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Darius Build Guide by Mouadyam
[PRESEASON 9] [PLATINUM] The guide to toplane dominationBy Mouadyam | Updated on December 29, 2018
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Runes: Usual runes
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
Ability Order Spell sequency
Threats & Synergies
skill matchup mostly, avoid his Q's, especially the 3rd one, and try to get a kill before he hits 6 since he's gonna be hard to dunk then
start dorans shield, be wary of her Q's and punish her if she comes too close
you can cancel her E dash with your E, try to out trade her with that and be wary of her true damage, try to punish her if she comes too close and ghost if you think its gonna be a long trade so she doesnt get away, lookout for enemy jungler location as she can lock you down easily with her E ult combo
you obviously read this guide so you have the upper hand UwU
Easy matchup, he has no way to run away so just kill him early and take an early executioner's calling, bully him early game and he should be useless for the remainder of the game
should be easy, just dont E when she ripostes, take short trades and dodge her w so she doesnt lower your attack speed
easy lane, pull him in if he comes too close, and hold on to your W until he uses his W, then slow him, dont give him free grasp procs
easy lane, dont get Q poked early, punish him if he goes for cs and take longer trades, careful if he has your ult mark on yo uas he can kill you quickly with it
dodge his barrels, save your e for when he uses his, dont get ulted into his tower
boring lane, you will die if you try to kill him inside of his towers so just farm boringly and abide by this veery fun champion's rules, kill the little furry if he gets too close though, an early spectre's cowbl can help with his poke.
dodge the tentacles, kill her tentacles whenever you can and dont get E'd into her minion wave, if you are ahead give her false hope by backing off when she E's you then go back in and beat her up, careful for her ult, back off until it finishes. she has mana problems so waiting until shes oom is a good idea.
easy matchup early game, but don't underestimate her damage later on, all in her level 2 / 3 , and if you have a lead press it before she outscales you
not too many jarvans toplane lately but if there is one for some reason its mostly easy, save youe for when he tries to dash and you should most likely out trade him every time, careful for his early passive and q damage though.
bad matchup, take dorans shield and farm and avoid poke, your best chance at killing him is when he is mega, ghost is a must take here, cancel his dash with your E
skill matchup, although you have the upper hand early on, go ham if his E is on cd and cancel his jump with your E
bad lane, he has powerful short trades which are not good for you, try to punish him if he comes too close and build a dorans shield to absorb his poke, with some early armor
no escapes, still ranged though, dorans shield for his poke and pull him if he comes too close, he either flashes or dies. your e cancels his ult
easy early on, but gets harder because of the fact that she's ranged and that her R has a very short cooldown, kill her early and snowball your lead to other lanes to end fast, she outscales you hard, adaptive helm is a good buy here.
one of the few counterpicks, he's ranged and has cc which is terrible, dont get kited like an idiot, buy mercs and spectre's cowl for his poke, ask your jungler for help and take phase rush and ghost with legend tenacity or unflinching.
not too hard but not easy either, go for longer trades if he goes in like a fool, dont ult him before he unmounts, save it until you kill skaarl. some early armor / tabi can go long ways
you excell vs tanks, and this one is immobile pre 6, easy matchup, just dont get bursted at 6 as his r has high base damage
another tank to dunk, just be careful as he can lock you down for a jungle gank, easy lane overall
start dorans shield, dont let him get free poke off of you, all inning him should be easy as he has no escapes, fighting him outside of a minion wave is ideal, just be careful for his R + ignite combo, and his healing. an executioner's calling is a good buy
you're his counter, no escapes, no lane presence, just dominate him early and dont let him stack
careful for his level 6, he cant be cc'ed then, try to kill him before that for a lead, and dont underestimate his damage. dont get poked and go aggressive early before he becomes a monster.
fairly easy, cancel his E dash with your E. he has quite a bit of base damage so don't be surprised into dying by that, otherwise you should dominate just fine.
hard matchup, ideal way to win is to wait for him to go oom early, or just farm safely until 6 and dunk him then since he has no "while fighting" ultimate, some early armor is helpful and start dorans shield.
easy lane, punish her if she goes for cs, dont get poked freely by her Q.
I hate this champion so much, if you pull her in she pushes you back, her kiting, her blind, overall cancer. your best bet at winning this is surviving her poke until 6 (DONT DIE TO HER IGNITE + ELECTROCUTE BURST EARLY ON), dont be impatient to kill her early as she will kill u inside her minion wave. build early armor and run her down later with ghost and your dunk.
careful for his short trades with his dash, again those are your weakness. save your e to bring him back after his second dash, and take some early armor, try to kill him level 2 / 3, and dont underestimate his damage later on.
annoying but fairly easy, dont take shit from him jumping all over the place, just run him down if he gets careless with those, and be careful of his burst damage when his ferocity gauge is full.
you can cancel her 3rd Q with your E, avoid short trades, use ghost to stick to her so she doesnt run away, careful for her burst, early armor is helpful.
no escapes, should be fine, just dont get poked to death with his Q, use your ghost when you're going for an all in as he can slow you, and start with a dorans shield.
easy lane, no tips needed here just run him down if he gets too close, you should win every trade, but be careful so he doesnt outrade you with his shroud that blocks autos, pull him out of it or use your Q when he does
not a very good matchup, but you can win very easy early on, coordinate an early gank with your jungler because if he dies he'll become irrelevant for a long time,kill him early before he becomes obnoxious.
easy matchup, pull him to cancel his Q, you outdamage him at every rank of the game, be sure not to be trolled and let him bleed to death as he can absorb it with his shield
very easy matchup, dodge his Q and just run him down, careful for his high R damage.
not very easy, grab a dorans shield to start with, avoid poke. if he comes up too close early then pull and he's free food, otherwise if he plays smart until 6 then he gets harder to kill, grab some MR and try to dunk him in all ins past 6 before he explodes, as he will heal through the damage otherwise.
surprisingly annoying matchup, especially early on, avoid him until you have your R and, for the love of god, dont ult him while he has his shield on (did it too many times). careful when he has full stacks on you as his W base damage is fairly high.
survive the early poke, dont try to fight him unless you can clearly kill, otherwise the poison and his auto's while you're running will kill you. grab an oracle's lens on your first or second back, and a spectre's cowl. ghost and run him down if he does something stupid, and a jungle gank can be very helpful as he is immobile.
probably the only bruiser who can outduel you, do fast combos (E , auto , W,; Q) until you're confident enough you can dunk, tabis are a must buy.
easy early on, just will be unfortunate if he gets a lot of early lucky crits. save your R lv 6 until his runs out, and try to kill him early as a tryndamere that is behind is very irrelevant. get a tabi to make things easier.
oddly hard matchup, go for an all in early on, dont die stupidly in lane, if he gets ahead you're screwed, don't underestimate his damage.
a good urgot player will give you hell, build early armor, dont get poked for free, call your jungler for help, dodge his ultimate and E and kill him if he does anything stupid like E'ing into your minion wave. if the urgot is bad you can just pull and kill him. but be careful, his passive is also busted so care for that.
not too hard, just care for his W burst and his passive healing, he's fairly dangerous early, just keep on being healthy with your Q and the dunk is yours.
easy matchup, when he decoys you can see where he goes thanks to your bleed, you'll see a blue shadow of his position. just punish him when he goes for cs.
easy matchup, punish him when he goes for cs, and dont E thin air, wait for him to stop dashing around to use it.
Yup, Yorick is extreme, his ghouls are annoying as they cant be killed with one q, you have to manually auto them, and his wall denies you from getting the long trades you want. try to kill him early as he will probs just have a corrupting pot, and if you roam dont take too long as he will be at your damn inhib by then. play it slow and smart and you'll evenetually prevail, dont rush and die to minions and ghouls like an idiot.
im gonna add here the best champions that go along with darius, zilean is great because of the revive and allowing you to dive into their backling safely
bard is nice to stop them from running, just hope hes actually good and doesnt do something INTeresting
having ivern jungle on your team as darius is pretty nice, the shield and the ability to dash to opponents really helps out
allowing you to upgrade your tri force or cleaver is nice
rammus jungle is very good to be on your team, as he can get you a target you can dunk and get your passive off
getting u dunk targets
Champion Build Guide
Here you have a guide for Darius, a toplaner who can be very scary when played well, I hope this guide comes in handy for you.
Your autos and spells put a stack of hemmorhage on your opponent, making them bleed for extra damage, this is what makes Darius such a lane bully, as you can outtrade almost anyone with this, and, at full stacks (5) you get a massive AD bonus, that makes it from about 3 long swords worth of damage to 4 BF Swords.
Q - Decimate : Darius's Q helps you sustain in lane, hit multiple targets, clear waves, harass ... use this at the beginning and the end of an all in to get the upper hand, you can also hold on to it until you're fairly low to surprise your opponent with a big heal. the radius needs a getting used to in order to land the outer part every time but it's not too difficult to learn.
W - Crippling Strike : use this to reset your auto attack timer, and to keep your opponents close to you, you can also use this to safely CS as it refunds the mana cost and half the CD on a kill.
E - Apprehend : your gap closer, use this wisely, don't just throw it whenever you can. this spell helps you engage and keep enemies next to you so you dont get kited, you can also use this to cancel dashes and channels.
R - Noxian Guillotine : T H E D U N C C, true damage, which makes Darius the perfect pick VS tanks, the damage goes from about 300 at rank one to 1100 true damage at level 16 (yes 1100 true damage). don't use this at the beginning of a fight, use this as a finisher or when your opponents has 5 stacks on them and you want to hit them with some heavy damage. dont ever use this on a full HP target or fairly healthy target with no stacks, because it will tickle.
Freeze the lane most of the time next to your turret, solo kills are fairly easy to get.
when you win your lane, roam into the midlane or ward the enemy jungle or look for a kill there too, dont just stay top all of the time, get impact all over the map.
in teamfights focus one target to get your noxian might from them, then its pretty self explanatory : dunk anyone in your way. you can also dunk low HP targets then get on with the rest of their weaklings.
In the late game, you can be a peel for your carries, or a carry deleter yourself, play as how your team needs you, and push to victory.