If you got support in League of Legends even though you wanted mid, there is still a way for you to enjoy the game – by using Vel’Koz. As you probably already know, he was originally intended to be on mid lane, but like many others he is also capable of acting as a support. Brand is the best example of this phenomena. This way not only do you get a great bruiser support, but you will have another carry by the mid game.
So, how does a mid player use a Vel’Koz support in League of Legends?
When should you play Vel’koz?
First of all, if you’re a complete newbie this champion is not for you at all. You need to be aware of way too many things, which can be a challenge. If that’s the case, I recommend you choose an actual support that is easy to play: Soraka.
You need to pay close attention to your positioning and your skillshots. If you don’t, you simply won’t be able to deal any damage to the enemies, which will render you useless after the first 5 minutes. They will see you as an easy target and you will quickly feed them. To avoid this, I highly suggest playing a couple of regular games first so you can get the hang of Vel’Koz.
After all of that you can easily bring him to ranked games. He’s strong and has a great potential to carry his team.
What runes does Vel’koz need?
Arcane Comet is obvious, and Plasma Fission slows down enemies and that way the comet can easily hit them. This gives you a tiny bit of extra damage each time you poke laners, which will quickly add up over time. The only problem is that by mid game it won’t do nearly enough to have an impact anymore. But in those freak cases where the enemy only needed that little extra damage to die, you’ll be glad you took it.
Another rune you should appreciate is Magical Footwear. By increasing your movement speed you also become a much bigger threat. People will have less time and room to react to your abilities, which can easily result in their death. It will also help you roam much more easily.
What items does Vel’koz need?
- Spellthief’s Edge -> Shard of True Ice
- Oblivion Orb
- Liandry’s Torment
- Sorcerer’s Shoes
- Luden’s Echo
- Rabadon’s Deathcap
Thankfully his item build is pretty straightforward, so in typical games you won’t need to make any changes to it. Although there are certain circumstances where you will need to switch up a couple of things so you don’t fall behind or get pounded into the ground by counters.
There will always be three set items that you can’t change, no matter what happens. First, Luden’s Echo, because it provides you with enough mana so you can spam all of your abilities and also clear a wave more easily. Then Spellthief’s Edge, which is your support item after all. And finally, Sorcerer’s Shoes for that extra bit of damage.
The rest are disposable, so if you want to experiment with this build you can easily do so.
When to switch it up
As always, watch out for all of the counters. They aren’t as bad as the statistics show, but they can still do a number on you if you don’t pay attention to what you are doing. The two biggest threats as of now are Pyke and Blitzcrank. Both of them are initiators which can make you a huge target while using your ultimate or whenever you walk up to cast a spell.
If you see either of them, you need to start off with the 3 core items, then tailor the rest of your build to them. Against Pyke you will need Liandry’s Torment, Morellonomicon and Zhonya’s Hourglass. Against Blitzcrank it will be the same, except for the last item, which needs to be Banshee’s Veil. It should actually be rushed, as it can easily save you from being pulled in.
How to play as Vel’koz
In the early game your job is to poke. This should be done with your Plasma Fission and nothing else. Your auto attacks don’t reach too far and don’t deal nearly enough damage for you to be able to trade fairly. The other abilities Vel’Koz wields also don’t hurt enemies as much as you would like, so you will run out of mana really quickly if you use them.
As for your supportive role goes, remember to place wards, don’t take minions, and ask the jungler for ganks whenever you think enemies are vulnerable enough. This way you should be able to gain a lot of gold from assists, which will help build your more expensive items.
When mid game starts, you are back to the regular Vel’Koz gameplay. Stay as far back as possible and use your Plasma Fission as often as possible to dish our consistent damage. That’s the best way for you to help the team at this point.