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League of Legends Build Guide Author Yoshihito

Vayne, Attack Specialist

Yoshihito Last updated on May 25, 2011
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Ability Sequence

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

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Brute Force
Improved Rally

Offense: 22

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 0

Expanded Mind
Blink of an Eye
Mystical Vision
Presence of the Master

Utility: 8

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My build welcomes you...

Hello everyone and welcome to my first (though hopefully not last) build!

This build is for Vayne, a character I normally wouldn't play but have fallen in love with. See, I'm not a big fan of playing a ranged character. I love to tank or melee up in your face! But I liked her ability to deal massive amounts of damage while soloing a lane and most champions she comes across.

Anyways, in this build I will let you know the reasons behind my choices and give you an idea of the potential behind a build like this. All I ask is that before you rate my build, try it out first and see how you like it first. Also please keep in mind, everyone plays differently and this build might not work for others like it has for me. I tend to play very aggressively and sometimes get so caught up in it that I nearly get myself killed. I'm not perfect though and that has happened!

Please enjoy my first Vayne build!!!

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LoL Game Examples

Just examples of recent Summoner's Rift games I was in. For the first one I carried my team with the most kills, and we finished the game in 30 minutes. As you can tell my build wasn't even finished yet. They tried to surrender but the vote failed. And for the second one, well the numbers speak for themselves. Yes I died a few times but overall the match went really well. We won even though a teammate quit the game so it was 4v5. Plus my build wasn't done yet, it ended right when I had enough gold to buy the Trinity Force.

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Story - Vayne

The world is not always as civilized as people might think. There are still those who would follow the blackest paths of magic and become corrupted by the darker powers that flow through Runeterra. Shauna Vayne knows this fact well. As a young privileged girl in the heart of Demacia's elite, her father tried to convince her of the constabulary's ever-vigilant eye. Young and naive, she truly believed that her world was one of perfect safety, until one night, when a twisted witch took interest in her father. The malevolent woman overcame her father's conciliar guard, then tortured her family before murdering them. The young Shauna escaped only by hiding herself and then fleeing once the hag had departed, plagued by the screams of her loved ones as she ran. A burning hatred was born in her that day, one that could never be denied.

Vayne was able to take care of herself using her father's money, and she began to train as soon as an instructor would have her as a student. By the time she was a fully grown woman, she had become a grim warrior. However, the fields of battle were not to be her home. Demacia needed a protector, one who hunted those lost to the darkness. Shauna used her family's contacts to become the first Night Hunter, and now her prowess is the stuff of legends. It is said that those who practice the black arts quake when they hear that the Night Hunter is on the prowl. Despite her crusade, Shauna has looked at the League of Legends in horror. There are champions who have clearly lost themselves to the blackest of magics, and who have been embraced within the League even though they should be put down for the safety of all. The time has come for the Night Hunter to execute her secret mission to purge the League of Legends.

Not all shadows are to be feared. At least, if Vayne has her way.

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Item Choices

As you can tell from the item purchases above, I start with . Before you QQ the reason behind this is simple, more movement speed equals a better opportunity to gank in the beginning of the match. After reading my guide in it's entirety you will see exactly why I go this route. Don't forget to pick up 3 for more lane survivability.

Once you have enough gold you should purchase as soon as possible. Not only do you get increased movement, you get 25% more attack speed which is something this build places a lot of focus on.

Next, you need to build up to . If you play Vayne properly you won't die so the buff you get from this item is extremely nice. So, don't die if you can help it!!!

After you get The Bloodthirster, the next item you need to get is . Not only does this item have an amazing +60% attack speed, it also deals 100 extra magic damage every 4th attack. So, that coupled with damage from makes your potential for damage shoot up! Also, don't forget this item has an active ability that makes it so your attacks can't be dodged and gives you an extra 30 Armor Penetration.

Now, I know this might seem strange but you will want to purchase another !!! Most people don't realize this, but the bonuses do stack together! Which makes a combo of two of them pretty damn crazy. Once you max the buffs you get a total of 200 Attack Damage and 50% Lifesteal!!! Imagine this, when my build is complete you will crit for over 1000 and heal for half of that! Crazy, I know...

Now that you have your two Bloodthirsters you will want to replace your Berserker's Greaves with . The bonus to crit, attack speed and movement speed is more important than what you get with the Greaves. Especially since you have two more items left to build for!

Second to last is . 80 attack damage, 25% critical chance and the fact that your crits will now deal 250% damage instead of the base 200% is just too good to pass up!!!

Now for the last item, I know there is a lot of griefing/speculation about this particular item but I find it most amazing! is almost too good to pass up. Not only does it give many nice bonuses like crit, more mana/health and movement speed. Its passive has a 25% chance to slow the target making it easier to chase and its active increases your next attacks base damage by 150%. Pure pwn if you ask me...

There you have it, this is the complete item build that I personally use and have found very successful. Yes, it's hard to build up to because it takes a ton of gold, but once you get it I guarantee you will be critting nonstop for over 1000 damage, healing for half of that, run faster/chase just about anyone and have so many people call you an overpowered piece of ****!

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Pros / Cons


    Insane damage.
    Insane attack speed.
    Great harassment/chasing ability.
    Amazing ambush artist.
    Great solo capabilities.
    Can easily carry a team.

    Very Squishy.
    Stunned and two or more Champions on you usually equals death.
    Usually focused in group fights.

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Greater Quintessence of Desolationx3




My choices for glyphs can either be confusing or self explanatory. Since my build focuses on lots of attack speed the Alacrity Seals/Marks are natural choices. The reasoning behind the Celerity glyphs is that once you hit 18, you can basically tumble whenever you want. Tumble is where a lot of your damage comes from so a reduced cooldown on the ability is amazing. The Quintessences I use help with taking out characters who stack Armor. I understand that everyone has their own preferences so you can choose to either follow what I do or go your own route, this is just what personally works for me.

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Summoner Spells

I'm not going to go too in depth for this so I'm just going to tell you what I personally use and why.

I tend to focus on killing champions at the beginning of the game in order to get gold faster. Both Exhaust and Ignite help with my strategy immensely. It all boils down to personal preference though, so go with what feels right to you.

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How To Play

I tend to play this build very aggressively (but smart). This build excels at quick and dirty killing and is best suited to soloing a lane to get the gold you need for the build the quickest. In 3v3 I take the top lane as it's usually 1v1 up there. In 5v5 I take the middle lane because again, it's usually 1v1. The reason for this is you're soloing a lane which nets you more experience to level faster and more gold since you are the only one getting those killing blows on minions. Also, if played right you should be able to take out the enemy in your lane with ease.

Expect to farm a lot to get the gold you need. I suggest trying to kill a player every chance you get for the extra gold. Typically after the first enemy kill or the first few add waves you can get the Greaves. If you're doing good you'll actually out level everyone on the map (excluding the enemy in your lane). You even sometimes out level the enemy in your lane if you keep killing them. Watch out for enemies coming from the other lanes to gank you, paying attention to the map is key, as you can't always rely on your teammates to call out MIA's. Also, if I'm doing well in my lane and have the enemy pushed back I'll bounce between the other lanes and try to gank the other champions to get that extra gold. It typically takes around 20+ champion kills and most of the minion kills in that time to farm the gold you need to get the entire build (In 5v5, 3v3 it's a bit quicker). Also, don't be afraid to do a little jungling in between the lane hopping to get extra gold and potentially, awesome buffs!

Now on to the last piece of information. Vayne is inherently squishy, this much you should already know. There really is no way to stop from getting focused down in several seconds if you have 2 or more champions on you. Though, if lucky and you aren't dead from being focused I suggest popping your Ult and tumbling to stealth and run as fast as you can! Condemn can help out nicely too! Typically once I hit 13+ I tend to play her less aggressively and try to be as careful as possible to avoid ganks. Playing smart is key. I only take on fights I know I can win and I never approach a group of enemies unless my team is there to back me up. Even then we do best staying at range if we can help it. Also, be wary of potential ganks when you see one champion baiting you. You can usually tell he's bait when he's the only one you see on the map, the others are hiding.

And just a reminder, she is a squishy glass cannon so you must play smart! If you stay back behind your team and fight from range like you're supposed to you shouldn't die (as often)! Tired of people complaining that she's too squishy when there is really nothing you can do about it unless you want to lose a lot of damage!!! So please people, play her smart and you'll go far...

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Well, there you have it. This is my build that I found works best for me when playing Vayne. I understand everyone has their own styles of play and that you may disagree with some of my choices. However, it all boils down to personal preference. What works for one person might not for another person.

Please comment and rate my build if you wish. I accept constructive criticism (positive/negative) but ask that you please keep it respectable.

Like I said before this is my first guide so please don't hate on me too much! =P