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

Epic Fail Guy Last updated on October 12, 2017
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Marquis | October 8, 2017 4:25pm
I appreciate the obvious effort that you put into this guide, but you definitely should have mentioned how to utilize Rend properly. The main reason why Kalista is so inaccessible to the common player is because they aren't aware of how her E works while dashing and while auto attacks are still flying. PSA: Always use rend while dashing, and if you rend while an auto is on the way, even if the rend does not secure the kill, if the auto does the cooldown is reset.
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Epic Fail Guy (10) | October 9, 2017 8:27am
Hey,

Thanks for your feedback, however, I don't really get where you're coming from. I have mentioned how to utilize Rend properly in my abilities section and I agree that Rend alongside with Martial Poise are the hardest mechanics for Kalista, and therefore the hardest for a beginner to understand. But I don't get how a player isn't going to understand how Rend as an ability works.

I don't really understand your point of how "they aren't aware of how her E works while dashing". I don't see how a player is not meant to know how Rend works with Martial Poise?. They are two completely separate abilities and don't have any unique interactions, so I don't see how a player is going to think that using Martial Poise is going to interfere with Rend, surely if they just read or watch the videos of her abilities they will understand how to use the ability?

Also, you mention "and while auto attacks are still flying". I do agree that I should mention this and I will add it, however, this is not beginner advice, a beginner has much bigger things to worry about than timing their rend with their autos which is more of an experienced mechanic that you will learn as you play more and more Kalista
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Astromdeux (3) | September 28, 2017 8:23pm
It's a great guide to get into the champion, my Bulgarian brother!
The champion is a bit difficult, but I was just thinking of buying her and was searching for guides to get that basic knowledge before I jump in blind. Looking forward on posting the results of my endeavors and adventures with Kalista in near future. Thanks for the good guide, keep up the good work!
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Epic Fail Guy (10) | September 29, 2017 6:34am
No worries, good luck with the games :)
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Astromdeux (3) | September 29, 2017 6:16pm
After playing her, Kalista is heavily dependent on the support to peel her and to use the ultimate, especially if they use the ultimate in most ******ed fashion. I had few games with her and she is a very powerful champion, but I would not recommend her unless your support is premade.
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Slowbob | September 15, 2017 10:33pm
Get Me To Platinum!
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Epic Fail Guy (10) | September 16, 2017 12:32am
Get me to diamond! :D
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lekevin (1) | September 8, 2017 4:55pm
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.
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Epic Fail Guy (10) | September 9, 2017 3:05am
Yea that is obviously the only bad thing against hard pushing, you need to watch the enemy jungler to make sure that you don't die to a gank
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lekevin (1) | September 9, 2017 7:07am
yep
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JETSKAY | September 7, 2017 5:13am
Good guide i will try it!
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Epic Fail Guy (10) | September 7, 2017 11:10am
Thank you, hopefully you carry your boosted team and get challenjour :)
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Atsu Kana | September 6, 2017 12:16pm
Funnily enough kalista plays similarly to tracer in heroes of the storm. Both have a short auto attack range, and both really like to dodge skillshots as much as possible
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Epic Fail Guy (10) | September 7, 2017 11:13am
No i-****ing-dea who tracer is :)
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Atsu Kana | September 6, 2017 12:12pm
I love this build but I have one thing I would add to it. Instead of getting a defensive item you can also get a rageblade which boosts bother her damage with bork and her e which is insane when stacked up. If there isn't anything like a malzahar gettin you down I would totally reccomend this item if there isn't any large threats that you can't dodge or something like that.
Edit: saw someone else discussing this item too but I have to say a ga is not always the most uesful item, frozen mallet can be redundant with how you kite faster than they walk sometimes, and you really don't always need a maw. I understand your view but with someone like taric who has insane peel even when not totally right next to you you can get away with items like this.
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Epic Fail Guy (10) | September 7, 2017 11:09am
Hey,

A defensive item isn't necessary, I don't think I've ever said it is. 95% of the time a defensive item is needed but there are games which it isn't and you can replace that with another offensive item, however if you do choose to go for no defensive item I don't think Guinsoo's Rageblade is the best option, as you've probably read.

The reason I think that is because a Phantom Dancer is a better alternative. You obviously can't build both Guinsoo's Rageblade and Phantom Dancer (otherwise your way over the attack speed limit with Martial Poise), and from my experience Phantom Dancer is better, here's why;

1. A lot of Guinsoo's Rageblade's attack speed is wasted. When you martial poise there is a limit to how much you can do it, so for example you can't get 2.5 attack speed and Martial Poise like lunatic because there is a cap, so even though Guinsoo's Rageblade gives more attack speed than Phantom Dancer a lot of it is wasted while using Martial Poise. (I'm pretty sure that Phantom Dancer does surpass the attack speed limit, so you definitely don't need more attack speed]]

2. Phantom Dancer does more damage. Although Guinsoo's Rageblade gives you +18 attack damage, that is nowhere near how much you can get from Phantom Dancer's crit, because if you add the Phantom Dancer's crit with Runaan's Hurricane's crit, you get 50%, which is better than Guinsoo's Rageblade's +18 AD, and you also don't have to auto 6 times for it :)

3. It costs 1000 more gold, I mean that's enough said

I could name more points but I don't want to make you read an entire essay so this is it for now if you have any more questions ask them and I'll answer :)

Hopefully, this helped :)
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AQRC Turtle (10) | September 2, 2017 11:39am
nice guide dude!! keep up the good work
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Epic Fail Guy (10) | September 2, 2017 11:43am
thank you mate
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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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Epic Fail Guy (10) | August 30, 2017 7:17am
Thanks man, I'm glad I could help :)
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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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Epic Fail Guy (10) | August 30, 2017 7:13am
I don't build Infinity Edge because of two reasons, the first is that Kalista's autos only use 0.9% of her total AD, so building AD isn't very useful and secondly, the two crit items aren't built for the crit rather for the attack speed, the crit is just there for the bants :)
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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 (10) | 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 (10) | 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 (524) | 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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