Darius Build Guide by DarkPercy
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I know I'm probably going to get a lot of downvotes for this, but PLEASE LISTEN
AP Darius is actually VIABLE. Here's how it works:
Decimate is on a really short cooldown, so you can constantly proc Lich Bane.
Hemorrhage scales well off attack speed, and slightly off CDR since you can spam Crippling Strike more, which is an auto-attack reset.
And finally, Noxian Guillotine gives you a ton of free true damage so that you don't even need to buy AD to do damage! Awesome!
Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage
Greater Mark of Attack Damage
Greater Seal of Armor
Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
Since Darius doesn't do much magic damage until he gets items, don't run any magic penetration runes.
Instead, run flat AD so you can be stronger early game and bully around your enemy laner.
Flat Armor is for in case you're against an AD assassin mid, but otherwise it's still good for mitigating auto-attack harass. Darius is prone to this because of his short range.
You can switch out the Quints for Move Speed quints if you think you can abuse your mobility to bully certain lane opponents, like Syndra or Nidalee.
Take hybrid penetration in the offensive tree. Taking Spellsword is a MUST.
Anything else is up to you, really.
Boots of Speed and 4 Health Potions. These let you bully around those noobs who dare fight you in mid lane because you have the mobility advantage.
Doran's Blade is good too, but you're AP Darius and you don't need AD.
Doran's Ring is stupid because Darius has no problems and no ap scaling.
Next, you want to rush a Sheen. It synergizes very well off Crippling Strike, and it's good for harass since it basically doubles your AD for one attack.
Your next item is Berserker's Greaves, because it gives Attack Speed and Darius doesn't benefit off Spell Penetration. With increased movespeed and attack speed, you're able to bully the other laner with Hemorrhage more easily.
The first big item is Nashor's Tooth. Not only does it give attack speed so you can pull off more Hemorrhage procs, BUT the passive that converts 15% of your AP into bonus on-hit damage is OP. I mean, if you do the math, 2000 AP gives you 300 damage! Who needs AD when you can go AP?
Next items: Lich Bane, Zhonya's Hourglass, and Rabadon's Deathcap.
Lich Bane first, because you can constantly proc it with Decimate for a lot of damage. Also, with the S3 change, it has a base value, so you don't need to stack 1000000 AP before it starts doing damage.
Zhonya's Hourglass next, because you can Noxian Guillotine > Decimate > Invis > Zhonya's Hourglass > Decimate > Invis for a super trolly 5 second untargetability against people without Vision Wards or Oracle's Elixirs. Talk about unkillable!
Rabadon's Deathcap is last, so your Lich Bane and Nashor's Tooth procs will start to hurt a lot!
Liandry's Torment - If the other team is stupid and they keep letting you pull their tanks into the wall, then buy this so while they're slowed you can shred their health really really fast :D
Twin Shadows - Are people still getting away from you?
Tear of the Goddess/ Archangel's Staff/ Seraph's Embrace - If there's a lot of burst on the other team, consider buying an early Tear and charging it so that you have an available shield to protect you from burst. Darius also charges it quickly because of the short cooldown and mana cost of Decimate!
Iceborn Gauntlet - I don't like this item, yeah the stats are nice but IMO it's better on tanks and Darius has enough chasing power already. I guess this can replace Lich Bane if the other team is 5 AD.
Guinsoo's Rageblade/ Hextech Gunblade - These aren't good because they're hybrid items, but buy Guinsoos if you want more AS and Gunblade for more chasing power + damage + lifesteal/survivability.
Deathfire Grasp - You don't really do magic damage but the stats are nice. 120 AP is a sizable amount, and CDR to be an annoying stealthing ***** is nice too.
In mid, make sure you're against a champion who
1) Can't gapclose very well,
2) Has a lot of skillshots, or
3) Is controlled by an unskilled summoner (preferably Bronze or unranked)
Darius's main strength is his mobility, so if you're against a Nidalee you can just Decimate away from her Spears then counterattack.
If you're against someone with all targeted abilities like Ryze,
you're ****ed you might as well bend over and ask your jungler to camp.
Which he won't do, because you're AP Darius.
You want to play passively because you aren't that strong early on, but if you see them commit to CS, Crippling Strike towards them, resetting your AA timer, and you're able to get a free hit on them.
At level 6/7, your power spikes tremendously because you have obtained your ultimate. If you see them out of position, you want to Noxian Guillotine > Decimate > Apprehend them into a wall, then keep auto-attacking them while trying to avoid their skillshots, and hopefully you force them out of lane via death or them being low on health.
Late game, remember that you're AP Darius and your only real strength is being annoying with stealth + mobility, slight damage, and tank shredding Noxian Guillotine. Use Apprehend to peel for your ADC, or you can use it to pull down priority targets to walls and hopefully you can finish them off with your team.
This is just a quick guide on the unconventional. I'm sorry if I didn't go too in-depth with stuff, but I only had about a quarter of an hour :/
REMEMBER TO TRY IT BEFORE GIVING FEEDBACK K THNX
Darius has a 300% AP ratio on his Noxian Guillotine BTW. It's just hidden from the tooltip. You have to try it to know it ;)
Huge shoutout to TehAsian's amazing AP Vayne Guide for inspiring me !!!1!1
My favorite part is where the guide says to initiate with Ultimate and to stealth with Q
...I didn't change that part