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DARIUS BUILD GUIDE: Downright Dairus (Season 3) by Dyrus

by Dyrus (last updated over a year ago)

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Greater Mark of Attack Damage(+8.55 attack damage)
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Greater Seal of Armor( +12.69 armor)
9
Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist( +1.35 magic resist per level (24.3 at champion level 18))
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Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage( +6.75 attack damage)
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Hemorrhage
QDecimate
WCrippling Strike
EApprehend
RNoxian Guillotine
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Skill Order

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Hemorrhage
QDecimate
WCrippling Strike
EApprehend
RNoxian Guillotine

Champion Matchups

Introduction

Hi my name is Dyrus and I like to play Darius, here are a few reasons why I like to play him and why you should too.

1. His name is similar to mine and somewhat close to darien.
2. His bleeding passive is really annoying to calculate when laning against.
3. His Q is an effective wave clear, harass, and is not effected by attack speed debuffs by doing more sustained damage with his kit, adds a stack of bleed.
4. His story is even badass, he kills his own captain in his first battle to lead the troops to victory.
5. His W is needed for every brusier, an auto attack speed canceler. Not only does it do bonus damage but it slows and adds a stack of bleed.
6. His E creates opportunities to initiate, catch and kill.
7. DUNKS his ult creates pentakill opportunities
8. His burst is amazing for an AD brusier.
9. Spamming his dance is funny. His laugh is funny. His taunt is funny. his joke sucks though imo. it makes him look like a *joke*. hohoho..... ok nvm.
10. He has natural built in armor pen, so you can just build ad, or tank and still do a lot of damage in team fights.


Of course there are reasons not to play him.

1. If you build him wrong his late game sucks.
2. Hexdrinker is a core item and it is bad late game.
3. Phage gets stuck being a phage for the longest time. (and now phage costs more)
4. He doesn't last as long as other brusiers and gets rolled by champions outside his e range if you get kited properly.
5. You can't deal with poke very well 0 sustain, you're forced to flash apprehend if you have no initiate.



Edits: Added a math section between triforce and BT (last chapter, user full credit)

Masteries

Always 9/21/0 switch between magic resist and armor from time to time.
[http://i.imgur.com/yZqKx1s.jpg]

Runes

10 apen 9-10 ad. 13 armor mr per level. (flat mr vs ap's always)
15 ad 13 armor 12 mr.
8.5 ad 13 armor mr per level health regen (vs jayce/nidalee)
replace health regen with movement speed when you're going to roam a lot. also good end game.

Replace quints with flat hp if you're supporting or if you're going balls deep lvl 1-3


Movement speed is for players who feel like they could have caught someone for a kill but it's a hard tradeoff for the AD or any other quint but totally worth it at times.

For me this is my favorite Darius page.



[http://i.imgur.com/eUa3yg7.jpg]

Summoner Spells



Explanation:

Standard summoner spells, if you're feeling adventurous go or

Ignite + Bleed + ult is stupid burst, so ridiculous that you can't even calculate it yourself.

Flash + Apphrehend could win you the game if you catch 5 of them in it and your team has a chain cc like orianna or something.

Skills

Passive: Hemorrhage
Darius aims his attacks strategically, causing his target to bleed. This effect stacks up to five times.

Explanation:

One of the best passives I've ever played with in game. Does so much magical damage throughout the game allows you to build tank and still do damage.




Q: Decimate
Darius swings his axe in a wide circle. Enemies struck by the blade take more damage than those struck by the shaft.

Explanation:


Darius' main damage skill for harassing, wave clearing, decently low mana cost to spam.


W: Crippling Strike
Darius's next attack severs a crucial artery. As the target bleeds out, their movement and attack speeds are slowed. Crippling Strike's cooldown is lower the more bloodied the target.

Explanation:


Darius follow up ability on slowing followed by auto attacks for max bleed into dunk.


E: Apprehend
Darius hones his axe, granting him passive armor penetration. When activated, Darius sweeps up his enemies with his axe's hook and pulls them to him.

Explanation:


High cooldown but this ability makes darius one of the best kill lanes in the game. If you can catch enemy squishies, it won't take long before they die unless they have jumps, which means bad news for you.


R: Noxian Guillotine
Darius leaps to an enemy Champion and strikes a lethal blow, dealing true damage. This damage increases for each stack of Hemorrhage on the target. If Noxian Guillotine is a killing blow, its cooldown is refreshed.

Explanation:

Pentakill potential, huge burst, fair mana cost, this ultimate is one of the greatest snowball tools since it refreshes if you use it to kill an enemy instead of doing dps during a fight. Sometimes it's best to use this on max bleed targets if they're high threats and you don't want them to get away. Refresh the bleed with your ult + ignite to finish them off.



Item Builds

Starting:

elixir-of-fortitudehealth-potion4sight-ward Use this correctly and you'll have first blood, or preventing yourself from getting first blooded.

cloth-armor health-potion5 Typical standard anti AD start.

item=mana-potion]health-potion5health-potion3sight-wardsight-ward Farm until 10 minutes and buy all the core items you need.

Boot Options:

mercurys-treads: anti CC, anti AP

ninja-tabi anti AD, decent item vs AD scaling with hp.

boots-of-mobility great snowball item for roaming when your enemy laner just keeps going top, just run around all over the map with these for maximum efficiency in snowballing other lanes. (normally do this when you're ahead)

Core Items:

dorans-blade x2 : get one or two depending on how hard you're going into your lane meaning how many times you guys play the trading game.

the-brutalizer great for early game but kind of sucks as the game goes on. Might as well have 2 dorans blades.

hexdrinker anti AP

warmogs-armor metagolem HP vs the world. built vs hybrids like akali or nidalee.

End Item Build Examples:

Vs AD mercurys-treads(replace tabi if you got it early vs AD top and jungle)sunfire-capethe-brutalizerwarmogs-armorranduins-omen + any potential item

VS AP

mercurys-treads hexdrinkerwarmogs-armorranduins-omenrunic-bulwark + add any armor item when needed.


All item builds in any order as long as the resists match up to who are you laning or fighting in the jungle

If all fails just go full on damage or tank, here are some of darius' potential items.

blade-of-the-ruined-king good ad burst to add to ult, autos do % physical damage also

crystalline-flask good for laning vs really ridiculous opponents like elise so you can save gold from buying 20 hp pots.

dorans-shield Solid dorans item for HP, delays your core items though, anti autos.

frozen-heart People just build warmogs instead because of how expensive this is

frozen-mallet you already have W slow so adding on any more would be overkill, but it makes you impossible to get away from unless people have jumps.

guardian-angel Might as well build warmogs

infinity-edge If you can afford it you'll be hitting like a truck also your W crits so you might 2 shot somebody with this

locket-of-the-iron-solari Solid support stats item strong overall vs AOE

last-whisper Rather build other items since you already have built in penetration but if the entire enemy team is stacking armor why not

ravenous-hydra Solid AD item ads damage, life steal, wave clear

shurelyas-reverie Good vs AP, good for gap closing, CDR, regen, team initation

spirit-visage Not a good item on darius but if you have nothing else to build for MR sure

the-bloodthirster if you can afford it, go for it late game

the-black-cleaver not a really good item anymore but if your team has all AD go for it or if you have nothing to build off of brutalizer

thornmail god tier anti AD

trinity-force expensive super brusier item

youmuus-ghostblade super snowball item

zephyr solid all around item, I'd actually consider this item as a legit core item if it didn't have attack speed.

zekes-herald This item is a good support item if you're ever support darius

Counter picks

These Champions will screw Darius over in lane

PERFECT COUNTER
Survives and OUTSCALES HARD
MOST ANNOYING YORDLE TO LANE AGAINST ON SUMMONERS RIFT
IT'S A ROCK
HIS ULT GIVES HIM HP WHILE YOURS DOES THE SAME DAMAGE OUTSUSTAINS, OUT CC, AND ESCAPES
SHIELDS WTF
He's a crab.
Tumbles away and has a skill that can hit you away every 10-15 seconds and W hurts your HP

In the end if you get a gank you'll beat everyone in the game.

Against everyone else you should be able to burst down or destroy melee's as long as you have the same item potential. Your Q pushes lane naturally but that's why you got wards and your own jungler also.

Team Fights

Save E for squishies unless you're catching someone.

Apply bleed on the target you want to kill and wait until they get low enough to refresh your ult.

Don't go out of your way to get to the enemy AD carry unless you're going to 3 shot them, just auto attack the nearest target because you do ridiculous bleed damage anyways. Then once they come close to auto you just pull them in and go ham.

Flash E if you see the chance for a wombo combo with your team.

Everything else comes from experience.

2v2 Laning, make sure you focus the same target as your jungler and you should win every 2v2. It's better that your jungler tanks over you since you have the resets, unless you're low on mana.

Video Demonstration



this is a stream of my playing Darius about 5-6 times in a row. Watch it and learn from it, 2400-2600 elo play of trolo queue.

ignore my rage if you find any.

These vods are semi-old, ignore the item builds but use it for how to play darius reference.

Comments

September 1, 2013 - 02:26 PM #1

@people saying Kayle and Aatrox are counters to Darius:



Darius is not all about his ultimate, even if it is one of the most damage-skills in the whole game, hes a Tank/Offtank.



Darius baits out Kayle's ultimate and uses his after that, i've played against Kayle as Darius often enough to know how to win.

June 28, 2013 - 06:28 PM #2

if u raped kayle then the kayle doesnt know how to press R... kayle is darius' top 3 counters..

June 25, 2013 - 12:43 AM #3

Hey, the one thing I dont get, is with Darius' combo, Why would you E into Q, doesn't Q do it's most damage when you hit a champ on the outside of Q's range??? so wouldn't it be E,Auto,W,Q,R, throw a few more auto's and ignite in there? but starting with E,Q means the Q won't do it's max damage? is this right?

June 4, 2013 - 01:41 PM #4

i just vsed a kayle as darius, she build ap so i got hexdrinker asap. You just have to stay away from her early harrass until you get an advantage, then apprehend and rape her.

May 11, 2013 - 05:20 PM #5

How would kayle be vs darius?

April 29, 2013 - 07:31 PM #6

Dyrus I know that you arent gonna answer but anyways.

Here is a question.



Why do Darius need Blade of the Ruined King???

And also do you think he is still op? Becuz his last nerf screwed him. I wont say he isn't strong. Because i just played with him and i dominated vs Cho'Gath its just that our Ashe was 4/15 that we lost.

February 28, 2013 - 09:23 PM #7

Nerf Bat inc to Ult GG

February 21, 2013 - 03:28 PM #8

Darius is still OP...

February 15, 2013 - 09:42 AM #9

Unkillable Darius is just troll. Still can 1 shot people with QWR combo if fed. Building Sunfire + Mogs = free win.

February 10, 2013 - 09:41 AM #10

#Aze Beast ofcourse Jayce is not gonna be a counterpick. The "counterpicks" he lists, is when its a 1v1 duel. If Darius catches Jayce and is very fast: E+Q+AUTO+W+(IGNITE)+ULT then Jayce dies. It requires smartcast though, if you dont have smartcast, then yes, it is a counterpick. All the counterpicks he has listed, is a 1v1 duel and not through the whole game.

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