by Shiloh

[2.3] Darius Guide - Darius. How to build him and how to play him!

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Darius. How to build him and how to play him!

What's up folks. This is the first guide I've ever made and i wanted to make it about my main Darius. Darius is a very unique champion with lot of damage, tons of sustain and one of the best passives in the entire game!

Pros

  • Deals a lot of damage and can 1v1 every top laner after level 5
  • Has a lot of sustain
  • He is good in 1v1's and teamfights
  • Once mastered he is one of the scariest champions

Cons

  • Before level 3 Darius can't trade really well
  • He doesn't have mobility

Darius Build

Best Build Guide for Darius

Starting Items
Long Sword
Cloth Armor
Null-Magic Mantle
Core Items
Sterak's Gage
Dead Man's Plate
Trinity Force
Teleport Enchant
Protobelt Enchant
4th and 5th items
Spirit Visage
Randuin's Omen
Force of Nature
Guardian Angel
Thornmail
Death's Dance
Boots
Mercury's Treads
Plated Steelcaps

Item Build Description

Additional information on the items

  • Your first item won't necessarily be the Long Sword. It can change based on your lane matchup. For example if you're against a Malphite you can build Null-Magic mantle to mitigate some of his Q damage.
  • Your core items are Trinity Force, Sterak's Gage and Dead Man's Plate. Trinity force is a good item for Darius because of the stats it gives and also because of the double passive. Sterak is a must for almost every top laner, it gives an insane shield when you're below 35% of your hp, it gives lot of Ad and also lots of hp. Dead Man's plate is insanely good because of it's passive, when you're at 100 stacks it will give you insane movement speed which is really good to chase people and execute them.
  • You're last items are really situational. If enemies have a lot of ad you're gonna build the Thornail an item that give you lots of Armor and also Anti-heal. If enemies have a lot of crit you're gonna build Randuin's Omen. If enemies have a lot of magic damage you're gonna build Force of nature. 

Darius Runes

Best Runes for Darius

Keystone
Conqueror
Conqueror
Domination
Triumph
Triumph
Resolve
Second Wind
Second Wind
Inspiration
Hunter Genius
Hunter Genius

Skill Order

How to distribute skill points

Hemorrhage
Hemorrhage - Passive
Decimate
Decimate
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Crippling Strike
Crippling Strike
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Apprehend
Apprehend
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Noxian Guillotine
Noxian Guillotine
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Summoner Spells

When to take which summoners

Flash
Ghost

Combos

Learn how to maximize the champions potential

Apprehend
3rd
Auto Attack
AA
Crippling Strike
2nd
Auto Attack
AA
Decimate
1st
Auto Attack
AA

This is the basic combo after reaching level 3. You're gonna win most of your trades or even kill the enemy. If executed perfectly you will reach easily 5 stacks and proc your Noxian Might (Make sure to cancel your auto attack animation with the W).

Apprehend
3rd
Auto Attack
AA
Crippling Strike
2nd
Auto Attack
AA
Decimate
1st
Auto Attack
AA
Noxian Guillotine
Ult

This combo is like the previous combo but with the cast of your Ultimate. With this combo your enemy will die most of the times. 

Decimate
1st
Protobelt Enchant

This combo is really useful to reposition yourself during teamfights or 1v1's and hit you Q making you heal and get 1 stack of Noxian Might.

Darius Matchups & Counters

Detailed information on how to play matchups and counters

Nasus
Easy
Nasus
Dr. Mundo
Easy
Dr. Mundo
Teemo
Easy
Teemo
Garen
Easy
Garen
Kennen
Easy
Kennen
Malphite
Easy
Malphite
Renekton
Medium
Renekton
Olaf
Medium
Olaf
Pantheon
Medium
Pantheon
Wukong
Medium
Wukong
Jax
Medium
Jax
Gragas
Medium
Gragas
Singed
Hard
Singed
Akali
Hard
Akali
Camille
Skill
Camille
Irelia
Skill
Irelia
Riven
Skill
Riven
Fiora
Skill
Fiora
Tryndamere
Skill
Tryndamere
Darius

Hope you enjoyed my guide

As i said this is my first guide and i hope you enjoyed it :). I've been playing Darius since his release and this is how i mostly play him. 


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