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[8.22] Varus ADC - Give me a target

By xTheUnlimited | Updated on November 16, 2018
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Wicked Cherry (16) | November 12, 2018 10:16am
Hey xTheUnlimited,
I think I've commented on one of your guides before but I swear I'm not stalking you. xD It was an accident and I don't even like Varus that much. But I thought I'd give him another go if a random guide I clicked on about Varus was well made. Well what can I say? It's pretty perfect. All things I can imagine being important are well-explained and the whole guide in general is just so in depth. I've never really felt secure with Varus but I'll see if your guide can change that. xD
Cheers.
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xTheUnlimited (6) | November 15, 2018 7:31am
Heyho Wicked Cherry,

well thanks for your kind words, appreciate em!
And let me know if my guide changed your mind about Varus. That'd be interesting ;)
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Wicked Cherry (16) | November 15, 2018 10:26am
Haha, well the thing is that I'm mainly playing Support and playing with Varus has caused me to experience a lot of negative stuff - poor Varus. So I felt that the synergy of my most played champions is kinda poor.
However, when I play him he's okay. Like nothing out of the ordinary, but his Ult for example can be extremely useful. So maybe I should start linking your guide to the random people playing Varus I have to play and put up with. xb
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galvapheonix (4) | November 8, 2018 7:22am
This is a wonderful guide. I learend a lot about varus through this. There was a while where I refused to play him because I just so regularly got beat by him that I was disgusted by his presence. Then my friend said one day that i would make a good varus and I laughed at him and told him I'd never play him. Then I got bored of all the Adc's I was playing and was just like "Aww heck it I'm gonna go for it" ANd i started playing varus. In my first couple games I jsut ran through my enemy laners and steamrolled the game. I was just like wow ok. He has become one of my safe picks for when I don't know what my enemy is gonna be. This guide taught me a lot and I still have a lot to learn but this guide put me on my way to becoming a better varus. I was wondering If an item like nashors, or gunblade would be a good build when the enemy is high health and low damage, as both items give ap and stack his W passive giving better health shred. I know BOTRK give % health damage, but sometimes it just isnt enough.
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xTheUnlimited (6) | November 15, 2018 2:44am
You can go nashors, but then I'd recommend to go for the AP build that I've mentioned. The Ap build is one way to shredd a lot of tanks. I prefer BOTRK over Gunblade, because Gunblade does not provide any Bonus attack speed and it's active is good for burst champions, but not really for Varus.
So either you can chosse nashors, but then build full AP, or you can get last whisper (for armor pen) or infinity edge (for the true damage) to shredd tanks.
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galvapheonix (4) | November 15, 2018 6:29am
Thank you
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Ilift13 (3) | October 25, 2018 1:31pm
Great detail with awesome graphics. Well laid out.
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semisomniac (10) | October 22, 2018 4:49pm
very nice guide, it looks great and is quite easy to read! thank you
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HexTechZZ (1) | September 3, 2018 11:28am
well i wanted to ask you 1 question?? how do you farm with varus like Challenger Eloand what is the right combos for varus???and if you were 1 vs 5?? how to kill them penta???or at least stell baron from them??
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xTheUnlimited (6) | September 3, 2018 10:27pm
To get a good amount of farm just takes some practice.
Combos for Varus are explained in the guide in the "Combos" section.
Well, there are probably too many situations so I cant tell you exactly how to "1v5 Pentakill". I'd say you should just try your best to dps and kite at the same time.
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Lubet | August 21, 2018 6:50pm
Hey I have a question, why you wouldn't recommend lethality varus? I mean what are the reason this AS varus is better?
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xTheUnlimited (6) | August 21, 2018 10:33pm
Well, I gotta say I changed my mind over the last few weeks. I got convinced that lethality Varus actually works at the moment. The big weakness of the lethality build is that he has no constant dps with it. Moreover he damage will just be huge in early game, his late wouldn't be good then anymore.
Right now, where games are shorter, I can recommend Varus, but that's not what this guide is about since I present a whole another build here. I just personally prefer the AS Version to shredd tanks.
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Inodavid | August 19, 2018 1:08pm
Hey,
erstmal Danke für den guten Guide. Ich selbst maine auch Varus bin aber erst silber, für dich sind solche Games wahrscheinlich Clown Fiestas aber hey, die gehen immer hin länger. Du betonnst in dem Guid das Varus seine volle Stärke erst im lategame bekommt doch ich muss sagen das ich da mehr Probleme hab. Vielleicht könntest du dir ja die Zeit nehmen mit mir mal eine Runde zu spielen, damit ich meine Fehler besser analysieren kann und besser werde auch wenn varus aktuell nicht so stark ist. Eine kleine Frage noch un zwar findest du es gut wenn man jetzt auch essence reaver auf varus bauen würde (passt doch zur der Q)? Danke für deine Guide nochmal und ich hoffe das du die zeit findest einen Padawan aufzunehmen ;D
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xTheUnlimited (6) | August 20, 2018 1:17am
Heyho,
zunächst mal erreicht einfach jeder ADC seine volle Stärke im late game, ist wahrscheinlich dann von mir aus eher eine eher uneindeutige Aussage gewesen :D Deswegen hatte ich aber auch als Punkt bei "Pros" zu stehen, das er in so gut wie jeder Phase des Games soliden Schaden anrichtet, besonders in seiner starken laning Phase. Das Ding ist halt, dass das Late game sehr viel mit kiten zu tun hat und dort schon eine falsch-platzierte Ult zum Tode führen kann. Du wirst dort halt einfach härter und schneller für Fehler bestraft als in der Laning phase, vielleicht ist das ja ein Grund, warum du Schwierigkeiten hast. Außerdem sind zurzeit auch viele Assassins in der Kluft unterwegs, welche Varus zum Frühstück essen aufgrund seiner Immobilität.
Können gerne mal n paar Ruden zusammen spielen oder Ähnliches, kannst mich gerne einfach bei League adden :)
Essence Reaver finde ich nicht so passend zu Varus. Allerdings hab ich herausgefunden, dass er zurzeit auch effektiv ist, wenn du ihn mit Comet spielst und Lethality stuff baust. Dann halt Q als erstes hochskillen und dann W, da du dort dann voll auf den Q-Poke zurückgreifst.
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AbaddonSoulchain (12) | August 10, 2018 3:57pm
How's Varus holding up currently in the game? Used to be one of my preferred ADCs but I don't play bot very much anymore, what with the current meta. But I still like him, so I was thinking of picking him up again. Old favourites don't change easily, I guess.
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xTheUnlimited (6) | August 10, 2018 11:37pm
Uh, tough question. I gotta say, that I am pretty unsuccessful with him right now. This might be, because of his low mobility. There are just too many assassins being played right now that will one shot him most of the time pretty easy without him having a chance of reacting to it. Furthermore, Varus strong point, nevermind if you build AD or AP, is the late game and this meta is a meta, where games last not much longer than 30 minutes. So, it is pretty hard for him to get there and he cant make use of his one strength, to shredd tanks, because there are no tanks being played at the moment.
These are some reasons why I would say, that Varus isn't shining at the current meta. I gotta say due to all the low-health poke supports, his laning phase still isn't bad.
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AbaddonSoulchain (12) | August 11, 2018 4:09am
Understood. Thanks for the feedback.
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Dravenex (1) | August 8, 2018 3:20am
Nice guide, but I would like to read something about the skill priority. Why is E the first to skill and not Q or W?
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xTheUnlimited (6) | August 9, 2018 2:42am
Aw, yeah. I forgot to mention the skill priority in my guide.
Basically you want to max your Hail of Arrows first, because the mana cost stays at 80 at all ranks and the base damage is pretty solid. Moreover the higher the level of Hail of Arrows, the better is the slow.
I would not max Piercing Arrow first if you are planning to build an On-Hit build, because it deals more damage the longer you charge it. As an On-Hit ADC you are losing DPS if you are running around for up to 4 seconds doing nothing. Remember that you are a vulnerable target while you are charging your Piercing Arrow, because charging it will also slow you down by 20%. Also the mana cost increases by 5 per rank for this spell. If you are building lethality (I wouldnt recommend it at all), then you should max Piercing Arrow first.
Maxing Blighted Quiver first isn't recommended too. Its still better than maxing Piercing Arrow as an On-Hit ADC. My main reason why I wont max Blighted Quiver first, is the fact, that it is scaling on AP. I know, I do still recommend the AP On-Hit build, but it wil take time until you wil get a bunch of AP. Furthermore the base damage of Blighted Quiver isnt that high, so it wouldn't give you that much of a damage increase as maxing Hail of Arrows first would do. You should definitly max Blighted Quiver second though.
Hope I could help you out with that little explanation. If you have more questions dont hesitate to ask them.
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Dravenex (1) | August 9, 2018 3:15am
Thanks for that detailed answer! Helped me a lot. :) +rep
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poizonous | May 5, 2018 5:10pm
where would you rate kai sa on the threat list?
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xTheUnlimited (6) | May 6, 2018 12:14am
I will add her today. Thanks for reminding me :)
I gotta say I had some trouble playing against her, but that was before her recent nerf. Think she still isnt that easy to handle, because of her solid damage output. You can make use of your high range against her. I would rate her on the middle of the list (5).
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