Originally Posted by Yeeeeee Muffins
It's not troll, but rather not as viable because if you miss your ult you're missing out on a huge amount of damage.
If you whiff your ult that is not good, but AP Varus scales with autoattacks as well through:
1) The passive of blighted quiver: .25 AP ratio per autoattack
2) Spellsword mastery: .05 AP per autoattack
3) Malady: .1 AP per autoattack
4) Consuming blighted quiver charges: 15% of target's max health, +6% more per 100 AP
So you are doing 40% of your AP with each autoattack, which is not that much less than the damage you'd be doing with an equivalent amount of gold spent in AD. And then every 3rd autoattack you are consuming your blighted quiver charges -- given 400 AP which is very attainable that's another 39% of their max health -- not too shabby.
Also, Runaan's Hurricane is supposed spread his blighted quiver stacks/damage so you can really chunk the enemy team after building those charges up and consuming them. However, I thought the stacks only built up on the current target like Vayne's silver bolts (which is specifcally disabled with the extra shots of Hurricane). I haven't actually played him with a Hurricane yet, so I'd be very interested to know if anyone has tested it out and had stacks built up on multiple people at the same time and then consumed them with a Q or E.
In any case, his damage profile is not like an AD carry, but it's also not like a bursty AP carry either. You really have to manage your stacks because if you autoattack once too many times then you are wasting a lot of dps, and if you consume too early then you are going to run out of other spells to consume the charges in most engagements -- and waiting for E or Q to recharge is generally not fun. I thought AP/AS Varus in season 2 was viable in normals but in season 3 with all the item and mastery changes it feels like a very competitive way to play him.