Originally Posted by Amaranda
I'm having trouble keeping Veigar relevant late game. Biggest issue is that he's so squishy any melee can come up and tear him up. All I can do is cast everything I have which never seems like enough to take them down. The range on his spells and the deathfire grasp bring him dangerously close to those late game carries and DPS tanks. Any advice for the mid-game/ late-game dilemma?
Rod of Ages is your friend.
Veigar is so mana intensive I use clarity, its actually good for him throughout the game.
The first thing you want to get is sapphire crystal and 1 heal pot and 1 mana pot. That should last you until lvl 5-6 which around that time you should have collected enough money to bluepill and buy catalyst which will solve your mana problems for a while. Depending on who your laneing against even finish the RoA straight up, or get REGULAR boots then finish RoA then your upgrade boots after.
RoA does a couple things for you, first you need AP so it gives you that, but it also increases your mana pool AND gives you HP which you will need badly late game. It also makes it hard for you to get ganked because with that much HP early you can get back to a tower most of the time. If you get either first blood or at least 2 kills you should be able to get a completed RoA by 13-16 minutes, which in an average game will be maxed by the time you finish. After that I usually start making arch angels or get a Soulstealer if I am getting a lot of kills then make angels.
After that its pretty much dependent on how the game is going, get a banshee veil if you need it, get more AP if you need it etc. But in my experience its really vital to get RoA on veigar because he needs all of those stats badly. Banshee is nice but it doesnt give you any offensive power, so no point in going for it sooner.
If you really need too, after you finish the archangels and it looks like its going to be one of those 45+ min games. Ill make a second RoA which will put you at around 3000 hp and that will put the archangels at around 120+ ap.
Then get a frozen heart because you should badly need the CDR. If your problem is your damage output, then got RoA, Deathfire, Frozen heart, but you dont have any mana regen.
One final thing, yea a late carry like Yi can wreck you, I tend to NEVER get sorc boots, because most carrys get a 2 speed boot, if you have the 3 speed you can actually run away from them. It gives your spells time to cooldown so you can cast them again. In team fights if you have HP stacked like that "3k is a bit" it makes it a lot harder for their carry to jump on you as it lets your team wreck him and he might not kill you.