Vi Build Guide by RyDoesVi
RyDoesVi's DIAMOND Vi Guide (Jungle) - Season 11 Patch 11.15
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Runes: Runes (Standard)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Ability Order Skill Order (Standard)
Threats & Synergies
Hello, my name is Ryan and I live in Phoenix, Arizona. I often go by either Ry or RyDoesVi and and am currently ranked diamond. I've mained Vi jungle since Season 7 and have been Diamond since season 9. o far I've peaked at Diamond 1 during Season 11 and was at one point ranked 2nd best at playing Vi in North America. I'm currently pursuing higher ranks and hope to develop a better understanding of the game.
Vi is one of the easiest junglers in the game to pilot and has an extremely healthy and forgiving clear. She is a lot of fun to play and can fit well into most team comps.
Extreme Build Diversity
Only 3 Abilities
Point and Click Ult
Percent Health Damage/Armor Shred
Early Dragon Securing
Extremely Reliant on Landing Q
Low Attack Range
Can be Easily Kited
While in the loading screen it's very important to consider what lanes would be best to prioritize ganking. Some things to take into consideration are how easily a gank can be set up by your laner, and what the enemy laner has in their kit to either evade those ganks or outduel you. This decision will help you decide with which buff you want to start. You want to start at the buff that is opposite the side of the map you want to gank. Once you spawn, a common practice amongst junglers is to start the yellow Stealth Ward trinket and place it in the small bush in the river. You should then recall immediately and purchase the red Oracle Lens trinket. This will allow you to benefit from the vision of the ward placed, while simultaneously benefiting from the significantly shorter cooldown of the Oracle Lens which will allow you to deny enemy vision.
There are a variety of clear paths that can be taken for your first clear as Vi. Clearing 4-5 camps and being present for the scuttle crab spawn is the most common path but keep in mind to consider if the two nearest lanes have priority to help with securing the scuttle crab if needed. Pay close attention to if either the enemy top or bot lane show up to lane a few seconds late or with missing mana. This will indicate they helped leash their jungler and from that you can infer which side they are pathing toward as well as the scuttle crab they will be contesting. Keep in mind you can always concede the scuttle crab you initially planned on contesting if lane priority didn't pan out as expected. To ensure you aren't at a gold/experience deficit, simply secure the opposite scuttle crab. Other observations that should be made early on include mentally noting which buffs a jungler has when they gank, and how much CS they have when appearing in vision. Each jungle camp provides +4 to your creep score (CS) and this can be used to determine how many camps they have cleared so far. If you suspect there may be an early skirmish in the lane you are pathing toward, you can gain a head start (and a numbers advantage) by doing Blue, Gromp, Red, or Red, Blue, Gromp. This clear will give you level 3, allow time to participate in a skirmish, then make it in time for scuttle crab spawn at 3:15.
During the middle stages of the game it's generally more important to focus ganking lanes that are ahead already. This can further their lead, and help unsure you get a lead as well. It's also important to consider how well your laners scale. You don't want to invest all of your time and resources into a champion that doesn't scale well because if the game goes late you'll have to rely on another win condition. If there isn't a clear winning lane, you may want to prioritize helping the laner that scales best to help ensure a victory as time goes on. This is extremely applicable to laners such as Kassadin, Kayle, or Nasus.