“His range is far superior. If you even think of getting up close, he can just stun you and run away, then keep on poking until you die. Definetely ask for ganks though, as he has no mobility whatsoever.”
“One of Cassiopeia's main weaknesses is her short range. Xerath outranges her, so you should never have a chance of killing him if he positions well.
You can still win this lane but it depends entirely on how good you are at predicting and dodging skillshots.
His waveclear is also much better, so that makes it even harder for us as he can constantly shove in the wave after 1 complete item.
“His poke is very annoying to deal with, but once you're close to him, he's in trouble. He's very squishy and has no ways of dodging your Q or getting out of your ult. Time your E well to spellshield his stun when running him down. Buy early boots to make dodging easier.”
“So in this lane versus Xerath you cannot let Xer have his way. If you stay back and try to play the lane regular he will shove you in and poke you under turret without any repercussions. So for this one try to take any trades that look healthy. And you need to have the fancy feet because dodging will be the best way to win. You can also all in at 6 to beat him if he is overextended. His range will be the mountain that you either climb or die on in this lane. Ask for jungle assistance.”
“Lane depends on how good you can dodge his Q solely
“Excellent poke champion, mobility is vital and you need to predict his abilities. His main poke is his Q beam, be sure to change up your movements so you don't become predictable. Eventually he'll use it to push lane. Ping your team when he walks down river as his Ult has a large range.”
“Close distance when trading - you will never out range him! Place turrets right beside him/land an easy grenade to proc multiple beams. Use your passive to dodge his ultimate.”
“High waveclear with long range abilities makes it hard to bring him down, but once he gets locked down there is no way for him to survive since he is weak to hard CC.”
“You just need to farm until you get level 6 and get your first item then you win”
“My least favourite orianna matchup in the game. He outranges and outdamages you with a low cooldown Ult and skillshots that are nearly undodgable if placed properly. The best you can do if counter picked this hard is try to break even and land some nasty late game Ults. Build Mercs and Banshees after a mana item so that you can survive his rotation. Do you best to hide in minions to he cant land an E in laning phase. If you somehow do get in range to combo him, he actually is quite squishy and you have kill pressure. But that is unlikely if he is spacing well.
Recommend: Barrier or Heal and Vs. AP Assassin build with merc treads.”