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Game and explination (short)
Basically this guide revolves around a more physical DPS style kassadin. It is very fun to play and requires you to be good at chasing down champs and avoiding being caught. If you can survive early on with this build you will be golden. (Blue buff is also necessary through the game as much as you can to keep up on mana and cooldowns).
I pick DPS through small AP and mostly attack speed because it goes great along with his passives with mana regen on hit and also if he is damaged by magic damage his attack speed increases even further. The leviathan allows for much greater survivability if you are able to get the stacks high.
Early game you will just want to harass champs with your q mostly or even your e if they are close enough, and focus on last hitting champs because kass has a pretty fast hit registration and when the attack speed starts to increase you will start to get alot more creep kills. Flash is clutch in this point of time because kass is not very good at escaping tight spots early game and with this you are able to pop away quick and keep moving, or if you are getting caught late game you can flash and then rift away.
Mid game you will start to harass champs with a combo - R -> Q -> E -> R -> Q....continually building up your rift walk damage stacks while your chasing down champs and dont forget to auto attack with your attack speed you will build up your mana to keep cast rift walk so you dont deplete it all trying to chase someone down.
Late game you will start to shine. Your job is now to pop in at the weakest champs or the squishiest, use the Combo - R -> Q -> E -> Rift walk out of the group. If you see someone down on health stay in for a few seconds auto attacking them and hit them hard, and pop back continually doing this combo until you find someone trying to escape or get back then you are on the hunt.
Kass is not the initiator but he can solo almost any champs 1v1, you will want to avoid champs like YI who have high attack speed and life steal or heavy tanks who will be hard to take down. Any casters you will eat alive and your job is to seek people running away or in the jungle and take them down.
For the items this build allows survivability, a bit of AP, and alot of attack speed. when you activate your w and gain armor pen it goes along with the black cleavers passive, so hitting tanks will be easier for you than most. The last two items are optional if you can build enough money to buy them, i usually just keep getting blue buff and skip manamune and get hextech because the spell vamp and life steal is great combo for this kass build.