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Vel'Koz · Guide

Mage

Mage

Hard

Power Spike (Early, Mid, Late)

Playstyle

Damage Type

100% AP

0% AD

Top
Jungle
Mid
Bot
Support
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Vel'Koz Strengths & Weaknesses
Strengths

His poke damage is quite high and obnoxious for the enemy team to deal with. This poke can build up over time and makes it so that the enemy laner is forced to play in the cover of their minion wave.

His wave clearing potential is very high due to his Void RiftW and Plasma FissionQ. This allows him to clear up the waves pretty quickly and get lane priority, which allows him to help his team secure objectives.

Excels in fights taking place in chokepoints and close quarters as it allows him to quickly stack up his Passive. This combined with his Ultimate Life Form Disintegration RayR can easily allow him to destroy the enemy team.

Weaknesses

Very immobile and hence is vulnerable to layered crowd control. He can’t push up freely unless he already knows where the enemy Jungler is, otherwise, he will just be killed.

His Tectonic DisruptionE is his only source of self-peel. Misusing it makes him way more vulnerable to all-ins and can probably get him killed almost instantly if the enemy laner has some form of blink or ranged crowd control ability.

His Ultimate Life Form Disintegration RayR roots him in place, making it very easy for enemy champions with ranged crowd control to interrupt his Ultimate Life Form Disintegration RayR and get on top of him along with their team.

Game plan
Early game
0 - 15 min
Vel'Koz is Average

Your goal throughout the laning phase is to poke and harass the enemy in lane. You have a lot of poke, so try to poke the enemy down as often as you can.

Play safe for the first few levels while you land poke on the enemy with your Plasma FissionQ. Once they’re low enough, you can commit to an all-in.

Once you’ve hit level 6 and purchased key component items, look to harass and constantly push the enemy into their tower. This will allow you to earn turret plating and increase your gold income.

Mid game
15 - 25 min
Vel'Koz is Strong

If your allies move to your lane after destroying their tower, rotate and move around the map to continue farming and gaining XP and gold.

Use your abilities to clear the minion waves quickly so your team can siege/ prevent a siege from the enemy team. If you can land poke while also pushing the minion wave, you could look for a favourable trade.

While sieging Baron or Dragon, or whenever you’re pushing the enemy under their tower, look for a pick with your abilities. If you can catch someone out of position or blow them up, you’ll be able to take the objective for free.

Late game
25+ min
Vel'Koz is Average

Stick with your team in the late game. Do not split up or walk away from them otherwise the enemy may try to pick you off or initiate a 4v5 fight when you’re away from your team.

Look for picks with your abilities. Picking someone off and then collapsing on them to take them down is a great way of winning a team fight and ending the game. Look for picks on isolated targets if possible.

Keep a constant eye on you and your allies positioning. You need to poke the enemy down and delay fights in the late game, but you need to watch your positioning as you move forward to harass. Do not get picked off by trying to harass and poke the enemy down.

Power Spikes
Early game

His Plasma FissionQ serves as a potent poke tool in the lane. He should use it to apply his Passive on enemies regularly.

Getting his Tectonic DisruptionE will increase his playmaking potential and will let him burst his enemies down easily.

Once Vel'Koz gets his Ultimate Life Form Disintegration RayR, his damage output will increase significantly, and he will be able to deal a lot more true damage.

Mid game

He should be using the fog of war to land as many Plasma FissionQ's on the enemy as he possibly can. It will let him poke enemies out even before a significant skirmish begins.

His Tectonic DisruptionE should come in very handy during fights in tight areas. He will knock multiple people up and then blow them up with his Ultimate Life Form Disintegration RayR.

His Passive will shine during this phase of the game. The true damage aspect lets him burst down even the tankiest of enemy champions.

Late game

Once he gets to his full build, he should be able to blow an entire team up on his own with the amount of damage that he can deal. He will just need to keep the enemies away from him.

His Tectonic DisruptionE will play a significant role during this phase of the game. The knock-up is exceptionally vital for the allied team, and it also initiates the combo for Vel'Koz.

Vel'Koz's Plasma FissionQ and Life Form Disintegration RayR should allow him to deal a lot of consistent DPS during this phase of the game. He will be able to take neutral objectives easily once he manages to kill the enemy Jungler.

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