Smartcast tip: Bind your ALT key from Self-Cast to Smart Self Cast (a relatively new option). You can still hold Alt and selfcast for when you play a healer or whatever as long as you aren't mousing over an ally.
However you can then use ALT key to toggle smartcast. Sure, I love smartcast on Cass's E, but not so much on W, and not on my Ult.
But even if I did, next match comes and I gotta REBIND the stupid keys again. Ugh.
With ALT on self-smartcast, I can hold alt and smartcast whenever I want for any champ without ever messing with keybinds.
Why alt? Shift is technically fine, but holding shift down is awkward. Whereas bending thumb to hold ALT down is easy and doesnt require me to move my fingers off of Q,W,E,R
What about Rod of Ages? Didnt see that covered and its my typical first item. If I am doing well, Ill grab catalyst on my first B. If not, Ill grab another Dorans or two.
The catalyst gives me sustain, health, mana, and Rod is excellent for toughening up.
The downside is that you will probably already take Rylais, so you really do wind up exceptionally tough at the cost of faster damage boosting which may be bad for a really long ranged champ.
But I always seem to get focused so I like the Rod.
You might wanna try Jungling with her too. It actually is quite entertaining because she clears really fast and has several advantages during ganking. Ranged autoattack and red buff application, movespeed buff on Q. AoE slow with miasma that REVEALS BUSHES where they always run off to, massive burst damage with Fang spam. Ability to engage from 850 range(!) Ult is pretty sweet on ganks too.
Standard 21offense, but take 9 defense (3 armor, 2 -dmg, 1 bladed armor, 3 magic resist). Make sure to take Armor yellows, but otherwise the same setup.
Cloth and 5 pots is necessary, start with Noxious Blast.
Start at blue, get help from team to beat up blue golem pretty significantly. Tell em not to just 1 hit and run, but to have 2 or 3 dudes all hit it. A clean blue buff is really helpful. Get miasma!
Then you can make a judgement call to go TOP or MID as your NB/miasma, or jungle more.
Go RIGHT UP TO WOLVES and drop NB/Miasma. DO NOT ENGAGE FROM RANGE! You wanna ensure wolves sit in the miasma and eat the 25 dmg/sec for the full 8 seconds. Damage saved from starting ranged pales in comparison.
Then wraiths, 2 golems(with a bit of kiting after miasma wears off), redbuff.
You should be at FULL HEALTH when you gank bottom.
Twin Fang question: I heard that you only vamp 1/3rd or so even from FANG though its not an AoE? Is that still the case? Is it a bug? It looked like I was spell vamping a pretty good chunk from fang, but its hard to compare my DOTs with the fangs insta-dmg.
I will add something on RoA, i did forget it and there is a point to be made for having some extra mana and not just m regen
I do jungle with her though i didn't feel i should add it since it gets to much hate from your team. (and someone trying it out is sure to get more hate.) As well there are simply better junglers. (Trundle my fav atm)
Here's a Cass question: what do you do in a mid match up vs. Orianna? I'm fairly new to trying Cass out, but it's usually worked pretty well in my favor, but one impressionable game I got DESTROYED by the robit. That ball just seemed perfect for zoning Cass out of even a sensible distance to harass her or even exchange.
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