[3.1a] Sheriff of Piltover - Caitlyn Guide
- Longest range in the game
- Lane-bully with headshot passive
- Can build full crit, lethality or both
- Very mobile
- Safe pick
- Great peel and zone control
- 1st skill damage is only good in early game
- High burst, low DPS
- Mid game is terrible
- Harsh mana pool
- Ultimate can be blocked easily
Best Build Guide for Caitlyn
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Best Runes for Caitlyn
This is the standard rune set for Caitlyn . Fleet Footwork grants Caitlyn more sustain in-lane. It also gives her extra movement speed since she is very immobile without 90 Caliber Net. Hunter Vampirism is the optimal rune for Caitlyn as it will give her extra AD and physical vamp for every champion takedown, but you can replace this with Triumph so you can restore a bit of health after every takedown and for extra damage against low health enemies. Hunter Titan ensures she has extra HP in early game and has extra tenacity against CC. Lastly, Sweet Tooth is good for extra sustain and gold in lane.
This rune set is optimal for Caitlyn in midlane. Electrocute is easy to proc which is good for Caitlyn for quick trades. Brutal gives Caitlyn extra damage in early game. Bone Plating is good against assassins and burst heavy team-comps, but you can replace this with Second Wind . Lastly, Sweet Tooth is good for Caitlyn for extra sustain and gold in lane but you can replace this with either Manaflow Band or Hunter Genius .
Learn how to maximize the champions potential
This is Caitlyn 's triple headshot combo. Set initial Yordle Snap Trap . If enemy walks into it, use Yordle Snap Trap then Piltover Peacemaker to shorten cast time. Auto-attack to Headshot after Piltover Peacemaker , then use 90 Caliber Net and auto-attack to Headshot . 90 Caliber Net ’s slow alongside CC will keep enemy in place for second trap, letting you auto-attack to Headshot again. You can also use Yordle Snap Trap during 90 Caliber Net to set a trap near yourself to discourage enemy counter-engage.
Auto-attack while moving when Yordle Snap Trap traps an enemy. This will allow you to reposition or escape.
This is Caitlyn 's level 5 all-in. Start by placing Yordle Snap Trap and wait for an enemy to step on it. If it traps someone, cast Piltover Peacemaker then auto-attack move. Quickly cast 90 Caliber Net to reposition then perform another auto-attack. If the enemy is low enough, execute him with Ace In The Hole .
Caitlyn Matchups & Counters
Detailed information on how to play matchups and counters
Caitlyn is a very safe ADC and Ashe is not much of a problem to her up until level 7. Keep poking her with your Headshot and utilize bushes and Yordle Snap Trap as much as possible. Watch out for Enchanted Crystal Arrow because you'll instantly lose the fight.
Jhin at the moment is in a bad spot. You outrange and poke him in lane, so this is an easy matchup for you. Don't let him proc the passive from Deadly Flourish because the root will allow him to auto you.
Akshan matches your poke in lane. My advice would be to avoid getting hit by Avengerang since it actually procs his two-hit passive. And with Dirty Fighting , the damage will chip away your health quickly.
Corki is a medium matchup since his passive Hextech Munitions allows him to deal hybrid damage. His early poke with Phosphorous Bomb is also powerful. Make sure to poke him with Headshot and Piltover Peacemaker then go for all-ins once he's low.
This matchup for Caitlyn is either easy or medium depending on the support he has. If he has an engage support like Leona , this is a medium matchup. Otherwise, you can deal with him very easily as long as you are aware of when he is going to dash in with Relentless Pursuit .
Her stacking mechanic from her passive Absolution forces you to harass her early game to prevent her from getting stacks. With these stacks, she can deal more damage and gain more range, crit chance and lifesteal. Avoid being hit by Last Embrace and Curse Of The Black Mist because this allows her to stack freely.
Draven is a hard matchup. He is a bigger lane-bully than you because his axes deal way more damage in early game. I suggest to play it safe until you reach mid-late game because this is where he falls off.
Hard matchup for Caitlyn . Your Headshot might do a lot of damage and you may have a ton of range, but her Double Up deals more damage and can outrange you. Watch out for how she positions herself to hit you with Double Up .
Skill-based matchup. You beat her in lane with your range, but Xayah shines more in teamfights than you do.
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is one of the best sups you can have. Whenever he use hook or knock-up make sure to put traps behind the enemy.
Malphite . [malphite] is best when he has ult. Play a little passive until you and Malphite are both level six. When both level six play super agro.
Galio , Leona , Thresh and Alistar . Any engage support is a good synergy for Caitlyn .
Lulu , Rakan , Seraphine , Soraka , Nami , Sona and Janna . Any enchanter support with good peel, CC and heal is also good.
Caitlyn is an absolute lane bully due to her range in combination with Headshot . No matter what build you're playing; the goal is always to push the opponent under his tower and punish for every minion. Once you are slightly ahead, it is also important to let your opponent push back and freeze the wave. Out of the bush you stack your passives faster and you can ensure that your opponent continues to miss gold and, in the best cases, XP.
Use your early game advantage
In the best case, you have now gained a small or even greater advantage. With the lethality build in particular, you have a lot more damage potential than other ADCs. "Less rumbling more fights with added value" is the motto here.
Prepare for Drakes/Rift Scuttle
Unlike most other picks (except for Jhin ), Caitlyn and objectives has more to do than just shooting. If you get there early enough, your traps on the edges of bushes are worth gold to make it difficult for enemies to get to the objective. Same game with the entrances to the river. Don't forget to clear vision yourself in order to set hidden traps.
In the late game, you will be outscaled by many ADCs again. It is therefore important to use your long-range burst differently here. Your most important task is to chunk opposing carries with Rapid Firecannon before the fight . Otherwise, use your abilities smartly in combos. That's the only advantage you still have against the absolute hypercarries ( Jinx , Kai'sa etc.) at the time of the game.