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Kai'Sa Build Guide by Santoryo

[11.12] Santoryo's Guide for Kai'Sa (ADC, APC and Midlane)

[11.12] Santoryo's Guide for Kai'Sa (ADC, APC and Midlane)

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  • LoL Champion: Kai'Sa
    AD Carry
  • LoL Champion: Kai'Sa
    AP Carry
  • LoL Champion: Kai'Sa
    Midlane

Runes: Hail of Blades (Burst)

1 2 3
Domination
Hail of Blades
Taste of Blood
Eyeball Collection
Ravenous Hunter

Precision
Presence of Mind
Legend: Alacrity
Bonus:

+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor

Spells:

1 2 3
Standard
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

LoL Summoner Spell: Heal

Heal

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[11.12] Santoryo's Guide for Kai'Sa (ADC, APC and Midlane)

By Santoryo
Introduction
Welcome to my Guide for Kai'Sa. I'm Santoryo and I main of Botlane role, I especially like to play Kai'Sa, who is my main, There is a link to ChampionMastery.GG where you can check how much Mastery I have right now on her (12/27/20 UPDATE: 450k). My peak elo is Platinum IV on EUNE server, I also play on RU and EUW. I created this guide to make a huge guide for Kai'Sa hardcore and new players. I hope you will learn something about her and learn how important is itemization for our Daughter of Void. Please read the Notes in runes, items and champions threatens / synergies, because I explain there why you should sometimes pick those things over other.

If you are interested how do I play her or wanna watch my stream, check out my Twitch.



Also there are my OP.GG of my accounts.
Main EUNE - https://eune.op.gg/summoner/userName=Santoryo
Smurf EUW - https://euw.op.gg/summoner/userName=KaiSastic
Why Kai'Sa?
I decided to main Kai'Sa, because she is interesting and strong champion, she also have a lot of build options, you can go AD One-Hit, AD Crit, AD Off-Tank, Hybrid, AP On-Hit, Full AP, AP + AS, basically if you know how to connect some items and runes you can do whatever you want with this champion, because you have both AD and AP ratios on Q Icathian Rain, W Void Seeker and R Killer Instinct. The essence of Kai'Sa is making the skills evolutions as fast as possible for lowest cost.

Kai'Sa has a specific learning curve, she's easy to play, but if you won't practise her combos you will be just and average player of this champion and you won't use 100% of her power. I recommend watching some of best Kai'Sa players like Kdrama, SnipyOCE or even watch me to catch up some cool combos.


Firstly we need to start with some tips you need to remember when playing Kai'Sa.

Q - Icathian Rain
  • You need to learn how to isolate Q damage, go on Practise Tool and set two mannequins next to each other. Try to keep max range of Q to hit only one of them with your skill.
  • Q deals 200% more damage for minions that are below 35% of Health. Sometimes wait until your support will use his Relic Shield or Steel Shoulderguards, also use this knowledge to hit faster lvl 2 or clear the minions that enemy laner is sitting behind to catch him.

W - Void Seeker
  • It's always casted from Kai'Sa position to the cursor. Use this for W + Flash.
  • When you fight vs champs that can dash out, use it after 2 AA to proc Kai'Sa passive faster.

E - Supercharge
  • You can't use Q and W during this
  • Use E right before the Killer Instinct to dash with massive Attack Speed self-buff
  • After E evolution, you are invisible, you can cancel for example Nautilus R, Mordekaiser R etc
  • Use it for reposition

R - Killer Instinct
  • About R, remember one thing. It's a dash. You are not Unstoppable. A lot of people forget about it and their ultimates are usually canceled by Jinx E.


Basic Burst-Trading Combo:

Supercharge + AA + Icathian Rain + AA + AA + Void Seeker
This combo is the most basic one combo to trade and burst enemy ADC / Support. Use it when for example your Thresh will hook enemy for you or enemy jungler is close to you and you know you can fight them. Hail of Blades and Supercharge will help you a lot with extra Attack Speed.

Support engage
Plasma from any hard CC + Supercharge + Void Seeker (in the same time use Killer Instinct behind enemy) + AA + Icathian Rain + AA
This "combo" is good when your support did hard CC on someone and you're on further range. Use W first and immediately use your R to suprise your enemy. Your W will come from the front, but you will be already behind him. It's good and can make a lot of damage in short time.

W + Flash
Void Seeker + Flash
This one you should practise first on Practise Tool. It's so useful when you won the trade and the enemy is really low. You can start casting W and in half of animation flash on side to dodge enemy minions. If you will do it perfectly you can even do Shadow Void Seeker, so the W trail will go through the minions, but as I said before, W always go from you (besides when you cast your R)
Runes
I almost every game play with Hail of Blades, in my opinion it's just an awesome keystone that allows you to burst enemies in early game and still in late game it's pretty useful.

I go usually for:


For additional attack speed in early I choose Legend: Alacrity, but if you like additional Lifesteal choose Legend: Bloodline. You can swap Eyeball Collection for Zombie Ward / Ghost Poro if you want. Also if they have AP team, pick MR over Armor. Also if you don't like Presence of Mind, because you don't like to spam your abilities, pick Coup de Grace or even Overheal.

Cut Down is super good rune vs tanks and other champs that have more HP than you.



If you don't like Hail of Blades, Press the Attack is also pretty fun rune (you can use it if you have a support that gives you Attack Speed or you have a heavy CC support and you will have time to stack PTA and your passive). As in HoB page you can customize all of your keystones to the needs you need right now.
Summoner's Spells


Heal and Flash are usually used in 99% of your matchups, it's universal and very effective to save you and your support with Heal.




Pick Cleanse vs heavy CC in enemy team, always pick it vs Leona and Rell, because if they will catch you once, you probably won't get out without your support or without using Flash




This one you will pick not so often, you will pick it with heavy heal as your support like Yuumi or Soraka. Yuumi usually goes with Heal and Exhaust / Ignite so it can be cool summoner for you.




Exhaust is very good option, it's good when your support has shields and heals like Janna or Seraphine and you want to play more aggresive. Your support then should pick Ignite or Heal if you want to make sure you will be safe.
Items
In this Chapter I'm gonna explain build options for Kai'Sa. Please know that most of useful informations you will find in Notes next to each Item Set.

Tips with Evolutions
11.1 UPDATE

Runaan's Hurricane got adjustments and now doesn't have Pickaxe anymore which means it's actually a buff for Kai'Sa since you can use it later for other items and Hurricane is just cheaper so you can faster get your AoE power spike.



AD Carry



Full Crit Build



This is my favorite build I go most matchups. In this build path you always go for Kraken Slayer, next Berserker's Greaves, The Collector and Runaan's Hurricane and with those items you have Q and E evolution. We don't build W evolution, because want 100% crit and W doesn't give a lot in this build path. And there we are, you are about to build your 4th item, but which one? That's hard question, because every game is unique in League and every time you will need something else. Bloodthirster is good item when you took Legend: Alacrity in runes instead of Legend: Bloodline or you don't have Heal support and you need some lifesteal, Infinity Edge is for good spike on your crit damage, because you get 35% Critical Strike Damage after 60%+ Critical Strike Chance) and Navori Quickblades is very good item for cooldown reduction (you can even have E every 1-2 seconds when you crit in teamfights so that gives you a lot of repositioning and you can easily spam your Q). Pick item that you need at the moment.


Tank Shredder Build



This one is good vs 2 heavy tanks or 3+ tanks / offtanks. Last item can be Mortal Reminder if they heal a lot or Guardian Angel, Mercurial Scimitar vs tanks like Poppy, Nashor's Tooth if they don't build MRs so you will deal additional Magical On-Hit damage or even Ravenous Hydra to survive a little bit longer and deal AoE. Always build Lord Dominik's Regards if they have 3+ tanks.

Ultra AoE Build



It's for ultra wave clear, AoE teamfights, very fun build to play + you get good Omnivamp boost so you can get a little bit more survivability, for 2 last items any situational items are great, even Manamune if you have Mana problems.


Rageblade Collector Build



Rageblade Collector is a little bit other build from others, it's focused on Guinsoo's Rageblade, so you need as much Crit Items as possible to fully stack Guinsoo's Rageblade passive. It's focused more on AAs than Abilities. Four first items ( Kraken Slayer, Berserker's Greaves, The Collector and Guinsoo's Rageblade are CORE items for this build), the other 2 is just a situational item that fits into the game.



AP Carry



AP Carry build is all about W spam and assasination. Duskblade of Draktharr is very viable item as your Mythic, because it gives you lot of Ability Haste, invisibility after takedowns (so you can extend it by your Supercharge) and gives first AA additional damage. It's great option when your team is full AD and they probably will stack a lot of Armor. You can get your Q evolution on Doran's Blade + Serrated Dirk + Serrated Dirk + Caulfield's Warhammer (the second Dirk you will use later in The Collector or Edge of Night

Standard Duskblade Build



You want always go Rabadon's Deathcap after your CORE items (with already ended Dirk into The Collector for example) for huge spike on your Void Seeker damage and the last item is optional, you can go Void Staff or Morellonomicon or even Mejai's Soulstealer if you are fed.


Duskblade B.F. Build



If you choose the path with B. F. Sword instead of second Serrated Dirk you can transform it to Guardian Angel for safety or even Bloodthirster for additional lifesteal.


Tank Penetration Build



It's cool build for tanks in their team that started to stack MRs, Void Staff is huge penetration for their MR based builds and Horizon Focus makes your damage bigger for 6 seconds, so you can spam W from safe range with 10% more of damage. Sometimes you can swap Horizon Focus for Morellonomicon or even Demonic Embrace


Midlane



Kai'Sa Mage Midlane is very good as well, and it's pretty fun if you are tired of playing ADC. Here are two builds that are cool to try, first - Everfrost build, very good and useful, but second, the Rocketbelt Build I would recommend to not play on rankeds.

Everfrost Manamune Build



Everfrost Manamune builds gives you CC, W spam and still being useful from your AA. It's very good rankeds if you don't have any AP in team and you still enjoy playing Kai'Sa. When the early can be harsh for you, late game is pretty enjoyable and strong, especially when they have squishies in enemy team.


Rocketbelt Build (OFF-META, FOR FUN)



Hextech Rocketbelt based build is more for fun, for Rocketbelt + W + AA combo, you are ignoring Q evolution, so here you don't need to even max Q. I wouldn't recommend this for rankeds, because it really depends on matchup you play against.
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