Each of Aphelios' weapons have different strengths, so try to find the right situation for your current weapons.
Vel'Koz is very dangerous if left alone in a fight. Try to focus him down early.
Vel'Koz has fairly low mobility and is vulnerable to ganks.
Life Form Disintegration Ray can be interrupted by stuns, silences and knockups.
The stat comparisons shown on this page underscore some significant Aphelios vs. Vel'Koz matchup stats that can help you distinguish the differences and similarities between the pair. Aphelios’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is more than Vel'Koz’s KDA ratio of NaN, highlighting that Aphelios may be more central to his team's team fighting potential than Vel'Koz..
Aphelios often has a similar longest killing spree as his foe does. Commonly, he receives more damage than Vel'Koz. This typically indicates different amounts of tankyness; however, it can also show that the one champion has less agility and thus is unable to escape additional harm when poked or engaged.
Both League of Legends champions are great champions. Both have their pros and cons. In the game's current meta, Aphelios usually loses when trying to fight Vel'Koz, with a 42.8% win rate. As a result, Aphelios makes a bad counter for Vel'Koz.
While Aphelios does have a much lower win rate than Vel'Koz, when on opposite teams, Aphelios also has a greater difficulty level that makes him a more complex champion to learn. You should expect to face a difficult match when picking Aphelios into Vel'Kozas his relative depth means you may not be able to unleash his full potential without a lot of practice beforehand.
Additionally, Aphelios also has almost no amount of utility and CC, a similar amount to Vel'Koz. This often makes her just as valuable during teamfights, especially when trying to counter champions with a lot of burst damage.
While there isn't one best champion in League of Legends, in Aphelios vs Vel'Koz matchups, Vel'Koz is the better champion with a much lower win rate, more champion depth, and a similar amount of utility to help out your allied champions during late stage team fights.
Aphelios is a trash counter to Vel'Koz. You will do well by focussing your gameplay on increasing your CS and taking out objectives. If you can do that, you should do very well as Aphelios against Vel'Koz.
To truly master Aphelios to counter Vel'Koz during both the lane and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should continue reading to learn a few extra lessons on this matchup. If you mind the build and tips presented above, you will grow your win rate significantly and be closer to League of Legends pro players.
Aphelios on average racks up more CS as Vel'Koz. Champions who typically don't take many minion kills typically don't require much CS to be effective, such as sup champs. These kinds of champions are capable of scaling well off of their skills, stats, and first items alone. Yet, champions with a lot of CS, such as hyper-carries, typically require several high cost items to be effective. In either case, try to do better than the numbers shown here to do well.
The top items to prioritize in your Aphelios versus Vel'Koz build include Galeforce, Infinity Edge, and The Collector. When Aphelios bought at least these three items in his build, he performed much better when fighting Vel'Koz than with many other commonly used counter builds. In fact, Aphelios boasted an average winrate of 42.8% when playing against Vel'Koz with this counter build.
To have the best likelihood of annihilating Vel'Koz as Aphelios, you should take the Fleet Footwork, Overheal, Legend: Bloodline, Cut Down, Taste of Blood, and Ingenious Hunter runes from the Precision and Domination rune sets. Of all the rune combinations players chose for Aphelios vs Vel'Koz fights, this composite of runes yielded the greatest win rate. Notably, these runes provided a 42.8% winrate overall.
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