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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 August 5, 2020
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Neomence | July 9, 2020 4:56pm
What's your opinion on the Essence Reaver, Nashor, Rageblade build and what items would you reccomend after the core items? More a hybrid kind of style oder crit ad? And do you know if the skill order is still Q>E>W or Q>W>E?
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Vapora Dark (603) | July 9, 2020 5:31pm
It's fun having so much early CDR but I think Manamune is too valuable to give up.
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Neomence | July 9, 2020 5:37pm
Thanks man, then I'll just stick to our trusty Manamune build.
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MapleDryad (3) | June 29, 2020 2:28am
Why build IE for an AD build when you only end up with 50% crit chance? Wouldn't something like Deaths dance/Bloodthirster or black cleaver make for a better option as they provide more utility to the build? Or going Nashors for the W evolve for a more hybrid build?
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Vapora Dark (603) | June 30, 2020 12:40pm
You can definitely still add Nashor's Tooth to the crit build, but it replaces Guardian Angel not Infinity Edge. Infinity Edge simply does more raw DPS than any other option once you have Runaan's Hurricane.
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MaximusPrime (2) | June 29, 2020 7:55am
50% crit chance isn't bad and if you plan on building crit, IE is absolutely necessary as it gives a huge powerspike. Black Cleaver is generally more of a bruiser item though and I don't think you need the extra lifesteal with Ravenous Hunter, Bloodline, and Taste of Blood. Nashors is more of an AP item and is in the AP build so I don't see why you would build it after Runaan's but this is all my personal preference so you can build what you want I suppose.
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MapleDryad (3) | June 29, 2020 7:30pm
I mean, with nashors you're still getting your abilities boosted because they scale off of both AP and AD, and you're also getting the W evolve. Also that's what i'm saying, I don't plan on building crit, just taking runaans for the trishot, MS, AD and attack speed.
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b1queen1 (1) | April 20, 2020 7:10am
ok
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VanguardSnare | March 29, 2020 8:27pm
Just a suggestion but maybe make a change log so people know what you changed from patch to patch?
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Vapora Dark (603) | March 30, 2020 10:54am
I wouldn't be much good at maintaining it honestly. I'm going to start trying to make a habit of announcing notable changes in the comments though.
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Vapora Dark (603) | March 27, 2020 8:53pm
Just switched the runes over to Hail of Blades, let me know what you guys think!
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CaptainIano | April 12, 2020 2:13pm
Inside the paragraph it is still showing as precision, I was a bit confused until I saw this, and that I should go with Hail of Blades.
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VanguardSnare | March 24, 2020 5:59pm
Do you think the new HoB runes are better than PTA?
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Vapora Dark (603) | March 25, 2020 11:18am
It certainly might be. Haven't had the chance to try it yet but I might switch over to it soon, I think it's probably going to be the new meta on her soon (assuming no nerfs to Hail of Blades).
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VanguardSnare | March 12, 2020 6:15pm
What are your thoughts on Sneaky’s ER build? Also isn’t sorcery second the current meta for most ADCs currently?
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Vapora Dark (603) | March 13, 2020 10:21am
I noticed a while ago that it has a decent winrate and seems to be better than Stormrazor at least, which makes it worth taking into consideration, but I don't think it's better than Manamune and I don't bother talking about off-meta items unless I'm sure they're at least situationally optimal, so I likely won't be including it in the guide unless it ever takes off and starts being meta.

I've never gotten round to trying it for myself either so all I can say is that based on stats it seems okay. Sometimes 1 pro being the only one using something means that what they're doing is really stupid but I don't think this is one of those situations, I think Essence Reaver is super underrated as an option even if overall it's probably not worth using over Manamune. I'll probably try it soon though and I'll try and get back to you with my thoughts if I have anything else to say at that point. I should also mention that a lot of ADCs, me included, love rushing Berserker's Greaves which sucks with Manamune because of the delay in stacking it. If you're going to be rushing Berserker's Greaves, though whether you should be doing that is debatable, it's likely you'd want to use something other than Manamune. I think both Infinity Edge and Essence Reaver are now better than Stormrazor, so that's at least one circumstance in which you could justify using it over Manamune.

And yes sorry you're right. I've been using Sorcery secondary out of personal preference on pretty much every ADC since the new Nimbus Cloak and I hadn't noticed the meta has switched to that too. I've now updated the guide to reflect that.
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Vabby | March 9, 2020 1:42pm
Can I go Deathcap instead of Guardians Angel? So my Q and W will do max dmg..
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Vapora Dark (603) | March 11, 2020 9:09am
I would generally only do it if your team really needs magic damage. Otherwise you can just do it for fun if you're fed. Problem with Rabadon's is how ridiculously expensive it is.
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SpartanDumpster (2) | March 9, 2020 10:48am
If you ever include a section about what supports Kai'Sa works well, or synergies, with, I'd definitely say Zilean could be considered for the higher levels. If you have not played with an at least competent Zilean as Kai'Sa yet, I'd highly recommend it because I have no doubt that you're much better at judging these thing than me. As far as I know, actually, whether or not they're a naturally good pair might already be common knowledge.
Going off of some things you mention in the guide, since Kai'Sa can be fairly susceptible to being all-in'd, Zilean's ability to boost her speed can help her avoid or escape when things are looking bad. Once he has his ult, an enemy's all-in can effectively amount to nothing, so then Kai'Sa can retaliate hard once she comes back, especially if Zilean lands 2 bombs and has them still stunned when Kai'Sa's back.
Offensively, if Zilean lands his AoE stun and/or slows an enemy, they're just at Kai'Sa's mercy. Kai'Sa will have a better time chasing weak enemies with a speed boost, or anyone fleeing after surviving her assault will most likely die if they're stuck with a bomb. The boosting her speed can have a more rare, but effective use, in which she comes up behind an enemy who's pushing to pinch them, so it's more meant to ensure she gets there on time.
I only have one game to base this off of, but I think that it was a fairly strong example. I was playing Zilean this game, pretty much everything I listed above happened. I boosted Kai'Sa's speed so she always survived when things were going bad or when we got ganked along with helping her secure kills, I revived her while she was being all-in'd by enemy ADC and Supp so she came back to get an immediate double kill, and if I stunned or slowed an enemy they were most often a guaranteed kill for her.
I'd consider myself fairly decent as Zilean, I'm pretty sure he's among the champs I've gotten the most S grades with, and whoever was playing Kai'Sa was also fairly decent with her. In my mind, if two players of average to below-average skill made each other the MVPs of the game, then I have to assume really good players could make this pair into a terrifying duo! The Kai'Sa was the only player with more than 10 kills on either team, had a total of almost 25k damage to champions in a just under 30 minute game (I don't know if that's generally good, though that was more than twice the second highest), and she only died once and that was when I was on my way back!
Now, I will admit that, since I'm only basing this all off one game, it is totally possible that we just got lucky and/or were fighting a bad team, but I do honestly have a lot of confidence in this pair and plan to test it out more whenever I have the chance.
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VanguardSnare | March 6, 2020 3:38am
Why do you suggest that people build AP when going against squishies? Wouldn’t AP be better against tanks as her passive scales with AP and not AD?
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Vapora Dark (603) | March 9, 2020 8:39am
The idea is that you'll be burstier, especially with W, by building AP and frontloading your damage onto your abilities, but either works. I base my decision off of what damage types we have on our team, I'll go AP if we're heavy AD and AD if we're heavy magic damage.
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VanguardSnare | February 27, 2020 7:59pm
Any significant changes to Kai’sa’s build and runes with the new buff on her W and technically a buff on her Q?
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Vapora Dark (603) | February 28, 2020 6:44pm
I'll wait and see about any possible ramifications for Kai'Sa's build once the changes are actually in the game, I don't like speculating and Kai'Sa in particular has a history of having some rather unpredictable builds pop up. From what I saw of her changes I'm not expecting any changes to her build anyway, but we'll see.
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VanguardSnare | March 2, 2020 9:38am
On another note how viable do you think the infinity edge rush build is it’s just the stormrazor build with infinity edge?
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Unshiz | January 26, 2020 9:09pm
For 10.2, why stick w/ Stormrazor? The 55->50 AD nerf means that she doesn't get her AD evolve as early as setup as a core part of the kit.
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Vapora Dark (603) | January 26, 2020 9:11pm
If I'm honest, I just forgot about the implications of -5 AD for Kai'Sa. I've swapped back to Manamune now, thanks for reminding me.
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