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Kalista Build Guide by Epic Fail Guy

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Epic Fail Guy

[7.1] Kalista ADC In-Depth - Death To All Betrayers

Epic Fail Guy Last updated on January 10, 2017
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GekoGR | January 15, 2017 5:14pm
Amazing guide mate :D
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Epic Fail Guy (3) | January 16, 2017 2:11am
Thank you bro :)
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GodLord (15) | January 14, 2017 2:56pm
great build
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Epic Fail Guy (3) | January 15, 2017 12:59am
Thanks mate :)
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GodLord (15) | January 15, 2017 7:25am
:)
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Migan33 | January 10, 2017 6:24am
Hi EFG Where did you get the Ability-Spotlight-Videos from?
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Epic Fail Guy (3) | January 10, 2017 11:49am
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Migan33 | January 15, 2017 9:03am
Thx :)
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Jammy158 | November 23, 2016 5:56pm
Hi!

I just want to ask you what do think of the 6.24 PBE changes that Kalista is likely going to recieve. As you know, Kalista isn't in the best spot right now and the Fervor changes made her even weaker IMO. The new changes allow her to get Rend stacks even when Rend is on CD now.

Here is another part changed in her E
Minimum units killed for mana cost refund and cooldown reset trigger decreased to 1 from 2.

How impactful will these changes be and will Kalista be back in the meta again?

PS I do like your guide, It is the best Kalista guide i've seen so far!
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Epic Fail Guy (3) | November 25, 2016 8:24am
Hey,

Thanks mate! :)

As for the Kalista changes, I like that she's getting buffed but in my opinion, these buffs aren't going to change Kalista much, and if they are, it's going to make Kalista easier to play which I don't like.

In my opinion, I actually think Kalista is broken at this moment. I don't know why, but every time I play her I seem to get fed and carry games. I don't know if it's because anybody really knows how to play against her or if it's something else.

I do like that her Rend will now refund mana on 1 unit kill. It'll make it much more useful in lane now. But for the buff that she'll still get spears when her rend is on cool down is very nice but if you were a good Kalista, you would never miss your rend anyway. Also, in team fights if you mess up rend at the start, I still think that the cooldown is too long for it to be used for another kill.

But it's still buffs and I like her current state so I'm not complaining :)
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Vapora Dark (460) | November 25, 2016 9:58am
but if you were a good Kalista, you would never miss your rend anyway.

Not really, since even if you kept track of the exact amount of spears and exactly how much damage you do with X amount of spears, the damage you do still differs depending on how much armor your target has, which is constantly changing, and you often can't tell an enemy's HP just by looking at their HP bar either, so when to Rend with Kalista isn't something you can consistently know every time, and you can hardly alt tab to check your spreadsheet in the middle of a fight either.

The only way to never "mess up" Rend is to be really conservative with it and making sure you only ever use it as overkill, which is a waste of time and damage and so is an inefficient use of Rend, even if it guarantees it'll never go on cooldown.

Currently the way Rend works punishes you very hard for mistiming Rend by using it early, but punishes you very little for mistiming by using it as overkill, even though both are mistakes of the user. This buff just makes the punishment of using it early slightly more equal to that of using it late, meaning it's not a disaster if you Rend 1 auto-attack too early like it currently is.
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HastaKalistaBaby (6) | August 23, 2016 12:25pm
Very well designed. Good job on that guide.
I wish you best of luck since I closed my guide :)

Kind regards,
HastaKalistaBaby
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Epic Fail Guy (3) | August 24, 2016 3:32pm
Yoooo, man thank you so much. I always looked up to your guide and honestly, I considered it one of the best on MobaFire. Very sad that it closed down but I wish you luck in your life my freind :)

Hopefully one day you decide to return to your guide :)
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HastaKalistaBaby (6) | August 30, 2016 7:01am
Nice to hear that :D Thank you very much!

Maybe I will. I just came back to LoL ^^ But for now, I've got a job and very less free time. Don't have the time to keep it updated.

Kind regards,
HastaKalistaBaby
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Gibunegg | August 20, 2016 11:12pm
In the build section you missed a apostrophe with runaan's hurricane making the code mess up. Good guide still.
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Epic Fail Guy (3) | August 21, 2016 3:50am
Haha xD, ty bro :)
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NobleSnowMan | August 1, 2016 10:42pm
What are your thoughts about having youmuus on kalista. I play kalista ALOT and tried it instead of Lord Dom's and it seemed to work nicely. Not sure if I was against a couple of bad bot laners or if this could be viable. P.S. love the guide, and I hope kalista will be buffed in the near future.
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Epic Fail Guy (3) | August 5, 2016 12:09am
Hey,

Thanks for your feedback :) I honestly love the idea of youmoos but unfortunately I cant try it out ingame yet as im on holiday with no pc around but I will try it out the first chance I get. For now though I can give you my initial thoughts :)

So the reason I like the youmoos idea is because it boosts Kalista's AD which she really lacks especially as you dont usually build AD focused items apart from IE if you choose to. The only problem with youmoos Is that it doesn't give any base attack speed which kalista loves. Obviously the active gives attack speed but only every 45 seconds so when it's on cooldown you become very vulnerable as you wont be able to get enough spears in to the enemy for rend to do enough damage. But then again, when you do use the active I recon Kalista would be able to duel someone easier than when you build bork, but these are my initial thoughts and I cant wait to try this out in game :)

Thanks for your idea bro :)
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theteemomain | July 25, 2016 3:46am
A very nice guide - helping me to perfect my kalista skills and gave me the chance to think about what I could do better, especially the item build.
go on the same way :)
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WKNDDRW | June 11, 2016 12:02pm
This is a weird question, but would Guinsoo's be good with her? The new Guinsoo's seems like it'd be good because it can proc the BotRK so could it also proc her spears? Also the attack speed and AD and AP I think benefits Kalista aswell, I'm not too sure, don't quote me but I'm just curious. Thoughts?
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Epic Fail Guy (3) | June 11, 2016 1:59pm
WKNDDRW wrote:
This is a weird question, but would Guinsoo's be good with her? The new Guinsoo's seems like it'd be good because it can proc the BotRK so could it also proc her spears? Also the attack speed and AD and AP I think benefits Kalista aswell, I'm not too sure, don't quote me but I'm just curious. Thoughts?


Hey, I haven't actually tried out Guinsoo's on Kalista but after thinking about it I think it could work. I'm not sure what you mean by "it can proc Bork" but if you are to build Guinsoo's I don't think it'll be a good idea to build it first just because you don't have enough attack speed to hit the 6 stacks quick enough. I've tried building it third after Bork and Runaans and I didn't like it with the Bork, so I think Guinsoo's would be best if you build Runaan's then into the Rageblade, then maybe an infinity edge.

The only problem with this is that it removes nearly all your dueling potential as you don't build a Bork at all so any chance of 1vs1s would be completely destroyed. I think this build would be best when your team doesn't have much wave clear so with these items you'll destroy the waves. Ill try out Guinsoo's tomorrow and ill inform you what I think :)
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WKNDDRW | June 11, 2016 9:15pm
Alright cool, and doesn't Guinsoo's proc stuff twice, and Bork deals percent health as physical damage on hit? Idk I'm pretty new to League so I might not get the terminology stuff right and whatnot haha
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Epic Fail Guy (3) | April 7, 2016 1:49am

"This item dosen`t work with Kalista because one you get your Runaan`s Hurricane the unique passive is pretty much useless"

I heavily disagree with this. Phantom dancer is a great offensive option on Kalista as it gives you additional movespeed allowing you to hop even quicker than before. I don't see how its unique passive is useless with Runaan's? There is no evidence to back up that claim and I personally heavily disagree with that statement.

Edit: I'm not trying to be rude or anything just want to know the reasoning behind this claim. If you could explain that would be very appreciated :)


The reason I don`t agree with phantom on kalista is honestly because after you build your core items there are a lot better items you could go instead of Phantom Dancer. I can see how it would work but honestly after you finnish your Blade of The Ruined King and Runann`s Hurricane with your boots, an Infinity edge or bloodthirster with a defensive item and a Lord Dominik`s Regards would be preferd in my opinion.

Edit : I forgot to mention but the reason I said that its useless after Runann`s is because the unique passive of Phantom Dancer means that the last enemy you attacked does less damage to you but when you buy Runann`s you hit multiple enemies at once and due to the distance of the spears the last person hit with an AA will be the furthest one away so the unique passive isn`t very good in my opinion

And also remember, Kalista itn`t a 1vs1 champ and Phantom is mainly used for 1vs1 situations :)

(p.s. please don`t down vote the guide :D)
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Radryspyguy | April 6, 2016 3:55pm
"This item dosen`t work with Kalista because one you get your Runaan`s Hurricane the unique passive is pretty much useless"

I heavily disagree with this. Phantom dancer is a great offensive option on Kalista as it gives you additional movespeed allowing you to hop even quicker than before. I don't see how its unique passive is useless with Runaan's? There is no evidence to back up that claim and I personally heavily disagree with that statement.

Edit: I'm not trying to be rude or anything just want to know the reasoning behind this claim. If you could explain that would be very appreciated :)
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Epic Fail Guy (3) | March 8, 2016 8:25am
ColoWill wrote:

I recommend this guide I used to be trash with Kalista, now I'm getting the hang of her, thanks to this guide

No prob my man, glad I helped :)
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ColoWill (1) | March 7, 2016 2:30pm
I recommend this guide I used to be trash with Kalista, now I'm getting the hang of her, thanks to this guide
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Miss Universe (1) | March 3, 2016 9:38am
Angelalee wrote:


So can you tell me which is the best Kalista guide?

He actually revised this guide. Before it had harder descriptors. Now it clearly and accurately displays the abilties and actually makes it fun. I honestly have trawled through a **** ton of Kalista guides and this one is the best. He has made it much easier to understand Kalista and now it's good. I've tried out this guide and I went the BT build and I went 17/3. Such an easy game despite how good their Draven and Soraka were. ;) Try this guide. I actually recommend it. :)
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Angelalee | March 3, 2016 5:52am

Terrible guide. I have multiple friends all main ADC and they all agree this is really overdone. Make it simpler. Much less fancy artwork and more detailed actual good stuff. My comment most likely explains the lack of votes considering 3K Views. :/

So can you tell me which is the best Kalista guide?
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LokiGaming | January 15, 2016 7:43am
The best guide, I love you man. This guide is brilliant. I followed it and carried my ranked game. This is definitely a good way to climb. Thanks :)
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Miss Universe (1) | December 28, 2015 2:23pm
Terrible guide. I have multiple friends all main ADC and they all agree this is really overdone. Make it simpler. Much less fancy artwork and more detailed actual good stuff. My comment most likely explains the lack of votes considering 3K Views. :/