TheoryCrafting: Caitlyn – The Tsundere Sniper

Caitlyn – The Sheriff of Piltover is a Champion in League of Legends,and she is the first champion of 2011. She was released today, January the 4th, and so far I’m having a lot of fun.

At first I wasn’t going to buy her, mainly because her original skin made her look like a giant purple harlot; however her Resistance Skin looks great, and I intend to put a lot of time into playing her. Her summoner spotlight is a disaster really, recommending players to shoot out of brush and buy elixir as part of their build order instead of using their judgment first is going to earn her a bad name for the first few days I’m sure; but it’ll pan out.

v. looks good so far, and there was a much needed buff for the lovely Irelia, whom is one of my favorite champions in the game; as well as a new Shen skin which personally I find terrifying. Seriously, he’s got rubber gloves; he’s a ninja who sneaks around giving people prostate exams; not someone you wanna mess with.

Anyway, here’s the build.

Summoner Skills:

Flash & Ghost – Bread and butter man, bread and butter. Combine this with your 90 Caliber Net and you have the Holy Trinity. You’re able to escape almost every situation if you play attentively. You do not need Cleanse, just pay attention. If you feel you really need it, take it; but I’m against it.


Masteries: 21/0/9

3/3 Deadliness
1/3 Archmage’s Savvy
1/4 Sorcery
4/4 Aclarity
3/3 Sunder
2/2 Offensive Mastery
3/3 Brute Force
3/3 Lethality
1/1 Havoc

3/3 Perseverence
1/1 Haste
4/4 Awareness
1/3 Meditation


Pretty standard, Armor Pen runes own hard, you oom really fast when you’re a try hard and you never want that. You can’t go wrong with Health, and CDR is great; but I’m probably going to swap this for Magic Resist after a bit more testing.

x9 Greater Mark of Desolation (15 Armor Penetration)
x9 Greater Seal of Clarity (16.2 Mp/5)
x9 Greater Glyph of Focus (5.85 Cooldown Reduction)
x3 Greater Quintessence of Fortitude (97.2 Health)


Headshot (Passive) – Every 8 attacks (attacks while in brush count as 2), Caitlyn will fire a headshot, dealing either 150% damage to a champion or 250% damage to a minion.

Piltover Peacemaker (Q) – Caitlyn revs up her rifle for 1 second to unleash a penetrating shot which deals physical damage (deals less damage to subsequent targets).

Yordle Snap Trap (W) – Caitlyn sets a trap to reveal sneaky yordles. When sprung, the trap immobilizes the champion and deals magic damage over 1.5 seconds.

90 Caliber Net (E) – Caitlyn fires a heavy net to slow her target. The recoil knocks Caitlyn back.

Ace in the Hole (R) – Caitlyn takes time to line up the perfect shot, dealing massive damage to a single target at a huge range. Enemy champions can intercept the bullet for their ally.

Oh yes my friends take a look at that ULTIMATE ABILITY, the sniper returns. Kardel Sharpeye reborn in a taller sexier form.

Final Item Build:

Build Order:

435    Doran’s Blade
35    Health Potion
350    Boots of Speed
1337    The Brutalizer
435    Doran’s Blade
1000    Boots of Swiftness
1315    Phage
3200    The Bloodthirster
2550    Stark’s Fervor
3250    Frozen Mallet
3065    The Black Cleaver
2687    Youmuu’s Ghostblade

Okay, it’s very important that you supplement your build with the early Doran blades, and continue to do so if you fall behind. Stark’s Fervor is a great replacement for our trusty old friend Last Whisper; and so far I’m really liking it. You will rarely complete this build, but if you do, you’ll lay waste to just about everything as long as you play very carefully but also aggressively enough to keep constant pressure on your enemies. (Insert Reginald Aggressive Play-style)

Caitlyn has a decent lore background and a solid set of abilities, and she’s also carrying on the legacy of our good friend the Dwarven Sniper. She’s basically the Batman of lore as someone on SoloMid pointed out; and I’m liking her a lot right now – however much like Silent Night Sona, the reason I decided to buy her rests almost entirely on her Resistance Skin. Why? Well friend; there is a very subtle resemblance to a very special someone in it.

Alicia Melchiott from Valkyria Chronicles.

Yes, the lovely tsundere sniper Alicia. So I’d recommend buying Cait if you wanna have a good time; she’s not as good as MF or Twitch; but she’s a hell of a lot prettier than Twitch and has a hell of a lot less STDs then MF.

You don’t have any STDs do you Alicia?


Also I’m thinking about using…


Wait, wait, wait! Hear me out!

I know Hexdrinker get’s a lot of crap; but come on. Early game you can’t deny how great it is. I’m really liking as a viable win condition item. If my team is putting out tons of pressure and I’m carrying hard; I think Hexdrinker allows for you to really sweep a team without any worry.


Anyway guys that’s the build, I hope you enjoyed the read and have good luck on the fields of justice.

Time for a headshot montage.


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