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

Value
Average
Games Played
3
Win %
39
Kills
6.2
Assists
6.2
Deaths
6.6
KA:D Ratio
1.9
Gold Earned
11.7K
Creep Score
192.1
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Spells to pick and why


Flash - Heal

4.png 7.png  Basic and best choice for the current meta against normal team comps and bot lanes.



Flash - Cleanse (Nobody uses Cleanse except some pro player)

4.png 1.png  Very situational and risky spell to pick that requires a good knowledge of the champion and  really good adc mechanics. You should use Cleanse only against heavy crowd control (CC) bottom lanes or team comps, for example: 89.png22.png12.png22.png412.png222.png and comps like that. Remember that choosing cleanse you will be disadvantaged compared to enemy bot lane that has heal.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

Masteries,18/0/12 ?!?


Ferocity!

18 Points on Ferocity... pretty common but there are some conflicting opinions:

  • Bounty Hunter or Battle Trance? For my honest opinion Battle Trance is more worth than Bounty Hunter because fights with Kalista can last really long thanks to the kite ability of her.
  • Warlord or Fervor? All player who are playing Kalista atm prefer Warlord, why? Because it gives you sustain on laning phase and a good survivability on late game when you'll need to stay behaind frontline and try to stack more spears you can and thats why don't take Fervor... cause you can't stack spears when you're dead.

Cunning ò.ò

0 Points on Cunning... Interesting!

The only thing you lose not using the classic 12 Points build on Cunning is Dangerous Game (I know, I know...we all have been saved thousands of times by that mastery)

Resolve 31.png

Why put those 12 Points on Resolve? It's simply more worth!

  • More health regen that gives you more sustain on lane phases
  • Tough Skin gives you an advantage on lane trades against the enemy adc
  • 50 Hp on early game are a lot, especially with Kalista which is squishy like a jellyfish.
  • 15% Cdr on Summoner Spells helps you a lot giving you the possibility of have your 4.png and 7.png up every time (Not allways) your team starts a fight.

Abilities Back to Top

E
Q
W
E
E
R
E
Q
E
Q
R
Q
Q
W
W
R
W
W
Passive
Q
2
8
10
12
13
W
3
14
15
17
18
E
1
4
5
7
9
R
6
11
16

Skills

(Aka what you don't have... jk)


So it's pretty simple, with patch 7.1 Riot buffed Kalista's E.

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As you can see now Kalista adds spikes even if her E is on cooldown  and the mana cost of Kalista's E is refunded even if kills only one minion at a time (Like the old Kalista). These buffs allow Kalista to have a better waveclear at no mana cost and finally she will be able to continue a fight even if her E is on cd without losing her main mechanic.




Max allways first the E at level one because will help you on wave clearing and a creep secure.



Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Basic start as Ad carry
    Kill your support on base or under tower rather than on jungle (you never know)
    never pick one more doran's blade if you back or die early during the laning phase
    if you back with 1300 gold or more attack speed
    if you back with 1300 gold or more vs hard pokes
    If you're behind with gold it's a good item and on 7.1 Kalista have a good waveclear

Core Items

    Allways botrk first (or at least bilgewater cutlass) than runaan
    Best early~mid game build
    best Early~mid game build vs an ap carry (ziggs or viktor)
    Snowballing core build
    core build vs ap carry or heavy ap team
    standard core build
    if you are tyler1
    kalista tank (troll)
    Have vision is a priority as adc
    Full build Elixir, Iron for some juicy hp and tenacy or wrath for more sustain

Situational Items

    Against ziggs or viktor ap carry for prevent deadly bursts (take hexdrinker on early game and upgrade it when you finish yours botrk and runaan)
    Works bad whit kalista and if you're not going tanky and you're not vs assassins is a useless item for your build
    it's a good situational item vs heavy crit champions like tristana, vayne, yasuo, ashe, tryndamere etc. and gives you an aoe slow that will help you on kiting them
    If you're against champions with high movement speed and you're not able to kite them is a good item replacement instead of sterak
    zhonya is the most situational item for all ad carries. if the enemy team have a fed assassin like zed, rengar, kha'zix etc. you may consider on buying it
    Cc don't let you kite so if you're against a heavy cc comp buy a quicksilver sash and upgrade it only if you've finished your build or you need lifesteal
    Usually isn't more worth than Lord dominik but if you're vs a healer/support or a high health regen tank like mundo or swain, executioner and mortal reminder will be your best friends
    Perfect build when you're on base and your team is about to win the game without you there or when your midlaner flame the jungler and ragequit at min 5 (i'm kidding never do this)
    A bad item to buid but If you need armor penetation and lord dominik isn't enough
    If you think that rageblade is a good item for kalista you never used her, the guinsoo rage passive is good but spend 3600 gold for this item it's just dumb and you'll be probably melted by any enemy champion

Items


I think I've been really clear on builds descriptions, and i put a build even vs ap carries so if you'll found some 115.png or 112.png (that don't tilt me at all) you'll know what build and when build it.

Just remember that core items of Kalista are:  3153.png  3085.png and of course 3006.png
all others items are technically situational items and you'll decide which item build or not for maximize you're damage and survivability,

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Ashe
    Medium
  • Caitlyn
    Medium
  • Draven
    Hard
  • Ezreal
    Easy
  • Jhin
    Easy
  • Jinx
    Medium
  • Kog'Maw
    Easy
  • Lucian
    Hard
  • Miss Fortune
    Medium
  • Sivir
    Medium
  • Teemo
    Hard
  • Tristana
    Hard
  • Twitch
    Easy
  • Varus
    Easy
  • Vayne
    Hard
  • Viktor
    Hard
  • Ziggs
    Medium

VS

Ashe

Medium

Ashe passive counters Kalista mobility and can be really frustrating not be able to kite properly.

  • Early game it's in your favour, you can easily win trades vs her waiting behind minion waves and when she use her w or don't have q stacks try to trade but pay attention at her support, if ashe have a support with a heavy cc you'll risk to not be able to leave the trade cause roots/stuns in combo with ashe's slow.
  • Mid-Late game you will not be able to fight her directly cause frontline, pay attention on your positioning or she can catch you out position and ult you and start a fight with your death. Try to avoid her w or aa for do not be slowed on fights but at 4/5 items you should be able to melt her with the help of your frontline.

VS

Caitlyn

Medium

Matchup difficulty vs Caitlyn depends mostly on the enemy skills, if you're against a good Caitlyn with some traps mechanics you can have some problems.

  • Early game stay away from her and don't let her poke you especially when she have her headshot ready. If you're under tower never stay between your tower and the map wall.
  • Mid and late game will be hard vs Caitlyn due to hes long range auto attacks but you can use your ultimate for throw your support on his face and delete her range advantage. Pay attention to Caitlyn traps and don't do the same jump pattern when you're farming, on fights if you don't have peeling problems try to use your ultimate for be able to reach and kill her.

VS

Draven

Hard

Draven can be really hard to play against due to his high early damage.

  • Early games vs Draven are tough, if you don't need to, never trade  with him or at least poke him when he will not be able to respond. You can try to fight him only when he lose his axes or he get caught out of position by your support or jungler. Never go on "all-in" fights vs Draven in early cause he simply have more damage then you (with axes).
  • Mid-Late game will be balanced if you didn't fed him so stay with your team and normally fight. Remember that you'll have your ultimate for take or cc him

VS

Ezreal

Easy

Ezreal can be a really easy matchup untill he build his Iceborn Gauntlet 3025.png

  • Early game stay allways behing minions and try to push more then him, when or if he waste his E ezrealarcaneshift.png you can easily trade or even kill him.
  • Mid-Late game will be easy if you'll calculate his E cd, never use ultimate on him if he still having his E and don't chaise him if you don't have near minions or other covers. Remember to use your 3153.png if you need to slow him.

VS

Jhin

Easy

Jhin is not a really hard matchup untill he is fed.

  • Early game if he have the 4th shot just run back, trade him when he's reloading or when he uses his q on minions. You can easily dodge his w and ultimate but his aa damage hurts.
  • Mid-Late game depends on what you've done on early, if he is fed don't face him just wait your team and with some cc he will be dead. If you're going good you can harass him with your ultimate and botrk due to his low escape ability

VS

Jinx

Medium

It's like Caitlyn.

  • Early game don't stay near your minions for prevent his cannon damage and trade her only if you have an agressive/tank support or just wait ganks.
  • Mid-Late game depends on your frontline is they're good you'll not have any problem

VS

Kog'Maw

Easy

Very easy lane

  • Stay away from him, dodge his Q and E with dashes and farm. If he use his W for farm faster wait untill the W expire and then trade him
  • Kog is more squishy than you on early so you can easily kill him with the help of your support

VS

Lucian

Hard

Lucian got a buff too on 7.1! and he can out-trade you 31.png

  • Early game vs Lucian is in theory easy if you know what to do, you have to wait untill he uses his abilities on minions or his rush (E) for dodge and only then fight him. If you'll trade him when he have all his abilities up he will melt you.
  • Mid-Late game never use your ultimate for try to catch him if he has his E or Flash. You can dodge his Q damage side stepping with your passive if you have a good timing.

VS

Miss Fortune

Medium

Just some tips

  • Do not stay behind minions or support
  • Trade only if she don't have his E missfortunescattershot.png
  • Side step or ult her when she uses her ultimate

VS

Sivir

Medium

Pretty normal lane phase

  • Dodge his Q and don't stay near your minion if she uses her W
  • Try to don't be predictable when you're using your E cause she can speel shield it sivire.png
  • Do not use ultimate on her if she have E sivire.png you will waste it.

VS

Teemo

Hard

Teemo AP Carry... f**k this s**t man.

VS

Tristana

Hard

Tristana can easly melt you on early-mid game.

  • Stay away from creeps and towers for prevent E passive and active damage
  • If  Tristana uses his E on you don't trade her and try to go out of his auto attack range
  • Build a  3143.png only after closed 3153.png and 3085.png if she's snowballing really hard.
  • Don't try to use your ultimate if she have her jump.

VS

Twitch

Easy

Easy... who stacks more wins.

I just have a few tips:

  • If he use his ultimate you use your ultimate
  • Build attack speed on early
  • If he's not on lane 20% of times he's back and the other 80% he's going to appear behind your ass

VS

Varus

Easy

You can dodge all his kit

  • Try to don't follow the same jump pattern when you're farming or he will start predict your movements and hit you with his Q
  • If he try to stack his W on you trade him, you'll do more damage then him if you dodge his Q or E
  • Dodge his R, it's hard but you have a chance to predict it, if you get hit by that use your ultimate istantly for bring back the cc advantage

VS

Vayne

Hard

Vayne late will probably melt you.

  • Early try to harass Vayne every time you can but pay attention on not die trying it, if you feed her on early you'll have a lot of problems.
  • Mid-Late game your ultimate is reserved for her, the only thing you have to do is try to delete her before he starts carry the fight.

VS

Viktor

Hard

Another Ap Carry...


  • You litterally need to wait untill he'll have low mana
  • Hexdrinker and Malmortius will be your main item for all the game
  • With the magic resist provided by3155.png or 3156.png and the lifesteal by 3153.png you'll be able to fight him without problems.
  • Try to bait his W and only after he wasted it trade him.

VS

Ziggs

Medium

Ap Carry Ziggs (Why Riot..why)


  • Early Game depends on you, don't stay near minions for prevent his bombs damage or if he aims to you, you'll be able to dodge them with jumps. Build a Hexdrinker 3155.png  or you'll be melted especially at level 6 trades.
  • Mid-Late game will be fine with your Malmortious. If he waste his W you can ult him and kill easily. If your 3156.png is on cooldown do not fight with him.

Best 5 Supports for Kalista Back to Top


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Braum

Braum is one of or even the best Support for Kalista
His Q slows the target and procs his Passive which allows you to be able to
follow up the fight/trade, stack your spears, stun the target and be protected at the same time
Braum synergize with your Ultimate too! He's a Tank/Support so you don't have to be afraid to throw him on fight


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Thresh


Thresh's kit has a terrific synergy with Kalista!
All the abilities of Thresh will help you a lot, Thresh's E passive and your W passive 
will help you on maximize the dmg, His grab i mean... it's Thresh's grab you know what he can do
with it, the lantern (W) can allways save you from a bad positioning or shield you and finally the ulty that slows


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Janna

Janna is the best utility support for Kalista :)
Her shield allows you to trade safely nd give you that juicy extra ad
Her W slows your enemies giving you the time for stack more spears and at least Q and R are perfect disengages


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Leona


Leona is the best heavy crowd controller for Kalista
If you can follow up her engages and proc her passive the bot lane will be very easy
Leona's cc allows you to harass the enemy adc or supp on early and have a lot of peeling on late vs assansins


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Soraka


Soraka gives you tons of heals when you wanna trade on bot and on late a constant sustain in the midst of fights




Tips and Tricks Back to Top

Tips


  • Sentinels can save you and your support from jungler ganks and mid roams so never forget that you have them

  • Make sure you choose your Sentinels path in a way that it passes through as many bushes as possible

  • Make sure to be coordinated with your support for use the full potential of your W passive

  • Going for 3153.png as first item provides some sinergy with your E and passive, you'll be able to kite faster, slow the enemy and have sustain in lane 

  • Don't allways try to kill every champion with E as last hit, if your target have a good escape ability use E for his slow cause is more worth than his damage if you can't active it after enemy's escape


  • Your ultimate can provide a engage but can also save your support to certain death


Tricks


  • When no enemy units are nearby for you to use your passive you can always use your Q for jump walls or dodge skill

  • Your Top laner or anyone in your team who have Teleport can use it on your Sentinels so be smart and communicate with your mates

  • You can stack some spears on an enemy champion and on a low health minion so you can use your E for poke the enemy and kill the creep at the same time for prevent your E to go on cooldown

  • You can do a fast double dash if you use your Q right after one passive dash (really usefull on dodging large hitbox skills)



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