Darius Build Guide by Dads
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Darius the Fat
Mid Game Items
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The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.
Welcome to my Darius build for the Twisted Treeline. This guide can easily be transferred over to Summoner's Rift with a couple substitutions which I will discuss later. Anyway the objective of this build is to make Darius extremely hard to kill while dealing out a lot of damage. This is the role of an AD bruiser after all. When all is said and done this build will give you a ton of health, a ton of armor, a ton of magic resist, and a ton of damage, as well as some crowd control. I hope that this is helpful for you.
For runes I go with some pretty typical choices for a Darius. AD Quints and Marks, Magic Resist Glyphs, and Armor Seals. I find this helps keep Darius in lane for much of the early game, which is very important to steamrolling the other team.
For masteries I have a fairly even mix of defense and attack. I go with Cooldown Reduction instead of attack speed in attack because I often find myself getting my Q ability back up just in time to secure a kill with just this little bit of cooldown. You may choose to exchange these for attack speed which is also a viable option. Other than that the choices are fairly self explanatory.
I suppose my recommendation for Darius' Abilities is to get used to when to use them. By that I mean there are some times when the enemy is close and you would want to use your Q and W first, slowing the enemy allowing for an easy pull after that. By the time you pull your Q and W will nearly be up again. With the recent "nerf" of Darius' ult you just have to think a bit more about when to use it. My main recommendations are to try and save it to secure one kill and then if you have another enemy champion with quite a bit of health left, use it again fairly quickly so that the cooldown does not start when you need the damage to finish the kill. Even if you don't secure a kill with it, it can be the difference between getting a kill and dying if you use it early in a 1v1 fight. By that I mean you sometimes just have to use it before you normally would to avoid dying before using it.
Pros / Cons
Darius' Passive will secure a ton of kills for you.
One of the most powerful Ults in the game, even after its recent nerf.
With his Ult you can very easily win a 1v2 battle.
Has the ability to push lanes very quickly.
Very easy to learn.
Will occasionally steal kills with bleed damage. I'm talking about trying to help feed team mates by securing kills, and having his passive steal the kill.
Is somewhat susceptible to ganks early game if you aren't careful.
Because Darius is easy to play, people won't hesitate to call you a noob.
Can suffer against ranged champions.
Creeping / Jungling
If you feel the need to farm more, don't hesitate to leave your lane to kill some jungle creeps. I would recommend staying on your half of the map while doing this because of his lack of mobility. When Darius is at full build he has no trouble killing the spider man all by himself.
Darius can be a great initiator for team fights with his pull. It allows you to isolate a champion for a moment with the opportunity to kill them before the fight even starts. Sometimes you will have to protect your team mates from being focused if the other team decides you are too hard to kill first. If this is the case utilize your slows and pull to maintain control. And always to feel free to chop one of them in half with your ult.
Adapting the Build for Summoner's Rift
The only thing I really change when I play 5v5 is the large health item purchase mid game. I buy Warmog's instead of the Overlord's Bloodmail. I also like to start with boots and potions if I am solo top just because it is beneficial to stay in lane longer in 5v5.
There's not too much to talk about here as it has all been said above. Just to touch on a few things. Don't ever get too cocky with Darius because this can lead to the game spiralling out of control. If you can get fed early and push lanes quickly the game can end in an early surrender. Other than that just enjoy playing as one of the biggest pains in the *** you can be. Thanks for reading and I hope this build works for you.