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Skill usage

  • If you don't already use smart cast, consider it for playing  Veigar.  Veigar's kit is a bursting kit and it is heavily reliant on landing his combo of spells in as short a space a time as possible, choosing smart cast will make it easier to use all spells at once, especially when using additional skills or items such as Ignite or Deathfire Grasp.
  • Consistent use of  Baleful Strike to last-hit minions is key in amassing ability power.
    • Keep track of your mana pool, especially in the early game. If you simply use  Baleful Strike only to farm the enemy will soon start to harass you, juggle using  Baleful Strike with auto attacks on enemies while still farming minions is key to dominating a lane early game.
    • Be firm about getting Crest of the Ancient Golem. Having the extra CDR on  Baleful Strike will let you hit every minion with it, and have the mana to sustain farming and harassing.
    • Early ranks of  Baleful Strike have a higher cooldown, so remember to also use your auto-attack to get last hits.
    • An easy way to last hit with  Baleful Strike is to let the tower hit melee minions twice then follow it with a  Baleful Strike. Let the tower hit caster minions once along with one auto attack and a  Baleful Strike.
    • Starting from rank 3  Baleful Strike becomes a mana-efficient harassment tool.
    • If possible, try to finish off enemy champions with  Baleful Strike. It'll give you 2 more AP, in addition to the passive AP gain after killing an enemy champion.
  •  Event Horizon is one of the strongest stuns in the game - it stuns for 2.5 seconds at max rank and is AoE. With practice, it's easy to stun or cage at least 2 or 3 players.
    • While being chased through the jungle  Event Horizon can be used to block off a choke point for a successful escape.
    •  Event Horizon is effective if enemies attempt to tower dive, if you land the stun after the tower has started to target them they will suffer many hits for it often landing you kills early game.
    • Consider further leveling of this skill early game if the stun isn't holding enemies long enough for  Dark Matter's to land. Since  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 with less harassment from a passive enemy.
    • Practice aiming  Event Horizon so that enemies are on the edge and thus immediately stunned, it is vital in trapping champions with escape mechanisms such as  Flash.
    • Always be more cautious when  Event Horizonis not available, as it is one of  Veigar's most important abilities, it has a long cooldown, making  Veigar an easy target when it's unavailable, especially against enemies with high mobility (like  Fizz).
  • You can use  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 you can use it for killing half or whole minion waves, as it instantly kills minions by then.
  • Placing a ward at the enemy wraith camp means you can use  Dark Matter and  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 against enemy champions with high ability power can have devastating effects, due to its scaling off your target's AP as well as yours. As such, prioritize mages with your ult.
  • Using  Baleful Strike with  Primordial Burst can crush an AP carry before their team can react.
  • Use  Event Horizon to increase success rates in landing  Dark Matter. Remember, enemies in the center can move into the stun-ring just to avoid  Dark Matter.
  • When shoving the lane so you can recall or leave, consider using   Event Horizon on the enemy minion line as it approaches, concentrating the minions to an area and then landing  Dark Matter.
  • Practice using  Veigar's nuke combo in the right order, initiating with   Event Horizon to stun, followed up by  Dark Matter, if you're going for a kill cast  Primordial Burst now, and lastly  Baleful Strike to pick up the kill for permanent extra AP. Due to  Baleful Strike and  Primordial Burst being targeted spells, they should always be used after casting  Dark Matter since they are sure to always hit.
  • An advanced tactic is to use  Dark Matter before landing  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 can land.
  • Another advanced tactic, you can sometimes use  Event Horizon to bait an enemy with a skill / ability such as Cleanse, place the stun just near them but without actually stunning them, they may activate their Cleanse simply believing they are removing your stun and then still walk into your stun ring.

Build usage

  • Getting mana regen items such as a Faerie Charm or Doran's Ring early game allows  Veigar to stay in lane as long as possible to farm  Baleful Strike. Even a  Mana Potion can help, as the mana regenerated is still increased by  Veigar's innate,  Equilibrium.
  • The cooldown and active effect of Deathfire Grasp synergizes very well with  Veigar's kit. Make sure it is the first to deal damage in your combo as it will increase your damage upon the target for 4 seconds.
  • Rabadon's Deathcap is a prime offensive item on  Veigar, since it amplifies the ability power gained from  Baleful Strike.
  • while Mejai's Soulstealer would usually benefit any AP caster, it isn't necessary on  Veigar's since  Veigar's gains permanent AP from killing enemy champions anyway. if you are doing well though by all means try it.
  •  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.
  • Spell vamp items/runes can improve  Veigar's survivability against champions, especially the ones with good poking kits. Though it will hinder his damage output.
    • If you did equip Spell Vamp, using the long range on  Dark Matter is a safer option over  Baleful Strike if the enemy is harassing you well, it can be used against Wraith camps.
  • Lich Bane can additionally scale very well on Veigar, one consideration has to be taken though as the Lich Bane proc can hit an enemy before  Baleful Strike can land unless you prevent  Veigar from auto attacking by keeping him moving around, if you keep this in mind though, it will make a fine addition to your damage output while giving you more movespeed. Works very well with Deathfire Grasp.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item4 Warding Totem item
Essential Doran's Ring item Sorcerer's Shoes item Tear of the Goddess item
Offensive Rabadon's Deathcap item Archangel's Staff item Deathfire Grasp item Void Staff item
Defensive Zhonya's Hourglass item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Ring item2 Health Potion item2
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Rabadon's Deathcap item Athene's Unholy Grail item
Offensive Deathfire Grasp item Void Staff item Liandry's Torment item
Defensive Zhonya's Hourglass item Banshee's Veil item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector's Ring item Health Potion item2
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Tear of the Goddess item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Offensive Archangel's Staff item Deathfire Grasp item Void Staff item
Defensive Abyssal Scepter item Odyn's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Ring item Health Potion item2
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Tear of the Goddess item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Offensive Archangel's Staff item Deathfire Grasp item Void Staff item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Abyssal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Countering

  • Zoning  Veigar during the laning phase will deny him from farming ability power from last-hitting minions with his  Baleful Strike as he is fairly squishy and weak at early game.
  • Although  Dark Matter deals massive damage, it has a considerable delay before it lands. Use this to avoid the spell.
  • If the wall of  Event Horizon misses you during placement, avoid walking into the wall as it will still stun you for the full duration.
  • Forcing  Veigar to use  Event Horizon leaves him vulnerable for its long cooldown afterwards, which can be an opportunity to go on the offensive.
  • If you are playing a mage, avoid approaching  Veigar until his  Primordial Burst has been used as it can spell instant death or bring you close to it.
  • As a purely combo based mage, buying a 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.
  • Majority of  Veigar's damage output is magic damage, hence items such as Banshee's Veil will mitigate his damage output by a large margin. Mercury's Treads are a good choices of boots, partly due to the magic resist, and mainly due to the tenacity that reduces the stun duration of  Event Horizon.
  • If  Veigar is giving you a hard time in early game, try rushing a Negatron Cloak and build it into an Abyssal Scepter as he will no longer be able to successfully harass you until he has his Void Staff. Champions like  Galio with a naturally high magic resist have the advantage over  Veigar.
  • Because  Primordial Burst is dependent on target's current ability power, champions who mainly benefit from AD items such as  Jayce Talon Lee Sin Zed and  Xin Zhao are effective counters against  Veigar.
  • If you are laning against  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. 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.

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