Viktor the machine herald is a mage champion who excels at controlling the lane wherever he plays. Viktor mid focuses on early-game pokes and late-game bursts, which makes him a great scaling champion. His death ray can be an excellent wave-clearing spell whenever he wants to gank other lanes. This guide will teach you how to play Viktor mid the most effective way possible.
Best Viktor Build
For this Viktor build, you will be focusing on dealing high damage in the late game and not losing mana even if you spam your Death ray. Viktor can deal tons of magic damage even with low ability power and that is why this Viktor build will focus on building as much magic penetration as possible to mitigate the Magic resistance items of enemies.
Best Viktor Runes
Viktor is a great poking champion, meaning he can proc First Strike quite often and he can use this rune to empower the damage of his pokes and gain bonus gold at the same time. Magical Footwear and Biscuit Delivery will also give him huge gold efficiency so he can skip buying early items with the same effects and focus instead on his core item build.
Best Rune Path
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Best Slot 2 (Rune)
Best Slot 3 (Rune)
Manaflow band will prevent Viktor from losing mana early on in the game and Transcendence will give him higher kill pressure when mid-game comes. These are the best runes if you want to be strong in the late game and survive the laning phase. While other Viktor builds focus mainly on offensive power, this build will give you balance in all stats.
Best Viktor Rune Shards
Viktor is one of the hardest champions to land early-game last hits on minions, and that is why he needs the bonus attack speed from the offensive rune shard. +9 Adaptive Force on Flex and +8 magic resist on Defense are both great for scaling and sustainability.
Best Rune Shards
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive Force
+8 Magic Resist
Best Viktor Spells
For Viktor's Summoner spells, a flash and teleport combo is quite handy mainly because he excels pretty well at ganking other lanes. This summoner spell combo can be great especially when teleport gets upgraded later on in the game.
Best Viktor Abilities Order
Skill order is important when you are laning, it gives you an idea of your most valuable ability, and for Viktor, that is his famed Death Ray. This ability can deal tons of damage and has a pretty long range that is quite easy to land. His Siphon Power comes second because of the mobility it gives Viktor along with the follow-up burst damage it deals on the enemy.
His gravity field comes last because it already has great value with just one level on it. The stun works great whenever Viktor has his chaos storm off cooldown, this will keep the enemy in one place making them receive the full damage of his chaos storm ultimate.
Best Viktor Items
Some Viktor players tend to build high-ability power items on him. Knowing he can already deal tons of damage with his low cooldown abilities so they end up being shut down by players stacking magic resist items. That is why Magic penetration should be your priority when buying items for Viktor.
Best Starter Viktor Items
For Viktor's early items, you simply need a Doran's ring and a health potion. This item combo will give you a little bit of everything. Sustainability and damage can be provided by Doran's ring and the health potions will stack with your Sorcery runes for sustainability.
Best Mid-Game Viktor Items
Luden's tempest is an excellent item when you want to have a huge mana pool and strengthen the damage of your poke abilities. It also adds an AoE damage effect to Viktor's already impressive damage during team fights.
Shadowflame is your strongest counter to champions building magic resist items with heals and shields. Viktor's high magic damage output can penetrate through with this item. This mid-game item combo also has an impressive win rate of 55.5%.
Best Final Late Game Viktor Items
In addition to Luden's tempest mythic item, Void staff and Rabadon's deathcap will further improve Viktor's late-game damage output. Out of all the mythic items, Luden's is the only one that has a mythic pbuttive that increases a champion's magic penetration. Lich bane however is also a great situational item for Viktor if most enemies are squishy.
This item build is also great when you factor in Viktor's skill order. His Siphon power has a great synergy with Luden's as it gives him bonus movement speed as well. Siphon power combined with the summoner spells can be a great coup de grace damage for Viktor as he can easily catch up and kite enemies.
Best champions to pair Viktor with
Viktor can initialize a kill for his jungler with his gravity field ability. Once enemies get locked down by the gravity field, Rengar can simply jump and all-in the enemy champion. Assbuttin champions in league of legends like Shyvanna with great all-in potential and gap-closing abilities greatly synergize with Viktor.
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Elise is another champion that can follow up on Viktor's gravity field, she can chain CC with her cocoon and has a strong burst to follow it up as well. Elise also has a very low ban rate and high win rate in patch 12.16 so you can always pick her against Viktor.
Strongest Champions against Viktor
Most of the time, buttbuttin champions can easily burst mage champions like Viktor, but that can be simply countered by a Zhonya's hourglbutt. Champions like Zed and Talon have overpowered burst and gap closing abilities but they are easily countered by Viktor's stun and Zhonya's hourglbutt proc.
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Weakest champions against Viktor
As of patch 12.16, these are the champions with the lowest win rates against Viktor. The Viktor runes for this build and simply a lich bane can easily burst these champions down. Varus and Azir are both really bad picks against Viktor as he can easily bully them in the lane.
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Viktor is a great pick for your next league of legends games and if you don't know how to play him yet, just try to follow the suggested builds in the item shop made by Riot games.