Varus is a strong choice in the bottom lane and has seen quite a bit of time on the professional stage across all regions in the 2020 Summer Split. The champion’s kit makes him easy to play while dealing impressive damage and contributing to teamfights with his ultimate ability “Chain of Corruption.”
Lethal Tempo: This rune is perfect for ranged ADC champions since they are often going to find themselves poking enemy champions. Lethal Tempo activates a 1.5-second timer upon dealing damage to an enemy champion, once this time has expired Varus will going bonus attack speed for the next three seconds. Attacking an enemy champion while this bonus is active will increase the timer to six seconds.
Triumph: A rune that allows Varus to remain in the action and gain gold quicker, Triumph will grant Varus 12 percent of his missing health after a successful takedown. The rune will also grant Varus an extra 20 gold on every takedown he has a part in.
Legend: Alacrity: Attack speed is a common theme with many aspects of Varus’ build, and this rune will grant the champion bonus attack speed after scoring takedowns. This will allow the champion to increase this stat faster should he be involved in eliminating more enemies.
Coup de Grace: Being an ADC, Varus will often find himself as the team’s member to secure kills at range and on low-health opponents. Coup de Grace will increase the chance of eliminating targets before they get away by allowing him to deal extra damage to enemies with low health.
Magical Footwear: A rune that is commonly used for champions with low based movement speed, Magical Footwear will grant the player a set of Slightly Magical Boots at 12 minutes that will increase the champion’s movement speed by 10. These boots can be acquired faster by securing takedowns.
Biscuit Delivery: This rune is going to allow Varus to remain in lane and able to secure minion farm for a longer duration before being forced to back. Biscuit delivery grants the champion a biscuit of everlasting will every two minutes before six minutes that can be used to recover health and mana.
Bonuses: +10% Attack Speed, +9 Adaptive Force, +6 Armor
Starting ItemsDoran’s Blade
The most common starting item for ADC champions, Doran’s Blade supplies early attack damage and life steal that is critical for winning exchanges against enemy champions early in the laning phase.
Varus is very susceptible to taking poke damage. To counter this, having a way to heal back missing health is extremely important. For 50 gold, a health potion is a cost-effective way to ensure that champion has the required health to remain in lane and prepared for potential alterations against enemy champions.
Core ItemsBlade of the Ruined King
As the single most important item for Varus’s kit, Blade of the Ruined King is beneficial to Varus not only for its stat increases but also because of its unique active ability. Activating this item will deal 100 magic damage to an enemy champion and steal 25 percent of their movement speed for three seconds.
Attack speed is going to be a key to playing Varus at a high level. For this champion Berserker’s Greaves are going to be the best option since they add 35 attack speed on top of the increased movement speed that comes with all boots.
Attack speed is a key stat that must be increased when playing Varus. Due to his kit and the abilities supplied by many other items in this build, Runaan’s Hurricane is the perfect attack speed item to build.