The Glorious AP Mid
Current Meta Build
Threats to Viktor with this build
|Kayle||A very easy lane. Kayle can't trade with you, as your burst poke counters her sustained damage. Your Q shield will block some of her Q-E, and if she chases, you can simply W and she will be stopped in her tracks. You can poke her out of lane and destroy her in a 1v1. She can't do anything against you.|
|Ryze||No amount of lubricant will help Ryze survive this lane. You can out-trade and outpoke him entire laning phase. You can E from a distance and he will have no way to retaliate. Zone him hard and once hes low blow him up. The second he engages you lay down W and R on him and you will snowball hard off of him while making him useless for most of the game.|
|Teemo||Did someone say badger meat?|
About the Author
I am s LessThanThree, a (formerly) Diamond 1 Mid Main. I was the 16th best Viktor player in the world in Season 4
I have dedicated myself to mastering Zed and Azir and other champions now, so I am no longer toplisted due to much less games played.
I have had experience playing in the semi-pro competitive scene, and have a solid understanding of the meta.
I know the limits and abilities of Viktor, and have tried many different strategies and builds, and discovered some of the most efficient ones. We all know Viktor is all about maximum efficiency!
Other champions I love are Zed Azir Lucian and Yasuo
I am available on League for advice, duo, chat, and mentorship if anyone is interested
Viktor in my personal opinion, is one of the strongest mages in the game. I have been a main of him since season 4, and carried with him from Gold 5 all the way to Diamond 5 back in S4
He is an all around powerful champion with a few exploitable weaknesses but also many devastating benefits when mastered and played by a skilled Summoner.
Viktor is also a very unique champion, which is what makes him unappealing to so many players. His high skillcap, high skill floor, and strange gameplay barred him from many players for a long time but I believe that he can be adopted as a strong and popular midlaner once people learn of his potential.
This guide will concisely cover over the most important concepts you will need to know to start down the path to discovering true power, and eradicating all fleshy meat bags!
Pros / Cons
+ High skillcap
+ Massive AoE
+ Easy farming
+ One of the highest damage outputs in the game
+ Can shred carries and tanks alike
+ Excellent teamfighter and duelist
+ Great kiter
+ Excellent scaling
- Many ways to build him wrong (trap items)
- Unique playstyle
- Highly punished for positioning mistakes
- Low mobility
- Needs peel from divers e.x. Vi, Maokai, Zed
- Mana problems
Flash - Necessary no matter what
Ignite - best spell on Viktor, it gives him the slight extra boost to 100-0 enemies
Exhaust - rare but works against assassins like Zed, if you are used to using exhaust against them
Ghost - Can be useful, Viktor is an excellent kiter, and with ghost, and Q augment, his movement speed will be insane
- along with 2 health potions, the optimal start I always take
- Hex Core Mk-1 and Evolve E should be your top priority, getting this item will grant you a huge power spike and you should buy if you have enough gold without hesitation
ITEM #1 OPTIONS:
- This is an excellent item, it provides a hefty 100 AP and defensive HP that you will need. The slow is the most important part, however. The slow from Rylai's allows endless Kiting and chasing
- This item is very strong both offensively and defensively for Viktor. Some matchups like Leblanc, Fizz and Diana require you to get this item as soon as possible to survive. This is situational, though. And since Rylais provides defensive HP, you may want to take that instead.
ITEM #2 OPTIONS:
GET BOOTS OF LUCIDITY, MAX YOUR HEX CORE TO LEVEL 3 THEN CHOOSE ONE
- This is a rational item to get, it will increase your power spike considerably
- Very good synergy with your Q, give cooldown reduction, and gives movement speed for more kiting and chasing. Overall a very good item for Viktor.
ITEM #3 OPTIONS:
- As we get closer to lategame and the enemy has start getting a lot of MR to counter your strong scaling, Void Staff is a necessary item to get
- get rabadons 3rd if you got lich bane for item 2
GET HEX CORE MARK 3 THEN SELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING
icon=zhonya's hourglass size=50 - This item is excellent defensively while also giving tons of good AP. 120 AP, 50 armor, and invincibility all speak to you. If you are getting focused, this is a great item.
Icon=banshee's veil size=50 - Please don't 1 shot me Veigar.
Viktor can switch between very aggressive laner to completely passive farmer if necessary.
Level 1 - You are going to need to poke your enemy with Q. Be sure to try and prevent minion aggro from your auto-attack. You have the advantage over most laners at this point.
Level 2 - You have the supreme advantage over most laners except Cassiopeia. Use your Q and E, but don't miss.
Level 3 - Your E is stronger now, which gives you the potential to zone out your enemy as well as wave clear. Watch out, as some champions will be stronger at this point and could fire back (Zed, Syndra)
Level 4 - You don't get a power spike. Don't be too aggressive and focus on farm instead. Try to save mana for when you hit 5.
Level 5 - You have a big power spike, use your E and poke the enemy out of lane or push waves into their tower. At this point it is quite possible to get a kill on your enemy if you flash and Q-Ignite after hitting E on a low opponent, but not advisable if the enemy jungler is MIA.
Level 6 - Make use of this if you hit 6 before the enemy. You can score a kill on anyone below 60% hp. Watch their level though, some laners like Annie and Zed could use their spike to kill you instead, so choose depending on the enemy laner. You can use your pushing abilities to time your level 6 spike, but this is not always necessary. Simply outfarming the enemy laner will make you stronger, as you scale harder than them.
It is best to back around this time, and have around 1400 gold to buy Mk.1 Hexcore Augment E, and a Dorans Ring
Level 7 - You level up E again, now you can kill your opponent. Poke then burst them down.
Post 8 - Basically the same as 7. What you do depends on the opponent. Some like LeBlanc or Xerath will force you to farm it out. Some like Twisted Fate will require you to be very aggressive and keep pressure up.
Basic Laning Tips:
Last hit a minion then Q another to kill it. You can then use the empowered autoattack to finish off another.
Farming under tower: ranged minions can take one auto and one basic Q first proc to die after being hit by tower, so use that to your advantage. E.x. two ranged minions walk into your tower, tower hits one of them, you auto then Q cast on that minion before the 2nd tower shot, then use the Q proc on the second minion after the tower hits it, giving you both minions.
You don't want the lane to be pushed into you, because then you'll be vulnerable to getting poked, if you have no minions and you cant push the wave down with your E and Q yet, you can use your W in front of the wave to stun all of them. This will let your cooldowns and own minion wave some time to get there.
When clearing waves, your E is not enough to kill an entire wave early game. Auto attack the ranged minions 2-3 times before casting E. This allows you to clear all 3 ranged minions at the same time. The melee ones will require Q and auto attack last hitting skills. After Augment E and more items, your E should be able to clear waves instantly.
You will need to start farming Wraith camp and maybe wolves once you are strong enough to do it quickly. CS is big on Viktor. So get it up!
Don't spam spells, you are very mana dependent. Only use a spell when necessary or you know it will hit the enemy.
Once laning is over, you will likely want to rotate bot and secure a dragon. If you cannot get dragon, you will want to push mid tower while the enemy gets dragon, so your team gets an objective out of it. Your waveclear should be instant by now, so keep using your E to clear your mid lane, then roam to help your teammates.
Viktor is a master of teamfighting. If you are able to line up your laser and ultimate to hit 3 or more enemy players, you have basically singlehandedly won the team fight.
Splitting is rarely recommended, as most splitpushing champions can outduel you (Vayne, Tryndamere, Zed)
Mastery is Key
Viktor takes time and effort to master. He has some kinks that make him significantly more difficult to play than many mid laners, but once learned, Viktor is a great asset.
Never underestimate the Machine Herald.
I will update this guide as time goes by and if demand appears.