Riot’s buff for Vex has made her a strong mid lane pick, especially in solo queue.
* Terminology Note:
Meta: stands for Most Effective Tactics Available, roughly translated: The most effective tactics that can be used at the moment.
Buff: Power up
Vex’s Q skill buff in patch 12.13 made this already strong champion even stronger. Especially in the solo queue environment, the fast pace of the game and the limited communication between players make this Uncomfortable Mage even more domineering. Stats such as win rate, pick rate of Vex are currently very high, outperforming most other mid laners. So what’s easier to rank up when you master this champion through the following detailed instructions.
Flash is a required summoner spell for Vex. In addition to helping Vex escape when in danger, Flash helps Vex get mutant handling when combined with her skill set.
With a gameplay that tends to be quite “killer”, no summoner spells are more suitable for Vex than Ignite. Ignite will make it easier for Vex to finish off his opponents in all stages of the match.
The best rune for Vex is Electric Shock. With his combo, Vex easily activates Electric Shock on enemies right from the laning phase. The amount of Shock damage will make Vex’s ability to stack damage much stronger. Also, be sure to get yourself the Ultimate Hunter. Vex’s mid- and late-game playstyle is almost entirely dependent on her ultimate R-Darkness, so reducing the ultimate cooldown is a great choice for Vex.
In the sub-branch, choose the Time-Pill Delivery combo in the Inspiration branch if you want to build the Mutant Potion and constantly trade moves and overwhelm your opponents during the laning phase. Or else, you can also choose Power Up in the Magic branch to have the added ability to reduce the cooldown of all skills by 20% after killing an enemy. This is a perfect tool for Vex, helping her R and combo faster after taking out each member of the opponent in combat.
Possessing a very annoying ability to trade in the laning phase, the Mutant Potion is a very suitable starter item for Vex. Especially if you encounter strong ranged poke champions like Syndra, Orianna, Viktor, etc., the potion’s healing ability makes this a must-have choice for you. However, if you encounter easy matches and want to play safer, Doran’s Ring is also a good choice when it gives you a little more AP and Health – stats that the Mutant Potion does not have.
The Eternal Ice Staff is a mythical equipment often used by masters for Vex. This equipment gives Vex the necessary stats such as AP, cooldown reduction and especially Health when she has to constantly rush towards the enemy. In particular, with the ability to root enemies from the activation of Eternal Ice, Vex can approach opponents from a distance with R, panic with the Passive and immediately root them. This is a chain of control that lasts up to 2.5 seconds, enough for teammates or even Vex alone to easily defeat the opponent. In general, this equipment gives Vex a significant amount of versatility, while this champion’s skill set basically has a lot of damage available. However, if you are pale early on and feel you have a “duty” to take damage for your teammates, Luden Echo is also another great choice. In return for the Health lost when not on Ice Staff, Luden gives Vex another very powerful stat, Straight Spell Piercing, which helps her deal more damage to fragile enemies. And when combined with the explosive damage from Luden’s passive, a full combo of Vex will easily one-shot the enemy, immediately reset R and with Vex to search for the next target.
The skill set always has to rush towards the enemy with the ultimate, a defensive item like Zhonya Hourglass or Cross Necklace is extremely necessary for Vex. Choose Clock when encountering assassins with strong damage like Zed, Talon, … or choose Chain when encountering many dangerous control skills such as Q Blitzcrank, R Ashe, E Zoe, … In the remaining equipment , get items that give Vex the most damage possible like Black Flame/Magic Aim, Void Staff, and Rabadon Witch Hat.
The Sorcerer’s Shoe is the best shoe for Vex. The amount of Spell Piercing from the Sorcerer’s Shoe helps Vex’s combos increase a lot of damage to shock the enemy to death. However, if you want to play in the direction of supporting teammates more, 20 cooldown reduction from Ionian Enlightenment Boots is also a reasonable choice.
Maximize skills in the order Q > W > E.
In most matches, raise your E skill at level 1. E skill when used on an enemy casts a Sorrow on them, helping their next attack or ability deal more damage. Attempts to hit an enemy with E to place Sadness on them and then apply a basic attack to trigger Sadness’ damage immediately afterwards. If possible, hit your hand one more time to activate the Electric Shock. The amount of damage from E, Sadness and Electric Shock is huge, helping you to always profit in exchanges. After having all 3 skills, continue to try to use E to hit the opponent to poke them with combo: E – Q – hand attack (Electric Shock). In addition, generals like Yasuo, Irelia, Sylas, etc., after using surfing skills, will immediately create a Sadness right on their body. Immediately hit them with your hand to activate Sadness and poke blood every time they dash in front of you.
Don’t use your Passive’s panic ability indiscriminately. In situations where it’s possible to be ganked or close, keep your Passive so you can instantly cast W and panic your opponents as soon as they touch you. Note, you can reduce the cooldown of your Passive by E on minions to place Sadness on them, then Q or hand attack to activate Sadness. Each time Sadness is activated on a unit, your passive is reduced by 25%. In addition, the Flash – W combo (passive) is a great combo to instantly panic opponents that they can’t dodge, helping you set the stage for solo kills or gank support.
From level 6 to the end of the game, Vex’s gameplay is very simple. Try to use R-Darkness to hit the enemy you are aiming for, then immediately full combo as follows: R – W – E – Q – (Ice Staff+Ignite). If pale enough, a full combo like the one above will easily one-shot fragile enemies within a note, instantly restoring R. Wait a while for Vex’s ability to cool down, and then let’s go. Find the next target. As can be seen, the power of Vex completely depends on whether you hit R or not. So use R with care and finesse. If you are not confident in your ability to “aim and shoot”, wait for your teammates to control the enemy first and then R follow. A Vex that hits every R-Darkness of Death would be a nightmare for her opponents.
The ultimate Vex processing phases from the masters
With no editing moves from Riot, Vex will almost still retain its “heavy” power in the next updated versions. This is also a fairly easy champion to play, so don’t hesitate to invest time in practice, then bring the Uncomfortable Mage to destroy ranked matches.
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