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March 28, 2011 / fcapuno

League of Legends: Discussion – On Smart-Casting, Self-Casting and Regular Casting

This is actually a highly opinionated entry, and by no means am I right or wrong. This just seems to be a hot topic among people who bring it up and I wanted to drop in my two cents in as well.

I’ve heard a lot about Smart-Casting and have used it a couple of times. It’s a good concept to be able to cast spells without clicking. How is this done? In the NA version, this is typically bound to:

  • Smart-Casting: Shift-(Q, W, E or R)
  • Self-Casting: Alt-(Q, W, E or R)

How it actually works is similar to any kind of automated skill, almost like Flash. The skill will shoot in the direction your cursor is in. Simple. Effective.

Of course, everyone tends to immediately go to the conclusion that you should and/or absolutely need to bind Smart-Casting to your regular keys (QWER) and use them all the time. Should you? I’m going to say: No.

You don’t really gain any skill from it. And too often do I find people become idiots who spam skills all day and miss when this happens.

The psychology of people who do this astounds me and I often get criticized for it. You can tell me you can memorize skills all you want, but does that make you any more accurate? Not really. You tend to be the same if not worse than before when you had a reticule to aim skills. At the very least, with the reticules or skill shot lines, you had some form of accurate prediction. No one can memorize the skills, their channeling times, ranges and effects of all the champions they have. And when you Smart-Cast, fun fact, it’s actually aiming slightly off your cursor. Sounds fun to be a hair off your target.

Yes. Practice will shoo away the inaccuracy, but not all the time and certainly not fast enough.

How should you use Smart-Casting? In combination with any other kind of casting you have in your arsenal.

The kind of casting you use is highly dependent on the situation. If you know you won’t miss and/or you need to get out skills in a pinch, then Smart-Cast it.  Nothing wrong with that. But it’s not to be relied on.

Same goes for Regular Casting, where you need the half-second to click a second time to shoot the skill, along with the traveling time or the channeling time depending on the skill. You need to have some skill in movement prediction as well to land skills with Regular Casting.

Should you use both? Yes.

Should you only use one or the other? No.

On Self-Casting: definitely learn how this works. Especially if you’re a character that can self-cast shields and healing on themselves (i.e. Karma, Janna, Nidalee, Mordekaiser, etc.). This prevents you making a mistake in casting especially in teamfights if you need to use a skill on yourself.

Basically, you automatically cast whatever skill on yourself by using Self-Casting. Thus, it’s name. Self-Casting.

I believe you are able to use it to cast a skill on an allied champion by targetting them with F1-F4, but I haven’t tried this to give any accurate information on it.

Again, the casting method used is highly situational and it is dependent on your playing style. But my advice is to simply use a mix of everything. If you want to bind it, bind it somewhere close to your regular keys like ASDF or even ZXCV. But don’t bind it to QWER if you’re going to spam QWERQWERQWER. Smart-Casting is a tool and tools are meant to be used but it’s not a crutch for you to rely on.

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