Vel'Koz Build Guide by Fhizzikx
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Runes: Standard Poke Runes
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Threats & Synergies
This champion has high mobility and can easily swap shadows to kill you. He also has a R that makes him untargetable so if you try to combo him and he uses r on you, you're basically dead. You want to play this matchup by playing safe and staying away from him lvl 3. Lvl. 1 he is pretty weak to try to weave in a few auto attacks if you can to chunk him. Once he gets 6 you should play safer and poke from a distance. You generally don't want to shove the wave because you will be open to ganks. Try to let him push you in and ask for a gank. If you can get a kill on him you can win lane if you poke him enough. If he gets a kill on your its time to buy a seekers into stopwatch. If you don't have enough gold for either just get a cloth armor. You can beat him if he r's onto you and you e behind yourself so you can get a knockup. Follow up with w q r and if he is below 50% HP then there is a chance he will die. Not my go to ban but if you really cant deal with a zed then ban him.
This is my go to ban. He has a troll pole that makes him dodge nukes as well as a ult that destroys your HP. If you get hit by his r you're basically dead unless you flash out or stopwatch. If you do ever get into this matchup, rush zhonyas and don't all in him if he has his e up. Usually fizz players suck and are braindead so don't be too worried. My go to BAN.
This really depends on how good this Yasuo is and how good you are. Although its not a skill matchup, it really depends on if any of you know what you're doing. Keep in mind that your r goes through his windwall and his windwall can block your q w e. Try to bait out his windwall with a split q and if he windwalls there you can follow up with a w e r. Don't try to knock him up if he is around minions because he can easily dodge your abilities. Learning how to lane against this champion takes time and you will get better with time. Also don't get close to minions as he can dash dash auto q auto dash dash windwall and you can't do anything about it. This matchup you have to play safe and be patient until he messes up and you will have to capitalize on it.
This champion has lots of mobility and burst. You will probably get pushed in and he can easily dive you if you're low enough. Try to keep the wave thinned out and prevent it from crashing because if it crashes he will dive you with his w shield e auto and r if he needs to. If you can play this matchup properly you can win pretty easily. Keep in mind where his r is so you don't get caught by his r because that ability CHUNKS. If you do however be prepared to flash out. Play off of cooldowns as he is also a mage and trade from a distance.
She has tons of burst so play safer in lane. While she can't all in you pre 6 watch out for her flash stuns so you don't get caught. Pre 6 you should be playing more aggressive and shoving her in. Later in the game get yourself a banshees so you don't get flash stunned by her. DON'T UNDERESTIMATE HER DAMAGE.
This champion just dashes everywhere. Stay under tower and farm safely. Don't lose hp for some cs because early game cs isn't as important as xp. lvl 1 she doesn't have much mobility so look for some autos. Once she hits 2 be wary of her dashes on you. Hold onto your e and don't use it until you're sure its going to hit because once your e is down you're very vulnerable. You can cancel her r with your e and she can dash behind you while you're in r. Play Smart.
As long as you don't get hit by her e then you should live. Don't use your e if she has e or r up because she can just dash and you would just lose your e pressure.
Pre6 you can play more aggro since she can't all in you yet. Be careful of getting hit by her q too many times because she can all in if you're below 50% hp. Once she hits 6 then she has kill pressure on you so if you get hit by her r make sure to flash the second part of her ult if you want to survive.
If you get ulted you're dead unless you flash out of it.
Don't get in his e range or else you're probably dead.
Stop playing Blind Pick
lvl 1 you can weave in a few autos but don't get in her e range and stay away from walls once she gets 6. keep in mind what q she has so you can play properly
You just have to play perfectly against this champ. He can r your combo and q your out of your r. I don't usually ban this champion because not many people play him but if you do go against one play super aggro pre 6.
Once she hits lvl 2 play from afar because if she gets a q w onto you then you will take tons of damage and you can die. Don't use your e if she recently used her w or she has her w up. And don't use it if she has ult and her last ability used was her w.
If you're going against a noc mid then look to poke him and don't go anywhere close to him as if you get feared you might be dead. You shouldn't have a problem laning phase pre6 since he doesn't have any real way of getting onto you besides flash. If he flash e's you then flash away before you get feared. If you try to trade back he will just use his e and block a good chunk of your dmg. Post6 you need to be careful of walking up because he can just ult you and run you down and there isn't much you can do about it. If you're going against noc jungle you probably won't get ganked before he hits 6 so don't worry too much. However this doesn't mean you won't get ganked since not every jungler plays the same and some might do some cheesy things.
Stay away from walls and know when he has his r up. Early game shove him in so he cant roam. Pre6 you will want to be bullying him and poking him out of lane. Do not trade with talon if he can get his passive off because that can easily kill you. Don't underestimate his oneshot potential. Lategame he can still oneshot you due to his passive.
He outranges you pretty well but you do more damage. Try to get closer to him to kill him. Laning phase should be a breeze as long as you don't take too many abilities to the face.
Syndra has lots of burst and poke. If she gets a lead then she can oneshot you sooner or later. Look to flash her e if getting hit by that will kill you. If you manage to dodge it then look for an all in since her e is the only thing that can put you into cc.
If you get hit but her e then there is a high chance that you're dead. Cleanse is recommended. Play behind minions to avoid getting hit by e.
Tanky and does lots of damage. If you are going against a zac then try to play safe and watch out for random ganks because zac players like to gank mid and since you have no mobility this is a perfect gank lane.
Depends on how you play the matchup. You have more range than her so don't be scared to trade. However if you get hit by her r then you're most likely dead.
Play from a distance away from his cage. If you do get caged then barrier his full combo and you might just live. His early game is very weak to shove him in and get prio.
Play with your team. If you get caught by a yi then you're most likely already dead. Once he presses r he can't be slowed and if you decide to e him he can just q and dodge it. Even if he can't q it he probably will just flash it. Once he gets on top of you you're basically done.
If u get ulted ur basically dead. Get a stopwatch and try to time it. Play from a safe distance.
easiest matchup if you know what youre doing
You will most likely be shoved in pretty hard but try to keep the wave in balance by using w on the wave. It isn't that dangerous to shove the wave with e since heimer cant really punish you for using your e. Later in the game you should win.
This matchup depends on how you play it. You should be keeping your distance and not be in range of his q. If he manages to get a good r on you then you're probably dead so play it safe since you have more range.
The only real threat is his r so bring cleanse with you if they can follow up and kill you. You can take down his passive shield with an auto attack so look to take it down whenever possible. Taking Liandries is necessary because if ur in combat then he will be in combat too and that means it will take longer for his shield to come back.
He can't really do much because his range is quite short. However be careful of his r because he can make his team on your face.
Champion Build Guide
Knowing this information you want to be altering your playstyle from going frontline and taking tons of damage with mobile champions to a stationary squishy poke playstyle. Instead of going in and being the engage you are basically another ADC the team must protect and peel for. So knowing how to properly position is key to playing vel'koz. Bad positioning results in being caught by hooks or assassins such as Blitz or Zed.
Most of Vel'koz's damage comes from his passive.
The way to trigger the passive is to hit an enemy champion with abilities 3 times. The third time the enemy champion is hit by an ability will trigger a burst of true damage. Vel'koz's passive has no cooldown meaning that you can trigger his passive multiple times on the same target.
A Longer combo is q w e r and that will trigger 2 rotations of your passive, usually enough to oneshot someone.
A more advanced combo for finishing off low health targets is to shoot a wide q and then using r right after. This will trigger one rotation of your passive and guarantee a kill if you manage to land your q.