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Counter Tips to Beat Darius


Darius

The Hand of Noxus
Darius is played top

Darius Head Image

Abilities

Passive – Hemorrhage
Q – Decimate
W – Crippling Strike
E – Apprehend
R – Noxian Guillotine

Counter Champions

Illaoi Darius Counter Champion
Quinn Darius Counter Champion
Gangplank Darius Counter Champion

Counter Items

Sunfire Cape Darius Counter Item
Sterak's Gage Darius Counter Item
Dead Man's Plate Darius Counter Item

Introduction

Darius is a pain. Whether hes outtrading you in lane or resetting mid-skirmish, or even acting as a high damage tank late game, it often seems like there’s nothing you can do against him.

Like his brother Draven, he’s a showy champ and can snowball entire games on his own. Like his nemesis Garen, he’s a high damage bruiser who can act as a front line tank but can also transition to an assassin if he gets in range of your team’s squishies. Finally, like his comrade Katarina, he’s from Noxus. That may not seem important, but it helps a lot in building an all-Noxians team.

Darius is a high damage bruiser who excels in small skirmishes. He’s a bully in a lot of lane matchups, a carry in the mid game, and a tank in the late game who can still carry if he gets a reset.

In order to beat him and stop him from snowballing the game, you have to make sure to choose a champ to counter him in his laning phase. In this guide, I’ll give you tips and tricks to deal with this Garen wannabe.

Abilities


Passive – Hemorrhage

Passive – Hemorrhage

Darius builds blood stacks on his foe with basic attacks and abilities, causing the target to bleed based on the number of stacks. At five stacks, Darius gains a huge amount of attack damage for a short time.

Q – Decimate

Q – Decimate

Azir orders his soldiers to a target location, dealing damage and slowing anyone in their path.

W – Crippling Strike

W – Crippling Strike

Darius does extra damage on his next basic attack and slows his target. If he kills his target, the cooldown on this ability is reduced and the mana cost is set to 0.

E – Apprehend

E – Apprehend

Darius pulls forwards all enemies in front of him.

R – Noxian Guillotine

R – Noxian Guillotine

Darius executes his target. If he kills his target, he gains max stacks of hemorrhage and he can recast Noxian Guillotine for a few seconds. Noxian Guillotine does more damage the more stacks of Hemorrhage are on the target.

Our Top Counter Tips


Darius does a lot of damage with his Q. However, if you dodge the Q, you can stop him from dealing a lot of damage and healing. If he pulls you in and starts the Q animation, walk into him instead of into the blade of his Q.

Darius is a lane bully. Don't trade with him if you're melee, because he’ll always win. If he reaches 5 stacks of his passive, run away immediately.

Darius has no mobility and is susceptible to crowd control abilities. Try getting your jungler to come pre-6, so that you get an early lead. Darius peaks at mid game, so if you get an early lead, he won't ever really impact the game.

Darius heals more if he hits two enemies with the blade of his Q and can suddenly turn fights if he kills someone with his ultimate. If your jungler is low, don't let him come to your lane or Darius might get a double kill.

Darius does a lot of true damage with his ultimate when he has maximum stacks on you. If you're building armor, don't be lulled into a false sense of security.

Cho’Gath is very immobile. Be sure to ask your jungler to come gank so that he can’t farm his feast stacks.

Champions That Counter Darius


LANE DOMINANCE

Illaoi Darius Counter Champion

Illaoi

Illaoi can out trade Darius level 1. She's more of a lane bully and can poke Darius often. Build damage items against him.

Quinn Darius Counter Champion

Quinn

Save your E for when he pulls you. Harass him constantly and stay away from his Q. Use your ultimate to roam and have a strong Midgame impact, unlike him.

MID GAME

Gangplank Darius Counter Champion

Gangplank

You can outtrade him, but be careful of his burst. Be aware that your E reduces damage from AOE abilities, which are most of his abilities. Build Maw of Malmortius first or Trinity Force if you’re dominating him.

Itemization


Sunfire Cape Darius Counter Item

Sunfire Cape

Sterak's Gage Darius Counter Item

Sterak's Gage

Dead Man's Plate Darius Counter Item

Dead Man's Plate

Darius does a mixture of physical and true damage. Because of this, building armor only is not advised. Items like Thornmail and Frozen Heart are not as good as items like Sunfire Cape and Deadman’s Plate.

Sterak’s Gage is also a good item against Darius because it blocks some of his burst.