Varus Build Guide by Needlous
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Runes: Normal runes
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist
08.07.2019 - Update post-guinsoo nerfs and for new meta, revamped runes (sustain + earlygame decent lane), changed items to not be obsolete (RIP wits end) and a few other things
Welcome to my Ability Power Varus guide! ;p
So, let's start off with "Why would I play AP Varus?"
So there are actually few reasons for that:
Why am I not doing well after playing AP Varus for some 3 times???
Playing AP Varus, especially compared to his more poke oriented AD version is just hard to get used to. Give him a few games, and try not to give up just because he feels weak for the first or second time. Everything in League feels weak if you're not used to it's autoattack animation, timings, ranges and damage ranges.
Blighted Quiver = autoattack. In any of these cases, Hail of Arrows can be replaced with Piercing Arrow, unless you want to decrease enemy healing from potion or skill or intend to detonate 4 or 5 stacks. If you're in a hurry, it's sometimes better to detonate two or even one Blight stack than none at all.
Lane Harras -
Gank Setup -
( Blight stacks obviously aren't necessary if your jungler is high-damage, or you're in a hurry; tl;dr is "just ult the enemy" )
Usual teamfight rotation -
A lot of people are saying that maxing E or Q is better, because teh damages - that simply isn't true. Maxed Blight will deal 26x3(78)+15% of one's hp in 3 autoattacks - Implying enemy mid has 1000 hp @ lvl 9, that is 228 MAGIC(Remember, you have magic pen runes/masteries) damage total, not counting AP scalings(quints, masteries~). E will deal 225 PHYSICAL damage (3 less! :p), and Q will deal max of 215 + (lvl9 ad x1,6) 116 (331 total) PHYSICAL damage, implying you haven't hit anything before and it's fully charged. But, but, but - you're going to have that 116 damage anyway(It scales off base AD~), and base damage is, again, surpassed by Blight - by now, it should be obvious what to max first ;P.
Skill priority Chain of Corruption> Blighted Quiver> Hail of Arrows> Piercing Arrow
I think I've covered everything regarding skill order above, haven't I? :)
Wit's End makes for and amazing anti-mage tool and helps makes your early to midgame transition really smooth.
Sorcerer's Shoes instead of Berserker's, as you already have the necessary AS from your runes and 15MPen makes it possible for you to bring squishies to, effectively, 0 MR with Wit's End.
Nashor's Tooth right after, it's a huge damage boost and gives you some much needed CDR.
Guinsoo's Rageblade is the single greatest damage spike for AP Varus in the game
Zhonya's Hourglass provides you with situational survivability.
NOTE:You can switch build order around as you wish, though I wouldn't really recommend it unless it's a matter of building Zhonya's vs Zed or skipping WE against 4 AD team etc.
- Heal you
- Peel for you
- Build Ardent Censer and use it effectively
- Build Knight's Vow and use it effectively
Some supports I'd recommend are Nami, Lulu and an competent Alistar.