Viktor Build Guide by Ableton
[8.20] Viktor S8 Mid - 600k mastery guide [Diamond]By Ableton | Updated on October 25, 2018
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Threats & Synergies
Decent match up. Your ultimate cancels her ult, and you can easily poke her with your Q and E. She will probably roam botlane all the game because she can't lane against you if you get ahead. You'll probably meet one trick or smurfs who can outlane you though, so be careful. Equal skill you win.
Very easy match up as well, once you get the The Hex Core MK-1 and Sheen you can wave clear very easily and punish his roams on other lanes. Be careful with his W which can set up easy ganks.
Rather easy match up. Your pre-6 is way stronger than hers, if you manage to kill her before lvl 6 then you'll be very fine. The only danger comes from post 6 if their jungle comes mid, but she'll never be able to 1v1 you if you get a banshee.
Hard match up. She kinda has the same range than you except that if she catches you in her ultimate with her wall you are dead. Try to play with E to not get in range of her ult and ask help of your jungler
You can easily bully her pre-6, and if you manage to get ahead she won't be a problem. If she dashes on you simple put a gravity field on your position and burst her.
This lane is very agressive, most of the time it'll go like this : if her flash is on, she'll kill you, otherwise you'll killer her. You can abuse her early and poke her as long as her stun his down. Jungler will make a difference in this lane.
He has a very strong push early and gets very tanky in mid game. If you dont kill him very early you will probably never. Most of AS players are OTP, if you face one your lane will be painful and you cant do much against it, just make sure to farm well and push when he roams
His poke is very hard to dodge and he has a higher range than you. Still if you manage to get close to him (jungler or flash-in) you win the duel. The key is not to get poked too much by his soldiers and to wait the right moment to kill him
Skill match up. If you dodge his pillar you will mostly win the trades and the lane, but if he manages to get ahead by killing you early you'll have trouble. Get boots early.
Pretty difficult match up. You'll do fine early game as long as you dodge her Q. If she hits you with it she'll outdamage you.
Pre-6 is easy since you can kite her without danger. Post 6 is getting hard, if she hits you with her Q you're in danger otherwise it's fine. Try to snowball early
Boring but not that difficult. He outpushes you until you get your 1250g item. Harass him early, and dont hesitate to ult him post6 to get his hp low. Bursting him doesnt work because of his ult.
It depends on how the early goes but you should be able to kill him early. If you manage to, rush sheen and get hourglass as 2nd item to deny the damage of his ult, and you'll do fine. If he gets ahead, well, RIP.
Skill match up. Depends on hiw you manage to dodge his Q. Get zhonya to counter his ultimate and try to snowball early.
Early game is even, you both trade the same amount of damage with Q spell. Level 4-5 you get the advantage with laser + Q. After he gets 6, he becomes annoying but if he doesnt snowball the lane is OK. Pressure early.
To be honest this lane is easier than it looks. Your Q is very efficient against her and yout can push the lane very fast to bother her. Kill her early by playing agressive and the lane is won.
This is a pretty easy match up. You outpush her with the Hex core MK1 and outdamage her in close range. Problem is you cant really kill her if she plays super safe without your jungler. Farm fest incoming.
Extremely boring, harass him with Q so you dont let his passive come back. Important : if you feel like he's gonna ult you, put a W under him so it'll stop his ultimate because of his stun. Play agressive he's a monster late game.
I feel like it's an easy match up because you outdamage her at every stage of the game. She's better than you at setting up ganks though, so ward up carefully once she's 6.
He deals more than you at close range and pushes really fast. Both rylai and liandry might be useful against him.
100% skill match up. The one who hits the most his spells wins. She may have a v ery slight advantage because of his range.
Bully him in very early game and try to kill him asap. If you dont take the advantage you'll porbably lose the 1v1 later on. Tell your side lanes to ward because he'll roam
You can dominate him early game, and you really want to because late game he's an absolute monster. Building banshee might help
He outranges and can waveclear easily as well. Basicall if he hits his bump, you are dead. Tough lane cause you'll never get in range to kill him.
Who plays normal game ?
Outranges you so hard you cant win this lane. Just farm and wait for teamfights.
Exhaust is definetely a good choice in this match up. Very hard to kill because of his mobility and his shield prevents over poke. Ask for help
He outranges you so the lane is pretty hard. But if you manage to get close to him you burst him down easily. Rush Hex Core to resist his push.
What a boring champ. Getting cleanse makes you very safe, tho I like ignite to kill her early. It's basically about dodging her sleep. I rate this match up as pretty easy but it highly depends on the Zoe. Get a banshee.
Very easy match up. When i have for random reasons to play against a Kayle (either top or mid) this is free win, you can't lose this lane.
|Hi everyone, I'm Ableton, and this is my complete Viktor Guide. I main this champion since season 3 and have plenty of games with it. I'm at the moment diamond V, and i'm writing this guide because the last I did was season 4 and is kinda outdated. I have thousands of games with Viktor and felt like it's time to share my experience with him.|
+ Strong laning with 1250 gold
+ Very good burst
+ Aoe Damage and CC
+ Godlike wave clear
+ Skilled champion
+ Strong late game
|Viktor is a solid midlane pick that can deal with most of the matchups decently. It is a champion that can easily carry games when he's fed because of his teamfight abilities. Viktor is a late game monster that synergizes very well with AoE champions like Sejuani, Amumu .. but also a strong duelist. The champion isnt played that much in the current meta, leaving you an advantage since most of the players don't know your exact damage or abilities.|
- Easy to gank
- Having hard time to get back into the game if far behind
- Mostly skillshots
- High learning curve
|However, Viktor can easily be denied by ganks due to his lack of mobility or counter-picked. If you fall behind you'll have a hard time to get back into the game. You get fine when you have Lich Bane and The Hex Core MK-1 but not before. He's also hard to master, I have 1500+ games with it and still can feel that I can improve.|
|Best choice in my opinion. It allows you to reach 40% CDR and it works very well on Viktor, especially with Siphon Power to kite and gain a lot of mobility.||The rune that many people will tell you is the best but I would recommend you to try both and make up your own mind. If you feel like you can go 30% CDR (40 if you have blue buff) go ahead, it's still very good.|
|It's my recommended choice for Viktor. The Ravenous Hunter rune is a solid way to get sustain for Viktor in team fights, I love to play with it. The second rune is what you personally prefer, I used to go for Zombie Ward to get better vision around the midlane since you're very weak to ganks, but other choices are fine since the recent nerf. Taste of Blood is good against heavy poke lanes, Ghost Poro is a recommended choice against ganking junglers.||I used to play precision, with Presence of Mind to solve mana problems after long teamfights and Coup de Grace to gain extra burst. I would recommend those runes if you go for the precision path as secondary.|
The basic skill order that you want to do at every game. There is almost no alternative to this skill sequence.
Siphon power - A very good ability in laning phase in 1v1. This is your main tool to harass your opponent, it works very well since it provides a shield and makes you win most of the trades. A very similar spell to Null Sphere. This is the spell you have to abuse against melee/mid range champions such as Fizz, Diana, Talon ... in early game.
Gravity field - A very powerful AoE CC that slows ennemies before stunning them if they stay too long in the area. This ability makes you really decisive in small fighting areas such as jungle or baron/drake pits. You can't engage with Gravity Field, you have to wait until the fight is set up to place the best field you can. It's also your only way to escape ganks, put it into the jungler and you for maximum efficiency.
Death ray - This is Viktor's main ability. This is where your main dps comes from, and since it's a skillshot you better train it in order to be efficient. Death Ray has no casting time meaning you can move while using it ! Abuse this in lane by casting in while you're walking towards or backwards so your opponent can't predict it and dodge it. It also reveals brushes, it might be useful sometimes.
Chaos storm - A very strong ultimate, tons of damage in AoE. Chaos Storm can interrupt ennemy channels like Death Lotus or Requiem and deals most of its damage over duration. Don't forget you have the ability to move your ultimate, this is a little bit tricky at the beginning but you'll get used to it.
Best choice for Viktor because you really want to get maximum CDR. Recommended in almost every game.
Solid boots as well, but not as efficient that lucidity boots. Pick them if you can play without capped CDR or if their team is very squishy.
The first item you want to build. Gives extra mana, CDR, AP, MS and an even more enpowered auto-attack. Perfect item for Viktor.
Very good on Vik
Very good item on Viktor. The slow synergizes very well with Death Ray and Chaos Storm and the HP pool is very enjoyable. I usually build it after Lich Bane.
Extra AP boys
Can be good on Viktor, but definetely not the best item imo. Void Staff is better according to me (tons of magic pen and way cheaper) and the slow provided by Rylai's Crystal Scepter is better than extra AP. Still good in some situations.
The magic pen we need
Very good item in late game, almost reduce enemy's magic resist by 2. You need this in most of the games, except if they dont build MR at all get Rabadon's Deathcap but it seems very unlikely to happen.
Soraka pisses you off ?
The item you get if they have champs like Dr. Mundo, Vladimir, Soraka ... Get it instead of Zhonya or Rylai, let your feelings decide.
I told you to ban zed
A must-have against ad midlaners, but I end up buying it in almost every game. Guarantee you extra CDR and a very good active as a mid-range mage. 2 main cases when you don't buy it : if they have a heavy ap team you might switch to Banshee's Veil, or if their team doesn't present any danger for you, get extra damage with Rabadon's Deathcap.
Heavy ap team ?
Get it when they have a heavy ap team with jungler like Zac or Evelynn. If you build it with Zhonya's Hourglass don't forget to switch your boots or you'll get extra wasted CDR
- Get the first upgrade of The Hex Core MK-1 as soon as possible. You will clear minions in a single Death Ray and it'll make you outpush your opponent or break hard pushers like Twisted Fate or Malzahar.
- Buy a Control Ward at your first back and put it in the river brush (middle one or the one closer to your blue buff). You really don't wanna get ganked as a Viktor.
- Overuse Siphon Power. If your opponent doesn't play with Teleport you can force him to back pretty easily. You probably have the best lvl 1 on the midlane and you need to use it. Don't forget this spell resets your auto-attack, so you can go for AA -> Siphon Power -> AA
- Play aggressive. You have a powerful snowball champ and most of the matchups in the current meta are in your favor. You can easily surprise your opponent with Flash + Death Ray + Siphon Power + Ignite. This is a combo I can do really fast and 90% of my mid first blood are done with this technique before level 6.
- With The Hex Core MK-1 you can clear a wave very fast. What I recommend you after level 6 is to clear the wave fast and roam botlane. Your opponent will be pushed under tower and probably won't follow you. Roam only if you have advantage on lane, otherwise you might get 1v1'ed in the river and fall even more behind.
- Always use Death Ray while moving or when you or your oppoent goes for a minion. This creates a surprise effect making the spell almost impossible to dodge. Don't use it in a predictable way because it is very mana hungry and you'll get mana trouble if you miss some.
How to teamfight in most games
// As a carry, your first role is to deal damage. In this purpose you need to first STAY ALIVE in fights because you won't deal much when you're dead. Wait for the teamfight to set up (do not engage), once it's done :
- Your goal is to kill what's in your range. If you can't get the ennemy carry, damage the tanks it's fine. Try to land the best Death Ray on multiple champs if possible.
- Land Gravity Field if they are grouped or use it to split up the fight by separating their front and back lane.
- Kite and get mobility by spamming your Siphon Power.
- Use Chaos Storm early in the fight so you are sure that you use all of its damage.
When someone in their team needs to be shut down
//If you're fed enough you have the damage to one shot most of the carries if they don't have magic resist. If the enemy Ezreal is 11/0 and is the only target in the game, you can pretty much delete him with Flash + Chaos Storm + Death Ray. The no-casting time on your lazer allows you to combo ridiculously fast. You still have to wait the fight is set up to do this, mess and confusion reduce his chances to get saved or to have time fo Flash + Heal away.
How about siege ?
Your role in siege is very crucial.
- If you are sieging, your E is a very strong poke that can get squishies mid life in 1 or 2 hits. You can force a dive if you get the ennemy team mid-HP or make them fall back and get towers.
- If you are being sieged, don't forget you have one of the most powerful wave clear in the game. You really need to stay alive to clear all the minions with your Death Ray.