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All Guides Kassadin Guides [S4]The Balance of Power Must be Preserved
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Kassadin Statistics for Galenodo

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

Value
Average
Games Played
4
Win %
39
Kills
7.4
Assists
7.3
Deaths
6.3
KA:D Ratio
2.3
Gold Earned
11.3K
Creep Score
143.6
Average

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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Summoner Spells to Get:

4.png Flash is amazing as it gives a Kassadin another form of escape besides his ult. This can be useful if your ult is on cooldown.

14.pngIgnite is also a must as it combines well with an all in during the laning phase and also goes well into the late game as you single out the AD or AP carry.

1.pngCleanse can be very situational but still very good.

21.pngBarrier is another situational but its good vs very high burst champions that counter you like 238_64.png


Summoners NOT to get:

12.pngThis summoner is only good if you want to do a surprise gank but otherwise its not good as Kassadin is not a split pusher. 

10.pngYou are not 30_64.png so this summoner is a waste

7.pngThis summoner is pretty bad as of now, usually only unexperienced supports and ADCs get this its has very little use for Kassadin or AP mids in General

13.pngThis is non-essential as you have a basic attack that gives you mana.


Runes Back to Top

  • 9x
    +0.59 ability power Greater Mark of Ability Power
  • 9x
    +0.87 magic penetration Greater Mark of Magic Penetration
  • 9x
    +1.34 magic resist Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
  • 9x
    +1 armor Greater Seal of Armor
  • 9x
    +0.1 ability power per level Greater Seal of Scaling Ability Power
  • 3x
    +4.26 armor Greater Quintessence of Armor
  • 3x
    +4.95 ability power Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
  • 3x
    +2.01 magic penetration Greater Quintessence of Magic Penetration

Marks

Either take Magic Pen. or Ability power reds as they both work well with Kassadin.


Seals

I almost always take armor seals so I'm more protected against AD casters in the late game, but ability power per lvl wouldn't be too bad.


Glyphs

Always take flat MR Glyphs


Quintessences

Same with Marks take either AP or Magic Pen. Note: Taking Armor quints against some of your hard counters like 238_64.png91_64.png is not a bad choice.

Masteries Back to Top

0/1
0/4
4/4
1/1
0/1
0/3
3/3
0/1
0/1
0/1
1/1
3/3
0/1
0/3
3/3
1/1
0/1
3/3
1/1
1/1

Offense: 21

2/2
0/2
2/2
0/2
1/1
3/3
0/1
0/1
1/1
0/3
0/3
0/3
0/1
0/1
0/1
0/1
0/4
0/1
0/1

Defense: 9

0/1
0/3
0/3
0/1
0/3
0/1
0/1
0/3
0/1
0/3
0/1
0/1
0/1
0/3
0/2
0/1
0/3
0/1

Utility: 0

Abilities Back to Top

Passive
q
1
4
5
7
9
w
3
14
15
17
18
e
2
8
10
12
13
r
6
11
16

R>Q>E>W- This is the basic skill order


FAQs about abilities 

Why get E level 2??? 
Answer: I get it incase of an early level jungle invade so that way I can slow them. Pretty much by getting my E second I can harass more and be more safe from early engages or ganks. 



Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Best start on Kassadin
    Vs. Heavy AD (Zed, Talon, Riven)
    Trinkets (either of them will work, it'll be preference to you as a player)

Core Items

    First back.
    Core Items.
    Full End Game build.

Situational Items

    Read Description
    Get both late game

3023_64.png This item I usually leave for the supports to get, but sometimes its not even needed. But its useful if you're catching out AD carrys that are split pushing.

3116_64.pngI don't really like this item on Kass. Kassadin already has a very good slow so the slowing aspect of this item is a waste. However sometimes you will need more health, otherwise this is okay

3128_64.pngEven though you're an assassin I don't think this is so good on him, mostly because with Kassadin you'll be spamming your abilities and will forget to even use the active. However, if your team is AP oriented getting this item could make your job easier by placing it on the AD carry and watching him explode from all the AP thrown at him.

3152_64.pngI usually don't like getting on Kassadin, but if you're having trouble surviving fights it not a bad purchase.

3174_64.pngThis item is only good if you're having a very tough time early game, usually just get the 3028_32.png as the extra MR is all he needs.

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Ahri
    Medium
  • Akali
    Medium
  • Anivia
    Medium
  • Annie
    Easy
  • Brand
    Easy
  • Cassiopeia
    Hard
  • Cho'Gath
    Medium
  • Diana
    Medium
  • Elise
    Medium
  • Fiddlesticks
    Easy
  • Fizz
    Hard
  • Galio
    Medium
  • Gragas
    Easy
  • Heimerdinger
    Hard
  • Jarvan IV
    Hard
  • Jayce
    Hard
  • Karthus
    Easy
  • Kassadin
    Hard
  • Katarina
    Easy
  • Kayle
    Medium
  • Kennen
    Hard
  • Kha'Zix
    Medium
  • LeBlanc
    Hard
  • Lee Sin
    Hard
  • Lissandra
    Medium
  • Lux
    Medium
  • Mordekaiser
    Medium
  • Morgana
    Easy
  • Nidalee
    Easy
  • Orianna
    Medium
  • Pantheon
    Medium
  • Riven
    Hard
  • Ryze
    Easy
  • Sion
    Hard
  • Swain
    Medium
  • Syndra
    Medium
  • Talon
    Medium
  • Twisted Fate
    Easy
  • Veigar
    Easy
  • Xerath
    Easy
  • Yasuo
    Medium
  • Zed
    Hard

VS

Ahri

Medium

  • Don't get free harassed, but try to poke her.
  • Play passive as she can set up ganks very well.
  • At six you both have high mobility, but you do more damage. 

VS

Akali

Medium

  • Don't let her get close to you
  • Punish her for getting CS
  • At six don't stand in her smoke as she can outplay you
  • Investing in some pink wards could save your life

VS

Anivia

Medium

  • Play very passive as she can have very good poke early.
  • Set up ganks before she hits six as she has no escapes.
  • At six your damage is better but her wave clear is unbearable.
  • Don't stay out of lane for too long as it will make you lose a tower.

VS

Annie

Easy

  • Annie has very good poke early
  • Don't overextend as she is the master of setting up a gank
  • If she hits six first play very passive until you hit six.

VS

Brand

Easy

  • Your silence completely nullifys his damage output
  • Beware of his poke as he has a longer range
  • At six be sure to hit your silence first as he won't be able to counter react otherwise

VS

Cassiopeia

Hard

  • Very damaging poke at very low mana cost
  • A good Cassiopeia will zone you from farm making it difficult to level
  • At six don't try to duel her as she can outplay you
  • Gank other lanes and ask for ganks in return as she has no means of escape.

VS

Cho'Gath

Medium

  • Cho'Gath has very long range poke and a silence of his own.
  • Try not to let him hit six before you as he can easily catch you out and snowball
  • Set up ganks and snowball off of him instead

VS

Diana

Medium

  • Very hard to get close to
  • Very damaging poke early
  • Can completely out damage you if you miss your E
  • Play very passive and ask for ganks
  • Has a shield that can stop your burst
  • At six you can try going for a kill, if she can react good, ganking is the next option

VS

Elise

Medium

  • Has percent damage poke
  • Can set up ganks well as well as do more damage
  • At six try to kill her as a good silence can ruin her

VS

Fiddlesticks

Easy

  • Very squishy early
  • Don't let him get too close to you
  • Can set up ganks well
  • At six you out damage him and a well timed silence stops his ult

VS

Fizz

Hard

  • Play extremely passive and if he Es to you Q him and let your minions do damage to him.
  • Don't let him Auto Attack you
  • At six beware as his ult can sometimes stop you from getting away 

VS

Galio

Medium

  • Dodge his skillshots and make him waste mana
  • Set up a gank as he has no real escape
  • At six make sure he doesn't have his ult or he is silenced as a well timed ult will destroy you

VS

Gragas

Easy

  • Very high burst before six
  • Can sometimes bully you out of lane
  • Try your best to hit six before him as you'll beat him then

VS

Heimerdinger

Hard

  • His turrets completely destroy any chance of you CSing.
  • Make sure to not be too close to a turret if you want to poke him
  • If you hit six first he can't escape if he does hit six he can rocket you to hell

VS

Jarvan IV

Hard

  • Pushes lanes very easily
  • Can set up ganks very effectively 
  • Very high damage from a E+Q combo
  • Start roaming at six as he will beat you

VS

Jayce

Hard

  • Jayce's poke is too much for Kassadin to handle early
  • He completely out-damages you early
  • He gets no advantage from hitting six besides a little extra damage
  • He can 100/0 you every time if you're not careful 

VS

Karthus

Easy

  • Has constant poke before six
  • You out damage him early
  • Set up ganks as he has no way to escape
  • At six don't be afraid of him as he has no way of countering you

VS

Kassadin

Hard

  • The better Kassadin wins

VS

Katarina

Easy

  • Capitalize if her E is down
  • You out damage her 
  • At six you can stop her ult

VS

Kayle

Medium

  • Her auto attacks will hurt but she keeps your E stacks up reusing her E.
  • You out damage her early
  • At six her ult will stop you from bursting her 
  • Gank other lanes and she won't be able to have presence  

VS

Kennen

Hard

  • Has lots of poke early
  • Can set up ganks unexpectedly
  • At six he can out play you 
  • Be sure to target him in teamfights 

VS

Kha'Zix

Medium

  • High damage before you
  • Don't try to trade too much
  • At six beware of his invisibility
  • Buying Pinks is not needed but it could help
  • A well timed Silence messes up his combo 

VS

LeBlanc

Hard

  • Very high damage early
  • Try to set up ganks if her W is down
  • At six she can out damage you 
  • Beware of her silence as it can mess you up in teamfights

VS

Lee Sin

Hard

  • Out damages you at all stages
  • Don't get hit by his Q as he will destroy you otherwise
  • Always stay behind minions
  • At six start roaming and ask for assistance at mid

VS

Lissandra

Medium

  • Lots of poke early
  • High mana costs if she's inexperienced
  • You out damage her around four
  • At six she can stop you from damaging her with her ult if she uses it on herself or you 

VS

Lux

Medium

  • High damage poke
  • Hard zoning potential
  • Can set ganks up well
  • At six you can beat her with a well timed silence

VS

Mordekaiser

Medium

  • His shield can stop you from poking him
  • Set up ganks
  • You out damage him at six  

VS

Morgana

Easy

  • Good wave clear
  • Has a shield that stops your silence and slow
  • You out damage her early
  • At six make her waste her shield then jump on her as she will then have no way to stop you

VS

Nidalee

Easy

  • Always stay behind minions
  • You can out damage her if she doesn't hit her spears
  • At six a timed silence makes her very vulnerable as she can't use any bushes to get away in lane

VS

Orianna

Medium

  • Q+E poke is very damaging
  • Has a very annoying shield 
  • Don't let her auto you
  • At six she can out damage you unless she misses

VS

Pantheon

Medium

  • Pantheon has very annoying AD poke
  • Rushing some armor can help you a lot
  • Ask for ganks
  • You have the advantage at six

VS

Riven

Hard

  • She can zone you easily
  • Never try to trade with her
  • She always out damages you unless she dies too much
  • At six her ult is better than yours as she can use the active and annihilate you

VS

Ryze

Easy

  • Very good poke
  • Very easy to gank
  • You out damage in short skirmishes 
  • At six he has spell vamp so be careful about that

VS

Sion

Hard

  • Very high damage early
  • A shield that takes a lot of hits that deals damage 
  • A very damaging stun makes it very easy for him to set up ganks
  • At six you can't win unless you get a gank

VS

Swain

Medium

  • Completely out damages you early
  • His E+Q does high sustained damage 
  • Can set up ganks very easily with his snare
  • At six he sustains like crazy but its possible to out damage him

VS

Syndra

Medium

  • Poke that can demolish her mana early
  • Poking her is easy early
  • Set up a gank
  • At six you completely out scale her 

VS

Talon

Medium

  • Very high damage poke
  • Can come out of nowhere and kill you
  • Play very passive and ask for ganks
  • At six and with good teamwork he can't escape

VS

Twisted Fate

Easy

  • Decent poke early
  • Gets extra gold
  • At six you out damage him 
  • You're a natural counter to him mid game and late game

VS

Veigar

Easy

  • Very slow poke
  • Set up ganks
  • Can set up ganks as well with his cage
  • At six you out damage him but beware of his ult

VS

Xerath

Easy

  • Waiting until remake

VS

Yasuo

Medium

  • Try to keep as far away from him as possible
  • With his wall he can deflect some of your abilities 
  • He can pull off surprise ganks on you with his third Q
  • Thankfully  you have an ult to get away from him, but don't use it to harass his too much as otherwise he can jump on you.

VS

Zed

Hard

  • One of the hardest counters to Kassadin
  • High damage poke
  • Can set up ganks pretty well
  • At six you can't win
  • Gank other lanes and hope he doesn't snowball out of control

Getting to Know Kassadin Back to Top

  • Kassadin is a AP Hyper Carry, able to carry entire matches by doing insane damage late game
  • Kassadin takes getting used too and his last hitting early is bad
  • Kassadin is very weak vs. AD assassins like 238_64.png,64_64.png,121_64.png, and 80_64.png
  • Kassadin is not a tank so don't try to rush in first, let your team initiate for you and clean up as that is what is the best at doing
  • Kassadin is very powerful ganker once he hits six as he can leave lane get a kill and get back to lane without his turret taking too much damage.
  • NEVER get 3070_32.png in my opinion the tear doesn't solve mana problems and you can just get 3027_32.png and have no mana problems, however if it works for you go ahead and get it. Try games with and without it and use your own opinion.  
Kassadin Stats.PNG
My stats aren't the best but here they are. Keep in mind that I play lots of normals as well. Note: This is last season.

Early Game 0:00 to 18:00 Back to Top

  • Your goal is to CS and rush your 3027_32.png and don't die
  • At six depending on your match up you either go for a kill or you gank another lane.
  • Don't lose your turret if you decide to gank a lot
  • If you are able to get your enemy turret then go ahead and help another lane get their's as your team's gold will be far better that way 

Mid Game 18:00 to 30:00 Back to Top

  • During this stage, you should have your 3027_32.png or almost have it
  • Gank lanes that are having issues and destroy towers
  • Pick off Carrys that are trying to farm
  • Start building the 3089_32.png and the 3135_32.png if they're building MR
  • Start warding Baron and Drag when they are up and get Drag if it is up so your team stays ahead

Late Game 30:00 to End of Game Back to Top

  • By now your build should look something like this:3020_32.png3027_32.png3089_32.png3135_32.png
  • Start picking off Split-pushers 
  • Let your team initiate and target AD or AP carrys
  • Keep Baron pinked
  • Sneak a baron if you can and force a team fights 
  • Go for inhibitors or inhibitor turrets 
  • Force the enemy to defend so you can farm to finish your build 
  • Build the 3100_32.png and either the 3001_32.pngor the 3157_32.png depending on the situation
  • GG

About Me Back to Top

Just to clear up I don't think of myself as the best Kassadin in the World as I still have a lot to learn with him. Please leave questions if you have any and I will reply to as many as I can. Tell me if there is a grammar or spelling error in my guide so I can fix it as well. 
I'm a bronze player who mains Mid/Top/Support. I've been playing league since early February 2013 and I plan to go for gold in Season 4.  
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