Kassadin Build Guide by Noodles912
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Runes: Classic Fleet (My go to)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Ability Order Ability order
Threats & Synergies
Extremely difficult match up. When he hits level 2, you are in trouble. His E+Q combo is a pain to dodge constantly. Play at your tower, grab minions with Q, and take grasp. Rush armor. If he uses Q1 with E, ult sideways, Q2 with E, ult back, Q3 with E, ult back. You need to be a king at jukes.
Skill based matchup. You outscale, but her Q does true damage, and is her main ability. She does great damage in the early game. Stay near, but not too close to minions. You outscale at level 11.
Balance between poking her with Q and securing minions. If she uses shroud, get out immediately. At level 6, your ultimate is used to run from her shroud at level 6. If you are low on health, consider basing. Roam if you have priority.
Use Q to counter her Q, and stay away from minions. Farm peacefully, and don't try to secure a kill, because everyone hates the egg. At 6, use ult to go over her wall, and outscale her.
Use Q when she uses Q, and play like a chicken when she has her passive. Once its gone, you can go back to farming. Use your R to run from her TIbbers, and farm till you outscale.
Farming competition. Play aggressive when he uses Q or E. Save R to go over his ult. Be careful, as he has good gank setup. You scale a bit better than him.
Cancer lane before level 6. If you get hit by his abilities, Q can soak a bit of the after burn. This matchup requires good skillshot dodging, so its up to you to win. You outscale hard.
This champ is broken in my opinions. Rush tear into mercs for best laning potential. Similar to brand, your Q can block damage over time. You scale a bit better. If she hits you with Q, get out ASAP.
Easy lane. Farm up, and stay behind your minions and a bit further away. His dash may be annoying early. Save your R for safety escapes. After level 11, you can jump on him easy. Dodge his skillshots if you can.
This is the strongest mid laner since her rework. Play safe pre 6. After 6, save ult to escape her ult. Dodging her Q is key to winning, but it has a broken hitbox. Recall if you are low, and take TP. You outscale, and remember to walk opposite to the Q.
Skill based lane. He denies you pre 6. After level 6, use Q to trade and preserve your HP. After 11, you should win easy. Be careful for his ult.
Easy lane! This matchup is hard to learn, but after some practice, this is as easy as bot games. When he uses Q, use AA+W+E as fast as you can. Spam your refillable pots in lane if you can. After 6, save R to dodge his R or E. I recommend watching some Youtube Replays to get good at this lane.
Easy lane. Play chicken till level 6, then use your ult to dodge his justice punch. Q when he Qs, and stay away from minions when he has passive. Poke him safely, and smoothly outscale him.
Play chicken till level 6. In this lane, you can max Q if you would like. Use ult to avoid his rockets/bombs, and Q to soak missiles. Go mercs if you would like, and outscale him. NEVER FIGHT HIM PRE 11, AND KEEP YOUR JG AWAY FROM MID.
Play safe pre 6. After R, use R to dodge her E, and possibly her R. Never fight her near your low hp minions, or when she has passive stacks. Go seekers if you would like. You win after level 11.
Max Q in this lane. Play safe pre 6, then jump on him if he wastes his wall. Q if he ults. Your Q will soak a large portion of his R damage. Go mercs if you would like. Dodge his skillshots, and you win at 11.
GGEZ. You lost
With the new Conq on katarina, she really outdamages you better. Pre 6, Stay away from her daggers, and poke her with Q. Use AA+W to chunk her if possible. After 6, save ult for her ult. Remember Q cancels her ult too, but isn't as good as using R to escape. You outscale at 11, and watch out for her early damage.
Play safe and farm behind minions, or under your tower all games. Ping your teammates if he roams. Make sure to stay healthy, and easily outscale him at 11
Go corrupting potion. Play safe early, and use Q to soak her W damage. Play behind minions, a bit closer to your tower, and you should win at 11. TIP: If you pop a corrupting potion during a trade, you can see purple flames on the real leblanc, so you dont attack the clone.
Easy lane. Freeze at your tower and farm safely. If she uses her shard, use Q to soak the damage. If she tries to engage on you, ult sideways. You get a huge advantage at level 6. Watch out for her ult. Mercs may help, but cleanse is better. You win at level 11.
OOOOOOOOOF. Start cloth armor and refillables. In lane, hug your tower and farm minions with Q. Stay away from his minions so he has to decide to Q you of the wave. Rush seekers, tear, frozen heart. You can catch up at level 11. Not recommended to pick kassadin into lucian.
This lane kind of hurts. Rush mercs, and Q if she hits you with her Q. Try to just play safe. At level 6, save your R to dodge her Q, or R. Her E can be soaked with your Q. Cleanse is optional. You win at level 6.
Easy lane, but not an easy game for your team. Malzahar outshoves you in every scenario. Stay away from your minions, try to dodge his q, and outscale him at level 11. You kill his voidlings with 1 auto usually, and always remember to use Q to remove his shield. Use Q to block some of his E damage if you get hit by it. Ping teammates if he roams.
This champion is just broken. Play like the most chicken among the chickens pre 6. Use Q to farm minions. After 6, continue hugging your turret, but remember to use R to dodge his E. Take TP into this lane. DO NOT LET YOUR JUNGLER GANK AFTER LEVEL 6. HE WILL DIE!! After level 11, you should be fine. Remeber to stay away if his passive is active.
The most annoying laner that was meant to be a support. Rush mercs ASAP! Stay behind minions. Use your R to escape her R, or dodge her Q. If she hits Q, she will win the lane in every case. You win at level 11.
Stay away from your minions. Hug your tower early as much as possible. After 6, use R to dodge her W, and remember to R if she uses her R. Go mercs in this lane. You outscale after 11. You can use the corrupting potion trick to trade.
Uncommon matchup, but cancerous. Rush seekers, tear, frozen heart for the best chance at winning. Hug your tower ALL game. He will get ahead from laning and roams. You need to respect it. You can catch up at 11. Danger ping teammates if he ults.
Use Q to soak her Q damage. Mercs is optional. Stay away from her ball and Q range. Last hit what you can. You win at 11 if played correctly. Mercs is optional.
HUG TOWER ALL GAME. Start dark cloth armor and refillables. Last hit minions with Q, and auto what is safe. Play hyper aware if his passive is ready, as you can get a hell of a beating. Not much you can do in this lane besides farming and recalling. Ping teammates if he roams, and outscale him at 11. Seekers is recommended. If the pantheon is stupid, you can cancel his ult channel with Q.
Stay behind minions, freeze, outscale. Easy. Hug your tower, and dodge is Q with side steps. TP is recommended. If you get low on HP, recall, as his ult will wreck you. Ping teammates ASAP if he is MIA. His roaming potential is incredible. You outscale at 11.
Seekers, hug tower, farm, outscale. You cant trade with her much. She has potential to do amazing damage. Stay away from minions to prevent her AOE damage, and stay away from walls after level 6. You outscale at 11 if played safely.
People may say this lane hurts, but it isnt. Hug your tower, and renekton is screwed. Farm your minions with Q, and look to proc fleet whenever it is safe. Watch for his roams. As long as you dont fight, he will reward you with dinner late game. 11 is when you can get more freedom. Armor is his nightmare. Spam refillable pots.
Play chicken starting level 1. Last hit with Q whenever possible. She will start to punish you at level 2 for any melee last hits you go for. Hug tower till level 6, get a seekers, and outscale her. Use when you see her aim a load of Qs and E at you. Spam pots in lane. You outscale at 3 items.
Spam Q in lane. Position behind minions and off the wave to reduce the harass and poke from rumble. R when uses R. You win at level 11.
Similar to rumble, do the behind and away from minions whenever possible to deny his damage. Farm up, and outscale him at level 11. Mercs is optional.
Think of sett like a virus. Social distancing please. The champ is tanky, has burst, can pull you in, and has AD. Always stay away from him. After 6, use ult to dodge his W. Dont poke him early so you can prevent him from stacking his grit. After 11, you can catch up, but build tons of armor.
Play safe till level 6. After level 6, the game should be a piece of cake. Wait till he randomly uses Q, then jump on him and E+AA+W. His ult is pointless to use on kassadin, so he really doesnt have many tools to work with. Easy lane if played properly.
Strongest lane bully in the game. Play far and focus on last hitting minions with your Q. DO NOT try to trade, as she will melt you in 2 seconds. After 6, you have more safety, but will still be hard. Rush mercs immediately. I do not recommend picking kass into syndra. Dodging her Qs is key to winning the lane.
Play safe till level 6. After 6, you can start to poke her. Make sure you are away from your minions, and ult away if she uses her knock up. Ping teammates if she is using ult or MIA, since her R and passive make her a great roamer. At 11, she is dead meat.
This may seem like an insane matchup, but it isnt. Rush seekers, and hug your tower as much as possible. At level 6, use your ult to escape his 2nd W hitting. Talon cannot one shot you if you are under a tower. Outscale him at 11, and ping teammates immediately if he is MIA. This champ can roam.
Uncommon matchup, but nearly impossible. All you can do is sit under your tower and farm. At level 6, use your R as soon as she puts a bomb onto you. You dont outscale that hard, but you one shot her at 3-4 items without heal.
AP TF is easy. Q when he uses Q or W, and outscale him at level 11. If he is going AD or on-hit (ATK speed), rush seekers and hug your tower till you reach level 11. AP will be more common, but high elo players know that AD will make your life hell.
Stay behind minions to prevent his Q, press Q if he uses cage on you. When you hit level 6, use R to get out of his cage. Recall if you are low. You are never behind in this match. Mid game you should look to pick him. Your passive and Q always deny him.
Similar to veigar, you're never behind. Stay behind minions, play safe when he has empowered Q, and farm hard. Save R if he looks to engage on you. Jump on him when he uses Q but exit immediately after, because vlads love stacking CDR, so if you take too long, you may take an empowered Q. Look to split push, since you win 1v1, vlad wins teamfights.
Painful. Freeze at your turret and dont trade with him. Rush a seekers to prevent his burst potential. You win at 11. Avoid trying to 1v1 mid game. 3-4 items is a win.
Suprisingly, this is a hard lane. You have to position away from you minions, while also staying away from his E. He can spam abilities from an insane distance. You will lose this lane. Spam pots and farm to 3-4 items. This is when you can one shot him. Early game, just stay healthy. Always take TP in this lane.
Skill based lane. for first 2 levels, farm with Q and AA what is safe. At level 3, you get a bit of a power spike, as your E charges fast against yasuo. If he dashes onto you, go E+AA+W+Q. You suprisingly win trades well. Run when he has nado. If trades look bad, R to your turret. Get seekers if you need it. You win at level 11.
Pretty tough lane. Most common counterpick into kassadin. Farm as much as you can level 1, and level 2 if he goes E second. At level 3, begin to go left and right to dodge his W+E+Q. Rush seekers and more armor. Take bone plating, and spam pots when you are low. When Zed uses ult, wait till he shows up, then immediately R away. If done correctly, his ult wont even budge your health bar. You win at 3 items. Watch videos on Youtube and practice, as you will see this matchup a lot.
Go mercs and farm with Q. Dont trade with him until level 6. If he ults, R out ASAP to survive. Spam your pots, and outscale him. Your R is very useful in this matchup.
Watch out for his early poke damage. Spam pots in lane, and hug your tower. Stay away from your minions. You outscale at level 11. Remember if you want to kill him, chunk him hard, wait for his ult to expire (feathers disappear from his EXP number), then kill him. This will prevent him from ressurecting.
Easy lane. Rush mercs, Q when she Qs, stay behind and away from minions, and outscale her at level 11. Dodging skillshots is key to winning. She may roam sometimes.
Rush mercs ASAP. Hug your tower, and ult away if she uses ult on you. Her poke is very strong. Think of Zyra like a Heimerdinger lane. Just farm, and outscale at level 11.
Choose cs wisely early, then use R to escape his E or R. This is a farming lane. Look to split push as much as possible, since he is the better teamfighter.
I love this support. It makes me a 1v9 machine.
Champion Build Guide
For me, I fed a lot as kassadin when I was trying to learn him. I found out his early game was terrible, and was a hard time for me to get over, since I'm an assassin main, and assassins have relatively strong early power. At about 60K mastery points, I finally learned to play kassadin at a real high level, to the point where I can win matchups such as Zed, Talon, Yasuo, and etc. This champion just requires Macro, Patience, Practice, and knowledge in a nutshell.
The second combo is R + Flash. This is my favorite combo, as you get an insane dash that is brutal. All you do is R, and press Flash right away. This will make your R go twice the range, which oftenly catches players off guard, as they think they are safe from your R.
The last combo is done by sitting at the enemy tower with a big wave. If the enemy is low, you can ult on top of yourself, and the enemy may flash away as they saw the ult animation, but you didnt move at all. This is effective especially in mid elo, as players get used to flashing when an animation occurs. This a great way to bait a free flash!
If you can farm through this hard time, you will make it to mid game, where you can start playing differently.
Note: If you team is fighting, you need to chose to rotate or farm. If you think your team can survive and contest, tell them to play it slow and safe, and proceed by shoving in the wave, possibly taking a tower or drawing an enemy to pick up the wave and save the tower. You are in control. You have TP and a low CD ult, and can rotate if you have to.
- Is the enemy top/mid laner good in a side lane
- Can I win a 1v1 against them
- Do I have vision
With these 3 key points, you can decide if you can side lane. You always need vision if you want to enter a sidelane, as not doing so can cause you to get collapsed on. If you have vision in the jungle closest to the lane you want to side lane in, now you need to know if the threats are away from you, and not MIA. For example, if the enemy has a leona, rakan, or blitzcrank, you want to make sure they wont be there to stop you. Oftenly, threats are duelists/bruisers, and cc champions (Supports).
When side laning, you need to be hyper aware of the map and objectives. If you took TP, then proceed to your farming, and use TP when a fair fight is going to break out. You don't want your team losing 4 memebers and then losing a baron, as that is a huge loss. If your team is behind, you can ping your team to give up the objective, as you trade objectives around the map. If you TP, and lose baron, then the enemy got a free baron buff. If you decide to trade during a fight that will lose, you can trade a baron for 2 turrets, and possibly an inhibitor, which is better than nothing. Essentially, you need to keep up with the state of your team with the TAB button, while also looking at the map to make sure you are safe, and to move if your team needs you. Keep side laning until you hit that sweet level 16.
Around now, you should have roughly 4-5 or even 6 items. This is when you bring the game on. With all the AP you have, you are now able to one shot squishies on the enemy team, while being able to play safe. Try to get a blue buff, as the CDR and mana regen make you even more deadlier, making you able to afford using max stack Rs constantly.
In a teamfight, you want to look to make a good flank into the enemy team's backline, as that is where a vast majority of their squishy champions hang out. To make sure that you manage to one shot the enemy squishy targets, you need to have enough mana, while also having your R stack to 400 or 800 mana. This will ensure your R will deal more damage, securing your kills easier. When engaging a fight, unless you can one shot the squishy with R+E, you need to assess the situation you are in. You dont want to get hit by CC that will kill you. Make sure important CC abiliities such as thresh E, Lux Q, and Sona R have been burned, as if the enemies dont have them, they cant save the key target of their team. After one shotting the enemy ADC, choosing 1 option should work:
- Kill the enemy mid laner(Mage)
- Zhonyas immediately to assess the situation
- Back off (Get to safety or save your ADC)
Either option is situational, and is all determined by your knowledge. Teamfights should be in your favor, and if you do run low on HP, remember you have flash, R, Seraph's and Zhonya's to ensure your safety.
If no one is grouping up, invading or picking a player out of position is very effective. If you can catch the enemy ADC at their red buff, you can kill them, get the red buff, and force the enemy into a numbers disadvantage. Picking is an effective strategy, but requires vision and knowledge of the enemy's positioning. This will get easier the lower your rank, as supports ditch their ADC in the late game sometimes, and no one gets vision control.
Enemy Team: Nasus, Nidalee, Vel koz, Kog maw, Thresh
Analysis: Ornn and Nasus will look to soak the damage, while the junglers protect their squishy carries. The ADCs will look to deal damage safely and kite, while the supports look to land CC for engages opportunities and peel for the ADC. Vel Koz will most likely sit with the Kog Maw to deal damage with him. Kassadin should look to assassinate the Vel koz and Kog maw sneakly.
Correct approach: Kassadin should activate his sweeper to disable the enemy team's vision control, allowing him to get into a good flanking spot. Kassadin should then make sure his ultimate is stacked to maximize his damage. He then does a Ult flash combo onto kog maw, destroying him. Kassadin instantly uses Zhonya's to avoid getting crowd controlled. After seeing kassadin, Vel koz is immediately running away, knowing kassadin will soon exit Zhonya's and hunt him. Kassadin makes use of his late game mobility, chasing Vel koz down, while nidalee looks to burst kassadin under tower. Kassadin pays the price for chasing Velkoz without hourglass, so Thresh manages to land a hook onto kassadin, while nidalee looks to burst kassadin. Kassadin knows that he will get low from nidalee, so he activates Seraph's, uses W on thresh for mana recovery, and turns the tides on nidalee. Kassadin is getting low, and his team is winning the fight. Nasus looks to hit the final blow on kassadin to finish him, which works, but with how much damage nasus soaked from Kassadin's team's backline, nautilus hooks him to force his flash. As a result, the final turnout was 3 kills, for 1, which allows kassadin's team to destroy the enemy nexus.
This was an example of how to play a teamfight as kassadin, but each teamfight has many turnouts, such as a kindred ult being involved, guardian angel, kalista ult, mordekaiser ult, and much more. Each of these can turn a teamfight's turnout in a different way, and you need to know how to turn a fight into your favor.