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Kassadin Build Guide by Aizenvolt

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Aizenvolt

Utility Kassadin [Patch 6.23](MATCHUPS UPDATES IN PROGRESS)

Aizenvolt Last updated on November 28, 2016
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Ability Sequence

1
3
5
7
9
Ability Key Q
2
14
15
17
18
Ability Key W
4
8
10
12
13
Ability Key E
6
11
16
Ability Key R

Masteries

Fury
 
 
5/
Sorcery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vampirism
 
 
5/
Natural Talent
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Battering Blows
 
 
Piercing Thoughts
 
 
 
 

Offense: 12

5/
Wanderer
 
 
Savagery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5/
Merciless
 
 
Meditation
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Precision
 
 
5/
Intelligence
 
 
 
 

Defense: 18

Recovery
 
 
Unyielding
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Runic Armor
 
 
Veteran's Scars
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Swiftness
 
 
Legendary Guardian
 
 
 
 

Utility: 0



Threats to Kassadin with this build

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Katarina Very easy matchup you counter her hard you can cancel her ult with your q also try to use your q when she uses hers to not take any damage she dosent have sustain and she is squishy with poke you can destroy her.
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Ezreal Rare but happens you can destroy him after 6 and pre 6 you also have the upper hand if you know how to play kassadin in an average lvl. Ezreal is what i like to call a nerfed Kassadin:D I believe you know what i am talking about if not well...
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Kayle Kayle is generally easy you can poke her well but she has poke too. You can win this but be carefull for her ult nothing more to add kayle mid is pretty rare.
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Introduction

My account in LoL is named Aizenvolt and i play in Eune. I am now Platinum III, previus season i ended Silver I and pre-season ended Gold V but reached Gold IV. I main Kassadin and he is my favourite champion. I dont say I am the best Kassadin but i sure have a lot of experience and i can help you be a better Kassadin if you want. I want to thank my friend Aqua Knight for his help with this guide.


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Pros / Cons

Pros

+ High mobility.
+ Late game God.
+ He can one shot squishies.
+ He can sustain mana with his Nether Blade.
+ Very good at roaming and ganks.
+ His Null Sphere absorbs ap damage and helps trade with mages.

Cons

- Difficult early game.
- He is meele APC meaning you will get alot of easy poke from mages while you farm.
- Needs experience to learn when and how to use Riftwalk.
- If you fall behind early its difficult to come back.
- He needs some games to get used to.


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Runes

I will try to explain the changes in the simplest way possible.
AP VS AP RUNE PAGE

3x Quintessence of Ability Power
9x Mark of Magic Penetration
9x Seal of Scaling Health
6x Glyph of Scaling Cooldown Reduction
3x Glyph of Cooldown Reduction

AP VS AD RUNE PAGE

3x Quintessence of Ability Power
9x Mark of Magic Penetration
9x Seal of Armor
6x Glyph of Scaling Cooldown Reduction
3x Glyph of Cooldown Reduction

As you may have noticed the 3x Glyph of Cooldown Reduction give more cd than needed in lvl 18 2,5% more to be exact that is basically useless in lvl 18. But this is where is gets interesting. Be ready for some math, also i will use some items stats here because the build path has changed a bit to synergize with the change in runes. I will explain the new build path better in the items chapter. So as you may have noticed my Kassadin build is a complete late game build and it doesnt have much damage in the early and mid game so basically until now if you followed my build you had to play very carefull and use your abilities wisely, because you didnt have enough cd until you got Sheen to spam your ult and when you got Sheen you were already lvl 16 and that means your ult had 1.14 sec cd after Sheen and 1.34 sec cd before you bought Sheen so basically at that point the cd from Sheen was a win more thing(it didnt change alot in spamming your ult). Now with my new rune page and build path i will change that. So stop right here and read the Detailed Item Order and the Explanation!!! in the item chapter below, after you read it return here. Now i hope you understood everything i said in the item chapter about the new build path. So the main reason that i added 3x Glyph of Cooldown Reduction is that now i will be able to reach 45%(44,5% but you wont see the difference at all) cd at lvl 13 meaning i will have 2.2 sec cd in my ult at lvl 13. This will boost kassadins mid game by alot with no loss at the late game damage.


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Items

Rod of Ages What can you say about this item it has it all hp mana ap damage and gives you some sustain in lane a must have on Kassadin. Also it synergizes well with seraph's embrace since seraph's embrace passive gives 3% of your mana as bonus ap.

Zhonya's Hourglass This is also a core item on Kassadin it gives him armor alot of ap damage and survivability. This makes him an assasin he goes in deletes carry or squishy's uses this and gets out also with this build you have low cd and when you are out of hourglass stasis at lvl 11 and above you will have a blink ready to get out.

Seraph's Embrace This is my favourite item in game, it works extremely well with Kassadin and his mana needs. It gives him alot of mana, refunds 25% of the mana spent (it helps alot with his ult when it is fully stacked) and has passive that gives you bonus ap based on your mana. You get 3% of your mana as bonus ap. Finally it gives you a nice shield as an active to help you survive going in in a 5 man team to assasinate someone and get out.

Ionian Boots of Lucidity The cd that they give you is very important, i buy them after rod of ages.

Rabadon's Deathcap There are no words to describe this item in my opinion a must have in every mages build. I buy this item fifth.

Lich Bane Last but not least important. The Sheen gives you the 10% cd you need to go 45% cd. With this your riftwalk at lvl 16 has 1.1 seconds cooldown. The passive is very important too it gives you insane burst damage, more insane than it already is at this point. I buy this item last.

Basic Item Order: Rod of Ages> Ionian Boots of Lucidity> Zhonya's Hourglass> Seraph's Embrace> Rabadon's Deathcap> Lich Bane

Detailed Item Order: Tear of the Goddess> Catalyst of Aeons> Blasting Wand> Rod of Ages> Boots of Speed> Sheen!> Fiendish Codex!> Ionian Boots of Lucidity!> Zhonya's Hourglass> Seraph's Embrace> Rabadon's Deathcap> Lich Bane

Explanation!!!!!!
The items that i want you to give special attention to is the items that have ! after their names. Each of these items gives 10% cd. You will be able to buy all these items from lvl 11 to lvl 13 depending on the difficulty of the lane farm kills. But by lvl 13 at worst you should be able to buy these 3 items. 19 minutes into the game you should be able to have these 3 items. Now lets do the math, lets go in the middle at lvl 12 we will have 30% cd from these 3 items 5% cd from masteries and 9% cd from runes. If you add them all you will have 44% cd at lvl 12, meaning your ult will have 2.24 cd. Your ult base cd at lvl 16 is 2 sec meaning that with my new build path you will have almost the same cd at your rank 2 ult that you would have at your rank 3(lvl 16) plus the burst damage that Sheen gives you and trust me there is a huge difference in the damage of this build path at mid game from the old build path. So basically what i did with these changes is to make kassadin to not only have an insane burst damage late game build but also an amazing mid game that you will be able to spam your ult and do lots of damage. Trust me i tried this build and the difference is huge. Test it and you will see what i mean.


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Summoner Spells

Ignite A very useful spell in lane it gives you kill potential. A must have on Kassadin.

Flash Now this is where it gets interesting, almost every time i play ranked and pick Kassadin with Ignite, Teleport they ask me why no flash. With this build i don't need flash at level 11 i have Riftwalk every 3,2 seconds flash is just a waste in my opinion especial when i take Sheen where i have Riftwalk every 1.2 seconds thats why this build is called Utility Kassadin. Now by not getting Flash you leave yourself exposed pre 6 more than it already is. I took Ignite, Teleport after 4 games with Kassadin i think, before i had Ignite, Flash. Now i won't say you must do the same do what's best for you. If you aren't experienced enough with Kassadin and you think you won't be able to survive pre 6 without Flash by all means take Flash and you should because if you aren't experinced enough and feed you will be doomed with this build. This build is for late game, I take Tear of the Goddess first back and then Catalyst of Aeons meaning you wont have any damage item besides The Dark Seal till your 4th or 5th back if all goes well, meaning if you fall back in lane you will be the destruction of your team.

Teleport We talked alot about Flash, why i don't take it and why you should take it if you aren't sure about yourself. Now let me tell you about Teleport and why i take it. For me Teleport on Kassadin has 3 uses first it can give you kills before 6 or generaly in early game to help you get to the late game faster. Second it gives you map pressense allowing you to help other lanes deffend or save your teamates when they need saving. The third use is the late game backdoor. I have been many times in a position where the enemy team has nexus open and we cant beat them in team fights to take it. That's where you come in you place a ward just outside their base so they dont see you and when the right time comes you teleport and finish the game with the xpeke move. I have done that many times but be carefull dont do that when all the enemy team are in their base find a momonet when 1 or 2 members tops are in their base then teleport if they have more than 2 members in their base and espesialy if those members have hard cc dont teleport you will just throw game. Now this move can be a move that gives you the game or a move that throws the game. You need to be experienced with Kassadin to do that move so don't do that unless you are sure you can handle it. It took me many games to do that perfect be CAREFUL.

Cleanse Don't take Cleanse versus Malzahar it doesn't work on his ult.

I haven't used any other spells on Kassadin besides these and i don't recommend you to use any other.


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Early Game

This is where you are the most vulnerable without Riftwalk and without Flash(if you follow my recommended summoner spells), you are easy to get ganked and die. At least thats what everyone thinks. I mean these are some of the facts but it's not that bad. I have taken kill with Kassadin pre 6 many times and i think your early game depends on how experienced you are with Kassadin. I remember my first game with Kassadin i lost against Soraka mid. Funnt thing really and now i can beat yasuo who is one of the hard matchups for Kassadin with general ease. Listen guys we aren't born pros but with practice and experience we all get better. So trust me when i say this when you play enough games with Kassadin early game won't seem so hard in fact i find early game fun to play most of the times. Now what you should do in early game is farm poke and see if you can get early kills or first blood it isn't impossible i have done it many times. After 6 roam and help other lanes also if you have teleport watch if you can teleport in other lanes to help take kills.


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Mid Game

This is where you begin to do some serius damage you have Zhonya's Hourglass your Rod of Ages is almost almost fully stacked or fully stucked and you have Seraph's Embrace. In this stage of the game you must focus on taking towers and objectives help the lanes that need help and try to snowball the game. In team fights focus squishy targets and dont go in if you aren't sure your team will have your back. Don't spam Riftwalk for no reason because you will lose your mana and you wont be able to escape, use your Riftwalk wisely. My last advice for the mid game is that you do whatever you can to keep the lanes pushed and farm. It's important for you to reach the late game as soon as possible.


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Late Game

This where Kassadin shines. You literaly become the God of the game. Noone can catch you noone can stop you. You can one shot every squishy member in the enemy team. Your Riftwalk will have 1.2 seconds cooldown and you will have a huge mana pool. Lead your team to victory. Start warding for Baron and while your team does Baron hide in place 7(look map at warding section) and wait for enemy team to come when you see a squishy come go in one shot it if they are many enemies wait for the right moment and then go from behind them. The above trick works if you are in blue team. Be aware with great power comes great responsibility just because you have so much damage doesnt mean you can do anything you want play wisely and dont go 1 vs 5 i know you plan to do that. Stay with your team 1 mistake can cost you the game remember that mind wins against power. I have lost many games where we had the strongest team but the enemy had better teamwork and vise versa. League is a strategy game so play it like it is supposed to be played.


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Your role in team fights

In team fights you should focus on enemt adc, so when you see him wait for the right moment when his team is focused on one or more members of your team and Riftwalk on him. Your damage is enough to ones hot him most times but if not just Riftwalk again and he will probably die. Remember you arent the initiator your team needs your damage so if you go first and die you will lose team fight. When you see enemy adc and you are in jungle with your team try to hide in a bush and when he passes one shot him, that will probably give you the team fight. Of course this requires vision of the enemy team for example if they are behind him you will probably die so be sure you have enough vision before you do anything.


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Warding


I usually place a pink ward in places 1(if i am on blue side) and 3(if i am on the red side). Places 2 and 4 are good too but wards on 1 and 3 are more difficult to be spotted. I also place a yellow trinket in place 6 if i have a pink ward in 1 and in place 5 if i have a ward in 3.


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Ranked Games

These are some of my greatest wins with Kassadin.

http://matchhistory.eune.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/EUN1/1386104555/217036480?tab=overview
KDA 18/0/5 Silver III

http://matchhistory.eune.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/EUN1/1386181135/217036480?tab=overview
KDA 18/4/11 Silver III

http://matchhistory.eune.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/EUN1/1386250173/217036480?tab=overview
KDA 15/7/12 Silver II

http://matchhistory.eune.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/EUN1/1385475401/217036480?tab=overview
KDA 24/6/7 Silver III

http://matchhistory.eune.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/EUN1/1385459536/217036480?tab=overview
KDA 20/4/6 Silver III

http://matchhistory.eune.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/EUN1/1409899328/217036480?tab=overview
KDA 21/5/3 Gold V

http://matchhistory.eune.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/EUN1/1410701835/217036480?tab=overview
KDA 27/6/12 Gold V

http://matchhistory.eune.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/EUN1/1406839224/217036480?tab=overview
KDA 13/5/10 Gold V

http://matchhistory.eune.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/EUN1/1459272066/217036480?tab=overview
KDA 7/2/5 Gold I

http://matchhistory.eune.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/EUN1/1462832388/217036480?tab=overview
KDA 8/3/6 Platinum V

http://matchhistory.eune.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/EUN1/1464385596/217036480?tab=overview
KDA 9/5/7 Platinum IV

http://matchhistory.eune.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/EUN1/1473969328/217036480?tab=overview
KDA 19/2/5 Platinum IV

http://matchhistory.eune.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/EUN1/1488555551/217036480?tab=overview
KDA 19/1/15 Platinum V

http://matchhistory.eune.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/EUN1/1486980207/217036480?tab=overview
KDA 20/10/10 Platinum IV

http://matchhistory.eune.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/EUN1/1508590795/217036480?tab=overview
KDA 25/6/6 Platinum V

http://matchhistory.eune.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/EUN1/1508653536/217036480?tab=overview
KDA 24/9/8 Platinum V

http://matchhistory.eune.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/EUN1/1530377290/217036480?tab=overview
KDA 14/2/7 Platinum IV

http://matchhistory.eune.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/EUN1/1532670702/217036480?tab=overview
KDA 15/4/4 Platinum IV

http://matchhistory.eune.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/EUN1/1533052992/217036480?tab=overview
KDA 13/0/6 Platinum IV

http://matchhistory.eune.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/EUN1/1536534358/217036480?tab=overview
KDA 11/0/5 Platinum IV

http://matchhistory.eune.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/EUN1/1536715944/217036480?tab=overview
KDA 14/7/13 Platinum IV

http://matchhistory.eune.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/EUN1/1536795507/217036480?tab=overview
KDA 12/4/5 Platinum IV

http://matchhistory.eune.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/EUN1/1542523666/217036480?tab=overview
KDA 22/9/10 Platinum III

My greatest win with Kassadin. Preseason 6 Gold V Solo Queue.

My greatest win with Kassadin. Flex Queue.


Largest winning streak with Kassadin in Solo Queue.


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Gameplay Videos(Youtube channel name:mid for the win)


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Important Guide Events

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Updates

24/8/2016
-I updated the items chapter where I explain why I use these items on kassadin cause some items stats changed in the mage rework and I forgot to change the explanations.
-I added my youtube channel link at the summoner information chapter.
-Added some more games at the ranked games chapter.

7/9/2016
-Added two games in ranked games chapter.

5/10/2016
-Added a game in ranked games chapter.
-Added some things in Malzahar's matchup.

7/10/2016
-Added a game in ranked games chapter.

8/10/2016
-Added a game in ranked games chapter.

11/10/2016
-Edited some champion matchups.

13/10/2016
-Added a game in ranked games chapter.
-Added a game in gameplay videos chapter.


14/10/2016
-Added a game in ranked games chapter.
-Added a game in gameplay videos chapter.

15/10/2016
-Added a game in gameplay videos chapter.

20/10/2016
-Added a game in ranked games chapter.
-Added a game in gameplay videos chapter.

5/11/2016
-I change both rune pages. The only change is in the glyphs. Further explanation in the notes for runes.
-I created a runes chapter and edited items chapter.

9/11/2016
-Some changes to the malzahar matchup.

10/11/2016
-Small change to the skill sequence.

12/11/2016
-Updated leblanc and talon matchups.

22/11/2016
-Added a gameplay video.
-Added a game in ranked games chapter.

27/11/2016
-Added a gameplay video.