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League of Legends Build Guide Author ChiefRichard

S4: Putting a Bullet in the Nerf Gun. Season 4 Guide on Kass

ChiefRichard Last updated on April 13, 2014
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Ability Sequence

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

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The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Offense: 21

Legendary Guardian

Defense: 9


Utility: 0

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Howdy, I'm ChiefRichard. I play League of Legends mostly casually now and I haven't done much of ranked in S4. But in S3 after they eliminated AP Master Yi I made Kassadin my new favorite Mid champ. I didn't play for quite a while after I got my gold Summoner Icon and border. Returning later in S4 for the new team builder mode, I was absolutely APPALLED at Kassadin's nerf(At first). I decided that I would try to salvage my hopes and attempt to completely relearn how to play him. I'm not the best and my guide is probably garbage since it's my first guide but I hope the light will shine down on this void machine again. And hopefully Kassadin wont be the new Evelynn nerf of this season. (We all know the original Evelynn nerf was disgusting).

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Pros / Cons

Excellent Pros
[+] High mobility late game!
[+] Built in mana regen!
[+] Decent Harass
[+] Built in Magic Resist
[+] Great last hitting and fast attack animation]
[+] Still jokes about silencing his mother!
Colossal Cons
[-] Riftwalk is SUPER expensive
[-] Riftwalk Has MANA ratios and not AP ratios
[-]Doesn't have a silence any more so trading is riskier
[-]Can be harassed easily by champions with ranged auto attacks
[-] Riftwalk only worth using after the 12 second debuff is gone.
[-] Null Sphere's Shield doesn't last long enough to be very usefull in lane

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Nether Blade is all the mana regen you need. No need for utility masteries!

Sorcery is ghetto, you don't need that little cdr.
Fury helps you last hit.
Butcher helps you last hit.
Feast stacks well with Doran's Ring and Nether Blade

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You can take 9x Greater Glyph of Ability Power if you want to go ham or if you're fighting champs like Talon Zed Yasuo or Master Yi in mid lane. Otherwise take the Greater Glyph of Magic Resist.

Greater Seal of Armor has no replacement. Minions and auto attacks hurt baby Kassadin's tummy, feelings, and mental well being.

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Summoner Spells

Ignite Secures you kills and prevents Nidalees, Sorakas, and lifestealers from healing. It is pretty much the best.

Exhaust Unnecessary, you have a built in slow and built in mobility. I see no reason to take it.

Teleport You can take this if you think you're going to be getting harassed in lane hard. Replace Ignite

Flash Don't even think of taking something else. Its a Free Riftwalk that you can use before level 6. The CD pays for its self when you don't have the 600-1200 mana to Riftwalk out of a bad situation

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Skill Sequence

Null Sphere is your damage, harass and magic shield. Max it first. It no longer has a silence but still interrupts abilities like Warwick's Infinite Duress and Katarina's Death Lotus

Nether Blade is your bread and butter. You last hit like a beast, you maintain your mana almost as well as having a Chalice of Harmony, except its free. You can also use it to prepare Force Pulse. Nether Blade also resets your attack timer so use it to get those Siege minions. 5% missing mana against minions. 25% missing mana against champs.

Force Pulse Use this to win trades, Push the wave, stop enemies from pushing you to your turret, and to slow enemies. Max it second.

Riftwalk Ok, Let's get real here... If it wasn't for the reduced cooldown as it levels, you could pretty much max it last. However, it is easily one of the best escape tools in the game. If you have to Riftwalk more than 3 times to secure a kill, the kill isn't worth going for. It'll become too expensive for you to use it to get away. The mana cost increases as such. 75>150>300>600>1200

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Farming in Lane and Harass

VSing a ranged harasser

Stay behind your minion wave(obviously)
Walk toward the minion you want to last hit
Null Sphere the enemy if they hit you
last hit the creep with Nether Blade if it is up
rinse repeat.

VSing a pusher/Pushing to their tower

Auto attack some Melee Minions while they are pushing your minions.
Null Sphere Enemy Champion
Force Pulse Enemy Champion and minion wave
Nether Blade a minion for last hit or on the Enemy Champion if they're in melee range and you need the mana.

VSing melee like Talon

Don't push and stay next to your wave, the only harass they can do will push the lane
Null Sphere them.
Scare them away from the creeps and try to deny them exp
Force Pulse occasionally if they push the lane with their harass
Nether Blade to keep your mana topped off.

Laugh when the enemies have to back while you out farm the heck out of them.

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Kassadin Is still good. He just has a higher skill cap now.

Lemme know what you guys think about this guide in the discussion section.

Let me know if you want more guides.