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Skill usage

  • Veigar Veigar's strength as a mage comes from his overall high damage, the zoning potential and CC of his Event Horizon.png Event Horizon, and mage-killer Primordial Burst.png Primordial Burst. This, combined with his theoretical infinite ability power stacking, makes him a dangerous opponent as a mage.
    • Veigar Veigar suffers from low mobility and durability, making him reliant on his allies to protect him. His Dark Matter.png Dark Matter's and Event Horizon.png Event Horizon are both delayed, making him especially vulnerable to being initiated upon as he will do little to nothing before his death.
  • If you don't already use smart cast, consider it when playing Veigar Veigar. His kit has high damage but is heavily reliant on landing his combo of spells as fast as possible; choosing smart cast will make it easier to use all spells at once, especially when using additional skills such as Ignite.png Ignite.
  • Consistent good usage of Baleful Strike.png Baleful Strike is key to success as Veigar Veigar, amassing ability power from minion and champion alike.
    • Keep track of your mana pool, especially in the early game. If you simply use Baleful Strike.png Baleful Strike only to farm, the enemy will soon start to harass you; juggling between using Baleful Strike.png Baleful Strike with auto attacks on enemies while still farming minions is key to dominating a lane early game.
    • Be firm about the Crest of Insight.png Crest of Insight. Having the extra CDR on Baleful Strike.png Baleful Strike will let you hit every minion with it and have the mana to sustain farming and harassing.
    • Early ranks of Baleful Strike.png Baleful Strike have a higher cooldown, so remember to also use your auto-attacks to get last hits.
    • Try to set up an Event Horizon.png Event Horizon in front of where an enemy will go, and then put down yourDark Matter.png Dark Matter, fire your Baleful Strike.png Baleful Strike at them, and finish the job with Primordial Burst.png Primordial Burst. If you have enough items, that will one-shot most squishy carries
    • Try to dual last-hit minions for double the AP gain with Baleful Strike.png Baleful Strike when given the chance, as it will greatly speed up his rate of achieving dominance later in the game. With decent itemisation for AP you should be able to double-tap ranged minions from full health, or 1 ranged minion and 1 half-damaged melee minion.
    • An easy way to last hit with Baleful Strike.png Baleful Strike is to let the tower hit melee minions twice then follow it with a Baleful Strike.png Baleful Strike. Let the tower hit caster minions once along with one auto attack and a Baleful Strike.png Baleful Strike.
    • If possible, try to finish off enemy champions with Baleful Strike.png Baleful Strike. It'll give you 2 more AP, in addition to the passive AP gain after killing an enemy champion.
  • Event Horizon.png Event Horizon is one of the strongest stuns in the game - it will interrupt dashes, stuns for 2.5 seconds at max rank and is AoE. With practice, it's easy to stun, cage, or zone at least 2 or 3 players.
    • To escape, Event Horizon.png Event Horizon can be used to block off a choke point, or in the jungle an entire pathway.
    • Consider further leveling of Event Horizon.png Event Horizon if the stun isn't holding enemies long enough for Dark Matter.png Dark Matter's to land. This is usually due to Tenacity or similar individual champion abilities. Since Dark Matter.png Dark Matter is one of the hardest hitting skills in your kit, it is another key to dominating your lane all so that you can farm using Baleful Strike.png Baleful Strike with less harassment from a passive enemy.
    • Be wary that Event Horizon.png Event Horizon is no longer instantaneous and comes with a 0.5 second delay to cast, being unable to immediately stun as it used to with its edge. Unlike other stuns, it will interrupt dashes such as LeBlanc LeBlanc's Distortion.png Distortion and Lee Sin Lee Sin's Resonating Strike.png Resonating Strike, allowing Veigar Veigar to nuke them off-guard.
    • Always be more cautious when Event Horizon.png Event Horizon is not available, as it is one of Veigar Veigar's most important abilities. It has a long cooldown, making Veigar Veigar an easy target when it's unavailable, especially against enemies with high mobility and damage (like Fizz Fizz).
  • You can use Dark Matter.png Dark Matter's impact animation to cordon off your foes; place the spell near the champion but angled towards the direction in which he is most likely to retreat.
    • Starting from level 4 of Dark Matter.png Dark Matter you can use it for killing half or whole minion waves, as it instantly kills minions by then.
  • Placing a ward at the enemy Raptor camp means you can use Dark Matter.png Dark Matter and Baleful Strike.png Baleful Strike to clear it whenever it spawns for easy gold and XP that the enemy jungler is denied. Care should be taken as to missing opponents and the location of the jungler when attempting this, however.
  • Using your Primordial Burst.png Primordial Burst against enemy champions with high ability power can have devastating effects, due to it scaling off your target's AP as well as yours. As such, prioritize mages with your ult.
  • Using Baleful Strike.png Baleful Strike with Primordial Burst.png Primordial Burst can crush an AP carry before their team can react.
  • Use Event Horizon.png Event Horizon to increase success rates in landing Dark Matter.png Dark Matter. Remember, enemies in the center can move into the stun-ring just to avoid Dark Matter.png Dark Matter.
  • When shoving the lane so you can recall or leave, consider using  Event Horizon.png Event Horizon on the enemy minion line as it approaches, concentrating the minions to an area and then landing Dark Matter.png Dark Matter.
  • Practice using Veigar Veigar's nuke combo in the right order, initiating with Event Horizon.png Event Horizon to stun, followed by Dark Matter.png Dark Matter, and if you're going for a kill, cast Primordial Burst.png Primordial Burst now, and lastly Baleful Strike.png Baleful Strike to pick up the kill for permanent extra AP. Due to Primordial Burst.png Primordial Burst being a targeted spell, it should always be used after casting Dark Matter.png Dark Matter since it is sure to always hit.
    • Always check to make sure that there is no one blocking Veigar Veigar's target if you're planning to use his nuke combo. Baleful Strike.png Baleful Strike can only hit up to two targets in a linear fashion, and will be wasted if there are more than one enemy in between, leaving his opponent alive for a time to escape or to counterattack.
  • An advanced tactic is to use Dark Matter.png Dark Matter before landing Event Horizon.png Event Horizon. While it is difficult to master, if you have aimed both spells correctly the enemy won’t be able to escape before the Dark Matter.png Dark Matter can land.
  • Another advanced tactic, you can sometimes use Event Horizon.png Event Horizon to bait an enemy with a skill / ability such as Cleanse.png Cleanse, place the stun just near them but without actually stunning them, they may activate their Cleanse.png Cleanse simply believing they are removing your stun and then still walk into your stun ring.
  • Veigar Veigar has good synergy with tanks that build armor such as Rammus Rammus and Malphite Malphite. Because Primordial Burst.png Primordial Burst punishes champions who build AP, this will force the enemy team to play attack damage based champions or build ability power based champions with attack damage builds (including certain ability power scaling champions like Kennen Kennen, Lulu Lulu, Kayle Kayle, Nidalee Nidalee, Akali Akali, Fizz Fizz, and Teemo Teemo where the said champions are known for their build flexibility). This in turn will allow Rammus Rammus and Malphite Malphite to simply build armor and health items to mitigate the enemy team's attack damage and allow Veigar Veigar to burst down the enemy team with his magic damage.

Build usage

  • Veigar Veigar, like most mages, benefits most from building ability power, cooldown reduction, and mana regeneration. However, due to his decent base damages and scalings, magic penetration in particular is an excellent stat for him.
  • Getting mana regeneration items such as a Faerie Charm item.png Faerie Charm or Doran&#039;s Ring item.png Doran's Ring early game allows Veigar Veigar to stay in lane as long as possible to farm Baleful Strike.png Baleful Strike. Even a Mana Potion item.png Mana Potion can help, as the mana regenerated is still increased by Equilibrium.png Equilibrium.
    • With changes towards Veigar Veigar's Equilibrium.png Equilibrium along with Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item.png Athene's Unholy Grail, it is recommended to take Chalice of Harmony item.png Chalice of Harmony as your sole mana-regeneration item. It's regeneration based on missing mana is more than doubled thanks towards it's synergy with Equilibrium.png Equilibrium, and it works quite well with Veigar Veigar's mana pool, ensuring that you almost always never go out of mana. It can later be upgraded into Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item.png Athene's Unholy Grail for the much needed cooldown reduction along with being able to restore nearly a third of your maximum mana on kill or assist, which can also be more than doubled, effectively restoring him around half of his max mana.
    • Tear of the Goddess item.png Tear of the Goddess is another route to take, besides granting mana regen it will also increase Veigar Veigar's mana pool. A charged Archangel&#039;s Staff item.png Archangel's Staff carries the potential to grant AP matched only by Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap, and once transformed intoSeraph&#039;s Embrace item.png Seraph's Embrace, can be activated for a shield based on your current mana when in need for defense.
      • If you've decided to build Archangel&#039;s Staff item.png Archangel's Staff, it is worth considering building Rod of Ages item.png Rod of Ages as well, as it provides a substantial increase to your max mana which in turn increases your ability power due to the passive on Archangel&#039;s Staff item.png Archangel's Staff.
      • The changes to Archangel&#039;s Staff item.png Archangel's Staff have delayed its power spike, and thus is niche based on what route you take.
  • A Void Staff item.png Void Staff is almost always a necessary item for Veigar Veigar as enemies will likely be building a lot of magic resist to survive your damage output.
  • Alternatively, an Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter can be built as a more defensive item since Veigar Veigar must come dangerously close to deal his full combo.
  • Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap is a prime offensive item on Veigar Veigar, since it amplifies the ability power gained from Baleful Strike.png Baleful Strike.
  • While Mejai&#039;s Soulstealer item.png Mejai's Soulstealer would usually benefit any AP caster, it isn't necessary on Veigar Veigar's since he gains permanent AP from killing enemy champions and it is a rather risky purchase considering his vulnerabilities.
  • If you are up against an AD assassin such as Zed Zed or Talon Talon, it is advisable to build a Seeker&#039;s Armguard item.png Seeker's Armguard, as it will overall reduce the amount of damage taken, increasing Veigar Veigar's survivability in lane whilst providing the much needed ability power. It can be stacked for more ability power and armor, and later be upgraded into a Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass that can be used to counter Zed Zed's Death Mark.png Death Mark or Talon Talon's Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault, respectively.
  • Veigar Veigar can often become a target to be shut down by an enemy team, especially early game. Investing in health may sometimes become necessary to survive, whether it's surviving long enough for allied champions to peel enemies off, or to last long enough for spells to come off cooldown.
  • With Veigar Veigar becoming a prime target in late game due to his powerful capability to shut down carries, it is often necessary to invest in at least one defensive item such as a Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil or Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass. Although it will sacrifice a portion of his power, it can often prevent a fatal turning point of a match.
  • Spell vamp items/runes can improve Veigar Veigar's survivability against champions, especially the ones with good poking abilities. It will however, hinder his damage output, and is not recommended with the recent changes to Baleful Strike.png Baleful Strike, as it will be 1/3 as effective than before.
  • Lich Bane item.png Lich Bane can scale well with Veigar Veigar. In addition to the slight increase in mobility, the proc adds another nuke to his kit, making him good at instantly deleting priority targets.
    • Twin Shadows item.png Twin Shadows, while lacking the additional power, offers CDR and the same mobility and an active to catch enemies out or escape.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran&#039;s Ring item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Essential Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item Void Staff item
Offensive Archangel&#039;s Staff item Morellonomicon item Liandry&#039;s Torment item
Defensive Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item Banshee&#039;s Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran&#039;s Ring item2 Health Potion item2
Essential Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item
Offensive Void Staff item Liandry&#039;s Torment item
Defensive Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item Banshee&#039;s Veil item Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector&#039;s Ring item Health Potion item2
Essential Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Tear of the Goddess item Wooglet&#039;s Witchcap item
Offensive Archangel&#039;s Staff item Void Staff item
Defensive Abyssal Scepter item Odyn&#039;s Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran&#039;s Ring item Health Potion item2
Essential Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Tear of the Goddess item Wooglet&#039;s Witchcap item
Offensive Archangel&#039;s Staff item Void Staff item
Defensive Banshee&#039;s Veil item Abyssal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item


  • Zoning Veigar Veigar during the laning phase will deny him from farming ability power from last-hitting minions with his Baleful Strike.png Baleful Strike as he is fairly squishy and weak at early game.
    • This is important because if Veigar Veigar is allowed to farm and get items and ability power, his combo will be lethal late-game, being able to instantly kill almost any champion, even AD champions if they are squishy. The only champions who can survive his combo are bruisers and tanks with a lot of health and magic resistance, and even then, it will take more than half of their health, leaving them low enough for any ally to pick them off.
    • Unlike other champions with stats that can increase infinitely, such as Nasus Nasus and Sion Sion, Veigar is built with items that leave him very squishy himself. Due to this, it is imperative to avoid being stunned by Event Horizon.png Event Horizon; if you do this, burst Veigar down.
  • Although Dark Matter.png Dark Matter deals massive damage, it has a considerable delay before it lands. Use this to avoid the spell.
  • Keep in mind that although Event Horizon.png Event Horizon will interrupt dashes, it will not stop dashes and abilities that explicitly state it is unstoppable, such as Malphite Malphite's Unstoppable Force.png Unstoppable Force, Sion Sion's Unstoppable Onslaught.png Unstoppable Onslaught, and Vi Vi's Assault and Battery.png Assault and Battery. Along with Nocturne Nocturne's Paranoia.png Paranoia and Shroud of Darkness.png Shroud of Darkness, they serve as one of the best counters to shut down Veigar Veigar when coordinated as a team.
  • If the wall of Event Horizon.png Event Horizon misses you during placement, avoid walking into the wall as it will still stun you for the full duration.
  • Pay attention to Veigar Veigar's cooldowns. If Veigar uses Event Horizon.png Event Horizon or Primordial Burst.png Primordial Burst (or both), this is where he is the most vulnerable. Take the opportunity to kill him as fast as possible.
  • If you are playing an AP champion, avoid approaching Veigar Veigar until his Primordial Burst.png Primordial Burst has been used as it can spell instant death or bring you close to it.
  • A common mistake amongst mages is to build Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item.png Sorcerer's Shoes when laning against Veigar, when they should build Mercury&#039;s Treads item.png Mercury's Treads instead. While the extra damage will be missed due to not having magic penetration, the extra magic resist and tenacity are helpful due to Event Horizon.png Event Horizon. The sooner you get rid of the stun, the better chances you have to survive Veigar's combo.
    • In fact, it is recommended to build Mercury's Treads on any champion on your team if there is a Veigar on the enemy team, as it will decrease the chances of him being able to land his mortal spell combo.
  • As a purely combo based mage, buying a Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil is an excellent way to counter him as it essentially negates one of his spells, making him unable to initially unleash a full combo upon you.
  • If Veigar Veigar is giving you a hard time in early game if you are AP, try rushing a Negatron Cloak item.png Negatron Cloak and build it into an Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter as he will no longer be able to successfully harass you until he has his Void Staff item.png Void Staff. Champions like Galio Galio with a naturally high magic resist have the advantage over Veigar Veigar.
    • If you are AD, Hexdrinker item.png Hexdrinker is the option to build, instead.
  • Because Primordial Burst.png Primordial Burst is dependent on the target's ability power, champions who mainly benefit from AD items such as Jayce JayceTalon TalonKha&#039;Zix Kha'ZixZed Zed and Yasuo Yasuo are effective counters against Veigar Veigar. Be wary that unless they invest on some health and magic resist, even these champions will be instanuked by Veigar's combo, late game.
  • The majority of Veigar Veigar's damage output is magic damage, hence items such as Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil will mitigate his damage output by a large margin. Banshee's Veil also negates one of his spells, which is vital, since Veigar is a combo-based champion.
  • If you are laning against Veigar Veigar as a mage, consider build alternatives that invest in relatively low ability power, such as magic penetration and cooldown reduction builds. Your own damage may be reduced, but this could well prove an acceptable trade-off to being less vulnerable to being gibbed by Primordial Burst.png Primordial Burst. If compatible to your playstyle, Lich Bane would be a good pick up as while it does not give the highest raw AP it adds substantially to your burst.
  • Kayle Kayle's Intervention.png Intervention can leave allied champions completely immune to Veigar's combo, making Kayle somewhat of an indirect counter to him. But if Veigar decides to focuse Kayle herself, if she is stunned by Event Horizon.png Event Horizon, she can't cast Intervention.png Intervention on herself, and will fall to his spells just like any other AP champion.
    • Champions like Sivir Sivir and Nocturne Nocturne can use their spell shields to avoid being stunned by Event Horizon, and better duel Veigar Veigar.

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