Viktor Build Guide by Flexpoint
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Viktor the Bruiser
Against Gap Close Melees
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Threats to Viktor with this build
|Darius||Harass him hard level 1, so that when he get's Apprehend (E) level 2, he'll think twice before using it. This is a battle of lane bullies, and I believe Viktor wins. Darius is melee, thus when he pulls you (GET W LEVEL 2), you simply cast W on top of yourself and walk away as he is stunned. If you don't die before you get your ROA, the lane is yours and you have won.|
|Dr. Mundo||Farm fest. Enjoy it. Def rush a Morellonomicon though, and just try to utilize teleport to help other lanes.|
|Sion||Stay out of range, harass with Q, and farm it out. Don't push too far, with his ult, ganking is easy.|
|Malphite||Easy lane, just go Athene's for his Q spam. A little bit of MR is needed for this lane, but he doesn't have much kill potential here unless he has ignite.|
|Shen||Farm fest. Don't bother trying to kill him. Just farm it out, and be quick with your ult when he uses tele or ults bot lane for the silence, and utilize your teleport. HOWEVER, if he is dumb and actually tries to harass you with melees, he should tank minion aggro and may give you a chance to kill him level 6. If he's smart he'll just q minions and won't touch you.|
|Maokai||Farm it out and keep your finger on the R key just in case he tries to Tele|
Hi! My name is AJ, and I've been playing League for a little over a year. I've seen a lot of Viktor top recently and noticed that their aren't many guides out there for top lane, so I took the liberty of making my first guide for Viktor Top lane! I hope you enjoy it!
Pros / Cons
+ Insane Burst Damage, AoE
+Easy to farm and wave clear is superb
+Gains AP per Level with item Passive - Outscale ability
+Can evolve spells and gain useful buffs
-Mana Hungry Early
-Squishy at early levels
-Low Mobility with Minor Kite
-Any sort of Lockdown is certain death
-Incredibly high skill cap
-Missing Skill shots = dead Viktor
Pretty straight-forward runes. The only change I would suggest is Movement Speed quints. They work really well if you max Q and upgrade Q first.
YOUR ONE JOB AS VIKTOR IN LANE IS TO FARM EFFICIENTLY. IF YOU CAN FARM WELL, YOU WILL BE FAR MORE USEFUL THAN YOUR OPPONENT. IF YOU ARE FARMING WELL, WHEN YOU TELEPORT TO TEAM FIGHT, YOUR DAMAGE WILL BE CATASTROPHIC DUE TO YOU BEING HIGHER LEVEL.
I cannot stress the importance of efficiently farming.
TAKE AD MARKS IF YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE LAST HITTING
I understand that you will miss a few here or there, but Viktor relies on items to deal his damage thoroughly. His base damages are pretty high, but imagine if you had 1 more item than your enemy.
Even if you are 0-3, if you have 30 CS more than your opponent, I'd rather have you on my team than him. Make it easy on yourself, and farm well.
Max Q or E?
Very great question, and a answer that has many parameters.
MAX Q TO FOCUS ON OUT-TRADING
MAX E TO FOCUS ON FARM AND HARASS
OUT-TRADING is the ability to deal excess damage while receiving inferior damage in return.
HARASS is the ability to deal damage without receiving any in return.
If you are against low cooldown champions, I suggest you max Q to focus on out-trading. If you're against a pure-melee champion or a caster with high cooldown, I suggest maxing E.
Unless your opponent has a gap closer such as Darius' Apprehend or Gnar's Leap, don't get W level 3, just get another point in Q or E for harass.
EITHER WAY, CS EFFICIENTLY
During team fights, I catch myself casting my ult to the backline, while being able to peel the front line. Of course, you'll have already build Rylia's to help with that. It's very easy to use your ult to zone out, and the best part about it is that it stays active after your death. If you can manage to get into the backline, cast your ult and W simultaneously, so that if they have an escape, it won't be useable until the silence ends.
At level 18, you're ult should deal around 700 ON IMPACT, and 190 damage PER SECOND FOR 7 ADDITIONAL SECONDS. That comes out to nearly 2.1k magic damage from ult alone. Which is broken.
REMEMBER TO USE THE R KEY TO DIRECT YOUR ULTIMATE CLOUD OF DOOM
Here is a video that I recorded to show how to properly use Viktor Pre-Teamfight and during team fight.
Notice how I use my W pre-fight to zone so that we can ward, and that I use E to harass as well.
ULTING THE CARRY IS GREAT, BUT IF YOU CAN LAND YOUR ULT ON 3 PEOPLE, DO THAT.
Always Flash and Teleport. Ignite Viktor is strong in lane to cheese, but I feel it's better to have a global presence.
Ghost is also viable on Viktor, but Flash is a tad safer imo.
CSing with Viktor is pretty easy with his spammable Q and its' passive and the range of his E. If you find yourself getting zoned by a Volibear or Riven, max E and upgrade it IMMEDIATELY. This allows you to one-shot the backline and harass more effectively for farm.
Your farming from level 1-6 will determine if you will be useful, or useless.
IF you have 80-100 farm by 12 minutes and have 0 deaths, you're probably more useful than your opponent.
IF YOU ARE BEHIND IN FARM BY OVER 20, YOU WILL NEED TO SPLIT PUSH TO CATCH UP.
In conclusion, I find that going bruiser Viktor really depends on how well you can farm in lane. If you are bronze - gold, I wouldn't suggest my ROA-->Rylia's build because the only reason you're still in Bronze, Silver, or Gold is because you have yet to learn how to cs efficiently. If you struggle with farming well, I suggest my Athene's build. I know this isn't very detailed, but for a first guide I hope that it teaches you, whether a lot or a little, about Viktor's strength and weaknesses.
Upgrade Q or E first?
THIS IS VERY SIMPLE
ALWAYS UPGRADE YOUR E FIRST
ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS.
Not to be confusing, throughout the guide I'll tell you to max Q first, but that DOES NOT mean UPGRADE.