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[10.12] D1 - Varus ADC letality [Beast of laning priority]

By Eneino01 | Updated on June 13, 2020
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Runes: high cdr mid-late

Sorcery
Arcane Comet
Manaflow Band
Transcendence
Scorch

Inspiration
Biscuit Delivery
Cosmic Insight
Bonus:

+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor

Spells:

1 2
Basic summs
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

LoL Summoner Spell: Heal

Heal

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Win 48%
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Champion Build Guide

[10.12] D1 - Varus ADC letality [Beast of laning priority]

By Eneino01
Table of Contents

Varus Made by Daylin Quinones


How do I pick items?- Learn how to pick items!


Laning phase tricks- How do I play my lane?


After Laning phase...- And now?


Tips&Tricks- The best You can get from a guide!


Thanks for reading!-Farewells

Introduction Back to Top


Hello! My name is Enea (Eneino01 in-game) and I'm a 18 years old main ADC that reached Master on EUW this season! This is my second guide featuring something newand at the same time pretty insane! Before starting, I would like to talk a bit of myself as a player.I started playing on season 4 with the one and the only Jinx since I was silver and she's still my main. Now, after a long time, I decided to start streaming on Twitch and now I'm writing some guides for new players. As I'm not a big streamer every help is appreciated. If this guide and all the other guides are going well, I'm going to make more guides of all the other ADC'S... Thanks for the patience and now let's start with the guide!
How do I pick items? Back to Top
As i'm an old style player I would like to say that every game has a different situation. That's why your build has to change depending on what enemy we have against and so on. Just remember that there's not a perfect build that fits for every game and that's why picking our items is one of the most important decision of the game. That being said, I'm going to describe only the most important items and not the core ones like Infinity Edge that you should Always build.

Doran's Blade


Doran's Blade is the most common start because of his lifesteal and Attack Damage potential that helps to deal damage to the enemy and push at the same time. You should Always take Doran's Blade if You manage to attack the minions or when you have an aggressive lane where you can dominate.

Doran's Shield



Doran's Shield is used when you're against lanes where you're getting attacked many times without being able to attack minions. You should pick the shield against Champions like Morgana and Caitlyn to help you survive the laning phase.But remember! If you take Doran's shield you're losing damage against enemies but not against minions, so think about it twice when you take it!

Edge of Night

Edge of Night is one of the best items on Varus because of his health and letality potential that can deal huge amount of damage while having health and a great shield against spells. I recommend to take this item as first or on this build.

Youmuu's Ghostblade

Youmuu's Ghostblade is the best second choise because of his damage potential and the active bonus that can help you against assasins. This item should be used whenever you need to get that extra mov speed so that you don't go out of positioning too often while dealing damage at the same time.

Sanguine Blade

Sanguine Blade is an optional item that should always be used against poke comps.This item is usually used when you need lifesteal or when you need some attack speed. You should pick this item always against poke comps!

Duskblade

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Duskblade of Draktharr has only the function of any letality item. Take it just to increase arrow damage.

Guardian Angel

Guardian Angel is one of the most useful items as it's one of the few items that gives ad armor and resurrects your character after dead. This item should be picked when you're the first being focused so that your team can work around your dead if they force a fight on you. P.S When you use the Guardian Angel, You shouldn't become more confident about yourself just because you can ressurect! Remember that if You go out of positioning nothing will save you anyway!

Lord Dominik's Regards

Lord Dominik's Regards is used to shred the enemy armor when the enemy has a really heavy frontline with high resistances or squishy characters.This item is so good with this Varus build.

Mortal Reminder

The Mortal Reminder is used against Champions who gets to heal a lot like Zac or Dr. Mundo and also when the enemy has a support like Soraka that can be pretty annoying for us. Thanks to Executioner's Calling effect we can decrease the heal and kill them easily.
Laning phase tricks Back to Top
The laning phase is the most important phase for an ADC as it will determine your mid and late game so let's try to get the best out of it by explaining how a good adc doesn't get picked everytime by the enemy jungler or loses the full priority of the lane. First of all, let's talk about the types of wave management that will help you improve your overall positioning in the lane.
As you may know, there are 3 type of wave management:

Freezing


This is the most important wave management that an ADC has to learn because it can be used as a defensive OR poking scenario. In order to do that, we just have to last hit the minions till the last second so that the wave "freezes" on the same comfortable place where you can easily farm and scale.To explain to you better, I'll use riftkit so that You can see a game-like situation. Defensive Freeze is used when you're against a poke lane and you don't want to get harrassed too hard. If the enemy wave has 3 minions than yours, you can stall the lane by freezing the Whole game under your tower, but You shouldn't Always do that because otherwise you're leaving every objective (dragon) to the enemy. You should also do that when you have an high scaling champion or a bully champion(I'll explain later why) and You don't want to risk at all as Varus because You have no movement.
Defensive Freeze is also used as Poking freeze when you're playing Champions like Caitlyn.Let's suppose that we're winning our lane and the enemy adc is behind. By freezing our lane we can poke the enemy adc whenever he gets to attack the minions. You can see on the image below that the adc has to expose itself in order to farm while being in range of your Attacks and the support ones.

Fast Push


Fast push is used when you need to reset your wave so that you can start doing something else instead of farming, something like a drake. In order to do that we have to push as fast as possible (starting by the meele minions) so that we can help our jungler to secure the objective as fast as possible. If you're not able to push the lane, take in consideration to abort the call as your jungler may face your botlane and the enemy jungler while You're farming safely. That may happen because of the lack of vision that we're going to have if we're doing something like a defensive freeze or a defensive axis that I'll explain later.

Slow Push


This is an advanced concept, usually used by the toplaners on mid-game when they know that a fight for an objective is near.In order to do a Slow push we just have to kill the 3 caster minions of a normal wave so that yours will slowly push towards the enemy tower.By doing that, we're forcing the enemy toplaner to clear his wave first(unless he wants to lose a huge amount of gold) before doing anything else. As an adc, You won't use this too much but it's good to know how it works. Note: The power of the minions is given by the average level of the players! That means that if You and your team are behind in levels this push won't work effectivly!

Now that we know how to manage the waves let's get ahead to the axis that we can have in our games. Based on this axis, we have to play according to them to ward properly the map in every kind of situation.

Defensive Axis


When playing defensive, 2 wards are NEEDED to ensure that the enemy jungler won't invade our jungle while we're farming under tower. Pink should be placed either by the adc or the supp and the normal ward by the support only. With these 2 wards we have full control of enemy jungler movements in our jungle and we can also trap him as 3!

Medium Axis


On a stale bot lane,the four players are fighting in the center of the lane in order to get priority of the river. If we manage to get that priority we can detect the enemy jungler easily and maybe get an objective out of it while we're defending our jungle.If for any reason we lose priority, we go to the defensive axis that we explained earlier. The pink has to be placed by the adc and the normal wards by the support while he's roaming. The ward near the mid lane brush can also be placed by our midlaner so that we have less work to do.

Winning Axis


Once we get full control of the lane, we can go ahead and ward the enemy jungle so that we can spot him in any possible situation and get value out of it by pushing other lanes or invade him aswell. All the aggressive wards should be placed by the support because as an adc you have to stay as defensive as possible. The only ward the adc can place is the one near the tribush that may be useful for all-in junglers like Zac.
After Laning phase... Back to Top
Now that we know how to play our lane You'll probably think… what do I do when laning phase as ended? After laning phase the first thing we want to do with Varus is to survive as long as possible while farming and get at least 1 letality item. Now, our laning phase can evolve in two phases, the losing one and the winning one. Starting from the winning one, if we get to take down botlane it's normal to go toplane but do you really know why we're doing this or you're just assuming that's right? After we won botlane we have to decide whether to go toplane or midlane and here's how we decide.

We go midlane if...

the enemy midlaner has no waveclear or he's playing an assasin like Qiyana or Akali.If you think about it,most of the midlaners have many ways to clear the waves ,that's why midlane tower is the hardest one to destroy in the game. If the enemy is not playing Champions with high clear, and he's also an assasin we can deny his roaming abilities so that he has to defend his tower against the two of us.
Note : By doing that, we can also secure a dragon and not the herald only because we're on the center of the map.

We go toplane if...

the enemy toplaner is meele and can get bullied hard by us. Champions like Ornn and Garen will suffer so much poke! The main purpose of this swap is to take the top tower AND the Herald to destroy the midlane tower
Note: Their midlaner can't clear an Herald! That's why we want to put it mid!!
Now let's get ahead and talk about Varus in this strategy. The best swap we can get for Varus is to go midlane and take as many gold and priority as possible. Because of his huge waveclear and damage with q we can keep pushing the midlane and help everyone around the map.If all went perfectly, after taking down midlane you should have ended at least 2 items and that's where you can start picking champions because of your item peak potential!After you did these steps you just have to follow your team as much as possible without getting caught while keeping your farm high and you'll pretty much win the game.
With this Varus build , we're always going midlane because of the huge priority this build can give in order to do every possible objective in the map. Also, this build is made to do picks, not to play a team fight, so be careful when you pick him with this intent.
Tips & Tricks Back to Top
Now that I've explained what's the game plan, we can get a bit deeper on Varus itself. Varus is one of the best hard poker to play with if you manage to learn him. But there are a few Tips that you need in order to play him perfectly.

THE SUMMONER SPELL PROBLEM


FLASH

: Oh yeah! I flashed for taking up a kill now i'm ahead!...Or maybe not? Flash on Varus is one of the most important summoners that you can rely on. You should never waste this summoner on Varus as it's the only way you have to escape in a bad situation. After a lot of experiences I can say that as Varus You should flash only in 2 cases:

When securing an objective like dragon or tower

or

To defend yourself from enemy attacks.

If you Flash to take a kill in the early stage of the game the enemy jungler may come to take your shutdown easily as you have no way to escape and lose your advantage that looked good in first place.

THE JUNGLER PROBLEM

I was just pushing my lane the Whole game and their jungler ganked me 3 times already! Why my jungler is not doing anything?? GG Jungler Noob. Pushing with Varus is pretty easy and that's why you have to handle his Q perfectly so that you don't lose control of your lane. If you really can't handle your wave use these solutions.

Solutions:

Use a defensive freeze if they're ganking you non-stop. You can also wait for your flash to be up so you have more chances to get out of the gank alive! The easier way is to lower the health of the enemy adc so that the gank will be equal to a normal 2vs2.

THE TEAMFIGHT PROBLEM

Many , many times as Varus (mainly the first games) You'll probably won't deal enought damage on a teamfight, but that's because of the build we're doing.

Solution:

Sadly for You, there's not a solution if not to play a lot and learn how to position according to the enemy characters and so on. What i can suggest you is to use your R to get a champion pick before the fight starts, that's the strenght of this build.

TRICKS TO PLAY BETTER

Besides the game tricks, there are some other tricks that aim to help you play better every game.What i haven't told you is that i was a Starcraft 2 player since 12 years old and even if they are 2 different games there's one thing that binds them and that's the APM. APM increases your actions per minute meaning that you're more concentrated on the game. In order to increase apm you can use :

F2,F3,F4,F5

to see what your team is doing.
Click your mouse more times rather than one time to do a single action.
Use space to highlight your champion on the camera ( you can spam it just to increase your APM that's a pretty good thing to do!)

Besides that you can also put on the Auto attack to be more precise at farming and attacking.
Auto attack has some downsides too.. it is :
Hard to Master
Mechanically harder
Slower compared to a normal mouse click

I personally enjoy to play without it but in the end everyone has it's own playstyle that's why I reccomend you to give it a check because You may like it!
Farewells Back to Top
You made it through! Thank you for reading this Guide and I hope this helped you to improve your Varus and your overall gameplay knowledge! If you're interested you can contact me on discord to have a private coaching or You can also watch me playing on Twitch! Leave a vote if You liked the guide so I can improve/make more guides!Abuse this build till you can!
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