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Darius Statistics for Ùther Pendragon

Author's performance with Darius compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
105
3
Win %
62
44
Kills
9.6
5.8
Assists
5.4
5.4
Deaths
4.4
6.5
KA:D Ratio
3.4
1.7
Gold Earned
14K
10.7K
Creep Score
219.4
162.1
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

* Ey ppl, name is Kobe Bryant( not the real one though, feels bad and i do play basketball myself) and i'd like to share some of that Darius "wisdom" with You. I've been playing Darius since the 22.October 2012 and i feel like i know a thing or two. Now obviously i'm not a high elo pleb, i'm pretty trash at this game- atm 3rd straight season in gold( unlucky), but i hope You find this guide helpful. It is also my first guide so it might be quite sloppy. Let me know if something is not acceptable.


*Lets begin with summoner spells- 

FLASH/IGNITE- Pick those in normal situations. Now the following two spell combos or what ever are like meh. Pick teleport instead of ignite when team begs you to do it. Ghost... lets just leave it there. Run it when you are sure that Trinity Force and Frozen mullet are things you gonna purchase. It is also conciderable if You want to stick to your targets more efficiently. Ofc those flashy plays are not going to happen( Flash Es and fade away dunks etc).

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

* Thunderlords- cause why not. I like to play with it and put some good burst on dem scrubz. I've seen players who run Grasp on Darius.. and i'd say it depends on a players playstile.


* Thunderlords- pick it when You are sure that the opponent is gonna have a hard time vs You. That means the court is going to be yours and they can do nothing about it. Pick it against champions as 13.png75.png54.png157.png( does wonders against Yao, trust me).

*Fervor- Fervor should be used when You'll face following champions: 150.png92.png2.png111.png420.png( cancccurrr) ,98.png48.png. Fervor is also good for extended trades.

Abilities Back to Top

Q
W
E
Q
Q
R
Q
W
Q
W
R
W
W
E
E
R
E
E
Passive
Q
1
4
5
7
9
W
2
8
10
12
13
E
3
14
15
17
18
R
6
11
16

* First 3 lvls- I put W for second there and that depends on a situatiuon. If the opponent is eager to 1v1 on that early then W is gud. Pick E when You are sure that opponent is going to die( Auto attack, Auto attack, Q, Autoattack, pull and then stay infront of him/her while beating the crap out of that poor soul. That usually costs them flash or they die. Make sure You use 14.png. On most occaisons you'll get the kill.


* I mentioned a move called "fade away dunk" before and i'd like to share that move with You. It's not hard to do.
 Basically when You press dariusexecute.png and elevate to that basket, right before you land - 4.png backwards. I know that this move might make no sense and it wastes a flash and bla bla bla, but it has saved me a lot of times.

* FlashDunk- you flash and press R. Done.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Long sword,bcuz it gives a nice DMG output and lets You to brake those ankles early.
    Another option but it's not as effective in my opinion as the LongSwörd.
    for wussies aka. benchwarmers

Core Items

    Must have item
    defensive core * you can replace D plate with Omen if needed( Enemy vayne gives headaches)
    Standard build * As You can see- a lot of CDR. Imo it's good on Darius. More CDr means more Qs, pulls ,slows and so on. This build grants him also a decent amount of armor and MR. HP is also decent. * i use that build when my team has a proper tank and i don't have to buy all the resist myself. * You can switch FH agains GA if needed
    Team expects You to be a fucking tank. You can trade GA for Thornmail, Banshees Veil and so on. It all depends on a game. i put GA there because it gives both armor and MR + it also makes Darius harder to kill.
    Against heavy AP. Again items are replacable. FH can be traded for smth else( Omen, D plate, Sunfire etc.) . GA is also conciderable.
    81 point game- FED AF. hydra can be replaced with Ghostblade if You feel like doing more of that chasing and sick ball handling and also in need of more CDR.
    Against heavy AD. This is the part when the Cleaver has no place in the itemslot. Hydra/Tri.Force combo is kinda oldschool but it still works efficiently. You can run Titanic Hydra as well but i reccomend not to use it against a fed Vayne( for obvious reasons). Hydra/TriForce combo does nice damage and rest of those items keep you healthy durning teamfights or 1v1s.

Situational Items

    IE for more DMG, same goes with BT. FM for more HP and running opponents down. Ghostblade for more CDR and utility.

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Aatrox
    Easy
  • Fiora
    Medium
  • Garen
    Easy
  • Gnar
    Hard
  • Jax
    Easy
  • Jayce
    Medium
  • Nasus
    Easy
  • Olaf
    Easy
  • Riven
    Medium
  • Shen
    Easy
  • Sion
    Easy
  • Teemo
    Hard
  • Trundle
    Medium
  • Yasuo
    Easy

VS

Aatrox

Easy

Try to dodge aatroxQ.png and aatroxE.png. Poke as much as possible to get that passive off. Once that passive is down You can take the advantage of that.

VS

Fiora

Medium

If you play safe vs that female Tony Parker and dodge as many fioraq.png as possible then You will be OK. Make sure You bait that fiorariposte.png out before You press dariusexecute.png.

VS

Garen

Easy

You'll out trade that Dwight Howard with no problem. garenslash3.png is problematic but it is still dealable. Just don't retreat, otherwise he'll get free dmg on You. If it comes down to garenjustice.pngvsdariusexecute.png then make sure You ult before he does. Mostly You'll win the duel.

VS

Gnar

Hard

That weasel is pure cancer. Dodge gnarQ.png at all times. gnarW.png deals quite some dmg so try fighting when he is in Hulk mode or bate out thegnarE.png. Once he won't be able to jump- pretty much a kill for You.

VS

Jax

Easy

Watchout for the jaxcounterstrike.png and 3rd passive strike with jaxempowertwo.png. Before you try to kill him make sure that jaxleapstrike.png is on cooldown. Then he's dead man walking.

VS

Jayce

Medium

Obviously dodge those sick sniper cannon shots or w/e. When he has used jayceE.png, take the advantage of that and do the basic combo on him. Try to freeze the lane.

VS

Nasus

Easy

When Snoop comes to stack that siphoningstrikenew.png, punish him with dariuscleave.png early and main combo afterwards. Just continue to put the dmg on him all the time and freeze the lane. You'll turn him useless by doing that. 

VS

Olaf

Easy
olafrecklessstrike.png- watch out for that and dodge olafaxethrowcast.png. Not much to talk here.  However,don't underestimate him, that passive of his gives advantage to him when fighting at low hp.

VS

Riven

Medium
riventricleave.png- when she is about to do the final jump you can pull her in with dariusaxegrabcone.png. Ofc try to dodge the first two jumps. Once you've pulled her in, put some dmg on her with your autoattacks, dariusnoxiantacticsonh.png and dariuscleave.png's max.range. She'll stunn you durning that time and fades away with rivenfeint.png. After that wait for your cooldowns and let her use all of those riventricleave.pngrivenmartyr.pngrivenfeint.png. Once those are down, she's an easy target.

VS

Shen

Easy

VS

Sion

Easy

VS

Teemo

Hard

Try to freeze the lane as much as possible. There is not much You can do, unless player behind the Spawn of Satan is bad. Buy Hexdrinker early and ask your jungler for help. Basically, when blindingdart.png and movequick.png are down, you can put some dmg on it, or even get a kill, but that last one is not guaranteed.

VS

Trundle

Medium

Harass with dariuscleave.png  and dariusnoxiantacticsonh.png as much as possible. When it comes down to 1v1 with all in, don't underestimate the damage he can do with trundleQ.pngtrundleW.png and trundleR.png combined. You might get a kill when You have all 5 staks on him and ignite on top of it.

VS

Yasuo

Easy

In early laning phase watch out for yasuoQ.pngdmg and wait until your lvl 3. From there on, he's an easy target. Just dodgeyasuoQ.png and when the desire to escape is vast for him then pull him back. You can even kill him at lvl1. Just try to sidestep that yasuoQ.png and hit him with aoutoattacks and use dariuscleave.png at max range. If he wants to escape, make sure you stay ahead of him, then he'll either wastes his flash or dies.

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