Riot Games have a proud history of releasing champions with kits so complex that their learning curve becomes needlessly difficult. Add their rigorous release schedule into the mix and it becomes impossible to keep up for the players and the balancing team alike.
Nonetheless, learning the ins and outs of a champion requires time and effort – specifically when it possesses a million dashes with no end in sight. While playing against Bel’Veth can be a nightmare to boot, playing it to perfection can be an even tougher ordeal.
Bel’Veth possesses an insane amount of raw DPS. Therefore, your main goal is to be the last one to go in during teamfights. Crowd Control is your biggest kryptonite. Therefore, you need to merge an assassin-like playstyle with a bruiser in order to make her work.
Bel’Veth shines the most in isolated fights. Thus, it’s better if you avoid messy fights as much as possible. With that said, let’s take a look at how her abilities work in order to determine the best playstyle for her.
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Playing Bel’Veth: Abilities
Riot decided to go simple on this one (unlike Aphelios). Therefore, you will be getting the standard UI along with four distinct abilities and a passive. Since Bel’Veth is mostly auto-attack reliant, these abilities are mainly present to bring stability into her kit.
Having said that, her abilities are as follows:
Passive: – Death In Lavender
Each ability usage causes Bel’Veth’s next attacks to have increased speed of launch. Consequently, she gains permanent attack speed upon scoring takedowns or by killing large monsters. This attack speed is calculated with the help of lavender stacks.
Unlike most champions, she doesn’t have an attack speed cap. Therefore, she does not need Lethal Tempo to break the 5.00 limit. This, however, comes with a cost since her attacks start to deal reduced damage.
Luckily, this won’t be an issue since mythics like Kraken Slayer and immortal Shieldbow tend to assimilate quite well with her passive.
Q – Void Surge
This ability causes Bel’Veth to dash in one of the four specified directions. Every direction has its own cooldown and its cooldown reduction scales with attack speed. If Bel’Veth passes through a champion or an enemy, Void Surge applies on-hit effects.
Bel’Veth is mainly Q reliant since her kit doesn’t have any other form of ability otherwise. And since Riot Games loves adding dashes to a champions’ kit. You can bet on it to be extremely overpowered.
W – Above and Below
This ability allows Bel’Veth to slam her tail into the ground, thereby knocking all enemies in the specified AOE box in the air. This ability deals damage while reducing the cooldown of her Q in the direction of the ability’s hit.
This ability is generally used as a disruptor in teamfights. You can pair this up with a Q in order to surprise the enemy with an instant knockup. While her W is generally quite easy to identify, it’s just as hard to dodge. Therefore, it can be leveraged quite easily in teamfights.
You can pair it with a Yasuo ultimate, or you can use it to stop the chase from an enemy. Consequently, it can either be used as an engage or as an escape tool depending on the matter at hand.
E – Royal Maelstrom
Bel’Veth conjures a storm of slashes around her. This channel-based ability not only increases your damage reduction but also boosts your lifesteal. The maelstrom is always targeted towards the lowest health champion and deals missing health-based damage. Much like most of her abilities, this one also scales with attack speed.
Her E can either be used as a form of defense, or you can use it to melt high-health enemy targets down. If you’re the one taking the enemy damage, then we recommend you press your E as soon as possible. However, you will be immobile in the said state, so make sure to have an escape plan ready.
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R – Endless Banquet
This ability is divided into passive and active. The passive states that each second attack on a target deals bonus true damage. This effect stacks indefinitely, and can boost Bel’Veth’s attack damage to insane levels.
Furthermore, every takedown against an enemy champion will cause a Void Coral to spawn, which can then be consumed for the active form. This interaction also works on epic monsters, with Void-based ones dropping a stronger void coral.
Active: Bel’Veth consumes a coral on the map. This causes her to deal explosion true damage in a set radius that causes the enemies’ movement speed to slow down. Since it is a missing health-based modifier, you can bet on it to execute low-health enemy champions.
This consumption grants Bel’Veth her true form for a while. Each minion that she kills in her form becomes her underling. This form lasts longer when a stronger Void Coral is consumed.
True Form: Bel’Veth possessed boosted max health along with an increase in out-of-combat movement speed, attack speed, and attack range. Consequently, her Q can now dash against walls.
What To Build On Bel’Veth?
Bel’Veth’s build is entirely dependent on the current state of the game. If you’re significantly ahead, then it might be a good idea to use Kraken Slayer for bursting down opponents in a teamfight. Whereas, the Immortal Shieldbow can be helpful for sustaining through the bursty combos.
Since Bel’Veth scales with attack speed, lifesteal can do wonders with her. Therefore, the more lifesteal you have the better. Consider building Blade of the Ruined King to gain chase along with lifesteal, health damage, and attack speed.
From there, you have the option to build either pure damage, bruiser, or supportal combat. Since this part is dependent on the current state of the game, you will need to analyze the enemy comp before choosing. If you’re unable to do so, then bruiser is generally the safest option.
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Dying Too Much On Bel’Veth: How To Improve?
Death is a very common concept in League of Legends. It sends you back into the fountain to revive after a set amount of penalty time. While there are certain champions that can go coinflip in teamfights, Bel’Veth is sadly not one of them.
You will need to be very calculative of when you want to go in and when you want to get out. You need to play to your cooldowns and engage from creative locations in order to be of use in Teamfights. Consequently, avoid getting bursted down as much as possible.
The rest of Bel’Veth is dependent on your mechanics. Therefore, just try and try again until you get the hang of the champion. Her kit is not that complex to use. Plus, she is a relatively newer champion. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about her being weak in meta anytime soon.
Furthermore, we recommend you practice your kiting as much as possible since it is going to be a major asset when playing melee auto-attacking champions. You don’t want your prey to escape, but at the same time – you want to avoid the chance of them stream rolling you.
All in all, your main aim is to keep track of your engages. You’re not supposed to be the first one to go in unless you have a stopwatch. The less the enemies target you, the easier it will be to stack your ultimate and Lethal Tempo. Once you’re ready, you can simply steamroll over them with your abilities.
However, it’s best that you don’t get complacent with a single teamfight victory. Despite being close, Be’Veth is not Master Yi. You need to slowly scale up before you can get to the point where it becomes easier to win teamfights. Luckily, Bel’Veth’s snowball potential is insane, so you will be having a great time playing her.