“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.
“See Velkoz. Literally the same thing but his kit is better with dealing with you.”
“Corrupting Potion because Intensive Poke and sustain is heavily needed. Biscuits MIGHT work too but I'd rather have Minion Dematerializer.
In Long Range Mages Matchups you have to try to understand their Q pattern and where they will cast it. They would generally want to either poke
you down to kill you or shove you out of the lane, but the matchup is not really impossible if you get boots and try to get close to them for a nice combo.Xerath is the most oppressive as his Q's bypass minions, but they are dodgeable if you always switch your dodge pattern.
Try to be as non predictable as possible.
Get Minion Dematerializer.
Post 6 try to either get close on them with your ult and outplay with flash OR roam
bot faster than them and get kills. They will follow with their long range abilities but by the time they actually do something meaningful you should have sealead
the deal. This matchup is all about roaming and learning how to
properly dodge his poke on lane. It is okay if you do not get kills, but it is not ok to get killed especially since he cannot 100-0 you unless he's super fed.”
“One of the easiest match ups. Take the full sustain page to survive his poke and look for trades already from level 3. He is immobile so it should be almost impossible for him to dodge your skill shots without flash. All in him at level 6 if you've managed to poke him down a bit from earlier levels. Once you get out of laning phase and into the side lane, he can't do anything.”
“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.”
“He outranges us and outpokes us.
We one shot him if we ever land skills, but he outranges us.
Boring match up, just farm and play for mid-late game.
“We all know this guy and what is he cappable of from big distance. This is why you will pretty much lose all trades pre-6, where it's best to just farm up. At level 6, when he starts channeling Q, you can try to hit him with E,Q,R combo because it's really hard for him to avoid it when he is slowed down due to his Q channel. At level 11 it will be a bit easier to trade him from distance, but still not 100% great because your ranges will be similar. Where you actually start outperforming him is level 16, where your range becomes higher than his, so whenever he is channeling Q, you have free R hits on him, which will force him away from whatever objective that he is currently trying to defend. So chill out here and don't get behind, you will be stronger later on!”
“The outcome of this matchup entirely depends on how good you are at reading the opponent because Xerath only has skillshots. You can rush tier 2 boots right after you get Lost chapter to make it much easier to dodge his abilities. He has the range advantage at all times, and also better waveclear with enough items, which makes him a good pick into Orianna. You want to get out of the lane ASAP and look for plays at top/bot to snowball your laners. ”
“corrupting potion start,
buy mercs to survive lane
once he gets mythic item ask for a lane swap”
“Just like in the Karthus matchup you should look to buy boots first. Preferably mercs. This allows you to dodge his spells really easy.”