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By NeeksNaman 
There's nothing more satisfying than the sounds of your enemies succumbing to an extreme beat-down. Not to Vi, anyway, the newest champion to join the League. Punching, Excessive Force, and armor-busting brutality are what she's all about.
At home in top lane or the jungle, Vi's playstyle revolves around pummeling opponents and tearing into and shattering their armor. Vi's signature punch is Vault Breaker. When you first activate the ability, Vault Breaker begins charging a powerful punch. Activating Vault Breaker a second time causes you to dash forward, dealing damage to units and knocking back enemy champions. Early game, Vi excels at bullying opponents while shoving the lane with Vault Breaker and the AoE damage from Excessive Force. Skillful use of Excessive Force allows you to quickly clear your lane while harassing opponents trying to get in close to last hit minions.
When team fights erupt, Vi's ultimate allows you to charge through your opponents' front-line and crush their carries. Assault and Battery locks on to an enemy champion. You then chase them down, uppercutting them into the air. Enemies unfortunate enough to be in the way are knocked aside. High damage, armor debuffs, and knockbacks make you a disruptive force. Since Vi's attacks and activated abilities apply stacks of Denting Blows, you can increase your damage significantly against armored opponents by just doing what you do best: punching. To top it all off, Vi's Blast Shield helps her survive not only big damage bursts, but also prolonged team fights.
Are you ready to slip on your gauntlets and show off your pummeling prowess? Once your opponents get a glimpse of your heavy weaponry, it's punch or be punched.
- Champion Spotlight
- Recommended Items
- Playing As Vi
- Playing Against Vi
- Ability Usage
- A fully-charged Vault Breaker will deal twice as much damage as an uncharged one. It's great for catching and finishing off fleeing enemies.
- You can use Vault Breaker. If timed well, you can even in mid-air. Use this combo to surprise fleeing enemies. while charging
- Using a fully-charged Vault Breaker followed by Excessive Force is an extremely effective way to clear entire minion waves.
- Excessive Force does full damage to anyone caught in the shockwave. Use it on minions in lane to harass enemy champions behind them or to safely last hit minions.
- Assault and Battery is a powerful initiation tool, just remember not to get too far ahead of the rest of your team.
- Assault and Battery can be used to dash to enemy champions through walls. Use this to your advantage when planning a gank.
- For maximum damage, Assault and Battery can bypass the armor resistance granted by proccing Denting Blows first, significantly increasing its damage output on targets that are tanky enough to otherwise withstand it. Ideally, one can initiate with Vault Breaker, quickly apply the passive with a couple of auto attacks and/or Excessive Force, then when the target attempts to flee, using Assault and Battery to chase. If necessary, and if the skill is ranked high enough, this will allow for a second casting of Vault Breaker, making this combo exceptionally deadly to take out even very tanky targets.
- There are two common ways to lead into any engagement, which is with either Assault and Battery or Vault Breaker. While leading with Vault Breaker will maximize damage more and is typically better for early-game ganks, this also removes it as an escape tool, should a gank go wrong for any reason. Leading with Assault and Battery carries the benefit of not being able to miss most of the time (becoming untargetable will still cancel it outright), and if unneeded for gap-closing or damage output, Vault Breaker is a reliable escape skill if Vi ends up in a bad situation, or simply needs to leave the area quickly (such as during assassination of a back-line during a teamfight).
- Vi fits the role of bruiser very well and is most commonly played as a semi-tank. Abusing your Vault Breaker would be a good harassing strategy as it closes the gap between you and your enemies. Be careful about using this ability as Vi has no other escape mechanisms once Vault Breaker is on cooldown.
- Because Assault and Battery does 75% of the ability's damage to enemies between Vi and her target and knocks them aside, try to hit as many champions on the way to the target as possible.
- Vault Breaker can be used to dash over almost any wall in the jungle. You can dash over walls to gank unsuspecting players, or, with some right warding, easily catch the enemy jungler off guard. Using Vault Breaker will also allow Vi to reach her jungle camps faster.
- Assault and Battery will place Vi behind the target enemy. Follow up with a quick Vault Breaker to knock the enemy back into your team.
- Excessive Force can deal a great amounts of damage in the early game and damage enemy champions from a safe distance and even drive them out of lane.
- Excessive use of Excessive Force can lead to a mana starvation.
- Using Excessive Force at the right angle can give you a kill when an enemy champion is behind your target.
- Excessive Force can help you destroy turrets faster as it resets your auto attack timer.
- A good idea when ganking is to save your Assault and Battery until a target has used their escapes or untargetable abilities, as these stop Assault and Battery (e.g. After they use or Vladimir's Sanguine Pool)
- Mastery Usage
- Item Usage
- Vi can benefit from a wide selection of boots.
- or are viable choices for obvious reasons; both offer resistances and either Tenacity or reduced damage from auto attacks, respectively.
- Denting Blows faster, which further augments her attack speed. offer Vi relatively cheap attack speed, which allows her to stack
- Vi to use abilities more often, while also making Excessive Force charge faster, as well as her summoner spells. offer cooldown reduction, allowing
- Vi for reducing the slow on Vault Breaker. are especially useful on
- If going jungle or mid, Vi can also use . This allow her to travel the map extremely fast.
- The proc from Excessive Force, so it is advised to build either or .
goes well together with
- is a more offensive choice here, as it also gives attack damage, attack speed and critical strike chance. The movement speed increase and proc also make chasing easier.
- Excessive Force causes massive AoE damage. This is more recommended against a heavy AD team. Cooldown reduction and the Spellblade passive's AoE slow both improve Vi's Excessive Force usage frequency and damage dramatically. is more defensive, as it offers a large quantity armor. The area damage from the proc, combined with
- Vi's Blast Shield scales with 10% of her maximum HP number, an effect similar to Nautilus' Titan's Wrath shield.
As a result, it is best to shy away from pure armor or magic resist items on Vi, and instead choose items which grant a substantial amount of bonus HP as well as a resistance stat.[NOTE: This notion is false. Armor/MR apply to shields, and if you get equal amounts of "effective health" either from, say, armor vs health while opposing physical damage opponents, the shield will give equal amounts of effective health regardless. For example, getting 100% more health vs getting 100 more armor gives the same effective health vs physical damage. This statement remains as an example, as it is easy to assume that it's true. The below subpoints remain because they are general.]
- / and offer large quantities of health for relatively low prices, but lack boosts to resistance stats.
- Items like Vi when building as a durable jungler or solo laner. , , and all offer significant health boosts, while also giving substantial resistance stat boosts. All of these items are appropriate choices for
- Excessive Force and Denting Blows. It also greatly synergizes with Denting Blows' armor reduction, reducing the enemies armor by 40% total. This will greatly improve both your damage, and physical damage dealt by your teammates to the target. has great synergy with Vi's burst combo, allowing her to apply a full set of stacks with
- Vi has no natural health sustain, so investing in large quantities of damage and life steal can form a viable carry build. Both and have high attack damage and substantial life steal, and are great offensive items for Vi. All life steal can synergize with Vi's ability to shred armor, as life steal returns HP based on the actual damage dealt to a target after damage reduction has been applied.
- Vi clear waves if she is building as a bruiser. The health also makes her tankier. Beware, this type of Hydra should be purchased when Vi has bonus HP. can help
- Items like and provide a reliable amount of attack damage while also granting a decent amount of magic resistance. The former is recommended for protection against burst, and the latter for protection against crowd control (especially ones which Tenacity cannot reduce, such as suppression).
- Getting some cooldown reduction helps Vi clear jungle camps faster with more Excessive Force charges and gank more frequently with Assault and Battery.
- More late game options are , , .
- Vi's aggressive playstyle, as it will allow you to die once in a team fight. As Vi is a great initiator, she's likely to be focused down quite fast. Getting a will allow you get back in the fight. is a good item for
- Vi. The health, armor, and the passive is great on Vi. It can be used to tank damage or to chase down an enemy. It is also cheap. is an excellent item on
- Vi. The health and the passive helps Vi to tank burst damage. Not to mention, since Vi build Spellblade items, the extra base damage will improve. The shield will also save Vi if she is in trouble. is also a good item on
- Vi is an attack damage caster but items that grant increased attack speed will greatly improve her effectiveness moreso than most other attack damage casters because Denting Blows will proc faster and Vi's overall damage will increase.
- Denting Blows's passive in a combo. is an option on an on-hit based Vi. She can deal a surprising amount of anti-tank burst damage with its active after triggering
- is a great item for attack speed, as it also provides magic resist and a decent on-hit effect.
- Since Vi has two auto-attack timer resets with Excessive Force, Vi functions well with on-hit effects, as she can proc the same effect 4 times in one combo.
- and 's on-hit effects tack on damage to her burst combo.
- In the jungle,
is the best for Vi, due to the extra damage, and it works well with her ratios.
- can also be used. It makes Vi tankier during mid and late game. But be wary that by purchasing , Vi sacrifices her damage potential, and she isn't all that great as a full tank, when compared to an actual tank champion, due to her lack of constant CC and utility. However, this enchantment can be used if Vi is behind or if she is being constantly counter-jungled, although it's an equally good option if Vi is ahead if her team is in need of a tank and no other champion on the team can effectively build tanky.
- Denting Blows every 2 hits instead of 3 making her a tank buster. However, since Vi is an early damage champion that synergizes better with armor penetration and has no attack speed steroid apart from Denting Blows, which only grants attack speed after successfully procing the effect, unlike many other champions that can actually make use of the item, is a rather situational item. Purchase it when you are sure you or your team are ahead, and you have lesser need for other jungle enchantments due to team advantage. will make Vi proc
- Vi relies heavily on crowd control to win 1v1 fights or 3v3 fights. She can easily disrupt enemy lines with her ult, and this will give her teammates enough time to back her up. Scattering is a good way to prevent Vi from knocking you aside or dealing massive damage with Excessive Force.
- Since Vi has no other natural way of sticking to enemies after she has used Assault and Battery and Vault Breaker, save your crowd controls or escapes until after she has consumed these abilities, especially since Assault and Battery makes her immune to crowd controls as it is being cast.
- As Vi is a powerful bruiser, making sure to pin her down and not letting her get the core items she needs would give you an advantage against her team as she would be too soft to initiate and her damage output would be very low.
- Not letting Vi proc Denting Blows is crucial for lane control and poke, so watching out and avoiding a Vault Break can often decide the fate of a skirmish (being CC, a Denting Blows stack and gap closer).
- Early game Vi can easily be pushed out of lane by controlling her shield procs and attacking after it expires if she uses Excessive Force to farm.
- As a jungler, one of Vi's biggest strengths is her ability to win 1v1 duels thanks to her Blast Shield and her ability to punish tank junglers with her Denting Blows. Therefore, avoid playing tank based junglers like Volibear, Amumu, and Rammus. It could be even worse if she builds & .
- Avoid using Vi is still charging in with Assault and Battery. while
- Assault and Battery can actually be countered by becoming untargetable before the ultimate hits. Champions who have abilities that can make themselves untargetable are thus, good options to use against Vi. Examples include Fizz with his Playful/ Trickster, Vladimir with his Sanguine Pool, and Master Yi with his Alpha Strike (this latter requires nearby enemy targets). can also make a champion untargetable, and thus is a great option for any AP champion, to counter Vi's ultimate.