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Tips

Playing As ViSquare Vi
  • A fully charged Vault Breaker Vault Breaker will deal double damage. It's great for catching and finishing off fleeing enemies.
  • Excessive Force 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 Assault and Battery is a powerful initiation tool, just remember not to get too far ahead of the rest of your team.
Playing Against ViSquare Vi
  • A fully charged Vault Breaker Vault Breaker deals double damage. If you see ViSquare Vi start to charge you should back off or try to dodge it.
  • ViSquare Vi will Denting Blows shred your Armor and gain Attack Speed if she manages to hit you three times in a row. Try not to engage in extended brawls with her.
  • ViSquare Vi cannot be stopped while using her Assault and Battery ult. Remember to save your displacement effects until after she's done charging.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • You can use Flash Flash while charging Vault Breaker Vault Breaker. If timed well, you can even Flash Flash in mid-air. Use this combo to surprise fleeing enemies.
  • Using a fully-charged Vault Breaker Vault Breaker followed by Excessive Force Excessive Force is an extremely effective way to clear entire minion waves.
  • Excessive Force Excessive Force will deal its damage in a 600 unit range cone behind ViSquare Vi's target.
    • However, be careful when using Excessive Force Excessive Force to harras your lane opponent, as ViSquare Vi's mana pool will be quickly drained.
  • When using Assault and Battery Assault and Battery, ViSquare Vi will knock aside enemies on the way to her target.
    • ViSquare Vi is immune to crowd control during her charge, but can still be targeted and killed.
  • Assault and Battery 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 Assault and Battery can bypass the armor resistance granted by proccing Denting Blows 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 Vault Breaker, quickly apply the passive with a couple of auto attacks and/or Excessive Force Excessive Force, then when the target attempts to flee, using Assault and Battery 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 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 Assault and Battery or Vault Breaker Vault Breaker. While leading with Vault Breaker 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 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 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).
  • ViSquare Vi fits the role of bruiser very well and is most commonly played as a semi-tank. Abusing your Vault Breaker Vault Breaker would be a good harassing as it closes the gap between you and your enemies. Be careful about using this ability as ViSquare Vi has no other escape mechanisms once Vault Breaker Vault Breaker is on cooldown.
  • Because Assault and Battery 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 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 Vault Breaker will also allow ViSquare Vi to reach her jungle camps faster.
  • Assault and Battery Assault and Battery will place ViSquare Vi behind the target enemy. Follow up with a quick Vault Breaker Vault Breaker to knock the enemy back into your team.
  • Excessive Force 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.
  • Using Excessive Force Excessive Force at the right angle can give you a kill when an enemy champion is behind your target.
  • Excessive Force 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 Assault and Battery until a target has used their escapes or untargetable abilities, as these stop Assault and Battery Assault and Battery (e.g. After they use Flash Flash or VladimirSquare Vladimir's Sanguine Pool Sanguine Pool)
Mastery Usage
Item Usage

ViSquare Vi is commonly built as an attack damage bruiser or off-tank mixing offensive and defensive items. Items that provide a mixture of both offensive and defensive stats, are typical for ViSquare Vi.

  • ViSquare Vi can benefit from a wide selection of boots.
  • The proc from Sheen item Sheen goes well together with Excessive Force Excessive Force, so it is advised to build either Iceborn Gauntlet item Iceborn Gauntlet or Trinity Force item Trinity Force.
    • Trinity Force item Trinity Force is a more offensive choice here, as it also gives attack damage, attack speed and critical strike chance. The movement speed increase and Phage item Phage proc also make chasing easier.
    • Iceborn Gauntlet item Iceborn Gauntlet is more defensive, as it offers a large quantity armor. The area damage from the proc, combined with Excessive Force 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 ViSquare Vi's Excessive Force Excessive Force usage frequency and damage dramatically.
  • Warmog's Armor item Warmog's Armor and Frozen Mallet item Frozen Mallet offer large quantities of health for relatively low prices, but lack boosts to resistance stats.
  • The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver has great synergy with Vi's burst combo, allowing her to apply a full set of stacks with Excessive Force Excessive Force and Denting Blows Denting Blows. It also greatly synergizes with Denting Blows 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.
  • ViSquare Vi has no natural health sustain, so investing in large quantities of damage and life steal can form a viable carry build. Both The Bloodthirster item The Bloodthirster and Ravenous Hydra item Ravenous Hydra have high attack damage and substantial life steal, and are great offensive items for ViSquare 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.
    • Titanic Hydra item Titanic Hydra can help ViSquare 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.
  • Items like Maw of Malmortius item Maw of Malmortius and Mercurial Scimitar item Mercurial Scimitar 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 ViSquare Vi clear jungle camps faster with more Excessive Force Excessive Force charges and gank more frequently with Assault and Battery Assault and Battery.
    • More late game options are The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver, Youmuu's Ghostblade item Youmuu's Ghostblade, Iceborn Gauntlet item Iceborn Gauntlet.
    • Guardian Angel item Guardian Angel is a good item for ViSquare Vi's aggressive playstyle, as it will allow you to die once in a team fight. As ViSquare Vi is a great initiator, she's likely to be focused down quite fast. Getting a Guardian Angel item Guardian Angel will allow you get back in the fight.
    • Dead Man's Plate item Dead Man's Plate is an excellent item on ViSquare Vi. The health, armor, and the passive is great on ViSquare Vi. It can be used to tank damage or to chase down an enemy. It is also cheap.
    • Sterak's Gage item Sterak's Gage is also a good item on ViSquare Vi. The health and the passive helps ViSquare Vi to tank burst damage. Not to mention, since ViSquare Vi build Spellblade items, the extra base damage will improve. The shield will also save ViSquare Vi if she is in trouble.
  • ViSquare 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 Denting Blows will proc faster and ViSquare Vi's overall damage will increase.
    • Blade of the Ruined King item Blade of the Ruined King 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 Denting Blows Denting Blows's passive in a combo.
    • Wit's End item Wit's End is a great item for attack speed, as it also provides magic resist and a decent on-hit effect.
  • Since ViSquare Vi has two auto-attack timer resets with Excessive Force Excessive Force, Vi functions well with on-hit effects, as she can proc the same effect 4 times in one combo.
  • In the jungle, Warrior item Warrior is the best for Vi, due to the extra damage, and it works well with her ratios.
    • Juggernaut item Cinderhulk can also be used. It makes Vi tankier during mid and late game. But be wary that by purchasing Juggernaut item Cinderhulk, 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.
Countering
  • ViSquare 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 ViSquare Vi from knocking you aside or dealing massive damage with Excessive Force Excessive Force.
  • Since ViSquare Vi has no other natural way of sticking to enemies after she has used Assault and Battery Assault and Battery and Vault Breaker Vault Breaker, save your crowd controls or escapes until after she has consumed these abilities, especially since Assault and Battery Assault and Battery makes her immune to crowd controls as it is being cast.
  • As ViSquare 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 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 ViSquare Vi can easily be pushed out of lane by controlling her shield procs and attacking after it expires if she uses Excessive Force Excessive Force to farm.
  • As a jungler, one of ViSquare Vi's biggest strengths is her ability to win 1v1 duels thanks to her Blast Shield Blast Shield and her ability to punish tank junglers with her Denting Blows Denting Blows. Therefore, avoid playing tank based junglers like VolibearSquare Volibear, AmumuSquare Amumu, and RammusSquare Rammus. It could be even worse if she builds The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver & Blade of the Ruined King item Blade of the Ruined King.
  • Avoid using Flash Flash or any blink abilities like Shunpo Shunpo & Riftwalk Riftwalk and even dashes like Distortion Distortion or Leap Strike Leap Strike while ViSquare Vi is still charging in with Assault and Battery Assault and Battery.
  • Assault and Battery 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 FizzSquare Fizz with his Playful Playful/Trickster Trickster, VladimirSquare Vladimir with his Sanguine Pool Sanguine Pool, and Master YiSquare Master Yi with his Alpha Strike Alpha Strike (this latter requires nearby enemy targets). Zhonya's Hourglass item Zhonya's Hourglass can also make a champion untargetable, and thus is a great option for any AP champion, to counter Vi's ultimate.

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