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Kassadin Build Guide by Nomabd

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Nomabd

Nomabd's Kassadin Tear Build

Nomabd Last updated on June 22, 2015
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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Offense: 21

Legendary Guardian

Defense: 0


Utility: 9

Threats to Kassadin with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
Cho'Gath You out trade him the entire game. Max Q in this matchup. When he goes to try and CS make sure to punish him with your QE combo. His passive wont be able to keep up as long as you keep harassing him. Also when you hit six never go in to try and duel him unless you have full health because Cho's ultimate does true dmg and he will kill you if he kept up in lane and manages to get you with his full combo. In teamfights you can usually catch him out of position with E and he will more than likely be dead if your team follows up.
Fiddlesticks Middlesticks I havent seen him in a while, but your Q cancels his drain ability. Just max Q.
Lulu Max Q.
Lux Max Q.
Nidalee She has no waveclear, and she will take free harass from your Q. Max Q or E either one is fine in this matchup.
Veigar Max Q and constantly harass him every time he goes for CS.
Vel'Koz Max Q, but be careful of his combo, make sure to QE combo him when he comes up to cs with an auto attack.
Ziggs QE harass non stop. He wont be able to do anything, you can take d-ring in this matchup if you want.
Zilean Max Q and time it right so that it gives you the shield right before his bombs explode. You can start d-ring for this matchup as well.
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Hi, I'm a Gold 5 player and have been playing with this build recently and found that it does well with certain team comps and situations.

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Runes Against AP Mage
Against another AP midlaner, its best to take either flat MR glyphs or scaling, whichever one is fine. I find that taking flat MR is usually best if you end up getting chalice and tear after one since you really notice the dmg reduction.
Runes against AD Assassins
For AD assassins you can run flat armor and CDR glyphs to skip out on Athenes. I dont usually do this though since the passive is too good to pass up on.

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Masteries for Offense and Utility Trees
Usually I run these masteries since Kassadin's ult dmg scales by percent mana, and I also like the extra movement speed if you snowball and buy ludens and lich bane. Also since youre going to be doing a squishy build might as well go in utility.
Masteries for Offense and Defense Trees
I usually only go 21/9/0 if I'm going to build tear and roa together.

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Tear Build
Tear build is so that you hit a powerspike at a decent level so you are relevant mid game. In exchange you aren't as tanky and can get punished very easily if you get caught out. I go for max CDR on this build because late game your ulti will be on a 1.2 second cooldown, and with the athene's passive you will be looking to get "resets" with your ulti at max stacks by constantly riftwalking. This build is most effective against other AP midlaners, some not so much. Build goes Tear>Chalice>CDR boots for your core. Full Build is Archangels>Athenes>CDR boots>DCAP>Zhonyas>Voidstaff or anything else, like lich bane abyssal etc.
Tear and ROA Build
This build is a scaling build and takes a while for you to ramp up. You will be looking to be mostly farming, or roaming. After ROA I like to get DCap then Zhonyas and Void Staff as standard AP build. This build is good, but also means you have no relevance mid game. You will do zero damage and being set behind is devastating.

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Skill Sequence

E Max
Maxing E is for when you are going against enemies that spam abilities. E max is also good for waveclear.
Q Max
I only max Q when going against a mage that requires me to use my shield. Usually against champs like Leblanc, Katarina, and Lissandra.
R>E>W>Q Maxing Q last Pros and Cons
Maxing Q last against certain matchups is more beneficial since the more points in W the more mana it will restore. It helps you stay in lane longer and gives you slightly more dmg on your W. Con is obviously your Q will deal zero dmg and the shield is negligible until later in the game.

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This build is for spamming your ult during teamfights while getting mana restored by Athenes passive.

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Pros / Cons

Ultimate gets resets in teamfights because Athenes passive.
Your damage spikes earlier and you have slightly more relevance mid game.
Squishy because no health from ROA.
Not cost effective.