Vi Build Guide by skippy12
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Early Game Defense
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Greeting Summoners, with the start of a new year I bring you the start of my new series of builds *cue drum roll* The Face Roll Collection. Like every good guide we will be covering the basics of how to correctly use this build to its full potential, along with some side notes as to other possible ways that I have thought of changing to the build to make it more streamline with the selected champion. So without further a due lets get this show started.
Giving Vi a standard Armor & Magic Resist Rune page is one of the better ideas for her to play with. Throwing in some Attack Damage runes also helps in case you need to change one of the AD items for another health regain or just health item.
After finishing all your pre-game work its time to get into the actual playing of Vi in game. While it is nice to know how her abilities work and a good order to play them it is really up to you to decide when to pick what. In this section I will give 3 different order on how to choose your sequence each one having a different scenario as to why you would go that way.
Alright, starting in the part that will potentially get the most questions/hate/comments/opinions/ect. While this build does work in 3x3 it can also be instated into 5x5 which is why the starting items may seem a little off and this does give you a little bit of clearance as to what you want to do at the start of the match. But for the sake of the build we will go off of what I have selected.
Boots of Speed: Since Vi is a little bit on the slower side starting boots are a must. This is also one of those items that will be interchangeable with other items for the users needs later in the game
Health Pots: This is where the build order seems weird. Since you are given a starting amount of 825 gold you can either take more health pots if you wish
Long Sword: The king pin to this whole build. Since Vi is a very easy to scale AD champion, the Long Sword plays a huge role in getting her large amounts of strength quickly without having to worry about overly farming your lane or having to go into the jungle to much to get the gold to finish an item.
Ruby Crystal: Along with Vi being an amazing burst power house she has a very squishy early game. This tags along with her slow mobility early game but is quickly changed with the help of a few defensive items built from the Crystal.
Dagger: To turn Vi into a more destructive champ attack speed can be thrown in as an added bonus.
The Brutalizer: Rushing this will give you an advantage over tanks since you will probably of already ranked up your Q at least twice before purchase, and possibly of gotten to your first level W depending on how aggressive your playing. This will allow you to spam your Q and E faster due to the cool down reduction factor of the item.
Phage: A quick purchase health booster like the Phage can be the difference between a destructive end game Vi or a squishier late game.
Locket of the Iron Solari: A playful item in the build, giving a small chunk of added bonuses, this item allows for Vi to not only get an armor and health boost but also grants her more cool down reduction along with health regain that will allow her to sustain in her lane way longer then she did before purchased if she is played right.
Aegis of the Legion: A possible replacement item for the Locket. This is very useful if you are dueling your lane since it gives the aura healing effect but also gives Vi magic resist if she is up against a caster.
Shurelya's Reverie Shurelya's Reverie: Another potential change for the Locket. This could play a big part since it still gives you the 10% cool down reduction but also has the active effect of boosting the speed of your nearby champions.
Berserker's Greaves: Moving into your first finalized item, the Greaves give you the nice little addition of attack speed which becomes very useful once you get down her Q-E-E combo.
The Black Cleaver: A 'hybrid' AD item. Giving not only a nice chunk of AD, it also gives you a boost in your health. A nice added effect to the Cleaver is its base +10 Armor Penetration along with the stacking armor reduction. Added in with her W reducing the enemies armor by 20% on the 3rd hit, this would drop an enemies armor 38.75% for the final hit that would then drop their armor another 6.25% and starting the next armor reduction combo.
Zephyr: Another item that gives Vi a cool down reduction but also gives you Tenacity
Zeke's Herald Zeke's Herald: Since it is an added bonus of being able to keep Vi in lane as long as possible, the Herald allows her to do that by giving her a life steal effect, along with lowering her cool down times.
Giants Belt: Getting closer to your late/end game this should give you the option of taking a few more risks with your ult and Q. Since you will have the bonus health you can turret dive champions with your Ult for a kill, then Q out into either another champion kill or just to escape the turret's hits
Frozen Mallet: The closer of your build, giving you not only a little more AD along with Health the Mallet's passive will allow you to freeze champions in place giving your more time to land that 3rd Basic hit for your W, to charge up another Q-E combo, or just to run away if you feel you can't finish the fight.
Pros / Cons
After going through all of this information I believe we need a short recap of this build along with the always loved Pro & Con list
While Vi is a lot of fun to play once you get use to her play style. She has a lot of reasons to love her and hate her. But when looking at both it is very easy to look past the pad and focus on the good. With this my fellow summoners I end this guide like I will end many more.