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Kai'Sa Build Guide by Vapora Dark

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Vapora Dark In-Depth ADC Kai'Sa Guide Season 10

By Vapora Dark | Updated on December 4, 2019
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Babsie | December 10, 2019 7:23am
I frequently take the free stopwatch these days as the free active is just super strong and i like to build a zhonias, on kaisa. I usually do this if i know i will go ap heavy / build a zhonias before the game starts. Great guide mate
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Ventrom | November 23, 2019 5:00am
Hey man, are you certain Conqueror is stronger than Press the Attack now?
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Vapora Dark (585) | November 23, 2019 6:50am
Nope, just rolling along with what the early data says. When I made the switch Conqueror had a slightly higher winrate on Kai'Sa but now it's 0.1% lower, which is basically even in strength. I'll give it a day and see whether it's worth switching back or not.
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Hunipop (2) | October 8, 2019 9:30pm
i've been stuck in choosing between manamune or stormrazor/guinsoos.
i have been running the 2nd since i find it more effective, but i could be wrong in so many ways. anywho, the guide is splendid. really did improve my playstyle and how to work around with the passive + my support. no doubt a helpful guide <3!
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Vapora Dark (585) | October 9, 2019 5:03am
Both are fine! Stormrazor and Manamune are both good.

Glad you liked the guide!
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Au Fleur | September 22, 2019 6:24pm
Is it still meta to start with manamune? Or is starting with Stormrazor into guinsoo the better option?
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aPok3mon | September 4, 2019 2:59pm
I haven't been able to learn a good kai'sa jungle build would you mind doing a jg kai'sa for those who want to try it?
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Vapora Dark (585) | September 4, 2019 8:09pm
I may do a jungle Kai'Sa guide at some point in the future, but for now I don't have time. The build I use at least though is Skirmisher's Sabre - Bloodrazor -> Berserker's Greaves -> Guinsoo's Rageblade -> either Nashor's Tooth or Runaan's Hurricane depending on if you want to go AP or AD. Then just situational standard ADC/AP items depending on what you need.
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aPok3mon | September 6, 2019 1:56pm
Thanks
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VexRoth (71) | July 22, 2019 9:41pm
If you need Grievous Wounds where would you work it into your build?
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Vapora Dark (585) | July 23, 2019 5:21am
You just build Executioner's Calling at whichever point you need it, it's a really cheap item which you can just sit on until full build so there's no excuse not to do it. If you're prioritizing power spikes, I would build it after Guinsoo's Rageblade.
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VexRoth (71) | July 23, 2019 7:00am
Danke schoen!
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BenLegend443 (1) | June 28, 2019 2:39am
About the teamfighting part, how about champions with global ultimates/can kill you from beyond the grave? I find AD Kai'Sa to be particularly vulnurable to these champs.
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Vapora Dark (585) | June 28, 2019 7:20am
You can still build Zhonya's Hourglass as AD Kai'Sa, don't fall into the trap of thinking that if you go AD you can only build AD! It's true there's no point in building things like Rabadon's Deathcap or Void Staff as AD Kai'Sa, but with regards to Zhonya's Hourglass in particular it's an absolutely incredible defensive item for any champion to have. Of course it's very hard to justify building it on an ADC like Vayne when so many of the stats go to waste, but even if you're AD Kai'Sa your AP ratios aren't going anywhere, it won't give you as much damage as mmost AD items would but the defensive properties more than make up for it, and it also gives you your W evolution which always feels nice to have.

That also theoretically goes for Banshee's Veil, but I can't imagine any situation where you'd want that over Maw of Malmortius or Mercurial Scimitar on an otherwise AD build. But Zhonya's Hourglass is great for things like Requiem or Death Mark and the active is generally better defensively than Guardian Angel's passive because of the much lower cooldown, so on a champion like Kai'Sa who makes use of the AP there's no harm in building it against high threat champions who struggle to kill their targets through Zhonya's Hourglass.
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AutumnGold | March 7, 2019 3:14am
the build is fantastic!
it really is a gamechanger.
my average killscore is about 5 kills, but with this one i got 21/0/4 and earned a S-!
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Mitteorn | February 10, 2019 4:21am
Isn't the IE rush more optimal? IE > Guinsoo?
You won't be upping your Q with Guinsoo > Runaan's...
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TruMediaMix1 (3) | February 10, 2019 1:08pm
Mitteorn wrote:
Isn't the IE rush more optimal? IE > Guinsoo?
You won't be upping your Q with Guinsoo > Runaan's...

It totally is. Once you get Infinity Edge and Guinsoo's Rageblade, you'll have upgraded Icathian Rain. After that, I typically get a pair of Sorcerer's Shoes if my enemies are building magic resistance items. Nashor's Tooth upgrades Supercharge from there.
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Mitteorn | March 5, 2019 6:50pm
Yeah, he updated it
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Vapora Dark (585) | February 10, 2019 7:46am
It is, the guide has now been updated, sorry for the delay.
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Mitteorn | March 5, 2019 6:52pm
It's fine, thanks for the great work and content you put out here for us.
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killamanjaro | February 1, 2019 2:55pm
good one
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TruMediaMix1 (3) | January 14, 2019 7:20am
I'd like to thank you for making guides like this, Vapora. My guide for Kai'Sa is nearing 2,000 views, and I'm currently working on big additions to the guide detailing all the items that synergize with her (even if some aren't as viable as others :P ). It's people like you that taught me how to play as Kai'Sa in the first place. I hope that one day I'll personally gain the experience to compete against you. :)

On a personal note, I find Stormrazor to be a bit of a crutch. It's good for last hits, but it's more useful as a "hit and run" kind of item than for sustained combat. I typically build Blade of the Ruined King or Essence Reaver instead. Essence Reaver gives me more Attack Damage (and some mana) and gives me an Attack Speed buff when I use Killer Instinct to go in for a kill. Blade of the Ruined King I plan on building more often due to the current meta (cursed "bruisers" trying to replace us ADCs). It might not give as much Attack Damage or Attack Speed, but it gives me Lifesteal and its active ability can allow me to secure kills and prevent enemies from kiting me.

What are your thoughts?
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TruMediaMix1 (3) | February 10, 2019 1:10pm
I'd like to thank you for making guides like this, Vapora. My guide for Kai'Sa is nearing 2,000 views, and I'm currently working on big additions to the guide detailing all the items that synergize with her (even if some aren't as viable as others :P ). It's people like you that taught me how to play as Kai'Sa in the first place. I hope that one day I'll personally gain the experience to compete against you. :)

On a personal note, I find Stormrazor to be a bit of a crutch. It's good for last hits, but it's more useful as a "hit and run" kind of item than for sustained combat. I typically build Blade of the Ruined King or Essence Reaver instead. Essence Reaver gives me more Attack Damage (and some mana) and gives me an Attack Speed buff when I use Killer Instinct to go in for a kill. Blade of the Ruined King I plan on building more often due to the current meta (cursed "bruisers" trying to replace us ADCs). It might not give as much Attack Damage or Attack Speed, but it gives me Lifesteal and its active ability can allow me to secure kills and prevent enemies from kiting me.

What are your thoughts?

As of patch 9.3, this question is irrelevant. :P
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Vapora Dark (585) | February 12, 2019 5:19am
Good, because I forgot to answer it. :^)
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Nix Artemis | December 31, 2018 4:13pm
Hi! First, allow me to thank you for your guides; they help a lot dealing with an unknown champion.
Now, to the point: it seems like in the current meta all ADCs tend to rush either Stormrazor or Blade of the Ruined King. Why not to buy ruined king on Kai'Sa? Is it because she will later lack AD to evolve Icathian Rain? Or it's because the pasive, dealing damage from current health, doesn't resonats well with Second Skin?
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Vapora Dark (585) | January 1, 2019 7:28am
It's just not as good as Stormrazer, with the lack of AD being a big factor in why.
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