Caitlyn Build Guide by Mericat
[10.4] Carry without caring - Bruiser ADC CaitlynBy Mericat | Updated on February 20, 2020
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+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Ability Order standard
Threats & Synergies
Our nemesis! Very strong poke, easily able to safely poke you between bone platings and really hard to catch - My personal ban!
Same as Ezreal - a very strong poke, able to give 0 fucks about your trap placement while harassing you. Probably a very good ban, if you meet her more often!
If he catches you, you are pretty much done. Easy as that - almost every (if not every) ADC is very scared to getting locked down by that Support and even our tanky build is no exception. A great ban if you dont know how to properly play around his engages. Try to zone him with waves, poke while always having something between you and him, trap bushes and paths to dont let him get to you and you are quite fine to safely play the lane.
Strong and quite tanky support that is a real threat to you, especially if your support or you dont respect his toolkit. Catching you will result in (often) lethal damage and hes rather hard to outtrade or all-in, as his damage same as range is uncommonly high for a tank support.
One of the few ADCs that are able to outrange us later on, while staying very safe against our harassment against her and scaling better. Also having potentially lethal CC and utility.
Really mighty poke, one of the few ADCs to threat you by insane damage output!
If you understand Aphelios, hes a quite even matchup. Most Players simply never learned to play against him - then hes a major threat to you that can and WILL kill you!
Good engages, strong ultimate, high safety, potential carrying power AND a hook? Pyke has all of it! Running Bone Plating and abusing our range we can handle him, but hes always a very dangerous enemy - never get hooked, never miss your sight on him and respect his power especially early on, else your lane will go horribly wrong!
Draven is the GOD of early-laning and while not as dangerous to us as he is to almost all other Caitlyn builds, hes still a pain in the ass pick and can stomp us into the ground, when playing it too wrong. By all means avoid feeding him and dont take extended trades, because he WILL win them. Later on you can fight him and actually win duels quite easily.
Shes like Nautilus to you, but able to get you even behind minions - shes easier to dodge, has a harder time getting to you if you max range farm but IF she gets you, you are dead! Poke her as much as possible when she tries to find a engage, build trap-paths to flee and try to abuse her way shorter range. Not as dangerous as Nautilus, yet a major threat that always stays dangerous to us, even later on.
Her damage and CC both are major threats to you. Shes quite safe to poke you, trigger bone plating or even starting all-ins with her ADC. Avoid getting hit by 'Q' by any means and always try to punish her for poking.
For many builds hes a very dangerous threat, same as Draven, but our quite tanky building allows us to stay a lot safer against him while getting stronger than him in mid- and endgame.
You want CC for trapping and poke to abuse your bullying and safe range to get lane priority and denying the enemy to ever feel good in the lane - Morgana is your soulmate on that one. For the same reasons you hate to fight her, you LOVE to play with her!
Shes Morgana, just a bit different. If you can pass on the Black Shield and your team is fine with it, Lux can be a very great support for Caitlyn and is able to terrorize especially squishy lanes, while also compensating for your lower damage compared to other ADC builds, as her damage is really huge while her utility is fine too.
Especially against really aggressive lanes, Nami is able to take pressure from you and put it towards the enemies - good CC, very good healing, decent damage, movementspeed bonus, a lifesaver-ultimate that can turn fights and empowering your attacks all make her an exceptional good support to us.
Hes better with more aggressive Caitlyn builds, yet hes still one of the best early supports and helps us a lot to pressure enemies, keeping us relatively safe and brings great damage to the table while getting us into our insanely strong midgame!
If played by a good player, hes likely to be our BEST support, the "average" Thresh is still a really good support that brings us into the midgame without much trouble. Hes likely to get us lane priority and is always able to set up a teamfight win and greatly empowers any team hes playing with.
Nautilus and Leona are quite outstanding and straight up broken engage supports that can get us very good extended trades or even win us the lane by a single good all-in engage. Whoever isnt picked or banned can fill that role, both of them are usually better than a badly played Thresh, but behind him when we can get a good Thresh.
Leona and Nautilus are quite outstanding and straight up broken engage supports that can get us very good extended trades or even win us the lane by a single good all-in engage. Whoever isnt picked or banned can fill that role, both of them are usually better than a badly played Thresh, but behind him when we can get a good Thresh.
Champion Build Guide
Im just a quite average League of Legends player (with peak at diamond 1, several years ago) that usually loves to derp around with build ideas and loves to experiment. At the end of Season 9 i finally found my way back into LoL and since then trying to find something that feels fun and strong to play. I felt that ADCs right now were in a quite horrible position and was looking for a way to dont just play Xayah and call it a day - at some point someone mentioned and tried a "tanky" Caitlyn build, i was very interested in it and tried it for a while - hell, im a huge fan! It feels so much better than her regular Press the Attack/ Fleet Footwork build, it doesnt even feel much weaker in damage later on, but the amount of safety entirely changes the pace and feeling of playing Caitlyn, Ashe and even Twitch and Tristana!
If you feel like you are getting constantly stomped by assassins, dying to any kind of even short CC or simply getting annihilated in any duel - give bruiser Caitlyn a try and i hope you get the same results as me, a much more fun time playing ADC and some of the best moments LoL ever delivered. Facetanking assassins and killing them in Bone Plating while never being scared is probably the best feeling i ever had as ADC!
Ashe - not much changes, just pass on Cull early. I prefer to get myself Dagger over AD early on, since it feels way more fluid. Later on go for Runaan's Hurricane over Rapid Firecannon.
Twitch - start with Doran's Shield and also go for attack speed over attack damage early on, nothing else changes. If you are able to, go for Cull since you want that extra gold while farming up to your final form.
Tristana - im still trying on her, Doran's Shield seem to be superior and playing her feels more tricky, especially early on, but its doable.
Aphelios - in the core build change Infinity Edge for Essence Reaver and later on go for Runaan's Hurricane over Rapid Firecannon. Im not experienced enough on him to tell you much more. Try it yourself and feel free to report me your results! Im curious.