It's easier to land Arcanopulse on an enemy when they're moving toward or away from you, rather than side to side.
Eye of Destruction will make landing Arcanopulse easier as the target will be slowed.
If you stun an enemy with Shocking Orb, follow up with a guaranteed center hit on Eye of Destruction.
It takes 6 spell casts for Kassadin's slow, Force Pulse, to become castable. If he levels up that ability, judiciously use your own skills while laning against him.
Kassadin deals mostly magic damage. If he's doing well consider buying magic resist items like Mercury's Treads and Banshee's Veil.
Each time Kassadin consecutively uses Riftwalk, he pays more and more mana. Keep this in mind as you chase him.
The stat comparisons shown here show some important Xerath versus Kassadin counter statistics that can help us appreciate the differences and similarities between this set of champs. Xerath’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is greater than Kassadin’s KDA ratio of NaN, indicating that Xerath may be more central to his team's team fighting capability than Kassadin. This observation is largely a result of the differences in assists.
Xerath often has a slightly smaller longest kill spree than his matchup does. On average, he receives less damage than Kassadin. This often reflects different amounts of tankyness, but it can also illustrate that the one champion has less agility and thus is unable to flee from additional harm when poked or engaged.
Both League of Legends champions are great. Both champs have their strengths, weaknesses, and counters. In the game's current meta, Xerath usually fairs equally well when taking on Kassadin, with a 50.4% win rate. Therefore, Xerath makes an ok counter to Kassadin.
While Xerath does have a higher winrate than Kassadin, when facing one another, Xerath also has a greater level of difficulty that makes him a more difficult character to pick up and master. You should be careful when picking Xerath into Kassadinas his relative depth means you may not be able to reach his full potential without a significant amount of practice beforehand.
Furthermore, Xerath has some amount of CC and other utility, a similar amount to Kassadin. This makes her just as valuable during team fights, especially when fighting champions with a lot of burst damage.
While there is not a single best champion overall in League of Legends, in Xerath vs Kassadin matchups, Xerath is the better champ with a similar win rate, similar champion depth, and a similar amount of utility to help out your teammates during team fights.
Xerath is a decent counter for Kassadin. Make sure you focus your tactics on keeping up your gold and cs and taking out objectives. If you do that, you should do very well as Xerath against Kassadin.
If you would like to truly master Xerath to counter Kassadin during both the laning and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should keep reading to gather a few extra tricks and insights into this matchup. If you mind the build and tips shown above, you will increase your win rate by a lot and be closer to League of Legends pro players.
Xerath most often picks up less CS as Kassadin. Champs who on average don't acquire much CS often don't require much CS to be valuable teammates, such as support champions. They are capable of scaling properly off of their skills, stats, and first items alone. Yet, champs with a lot of CS, such as hyper-carries, usually need several high cost items to be effective. In either case, try to do better than the numbers displayed here to do well.
The ideal items to prioritize in your Xerath versus Kassadin build include Luden's Tempest, Rabadon's Deathcap, and Horizon Focus. When Xerath combined at least these three items in his build, he performed a lot better when fighting Kassadin than with most other typical counter builds. In fact, Xerath had an average win rate of 50.4% battling Kassadin with this build.
To have the greatest chance of beating Kassadin as Xerath, Xerath players should take the First Strike, Magical Footwear, Biscuit Delivery, Cosmic Insight, Manaflow Band, and Scorch runes from the Inspiration and Sorcery rune sets. Out of all the rune sets that we analyzed for Xerath vs Kassadin counter picks, this mixture of runes resulted in the highest win rate. In fact, these runes averaged a 50.4% win rate overall.
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