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Veigar Support (In-depth Guide)

The Cage Mage





Quick Veigar AP Support Build


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Introduction

This pick is obviously off-meta. And as with most off-meta picks, this one will not gain you any significant advantage in ranked games. Only play it on your own risk and try to extract as much fun out of it as possible (preferably not at expense of your ADC's sanity).

Why

Veigar
? Because he is evil. He also has the most overpowered crowd control (CC) ability in the game,
Event Horizon
(cage). He feels decent in mid lane, but why waste his CC potential on one target, when he can hit two targets at the same time on bottom lane (three, if enemy jungler would pay a visit). Easier said than done, that's why there is not many
Veigar
support players, if any. So, I went on a quest to make
Veigar
support both viable and fun.

I played dozens of games with different

Veigar
support builds: classic
Electrocute
Everfrost
burst,
Guardian
tank with
Locket of the Iron Solari
or
Evenshroud
,
Arcane Comet
Liandry's Anguish
poke, you name it. Most of them failed, other ones felt incredibly unreliable. However, one keystone stood out for me. It was
Glacial Augment
.
Event Horizon
's CC power is unmatched, but strong slow and damage reduction the keystone provides, makes that ability absurdly overpowered.

However,

Veigar
also has a lot of downsides. He is very squishy. He lacks any damage output until he stacks his
Phenomenal Evil Power
and gets his favorite magic hat (
Rabadon's Deathcap
). Speaking of the hat, he doesn't get much gold because most of it comes from
Spellthief's Edge
and assists. I adjusted his build and play style according to his weaknesses. After some thorough testing and positive winrate, I think its ready to be shared.

Build

Here is the rune page and item build path. Rune and item choices, as well as the strategy are explained in the chapters below. Feel free to change secondary runes depending on enemy composition.

  • Rune Page






  • Skill Path

Veigar

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    Strategy

    Don't take farm from your ADC to stack

    Phenomenal Evil Power
    , use abilities on the enemy champions to stack it. Play safe until level 3. Try to use your cage if the enemy overextends to poke your ADC. Your job is to protect your ADC, so no need to overextend to land your
    Event Horizon
    , because it will leave you vulnerable while the cage is on cooldown. However, you can start harassing the enemy ADC when you level your
    Baleful Strike
    . Once you get enemy ADC down to 75% health, try to land your cage when they go for cannon minion. If you can get early kill and back, buy
    Dark Seal
    . Otherwise buy boots, and play safe under tower, until you can get your ADC to stack the wave. Look for every opportunity to land
    Event Horizon
    on enemy ADC. Never use
    Event Horizon
    to engage when the enemy has a stacked wave.

    Movement on

    Veigar
    is very important, especially when
    Event Horizon
    is your only tool for engage. Veigar's approaching movement is very readable, so the enemy will back off and will land skillshots on you. During laning phase, input small movements back and forth to the enemy ADC to make them comfortable, because they will be focused on CS. Watch enemy support positioning, so you don't bait your ADC into unfavorable trade. Once the enemy ADC stop backing off and go forward for last hit, cast your combo:
    Event Horizon
    with
    Dark Matter
    in the middle.

    Always cast your

    Event Horizon
    to force enemy ADC inside the circle and zone off or stun the enemy support. If enemy ADC is stunned, wait the duration and cast
    Exhaust
    as soon as the stun wears off. Otherwise, cast it immediately when you catch enemy ADC in a middle of a cage. When your
    Exhaust
    is on cooldown, be ware of enemy
    Flash
    , because they can easily get out of
    Event Horizon
    and counter-engage. Never use your own
    Flash
    to engage.

    In midgame your job is to provide as much vision as possible. You can easily check brushes with your

    Dark Matter
    and
    Baleful Strike
    . Try to get deep vision of every objective before it spawns. Sneaky
    Control Ward
    in enemy brush can get you a pick with a single
    Event Horizon
    cast and an ally nearby. Vision is crucial for catching unsuspecting enemies with your cage, so never save gold on control wards.

    In skirmishes, you can safely walk to any enemy with your

    Crown of the Shattered Queen
    and
    Zhonya's Hourglass
    up and cast your
    Event Horizon
    because you cannot be bursted. In teamfights, try to follow your teammates CC with your cage, placing it further towards enemy positions, to zone off or stun the enemies. When your team is taking objective try your best to not miss and waste your cage, because the enemy will quickly collapse on your team while its on cooldown. One
    Glacial Augment
    activation can win you most teamfights. Spam your
    Event Horizon
    , because it can randomly receive cooldown reduction from
    Transcendence
    . During teamfights, always use your
    Primordial Burst
    on most fed and high damage enemy champions. Cast it when they get to roughly 50-60% hp, you will not get the most damage from your ultimate, but the target might receive some damage from your teammates before your ultimate connects.

    Matchups

    I usually ban Morgana when I play Veigar support. Never pick Veigar support into a terrible matchup, because you will lose lane and get flamed by your teammates for not picking meta support champion.

    If you pick

    Veigar
    before your midlaner picks a champion, you can bait enemy midlaner to pick Veigar counter champion with cleanse, which happened to me multiple times. You can even hover some other meta midlane champions before picking
    Veigar
    to increase your chances of fooling the enemy team.

    


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