What League of Legends pros are playing: BeryL’s Guardian Lux

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In this new series, we look at some of the best League of Legends players around the world, what they’re playing, and what new builds they’re trying.

We’re always trying to find new and unique strategies from the best players in League of Legends. Today, we take a look at a new build that has emerged from one of the best players at the top of Korean Challenger.

DAMWON Gaming’s Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee is currently the second-ranked player on the Korean solo queue ladder. While some of his most-played champions are the traditional supports you’d expect to see him and other pro supports training on (Galio, Alistar, Thresh, Braum, and Rakan), one interesting pick caught my eye.

Over the past eight days (since Patch 9.10 was released) BeryL has played 30 games of Lux support. In that time, he’s posted a record of 18-12 on Lux support and a KDA over 4. It’s one of his most-picked champions, as he’s played it nine times in the last 20 solo queue games.

What’s most interesting, though, is his rune choice.

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BeryL runs primarily Guardian or Aftershock as his keystone rune, with Domination runes in his secondary tree. He’ll almost always go Shield Bash and Revitalize in the Resolve tree, but he will flip between Bone Plating and Second Wind depending on the matchup he’s facing.

In the secondary tree, he’s consistently going Relentless Hunter for the movement speed along with Cheap Shot for extra damage when he hits his root. For stat shards, he’ll go 2x Adaptive Force plus Armor.

As for his build, while he will always start Q, he gets W second, E third, and then maxes W before E. This is why he tends to run Guardian, so he can easily proc the rune’s shield.

Since the Guardian shield does scale off ability power, Lux can quite easily get a fair amount of shielding off for herself and her ally with this keystone. However, BeryL doesn’t build AP like you might see a lot of lower elo Lux supports do.

BeryL instead builds his traditional support item before going into either an Ardent Censer or a Redemption (it’s rare he will build both). He’ll also build a Locket or Athene’s Unholy Grail later into the game, depending on the circumstances. For boot choice, he’ll get Mobis if he’s ahead early and wants to roam, or else he’ll get Lucidity Boots.

The whole crux of this strategy seems to be to make use of Lux’s high base damage and utilize her shield rather than just making her a secondary mage out of support. He’ll tend to pick this into squishier supports like Sona, Lulu, or Karma.

Right now, support Lux does seem to be quite popular in Korean solo queue, with a 10.2% pick rate and 52.55% win rate. However, BeryL appears to be one of the few running her with Guardian and W max, as Arcane Comet is still her most popular keystone.

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What do you think of BeryL’s Lux support build? Are you going to try it out? Let us know in the comments!