Darius Build Guide by Ravenborne
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Runes: MY GO-TO
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Threats & Synergies
Depends on if you let him hit his CC chain on you and if he manages hit all three of his Q's on you. If he does you are most likely not going to win that fight. Be sure to stick to him when you do engage onto him so he does not have the opportunity to hit his first two Q's onto you. If you get a small edge pre 6 you should be fine afterwards.
Aftershock is probably mandatory into this matchup. Be sure to not let her empowered AA after her Q hit you. Engage with Q into W and when she dashes out and back in to get extra Damage, E her for your Aftershock proc and then wittle her down. It's quite tricky but you can time your Q heal with all her dashes - it takes a bit of practice. She is quite slippery so if you do decide to fight her make sure she can't get Damage off for free and be certain the trade is going to pay off for you.
Very boring lane, but managable. She will try to E you over and over again, so simply walk back and when she follows you to get extra Damage off step back in and pull her in. Phase Rush is probably mandatory for this matchup due to her extra MS she receives and the Miasma slow that can make her quite slippery.
Depends on his build. If he goes AP, there is a chance he will just poke you down from afar with Q and then go for the final all-in, so be sure to try and dodge his Q. If he goes Tank, this matchup is very easy because he lacks the Damage to kill you early on and all you have to do is play around his cooldowns and his Q knockup - if you manage to to dodge his Q you will most likely get a free trade or even a kill.
For me this matchup is quite easy because I can time my E with her Dash. If you are a beginner I would look to keep your E for her engage and not use it when she tries to escape. Be sure to not let her heal herself up by standing close to her and when the second Q windup begins, simply keep your distance so she does not get her True Damage off. If she has her Ult I would try and start the trade off with your Q so you get that guaranteed stack in because she will not ult you early on in the fight. Do not keep your Q up because if you Q to get your fourth or fifth stack in she will simply ult and outrade you.
Whoever gets his passive stacked first wins. When he Q's, pull him in so he can't heal. Just get the drop on him and you win the fight. Rushing Steraks is viable in this matchup.
He will play passively and try to wittle you down with Q. This is basically just a boring lane on who can outsustain the other. Just stand behind your minions and deny him Q's onto you. I would however stand infront of your cannon minion and take the Q damage so he misses out on it. If you have the Gold for it buy Executioners.
Quite an annoying lane because he will just farm with Q and can get free trades in if he hits his Stun on you. Just be sure to go for trades if he used his dash to get a minion or his Q to farm so he does not get his passive proc for the extra MS. And do not stand in his ult, it's quite simple.
If she goes to dash just W Q her and sidestep the Riposte. Rush Bramble Vest and when she ults hug a wall so she does not get the last Vital off for her heal. Do not try and farm with your Q because that will be a opportunity for her to get Damage in. If you manage to 5 Stack her and she has her Riposte up, E her and during the Pull R her so she can't Riposte it.
Just another Poke Lane, but quite easy to beat. If he barrels near you, simply AA + W to instantly kill the barrel. If you know he is about to Q you and there is a low health minion near you, Q the minion to get the Phage MS and pull him in. Keep your distance from him if he is standing next to his barrels that you can't reach because he will surely get free Damage in.
Easy Lane. Do not start the trade off with your E because he will just Q and run off. Either start with W or Q, then wait for him to silence you and walk beside him. Just simply pull him back in after the Silence and automatically win the trade against him. Starting the trade off with your E will not net you as much damage due to his Shield and the Q silence, sometimes not allowing you to get the W slow off.
Just a boring lane. Both of you do not have kill pressure on eachother. If you do manage to get close to him, don't start off with E but with Q into W. Either chase him down and E him back in or if you are good enough cancel his Jump with your E. Oh and obviously don't get hit by his Q.
Poke is quite annoying, cancel his Dash and get a free trade in. Stay away from his tower when he has Ult so he does not have the chance to kill you. Should be free as he can not outsustain or outdamage you.
Mandatory to get 3 Rejuv Bead as Start. Simply can not touch him. If he gets close to Tower however you can run him down with Ghost because your Damage is far greater than his. Just be sure to not let his Stun Grenade hit you at his turrets because he will then be able to finish you off.
Just hug your minions so she can not E you. You have Kill Pressure pre 6, but when you are both Level 6 she can fight you even from behind. Be sure to bait out her Ult and then kill her on the next trade.
Quite a easy matchup. Just permanently harrass her so she can not farm. Also stand infront of your minions so she can not get Q resets in. If she has her Passive stacked she will outtrade you. Simply stand back until the Passive Stacks run out.
Can not outtrade you. Just simply deny him CS because you outdamagd him throughout the whole Lane Phase. You can also cancel his Q E with your E.
Start Lane with Q and heal up when he E's. Get E level 2 and when he Q E's onto you cancel the stun with your E and get some free Damage in. You will be stronger than him until he either has Spear of Shojin or he is Full Items Late Game.
Boring farming Lane. Will just poke you down. Best way to shut him down is Rushing Tabis into Phage. Engage with Q into W and when he knocks you back you can pull him during the knockback. Then just Ghost and run him down.
Abuse her pre 6 due to her low Damage. Let her push you in and when she is near your tower run her down with Ghost. When she is Level 6 E her and during the Pull ult her. Do not let her free farm, otherwise she will be a problem later on.
Since Klepto is being removed Kennen will start going Phase Rush into you. There is absolutely 0 chance to kill him if he has Phase Rush. This lane needs the help of your jungler. Just try to farm and sustain through the lane with Health Regen items like Specters Cowl.
Be sure to get your Q off before the Beartrap triggers so you get the Heal in. If he starts W'ing you E him to cancel the Damage Output. You're both even when it comes to Damage so go for smart trades you know you can win.
Just do not let her poke you down with her Q. If she tries to E away, you can pull her on the last second so she can not reactivate it in order to E away. You do not want to start off the fight with your E, otherwise she will just get out everytime.
If he is tank this is one of the free-est lanes in the game. Very easy to deal with, has no escape except his Ult and that has a huge cooldown. Just stick to him so when he Q's you just W to slow him down. If he's AP don't let him free poke you with Q and try to get him down to low health pre 6 so you are able to kill him. Cleaver might be mandatory.
Very hard lane. You need to rush QSS in this matchup or you just straight up lose. You can only kill him if he is at your tower and you are full HP. Ghost him down and break his shield with your Q. Then pull him in and simply kill him. If you time it perfectly you can also cancel his R when you pull at the right time. Go 3 Rejuv Beads and just sustain through this one.
Ever since the Bami change and the Mana increase on Darius, it is really hard to kill him. He is way too tanky and you are forced to go Trinity Force in order to keep trading because you run out of Mana quicker. Black Cleaver does not really work here as you will run out of Mana too quickly during Lane Phase, but it'll be good out of Laning Phase. Do not stand close to tower as he can Q you into tower and then R for a easy kill. You can also get easily ganked so watch out for that. I'd say just keep pressure on him so he can't TP gank and play for farm.
Gets you free kills by pulling you into him. Just do not let him get free trades off and if he does ult you, just kite around him so his R goes off before you die and he does not have the extra stats for the rest of the fight. Has no escape except his E which is easy to dodge.
Just cheese him early level 1 by starting W. Just stand infront of your lane and deny him stacks. He will not be able to fight you. If you do kill him you can probably start proxying the next wave and not allow him to get back into lane. Smart Nasus players will start E with Doran's Ring. If he does, do not let him poke you down to much or you are getting ganked by their Jungler for a free kill
Will never ever be able to kill you but if you push into tower and decide to poke him watch out that he does not lock you down with his CC chain. When you know he is about to Q onto a wall to get away, W him to slow him down and catch back up to him and pull him back in with E.
Depends if she goes AP or AD. If she is AD, then good luck not dying over and over again. The AP matchup is way easier because you still outdamage her if you get the drop on her. Start off the trade with E. Go 3 Rejuv Beads into both lanes.
Do not fight him Level 1 and 2. Level 3 you win against him. If you are both Level 6 start the fight off by pulling him in so he can't R it afterwards. Ghost is mandatory so he does not keep you slowed with Q. He has a lot of sustain so Bramble Vest is a very good buy here.
Do not let him get free Damage in by not letting him get his Brittle AA off. If he is about to dash W him for the slow and walk back up to him. If he ults E him so he can't hit it.
Will try to poke you down before fighting you. When he goes in for the stun either E to cancel it or keep chasing him. If he starts E'ing walk beside him and start Ghosting because there is no way he gets back out. Annoying lane because he will get fed off of other lanes.
Free Lane. Don't let her stun you into the wall. Keep your E for her R so he can't send you away.
Even because he can't kill you and you can't kill him. Will get fed off of other lanes. Very rare these days because his E deals no damage to minions, but people still play it top for whatever reason.
Rush Tabis and just run her down if she walks up. Do not stick to walls.
Probably the easiest Ranged matchup. Cancel her Jump with your E. Does not outdamage you but do not let her poke you down. You can also E her and walk behind her so she has to Jump back into your wave or run away into the river. Will get fed off of other lanes.
Skill matchup. Cancel his second dash after his engage. Get Mercs so you can actually pull him back in after he dashes out. Go for trades only with E up. Do not let him Q heal for free off of you.
Do not die until Level 3, then it is a free Lane. He will probably roam for kills though. There is not enough damage on him to kill you. Just do not let him get free Q jumps onto you.
Skill matchup. Abuse her Level 1 with W. Be sure to cancel her third Q with your E. You outdamage her, just do not let her get free trades in. Level 6 watch out for the Ult burst. Try to flash her R.
Phase Rush is needed in this matchup. You can pull him during the animation of his abilities. If he is 6 you should try and surprise him through the Top Bushes and keep your E for his ult so he can't ult away.
This is the best thing you can do: DODGE. Just dodge this matchup. Do not even try. She beats you in every way. Take the -3. Or just ban her :) If you do decide to play against her, take Phase Rush and disengage on her engage. If you get the drop on her pre 6 you might have a chance to kill her. E her when she condemns you so you pull her closer during the knockback. Otherwise just play for farm and ask your jungler to help you out.
XD. Free lane. Deny his Tornado with your E so he can not ult you. If you do get low and need to run, run towards River so he has no minions to dash to. Do not let him get free Dash Q's off on you. If he starts dashing through your wave pop Ghost and kill him.
Do not let him poke you down with his Q. Step out of the flamethrower if he uses it for the wave. Watch out for his ult when you are at his tower. Get Specters Cowl to automatically win lane.
Get Sweeping Lens to chase him and see his Boxes. If they are still annoying Control Ward a Top Bush. He cannot kill you head on and will poke you down, so Health Regen is not bad here
Do not start the trade off with E. Be sure to not get taunted under tower. His new empowered Q's deal alot of Damage so his Level 1 to 2 hurts. You hard-win at Level 3. If he ults near you cancel it with E to deny his roams.
Do not let him proxy your Wave Level 1, just walk with it. When he goes up to fling you W him during the fling and pull him back in. Just do not stand close to his tower so he can not kill you under tower. And just do not chase him.
Just kill him XD. Play around his Q windup or just cancel it with E. Start Level 1 with W and cheesw him. If he has R just stand infront of him.
Easy Lane. When he pulls you in also pull him in. Get Executioners and do not let him poke you that much with Q. And do not dive him if he has R.
Do not get poked down. You can outtrade and outdamage him. Pretty straightforward.
Very rare matchup nowadays. Just do not get stunlocked and go BC into this matchup. He will try to hug you so just E to get some distance for your Q or just run away. Also stand behind minions so he can not land his Q on you
Will perma poke you so go 3 Rejuv into Specters Cowl. Get a Sweeping Lens for Mushrooms and when he comes close run him down with Ghost. When he blinds you for Poke you also have a opening to kill him.
Beats you Level 1 and 2. You start winning afterwards. Trades are not really worth because he will just heal back up. Go for all ins.
Phase Rush is mandatory. Keep going for trades and rush Phage into Tabis. If you want to ult him E him and R him during the Pull so he can't react to your R. If he has R on keep AA'ing him so he dies to the bleed after his R runs out.
You win throughout the Lane Phase. Bait his E and pull him back in. Try to dodge his Q and do not dive him if he has R up.
Will outsustain you. Go 3 Rejuv Bead into Specters Cowl. Phase Rush is mandatory to stick to him. Start off with E and wait for his pool to run out. Immediately W him so you can stick to him.
Still collecting some knowledge on this matchup. As far as I can tell though, he beats you levels 1 to 3. After that you should be able to win. You hard outscale him aswell. Do not die early and you are fine.
Slightly outdamages you early and can dodge your Q easily with his clone. Also slows your stacking down by knocking up with his R. You are stronger than him levels 1 to 3. If you stay even with him, you should be able to beat him. One neat trick you can do is when he uses his clone, immediately E in the direction he moved and cast Q to get a 2-man heal off. Do not let him poke you down for free, always trade with him,
Take short trades during the early levels. Be sure to dodge his W and wait for the shield to decay. Rushing Bramble Vest or Executioners is very viable in this matchup. Initiate fight with Q so he doesn't use Facebreaker to deny it. Matchup is slightly in your favor but if you lose early you're kinda doomed afterwards.
You can't kill her before Level 3. Nimbus Cloak is mandatory in this matchup. Let her push you in pre 3 and as soon as you hit 3 just ghost on her and get an automatic kill. Do not fight her near turret as you are easy to gank when she has Ult and a CC Jungler. She can also fight you when her Blade Of The Ruined King is done. Until then, you have the upper hand. Just do not let her poke you too much.
Can't beat you ever, just run him down. You outdamage him every time in laning phase. If he engages with E just run to his shadow thingy and kill him. Try not to give him his Q dash before going in.
Pretty good for keeping a target perma slowed for you to catch up to. Will also act as the actual frontline of your team allowing you to stack up freely on targets without being focused early on.
Will lock down targets for you and can also peel the enemy off of you. His ult is very good for 2v2 or 2v3 outplays. Wait for his engages during fights.
Will most like steal a reset or two from you. Can deny you to carry fights because he usually dies early on and ults.
Will deny you R resets like Karthus because of her Ult. Really annoying to play with.
Perfect champion with Darius due to her lockdown and tankiness. Let her do the engage for you and walk with her during fights so she helps you lock down the enemies for some free kills.
Good enchanter support, only annoying part is her R during your Q windup, sometimes making you miss it and die in return.
Her spellshield allows you to actually 2v8 during fights because no CC will stop you from getting a 5 man reset off. Even greater when you have Tenacity stacked. Can also lock down champions for you and act as the initial engage during fights with R Flash into Zhonyas.
Same as Leona. Probably the best Champion you could get if you decide to play ADC Darius.
Probably the most annoying champion you could have on your Team. His Q makes you miss your E or Q from time to time and his Ult takes away resets from you. Very tilting to play with him.
Nunu & Willump
Nunu is the best champion to duoq with. Allows you to catch people 24/7 and locks down Champions perfectly. Allows for some insane 2v5 plays and due to his tankiness and heal can act as a permanent frontline 24/7. Allows you to also dive very easily.
Free kills and perfect frontline to have. Righteous Glory is a good item to buy when you have him so you can follow up on his engages.
Perfect champion to have on your team. Her CC chain is insanely good for you and her tankiness is also great. If you duoq with a Sejuani player, ask her to build Knights Vow and simply 2v8 the game.
Great to have on Support. Can deny the ADC to shred you and can also save you from ganks with his Ult. Can also lock down Champions for you with his Taunt.
If she knows what she is doing, she will stick to you during mid and late game. Ult and MS she gives makes you two the perfect 2v8 machine during the game.
Same as Sejuani and Nunu but not as good.
If he speeds you up during mid and late Game and ults you, you and your team will get free picks 24/7.
Allows you to survive longer during teamfights and get your stacks more safely, enabling your Noxian Might way better.
Champion Build Guide
My name is Ravenborn and I am a 3 million Mastery Points Darius OTP on the Server EUW. I started playing League of Legends at the end of Season 3 and have been OTP'ing Darius since Season 6. My peak has been Grandmaster 427LP and I am currently Grandmaster Tier. In this guide I will go a bit in-depth on his Abilities and Items and how to play with Darius during the Laning Phase, Mid Game and Late Game.
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+ Very strong Lane Bully
+ Can outplay very hard during ganks
+ Huge Snowball Potential
+ Can solo-carry a game
+ Can get back into game with just one good fight
+ Has sustain and some tankiness for teamfights
Darius is well-known for his strong early game and Level 1 cheese. He is very easy to pick up and quite beginner-friendly. Probably one of the best champions to learn Top Lane on, his Build Path is also very simple and if played correctly can 1v5 games from time to time.
- Might seem like a Tank but is not (can't really peel in teamfights)
- Is very immobile
- Very reliant on his E and if he misses it is a easy target
- Can be kited easily due to his immoblie kit
- Has certain matchups that he can't win and will not get a lead, rendering him somewhat useless
As stated, Darius is very easy to pick up but he also has obvious weaknesses. If you are aware of the weaknesses and play around them and be smart about your Macro and Micro choices, you will have great success with Darius.
Darius aims his attacks strategically, causing his target to bleed for 12 (+1 per champion level) (+0.3 per bonus attack damage) physical damage over 5 seconds. This effect stacks up to five times.
Reaching 5 stacks of Hemorrhage is the most important thing to do on Darius. The bonus AD increases the Damage on every other Ability, especially your Noxian Guillotine by 20% per Stack. His passive is why Darius is such a strong Early Game bully. Play around your 5 Stacks by reapplying your Noxian Might onto close targets during teamfights and look to always have it running.
COST: 30/35/40/45/50 Mana
COOLDOWN: 9 / 8 / 7 / 6 / 5
After a 0.75 second delay, Darius swings his axe in a wide circle. Enemies struck by the blade take 50 / 80 / 110 / 140 / 170 (+1.0 / 1.1 / 1.2 / 1.3 / 1.4 per attack damage) physical damage and receive a stack of Hemorrhage. Enemies struck by the shaft take 35% damage and do not receive a stack of Hemorrhage.
Darius also heals himself for 15% of his missing Health for each enemy champion hit by Decimate's blade, up to a maximum of 45%.
Hitting enemies with your outer blade of Decimate is a must so you successfully get off your combos and get in that sweet heal it provides. Since Decimate can heal up to 45% of your Health, it is important to hit as many targets as possible in a teamfight with it. Decimate is also the reason why Darius has so much 1v1 or 1v2 potential.
Crippling Strike (W)
COST: 40 Mana
COOLDOWN: 7 / 6.5 / 6 / 5.5 / 5
Darius's next attack severs a crucial artery, dealing 150 / 155 / 160 / 165 / 170% of his total attack damage as physical damage and slowing his target by 90% for 1 second.
If the target dies, the mana cost of Crippling Strike is refunded and the cooldown is halved.
Resetting your AA with Crippling Strike or using Flash and immediately using Crippling Strike will net you a lot of kills. It deals a lot of damage with Noxian Might running and can also help you farm in some annoying matchups. It's low Mana and CD makes it quite a good Ability.
COST: 70 Mana
COOLDOWN: 24 / 21 / 18 / 15 / 12
Passive: Darius hones his axe, granting him 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 35% armor penetration.
Active: Darius sweeps up his enemies with his axe's hook, pulling them to him while briefly granting vision in the area around the pull. Enemies pulled by Apprehend are slowed by 40% for 1 second.
Apprehend is probably the most important Ability on your kit. It allows you to stick to your enemies and enable you to escape from time to time. If you decide to all-in a enemy, be sure Apprehend is up to pull him back in. You should never try to trade with Apprehend on cooldown. You can also use Apprehend in teamfights to pull the enemies and immediately using Decimate to get a 3-man heal off. Also try keeping your Apprehend up if you can catch the enemy without it at first (for example you have Ghost and will get to them anyways), and when they seem to be getting away pull them back in.
Noxian Guillotine (R)
COST: 100 / 0 Mana
COOLDOWN: 120 / 100 / 80
Darius leaps to an enemy Champion and strikes a lethal blow, dealing 100 / 200 / 300 (+0.75 per bonus attack damage) true damage. This damage increases by 20% for each stack of Hemorrhage on the target up to a maximum of 200 / 400 / 600 (+1.5 per bonus attack damage) true damage.
If Noxian Guillotine is a killing blow, Darius causes all nearby minions and monsters to flee in terror and he can recast the ability for free within the next 20 seconds. This can occur multiple times in succession. At maximum rank, the cooldown will completely reset on kill.
This Ability is what makes Darius the man he is. This ability enables you to 1v5 the enemy team if fed enough and deals huge amounts of True Damage. You almost always finish your combos off by using Noxian Guillotine. Best way to use it is to go for resets and not just pure damage on the enemies. Getting a reset is what makes Darius strong in 1v1, 1v2 or 1v3 fights. Also using Flash + Crippling Strike + Noxian Guillotine whilst you have Noxian Might going makes some very interesting 1-shots on ADCs happen. You will heavily rely on this Ability on teamfights and using it to win those fights is crucial. You are basically just a useless sack of meat without this Ability up during Late Game.
|Flash is a must on Darius. He already is immobile as hell and having Flash to either escape or get close to your target is very helpful. Using Flash to either hit your outer Decimate or to 5-man pull the enemy with your Apprehend is game-changing. You can also do some cool tricks like using Noxian Guillotine and flashing over the wall during the animation to get away. This spell is always needed. It's a no-brainer.|
|Probably the best secondary Summoner Spell for Darius. It's what makes him a actual threat in teamfights due to his immobility. Having Ghost allows you to also 1v1, 1v2, 1v3, 1v4 or even 1v5! This Summoner Spell in my opinion is a must on Darius when you want to learn him as a Beginner. If you are the Win Condition and you are about to teamfight, you NEED to have Ghost up to win that fight. Ghost allows you to run down enemies at your turret aswell. Most enemies do not expect you to be running at them with ultra light speed, so using Ghost to get into Lane and killing the enemy is a good tactic.|
|Teleport is good for matchups where the enemy will roam a lot like Kled. But yeah, I'd start using Teleport when you start getting into high elo like Master. Otherwise, just stick to Ghost because it gives you way more Carry Potential.|
|Ignite is good for Normals. Just do not use it. You have enough Damage and it basically is just a useless Summoner Spell for you when you close in on Late Game. It might net you that Cheese Level 1 Kill, but Ghost is just way better in almost any situation. Can be very good when running Nimbus Cloak. It is probably a must to go Nimbus Cloak if you plan on running Ignite, because the exrta movespeed will net you free kills.|
Build Trinity Force when you are ahead in lane or if the enemy has one tank or no tanks at all. Trinity Force is very good due to the bonus AS it gives unlike Black Cleaver. The small bonus MS is also very good for Darius. Very good item to split push with or carry over your lead onto other laners.
Build Black Cleaver if you are behind or if they have two tanks or more. Black Cleaver is also a good option besides Trinity Force on Darius. Building Black Cleaver + Sterak's Gage is also more gold-efficient because you do not delay your core as much. Good item for teamfights aswell since it shreds the enemies armor. Also good to build when you're running Aftershock, since you will be missing out on the True Damage from Conqueror.
Always build Sterak's Gage on Darius. The HP and bonus base AD is very good on you and the Shield + Tenacity you get is a huge life saver. This item allows you to survive engages from Junglers so you have a chance to escape or to tank the enemies engage in teamfights.
Build Ninja Tabi if they do not have any heavy CC or if they have a lot of Champions who work with AA's. Also a very good item if the enemies team Win Condition is their ADC.
Go Mercury's Treads if they have a lot of CC and not a lot of Champions who work with AA's. Darius already is immobile as it is and getting some Tenacity in so you can reach the enem is a win condition for you. Just know that if you get for example Legend: Tenacity or Elixir of Iron that the Tenacity will stack multiplicatively. Every CC also caps at 0.5s, so do not overbuy on Tenacity you do not need.
Pretty okay item on Darius. Get this if you are REALLY fed and are certain you close the game out before it gets to Late Game. The stats are not good but also not bad.
Same as Guardian Angel: Get this if you are really fed and will 100% close the game out before it gets to late. This is a strong offensive item for Darius giving you a free AA reset to stack your Hemorrhage quicker. Problem is, it costs a lot and getting your core ASAP is way more important. Getting Defensive Items are way cheaper and better to get than a Titanic Hydra that costs 3500G.
Blade of the Ruined King
Pretty good to get if their team consists of four tanks and you have a Black Cleaver and are still lacking in the Damage and AS to kill them as quickly as possible. It delays your Tank Items that you really need, so really only get this item if they have four tanks.
Death's Dance is a great choice on Darius if you need that extra 10% cooldown and to survive a tad longer in teamfights. The heal is also quite good to keep you sustained throughout the fights. On another note: if you have Yuumi on your team, this is a MUST BUY. You both can 2v8 the game. The healing you get from using Noxian Guillotine is also very nutty. Good item if ahead.
Dead Man's Plate
Dead Man's Plate is a good item if you are going to split-push or if you want to roam to join in on skirmishes more. Allows you to catch up to your Enemy Toplaner since you will be running Ghost instead of Teleport most of the time. Also gives a small slow on AA hit. Very good to catch people out aswell or follow up on their disengage.
In my opinion, Gargoyle Stoneplate is a must have item on Darius currently. There's multiple reasons. One of them is that you are quite squishy because you are most likely running the Conqueror + Nimbus Cloak setup, making you quite squishy. Secondly, Gargoyle Stoneplate has great value on Darius as you will most likely be on top of the enemy during fights and want to survive as long as possible to get your Noxian Might off. Gargoyle Stoneplate allows you to engage for your team and tank the enemies engage aswell. Works well with Sterak's Gage. Overall just a good item and quite cheap, making it probably the best tank item you can get.
Randuin's Omen is great if the enemy works with AA's and has a lot of Critical Strike Damage. It's stats are better than Dead Man's Plate and the slow helps you catch up to people.
Pretty good item on Darius if the enemy has a lot of AD and healing. Low HP but tons of armor. Helps you fight champions like Fiora or Draven. Makes you very tanky and if they are full AD and you stack armor can make you very beefy against their composition.
Pretty good if you are running Teleport and Black Cleaver for the extra Mana and MS to catch up to people. It's stats arent as great but the picks you get with it pays off. Really good with champions that you can follow up on like Rammus Engage or Nunu & Willump Engage.
Very good item on Darius. The extra heal makes your Decimate heal OP as hell and the HP Regen is great into poke lanes like Kennen since Darius has one of the highest HP Regens in the game. A must-buy if they have any kind of AP.
Very great buy on Darius if they have over-time AP damage like Cassiopeia or Ryze. Has 100HP less than Spirit Visage but its Passive is great. Good buy if they are also AP-Heavy.
Good item to get if you plan on split-pushing alot. Also helps you chase the enemy a bit better because of the extra movement speed and it's passive. Also gives you a small shield.
Maw of Malmortius
Very situational item. I would only get Maw of Malmortius if the enemy team is full AP. Otherwise Sterak's Gage is just simply better.
Youmuu's Ghostblade is good on Darius for any kind of skirmish, as it allows you to be there quicker since you are not running Teleport. Also a good buy when running Ignite instead of Ghost because the movespeed helps out alot. Very situational item. If you know you will not be able to do anything late game, get this item so you can snowball a bit better during early to mid game. Otherwise just do not buy it.
|How to play the Laning Phase||
Before starting the Laning Phase, you need to know if you can win against your Matchup Level 1 or not. If you can, either stand in Tribush if they are Red Side and the enemy Top Laner is leashing or if they are Blue Side stand in the first Bush closest to the tower. Level Crippling Strike first and try to cheese the Enemy Top Laner. When he shows up, activate Ghost and force his Flash right away. Ta-da! You just secured yourself a safe lane until Level 3 when the Enemies wave starts pushing you back. The cheese is even better if you have Nimbus Cloak.
If it is a matchup you can't win early, level Decimate and farm until Level 3, then look for a opening to catch your opponent with Ghost and Apprehend.
Now you might be wondering how you can help your team during the Lane Phase. It's pretty simple: if you have priority in your Lane (a.k.a you pushed the wave to the enemies Tower and he needs to farm the wave to not miss XP) and there is a skirmish going on top-side, join in right away. You have a very strong power level early on and can win a 2v2 or even a 2v3 easily with your Jungler. Be sure to also deep ward the enemies jungle if you have priority on your lane and there aren't any skirmishes going on. You can also look for some Mid Lane ganks with Ghost up and maybe force a Flash or even get a kill.
If you are in a matchup that you can't win and you still want to help, the best thing you can do is run Teleport and help out on Bot Lane Ganks or answer Early Game Drake calls. Just be sure to not die so you do not fall behind too much. If you get out of Lane safely you only need one good fight and you will be very strong throughout the game. Just be sure to keep your **** warded because you are a very easy target to gank since you are quite immobile as Darius. You could also run Aftershock to protect yourself from tower-diving Junglers like Elise.
As another tip, do not mindlessly keep using your Decimate on the Enemy Wave as that will always push the Wave into the enemies Tower. Just freeze the wave and use Crippling Strike to farm. This is especially important since the mana cost on both your Crippling Strike and your Apprehend were increased. If you spam too many abilities or go for too many trades, you will run out of mana very quick. Force the enemy to walk up and maybe catch him with Ghost and Apprehend or slow-push it so the enemy wave builds up and slowly bounces back and forces the enemy to walk up, maybe giving you another opportunity to run him down.
On a last note I also wanted to add that if you are ahead and both your enemy toplaner and the enemy jungler are behind, you can start proxy farming the enemy top wave inbetween the enemies tier 1 and tier 2 turret. They will not be able to 1v2 you. Do not do this permanently, as you will get to low health after the third or fourth wave. It's just there to deny your enemy toplaner two waves of XP gaining you a even huger lead on Darius. Just be sure to watch out for the enemies midlaner who might come to roam.
|How to play Mid Game||
The first thing you need to do is get the Tier 1 Tower up top. If you did that, you can start caring about carrying your lead over to your other Laners.
The first thing I look for is to see if my Bot Lane is struggling or not. If they are, go Bot and get the tower with them. If the enemy is close to your tower, simply Ghost into their lane and either force their Flash or get a kill or two, then take Tower together and start up Drake afterwards if it is up.
If Bot Tower has already been taken, try to look for a gank on Mid Lane or take Rift Herald with your Jungler to go for a hardpush on Mid Lane.
If the enemy jungle is ahead and you have taken the Tier 1 Tower, you can start pressuring Top by permapushing the wave and taking the enemies Jungle Camps. Just be sure to keep their Jungle warded so you do not get caught out since Darius is quite immobile and easy to catch.
This is the time where teamfights are crucial for winning the game and you will be needing to answer most Drake Calls and Baron Calls since Mid Game you will be at your strongest point. You can also try and split push for your team on Bot Lane and maybe force the Enemy Team to come down to release some pressure Mid and Top or even get a Baron. Best way to go about split-pushing is getting Dead Man's Plate and keeping their jungle warded so you can escape at the right moment to get out and waste their time. Just be sure to keep the enemy Top Laner busy if he has Teleport and you do not. He will be able to answer on skirmishes easier than you since you will be running Ghost most of the time. Just do not give him a opportunity to Teleport, keep him pressured.
|How to play Late Game||
This is where you slowly fall off as Darius and become a meatshield. Best way to still be strong is to either split and force one of them onto that lane since your 1v1 potential is still very big or to stack up your Noxian Might on their engage champions during teamfights and Flash + Crippling Strike + Noxian Guillotine on one of their squishy carries to one-shot them or force their Flash. What you can also do is buy Gargoyle Stoneplate and just tank for your team or play around your win condition / carry by getting a Knight's Vow. This is where respawn timers will be very long so you have to be there every fight as one kill on either side decides the outcome of the game. You can also try and go for a good engage by Flash + Apprehend their team and giving your team a great engage to follow up on. Gargoyle Stoneplate allows you to do that because you can get out safely after using it's active and tanking their damage. Just be sure to also peel for your ADC since he is going to be in primetime during Late Game and will decide on who wins the fight or not. It doesn't matter if you are 20 / 5 / 8, you will not be doing anything as soon as everyone is full build and on equal level.