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Varus Build Guide by billpal

AD Caster Varus mid/adc

By billpal | Updated on February 17, 2017
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Cloud58tw (5) | January 12, 2018 10:47am
Just like it! And I will try it! :D GG thx so much!
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Pure Panphobia (33) | April 13, 2017 3:15pm
Hi! Great guide. I was just wondering about the item build. I've been told by a lot of people that I shouldn't build Manamune on Varus anymore, and that full lethality is a better build. What is your opinion on that? Is Manamune still the best option or is there anything more optimal?

Thanks,

-Pure Panphobia
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billpal (1) | April 20, 2017 6:03am
Hello. Surely ad Caster Varus with manamune is not very famous in this meta, but this guide is purely about that build. adc varus is something else which i dont analyze in this guide. Yeah, in the last month lethality varus was top tier but now, after those lethality nerfs, normal adc varus with blade of the ruined king hurricane etc is Top tier amongst the adcs.
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Pure Panphobia (33) | April 20, 2017 6:09am
Got it! Thanks! :)
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HelloFromThisSide | November 6, 2016 9:04am
You should probably update the boots. They are no enchantments anymore.
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Sepulchur | August 1, 2016 11:57am
Okay, so I might be a total potato for asking, but why do you take Runic Affinity instead of Secret Stash or Assassin?
After looking at the guide, I suppose it's because you end up buying some form of refillable pot which negates the purpose of Secret Stash, and Runic Affinity would increase the duration of blue buff, but would Secret Stash or Assassin be viable in this build?
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billpal (1) | August 2, 2016 12:21am
good question.
in high elo, playing varus means many 5v5 groups, longer fights, longer sieges etc so, i find having any buff in the game lasting a bit longer very useful. either its blue buff, either its baron buff etc.

secret stash : i dont like it because varus needs pots only for a short time in the game, in early levels. That is until he gets tear and maybe serrated and he starts wave-clearing fast and farming from distance. That means he cant get damaged from anyone nor poked down. I think whenever varus is gonna get damaged, its more like an all-in from his opponents, so there is no point in talking about more sustain there xd.
but u can pick this mastery easy, and get like one biscuit every time u get back, instead of the refillable potion that i suggest.

Assassin : well now... varus is not an assassin, so why u wanna pick this ? :D
i mean, it would help u in laning phase i guess... because thats the only period when u are alone xd. later u want to be grouped near your team bcs u are kinda free kills if u are solo in your games :)
So, again, this seems like it works in early game / laning phase.

To sum-up, i think if u want more sustain in your laning phase u go secret stash, if u want more damage in your laning phase u go assassin, or else u just go runic affinity, even if ends up being useless in some of your games xd.
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orionko | March 31, 2016 9:50am
Is this build available on bottom?
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billpal (1) | March 3, 2016 6:24am
eh, duskblade is build on champions with burst, and especially when they can do it in less than 2 seconds. some great examples are graves, jarvan and ofc talon/zed.
while varus can use his abilities in less than 2 seconds, he isnt a burst type champion. he is a poke champion. he spams his q.
also, adc ranged champions shouldnt buy duskblade, because in every aa they would waste it (and it has way long cd). and if the adc is saving his aa w8ing for the right time to utilize duskblade, then the teamfight is pretty much lost. the only exception i can now think of is graves who is a whole new type of adc on his own.
then again, if you are fed, you deal much damage anyway, so your q/w/aa could leave opponents with 30% hp i guess, so duskblade would finish most of your opponents in that case...
anyway, these are my thoughts.
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Falandos | March 1, 2016 11:27am
Hi, I have been picking up Varus mid Lately, and using the same build that you suggested here. I just have 1 question: What do you think about the Duskblade on Varus? I've been trying it in a few games now as a 3rd or 4rd item (after Muramana + Ghostblade + Qss against heavy cc) and it makes your 1v1's insanely strong. Also it helps a bit against tanks, as you poke them with Q + E, and when u want to finish them while they are low, you AA them and you get alot of dmg off cuz of your W + Duskblade effect. But, im still not sure, so I would like to hear a more experienced Varus player's opinion about this item.
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SvenskaZyda (4) | February 4, 2016 9:29am
billpal wrote:



as i said in a reply above, i dont like essence reaver in this varus build. i guess you built it for the damage and for the 10% cdr. but death's dance offers the same 10% cdr, 15 more ad, death's dance op passives, and it is also 100 gold cheaper than reaver.
ofc reaver gives 20% crit chance but imo it is not worth at all.
besides that, since u were so fed and ahaid, building hurricane for attack speed would be quite good to carry dealing even more damage.


I guess I was just taking some adc habits from bot lane, because I'm an adc main it's sort of instinct to buy such items on Varus. Nonetheless good point and I look forward to seeing your guide improve well in the future.

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billpal (1) | February 3, 2016 6:56am

I haven't played Varus mid since season 5 and I decided to figure out if the new items were effective. This was a High elo normal match. Not sure why I built essence reaver other than the cdr, and I used the precision mastery instead of Intelligence. Got a penta and always poked almost half of their adc's health all the time. I was going to build runaans hurricane last but I want your insight.



as i said in a reply above, i dont like essence reaver in this varus build. i guess you built it for the damage and for the 10% cdr. but death's dance offers the same 10% cdr, 15 more ad, death's dance op passives, and it is also 100 gold cheaper than reaver.
ofc reaver gives 20% crit chance but imo it is not worth at all.
besides that, since u were so fed and ahaid, building hurricane for attack speed would be quite good to carry dealing even more damage.
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SvenskaZyda (4) | February 2, 2016 5:04pm
I haven't played Varus mid since season 5 and I decided to figure out if the new items were effective. This was a High elo normal match. Not sure why I built essence reaver other than the cdr, and I used the precision mastery instead of Intelligence. Got a penta and always poked almost half of their adc's health all the time. I was going to build runaans hurricane last but I want your insight.
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SloCheetah (1) | January 7, 2016 8:12am
What do you think about hybrid ad/ap items like hextech gunblade? Wouldnt it work well with Varus' kit?
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Hailbringer2 | December 8, 2015 9:36am
This guide is awesome, Varus is my main and I love his damage output with his poke, it's so nasty. I've done this mid a few times but i've just recently taken it bot and it is just a lane phase dominator, no matter who you're up against you just destroy them, building dirk first instead of hammer just really dominates the enemy support and adc. Although I do not like how I have such low attack speed so i mixed up the runes, 3 ability power glyphs, the rest mr. Then I have 1 as, 1 ad, and 1 ap quint. armor seals and ad marks. I wonder would maw work better than ghostblade? and in return exchange mercurial for bork? that way you get armor pen, mr, and lifesteal earlier on and could later build an essence reaver maybe? maybe runes could be switched up for cdr instead of ap. still toying around with it. awesome guide though! thanks a lot!
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