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Caitlyn Statistics for Defended

Author's performance with Caitlyn compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
193
6
Win %
60
43
Kills
6.1
5.3
Assists
7.5
6.7
Deaths
5.6
5.7
KA:D Ratio
2.4
2.1
Gold Earned
12.7K
11.5K
Creep Score
196.7
191.2
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

You really don't want any other summoners.
Heal is a mini ghost in itself ( 1 second movement speed buff ) and it also heals the person close to you. There is little to no reason to take other summoner spells


There are only rare occasions  where i Have taken something else like 1.png4.png and thats if you are against an extremely heavy CC team such as 89.png57.png85.png32.png


But overall for the most part you dont want anything besides 4.png7.png

Especially because it benefits your teammates when they are around you..



DO NOT TAKE 14.png because in the laning phase ignite won't do that much damage. With heal you can get 2-3 more autos off before dying which is more damage than ignite. And you shouldnt EVER be close enough to be using ignite.

DO NOT TAKE21.png  because it only benefits you and not your support. It doesnt give you movement speed and you're not fighting zed during laning phase.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

Okay lets go over these masteries specifically.


FEROCITY TREE


Fury / Sorcery


You want fury because you are an ADC. You're damage is highly involved with attack speed. Especially as caitlyn you are trying to proc your headshot faster. There is no reason to go for sorcery, that's for AP champs or people that are casters such as kassadin,Ahri.. People who dont care for ''autos/attack speed''.


Fresh blood / Feast / Expose weakness


if it was still 6.12  id tell you to Use double edge sword but they changed it to Fresh Blood which is very ehhhhhhh.. Dont recommend this mastery anymore.

Feast is a Good mastery and you can use this aside from fresh  blood if you want a safer laning phase. Apart from lane its useless. 

Expose weakness is a No no. Just dont you are doing a majority of the damage not you support.

Vampirism / Natural talent


You can go either way here but 2% lifesteal is just a steal for laning phase. You ever get to 30% in lane? And then 2 minutes of not fighting playing safe, you are around 80%? Yeah thats what little lifesteal does :)

Run Vampirism. Natural talent doesnt kick off until late game and at that point... 10 AD does nothing as opposed to 2% lifesteal which scales harder late game.


Bounty Hunter / Double edged sword / Battle trance

Okay so if we calculate mathematically which mastery would be better, it ends up skewing in Bounty hunters favor. 

All you need is 1 kill for that 1.5% to be better than the other 2 masterys for the first 2 seconds, battle trance isnt the best because that 5% wont do much early and thats where it gets proccd easy. 5% of 80 is 4... you're telling me you wanna take battle trance and get 4 damage AFTER 5 seconds..? Its not worth it...

Just take bounty hunter and get 1 kill and you're good. Battle trance wont have any impact on the game.


Battering blows / Piercing thoughts



You are AD not AP. Run battering blows for armor pen.


Warlords bloodlust / Fervor / Deathfire touch




Both warlords and fervor are now 30% what they used to be. Fervor got a recent nerf. It's not necessarily 

This becomes a personal choice now. 

1) Do you want to sustain because you are getting poked in lane? ( Example would be if you're fighting Sona, Nami , or Zyra? Take warlords.

2) Do you want to be more aggro and know you'll be giving more damage than they can send back?  ( Example would be if you're fighting Vayne, Lucian, Varus, Mf ) Take fervor.

You can easily stack fervor with your autos, If possible keep fighting with the max stacks and trade autos because you'll win 1 for 1 auto trades in lane as long as its not someone like Vayne or Draven. Even then, you should have a range advantage so you can abuse it easier than they can.


Deathfire touch takes too long to scale and its very bad for caitlyn. Caitlyn doesnt build heaps of AD you are supposed to have 2 Attack speed items besides boots such as stattik shiv / hurricane. 

People like Jhin use deathfire because they DONT build attack speed. They build straight AD which deathfire scales more off. 

Also AP casters use it. But nah most of the sustain ADCS ( adcs that use autos instead of skills to do most damage ) wont benefit from deathfire at all. Since thats just an itemization thing.



CUNNING TREE ( 12 points )


Savagery vs Wanderer


Take savagery. Wanderer wont have any noticeable impact and is in no way better than savagery.
Savagery will allow you to finish those minions. It can be extremely difficult to CS with that 5 extra damage. Try it for yourself if you dont believe me.

Runic Affinity vs Secret Stash vs Assassin

Runic affinity is good only if you always have red buff. Both red and blue buff last for 2 minutes without Runic affinity, but they last 2:24 with  it. This can be just a personal choice
The impact isnt too high.

Secret stash is the best but it doesnt do much after lane phase. in the bot lane there will be many times where you guys get low and that INSTANT 15 hp could have saved you.Buy a few pots during lane and sustain through.

Assassin. No. You're an idiot if you take this.. You should never be alone as an adc purposely, Unless you're playing current Vayne ( Whom is getting nerfed soon according to Meddler in the Red Post )


IF YOU WANT TO TAKE RESOLVE TREE INSTEAD IT CAN BE IDEAL AGAINST ASSASSINS ON THE OTHER TEAM BECAUSE YOU CAN RUN INSIGHT. THAT MASTERY GIVES YOU 15% REDUCED CD ON YOUR SUMMONER SPELLS.



RESOLVE TREE


Recovery / Unyielding


You dont run armor. Dont go unyielding. 
Think of recovery as another ''Feast'' mastery

Explorer / Tough skin


Both are fine.  Tough skin is really good because ADCs are very exposed to minion damage during trading. You want to minimize that.

You ever auto the enemy and boom you lost more health than they did without them touching you? Yeah those are minions.

Explorer is for outside lane or in brush.

Runic armor / Veteran scars


Runic armor benefits you in every aspect. You get stronger shields from janna morgana to alistar and namis heals. You get more lifesteal and more health regen....

Why would you not run this..? It synergizes with too many things for an ADC in bot lane especially.

Insight / Perserverance 


Insight IS THE BEST MASTERY IMO. 15% lower cooldowns on your summoner spells. You know how many fights I've won and lived because My flash came up 45 seconds faster..? How many times heal came up 1 second fast when i needed it..?

Imagine this. You fight at bot lane 2v2. Nobody gets the kill but everyone blew their summs. You recall and so does the enemy adc and supp. A few minutes later, Your heal pops up. Then you think ''Hey, Didnt me and the enemy adc blow heal a few seconds apart?'' Now you have heal and they dont..

GO IN AND KILL THEM. ENGAGE. DO SOMETHING. Or if you're losing lane? Good, you got heal up faster than they do so they'll try to do something stupid and not expect the heal :) Or the flash.

The damage you get from Merciless was tested to very low especially game where your autos wont do 100. 

Merciless is garbage. Savagery is garbage. Learn to CS without that 5 damage. You shouldn't be relying on a mastery to cs for you and with all honesty its not even that hard.

There is Nothing in the middle tree thats viable for an ADC.. Even dangerous game is good yeah but.. 15% Cooldown reduction on summoner spells... Try it..

Even Faker runs 18-0-12 :)

Abilities Back to Top

Q
E
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E
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Passive
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Keep it short. Never max Q. Never max E. 

Your Q is easy to sidestep and shouldnt dump all your points in something like that.

If you pick caitlyn its because you want big damage, you want to be safe while murdering someone.

Max your traps no matter what.

You dont max E either because it does nothing for you. You get only less of a CD on your net but its not sufficient enough to make a big deal especially when you arent spamming that skill.


MAX

TRAPS

More damage on the traps, More traps available, Less recharge CD.

Discussion closed. 







Items Back to Top

Starting Items

Core Items

    Standard final build
    175% HEADSHOT DAMAGE. BUILD ONLY IF YOU WANT MAX DAMAGE SPECIFICALLY ON HEADSHOTS, BUT ENEMY TEAM HAS NO ARMOR

Situational Items

    If enemy team is Heavy AP no tanks
    If enemy team cant touch you
    If enemy team Tank heavy
    IF ENEMY TEAM IS SIEGING HARD

*For the sake of this guide, zerker boots are not considered an item. They should be finished after your IE * 


START DORANS BLADE HEALTH POT

Work your way into 1038.png then start building for a 3085.png. Do NOT finish your infinity edge as first item. 


A good rule of thumb is B.f Sword is around ''41 minions''. So you should have enough around that.

B.f into hurricane is 300g more expensive than finishing your 3031.png but its a really good trade off. You will do more damage since hurricane procs your passive faster as in you hitting the minions with the side bolts also gives you a stack on your passive.. Pretty broken


As for 1083.png i buy this when im forced to back early with like 430g. Especially if i know its a lane i'll be wanting to farm and not aggro in such as getting first blooded. Cull will make the enemy adc 120g higher than you instead of 300g which is great.

PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE 1051.png. I CANT TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES I'VE WENT TO TRADE AN AUTO TO ENEMY ADC AND IT CRIT.

That 10% is golden. Get your B.F sword, Grab 2 daggers. If you have 700g Buy a 1042.png1051.png. You can go boots/brawler gloves if you want though. Usually i dont buy boots until im halfway done with hurricane because zeals movement speed is good.


When you finish your hurricane, Finish your Infinity edge then buy your zerker boots. This is where you power spike hard. 







Bloodthirster is very situational because

you're an ADC. You die from Burst, not sustain. If you die its because talon teleported to you and raked your sht with duskblade for 370 on that proc.

You will never ''outheal'' an assassins damage without the help of a support or someone else.

Burst > Lifesteal.. For the first few seconds.. Thats what burst is, its insane damage that ends very shortly.

Grab merc scimitar, you get 10% less healing without the shield passive but you get 35 MR and a CC cleanse active..

If they are AP heavy then you grab this item 3156.png. It saves lives and there is absolutely NO reason NOT to get maw. Its an Amazing item for any AD champion.


My build final usually looks like this 3031.png3085.png3006.png3036.png3156.png3087.png

YOU NEED 2 ATTACK SPEED ITEMS. Your passive headshot will start with around 60% bonus damage from AD. It scales with crit chance. So in other words the higher crit chance you got, the higher your headshot will hit.

Once you get 2 attack speed + crit chance items ( Stattik hiv and hurricane ) and of course infinity edge ( which is core ) then your headshot will do 150% bonus AD..

Thats the highest you can get. :) Do not only build one. If you need a 3026.png because Fizz is being bullsht and jumping over your team while throwing his shark at you than buy a GA in the spot of Maw of malmoritus. 

But overall i never suggest GA.


Grab a 3139.png if you are getting wrecked by morgana / lux.. Lux i found out is way more annoying and tbh she is so cheesy she will kill you. Q-E-Ult you dead and your team loses the game..

Just buy merc scimitar instead of Maw if you cant stop getting cc'd ( Cough Maokai )



3087.png Is a great last A.speed item. Forget rapid fire cannon. This is your baby. Caitlyns only wave clear is her Q and its kinda meh because it has Lower damage on targets hit after the first. You will also get more damage than 3094.png

Grab a 3094.png if you want to be a bit safer. You get 5% less attack speed but more range. Caitlyn loves range so its not a horrible choice. If the enemy team has people who you really really dont want to get close to auto too because a minor mishap can happen such as 254.png1.png57.png

Then rapid is definitly better. Play safe. You will do more damage that way.




TL;DR STANDARD BUILD

Buy 1038.png then 3085.png then Finish your 3031.png then 3046.png if you're doing fine and winning ..

IF YOU'RE LOSING LANE OR GETTING GANKED A LOT, DO NOT BUY HURRICANE, BUY 3046.png THEN 3085.png because you do not want to push the lane if you're losing or getting constant ganked.

PD will help you survive a bit better anyway.



If you're getting sieged against pretty hard then you want to buy a stattik shiv instead of PD to try to counter the enemy siege. Stattik shiv will help you kill minions really fast.

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Ashe
    Hard
  • Corki
    Easy
  • Draven
    Hard
  • Ezreal
    Easy
  • Jhin
    Medium
  • Jinx
    Medium
  • Kalista
    Medium
  • Kog'Maw
    Easy
  • Lucian
    Hard
  • Miss Fortune
    Medium
  • Sivir
    Easy
  • Tristana
    Hard
  • Varus
    Easy
  • Vayne
    Easy

VS

Ashe

Hard

At level 6 you lose the matchup. Play safe. Especially if you're with a squishy such as 37.png. If either of you eat that ashe ult you will die i promise. 


Watch out for her asheW.png i cant explain hard enough that you should be watching out for this like blitz hooks. It does A LOT of damage early and is massive poke.

Ashe WILL poke the lane, otherwise it'll be hard for her to land arrow volley.

If she stacks her ranger focusasheQ.png then do not fight her. She will out damage you.

Ashe is like the adc version of darius.. As in shes easy to gank no mobility whatsoever. She will have to resort to flash / her ult to get away in most cases. 

Once she uses her ult and if you managed to side step it or not take it. Then punish her hard.


USE YOUR ULT RIGHT WHEN YOU GET IT ON ASHE IF YOU WANT TO ENGAGE. DO NOT SAVE YOUR ULT UNLESS YOU DONT WANT TO FIGHT AND ARE PLAYING SAFE.

VS

Corki

Easy

Max your caitlynyordletrap.png. Corki will of course outburst you in a second flat but you can sidestep his phosphorusbomb.png bombs. 


Should not be a rough match up

WHEN HE GETS PACKAGE PLAY SAFE AND WAIT FOR IT. DO NOT ENGAGE ON HIM WHEN HE HAS IT AND WARN YOUR TEAM.

Just poke him and you'll be fine. Abuse your traps incase he tries to fly over to you

VS

Draven

Hard

DO NOT TRADE WITH DRAVEN. 


YOU WILL DIE.

Play safe, Farm. Get out of laning phase. Let your assassin take care of this dude.. If your support lands something good on him then by all means beat his ass but 

DO

NOT 

FIGHT HIM

UNLESS YOU GOT A BIG ADVANTAGE.

His spinning axes are your headshots.. And if he crits one than you will have to do 3 autos to make up for his one auto...


Avoid this dravenrcast.png.. His ult does a lot of damage.

Just play safe and wait for ganks. He cant do much against a volibear :)

Max traps.

VS

Ezreal

Easy

An annoying match up. He has to be by far the safest ADC i've ever seen. 


Your b.f sword is 1300g and his Sheen is 1050g . His sheen helps him more than your b.f sword helps you and its more expensive...

Thats bad news for caits. Do NOT let him ezrealmysticshot.png you. Get behind your minions or side step them. Early levels he will do massive damage if he lands those on you and you will get slowed.

Ezreal is very very pokeable though. Just remember his passive gives him attack speed when he hits you. so try to avoid all ins unless you got the advantage.


If he ezrealarcaneshift.png which should be obvious sometimes, Punish him with your E-Q combo. You shouldnt die in lane unless you're getting cracked by his Qs.

Also dont try to 1v1 him once he gets iceborn gauntlet... That 65 armor will hurt you a lot.. You'll see why cait is more late game than early game once he grabs that item :) You wont damage him.

VS

Jhin

Medium

All you need to know about this guy is do not let him get his 4th auto on you. Do not trade 1 on 1 shots. Auto him when he goes for a minion because he will have to choose whether to lose a minion or shoot you. He only has 4 bullets and hes very easy to bother his csing with. 


But overall it should be a farm lane. Remember he can root you with jhinW.png if you get hit by his team.. So care for that.

If you're under 40% health and you're backing, Go in a bush where he cant see you. His ult is a nuisance. 

VS

Jinx

Medium

JINX IS THE DUELING VERSION OF YOU


EVERYTHING YOU CAN DO SHE CAN DO BETTER.

Her W is your Q but faster  and it slows you.

Her E is your traps but she throws 3 of them at once and does a lot of damage.

Her Ult is your ult but hers is a skill shot ( kinda hard to miss it honestly ) and it has splash damage unlike yours, also hers is insta cast so she can use it While you guys are all inning. if you try to ult during a fight with her she will kill you ( anyone will.. you have like a 2-3 second animation time on that ult )

She will have more Attack speed than you with her minigun it ramps up.. Like a minigun..

She has the same range as you when she switches to rockets but hers cost mana to use..

You can kill her but its really up to your support with jinx.

For instance

Caitlyn / Blitz. 

Blitz lands a hook. Caitlyn puts a trap, Enemy adc just walks around trap but lost a lot of health.

Jinx / Blitz

Blitz lands a hook. Jinx puts her traps, Enemy adc CANNOT walk around 3 traps. Takes way too long and will take too much damage..

Just let your support carry this lane. Farm. Poke

VS

Kalista

Medium

You can harass kalista with autos pretty hard. Ideally your support wants to run 3.png 100% because exhaust wrecks her movement speed which means her cute jumping will be so slow and she cant do anything..


DO NOT TRADE WITH HER. AUTO HER ONCE AND BACK UP. DO NOT PUSH YOUR LANE. 

Her autos put spears in you ( which you can visibly see) and if she presses her kalistaE.png They will deal extra damage to you.


Do not try to 1v1 her unless she steps in a trap.

At level 6 watch out for her kalistaR.png because you will die if she lands it on you.

VS

Kog'Maw

Easy

Just auto this guys life.. You can kill him pretty fast if you land a E-Q combo. Max traps and close the lane. Dont push your lane too hard so he can get ganked. He cant do a SINGLE thing about a gank he has to blow flash 100% unless he has a great support such as thresh (throws his lantern for him)..



You can trade with him after his kogmawbioarcanebarrage.png ( his attack speed steroid and all that damage stuff ) is on cooldown.

Just murder him but your support should be doing most of the job while you farm against kog.

VS

Lucian

Hard

Lucian DOES beat you in almost every stage of the game. 


His burst is unreal and you cant really kite back from him.


Just farm and try to get a good lead from a slip up.

If he uses his lucianE.png on you to proc his passive, than punish him with E-Q and put a trap behind him if he closes in.  A good lucian will use his dash behind a minion so you cant E him though.


ALWAYS MOVE SIDE TO SIDE SO YOU DONT GET HIT BY lucianQ.png THIS HURTS A LOT AND HAS LITTLE MANA COST FOR HIM SO HE WILL DO IT A LOT.

Dont try to 1v1 lucian unless you got a good lead.. Even then you have to land your skillshots on him.


Use your ult off cooldown on this dude. Do not hold it.

Lucian is the best overall carry atm.

VS

Miss Fortune

Medium

A good miss fortune can punish you hard by you standing behind minions.


DO NOT LET HER missfortunericochetshot.png A MINION AND HIT YOU. YOU WILL TAKE MAJOR DAMAGE.


Your support carries this lane. Poke Miss fortune, Sidestep the Q's but its a bit trickier because they have a higher area that'll hit you than a normal skill such as sivirs Q. You literally have to be far from the minion or to the side of it. Never directly behind it .. If you are behind it atleast know the range so you can take a few steps back and not get hit..


MF will try to trade autos with you because her love tap ( Her first auto on a new target will do extra damage ) So she will rotate between autoing you and a minion.. Just punish her when you can with autos abusing your range..

At level 6 if your support has CC then do not fear for missfortunebullettime.png. If you want you can flash to the side and E-Q that sexy chick and shes dead. Otherwise let your supp deal with it.

But overall MF is strong with her attack speed steroid. I pick MF into caitlyns and i usually win lane. Max traps

VS

Sivir

Easy

Farm. Poke. Her mana costs are too high for her to actually harass you. She has less range than you do.


Sidestep her spiralblade.png which is very easy

When she does her ricochet.png you will see her Chakram Glow and will transfer to minions. Just go in a bush or move out the way.. Give up a minion to not get hit by it.


Her ult does no damage to you it can only gap close or run away...


Dont give her free mana by letting her absorb your traps. Punish her Max Q first.

VS

Tristana

Hard

Trist will kill you very fast. 


She outranges you because she gains range on her autos everytime she levels. Eventually hitting further than you do.

She will try to rocket jump on you and mid jump put a detonatingshot.png (explosive charge) on you and then she will press rapidfire.png (Q) which gives her major attack speed for 5 seconds. If she autos you a few times with an explosive charge she will gain a rocket jump reset and major damage on you...

Try not to fight trist.

If shes in danger she will just bustershot.png you away ( Her ult knocks you away ).

If she kills your support she will gain a rocket jump reset and just jump on you and destroy you.


Play safe dont fight trist unless you got an advantage.

She cant rocket jump over your traps so make a nice line for that little B****

VS

Varus

Easy

Just sidestep his Qs. a good varus will murder you with pokes but very mana heavy. Level 6 watch for his ult otherwise you insta die.


Max traps wait for a gank He does more damage because his stacks

VS

Vayne

Easy

You out range her pretty hard... Just bully her in lane..


Most vaynes will use vaynetumble.png to CS and not effectively dodge skillshots. 


All you really gotta watch out for is vaynecondemn.png but that should be a no brainer. Just stay away from walls. If you're going to trade with vayne that's fine but you can abuse the fact she will chase you for that 3rd auto to procvaynesilveredbolts.png.. If you can effectively get her away from a minion while shes chasing you for that 3rd auto, then E-Q off her. 

At level 6 Vayne will destroy you if she doesnt get netted  so avoid 1 on 1s unless you're confident or shes lower.


TL;DR Poke her, stay away from walls. Her range is shorter by far

Why should you trust this guide? Back to Top

Why should you trust me? 


Because GUIDE.png




Shes my baby.

Other tips Back to Top

Caitlyn is really good against squishies 


You can shoot ONTOP of the baron pit. You dont need to be in the pit to auto. Caitlyn tristana and jinx are the only ones who can do this.

Use her ult to engage... You cant do it in the middle of a 2v2 bot lane you will die. The animation takes too long to do thats why she usually gets beat up right away level 6..

Shes not the ''SUPER AMG LANE BULLY'' people say. Shes good but she gets beat up easy and doesnt have a good escape contrary to other adcs.

Love caitlyn. Shes bae.

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