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VARUS BUILD GUIDE: AP varus, triple hit wonder by tiekenei

by tiekenei (last updated over a year ago)

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Greater Mark of Attack Speed( +15.3% attack speed)
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Greater Seal of Scaling Health( +9.72 health per level (174.96 at champion level 18))
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Greater Glyph of Magic Resist( +12.06 magic resist)
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Greater Quintessence of Ability Power( +14.85 ability power)
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Living Vengeance
QPiercing Arrow
WBlighted Quiver
EHail of Arrows
RChain of Corruption
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Skill Order

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Living Vengeance
QPiercing Arrow
WBlighted Quiver
EHail of Arrows
RChain of Corruption

Champion Matchups

Introduction

Why AP varus?

this is my first build so be gentle, i don't even know if this build has been made/posted here already.

you are all thinking AP varus?! why?! and i agree, it started out as a troll build, testing and perfecting, its still in beta. and i am starting to love it.
The burst, the CC, the attack speed, this is the start of a new breed of AP carries.

i thank my friends for not complaining when testing this out.

so why?
very good early game harras with just plain auto attacks.
enormous burst, overal fun and challenging to play.

and it will confuse your opponents ---> wuuuuh? ap varus? troll?!

and with the new runaans hurricane items, i love it even more, so here goes.

pro
  • insane burst
  • AoE CC ulti with good dmg
  • early game harass with strong auto attacks
  • runaans hurricane!
  • runaans hurricane!
  • runaans hurricane!
  • runaans hurricane!

cons
  • mobility
  • bad escapes hence flash is a MUST
  • don't realy know if a con or pro, but you have only 3 moment of burst. your 3 abilities. like AP tristant, without an ult she can't do the constant dmg all other AP's might have. with AP varus you have 3 of these tristant ulti moments

Masteries

build is 21/9/0

offence:
your typical AP mastery but instead of the CDR you go for the attack speed at the start, attack speed is a MUST for varus.
and as AP varus you are absolutely not mana dependent like so many mages, blue is only usefull for the CDR.

Also the new Spellblade mastery is so good on this champ since you atk speed is so high, in combination with Blighted quiver, your attacks will hurt like hell, wich is very good voor early game harras.

Defence:
since varus is not mana dependent going in the utility tree to get that mana regen is quite useless so i went for the HP, MR and the little HPregen as pointfiller
also the defense and health is needed since varus has so little escape, getting hard engaged will most likely result to your death.

Utulity:
As I said quite useless to go in this tree since you are not a mana dependant midlaner.

Runes

i am still not quite sure about the runes, this is what i have currently.


Attack speed reds:
this one speaks for itself, the faster the marks get on him the faster you can get your burst trough.

Health/lvl yellows:
more surivability, since your only escape is walking away, you wil need the extra health to be able to take more dmg to get your 3 stacks of Blighted Quiver on your enemy, this will give you a slight health advantage to be more agressive with your auto attacks.

MR blue's:
like any midlaner, the damage you will get will be mainly magic damage, hence the MR runes.

AP Quints:
base AP dmg for the extra %dmg on your Blighted Quiver trigger early game.

Summoner Spells



optional



Explanation:

as all AP's ignite and flash is the most obvious choice, teleport is also acceptable if you want to do some ganks, or surpride teleports in other lanes.


You already have a counter heal, but after your burst when your target is near death most likely, this will help you finish him off when your abilities are on cooldown.


thanks to the low mobility of AP varus, Flash is a must to get out of those sticky situation.

optional


due to your decent range bad escape and high burst, getting close for ignite could not be the best option, in laning phase an AP varus with teleport can come in lane verry sudden and burst people and or lock people down with his high dmg ulti, wich can have devestating effects for the opposing team, similar to for example a malphite telegank but with more dmg and CC but less durability.

Skills

Passive: Living Vengeance

Explanation:
this is a godlike passive for AD varus, but is it for AP?
yes it is!, in laning after lasthitting a minions you can harass and get more hits on your opponent before he start to counter,
and after you get a kill the ATK speeld will be even greater.

rembemer more attack speed = more auto attack AP dmg, and faster stacks!!

STACKS STACKS STACKS STACKS!!!




Q: Piercing Arrow

Explanation:
this skill is just a long range finisher, it does not scale with AP, its just a tool to trigger your blighter quiver stacks from a save distance or closeby for a quick burst with 3 stacks

it does scale better on your AD than Hail of arrows so i suggest maxing this 2nd after blighted quiver for more dammage.



W: Blighted Quiver

Explanation:
this is the bread and butter of AP varus, together with the new master that wil deal 5% extra dmg AP dmg, this wil make your auto attack pokes so anoying for your opponant, when you get your 3 stacks on just hit any ability for that insane burst. midgame your 3 stacks should do about 30-40% HP dmg + the dmg from your 3 auto attack to get to 3 stacks, + the ability damage you cast to trigger your stacks, in the lategame you auto attacks do a good 100atck dmg + a good 150+ magic damage on hit, and with runaans hurrice that 150 dmg is fully spread to the 3 targets.

also as AP varus, your auto attacks will still hurt like hell.



E: Hail of Arrows

Explanation:

mainly a slow and health regen counter, this is also a good and fast way to trigger your 3 stacks, and chase to get another 3 stacks on easly and trigger those from affar with Piercing arrow




R: Chain of Corruption

Explanation:

This ability is just made to go AP with it has a 100% AP ratio, after 3 stacks and this ability to trigger it with, your opponent will most likey be dead. as a plus, chain of corruption will deal full damage to any chamion it jump over to dealing enormous AP dmg to all, just devastating in teamfights, i have not tested it out but i think the jump also triggers the 3 stacks, again this has not been tested yet. together with some nice AoE CC champions like amumu, malphite, ashe, sejuani, jarvan, wukong, etc....this can decide teamfights.




Skill Order

max your blighted quiver as soon as possible, together with your ulti for the massive burst.

the rest are just ways to trigger your stacks.

as rotation you start harassing with auto attacks getting the 3 stacks, and fire hail of arrows for the trigger and the slow, if he's not dead yet, chase while auto attack get another 3 stacks and finish of with Piercing arrow.

for important targets that need to die asap 3 stacks+chain of Corruption should do the trick, if not keep it for teamfights to do enormous dmg to everyone .

3 auto > Hail of Arrows > 3auto attacks > Piercing Arrow

with ult, 3 auto > Chain of Corruption - most likely, dead. if not? do the above

Item Builds

your typical AP build tbh, just one major diffirence

RUNAANS HURRICANE

this is what makes AP varus shine in the new season 3 patch.

the 3 attacks speads the stacks faster to 3 enemies at the same time! doing the full dmg from blighted quiver to each target, giving the stacks, do do your amazing burst on 3 targets at the same time, and since all of varus trigger attack are multiple target attacks, you can trigger the stacks simultaneously. + the 70% attack speed is a MUST, pre season 3 patch you had to build more atk speed AP items (teemo items imo) wich made AP varus lose a lot of dmg at the end, with this, it only made him stronger. this items is what you NEED! and aim for first after some easy AP item.

situational, if you lack the dmg to burst down you enemies with just your rotation? a lich bane can help you finish of that little bit they have, left, since you are auto attack dependant and range, you can trigger your lich bane very easly.

UPDATES

20/03/13
added nashors tooth, an items that should be rushed early game, since you are 1 on 1 against the midlaner rushing for the runaans will hurt your single target dps, this items is the perfect way to increase your attack speed and damage at the same time, it also gives you cooldown reduction on you trigger abilities and this will reduce your damage downtime, the time between triggering the stacks will be shorten, wich simply translates as more damage. I suggest building runaans for lategame when teamfights are important. this will help your early game to midgame transition.

Team Fights

this is another aspect where AP varus shines.

if you have a hard engager like amumu, malphite, keep you ulti in check until you get some stacks off and then blow that ulti in there + Hail of arrows to trigger all those stacks at once, the dmg should be so huge your team can finish them off if you haven't already.

if no hard engange? it is wise to engage with your ulti then for the mini burst and AoE stun to start it off,

as i said before positioning is everything since varus doesn't have the best escape, just keep auto attacking the enemies with your runaans hurricane you are putting 3 stacks on 3 enemies at the same time, and trigger with an ability ( Hail of arrow / Piercing arrow) and keep repeating that. it is important that your team enganges, for the easy land of the ulti, if varus gets caught our of position, you are pretty much screwed.

Final Comments

Hope you enjoy this build, its still in beta version, but i am LOVING it,
it started out as a troll build in season 2 but the new season 3 items made this into a real, usable build IMO

plz send me feedback, suggestions, help on improvement?

this is also my very first build i hope it makes any sense

wish you the best of luck in getting massive tripple kills :)

Comments

March 27, 2013 - 08:33 PM #1

Hey, it's nice to see someone else likes having fun with AP Varus. Keep updating the guide please! Match-ups would be nice.

March 20, 2013 - 06:57 PM #2

its awesome to see you trying it out and looking for way to improve it even more, i know it will not be viable as many other mids due to the 3 auto attacks, when you get to the point you AP and your atkspeed ar at the lvl you need to burst someone down is quite latemidgame to lategame.



it is just fun to play and surprise people with an AP varus that suddenly rapes them :) tough its a slow starter i admit that ^^



thx for trying it out and giving me your feedback

March 18, 2013 - 11:42 PM #3

First thoughts: It was alright, take that with a grain of salt. It just feels like the damage isn't there early-mid game, the moments of burst are great but waiting for 3 autos between every ability seems like it dulls the damage. It was fun and i'll play it again but it wont be one of my mains.

March 18, 2013 - 11:01 PM #4

Going to try this out with the following:

AP quints

Attack Speed Reds

Health/lvl Yellows

MR/lvl Blues



Will report back how it goes, will be using your masteries!

March 13, 2013 - 12:50 AM #5

This was really fun to try out. Varus does so much damage, and people don't expect him to do that much AP. First game I tried it, went 25/5/11. This is a great guide!

February 7, 2013 - 03:37 AM #6

Hmm, would it be possible to send a draft of this guide to me so I can make small grammar corrections/prettifications (sorry I'm a grammar Nazi)? I'm asking because I LOVE your guide and it might be able to get approved!

January 2, 2013 - 03:14 PM #7

Thiis guide looks really cool, i will try it soon.

But i have a (nooby) question: is this for mid or botlane varus?

December 10, 2012 - 08:18 PM #8

Hey man, I must say I was pleasantly surprised to try this AP Varus build out! The damage output is much higher than I anticipated, and overall I think it may be the way forward to play Varus! AoE is insane, burst is also crazy, so well done for posting the guide! Always like to try new things out, and you deserve some credit for this one :) gg!

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