During short range fights it's sometimes best to fire Piercing Arrow quickly, rather than charging it to full power.
Try to take advantage of Piercing Arrow's very long range to snipe at enemy champions before a fight or as they're trying to flee.
An early point in Blighted Quiver helps harass enemy champions and get killing blows on minions.
Each of Aphelios' weapons have different weaknesses, try to exploit the ones that work best for your champion. Watch out for the purple Gravity gun, it can root you.
The stat comparisons shown here underscore several critical Varus against Aphelios counter statistics that may help us grasp the differences and similarities between this pair of champs. Varus’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is more than Aphelios’s KDA ratio of NaN, highlighting that Varus may be more central to his team's team fighting potential than Aphelios..
Varus normally has a slightly larger longest killing spree than his foe does. Commonly, he receives a similar amount of damage to Aphelios. This often reflects differing health capacities; however, it can also hint that the one champion has less agility and thus is not able to kite away from additional damage when poked or engaged.
Both League of Legends champs are great. Both have their strengths, weaknesses, and counters. In the game's current meta, Varus usually wins when playing against Aphelios, with a 53.0% win rate. Thus, Varus makes a good counter for Aphelios.
While Varus does have a higher win rate compared to Aphelios, when they face off with one another, Varus also has a much lower difficulty level that makes him a less time consuming character to learn and master. You don't need to be too worried when picking Varus into Aphelios.
Furthermore, Varus has only a small amount of utility and CC, a similar amount to Aphelios. This often makes her just as valuable during teamfights, especially when fighting champions with a ton of burst damage.
While there is not a single best champion for every situation in League of Legends, in Varus vs Aphelios matchups, Varus is the better champ with a noticably higher win rate, less champion complexity, and a similar amount of utility to help out your allied champions during team fights.
Varus is an above average counter to Aphelios. Focus your actions on increasing your CS and clearing objectives. If you can do that, you should do very well as Varus against Aphelios.
To truly master Varus in order to counter Aphelios during both the laning and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should keep reading to pick up a few extra tips and tricks for this matchup. If you listen to the build and stats presented above, you will increase your win rate by a lot and be closer to League of Legends pro players.
Varus usually gets a similar amount of CS relative to Aphelios. Champions who typically don't acquire much CS typically don't have to have much CS to be valuable teammates, such as support champions. These kinds of champions are capable of scaling properly off of their skills, stats, and first items alone. Yet, champs with a lot of CS, such as hyper-carries, typically have to have a lot of items to be effective. In either situation, try to surpass the numbers displayed on this page to do well.
The ideal items to prioritize in your Varus versus Aphelios build consist of Riftmaker, Statikk Shiv, and Nashor's Tooth. When Varus incorporated at least these three pieces in his build, he did much better vs. Aphelios than with most other commonly used item sets. In fact, Varus boasted an average win rate of 53.0% when playing against Aphelios with this build.
To have the best probability of beating Aphelios as Varus, you should take the Lethal Tempo, Triumph, Legend: Alacrity, Coup de Grace, Taste of Blood, and Treasure Hunter runes from the Precision and Domination rune sets. Of all the rune combinations players picked for Varus vs Aphelios battles, this mixture of runes resulted in the highest win rate. Moreover, these runes gave a 53.0% winrate overall.
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