IntroductionDarius is probably considered one of the most OP champion of the game(although i think people just need to learn to focus and cc him correctly). His ultimate is probably the best spell that i have ever seen for a top laner and he is considered one of the three kings of dunking(Darius, Jarven, and Jayce). Anyways, here are a few reasons why I like to play Darius and why you should too:
1. Q is really strong throughout the entire game and is good to clear minnions and harass enemy champions
2. His ult is really good to finish a low health champion that is running away(DUNKS OP)
3. He has the worst laugh in game XD
4. He has the best keybinded dance in game
5. His passive stacks are like miniature ignites and they can kill a champion if you are lucky enough for one of the bleeds to finish him off in case he flashes over a wall, escapes, etc.
Cons: (Darius has some serious cons, but if you play him correctly, you will hardly notice them)
1. His apprehend pull range is very small
2. Once he uses his Q and W, he is very vulnerable to getting killed while his spells are on CD
3. You have to build him correctly or he is just usless
MasteriesThese masteries work best on Darius, the points into the armor, mr, and tenacity are too good to resist. I wouldn't recomend 21/9/0 unless your going full damage or ham on people.
RunesI got these runes from Dyrus if you look up his guide at solomid.net. Personally, you could go movement speed quints on Darius but most of the times I never notice Darius go that slowly. The mr glphys and armor seals are really worth it. You could try and switch the seals for health seals if you want to semi-beefy Darius lvls 1-6.
Ignite can finish off a low health champion and plus it stacks with his bleed passive which can ensure you free kills if done properly
Flash can be used to jump over walls or if your in a tight situation you try and flash away. This spell can be also you offensively to flash+ apprehend someone into your entire team for a free kill
Sometimes I grab both ghost and flash in a single game because I feel like this is a better spell combination.
Not a spell I really have used much on Darius, his W has a great slow so I feel like this isn't needed. You can still take this spell if your a kind of guy who likes exhaust over ignite.
This passive is one of the reasons I love playing Darius. Imagine a miniature stack of ignites on a person. This passive allows Darius's ult, Noxian Guillotine to do more damage. You might also get lucky enough to pick up a kill with this passive.
This is his main damage skill, I recommend taking it at lvl 1 if your going to be taking your junglers wolves (if and only if your jungler is going to be early ganking bot and starting at red). This spell has a small mana cost and a good wave clearing spell, so use it efficiently
W: Crippling Strike
Use this spell after following up with an auto attack because it resets your auto attack timer. This spell gradually begins to have a shorter cd the more bloodied the champion is.
SUPER long cd, but this spell can give you an opportunity to net a free kill if you manage to pull someone. Get 1 point into this skill and max it last because it doesn't offer a lot of great stuff compared to the other spells.
R: Noxian Guillotine
This is the spell I think that makes Darius stand out from the other champions in the league. This Dunk spell offers a sh*tload of damage and the best part is that it does TRUE damage(damage that ignores armor and mr no matter the amount) that has been calculated to be able to go as high as 1000. Upon killing a champion, this spell also resets which means you can get pentakills with this spell if you time it right on a low heath champion.(The more amount of stacks of bleed on the champion, the more damage it does so its wise to auto attack the enemey a bit before you actually dunk them or it may not have the reset bonus)
The best starting items I get most of the time as Darius
You can get cloth and 5 pots if your going against champions like
x2 the best items you can get for Darius early game
or: this item is just amazing, works great especially with his Q
or: this item is gonna be for those ap champs your gettin killed at
or the most expensive item that has everything;just works amazing with Darius
Early GameAll you pretty much need to do is just focus on getting your cs. Make sure to try and prevent your opponent to get any cs, but don't try and risk getting yourself killed. Try and get a few ganks top from your jungler and try and get a couple kills if possible.
Mid Gamenow that you have your ult you will be godlike. Harass your opponents unless they have the bigger side on you and try and get kills on him. Cs is still very important, so make sure you use your Q to clear away the minnions. Ward your top brush or if your pushed all the way to their turrets, ward the enemy teams tribush to avoid getting ganked. If you manage to take down the turret top, you can roam around a little bit and help mid. Take dragon with the help of your team if you need and just get prepared for your late game stage.
Late GameStay with your team as much as possible, this is the most crucial part of the game; otherwise the game should have already ended or your beating them so much that they have no way of making a comeback. Baron control is important at this point. Make sure your team has wards on this baron pit and dragon as well. Once you get into a teamfight, try and focus there carry roles and try to protect yours if possible. You'll be mostly killing there entire team with your ultimate and your Q, so get ready to spam.
Final CommentsThanks for reading my first guide ever. This took a while to make so pleaz click the thumbs up button on your way to reading another guide. My username in game is Josh20646 so feel free to add me, Ill be glad to answer any of your questions, even ones that are not guide relate. See you in game!!