Vayne Build Guide by Katsulynx
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welcome to my second League of Legends Guide for Vayne, the Night Hunter. This Guide will introduce you in how to play Vayne properly in League of Legends - Dominion, let's say, in the Cristal Scar.
Let me explain first why I decided to writew this guide:
I played Vayne now a lot of games and, to be true, I never played a better range ad champ before. Vayne is exactly what I want to play when I want to play a range champ and I hope you do so too. Vayne is just awesome and if she is played well a truely strong champion in Dominion, so maybe yor first choice for a range or an ad champion.
So if you think Vayne is your first choice r just want to try her out, then we can beginn with the guide.
Pros / Cons
First of all, what speaks for and against Vayne? There are some reasons why people should play her and why not. You may want to reflect about those points properly before continue reading.
- heavy range AD damage
- very fast in escaping or hunting
- very fast
- her abilities are awesome
- she will be squishy all the game trough
- takes some time to learn how to really play her
- you will may not win against more than two enemies
- you will may only cause attack damage
So if you now still decide to go on with playing Vayne, then continue reading this guide. Now, we will start with the important things, first of all of course her skills.
What makes Vayne so powerful? The most powerful thing of Vayne is the combination of auto attacks and well used abilities. You can of course throw out her abilities as well but it won't help you much so you have to know when you should use them.
Night Hunter is a very useful skill to hunt enemy champions. As soon as your enemy is near enough, your movement speed will increase by a value of 40 which is trippled as soon as you activate Final Hour, quite a nice movement buff, eh? The only bad thing is, that it does not work when running away from an enemy so be aware of that.
Tumble is also a good ability to chase an enemy champion. Vayne will roll into the direction your cursor is pointing at atm and her next normal attack will get a 60% bonus damage. When you use it in combination with final hour, you will be invisible for 1.5 seconds every time you activate tumble.
Not much to mention here. This is a passive ability, so there is no use to activate it. With Silver Bolts, every third shot will deal an additional amount of damage to his target plus an amount of 8% of his life as true damage. If you change the target for even one shot, all charges will be lost. Your target will be marked with silver rings surrounding it. The charges hold for about 5 seconds.
Vayne will fire a bolt from her heavy crossbow into the target which deals some damage. But more interresting is the fact, that your target is pushed into the direction the bolt was flying. If the target collide with something, it will get bonus damage and will be stunned for 1.5 seconds, so you can use this abiliry to escape or well placed to hunt.
When activated this ability will increase your attack damage for an amount of 55 and you gain some bonus effects for 2 of your abilities as already mentioned above.
When getting into a fight you should activate your ulti if you are sure or there is at least a chance that you will win.
Well, it took me a long time to decide which summoner spells I should take for Vayne. You may want to replace those spells trough those you wish to, thats up to you, but I reccomend you to take the following:
Yeah, well, I hope I do not need to explain why you should use flash as one of your abilities.
Yeah, well, why did I took ghost? In dominion, it is very important to change the point you are standing at very fast, so Ghost will help you to do so. In combination with the speed shrines, you will be able to move from one tower to another in under 15 seconds. Also it will may help you to escape. In combination with Flash it is hard to catch you and most enemies will simply let you get away.
Well, please do not take Heal, Clarity, Smite or Cleanse and reflect well about if you really want to take Ignite, Garrison, Promote, Exhaust or Revive.
Masteries and Runes
I should mention: I used those runes that become stronger with higher levels, because in Dominion you start with nearly level 4 and they are more powerful than the others as soon as you reach level 6. I did not chose those quint essences because they are only useful when reaching level 11, and some games do end before you do so.
I think my masteries and runes are understandable chosen and if you are not satisfied with them, use some others, there is no need to use exactly those.
As you can see I skill all three abilities at the beginning because I will need them at the first fight around the top tower in the Crystal Scar. Maxing out Tumble as fast as possible will give you the opportunity to deal a lot of damage right at the beginning. Maxing out Condemn as second will give you the ability to stun your target and deal a huge amount of damage at the same time. Do not forget to skill your ulti whenever possible.
Of course the most important thing in every game is: Which Itmes shall i buy? Well, here comes your answer:
You will begin your fight around the Cristal Scar with an amount of 1035 Gold. So you will be able to buy one pair of Boots of Speed and Prospector's Blade to the beginning. Next building a Sheen will give you mana so you won't get in trouble and also gives you the ability to deal even more damage when for example using Tumble. After that building out your Berserker's Greaves and Trinity Force will give you some nice bonuses. The rest are only simple accessories. Don't built an armor if you do not die all the way trough. If you do so, buy Guardian Angel whenever needed.
After you read all this above, you may will be able to understand Vayne a little bit better. You may now want to see what you have learned about her, so start a match and play her for a while, test the built above and see what you got here. After that, you may continue reading.
--- Take a break and play a game! ---
So you are still reading, fine. I hope you played your game and won. I also hope you made a lot of kills and got a knowledge about Vayne. Now I just want to tell you some last things.
Team work is very important, especially in the Cristal Scar. You may want to help your buddies out of some situations with your huge damage burst you can bring with you. Because of your speed, you are able to stop enemies from capturing your points all over the map, but you will may not be able to kill a tank like Rammus by your own. If Vayne is paired with some stronger team mates which can take a huge amount of damage before the die, some like Udyr or Xin Zhao for example, you will survive longer. The longer you can stay in battle, the better you will be able to unleash Vaynes power. If you are good, you can also kill two enemies by your own, it depends on you.
Jungling / Lanening
You may not want to Lane or to Jungle in Dominion, because it just makes no sense.
Buffs in Dominion
In Dominion, you can get three types of buffs. They will all help you to become more powerful and to burst away your enemy. The speed buff will help you to move over the map very quickly, combined with Ghost no single enemy will be able to capture a point as long as you recognize him soon enough.
The Mid Buff is very important. It gives you a shield and allows you thereby to survive longer and to deal more damage. With this buff you will may be able to attack a group of two or three enemies by your own, depending on the enemy champs.
The buffs you will get through quests will help you too, but will be very much more powerful if you combine them with the mid buff.
Do not forget to use the heal shrines whenever you need one or, of you pass one, use it too, so the enemy does not get him.
I hope this guide helped you to understand Vayne better and to unleash her full potential. I made this guide by my own and it is my first guide, so i hope you enjoyed reading and you were able to use all those informations I wanted to bring to you. I would be thankful for feedback.
So, have a good fight Summoner,
may our paths will cross one day in Game,
until then, enjoy your life and this guide.
Some of my last games
Let me mention that I had to play those games below one-handed because my second one is broken.
Remember that is not important to make much kills in Dominion, but it is always good to do so!
13.10.2011: Added some new Last Games and changed the Item-Order
18.11.2011: Updated Skilltree for new patch