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Champion Spotlight

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Vel'Koz Champion Spotlight

Vel'Koz Champion Spotlight

Vel'Koz OriginalSquare Vel'Koz's arrival is imminent. A Void beast who Organic Deconstruction kills to learn and learns to kill, the Eye of the Void lets nothing come between him and his ultimate prize: knowledge. Learn more in the Vel'Koz Champion Spotlight.

Vel'Koz excels at ranged warfare, blasting out Plasma Fission Plasma Fission and Void Rift Void Rift to chunk down distant targets while repelling approaching enemies with Tectonic Disruption Tectonic Disruption. Repeated attacks build up Organic Deconstruction Deconstruction stacks as Vel'Koz analyzes and learns about his enemies, resulting in significant true damage during sustained fights. Once his subjects are primed, the Eye of the Void unleashes his ultimate, Life Form Disintegration Ray Life Form Disintegration Ray, to vaporize all before him.

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Twisted Treeline
Howling Abyss


Playing As Vel'Koz OriginalSquare Vel'Koz
  • When laning, use Void Rift to kill minions while building stacks of Organic Deconstruction on your opponent. You can then follow up with your other abilities.
  • Shooting Plasma Fission diagonally and splitting at maximum range allows you to hit opponents that are out of the range of the initial missile, but is more challenging to pull off.
  • Be very careful about when to use Life Form Disintegration Ray. Many champions have abilities that can interrupt the spell.
Playing Against Vel'Koz OriginalSquare Vel'Koz
  • Vel'Koz is very dangerous if left alone in a fight. Try to focus him down early.
  • Vel'Koz has fairly low mobility and is vulnerable to ganks.
  • Life Form Disintegration Ray can be interrupted by stuns, silences, and knockups.


Ability Usage
  • Vel'Koz OriginalSquare Vel'Koz's strength as a mage comes from the CC potential and spammable nature of his skills to deal large amounts of true damage with Organic Deconstruction Organic Deconstruction and Life Form Disintegration Ray Life Form Disintegration Ray, along with his relatively long ranges to keep his enemies at bay. He is, however, vulnerable in close range and lacks mobility along with relatively low scaling ratios.
  • Utilizing Organic Deconstruction Organic Deconstruction is the key to maximizing Vel'Koz OriginalSquare Vel'Koz's damage. The true damage proc on it is what makes up for the lower scaling ratios; you can burst down tanks easier than other mages as well as drop squishier targets fast, making it imperative to combo your skills quickly. Here are a few ways to do so:
  • Plasma Fission Plasma Fission has decent base damage, a low mana cost, and short cooldown, making it his main poke/harass tool.
    • With some practice, you can catch people off guard by angling Plasma Fission Plasma Fission when activating it again early. This is essential for a good Vel'Koz OriginalSquare Vel'Koz player.
    • The slow from Plasma Fission Plasma Fission is very high initially, use it to line up the rest of your skills and land an easy Tectonic Disruption Tectonic Disruption and Void Rift Void Rift.
    • This spell is very effective for maintaining safer distances between you and an enemy, you may often find it wise to save it to prevent enemies getting close to you, especially in late game when you may need to prevent enemy teams chasing you down.
    • If your lane opponent sees you miss, they will often walk forward to last hit, feeling safe. Opening with a Tectonic Disruption Tectonic Disruption into a Void Rift Void Rift will trigger Organic Deconstruction Organic Deconstruction.
    • Due to its low cooldown and mana refund system,Plasma Fission Plasma Fission is excellent at last-hitting minions from a distance.
  • Void Rift Void Rift is helpful for landing stacks of Organic Deconstruction Organic Deconstruction and will become core to most of your combo strategies, since one cast can give two stacks.
    • Using Void Rift Void Rift can allow you to push lanes aggressively, especially against enemies that don't wish to waste important cooldowns or spells wave clearing under tower. Beware of ganks when doing this, however.
    • Try not to cast Void Rift Void Rift as an engaging tool, but rather as a follow up, start with Tectonic Disruption Tectonic Disruption or Plasma Fission Plasma Fission as the slow or CC will help you aim while also preventing the enemy escaping.
    • In fleeing situations, casting Void Rift Void Rift can still be useful, chasers will have to choose whether to take both stacks of Organic Deconstruction Organic Deconstruction or step aside of it, giving you space.
  • Tectonic Disruption Tectonic Disruption is your only form of hard CC and disengage and has a high cooldown at early levels. Be careful when it is on cooldown.
    • Juggling your Tectonic Disruption Tectonic Disruption and Plasma Fission Plasma Fission cooldowns is often a helpful laning strategy, using one to engage, while using the other to keep your distance between you and opponents.
  • Life Form Disintegration Ray Life Form Disintegration Ray is a channeled ability and can be interrupted by CC. Make sure that most of your enemies' crowd control is gone before using your ultimate to ensure maximum damage.
    • Life Form Disintegration Ray Life Form Disintegration Ray can pass through people, thereby dealing full damage to all targets, while also applying multiple stacks of your passive in a short amount of time. However, be sure to aim it properly as it adjusts slowly.
    • An opportune moment to cast Life Form Disintegration Ray Life Form Disintegration Ray is usually when your tanks or fighters are initiating the enemies tanks and fighters, your allies will funnel the enemies formation & take enough focus away from you to cast Life Form Disintegration Ray Life Form Disintegration Ray and melt multiple health bars.
    • Keep in mind that unless you have Researched Researched enemies, your ultimate will deal magic damage instead of true damage. It is critical to cast other spells in teamfights before attempting to Life Form Disintegration Ray Disintegrate enemies. Make the most of your ability to hit multiple targets with each spell to spread Organic Deconstruction stacks among all enemies.
    • Life Form Disintegration Ray Life Form Disintegration Ray can often be used as a tool to buy time when objectives have higher priority than your kill ratio. It can occasionally be worth it to zone them away from the objective so your team can secure it. Be aware that doing so sacrifices a large portion of your damage, so if the enemy team decides to fight, your team will be disadvantaged if you did not deal enough damage with it.
  • Be aware of champions who have dashes or can get behind you instantly (i.e. Katarina OriginalSquare Katarina, Leona OriginalSquare Leona, Zed OriginalSquare Zed) as you will not be able to turn fast enough to maximize Life Form Disintegration Ray Life Form Disintegration Ray.
Runes Usage
Item Usage
  • Vel'Koz OriginalSquare Vel'Koz's kit encourages a lot of ability combo usage coupled with high base damage. High penetration, utility and cooldown reduction are the more useful stats to look for.
  • Offensive stats are usually the most desirable as Vel'koz is played with the intention of dealing lots of damage, magic penetration is good along with items that can proc extra damage one way or another.
    • Luden's Echo item Luden's Echo gives you extra mobility plus extra damage on its proc.
    • If you feel capable of keeping safe distances from the enemy team, the Mejai's Soulstealer item Mejai's Soulstealer (a notoriously go big or go home item) is fun to gamble with, your spells can often keep enemies teams out of range allowing you to build stacks even from assists and keep them, with the extra move speed to help you maintain advantageous positions even more.
  • For defensive purposes:
  • Purchasing items with utility can help Vel'koz overcome his shortcomings, his lack of mobility and all spells being skillshots:
    • A Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Rylai's Crystal Scepter allows you to proc slows on all your abilities which can hit multiple targets, very useful for late game team fights where positioning is crucial. However, since the last changes, it is only useful for adding a slow to Void Rift Void Rift.
    • Liandry's Torment item Liandry's Torment adds the percent health damage you will often need, as tanks will build lots of health to survive your true damage.
    • Vel'Koz OriginalSquare Vel'Koz is often played at such a range that Ignite Ignite might feel unviable, instead opting for summoners like Barrier Barrier, Exhaust Exhaust, or even Ghost Ghost
  • Spamming your skills is required to activate Organic Deconstruction Organic Deconstruction, but can make you feel mana hungry in the early game. A second Doran's Ring item Doran's Ring, Tear of the Goddess item Tear of the Goddess, Lost Chapter item Lost Chapter or Catalyst the Protector item Catalyst the Protector will help. The following items will also address mana regen and cooldown reduction issues:
    • If playing supportively, a Spellthief's Edge item Spellthief's Edge into a Frost Queen's Claim item Frost Queen's Claim will be useful, it provides 10% cooldown and mana regen, plus the active alone is useful for slowing and finding enemies potentially hiding from a distance.
    • Luden's Echo item Luden's Echo often provides you with the core cooldown reduction and mana regen you'll need plus an exceptionally helpful passive to further add extra damage to your burst.
    • Athene's Unholy Grail item Athene's Unholy Grail is not recommended. Unless you build support items, which will heavily cripple your damage output, it gives little to no mana regen, and you cannot make use of the passive without Heal Heal.
    • Remember that killing enemies with Plasma Fission Plasma Fission refunds mana. Killing two enemies refunds the mana cost entirely, and if you manage to kill three enemies, you will actually gain mana. Mastering this technique allows you to skip a mana item in the early game, which can give you an earlier power spike than your opponent.
  • Purchasing Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Ionian Boots of Lucidity can help you stack cooldown reduction. Sorcerer's Shoes item Sorcerer's Shoes are not as much of a staple, as a significant amount of your damage ignores resistances anyways.
  • Vel'Koz OriginalSquare Vel'Koz's range is his best defense, but all of his abilities are skillshots and he lacks mobility and disengage. Therefore, high mobility assassins such as Fizz OriginalSquare Fizz, Talon OriginalSquare Talon, and Kassadin OriginalSquare Kassadin can make it difficult for him.
  • Vel'Koz OriginalSquare Vel'Koz is a high burst damage champion due to the true damage procs from his passive and especially his ult. Silences and hard CC can interrupt his combo and give you time to retaliate or escape.
  • His Organic Deconstruction Organic Deconstruction makes magic resist not as effective against him. Purchasing health items or getting Boots of Speed item Boots of Speed early can help you avoid his damage.
  • Life Form Disintegration Ray Life Form Disintegration Ray is very powerful, but he turns slowly and cannot move while it is active. It can be best avoided by walking around or getting behind him.
  • Remember that Vel'Koz OriginalSquare Vel'Koz can keep up his passive stacks with his auto attacks. Try to avoid getting hit by him until the stacks disappear.
  • Watch to see if Vel'Koz OriginalSquare Vel'Koz's Tectonic Disruption Tectonic Disruption misses and Vel'Koz OriginalSquare Vel'Koz is out of position. As this is his only hard CC, it is an opportune time to engage on him and possibly kill him.
  • Try to keep track of the number of times Void Rift Void Rift is used at once. The recharge rate is long early on and can leave Vel'Koz OriginalSquare Vel'Koz with only two basic abilities to retaliate against you.
  • Vel'Koz OriginalSquare Vel'Koz must combo his abilities together quickly for maximum burst. A well timed Flash Flash can cause his entire combo to miss and leave him completely open to attack.



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