This should be a relatively easy lane. Her
doesn't heal for much earlygame and most of her damaging abilities are skillshots. I'd recommend silencing her with
and then getting some farm off so she can't launch her
on you, or simply just be extra careful and don't let her too close to you when you go in to get a lasthit off to minimize the chances of her
landing on you. Most Ahris don't max their
so you won't have to worry about any other significant source of damage until level 6 when she gets
and gets more mobility. You can still easily win trades in your lane since you have better mana management and have faster skills, not to mention when you get
, she will have an even harder time landing any of her spells on you. Her
is easily dodgeable by just staying behind your minions or juking it out with
A decent midlane pick, even though she's rarely seen nowadays. The good part about this matchup is that she's melee just like you and her
doesn't have that great of a range, but she can still poke you with it a bit, even though she can't activate it pre-6 if you play it smart.
The real problem pre-6 is her
, if she throws it on you, you get slowed and she can catch up to you or force you to waste
if an enemy jungler is nearby. If she gets in it she becomes invisible and that much more of a pain to deal with. Avoid fighting her in the Shroud. You can still damage and slow her with your
while she's in there. After 6, she gets yet another annoyance,
, but that skill is no match for your
, though she will be able to detonate her
now, but it still won't be able to compare to your harass.
This should be an easy lane, again if played well. Anivia is a pretty squishy champion, having the lowest maximum HP out of all current champions. Don't get stuck in minions pre-6 so you can avoid her
and dodge the ball sideways of the ball's path, don't go right back because it WILL hit you, and we don't want that due to anivia's large
nuke if she gets to frost you. Harass her with your
to try and poke her enough to pop her
then either kill her while she's in her egg form if she's away from her tower and you're sure that you can take her down or your jungler is in your lane, or just leave her be and farm knowing that she'll play more defensively and you can farm better. She won't become a problem even after you both hit 6 due to your increased mobility, her
won't be a threat at all after 6 as well.
Due to the range nerf on Kassadin's
some time ago, Annie has become a problem for him since her Autoattack has similar range as your
now (about 25 range difference but that isn't that big). Even though you have your
to reduce her damage output, you still have to be careful knowing that she can take her whole combo out on you if she lands her
. The only solution that I've found of dealing with her pre-6 is to either get your jungler to gank her since she only has her
for escaping, which isn't all that reliable or let her push to your tower and farm there since she can harass you with her autoattacks. After level 6, you can counter the auto attack range with your
(this being effective on rank 3 or higher due to it completely cancelling out her spells for 1.8 seconds on that rank while her stun lasts for 1.75 seconds)
Due to most of his burst being reliant on skillshots he shouldn't be a problem. His
can be easily dodged if you stand behind your minions. The only spell that should be able to hit you earlygame is his
due to it not being skillshot reliant. When you want to harass him, wait for him to use his
because both your
have a slight wind-up time which might cost you more damage than you'd do to him. After 6 it should be even easier to dodge those 2 spells, but you will have to worry about the burst from his
. It should still be an easy matchup though. Brand doesn't have any escapes as well so if you get a gank and manage to get a kill or two on him, you're going to snowball your lane and be able to dominate your lane for the remainder of the laning phase.
She's a bit tougher, she has a more potent poking ability than you and can push the lane to your tower fast. If you want to harass her, wait for her to use her
and then shoot one of your abilities. You will probably get damaged as well due to her being a poison based champ and her being able to land one of her spells before your
lands. After 6, care for her
, it has a lower range than your
, so keep poking with that and dodge her abilities with your
Seen more often in the Midlane now due to him being a great burst champion with decent scalings, good sustain and a lot of aoe CC. He'll be hard to beat in lane as time progresses. You can beat him earlygame by poking him and zoning him away from minions, though that's easier said than done since he can farm with his abilities. Don't go into melee range against him after 6 unless he's silenced unless you want to risk getting
-ed on. If he gets spellvamp he'll be impossible to push out of lane. I personally wouldn't pick Kassadin against him because Cho will win most trades against you due to his sutain.
Diana has been something that has irritated me in midlane ever since she got released. Even though she got hit by the nerfs pretty hard, she's still very viable, I'm just glad I don't see her as often as before. Her
is easy to dodge and you can silence her to avoid having to deal with that as well. Her
is great for sustaining enemy damage, thus it isn't great for us. Try baiting her to use her shield up before you poke her for maximum effect. Though remember, Even though you silence her, she can still use her
since it's her passive. After 6 she will gain some mobility but it's weaker than akali's and she'll only be able to pop it once if you keep dodging her
s, which shouldn't be a problem since you have
on 6. Lategame her damage will fall off a bit more than yours so you will have the advantage there. Oh, and don't get caught in her
pre 6 unless you want to take some heavy damage.
Yes Elise, I have already explained how ridiculously broken she is and I stand by that fact. Most people think that AP Elise is weak, but if people built her like I do kassadin for instance, with a lichbane and an AS item on mid, she would devastate anything. Stay behind your minions so she can't land
in her human form, and kite her when she's in spider form with
. Her human form
doesn't do much damage early, but it devastates on lategame, but you should have enough defenses against magic users to be able to shrug that damage off. If she leaps on you with her spiderform
after 6, be ready to riftwalk the moment she lands, so she can't use her
She's becoming a rather popular mid pick nowadays. Even though she got nerfed, she's still pretty viable. She's a very mobile champion who can clear your E slow with her
. She also has great mana management just like you due to her
. She has a spammable skill which won't do much earlygame, but keep her silenced nonetheless. Her
is a giant nuke which you can't really avoid, but you can kite her around after 6 if you manage to bait her into wasting her
before you land your
Barely ever seen in the game nowadays, let alone in midlane, but I have to write about it in case he becomes popular again. He's a tough matchup due to the heal from
, the long fear from
and the silence from
, but he is easily mana starved so take that to your advantage. If you manage to deny his bluebuff when it spawns for the second time, you will win your lane. Also, his
is a channeled spell so it can be interrupted by silence or broken by walking away.
I can't even begin explaining the hate that I have for this guy, luckily he isn't played that much anymore. As soon as he gets all 3 of his spells, he'll just dodge all of yours while chunking you slowly. Let him push to your tower and then when you see him using his
to get on you, shoot your
immediatelly so he can't dodge it with his
and slow him with
which will get you a kill due to both your damage and the damage from the tower, or at the very least force him to waste his flash to escape after the silence ends. After 6, dodging all of his skills should be easy with
where you should win your lane if the lane is even or if you are at an advantage over him.
Your lane equal. Practically a mage counter versus a mage counter, where he has hp sustain and you have mana sustain, but you're still a more mobile champion than him and his
is easy to dodge, but don't make your dodge pattern too obvious otherwise a smart galio will adapt to it and will be able to hit you more; mix it up a bit. Try not to attack him while he has his
up. See when he's about to go on you for his
and shoot your
on him to break it early causing it to do minimal damage, or simply
out of it, but that's a bit harder to acomplish than the first method.
Somewhat similar to Galio as far as matchups go. His
is very slow and should be easily dodgeable if you keep your distance from it and doge it sideways and not behind. Try and not to poke him while his
lasts, even though it's a very long buff. The best way to avoid damage from his
is to stay near a large group of minions because it's damage splits among targets hit. After 6, dodging any spell should be a cakewalk, you'll only have some trouble dodging his
but you can use the knockback to your advantage by
ing to the side of the ult that knocks you away from the enemies.
A tough matchup pre-6, he becomes easier to handle after you get
is what mostly ruins your day pre-6, zoning you away from minions and preventing you from going for the kill on Heimerdinger. Dodge his
, it's a slow moving spell so it should be relatively easy, if you can't dodge it, at least move away from it's center so you don't get stunned. After you get 6, flank around his turrets on Heimerdinger and kill him.
AP Janna has gotten many nerfs, but she's still strong, but she is easily countered. Even though she has high mobility with
, her damage isn't reliable. Her
is easily dodgeable, and she has to choose between mobility or damage when it comes to her
. Her shield strength from her
has no scaling either so it falls of later. After 6, you'll be able to dodge most of her damage.
She's a decent midlane pick, contrary to popular belief, but she doesn't do all that well against Kassadin. Her
shield is strong and the damage from it is strong if boosted by a karma stack. She won't be able to boost it with karma many times though. To add to her disadvantage, she's a very mana hungry champion, much like fiddlesticks, so she won't be able to harass as much as you will. Her
is relatively short range so she probably won't be able to hit you with it.
He's not as irritating as Cassiopeia and is much easier to win against because he can only slow you with his
. You can poke him hard and shut him down early due to him being unusually slow. Dodge his
and just harass him. If you kill him, move away immediately because he can still kill you thanks to his
. I don't even have to mention the dangers of his
I don't know what to say. All I know is, a Kassadin is going to win, it's up to you to decide which one it's going to be.
She's really good after the rework in my opinion, lots of mobility and damage. Lacking in damage and farming earlygame, but decent. Take care of her
poke, even though it isn't that threatening until level 2, it's still tough. You'll still win trades early due to you outdamaging her, and if she decides to
on you, you'll be able to get all three of your spells on her which will in turn mean that you won that trade. Manage your mana against her because she is a resourceless champion. You can easily shut down her
by either silencing her with
ing out of range.
He is an OK matchup. His
hurts early on, but it's easily dodge by standing behind minions. His
are what's going to be giving you real problems against him. You can't dodge the electrified shuriken from his
, and his
allows him to either escape from ganks, clear a wave fast or position himself better to hit you with
. His ulkt should be a bit easier to dodge for you than other champions due to your
but don't forget to slow him with
out because he can use his
to catch up to you. If he uses a Zhonya's after casting
that's just going to be a bonus for you.
One of your actual counters in lane. He can outtrade you if he manages to activate his
before you silence him, and will generally outrange you with it. You'll be pretty much dominated pre-6 unless your jungler comes to gank and you get a kill on him, you'll be able to turn the tables on him. Nothing he has in his kit will be a bother to you after 6. His
will be easy to dodge with your
Do take care of his
when you kill him, because the damage from it knows to be quite nasty and could possibly even the score pre-6.
You can win this lane fairly easy if you constantly get your
's off on her and proceed with harassing her. She has no reliable farming tool as well so you can push the lane to her tower, causing her to lose CS in the process. She does have a hefty nuke though so be careful when she's not around as she can
out of a bush and
a decent chunk of your health of while escaping with minimal damage taken. Still, she's a weaker version of you so you shouldn't have to worry much about her.
Apart from the early poke ability, you should be able to handle this lane nicely. Go for the usual
harass combo early up until level 6 and then include
into your poke rotation. That should keep her at bay due to most of her main damaging spells being relatively low range (apart from the
. She has good mana sustain with her
and it'll usually come down to who can hold his mana the best in lane later in the game, but from levels 3 to 11, starting from when you get the full combo, you should be at an advantage and depending on your performance, the duration of your advantage will either increase to the point of you beating her, outpushing her and ganking lanes, or decrease to the point of her holding you at gunpoint. But, the difficulty of playing against a Lissandra is based on the skill of both the Kassadin and the Lissandra player, where it ends up being more of a skill matchup rather than a "Who Counters Who Better"
She's a pest early due to the polymorph silence on her
, her shielding or damaging capability with
and the damaging large slow on
, but she does fall off lategame. Try and silence her before she gets to pop
on you. After six take care of
due to the instant health that she receives and the slowing aura.
Much like Lulu, a pest early on, but her skills are all skillshots and are relatively dodgeable if you keep your distance away from her, which is hard since you will have to CS. She packs a lot of CC and damage in her kit with her
; that, paired with her
will cause a lot of damage to you if you get caught in the entire combo. On level 6 you should always have your trigger finger on
because that's when she gets her highly damaging snipe ability,
which means that you aren't safe when you're basing with low hp behind a couple of turrets, though after 6 dodging all of her skills should be relatively easy if played smart.
A little underplayed at the moment, but man this champion has a lot of ways to keep damaging you. Your silence won't be as effective as it is against other champions. I recommend waiting for him to use his
on a minion so you won't have to worry about him placing it on you when you go in to harass him. Dodge his
after you throw your silence and then go in for the kill. If you do this properly, you have just dodged his
damage, his Voidling damage and the silence and damage from his
. After he gets 6, don't let him catch you in a
combo, because it will chunk you for a lot of health, if not kill you. There are two keys to dodging this: #1: Don't get hit by the silence so you can either
out of his
before he manages to cast his
and #2: Buy a
so you can cancel his
Mostly seen in jungle, but found in midlane when champions with spammable abilities need to be taught a lesson. He is a tough matchup to go against, due to the sustain from his
which is up more often than your
will be hard to dodge pre-6. You can however dodge his
by getting out of the point of impact and leading it through minions so it doesn't explode on you. After 6, he'll get even tankier with
, but you'll be able to dodge most of the damage that he'll do. I'd recommend building the AS item and/or
so you can do damage without proccing to many spells, to diminish his sustain potential.
AP master yi is a cakewalk for Kassadin. The one thing that irritates people about AP yi is his
heal, which you can shut down with your silence. His only source of damage is his
which won't deal that much damage if you shut him down. His
won't be a problem for you since you'll be able to chase him down with
He has decent burst, so he will be a problem early on and he's hard to poke due to his
. Take good care of his shield meter and then time your poke exactly when it's really low and when there are no minions around for him to replenish his shield. After 6, it'll be easy to kite him around. You can also get a
to cancel his
so the dot won't accidentally kill you and give him a ghost.
A relatively easy lane. She won't be able to damage you. Stay behind your minions when she uses
and move away from her
. Bait her
out by making it look like you're going on the attack or by using your
since it's instant and then wait for it to go down so you can place your
on her. When she gets her ult you can easily get out of it by just
to the direction that is farthest away from her and that should break it. The only problem that you'll have against her is that she pushes better than you and will probably force you to your tower which might cause you to lose some CS.
She's a pest earlygame. Her
will be a constant bother throughout the game and even if you silence her, she can still hurt you via her
. After 6, it should get a little easier, as it is against any other champion, but do have in mind that she has a shield which can absorb the damage that you dish out. Also take care never to get caught on a ball after 6 because of her
Not seen in midlane often, but it does happen. He doesn't use mana so he'll be harder to push out of lane. He's an excellent pusher so you might find yourself farming at your turret most of the time. Care not to stand in the open so he can't land his
. Also remember that he can keep channeling his
even through the silence if he activated it before the silence hit. He also has his
which increases his sustain against you, try baiting him to overheat and then kite him. After 6, do your best to stay out of his
because it WILL devastate you if you stay in it for too long.
You can deny him earlygame while his cooldowns are still low, but as the game progresses, he'll most likely be getting tankier via items like
which will make the lane harder for you and easier for him. Plus, the sustain from his
is nothing to me ignored. His machinegun like spellcasting order makes him a tough opponent when midgame hits. Use your earlygame advantage well and snowball out of it so you can help your other lanes out.
Good old AP sion. Not seen much anymore even though he was FotM for a while. I'd personally carry
as one of my summoners against him, or get a
since they both counter him hard. He has two damaging abilities where one is timed and dependant on the shield not getting bursted through before he can re-activate it while his
is only a single target spell which doesn't do much if you just cleanse it off or move far enough that he can't get to you since the stun has a rather slow travel time. If you want to harass him, wait for his
to go down and then poke him, this should help you out with his lane. His
is useless for AP sion so you don't have to worry about that sustain.
A real pest. Hard to push out of lane due to her ability to spam her
constantly. She can silence you just as well as you can with her
and her silence is instant, it doesn't travel, plus the sustain from her
is huge. If you want to go against her, harass her early, but use one ability first so you can bait her
out of her, then use the rest and go for a couple of AA's after the armor aura wears off.
Swain is a champion that you can counter well. Even though he has very strong damage output later in the game, he needs farm to do so and he doesn't clear minion waves very well, he does trade very well though with his
and AA combo, BUT those skills have shorter casting ranges than your
which lets you harass him freely. You can also push his lane to his tower to make him lose a couple of CS. He is a mana hungry champion as well which he compensates with his
, but if you don't let him get much farm, he won't be able to sustain that much. Dodging his
is mandatory, never let yourself get slowed with
otherwise he'll probably land
and you'll eat his full combo. Always kite him for the range of your
and that shouldn't happen. After 6, you can dodge every source of his damage except his
which will let you win the lane against him.
I haven't had much experience with facing this lane, but I can safely say that she's hard to win against. Her
has a large aoe and if she lands one directly on top of you, you won't be able to escape it's damage pre-6. Her
is also very strong, allowing her to slow you so she can deal even more damage to you, again a problem pre-6. One thing I've learned against her is that you should never stand in a direct line of her and one of her balls due to the stun part of her
. She has a large nuke with
, but it depends on the number of her balls on the field. If you see her stacking them, you can just
her to disrupt that process. After you get your ult, all you should focus on when she's in question is moving constantly, dodging her
, and disrupting her
. If you do that you should be able to do nicely against her.
He's very decent, one of my personal favorites. When it comes to facing him, he makes half your passive useless in lane since you won't be getting any magical damage from him (usually). Take care of his
as it has large range, the silence doesn't last that long though, but it's enough for him to do his combo. I personally don't like facing him in lane though. He's much like an AD version of Kassadin. The reason why I don't like going up against him is because he'll always be able to lay some damage on you. You will return the favor, but AFTER he finishes with his damage, but if you can build stuff like
, his damage will start falling off against you and you'll be able to win it. Overall he's a tough matchup due to his high burst and mobility after 6. Winning against him all depends on the skill level between you and the Talon player.
Never playing against this annoying thing as a melee anything, EVER. (except Renekton)
Alright, ragemode aside, if you meet AP teemo on mid, you will get utterly destroyed. Your silence doesn't do much against his harass and you won't be able to win your lane unless you get a huge early advantage (2-3 kills). After 6, he'll be an even bigger annoyance due to his
. You won't be able to apply your
if he blinds you with
thus losing some of your damage output. His only offensive active that your silence can affect is his blind, but he can shoot it the same time you shoot your silence so it won't matter, all his other damage comes from either
Rarely played as AP anymore, but she is still strong. Her
is a really strong burst spell, but if she uses it to damage you, she'll be open to your full combo thus doing that makes it a bad idea. Her other pre-6 damaging ability is her
which won't be a problem until later in the game when it starts outranging your silence due to it's range now scaling with her passive. After 6 you'll have a harder time sticking to her than against any other champion due to her
, but you'll be able to dodge her
damage because of your
. All in all, an OK matchup.
He's a rather easy matchup to go up against. Dodge his
's and poke him with your
passes. He won't be able to
you since you can kite him around just like Swain due to it having his autoattack range which is shorter than your
. After 6, you can just leap over his
on him, and burst him down with your full combo. If he's using his
within your sight range, silence him quickly, You'll help one of your lanes greatly by denying him the opportunity to gank them or prevent him from escaping.
Well, he is fairly easy to deal with. The reasoning behind this is: a) On level one he will either have
and just stun you without being capable of doing any damage or he'll have his
which won't be doing that much damage early on. From levels 2-5 he might be able to trade with you, but you'll still be coming out on top there due to
and due to him not having much AP. On levels 6 and onward, surprise
-ing on him won't give him enough time to react with
allowing you to dodge most of his damage. Getting a
is very effective against him because it will either shut down a stun, or a portion of his damage. The AS kassadin build is also very good against him because you won't have that much AP as caster Kassadin to give his
strength. You can also effectively deny his
CS in lane by silencing before he goes on to lasthit a minion with it, thus preventing him from getting obscene amounts of AP. He's also very easy to burst down, especially with Kassadin due to him being naturally squishy and you being able to pump out everything on him in a short duration. Oh, also carrying
against him is a very favorable option.
An OK matchup. He has a shield on his
for sustaining and decent CC on his
allowing him to be almost ungankable by the enemy if placed correctly. Your
still outranges his
by about 50 range, it might be a bit tricky to pull off but you can manage to poke him without letting him activate it and get his shield up. Try dodging his
as much as you can because it's damage is really high earlygame. Also, don't let yourself get caught too long in his
because it will stun you, leaving you helpless against his burst. After 6 you'll be able to dodge both the stun and the
easier and will let you be more agressive against him.
Vladimir isn't all that strong against Kassadin on mid, especially since your
outranges all his spells. He can dodge your spells with his
but at a large healthcost that probably isn't even worth the use if he's on full health. If you don't let him farm you will be able to win your lane fairly easily. You might have some trouble when he gets some spellvamp but it shouldn't be too much to handle. After 6 you can easily chase him down since the
slow won't affect you that much since you can teleport all over the place, just make sure you hit your
before you go in and harass him to prevent any unnecessary heals coming from his side of the spell arsenal.
Xerath can be somewhat of a hard lane to deal against, due to him being an artillery champion. You should be safe if you juke around his
, especially when he places his
on you, but that will take some very quick reflexes since the charge-up time isn't that long. Don't harass him unless you juke that since you won't be safe doing so. After 6, you can practically do whatever you please to him since juking every single one of his spells is going to be very easy and you can just go in, do your thing, and
I'll admit, he's tough to beat in lane. His
is easy to dodge if you have room to do so, but his
will be a pain there due to it not having any travel time. You can still poke him better, if Ziggs gets silenced by your
he won't be ably to proc his
as well. After 6, you are going to have an easier time against him thanks to your added mobility.
You can easily dodge his
, so be sure to have one ready when he throws it out.
Zilean is an annoying lane. His
and he won't have any trouble placing it since he can speed himself up with
or slow you since that also has a longer range than your
, letting him poke you effectively, especially thanks to his double
combo. Killing him will also present a problem after level 6 due to his
, but if you manage to silence him before he uses it and burst him down during the silence duration, you will be able to kil him without him popping it. Overall a hard and annoying matchup, but falls off later in the game.
She has outstanding poke and range. The key to beating her is to predict where her abilities are landing and dodging them and only then going in to harass her. She's pretty much like Xerath in terms of laneplay. After 6 she will get her
which shouldn't be a problem to dodge with your
. Stay away from her
's because they will chunk you down decently if you stay near them too much. If you kill her, be wary of her
pre-6 as she can do a revenge kill on you with it. After 6 it shouldn't be a problem to dodge with your