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Cassiopeia Build Guide by Flexpoint
[Diamond] A Descriptive Guide to Cassiopeia TopBy Flexpoint | Updated on June 28, 2015
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Threats & Synergies
Can be easily kited once you land your Q. Just make sure to dodge his slow. If you'd like, buy a Hextech Revolver to keep up with his sustain, but you WILL NOT finish it into Will of the Ancients. Just sell it in the mid-game. If he lands a Dark Flight on you, simply press W on top of yourself, and kite. He'll have no disengage, so you should be able to kill him.
His early game is pretty strong due to his base damages on his spells. If he goes tank Cho, you're in trouble, if he goes AP Cho, all you have to do is dodge his Q, and you're good. Cho can be easily kited if he doesn't land his Q, and you can easily stay out of his Ult range, but if he lands the Q on you, expect a flash +ult from him.
Annoying matchup if played incorrectly, but you can kite Darius really well early. You should NEVER be within Apprehend range of him. EVER. If he is able to land pulls on you, you have to work on your positioning. You can easily farm without being near him as Cass, and if he tries to zone you, land a Q and harass him for it. I will put this as a high threat only because people tend to feed Darius because he's Darius. This matchup is very winnable though.
The goal here is to take advantage of the early game. All she has is her Q to harass, so if you land a W or Q on her, punish her dearly. Keep in mind that she is a melee, so you kite her. At level 6, if she rushes Abyssal, she can very easily all-in you, so make sure you dodge her Qs and harass you when you can. Don't forget to kite.
Easy matchup, basically a free-farm lane. I would suggest Morellonomicon here, but not until AFTER your core. You can def kill him pre-6 though.
Pretty annoying matchup due to her having a double gap-closer, so you'll have to play very safe early until level 3. At level 3, if she manages to land a Q on you, simply W the ground and use that to kite and deal damage. Don't forget to make sure you GET YOUR ULT OFF BEFORE SHE ULTS YOU OR RIP.
Due to his Q being spammable and his W which removes slows and heals, it's a difficult matchup until you get 2-3 items. Just use the bushes and farm. If at any point you feel you can harass, by all means do so, but farming is your priority here.
Not a hard matchup if you run Flash/Ghost with Movement Speed Quints. After tear, rush Rylia's and this matchup gets VERY EASY. You actually counter Garen, but if he manages to land a Q on you, RIP.
Mini Gnar has the lowest base stats in the game making him an easy target for Cass top, but if you don't put him behind somehow, he can be devastating in team fights. The trick is to all in him every time you land a Q. His E has a long cooldown, so if he uses it, you have a pretty long window to rinse and repeat. You also counter Mega-Gnar because he's a melee.
Hecarim is a melee, but has a decent gap close. You counter him early, but once he hits 6, he can easily all in you and make you pay. Make sure you constantly harass so that he thinks twice before all inning you.
Annoying lane, but you can kill his turrets pretty quickly. You ult also stuns the turrets, so remember that. Not a hard matchup, but an annoying one. Don't let him shove you in.
Kiting is key against Irelia. If played correctly, you can stay out of her Q range. Don't stand near low health minions or she'll dash to them and stun you. If she is level 6, you don't have flash, and she correctly engages on to you, just stand there and fight her because you're not gonna escape her. You may be able to kill her.
His damage early is dumb with his passive, so if he land a E+Q combo, you're probably gonna be chunked for half health. If you dodge it, he'll be vulnerable. Be careful with his level 6 although keep in mind that it makes it easy to land spells while his ult is up.
Jax is annoying because he can stun+leap, but at level's 1 and 2 he cannot, so make sure you harass him early. Make sure that every time he engages onto you, you make him suffer because he's just gonna repeat over and over again until you die.
Since you both are ranged, if you avoid his E+Q combo you should be fine. If he tries to walk up to you to harass, land your Q and you will outtrade him. Dodge his abilities.
Don't take free autoattack harass from him EVER. If he ever comes up to auto you, make sure you land poison and E him to low health. If he has his passive auto attack up, make sure you respect him and keep your distance. If he flash engages onto you, Ult and flash out, but make sure you ult before the flash or he'll be able to chase you with E.
Lee Sin is a melee which means you know where he'll be as he attacks minions making him easy to harass. Just be cautious if he lands a Q on you. You're incredibly squishy, so chances are he's going to all in if he lands his Q. In that scenario, use your W on top of you and try to kite.
Tough matchup, but if you can avoid her Q harass, it's pretty easy. I wouldn't try to harass here, just farm and flash ult after you have your first item.
Lulu has a good kit for kiting, but you just have to dodge her Q, and you're good. Not a difficult matchup, but Lulu does has some decent burst if she goes AP so be careful. Don't overextend because her ult is really strong with AP, and you can get baited.
Easy matchup, he's a melee. Worst case scenario is he spams Qs at you, but at 100 stacks your E will heal you, so you'll be good there. Constant harass. At 6, he can all in you and probably kill you, so make sure you harass him hard at level 5.
You can just harass him out of the lane. Constantly harass. Granted, his passive will always be up, but it's nowhere near enough. I'd say you counter Maokai. If he goes double Doran's though, he can be bursty at level 6.
Your core items and kit counter Nasus. Should be a easy lane. Just deny him as much as you can. Eventually, he'll scale, but your goal is to set him back.
You have to kite really well level's 1-5 because at 6 your CC won't matter. If he ever lands a Q on you, just flash or ghost away because you won't be able to get away. He's a melee though, so harassing is easy.
I'd say Cass can counter Pantheon if played correctly because his block is irrelevant to you. Just don't ever take free Qs. Make sure you harass him every time he Qs because your Q-E-E-E combo will easily outtrade his Q. Always stay out of W range.
She's a melee so just harass her down. Her passive is annoying, so be careful when you get in a extended fight. Stay away from walls.
Difficult matchup because of his mobility, but with your movement speed Quints, if you land a Q or a W, you should be fine. Never take free damage from him, and if he dashes through a minion, immediately start running away.
He deals a lot of damage, but is squishy as well. Similar to you, you just have to make sure you stay out of range of the other. He'll probably use the bushes, but that helps you more than him because you'll always know where he'll jump to (low health minion) meaning you can spam your spells on the kitty. MAKE SURE you have a ward up because you'll have your back to the river. If he ever is able to CC you or get on you, instantly flash away.
You lose this matchup hard early because it's easy for her to dodge your Q/W. I would take ignite here and try and counter her level 1-3 cheese. This is hard because of her mobility and if you give her a kill, you will just feed. If you die in lane, rush Rylia's to counter the mobility. Actually, rush Rylia's after tear. Silver lining is she is squishy, so if you land harass, it really hurts.
If Rumble rushes Abyssal, you will lose, so make sure you get the early Rylia's so that you can kite him. His team fight is about as strong as yours, but if can land a good ult, he can be rendered useless. I'd ask for jungle help so you can get a kill and snowball.
Now that his Q is a skill shot, it really weakens his lane phase. Mostly against Mages. I'd farm early, and at any point if he tries to harass you, harass back and make him suffer. You'll have higher burst.
Just farm it out. You can kill him until he gets Spirit Visage. Make sure he doesn't land a taunt or you'll get chunked.
She's melee so she's easily kite-able. The trick is to harass her before she hits level 6, so that at level 6 she chooses not to engage onto you. Rylia's
Once you get Rylia's, you wreck him, but once he gets it, he wrecks you. Just make sure you punish him hard in lane. He's going to test your kiting ability.
The key here is to avoid harass from his Shout. You're really squishy and hard countered by ranged harass which he has. He is pretty squishy early though and subject to early cheese, but it is imperative that you avoid harass because at level 6 your ult is irrelevant to his.
I see swain as an anti-mage because he can just get ROA and Abyssal/Spirit Visage and just survive any burst while dealing tons of damage. Take ignite here and buy a hextech revolver after tear to keep up with him.
If you don't take any harass early, you can all in him at level 3. You easily outtrade him. Just make sure you land a Q before fighting.
Can easily kite him, but if he ever manages to get near you, just flash away. Make sure you kite him in teamfights with Rylia's. He should be the first target. In lane, however, you bully him.
Your early game is about as cheese as his. At level 6, make sure you ult first and harass him down while he is stunned so that he has to use ult during the duration. After you see him pop ult, if you have enough health, chase him, if not, run like hell.
Avoid the E so that he can't instagib you with his Qs. If he does land a E on you, run away.. DO NOT try and fight him.
I enjoy this matchup. I have been continuously told that "Vlad counters Cass," I just laugh and beat all the Vlads I play against. Take ignite, and get Hextech Revolver after your tear, and this matchup is easy. Sure, he can pool your ultimate, but it won't matter. If you land a Q you can outburst him. Don't forget to Q-E minions while he is pooled because you can heal (Post 100 stacks). If you are new to Cass, he counters you though, but you need to abuse his long cooldowns early. Once he gets his Q to 3 seconds, you're in for a rough fight.
Kiting is key. Make sure he doesn't fling you or you're in trouble. Movement speed quints here and Ignite.
Counter to Cass, but what I like to do is buy a pink ward and put it in the top bush so that I can see if he decoys. If he dashes onto you level 3, W underneath yourself and Spam E. Once he goes into decoy (which you should see), use Q and spam E. GG. He can cheese early, though. So be careful.
Just have to land a Q. Thing is, he's extremely mobile. Don't overextend because he does have his wind wall which counters you. Should be easy at level 6 though. His ultimate takes skill to use, so if he is a bad Yasuo, he'll never get his ult off without help. He's also really squishy.
This matchup blows. Just keep walking into the bush so that the ghouls stop attacking you. He's pretty squishy early though and still a melee, so once he is near out of mana, hard engage onto him and you should outburst him.
+ Easy to farm with Twin Fangs
+ Insane burst damage all game
+ Sustain through passive
+ Built in passive gives you Deathcap Passive
+ CC Ult
+ Mobility if Q is landed
+ Element of Surprise (Cass top not really expected)
- Low mobility
- Will be focused
- VERY Skill shot dependent
- High skill cap
A must have on Cassiopeia . The utility it brings so that you can Flash Petrifying Gaze is essential.
Nice to have if you want to make plays elsewhere on the map or get an early Tear of the Goddess . DO NOT teleport to bot lane or mid lane unless you are guaranteed to get 2 kills. It's not worth to give up farm and lane dominance for 1 kill.
If against heavy sustain such as , , or I would DEFINITELY take ignite. Will greatly increase your lane dominance and can give you an early kill if used properly.
Not the best spell since I buy Rylai's Crystal Scepter but if you don't want to buy the item, I highly suggest taking the spell.
Cass vs. Vladimir (2)
Cass vs. Gnar
Cass vs. Maokai
MORE TO FOLLOW
Key points for the game:
[*] Focus on farming. I won't say to focus entirely on stacking your passive because you may have trouble last hitting poisoned minions. Once you have Tear of the Goddess , farm EVERTHING to stack it.
[*] If you have equal or more health, spam Twin Fang after landing a Noxious Blast on your opponent to chunk them down
[*] Use Miasma to zone the enemy from farming under tower
[*] BUY A PINK WARD
[*] If you have a kill or two, start shoving the lane hard and roaming mid to make plays. Catching the enemy jungle would be great too.
[*] Ironically, waiting in bushes for your top laner to walk by or jungler is a great idea to catch enemies off guard to land Petrifying Gaze.
[*] Once team fights start, stay in the back unless you have a clear Flash + Petrifying Gaze to initiate. Let your tanks do their job.
[*] At max stacks, your power goes OVER 9000. With a built in Rabadon's Deathcap, you'll have insane AP and high single-target damage.
[*] DON'T GET CAUGHT OUT
[*] If the enemy team is siegeing, simply spam Miasma and Noxious Blast so that you can wave clear. With Liandry's Torment, you should be able to clear.
Again, thank you very much for reading my guide, good luck, and if you have any questions, DO NOT hesitate to ask in the comment section OR stop by my twitch at twitch.tv/flexpointlol and ask there. I usually stream for 6-7 hours a day, so you can def find me.
GOOD LUCK, SUMMONER