“Darius is a hard lane but easy champion to beat post level 9, I like to start Doran's shield in this matchup because it keeps you safe early which is what you want, I also run second wind in this matchup instead of conditioning, also early ninja tabi's can be great in this matchup since movement speed is so valuable against darius and a lot of them take ghost+flash. I also personally buy Black Cleaver in this matchup first because the HP is important for surviving, I also build frozen mallet third item after death's dance since HP is the only counter to his true damage and the slow comes in handy vs darius. Another thing to keep in mind is you can use your E before he pulls you and your E will go off right when you get pulled to him so he doesn't even get an auto attack off so I always reccomend just E'ing if you think he is going to pull you worst case scenario is you just E away. You should win this matchup level 9+ and once you have black cleaver if you aren't too far down, also try to dodge his Q heal and try to hit your E if you can E into him as he Q's to dodge the outer heal that is the most ideal and you will win the 1v1, if you made mistakes in lane or fought when you shouldnt have and you're behind you should still be able to win level 13+ as long as it's 1v1. Basically this is a don't make big mistakes early on matchup.”
“Extremely Strong Kit in Lane. His lane can be Oppressing if you keep letting him trade with you.
Parry his Hook and he's a Sitting Duck. If you mess up you're in for a beating.
Parrying his W is good
You can Q into him when he uses his Q to deny the Healing.
If he somehow gets an early lead make sure you have Boots or you'll get Run-down.
“Can be a difficult lane. Important thing is to block his W with your E and don't let him get his passive to 5 stacks on you. If you can't run out of his Q circle Q on him so you will be in the inner ring, denying him his heal. You outscale him quite well so just don't let him get ahead and you should win him. Early tabis also help quite a lot in this matchup. All in if he misses E, just be careful since most Darius's run Ghost so they will have kiting potential with it.”
“He's getting less oppressive but I'm keeping him in major threats because of how easily you can lose this matchup with the tiniest mistake. If he gets the first kill, it will be a rough lane, but if you get the first 2 kills, you're in good shape. Make an empowered W your last hit before dashing out of a trade so he can't pull you back in. Failure to do so will get you killed. Once he is half HP, look for a kill but you must avoid his Q sweet spot. I take ghost vs this matchup so he can't out speed you with spells unless he has Nimbus and you don't.
“Avoid picking Sion into Darius. This has been one of Sion's hardest matchups since the rework. It's not impossible to win this matchup though. Try to freeze your lane and look for when he tries to pull you and dodge it. You can win short trades with the help of your W but watch out for his all-in. Take Grasp of the Undying or Glacial Augment and put 3 points in W first then max Q. 3 points in W is great here because it gives you enough shield to win short trades and burst him with the shield damage. Sion's shield can be his highest damage ability, don't be afraid to use it offensively in many cases. Rush armor and health and ask for ganks. Darius is easy to gank because he has no mobility outside of summoner spells and you should be freezing your lane. Be careful to not let Darius land everything on you and your jungler and win the 1v2.”
“Survive until level 6, NEVER push the wave.
If he goes Tank or has Ghost you won't be able to win all-ins vs him.
Olaf is better in mid-game teamfights as Darius is easier to kite.
Darius Outscales Olaf HARD.”
“You never wanna go all in against any Darius since he will just melt you. Poke him with Q when his E is down. Dodge his Q with your E. Chunk him down slowly and all in when you have a good health lead.”
“Free Lane: Keep your distance and poke him out to death.”
“Yorick is a classic Darius counter but Darius wins early levels, avoid fighting at all cost level 1-5 unless you have cats ready.
After 6 (if even) you should be able to pressure him out with the help of maiden, the matchup gets easier the later the game goes.
Executioners is really good vs his Q heal + Goredrinker.”
“I would highly suggest you to take an PTA or Glacial build. That is, if you feel uncomfortable playing against him with any other runes, like Aery, DH or Electrocute. Boots will help you early game due to his +10 higher movement speed, which compliments PTA/Glacial. Otherwise feel free to start with Doran's Ring. Move towards him if he is going to land his (Q) spin so you can prevent a bleed stack & blind his (W) to prevent the 90% slow. Regardless of what you may think, this match-up goes either way. You either kite and avoid his pull or get caught and die. Glacial helps cheese him, unless he has Phase rush. You can run Everfrost to lock him down if you get caught.