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Vel'Koz Build Guide by Krisuchu

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[Patch 7.20 | Mid] The art of void. 74% winrate build.

Krisuchu Last updated on October 15, 2017
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About the author:


Hello there fellow summoners and welcome to my Vel'Koz guide! My name is Krisuchu and I'm a diamond player from EUNE. This is my first guide here and I wish you find it informative. I would appreciate it a lot if you give me some feedback and/or ask any guestions you may have.

Something about me:

  • I started playing LoL during May in S4.
  • Gold 3 on my first season in only a half season. I was really proud of myself (lol).
  • S5 I got to Plat 2, dropped to gold 1 after horrible and unlucky lose streak, got back to Plat 2 later until the end of season.
  • S6 I finally got to diamond V. There I lost my motivation to play anymore during that season mainly because I had spammed Vel'Koz over 80 games. I will never become onetrick and it was annoying to play so much same champion.

Check out my channel by clicking YouTube logo (or this link here)! I'm uploading some funny montages to show you guys how bronze-like things platinum and diamond players can do!

Here is my new "Elo Heaven - Diamond edition Ep. 2 video below:

Season 6 stats after reaching diamond:

Check out my current stats from here

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Why am I doing this guide?


Vel'Koz is one of the most underrated champions in league and it has always been. It has received many buffs this season (in S6 when I wrote this guide and they still stand) even though it was already really powerful champion. Regardless of those buffs people still seem to avoid playing Vel and I dont understand why. The purpose of this build is to make Vel'Koz more popular or atleast give some tips for those people who want to gain some free elo.

I will try to keep this guide as simple as possible to new players but also include some in-depth stuff for the more experienced ones. The main point to note will be my build anyway.

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Pros and Cons:



- No escapes
- Only skillshots --> high skill cap
- Countered hard by mobile champions

- Countered hard by Crowd Control


+ Insane mixed damage (magic + true)
+ Lots of Crowd Control built in kit
+ Ultimate is one of the most powerful damaging abilities in the game
+ Rarely played --> hard to play against

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Abilities and how to use them:


____Passive Organic Deconstruction

___.As Vel'Koz you should always play around your passive. Hitting enemies 3 times with ___.abilities does a lot of damage. If you ever felt you dont do much damage as Vel'Koz probably didnt use your passive damage. Passive scales with 50% of your ability ____________.power. That's why I always build as much ability power as possible and ignore magic ____________.penetration unless enemies are stacking it a lot.

____Q Plasma Fission

___.Pick this ability at level 1 and use it to last hit minions if you are going to miss them ___.between your auto attacks. You can use this ability to poke on lane. Best way to ___.poke is by pressing Q again to split it into 2 projectiles a bit before it reaches it's ____________.maximum range. Enemies usually dont expect that and get hit by it.

____W Void Rift

___.Your waveclear ability. Max this first. When you have maxed it you can clear waves ___.faster than anyone. Press W,Q and melee minions are dead and then throw your
___.E Tectonic Disruption to caster minions and the wave is gone. You can also
____________.use W,Q two times if you feel unsafe to go to use your E Tectonic Disruption as will be pretty close to enemy midlaner.

____________.When fighting always use W first because it has no cast time.
____________.For example W,Q or W,E is a faster combo than Q,W or E,W but works the same way.

____E Tectonic Disruption

___.Use this ability to save yourself from trouble by knocking enemies back. Be careful ___.when using it to farm because you will be very vulnerable to ganks and engages. ___.This is your only ability on lane that can save you but it is really good at it.

____R Life Form Disintegration Ray

___.Use this ability when you need to finish an enemy. Try to apply your passive
___.before using Life Form Disintegration Ray because you will do true damage to ___.researched enemies (enemies that have taken damage from your passive). If you ____________.have applied your passive and enemy has less than 50% health left dont save your ____________.ultimate. You will kill your enemy or atleast burn some summoners.

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Runes & Masteries


Against AD mid:

X9 ___ Greater Mark of Magic Penetration Most valuable marks you can get.

X9 ___ Greater Seal of Armor Against AD mid.

X6___ Greater Glyph of Scaling Cooldown Reduction Against AD mid you dont
________ need Magic Resist.

X3 ___ Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist You dont need more CDR. Extra magic
________ resist is useful against other enemies as enemy team should have atleast one
________.AP champion.

X9___ Greater Quintessence of Ability Power Most valuable Quints you can get.

Against AP mid:

X9 ___ Greater Mark of Magic Penetration Most valuable marks you can get.

X9 ___ Greater Seal of Scaling Health To survive better you want to have more hp.

X9 ___ Greater Glyph of Magic Resist Against AP mid you need magic resist

X9___ Greater Quintessence of Ability Power Most valuable Quints you can get.

Sorcery More damage. You dont need attack speed.

Fresh Blood A bit more damage. You have to remember to use basic attacks during early game trades.

Feast If you think you will get harassed a lot on lane you can pick this one to get some extra sustain.

Natural Talent More Ability Power = more damage.

Bounty Hunter A bit extra damage. You dont want to take extra damage from Double Edged Sword .

Masteries to avoid:

Deathfire Touch You aren't spamming abilities nor poking. You want to burst and Thunderlord's Decree is what you should pick.

Savagery Farming with basic attacks will be a lot easier with this mastery.

Secret Stash Turns your Health Potion into Total Biscuit of Rejuvenation which heals more. Makes your early game more safe.

Merciless More damage is all we want.

Dangerous Game This mastery will save your life countless times. Extra 50hp can make the difference between life and death after a duel when ignite is still ticking.

Intelligence More CDR = more abilities used = more damage. Precision isn't a bad choise but I prefer having my abilities up as often as possible. Vel'Koz is the only champion I use Intelligence over Precision .

Thunderlord's Decree Best Keystone Mastery hands down. Gives you nice extra burst when you damage enemies 3 times in a short time.

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Summoner Spells:


Summoner Spells I always take:


____Best summoner spell in game. Pick it always.


___ You need something to protect you and barrier is the best spell you can pick. It you stronger protection than Heal. Also heal is countered by Ignite ___.and many midlaners are using it. Not to mention most midlaners build ____________. Morellonomicon as a first item and after that your heal is a lot weaker. You need to ____________.time your barrier to bait enemies to think you will die or to block their burst to get the ____________.full effectiveness from it's protection.

Summoner spells I don't take:


___Not a bad option but you really need that extra survivability. With Teleport you ___could roam bot or top but you can already roam wherever you want as you can clear ___minion waves in one second at the point you want to start roaming.


___Mentioned earlier in Barrier section.


___You should never be in range to cast ignite. Just dont take it, you need the extra ___survivability. There is enough damage in your kit already.
___ Life Form Disintegration Ray is way better than Ignite to execute enemies.

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This is the most important part of this guide and the main reason I have 74% winrate in ranked.
I always see Vel'Koz players building something like this:

53%? Well thats pretty high winrate actually but not even close to my winrate. And keep in mind these statistics are from platinum and above. Seeing these kind of builds makes me a bit sad but also tells me that people dont know what they should build. That's why I am here.

My core build:

____ ____ ____

These are the items I always buy every game. But why those items in that order?

Youtuber LoLHounds made a great video about best Vel'Koz in the world and his build is suprisingly similiar to my guide. Here is the video:

____Ionian Boots of Lucidity:

___.You dont need Sorcerer's Shoes Because magic pen isn't that valuable in my ___.opinion. I rate lowering the cooldowns of your defensive summoners higher than ___.having extra 15 magic pen.


___.You need mana regen and CDR. This item also gives you healing reduction against ___.champions below 40% hp. I usually get this as a first completed item and upgrade my after that.

____Rylai's Crystal Scepter:

___.This is the secret weapon of this build. Usually people think you dont need this ___.because your Q Plasma Fission has a 70% slow and your E Tectonic Disruption a knockback. So you have enough escaping tools right? No you dont. Those ____________.abilities can save you but they are also unreliable as they are easy to miss and
____________.Q Plasma Fission only hits the first enemy. By giving an area of effect slow to your ____________.W Void Rift you have a reliable escaping tool. Void Rift has no cast time so you ____________.don't need to stop moving when using it. It is also really easy to hit and you can ____________.follow with your Plasma Fission and Tectonic Disruption if needed. Now you ____________.have three basic abilities that all slow down enemies and always one of them is up. ____________.Only assassins can reach you now. In patch 6.24 Rylai's got nerfed and it gives you ____________.only 20% slow, less AP and less HP but is also a lot cheaper. I still prefer this item ____________.over something else. Now you can get the survivability a lot faster. Keep in mind that cant rely as much on the slowing ability of this item because it is halved. It will ____________.still save you but not as often

____Rabadon's Deathcap:

___.Every AP carry should get this item at some point of the game. It gives you huge ___.power spike and hundreds of extra AP.

Situational items:

____ ____ ____ ____

I always pick two of these items. But what are the two items I should pick and when?

____Banshee's Veil:

___.If you are against a high burst mage and/or a lot of CC especially stuns
___. Banshee's Veil can now be really good item for you. It's passive blocks the next
___.enemy ability and can save your life. The reason why this item is really good against
____________.stuns specifically is because you can't use anything when you get stunned and
____________.getting stunned is the worst thing that can happen for you as Vel'Koz.
____________. Banshee's Veil is pretty unreliable because you can lose the passive really easily
____________.and it is really situational but never really a bad item. Choise is yours. Just keep in
____________.mind that if enemy uses something to proc the passive and still has the CC ability you
____________.are screwed. Usually against roots I would prefer Zhonya's Hourglass.

____Zhonya's Hourglass:

___.This item is really good if you want something defensive and I prefer it over
___. Banshee's Veil most of the time. You get Zhonya's Hourglass to dodge damage.
___. Zhonya's Hourglass is better against roots than Banshee's Veil because during
____________.roots you can attack and use items' actives. Zhonya's Hourglass is more reliable
____________.against roots than stuns because you can use it during a root but not during a stun.
____________.I still recommend to get Zhonya's Hourglass against some champions such as
____________. Syndra. Yes she can't stun you if you have Banshee's Veil but a big chunk of her
____________.damage comes from her ultimate that would not get blocked and you would most
____________.likely die. You can take the stun and dodge her ult damage instead and survive. Thats
____________.why you get Zhonya's Hourglass most of the time.

____Luden's Echo:

___.If all you want is more damage this is the right choise. It adds extra 100-200 ___.damage to your burst and a lot of ability power. Luden's Echo also gives you extra ___.movement speed which helps you staying alive.

____Void Staff:

___ Get this item if enemies are stacking a lot magic resist. The more magic resist ___.enemies have the more valuable this item will be. You dont need Void Staff if ___.enemy midlaner has Abyssal Mask, you need it against tanks.

____Liandry's Torment:

___ I rarely build this item but I get it if enemies are stacking a lot of hp but not magic ___.resist. Liandry's Torment passive burns 4% (normally 2% but because all of your ___.abilities apply slow with Rylai's Crystal Scepter it is doubled) of enemy's current as magic damage per seconds, last 3 seconds (total of 12% current health. ____________. Liandry's Torment can be effective when enemies are stacking items that give
____________.HP + Armor as there is only hp against you.

Example full build:

Highest damage against any comp:

____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____

Against assassin:

____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____

Against assassin and tanks:

____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____

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Early game:

Early game you want to focus on farming and poking your opponent. At level 6 you can start thinking if you can score a kill with your ultimate. You want to push lane fast and start roaming once you have enough damage to clear a wave instantly.

Against AP matchups you want to follow the core part of the build and add two situational items. You dont need to force plays, only farm in safe and try to make plays when you see an opportunity. Try to keep track on enemy jungler so you know when you can play more aggressively and when to stay safe.

If you are against an AD assassin ( Zed) you start with 2x Doran's Ring to get manaregen that you miss by skipping Lost Chapter and start building
Zhonya's Hourglass as a first item. Now you are using the "Against AD mid" runepage so you get 10% CDR from runes. That's why you build Sorcerer's Shoes now. Your CDR will cap (Runes + Morellonomicon + Zhonya's Hourglass) anyway so you dont want to waste money to extra CDR. After finishing zhonyas you want to get Rylai's Crystal Scepter and Morellonomicon.

If the enemy team has an AP mid but they still have an assassin, you build as normally but get Zhonya's Hourglass at any point of the game you feel like you need it to survive from that assassin. I recommend getting it after Rylai's Crystal Scepter.

Mid game

Mid game you want to keep roaming and start taking objectives. In teamfights you want to hit as many enemies as possible with your w,q and use your ultimate instantly to burst enemies down. Make sure you have enough distance to stay safe while burning them with your laser. Save your
E Tectonic Disruption always to knock back anyone who gets too close to you.

Late game

Late game you want to get enemy inhibitors down. Best way to do this is killing baron nashor and pushing with empowered minions. Always make sure you have baron warded. Losing a baron can lead to losing the game. In teamfights you have to stay alive and keep dealing damage. Try to use your ultimate to enemy backline if they have lost some hp as your ultimate deal so much damage that they have to leave fight instantly or in best case they will die. It is also worth to use your ultimate on one person to secure a kill and fight 5 vs 4 after that.

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Thanks for reading!

Thank you for reading my guide on how I play Vel'Koz. I wish you enjoyed and learned something about the champion and how to play him. This was my very first guide so I would appreciate if you leave a vote if you liked it. Also leave a comment if you have any questions and I will try give you a good explanation.