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By NeeksNaman [1]

Summoners!

If you've been wondering what can happen when someone really, truly lets their dark side get the best of them, then look no further than Varus Varus, the Arrow of Retribution. This dangerous combination between caster and ranged carry is equipped with a number of abilities designed to both whittle enemies down from range, and allow him to close in for the kill.

The lynchpin in Varus' kit is Piercing Arrow Piercing Arrow - a long ranged skill shot attack that damages enemies in a line. Pressing Q Q will cause Varus to draw back his bow, reducing his movement speed, but steadily ramping up damage and range (up to a cap) until you left click to select a target. Through creative positioning Varus can either use this skill to pepper enemies with long range attacks or close out a kill on a fleeing enemy with a hard-hitting shot.

In lane, Varus' unique combination of abilities gives him the ability to apply constant pressure to his opponent. Piercing Arrow Piercing Arrow allows him to both farm safely and damage enemy champions without fear of reprisal. Meanwhile, the area of effect healing debuff from Hail of Arrows Hail of Arrows complicates a support champion's efforts to out-heal the attrition damage. When the time comes to move in for the kill, Living Vengeance Living Vengeance keeps Varus' Attack Speed high while he's last hitting, enabling him to quickly stack up Contamination Contamination charges from Blighted Quiver Blighted Quiver in preparation for a finishing blow.

In team fights, Varus' long range allows him to maintain safe positioning until he's able to score a kill on an enemy champion. Once he's picked off an enemy, the massive Attack Speed boost from Living Vengeance Living Vengeance combined with area of effect crowd control from Chain of Corruption Chain of Corruption make him a truly terrifying sight on the battlefield.

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Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
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Twisted Treeline
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Howling Abyss
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Tips

Playing As Varus Varus
Playing Against Varus Varus
  • If you are affected by Blight Blight, Varus' Varus' abilities will deal extra damage to you.
  • When he gets a kill or assist, Varus Varus temporarily gains gains Attack Speed and is much more dangerous.
  • You'll get bound in place if a tendril from Varus' Varus' ultimate, Chain of Corruption Chain of Corruption, reaches you. You can cause the tendril to die however by running far enough away from it.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • During early laning, it is best for Varus Varus to spec into either one rank of Piercing Arrow Piercing Arrow or Blighted Quiver Blighted Quiver for his preferred harassment. Blighted Quiver Blighted Quiver makes last-hitting much easier and lets him out-damage most carries early on during autoattack exchanges, whereas Piercing Arrow Piercing Arrow lets him snipe minions that would be hard to reach and is a superior harass from range. You should spec into Blighted Quiver Blighted Quiver if you can reliably get away with going into autoattack range and Piercing Arrow Piercing Arrow when you will likely be strongly zoned.
  • Using Flash Flash while channeling Piercing Arrow Piercing Arrow will not interrupt the spell. You can use this to finish off escaping enemies.
  • During skirmishes, it's sometimes best to fire Piercing Arrow Piercing Arrow quickly, rather than charging it to full power - although the ability gains range and damage with charge time, he cannot autoattack as he does so and Varus Varus will likely be sacrificing a greater DPS if he takes too long.
  • Piercing Arrow Piercing Arrow has a distinct sound effect and causes Varus Varus to change stance and slow down while charging it, making it easy to see coming. Try casting the ability from brush to keep the element of surprise.
  • Piercing Arrow Piercing Arrow gains more power and range the longer it is charged. However, the ability does not need to be channeled for the full duration in order to reach its maximum potential.
    • The range indicator for the ability will visibly expand once the ability begins to be channeled. Once the indicator stops growing, you will no longer gain any benefit for additional channel time.
  • Try to take advantage of Piercing Arrow's Piercing Arrow's very long range to snipe at enemy champions before a fight or as they're trying to flee.
    • Varus Varus can also very reliably steal buff camps with the ability. Most importantly, he can snipe the 20px Dragon from behind its cove wall with it even if it has been pulled out to the river by the opposing team.
  • When aiming for Varus' Varus' greatest possible DPS, you should employ strict cadence and fire off an ability after each three autoattacks on an opponent in order to detonate the most Blight Blight stacks.
    • Remember that Blighted Quiver Blighted Quiver stacks on the enemy will only detonate when Varus Varus connects with one of his other abilities, and all of his abilities have moderately long cooldowns - if you use Piercing Arrow Piercing Arrow and Hail of Arrows Hail of Arrows to initiate a fight, you will be left without an ability to proc Blight Blight stacks for a short while.
    • Blight Blight stacks will last for several seconds before expiring - if you have the chance, you can increase the efficiency of your large-scale attacking even more by hitting multiple targets sequentially and getting stacks on as many opponents as possible before detonating them all at once.
  • Since both skills scale with AD and are multi-target, Varus Varus can effectively farm large waves of minions instantly late game using only Piercing Arrow Piercing Arrow and Hail of Arrows Hail of Arrows. He can be an effective pusher late-game if needs be.
  • Hail of Arrows Hail of Arrows is useful for helping you escape from or catch up to opponents due to the slow. It should also be noted that the healing debuff is very strong against champions that have self-heals such as Dr. Mundo Dr. Mundo or Swain Swain.
  • Applying stack of Blight in a short period of time (~0.5 seconds) after landing Hail of Arrows and detonating other stacks will still detonate the stack applied after Hail of Arrows Hail of Arrows' landing, making it possible to detonate total of 4 stacks on single target with Hail of Arrows Hail of Arrows alone.
  • Chain of Corruption Chain of Corruption has many uses - it can assist greatly in a gank by preventing the opposing team from fleeing, can cause massive disruption in a teamfight if it is allowed to spread, and can help ensure your own escape when on the run.
    • Remember that the disable from the ability is a Root icon.png root, not a Stun icon.png stun - ranged attackers and mages can still attack and use most abilities while they are caught. It can be much more effective to target any melee attackers instead, as they will be far more badly affected by the inability to move.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
Countering
  • Avoid being caught by Chain of Corruption Chain of Corruption. Fanning out from a caught ally in teamfights will break the tether and minimize the disruption it causes to you.
  • When Varus begins to charge Piercing Arrow Piercing Arrow, he will slow down and draw his bow back. He cannot perform any other action while in this stance and his movement speed is reduced, so take advantage of this time to juke the shot or close the distance on him.
  • Varus Varus lacks the mobility that many other AD carries possess, which means he is more vulnerable than most to errant crowd controls and gank attempts, and also means he has trouble fleeing from diving champions in teamfights. A single root can be a death sentence for him.
    • Much like the case of Jinx Jinx who also lacks mobility but compensates with very high steroids and nukes Varus Varus benefits from one of the highest burst among all marksmen and extremely long range damage. As his burst depends on skillshots keeping yourself constantly on the move will keep you safer.
  • Varus Varus' lack of mobility mechanics also means he can have difficulty avoiding skillshots. Being a skillshot-based champion himself, he also has difficulty with mobile champions like Ezreal Ezreal, Vayne Vayne, or Graves Graves as they all have the means to dodge his spells.
  • Once Varus has used Piercing Arrow Piercing Arrow and Hail of Arrows Hail of Arrows, he will be unable to detonate Blighted Quiver Blighted Quiver stacks for several seconds. It may be a good idea to engage him after you see him use those two abilities.
  • Being hit by Hail of Arrows Hail of Arrows reduces your champion's healing and regeneration, so save any healing abilities until you have exited the desecrated zone.
  • Although Chain of Corruption Chain of Corruption can be very disruptive to many champions, neither it nor any of Varus' Varus' other abilities will interrupt channels. Champions with powerful channeled abilities such as Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks and Nunu Nunu can freely cast their abilities without fear of having their channels discontinued.
  • Varus' Varus' Hail of Arrows Hail of Arrows only deals damage once on impact. When fighting Varus Varus 1v1, don't be afraid of standing inside the Desecrated Ground unless the reduced healing/movement speed will significantly hurt your capabilities.
  • Watch out for Piercing Arrow Piercing Arrow when Varus Varus fully charges it, especially if you have several stacks of Blighted Quiver Blighted Quiver, as you will receive formidable damage.
  • Varus Varus becomes more dangerous after he has scored a kill. If time and positioning permits, it is wise to let his passive attack speed bonus wear off before reengaging on him.
    • During the laning phase, wait for his bonus attack speed from killing a minion to wear off before committing to a skirmish with him. Doing so while his bow glows red can be a dangerous maneuver, as in tandem with Blighted Quiver Blighted Quiver, Varus Varus can quickly out-trade most other autoattacking champions.
    • In teamfights, it is easy for Varus Varus to obtain a great attack speed bonus for scoring a kill or assist, signified by his bow glowing a light silver-purple. As a teamfight often does not allow a team to quickly disengage to let this bonus wear off, it strongly encourages good positioning and teamwork to avoid any deaths letting Varus Varus snowball his advantage.
  • If Varus Varus builds ability power, he suffers under an extremely weak early game as he has no real damaging ability besides Blighted Quiver Blighted Quiver's passive. As the game proceeds, however, he will slowly but surely become very dangerous since Blighted Quiver Blighted Quiver belongs to the strongest sources of % health-damage in League of Legends. It is highly advised to take him down immediately after a teamfight starts.


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