Welcome to my guide..
Well.. I haven't been playing LoL for a long time. I have been playing DotA for 5 years (or more).
In DotA, you had to choose between early,late and balanced. I always picked late even if my character wasn't build this way.
I'm pretty sure most of you know that Volibear is a great late Character for tanking. I'm thinking of him more of a mid-way carry. I've carried a game with voli plenty of times.
It's of great importance to get a good headstart.
Important. Maybe not suited for ranked play
If you ever decide to play Volibear this way, you should always warn your team-mates in the Pick phase. You lose the "tank" qualification. You should be treated more as a carry rather than a guy that can withstand much damage (cause you won't).
Also, I'm not sure if this is suited to Ranked play. I haven't got there yet (as a new LoL player).
When I get there and try this, I'll let you know.
As you may have noticed, I didn't pick a lane.
Voli is so freaking adaptable that he can play either top, jungle or bot.
It's commmon sense he shouldn't go against an AP in mid.
I prefer to tag along with a team-mate with stun or slow. This turns Voli to an extremely efficient early character.
My runes fit more to a carry than to an offtank-AD.
But as I'm used to say, either you go all the way or you don't go at all.
,Greater mark of desolation,
and Greater Quintessence of Desolation along with his "Frenzy" can make a fight 1v1 easily won.
However, you are encouraged to use an "armored" rune build along with attack speed.
As an aggresive player, my masteries are aggresive as well. To most of you it would make sense to build him defensively. Whatever suits your style. My suggestion is to play him like this as he is way more efficient when it comes to fight and late gaming. And you want to cause DMG more than being tank in a teamfight.
It's pretty obvious that my aggresiveness keeps on the skill sequence as well.
You see how I prefer instant damage with Roar rather than the neutral rolling thunder.
It turns out that it helps me get more kills and get my build finished asap.
If you're doing extremelly well (talking about 3-4 kills in the first 5-10 minutes), start teching your frenzy instead.
If you have played Volibear a couple of times, you probably farm with Roar. Keep doing that. ;)
My two cents on this subject refer to the usage of Voli's ulti. Most people consantly save his ulti only for teamfights (in best occasions to get the blue aura).
In my opinion this is absoulutely wrong. I see myself using my ulti more often on a bunch of creeps (that have been pushing a lane and are more than 10) than in teamfights.
Of course, I don't mean that you get to spend your ulti without thought.
You should always try and have it available for teamfights as it's the one to get you the kills.
I'm just saying you shouldn't be tightfisted.
This guide is not complete by any means. As I've been playing LoL only for 6 months or so, I'm open to good-willing criticism. I will fill this out if I see interest in it. I may get to do the Tankish version of this if plenty of you ask of it.
is meant to be played as a bear should. In a classy-attacking way of play.