Darius Build Guide by Sachikoic
Mastery Tree Is Outdated
WARNING: These masteries are still using the old tree and have not been updated to the new tree by the guide author. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.
5/29/12: Added more depth to the text, colors and revised items a bit. Added a new build, more coming, these are just possible item choices.
Darius is a high-damage, tanky champion with an instantly refreshing TRUE DAMAGE ultimate on execution. He also has a slow, bleed over time passive, and a pretty nice pull as well.
Used properly, Darius can carry a game himself WHILE tanking nearly all of the enemy team's damage.
The items shown above are an example of a typical game I would play with Darius. Obviously, depending on the game and match-up, you will want to deviate from the build to be optimal against the enemy team.
THIS GUIDE IS STILL A WORK-IN-PROGRESS, IT WILL BE UPDATED FREQUENTLY, THANK YOU!
Pretty standard, I take one Swiftness Quint for a little boost in speed, ARMOR yellows and MR blues. Reds have 3 ARMOR PEN and 6 PHYSICAL DAMAGE along with 2 PHYSICAL damage Quint for maximized early-mid game damage. Built with sustain, these have proven very strong for Darius. I would not suggest taking mana regen anything, because Darius is not as mana dependent as other top solo champions.
6 Greater Mark of Attack Damage
3 Greater Mark of Desolation
9 Greater Seal of Armor
9 Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
2 Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage
1 Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed
21-9-0. 9 in Defense for the extra HP and armor/MR for lane sustainability. 21 in Offense for more damage and a little bit of life-steal.
Pros / Cons
[*] Strong damage throughout the entire game
[*] Insane ultimate which deals true damage and stacks with passive (20% per stack of bleed)
[*] With sustain, pushes most tops out of lane with ease
[*] Great for team-fights and disruption
[*] No sustain until Wriggle's Lantern
[*] No hard CC
[*] Must position to use Q effectively
[*] Need stacks of passive to use ult to full potential
[*] Not the tankiest solo top
List of Effective Items:
Mercury's Treads / Ninja Tabi
Frozen Mallet / Warmog's Armor
Trinity Force in certain situations
Force of Nature
Last-hit minions, ward river and tri-bush if needed. Try not to over-extend and get ganked. Always keep your CS higher than your opponent's if possible. Push lane to their tower before Blue Pill.
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