Varus Revealed As New Champion In Legends Of Runeterra

Riot has formally announced the arrival of Varus as the first champion from the Darkin Saga: Domination expansion in Legends of Runeterra. Here are all the details.

Legends of Runeterra Darkin Saga 'Domination' expansion Varus Champion Guide Riot Games
Varus is one of the first new champions to come in the 'Domination' expansion. | © Riot Games

The first of the ancient Darkins from League of Legends lore, Varus, will join Legends of Runeterra in the second expansion from the Darkin saga: Domination. With this mighty marksman en route to land in the game with the expansion's release on October 12, we've been treated to a preview of all the new cards and game mechanics.

Varus has been rumored to join Legends of Runeterra since the Awakening expansion some weeks ago. So we know you're just as excited to learn more about him. Without further ado, let's dive into all of Varus' cards and other cards that will synergize well with him.

Varus Origin - The Arrow Of Retribution

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'The Arrow of Retribution' is Varus' new Origin. | © Riot Games

The Arrow of Retribution is a new Origin that will be introduced in the Darkin Saga: Domination expansion. It is attached to the new Varus champion card. The Arrow of Retribution Origin will allow you to insert any cultist cards such as the Lunari Cultist and Ambitious Cultist into your deck during deckbuilding.

Once you have played three or more cultist spells, you will draw Varus.

Varus' Champion Cards

Legends of Runeterra Varus Champion Main Card Darkin Saga 'Domination' Expansion Guide Riot Games
These are all of Varus' main cards from the 'Domination' expansion in Legends of Runeterra. | © Riot Games

Varus is a dynamic hero who utilizes the Auto-equip that was introduced in the previous expansion. He specializes in damage dealing due to his Equipment and ability to buff.

Let's take a look at Varus' cards in detail:

CardCard Text
Varus
  • 4-mana 3/4 with Quick Attack
  • Origin: The Arrow of Retribution
  • Auto-equip: The Darkin Bow
  • Level-up: You have targeted 8+ allies
Varus (Leveled-up)
  • 4-mana 4/5 with Quick Attack and Overwhelm
  • Auto-equip: The Darkin Bow
  • The Darkin Bow activates twice and has a max of +10|+0
Varus' Chain of Corruption
  • 3-mana Burst spell
  • Give an enemy Vulnerable and give an ally +1|+0 this round
  • Create a 'Fleeting' Chain of Corruption in hand
  • Create a Varus in your deck
The Darkin Bow
  • 2-mana 0/0 Equipment
  • When you play a spell or equip an ally, give me +1|+0 (max +5|+0) until the next time my bearer strikes

Varus' Supporting Cards

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Here are all of Varus' supporting cards in the 'Domination' expansion. | © Riot Games

There are a variety of other cards that will synergize well with Varus through his new Origin: the Arrow Of Retribution. These include units and burst spells that can build upon the damage-dealing nature of Varus and his potential decks.

Let's take a closer look at these cards in detail:

CardCard Text

Ambitious Cultist

  • 4-mana 3/5
  • Once you've Equipped an ally in this game, create a new spell that costs 2 in hand and set its cost to 0
Blooming Cultist
  • 3-mana 3/2 with Attune
  • Once you've Equipped an ally in this game, grant me Elusive
Buhru Cultist
  • 1-mana 2/2
  • When Equipped allies attack, deal 1 damage to the enemy nexus
Icevale Cultist
  • Your Equipped allies have Overwhelm
Lunari Cultist
  • 2-mana 1/3
  • When I'm summoned or once you've Equipped an ally in this game, create a Gem in hand
Piercing Bolt
  • Skill spell that deals 1 damage to the enemy nexus.
The Expanse's Protection
  • 4-mana Burst spell
  • Once you have Equipped an ally in this game, I cost 2 less. Give an ally SpellShield this round
The Sudden Surge
  • 4-mana Burst spell
  • Once you have Equipped an ally in this game, I cost 2 less. Grow an ally to 5|5 this round
The Unending Wave
  • 4-mana Burst spell
  • Once you have Equipped an ally in this game, I cost 2 less. Draw 2 and give them Fleeting
The Unforgiving Cold
  • 4-mana Burst spell
  • Frostbite the strongest enemy. If you have Equipped an ally in this game, copy me
The Violent Dischord
  • 2-mana Fast spell
  • Deal 1 damage to a unit. If you have Equipped an ally in this game, copy me with the same targets.

Varus is the first of three champions expected to be released in the Darkin Saga: Domination expansion of Legends of Runeterra.

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