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League of Legends Build Guide Author ArmyOfOne1

VARUS THE ARROW OF RETRIBUTION!!

ArmyOfOne1 Last updated on October 29, 2012
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Ability Sequence

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





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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.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3/
Sunder
Archmage
 
 
 
 
 
 
Executioner
 
 

Offense: 19

 
 
 
 
 
4/
Durability
Vigor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honor Guard
Mercenary
 
 
 
 
 
 
Juggernaut
 
 

Defense: 11

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mastermind
 

Utility: 0


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Introduction

Welcome to my first guide ever about Varus,the arrow of retribution!
Currently i am a diamond player from both East and West. I recently switched to Ad carry and been maining Varus and Draven.
This guide will take you a bit deeper in the understanding of such a understimated ad carry like Varus.
So sit back and enjoy the ride!

PROS
-He got one of the strongest laning phases if well played!
-His mid game is one of the best of all the ad carry's!
-His ult synergies well with aoe cc ults
-His W is uber strong
-He's more of an assassin ad thanks to his burst,but after his passive is popped he becomes a hyper carry.
-He's super cool!
-Varus is a snowballing type-champion in a teamfight, as soon as the first person dies that you were apart of is where he becomes one of the best AD carries in the game, that attack speed passive is an amazing skill for any AD carry.
CONS
-No escape
-He becomes a hyper carry ONLY if his passive pops and still, compared to other hyper carries he is kind of weak.
-Long cooldowns on his burst spells(Q,E)
-His movement animation suckz after riot changed it.


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Masteries

As for masteries i use 2-3 types depending on the match up i am against.
The standard one while using ignite i use in 90% of solo q games and 70% of premade team games are :

Masteries
1/5
3/5
4/1
4/1
1/1
1/5
2/1
3/1
2/1
2/1
4/1
2/5
1/1
While playing heal i use:
Masteries
3/5
1/1
4/1
4/1
1/1
1/5
2/1
3/1
1/5
1/1
2/1
4/1
2/5
1/1
Why 19/11/0 and not 21/9/0?
Most of the Ad's are using the 19/11 because it gives u more tankyness in the laning phase which is more worth the 5% dmg from the offense tree.
Maybe the 5% are important in lategame but if u get owned on the laning phase there is no lategame waiting for you.


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Runes

Now the runes.
The runes are a really important factor on the lane. It depends on what are u most confortable with and also it depends on the match up u are facing.
For example:
If im facing Sona+Ez im taking flat magic resist glyphs instead of the per level ones so i can survive the laning against them.
While facing Graves+Taric which is nearly 0 magic dmg i dont need the flat magic resist so i take the per level ones and focus on having the magic resist in the later phase of the game.
There is a little exception when facing Taric when i change my 3 physical marks to armor pen marks.Why? Cuz he's armor iz op!
SO!
My standard most used rune page is:

Runes

Greater Mark of Lethality
6

Greater Mark of Attack Damage
3

Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage
3

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
9


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Items

I will explain when and why.
So!
My standard item build looks like this:

Item Sequence











Health Potion
50

Health Potion
50

Health Potion
50

Doran's Blade
450

Doran's Blade
450

Vampiric Scepter
900

Berserker's Greaves
1100

The Bloodthirster
3700

Zeal
1300

Phantom Dancer
2550

Last Whisper
1300

Infinity Edge
3600

Guardian Angel
2400
Always start with the boots and pots. Then u want to get some dmg so the 2x Doran's Blade should be okay.
Why not Infinity's Edge over The Bloodthirster ? Because since Varus has no escapes and alot of enemy champs will jump on u since they know u cant run anywhere u need to survive somehow. Also its because the spells scales out of Attack damage which The Bloodthirster provides.
Sometimes if you are really really ahead you can get Guardian's Angel after The Bloodthirster and The Phantom Dancer before going into the [[The Last Whisper].


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Skill Sequence

When playing Varus its important to consider what your first spell gonna be.
Varus is really fun to play with as a hero because he has so many options that other ad carry's doesnt have.
At lvl 1 i usually get my E vs a burst champ or W against an autoA champ(Vayne,Kog,Draven).
I max W first,then E,Q last and grab my ult at 6,11,16.

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18


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Summoner Spells

Of all the summoner spells avaiable i think Flash+ Ignite is the best combination.
SInce varus is a burst champ on lane he need that ignite.
Somtimes i run Heal instead of Ignite or even Cleanse if a see a hard burst enemy team comp or cc team comp.
I dont think other summoners should be considered on Varus.


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Ranked Play

Varus is really hard to play in solo queue. Opponents know that you have no escape so they will focus you really hard. They will camp your lane alot so the best thing to do is just have strong nerves and overcome the laning phase.
Mid game is when Varus shines. His dmg trough his burst/w can oneshot nearly anybody.


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POSITIONING

The most important thing of all the things that ad players must know.
Since Varus have no escape you need to maintain an awesome positioning. How to achieve that?
Try to stay away of all the dangerous threats and hit the enemy team from a save position.
If someone jumps on u like Jax,Irelia,Shyvana,then tell your supp to exhaust him or use ULTI+ Hail of Arrows on top of them.
Dont ever forget about your positioning! EVER!EVER!EVER!


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Tips and Tricks

Since varus have a W that deals damage based on % hp he is especially good at rushing Dragon or Nashor.
Dont be afraid to tell your jungler to rush dragon when the opposing bot lane goes back.
ALWAYS steal kills with your Q! Ur an ad carry,which means u need farm and kills so dont be afraid to steal kills.
When the opposing AD carry is ahead of you,you can farm from a long range with your Q or E.
Never dive in after any AP carry or AD carry in any given teamfight, always let them come to you or attack the closest thing next to you.... you don't want to be put into a bad position where the enemy team can turn on you and gib you instantly, that's what they want you to do.


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Good and Bad supports

Good supps
Any offensive support. Varus need an aggresive supp like Taric, Leona, Alistair,but can be played with defensive supps too like Janna.
Personally i love Varus+ Lulu. The poke they got is just awesome. Since my support mains Lulu i learned to play mostly with her.
Also i think Varus+ Zyra will be one of the strongest Bot lanes in Season 3. Ive tried that lane many times and i kept on winning hard.
Bad supps
Karma, Soraka, Zilean


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Final comment

This is my first guide ever and english is not my native language so dont be mean to me about that >_>
If u want to ask something ask in the comments below or on my fp fan page www.facebook.com/lolArmyofOne

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See ya later guuuuys C: