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Darius Champion Spotlight

Darius Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Shield item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Phage item Boots of Speed item
Essential The Black Cleaver item Mercury's Treads item
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item Spirit Visage item Warmog's Armor item
Situational Thornmail item Randuin's Omen item Titanic Hydra item
Consumables Refillable Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Talisman item Refillable Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Stalker's Blade item Bami's Cinder item Boots of Speed item
Essential Stalker's Blade (Cinderhulk) item The Black Cleaver item Mercury's Treads item
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item Spirit Visage item Gargoyle Stoneplate item
Situational Randuin's Omen item Thornmail item Warmog's Armor item
Consumables Refillable Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Blade item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2
Early Phage item Boots of Speed item
Essential The Black Cleaver item Mercury's Treads item
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item Spirit Visage item Warmog's Armor item
Situational Frozen Mallet item Randuin's Omen item Titanic Hydra item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Talisman item Refillable Potion item Hunter's Machete item
Early Stalker's Blade item Bami's Cinder item Boots of Speed item
Essential Stalker's Blade (Cinderhulk) item The Black Cleaver item Mercury's Treads item
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item Spirit Visage item Warmog's Armor item
Situational Frozen Mallet item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Howling Abyss
Starting Guardian's Horn item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item3
Essential The Black Cleaver item Mercury's Treads item Dead Man's Plate item
Offensive Sterak's Gage item Titanic Hydra item Frozen Mallet item
Defensive Locket of the Iron Solari item Spirit Visage item Warmog's Armor item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item Corrupting Potion item

Tips

Playing As DariusSquare Darius
  • Decimate Decimate is a powerful harassment ability. Strike an enemy from maximum range for the greatest effect.
  • Noxian Guillotine Noxian Guillotine does more damage the more Hemorrhage attacks you can land prior to it. Use Hemorrhage Noxian Might for maximum damage.
  • Darius benefits greatly from enhanced survivability. The longer you can prolong a fight, the more Hemorrhage powerful he becomes.
Playing Against DariusSquare Darius
  • When Darius' Apprehend axe grab is on cooldown, he is vulnerable to harassment attacks.
  • Darius' ability to escape from fights is Crippling Strike limited. If you have an advantage against him, press your lead.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Remember that your ability to Apprehend pull in opponoments can be used through walls. Use this to ambush unaware opponoments for a quick kill, such as in the jungle against the jungler early or mid game.
Runes Usage
Item Usage
  • You should buy The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver on Darius as it syneries with his passive Hemorrhage Hemorrhage making it easy to stack up the armor reduction. After you've bought The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver you should try to only build tanky items as you will get enough ad from your passive once you've applied 5 Hemorrhage stacks of Hemorrhage or killed someone with Darius' Noxian Guillotine Noxian Guillotine.
  • Trinity Force item Trinity Force is a viable alternative, as Darius actually has a very high base AD, and his Crippling Strike Crippling Strike works as an auto reset, thus, it can apply on-hit and on-attack effects, including Spellblade. The attack speed fron Trinity Force also allows Darius to stack Hemorrhage Hemorrhage faster with autos. This item is better against squishy teams in which the armor shred from The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver is less valuable, and the burst damage from Trinity Force is put to a better use.
  • The Dead Man's Plate item Dead Man's Plate is often very valuble to build on Darius due to his complete lack of mobility, while still giving some favorable extra stats. Righteous Glory item Righteous Glory is also a viable option for the same reason.
  • Titanic Hydra item Titanic Hydra is a viable option due to Darius having poor waveclear, Darius having Crippling Strike Crippling Strike to apply the on-hit damage a second time, and because he is going to stack HP.
  • Spirit Visage item Spirit Visage is a good option against magic damage champions, as it increases Darius' healing from his Decimate Decimate and it is overall the magic resistance item that provides the highest amount of tankyness against magic damage. Maw of Malmortius item Maw of Malmortius is a viable alternative for higher damage potential, although it means Darius can't buy Sterak's Gage item Sterak's Gage, as the shields don't stack. Adaptive Helm item Adaptive Helm is an alternative that is better than the other two options against DoT mages such as Malzahar, Brand, and Teemo, as well as sustained magic damage dealers like Kog'Maw.
  • Mortal Reminder item Mortal Reminder and Thornmail item Thornmail are both viable options for Grievous Wounds items for Darius. The former provides higher damage potential and even more armor penetration, in addition to its Grievous Wounds lasting for longer and being better against sustain casters, especially those that deal magic damage and don't mind Thornmail's armor, such as Vladimir and Swain. With that said, Thornmail is a viable option because it doesn't sacrifice any tankyness, and Darius tend to already have a lot of armor reduction, between Apprehend Apprehend and The Black Cleaver.
Countering
  • Decimate Decimate deals reduced damage and does not apply Hemorrhage stacks of Hemorrhage if you are hit by the shaft. If you are cornered by him without any form of extra mobility to help you out, get very close to him in order to avoid his blade!
  • It's sometimes recommended not pick champions like NasusSquare Nasus or WukongSquare Wukong that has a weak early game if DariusSquare Darius has been picked, who happens to have a strong early game. Picking someone that can poke him well on the other hand such as GnarSquare Gnar or SwainSquare Swain can survive the lane better.
    • Be wary when picking a ranged champion without mobility, however, as it is very difficult to escape from Darius if he manages to use Apprehend Apprehend, and most ranged champions will lose trades against Darius if he gets too close.
    • Another option is to pick a champion that can stick very close to Darius, such as JaxSquare Jax, KaynSquare Kayn (RhaastSquare Rhaast), IreliaSquare Irelia, or RivenSquare Riven. They can easily avoid being hit by the blade of Decimate Decimate, denying him both the healing and a big portion of his damage, thus, they can win trades and possibly kill Darius before he manages to get 5 stacks of his passive.
  • One of DariusSquare Darius's main weaknesses is his complete lack of mobility without the reliance on items. Once he enters a fight, he will have a hard time to escape.
  • Stacking armor is less efficient against DariusSquare Darius because Noxian Guillotine Noxian Guillotine ALWAYS deals true damage based on the number of Hemorrhage Hemorrhage stacks and the passive part of Apprehend Apprehend has percent armor penetration. It is strongly recommended to stack health against him in order to reduce the damage of his ulti unless he buys The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver, Mortal Reminder item Mortal Reminder, Lord Dominik's Regards item Lord Dominik's Regards or Blade of the Ruined King item Blade of the Ruined King.
  • ALWAYS remember at level 16, Noxian Guillotine Noxian Guillotine completely refreshes its cooldown whenever he kills someone with his ult. Don't let Darius reach to that point because he will surely to get a pentakill on your team ESPECIALLY when your team composition are all squishies.



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