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Varus Statistics for ManiacalCoin

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

Value
Average
Games Played
6
Win %
45
Kills
6.0
Assists
7.2
Deaths
5.8
KA:D Ratio
2.3
Gold Earned
11.8K
Creep Score
192.3
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Varus mid:

You'll always want Flash and almost always want Barrier to provide you with an a shield in case you get jumped on or ganked. But if you feel like your fine without barrier then taking Teleport or Ghost will assist you with the fact that you're very low mobility and have little ability to move around the map. Heal is a possibility but I don't recommend it as heal is simply a weaker barrier for solo laners.

Varus Adc:

If you're going adc then taking Flash and Heal is always the best option for all adc's, however if you're against a lot of CC then Cleanse is always an option and barrier is an option if you feel like you'll be against a lot of ignites.

New Runes Back to Top

Short form while I can't talk much: Lethal Tempo or Press The Attack are both good on Varus just take whichever you want. In my personal findings the Mid lane Varus works quite nicely with the Mid lane page I have here

Abilities Back to Top

Q
W
E
Q
Q
R
E
Q
Q
E
R
E
E
W
W
R
W
W
Passive
Q
1
4
5
8
9
W
2
14
15
17
18
E
3
7
10
12
13
R
6
11
16
This is the optimal skill ordering for Varus almost every game, Q first for poke, E second for aoe/sustain negation, W last because its damage can be waited for.

As Varus ADC you can Max Q or W first depending if you're going crit/poke Varus (Q max) or on hit Varus with Rageblade (W max)

varuspassive.png Living Vengance, Passive: Varus gains 40% (+ 50% bonus attack speed) bonus attack speed for 5 seconds upon getting a champion kill or assist, reduced to 20% (+ 25% bonus attack speed) bonus attack speed on minion or monster kills.

varusq.png Piercing Arrow, Q: Varus charges up a massive arrow for up to 4 seconds, increasing its range and damage over the first 2 seconds, Varus then can re-cast it to fire, dealing physical damage to all enemies in the arrow's path, reduced by 15% per enemy hit down to a minimum of 33% damage. (Detonating Blight stacks on an enemy champion reduces Piercing Arrow's cooldown by 4 seconds)

varusw.png Blighted Quiver, W: Passively Varus deals bonus magic damage on hit, each hit applying a stack of Blight to enemy champions stacking up to 3. When Varus hits an enemy champion with stack(s) of Blight he detonates all stacks dealing bonus magic damage equal to a percent of the targets max health for each stack of Blight detonated.

varuse.png Hail of arrows, E: Varus sends a hail of arrows toward a target area which deal physical damage upon landing, the arrows then Desecrate the ground for 4 seconds. All enemies within the Desecrated ground are slowed and have their healing reduced by 40%

varusr.png Chain of corruption, R: Varus sends out a tendril in a line dealing magic damage, roots the first target hit for 2 seconds, and applies 3 Blight stacks over the 2 seconds. The tendril then tries to find nearby enemy champions who have not already been affected, if it succeeds they too are rooted, take the same damage, and have 3 Blight stacks applied over the duration of the root.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Standard Varus start
    Varus Mid start if you want more damage and a quicker Serrated dirk
    For if you're dealing with a lot of skillshots

Core Items

    Your Core for Mid Varus - Mana with your lethality, damage and cdr requirements
    I consider ADC Crit Varus to only have 1 "proper" build with these 5 items as they have always worked for me
    On hit Varus core items if you wanna play that style

Situational Items

    All good items to finish off your build if you need another item, The 2 armor pen items work best against tanks, GA is for if you're against an assassin that has it in for you, and then just some sustain always helps

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Ahri
    Hard
  • Akali
    Medium
  • Anivia
    Medium
  • Ashe
    Easy
  • Aurelion Sol
    Medium
  • Azir
    Easy
  • Caitlyn
    Easy
  • Diana
    Hard
  • Ezreal
    Medium
  • Fizz
    Hard
  • Talon
    Hard
  • Yasuo
    Hard
  • Zed
    Hard

VS

Ahri

Hard

Ahri has the mobility burst and dps that all combine to make a very hard lane to win. The good things about Ahri are that she relies on skillshots and if you manage to out poke her you can win the lane. It just requires 3 Blight stacks to be detonated on her with a full damage Q. 

VS

Akali

Medium

Raw skill matchup. Play the pre 6 well by poking her with your Q and try to keep her away from the cs (This is called denying) and you'll find once she gets 6 you can control her quite well 

VS

Anivia

Medium

Anivia is a very easy lane pre 6 but post 6 it becomes much more of a farm lane. She shuts you down you shut her down.

VS

Ashe

Easy

Thanks to Varus' poke with Q this should be a easy lane, Look out for her ult at 6 but other than that just poke

VS

Aurelion Sol

Medium

Fully dependent on if you can stay out of his aurelionsolW.png damage. If you can then you'll win if you can't you'll lose. Always remember you can call for ganks to help or simply farm under turret for a bit.

VS

Azir

Easy

Azir struggles against enemies who can outrange him. Stay away and try to apply blight stacks then detonate them with Q/E and you'll win easily

VS

Caitlyn

Easy

Poke away 

VS

Diana

Hard

Like with most assassins you are still a ADC at the end of the game and therefore assassins will have the edge over you in the lane. However with Diana if she messes up you can capitalize and kill her. But don't get your hope up. 

VS

Ezreal

Medium

Whoever hits more poke will probably win the lane

VS

Fizz

Hard

Like with most assassins you are still a ADC at the end of the game and therefore assassins will have the edge over you in the lane.

VS

Talon

Hard

Like most assassins you are a ADC at the end of the game and therefore assassins will have the edge over you.

VS

Yasuo

Hard

Don't try to fight Yasuo every really. He out damages you and is also more tanky than you. His yasuoW.png perfectly counters you on top of all that. Hope to god you get ganks or just farm under turret.

VS

Zed

Hard

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