Really great skirmisher due to how her Passive and E work. She can quite easily run an enemy down while kiting them with ease. All she needs to do is avoid getting CC’d.
While taking objectives, the chances of her team losing the objective fight are very low. This is due to Kalista’s E combined with her Jungler’s Smite. In short, she excels at taking objectives quickly and securely.
She can save her Support with her Ultimate R if they happen to overextend in the lane. The ultimate can also be used to initiate crucial fights, especially when the enemy team is clumped up, or is fighting in closed spaces.
Her Passive prevents her auto-attacks from going through if the enemy drops vision in the fog of war/lane brushes. This can get Kalista killed if both the fighting parties are low on health.
Getting CC’d will definitely get her killed as she relies heavily on her mobility to kite around and win skirmishes. She is squishy, and getting CC chained will indefinitely lead to her demise.
If she uses her E improperly, she can easily miss a chance to score multiple kills in a short period. This will also give the enemy enough time to all-in her if she happens to be close by, and kill her.
0 - 15 min
Play safe for the first few levels. You need time to come online and you shouldn’t be fighting unless you have a clear early advantage (like an engage Support).
Once you have a few levels under your belt, you can start to play aggressive and look for aggressive plays. You benefit from extended trades, so try to go for them frequently.
After destroying the bottom lane tower, rotate to the mid lane and try to take that tower. This will open up the map and give your team a gold lead.
15 - 25 min
Stay with your Support throughout the mid-game. If you move away from them, you will be an easy target for the enemy. Make sure you’re always near at least 1 ally.
Group and stay with your team at all times. Do not split push or avoid grouping unless you have a good reason to be away from them.
Look for picks with your Support/Jungler to get kills and increase your lead. If you kill a key target, you could make the call for Baron.
It is important that you stick with your team in the late game. Do not move around the map or go anywhere unless someone is with you.
Stand towards the back end of your team near your Support. Avoid walking too far away from anyone in the late game. Getting caught out will result in the enemy being able to push their advantage and finish the game.
Watch your positioning in the late game. Focus on kiting and auto-attacking the nearest enemy champion. Avoid walking too far forward so you do not get caught out and focused by the enemy.
Her laning power will depend a lot on who her Support is. If she has a Support who can compliment her skirmishing power, she will easily take over the lane from level one itself.
Kalista's Passive makes it so that she can easily dodge CC abilities especially if they happen to be a skill shot. It also allows her to jump in and out of unwarded brushes to drop vision on enemies.
Once she gets her Ultimate R, her chase down potential becomes unparalleled. This is especially true if her Support is one of those hard all-in champions.
As she gets her core items, she should become really strong and can easily win a fight as long as she has space and agency to kite around. Her E should be stacked and used only when a kill is guaranteed.
Kalista's Ultimate R can come in very handy during this stage of the game. She can pop out of vision with her Ultimate R activated, and allow her Support to immediately get on top of some other laner/laners. In short, she can roam better once her wave is pushed up.
Fighting in open areas should be her modus operandi. This will give her additional power because she can use her Passive to kite the enemy team out. A CC'ed Kalista is a dead Kalista.
Buying a Quicksilver Sash will fortify her position in the game, especially if she is against a team with a lot of CC. It will prevent her from getting chain CC'ed and killed.
The amount of power Kalista brings while taking neutral objectives is very beneficial for her team. It reduces the chances of the enemy team securing the Dragon or Baron, especially if Kalista's team managed to win a fight but lost their Jungler.
Her team fighting style should revolve around staying behind her front line at all times and not getting caught out. Staying in the middle lane and getting priority in that lane should help her team immensely, especially when a neutral objective is about to come up. This will also help her if a skirmish breaks out as her team won't be under the threat of losing their middle lane while taking an extended trade.