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Kai'Sa Build Guide by FunkyBeagle

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[11.8] Beagle's ULTIMATE Diamond Kai'Sa Guide [IN-DEPTH]

By FunkyBeagle | Updated on April 14, 2021
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Domination
Hail of Blades
Taste of Blood
Eyeball Collection
Ravenous Hunter

Precision
Presence of Mind
Legend: Bloodline
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+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor

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[11.8] Beagle's ULTIMATE Diamond Kai'Sa Guide [IN-DEPTH]

By FunkyBeagle
Introduction
Hey! Im Beagle, Beags, whatever floats your boat. Im a current High Diamond ADC main. Kai'Sa has been one of my personal favorites since her release in Season 8. She's one of the champs im most comfortable on, alongside Lucian and Vayne.

I overall fell in love with Kai'Sa because of her high skill ceiling and overall great carry potential in all elos. Especially in Season 11. She also plays best with some of my favorite supports. Combine her aggressive playstyle with her high DPS output and you have yourself one hell of a carry.

If by any chance you guys have any questions, i'd love to answer them all, do OP.GG reviews and even VOD reviews to help you guys out. Please, check out my STREAM! I try to be as informative as i can and I'm trying to grow and help out all of you along the way: https://www.twitch.tv/funkybeagle





Runes Explained Back to Top
Hail of Blades is an amazing aggressive rune for trading with Kai'Sa. Pair this quick trading pattern with Icathian Rain as well as applying 3 quick stacks of Plasma, it sets Kai'Sa up to throw in a Void Seeker for maximum damage output, using her Second Skin. Hail of Blades makes Kai'Sa's weak trading potential into something worth while, there's really no other rune that compliments her better in this current point in time.


Taste of Blood is a great rune for sustain, which Kai'Sa wants plenty of due to her weak early game. Providing early lifesteal to our kit without the need of stacking bloodline yet is a great way to survive laning phase. Besides, there's no other rune in the row that's worth taking over Taste of Blood.


Eyeball Collection is a rune purely for the raw adaptive stats that it gives per champion take down, it stacks up to 10 times with 1.2 ad per stack. Allowing Kai'Sa to scale even harder than she already does.


Ravenous Hunter is another great rune made for sustain. As I stated above, sustain is always good, especially for weak early game champions. She stacks it fairly easily with her tools. Using your Killer Instinct to swoop in for a quick takedown and a stack of Ravenous Hunter. Combine that with the stacks of Eyeball Collection and you're on your way to becoming and mid-to-late game monster.


Presence of Mind is an awesome rune for Kai'Sa considering she slings out spells often. It keeps our mana pool hefty and make sure we don't run out of mana when we need it most. (Pushing waves, fighting, trading, etc.) Make sure to take small trades to keep your mana pool regeneration going as long as its safe to do so.


Legend: Bloodline is another rune that provides us with more life steal added onto our kit. Though some Kai'Sa players prefer Legend: Alacrity, I simply value the extra life steal and sustain for Kai'Sa a lot more! This is more preference than anything as you already have some sustain with Taste of Blood and Ravenous Hunter. Try both and stick to whichever you like.

NOTE: Keep stat shards the same every game (Attack Speed, Adaptive) and only change from Armor to Magic Resist depending on that specific lane matchup.
Items Explained Back to Top
I would like to start of by saying that I don't want to drag this section on forever! So im gonna give a quick yet understandable rundown of when to go a certain build, why to go a certain build and the benefits of said build. Kai'Sa is a very flexible champion when it comes to her build options and should always be looking to use a certain build for each game that its necessary.


AD Collector Build Rundown:




This build is my PERSONAL FAVORITE! The Collector build is centered around BURSTING one target at a time. It is an extremely high damage build that requires a slight lead in lane and is only viable against SQUISHY teams. This one allows you to push your lead out of lane more so than any other build I've listed in my humble opinion. The execute from The Collector makes it hard to steal kills away from you, stacking gold and enhancing your lead and damage even more.

When do I use this build?
Remember, this build is more so for killing one target at a time quickly, therefore, its ONLY good into squishy teams. If you come across a team with one tank, this build should still be viable. I use this build as an assassin type more than anything, marking a farming adc or mid-laner with Void Seeker and using Killer Instinct to rush in for the quick kill. Surmounting my gold lead higher and higher. This build also allows you to push side lanes in easily, as Kai'Sa in general, is very difficult to fight while isolated against her. This build pushes that fact even further.

In the clip below, I knew i was strong enough to 1v1 anyone on the enemy team, even the enemy Gangplank who was the strongest player on their team. I ignored his damage (I DID NOT expect him to crit me there LMAO) and greeded for the turret, then proceeded to burst him down with my full combo rotation.

EXAMPLE:



Early Stormrazor Stomper Build Rundown:




This is another fun early game oriented one to use! Just like the build before it, the Stormrazor build is centered around getting a lead in lane and snowballing it into mid-game. The slow passive from Stormrazor is a great way to close the distance on your opponent and punish them for being out of position (e.g. walking up for cs). The burst on this build is also exceptional, though not as good as The Collector build, it still poses a HUGE threat when the enemies are being disrespectful.

When do I use this build?
Remember, I only recommend this build if you work you way to a decent lead. Its designed specifically for pushing that lead of yours even more so. When ahead and trying to snowball, you wanna play AGGRESSIVE to extend your lead into mid game and close the game out overall. This Item set caters to an aggressive play style as it's extremely hard to run away from Kai'Sa's damage when using this set.

Below, ive provided some.. OKAY examples of the Storm Stomper Build in action! Its all I could find in my last 20 games as I don't go this build often.

EXAMPLE:



Collector Hybrid Build Rundown:




So, this build gives you a mix of AD and AP damage, i prefer this build the most currently as it gives you all 3 evolves and it honestly feels the best out of all of the current builds, carry potential wise.

When do I use this build?
I typically only tend to go this build when i need to hyper-snowball AND my team needs AP damage, apart from that, i tend to just go the normal AD Collector Build as it feels better early game, regardless, this build has a TON of dps just like its counterpart.

NO EXAMPLE CURRENTLY, LOOK TO MY MOST RECENT MONTAGE TO SEE IT IN ACTION
Kai'Sa's Gameplan Back to Top

EARLY GAME:


Figuring out your game plan during the loading screen or champ select is crucial. Knowing Kai'Sa's matchups will help you in this department, but understanding what to do in specific lanes is essential.

Support picks matter most in bot lane, its just how it is. The support matchup can make or break laning phase, turning your worst matchups into more tolerable ones. For example, pit a Leona/ Kai'Sa together against a Miss Fortune/ Soraka. Because the support matchup is more favorable towards the Kai'Sa, Miss Fortune cant abuse the good matchup as well as she would typically be able to. Contrary to popular belief, Kai'Sa has an INSANE Level 1 with her Second Skin passive. Meaning you can force early fights IF you have an aggressive style support that also has a great level 1 like Pantheon.

If you aren't looking to fight at Level 1, Kai'Sa has exceptional lane shove with Icathian Rain as it does double the damage to minions BELOW 35% HP. Making it very easy to out shove the enemy laner and hit your level 2 before them. All inning at level 2 when the opponent is still level 1 is CRUCIAL! It could win you the lane altogether. Don't hesitate to punish them for being overextended and not respecting your level 2.

Kai'Sa's trades are short, consisting of a quick flurry of Hail of Blades autos cancelled into Icathian Rain. Remember, Un-Evolved Void Seeker adds TWO stacks to your Plasma passive, therefore, if you stack your passive 3 times with 3 quick Hail of Blades autos, and you use Void Seeker directly after, it will proc your Second Skin passive. Keep in mind, if you wait till the 4th and final stack before using Void Seeker, it does even MORE damage. Do keep in mind though, it's ill advised to take use Kai'Sa's short trading patterns against characters ive put in the "Major" threat category, as they have really good short trading patterns that Kai'Sa simply has no chance of beating. Lucian also falls into this category.

Remember, your plan changes when it comes to playing with a caster support like Nami. Though these champion do allow you to dish more DPS come mid game, your laning phase isn't nearly as good as it would be with a tank/engage support. The initial idea is still the same, look to use Icathian Rain to shove for Level 2, punish them for disrespecting it. If not, farm it out, play safe and wait till you hit Level 6 power-spike, adding Killer Instinct into your arsenal.

Using Void Seeker for poke isn't necessarily bad in lane, especially with caster support. But i would recommend using it scarcely when laning with an engage support like Leona or Pantheon or something similar, as Void Seeker is a lot of burst damage you're missing out on. Considering the cooldown in it's Un-Evolved state, it could potentially WIN or LOSE you the fight.

Rundown:


Take quick, shorty, worthy trades. Look to fight at Level 1 if the matchup at Level 1 favors you. (e.g. Kai'Sa+ Pantheon vs. Vayne+ Nami) Use Icathian Rain to shove for level 2 power spike and look to punish over extending lane opponents. Focus on farming and hitting Level 6 for even better follow up, survivability and KILL POTENTIAL with Killer Instinct. Remember, Kai'Sa's laning phase is not that great, but a good support can MAKE IT something worth while.

Below, I show how effective using Level 2 to your advantage can be. I knew I was going to hit level 2 first, therefore, i pinged my Blitz in and got both of Miss Fortune's summoners out.


MID GAME:



Certain things change if you win or lose lane, yes. But overall, the most important thing is getting your EVOLVES for Icathian Rain and Supercharge. In all builds listed above, you get both evolves by 3 items at most.

Winning lane is obviously the goal, right? But sometimes just winning lane isn't enough, being able to snowball your lead after conquering your lane is just as important and it'll help you 1v9 your games. After winning lane, you and your support should look to help with objectives in any way, that means Rift Herald , Dragon , etc. With your presence, if strong enough, you'll help secure those objectives for your team. Your support should be looking to help other around the map as you farm more and more to your 3 item spike. Or you could roam together and help kill the enemy top laner and siege top tower. It's all about hitting your power spike as fast as possible and helping your team along the way.

Rundown:


After sieging bot tower, continue farming (Taking enemy/allied jungle camps, lane farm, etc.) while helping with team centered neutral objectives like Dragon and looking for any overextended laners that you and your support can take down safely WITHOUT giving out your shutdown gold. You making yourself stronger can overall help make YOUR team stronger.

LATE GAME:


Once you're in the final stretch in an attempt to close out the game. Some certain things come in to play when you're playing Kai'Sa or any ADC at that matter. Take ADVANTAGEOUS fights with your team. That means, taking 4v2s, 5v3s, 3v1s, etc.

Alternatively, something Kai'Sa oriented. Your late game damage is CRAZY. Simply put. That being said, you can search for SAFE picks around the map, throwing a Void Seeker at an unsuspecting farming ADC and using Killer Instinct to close the gap, as Kai'Sa's late game ultimate has really good range. In doing so and succeeding, you set your team up in a great situation, you're able to force objectives like Baron or Elder Dragon . Setting them up in an ADVANTAGEOUS position, considering it's now a 5vs4 and the enemy team are the ones who have to make a move. Further increasing your chances of coming out on top by sieging Inhibitors and eventually the Nexus.
Combos Back to Top
Wooo! The fun part. I'm gonna showcase some of the most practical combos to get you started. This is the final stretch :D


R+W Combo:


In my personal opinion, I believe, this is ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT things to master on Kai'Sa. It surprised your opponent with burst and kills in situations you typically wouldnt be able to. Its basically a guaranteed way to land your Void Seeker for surprise burst and finishing power. To do it, you press W mid Killer Instinct animation and flick your mouse cursor to the direction you'd like your Void Seeker to go.

EXAMPLE 1:


EXAMPLE 2:


EXAMPLE 3:


R Auto Attack Reset:



This one should be like bread and butter for you, I use it all the time. Its practically muscle memory for me and can make or break a fight for you. Dishing out damage as fast as possible is important. You're using Killer Instinct as an auto attack reset.

I could probably find far more examples, but they're all over the place in my replays, so i found one that you may like and provided a quick presentation!

EXAMPLE 1:

EXAMPLE 2:


Fast Full Combo:



There are plenty of other things i could show, but i feel like this is the best to get started with! So this will be the last combo I show!

This is the most advanced one in the pack I've provided so far. Using all of your abilities for MAXIMUM damage output and BURST potential.

AA x3 ( Hail of Blades) > R AA Reset > W > Q

Presentation Below.

EXAMPLE:

The HIGHER your ATTACK SPEED the faster this combo comes out! Play around with what you like and master it.

Quick Final Tips Back to Top
  • When by herself with one singular enemy, Kai'Sa's Icathian Rain does more damage as it doesn't spread around to multiple enemies, instead, focusing all the little rockets on one singular target. AVOID FIGHTING IN MINIONS WHEN POSSIBLE. Try to fight isolated as often as possible.
  • Much like Jinx's Zap!, Kai'Sa's Void Seeker comes out even when CC'd. Use it before hand!
  • Use Killer Instinct to escape over walls, doing so could save your life and not force you to use valuable summoners like Flash. Here's an EXAMPLE
  • Despite it being common knowledge, you can cancel evolves with Recall by timing it correctly. But did you know you could cancel it with Void Seeker and Supercharge as well? :D Come by my stream and ill teach you sometime!
  • Remember, Kai'Sa's level 1 is really strong. Dont forget to look to fight if the matchup favors your level 1.
  • Your Supercharge ghosts you. Meaning, you can walk through creeps without getting creepblocked.
Conclusion Back to Top
Kai'Sa overall is an extremely fun and rewarding champ to play (most of the time). Her skill ceiling can is high and her more in depth stuff is harder to learn but I can in all honesty say it's worth the journey!

THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart if you took the time out of your day to read even some of this. I put my heart into this guide to try and help you guys get started with my favorite Void Daughter.

If you have ANY QUESTIONS regarding Kai'Sa or any ADC, please stop by my stream, the support means the WORLD to me.

Also, i do have a YOUTUBE channel as well, if you'd be willing to check out that, i have more Kai'Sa content on there as well! My peak rank is Diamond 2 and RANK 11 Kai'Sa in North America, both stats not the best, but at least its some credibility!

If anyone asks how to play Kai'Sa or something, i'd appreciate it if you shared this to them and asked them to give it an upvote!

Find my social links below and once again, THANK YOU!


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