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Vayne Champion Spotlight

Vayne Champion Spotlight

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Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Blade item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Bilgewater Cutlass item Zeal item Boots of Speed item
Essential Blade of the Ruined King item Berserker's Greaves item
Offensive Phantom Dancer item Rapid Firecannon item
Situational Lord Dominik's Regards item Mortal Reminder item Mercurial Scimitar item Death's Dance item Infinity Edge item Essence Reaver item
Consumables Health Potion item Refillable Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Wrath item Farsight Alteration item
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Howling Abyss


Playing As VayneSquare Vayne
  • Tumble Tumble has many uses, but it cannot pass over walls.
  • Condemn Condemn can be used to both pin targets to walls to ensure kills, or to escape a pursuer.
  • Don't go in first on large teamfights. Wait for your team to initiate.
Playing Against VayneSquare Vayne
  • VayneSquare Vayne is fragile - turn up the pressure on her and she will be forced to play cautiously.
  • Deny VayneSquare Vayne the opportunity to Condemn pin you against walls.


Ability Usage
  • For best burst damage try combining the third hit from Silver Bolts Silver Bolts and the bonus damage from Tumble Tumble in the same attack.
    • Because of VayneSquare Vayne's Night Hunter Night Hunter, it is fairly easy to chase down champions for the third hit, especially in the early game if your lane opponent(s) have not yet purchased boots.
    • Try an autoattack > Tumble Q > Condemn E combo for a fast and relatively safe proc of Silver Bolts Silver Bolts. This combo is very mana heavy so be selective when using it.
    • Remember that the full combo is not necessarily required to harass effectively. Zoning with a tick of Silver Bolts Silver Bolts may be more effective than getting all three ticks.
    • This may be a useful tactic to use in lane due to VayneSquare Vayne's low health pool and poor defenses.
  • Tumble Tumble can be used to dodge skillshot abilities. Tumble Tumble is also effective at dodging delayed damage abilities like Rupture Rupture or Pillar of Flame Pillar of Flame.
  • If you're fighting near an allied turret, try to Tumble Tumble behind the opponent and then Condemn Condemn them into your turret's range. This can also be done to push an enemy towards your team.
  • Don't forget that Night Hunter Night Hunter only works facing the enemy and with that combined with your ultimate makes it very hard for the enemy to escape you.
  • Do not overestimate VayneSquare Vayne's mobility. Night Hunter Night Hunter's bonus movement speed grants no bonus while running away from enemies, and Tumble Tumble doesn't go on cooldown until you actually attack an enemy which essentially adds 7 seconds of cooldown that you can't reduce with cooldown reduction when you are using it to run away.
  • Tumble Tumble cannot cross most wall terrain (though it can cross Cataclysm Cataclysm, Crystallize Crystallize,  Event Horizon Event Horizon or Pillar of Ice Pillar of Ice).
  • Tumble Tumble can cross impassable terrain such as the small ledge near dragon pit if you position correctly.
  • You can escape in the midst of a battle by using Final Hour Final Hour and Tumble Tumble to stealth and confuse the enemy. It is recommended to change direction than the one you were running in or to choose an alternate route.
  • Because she is squishy, it is highly recommended to opt for more defensive summoner spells, such as Heal Heal, Cleanse Cleanse, or Barrier Barrier. Flash Flash is very desirable. Final Hour Final Hour in conjunction with Tumble Tumble only gives stealth for 1 second, which doesn't make for a very good escape. These summoner spells can also assist in chases.
  • Condemn Condemn will stun the target if it hits a wall, turret, inhibitor or Nexus, as well as work with Cataclysm Cataclysm, Crystallize Crystallize, and other player-created terrain.
  • Using Condemn Condemn on a retreating enemy may help them escape. Be sure to position VayneSquare Vayne where the knock back effect will let your team or yourself engage on the enemy.
    • Tumble Tumble or Flash Flash can help with positioning yourself for a successful Condemn Condemn.
    • Condemn Condemn could also be used when VayneSquare Vayne loops to the back of the target and knocks them towards allies.
  • Using Condemn Condemn in jungle fights can be much more effective than in lane fights due to the tight spaces making it easy to land the second effect and stunning an opponent.
Runes Usage
Item Usage
  • Blade of the Ruined King item Blade of the Ruined King is considered to be a core item in every VayneSquare Vayne build due to its fantastic synergy with Silver Bolts Silver Bolts, not only due to the attack speed, but also because of the passive which has synergy with the health shred from Silver Bolts Silver Bolts, not to mention the lifesteal. Once VayneSquare Vayne has this item, she can 1v1 almost every champion, no matter how tanky that champion is.
    • In addition, VayneSquare Vayne can easily compensate the lack of raw AD of this item, due to Final Hour Final Hour's temporary AD boost.
  • Berserker's Greaves item Berserker's Greaves is an especially good choice as the attack speed is beneficial for proc-ing Silver Bolts Silver Bolts.
  • Since all of Vayne's damage is physical, it is a good idea to buy armor penetration items like Lord Dominik's Regards item Lord Dominik's Regards or Mortal Reminder item Mortal Reminder to allow her damage to scale into the late game. The synergy with Silver Bolts Silver Bolts makes it great for taking out tanks.
  • Youmuu's Ghostblade item Youmuu's Ghostblade is a viable option for even more mobility and to give a boost to VayneSquare Vayne's early/mid game damage potential. It is less of a DPS item, and more of a burst item that can be used against teams which do not have a lot of tankiness but have a lot of mobility.
  • Infinity Edge item Infinity Edge provides a substantial boost to VayneSquare Vayne's damage output from auto attacks. Unlike other ADCs, however, it is recommended to not rush this item, as Blade of the Ruined King item Blade of the Ruined King is a better rush. Remember that critical hits don't proc on Condemn Condemn's damage.
  • The Bloodthirster item The Bloodthirster provides much needed lifesteal to aid her survivability and scales with her Tumble Tumble and Condemn Condemn. It can be used to complement Blade of the Ruined King item Blade of the Ruined King as a lifesteal item, giving VayneSquare Vayne insane amounts of dueling potential. However, it is not recommended to replace Blade of the Ruined King item Blade of the Ruined King as the synergy that this item has with VayneSquare Vayne is just too good to pass up. While as a complement, VayneSquare Vayne has to sacrifice one of the items on her core build, which may hurt her overall damage.
    • Death's Dance item Death's Dance presents a better alternative due to its damage delay passive and the cooldown reduction.
  • Phantom Dancer item Phantom Dancer's attack speed and critical strike chance synergize well with Silver Bolts Silver Bolts and increase the effectiveness of Final Hour Final Hour, as well as boosting her DPS quite a bit. It also provides Vayne with a lot of dueling power because of its damage reduction, letting her 1v1 well against other champions, and makes running away from her very hard.
  • Building Sheen item Sheen or Trinity Force item Trinity Force can add some significant burst to Tumble Tumble. Starting with Phage item Phage provides much needed survivability and can assist in running from or toward a target if VayneSquare Vayne procs it on an enemy minion. Building Stinger item Stinger first grants her added CDR for Tumble Tumble and attack speed to more easily farm and proc Silver Bolts Silver Bolts.
    • Do take note when building Sheen item Sheen that VayneSquare Vayne has one of the lowest base AD in the game, hence it's proc won't deal too much damage.
  • Due to Silver Bolts Silver Bolts, one can build VayneSquare Vayne fairly tanky with just a Blade of the Ruined King item Blade of the Ruined King as her damage item. By using items like Frozen Mallet item Frozen Mallet, Randuin's Omen item Randuin's Omen, and Banshee's Veil item Banshee's Veil, VayneSquare Vayne becomes surprisingly tanky while still dealing a lot of damage. This build is not recommended most of time because VayneSquare Vayne already has so much self peel and mobility that building tanky is not necessary for her. Also, VayneSquare Vayne does significantly less damage with a tanky build - this may sound obvious, but for those who know how to kite and reposition themselves well enough to avoid most of the damage, a glass cannon build will be infinitely more profitable.
  • Essence Reaver item Essence Reaver works well as a situational item if you find yourself using up too much mana throughout the game (although VayneSquare Vayne doesn't really need that much mana), and the cooldown reduction it provides is also good for VayneSquare Vayne since it will allow her to use Final Hour Final Hour more often.
  • Duskblade of Draktharr item Duskblade of Draktharr has great synergy with VayneSquare Vayne since Final Hour Final Hour's stealth duration is long enough to trigger the item's Nightstalker passive.
    • 1. Since Vayne is a ranged champion, the NIGHTSTALKER passive will deal reduced damage and won't proc it's slow. However, the lethality Duskblade of Draktharr item Duskblade of Draktharr provides will still help Vayne deal additional damage even to tanks.
    • 2. Tumble Tumble can not be utilized as an atuo-attack reset since it interrupts her stealth duration too early to gain the extra damage.
    • It's better to buy Duskblade of Draktharr item Duskblade of Draktharr late-game when the opposing team will have more Control Ward item Control Ward across the map. VayneSquare Vayne can disable these wards thanks to the Blackout passive.
  • Choosing someone such as Miss FortuneSquare Miss Fortune or CaitlynSquare Caitlyn who have strong early games can easily deny VayneSquare Vayne from farming as VayneSquare Vayne has a relatively weak early game. Avoid pushing the lane as VayneSquare Vayne's Tumble Tumble makes her an exceptional farmer under turret, and has strong chasing potential.
  • VayneSquare Vayne's entire kit is focused on dueling and chasing, so deny her the potential to duel with you and her kit will naturally round out late-game when team fights become dominant, where the fights become more stationary and targets become harder to focus.
    • Once VayneSquare Vayne obtains Final Hour Final Hour at level 6, her dueling potential increases exponentially and she essentially spikes to her mid-game potentially immediately before most other Attack Damage Carries. The Attack Damage and movement speed boosts are huge given how early in the game it is and stealth detection is much harder to afford earlier on. Respect her presence at level 6 if you haven't pulled a significant advantage over her and avoid dueling her if possible.
  • VayneSquare Vayne is one of the most powerful duelists in the game and is well known and feared as one of the most powerful marksmen if/when she reaches full build. It is critical to keep her early and mid game crippled.
    • Marksmen are usually easy prey to one-burst-wonder assassins, especially ZedSquare Zed and LeBlancSquare LeBlanc. VayneSquare Vayne is by far not in this category, her ability to carefully move around the battlefield, drain-tank while evading attacks with stealth from Final Hour Final Hour and bursting/peeling with Condemn Condemn makes her complicated to kill by surgical, tactical and careful assassins as she can often prevent their abilities to properly flow for a combo.
      • Lee SinSquare Lee Sin's kit provides extreme stealth detection and Cripple Cripple shuts down VayneSquare Vayne's mobility. With the correct build, Lee Sin can usually one-shot Vayne late game.
  • Silver Bolts Silver Bolts is not that hard to counteract contrary to popular belief.
    • Her Silver Bolts Silver Bolts procs rely on her attack speed. Champions with attack speed slows such as MalphiteSquare Malphite and NunuSquare Nunu can mitigate VayneSquare Vayne's auto attack and Silver Bolts Silver Bolts damage significantly along with having kits that counteract VayneSquare Vayne extremely well.
    • Frozen Heart item Frozen Heart is extremely detrimental to VayneSquare Vayne because the armor portion of the item counters her lack of magic damage and the long-ranged -15% attack speed aura is practically unavoidable in team fights. This item is arguably a better option in dealing with VayneSquare Vayne, as it does not provide HP, thus making Silver Bolts Silver Bolts less effective.
      • Randuin's Omen item Randuin's Omen is especially useful against VayneSquare Vayne as one proc of slow will cripple her true damage and mobility. Because VayneSquare Vayne relies on her mobility in order to survive in team fights due to her short range, the movement speed slow will make her an easy target to focus. As such, even building an early Warden's Mail item Warden's Mail will have noticeable effects against her. Come mid-late game, Randuin's crit reduction will reduce Vayne's damage output even further as critical strikes are an important part of her damage.
    • VayneSquare Vayne's Silver Bolts Silver Bolts do not account for shields when calculating the percent of maximum HP so abilities such as Granite Shield Granite Shield and Titan's Wrath Titan's Wrath are extremely strong against her.
    • The same case goes for lifesteal and high health regeneration; if the target's lifebar isn't noticeably large but is constantly renewed from either high lifesteal or abilities such as Sadism Sadism, the damage from Silver Bolts Silver Bolts becomes significantly less noticeable.
    • Battling her only in teamfights forces her to switch targets, resulting in fewer Silver Bolts Silver Bolts procs.
    • TeemoSquare Teemo can completely shutdown VayneSquare Vayne's true damage output with the help of Blinding Dart Blinding Dart, especially by surprising her with Guerrilla Warfare Guerrilla Warfare. This is even more useful if VayneSquare Vayne's Condemn Condemn is recently used due to its fairly long cooldown.
  • Mages with targeted burst damage/crowd controls such as LeBlancSquare LeBlanc or RyzeSquare Ryze can easily dispatch Vayne as her mobility and Tumble Tumble are primarily anti-skillshot oriented. Targeted abilities that apply targeted hard crowd control such as WarwickSquare Warwick's Infinite Duress Infinite Duress and MalzaharSquare Malzahar's Nether Grasp Nether Grasp prevents Vayne from retaliating with her mobility and lifesteal resulting in an easy kill.
  • It's recommended not to fight VayneSquare Vayne in the jungle as there are more walls for her to stun with Condemn Condemn.
  • Taking a Control Ward item Control Ward with you is useful against Final Hour Final Hour as her stealth will be useless, shutting down her primary method of reaching squishier targets of interest. Oracle Lens item Oracle Lens also helps detect Vayne albeit to a lesser extent.
  • VayneSquare Vayne can be a very powerful top laner against tanks, so when you see your enemy pick VayneSquare Vayne, especially if the enemy team has already selected another marksman, ask your jungler to pick a tank just in case she decides to go top so you can pick a damage top laner who can fare against or even kill Vayne.