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Kalista Build Guide by Nik7857
[10.1] Nik7857's Beginners Guide to the Worst ADC Kalista!By Nik7857 | Updated on January 9, 2020
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+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Threats & Synergies
She makes you not a champion by aa you. Just ban her. If she ends up in one of your games just stand still when aa and flash her ult until you get qss after your BORK>
Oh goody he blocks your only form of dmg (aa) and slows you.
His w deletes you from the game, buy qss sometime after third or second item depending on how ahead you are and when he is going to start joining his team.
Hard lane if Draven and his support are aggro and your support gets poked down. Just be patient and wait for a gank, when doing early fight flash his knock aside as it slows you and always focus him first as he has the highest dps.
Your at a range disadvantage. She will probably push you in and gain dragon control. Ask for ganks and then murder who ever is a guaranteed kill.
Tough if they pick him. He has two slows if he resets it, guess buying qss won't do anything. Jokes aside, buy qss anyways as he probably won't double slow and focus on double bombing to do poke dmg, if he even knows what Kalista is.
Lucian is good at short quick trades. He will q aa and then get out before you even get an auto in. Luckily your late game is pretty much just as bad as his. Play this one safe and be extra careful if they have engage support.
You can easily win lane, but you can also fuck it up. Don't underestimate his damage when his W is activated. When you trade with him as soon as he activates W hop back E and wait for it to end then decide whether you can go back in while it's down. Pray you end the game before late game.
Haven't play the matchup too much, but it's safe to say he is overpowered as hell and he will out damage, out sustain you, out range you, he will slow you, he will wave clear better then you. Just ban him if you don't like losing.
Very winnable until late game. What ever you do don't give her a double kill or she will reach her deadly power spike so fast your nexus will explode. Dodge or flash her W if you want to kill her, unless you need to flash something else. Should be a winnable lane.
You shouldn't get hit by her root because of your passive. Her late game is better then yours. Winnable lane.
He might be build Iceborn and Bork he might not. You can dodge his main damage but if you get lockdown you can't dodge. Winnable lane.
She has invisbility so I guess you might miss an auto. No slows (good). Her kit is really good and she will definitely out scale you due to the mix damage and multiple build paths she has. Basically just stomp her in lane.
I always lose this match up. Storm razor is extremely good right now and it has a slow (yea!). He does short trades and will probably kill you before you pop your E. Try to play lane safe and go ham when he mispositions.
She has a big undodgeble slow (that's annoying), wait for it to be on cd then do something. She has a good lane phase and decent late game due to her team fighting presence. Just avoid getting poked down and try to winlane. Flash her E if your committing and your stuck in it.
Out ranges you and has decent sustain. She does quick trades and she scales into late game (great idea riot). Just play buy shield and wait for ganks. She can also dodge your autos.
One of the best late game carries. He's pretty bad as an adc and even worse as jungler (rn). He has a big slow. He also wins extended trades. Though he doesn't do as much as you in the early game. Watch out for cheese if hes randomly missing and his support is playing a little fishy. He will out scale you hard and win the game. Ez lane though.
Longer range then you. A slow. Poke. and giant CC ult. Better team fighting then you. He will probably play far back in lane and just poke you down. He is very easy to gank and he will guarantee flash if you engage on him. Win the lane and win the game ASAP. Buy qss after bork.
Similar to Kog'maw and Twitch. They have terrible laning phase, but are great when they have items. This should be an easy lane just don't get stunned. Flash what ever cc the support has or keep it.
Despite being a hyper carry, she does crazy damage at the early levels. She will 99% all in you, if she gets level 2 before you. Dodge her W and then try to get those stacks on her heal early if enemy sup has ignite.
Depends on how good he is really. Abuse him lvl 1 and kite him when hes lvl 2, lvl 3 things get tricky and level 6 try not to cry.
So much lock down, peel, utility, tankiness. He synergies really well with Kalista's strong early and mid game. Lane will be a breeze if he hits hooks as it gives you so much time to proc PTA and stack rend. Your ult will save him if he ever messes up and his w will save your dumb ass if you ever get greedy or walk to far up. Ulting him in is also an option if you want to cc multiple enemies. (best support for Kalista)
Not as good as Thresh at locking a specific person down, but has great but rare potential at hitting multiple enemies as well as peeling divers and assassins off of you. Ulting him in is a very good idea as the enemy will be knocked up for an eternity. He has higher CD compared to Thresh.
Strong engage, worse/slow peel.
Almost as good as Thresh with Kalista due to her being extremely strong in the current meta. All her abilities are on low cd (for some fucking reason) and she will keep on ccing the enemy. One problem is that once she goes in she can't get out but your ult can come in handy for that.
Champion Build Guide
Kalista works well with communication, as her ultimate can be difficult to use with random supports, who probably don't even know what Kalista does. Due to this, it's probably best if you find a duo partner whom you can communicate with.
I think Kalista has potential to be a strong adc this season, due to the emphasis on the elemental drakes. Winning botlane is key to securing dragons and winning botlane is what Kalista does best.
The best start for Kalista for almost every situation.
Only take this into matchups where you are going to be poked down (double poke) Eg. Caitlyn and Zyra/ Morgana or Draven and Brand.
First Items (CORE)
This is the best item to rush. It gives you attack speed to help stack rend, and it increases your movespeed as well as your jump distance.
This is core on Kalista it gives: Lifesteal, attack speed, damage, hp% damage, and an active that helps with kiting and chasing.
Third Item (Pick One)
This gives you attack speed, wave clear, and most importantly a way to stack Rend on multiple enemy champions. Average damage on multiple targets
This is a good item when ahead and you brought PTA as you rune(Makes up for the loss attack speed from not taking LT). It gives you a lot of attack speed, on hit damage, and a way to stack more spears on a single target. HIGH SINGLE TARGET DAMAGE
Learn your damage and csing will be a breeze
Another important mechanic on Kalista is Rend resetting. You do this by killing a unit with Rend. Your E will be back up at you can continue to be a threat to the enemy. In trading this can be useful if you there is a minion around half hp and can be used to Rend reset in a trade.
To execute this you would auto the minion leaving at enough hp to die to Rend, then start a trade with an enemy and then pop Rend when they start to run. The enemy is now slowed and have taken damage and now you can hop your way to them and murder them :D.
The last thing to talk about is what makes Kalista, Kalista. Her passive Martial Poise. Her passive makes her unable to cancel her auto attacks, but lets her hop a certain distance in any direction. This pretty much makes her a kiting machine.
You can use this mechanic to dodge enemy abilities as well as position your self in the best position possible, to deal as much damage and be as safe as possible.
As soon as you get to lane, immediately auto the minions and try to get to level 2 ASAP. Do note don't push to hard or you might end up with the wave just in front of their tower and they will freeze leaving you vulnerable to ganks and you unable to engage on them.
Be aggressive when your rend is up stack it on minions and then auto once (or how ever many times possible for a winnable trade) the enemy adc and then immediately use Rend and hop backwards.
Make sure your communicating with your support and tell ping, target on enemy or OMW to let them know you want to make a play. When 2v2ing you always want to focus one target down because the more stacks you have in a target the quicker it is they will die. NOTE: Always remember to save rend until after they have used heal. If your support lands cc on the enemy support and you start focusing them and they flash, switch targets if their adc is still fighting you. Remember that those stacks in the support are still there and you can still use rend on both targets if their adc starts to back off (maximizing you damage).
Once you've created a lead start pinging the dragon and tell your jungeler to make a play bot and secure Dragon. Once the enemy botlane tower is gone your job there is done. Ask if one of the solo laners (preferably mid) wants to switch. Your next job is to take mid tower and secure dragons.