Vel'Koz Build Guide by El_Blanco_Jesus
8.1 | Climb the ranked ladder playing only support Vel'kozBy El_Blanco_Jesus | Updated on January 16, 2018
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Threats & Synergies
Your long range prevents him from landing cc on you for kills. His cc guarantees he can stop your ultimate. Mostly a farming lane here wait for ganks. Bad Alistars can be abused heavily if you see an opening take it.
Skill matchup that is heavily in Blitzcranks favor. HOWEVER. Velkoz does WAY more damage than blitzcrank. AGAIN I SAID HE DOES WAY MORE DAMAGE THAN BLITZCRANK. If you get hooked JUST START FIGHTING DONT RUN. Take ignite in this lane. If you or your adc gets hooked HARD all in the enemy ADC. W-E combo and ignite the ADC. After someone gets hooked the enemy AD will want to walk forward to capitalize. Their movement is easy to predict. YOU SHOULD 100% guarantee land the knock up every time. This lane is pure skill but you can do it I believe in you.
Same as Blitzcrank but worse. His ultimate counters your ultimate. He can engage on you at any time with his ultimate. If the jungler camps your lane you might feed a bit.
She has heals to sustain your poke. She has CC to stop your ultimate. Very hard to land kills against her. You out range her though so she shouldn't be killing you without a gank. This is a farming lane.
You out range her very hard. She doesnt have any tools to deal with your poke. She is easy to kill. Watch out for tibers stun and you will do fine. This lane is heavily in your favor
I usually DESTROY Bard. He will try to go toe to toe with you but you have longer ranger and more damage. As long as you dont get stunned its super easy matchup. I normally get a lot of kills against bard. Bard mains play aggressive because they are used to beating up on other utility supports with their ranged harrass/cc combo. Velkoz is the ultimate bot lane bully.
Hard to land kills in this lane. He has a lot of protection for his ADC. Your long range should prevent them from getting kills on you though. If he gets a stun you are dead 100%. Mostly a farming lane here unless junglers are involved.
She is really squishy. If you land a w-e combo on her she probably dead. She has sustain for your poke but she cant deal with your burst. Lane is heavily in your favor.
Zyra tries to do what you are doing but you do it better. You have alot more damage than her and its difficult for her to stop your ultimate. She can be killed very easily. Lane is heavily in your favor.
Brand's poke is not as effective as yours but he can still do some high burst damage. You should be able to poke him down with your range. Play with caution though, he can kill you.
She has some CC to stop your ultimate but not much to deal with your poke. She will run out of mana trying to use her shield on all your poke. Lane is in your favor.
Taric is trash in lane and Velkoz is a beast in lane. They will have to sit on turret and wait for ganks. Even if you get stunned you will still win the all in. Velkoz just does too much damage. Most Tarics will be aware of this though and they will just sit back and wait for ganks.
Avoid the hook and poke him down. Dont be too afraid of him. Thresh doesnt do a lot of damage. If your adc is stronger you can win the all ins even if you get hooked. Post level 6 its even easier. Most thresh will just blow all their cc at the start which means a free ultimate for you. Thresh shouldnt be stopping your ultimate if he does then you are using it carelessly.
Your damage is much higher than hers. If she lands a binding on you just all in the ADC and you will win. Lane is in your favor.
Farming Lane. If shes bad you can abuse her though. I usually get ZERO kills or a FUCK TON
You do more damage than her. Your poke is more versatile. She cant stop your ultimate. Its in your favor but its not free.
Fiddles is more annoying than anything. You should be able to poke him out with your long range. However if you eat too many dark winds then he will shit on you. Stay away from the minions and poke him down. If you land an e-w combo on him he will probably have to flash.
If you land alot of poke she wont engage. Her all in is deadly though and she can kill you easily. She can stop your ultimate easily. Skill match up here. If the enemy jungler camps your lane you will feed hard.
Counters Vel'koz pretty hard. She can dash constantly to avoid your poke. Her ultimate provides damage immunity and cc. Real tough matchup here as she can use her ultimate to engage on you as well.
She has CC to stop your ultimate. She has a dash move on a low cool down. Really hard to land kills on her but you can poke her down pretty good. Plus she hard carrys late game and your team is going to want a support with more cc to lock her down.
His movement is easy to predict. You can land w-e combos on him consistently.
Pre level 6 you will dominate her. Just poke poke poke. After level 6 she will probably focus you every time with her ultimate. If she lands her ult on you its game over. Its really simple if you dodge ult you will crush her. She has no mobility to get out of your combo. I have played against some beastly ashes that dont miss arrow at all. If that is the case you really have to sit far back. If her support has any hard cc they will comob it and kill you before the cc is over.
I normally ban caitlyn. Not because Velkoz cant deal with Cait he actually can go toe to toe with her. I ban her because she bullys my adc and keeps them under turret. We are playing velkoz to get kills the worst thing possible is to be stuck under turret watching your adc farm.
Skill match up but the advantage goes to ezreal. He has mobility to avoid your big combos and ultimate. Essentially who ever pokes more wins.
His low range makes him easy to abuse. His high burst damage makes him a bit dangerous though. Its in your favor but a small mistake will lead to your death.
She has really low range and no dash move. The 2 basic requirements for getting rekt in league. You should be able to land w-e combo easily and consistently. She has strong burst damage though so she can kill you if you make a mistake.
Jhin is pretty easy at the moment. He is immobile and super easy to land combos on. However this matchup can be rough if you let him root you over and over.
His early game damage is off the charts right now. He will out trade you if you are in his range. If you keep your distance and poke you can win though.
He is immobile and easy to poke. If you land the knock up on him its game over.
Shes pretty good against velkoz. She has some mobility and can stop your ultimate plus she can blind you. She has strong burst damage and will punish you hard for small mistakes.
Her range is low so she can be poked down. Her spell shield will cock block you a lot. Very boring lane she can turn it into a farm lane and she usually will.
FREE KILLS. This guy is so squishy and immobile. He cannot deal with your poke or your burst damage. I usually get a lot of kills in this match up.
She is immobile and easy to punish. She has big damage though. If her support has a lot of cc MF will engage on you constantly with her big aoe slow. The matchup is easy but she can make you feed if you are careless.
Zilean is tougher than you would think. He cant match your poke but he still does a good bit of damage early. If he catches you with the stun you are 100% dead. He can also deny you kills with his ultimate or he can deny your ultimate all together by stunning you.
Varus is not a afraid of your big poke. its mostly a skill matchup. Whoever lands more skill shots wins. After 6 its not too bad though. If he roots you just e w combo and ult him back. You will win.
You can poke her out of lane and get her to recall pretty easily but its hard to kill her. She will use her ult to dodge your E-W combo. Basically a farm lane that is in your favor. You need to poke well and help your adc get a cs lead.
Rakan cannot deal with your poke. His ranges are just too low. However his insane mobility makes him hard to kill. He is easy to poke out of lane and get him to recall but its really hard to actually land a kill on him. His charm isnt as useful as you would think. Its an ok matchup for vel.
He is pretty easy for velkoz. His spell range is low. He has a melee auto attack so you should be getting a lot of harass on him. You basically just have to look out for flash taunt combos. Hes knockup has a lot of delay so it should be easy to avoid. He is easy to poke out but hes hard to all in for kills. Hes basically just a cock block. I think there are better tank supports and hes not really worth playing. Hes like a jack of all trades. If you want engage other tanks do it better. If you want peel other tanks do it better.
as far as laning goes its a pure skill matchup. whoever is better at skillshots will win. you are at a slight disadvantage though. velkoz has a big model making it easier for xerath to land his poke on you. if xerath is extremely skilled his q will feel unavoidable at times. however when it comes to teamfights you have a massive advantage. he cant match the power of your ultimate. you will have a much larger impact and an easier time carrying. focus on this strength and dont get behind trying to go toe to toe with him in lane.
I am currently Diamond in solo/duo queue playing Vel'koz support almost exclusively.
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- highest damage support in the game
- Vel'koz abuses the new spellthiefs passive like no other support can. He is really obnoxious with the on hit movement speed boost. He is just so hard to catch and carries like a beast
- strong poke damage with a slow to help disengage
- poke goes around the minions so you wont push the wave while poking
- he is a bully and wins almost all lanes if you play it correctly
- enemy team often underestimates your damage allowing you to make even bigger plays
- Vel'koz provides peel just by existing. Even though you are support the divers will still have to focus you. This means your adc and mid laner get more breathing room and often times they get to free cast
- You will occasionally tilt your adc in champ select, if you are in lower elos it will be more frequent
- If you are careless with your positioning you will feed
- junglers will camp you (wards wards wards)
- not much peel for the adc if they get jumped on unexpectedly (its ok though, you are the real carry)
- all his abilities are skill shots
Miss Fortune - MF is the best ADC for Velkoz. Really strong bully lane. The poke is absurd. If they stand in the minions to avoid Velkoz Q then they eat free Miss Fortune Q. If they stand outside of the minions then Velkoz gets free Q. There is really nothing the enemy laners can do except engage on you and try to all in. Even though the poke is stupid strong its all about that level 6 wombo combo. Once you are level 6 the turret cant even save them anymore you can kill them under turret only using ultimates. MF and Vel'koz can legit 2v5 ace if they get to free cast. I wish more people played MF. You will probably get camped by the jungler so be prepared for that.
Jhin - Great pick in the current meta. He has strong poke and big damage. Jhin can root people from down town which means free E W combos for you. If you are in voice comms this lane is unstoppable. After 6 Jhin can start ulting them over and over again even when they are at full hp. Once they are slowed from the ult its an easy E W R combo for you. I love playing with Jhin I have gotten so many kills with him where all he had to do was use ult while I burst them down. If you start getting fed the lane snowballs so hard. They wont even be able to sit under turret. You can just ult from long range and kill them only using that. The damage is really absurd.
Caitlyn - Strong poke and extreme range. She is a bully as well so you will shove out most lanes. The ultimates line up nicely and will nearly kill someone alone. Her traps will set you up for stronger positioning and big combos with your E and W. Most bot lanes will need heavy jungle presence to keep up with your lane pressure. Without ganks you will get tower first kill almost guaranteed.
Varus - You will shove almost any ADC out of lane with this poke combo. Any low range ADC will probably feed hard. Varus is my favorite ADC for duo queue. ESPECIALLY if hes a friend that will treat you like the carry you are. A have won many games from Varus + Vel'koz Ultimate Synergy. Once you are 6 this combo has so much range they can press R and kill players under turret over and over again.
Ziggs - This lane is probably unbeatable without jungle help. The poke is really absurd. The enemy laners cant even sit on turret cause you will just kill them with your long range ultimates. Rush void staff after Liandrys tho because they are 100% going to stack MR.
Ashe - She needs more protection than Vel'koz can provide but you can make some big plays with her ultimate. If the Ashe is a beast you will get a lot of kills in lane. This combo wins against most matchups. If ashe lands a stun you have a guaranteed e w r kill. Its not bad its just hard to play. Ashe will get destroyed in teamfights and blame you for not peeling enough. If you are in voice chat with a duo it is a VERY strong combo.
Tristana - Tristana is a strong pick in the current meta but she doesnt have any special synergy with Velkoz. She is definitely the best hyper carry adc to play with Velkoz. She is mobile and has an ultimate that self peels. She is less impacted by velkoz support than the other hyper carry champs. Her lane phase is decent and you can get kills with her easily.
Ezreal - The poke is unreal but takes time to scale. Ezreal is mobile and thats a huge plus when playing with a low peel champ like Velkoz. Laning phase can be incredibly boring as Ezreal stacks up his tear. Blue build Ezreal is really strong when paired with Velkoz. Both champs will have a long range poking aoe slow. This makes it super easy to maintain control of the cat and mouse game. They will have to burn flash or ghost to catch either of you unless you are incredibly mispositioned.
Lucian - Lucian is pretty weak in the bot lane right now. It appears the meta has shifted him into the mid lane. If you do find him in your bot lane its not too bad with Velkoz. He has strong early damage hes mobile and the ultimates line up nicely. Even in the current meta I still have quite a bit of success playing with Lucian.
Corki - Corki has strong poke and hes mobile so hes a decent fit for velkoz. Mobile champs are great for us because they are less impacted by our lack of peel. If these 2 get on a roll it can be difficult to deal with their mid game power spike. Corki isnt played much in the bot lane these days but I think he is decent with a strong bully support like Velkoz. Velkoz sways the lane phase so heavily that you can get away with playing Corki in bot. If Corki gets paired with a traditional support like Janna then he will get completely demolished and never reach the mid game spike. Mage supports like Velkoz will make up for the horrible Corki lane phase and allow him to get his cs and maybe even some kills.
Draven - Draven has risen in power over the recent patches. He is a strong Lucian counter and Lucian is picked nearly every game. Vel'koz plus draven is one of the strongest if not THE strongest bully lane in the entire game. However Draven needs more peel than Vel'koz can provide. Teamfights will be very difficult for Draven but the lane phase is 100% free. I ALWAYS get super fed when playing with draven. The damage in lane is just too damn high. My recommendation is to steal all the kils and try to carry the game. You dont have enough peel to enable Draven to carry. Proceed with caution though. Draven players tend to be fiesty and if you take too many kills they will start flaming HARD.
Kogmaw - The poke is pretty good and he greatly benfits from Vel'koz strong laning phase. Kog has difficulty in lane against most adc. However Kog also needs an enormous amount of peel in order to teamfight. It can be a good combo if your team comp has all the pieces to go around kog and vel. However most people in solo queue want to play all damage champs with no cc so its tough to make this combo work.
Kalista - Her ultimate breaks your ultimate mid channel. Avoid this ADC in solo queue if you can. She will use her ultimate on you at the worst times and expect you to dive in for the big aoe knock up but you are too squishy for that. However, her ultimate can save you from your own bad positioning or from ganks. It can work if you are in voice chat with a friend that will treat you like the carry you are. Her ultimate will enable you to carry the game solo. She can move you into a perfect position to land a 5 man ult. If you get dove on in a teamfight she can move you to safety without having to burn your own flash. Its a great combo as a duo its terrible if your playing with randoms.
Jinx - She would prefer you were a big tank to peel her while she carries the whole game. She has some burst damage though, so laning phase is decent. She needs more peel and Vel'koz just doesn't have it.
Sivir - Nothing special. Her damage is ok. Her ranges are low so Vel'koz helps her get through laning by pushing the enemy adc back a bit. Her ultimate is helpful when you are in a tight spot.
Quinn- Not much synergy other than her big damage. You can definitely get some kills with her. Her ranges are low so Vel'koz helps her get through laning by pushing the enemy adc back a bit.
Graves - Really strong burst damage easy to get kills. Your long range helps protect him against poking ADCs like cait, ezreal, etc
Vayne - Her laning is weak so all your bully power is wasted. She needs you to be a big tank that peels her while she carries the game solo. She wants to farm and you want to get kills the synergy isn't there. Vel'koz can carry Vayne through bad lane matchups. The enemy adc will want to bully Vayne and deny her creep score. This will cause them to over extend and allow you to punish for kills.
Twitch - His laning is bad so your bully power is wasted. He NEEDS a big tank to stand on him and peel him all day long. Your ultimates combined will crush the whole team though. EXTREMELY high risk with EXTREMELY high reward if you can pull it off. Twitch and Vel'koz will 2v5 ace if they are mechanical gods. Not worth it in my opinion. I prefer a stronger laning phase.