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Snipe snipe snipe! [A Simple Guide to Varus!][Patch 9.12]

By MallisTheGreat | Updated on June 16, 2019
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Runes: Lane Sustain - Botlane

1 2 3
Precision
Lethal Tempo
Triumph
Legend: Alacrity
Coup de Grace

Domination
Taste of Blood
Ravenous Hunter
Bonus:

+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor

Spells:

1 2 3 4
Standard Botlane
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

LoL Summoner Spell: Heal

Heal

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ADC Role
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Win 48%
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Threats & Synergies

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Introduction

Welcome to a simple guide to learning Varus



Warning: Varus is mostly out of meta. This doesn't mean he can't be successful!


This is my first guide, so any feedback will be appreciated!

In this guide we will learn how to, among others:
  • Snipe in botlane.
  • Dominate midlane.
  • Be annoying to the enemy team.
  • Get fed and climb ranks pretty much easily.
  • Finally Revive the role of adc's to the game!
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Pros / Cons

Varus can be useful in numerous situations.



Pros
  • He can counter any champion with lower attack speed than him.
  • His kit deals both physical and magical damage.
  • He is both Auto Attack and Skill-based.
  • He can reach enemies in a very long range because of his Piercing arrow.

But... he has some weaknesses



Cons
  • His escape actions are limited.
  • He can be easily bursted.
  • Playing against a support with very much CC can be pretty tricky.
  • Skillshots!
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Runes

Varus is an adc that relies heavily on his attack speed, let alone his basic attacks. After all, his passive Living Vengeance, is giving him attack speed after each kill, scaling with level.


Precision runes

Domination runes
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Skill Sequence

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Varus's main kit is his snipes with his Q Piercing Arrow and the damage he deals if he pops the 3-hit W Blighted Quiver passive on his target. Piercing Arrow should be maxed first, to poke your enemy as much as you can. Then max Blighted Quiver, as the passive basic attack and spell damage, and the percentage of missing health damage will increase. Lastly upgrade your E Hail of Arrows, because most of the time you won't be using it to deal damage by itself.
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Laning Phase

Now let's get to the point: How to play Varus in lane.



For Botlane or Traditional ADC:



While in early game, stick to farming as much as you can. Varus is very dependent on his items, so the earlier you get them, the better. Use Piercing Arrow to poke your enemies and deny some farm from their adc. A well-cast Piercing Arrow can also prevent the enemy jungler from ganking, or the enemy support from engaging, ke sure you know when to use it and where to target. By the time you get Blighted Quiver, land some Auto Attacks on the enemy and then poke them with your Piercing Arrow to deal more damage. From level 2 you can also start engaging in battles with your support, though it's not recommended. By the time you get Hail of Arrows, you are ready to engage in battles. Start by Auto Attacking the enemy (doesn't matter Support or Adc) to trigger the Lethal Tempo, then switch focus to the enemy Adc. At 3 stacks of Blighted Quiver you should cast your Hail of Arrows to quickly pop the damage off the passive. Continue hitting the Adc and when you reach 3 stacks of Blighted Quiver, activate it. If the enemy is retreating, then fully charge Piercing Arrow and hit the Adc. If they are in close range, don't charge it at all. Instead, cast the empowered Piercing Arrow instantly. The enemy Adc should now be dead and you can switch focus to the enemy support.

Always watch out for enemy ganks. Poking can deal enough damage to alert the enemy to gank you! When the enemy support desperately tries to engage, consider backing off a bit to avoid the gank, or use your Piercing Arrow to possibly ward the jungler off.

Remember! Don't use your Blighted Quiver enchanted Piercing Arrow just to poke! The damage is greater if the champion is lower on HP.


For Midlane or Conventional ADC (Not recommended):



Now, Midlane ADC is not the best choice right now, because the assasins are raging on midlane and there is no support to help you other than the occasional appearance of your jungler. With that in mind, you should stay behind in lane and farm with your Q and/or, if the enemy midlaner is an assassin, after level 2. Remember not to overstay in your lane, or you may be burst easily.

In a case similar to Lux or Malzahar opposing you, a great spell to pick instead of heal would be Ghost or Cleanse.

It would be great if the jungler is a premade person of yours. If not, communicate with him constantly and let him know whenever you are ready to engage to the opposing midlaner. After 2 ganks like that, you should be set for early game to dominate your opposition. Farming and poking is similar to the ADC section.
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Mid-Game Phase

As Season 8 is not a season where Adc's thrive, Mid-Game can be divided to two categories: Whether you are fed, or whether you fed.



If you are fed...


If you fed...


Note for playing against Mordekaiser:



Mordekaiser's ultimate is classified as CC. If you have a Morgana as a support, remind her to time her spellshield so that you don't get sucked in the demon realm. If not, when you get with him in the realm, make sure that you DON'T have your Lethal Tempo activated, as he will get some of the Attack Speed as well. Root him in place, dodge his Q and E (they are usually casted together), then melt him down because of your excessive Attack Speed. Alternatively, use your Quicksilver Sash or Mercurial Scimitar and escape the demon realm to safety.

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End-Game phase

This is Varus bread and butter.



In this phase, it doesn't matter whether you are fed or you fed. What matters is the successful teamfights that you should have (and you don't need to be fed for those). You may think that your Piercing Arrow doesnt deal any damage at all, but you should always charge it and aim the most squishy enemies, that is the ones with the least health and resistances. After the teamfight, focus on getting objectives like Baron or Elder Dragon and head for their nexus.

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Conclusion

To conclude...



Varus is a powerful Adc with much potential, even in Season 8. If you can cope with him being very squishy and easily killed late game by the ton of Assassins this season has, or the CC that the enemy has, then Varus can be a much promised champion in your hands. Just know how to use him!



Regards, MallisTheGreat





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