Darius is a Baron Lane Bruiser. When playing Darius, it is important that you play around his passive, Hemorrhage, trying to get as many stacks as possible to be able to deal the most amount of damage with his auto attacks and abilities. Darius is a strong champion at all stages of the game, he does really well during team fights and can also split push when he is ahead.
Attacks cause enemies to bleed, dealing physical damage over a few seconds and can be stacked up to 5 times. Upon reaching full stacks, Darius gains Noxian Might for a few seconds, gaining bonus attack damage and applying full stacks of Hemorrhage instead of 1.
This passive helps Darius out a lot during longer fights so don't be scared when looking to go in and engage, because once you get full stacks you will deal a lot of damage.
Darius swings his axe around him after a delay dealing physical damage. Hitting enemies with the outer part of Decimate deals bonus physical damage and heals himself for each champion hit, applying Hemorrhage. It's important to make sure you always hit enemy champions with the outer part of Decimate, so it's best to use it when the enemies are crowd controlled or slowed.
Empowers Darius' next attack to deal additional physical damage and slow enemies for a second. This ability counts as an auto-attack reset, meaning when you auto attack you can activate the ability and it will attack straight away so the delay will be reduced.
When you first get Apprehend, you gain a passive. The passive grants Darius armor penetration meaning that Darius doesn't need armor penetration in his build. For the active Darius pulls in enemies in front of him, slowing them for a few seconds. This is Darius' way to gap close. It helps Darius a lot when chasing down the enemies. You can combo Apprehend with Flash or Protobelt to surprise the enemy and increase the range of the pull.
Darius leaps to execute a champion. He deals true damage and the damage is increased per Hemorrhage (Passive) stack. Killing the target with Noxian Guillotine refreshes its cooldown and grants Noxian Might for a few seconds, also causing nearby minions and monsters to flee for a few seconds.
This is Darius' signature move. It's really important to not use this Ultimate until right at the end when you know you have enough damage to kill the enemy with Noxian Guillotine. If you are able to get a kill, you can keep pushing forward to keep on getting kills and resets.
Darius uses a mixture of both damage and tank items that work well with his kit. Black Cleaver is a must on Darius, he gets a lot of Max Health, Attack Damage from the item and being able to reduce the enemies armor and gaining movement speed when stacking your passive is very important. Sterak's Gage is a great example of a tank item that works well with Darius. It gives him some health and when he is low on health he gets a shield to keep him alive longer.
For runes, we have the following:
As a fighter, Darius will be in fights a lot attacking and using his abilities to an enemy champion. He can get stacks really quickly so he is able to do more damage.
You will be in fights a lot so being able to heal a bit of health per takedown is nice and doing more damage to champions on low health works well with Noxian Guillotine (Ultimate) to deal more damage for the resets.
Nullifying Orb is a great rune that gives Darius a shield that absorbs incoming damage when he drops low on health. This will help you survive that little bit longer so you can escape to safety or go in for the killing blow.
A great rune for when Darius is low on health or mana in the laning phase and needs some health or mana from the honeyfruit. You also get free some free gold.
Darius does alright in the early game. You have to find the right opportunity to go in and fight. Make sure you take full advantage of your Decimate (1st Ability) making sure you hit champions with the outer ring to heal and apply a stack of your passive. If you're able to get stacks on the enemy champion early you can use your Apprehend (3rd Ability) to pull them in to help get the 5 stacks. Once you reach 5 stacks Darius will get increased attack damage which will help win you battles in the early game.
With Darius, once you get to the late game and you have your core items the best thing you can do as Darius is teamfight with your team. In a team fight, your main goal is to get on top of the enemy backline! Use your Apprehend (3rd Ability) to hook the enemy carries, chase them down with your abilities and dunk them with Noaxian Guillotine (Ultimate). One thing to note with the Ultimate is if it gets the killing blow the cooldown will reset! Meaning if you time it correctly you can use your ultimate multiple times during a teamfight which makes it an amazing ability.
Darius is a great and fun champion to play. He can win at all stages of the game. If you are looking at a tanky champion that can do a lot of damage and can chase down the enemies then Darius is the perfect champion for you.
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