So I was bored of this game and had deleted it afew times, that was until this last patch and riot released a champ who seemed to be designed just for me. Darius, or as I like to refer to him as God, Dishes out punishment left and right from very early and into late game. He is a bruiser who cannot be ignored nor should he be. Honestly from the first game I played with him I have not been defeated in top lane by any other champion, and quite often ganks from their jungle will lead to me killing one if not both before going down.
He is brutal, he is relentless and he is the God of Top lane.
(note: also viable in jungle and will release a jungle guide later)
Ps. I won't be telling you to buy wards and potions and where to put them as I think you always should
Darius - Pro's/Con's
- Heavy Damage
- Stack-able dot for great harass
- Pull for Interupt and ganks
- Great initiator
- True damage ult
- Great Ks'er (Kill Secure) :D
- Will be hated and focused
- Will hear "op champ"
- People run away from you
- If played stupidly will fail at Q harass
Darius has a great early game and by utilizing that advantage it is imperative to farm up and zone the enemy champ as best you can.
He has a great harass with is Q and if done at the right range will decimate the other champions. I find that to many Darius players use their pull and then the Q which is stupid as it cuts the dmg down 50%, better to use the skills in a Q-e-auto attack-w fashion as to maximize your dmg in the least amount of time. Although I'm sure alot of you do this already I still see people failing at it.
I'm not going to go through each of my Materies and Runes as i believe it is built according to a players play style.
I do however recommend the ones above as it lets you have a solid working base for building into late game :D The defense tree is great as it lets you stay in fights long enough to really deal some damage even if you're focused, you'll deal enough damage as it is without building the offence tree.
I like my runes as they are with all the attack damage reds/quints, you however may want to chance them to the increased move speed quints as they're always nice, I however am happy with the way they are the the increased movement speed gain from the defense tree.
This is your bread and butter skill, It is what you will use to harass and gain dominance early game and farm late game.
This skill and how a Darius uses it will set him apart from the Bad and Good player.
Make sure to always hit the opponent on the outside edge of the blade as it will deal increased damage. (note: Bonus damage does not affect minions)
This move is great at refreshing your attack timer. use it after one auto attack when pulling them in for a very quick two hits, the second one doing increased damage and building more stacks.
If a jungler can see you know how to use this ability they may just gank hang around your lane alot as it almost always nets a kill when they do gank. If you get the combo off before the jungler first hits them you'll see you already have done alot of damage (and added 3 stacks) and stopped them from reacting to the appearance of your junglar. That is how most ganks will go, however if you know they have flash save it till after they do flash, by using ghost it should be easy to catch up to them and net them back into the awaiting doom that follows.
Also if you're smart and love this move as much as I do you'll learn to ward their blue and pull it through the wall just before the smite and net the blue kill on the other-side of the trees. (be careful when you do this as good players will feed their blue to their mid so you will want to know where their mid is before hand)
The ultimate Ks'er in the game in my mind, this is the move where you proceed to look like a God and sentence out death on the opponents. This made all the more awesome by the fact that it deals true damage so ults like Alistar
's and Olaf
's wont even protect them. it is the move that makes people hate and love Darius at the same time.
(note: play nice with it as one fed player won't always net the entire game, try to feed your teammates kills by not always 'securing' them ;)
Also, hold off till you know you'll get the kill with it, you never know when you might need it again :D.
All in all i believe Darius is a powerful champion with great laning potential and late game dominance. he has been referred to as the Noxian Garen though I think he is far far far stronger. Good luck with him my friends and let me know about your inevitable success.
I will update this guide abit later with more information and make it more pretty for you all :D
Enjoy cleaving heads and faces. (sorry for the bad grammar/ spelling, I know I'm terribad)My brother playing ranked with him following my build: