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Kayle MID

By: David Thomas





Best Overall Runes


Spells

Skill Priority

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Best Overall Build


Intro

Hello, Summoners. My name is David Thomas, and this is my guide to playing Mid Lane Kayle. I have been playing League on the NA server since 2016. In season 10, I watched a lot of Nemesis (former Fnatic mid laner) as he played on the Korean server. After watching him play his pocket pick of Mid Lane Kayle. I had to try it. I brought it to ranked and found decent success. So this will be a general guide to get you started on playing Kayle MID.

Disclaimer: In my humble opinion "/muteall" every game and turn pings back on for best results. Players on your team will want to blame you if you don't rotate, but it is a waste of time. Focus on getting to your power spike as soon as possible.

Pros

  • When you are playing in Gold or below, the average game time (based on leagueofgraphs.com) is around 30 minutes which is essential to Kayle, who is gated by EXP. With 30 minutes of game time, you can hit Level (Lv) 16 around 23-26 minutes.
  • You are a utility hyper carry that can heal and immune yourself and your allies while still dealing damage.
  • Unlike the TOP lane, a long and unforgiving lane, the MID lane is shorter; thus, it is harder for the enemy laner to freeze for the same duration as the TOP lane.
  • Kayle is a hyper carry and has crazy power spikes due to her passive
    Divine Ascent
    . At Lv 6, she gained ranged auto-attacks (AA). At Lv 11, she gains added wave-clear when her passive is fully stacked, and at Lv 16, she is permanently exalted.
  • With
    Teleport
    nerfs, scaling is in this season which Kayle excels at.
  • Built-in utility with
    Celestial Blessing
    and
    Divine Judgment
    .

Cons

  • Weak early MID + JG 2v2. When you have to help, your jungler get scuttle or protect them from an invade you are as strong as a melee minion (no range till Lv 6).
  • You are a melee champion until Lv 6. When E
    Starfire Spellblade
    and Q
    Radiant Blast
    are on cooldown, Kayle will need to walk up to minions to secure the farm.
  • In TOP lane, you only got ganked from the river, but in MID, you are susceptible to ganks from both Baron and Dragon sides of the map.
  • Playing laning-phase from Lv 1 to 5 can become the most punishing point in Kayle's ascension to Lv 16.

Media

The best thing you can do is educate yourself on what the best are doing. The wiki is a great place to start (https://leagueoflegends.fandom.com/wiki/Kayle/LoL). Learning the ins and outs of the champion is the first step to improving the next would be to see.

Streamers and content creators I recommend are

While the following recommendation does not play Kayle, he does provide detailed insight on Nemesis and other pro players that have played Kayle

Some of them also stream, so take a look at their bios to learn more.

Champion Mastery is a fundamental aspect of the game (no, I'm not talking about getting mastery 7). Learning these fundamentals can be difficult alone and require external support like a coach. Veigar v2 has been a position & strategic coach for Fnatic and C9 and often takes on clients like Kayle 1v9 and Nemesis. If you have the time and need the extra help, I gathered the coaching videos that you can watch here. WARNING 1 hour & 30 min LONG EACH!

First Session



Second Session



Third Session



Runes

Runes are an excellent way to help you enhance your champion's identity. So what does Kayle want to do? She wants to auto-attack. The best-suited rune page to promote AA champions is the Precision tree. The only rune I would avoid is

Conqueror
because you need to stack it up 12 times, and during the early game, it provides no value to your safety in the lane. You can use any other rune in its given situation. For example, if you are into
Elise
and
Twisted Fate
it is better to run
Legend: Tenacity
along with
Unflinching
that way, you can forgo the
Mercury's Treads
and focus on play as a carry. The best secondary rune I recommend is the Resolve tree because it is the best scaling setup to protect Kayle in most game states. Excluding the first row, every rune is viable in its situation, but the one that fits all conditions is
Conditioning
+
Overgrowth
. This combo is the best security for Kayle, who does not want to build resistance like armor (AMR) and magic resist (MR). It will give her free AMR, MR, and HP. Kayle will die before the late game arrives without her range, team, and ultimate. For the sub-runes, take attack speed, adaptive, and if you are into Ability Power (AP), go MR or into Attack Damage (AD), go ARM. If you need more resistance, double down take either x2 ARM or x2 MR. Staying alive during the laning phase is all that matters!

  • Runes




After reading all that don't get married to this do what feels best for you, like taking

Biscuit Delivery
+
Time Warp Tonic
. The game is ever-changing, so if you feel rusty, use U.gg or search Kayle on Nemesis U.gg [https://u.gg/lol/profile/kr/leminem/overview] or any player that you enjoy.

Summoner Spells

In the beginning, there was

Flash
. THE END ... XD, all jokes aside,
Flash
is the staple of the game. Furthermore,
Teleport
changes did not affect Kayle at all. Kayle only wants to return to the lane or prevent a dive. The GO-TO page will get you through every situation. You may get gank or chunked out in lane,
Teleport
will let you reset and come back full health and missing very few minions. You will often find yourself in the side lanes far from the team trying to gather solo EXP, but that will not stop your team from getting caught or fighting without you.
Teleport
will allow you the option to join WINNING team fights. I also included a defensive option for backloaded damage (Like zed ult and trist bomb) and frontloaded damage (basically anything that burst you).

  • Summoners

Skill Path

R

Divine Judgment
> E
Starfire Spellblade
> Q
Radiant Blast
> W
Celestial Blessing
is the most commonly followed skill order. However, putting two or three points into Q before Lv 6 will Significantly improve your wave-clear.

  • Skill Path
  • Wave Clear

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Item Builds

Kayle is a hyper carry, and thus you don't want to over-spec into defensive options. Although you want to live through the laning phase, thus

Doran's Ring
provides health, minion-kill-assist, and mana regeneration. On reset, you should buy
Dark Seal
as early as possible; the sooner, the better.
Dark Seal
gives health (HP), AP, and scaling everything that fits Kayle's identity. If you reset with 600 Gold (G), you can buy two
Dagger
or
Dark Seal
+
Refillable Potion
. If you have 850 G,
Blasting Wand
is the go-to. There are a few cases that rushing
Berserker's Greaves
is nice. When facing champions with multiple skill shots, such as
Xerath
or
Lux
, or to match the movement speed (MS) of champions that rush tier two boots, such as
Yasuo
or
Yone
, are two cases you would want to rush
Berserker's Greaves
. Overall, rushing
Nashor's Tooth
is the ideal first item for Kayle (that's right, no mythic first). The one exception to this is
Wit's End
. If you are into an AP heavy comp, rush this as your first item and replace
Shadowflame
in the "Final Build." As far as AP itemization goes, that's all, but there is an alternative AD build due to Kayle's Passive, Q, E, and R ( Divine Ascent, Radiant Blast, Starfire Spellblade, Divine Judgment) that all have AD scaling as well as crit scaling. When mentioning crit scaling, it is found in her passive and E. Therefore, when Kayle reaches Lv 11, she gains waves that go along with her AA, and if you buy crit, your waves and AA have a crit chance. While I won't go as in-depth on AD Kayle itemization, do note that any crit mythic is viable and an on-hit style with Wit's End, Guinsoo's Rageblade, Blade of The Ruined King. AD is excellent when your team drafted heavy AP and lacks DPS (Note: also great into
Kassadin
and other champions with naturally high MR).

  • AP
  • AD

Matchups and Synergies

In Gold and below, there may be a variety of players from very noob-ish to very smurf, but if you can ignore that and focus on your fundamentals (farming, warding, trading, basing, etc.), it will go much smoother. However, some common low elo terrors that you can ban or learn to face are in matchups and synergies that you will be happy to encounter.

  • Matchups
  • Synergies

Tips and Tricks

  • If you are under level 6 and can not approach the minions' use E
    Starfire Spellblade
    on the enemy, laner to pull aggro and drag the minions to a safe place to farm.
  • Taking jungle camps will greatly increase the rate at which Kayle reaches Lv 16. So don't forget to farm camps if your ally jungler is making a play elsewhere or take the enemy jungler camps thus setting them behind.
  • Q
    Radiant Blast
    first for slow and AMR/MR then kite with AA and finish with E
    Starfire Spellblade
    after ending the sequence for PTA or a kill.
  • Set up minions with AA to die to one (Lv 11+) E or Q
  • AA + AA + E for PTA



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