Vi Build Guide by Rora
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Vi became my favorite jungler after she got released. She is fast, easy to learn, and has awesome ganks. Talking about ganks, she is one of those champions who can gank very early game. Vi level 2 can easily gank her Top/Bot lane depending if she bleu/purple.
I'd rather play Vi in the Jungle instead of Top lane because of her capacity of ganking. It would be a real shame staying Top lane. I do not say that Vi is not a good Top, actually, she is also, but I just prefer jungle with her.
Vi's role in a Teamfight is easy. As an Offtank anti-carry, she has to kill as soon as possible the ennemy carry. Which is good, because she has everything to do it. Her Ultimate Assault and Battery can drag her automaticaly to her target. After this... just make your fists do their best job.
Vi can put down an ADC in few seconds by herself because of her high burst, once your main target is dead, finish off the rest of the team, or try to protect your own ADC if he is in troubles.
Pros / Cons
- Awesome ganks.
- Awesome initiates.
- Very fun to play.
- High burst.
- 2 Crowd Control.
- Low Cooldown late game and not Mana dependant.
- A baddass girl fighting with her fists !
- Her Vault Breaker needs to be well used.
- Melee Champions who needs Items to stick to an opponent.
- High Cooldown Vault Breaker level 1.
Blast Shield : Vi charges a shield over time. The shield can be activated by hitting an enemy with an ability. Her passive will help her jungling ad offtanking. The more HP you have, the stronger the shield will be.
Vault Breaker : Vi charges her gauntlets and unleashes a vault shattering punch, carrying her forward. Enemies she hits are knocked back and receive a stack of denting blows. This spell is the reason why Vi is such a good ganker. If you mast how to use it, barely all your ganks will be deadly. Also, with this spell, Vi will be able to jungle pretty fast going through walls.
Denting Blows : Vi's punches break her opponent's armor, dealing bonus damage and granting her attack speed. Another nice passive. It will help you jungling and will boost your damages overall against creeps and also Champions.
Excessive Force : Vi's next attack blasts through her target, dealing damage to enemies behind it. A good spell that will allow you to farm very fast and also kill Champions.
Assault and Battery : Vi runs down an enemy, knocking aside anyone in the way. When she reaches her target she knocks it into the air, jumps after it, and slams it back into the ground. A great Ultimate ! With Vault Breaker, Vi has now two charges, making her ganks even more deadly.
Here some information about my Masteries :
Fury : More Attack Speed, it will help you when youare in the Jungle.
Deadliness : A bit more Attack Damage per level, always good.
Weapon Expertise : More Armor Penetration, since we got Attack Speed Marks, we need this.
Summoner's Resolve : Each time you will use your Smite, you will earn extra gold.
Durability : Not that great, but you need it to unlock another Masterie.
Hardiness : More Armor, always welcome.
Resistance : A bit more Magic Resist, always good too.
Relentless : Vi needs to be fast, so this is also good for her.
Veteran's Scars : Add extra Health level 1.
Tenacious : More Tenacity, good.
Juggernaut : Vi is an Offtank, and her Passive needs Health.
Legendary Armor : Good Masterie late game.
Honor Guard : Again, Vi is an Offtank, so she needs to be a bit robust.
Why didnt I take ?
Runic Affinity : Usually, Junglers need this Masterie, but Vi is different. She doesnt need that much Mana, and since we are rushing Frozen Mallet, we do not need the Red Buff either.
Sorcery : Vi has low Cooldown. Her Vault Breaker level 5 has a bit more than 7 seconds Cooldown.
Mark of Attack Speed : It will help you in the Jungle. Before you get Denting Blows, Vi is pretty slow. More Attack Speed will make you jungle faster for earlier ganks.
Seal of Armor : Be more robust, take less damages from creeps, monsters, Champions and Turrets. You def need those.
Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist : As an Offtank, Vi will need it too. It will also help you taking a bit less Damages if you gank Mid Lane and Bot Lane (Top Lane is Ability Power Champion).
Quintescence of Movement Speed : Be fast in the Jungle. Your Vault Breaker will accelerate your way, but you will still need to run. Also, it will help chasing low life Champions.
Vi starts level 1 with typical items : Hunter's Machete and Health Potion x5.
When you will do your first Recall, buy the Spirit Stone to have a better Health and Mana Regen. Boots of Speed will also help you jungling faster, and your ganks will be better too.
Spirit of the Elder Lizard id the first complete Item you will want. It will boost your Health/Mana Regen, will give you 10% Cooldown Reduction, and some good Attack Damage.
Frozen Mallet will do great on Vi. More Health, more damages and a great new passive. If you catch someone, he will not be able to run away.
Those items are the core of my build. They give you exactly what you need. You will be more robust to tower dive and strong enough to kill and jungle fast. Since Vi is able to gank level 2, if you get a kill or an assist, you will get rich pretty fast. Those items are not too much expensive and they are very good on Vi.
Here is some good items that fit well on Vi. Knowing that Vi is an Offtank, those items might change depending the other Team.
The Black Cleaver : A good option if you wanna do a bit more damages. The Black Cleaver is good with any Bruiser Champions. Extra Health, Cooldown Reduction and Attack Damage are what Vi needs.
Warmog's Armor : More Health is good... Adding to Vi's Passive, this item can be a good deal too. A bit expensive with nothing but Health though... Buy this item if you really want to be tanky, knowing that there are other better items that can fit better with Vi.
Spirit Visage : If you need Magic Resistance, this is the item you need. Usually, you need at least one item to face Ability Power Chanpions per game. If this Champion isnt fed, a simple Spirit Visage would do great.
Mercurial Scimitar : Another good option if you needMagic Resistance. Different with Spirit Visage, this item will give you a very good Active Ability. It is up to you to decide which one you need the most... Sometimes, you will need both.
Banshee's Veil : Also good too, it will depend your tastes. The shield this item grants is so powerful though...
Frozen Heart : Heavy Attack Damage Champions ? ADC fed ? The Frozen Heart will help you a bunch. More Mana, a good Armor quantity and 20% Cooldown Reduction. Very good !
Randuin's Omen : Another option if you need Armor. Also different with Frozen Heart, they both give you Armor, but here, this item will grant you more Health, and a good Active Ability. Same case here, it will be up to you to decide which one you need the most. The Active Ability is great, but you already have a Frozen Mallet.
Ravenous Hydra : I do not buy this item often, because it is not an Offtank's item. But this option can be good too. If you wanna do more damages (if your team is very tanky), this item will be perfect for you. The Life Steal will be very good on Vi.
Alright, this is the way I jungle with Vi. I know there are many ways to do it, and my way might not be the best in the world, but at least, it works well and it is simple ^^.
- Start with the Wolves. Ask your Mid and Top/Bot Lanes to help you.
- Follow with the Blue Buff, early game, Vi needs Mana Regen and Cooldown Reduction to be more productive.
- You are level 2, you should check your mini map and see some ganks's opportinities. You can ask your teammates not to push too much so you can gank without too much difficulties.
- After your gank (ifyou did gank), go back to base if you need or go back in the jungle.
- If you didnt gank, go take the Wraiths, then the Red Buff.
- If you did good, you should have used all your 5 potions, but your Health must be 75% full. Check again your mini map for ganks.