most important person to get rid of is the support IMO. The team will still have damage without their adc or mid lane. The other one can fill in. The support usually is tailor picked for what the team needs. If they lack cc they’ll get someone like Rakan or Thresh . If they lack healing or shielding it’ll be Seraphine or Soraka and if they lack damage it’ll be someone like Lux . Point is the support is the glue holding the other four pieces together, and when you remove that glue everything falls apart. Really though just pick off whoever you can, and poke as much as you can.
This is where you shine. Horizon Focus , [ludens echo], and [rabadons deathcap] or Void Staff will make your [varus:ult] do half of someone’s hp, and your Blighted Quiver + Piercing Arrow will do the rest. Try to get first strike off and you’ll be set. Be careful of Bruisers and you should be good. Also stare at the map. A lot. Ward everywhere. Vision is super important for you late game.
Man this champ is stupidly easy. You will climb if you can hit skill shots. All of his skill shots pierce in some way so you can def 1v5 no problem. Nothing else to say really.