Hello everyone, I'm iinsane123 a Gold V player in EUW. I have no experience in writing a text and i'm not a native english speaker so excuse me for that. This guide is about Cassiopeia, The Serpent's Embrace, I have a 74% winrate in normals and i'll start playing ranked with her when season 5 starts . She is an immobile high damage mage who is mostly played toplane and midlane. I didn't play her before the changes to her passive so i don't know if I like the old Cassiopeia more than the new one but I really do love the new one. I love to play her because you can do so much damage that nobody expects because Cassiopeia is never played. I think [img=champ/cassiopeia.png] is very underrated but more and more people are noticing her and maybe she'll see some play in the LCS. But i'll talk more about her in the guide below. Match history: [img=http://i.imgur.com/tvWDKFP.png] [img=http://i.imgur.com/VDoLpE8.png] Account: [img=http://i.imgur.com/hVRl56C.png]
Start [img=skills/cassiopeia/q.png] so you can poke on level 1 then take [img=skills/cassiopeia/e.png], at level 3 take [img=skills/cassiopeia/w.png] of upgrade [img=skills/cassiopeia/e.png] to level 2. Normally i take [img=skills/cassiopeia/e.png] at level 3 because you can go oom quick if you use [img=skills/cassiopeia/q.png][img=skills/cassiopeia/w.png][img=skills/cassiopeia/e.png] at the same time. Max[img=skills/cassiopeia/e.png]
[b][big][center]Early Game[/center][/big][/b] Start [img=skills/cassiopeia/q.png] and when you see they are going to last hit a minion place your Q where they will stand if they AA the minion. Practice this so you can do this strategy while still farming well. Don't push too hard because you're can't escape ganks easily. When you're level 2 take [img=skills/cassiopeia/e.png]. Now if you land a Q try land as many [img=skills/cassiopeia/e.png]'s as you can, try not to take too much minion hits while doing this. If you have a hard match-up ( Fizz, Leblanc...) play safe. At level 3 take [img=skills/cassiopeia/e.png] again just repeat previous step. Take [img=skills/cassiopeia/w.png] at level 4, if you're going all in on your opponent the slow from [img=skills/cassiopeia/w.png] + the movement speed buff from [img=skills/cassiopeia/q.png] is very nice to force a flash or even kill your enemy. Take [img=skills/cassiopeia/e.png] 5 and at level 6 you can take your ultimate [img=skills/cassiopeia/r.png]. With this skill you can easily 2 v 1 the jungler + your opponent if you stun them both, try to dodge their main ganking abilities ([img=skills/leesin/q.png], [img=skills/elise/e.png], [img=skills/jarvaniv/e.png][img=skills/jarvaniv/q.png], [img=skills/rengar/e.png], [img=skills/amumu/q.png], [img=skills/vi/q.png]...) with the movement speed from [img=skills/cassiopeia/q.png]. For your items in the early game look at the item Chapter. Don't waste [img=skills/cassiopeia/r.png] because it's your only spell that can save you. Another time, [b][i]]Always buy wards[/i][/b]!
[b][big][center]Mid Game[/center][/big][/b] You probably have [img=items/seraphs-embrace.png] an [img=items/rylais-crystal-scepter.png] by now, maybe even a [img=items/needlessly-large-rod.png]. In teamfights you should position like an ADC ( Do as much damage possible while taking the least damage possible.), wait until the enemy team uses their CC and big important skills before you go in so you don't get CC'd and killed. Don't blow your [img=skills/cassiopeia/r.png] immediately, save it for when their bruisers, tanks ([img=champ/irelia.png], [img=champ/renekton.png], [img=champ/jax.png], [img=champ/xinzhao.png], [img=champ/wukong.png]...) jump on you. Else you will get bursted very quickly. And never try to [img=skills/cassiopeia/e.png] on a target that isn't poisoned, because that decreases your DPS for a lot.
[b][big][center]Late Game[/center][/big][/b] How i play teamfights is already explained in the previous chapter. In Late Game it's [img=champ/cassiopeia.png]'s time to shine! :) Buy potions if you're full build. Also don't forget to use the [img=items/seraphs-embrace.png] active because it's very good, and also don't forget [img=items/zhonyas-hourglass.png] ( if you have it.) when you're being focused.
[b][big][center]Teamfights[/center][/big][/b] In teamfights you should position like an ADC ( Do as much damage possible while taking the least damage possible.), wait until the enemy team uses their CC and big important skills before you go in so you don't get CC'd and killed. Don't blow your [img=skills/cassiopeia/r.png] immediately, save it for when their bruisers, tanks ([img=champ/irelia.png], [img=champ/renekton.png], [img=champ/jax.png], [img=champ/xinzhao.png], [img=champ/wukong.png]...) jump on you. Else you will get bursted very quickly. And never try to [img=skills/cassiopeia/e.png] on a target that isn't poisoned, because that decreases your DPS for a lot.
I will explain why everybody builds [img=items/tear-of-the-goddess.png] on [img=champ/cassiopeia.png] and not [img=items/athenes-unholy-grail.png]/[img=items/morellonomicon.png] [img=champ/cassiopeia.png] benefits so much more Tear then from [img=items/athenes-unholy-grail.png]/[img=items/morellonomicon.png] because: [b]#1:[/b] If [img=skills/cassiopeia/e.png] kills the target it refunds 3% of her [b]Maximum Mana[/b]. [b]#2:[/b] She doesn't need the CDR from [img=items/athenes-unholy-grail.png]/[img=items/morellonomicon.png] because she gets 25% CDR from her passive [img=skills/cassiopeia/p.png]
This is really fun to do with your friends and actually really strong if you take a legit jungler and support. [b]Top:[/b][img=champ/singed.png] [b]Jungle:[/b] Meta Jungler ([img=champ/leesin.png], [img=champ/jarvaniv.png], [img=champ/wukong.png], [img=champ/vi.png]...) [b]Mid:[/b][img=champ/cassiopeia.png] [b]ADC[/b][img=champ/twitch.png] [b]Support[/b] Meta Support ( [img=champ/thresh.png], [img=champ/leona.png], [img=champ/nami.png], [img=champ/janna.png]...) You can also add [img=champ/teemo.png] but then you don't have a good jungler.
[center][b][big]Pros[/big][/b][/center] - High Damage - High Skillcap - Really Fun - Uncommon pick - Good Sustain [big][b][center]Cons[/center][/b][/big] - No mobility - Mana problems - Hard to master - Requires good position in teamfights - Squishy
[big][img=items/rod-of-ages.png][/big] - 650 Health (After 10 minutes) - 650 Mana ( After 10 minutes) - 80 AP ( After 10 minutes) [img=items/seraphs-embrace.png] - 1000 Mana - 60 AP - 10 Mana Regen per 5 Seconds - Nice shield [img=items/rod-of-ages.png] makes you tankier then [img=items/seraphs-embrace.png] but gives less Mana. [img=items/seraphs-embrace.png] gives more AP and a nice shield. Try both and decide for yourself.