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[9.8] Varus guide by misterfirstblood

By misterfirstblood | Updated on April 23, 2019
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Runes: Standard

Press the Attack
Legend: Alacrity
Coup de Grace

Magical Footwear
Biscuit Delivery

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


LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Heal


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Win 48%
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[9.8] Varus guide by misterfirstblood

By misterfirstblood
Hello guys, I'm MisterFirstBlood from EUW and today I'm gonna show you how to play Varus in Season 9.
Pro's and con's Back to Top
Pro's and con's
+ A lot of CC.
+ Mixed damage.
+ High range abilities.
+ Melt tanks.
+ Reduce Healing effects of enemies.

- No Mobility. Easy to gank.
- Weak early game.
Spells Back to Top
Passive : Living Vengeance

Innate: Varus gains 40% (+ 50% bonus attack speed) bonus attack speed for 5 seconds upon an enemy champion takedown, reduced to 20% (+ 25% bonus attack speed) bonus attack speed on minion or monster kills.

Q: Piercing Arrow
TARGET RANGE: 925 - 1625 (based on channel time) SPEED: 1850 COST: 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 / 90 mana COOLDOWN: 20 / 18 / 16 / 14 / 12

First Cast: Varus channels for up to 4 seconds, increasing Piercing Arrow's range and damage over the next 2 seconds. Varus can still move while channeling but is pacified and slowed by 20%.
Piercing Arrow is automatically canceled when the channel ends, refunding half of its mana cost.

Second Cast: Varus fires in the target direction, dealing physical damage to all enemies in the arrow's path, increased by 0% - 50% (based on channel time). The total damage is reduced to 100% - 33% (based on enemy hit) damage.
Minimum Physical Damage:
10 / 46.7 / 83.3 / 120 / 156.7 (+ 100% AD)
Maximum Physical Damage:
15 / 70 / 125 / 180 / 235 (+ 150% AD)

Detonating Blight stacks on an enemy champion reduces Piercing Arrow's cooldown by 4 seconds.

W: Blighted Quiver

Passive: Varus's basic attacks deal bonus magic damage and apply Blight for 6 seconds, stacking up to 3 times.
Bonus Magic Damage:
10 / 14 / 18 / 22 / 26 (+ 25% AP)
Varus's other abilities consume Blight on enemies upon damaging them, dealing them magic damage for each stack, capped at 360 against monsters.
Magic Damage per Stack:
2 / 2.75 / 3.5 / 4.25 / 5% (+ 2% per 100 AP) of the target's maximum health

E: Hail of Arrows
TARGET RANGE: 925 COST: 80 mana COOLDOWN: 18 / 16 / 14 / 12 / 10

Active: Varus fires a hail of arrows that deals physical damage on impact to all enemies in the target area.
Physical Damage:
70 / 105 / 140 / 175 / 210 (+ 60% bonus AD)
The area desecrates the ground for 4 seconds, slowing all enemies standing in it and applying Grievous Wounds.
25 / 30 / 35 / 40 / 45%

R: Chain of Corruption

Active: Varus flings out a tendril of corruption that infects the first enemy champion hit, dealing magic damage, rooting them for 2 seconds and applying 3 stacks of Blight over 1.5 seconds.
Magic Damage:
100 / 175 / 250 (+ 100% AP)
On impact, the tendril seeks out nearby enemy champions and forms a tether to them. If the tether isn't broken within 2 seconds, they are rooted, and applied the same effects as the initial target. Tendrils will continue to spread until there are no champions in range that have not already been affected.
Items Back to Top
I highly recommend an on-hit effect itembuild which contains atleast Runaans Hurricane, Guinsos Rageblade and blade of the ruined king.

For your laning Blade of the ruined king might be the most comfortable choice.

If you're against a lot of AP champs you should also add wits end to your build, since it got updated its a pretty strong item.

Finish your build with things like scimitar/GA/frozen mallet.
Runes Back to Top
Normally i would recommend you to take Lethal Tempo but since varus does kinda have a 3 hit mechanic in his kit, Press the Attack fits better.

Alacrity Coupe de Grace and Triumph will be the best overall choices in precision tree.

To speed up your powerspike you should take biscuits and free boots in inspiration tree second.
Tips Back to Top
- Use E at the begin of a trade to deny healings in Fights. Do 3 Auto attacks and just shoot Q instantly to remove the Blight marks and continue attacking.
- R is easier to hit if your enemies get slowed from your E before.
- Many people underrate the range of your ult. You can catch a lot of people with it but take care your team has a follow up for it.
- It's not generally wrong to attack what is in range instead of carries. You will melt tanks very fast with this item build so it's maybe better to kill the tank first then go out of position trying to kill a carry and die.
- Every of your abilities will trigger the Blight marks from your W passive. So if you didn't hit your E for example you still can use Q or R to deal the damage when needed.
- Red buff is very strong with on hit builds
- Dont channel Q among a fight. You will deal way more damage by attacking your enemies constantly.
Summary Back to Top
Lategame varus is extremely strong against tanky team comps but he's also very vulnerable to ganks what can be very frustrating. It's a very varied and funny pick which still has a chance to success. Try it out and tell me your experiences with it. :)
Thank you! Back to Top
Thanks for paying attention to my guide. My English is not the best so if you find mistakes feel free to correct me.
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