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League of Legends Patch 12.16 Is Bringing AD Kai'Sa Back Into the Meta

Published: 01:39, 24 August 2022
Riot Games
League of Legends champion Kai'Sa
League of Legends - Kai'sa does not scale anywhere close to her father, Kassadin

The last time Kai'Sa was part of the meta, her build relied on a single ability and nothing more. Since that nerf, she has been at the bottom brackets, until now.

Kai'Sa is a unique League of Legends ADC, as her kit not only allows her to be in the thick of things but requires her to do so, by Riot 's intentional design.

In fact, she is supposed to be a type of assassin ADC, while the last meta build she had turned her into a backline mage , basically.

In patch 12.16, Riot are returning some power back into the hands of Kai'Sa, and are doing it properly this time, by buffing her AD build:

  • Passive - Second Skin
    • PLASMA ON-HIT BASE DAMAGE 4-16 (based on level) ⇒ 5-23 (based on level)
    • CAUSTIC WOUNDS ADDITIONAL DAMAGE PER PLASMA STACK BEFORE APPLICATION 1-8 (based on level) ⇒ 1-12 (based on level)
  • Q - Icathian Rain
    • DAMAGE PER MISSILE 40/55/70/85/100 (+ 50% bonus AD) (+25% AP) ⇒ 40/55/70/85/100 (+ 50% bonus AD) (+30% AP)
  •  R - Killer Instincts
    • SHIELD STRENGTH 70/90/110 (+ 90/135/180% AD) (+ 90% AP) ⇒ 70/90/110 (+ 90/135/180% AD) (+ 120% AP)

Riot Games League of Legends - Zeri League of Legends - Compare Zeri to Kai'Sa, and the buffs explain themselves

With these buffs, Kai'Sa will be able to burst down high priority targets caught by her team, and won't be afraid to do so, with the increased shield on her ultimate.

"Kai’Sa has been struggling recently, particularly when it comes to her more attack speed or AP-oriented build paths. We’re giving her some scaling power, but in a way that should avoid buffing her problematic full-AP-W-hits-for-half-my-health builds," said Riot Games, explaining their reasoning for these buffs.

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