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Welcome, Vayne Apprentices
Welcome, Vayne Apprentices
Greetings one and all, and welcome to my in-depth Vayne guide! My name is Constantine III (the third) and today I'll be conducting this lesson in driving the Vayne pain train down elo gain lane. I'm a diamond ADC who has played since season two, climbing from high bronze in season two all the way to diamond five today. In season six, I climbed from gold three to diamond five maintaining over a 70% win rate with my Vayne.|
If you're looking to dominate with Vayne and carry games with her, then look no further than this guide. I am confident that, should you have the wear withal to read this guide, you will indeed prove to me that you are literate. Besides that monumental achievement, you'll also gain some useful knowledge that will allow you to dumpster all the newbs that dare oppose you.
Armed with this guide, I can assure you that all enemy bot lanes will be in more danger than a greased up baby in a lit candle factory, in more trouble than Mark the Literal Steak Man deep within the heart of a Texas BBQ convention, and in more distress than a man prone to tripping tight rope walking across the grand canyon.
That's all for now, take care, and remember to walk with the night.
Watch this if you're still on the fence about learning Vayne
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Hey reader! My name is Constantine, and I'm really glad you chose to check out my Vayne guide. While you're here, why not check out my YouTube channel? The written guide is fine and dandy, but I've been making some awesome videos about how to play Vayne that I'm sure you'd love! Finally, I stream on Twitch, so make sure to follow me. I answer any and all questions as best I can while maintaining a chill and fun loving environment. Anyway, I hope you enjoy, thanks again for reading and take it easy my friend.
Vayne Hype Boys
I've done some cool things with Vayne before. Not claiming to be a pro, but I don't think I'm half bad. Enjoy!
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What Makes Vayne Special
In League of Legends there are almost 20 attack damage carries to chose from. The first lesson I will teach you is that all of them suck but Vayne. Here's why: no one quite has the...
Vayne is one of two ADCs in the game that has stealth. She is also one of three ADCs that has a stun and the only ADC to have a stun available as a non ultimate. Let's not forget her ability to constantly re-position herself with Tumble, allowing for mind-blowing kiting and chasing. Couple that with one of the largest passive move speed buffs in the game, Vayne is one versatile champion. Her versatility ends at cooking though; once she tried to help the buffs spice up their stews. They died. Of explosive diarrhea. And now you know the real reason why we have a new map.
'Truly' Tons of Damage
Champions that deal true damage are rare, but even rarer is an ADC that deals true damage. You guessed it, the night hunter purifies with true damage. Vayne is also incredibly unique in that she has an auto attack reset and re-position spell wrapped into one spell that, when maxed, is available almost every two seconds. Thus, in a duel at level 13, when used with proper skill, Vayne can dodge an enemy skill shot while triggering an auto attack re-set every 2-3 seconds. It's important to note that as Vayne it is 100% appropriate to spam 'rekt a rue' in all chat after wining a fight because you dodged skills shots and kited well.
Most importantly of all, remember that a skilled Vayne player can do almost anything. Check out this video if you need proof. It's from one of the several grand-master night hunters, Gosu. He is what all Vayne players should strive to be: a total bad ***.
Gosu is so good at Vayne that he decided to become one with the champion. He has given up speaking and won't even reveal what he looks like in honor of the stealthy nature of Vayne. He's like a really nerdy monk! Edit: RIP monk status. Oh well.
Wow! Vayne looks awesome! She seems like an invincible goddess, right?
... Kinda! Vayne does have her fair share of problems. If any of these seem like too much for you to handle, then maybe Vayne isn't the champion for you. In all transparency, there are two main problems that Vayne has as a champion. Luckily, one of those can be overcome with skill. The other is manageable. So yah, nothing too terrible!
That being said, she's beyond worth learning. Vayne is a super fun champion to play who is also extremely strong. Many people rank her among the top 3 champions for solo q, including extremely high level players like phylol and Gosu. I just want you guys to be aware of the rabbit hole that you're diving into should you chose to try and learn Vayne.
Pre-Shadowy-Slaughter: Vayne Stat Ranking
More than ever before, League of Legends offers a lot item of choices. There's a lot of really strong items out there. There's also Banner of Command. To establish a context for what items, runes, and masteries are strong and which are Banner of Command levels of bad on Vayne, we need to first and foremost establish the basics of what stats are good on Vayne and why. Below, you will see a stat ranking in order of significance, the top being the best stat and the bottom being the least important stat, and at the very very bottom is Banner of Command.
A narrow first, attack speed on the night hunter is the most essential stat. Nothing else is more important to putting out as much damage as possible than attack speed.
If you examine this item build and the skill set of Vayne, you should notice two very interesting synergies shared with attack speed: Silver Bolts and the passive from Blade of the Ruined King. Both of these sources of damage are huge and directly proportional to attack speed. That is, the faster Vayne attacks, the more she cashes in on these passives. Tried and true, attack speed Vayne is the late game monster we all love-- and fear.
Fair warning: microing (attack moving and kiting) as Vayne is difficult to do well and requires a lot of skill because of her short range and high attack speed. You're going to miss micro and interrupt some auto attacks or tumble into an enemy team. It's all good! Everyone sucks at the beginning. Even the mighty Gosu struggled to learn how to attack move-- it took him over 13 minutes to master it at level 3!
____________________________________________________________________________________________ Vayne is no exception.
Besides the obvious fact that auto attacks become stronger the more attack damage an ADC has, it's also important to note that Vayne's Tumble and Condemn scale with attack damage as well. Thus the more AD Vayne has, the better the other parts of her kit(as in skills) becomes. Fun fact: Condemn used to scale off of AP. Besides the fact that Vayne had literally nothing else in her kit that even remotely synergized with AP, people used to occasionally try AP Vayne. Those 27 minutes of utter failure in the bot lane made old Fiora look like a rock solid champion.
Remember that attack damage is not perfect as it is counted by armor, which reduces the physical damage received by a champion. This problem is not shared by attack speed because Silver Bolts deal true damage, hence why attack speed "trumps" attack damage. Both stats are exceptionally important however, so please don't neglect either of them in your build!
____________________________________________________________________________________________ Infinity Edge, double and a half times) the normal damage of an auto attack. Ergo, with 20% critical strike chance, an auto attack that would normally deal 100 damage will, one out of five times, deal 200 damage.
Unlike attack speed and attack damage, critical strike is only a good stat to have in the late game. Why? First of all, early on, Vayne doesn't have much attack damage. Instead of doing 70 damage, level 4 Vayne crits for 140!... Wow... that's... really shi ty! Furthermore, if Vayne is firing really slowly, that one and five critical strike is going to land a lot less often than if Vayne is popping off an auto attack every 3/4 of a second.
You get the point. I hope it's clear now why Infinity Edge is the third item in my "standard" Vayne build. At that point in the build, Vayne has plenty of attack speed from both Phantom Dancer and Blade of the Ruined King to roll crits often and the attack damage from Infinity Edge and Blade of the Ruined King to boost the numbers sky high.
Critical strike is Vayne's late game icing on the cake so to speak. With fifty percent crit chance (IE + PD) Vayne will start to three shot squishy enemies. For that dirty dirty late game damage, pick up an Infinity Edge at your local Wall Mart today!
____________________________________________________________________________________________ Caitlyn players.
While life steal is important, it is mostly used in the early game, hence why we buy an item like Doran's Blade to start. Like the appendix in the human body, once Vayne evolves to her late game form, life steal becomes much less important compared to stats like attack speed. Unlike the appendix, life steal will not randomly become infected and almost kill you.
A question some of you may have is what happened the the life steal quints everyone used to run? Or, if you would like to put it in terms the league community would understand, " Lee Sin: I don't see why you kkkk f Urgot to get LS runes. Darude-Sandstorm. Sandstorm-Darude. Sandrude-Dastorm. ELO hell is real believe."
While you are correct that life steal used to be standard runage on Vayne, the simple answer is that life steal runes got nerfed and attack speed runes got buffed. So if you can't afford the current runes because you dumped several thousand IP into life steal quints, blame rito, not me.
____________________________________________________________________________________________ everything in the game with more efficiency, making it a must have stat.
Speaking of needing movement speed, because Vayne has one of the, if not the, shortest attack range of any ranged champion in the game, she desperately needs movement speed. Why? Vayne has to get close to her enemies to deal her damage— dangerously close. To compensate for this, she's going to need to be quick and agile, which means movement speed is going to be essential. Remember: bryophytes cannot grow very high because they have no vascular tissue. I have... absolutely no idea what this has to do with Vayne.
There are two kinds of penetration, va-... I mean... flat, armor penetration, and scaling. The tl;dr is that scaling is weak on Vayne but flat with a Q max is really good.
The way armor pen works is simple for flat variety; it simply removes that much armor from a target. Lucian has 50 armor, you have 20 flat armor pen, he's down to 30, bada bing bada boom easy money. The less armor a target has, the more effective flat armor pen is. Because math that's really boring says so and I don't think you really care that much.
On the other hand, scaling armor pen is quite weak on Vayne in most circumstances. At the very most, you're going to have one source of it from this build. More so than any other ADC, Vayne really doesn't need a lot of armor pen to be a strong team fighter. Because true damage!
To elaborate, even if Vayne does elect to buy scaling armor penetration, the primary source ( Lord Dominik's Regards) provides percentage based armor penetration on bonus armor, which means her armor penetration only really makes a significant impact when hitting tanks, which is really the only time you need it. Because of Silver Bolts, Blade of the Ruined King, and the already low defensive stats of squishy targets like mages and attack damage carries, Vayne does not need much, if any, scaling armor penetration.
____________________________________________________________________________________________ Vayne relies on things like stealth, knock backs, quick thinking and Tumble to re position and stay safe.
That being said, it is important to buy at least one defensive item. I will go into which defensive items to buy latter, but just note that defensive is not as important as damage on Vayne.
And that just about wraps up all you need to know about the stats. Throughout the guide I won't be explaining in-depth why AD on an item or mastery is a good thing because you already know why it's good, so i'll simply write a basic overview or a discussion of how good the sheer amount of a stat you get from an item is to avoid boring you guys to death. Now, let's move onto runes and masteries, shall we?
Pre-Shadowy-Slaughter: Runes and Masteries
Your Rune Page
Greater Glyph of Attack Speed
Greater Mark of Attack Damage
Greater Seal of Armor
Greater Quintessence of Attack Speed
Vayne is by all means a weak laner who is exceptionally easy to poke down. Flat armor is essential for weathering the poke of the enemy lane as well as kiting bruisers, diminishing minion damage, jungle mobs, fighting the other ADC... you get the idea.
Last hitting is rough. We can make it easy with flat AD. Besides, you're late game doesn't need any help. Seriously, getting scaling runes on Vayne would just be cruel to the enemy team.
_____________________________________________________________________________________ Vayne's primary weakness in lane is poke. Tough supports for you to lane against will be ones like Sona and Nami, who will relentlessly smack you with spells. I'd suggest running a second rune page with these magic resistance glyphs in it, just in case you run up against one of these rough match ups where you'll certainly need them.
Unless something crazy happens in season 7, mage supports are pretty much the staple bot lane, at least in my ELO. For those of you who are wondering about why I don't run attack speed blues, the long and the short of it is that I haven't run my attack speed page in at least a year. So if you have limited rune space, don't bother with an attack speed page as laning against a tank support pretty much never happens.
Early game, Vayne's trading potential has... a lot left to be desired. These runes can help with that, making it much more likely for you to pop those juicy Silver Bolts early on. Good for last hitting and dueling early. They also scale into the late game quite well despite being flat runes.
Again, the old quints of life steal and attack damage are no longer used because they were nerfed and attack speed quints were buffed. Welcome to the next chapter of runadge you adc mains.
So masteries have gotten a little more dicey recently and many of my choices may be points of contention. I want to say, first and foremost, that these masteries are recommendations. Please feel free to experiment, change, fickle with, what ever you like with them. But, without further ado, allow me to explain my choices.
A solid summary of offensive masteries are that every choice you make is a sliding scale in terms of sustain vs damage. Based on your choices of masteries, you can give your Vayne build a better shot at making it in lane (sustain) or packing a heavier punch in duels and team fights.Ultimately, it is up to you to decide what is best for each game. My thoughts of the masteries are below; they might help you come to your final decisions.
Anyway, this choice is rather straight forward. Feast tends to be the optimal choice as it gives fantastic sustain compared to Fresh Blood . Vayne isn't a champion that you dominate the early game with like, say, Caitlyn. You're not particularly worried about trading every 10 seconds with autos like Fresh Blood would want you to. Instead, you're going to ever be chilling and farming for item power spikes, or trading around your supports cool downs. Neither of which are really condusive to picking up Fresh Blood . So yah, lane sustain, SeemsGood.
____________________________________________________________________________________________ Vampirism is a must have for Vayne and is absolutely better than Natural Talent .
Why, you may ask? Let's look at the math behind natural talent. First of all, Natural Talent gives an extra 15 ap at level 18, which is utterly useless to us. All Vayne has left to benefit from is the masteries 10 ad at level 18. That's a pathetic half an attack damage point per level. At its best, Natural Talent gives Vayne an extra long sword at level 18. Whoopie! Or, at level 1 and beyond, Vayne can gain an extra 2% life steal that will help her stay in lane, farm better, and earn enough gold to buy an Infinity Edge instead.
TL;DR: 2% life steal is just too good to pass up. Also natural talent blows donkey balls on Vayne.
____________________________________________________________________________________________ Battle Trance nor why it was added to the game. It just feels like utter garbage compared to the other two masteries unless you're some kind of scrapping stay in combat for 5 seconds while trading BUT NOT A SECOND MORE OR LESS kind of champion. Which Vayne certainly isn't, so Battle Trance is going to be thrown right out the window.
How about Double Edged Sword ? Way too risky. For an ADC that has to get up close and personal with her query, Vayne simply cannot afford to take an extra 2.5% damage, especially if she is against a poke lane.
So that leaves us with Bounty Hunter . Safe, reliable, and no draw backs. Just the way I like my masteries! A choice of necessity really because holy **** you will never pick the other two.
____________________________________________________________________________________________ Fervor of Battle to Warlord's Bloodlust . What exactly happened, you might be asking youself. Simply put, a series of cause and effect events took place that allowed for a super OP crit build (the one this guide uses) to be viable and in fact optimal on Vayne.
- 1- Riot buffed Tumble and fixed the crit calculations on it. Not a big deal for you to understand how, so just know that it happened.
- Fervor of battle got nerfed in the pre season to trash tier
- This crit build has no life steal in it, so normally it would suck, but with Warlord's Bloodlust Vayne has insane healing when she crits enemy champions.
- 70% crit chance + IE + WB = OP
You may be also saying, but Constantine, due to the way Warlord's Bloodlust is calculated, doesn't it make the mastery really in effective on ranged champions? You're not wrong in that it gets cut down significantly from what it would be on say a fighter character. Here's the math for the un-informed:
- The lower your champion's health is, the more life steal they get. At some unknown threshold equal to very fking low, gain a max of 20% life steal against enemies.
- This extra life steal is cut is half against minons.
- If the champion is ranged ( Vayne is, obviously) the benefit gets cut down to 25% against minions.
Here's the thing though: Vayne's damage is actually so insane on two items that even with all the reductions to the keystone, it still gives you crazy levels of healing in team fights. The long and the short of it is that it's more effective to build pure crit damage and take life steal masteries than it is to build life steal and take damage masteries.
Your Masteries: Cunning
The cunning tree kind of builds itself. Savagery is great because farming last hits as Vayne is great, Vayne doesn't get buffs until end game when she starts to take red buff and she always has a support with her so Assassin is terrible, mana regen is never an issue so Merciless is better, and finally Bandit blows because we're the one who's killing all the minons so we get almost no benefit from this mastery.
If I seem underwhelmed by the cunning tree, that's because I am. Sadly going resolve simply isn't an option due to that juicy Savagery mastery in cunning. Unlike the other masteries in ferocity, there is no wiggle room here and I would never change any of my masteries in the cunning tree.
Pre-Shadowy-Slaughter: Summoner Spells
Pre-Shadowy-Slaughter: Concerning power spikes
Before we get into buying items and laning, you need to understand what a power spike is. Power spikes are an incredibly important part of playing league of legends well. Through no exaggeration, understanding how power spikes work is the first step to getting into diamond. If you read nothing else in the guide, please take a minute to read this section; it's just that important.
So, before we go on, let's establish a basic functional definition of what a power spike is. A power spike occurs when a champion becomes particularly strong in comparison to other champions.
A metaphor for you all
I want you to imagine a line of clocks and two people winding them. Every time they finish winding a clock, let's say they score a point. At the very start of the clock winding competition, neither person has wound any clocks.
The winding of clocks is a metaphor for champions acquiring gold. Champions don't actually get any "points" (aka items that make them stronger) until they FINISH winding a clock, which is buying an item.
If the enemy Jinx has a 20 cs lead on you as Vayne, that doesn't amount to anything until she backs and spends that gold. Don't be afraid to fight someone in lane because their score is better. The only thing that matters ever is what level an enemy is, what teammates are around them, and what items they have. Maybe vision control. But CS, kills, all of that is just a tool to guess-ta-mate at their relative strength. Keep your head grounded in reality, not numbers.
Let's fast forward 10 minutes. Person A has wound up one clock and is about half way to winding up their second. Person B has JUST finished winding up their first clock. So, who's ahead in this competition?
The answer is no one. Even if you have 1,200 gold on the enemy ADC, you still only have one item and they still only have one item. You haven't actually got any power on them, you're just closer to additional power than they are.
If we were to take a snap shot of this clock winding competition, one could deduce that person A is wining, but at the very moment in time the score is still 1-1. However, if we were to look at the score five minutes later, person A has just finished winding up their second clock.
You're Vayne. You now have Blade of the Ruined King and a Phantom Dancer. The enemy Jinx has Infinity Edge and random components to some unknown second item. You have wound two clocks, she has only wound up one. You're much stronger than she is right now, so if you were to fight her 2 on 2, you would most likely win because you're simply more powerful.
If you were to fight her and put her behind, she has to stop winding up her second clock. She's dead. She can't CS or kill people or push towers or anything. You, on the other hand, are free to do so since you are alive. Now you're half way to winding up your third clock and she's still working on her second! If you keep fighting her and she keeps having to stop winding her clock, you're going to get more and more ahead of her and she's going to become more and more useless.
So why is knowing any of this important?
"In other words, they can more efficiently deal with your newfound power. This is why we try to deny cs and towers in order to delay the enemy spikes with respect to our own to reach high power levels faster."
Power spikes are a scientific theory that explain why it's good to level up and buy a big item. Knowing how to manipulate them and play around them can keep you consistently stronger than your opponents and help you become an amazing league player.
Why do power spikes happen?
While this graph does only take into account items, it does a good job of representing the growth in strength of Vayne. There are a few key points to stress.
Take a look at the magnitude of the power spikes. Notice how you get a small power spike when you buy a Recurve Bow and a huge power spike when you finish Phantom Dancer. Simply put, a Phantom Dancer makes you significantly stronger than a Recurve Bow does.
Why, you may ask? Not only does Phantom Dancer cost more, it also gives you much better stats than the raw items. The best example of the finished product being significantly stronger than the pieces is our classic starting item, Blade of the Ruined King.
Bilgewater Cutlass and Dagger x2 give you 30 attack speed, 25 attack damage, 8 life steal, 15 damage on hit, and a skill that deals 100 damage and a slow.
For the price of 750 gold you can combine these items to gain an extra 15 attack speed, the ability to acquire a spell that steals max health and movement speed, and a passive that deals 6% of a targets current health every auto attack. That's a massive power increase compared to where you were earlier.
Interactions with Enemy Power Spikes: The basics
Here is yet another graph to help you visualize this concept that, again, can be confusing.
Here's the situation. Vayne got an early lead and was able to power spike earlier than the enemy Ashe by buying a Blade of the Ruined King. For a while, Vayne is quite stronger than Ashe is.
However, during this period of being stronger, Ashe buys an Infinity Edge while Vayne still only has a Blade of the Ruined King. Now Ashe is stronger, even though Vayne is still ahead. Vayne is waiting to power spike again but needs more time before she can finish her Phantom Dancer.
It's within these, as Hman described it, in between periods of power spikes that we are most vunerable to losing a lead. As you can see from the graph, Ashe is more powerful than Vayne for a short period of time before Vayne can buy her Phantom Dancer and take back her power lead. Vayne should play in a passive style in order to not engage in combat and thus not risk losing her lead to the temporarily more powerful Ashe.
If we were to reverse the perspective of the situation, Ashe should be doing everything she can to fight at this point in the game. Now that she has a temporary lead, this is the opportune moment to strike before she loses it again. If she can find an engage here and land a kill, she will not only delay Vayne's power spike even more but also push herself even closer to another power spike.
If you as a player are aware of this tide-in-tide-out nature of a League of Legends game, you can take advantage of these ebs and flows of power to take back a losing lane or clutch a lead and never let it go. To do this, you need to know Vayne's power spikes very well, which I have laid out bellow for your ease of access.
When Vayne hits power spikes
- Level 2 (Unlock the auto- Tumble-auto Silver Bolts combo)
- Level 6 (level 1 ultimate)
- Bilgewater Cutlass
- Blade of the Ruined King
- level 9 (maxing either Tumble or Silver Bolts)
- level 11 (level 2 ultimate)
- level 13 (maxing either Silver Bolts or Tumble)
- level 16 (level 3 ultimate)
- Any time you have finished an offensive item such as Phantom Dancer or Last Whisper.
- The late game (post 3-4 items)
How to use these power spikes
From what I've told you earlier, you should know three mains things; that this is the strongest you have been thus far, any time beyond this is an in between power spike period where you won't become significantly stronger for a substantial period of time, and that you are most likely stronger than the enemy is right now because they are likely to be within an in between power spike period. Thus, whether you are behind and trying to catch up or ahead and looking to further secure your lead, striking right after you have hit a power spike is an ideal and wise decision.
Always keep power spikes in mind while laning. Using these to your advantage will win you games.
For instance, if you hit level 2 way earlier than the enemy bot lane does, fight them! You have double the spells that they have (quite literally, as they have one ability and you have two) and you have more minons than they do, so at the very least you'll trade well with them.
Here's another example: If you have finished Blade of the Ruined King and the enemy Corki has the mats for Trinity Force, fight him. Why? Because you've hit a power spike earlier than he has. That is, you have a major item finished (your Blade of the Ruined King) and he hasn't finished his first major item ( Trinity Force). Take advantage of this and widen your lead if you can.
The enemy Lucian is level 5 and you're level 6? Fight him! You've got your ultimate and he doesn't. That's a big advantage. If you have 3 major items and the enemy Riven only has two, a duel is certainly in your favor so long as you play it right.
Essentially, power spikes are quick and easy ways to determine the wisdom behind your battles. Comparing power spikes is like a general seeing how many troops the enemy army has. It's not the sole indicator of victory of defeat, but fighting with more men certainly helps. Throughout this guide I will be referencing power spikes, especially in champion match ups. If you still don't understand power spikes, feel free to message me and tell me where the disconnect is. I understand this stuff is complicated and I want to do everything I can to help.
Also, f uck Banner of Command.
The Arsenal of Shadows: Part 0 : How this build works
Vayne has a lot, and I mean a lot, of builds. There's the Blade of the Ruined King build, the Youmuu's Ghostblade build, the crit rush build, the Runaan's Hurricane build, and even an Essence Reaver. So why, amongst all of these builds, have I elected to go with the crit rush build? Let's break exactly what this build brings to the table and why it's by far the best way to build Vayne.
Here's how it works. IE + PD + Stattik gives the following stats/new abilities:
- 80% Critical Strike chance
- 115% extra attack speed
- 10-17% extra move speed
- 70 attack damage
- Lightening bolts
- Reduced damage from last-hit target
- Ghosting: AKA you can move through enemy minions / champions
- 250% crits (Up from baseline 200%)
On the surface, the build lets Vayne attack really fast and do lots of crits for a lot of damage really quickly. We could pack it up here and move on, but I think it's important for you guys to understand how everything in this build sort of weaves together. The whole centerpiece of this conversation is the keystone mastery Warlord's Bloodlust .
Now I know I talked about how this mastery in the mastery section, but for those of you who didn't read it; Warlord's Bloodlust heals Vayne every time she auto attacks based on how much health she's missing. This healing comes from life steal, which caps out at 20% against champions and 5% against minions.
Which might not seem like a lot, but listen closely. On three items, at level 16, if Vayne lands a Tumble crit, she will deal 633.7 and heal up to 126.7 health. That's not even factoring in if your lightening crits, but we'll get back to that latter.
But it gets better. With two zeal items and attack speed boots and quints, Vayne attacks really really quickly. And when she crits literally 8 out of 10 auto attacks, she's not only dishing out a **** ton of damage, she's healing like crazy while doing it. Again, between 50-120 health per auto, which averages out to be almost 200 health per second while in combat. For free.
Now we're getting zesty. But that's just the basics. It gets better than that. The other amazing part of this build is all the extra stuff you get besides the raw damage. 10-17% free move speed means kiting around team fights is easy (and you'll out run almost anyone), ghosting let's you avoid being body blocked by anything, and duels are hard to lose when you've cut your enemies damage down by 12%. Plus, the lightening. This lightening can crit and does a lot of extra damage to minions, meaning that now Vayne has wave clear, dueling potential, and solid team fighting.
So why this build? Because no other build offers anything even close to this.
The Arsenal of Shadows: General Build Guidelines
These three items should always be taken at the start of the game no matter what. Doran's Blade is simply way too good for its cost for anything else to even come close to it. 7 AD, 70 health, and 3 life steal means this item gives you burst, sustain, and defense all wrapped into one 450 gold item.
Health Potion is taken for a band aid to stay in lane longer if a trade goes south or you get poked. And trust me, both of those things are far from rare occurrences when laning as Vayne.
Finally, the Warding Totem is taken for an obvious reason and a not so obvious reason. Obviously, you take this trinket to ward tri brush and river to get a heads up when someone is coming to murder you.
Something not so obvious is Warding Totem's synergy with Vayne's E, Condemn. Imagine bottom lane for a second and consider where all the walls are where you would typically pin someone. A significant number of those walls are lined with brush, something you can't see into unless you are A. in it or B. you have warded it.
If you've ever played Vayne before, you've probably had the annoying experience of pining someone to a wall and being unable to attack them because you literally can't see them. A smart Vayne will Condemn someone to a wall and immediately follow it up by warding the bush for maximum wreckage. Now, let's move on and talk about what to buy once you get some gold.
The nice thing about Vayne in season seven is that her build doesn't really change. Core is core, and you'll always want to pick up the zesty IE SS PD combo wombo. That being said, like a journey up a mountain, there are different ways to get to the same place. Some involve cull, some involve Berserker's Greaves rushes, the list goes on. Here's a couple of things to keep in mind when you're buying your core items. Please keep in mind that the goal each of these builds is to do the following: build an attack damage item (BF/pickaxe) into Statikk Shiv into Berserker's Greaves into Infinity Edge into Phantom Dancer.
How rough is the early game?
If the early game is sort of back and forth, you'll most likely take your first back with around 900-1000 gold. Buy a Pickaxe and still rush your Statikk Shiv into you know the drill. The idea is that you always have some AD to back up your attack speed, otherwise last hitting is going to be a nightmare. Oh, and your Tumble will have no extra AD to scale with so that will tickle as well. Just trust me and always buy some AD item before building attack speed.
Finally, things are going bad. I mean Caitlyn Zyra bad. Backing at level 3 no jitsu levels of bad. This is when you'll want to whip out your spicy Cull build. First back, you won't have enough for even a measly Pickaxe. You're going to need some extra juice to make it to the two item power spike men have wet dreams over. Cull will give you stronger last hitting under tower, extra gold income after you sell it post 100 stacks, and a tiny bit of life steal to help you sustain the hurricane of poke damage. It's not ideal, it's not optimal, but by god it gets the job done.
These boots are standard on pretty much every ADC in the game, but incase you're new to the role and are curious, here's why you always buy these dainty little shoes for Vayne. The am mount of move speed gained from these boots isn't really a factor of comparison because all T2 boots that aren't Boots of Swiftness or Boots of Mobility give the same move speed. Any extra move speed from boots isn't really needed because of her built in move speed steroid Night Hunter.
Extra attack speed is strong for reasons previously mentioned. And if anyone is wondering if you should ever take Mercury's Treads or Ninja Tabi, the answer is a definitive no. If the enemy has too much CC, there is an item you can buy that will take care of it ( Mercurial Scimitar) and if too much attack damage is an issue, there isn't any reasonable purchase on Vayne to help you with that problem besides GA. Berserker's Greaves, like an Infinity Edge, are non negotiable.
The Arsenal of Shadows: Final Items
Vayne build. They're situational and require you to think hard about what is going to try and kill you, what you're trying to kill, and how ahead/behind your team is.
Quicksilver Sash is one of the most powerful active items available in league of legends, offering a weakened form of the summoner spell Cleanse for 1,300 gold. You can upgrade the sash to a Mercurial Scimitar, but the only real benefit besides increased damage and life steal is move speed after using the Cleanse effect. So really, the only reason why buy this item is for the the Quicksilver Sash effect.
Before we go on, let me be clear. When I say, "break a CC," I mean that the item will allow you to remove from yourself a spell effect that an enemy has cast on you that disables your character. Now, it's exceptionally important to understand exactly what Quicksilver Sash CAN and CANNOT remove. Let's begin with the can. Quicksilver Sash can:
- Break any form of hard crowd control such as a Taric stun, a Xerath orb stun, Vayne's Condemn, et cetera.
- Break any root effect. A root effect is something that stops your charector from moving but you can still attack and cast spells. Examples are Zyra's root spell, Jinx's flame chompers, and Caitlyn's cupcake traps.
- Break any fear effects. Fiddlesticks fear, Hecarim ultimate, and Nocturne's fear spell.
- This is a tricky one. I don't normally play against these champions, so please take this with a grain a salt. There's a 99% chance that I'm right (the wiki backs me up on this) but again, if I'm wrong, let me know. You can break many of the suppression effects in league with this item. Here's a brief list:
1) Warwick ult
2) Urgot ult
3) Skarner ult
4) Malz ult.
- Knock up effects: The interaction with knock ups, such as Yasuo tornado, is a little odd. Basically, you can use QSS to allow you to flash in the middle of the knock up. Normally you can't flash out of a knockup, but with qss you can. This is why you can't QSS Vi ult.
- Ticking-Ultimates: A ticking ultimate is a spell that has a delay before it does something. This includes Zed's ultimate, Death Mark, Fizz's shark, and trundel's subjugate.
If the enemy has a lot of stuff you can use QSS on, then chances are it's a good buy. Sure, it's not very gold efficient and yes you'll deal less damage with it, but being not dead also boosts your DPS significantly.
Vayne, but it's certainly good. Before we get down into the weeds with this item, let's start with a stat breakdown.
- 75 AD: HOLY S HIT. That is a gargantuan, ungodly abomination level of attack damage. That's more attack damage than an infinity edge. Sign me up!
- 20% life steal: DOUBLE HOLY S HIT. That means for every 100 damage you deal, The Bloodthirster heals you for 20. Combined with Warlord's Bloodlust , you're not dying any time soon.
- Bloody Bubble: Healing for 100 damage a crit not enough for you? How about a shield comparable to Maw of Malmortius anti magic shell? And, best of all, it blocks all damage, not just magic.
The Bloodthirster is the kind of item to buy when you're poppin off late game. I'm talking the main amigo of the carry lord, the ace up twisted fates, the final silver bolt for the last demon. They say that when Vayne buys The Bloodthirster, softly the words, "I am become death, the destroyer of worlds," echo through the rift.
In all seriousness, this item is practically the one versus nine item. If you have a potato support that won't peel, a team that keeps getting caught, and you know that in team fights it's essentially you versus the world, you want The Bloodthirster as your fourth item.
Simply put, you'll never be able to kill the enemy team without healing back all their damage. And The Bloodthirster, my friend, was built for just such an occasion. With the insane healing that it provides and great kiting, you just might have a chance at carrying this clown fiesta.
Guardian Angel is, by far, the most underrated item on Vayne. This is most likely due to the fact that it doesn't give you any damage. "No damage?" the people of the world cry out, "Why, why oh why would I buy such a thing?"
Well it turns out, sometimes, you actually don't need more damage on Vayne. Here's the basic idea. Let's say you have a decent mid laner, a Syndra, who's doing pretty nice damage as is. You two together do a lot of damage. More damage, in fact, than you need to actually kill the enemy team. The main way you lose a fight fight, however, is that the enemy assassin one shots you. GA takes away that win condition from them and locks in your victory.
When you're really ahead and just need to not die, GA is the item of choice. Think of it like an extreme version of the bloodthirstier.
Buying this item should be a rare occurrence. Sometimes it's totally viable to go double magic resistance items, such as QSS and Maw of Malmortius when the enemy has a ton of AP damage. I'm talking about that Elise jungle Rumble top Syndra mid Karma support combo wombo enemy team. Stacking magic resistance against that team is going to give you a lot of bang for you buck.
Anyway, let's go over exactly what makes this item unique. The Final Stand: When your health falls bellow 30%, gain a 370~ shiled that blocks magic damage and gain life grip, a unique passive that gives you 10% spell vamp and life steal until you leave combat. I've already explained why this kicks ***, but to re-iterate my point: it kicks ***.
It doesn't sound like much, but trust me, against 3 or 4 magic wielding foes, this item can really show itself off. A rare purchase but there are moments where the Maw of Malmortius can really shine. The rest of the stat line is kinda meh (There are many other better choices!) so if you're picking up this bad boy make sure it's for lots of mage killin.
I don't know, my imagination runs wild like that sometimes. Anyway, back to the actual game. This item kicks the living hell out of tanks. Two unique passives on LDR make it by far the best tank busting item League of Legends has to offer:
- Giant Slayer: There's this strange scaling competent to this passive (but in the end it doesn't actually make a difference) so please just ignore it and read on. Giant slayer grants Vayne 15% bonus physical damage against anyone who has 500 max HP higher than her own. 15% extra damage on a triple crit from a Tumble Statikk Shiv auto is... significant, to say the least.
- Last Whisper: Grants Vayne 45% bonus armor penetration. HOLY COW BATMAN YOU CUT THEIR ARMOR IN HALF? No... no not quite. Read again. 45% bonus armor penetration. This is important. Let's say that Poppy has 250 armor. However, (no idea if this is actually the number wise case just roll with it) 100 of that armor is "natural" armor that simply comes from leveling up. Only 150 of that armor comes from items, runes, masteries, etc. Thus, last whisper passive removes 68 armor, not 113 armor. So it's still really amazing, just not as amazing as you think it is.
So in short, keep this item in mind if you're really struggling to kill tanks. Important note: There's an alternative version of this item called Mortal Reminder. Instead of giving you an extra 15% max damage against tanks, it cuts the healing they receive by 40%. Judge for yourself which is best. Do they have a Soraka? Is their tank heavy on self-healing like an Illaoi or Vladimir? If so, healing reduction might be better than extra damage. Just go with your gut on this one, there's no way that you can be expected to on the fly calculate which is optimal. More often than not, LDR is better than MR.
Skills To Pay Bills: The Basics (For Total Newbs Only!)
So What Exactly Does Vayne Do?
- Tumble is a short range semi dash. Basically, when you cast the spell, Vayne rolls a short distance in any direction of your liking. She cannot roll over walls (Except J4 ult. Weird, I know, but seriously, you can Tumble through j4 ult. How cool is that?!) and, if she rolls into terrain (A tower, a wall, et cetera), she will instantly stop the Tumble animation.
- ...Auto attack reset... If you watch Vayne fire her auto attack, she loads an arrow into her arm crossbow, fires it, then re-loads the arrow to fire again. Tumble cancels this re-load time if you cast the spell at the exact right moment. I have a video about this in the Vayne mechanics chapter, so if you want to learn more about this, check it out!
- ...AA steroid spell. After using Tumble, your next regular basic crossbow shot deals bonus damage. Yey more damage!
Also, I italicized successive because you can't change targets if you want to make silver bolts deal damage. For instance, if I hit an enemy twice, then switch to a different enemy, my original target will lose all their stacks of silver bolts and they will receive no bonus damage.
However, there are some strange shenanigans where this isn't the case. For instance, when the fish frog tommy uses his consume spell on an allie, if the target he ate had any silver bolts stacks on them, you can hit other targets and your original target won't lose their stacks of silver bolts.
To be honest, these crazy interactions are so few and far between that it's not even worth thinking about. Just... hit the same target three times in a row. Let's leave it at that.
Again, any means any. Anivia tries to box you in using a wall? Jokes on you bird because Vayne can condemn you into that wall. J4 ults you? You can pin him to his own wall!
Come to think of it, Vayne is a huge counter to Jarvin. Seriously, that poor guy. He has the worst of both worlds when it comes to his ult and Vayne; not only can she Tumble out of it, she can also pin him to it. Like, poor guy. He was just trying to help.
For important information about this ult, please watch this short PSA:
Skills To Pay Bills: Leveling Order
The skill order on Vayne is controversial to say the least. The issue stems from something that's far from an issue; both Vayne's Tumble and Silver Bolts are outstanding skills. Maxing Q let's you re-position frequently and grab tons of those sweet sweet auto attack resets, but maxing W let's you deal absurd amounts of damage, especially to beefy tanks like Alistar. Get it? I said beefy tanks and Alistar is a... I'll go home now. I'm sorry.
Ever since patch 6.17, it is, in general, best to max your Q first. Not only does it usually deal the most damage, but also allows you to re-position more often, allowing for the greatest out play potential. That said, there is a time and place for a Silver Bolts max.
This skill tree maxes out Tumble, which gives you tons of mobility and burst damage against squishy targets. Being able to frequently roll around skill shots and re-set your auto attacks is usually better than the raw dps of Silver Bolts maxing.
This skill order is very strong against a bot lane with a ton of skill shots. For instance, maxing Tumble against an Ezreal Zyra bot lane would be a wise choice. They are both squishy champions who can be slain without points put into Silver Bolts. It's also essential that you dodge their poke, and only being able to dodge one thing every six seconds with Tumble will significantly reduce your odds of victory.
Even when against tankier champions like Thresh or Leona, it's still better to max your Q. In general, if you have the luxury of hitting the enemy support, you're either trading on them in an extremely favorable position (where their ADC is too far away to contribute to trading back) or the enemy ADC is already dead. At this point, whether or not you're dealing "max" dps to an enemy target is quite irrelevant. At level 9, dealing 70% bonus attack damage with every tumble is simply too good to pass up in 90% of games.
Silver Bolts Max
Here I've elected to prioritize leveling up Vayne's W, Silver Bolts. Maxing Silver Bolts first allows you to land the most burst damage in lane. While lacking the mobility of the other two trees, this skill sequence definitely packs the highest damage per second, meaning that if you're getting into fights where you're auto attacking the same target six plus times in a row, this skill tree is for you.
Obviously, this doesn't happen often. But it's worth notting that if you think an early Blade of the Ruined King still won't be enough damage against the enemy team (they have an absurd number of tanks, like a cho'gath mid, malphite top, rek'sai jungle, braum support, and _____ adc) then feel free to max your W first. Otherwise, Q max is almost always best.
THE VAYNE MECHANICS
This chapter is built on the idea that you have read all the basic details about skills. If you haven't yet then what the hell are you doing with your life? Go read them! Back? Great! Let's go over some cool stuff you can do with your skills. Also, with all these points I have included a video where I discuss the skill and show some demonstrations. Hate my voice? Me too! Feel free to skip over them, they're just there if you want them.
Tumble Re-Set Combo
How to speed-kill drake/baron
Tumble dodging skill shots
In the clip above, the entire fight I was paying close attention to certain enemies, waiting for them to cast their CC. For instance, in the first clip, I was waiting for Gnar to use his stun. The minute I saw the animation, I Tumbled back and manage to get a quadra kill because of that. A bit lucky that I dodged the Bandage Toss on top of that, but I'm not complaining.
The same goes for the second; I was waiting for the Nami ult. It's tough to do at first, but if you always keep in mind what can kill you in a team fight, you're much more likely not to be caught off guard by it.
Vayne says, silver is indeed "the purifying element" when used well. It is one of the three essentially elements of her alpha element, "the scrublord-dunking element." Read on to learn how to harness this dank mineral!
Condemn. The skill that separates the good from the bad. We've all witnessed a Vayne who condemns away a free kill. It was probably me when I was learning Vayne because I had absolutely no ability to judge wall distance. That being said, this skill has more quirks than just, "Is the enemy next to a wall? If so, use condemn!"
To be a true master of Condemning, it's worth investigating the Flash- Condemn. This maneuver is challenging and may take some time to master. Not because it's hard to execute; choosing when to use this move, now that's the hard part.
Think of a Flash- Condemn as a ball-deep all in engage. If you fail, you're absurdly out of position and will be vaporized if you can't re position quickly. Here's a video where I manage to pull off a successful Flash- Condemn.
Here's a video demonstration from the master adc himself, the legend, the most storied LCS player of all time, the one and only, IMAQTPIE BBY EPIK NICE PLAYZ INCOMING LET'S GO BBY.
Incase you still don't get how to do it, here's a very basic walk through. Short, sweet, and to the point. Enjoy!
If it's simply impossible to use Condemn to stun an attacker, feel free to use it to knock them away. Ideally you should use this in conjunction with your Tumble to create the max distance. This is to ensure that they can't use any short range jump spells to instantly jump back on you.
Unique interactions with condemn
First off, did you know that if you cast Condemn on Katarina while she is casting Shunpo, you will knock her behind you? This is super effective when your back is to a wall. Here's a video where I demonstrate this phenomenon.
Second, you can interrupt Thresh's Dark Passage by condemning while they are traveling. This can deny enemies their escape with a well timed Condemn. Here's a video for your viewing pleasure.
As we observed in the dark passage denial video, Condemn can be used to interrupt spells even after they have been cast. There are plenty of other examples of this, mostly miscellaneous (AKA obscure, not practical, typically useless, not worth knowing, and so on) in nature, but one particularly potent use of this spell-cancel trick is against Alistar's headbutt. As always, here's a video on how to do it.
Final Hour. Now believe it or not, this skill is actually deeper than the amount of trouble you are in for sexting your female principal instead of your girlfriend. The stealth mechanic is especially tough to use. Now that we've come to this point in the guide and your knowledge on Vayne should be exceptional compared to your peers, I think it's time we can discuss the finest point to playing Vayne.
The ancient art of the stealth juke
Many moons ago, one Vayne discovered the art of a the stealth juke. Created out of the necessity to sneak past the kitchen guard for extra sugar cookies, this move is a true sign of an internet bad ***.
The stealth mechanic on Vayne is exceptionally undervalued by the majority of players. Understandably, from a Vayne players perspective, it doesn't really mentally registered that you are actually invisible.
You can't really blame these Vayne players who forget; a blue tinted screen and a few words inside a paragraph of spell text are hardly screaming YOU SHOULD USE THIS IT'S REALLY GOOD!
Having said this, juking an enemy with stealth is just one of the many ways you can use this aspect of your ultimate. Your stealth can also be used to re-position in a team fight, surprise an enemy, and even sneak past an entire enemy team to re-join yours.
First, stand at the very edge of a brush. Then, cast your ult and stealth Tumble toward them. Because they are busy farming minions, they probably won't notice a puff of smoke from the brush. You can walk toward them undetected until you're in auto attack range, and then unleash hell upon them. Here's a video where I do just that.
Kitting as Vayne
Here's a YouTuber named Scrap Computer who made a fantastic basic kiting guide. I highly recommend you watch it, it's perfect for new ADC players.
While this guide is great, it doesn't cover everything you would need to know about kiting as Vayne. Not that I hold that against Scrap, Vayne is just a special snowflake when it comes to kiting.
Tumble is one of the, if not the, best spell in the game for kiting. Why? The spell gives you the ability to constantly re position, re-set your auto attack animation, and burst down enemies.
Let's start with the obvious, the re-positioning aspect. When kiting, Tumble should never be used just for damage. Instead, good Vayne players will use it to roll away from enemies. This is also where the re-set part comes in that I discussed earlier. Remember the fourth step of an auto attack that Scrap mentioned? Tumble can be used to cancel Vayne's re-wind animation
On top of the re-seting and re-positioning, Tumble gives you a flat AD boost to burn down your foes. The absolute best way to use Tumble is to cancel a re-wind animation, get away from an enemy, and deal bonus damage all in one movement.
Vayne montage (bless your soul if you did) you saw multiple instances of stealth kiting. Stealth kiting is using Vayne's stealth to trick enemies into chasing after shadows. For instance, the Olaf that I 1v1'd top lane was fooled on several occasions by my stealth, running one direction when really I went the other. This allowed me to create extra distance and squeeze in a few more auto attacks than I would have been able to otherwise.
And frankly that's what stealth kiting really is, abusing invisibility to last longer in fights. Your foes cannot hit what they can't see, so why give up the advantage of being invisible?
The trick is, using stealth well is really... really counter intuitive. You remember everything you just learned from the Scrap Computer video?
Great, because you need to do the opposite when stealth kiting.
Dealing any damage while in stealth will break stealth. Essentially, after you cast Tumble, you need to re-position while the enemies can't see you. I know I sound like a broken record because I've mentioned this like five times, but seriously, it is imperative to do this well to become skilled with Vayne. People in bronze, silver, and gold will have a terrible time diving you if you can master stealth kiting.
Sadly, there really is no tip list that I can give you for this one. Here's the golden rule; Tumble in the exact opposite direction your enemy expects you to Tumble. Use the max time you can to be invisible. This disorientates enemies, making you seem like a shadow they can never catch. It's actually hilarious to watch a re-play of a good Vayne stealth juking bad players; they run around like chickens with their heads cut off. People are leaping over walls, throwing ultimates in random directions, pinging like mad, only to be butchered one by one in their weakest moments.
Don't just randomly dive into the middle of the enemy team and get picked off early. You are a night hunter. Make sure to act like one. Stealth juke.
Furthermore, I've made two videos about how to kite as Vayne. If you didn't feel like reading this, then here ya go, watch it all:
Pre-Game Part 1: Scouting Out Your Foes
So. You've just started the game. Now what?
No, seriously. You need to have a game plan before you even get to lane. In fact, you should have started planing before you even loaded into the game. Yes, it turns out load screens have a use other than texting back that girl you're hitting on. On a side note; face it, she's way out of your league.
Erm. Anyway. You need to mentally prepare yourself for the laning phase. And I know that sounds corny but it really increases your win rate. Here's a list of things you need to ask yourself:
- How hard of a lane is this going to be (It's 90% about what ADC you are facing. Check out my enemy ADC section if you're not sure)
- Evaluate the enemy jungler (See bellow for specifics)
- Evaluate your jungler (See bellow for specifics)
- Figure out what kind of team comp the enemy team has. (See bellow for specifics)
- Figure out what kind of team comp your team has.(See bellow for specifics)
- Consume the last of your hot pocket because the fecal matter is about to hit the fan.
How exactly do you make these plans? I don't know. Some loser with too much time on his hands probably wrote a bunch of chapters in a Vayne guide about it. Go look at that, I have better things to do with my time.
Pre-Game Part 2: Understanding Junglers. Before it Kills You
Let's start by talking in depth about junglers. Let's say, for the sake of drawing examples from thin air, your game has a jungle match up like so:
Pantheon is your jungler, Maokai is the enemy jungler. In fact, let me back up even further and have us examine yet another list of questions to apply:
- Where does the jungler start?
- When can they gank?
- How well can they gank?
Three basic questions that will win you games to be honest. If you have a loose conceptual grasp on how most junglers work, you can pretty accurately predict what they're going to do when. Allow me to demonstrate.
I know that Pantheon is a weak late game champion. Pantheon wins games because he snow balls people in lane by having insane ganks. Pantheon ganks are really strong because his ult let's him teleport in the middle of a lane and crush people 3v2. His level six ults are devastating if preformed correctly. Pantheon knows where to start so I don't need to worry about that.
Now let's talk about Maokai. I know that Maokai needs blue to jungle well. I'm guessing that he's going to start gromp and take blue. There's no way to know this for sure, but, if there's any doubt, feel free to try and ward near the enemy blue. Provided that it's safe to do so, of course.
I also know that Maokai can gank really well at level 3. If undetected, Maokai can sneak up on me and root me in place, sealing my tomb with Twisted Advance. That's pretty terrifying, so I would love to not get ganked by him. Ever.
However, I know that up until he's level 3, I'm safe. To abuse this knowledge, I'm going to keep an eye on my junglers level. When Pantheon hits level 3, I'd venture that Maokai is hot on his heels. Once Pantheon is level 3, I'm going to start warding river/tri brush and never push unless the enemy bot lane is dead or I have sufficient vision on the river.
More importantly, because I knew Maokai started blue buff, he's going to hit level three on the red side of his jungle which, depending on which side of the map I'm on, could be right next to me. If his red side is my top side, I have nothing to fear. If it's bot side, time to pull back.
I'm also going to play it safe until Pantheon is level 6. I'd be extremely confident in getting a kill from a Pantheon's Grand Skyfall gank, so all I have to do is bide my time until then.
By understanding how both the team's junglers function, you can always stay one step ahead of them and never get caught by surprise. This is a lot easier said than done, however. To always know where the enemy jungler is would be too much to ask of an ADC. That's what your support/jungler is for. You just need to have a general idea. Basically enough to keep you alive, but not enough to counter gank if you catch my drift.
Laning with Vayne: General Info
"She's really not that bad in solo Q... you just need to learn to lose lane gracefully."- Double Lift
I couldn't of said it better myself. Much of the reason why people think Vayne is such a bad champion is because she has a tough laning phase. First off, let's address Vayne's weaknesses in lane:
- Low attack range: Vayne's stubby range is the price she pays for having stealth, a stun, true damage, and extra move speed. A small price to pay in my opinion, but, Hell, even I will admit that sometimes it really sucks having such a short attack range. This can lead to tons of problems like losing trades, being zoned off CS, and not being able to get close to fights without risk of death.
- Extremely Squishy : Like most other ADCs in the game, Vayne is squishy. Coupled with the fact that she has to get close to deal damage, bursty bot lanes (like a Sona Graves lane) will dumpster her if she's not careful.
- No way to safely farm when behind : Many ADCs have a way to cs even when they are being zoned. Vayne has no such tool.
- Can't last hit under tower by herself : In the early game, Vayne can't kill caster creeps in one shot after a tower hits it. That means she needs help from a support. Which can suck because some supports never feel like helping you last hit under tower.
I mention these now because they shape every decision you're going to make while laning. These four flaws dictate how you play. If you chose to ignore them, you will fail. Now, let's move on to a step by step guide for laning, starting with the begining: why Banner of Command is so terrible.
Early Game Vayne: Levels 1-6 (Aggro Lanes)
An aggro lane pitted against Vayne is akin to a zergling rush; should they fail to rush you down and kill you early, you will destroy them late game. Thus the key to wining is not dying in lane, short and simple.
What is an aggro lane?
How do I beat an aggro lane?
This is known as a win condition, basically the way you actually win the game. Vayne wins games because her late game is so terrifying. And she's an ADC who can peel for herself. And she deals true damage so she melts tanks. And she's one of the best duelists in the game. You get the idea.
Thus, against an aggro lane, you know that you will always out scale the enemies so long as you don't lose lane super hard. That means that the only way you can lose the game is if you die in lane. So just don't. Seriously. Just don't die and you will win.
That means playing hella smart all lane. Always being aware of your positioning, playing it safe and just farming, and typically only fighting the enemy bot lane when you are either dueling the enemy adc or getting a jungle gank.
Aggro lanes have really ****y poke, so you don't have to worry about being worn down. What you do have to worry about is getting 100-0'd. Here's a tip list concerning ways that you can avoid this consistently.
Tips on how to beat an aggro lane
- Never ever ever go for cs where you have to run past the enemy support. This is the number one way people get killed when playing Vayne in aggro lanes. If you feel it is dangerous, then it is dangerous. It's not worth it, just let it go and move on.
- Save Tumble to dodge skill shots. Using Tumble as an auto attack re-set is all fine and dandy, but its primary use is going to be dodging a life threatening skill shot from the enemy support like Zenith Blade. There are situations where it's wise to burn Tumble if 1) you are using it to trade on the enemy adc and 2) you are confident that the enemy support won't be throwing any skill shots your way. Same thing for securing a tank minon, just... be aware that you won't have that tool for six seconds and stay safe until it's off cool down.
- It's okay to lose in cs, just don't die.
- Never push past the half way point without river and tri brush warded. Because the enemy jungler will come and will wreck you.
- Once you have Blade of the Ruined King, you can fight the enemy bot lane. Until then, be very cautious as one mistake can lose you the game.
- You're going to be pushed into tower a lot. It's important to know how to last hit under tower. If you have time, ask your support to help you last hit the caster minions. All they need to do is auto attack each caster once. Then, let the tower shoot the minion and, finally, you auto attack the caster to finish it off. Melee minions die in two tower shots and an auto attacks.
- It's acceptable to use Tumble to last hit minions under tower if you must. The enemy is very unlikely to tower dive you in the laning phase unless you have an absurdly low health pool.
- If you're low on health, back. There's no room for greed here, just miss 20 cs and not die. Because if you stay you're going to miss 18 cs and die anyway.
- The enemy bot lane will try and hard shove early to get a level 2 advantage before you do. A bot lane levels up after the entire first wave is killed and the first three melee minions of the second wave die. Watch out for this; if the enemy bot lane hits level 2 before you do, back the heck up and don't let them have the chance to all in you.
- The same above can also be said about level 6. This is more unpredictable when this occurs, so just keep your eyes wide open.
A lot to take in, I'm sure. Before you move on, just one tiny little check list of your level and what you should be doing during each stage.
A level-by-level guide
- Level 1: Try and get level 2 before the enemy bot lane. If this is impossible (likely) play it safe until you too are level two.
- Level 2: Get your Condemn level 2 if you are feeling pressured. Otherwise take your Silver Bolts and continue to farm. Keep your brush warded and try your best to avoid any and all combat.
- Level 3: The enemy jungler will try and gank someone, and that someone could be you. Keep your tri-brush warded if possible and continue to farm and play safe. You now have some power, so if your support catches out the enemy ADC, you now have power to punish them.
- Level 4: More farming and playing safe. Enemy jungler can still gank, so keep that in mind.
- Level 5: At this point, try to hit level 6 and look to back. If you haven't died yet or been forced out of lane, great job, the hard part is nearly over. The enemy bot lane is going to try one last desperate all in at level 6, so just deny this opportunity by continuing to play safe.
- Level 6: At this point you have your super OP ult and some damage, most likely a cutlass or a bow +the mats of the other piece. Ask your jungler to gank because you're ready to kick some *** and take some names. Otherwise, continue to farm up, duel, and be an over all badass until mid game team fights start to break out. We'll cover what to do then latter.
Here's a full video of mine where I show exactly how this is done
Early game Vayne: Levels 1-6 (Poke Lanes)
Vayne player, poke lanes can feel a little like having a chubby little kid pulling on your pant leg shouting, "HEY MISTER, MISTER, GUY, LOOK AT THIS ROCK I FOUND UNDER MY WIENER, MISTER, HEY, HEY MISTER, LOOK AT MY ROCK!" Inevitably, you develope this itch in your gut to smack him half way across the room and dislocate his jaw. However, as we all know, if you do so, you're going to be attacked by a crowd of strangers, beaten senseless, and throw in jail for a very long time. Instead, like a mature adult, you simply drug his ice cream so he passes out in the middle of the store. Or ignore him. What ever floats your boat.
What exactly is a poke lane?
How do I beat a poke lane?
Tips for poke lanes
- Always stay behind your minions. All poke champions have some sort of skill shot that can be blocked or mitigated by minons. Jinx's Zap!, Caitlyn's Piltover Peacemaker, you get the idea.
- If you can, ask your support to pick someone who can keep you healthy in lane. Soraka, for instance, is the biggest counter to poke lanes in the game. Their damage is meaningless because she can heal you right back to full.
- Try and all in once you hit level 6. Typically, poke lanes have underwhelming all in potential. If you're full life and the enemy is out of position, level 6 and beyond is the time to fight.
- Again, always back when you're low on health. Over staying will lose you the lane. If you stay in lane when you're low, you can't get any more CS without risking dying anyway. So really all you're doing is getting some extra XP in exchange for a lot of gold.
- Poke lanes tend to push a lot. Ask your jungler to come bot when they do. Make sure to keep tri clear with a pink ward.
- Don't get frustrated! It's annoying to lane against a poke lane, I get it. Just don't do something stupid like buy Banner of Command or all in when you're at 20% life.
- The best time to secure CS is when the enemy ADC is killing their CS. If they're killing a minion, they can't auto attack you when you get in range!
Over all it's pretty simple. Don't die, wait until late game, win the game. Here's another brief level by level guide of what you should be doing.
A level by level guide to poke lanes
- Level 1: The poke starts now. Stay behind your minons and play it safe. Always keep your eyes open for enemy skill shots and stay behind the wave. A level 2 all in is possible but unlikely for your enemies to try.
- Level 2: Same story as always, but the poke is going to get worse. You may be pretty low at this point. If that's the case, feel free to go home and buy a D blade/pots soon. You'll need it to survive the early game.
- Level 3: If you got chunked hard earlier, now's the time to back if you have around 500 gold. Buying a Cull against a poke lane is a smart decision if you're struggling. Although it slows you down, it's well worth the investment so you can get stronger latter in the game. And it gives you life back on hit, which is nice.
- Level 4: If you haven't backed yet, do so now. Unless the enemy bot lane is trash and hasn't been poking you, which is unlikely. Buy some items and wait until level six to try and pick a fight.
- Level 5: Start making trades at this point in the game. Standard auto- Tumble re-set-auto combos will do. Only do this after they use up their poke and have nothing to fight you back with.
- Level 6: Sion : "STAND UP. FIIIIIIIGHT!" if you think that's a wise choice. If you're uncomfortable, wait until you have blade of the ruined king. Then you can really smash their faces.
TL:DR= Hide behind minions. Don't fight. Back when low. Wait till six. Fight.
Adjusting your play style to your support
On the flip side, Nami's kit isn't really great for all in engages against enemies with full health, as bubble is really hard to land aggressively and her wave moves way too slow to catch anyone who isn't running at you. If you were to go hard in the paint, unless you're really really strong, you're going to lose if you have a Nami support.
This rule goes for other poke and sustain supports like Soraka, Janna and Nami. TL:DR- Poke your enemies, get off good trades with their healing, don't go all in until you've established a health advantage through poke.
What Blitzcrank doesn't want to do is get into little skirmishes. The poor robot is big and clunky and can't really heal you or poke anyone. He's going to get chunked by Sona supports and sucked dry by Soraka q's. Don't try to trade too often with this guy, let him bring the victims to you.
Supports that function like this are Blitzcrank, Alistar, and Leona. Typically, Vayne doesn't do so hot with these guys, but if you end laning with one, hell, at least you know what to do now! TL:DR- Go all in. Don't trade. Avoid these lanes (besides Blitzcrank if you can.
While most ADCs won't be quite as good as THE LEGEND HIMSELF, his comment has some merit for us. Morg can be a bit weak pre six if your enemies can dodge her Q. But once she gets her ult.
Dear God. Once she gets her ult. It's pain time boys.
As soon as you two hit six, go in. There is not a single lane that is more spooky than Morgana Vayne post level six. That combo disgusting. There are other lanes like this, such as Vayne Sona, that are insane at level six. If you find yourself laning with a support that unlocks some kind of hard core CC at level six (naut is another good example) just play it safe until you hit six and then clean the floor with your foes.
Mid Game Vayne: A Brief How-To
It's honestly that strategically simple. Because you're an ADC, you don't have to make many tough choices. That falls to your jungler. This is the part of the game where he becomes the commander of the team. Your job is to follow orders and help your team as best you can. The way you do that is to keep farming lanes and the jungle to get strong as fast as possible.
Once you hit a power spike of two major items (90% of the time it's going to be Blade of the Ruined King + Phantom Dancer) it's a good idea to start fighting with your team. Until then, you're not bad, you're just a bit... underwhelming. Especially if you're behind.
Here's a good rule of thumb: If the enemy ADC is one major item ahead of you, you're seriously behind and need to stay away from team fights until you have three items.
Let's say that the enemy Lucian has tri force and IE. That's ****ing terrifying to be honest. You only have Blade of the Ruined King and your boots. At this point, you need to sit bot lane and farm for Statikk Shiv and Last Whisper. If you go into a five on five team fight against him, unless he gets caught and dies instantly, you're useless compared to him. If you sit bot lane, he's going to come and try to counter your split push. That way, your team has at least a shot at a 4 on 4 team fight.
To be entirely transparent with you all, there are a lot of nuances to the mid game that I don't have nearly enough space to explain to you. Nor is it really worth your time to read them. This is something you're going to have to play for yourself and learn through failure.
I can, however, give you a list of tips that can help guide your decision making process. These are some key facts that are always the case in every game, so make sure to cross check them with the choices that you make mid game.
- Dragon is a crazy important objective to take. Make sure you know when it spawns and make sure you're there to help your team get it.
- Mid game, team fights are super easy for Vayne if she's ahead. Make sure to scrap if you've got a lead!
- Always think very carefully before trying to "1v1" someone. Chances are the entire enemy team is waiting in a bush and this lone Sona is bait.
- Make sure to grab your upgraded Scrying Orb once you hit level nine. When pushing out bot lane, you can use this to ward tri-brush from a distance, ensuring your safety even after your tower is down.
- Speaking of safety, don't push past your ward coverage in the mid game. Enemies are always looking to gank a lonely Vayne pushing alone in the bot lane.
- If you're playing on split pushing, hold off until you have three items. Your team isn't ready to go for split push strats yet. Mostly because you kill towers too slowly.
That's all I have to say about the mid game. Good luck and stay on your toes.
Late game Vayne: Team Comps Concepts
Hark! A video from a Skrubs! This gent does a great job explaining the bare bone basics of a team comp. Explanation starts @ 30 seconds, although the whole video is worth the watch in my opinion.
Vayne fits wonderfully into two of the three team comps: split push and team fight. If your team is looking like a poke comp, it might be time to grab Corki or Ezreal. You don't have to play Vayne every game, and she's really bad in poke comps. Like. Super bad. Fish out of water bad. Moist African Cloth 9 bad.
Fitting in with a split push
In a split push composition, Vayne is a great champion to do the split pushing with. Keep that in mind while buying items. Mostly, consider Youmuu's Ghostblade a little more than you normally would. It's quite powerful 1v1. Again, I would really really recommend you watch the Skrubs video above, he does an outstanding job explaining everything. Here's a basic outline incase you didn't follow something he said.
First off, split pushing is pushing a lane by yourself in an effort to either take a tower or distract the enemy team so your allies can take an objective. If you're the one pushing, make sure there is actually an objective to take, like dragon, baron, or a tower. Second, make sure your team is ready to push or fight. Splitting when everyone is low and backing to the nexus will only get you killed.
Once you've decided it's time to push, go for it. Turn on your gosu mode and get ready to 1v2 some srkubs, because they are coming for you. Even if you die, it's a huge win if your team can get an objective off of your push.
If your split pushing and your team gets in a team fight, do not stop pushing. By the time you could get to a team fight, it will already be over and you'll find yourself unable to do anything to help the corpses of your teammates. Instead, take a tower while they fight. Even if they lose the team fight, you'll still get an objective or two out of it.
If you're not split pushing, then stick with your team and help them take objectives and team fight. Since you're the adc, you don't have to worry about what objectives to take when. That's your junglers job. Your job is to back him up and crush his puny enemies. The next chapter is all about team fighting, so check that out if you need some help doing so.
The teamfight comp: No thinking necessary
If you're a team fight comp, just stick with your team and try to death ball down the enemy team. How? Mechanics, that's how! Look bellow for how to team fight as Vayne.
Team fighting as Vayne
This right here is by far the trickiest part of playing Vayne well: team fighting. From getting Vayne spotted by tumbling into the middle of the enemy team to getting blown up by assassins, team fighting can be melt your brain with its difficulty.
Let me start this chapter by saying that you need to be very patient with yourself when learning how to team fight. It's not easy, the proper way to do it is not intuitive in the slightest, and it's going to lose you games if you don't do it well. Scratch that, you can't win any games if you don't team fight well.
Hard and fast team fighting rules
- Always save Tumble to re-position. This is by far the most important rule out of any of these bullet points. If you use Tumble for damage, you won't have it to kite away from enemies and you will die.
- Never dive the back line. Always hit what is in front of you. If you try to attack the enemy carries, you will die because the front line will melt you like ice cream on a sweltering marshian day.
- If anyone tells you to, "Stop hitting the tanks," they are officially an idiot and you no longer have to listen to them.
- If someone tells you multiple times to stop hitting the tanks, it is both necessary and justified to mute them. You always hit what is in front of you. There are literally. No. Exceptions. Always. Hit. What. Is. In. Front. Of. You*.
- Say it with me. "I will always and only hit what is in front of me. It is both acceptable and best for me to hit the tanks. I will focus the back line divers and the assassins. Only when the enemy team has no CC left and no front line can I dive the back line."
- Say it again.
- You do not need to hold Condemn to stun an enemy. It is both necessary and justified to Condemn back someone who is trying to burst you down.
- Unless the enemy uses their upgraded red trinket or a pink ward, use your entire one second of stealth to walk away from the enemy divers.
- If you have your ult up, always Tumble in a different direction than you are facing to confuse enemies.
For instance, let's say that nasty fed Rengar leaps onto you in a team fight. You need to instantly go invisible or risk getting deleted. Depending on how fed he is, you might even need to instantly Flash away. What ever the case is, make sure you get away from him as fast as possible.
Once the tiniest bit of distance has been created, drop a Blade of the Ruined King activate. This will both slow him down and heal you. Now, it's time to spend the rest of the team fight kiting this diver. When he gets close to you, Condemn him back. If he flashes on you, Tumble or Flash away. Do whatever it takes to keep him off of you. Your support, if they are good, will help you do this.
If you kill the enemy diver, the enemy team has probably lost the team fight at this point. Without you dead, it's going to be an easy clean up. This is why it's so important to focus the person diving you in a team fight. Always be ready for them to jump on you. Do what ever it takes to stay alive. Their doom is your victory.
A wombo combo team is a team composition focused on chaining multiple abilities together to melt an entire team. For instance, your Gnar ultimate plus Ziggs or Viktor aoe plus Graves ultimate and End of the Line wombo= a dead enemy team. The wombo combo team is simple to play against; don't get caught in their wombo combo. If you simply stay far enough away from your team to not get hit with the enemy AOE, but close enough to your team to join the fight when it starts, you'll win against most wombo combo teams.
The way wombo combo teams lose is by pulling the trigger on their crazy combo too soon, so to speak. For instance, the enemy Galio flash ults three enemies, none of which are you or your mid laner. While it's good to get the wombo combo off on three enemies, they may lose the team fight because both carries are alive and well, very much so ready to answer the pain the enemy team is dishing out. Without their epic spell combo, the enemy team is pretty weak in comparision to two stand alone carries, which is where you come in.
It's easier said then done, however. You will get caught in the wombo and you will lose games for it. Don't be afraid to Flash a Sejuani ultimate, it will win your team the game if they engage without you dying early. Remember that you have a lot of tools for dodging enemy engages like Tumble, stealth, and Condemn.
The best way to beat this kind of composition is to just flat out engage. Don't play their little hit and run game, just yell at your sion to start the fight by plowing into the middle of the enemy team.
If you don't have the luxury of a hard engage, it's time to split push. This is far from ideal, but you're not going to accomplish anything by sitting mid lane and getting chunked by spears. An important thing to note about poke teams is that, typically, you can 1v1 any poke champion. Except a fed Jayce. That guy can deal absurd amounts of damage late game.
While you're split pushing, the enemy team might have to send 2 members to deal with you. When they do so, there may be a small window of opportunity for your team to collapse on the split up team. Not a huge chance, but it's a shot.
Fighting poke teams can be rough as Vayne. To be honest, wining those games are, in a lot of ways, beyond your control. It's up to your team to start fights so you can actually deal damage to the enemies. Just pray that your top laner picks Sion because that guy does not give a **** about poke.
- 1) Go to your bathroom. Smear your sister's black eyeliner under your eyes like army war paint.
- 2) Turn on very loud and very fast techno music.
- 3) Go to the lane the enemy is split pushing.
- 4) In all chat, write, "HI. I. AM. GOOOOOSSSSSSSUUUUUU!!!!!!"
- 5) While your ears are bleeding from the 97 decibel techno music and you have lost your voice from screaming, 1v1 that pleb that dares try and split push your bot lane.
- 6) (Hopefully) You won and are enjoying the, "OMG DAT VAYNE" messages in all chat.
Expect that you're Vayne. You were literally made to kill tanks. This is the best team comp you can ever be put against. Literally all you have to do is auto attack the front line. No ADC in the game can out damage you when hitting tanks. There is no kitting, no skill, just right click the tanks and win the game. Allow me to demonstrate:
It's ranked draft mode, and the enemy team has pick a Sion top, a Braum support, and a Maokai jungle. Your team has picked a Viktor and a Lulu.
Braum: This is going to be such an easy game. They have no way to kill our front line.
Sion: Free LP boys, let's go bby.
Maokai: Do you guys remember last game when the entire team focused me and couldn't even get me to half health? Ha that was the best, I wonder if i can do the same thi-
An enemy has locked in, "Vayne"
Sion: So uh. I guess we lose.
Maokai: I'm AFK. Anyone give a flip?
Sion: Not really. I think I'll go do my taxes now.
Braum: -hangs self from ceiling fan with mouse cord-
Laning with Vayne: The Match-Ups
I have decided that, rather than you give you some arbitrary number to represent the strength of an enemy, I'm going to use three colors: Green is an easy lane, orange is an average, kinda hard lane, red is a very challenging lane.
Also, this will only be covering attack damage carries. I will mention some support that typically lane with them, but other than that, all you need to know is to try and keep track of their cc and only go in when you think you can A) avoid it or B) they don't have it.
Every champion will have pieces of information that are absolutely imperative for you to know. The rest will be explanation/more esoteric stuff that you don't HAVE to know when laning against them. So, if you're in a rush, just read the three and tab back in.
Finally, and I believe this goes without saying, but Vayne doesn't have any "good" lane matchups. Green is literally code for, "She has a very high chance to not get crushed in lane," and red is, "You are going to get torn to pieces in lane." If it's draft pick, avoid picking Vayne into any and all red matchups. Again, Vayne's goal is not to win lane, it's to survive lane and carry her team with a strong two item power spike toward the end of the mid game.
3 things to note
2) Ashe has a spell that gives her a sort of rapid fire mode. Her arrows make a high pitched sound when it is active. Do not fight her when this is active, she will always out damage you with it pre-six. Wait to fight until it's on cool down.
3) Her ultimate is a very easy to land long range stun. Post six, always be ready to flash dodge it or, at the very least, keep your lane well warded so the enemy jungler can't follow up on her ult. Ashe get's strong because of this ult; if she doesn't have it, Vayne will annihilate her.
Typically, Ashe will lane with either a support that compliments her poke or her all in. Janna Ashe is a common bot lane as Ashe has no peel besides her ult in her kit. In this lane, you need hard cc if you want to kill either of them. Otherwise you out scale them, so just play it safe.
In an all in lane, like Leona Ashe (A more popular lane for her than the poke style) their main goal is to hit level six as soon as possible and all in you. If, however, you can dodge their cc (Using either Flash or Tumble) their strength is crippled and they will almost always lose a fight to you.
Something to note: Ashe's Hawkshot has a huge range and is quite capable of scouting brush and dragon, even when she's very far away. Sneaky dragon kills and death bushes are significantly less good against her because of this.
Caitlyn is the bane of Vayne's existance. With insane poke damage, tons of ways to escape your all in, and her terifying range, Vayne has almost no hope of surviving in lane against a Caitlyn if she doesn't know what she's doing. However, I made a video, a long one, covering just this lane matchup. Since ya know, it's so damn hard.
So that video basically covers everything, but just to re-iterate; there is literally no reason to walk up and grab cs when she will just shoot her. Think about it, if she keeps killing creeps and doesn't poke you, the lane will push to your tower. When it pushes to your tower, she is taking a lot of risk to poke you. When she can't poke you or tries to and gets ganked by your jungler, she will lose the huge edge she had on you.
So what if she has a 25 cs lead in lane? Even with that lead she can't 1v1 you. In a 1v1 her ultimate spell is useless unless you try to run with really low health. You can dodge her Q (which is about 30% of her damage) with Tumble easily. Her slowing neat can also be dodged, but even if you don't, your move speed passive will stop her from escaping.
The key to beating Caitlyn in lane is patience. Just let her do her little farming thing early game, don't get near her until the minions are close to your tower, and then dumpster her post six. Easy game boys.
3 things to note
2) Tell your jungler to gank often. Caitlyn pushes like a maniac and, while her escape is good, she can only go so far with 90 Caliber Net before she must use Flash. If she has no Flash, a Flash Condemn of your own will seal her fate in conjunction with a jungle gank.
3) Try and fight her after you get Blade of the Ruined King and Final Hour. You will annihilate her. Truly, Caitlyn is strong for five levels, then she falls off hard.
Corki is a real mixed bag of a match up. Everything in Corki's kit and playstyle screams that he should destroy Vayne in lane. A strong mid game power spike, lots of burst damage, a stealth reveal on his q, high poke... he has it all and yet... and yet no one seems to play him well enough to beat a good Vayne. I love Corki; he's my second most played champion and I mop the floor with people when I get ahead as him. But in my hundreads and hundreads of games in season six, I have played against less than 15 Corki's in the bot lane and have seen even less Corki mains.
So with that in mind, the Corki that you're facing is probably being piloted by a newb. And a bad Corki player is one of the easiest ADCs in the game for Vayne to beat.
Forget everything I said earlier. When played by someone who doesn't understand how to play Corki, Corki becomes a really terrible version of Vayne without any lategame. Like Vayne, Corki has a very short attack range (Both sit at 550 range). Unlike Vayne, however, Corki doesn't like to get close to auto attack. Most of his damage comes from hitting the back line with his Missile Barrage and chunking the front line with Gatling Gun and his Trinity Force critical hits.
As you can tell, Vayne really isn't either of those things, thus she wrecks him. She absolutely destroys Corki at every single stage of the game if he's not played well. Early on, he won't be able to hit you with his q, Phosphorus Bomb, because you can simple Tumble out of it as often as he can fire it. Once you hit level six, his Missile Barrage is a bit harder to dodge (the projectile is a lot faster) but still very dodge-able.
Your all in crushes him. To put it simply, you deal a lot more damage than him 1v1, especially if you can dodge his skill shots. Corki has his power spike in the mid game, so try to avoid fighting him then. Wait until late game, then you'll mop the floor with him if you didn't already do so in lane.
Again, all of this is only applicable against bad Corki players. But that's all I see on ladder, both on my smurf (I recently climbed from silver 4 to plat one) and on my main in diamond. However, I really want you guys to watch this video as a fair warning. Should you come across a good Corki or even any Corki in ranked, you need to respect them until you're sure what kind of player they are. Because, otherwise, this might very well happen to you.
Regardless, here are some tips you probably won't need.
3 things to note
2) Corki has a mid game power spike. If you avoid fighting him then and force fights late game, it should be an easy win. Corki is strongest when he has just bought his Trinity Force. 1v1ing him, even if he misses everything, can be difficult then.
3) Corki can burst you if you get hit by hard cc. If he's laning with a Leona or Braum, be very cautious about being stunned. Play it safe until you see a window to go all in after they have used their cc.
Draven. Fawkin dray boys. I used to play this guy a bunch and man o man was I happy to see myself laning against a Vayne. This guy is a freaking monster in lane that can snowball you like a fat man rolling down a mountain.
For instance, have you guys ever heard of the term "The Draven Pain Train?" It's a point in the game where Draven can continuously throw spinning axes at you and always keep up with you using Blood Rush. You can't out run him and he just beats you down... with style. Even if you Flash, he can stop your fleeing cold with Stand Aside.
I say this just to re-iterate that this guy is a behemoth in lane. He was built to absolutely destroy you and make you weep tears of blood. By picking Draven, he basically wins lane 90% of the time. Your best defense is to be really, really passive. Sit by tower, farm up, and pray that late game comes soon because you out scale him hard.
Your one advantage is that Draven takes a lot of skill to play. To be blunt, if you and your opponent are of equal skill, late game you will beat him in a duel just because Vayne is easier to play than Draven. It's going to be very hard to win this game, but it's doable if you know how to play it safe in lane.
3 things to note
2) When fighting against Draven, you can use Condemn to knock him away from a Spinning Axe, forcing him to drop it. This will destroy his damage as he not only loses the extra AD from Spinning Axe, he also can't re-set the cool down on Blood Rush without it. Only do this if pining him to a wall simply isn't an option.
3) Stand Aside is an effective disengage tool for the drayster. If you're hunting him down on low hp, he's most definitely going to try and use this move on you. Mentally prepare yourself to flash over it or Tumble to the side in order to dodge it. This could nab you a cheeky kill if you keep your eyes open.
Ezreal is like a worse version of Corki; you use the exact same strategies to beat him, it's just a lot easier to do so. All of his damage comes from skill shots, and Vayne has a really easy time dodging them. This lane should be a piece of cake.
However, that's not to say it won't be obnoxious doing so. Ezreal embodies all that is hair-pulling annoying in this game. You can just hear him shouting as you lane against him: KE-YAA! MYSTIC SHOT! YAS! GET THEM JANNA YAS! OH NO I GOT HOOKED... GOOD THING I HAVE ARRRCCCAAANNNEEEE SHIIIIIFFFTTTTT YAS! NO DON'T HIT ME VAYNE GOOD THING I HAVE ARCANE SHIFT AGAIN YAS!
... Did I mention I ****ing hate Ezreal. Every single kill I get against him fills my heart with delight and it makes me sad that I don't have laugh micro'd to a key TO SPAM ON HIS COLD DEAD CORPSE **** YOU EZREAL YOU PIECE OF ****ING ****.
3 things to note
2) Always stand behind your minions! They will block Mystic Shot with their faces so you don't have to.
3) Always keep track of Ezreal's jump spell, Arcane Shift. Going all in on this guy is tough because he basically has a free flash every fight. Unless you have hard cc, it's hard for even a night hunter to catch this little prick.
Quickdraw into End of the Line into Collateral Damage) will pop you like a balloon hit with a grenade. Much like a grenade, it's really hard to actually miss with Graves. Truly, one game on my smurf account, someone banned Vayne so I had to pick Graves. Without ever having played him before I got 19 kills in one game. He's that easy to play.
Basically what I'm telling you that even a neaderthal could beat Vayne in lane with graves. The match up is that outrageously bad. What you're dealing with is an easy to play, tanky (due to his passive) burst ADC who can wreck Vayne without having to think about it. His late game isn't nearly as good as yours, but, again, he can still kill you with this combo.
However, if you can dodge his spells with Tumble and Flash, his damage is actually pathetic. You can duel him once you have Blade of the Ruined King as per usual. Just... just be careful. If you get hit by his burst combo there isn't much you can do other than wilt and die.
In lane you have to really respect his burst. Don't get close to him to grab a cs unless he is getting one as well. If the enemy support has a stun it's time to turn on farm-under-tower mode. Play it safe until you have BotRK, then try and kill him when the enemy support has no cc up and you are confident that you can Flash dodge his ult.
Yah. This is going to be a rough game. Sorry friend.
The good news is that as of patch 6.9, graves is much more popular in the jungle. So you don't have much to fear as most people won't take him bot lane. Hooray!
3 things to note
1) When dueling him, always use your max time in stealth to re-positioin. You might get lucky and make him panic Buckshot the wrong way, making the fight much easier.
2) Again, his burst is nuts. Play the lane hyper safe. It's 100% okay to lose in cs in this lane. Just don't die. Under no circumstances can you die, because if you do, the game is essentially over.
3) If you can afford to, save your Tumble to walk out of his Smoke Screen while stealthed. This spell can lose you fights because it blocks your sight of everything around you; you're a sitting duck while stuck in that thing.
Jhin specilizes in trading well with his gernades and finishing off weakened foes with his long range CC, ultimate, or just a fourth shot crit to the face. In a one on one, Jhin will out trade Vayne consistently and lose the all in consistently. Even when behind, Jhin can still get his team ahead by making great use of his Curtain Call and Deadly Flourish moves. In short, he's not someone you should triffel with lightly.
Like I was saying in his introduction, Jhin is an extreamly strong laner. Vayne will not ever out trade Jhin in lane, period. His Dancing Grenade and auto attack crushes anything you can muster as Vayne. Unless your support is popin off, expect to concede lane control to Jhin.
Furthermore, if you get caught out by an enemy, Jhin can root you in place from a massive distance. Unless you know he isn't around, Jhin can contribute to fights from ludicrous distances. By "massive distance" I mean the distance between your tier one mid tower and their tier one mid tower. So yah, for a non global, crazy long range. Always be aware that at any moment Jhin can start sniping, so don't stick around anywhere with low health.
Jhin's main weakness is his lack of mobility. Unlike Vayne, he doesn't have great ways to escape people who are jumping on him. His traps ( Captive Audience) can provide some peel, but a Riven with intent to kill is not so easily deterred. Furthermore, he's significantly worse at killing tanks, especially if he doesn't have his Lord Dominik's Regards yet. Late game, he simply cannot put out as much damage as you. Plus, after two items, you'd have to try and lose the 1v1. Here's a few tips to help you survive a lane and win a game against Jhin:
4 things to note
1) Again, don't trade with this guy. He will consistently beat you... but on the other hand, if he's reloading and in range for an auto attack, you'll win the trade. If he has no gernade to toss, you'll win the trade. Without his auto or his Q up, Jhin actually trades very poorly. So make sure to keep a close eye on his cool downs in order to chip away at his health.
2) If you're getting ultied by Jhin and have Tumble off cooldown, make sure to move up and down erratically to try and make him miss a shot. If it looks like one is going to hit, make sure to Tumble straight north or south. This will almost always result in a dodge and perhaps your life.
3) The fourth shot in his gun does damage based on missing health, so if you're full HP, it's still going to hurt but it won't explode you. Keep this in mind while trading!
4) Jhin's root skill shot, Deadly Flourish, requires you to have recently been damage by him or an ally for it to root. The only exception to this rule is that Dancing Grenade doesn't give him a mark. Why? I don't know, ask Riot. Anyway, if you haven't taken damage in the past five seconds and you see a Deadly Flourish coming, chances are it won't root you.
Jinx can be a really dangerous adc to play against if she is skilled. In short, she's just a better scaling version of Caitlyn who has less escapes but much... and I mean a lot more damage. Her rockets are going to poke you hard in lane, and, tragically, she out ranges you pretty hard with them. Unlike Caitlyn, when late game comes around, Jinx is still going to be really strong. So waiting her out isn't an option like it is with Caitlyn.
The best advice I can give you is try and farm until you get Blade of the Ruined King and fight then. Her mid game is solid but she's certainly beatable. Plus, you can destroy her in a duel so long as you dodge her spells. This is a rough lane for lane for sure. It's easier than Lucian, Graves, and Draven but, without a doubt, the hardest orange match up in this list.
Play very, very carefully. Try your hardest to not die pre-six, it's really hard to come back from an early death in a Vayne v Jinx lane. If you get ahead early, the lane is over because you out scale her all ready.
Four (gasp!) things to note
2) Zap! reveals you for a duration of time after it hits you. If you've been tagged with Zap!, your stealth is useless.
3) All of Jinx's moves are very telegraphed, meaning that it's easy to tell when she's doing a move like Super Mega Death Rocket!. Keep an eye on her and you'll be able to Flash dodge any and all of her skills. She even shouts out what move she's doing when. Seriously, next Jinx game just listen to her: "WATCH THIS/SEE YA!"= firing ult.
4) Flame Chompers! are a devastating root spell that can spell doom for you. Always keep an eye out for them in a duel, and remember that it's always worth it to path around them rather than get stuck in them. Again, like her ult, it's pretty obvious when she's using this move. While screaming, "PWA-TAH" (seriously I have no idea what kind of unholy noise she makes but you have to hear it to understand...) she will throw three flame chompers on the ground that have about a one second arm time. So yah, easy to dodge, just keep your eyes open.
Kalista is another one of those super polar champions. I've seen great Kalista players who kite like pros and position around my Condemn like pros. I've seen some bad Kalista's wiff spear after spear and ult their support away from free kills. And then I've seen Banner of Command level Kalista players. You're going to fight them all, but, sadly for us, the good Kalista mains can be one hell of an enemy.
Kalista has two kinds of supports she does really well with: mage supports and tank supports. This is due to the passive on her W(Why she/her allie hit an enemy, they mark the target. If the other hits the same target, they take bonus damage) and her ult(She can suck someone up and they can launch themselves quite a distance). Tank lanes and suppports lanes play very differently for Kalista.
If she's with a mage support like Lulu, Kalista will spend most of the lane poking you and having Lulu slow you and pop the afromentioned W passive. This is the worst kind of Kalista lane for Vayne and will be red level difficulty. Never ever ever be afraid to back when you've been poked. Losing cs is better than losing your life.
The other lane, a tank + Kalista lane, will be pretty passive unless you hella missposition. Their big spike in power is in team fights, where Kalista can throw an Alistar into your team and wombo you to hell and back. Add a Yasuo to the mix and the pain will be brought, tears will be shed, and games will be lost.
To avoid this wombo, you just need to stand away from your team. Let them get blown up and focus on bursting down Kha'Zix when he leaps into the mix. In lane, farm up and get your tank shreding items like Blade of the Ruined King fast. Watch where you stand, one wrong move can result in a Leona standing on your face.
Three things to note
1) Kalista can do massive burst damage with her E, Rend. The more spears you have inside you, the more damage the spell does. It also re-sets if it kills anything, including a minon, so don't be fooled thinking it's on cooldown when she uses it to farm. However, the range is short, so if you think she's going to finish you with it, it's very possible to flash out of range and live before she can pop it.
2) Kalista's W passive, Sentinel, deals max health damage when poped by her soul-bound friend or Kalista, from 12% (rank 1) up to 20% at rank 5! Be very wary of this as you can get blown up by poke if you chose to be reckless around Kalista.
3) Night Hunter allows Vayne to keep up with Kalista's bunny hops. Don't be afraid to chase her, not even she can out run the night hunter.
Lucian? Well, as Vayne once said, "Fu*k that sh*t." Lucian is a trading monster who does best beating the **** out of squishy targets. His passive gives him a double shot after every spell he uses. So yes, in one trade he can speed himself up, hit you with a huge burst of damage with his Q, dash to re-position, and shot you 6 times with auto attack all in the time you can get about 4 auto attacks off. Trading is not an option.
Pretty much you need a support that can peel for you and keep you alive during laning phase. Despite what a lot of people say, Lucian's late game is not that strong compared to Vayne's. "BUT THE DOUBLE SHOT!" they say, "IT LET'S HIM BLOW UP TANKS FOR SURE." Really, you think a champion that deals true damage is weaker late game than a guy who gets an extra 3 auto attacks off after casting spells? ********e is what I say to that. You out scale Lucian hard.
Just to re-iterate this key point, do not trade. Don't do it. I know you want to. Just move your mouse away from the black man and keep farming. Because he will kick the sh*t out of you.
Once you have Blade of the Ruined King, as per usual, you can duel him. But with the caviot of landing a condemn stun. Otherwise he could quite possible beat you 1v1. Not likely, but with an Infinity Edge and some lucky crits you can lose.
Three things to note
1) His ultimate sucks if you know how to play around it. After casting it, he can't change which way he is facing while firing. He can move left to right, but he can't rotate his angle of fire if that makes any sense to you. So if he starts to ult, just move behind him or stealth Tumble to the left hard. Why the left? Because no one ever expects the Spanish inquisition, that's why.
2) Lucian is a trading monster, so don't trade with him. However, his damage drops a lot in lane if you can dodge Piercing Light, his q that's a skill shot solid beam of light. What I had no learned until I played him, however, is that Piercing Light is not a skill shot.
He actually has to target an enemy with Piercing Light in the way that Annie has to with her q or Janna does with her shield. The cast range is quite small compared to the actual range, so Lucian players will angle their Q through a minion trying to hit you with it. So if you're keeping an eye on him, draw a mental line from him through your own minons. If he uses Q, Tumble toward him moving left or right.
This is kind of counter-intuitive, so listen very closely. Lucian is standing to the top left of you, and you see him charge up Piercing Light, Tumble to the left. If you think about it, the light beam is going to be moving to the right through a minion. If you Tumble right, the beam of light is going to hit you. However, if you move left, the beam is traveling right, so it's going to miss you. Geometry boys!
3) After using his ult, The Culling, Lucian can use his dash while firing off bullets. If you outmaneuver him and all his shots are missing the side of a barn, be ready for him to dash and be back on you like the annoying pest he is.
Sivir is one of those annoying champions that doesn't really do anything other than make you have a bad time. On a list of things Sivir does well: She is really good at running away. She is the best split pushing adc in the game, and, if she gets caught doing this, she is great at blocking cc with her spell shield. So she can run away even better. And, of course, she can poke you in lane. If you try to fight back, she can run away. It's just... It's just a blast to play against this super fun champion.
You're never going to lose to a Sivir unless you let her split push out of control or she gets fed in lane. All you have to do is farm up in lane, don't get poked or killed (hard but doable if you follow the laning tips of when to play safe) and then go and team fight. Sivir is pretty strong in team fights too. For instance, she can help her team run away. Are you noticing a theme here? She runs away a lot and it's more annoying than a baby with a toy that sings a song about friendship. But besides fleeing, Sivir doesn't deal great damage in team fights, especially if you have a strong front line. So instead she split pushes and tries to take a tower while you guys team fight.
So long as your top laner runs TP, she will always fail her split push. That's why she's not very popular at the moment. Because she is garbage. But that doesn't seem to stop people from playing her, so here are some tips to help you come out of laning phase ahead.
Four (gasp!) things to note
1) Watch out for her Boomerang Blade. It's a pretty slow projectile, so Tumble dodging it should be easy peasy. However, should you get caught by it, a max level boomerang will chunk you like a fat kid eating birthday cake. Keep in mind that it deals significantly less damage if it passes through minions. If she tries to Q you through a wave, it's going to tickle.
2) Her ultimate, On The Hunt, gives Sivir's team a huge burst in speed. Not that you would ever be able to push against a Sivir, but if you do, keep in mind that you can never out run her and, if a jungler shows up, you are guaranteed to have a fight on your hands. If you're comfortable with a 3v2, kudos to you and keep pushing. If not, back the hell up because unfavored combat is inevitable.
3) Sivir players have this magical ability to turn off their brain and auto push a lane. If you can get your support to clear tri-brush and river brush wards, ganking her will be a piece of cake if your support has hard cc or a slow.
4) Unless you know Sivir doesn't have spell shield, don't try and condemn her. Try and force her to use it to dodge a slow or some other toss away spell from your support, then Condemn her into a wall and seal her fate. Alternatively, if you know Sivir will never be near a wall, you can use Condemn to pop her bubble and set your support up to land some hard CC. Use your best judgement when taking either avenue of attack.
Tristana can be a real power house if she gets ahead in the right hands. Late game she can clean up entire teams by pumping a team full of auto attacks from Rapid Fire and exploding them with Explosive Charge. Mix in her outstanding self peel with her Rocket Jump and Buster Shot and you've got one hell of a champion on your hands. But, like every other champion in the game, Vayne is better.
Truth be told, a fed Tristana is the only adc that can contest Vayne damage late game. Rapid Fire +400 AD = melted faces, to put it scientifically. Be wary of her insane burst late game; one Explosive Charge from a brush can easily spell doom for even the tankiest of champions. In things aren't going her way, a Buster Shot and Rocket Jump can create massive distance between the two of you.
In lane, Tristana is underwhelming unless her support has hard cc that they can consistently land. If you have a support that can peel for you, however, Tristana won't be able to do much more than annoy you in lane. The general idea is to power spike before she does and engage in a 2v2. If she gets slightly ahead of you, don't sweat it. Unless it's the super super late game, she can't hold a candel to your damage.
Three things to note
2) Rocket Jump can be interrupted mid-cast. If you're next to Tristana and she leaps into the air, you can pin her to a wall mid flight if your reaction time is fast enough.
3) A standard kill-combo on Tristana is to cast Explosive Charge, auto attack you four times with Rapid Fire, and then use Buster Shot to deal burst damage and stop you from finishing her off. This can be countered by maxing out your time in stealth and waiting for her Rapid Fire buff to fade. For this reason, it is best to max out Tumble against Tristana to optimize this strategy.
Twitch is a little over powered in season seven. With great wave clear, sick AOE damage, insane range with his ultimate, an attack speed steroid, true damage poison, AOE slow, decent laning, and slipperiness due to his stealth... Twitch is powerful. Really powerful.
First and foremost, let's go over Twitch's laning. Twitch likes to go for an all-in on enemies at 3 points: level 3, 4, and 6. Level three is when he has two points in his Contaminate skill, which deals damage to anything that is poisoned based on how many stacks of his passive are on the target. One stack of poison? No sweat. Six? Prepare for the pain. Twitch also unlocks his AOE slow at level 2, meaning that if you get hooked by a Thresh, prepare to be dragged through poison and take a ton of damage. Probably die, actually.
At level four, Twitch will learn his stealth. Pay close attention to this. One of my favorite ways to climb on my smurf (low plat ELO at the moment) is to pick twitch, act like I'm recalling at level four, and stealth back into lane. Normally, enemies won't think twice about going all in on my "out of position" support, only to realize that I'm right behind them. The situation, besides consisting of being slowed, gets worse when you realize that Twitch gets a huge burst of attack speed after coming out of stealth. Long and the short of it is, if you think Twitch is gone, be really, really sure that he's actually gone.
Finally at level six, Twitch learns his ultimate, grants him a huge boost to his attack range and extra attack damage. There's no real way to beat Twitch if he gets to open up on you with this. To beat Twitch in lane, you need to start the fight. Left to his own devices, Twitch will always stand in a spot that you can't reach and mow you down with an ult. However, if he's not in that perfect spot, he loses to Vayne hard at level six.
The win condition of Vayne lies in her Condemn. If at any point you can get a stun on this rat, he's toast. Without his bonus attack speed from stealth, without his extra range, Twitch is significantly weaker.
In lane, trading with Twitch is a little bit of a mini game. If you can avoid standing in his poison, a classic auto- Tumble-auto will beat him every time. If you try and fight him in his poison cloud that he throws on the ground, it's game over. At level six, your best bet of beating the all in is to pull a stealth juke. Act like you're ulting to run away, in reality run toward him, get a good Condemn angel, and finish off the fight from there.
Three things to note
1) In the mid game, Twitch can roam from bot lane to mid in stealth... and there's not much you can do. Buy lots of control wards so you can call out when he's leaving, and make it clear that you won't be following. Twitch has better team fight up until you have your first 2 major items, so try and get those ASAP.
2) Late game, Twitch is pretty unstopable. In the end, it will become a duel of the late game gods. He'll kill your whole time or you'll kill his. Play it standard and save your stealth to avoid his ult damage.
3) Twitch's stealth isn't actually stealth. It's "camouflage," meaning that if you stand close enough to Twitch you can actually see him. If you almost kill Twitch but he narrowly escapes, keep snooping around. You can tell if you're running the right way because your Night Hunter passive will activate.
Are you looking for an adc and can't find them? Chances are they are really... really unpopular. This would be the case for Kog'Maw, Miss Fortune(even with the re-work, no one plays her), Twitch, and Vayne (kappa). However, if you guys know that Twitch is like, the **** in silver*, as in he is picked more often than zed was last season, please let me know so I can write him in. I don't want to waste my time covering an ADC you'll never fight, but by all means if I missed someone important, don't hesitate to ask!
* I mostly play in low diamond (main) and mid plat (smurf)
Anything lower than gold 4, as in who is strong/weak in those ELOs, what champions are the flavor of the month, what starts are prevalent, et cetera are totally unknown to me. For all I know, Urgot is a contested pick in bronze. Don't hesitate to tell me these things, I want to help in any way I can.
Who Should Support Me?
After years of playing Vayne, I have compiled a list of supports that pair up with her like cheese and wine. That's not to say that only these champions work well with her, these are just the optimal choices. Bard Vayne isn't a bad lane, it's just not as good as Morgana Vayne. Ya dig? Cool stuff, let's get into this.
No one even plays this champion, how could she possible be the best?
You blind fool.
I forgive your sin of being ignorant of the glory and prestige that is Morgana. Let's think about what Vayne is weak to. Instantly, hard CC comes to mind. If only there was a champion with a spell that made you immune to it.
Oh wait there is her name is Morgana she has Black Shield it makes you immune to hard cc next question please. Vayne is pretty weak to people diving her. If only there was a champion that could literally stun an entire team.
Oh wait there is her name is Morgana her ult Soul Shackles can stun an entire team next question please. Condemn can be hard to land some times. If only there were a champion that could root someone next to a wall for up to 3 seconds.
I think you get the idea because OH WAIT IT'S Morgana. HER Q, Dark Binding, IS LITERALLY THE MOST BROKEN THING IN THE GAME. THIS SPELL IS MADE OF AIDS. YOU LITERALLY SHOOT A BOLT OF AIDS AT PEOPLE AND THEY GET REKT.
If you have not played the Morgana Vayne bot lane, then you have yet to eat the chocolate ice cream of league. When I duo with my silver 3 friend we play Vayne Morgana. You know when the last time we lost bot lane was? I can't remember because we literally haven't this champion is the best support in the history of the universe thank you very much.
Finally, the radical nazi feminists love this bot lane. It's two goth chicks kicking everyone's ***, men included. Radical nazi feminists literally hate everything but this and punching men in the balls. This is a sign from all that is good and just in our world. Play this lane. I'm telling you everything in your life will be perfect if you do.
Janna on your team. I cannot imagine a more frustrating experience than trying to dive an ADC when a good Janna is on the enemy team. She has a knock up, an aoe knock back/heal, a slow, she can speed you up, she can shield you and, at the same time, give you a BF sword, this champion is almost as insane as Morgana.
Late game, unless the team has 4 assassins on it, you're never going to die. She's so incredible at peeling enemies away from carries it's mind blowing. No pun intended. Combine her sick peel with your disgusting damage and you're in for a fun ride.
Also, let me re-state that her shield gives you 50 ad at max rank. Also, for every 10 Ap she has, the shield gives you an extra AD. Because apparently making your ADC immortal with peel wasn't enough. 5/8 The Bloodthirster in damage to go along with a 240 damage bubble? Seems legit.
A con (and why she's second rate, literally in terms of this list) is that she is super passive in lane. Unlike Morgana, her kill power is pretty underwhelming when mixed with Vayne. You're hardly going to win lane as a Janna Vayne lane. You're honestly one of the most terrifying late game combos, however. Chill out through the laning phase, don't go aggro, and crush everyone late game.
Is what I would say about most Janna's. However, if you have spilled the blood of a virgin goat under the 3rd black moon on the Satanist Family Fun Calendar, then you may be granted a good Janna. A good Janna will, as the gangsters say, "pop a cap in the ***es of her foes." Her kill pressure in lane, if she knows what she is doing, can be insane. Tons of knock-ups, slows, healing, extra AD, and a shield spell disaster for any ADC caught out of position.
However, most Janna's are not good because you didn't sacrifice enough virgin goat blood damnit. Keep that in mind and play it safe in lane unless your Janna starts to pop off. Then prepare for a fun time.
Nami is a forgoten support, a relic from a time long gone. Or so you thought, until you read this. What does Nami bring to the table exactly? What makes her a top tier support?
You don't understand. Nami Vayne is so good. My duo Q partner is a Nami main and dear lord can that man do work. Let me break it down.
First off, Nami has CC for days. Her Aqua Prison and Tidal Wave can lock up a target like jackson state prison. Couple this with a well timed Condemn and your victim is going no where fast.
This CC is also fantastic in team fights. Knocking up an entire enemy team? Yes please I would like that. Nami can stop a dive dead in its tracks, allowing you to slip away and come back in for an easy clean up. Got a Rengar who wants to rip your face off? Aqua Prison is near instant close range (travel time affects how long the spell takes to actually land) so he's going to great a great view of you running away as your team slowly closes in around him.
In adition to tons of CC, Nami is freaking fantastic at trades. Nami's Tidecaller's Blessing gives you a damage and slow buff on your three auto attacks. Three auto attacks? What in Vayne's kit requires 3 auto attacks... God I just don't know I feel like it's something important OH YAH YOUR TRUE DAMAGE.
Finally, Nami has fantastic lane sustain with her heal, Ebb and Flow. Not quite as good as Soraka I'm afraid, but it's pretty damn good in all honesty. Also, mouse over the text on that bad boy. Wheels spinning. A question arises in your head. "It can hit up to three targets. So like..." Yes. Ebb and Flow can heal you, damage the ADC you're trading with, and then bounce back to Nami to heal her, effectively casting a spell three times. In those magic three bounce trades, the lane advantage you get to establish is a little bit busted.
If I haven't convinced you of Nami's power yet, maybe this will; in the plat 3 elo, my Nami support and I won ten games in a row with this bot lane combo. Seriously, try this lane out. You won't be disappointed, I promise.
Blitzcrank. With the ability to pull the enemy adc into you, it's a cake walk chaining cc with him to crush an adc dumb enough to wander away from their minons.
Picture this: Caitlyn struts in front of her minons, a bullet with your name on it locked and loaded. A hook out of no where screams at her. Everyone holds their breath. No room to run, she's dragged toward a wall with doom written all over it. A Power Fist to the gut makes her kiss the sky. You've maneuvered behind her with Tumble with a sort of grace that bring a tear to my eye. Your Condemn slams her face first into the cold stone of summoner's rift.
You'd be surprised how often this can happen with a Blitzcrank as your support. I went up a division or two in just one day by duo quing with a top tier Blitzcrank. Most suck. But, if you do find a good one like I did (he's since put the game down due to being perma tilted, RIP bud) you can carry games left and right.
Late game, Blitzcrank can straight up win the game by hooking a carry. Otherwise, he can peel for you quite well. Not as well as a Janna, which is why he's #3 to be frank, but it's enough to get the job done if you have fast feet for kiting. Er. Fingers, I should say. Give him a try, it's about the only aggro lane Vayne can prosper in.
Teemo support with a Caitlyn adc were chosen to combat me, my Vayne already locked. Feeling near tears, I was about ready to dodge until the unthinkable happened. Something extraordinary
Soraka was locked in for all to see.
Blessed be the bannana, I shouted to the heavens. Blessed be she who heals and never stops healing, the life giver, the provider, the giver of lane sustain, the one, the only, the Soraka.
Sacrilege aside, this champion is freaking broken when it comes to lane sustain. Remember that bot lane I mentioned? I was able to stand in the middle of the minion wave, spaming "LOL **** YOU" in all chat for about 5 seconds and Soraka wouldn't even flinch. I would be taken to half health and in two heals I was back to full.
Poke lanes CRY when they see Soraka. If you've had it up to here with poke lanes and just want something to kick the **** out of them, go Soraka Vayne. You will never die in lane, she can peel with roots and slows, and did I mention you can literally never be poked out of anything because incoming fact you can't.
A duel to the death; How to duel (champion) video guides
Hi everyone! Very excited to bring you all this new series where we break down how to duel the most dangerous foes that can be found on the rift. As I make more videos I'll be sure to post them here, but to keep up to date, make sure to sub to my YouTube. Anyway, hope you guys enjoy!
A final word about your future as a Vayne player.
Good to see you down here my friend. So if you're one of the few who decided to read the whole guide (IE the book of Vayne) then I have nothing to say but thank you and I sincerely hope you enjoyed your time and learned a lot about Vayne. She's not easy, she's not meta, and she's certainly far from freelo. But, if you have read this whole guide, then I'd imagine you feel the same way I do about Vayne. A sort of redundant passion, a willingness to struggle and fail time and time again, all to make something of this old, hyper late game carry that everyone refuses to forget.
Vayne will forever be a very special part of my life as a gamer. She inspired me to write this guide and start a YouTube channel, both of which are getting more and more popular every day. But more than that, she motivated me to make something of all the time I spent playing her. I doubt many of you will go on to make something like all of this, but I hope you can turn the passion and patience it takes to main Vayne into something amazing. Anyone with enough drive to lose lane one hundred times, grit their teeth, and head in for yet another brutal lanning phase is, in my opinion, a spectacularly driven person.
In any case, I wanted to talk to you all about the future of playing Vayne and you. This guide is (I think at least) a fantastic foundation for you as a Vayne player. As you begin to grow as an ADC and Vayne, you'll start to realize that a lot of what I've said to you guys is simplified and fails to represent the complex system that is this game. Like science, rarely are there rules that cannot be broken. Sure, like the dogma of biology, all ADCs buy AD. But, like most of our conceptions about the world, there are exceptions to even things we think are fundamental to existence itself.
With the knowledge I've armed you with, I encourage you to really explore this game and all things Vayne. Things such as, "never diving the backline" and "avoiding trading unless the enemy miss-positions" are all things that aren't hard and fast rules. I told you they were so you wouldn't go and die in every single team fight trying to dive the backline.
Once you master the basics, the fun really begins. League of legends will start to feel like a game that you truly understand the flow of, something that you have an almost God-like power to manipulate. And I truly believe that once you get good at it, this game will never stop being fun for you. The possibilities, the creativity, the outplay potential, every game feels like a brand new world for you to conquer.
So good luck, have fun, and may you always walk with the shadow of Shanna Vayne.
Show's over folks. You don't have to go home but you can't stay here (A lis
A long list of thank yous
Secondly, I would like to thank ConsumerOfFood for helping me get the ball rolling for this guide. I would like to thank Gbay99 for introducing me to the song in my montage and inspiring me to make it in the first place. I'd also like to drop a thank you to all the better ADCs in solo Q who have kicked my *** over the years and, in turn, made me a much better player.
Also, you can thank jokersprank (This nerd) for that hella sexy intro thing. God bless man, thanks a bunch.
This is a very very long and very very detailed video guide about Vayne. It's about as extensive as mine, maybe redundant at some times, but it's still a very good source. If you are lusting for more knowledge, feel free to check it out.
2) DoubleLift Guides: Short basic guideFull game walk through (WARNING: VERY OLD)
These two guides are both very high quality from one of the best Vayne players in the world. Not much else to say about it. Check them out!
If any of you find other guides that you think are solid, feel free to IM them to me. I would love to expand this section.
Once again, thank you all so much for reading. I wish you the best of luck in all your endeavors. Take it easy, and remember to always have fun.