In this relatively short but quite informative guide I will tell you the most important things you need to know if you want to play Veigar. I will explain the Abilities, how they work and even their bonus effects. Additionally, I tell you how and when to use them best, so that they reach their maximum effectiveness. Besides, I'm going to explain my Build and compare some items with each other in order to explain my choice of itmes. After that I will comment on the Runes I chose and in the last section, I discuss all of Veigar's possible Summoner Spells.
Both kills and assists grant Veigar 5 stacks, hitting an enemy champion with an ability grants 1 stck for every single hit. Consequently, you normally get 6 (5+1) stacks only if you last-hit an enemy champion with an ability (5 for the kill and 1 for striking them with an ability). 1 stack of Veigar's passive equals 1 Ability Power for the rest of the game. (This also scales with items like Rabadon's Deathcap or Lich Bane.)
Phenomenal Evil Power (Passive)
"Striking an enemy champion with an ability grants Veigar a stack of Phenomenal Evil. Takedowns grant an additional 5 stacks. Phenomenal Evil gives Veigar 1 ability power per stack."
Killing the target with his Q, Veigar gains stacks of his passive. Melee Minions grant 1 stack, same as Caster Minions and small monsters. Siege Minions and Super Minions but also large monsters grant 2 stacks per kill. This ability damages the first two targets hit which means that in case both of them die, Veigar gains stacks for them both. If Veigar last-hits an enemy champion with his Q, he also grants 1 additional stack. So when killing a champion with his Q, Veigar gains 7 (5+1+1) stacks of his passive (5 for the kill, 1 for hitting an enemy champion with an ability, 1 for killing the target with Q).
Baleful Strike (Q)
"Veigar unleashes a bolt of dark energy, dealing 70 / 110 / 150 / 190 / 230 (+60% of ability power) magic damage to the first two enemies hit. For each target killed, Veigar gains 1 stack of Phenomenal Evil. This bonus is doubled if the target killed is a large minion or large monster."
Because of the 1.2 seconds delay this ability is pretty hard to hit but during this time you are granted vision in the place the dark matter will hit the ground.
Dark Matter (W)
"After 1.2 seconds, dark matter falls from the sky to the target location, dealing 100 / 150 / 200 / 250 / 300 (+100% of ability power) magic damage.[/i]
Every 50 stacks of Phenomenal Evil lowers Dark Matter's cooldown by 10% (stacks multiplicatively with Cooldown Reduction)."
The more stacks you have of Veigar's passive, the lower the cooldown of this ability.
Veigar first casts a cage, that got a 0.5 seconds delay in which all targets can walk right through it. After that, the edges of this cage will stun every target (enemies and neutrals) that comes in contact with them. This will stop dashes (such as LeBlanc's Distortion or Gragas' Body Slam) but doesn't prevent enemy champions from "flashing" out of it (using the Summoner Spell Flash or abilities like Zed's Living Shadow or Kassadin's Riftwalk) - so in order to get stunned, the targets need to get physically in contact with the edges of the cage. In that case, Veigar will gain a stack of his passive for every single enemy champion that gets caught; but only a small number of players know that Veigar will get an Assist for just capturing an enemy champion in his cage - even if they won't get stunned.
Event Horizon (E)
"After a 0.5 second delay, Veigar twists the edges of space around the target location for 3 seconds, stunning enemies who pass through the perimeter for 1.5 / 1.75 / 2 / 2.25 / 2.5 seconds."
Depending on the target's missing Health, Veigar deals damage to one enemy champion. This is his only point-and-click ability and scales from 75% to 150% AP ratio. As an execute, Primordial Burst reaches it's full damage potential when it hits an enemy champion that has below one third of his HP.
Primordial Burst (R)
"Blasts the target enemy champion with primal magic to between 175 / 250 / 325 (+75% of ability power) and 350 / 500 / 650 (+150% of ability power) magic damage, increasing based on the target's missing Health. Damage is maximized against enemies below 33% Health."
- You will max Veigar's Q Baleful Strike first because you need it to stack your Ability Power by last-hitting the minions with this spell (you lower the cooldown of this ability and increase the damage it deals during leveling it). You won't use your W Dark Matter that often in laning phase of the game as you need to save your mana for farming with Q. Veigar's E Event Horizon can also be used offensively as well as defensively: You should use it not only to catch the enemies, which makes hitting your other spells very easy, but you can also escape even better when the enemies are captured in the cage. So you will max the E second since the stun duration on all targets hit scales from 1.5 to 2.5 seconds which increases Veigar's mid-game utility for the whole team.
- So you will start with Q in level 1 and in level 2 you will upgrade your E because you simply won't use your W so early - it's too hard to hit without the help of Veigar's cage (E) and would just be a waste of mana.
How To Use The Abilities:
- Since you can hit up to 2 targets with the Q, you should always try to last-hit 2 minions at once with this ability (if possible) because you get the stacks from both of them. Otherwise you can try to kill a minion and hit an enemy champion right behind it. Doing so, you will also be granted (at least) 2 stacks of Veigar's passive. Veigar's strength is completely depending on how many stacks of Phenomenal Evil he got and that's why farming will become more and more easy in game while you get more and more stacks. In the early game it's mostly the farm you get your stacks from and in the late game you will get more stacks from teamfights (kills / assists / striking enemy champions with abilities) - but don't forget to farm later on in the game!
- With an AP scaling of 100%, Veigar's W is your second-largest damage source. On top of that, you can hit multiple targets with this spell, so make sure to hit it safely on many champions when they are caught in Veigar's E (Event Horizon). Since the W grants you vision, it's pretty obvious that you should check some bushes for visible enemy wards or champions. You can also look over a wall for that short time, so you can e.g. check out wether the enemies are at some monsters in the jungle (Buffs, Drake, etc.). In the late game, this ability will have a very low cooldown - but don't forget to last-hit minions and monsters with your Q for the stacks!
- Veigar's E can miss sometimes, too, because of the 0.5 seconds delay. But if you already got some experience on Veigar, you can also try to place the edges of the cage right onto the enemy so that they are stunned instantly. In teamfights you should try to capture as many champions as possible in one cage.
- The ultimate is an execution spell which is the reason why you use it when an enemy has low Health (best case: less than a third of maximum health).
The Mid-Season Update in Season 6 (Patch 6.9) has changed not only some AP-based Champions but also many Items. Veigar was one of these champions and this patch also changed his build:
||Increases Ability Power by 35% - this also works with Veigar's Passive. You will build this pretty early in the game since you already got some stacks (by farming), so this item is even more viable.
||Magic damage ignores 35% of the target's magic resist - so all of your damaging spells deal more damage, eypecially when the enemies have bought much magic resist.
||15 Flat Magic Penetration for even more damage. Flat magic penetration is even more useful in the early game because most of your enemies won't have much magic resist in this state of the game.
||Gains charges upon moving or casting. At 100 charges, the next spell hit expends all charges to deal 100 (+10% of ability power) bonus magic damage to up to 4 targets on hit. Simply put: If you hit 1 enemy in a teamfight, you hit 5 - and since Veigar got a lot of AP, the damage of the charges scale very well. Luden's Echo is best built in the early or late game (rather for roaming or late game mobility). For Veigar it's the best if you build it when it comes to late game because this item reaches its maximum utility in Teamfights which happen rather in the late game.
||If you should struggle against an AD-based lane opponent, this item gives some CDR for better farming with Q plus Armor. In addition to that, its Active can save you from getting one-shot by champions like Zed or (if used correctly) protect you in teamfights.
||The Passive of this item grants a spell shield that blocks the next enemy ability. This doesn't only help you against a very bursty enemy laner who always tries to engage with the same ability (e.g. Fizz) but also prevents you from getting caught in (the beginning of) a teamfight. If you should struggle against an AP-based lane opponent, this item gives you some CDR for better farming with Q plus Magic Resist.
||After using an ability, your next basic attack deals bonus magic damage equal to 75% of your base AD + 50% of your Ability Power (1.5 Second Cooldown). You can build Lich Bane as the last item in your build; so if you have it, your AP will already be over 1,000 and your AA will deal at least 500 bonus magic damage. You can then easily destroy turrets with only a few auto-hits (turrets are also vulnerable to magic penetration) since you won't hit that many champions with AA in a fight (you rather one-shot them with your spells). However, this item is very situational. Important to know when you build both Luden's Echo and Lich Bane: The Movement speed these items give DOES stack because it's not a unique passive.
||If you are absolutely sure that you won't lose the stacks of this item, it is also a great (and cheap) source of AP and even better when combined with Rabadon's Deathcap - but of course it's very risky, too.
||Since Veigar's early game is pretty weak, this item is very controversial because you have to buy and stack the Tear of the Goddess, which gives nothing at all but mana, very early in the game. If fully stacked, this item is super strong and also got a great shield. However, you won't really profit from the second passive of this item that gives bonus AP depending on your maximum Mana as long as you don't buy other mana items.
Morellonomicon VS Rod of Ages:
||What should be your first item - Morellonomicon or Rod of Ages? When you would build RoA first, you would have to buy the Catalyst of Aeons which doesn't give any utility at all except some sustain while Morellonomicon consists of the Lost Chapter which gives mana upon leveling up plus some AP. Moreover, the Fiendish Codex also gives some CDR for farming with Q. When the the item is complete, Morellonomicon got 20% cooldown reduction PLUS the following passive: Dealing magic damage to an enemy champion below 35% health inflicts Grievous Wounds on them for 8 seconds. (Grievous Wounds reduces all healing received and regeneration rates by 40%) - this works well with Veigar's ultimate (max damage when below 33% HP) if it should not be the killing blow. RoA costs 200 gold less than Morellonomicon, so you may get it a little bit earlier, but if the item is complete, it takes 10 minutes until it's fully stacked. This would weaken Veigar's early game a lot since the item doesn't even lower the cooldown of Veigar's abilities - it gives HP instead. Veigar can't do much with HP since he isn't a tank and although he can one-shot pretty much everybody in the late game, he is a one-shot for nearly every enemy champion himself (wether he got some extra health or not).
To summarize it once, the old Veigar was much about stacking AP (by killing minions) on different lanes (far from team fights)
just because it was the only way he could get the stacks
. After this got fixed, the new (current) Veigar is also able to stack his Passive by hitting enemy champions with his abilities
which makes it much more attractive for him to join the fights (mid- and late game)
. Items like Archangel's Staff got less viable
and Luden's Echo became an essential core item
If the game goes well, Veigar doesn't need much CDR because of his huge all-in burst damage
. Anyway, if you should have any problems, you can still go for Zhonya's Hourglass
or Banshee's Veil
which makes it even easier for you to stack the Q
and in addition to that, you get some sustain. However, you should not buy a defensive item without any Ability Power
- this would weaken Veigar's damage a lot. But always remember: You have to build situational
and react to what the enemies built and how their team looks like
, e.g. if they have many tanks or much magic resist
, you have to buy more magic penetration
- and on the opposite (if they have many squishy champions
) you can go for full AP
BONUS: Tank Veigar
The idea of a tank with such a burst damage like Veigar's all-in combo literally sounds too good to be true. You simply can't build tank Veigar while dealing any damage that would be comparable to that of an AP-Veigar as long as you are not extremely ahead of your opponents. You might have seen a tank Ekko
in the past or a tank Fizz
lately who built an AP-based champion on full tank while having great success with it. But there are at least two main reasons why you should not go for tank Veigar
First, Veigar's role in a team is that of a control mage
. He got some great CC (espacially in teamfights) which works well in combination with his AoE-damage ( Dark Matter
) and his spells (particularly his R Primordial Burst
) scale just too well with his Passive Phenomenal Evil Power
as well as AP-items. Moreover, his playstyle differs significantly
from that of an Ekko or Fizz (because they are assasins). Consequently, Veigar's positioning has to be much more cautious: You will never go as deep as an assasin - because the champ Veigar
won't profit from that. If you combine both Zhonya's Hourglass
and Banshee's Veil
you should be safe from bursty engages in teamfights - often one of them is already enough to do the trick. But normally you just have to position yourself well to deal (more) damage and don't have to die
. So control mages don't go tank for the same reason as ADCs: It's just ineffective.
Additionally to Flash, Veigar can choose between a variety of different Summoner Spells:
GOOD on Veigar:
Helps you not to get underleveled
and miss less CS (more stacks)
so you don't fall behind. You could also gank pretty well
with this item (as long as the enemy has pushed the lane). This item won't lose its utility in the late game
because you can still teleport to teamfights
or even try to split-push
(since Veigar deals great damage to turrets).
Helps not to get one-shot
so easily by the enemies and also scales with the champion level
. I would recommend this in very hard match-ups.
OK on Veigar:
The enemy midlaner will probably take Ignite
which makes all kinds of heal less effective. However, it still may protect you from getting killed
Very hard to use it the way it develops its maximum effectiveness because you have to use it before the enemy will damage you
which isn't easy to predict.
BAD on Veigar:
Even if you can render the incoming CC ineffective
, you will probably die in most cases, especially when it comes to the late game.
It may eventually secure a kill in the early game. Completely useless in the late game
because you will either kill the enemy champion with your all-in combo or they will live
. Veigar is a burst champion that gets more kills the further the game has progressed
, keep that in mind.
For some midlaners the combination of Ghost
could work out aswell but apparently this won't be an option for Veigar, simply because it doesn't fit with his abilities: You got Flash
as an escape spell and there are way better options than a spell only used for gapclosing while putting yourself in danger. With the Movement Speed you get from Luden's Echo
(and maybe also Lich Bane
) it should be possible to hit Veigar's stun without "wasting" one of your summoner spells for it.
I go for the combination of Flash
in nearly every game because these spells won't lose their utility in any part of the game
Support Veigar - How to get out of Elo Hell
THIS CHAPTER IS A WIP
The main reason why Support Veigar could be a viable pick is his Passive Phenomenal Evil Power which permanently grants him AP when he hits any spell on an enemy champion. However, Midlane Veigar is also able to stack his Passive by farming with his Q Baleful Strike - so it will always be a stronger pick than the supporter variant.
But the longer the game lasts the more Support Veigar will catch up: So if the game lasts more than 30 minutes, Support Veigar will statistically tend to win more because with time come the items and thus the AP. These types of games are more common in low elo and that also explains Support Veigar's comparatively high winrate in low elo.
So if you want to climb out of Bronze/Silver/Gold, Veigar is an option to take things in your own hands and carry your ADC as a Support.
- keep poking the enemies with your abilities and try to hit both of them with the same ability for even more stacks
- position yourself safely in brush or behind your own minions in order to not get CC'd by the enemies
- always place wards and check the minimap for ganks - stay near your turret if you don't know the position of the enemy midlaner or jungler
- try to roam mid when the enemies are not in lane
- keep an eye on the dragon pit and help out your jungler when he invades or gets invaded by the enemy jungler (bot side)
- remember that you can check any brush with Dark Matter
- Support Veigar easily outscales the other supporters in terms of damage
- you got a huge impact on all teamfights with your Event Horizon - either offensive or defensive
--> so basically, if you did well in the early game, you can play Support Veigar pretty much like Midlane Veigar in the late game
- it's passive grants you gold when you hit an enemy champion - which is exactly what you want in the laning phase
- also don't forget to use your auto-hits on the enemy Support to zone them off (even better if they are melee) or the enemy ADC whenever they are hitting a minion
- even more mana regeneration and gold plus CDR, you want to buy this as soon as possible
into Frost Queen's Claim vs Eye of the Watchers
- depending on the match-up, you can either work with the active effect of Frost Queen's Claim for gap closing or give your team some vision (very helpful in low elo)
Boots of Speed
- early boots are great to get faster to your lane, gap closing (especially for landing the Event Horizon) or dodging enemy abilities
into Boots of Swiftness vs Boots of Mobility
- if you tend to roam often, Mobi Boots are best but for teamfights and poke in the lane you should go for Swiftness Boots
- basic component of this build - can be built in any direction
into Morellonomicon vs Rylai's Crystal Scepter
- you can buy Morellonomicon if things are going very well and you want the damage which is needed to carry as fast as possible - this item also contains the Lost Chapter (best in the early game when you level up relatively fast) so it's build path is already better than that of Rylai's Crystal Scepter
- you want to build Rylai's because of the sustain you get from it and also its passive which slows enemies after you hit any damaging ability; so when you hit Veigar's Q, the E and W will become much easier to hit - however, I can only recommend this item for Support Veigar since it has a miserable build path and also relatively low stats (compared to its alternatives)
protects against ganks or all-in situations
(good against) summoner spell heal or healings by support or lifesteal
faster on lane or tp ganks and late game utility
Primary path: Sorcery
- just like Midlane Veigar
*note: secondary path can also be the same as mid veigar (for mana (on lane) and dmg)
**note: inspiration is pure early game and precision can also be useful in late
Secondary path: Inspiration
- Cosmic Insight - Biscuit Delivery - Perfect Timing - Magical Footwear
--> combine these 4 as you like (depending on the match-up)
*these runes are explained in the "runes" chapter
End of the guide
If you made it to the end of this guide, thank you very much for reading it - I hope you learned something new or something you didn't know before about Veigar.
For more detailed information or if you have any questions concerning this guide or the champion Veigar itself, don't hesitate to ask me in the comments (GUIDE DISCUSSION).