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Lethal Tempo Varus for Season 8

remotenightowl Last updated on January 18, 2018
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Cheat Sheet

Varus Build

LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Lethal Tempo
Lethal Tempo
LoL Rune: Triumph
LoL Rune: Legend: Alacrity
Legend: Alacrity
LoL Rune: Cut Down
Cut Down

LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Taste of Blood
Taste of Blood
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection

+9% attack speed and +9 ability power or +5 attack damage, adaptive

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Ability Sequence

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

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Well hello! Welcome yet again to another guide by yours truly! Today we are looking at ADC Varus with a focus on Lethal Tempo. As a mid range ADC Varus is pretty easy to pick up and was actually the first ADC I picked up in Season 3. Packing a hard punch with some sniping ability as well, Varus is a formidable ADC to deal with and definitely can turn the tides of a game with a good ultimate. With all guides remember that this is simply a resource for you to learn from and that it is up to you, the player, to ultimately execute with Varus his potential. As always there is a YouTube guide below as well as an Advanced League Tips guide to show you how to use Varus's Ultimate. I hope you enjoy summoner!

YouTube Guide: Coming Soon!

Advanced Varus Tips:

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- Attack Speed

- Since your playing with Lethal Tempo, 5 of your 6 items will be Attack Speed items. In order your going to have Berserker's Greaves, Blade of the Ruined King, Guinsoo's Rageblade, Runaan's Hurricane, and Phantom Dancer. Phantom Dancer will be built for surivability due to the 12% damage reduction it grants.

- Damage

- So because of the focus on Attack Speed, your damage is going to be primarily on-hit. Here you are going to have Blade of the Ruined King for percentage health damage, and Guinsoo's Rageblade for hybrid damage as well as the passive double on hit damage every other auto attack. For your last item you will build your Last Whisper item situationaly for either more damage or to inflict grievous wounds.

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Build Order

- So this is pretty straight forward. Simply build the Varus as you see the build with your Last Whisper being built last. If you need to swap out that item for Guardian Angel if you feel it's needed.

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So for standard runes your Keystone is going to be Lethal Tempo. After this you will run Triumph for gold and health regeneration, Legend: Alacrity for even more attack speed, and finally Cut Down for Tank Busting. For you secondary tree you will run Taste of Blood for extra healing, and for Eyeball Collection for extra damage. Remember these runes are standard so you can experiment and see what else works for you.

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Leveling Abilities

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

- Do this every game, period. Basically you max Piercing Arrow first for sniping potential and heavy poke damage. Then Max Blighted Quiver second because its free damage and the mid game power spike with the percent max HP damage helps with Chain of Corruption synergy. Max Hail of Arrows last and as always, Chain of Corruption at 6, 11, and 16.

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Ability Combos

AAx3 -> Hail of Arrows -> AAx3 -> Piercing Arrow

- This is your Primary Damage combo. Remember that your Blighted Quiver stacks max at 3 on an enemy so try and get them to 3 before using an ability to pop them. Otherwise auto attack when you can and when trading use your abilities to get off the Blighted Quiver stacks that you can. This combo only represents the ideal trade.

- Other than the combo seen above please use the Advanced League Tips video I provided for using Varus's Chain of Corruption

*AA = auto attack

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Pros / Cons

- Pros

- High Damage, both Burst and Sustain
- Blighted Quiver Stacks deal Percent Max HP damage
- Chain of Corruption can lock down an entire team for 2 seconds per person
- Sniping capabilities with Piercing Arrow

- Cons

- Low mobility
- Lacks lots of damage when behind
- Can get poked easily
- Relies heavily on positioning

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So as the ADC you need a good peel capable team. Supports that go good with Varus are Zyra, Thresh, and Karma. Try and have your support play these champs if they know how to. When it comes to a team focus, you team NEEDS to keep you protected, so make it clear in chat that you need peel and protection if they don't seem to be playing around that. Now with team fights, your Chain of Corruption is a great engage tool as well as an unexpected lock down that can tilt enemies, so landing it is necessary. If landed in close quarters it will spread to the other enemies and lock them down for great team fights and setups.

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So in conclusion, Varus is a great ADC that hits hard and can really do some serious damage. I again want to re-hash the fact that this guide is meant to supplement you with the information needed to play Varus, and that it is ultimately up to you, the player, to execute at the best of your abilities. Well I hope you enjoyed this guide and learned something new today about how to play Varus. See you soon on the Rift Summoner, Cheers!