S12 XYZ RANK 1 DARIUS GUIDE
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Runes: Usual Runes
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Ability Order usual max path
Threats & Synergies
5 because u can kill her in lane BUT 2 items she is basicly fullbuild, u can not match her sidelane anymore and yeah as soon as she gets shieldbow rageblade its basicly GG
wins lane usually, can take ignite without not having flash is much more useful from behind has always impact in teamfigths after 2 items (Divine & Deaths Dance)
if she doesnt use her W or any ability and if she plays with flash u will never ever have a chance to kill her, she always has kill potential if she has ignite and her spells up doesnt matter how far behind its just not playable
ure only allowed to use ur E after u have 1-2 passive stacks on him
match the hullbreaker play only side 2nd item
she outscales but u win lane 100%
u need to play alot arround ur bushes (fog of war)
easiest matchup alive
mundo is pretty good against darius but u just outscale at a certain point
its a skillmatchup try to keep ur E till u are in R execute range so u can E R most fiora players wont be able to react to it
if the gp player is good he can always stay on range, he outscales he can impact the map at 6 while u cant and overall he has a pretty solid laning phase against u
easiest matchup, only thing u have to be worried about is if he cheeses with ignite lvl 1 he can get u dirty
laning phase can be a bit tough against good gnar players (known gnar players for example ppl with a lot of exp on that champ since they can outspace u rly easy)
If the gragas player is good (M+) he plays phase rush and the worst part about gragas is his teamfight as well and his scaling, he is pretty good champion into darius overall and provides really good teamfighting
Graves matchup is fav for darius but he cant play perma sidelane at a certain point it he is rly safe on sidelane bec of his dashes
Gwen is a skillmatchup if she manages to dodge 1 Q in the trade u might as well just head out and take the worse trade since she can play ignite and u most likely cant if u play ignite ure flashless so theres that
this matchup is lowkey unplayable, u can only all in if he used his E before 6 when he uses his E and he is 6 there is most likely no all in potential possible since he can just kite arround his turrets
if u can dodge E u win every all in, if u cant dodge her E dont even try to trade, she can play ignite u can match ghost ignite u really need ignite in that kind of matchup yeah
skillmatchup def. winnable as darius u need to rush bramble tho and plated steelcaps. u need to try to avoid her when she has full passive tho, sometimes if she all ins u its worth to flash the E/R
skillmatchup as well, u can get cheesed lvl 1/2/3 u always need to try to press E after he presses Q on u rly good here is if u step up to wave press W into Q (w cancel animation) he will most likely press E after the entire combo and u get a free trade + free E without using ur E
skillmatchup(but a lil jayce fav), after he transforms into ranged,melee u have a small all in angle, most jayce players play phase rush tho which can be rly furstrating in & out laning phase so try to take a trade with jayce so he loses phase rush and then u can look for all in as well try to get 2-3 stacks before u use Q or E rly important, so u can use ur E if he knocks u away
easy laning phase, dont use ur E if u dont 1-2 stacks bec the trade will most likey not be worth it pre 6 due to heavy mana cost. later on u have to watch out in teamfights that u know where kayle is and that she cant R the target ure wanting to execute. (2 items kayle rly strong) lvl 1 can be cheesy tho bec most kayle players play lethal tempo so if ure looking forward to face her lvl1 make sure to go for the W cheese
kennen fav. good kennen players will make use of their ranged advantage & spacing potential. here second wind into dorans shield really op try to not lose too much cs and as soon as u see that he uses his E for last hits or what so ever u can look for an ghost into AA into W into AA into E into Q all in for example
darius fav. as a darius u have to watch out for the hookshot thingy u most likely lose every trade u get hit by it so try to avoid it or force it with like stepping up to last hit but dont actually last hit so u can sorta dodge it
Darius fav. matchup what u need to know about those kind of matchups is that u need to get 1-2 passive stacks before using MAJOR abilities (E & Q) work a lot with fog of war and the bushes. Hexdrinker rush if double ap matchup (top & jg)
its darius fav but a good malph takes comet stays on range gets u poked a lot lvl 1-5 and can get pressure early lvl if u troll it so be aware of his pots and ur trading so u dont lose prio use E as late as possible in a trade
easist matchup for darius
in my opinion heavily mordekaiser fav since he can rush bramble and tabi and still has a lot of dmg what u need to do in that matchup is that u role in that juicy ghost ignite and u need to try to avoid the Q's otherwise it might get nasty
only a bit harder if the nasus goes E first and plays kind of E max playstyle for wave push etc, otherwise its a really simple & easy matchup try to always walk up with Ghost + AA + WW + AA into Q into AA if he withers u u E after GHOST AA + WW + AA and u should be good to go
onhit & ap neeko both is rly annoying since she can stay on a lot of range she provides many good CC tools for teamfights to deny u and her R is a big ass lockdown CC with an good shield so u might as well fail ur reset on it if ure not paying attention, same as with all ranged matchups play with fog of war and try to not get beaten too hard in lane (cs wise)
u need to match ghost ignite, if not u need to rush bramble insta or exec depends on enemy comp. try to E him before he uses R since otherwise ur E wont have a usage u need to kite him and try to predict when&where he throws his axes
Skillmatchup, in my opinion lanewise ornn fav. till 1-5 after 1-5 at 6 darius wins always keep in my mind he has a lot of good poking tools and he will most likely pressure u when it comes to csing, keep ur E when u trade so u can either cancel his E or u can catch up with ghost into E u can E ornn as well when he is ulting so u can cancel his R
early g ame panth fav, later stages good for darius he still has the E tool to deny passive/R MAJOR mechanic is if u try to cancel his W with ur E, in lane rly important to use ur E as late as possible or as a cancel for his W
she can bully in lane, she wins short trades hard as well u need to try to deny her passive thing u need to step on it so that it disappears, u can cancel her R with ur E try to not stay close to walls in lane
basicly unplayable matchup, she bullys you the entire lane she wins trades due to pta/ignite and later one she still has good potential to keep u down, what u can to is ur can cancel her dash, quick sidefact as well is if u hook her and u instant walk behind her not AA not W not Q not anything in lane just E into walk behind her so if she E's she bounces back towards ur turret. play with fog of war and with bushes rly important to not take too much dmg in lane
pretty easy, dont disrespect lvl1-3 if he has ignite/PTA try to keep ur E for a quick E Q combo in a longer trade so u get 100% Q heal off
since rengar can play defensive first tree and ignite he can play alot arround bushes & lane prio, he wins short and long trades due to his W
if she plays ignite sorc there is basicly not a single time u can step up till lvl 11 if the riven player is actually really good for example high elo riven players like ryuven/built incase u find a way to all in, keep ur E for her third Q so u dont get chain CC'd
this matchup is only playable if u rush hexdrinker take mr runes second wind d shield and if u get a trade where he used one of his main abilities and if he is not overheated.
darius fav, after 6 easiest lane of ur life before too just watch out dont get poked too much by his W and dont get outsustained by his (if he buys it) corrupting pot keep ur E as well as late as possible so u can hook back if he dashes start trade with ghost AA + WW
Skillmatchup, u need to try to kite with ghost and maybe if there is an angle E into R if its kinda execute Range so he cant react with W
Good Shen players can win it with grasp ignite, some shen players play grasp TP and just play for team u can rush hullbreaker and just go turbo, take demolish as well for SUPER sidelane
Major if she plays PTA blade, even if she doesnt play those runes/items. theres not a lot u can do try to avoid her E early game and u should be good to go, if u have an slight advantage u 100% win lvl 11
cant really lane against u but is a bit annoying if he is proxying u save ur E till he flips u
easiest matchup for darius by far, try to not take too many bad trades lvl 1/2 but u can still look for all in or even cheese lvl 1 in first bush, if u want to show rly much dominance u can go divine hullbreaker so he cant even play the inting sion strat
can be rly annoying can stay on range, u need to watch out that he doesnt grab u and fullcombos u (does a lot of dmg & gives him passive)
Major since his early and 6 is rly good u can not walk up if ur wave crashes, save ur E for his W so u can cancel it and yeah watch out if he is playing ignite, he has a lot of dmg even tho it doesnt look like it since he is in the tank category
prob one of the best PTA blade champs against darius, this matchup is so hard u wont believe me if i say so, if he loses lane as soon as he hits 2 items (blade & hullbreaker or blade and divine or even all of those 3) u will never ever be able to contest him doesnt matter if ure 8/0 or 0/8 that guy will ruin ur life with those items and ignite, so just dodge it honestly bec he is usefull from behind as well
tryn fav. he outsustains he wins shorter trades and overall has a rly good kit against darius rly mobile and has an R to deny ur reset really important u need to keep ur E in trades till he presses E so u can catch up after W slow
u only have to watch out for his E in that matchup, overall really easy matchup for darius as already mentioned in previous matchups keep ur E as long as u can
a really good teemo player can make u suffer really bad and wont be able to apply stacks, he will rush boots and play PTA/aery play a lot with fog of war and the bushes try to save ur E as well as long as possible but not really needed if u just want trades
against a good vayne player u wont stand a chance, they will permanently zone u and poke u whenever they can. Dorans shield and second wind really needed her if she uses her Q u can all in tho till 6 try to walk up dont use ur E press W first so she is slowed and u 100% catch up
really hard matchup too if he plays phaserush and matches ghost, otherwise try to keep ur E till he pools. this is one of the matchups u can match with ghost ignite too really effective
i think voli isnt the easiest matchup since he can pressure u really bad with his passive (he perma pushes u) he wints trade with full stacked passive perma and he can go mix built ap&ad for example Riftmaker into nashors into steraks.
Skillmatchup, watch out if he plays barrier match with ghost ignite try to keep ur E as well as long as possible really effective here, MAJOR MECHANIC predict when he trys to R u so u cast ur E before he R's and u cancel his R withtit (major)
really hard matchup, wukong fav. as soon as he uses 1/2abilite/s for cs u can look for an all in try to save ur E as long as u can and be patient about ur R so u dont R the clone
watch out lvl 1 lethal tempo ignite could get u killed, otherwise this matchup is the free'st matchup. keep ur E till he throws nado cast E before he throws nado so u cast it before u knocked up other then that thats about it dont R into the windshield R passive thing yeah and if u E when ure knocked up he cant R since he is pulled as well
be patient about his 2nd Q try to W him before he Q's other then that its pretty simple matchup rly easy
not faceable 1v1 besides if u dodge his E or if he uses his skills on wave, ghost ignite really important here try to match hullbreaker otherwise he will break side even from behind AA + W
Aatrox fav. if he uses his E one time forward in early game u can always look to punish him since his E his a high cooldown that early in the game, other than that dont get poked too much early lvls he cant say on range with his Q (most of the aatrox players play ignite nowerdays so dont let urself get baited into a fight lvl 3 where u didnt hit Q bec u would even win if u dont hit Q but with ignite he just runs u down
Champion Build Guide
A really big thing about Darius many people dont recognize is that you need a lot of experience on that champion when it comes to matchups & knowing ur limits this is one of the keyfactors on Darius so dont give up when u get a lil bit **** on at the beginning of playing Darius.
Another big part of Darius is youre never allowed to fall behind in lane so focus on getting that matchup/limit test knowledge so u dont fall behind early, otherwise u will have a really bad time playing Toplane since many Bruisers roll over your head when youre behind on Darius.
As a Darius Player there are kind of bans for every elo id say.
For Iron-Platinum id always ban Tryndamere, since he can win short trades a lot and he will always be usefull (even from behind) if he just plays sidelane. so when your team is losing youre pressured to answer sidelane for a 0/5/0 tryn for example and this can lead up to u not impacting the game & because the skillceiling of tryn is pretty low so yeah.
For High Platinum-High Diamond id consider banning Jax because he is getting played more as a 'counter' in that Elo and he is the same as tryn. (prev. mentioned)
For High Dia - Challenger id consider banning Riven, since in that elo there are the most Riven OTPs and its only worth banning Riven after D1+ because many people dont know how to execute Riven perfectly so u will always find a window against lower elo Rivens. (that is all just my personal exp. but it will help u 100%)
On Darius another Keyfactor i most likely mention in all my matchups is that u need to be patient about ur E, because in many scenarios its really important to have a good E Usage (in many matchups & Teamfights) so dont hesitate take your time play smart.
When it comes to resets its always fast thinking, in some situations u just need ur 5 Stacks and not the Reset, but thats something i cant help u learn because that is all about exp.
Another really good tip i can give you on Darius is that you always wanna get 1-2 stacks before using E because its 100% winning trade if u get 1-2 stacks with MAX ability usage of W into E.
You can animation cancel your W with Q so you press W before you Q so it gets canceld:D really fancy
When to go Stridebreaker?
➥ You pick up Stridebreaker against mobile teamcomps/champs, on Darius its really important to be sticky you want to not let go of the first target youre trying to stack on. so basicly if enemy team has a lot of mobile Champs you go Stridebreaker
When to go Trinity
➥ You pick up Trinity when enemy Team is pretty much full squishy and not super insanely mobile & if youre looking towards playing sidelane as well, the movementspeed Trinity gives you is really good too for Teamfights etc.
When to go Divine
➥ You pick up Divine when enemy Team has 1 Tank 2 Bruiser comp for example, its really good against Bruisers/Tanks and yeah thats about it
When to go Goredrinker
➥ You pick up Goredrinker against champions/teamcomps where u want to match the Item & if u want the 100% secured heal.
When to go Hullbreaker
➥ You pick up Hullbreaker if u face a champion which cant wave clear that easy or if u play against a teamcomp where u cant teamfight for example vayne lulu ahri diana jax, u mix ur hullbreaker with a situational Mythic for example full squish Trinity Force , sticky oponnent Stridebreaker and 2Bruisers for example and 1 Tank Divine Sunderer .
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