Viktor vs Mage
Example Final Build
Threats to Viktor with this build
|Swain||Don't get near him and you will be fine. Death ray from afar to harass, then when he uses his ultimate to sustain, you have 8 seconds of harassing window. That is the time you can use Siphon Power and another Death Ray and possibly Chaos Storm if your going for the kill. He also cannot dodge your gravity field to due the lack of his mobility.|
Hello fellow summoners and welcome to my Viktor guide! I have been preparing this guide for some time now and have worked hard on it. Please note that this is technically my first guide so don't go too hard on me :). All feedback is very much appreciated as I will take them to note to improve my guide even more! Leave this out for a while and let me introduce myself! My name is Daedralus and I am currently in Platinum Tier! I have been playing Viktor for quite some time now and climbed the SoloQ ladder with him! Here is my guide with the hopes of it being the first detailed guide for the reworked Viktor!
+ Insane Burst Damage, AoE
+ AoE Stun
+ Godly at Farming and Tower Defending(explained later)
+ Gains AP Per Level With Passive, Out-Scaling All Other Mages
+ Can Evolve All 4 Abilities and Gain Very Useful Buffs
+ Death Ray has no cast time which means it can be casted while running for surprise turn-around bursts
- Mana Hungry
- Squishy, Can be Bursted Down
- Lacks Mobility
- CC Hurts Viktor a Lot
- Hard to Master
- Missing Skill Shots Will Hurt
Very Short Summary
Laning Phase Trading
Rest of the Game
Detailed Patch 6.9 Update!
Skip this chapter if you feel comfortable with Viktor since his rework as I only explain in detail what has changed with him and everything that has changed in his builds and play styles with it!
Since Viktor got a rework on his Q, Siphon Power, he now deals extra damage on his next auto attack. From this reason, Lich Bane is now officially viable from my point of view. However, we will still max our Death Ray first as its our real damage and has range. [
|This item, in the past wouldn’t be that viable for Viktor. Now with Siphon Power’s passive effect, the additional damage from Lich Bane is now definitely viable. Other than its burst potential, it also gives mana and some movement speed which also helps Viktor’s down sides a bit more. Get this item straight after The Hex Core MK-1|
|This item is going to be your item to buy later on. Now as you get +6 AP per level, Rabadon's Deathcap excels at giving an out-scale potential.|
|Another important item as of the 120AP it gives and the passive that will save your life time to time. Those pesky Zed's can get quite annoying…|
|If you have read my old guide, you know what Im going to say here. Magic Penetration is very important for Viktor as it will allow Death Ray to annihilate your enemies easier.|
|Movement speed + magic penetration. Perfect for Viktor.
Covers some mobility issues and strengthens Death Ray. Don't forget Viktor is all about the Death Ray as first damage output!
|Not the item I would pick if Im going good but if your falling behind a caster, this item is to be your choice. The AP it gives, the mana regen, the cool-down reduction and its passive of giving 15% of mana back is amazing. But do note that if you prefer this item for mana, with the new hex core upgrades you get mana each time with the addition of Lich Bane. In the games I had so far, I actually lost my mana issues from mid-game. Viktor rework has also balanced his mana!|
|Are you fighting against a pesky Dr. Mundo? Does your opponent have heal? Well with this item, you can prevent those pesky healers as of Soraka also quite very annoying with this item. Grevious wounds isn't all! You also get 80 AP, 20% CDR for Death Ray spam house and mana regeneration! Isn't it awesome? Yes this item is quite good on Viktor but prefer to my example full build items if you are not facing champions that can heal or regenerate massively.|
|The new item... Is it good? Yes! With Lich Bane's passive move speed and your boots, as well as the Alacrity enchantment if you have it, this item can bring you decent amounts of move speed. Adding masteries and stuff and blah blah blah... but on to the point. 120 AP is definitely awesome on Viktor. The more damage you can deal with Death Ray, the more help you can do for your team. Now here comes the passive. If you can manage to pull off a 4 man Chaos Storm or a Death Ray, while having the passive explode on their faces will deal insane damage. Overall, I think that Luden's Echo might even be better for Viktor compared to Deathfire Grasp as it can have much more power to Viktor's burst as well as turning it to an AoE burst.|
|After recent updates and changes, I have found this to be the most viable item for Viktor after his timer changes. This item will help you slow down enemies so that you can hit the following waves of Death Ray and Chaos Storm much easier as well as slow down enemies furthermore to increase the chance of stunning someone in your Gravity Field. Overall, this item is perfect as it allows Viktor to reach his full capability by slowing down enemies to bring the rest of his abilities on. Later, when you upgrade your hex core a second time for Siphon Power upgrade, you will now be slowing down your enemies with the initial cast and gain move speed. It is actually pretty broken in terms of chasing people as you can constantly slow them down and gain speed for yourself. THIS ITEM IS A MUST BUY FIRST!!|
Greater Mark of Magic Penetration
Greater Seal of Scaling Mana Regeneration
Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power
Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
Greater Mark of Magic Penetration
Greater Seal of Health
Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
|Your gonna take it. You lack mobility and will need to have better escaping potentials. Can also be used for surprise engages on the enemy lamer but make sure they don't have their Flash or any other kind of escape ability up!||In about all your match-ups, Ignite here will be your buddy to combo with Chaos Storm and augment: aftershock's passive towards Death Ray. Other than that, you might want to use it on champions that can heal them selves so you can prevent some healing and use Death Ray after its cool down for the kill!||
This is my personal preference and I use this spell almost every game. However, if you are not used to playing Viktor, I will recommend you pick Ignite instead of this spell for better kill potential. As a mage, teleporting into the wrong spot can lead to an instant death so you must be aware of how much damage you can deal and take in very short times and bursts to be able to do better Teleport plays and even backdoors. (Yes Viktor can xPeke easily with a Lich Bane build)
||Whenever you face a champion that can burst you down very fast like Zed, Syndra or Fizz, that is the only time you are to take Barrier. It will save your life and give you enough time to kill them as their abilities are now on cool down!|
This is one of the reasons not to rely on Siphon Power as well as the fact that you won't be able to hit your empowered auto attack all the time. So this ability is quite a gamble and thus better left to early harassing and farming but opening the spot for Death Ray to do the safe damage. Once your enemy is low enough for you to kill, that is when you actually would prefer to run to them just to cast this ability then to follow up with your other spells. I hope you understand why your Death Ray is superior over Siphon Power now even with a 1-2 second longer cool down. Another important thing to also mention is the amount of targets. I left this to last so its remembered more but think about it. One Death Ray can take out a whole wave and possibly hit an enemy champion if positioned well. While Siphon Power can only focus one target so it can only kill up to 2 targets with the help of its passive next empowered auto attack. So basically Death Ray if used correctly can dish out huge advantages to both harassing/killing the enemy as well as farming at the SAME TIME! Read the next chapter: How To Use Lazer Correctly for more information on proper usage examples on Death Ray.
How To Use Lazer Correctly
Firstly, you should try and aim Death Ray off the enemy minions so even if you do not hit the enemy, Death Ray will kill those minions granting guaranteed gold, XP and mana back with Doran's Ring's passive.
Second of all, don't just walk to your opponent and use Death Ray. That is so totally predictable. Cast it rather when your faking to go a bit back or going sideways to ward or something.
Last of all, try to bluff your intention of using Death Ray to make it seem like if your going to farm. Go ahead and aim for the minions. Your enemy will eventually come to farm and that is when you are to start Death Ray of your OWN minion that your enemy has TARGETED. This about always gets me a hit on them.
Upgrading Your Hex Core
Now here is where it is important that you clearly have to understand. Viktor is still the Viktor it used to be. His primary damage source is still Death Ray and it is still the ability we will be focusing on. So when you get The Hex Core MK-1, upgrade your Death Ray for the still amazing passive you get that fires of an almost instant explosion that can deal 40% more of the damage you already dealt if the laser hit before. If it didn't, you basically get another go at hitting the laser which I must say happened to me during my games. Now your Death Ray has more damage and besides, the unique passives of your other spells are rather utility things now and do not surpass the damage of Death Ray's upgrade.Afterwards get The Hex Core MK-2 and upgrade your Siphon Power with it. You don't get any extra damage, but with the speed boost you will be able to run and chase enemies by simply using the ability on them or even a minion to get away safely. Your last upgrade when you get the Perfect Hex Core is to be on Gravity Field. Its passive is to send any stunned unit to the center which isn't super helpful. It just allows you to hit all the units inside and doesn't grant any other extra effect. That is the sequence of Glorious Evolution; Death Ray > Siphon Power > Gravity Field & Chaos Storm automatically.
Fights in Jungle
Farming and Early Game + Early Harassing
On to laning phase, I must note that you can play aggressively as Viktor. While your farming, if you see that all the enemy creeps are high on health, take the advantage and throw Siphon Power with an auto attack to harass your opponent. They will end up using all their potions to make a future kill quite simple but don't play aggressive against certain champions that can kill you at level 1.
Ally and Enemy Jungler Ganks
For enemy banks however I must say that about all junglers are melee. Basically throw down your Gravity Field and stand in the middle if you have to. I do not really recommend staying there and dying afterwards but it will make it so that your enemies will try and doge the stun so with smart positioning, place this on their path then simply run away, hug your tower. Afterwards continue being Viktor and Death Ray troll-house!
Late-Game + Team-Fights
The game is pretty much about team-fights now so I will now tell you what to do. Do not, ever go in front as you are squishy. Stay behind the team, your laser has enough range to get kills from there so don't worry about that. After a few deaths on the enemy team, that is when you can get closer for Siphon Power or other things. On the other hand just work on poking the enemy team with Death Ray, it will really help your team to have the enemy team lowered in HP. With the single win of a team-fight you will probably be able to take down inhibitors and towers and possibly an additional baron nashor .
Important Changes After All Upgrades
change a lot. Ill talk about every single ability and what you can do with them now.
Penta-Kill With Reworked Viktor!
Now I will give out possible match-ups from viable mid lanes in alphabetical order. I am going to open new chapters so it will be easier to navigate from the top! Now then lets proceed to A!
Since this is my first guide technically, I still had hard times remembering codes. So I want to thank jhoijhoi for the awesome guide that helped me so much and I will make sure to put the link at the end of this chapter.
I also want to thank my friend. His in-game username is Cptn Nolan and he helped me test a few things out!
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Other than that, feel free to add me in-game as well! I will be more than glad to answer your questions and even play with you as long as you are in the EUW server. My in-game name is also Daedralus, hope to see you soon!