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League of Legends Build Guide Author Epic Fail Guy

[7.15] Kalista ADC In-Depth - Death To All Betrayers

Epic Fail Guy Last updated on July 25, 2017
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ScorchFire240 | August 19, 2017 11:57pm
Hey thank you for this guide, i found kalista amonth or so ago and i never was a adcplayer at all(mid lane) but i gotta a champ shard for her and i fell in her cold hands lol. so shes now my fav adc and u helped with builds and ideas so thanks mate. currently need 2 more mr rank 7 tokens until shes got the blue ribbon :D
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Hearts of Envy | August 8, 2017 6:21am
How come you don't build IE but have two crit items? Thanks
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CritonRed | June 27, 2017 6:14am
I tried it and for my Opinion it deals to less dmg
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Epic Fail Guy (8) | June 27, 2017 11:12am
Hey, could you send me a match where you feel like you don't do enough damage, because with Kalista at the moment, there is only really one build and it is this one so I don't see why you feel like you aren't doing any damage
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CritonRed | June 27, 2017 11:45am
I recommand changing the Phantom and the Lord in the first build and but in like a Death Dance
or BT
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CritonRed | June 27, 2017 11:42am
I mad 2 Kalista games today
In the first I started with your build:
It was very good in Early --> Mid game
But lategame was horrible my aa only dealt like 200 dmg
although enemy had less Armour
So I sold items and bought a BT
(talking about the first itembuild)
In the Second :
I was very Strong again
But Dealt way more dmg in mid game and late game
And it just felt good to deal so much dmg with aa and E
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worst player tn | May 15, 2017 11:20pm
Hello , i really like your guide , concerning the ultimate , during mid/late game is it better to switch it on another champion like the jungler/toplaner ?? , 1st for the w passive since the support will propably not be able to hit after 2sec and also a way to save an important champion ( like jungler for example) or to engage with , sorry for my poor english :/
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Epic Fail Guy (8) | May 16, 2017 11:43am
I've never actually tried it and now you mention it, it could work. The main reason that it might not work is that the passive attack speed may be lost as you most likely won't be with anyone else but your support.

Also, it wouldn't work that well with an assassin as they won't want to be engaging a fight as they will most likely be looking for picks or flanks, and with tanks, it might not work as they normally won't need the defensive side of the ult

This is why it is so good with supports, as they shouldn't be in the heart of a fight like a tank, or playing defensive/not engaging like an assassin/mage. Perfect for your ult pretty much :)
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Vapora Dark (503) | May 16, 2017 12:32pm
You can't switch it once you've bound it to someone though. :P You can rebuy the item but it's useless. Maybe you can switch it within the first few minutes in case of a misclick, but it doesn't allow you to just rebind it to anyone else after laning phase.
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cyberdildonics | May 8, 2017 1:02pm
As of 7.9 Banshee's Veil is an AP item. Don't take it as a defensive item!
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Epic Fail Guy (8) | May 9, 2017 11:56am
Ah yes, thanks for spotting that one out :)
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Astrikas (5) | May 7, 2017 2:53am
Hey Epic Fail Guy,
I've read your guide and tried some games with this build and I find it very helpful and I want to say that it is very well structured and it's obvious you've put alot of effort into making this.
I just have one question left. Somebody told me to build Guinsoo's Rageblade. I must say that it gives you a huge late game burst especially with Blade of the Ruined King and/or The Bloodthirster because it doubles their lifesteal and doubles your spears. I also think it gives you a good "tank-melt-potential".
I would be very pleased to hear your thoughts about this idea. Thank you.
- Astrikas
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Epic Fail Guy (8) | May 7, 2017 7:22am
Hey,

Thanks for the feedback! :), as for the question, I think Guinsoo's Rageblade could definitely work, but in my opinion, there are better items that you could go for. Once you get Blade of the Ruined King + Runaan's Hurricane, you're either going to go for Phantom Dancer or The Bloodthirster and then a defensive item or the other way round. This leads you to 5 items (including Berserker's Greaves). So I guess you could build Guinsoo's Rageblade here, but in my opinion, it would be better to go for other items (for example Lord Dominik's Regards or Guardian Angel. The main issue with Guinsoo's Rageblade is that the item is essentially pretty useless unless you manage to get 3/4 autos off, and then you have to carry on fighting because it'll reset and the item is **** again

Again, it definitely is something that works, but I think that there are better items that you can go for instead

Hope this helped :)
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Astrikas (5) | May 7, 2017 8:10am
yeah, I see your point ^^ thank you very much for replying :p
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Kalista123 | May 2, 2017 9:26am
Hi, loved the guide, what would be your tips for laning against passive lanes, and lanes that counter Kalista e.g. Cait and Ashe. Also best supports to duo with Kalista?
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Epic Fail Guy (8) | May 3, 2017 8:05am
Hey, thanks for your feedback,

So when it comes to passive lanes, you shouldn't really be looking to change that. In some cases, lanes will naturally be passive, if the enemy ADC if playing rather defensive, don't try to rush to kill him, even if they scale well into the late (e.g Vayne). If you do start to get frustrated and be in a rush to kill the enemy, then that gives you more of a chance to engage in an unfavorable fight and end up losing your advantage, or if you didn't have one, it'll just put you behind a lot.

Instead, if the enemy laner is very passive and letting you push the wave, you should focus on trying to deny them farm and poke them as they will have to kill more minions than you or they will take more time to kill the minions so you would have killed the wave before they have killed yours.

So the reason you can poke them, if because they need to focus on farming, and using their auto attacks on killing minion instead of damaging you, so if you have killed the wave and you have nothing else to AA, then if you AA the enemy laner they either have to take the damage and carry on farming, or AA you back but loose CS. Btw, watch out for ganks and roams when pushing as you will obviously be very screwed if you get ganked and you're at the enemy tower.

As for laning against losing matchups, do the exact opposite of what I told you to before. You should freeze the wave so you can farm safely under your tower, because if you don't and you decide to push the wave, a cait and ashe can easily zone you out and freeze the wave for themselves which would deny you a lot of CS. Instead, just make sure that they push the wave and try to get all minions you can without taking damage. Get your jungler to help you out and gank as it will be a guaranteed flash from the enemies, if not a kill.

Hope this helped :)
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Kalista123 | May 4, 2017 1:42pm
Wow thanks, this is definitely going to help me. Also opinions on mid season for Kalista?
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gfracker | April 30, 2017 12:40am
question, in your build #1 Notes you say "...build a blood thirster instead of an infinity edge" do you mean build blood thirster instead of Phantom dancer, or is phantom dancer supposed to be an infinity edge? great build other than that tho!
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Epic Fail Guy (8) | April 30, 2017 1:49am
Oh, **** didn't realize that, it's meant to say "Replace The Bloodthirster for Phantom Dancer :P. It says that because last season my build included an Infinity Edge instead of Phantom Dancer xD. Thanks for spotting that out mate
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gfracker | May 1, 2017 10:59pm
I thought so no problem! again very nice guide!
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ImShilou (4) | April 24, 2017 5:53am
Thank you so much! This guide and build is great for someone starting to learn Kalista :)
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Epic Fail Guy (8) | April 24, 2017 11:01am
No problem my man, glad I could help :)
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SchizoFreeNia | March 11, 2017 1:03pm
♥♥ love ♥♥ it ◕‿◕
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Epic Fail Guy (8) | March 11, 2017 1:22pm
Thank you ◕‿◕ ♥♥
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Insane Cortex | March 11, 2017 3:02am
Nice Guide, but i wanna ask if actually using your kite even effective against certain champs where you cant run away from i mean i honestly build frozen mallet due to its passive but you cant just kite some champs any tips on how you play against them?
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Epic Fail Guy (8) | March 11, 2017 4:06am
You should always attempt to kite people, it's much better than just standing still. Even if it's hard to kite against someone you should still try. This is unless you are in a 1vs1 against someone with a heavy slow (Nasus W), as it will reduce your attack speed. But as Kalista, you shouldn't be looking for 1vs1s as you are very weak at dueling.

If this is still an issue, build a QSS or ask your team to help you (preferably a utility support) and that should be able to peel for you

Hope this helped :)
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jhoijhoi (1943) | February 28, 2017 10:55pm
Woah, what a great guide! +1 Crazy to think that I hadn't seen this before. I love the aesthetics of your guide and it's clear you've taken a lot of time to impart a lot of game knowledge in your chapters. Keep up the awesome work!
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Epic Fail Guy (8) | March 1, 2017 7:29am
Thank you so much man :) I'm glad such a renowned member of this site like you appreciates my work :)
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