[4.0] Kai'sa Guide - Kai'Sa one of the best carries to play
- Hard to itemize against you, becaue you can build AD or AP (Hybird build deals AD and AP damage and you get all evolves)
- insane lategame scaling
- high burst dmg (even more burst if you build her Hybrid)
- Can splitpush as ADC, without risk of getting cought out and die in a 1v1 against an assassin or bruiser.
- Kind of assassin and ADC combinatione
- Has a weak early game
- Short range ADC
- Requires good game knowledge (positioning, itemisation)
- Hybrid build is a bit slower (no fast evolve befor 300 stacks on tear)
Best Build Guide for Kai'sa
Item Build Description
Additional information on the items
- Recurve Bow + Dagger : cheapest choice for the evolve. With the bow you can go for a Blade of the Ruined King or Runaan and the dagger is great for Phantom Dancer
- Recurve Bow : Runaan's Hurricane for the heavy front line or melting the backline fast by diving into them with your Killer Instinct or Wit's End
- Stinger on the other hand is great if you snowball into the game to build a Solari Chargeblade .
As 3rd item you can usually finish Infinity Edge but if you choose the first option i suggest to finish Phantom Dancer because with bork and Stormrazor you tend to have an already high dps, which means: time for a defensive item.
The core objective remains, evolve Icathian Rain as soon as possible. On this build you rush Manamune and get 300 stacks on Tear of the Goddess and Vampiric Scepter . Second item remains the same Blade of the Ruined King (it's basically the highest damage item in the game due to the current health damage) and is the base for the evolution of Supercharge yet again.
After these items and boots you have 2 options:
Void Seeker evolve for which you either build Nashor's Tooth and Amplifying Tome or Riftmaker . This option gives you more burst damage (if you hit your ability of) and is great if you are ahead. In case you build Nashor's Tooth first, you will unlock Supercharge evolve.
Supercharge evolve for which you rush the Stinger and build then Riftmaker . This is a more defensiv order due to the unlocked invisibilty. It gets really great with Riftmaker due to the added on hit damage and omnivamp.
|Mortal Reminder||it kinda is a lie to say this item is "situational" since i prefer it a lot over
. The grievious wounds are great against adcs and heal champions and the armor pen helps against any armor. If you go for an AD build, this item is a must have.|
|Lord Dominik's Regards||Crit Armor Pen enables bork in a full crit build so chose this over Mortal Reminder if the enemy has no heavy healing champs.|
|Edge of Night||I would rarely get this one. Just get it on an AD build if you constantly get targeted by some Malphite + Yasou ult combos, which you wouldnt survive due to the knockup.|
|Death's Dance||Reduced damage which is dealt as truedamage over time and removing that + gain a heal in %total hp? Thats awesome. Makes you more durable. Takedowns will come pretty easy lategame so cleansing the DoT will be kinda easy.|
|Phantom Dancer||Crit item that gives you an shield when you drop low on HP... good defensive option when you want the crit and don't like
|Rapid Firecannon||Extra range for an auto which then gives you an engage with your ultimate.|
|Stormrazor||Since this was buffed in 3.1 it is a really considerable addition. The slow might be nice to be able to catch better up to the enemy and land an isolated
. On the other hand i think it is still worse than
since it gives extended range to just ult on your target.|
|Wit's End||I talked about this in the AD section. I consider the item pretty good due to the fact that it gives a high attack speed, decent magic damage and also (based on your level) high magic on hit damage in addition to your passiv. A nice benefit is lifesteal when on low hp to make you surprisingly tanky.|
|Since a while i am not a fan of this item because it is pretty bad on Kai'Sa. Yes the upside is it spreads
marks, but on the down side it is completly useless in a 1v1 sitatuation (and you basically want to create those constantly) or rather islate champions for the full damage of your
. This would make kiting way more extreme, cause you need to get into range of only 1 champ, use the skill and get back into the range of two more champs to make use of the item... => not really great|
|Guardian Angel||The classic defensive item for ADC's.. I tend to hate it, because it just delays your respawn. Sure if you die on a DoT effect like brand passiv, a shroom or anything else out of a teamfight to take a objective like baron, this item can save the team fight/secure the objective, if you die in the middle of the enemy team it is basically troll.. so yea i have mixed opinion on this one.|
|Bloodthirster||Additional lifesteal with an shield which "increases your maximum HP". overall a fine item, which should never fall under your radar.|
|Maw of Malmortius||This exists? Actually yea and it has fallen long time under my radar due to the existance of
. Due to the recent rework of the item in League of Legends PC version i noticed that the lifeline passiv has omnivamp which makes it an solid choice to pick up. Sure it has less magic resistance than its counterpart, but i would definitly pick
Maw of Malmortius
against burst heavy mages like
|Void Staff||Must have if you go for the Hybrid build. Magic pen is needed.|
|Riftmaker||Hybrid build version of
i would rarely build it but the extra omnivamp can be nice. Also great in the on-hit build|
|Infinity Orb||Ok.. this is an interesting one.. Your passiv ability counts as empowered attacks, so each basic attack to an enemy below 35% hp will crit your on hit magic damage.. if your enemy team runs no tanks get this over void stuff to burst those squishies. Also works well as
replacement as Mid Kai'Sa.|
|Banshee's Veil||Same as what i wrote for
Edge of Night
just as AP option.|
Best Runes for Kai'sa
Use this setup if you play an Crit build
Keystones: Lethal Tempo is basically a must have. Due to you being able to close gaps quickly to enemies and having a high attack speed you can quickly stack it up.
Dominance: Hunter Vampirism is a really nice rune for the build because of the early lifesteal you gain. you can exchange it for Triumph Brutal or Gathering Storm as you like/dependent on your team. Gathering Storm is best when you look to scale.
Resolve: In the resolve tree you also got a lot of options. I know that i pick Conditioning is a bit weird, since wild rift is really fast and Adaptive Carapace is a good choice earlier. The fact i dont like is about carapace is that you only gain the bonus resistance after you are below 50% hp, Conditioning gives you these permanent. Against CC heavy comps i would suggest play Hunter Titan .
Use this Setup for an Hybrid Build
So since i explained a lot of the runes aready in the AD part i will skip this here and explain the difference why i definitly go Gathering Storm and Manaflow Band here (those aren't exchangable, only the Resolve tree is)
Gathering Storm gives a more AP than AD. If you go Riftmaker after your 3rd evolve you permanently get more AP from it than AD which therefor increases your burst with [kai'sa:2].
Manaflow Band is necessary because of the bonus AD which is added to your Muramana . Once you finish Vampiric Scepter and Manamune is at ~320 stacks, you can evolve your Kai'sa . I also tested Sweet Tooth to compare, but i needed 600 stacks on Manamune to evolve my first skill, and that takes way to long.
How to distribute skill points
When to take which summoners
Learn how to maximize the champions potential
Ult Engage combo
Mid fight combat. This works better if you have Solari Chargeblade stored with procs
Kai'sa Matchups & Counters
Detailed information on how to play matchups and counters
Due to your speed you should be able to win fights against him easy.
Her slow and range in lane are annoying but as soon as you hit 5 and play around her ult you win that matchup.
Another late game moster.. her range will make it kinda hard to deal with her, but if you ult and burst her down you easily win this. Watch out for her traps
Well.. Jhin is kinda weird.. i rarely see him in matches, but i know he can kill you lategame with 3 shots and brings still great utilty to a table for his team... buuut if you hit your Void Seeker and ult hes dead.
Redhead lane bully :(. Watch out your space vs her first skill. She is good in team fights even if you would win lanes due to her ult.
His damage is stupid, but the worst is that his passiv can make your game hell. Imagine your team mates constantly ks you and he stalks them with his invis and picks of the kill for a fast revive :V
If he's lethality... good luck. Dodge his Piercing Arrow . Would suggest to get a Quicksilver enchant vs his ultimate.
Yeay... long range mages on bot lane... i mean you are screwed early...
You basically lose lane when she goes back for her Lost Chapter .
This shitter belongs to mid.. He scales super well and you cant do a lot about it.
He is a huge lane bully. You probably lose lane to him, but if you (your team) dont feed him you outscale. Watch out for his League Of Draven and ask your jungler for ganks.
Another lane bully. She pokes you out of lane with her huge range. Still dangerous lategame, due to her Headshot
Fuck this one... a good Tristana player will be an really hard challenge. She outranges you in lategame. She can use her ult/jump to escape your ult, her Explosive Charge is insane burst dmg if you dont [exhaust] . Yet you scale really well.. so its basically who makes the bigger mistake.
Samira is an early game champ which needs to snowball, and kaisa is really weak at that stage of the game, so play passive and scale.
He scales well into late game and has a lot of range with his skills, which makes him hard to deal with, but if you play well and watch out for his passiv you should be fine.
Both of you scale really well into the lategame, but your 2nd skill counters her invisibility during the ultimate which kinda puts you in favor. Again its a skill matchup, so may the better player win :)
Why on-hit/Hybrid Kaisa?
So many people say now "Why going hybrid instead of full AD since you lose crits"
Technically.. you are right, but what if you whole comp is AD? Example: You have a Fiora top, Lee Sin jgl, Zed mid, Leona Sup and then you as ADC... Kai'sa ... Well easy for the enemy tanks to just build Armor to block your damage which will make the game way harder for your team. On hybrid build (or on hit) you get a lot of mixed damage due to Second Skin + all 3 abilities can get evolved, which means the enemy tanks can build pure armor and you just melt them due to the missing magic resistance (also who even expects AP damage on Kai'Sa? thats like the spanish Inquisition)
"Why you lose crits, you still can build Stormrazor > IE for evolve?" - technically... yes, practically on the other hand its horrible. Crit is a state that gains valueable the more % you have and if you don't aim for 100% you waste a lot of damage. If you already plan to go hybrid, build on-hit dmg, because those items don't stack up that much on each other (yes based on each others AS, but thats it)
This part is still WiP and will be continued.
Leona is the first support coming to my mind which pairs well with Kai'sa . Whenever she engages an enemy with either Zenith Blade or Solar Flare the enemy gets marked by Second Skin and you can follow up with Killer Instinct . Due to her cc heavy kit Leona can always peel for you some dive champs like Zed . You also have a really solid laning phase with her and should be able to run down the enemy lane at 5.
Alistar kinda same as Leona.
Thresh kinda same as Leona but i think he is a saver pick due to Dark Passage . He does not bring as much cc to the table as Leona but almost the same safety due to his Flay knockback and the slow of The Box can give you some space as well. Really good thresh players are able to pull of amazing Death Sentence and even catch jumping Rengar .
Lulu , Soraka , Janna and Nami also work really well with you due to your weak early game. They keep you save during laning phase with healing or shielding and have still great peeling options. Heck Nami is also amazing to play really agressive since Tidal Wave marks targets for you aswell over long range. Sona i am kinda unsure about.. she has a great lategame but feels like she offers less to the laning phase ( Soraka comes with great poke due to her Starcall winning normally every trade). I also like Yuumi as support, she offers a lots of stats lategame and is also being able to build Morellonomicon for anti heal, so you dont have to.
Orianna in your team.. you get her ball with Command: Protect ult into their team (watch out to not lose the ball due to range) and Command: Shockwave + Command: Dissonance will deal a huge burst of damage.
Braum works decent. He doesnt offer much engage options with marks.
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