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League of Legends Build Guide Author Tyrique

Varus - SpitFire! (Hybrid Tank-Destroyer)

Tyrique Last updated on May 10, 2012
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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Offense: 23

Honor Guard

Defense: 7

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 0

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Corrupting Introduction

Varus - SpitFire!

Welcome fellow summoners of MobaFire! I present to you, my Varus guide! This is my first guide on Mobafire and i will try to make the best of it! Because of this, please provide me with Constructive Critisism! When i was laying in bed, counting teemo's and stuff, i suddenly got a crazy idea. I wanted to create a Hybrid Varus! So i tried it out, and i am happy to say that this is an absolutely AMAZING build! It completely DESTROYS Tanks! And not only tanks, it takes down squishy's down in like 2-3 seconds! Fed or not fed, it doesnt matter, since a large portion of your damage comes from percentage's! I hope you will enjoy reading this, and last but not least, a thousand thanks and kisses to JhoiJhoi!She helped me out so much with the template, i bet she cant even imagine how many days she made! ^-^ <- *teemo face*

If you want to use the same template, go to this link: And make sure to give jhoijhoi credit for the template, which you can find here.

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Blighted Pro's / Corrupting Con's

Pros / Cons


+ Can Destroy Tanks better then the standard AD build.
+ More effective in team fights
+ Can Destroy an entire team before they even notice it.
+ Works with percentage's so you dont lose effectiveness late game
+ Higher damage with Chain of Corruption


- Extremely Vurnerable to disables ( Disable = No auto attack)
- Loses in 1v1 if you dont effectively kite
- Dont FAST if focused.
- Piercing arrow does not deal the crazy damage as it does with AD

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Masteries of Retribution



Since the build is more leaned towards AP then AD, Most of the masteries are spent on AP. Summoner's Resolve Is a valid pick since it's also a smart choice to pick Cleanse.

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Living Runes



Greater Quintessence of Ability Power

Greater Mark of Attack Speed

Greater Seal of Cooldown Reduction

Greater Glyph of Cooldown Reduction

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Valid Summoner Spell Picks

Summoner Spells

Ignite: This is a Valid pick for mostly lower levels, great for first blood. BUT! Combined with your Hail of Arrows if placed correctly, you can reduce healing effects on the entire enemy team, which gives your team a great advantage.
Cleanse: Another great pick for late AND early game. Because you need to be able to attack as much as possible, using this to get out of CC can really turn the tides of a battle!
Ghost: This is another good pick, since it has A: A relatively low cooldown, and it helps you kite melee champions when needed. Did i mention it is a great chase AND a great escape?

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Skill Explanation And Use

Ability Explanation

  • Living Vengeance: Your Passive. If our attack speed wasnt high enough already.. NO! ITS NOT! This Passive is great for farming early, mid AND late game! Use this in teamfights by targeting the squishy champ first, killing him, gaining a 40% ATTACK SPEED BUFF And start planting your Blighted Quiver Stacks on all enemy champs for an AoE nuke! ( Blighted Quiver )
  • Piercing Arrow (Q): In early game, this is an Oke harass, but in late game you use this in two ways: 1. Spam this ability as much as possible after you obtain 3 stacks on a champ (Or multiple champs) Or 2, Snipe Low HP Champs with it. The Range of a fully drawn Piercing arrow is huge! And nothing is more satisfying then hitting a champion at max range in the fog of war.
  • Blighted Quiver (W): The Bread and butter of this build, the very REASON we even CONSIDER using AP items on Varus! This adds some extra magic damage on every hit, and applies a maximum of 3 stacks on an enemy unit. When using an ability, the stacks are consumed dealing a nice amount of damage! At level 5, with no AP item using an ability on a 3-stacked champion deals ATLEAST 15% of their health as damage, AND does the damage of the skill. Sexy ey?
  • Hail of Arrows (E): This skill together with Chain of Corruption Make Varus a team fight god. An AoE heal reducing slow that deals additional damage with Blighted Quiver Stacks. What more do you want?
  • Chain of Corruption (R):This skill, is THA ****TTT. It is a skillshot that throws a corrupted chain, disabling the first champion it hits, and spreading to nearby champions if they are close enough! this either disables the whole team, or seperates them! With AP items it even deals a nice amount of damage! Its a chase skill, an escape skill, a team fight skill. This skill is absolute Rapesauce.

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Item Choice explanation and possible other items.


Warning: These items are not your bible, you can adapt the item sequence a bit, and i'll tell you which items can be replaced and which can not.

  • :It deals bonus magic damage, and has a nice amount of attack speed. Oh, and i dont know if you noticed, but it is really cheap too! Can be Replaced* If doing good: Mejai's Soulstealer or Sword of the Occult If not, Maw of Malmortius or Lich Bane
  • : High Attack speed, Nice Ability Power, High amount of Cooldown Reduction. This item is a MUST! No replacement, absolutely not!
  • Berserker Greaves: Your choice if you want these, ( more attack speed) or Mercury's Threads, or Ninja Tabi
  • : The Life steal and Spell vamp combined.. Insta buy!
  • : High attack speed and 4% damage per hit? He.. hehe If you even think about replacing this, you will make me sad. :'(
  • : This is really handy because you get focused down in teamfights. If you die, it takes some time for you to revive. If the enemy is stupid enough to wait for me to respawn, my team has all the time they need to dish out a nice amount of damage without resistance. You can replace this.. But i dont recommend it.

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Corrupted Summary

Thats about it! Well, the guild is far from finished, as i will be adding pictures and videos to it, but i hope you enjoyed the guide as it is now! If you saw any flaws in it, or want to suggest a new item, tell me, i'll try to be very open to suggestions!

Oh, and if you like the guide, remember to +1 my guide :) I would really REALLY appreciate it!

Have a nice day, scare the **** out of your enemy team, BE the Living Vengeance!