“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.
“ Still a major threat post nerfs but there is a little more counter play now. In order to stay healthy, you will likely have to surrender the first wave and a half until he slow pushes to your tower. Stay in your side bush to get Exp and move out when the wave is getting to a safer spot. Play safe for level 3 and if you didn't take too much damage, you're in a decent spot now. You can go in for a trade at 25 and 30 Fury using the Safe escape combo. If your Q would be empowered, skip it and just auto-W. This method chunks Darius's HP because you will do more damage faster than him. When he's 40% to 30% HP, you can go for your first kill. Rush CDR with WarHammer and KindleGem. Get Q to level 2 or 3, and then scale E. This is geared towards closing the window Darius has to zone you while your E is down. Less zone time means you can get 25 Fury to trade more often.
“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 Sunfire Cape and Ninja Tabi 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.”
“Honestly this matchup isn't extremely hard, but you can be punished very easily. Which is why I have put it so high up on the scale. When he uses Q you always want to make sure you step inside of him to avoid getting hit by his outer Q, as Riven this isn't that hard. Level 1 you are able to all-in him if he starts Q, if he starts W, don't bother.
Never trade into him if he already has some bleed stacks on you, wait out the stacks before going in. The best thing to do is freeze near your tower, Darius can run you down in lane very easily, and will take ghost like 75% of the time.”
“Use Conqueror or Poke Runes against him. Poke him whenever you can and make full combo to execute him. Try to fight next to his face, dont get caught with his Q's extended range. But Darius always excels you with time. Keep looking for opportunities to other lanes.”
“Representative of the typical BIG JUGGERNAUT TOP, Darius has huge damage when you get caught. This is an example of someone you should probably take Aftershock for. For Darius specifically, use Flay (E) to push him towards you, pulling yourself inside of the Q circle. Pushing him away from you takes too long, and he's likely moving away from you already, perfectly landing you in the outer circle.
If you die once, don't try anything funny again, or it won't just be once.”
“IGNITE RUNE PAGE: Also take Triumph rune. If he starts W, Do Not Trade With Him lvl 1. When he uses his Q you can dash into him to avoid healing him and taking the damage. You should try parrying his W over his pull, as his pull is very fast. Normally Darius will W after 1 autoattack after his pull. So when pulled, spam riposte. This varys on the player so make adjustments as necessary. If you missed parry on vital and his W, then save it for his ultimate if he is trying to all in you. This is also a match up you can take ignite as he mostly run ghost.”
“TAKE PHASE RUSH!
Don't smash your keyboard. Darius is extremely difficult for all Singed players to deal with, don't try to fight Darius as he will almost always win the trades. Peel him off your team in team fights and he shouldn't be able to do too much. Proxy is recommended here.
Your W prevents Darius from being able to R, which is useful when you know he's going for an all-in.”
“Skill matchup, Darius has long cooldowns and as a result, GP can very easily kill him early. Just remember that his passive is strong and he can kill you at level 6 if you don't stay alert.”
“The Darius matchup can go both ways. You have to keep in mind that you outscale him. So if all else fails, you can simply play safe, give up CS, farm under turret and wait for later on in the game. So the matchup can be Even or just Impossible depending on how good the Darius player is. I myself, almost always crush Mordekaisers when I am on Darius so, believe me when I tell you that if the Darius player knows what he is doing, then you will NOT win the matchup alone. You might need your jungler. Here is the basic idea in this matchup. You need to A) use your full shield and B)fight in your ultimate. If you use your shield improperly, Darius will be able to just burst through it as it wont be that much. And if you fight outside your ultimate or fight him pre-6 you will just get shredderd. INSIDE your ultimate however, is a different story. If you are able to stick to him and hit EVERY single one of your abilities in your ultimate, you WILL kill him. Just make sure that you don't start the fight with stacks on you. In general, you should be looking to disengage whenever he gets any number of stacks on you. You can use the backwards E trick to disengage but good Dariuses will expect and avoid this. Poke him down early on with your Q but DO NOT fight him or let him get hits on you. Level 1 you can beat him if you can land an empowered Q on him but I wouldn't recommend it. He can snowball SO damn hard that it will seriously depress when you see how many times he will kill you. Revitalize and Second Wind are good. Seeker's Armguard and Ninja Tabi are also great. The lane becomes much easier if you have Ignite but if you die with ignite the lane is over. You LEGIT can't comeback.”