Veigar Build Guide by medino
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I've only recently started playing Veigar, and he is definitely one of, if not, my favorite AP Carry. In this guide, I will show you how I play Veigar, which is not exactly how you should play Veigar, but a viable way to do so.
In the early game, I either go Mid or Top Solo. This allows me to capitalize on Veigar's most important early game activity, farming.
At the start, I grab a Doran's Ring. This allows me to capitalize on mana regen for the early laning phase and continuously cast my Baleful Strike without having to go back. This allows me to get at least an extra 40 Ability Power within the first 6 minutes. If our team has a jungler, I request blue buff to make farming even MORE efficient. By 10 minutes, I'm comfortably laning, past level six, and have usually gotten a kill. If I don't have a kill, I head back and grab Boots of Speed and an additional Doran's Ring. If my laning phase is going exceptionally well, I upgrade to Sorcerer's Shoes
By 15 minutes, you should have a comfortable farm from your Baleful Strike. Always try to last hit with your Baleful Strike, because of it's passive, giving you extra permanent AP, which is a huge advantage in the early laning phase.
An easy way to get kills in the early game is to just capitalize on Veigar's combo. Drop Event Horizon to stun your enemy, quickly drop Dark Matter while they're stunned, and then finish off with Baleful Strike. If they're low enough, and you're farmed enough, you can either cast Primordial Burst, or if you're confident with your farm and your AP, cast another Baleful Strike. If that's not enough, just drop Ignite.
Try to have a moderate knowledge of how much your Baleful Strike does. I can't tell you how many times I've cast Primordial Burst without needing to, because my Baleful Strike does enough.
Once I hit level eight, I start ganking lanes. If I go top, it's an easy choice, head towards mid. If I'm mid, I have more of a choice, and I usually head wherever we can grab an advantage. If dragon's up, I head bot. If their blue is up, I head top.
The easiest way to gank is to just modify your combo a bit. Head into the brush and hide for a bit. Wait until they've passed by, and drop Event Horizon behind then or directly on top of them so they have nowhere to run. Try to cast it when you have no blind spots, so you don't have to waste time getting to a location where you can actually see them to drop Dark Matter. Cast Baleful Strike and/or Primordial Burst depending on their level of health. By this point, I usually have my Needlessly Large Rod, if not my full Rabadon's Deathcap and have started working on my Deathfire Grasp. This is a hugely useful item because if they have an AP Carry on their team, such as LeBlanc or Nidalee, drop Deathfire Grasp to initiate, stun with Event Horizon, and hit Primordial Burst. Because Deathfire Grasp and your ultimate base damage off of your enemy's AP, they're hugely useful when cooperating with each other.
By Late Game, I've snatched up my Archangel's Staff and my Morello's Evil Tome. The former allows me to farm even more and to build up my mana, thus allowing my AP to grow even more. The latter works with my runes to bring Primordial Burst to a 60 second cooldown. My final item usually winds up being a Void Staff because it also works with my runes. It can be substituted for a second Rabadon's Deathcap or even another Deathfire Grasp if you feel like trolling.
Late game consists of team fights, and Baron control. Stick with the tankiest on your team, because Veigar is very squishy, and in the late game, your team depends on you to nuke down the enemies. In team fights, stick around the middle, so you can't get picked off from behind. Drop your Event Horizon and do the usual. Once at least two of the enemy are dead, or even one, head to Baron and take the buff, and if Dragon's up, take that too. Veigar isn't the best pusher, but with Baron, you should be able to do some significant damage to the towers.
- Farm, Farm, and Farm some more.
- Get Blue Buff.
- Use your stun to not only land Dark Matter, but to escape if you can as well.
- By level 8, start ganking.
- Go to where YOU can get an advantage, like blue buff or dragon.
- Stay with your team
- Stay in the middle of your team during team fights and nuke down the opposition
- Grab Baron and push.