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League of Legends Build Guide Author bestewogibtyo

Darius - It's more healthy to run !

bestewogibtyo Last updated on July 14, 2012
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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Offense: 21

Honor Guard

Defense: 9

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 0

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Before you rate: TRY IT! Its really worth it.

Hello,I'm a german guy who is really bored at 7 in the morning.
I want to show you how I play this Champ. Maybe you like it and recommend it.

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Pros / Cons


hard to beat
good jungler as well
Hemorrhage is very powerful
good against almost all champs
freaky nice early game damage
hit lvl 6 and faceroll
just op!


Noxian Guillotine can be countered very easy with Heal or other Ultimates like Nasus' one.
Low CC but its not that necessary.
High cooldown on Apprehend

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I chose Greater Seal of Armor and Greater Glyph of Magic Resist to give you a good sustain in lane early game. combined with Ninja Tabi and Wriggle's Lantern enemies will have a hard time at top lane.

Greater Mark of Desolation and Greater Quintessence of Desolation runes are very powerful with darius combined with the passive of his Apprehend. The damage will make your lane even more easier than before.

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I think there is not much to say.
Good damage with slight tankyness in earlygame.
In my opinion there is no need for more points in the defence tree.Your damage is high enough to survive any fight and when you get Wriggle's Lantern and Ninja Tabi it is difficult to die anymore because of fairly good defensive stats and lifesteal.

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Skill Sequence

Why Decimate first?

Decimate is your bread and butter.It helps you farm. It's your main damage source.It's hitting really really heavy. Your enemies will hate you for that. Because of the short CD it can be used to harass the enemy or to outzone your enemy. He cant farm. You will get gold advantage and win the lane.

Why Apprehend then?


This is so f***ing awesome !
Every Point gives passively 5% armor penetration . I guess you dont need more reasons.
But there is one more. If activated you grab your enemy towards yourself and can go with Decimate and Crippling Strike to show him how hard Darius can hit.
Life saving if you get ganked. Just run to your tower,grab the jungler or laner and kill him with tower's help.

Why Crippling Strike at last?

Ok,it's damage is ok. But compared to the other 2 it's just less usefull.
A bit more damge on an auto attack and a low cc. If you want to skill it before Apprehend. do it. but i dont recommend it.

Noxian Guillotine

Just OP. some passive stacks,ult ,kill.
Noxian Guillotine does more damage as more stacks of Hemorrhage are ticking.
Get at least 3 stacks of it before you use your ultimate.You will be suprised how much damage it deals.

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Summoner Spells

For me it is the best way to play Darius. I like the way of having 2 spells for engaging,surviving and escaping.there are multipe situations where you need them especially in teamfights to take their carry out of game. In early game its very usefull at top if you play against champions like irelia who need their attack speed to survive.

other viable choices are:

Combined with your passive the damage is HUGE. no chance for lucky escapes.but your passive is the reason why i wouldnt take it. your choice.

Does explain by itself. escape and engage... nuff more to say.

I usually dont need it because noone can beat darius. so i dont have to be back at my lane fast. but it can help to save other lanes or your team mates.

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I usually start with Cloth Armor , 2 Health Potions and a ward.
The 2 pots are enough to stay in your lane until you can go for madreds razor.
I place the ward around 3 minutes.In most of the cases the jungler wont gank earlier.
You can place it earlier if you want but you have Flash as an OH****! button.

First Back

Buy Madreds Razor and if possible Boots of Speed. If not buy some Health Potions .

I recommend to rush Wriggle's Lantern as fast as possible as you can save gold for wards and dont need much Health Potions anymore.You can see the next steps in the item build at the top of the guide.

Other Choices:

I just love this item. I really do!
There is just a big disadvante - the price is very high.
You can buy ti if the enemy team has very high HP or if you want to go Godmode.

Actually i dont see a reason to buy it.It is a good item,yes. But there is no champion who can beat you 1v1 and if you already got Force of Nature or Warmog's Armor there is no need because of your high HP regeneration.
Only take it if you really need more damage.

I guess it explains itself at all. Nice def stats and a free death.
I never tried it with Darius but it is nice for every champion.

If you need more armor or their ad carry is fed as hell.He will help you kill himself.

Very usefull against champions who need their attack speed or just play with much of it.
The big amount of armor and the cooldown reduction will give you more sustain and power.
Good item for many situations.

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Team Work

Darius can and will change teamfights.
You can use Noxian Guillotine on almost everybody in teamfight and make an easy pentakill.
But the more important thing is to grab their carry/support and focus him down.
Your damage is high enough that it will take just a few seconds and then y0u can kill everybody else.If you do that. you are a really useful player in teamfights.So dont try to get as much kills as possible.Try to kill the one who has to be killed first.This is the true power of Darius.

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Here are some of my stats:

As you can see it works fine for me.
Its not difficult to play. Try it and have fun.
If you like this guide give it an upvote.

Thanks for reading.