Vayne Build Guide by SillyZilly
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Standard Vayne ADC
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A Better Table of Contents
Pros and Cons
Item build and Explanation
Skill Sequence and Explanation
Farming and early game
Supports you will love
Against these guys..
Late Game and Teamfights
Hey, I'm Shutupandleesin on the OCE server, and if I have played with you, you've probably reported me.
In which case I am sorry but you shouldn't have fed.
I've been playing since Season II and ranked since III, only maining ADC since mid S3.
This is an in depth guide to my most played, best but not favorited champion, Vayne.
I mean come on: Lee Sin > All
This guide isn't going to tell you how to ADC. I write this assuming that the reader has some basic knowledge of positioning and your role as an ADC, however I will touch on it basics briefly.
This is my first guide so all criticism is welcome, I hope you all enjoy and learn something from it.
Pros and Cons
+Strong late game
+Incredible chase potential
+Deals % of max hp
+High amount of true damage
+Self peels with Condemn
-Vulnerable to CC
-Can easily get too far ahead in fights due to Night Hunter
-Boring after a while
In League of Legends, getting that early game advantage matters. Why not boost that early game advantage with some 'Pre-game Setup'? This section will explain Masteries, Runes and Summoner Spells in a little more depth, also shedding light on why I pick them and the reasoning behind.
So, lets jump in:
Vayne is an ADC so you should be using your standard ADC rune page.
These runes are the bread and butter of any ADC in the game. They increase your Attack damage from level 1-18, giving you that extra last hitting ability and also a little bit more power when poking an enemy.
The reason I take these, over Greater Mark of Armor Penetration, is due to the scaling on Condemn and Tumble. Although ArPen gives you a little bit more damage against enemy champions, that damage is made up with the bonus Tumble and Condemn damage. You'll also notice Last Whisper is also built pretty early, shredding any armor your foe dare have.
Again, a must have for most ADCs. In bot lane, you will be facing constant damage from Tower (Physical), Enemy ADC (Often Physical) and Minion attacks (Physical). It is essential you have some defense early game, else you will find yourself poked out lane with little to no farm. Greater Seal of Scaling Armor are okay to use, but considering majority of the damage you will be taking early game is physical, you really should be using Greater Seal of Armor for the bonus early defense.
Vayne has very little in the way of escapes, Tumble is a one time micro dash that can barely be considered an escape alone. Vayne's range is also pretty low compared to others and can easily be poked down. Having a decent preparation of armor allows her to withstand more poke than you would without.
This is where variance can be obtained. In the current meta, supports like Annie, Thresh and Leona are all very desirable, not to mention hybrid damage carries like Ezreal, Corki and Tristana. These champions deal a large amount of magic damage, damage that should be minimized wherever possible.
As stated above with armor, Vayne is vulnerable to taking damage due to low range and little escapes, opposed to carries like Tristana, Ezreal and Caitlyn.
With the amount of AP supports and hybrid carries in bot lane, it is unwise to venture south without some bonus magic resist.
However, if you are against an extremely heavy AD bot lane eg. Draven, or the enemy just lacks an APC (Common in bronze), then I would advise Greater Glyph of Armor instead.
Finally we look at Quintessences. There is a lot more variety in these, but many are situational at best.
Personally, I like to use these. They with early game damage output and last hitting, but don't really sacrifice anything. If you are capable of avoiding poke and predicting harass, then I suggest these are the marks for you.
Not so good at dodging? Well, these are probably better suited for you. Not as much damage early on, but really helpful with sustain. Advisable in lanes with Caitlyn or other poke-happy champions.
Phage, Trinity Force and Enchantment: Furor for the many kites than you will lead enemies on.
Last but not least we have these. These are great for those pesky Draven's who just won't leave you alone. The ones that will ALWAYS be there with an axe, ready to take half your health for that one cs. He hits so hard that these even these runes might be in Vayne... (geddit?)
Again, Vayne is an ADC champion so a stock standard 21/9 page would work, but I choose to take 22/5/3
Most of the choices are pretty obvious, but the not so common ones I will explain:
|The reason I take this this perk is because my job is to deal damage. Most of the time I will have someone peeling for me, thus reducing my damage taken. This bonus 1.5% doesn't seem a lot but I am sure it is responsible for the deaths of some would be escapees in bot lane.|
|As stated in the rune section, early game survival is extremely important to how well you progress into mid-game. This 2hp per 5 is really good in lanes that you know you will be poked, eg. Caitlyn, Thresh, Jinx... The bonus regen helps keep you in lane and keeps you farming.|
|Personal favorite of mine, I take it in every page I can. It is virtually two free Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed and as said above, works well with many items built along with your passive, Night Hunter|
Finally we get to the last thing you do before entering the game. Summoner Spells. These are probably a little more important than runes or masteries because they are needed all throughout, whereas runes and masteries lose importance the longer the game progresses.
Flash is the most used summoner spell, and rightfully so. It gives you a much needed escape over walls and other terrain as well as a general mobility increase. As positioning is vital for an ADC, this allows you to re-position if caught out. On Vayne, Using Final Hour and Tumble sends you into stealth. Flashing immediately after tumble gives you a stealthed flash, which will bring you up further away than the enemy expects.
As we stated earlier, Vayne's escapes are very limited early game, and the shield from Barrier lets you withstand a little more when you decide to go all in. In my opinion, a must have on ADCs.
Okay, so.. Cleanse is a really cool summoner spell but it is extremely situational. I wouldn't reccomend it because Mercurial Scimitaris just as good, and your support should generally have Mikael's Crucible. If the enemy team has a LOT of CC, and I mean everyone with stuns, fears or other forms of hard CC, then Cleanse might work out well.
Ghost can be pretty useful at times, but on the whole Flash is better. However, if you think that you'll have the need to kite a lot, then Ghost is probably more desirable than Flash as you can cover more ground with it, with a lower cooldown. Ghost also synergizes well with Fleet of Foot, Night Hunter and Enchantment: Furor.
I've seen a few people who run Teleport on their ADCs. While having the extra ability to split push then teleport to fights or another lane might be handy, the effective health of Barrier or the freedom Cleanse provides a better use of the summoner spell slot.
Ignite is a very powerful early game spell on most champions, but not desirable on ADCS, especially Vayne. While Ignite may bring Vayne's weak early game up to scratch, it kills her survivability without Flash or Barrier. You might get an extra kill with Ignite scoring a little gold, but surviving with barrier you could probably farm that gold faster, without giving the enemy gold also.
If it is listed here, don't even consider it unless you are planning to lose.
Revive, Clarity, Smite, Heal, Exhaust, Clairvoyance WTF no?
Items and Explanations
|This item is my reccomended start for Vayne. It provides a small amount of health mixed with damage. It also provides in lane sustain due to the 3hp back from each auto. This combined with the Feast returns 5hp back for each minion you kill. Doesn't seem like much, but you will thank the passive later.|
|This is the recommended start for Vayne, according to the shop. I personally would never start with these items, they provide very little sustain after the potions are depleted, no damage to trade with and no bonus health. The upside to starting boots and three is the increased mobility. However, I find that when it comes to mobility, Tumble and Flash are more than enough to dodge skill shots and escape most close encounters.|
|Sounds crazy, but it can work. If you start with this item, you've said to yourself, "Okay, I am going to have a passive lane in which I only worry about CS." The 10hp/5 is really good for sustaining in lane, while the passive on the item can change early game altogether. I take this item in lanes against Draven, sometimes Caitlyn if I know they will harass. With Doran's Shield, Block , Unyielding and your armor, the poke you receive is nowhere near as bad, allowing you to focus on last hitting.|
|With the introduction of Blade of the Ruined King, Vayne's core items got an addition. This item has everything Vayne could want; Attack Speed, Damage and more percentage health damage. Bilgewater Cutlass is the main part of the item and gives you a really strong early game boost. It is usually my first item built as the damage and life steal provide sustain, while the active on it grants me a slow and 100 damage (equal to a extra auto attack.)|
|If you are going for the Trinity Force build (explained here), then I recommend getting a Sheen relatively quickly. This gives your tumble a bonus burst of physical damage and often provides unexpected burst if you tumble into the third stack of Silver Bolts.|
|This item goes without saying, all ADC's should build these boots as they increase attack speed. For ADC's, ESPECIALLY Vayne, auto attacking with haste is crucial.|
|Like I said earlier in the above section, this item isn't always advisable. I myself have only recently started building this. I will explain later the difference in playstyle you ought to have when building this, but it is a great item if you can adapt. The passive effect 'Rage', is incredible for kiting and also chasing; synergizing with Night Hunter well. As intended, the item gives you a little bit of everything: kite, damage and burst. If you build this, I don't advise Phantom Dancer|
|This item is what I usually build after Blade of the Ruined King and for good reason. The movespeed, crit and attack speed attached to the item are tremendous; higher than most other items available. Once you have these two items your damage output is going to be above average against enemy champions, but your tower downing ability isn't as strong as it would be if you had Trinity Force. I advise Phantom Dancer over Trinity Force if the enemy team is rather tanky.|
|Again, I would consider this item exclusive with Trinity Force and Phantom Dancer, because all three are beneficial in different situations. I like to think of Statikk Shiv as the ' Phantom Dancer Vs Squishy teams'. If the enemy team is tanky, Phantom Dancer is the optimal choice because it gives more attack speed, which combined with Silver Bolts helps drop tanks faster than the bonus 100 magic damage from Statikk Shiv. That being said, if the enemy team lacks the beef, then the burst from Shiv is probably going to outweigh the slight increase in Silver Bolts speed.|
|Zephyr is one of the most underrated attack damage items in the game, providing you with a 35% reduction on cc duration and 10% increase to movement speed. For teams with plenty of slow, this item with save you more often than you would like to admit as well as help you keep up with fast moving enemies like Shyvana and Ezreal. It also provides some cooldown reduction with is handy if you find yourself having to Condemn a lot.|
Unless you are matched against idiots, someone on their team is going to be trying to kill you first. This is a fact. If and when they kill you, your team will suffer... Unless..
|Become a walking Zilean with this amazing and ever so useful item. Even without the passive effect the armor and magic resist it provides is amazing. If they can break through the defensive stats on GA, the passive will trigger. The passive effect will bring you back to life on 30% after 4 seconds. This means that in the four seconds you are in stasis, whoever killed you should be getting slaughtered by your team, allowing you to resurrect with minimal threat.If the enemy team has an Assassin or a Nuker, I suggest building Guardian Angel relatively soon.|
|This item is listed in the final form; an upgraded Quicksilver Sash.
For most of the game it is advisable to keep this item's progress at Quicksilver Sash as the only benefit in upgrading it is 60+ Attack Damage for 2150 gold. Less used than Guardian Angel it is extremely effective against debuff reliant champions, ie. Malzahar (Combo), Warwick (ult) and Skarner (ult). And of course Urgot, but you should always ban Urgot **(Yes he is a real champion, I'm not making him up.). This item is also very useful to cleanse Veigar stuns and Nasus slows.
** Not to be taken seriously!
These are items that should be considered and chosen based on the enemy composition.
|Last Whisper is one of the most under appreciated items in the game, having a bare minimum 21 Armor Pen (Heimerdinger's base is 61, lowest in game).Realistically talking though, most champions will get around 110 armor in the game, which means you are ignoring 38.5 Armor. That's a noticeable difference even without the bonus +40 Attack Damage it provides. Against teams with heavy armor, this is a must.|
|The Bloodthirster is the item with the highest damage and life steal in the game. Increasing +100 Attack Damage and 20% Life steal is extremely helpful for dropping enemies and sustaining in team fights, allowing you to continue pumping out a consistently high amount of damage after the fight is over. Advisable if you find yourself trading with enemies that aren't incredibly defensive.|
Every game I play as Vayne I have started with Tumble.
This is for many reasons:
Mobility to dodge skill shots
Resets auto attack timer
Bonus damage to harass
I also use Tumble to bait hooks and snares, making them waste mana and become less threatening at level two. It also demoralizes the enemy when they miss a few shots running.
This is where it becomes situational and experience helps make the choice.
Here are some examples and situations for which skill to take:
Sense an incoming enemy gank
Side bushes warded
Enemy likes to sit in bushes
Incoming friendly gank
Losing trades badly
The reason I say this, is because if you are winning trades or slightly losing, the enemy is more likely to sit and fight you. If they sit and fight, you get the third stack of Silver Bolts off, making you win the trade. However, if you sense an enemy jungler to be incoming, Condemn provides some handy disengage allowing you to escape. Conversely, if the enemy support likes to sit in the bush and you can get a clean Condemn off, take it second and hope for a easy kill. Whatever you didn't take at level two should be taken at 3.
I personally prioritize Tumble over Silver Bolts until I get some attack speed. Once I have Berserker's Greaves or Blade of the Ruined King, I start to prioritize Silver Bolts, taking a point in Final Hour when I can. Condemn is a one-point wonder spell.
To further elaborate, if the enemy bot lane backs off at two stacks of Silver Bolts, it is pointless me maxing it first, however if most people will continue to fight me until the Silver Bolts proc and they lose a chunk of health; I max Silver Bolts.
Early Game Strategy
As the title suggests, this section will explain the first twenty minutes of the game.
I will also go into support synergy, and tactics against enemy supports/adc in lane. Let's start on the important things.
As Vayne, you don't really want to push the lane very hard, so refrain from auto pushing.
Avoid this by only last hitting the minions.
The higher the minions health is when it dies = faster clear time of the wave = push faster.
In most cases you do not want to push your lane too fast, which is why last hitting is advisable.
The exception only last hitting is if you want to make use of your Doran's Blade and heal up after a trade or fight, or the enemy lane has recalled. Pushing in the second situation allows you to get your wave to the tower, meaning the enemy ADC loses farm(due to last hits going to tower) and the enemy tower falling faster (more gold for you).
Keeping the side bushes warded, continue trying to last hit. Once you get Blade of the Ruined King you should win most trades, likely to pick up a few kills in the process.
Okay, this is usually common knowledge but I will include it for the sake of it. When you are pushed to tower, this can sometimes interfere with your farming. However, if you use this knowledge it becomes much easier.
Tower will hit melee minions twice, then remaining health you can last hit with an auto attack.
Tower will hit caster minions once, then remaining health can USUALLY be finished off with an auto attack. Sometimes as the minions get stronger your auto attack will leave them with a little bit of health. If you notice this, use Tumble to try and finish it, as the bonus damage will certainly drop it.
Okay, now I don't play with many supports, so my opinion might be skewed here. These are the supports that I think work well in my experience.
|Janna was without a doubt my favorite support altogether, then they went and buffed her. She is just an incredible machine bot lane, her disengage is amazing in ganks, her CC is great for setting up Condemn against unsuspecting bush-dwellers. Her Eye Of The Storm is also incredible for many reasons, not only is it Barrier on an eight second cooldown, but increased your attack damage tremendously; Giving you the edge in trades. Then we look at her move speed passive, Tailwind which works perfectly with Night Hunter. Her ultimate knocks back enemies, which if used right can also set up Condemn stuns and possibly knock them into towers, whilst healing all allies around her. My opinion of Janna might be flawed due to my lovely duo (Maedel) maining her, but even so... Great support with Vayne.|
LEONA, THE RADIANT DAWN
THRESH, THE WEIRD HOOK GUY
SORAKA, THE STARCHILD
BEATING THESE CHUMPS
This part contains some of the people you will often see in the bot lane, and little tips you can do to give you the edge against them. These might not always work, but keep them in mid.
AGAINST UNMENTIONED FOLK
Late game and Team Fights
Final section I will do, this will describe your role in team fights and late game responsibilities.
As we have discussed, Vayne is incredibly squishy and extremely vulnerable to CC. For this reason you will want to be at the back of the group, usually with a support and/or peeler.
A common misconception I see in games I play is the ADC gets scalded for not focusing enemy carries. Ignore them.
As an ADC it is not your job to kill their carries. It is not your job to start fights. Your job as the ADC is to live. Of all your team, you have the most potential to drop a tower. The mage surviving a team fight is good, but kind of pointless when you see how slow they drop a tower. So, we established that you living is crucial to team advancement, but how do we achieve this?
The way I see it is this: You have your initiators/tanks. These guys sit on the front line and soak up damage, trying to CC people n that stuff; Amumu, Malphite, Dr. Mundo. Then you have the assassins. Their job is get around this front wall of tanks, and drop the carries; Shaco, Kha'Zix, Rengar. The role of the AP and AD carry is to deal as much damage to everyone that they can in their lifetime before/if dying. The fighter/bruiser job is to either help the assassin, or peel for the ADC.
If squishy Vayne tried to run into range of Caitlyn or Jinx, the tanks, assassins and bruisers would have a very easy time eliminating the enemy highest damage output. So, as Vayne I like to sit at the back, away from the fray and shoot whoever the hell is closest to me. If that's Dr. Mundo then so be it, at least I am safe and still dealing damage. If you have to run away from a fight to live, then do so. It means the rest of your team isn't doing their job, so why die with them?
Because you are the priority target in a team fight, it is really important that you sit at the back or as far away from threats as possible. I have a small checklist I go through when I start to see both teams grouping up. This is your first indicator that a team fight is imminent. Good ward coverage in the area that you are fighting helps immensely, because it lets you identify the motives of each of the enemy players.
Firstly, identify who of your five enemies poses the largest threat. Most of the time it is not the Shen with 400 armor, nor the Soraka with no mana. It is likely to be a bruiser that has the beef to break through your team's defensive wall eg. Renekton, Jax; or an assassin who will ignore the wall and jump directly onto you eg. Shaco, Kha'Zix.
Once identified, watch them. They SHOULD be targeting you, but idiots do exist. When you see Shaco use Deceive or Rengar use Thrill of the Hunt, it is a good indication that within a few seconds, you will need to take evasive action. There are two ways you can defend yourself against such assassins; Preemptive actions or reactive actions.
Preemptive actions involve placing yourself somewhere 'safe'. This can be next to Janna because of her Monsoon, or a Galio for Idol of Durand. When these are used just before or just after the assassin hits you, they provide you time to get away from the threat and burst him down. Another preemptive move is positioning yourself so that when the threat breaks stealth you can use Condemn to the full potential. Whether this is by using it to knock them into a wall, tower range or the rest of your team; it buys you time to remove them from the field. If you feel protective champions nearby and a defensive position still won't save you, running is always an option PROVIDED you can outrun them. If they catch you whilst fleeing, it is worse than being caught surrounded by your team; you will have no one to save you.
Reactive actions are similar, but if this happens you are usually taken by surprise. With the case of Rengar and Kha'Zix, both of them usually break stealth with a leap of some sort. This is a perfect time to activate Final Hour and Tumble, instantly providing you stealth. This now means that your would-be killer is now out of stealth, in the midst of your team, while you are protected by the wonderful effect of stealth. It also means that you now get the opening move, the element of stealth. In a way, they just activated your trap card.
Regardless of which choice you are going with, you must understand that there isn't only going to be one threat. You must also be aware that although Kha'Zix is stunned by Leona's peel, the Jax might also be running in with a prepared Counter Strike. There is no specific set of rules you follow here, your decision making comes from experience and pure luck in a lot of cases, but always be aware of how important your life is.
Try to stay near someone else, never isolate yourself from your team, you become a sitting duck.
Tumble whenever off cooldown, the longer you're in stealth, the less you can be auto attacked and less threat you generate.
If you find that you are overwhelmed by the amount of focus you are receiving, don't be afraid to run or Flash.
Not a lot to be said here, same as most ADC's; clear waves as fast as you can and burst turrets. Only downfall being you have no AoE waveclear unless you decided Statikk Shiv was your desired item. Keep in mind that Sheen proc does do effect towers, and Tumble-ing to cause the Sheen effect resets your auto attack timer.
Also, don't hesitate to use Final Hour on towers if it wasn't used in the fight and you don't expect a fight in the next 70 seconds. It provides a hefty 55AD that will help drop the tower a little faster. It can often be the difference of whether you take it or not.
Well, that's all I really have to say..
If you have any questions don't hesitate to post them or even message me in game.
(ShutupandLeesin @ Oceanic)
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A huge thanks to JhoiJhoi's 'Making a guide' guide, found here!
Thanks for reading, and good luck on the fields of justice.
Just don't take my Vayne from me *shakes fist*