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Starting Doran's Ring item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Lost Chapter item Fiendish Codex item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Morellonomicon item Void Staff item
Standard Luden's Echo item Zhonya's Hourglass item Rabadon's Deathcap item
Situational Archangel's Staff item Rod of Ages item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Ring item Refillable Potion item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Fiendish Codex item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Offensive Void Staff item Morellonomicon item Luden's Echo item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Abyssal Mask item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Howling Abyss
Starting Lost Chapter item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item4
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Morellonomicon item
Offensive Rabadon's Deathcap item Void Staff item Luden's Echo item
Defensive Zhonya's Hourglass item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item


Playing As VeigarSquare Veigar
  • Use Event Horizon to increase your chances of landing Dark Matter.
  • Veigar is extremely Mana and Cooldown Reduction dependent. Try buying items with these stats in order to increase the effectiveness of your passive and Baleful Strike.
  • Veigar is very fragile. It is valuable to select at least one summoner spell that can be used defensively.
Playing Against VeigarSquare Veigar
  • Dark Matter deals very high damage, but it can be avoided. Pay attention to the audio and visual indicators to be aware of when and where the spell will land.
  • Event Horizon only stuns units on the edge of its circle area. If you are inside the spell, you can still move and attack.
  • Veigar's ultimate deals increased damage based on your missing health.


Ability Usage
  • VeigarSquare Veigar's strength as a mage comes from his overall high damage, the zoning potential and CC of his Event Horizon Event Horizon, and Primordial Burst Primordial Burst. This, combined with his theoretical infinite ability power stacking, makes him a dangerous opponent as a mage.
    • VeigarSquare Veigar suffers from low mobility and durability, making him reliant on his allies to protect him. His Dark Matter Dark Matter's and Event Horizon 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 VeigarSquare 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 Ignite.
  • Consistent good usage of Baleful Strike Baleful Strike is key to success as VeigarSquare 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 Baleful Strike only to farm, the enemy will soon start to harass you; juggling between using Baleful Strike 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 buff Crest of Insight. Having the extra CDR on Baleful Strike Baleful Strike will let you hit every minion with it and have the mana to sustain farming and harassing.
    • Try to care about getting as much Phenomenal Evil Power Phenomenal Evil Power stacks as possible. The ability power you get from it as well as the reduced cooldown on Dark Matter Dark Matter is crucial to VeigarSquare Veigar's late game.
    • Early ranks of Baleful Strike 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 Event Horizon in front of where an enemy will go, and then put down yourDark Matter Dark Matter, fire your Baleful Strike Baleful Strike at them, and finish the job with Primordial Burst 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 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 Baleful Strike is to let the tower hit melee minions twice then follow it with a Baleful Strike Baleful Strike. Let the tower hit caster minions once along with one auto attack and a Baleful Strike Baleful Strike.
    • If possible, try to finish off enemy champions with Baleful Strike Baleful Strike. It'll give you 2 more AP, in addition to the passive AP gain after killing an enemy champion.
    • Make use of the low cooldown of Dark Matter Dark Matter in the late game, as it will increase your damage output significantly.
  • Event Horizon 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 area of effect. With practice, it's easy to stun, cage, or zone at least 2-3 players.
    • To escape, Event Horizon Event Horizon can be used to block off a choke point, or in the jungle an entire pathway.
    • Consider further leveling of Event Horizon Event Horizon if the stun isn't holding enemies long enough for Dark Matter Dark Matter's to land. This is usually due to Tenacity or similar individual champion abilities. Since Dark Matter 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 Baleful Strike with less harassment from a passive enemy.
    • Be wary that Event Horizon 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 Distortion Distortion and Resonating Strike Resonating Strike, allowing VeigarSquare Veigar to nuke them off-guard.
    • Always be more cautious when Event Horizon Event Horizon is not available, as it is one of VeigarSquare Veigar's most important abilities. It has a long cooldown, making VeigarSquare Veigar an easy target when it's unavailable, especially against enemies with high mobility and damage (like FizzSquare Fizz).
  • You can use Dark Matter Dark Matter's impact animation to corner 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 Dark Matter you can use it for killing half a whole minion wave, as it instantly kills minions by then.
  • Placing a ward at the enemy Crimson RaptorSquare Crimson Raptor camp means you can use Dark Matter Dark Matter and Baleful Strike 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 Baleful Strike Baleful Strike with Primordial Burst Primordial Burst can crush a low-MR carry before the enemy team can react.
  • Use Event Horizon Event Horizon to increase success rates in landing Dark Matter Dark Matter. Remember, enemies in the center can move into the stun-ring just to avoid Dark Matter Dark Matter.
  • When shoving the lane so you can recall or leave, consider using Event Horizon Event Horizon on the enemy minion line as it approaches, concentrating the minions to an area and then landing Dark Matter Dark Matter.
  • Practice using VeigarSquare Veigar's nuke combo in the right order, initiating with Event Horizon Event Horizon to stun, followed by Dark Matter Dark Matter, and if you're going for a kill, cast Primordial Burst Primordial Burst now, and lastly Baleful Strike Baleful Strike to pick up the kill for permanent extra AP. Due to Primordial Burst Primordial Burst being a targeted spell, it should always be used after casting Dark Matter Dark Matter since it is sure to always hit.
    • Always check to make sure that there is no one blocking VeigarSquare Veigar's target if you're planning to use his nuke combo. Baleful Strike 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 Dark Matter before landing Event Horizon 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 Dark Matter can land.
  • Another advanced tactic, you can sometimes use Event Horizon Event Horizon to bait an enemy with a skill / ability such as Cleanse Cleanse, place the stun just near them but without actually stunning them, they may activate their Cleanse Cleanse simply believing they are removing your stun and then still walk into your stun ring.
Runes Usage
Item Usage
  • VeigarSquare Veigar, 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.
  • Offensive items for VeigarSquare Veigar are quite straight up flat AP items with a few that proc extra damage. Items that are not helpful to VeigarSquare Veigar are items such as Mejai's Soulstealer item Mejai's Soulstealer, Liandry's Torment item Liandry's Torment & Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Rylai's Crystal Scepter as the passives wont be useful enough.
    • Morellonomicon item Morellonomicon is a well-rounded first item, giving a large chunk of AP, mana, cooldown reduction as well as some flat magic penetration and gives Grievious Wounds to all enemies hit by Dark Matter Dark Matter. Useful for both oneshotting ADCs and chunking tanks.
    • A Void Staff item Void Staff is almost always a necessary item for VeigarSquare Veigar as enemies will likely be building a lot of magic resist to survive your damage output, if you are having a good laning phase also consider buying this before a Needlessly Large Rod item Needlessly Large Rod item, as you will have already stacked 100 ap from your Baleful Strike Baleful Strike alone, propelling you into your late game dominating mode fast.
    • Rabadon's Deathcap item Rabadon's Deathcap is a prime offensive item on VeigarSquare Veigar, since it amplifies the ability power gained from Baleful Strike Baleful Strike.
      • While Rabadon's Deathcap item Rabadon's Deathcap is rarely built as a first item due to being very expensive and not very gold efficient without other AP items, Veigar's Phenomenal Evil Power Phenomenal Evil Power makes his AP increase constantly, making this item a viable first buy. Compared to the common Morellonomicon item Morellonomicon start, this leaves you with no improvement on your mana or cooldowns, so make sure your ability casts count.
    • Luden's Echo item Luden's Echo or Lich Bane item Lich Bane often gives Veigar stats he secretly likes, extra move speed, both give extra damage procs and Lich Bane item Lich Bane also gives 10% cooldown.
  • Lich Bane item Lich Bane's damage applies to towers, and scales with Veigar's infinitely scaling AP. If you need to farm minions and/or are behind, building this item will allow you to quickly destroy enemy towers. Come late game, a single empowered autoattack can often deal roughly a third of a tower's health.
  • Because VeigarSquare Veigar can just build AP from his farm, you can often afford to substitute offensive items with purely defensive or high utility loaded into them, and you can still leave the first few laning trips with more AP than the majority of other mages.
  • It is often viable gear on VeigarSquare Veigar defensively, especially if you're carrying, the enemy will prioritize killing you and many team comps will lack strong initiation leaving you feeling like you have to initiate with your Event Horizon Event Horizon in order to get anything done, the following items are suggestions to help you get your burst out before you fall.
  • VeigarSquare Veigar as a mage has low mobility, high cooldowns and low mana regen, utility items can help, especially in terms of mana regen items.
  • Zoning VeigarSquare Veigar during the laning phase will deny him from farming ability power from last-hitting minions with his Baleful Strike Baleful Strike as he is fairly squishy and weak at early game.
    • This is important because if VeigarSquare 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. 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 NasusSquare Nasus and SionSquare 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 Event Horizon; if you dodge it, burst Veigar down.
  • Although Dark Matter 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 Event Horizon will interrupt dashes, it will not stop dashes and abilities that explicitly state it is unstoppable, such as MalphiteSquare Malphite's Unstoppable Force Unstoppable Force, SionSquare Sion's Unstoppable Onslaught Unstoppable Onslaught, and ViSquare Vi's Assault and Battery Assault and Battery. Along with NocturneSquare Nocturne's Paranoia Paranoia and Shroud of Darkness Shroud of Darkness, they serve as one of the best counters to shut down VeigarSquare Veigar when coordinated as a team.
  • If the wall of Event Horizon Event Horizon misses you during placement, avoid walking into the wall as it will still stun you for the full duration.
  • Pay attention to VeigarSquare Veigar's cooldowns. If Veigar uses Event Horizon Event Horizon or Primordial Burst Primordial Burst (or both), this is where he is the most vulnerable. Take the opportunity to kill him as fast as possible.
  • Always be on the move in the late game against a VeigarSquare Veigar, as the cooldown on Dark Matter Dark Matter can be extremely low.
  • A common mistake amongst mages is to build Sorcerer's Shoes item Sorcerer's Shoes when laning against Veigar, when they should build Mercury's Treads item 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 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 item 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's Veil item 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 VeigarSquare Veigar is giving you a hard time in early game if you are AP, try rushing a Negatron Cloak item Negatron Cloak and build it into an Banshee's Veil item Banshee's Veil as he will no longer be able to successfully harass you until he has his Void Staff item Void Staff. Champions like GalioSquare Galio with a naturally high magic resist have the advantage over VeigarSquare Veigar.
  • If you are AD, Hexdrinker item Hexdrinker is the option to build.
  • The majority of VeigarSquare Veigar's damage output is magic damage, hence items such as Banshee's Veil item Banshee's Veil will mitigate his damage output by a large margin. Banshee's Veil item Banshee's Veil also negates one of his spells, which is vital, since Veigar is a combo-based champion.
  • KayleSquare Kayle's Intervention Intervention can leave allied champions completely immune to Veigar's combo, making KayleSquare Kayle somewhat of an indirect counter to him. But if Veigar decides to focus Kayle herself, if she is stunned by Event Horizon Event Horizon, she can't cast Intervention Intervention on herself, and will fall to his spells just like any other champion.
  • Becoming Untargetable can save you from a burst combo. Spells like FizzSquare Fizz's Playful Playful / Trickster and ZedSquare Zed's Death Mark Death Mark can prevent taking damage from VeigarSquare Veigar's burst combo.
    • Champions like SivirSquare Sivir and NocturneSquare Nocturne can use their spell shields to avoid being stunned by Event Horizon Event Horizon, and will be able to out-duel VeigarSquare Veigar.
  • A high crowd control champion, such as LeonaSquare Leona can use their CC to keep VeigarSquare Veigar from contributing to fights with his abilities and prevent him from getting free AP with the passive of Baleful Strike Baleful Strike.