Veigar Build Guide by InvMiqx

League of Legends Build Guide Author InvMiqx


InvMiqx Last updated on November 25, 2016
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Do you want to play Veigar? Do you want to one shot the enemy? Do you want your enemy laner to say "Go afk noob" In all chat? Then Veigar is for you.

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Pros and Cons

-Crazy Damage
-Game changing AoE stun
-Relatively long ranged
-One of the best champs for sieging turrets
-Great mid and late game
-One of the best anti-adcs in the game
-Insane passive Phenomenal Evil Power gives you infinite scaling
-Pretty good waveclear
-Super fun to play
-Never banned
-Best laugh in the game

-Weak in the early game
-Hella squishy
-Easy target when Event Horizon is down
-Some counters Zed Talon
-Needs good positioning to be effective in teamfights
-Needs to stack Baleful Strike

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Ability explanations

Phenomenal Evil Power

Veigar gains a stack of Phenomenal Evil whenever he hits an enemy champion with an ability, and 5 stacks whenever he scores a champion takedown. Veigar gains 1 ability power for every stack of Phenomenal Evil.

This passive is downright busted. For every spell you hit an enemy champ with, you gain one ability power. For each champion kill, you gain five ability power. This passive gives you tons of ability power, and makes sure Veigar will never fall off no matter how late the game goes. I have had over 500 ability power with just Phenomenal Evil Power alone.

Veigar's passive gives him the bonus ap on kills and assists, so it does not matter if your jungler takes your kill.

Also, I am seeing people build veigar without Rabadon's Deathcap. Veigar's passive, Phenomenal Evil Power synergises so well with Rabadon's Deathcap that it is worth building every game, no matter the buildpath.

Baleful Strike

PASSIVE: Killing a unit with Baleful Strike grants 1 stack of Phenomenal Evil, doubled against large minions and monsters.
ACTIVE: Veigar unleashes a bolt of dark energy in the target direction, dealing 70 / 110 / 150 / 190 / 230 (+60% of ability power) magic damage to the first two enemies hit.

Baleful Strike is a linear collision skillshot, and has a relatively long range. Baleful Strike is veigar's tool for stacking his passive to the high heavens. Last hitting Melee minions, Caster minions, and Small monsters with Baleful Strike grant Veigar one ability power each, while last hitting Large monsters, Cannon minions, Baron Nashor , and Dragon with Baleful Strike grant Veigar two ability power each. Also, killing an enemy champ with Baleful Strike grants veigar 1+5 ability power, from both passive and Q.

Maxing this ability first lowers the cooldown, and increases the base damage, making it easier to stack your passive, Phenomenal Evil Power, and lasthit with your Baleful Strike

Dark Matter

Veigar calls a mass of dark matter to fall from the sky to the target location, which lands after a 1.25 second delay, dealing 100 / 150 / 200 / 250 / 300 (+ 100% AP)
magic damage to all enemies hit.

Dark Matter is skillshot that does damage in a small area around the cast area. Dark Matter is veigar's highest damage basic ability, scaling 1:1 with veigar's ability power. This **** does so much damage. Often once you hit the thirty-minute mark, just your Dark Matter and your Baleful Strike have enough damage to kill the enemy adc. Dark Matter also provides Veigar with insane wave clear. This ability also helps crush enemy super minions with ease. This also gives us vision, so veigar can use this to facecheck bushes.

Also, never expect Dark Matter to hit your enemy without Event Horizon unless they are boosted.

Since we do not need Dark Matter base damage, we max this ability third.

Event Horizon

Veigar forms a cage around the target area which materializes after a 0.5 second delay and lasts for 3 seconds, Grounded icon knocking down and Stun icon stunning all enemies who pass through its edges for the first time for 1.5 / 1.75 / 2 / 2.25 / 2.5 seconds.

Event Horizon is a skillshot that creates a cage on cast, stunning all units touching the edges after a .5 second delay. This is downright one of the best stuns in the game. You can stun an entire team for 2.5 seconds if used right. Downright insane. Event Horizon can be blinked out of by Living Shadow, Riftwalk, or just Flash.

Event Horizon deals one point of true damage to all units on the cage's edges on cast. This one point of true damage applies to Phenomenal Evil Power, giving you ability power, even if the enemy units are not hit by the stun. You are also granted an assist if the target champ is killed.

We max Event Horizon second because 2.5 second AoE stun on a 14 second cooldown is too good to miss out on.

Event Horizon

Blasts the target with primal magic to deal 175 / 250 / 325 (+75% Ability Power) to 350 / 500 / 650 (+150% Ability Power) magic damage, increasing based on the target's missing health. Damage is maximized against enemies below 33% health.

What. The. F**k.
Primordial Burst is a targeted ability that does a lot of magic damage. To get the most out of this ability, try to use Primordial Burst as an execute since it does more damage based on the enemy's missing health.


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Wombo Combos

The "Lane Trade" combo

This combo is for trading with your lane opponent. This combo requires you landing your Event Horizon. Since Event Horizon Does not stack thunderlords, you will have to use an auto attack to apply the thunderlords damage to your opponent. Late Game, this simple combo will be able to kill the enemy mid-laner or adc when they have all of their health.

The "Delete button" combo

This combo is for the kill. For the 300 extra gold. This combo requires you to land Event Horizon to hit your Dark Matter. Late Game, this combo will crush the enemy mid-laner or adc.

One of the most important parts of playing veigar is knowing how, and when to use this combo. Here are my tips.
-In lane, you can only kill the enemy lane opponent with this combo when they have less than
50% of their max health, and when you have at least a Lost Chapter and a Doran's Ring.
-Use this combo in fights like you are an assassin. Kill the priority target. If you don't kill that Jhin in the backline, your job is failed.
-In lane, if you are against an enemy Yasuo or your opponent has a Zhonya's Hourglass, it is important that you execute this combo as fast as possible.
-Know when you do not need to use your Primordial Burst to kill the enemy. It is a key cooldown that can decide a teamfight. Don't blow it.
-For the love of god, please do not accidentally ult the tank.

TL;DR: E-W-Q-auto is your lane trade combo
E-W-Q-R is your kill combo

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Item pool

Morellonomicon is the best item you can buy on veigar in the early stages on the game. This item gives us tons of mana because of Lost Chapter, base mana, 100 ability power Grievous wounds, and 20% cdr.

Everything veigar needs is provided on this item. Buy it first every time.

Rabadon's Deathcap is a great item on veigar because it scales with veigar's passive, Phenomenal Evil Power.

We buy this second almost every game, because it scales so well with veigar's passive. Even if you are behind and get your first two items at 25 minutes in, you will still be able to oneshot the adc and your midlaner. Your damage will always be relevant. If you manage to pick up both Morellonomicon and Rabadon's Deathcap early, you will often have 600 ability power by twenty minutes. Get this item.

Sorcerer's Shoes Is a great item to pick up on veigar to help with those tanks before we sell boots to pick up Void Staff. Best boots overall.

Try to build Sorcerer's Shoes after Morellonomicon

I ask myself two questions before I build Lich Bane:
-Do I need more burst damage?
-Am I going to be able to auto-attack someone in a fight?
If you answer yes to both, grab the item.
Also, the other stats the Lich Bane provides are good too.

This item is great, it gives us ability power, and movement speed. This item helps add a little AoE damage to your combo, which can come a long way. Luden's Echo is best when the enemy team has no assassins or Xin Zhaos because this item is kinda useless when you're getting dived in the backline.

Mejai's Soulstealer Is a risky item. DO NOT build this item if...
-The enemy team has an assassin or Xin Zhao
-You suck at positioning
-You are not super fed
Although this item is VERY RISKY, it can pay off so well. I have had 900 ability power by twenty minutes thanks to this item. Build this item once you have more experience on Veigar.

Damn, this item is AMAZING late game. Once the enemy team starts noticing how fed you are, they will buy that Spirit Visage and Banshee's Veil. Void staff is perfect for dealing with those items and help your damage be relevant throughout the whole game.

I like to pick up Void Staff 4th or 5th item depending on the enemy team's items.

The only reason you build Tear of the Goddess on veigar is for the shield Seraph's Embrace provides you. If they have an assassin like Zed, Katarina, or Akali and you need to survive their burst, buy tear. You need to make the decision early if you want to buy Tear of the Goddess, because you really can't say "Oh I wanna stack tear of the goddess" at 30 mins in, you gotta start early.

I think Hextech Protobelt-01 just isn't for this veigar build. I mean, you can build it. The active gives veigar some AoE damage, but if you use Hextech Protobelt-01 active in the middle of the fight to try to damage the enemy champs, you will be out of position and be focused down. The only effective way to use Hextech Protobelt-01 is as an escape, which it isn't that good at doing. There is simply better options than this.

This item is ****! The only way this item can be really effective is if Rod of Ages Is build first, and that is a bad option because Morellonomicon is way better! Also, if you want to go this item and take Catalyst of Aeons on your first back, you will go oom just from stacking Baleful Strike. Since we play safe in lane, we won't be taking that much damage anyways. The ONLY time I would see this to be valid is if you are against Azir or Lux, but even then I like Lost Chapter way better.

Don't build this!

At first, I was sceptical about building Rylai's Crystal Scepter, but turns out this item is pretty good! This item helps with a few things. First, it helps with kiting that Jax or Xin Zhao that is trying to suicide bomb into our team to try to kill us. Second, with this item we can oneshot the adc without using Event Horizon. The slow from Rylai's Crystal Scepter is enough to hit our Dark Matter on the enemy adc or mid once we hit them with Baleful Strike. Saving Event Horizon is always a good thing. Also, the health cannot be that bad either.

The panic button. We buy Zhonya's Hourglass for the active always. I only buy this item if I can constantly being dived in the backline by Zed, Talon, Xin Zhao, etc. You can also buy this item to dodge hard hitting, undodgeable abilities like Requiem or something.

I don't think the new Abyssal Scepter is bad, it is just not good enough. There are better options out there. Abyssal Scepter's range for the 10% magic damage increase is kinda small. Also, if the enemy team's midlane mage isn't doing any damage, building this item is not worth it.

I do not often go for Guardian Angel. In MOST situations that you need a defensive item, Zhonya's Hourglass is just the best choice. Veigar benefits more from the stats of Zhonya's then Guardian's also.

WHY would you build tank on veigar? You are supposed to be an AP carry! BUILD LIKE ONE!
TL;DR: Build damage

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Summoner spells

There is specific reasons why I go Flash and Teleport every game. Flash is out of the question, we all know why we run flash.

Teleport is a different argument. We run teleport for a few reasons.
-Csing is the most important aspect of veigar, if we miss a wave of cs, we are at a huge disadvantage. We need to tp back to lane.
-If we miss xp, even just one minion, a good player will punish us for it. All-in champs like Zed, Akali, and Talon Will kill us at 6 if we also do not have 6. We need to tp back to lane.

People ask why I don't run ignite. I hate it because it falls off so hard late game, and that's when we are trying to be the strongest. Also, the only time ignite is useful is in the level 6 all in, which is a bad idea in itself.

The only possible other choice would be Barrier, but the only problem I have with it is it falls off lategame. Take it in heavy poke match-ups like Lux and Azir.

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Runes and Masteries

Runes are simple. We go ability power quints to make stacking Baleful Strike Easier in the early game. We also go CDR everything else to allow us to stack Pronominal evil Power faster. You can swap out the quints for CDR once you have confidence you can stack Baleful Strike in the early game without the extra ability power.
Bounty Hunter ] vs Double Edged Sword
The reason why we go Bounty Hunter is because it gives us more damage when late game hits, while Double Edged Sword gives us more damage early game.

Meditation vs Merciless
Mana sustain is more important to us. Even without Merciless' damage, the enemy will still die from Primordial Burst

Thunderlord's Decree vs Stormraider's Surge
There are reasons why Thunderlord's Decree is better. I will go over the pros of both.
Thunderlords pros
-Thunderlords deals more damage
-Thunderlords scales better into the lategame
-Three auto attacks on an enemy apply the damage buff
Storm's pros
-Blow your ult in a fight for a reliable chase/kite for three seconds

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Early Csing

Veigar has one of the weakest pre-6 laning phases in the game. If you fail in the first five minutes of the game, you are likely to fail for the rest of it.

If you are new to Veigar, there are basic early rules you should follow for the early laning phase.
1)Never overextend past your melee minions (Its just a bad idea)
2)Do not go for a risky double stack with Baleful Strike unless you are sure you can without taking harass
3)You need to dodge enemy harass
4)Play as safe as possible against assassins Zed, Talon, LeBlanc
5)Do not trade in the early game, especially if the enemy champ has Ignite
6)Try not to use Event Horizon before you buy Lost Chapter, you will go oom super early
7)At level 4, you can Dark Matter the caster minions low enough so you can lasthit them with your Baleful Strike
8]Never use your Dark Matter on enemy melee minions unless you are shoving the wave
9)Pay huge attention to enemy level. Almost all of your opponents will be looking to all-in you at one of their pre-6 powerspikes.
10)Tell your jungle to not gank you before your first back. This draws attention from the enemy jungle, which is very bad for you.
11)Do not participate in early skirmishes before your first back. Almost always, you will die or go oom.
12)Don't help your team pre-6
13)Against champions that have a strong level 6 all in, Zed Talon, back right before the enemy has 6, buy Lost Chapter and maybe Boots of Speed and teleport back to lane.
14)With this build, if you do die once of twice early, you can still come back because of this build.

Remember, you want peace in your lane so you can farm up. The more 2v2s, 3v1 dives, etc etc, the worse. Make sure no one tries to help you, its always a bad idea. Even if the jungler does get you a kill, he pushes out the lane and attracts jungler attention.

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After 6 / First back

Veigar's mid game isn't that bad. You will still have to play relatively safe, but you should feel a little more comfortable in lane and be a little more ballsy with your stacking.
In this stage of the game, Veigar can participate in fights and kill people with his balanced Primordial Burst.

Also, if you killed your midlaner of they backed, ganking bot is a great move to help snowball your lead. But if you do gank bot, DONT DIE. Other then that, feel free to if you see an opening.

If you want to ever try to kill your lane opponent, land a Baleful Strike on them. Based on the damage they take, judge if you can kill them with your combo or if you have to hit them again with Baleful Strike.

Once you pick up your Morellonomicon around 14 mins, you will be able to one-shot the enemy adc most likely. Use this to win fights.

Afterwards, go for Sorcerer's Shoes to help you penetrate mr :3

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Veigar has HUGE teamfight presence. You have a huge AoE cc with Event Horizon and huge burst potential with Dark Matter And Primordial Burst. Since you are so powerful, you will Always be targeted in teamfights..

In teamfights, if you cannot position well, you will be caught out and die. Assassins and other champs that dive the backline will take every opportunity they can get to kill you. If you have to, save your Event Horizon for saving your *** from that Xin Zhao. If worst comes to worst, buy a Zhonya's Hourglass.

Your main job in teamfights is to kill the enemy carries and come out alive. If you don't do this, then your job is not complete. Also, Never go one-for-one in a teamfight. Unless the enemy you killed is super fed, it is not worth.

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Veigar synergies

Veigar synergises best with champions that can help veigar land his Dark Matter or chain cc the enemy champs with Event Horizon. Landing these abilities for free, wins games. Learn the champs that let veigar land his abilities for free. Some abilities you just need experience to chain cc, some are easier to chain cc with.
Here is a list of all the champs and their abilities that synergies with veigar. Learn them!


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Veigar tips and tricks...

You want extra stacks?
At level 9 you can use Baleful Strike to kill the small raptors over the wall, either yours or your enemy's.

You are being pushed in at level 4?
Once you have 15 stacks on Phenomenal Evil Power and level 4, your Dark Matter and Baleful Strike will oneshot the caster minions.

Having trouble csing on Veigar?
Veigar has one of the worst auto animations in the game. The best way to deal with this try to auto the minion about a tenth of a second before when you normally would. Another trick is to try and get closer to the minion before autoing it, but thats dangerous af.

Want extra range on your q to finish off that enemy?
Veigar's Baleful Strike works like Orb of Deception, you can Q+flash instead of Flash+Q, and if you are fast enough, Baleful Strike will cast from the location you flashed to

Need to facecheck a bush?
Dark Matter Gives temporary vision.

My combo doesn't proc thunderlords!
You need to auto attack the enemy champion after your E-W-Q combo to give the Thunderlord's Decree damage. Three auto attacks also give the Thunderlord's Decree damage.

Need to take down a tower really fast?
Due to the mage update of 6.9, champs deal 40% of their ability power to towers as physical damage for every auto attack. Veigar benefits so well from this, being able to crush towers.

Zhonya's Hourglass crushing your combo?
To bait out the Zhonya's Hourglass, once you land your Event Horizon, do your combo exceptionally slow, but make sure not to ult. Most players will be spamming Zhonyas, so once they escape Event Horizon, they will instantly go into stasis. Wait out the 2.5 seconds and ult his ***.

Need to know if your combo will kill the enemy laner?
Hit him with Baleful Strike, and if it does at least 25% of their max health, you can oneshot them.

Does Event Horizon stop XYZ ability?
Veigar's Event Horizon Stops all dashes. Even things like Rocket Jump and Leap are stopped by Event Horizon. Stuff like Unstoppable Force and Chaaaaaaaarge!!! cannot be stopped. Blinks like Flash and Arcane Shift also cannot be stopped by Event Horizon.

Gotta steal Dragon or Baron Nashor ?
With my build of going Morellonomicon into Rabadon's Deathcap into Void Staff, Timing your W and Q to hit at the same time can deal upwards of 1200 instant damage, more then a smite. Both are able to hit Baron or Dragon from over the wall as well, making it pretty easy to steal neutral objectives with Veigar.

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I'd like to thank you for reading my veigar guide, hope you learned a thing or two from it!