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Skill usage

  • Building stacks of Aspect of the Serpent.png Aspect of the Serpent is paramount for CassiopeiaSquare.png Cassiopeia.
    • While farming, always try to poison creeps before last hitting them.
    • Landing Noxious Blast.png Noxious Blast and Miasma.png Miasma on enemy champions, especially when they're grouped up, and spamming Twin Fang.png Twin Fang on any champs that get too close will be the main source of stacks.
  • Each benchmark of Aspect of the Serpent.png Aspect of the Serpent is a massive power spike for CassiopeiaSquare.png Cassiopeia.
    • At 75 stacks, CassiopeiaSquare.png Cassiopeia gains a very small AP boost and significant health sustain which, along with the mana sustain from Twin Fang.png Twin Fang, allows her to stay in lane very well just last hitting with Twin Fang.png Twin Fang.
    • At 200 stacks, CassiopeiaSquare.png Cassiopeia gains a decent AP boost and can have her poisons up constantly. The CDR also means failing to Twin Fang.png Twin Fang a poisoned target is less punishing.
    • At 400 stacks, generally hit around 35minutes on Summoner's Rift, CassiopeiaSquare.png Cassiopeia gains a massive AP boost, equal to and stacking with Rabadon's Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap's passive, and can now play very aggressively.
  • CassiopeiaSquare.png Cassiopeia is a great harasser in all stages of the game. All three of her basic abilities, especially Noxious Blast.png Noxious Blast, can be used constantly in lane to zone, capable of dealing huge amounts of damage over time at a safe distance.
  • CassiopeiaSquare.png Cassiopeia must play fairly safely until she hits late game; so harassing and farming are a very large part of her gameplay.
  • Noxious Blast.png Noxious Blast has a slight delay; lead your enemy when targeting with Noxious Blast.png Noxious Blast to ensure the hit, or use it on them when they will have to stand still to last-hit.
  • Using Noxious Blast.png Noxious Blast in the brush does not reveal CassiopeiaSquare.png Cassiopeia, so when in the side lanes, use the brush to your advantage to harass with little to no retaliation from enemy minions.
  • Noxious Blast.png Noxious Blast can also be used to check brush, as it gives you a movement speed bonus (and a buff icon) if an enemy is hit. If you cast it in a brush, and notice the buff icon, you know that an enemy is there.
  • Noxious Blast.png Noxious Blast grants a significant speed boost, using this is crucial to juking skill shots and repositioning in fights.
  • When chasing/fleeing, be sure to use your Noxious Blast.png Noxious Blast on an enemy champion to speed yourself up, and Miasma.png Miasma to slow them down.
  • Using Miasma.png Miasma in the middle of the lane when enemy minions are coming will slow them and deal some damage giving the advantage to your minions, this tactic is best used in pushes as intentionally pushing your lane during the laning phase opens yourself up to ganks.
  • Since Miasma.png Miasma grants vision over the area affected, it can be used to check brush.
  • Twin Fang.png Twin Fang is the main source of Cassiopeia's mana and health sustain.
    • It is crucial to last hit with Twin Fang.png Twin Fang to sustain your mana. Using Twin Fang.png Twin Fang repeatedly on a high health target, like tanks or Dragon or Baron, will drain your mana.
  • Twin Fang.png Twin Fang becomes extremely powerful if the target is poisoned, allowing you to deal out large amounts of damage with its low conditional cooldown.
    • It is very highly recommended to smart cast Twin Fang.png Twin Fang, as it will make it much easier to land the maximum amount of Twin Fang.png Twin Fang allowed by the duration of your poison effects.
    • Due to Twin Fang.png Twin Fang having the potential to be constantly refreshed, don't be afraid to target durable melee champions if necessary. Unlike many other mages that rely on burst damage, CassiopeiaSquare.png Cassiopeia and her Twin Fang.png Twin Fang can realistically cut through tough enemies with time, accuracy, and enough mana.
  • Twin Fang.png Twin Fang is reduced to a 0.5 seconds cooldown on cast, if the target is poisoned. However it doesn't matter who poisoned the target. So if you have a team-mate such as TeemoSquare.png Teemo or SingedSquare.png Singed who have a poison effect on their skills, use it in your favor.
  • Try to use Petrifying Gaze.png Petrifying Gaze offensively, and usually against more than one target. That said, it can also be used when being ganked to escape enemies.
    • It is, however, safest to use it when a team fight has happened. The enemy will be less likely to manage to turn around with their attention split amongst five champions - and more likely to all be facing you since that is largely required to fight your team.
  • Using Petrifying Gaze.png Petrifying Gaze followed by Miasma.png Miasma, Noxious Blast.png Noxious Blast and Twin Fang.png Twin Fang can turn most 1v1 fights and mid game turret dives in your favor.
  • Petrifying Gaze.png Petrifying Gaze also allows CassiopeiaSquare.png Cassiopeia to be a very strong anti-ganker. Simply casting it when your lane opponent and the enemy ganker are in range, then bursting down the weaker one with your combo can turn the 2v1 into a 1v1. This tactic is only effective when your Petrifying Gaze.png Petrifying Gaze stuns both targets.
  • Cassiopeia can proxy through the use of Noxious Blast and Miasma.
  • Aspect of the Serpent.png Aspect of the Serpent interacts with the Archmage mastery and Rabadon's Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap. Aspect of the Serpent.png Aspect of the Serpent is applied first, then Archmage, then Rabadon's Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap.
    • So at 500 AP with 400 stacks

500 x .3 = 150 from AotS

650 x .05 = 32.5 from Archmage

682.5 x .3 = 204.75 from Deathcap

887.25AP or 387.25 bonus AP total

Build usage

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2 Crystalline Flask item Warding Totem item
Essential Doran's Ring item Sorcerer's Shoes item Haunting Guise item Tear of the Goddess item
Offensive Abyssal Scepter item Rabadon's Deathcap item Liandry's Torment item Seraph's Embrace item
Defensive Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Guardian Angel item Zhonya's Hourglass item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Tear of the Goddess item Health Potion item3 Mana Potion item3
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Rabadon's Deathcap item Will of the Ancients item
Offensive Liandry's Torment item Abyssal Scepter item Void Staff item Archangel's Staff item
Defensive Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Zhonya's Hourglass item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2 Prospector's Ring item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Haunting Guise item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Offensive Wooglet's Witchcap item Void Staff item Blackfire Torch item
Defensive Will of the Ancients item Guardian Angel item Abyssal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Ring item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Wooglet's Witchcap item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Offensive Blackfire Torch item Void Staff item Deathfire Grasp item
Defensive Will of the Ancients item Abyssal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Countering

  • If you can predict when CassiopeiaSquare.png Cassiopeia will use Petrifying Gaze.png Petrifying Gaze such as at the beginning of a fight or at the end, you can avoid the 2 second stun.
  • CassiopeiaSquare.png Cassiopeia relies heavily on landing Petrifying Gaze.png Petrifying Gaze so that Miasma.png Miasma and Noxious Blast.png Noxious Blast are unavoidable.
  • When dueling her she will put  Miasma.png Miasma right on you, despite the constant damage from it the time needed to move out will let her spam Twin Fang.png Twin Fang to death. It's better to stay in the venom and outburst her.
  • Even with her passive, avoiding several of her abilities (better said Noxious Blast.png Noxious Blast which is very predictable) will quickly lead to mana problems.
  • CassiopeiaSquare.png Cassiopeia lacks a powerful instant nuke apart from Petrifying Gaze.png Petrifying Gaze, other mages who can nuke potently or disabling her like MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar or XerathSquare.png Xerath can effectively counter her mid-late game
  • CassiopeiaSquare.png Cassiopeia has excellent range on Noxious Blast.png Noxious Blast and as its main harassing tool, outranging her is highly beneficial, mages like LuxSquare.png Lux and BrandSquare.png Brand have a clear advantage.
    • These mages can also outburst her if done correctly.
  • CassiopeiaSquare.png Cassiopeia is a very powerful harasser. Noxious Blast.png Noxious Blast allows her to give her lane opponent a hard time, but also be wary for Miasma.png Miasma, as it can set you up for ganks, make landing Noxious Blast.png Noxious Blast or especially Twin Fang.png Twin Fang extremely easy, or zone you from minions very effectively. Buying Boots of Speed item.png Boots of Speed is a good and cheap way to limit her harassment.
  • CassiopeiaSquare.png Cassiopeia is extremely proficient at 1v1 fights, having the most sustained damage of all mages (maybe only matched by VladimirSquare.png Vladimir). Therefore it is not recommended to engage her alone. Since CassiopeiaSquare.png Cassiopeia has very high ability power scalings, she remains a constant threat to AD carries late game, since if she lands her ultimate, she can easily kill an AD carry without resistances within the 2 second stun Petrifying Gaze.png Petrifying Gaze provides her.
    • Champions who can outmatch her sustained damage but also survive the 2 second stun like VladimirSquare.png Vladimir, KayleSquare.png Kayle, EliseSquare.png Elise, or SwainSquare.png Swain can potentially duel and kill her.
  • Due to Noxious Blast.png Noxious Blast and Miasma.png Miasma, CassiopeiaSquare.png Cassiopeia is very powerful at kiting. If she gets Rylai's Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter she will be almost impossible to reach if played correctly; do not engage her with a champion without strong gap closers or excellent ranges while also being able to withstand her damage in a 1v1 fight.
  • Avoiding her Noxious Blast.png Noxious Blast and Miasma.png Miasma is critical for your survival, as they deal heavy DoT, and being poisoned allows CassiopeiaSquare.png Cassiopeia to spam her Twin Fang.png Twin Fang on you.

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