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Varus Build Guide by Timtimteemo

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Timtimteemo

[Updated patch 7.2] Varus Guide (adc, lethality and ap)

Timtimteemo Last updated on February 7, 2017
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Team 1

Ability Sequence

1
4
5
7
9
Ability Key Q
3
14
15
17
18
Ability Key W
2
8
10
12
13
Ability Key E
6
11
16
Ability Key R

Masteries

Fury
 
 
5/
Sorcery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5/
Vampirism
 
 
Natural Talent
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5/
Battering Blows
 
 
Piercing Thoughts
 
 
 
 

Ferocity: 18

Wanderer
 
 
5/
Savagery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5/
Merciless
 
 
Meditation
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Precision
 
 
Intelligence
 
 
 
 

Cunning: 12

Recovery
 
 
Unyielding
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Runic Armor
 
 
Veteran's Scars
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Swiftness
 
 
Legendary Guardian
 
 
 
 

Resolve: 0


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Introduction

Hello everyone
I am a Varus main since season 5

In this guide I will explain you the 3 ways to play Varus, each one's pros and cons, mechanics, how to build them, etc..


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The 3 ways to play Varus

So there is 3 ways of playing Varus, that are :
The Caster Varus (Based on Lethality),
The Classic ADC Varus (Based on atk-speed/crit), and
The AP Varus


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Pros and Cons

The Caster Varus :
PROS :
-High damages on squishy targets
-Nice poke in lane
-Safe in lane due to his range (he's the safest of the 3)
-Can easily hit the enemy backline and stay safe at the same time

CONS :
-Target to all assassins and casters
-No mobility
-Pretty useless against big tanks


The Classic ADC Varus :
PROS :
-Constant DPS
-Strong against tanks and fighters
-Amazing in late game

CONS :
-No mobility
-Less usefull in early than the Caster Varus


The AP Varus :
PROS :
-High burst damage
-Scales very well from early to late game
-Can kill the biggest tanks easily
-Almost unbeatable in 1v1
-Very usefull in teamfight due to his ultimate

CONS :
-The less safe of the 3 Varus
-Requires a strong frontline with CC to protect him
-Target to assassins


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Which one to chose ?

We are currently in patch 7.2 where lethality items have been upped, you might prefer going for the Caster Varus, but he requires a good team (he doesn't carry as much as the 2 others)

The Classic ADC Varus is strong against tanks and melee champions, but if you have to face champions that can kill you with their burst, then you might prefer going for the Caster Varus. Also, he is really good for kiting, which makes him strong for skirmishes on mid-game

I prefer playing AP Varus on the midlane as he is an ap, and the lack of a true adc would be bad in late game. His ability to exterminate tanks in late game is amazing, so you would probably play this one if you have allies than can protect you or kill the back line
Also, when playing AP Varus, as he does %max health, it doesn't deal that much damage in early, but his auto attacks deal really good damage, and in early he has a better aa dps than many adc's. When transiting to late game, his aa dps will be less good than adc but his Blight's stacks will be very strong (by exemple, when full build, 3 stacks will do about 53% max hp)


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Spells

First of all, the Flash, always.
Then, for the ADC and the Caster Varus, you should take Heal, or eventually Cleanse

If you play the Caster Varus on the mid lane then you can also play him with Ghost, Exhaust or Barrier
Exhaust is good against assassins, Ghost is if you want to follow & roam, Barrier if you play against long range (like Xerath, Lux or Vel'koz)

For the AP Varus, I usually take Exhaust, or Ghost


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Builds Notes

On AP Varus :
The Nashor's tooth gives the attack speed you need to proc your Blight's stacks, and the on-hit works well with your W, that makes your auto-attacks deal 40% of your AP. When full build, your autos can deal about 550 damage with a good attack speed and that lifesteal from the Hextech Gunblade, it almost makes you feel like an adc
The Zhonya's Hourglass will be needed, as you have no mobility. Also, it's very strong if you use your ult then Zhonya, and let the ult spread while you're safe
About the Lichbane , it can be good in late game but there are items more important and you don't really need more burst
The Luden is good for poke and for roaming, but I almost never build it

On ADC Varus :
When you build 100% crit, you need 4 items : Essence Reaver, Infinity Edge, and 2 atk speed
With boots, that makes 5 items, so you can only get a lifesteal item or an last whisper item

But if you build an Hextech Gunblade, it can do the 2 at the same time :
You get amazing lifesteal, especially with the Runaan, and the AP gives %max health damage, (about <2% per stack)
So when your W is rank5 and you have that Hextech Gunblade, your 3 stacks can deal like 20% max hp

On the Caster Varus :
If you feel that you need mana sustain, just get a tear, but you don't have to upgrade it into manamune, actually, you can do that later (when the tear is full) or you can also sell it when you want your last item


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Mechanics & Combos

aa= auto attack
[Q] = instant Q spell
[Q___] = charged Q spell

Basic Combos :
aa, aa, aa + [Q]
aa, aa, aa + E
Advanced Combos :
aa, aa+E, aa (this one requires a bit of attack speed : your 3rd auto lands before the E does)
aa+E, aa, aa (this one requires lots of attack speed (more than 2.0) and when your passive is on)
R,[Q___(stay safe out of range)__] (release Q to touch at the exact moment when your ult has proc the 3 stacks; just before the end of the cc)
R+Flash : use your flash during the R animation
[Q___Flash] : use your flash while you are charging your Q (better just before you release it)


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Thanks for reading my guide, it's actually my first one and don't forget to upvote my guide if you have an account :)