Quick cast or Smart cast in LoL

What are quick/smartcasts in League of Legends? How to set them on? How does they work? Smartcasting guide.
19 Nov 2017

Quick Cast in League of Legends

INTRODUCTION TO SMART CAST IN LEAGUE OF LEGENDS GUIDE

Except being good at mechanics and decision making, you have to be in comfort with tools which role is to provide a communication between you and game. One of such tools in League of Legends is quick cast (was known as smart cast before, we will use both variants in this quickcast guide). This short guide is for new players or players who are not familiar with quick cast option in League of Legends. Also we will consider smart cast vs normal cast and consider what is better.

WHAT IS LEAGUE OF LEGENDS QUICK CAST AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

Quick cast makes the selected ability casted automatically in the direction of current position of your cursor (e.g. Karma’s Q) or on the position of your cursor (e.g. Annie’s R). This saves a lot of time in terms of the game since you avoid necessity of making left-click to confirm the cast. Any champion ability can be set on quick cast mode in the game options. Check these two examples (without quick cast and with quick cast) to see difference with your own eyes and decide should you use quick cast in LoL or not.

CHAMPION ABILITIES ON WHICH IT’S BETTER TO TURN LOL QUICK CAST OFF

league of legends without quick cast

Example of normal cast on Karma’s Inner Flame

That’s usual type of ability cast when you see a targeting graphic and then have to left-click to confirm ability cast. This type of ability cast provides you with possibility to better aim since you will see range indicator. Also it’s very useful when you don’t know exact range of your spell and just started to learn champion. After you will learn range, projectile speed and other necessary characteristics of champion ability you can swap to quick cast. Despite that the type of cast is personal choice, we believe that for some League of Legends abilities it’s better to stay on normal cast:

  1. Blitzcrank’s Rocket Grab (Q) – this ability has a big cooldown, demands precision and can turn a game into your side. Thus it’s better to focus on aim. However, if you are experienced Blitzcrank player with fast reaction, it’s better to choose quick cast.
  2. Nami’s Aqua Prison (Q) – almost the same reasons as in previous case. Long cooldown, skill demands precision and can turn lane and team fights into your side.
  3. Veigar’s Event Horizon (E) – you have to see walls of cage to make enemy instantly stunned, it’s really hard to use this ability on smart cast without big experience of plays on Veigar.
  4. Ziggs Mega Inferno Bomb (R) – you need to be in range to cast this global ultimate (despite the fact that range is huge), therefore it’s better to use usual casting to see range of ultimate before pull off the trigger. *At the same time, you can check ultimate range on minimap by placing a cursor on this ability.
  5. Pantheon’s Grand Skyfall (R) – the same reasons as for Ziggs ultimate. Precision matter more than speed.
  6. Chogath’s Rupture (Q) – quick cast on this spell is debatable, especially if you are experienced Cho’Gath player. Nevertheless, knockout plus slow afterwards are too priceless to be missed.
  7. Amumu’s Bandage Toss (Q) – wonderful long range engage tool which demands good aim. Quick cast can be used when you will be confident in your Amumu plays.
  8. Fizz’s Chum the Waters (R) – ultimate ability with long range and huge damage. Nevertheless, puts you in all or nothing situation. Thus will be better in aim using normal cast.
  9. Gragas Explosive Cask (R) – this ultimate can change the team fight outcome in your favor or in favor of your enemies therefore it’s better to focus on aim.
  10. Lee Sin’s Sonic Wave (Q) – This choice is debatable, but almost everything depends on Lee Sin’s Q hit. Thus you should train your aim before you will start to use Quick Cast on Lee Sin.

That’s not the all abilities which “must have” quick cast (smart cast) on and above listed are just examples. As you see most champion abilities in this list are gamebreaking abilities which has long cooldown and demands precision.

CHAMPION ABILITIES ON WHICH IT’S BETTER TO TURN LOL SMART CAST ON

league of legends quick cast

Example of smart cast on Karma’s Inner Flame

Quick cast can be used on all champions and most their abilities because they speed up your ingame performance significantly but hiding ranger indicator. We will list situation where you can implement smart casts in League of Legends.

  • Fast single targeted abilities like:
    • Singed’s Fling (E)
    • Annie’s Disintegrate (Q)
    • Fizz’s Urchin Strike (Q)
    • Malzahar’s Malefic Vision‘s (E)
    • Teemo’s Blinding Dart (Q)
    • Nunu’s Ice Blast (Q)
    • Mundo’s Infected Cleaver (Q)
    • Zed’s Death Mark (R)
    • Veigar’s Primordial Burst (R)
    • etc…
  • Spamy abilities with low cooldown:
    • Ahri’s Orb of Deception (Q)
    • Caitlyn’s Pitlover Peacemaker (Q)
    • Mundo’s Infected Cleaver (Q)
    • Janna’s Eye of the Storm (E)
    • Teemo’s Noxious Trap (R)
    • Ziggs Bouncing Bomb (Q)
    • Talon’s Rake (W)
    • etc…
  • Dash, escape and gap closer abilities:
    • Irelia’s Bladesurge (Q)
    • Katarina’s Shunpo (E)
    • Ezreal’s Arcane Shift (E)
    • Shyvana’s Dragon’s Descent (R)
    • Shen’s Shadow Dash (E)
    • Master YI’s Alpha Strike (Q)
    • Tryndamere’s Spinning Slash (E)
    • Shaco’s Deceive (Q)
    • etc…
  • Crowd control abilities which should be implemented fast:
    • Viktor’s Gravity Field (W)
    • Lux’s Light Binding (Q)
    • Jarvan’s Dragon Strike (Q) and Demacian Standart (E) combo
    • Maokai’s Nature’s Grasp (R)
    • Janna’s Howling Gale (Q)
    • Leona’s Zenith Blade (E)
    • etc…

 

CHAMPION ABILITIES ON WHICH QUICKCAST IS ALWAYS ENABLED

On some abilities quickcast is enabled by default and this can’t be changed. That was done because using these abilities without quick cast would be extremely hard.

  • Ahri Icon Ahri’s Spirit Rush Icon Spirit Rush
  • Cassiopeia icon Cassiopeia’s Noxious Blast Icon Noxious Blast
  • Ahri Roaming Elo Boost Fizz’s Playful/Trickster Icon Playful / Trickster
  • Irelia icon Irelia’s Irelia Transcedent Blades Icon Transcendent Blades
  • Karthus icon Karthus’s Karthus Lay Waste icon Lay Waste
  • Riven Icon Riven’s Broken Wings icon Broken Wings & Valor icon Valor
  • Urgot Icon Urgot’s Acid Hunter icon Acid Hunter
  • Vayne Icon Vayne’s Tumble icon Tumble
  • Yasuo Icon Yasuo’s Steel Tempest icon Steel Tempest
  • Zyra Icon Zyra’s Rampant Growth icon Rampant Growth
  • Nidalee Icon Nidalee’s Pounce icon Pounce
  • Flash Icon Flash

HOW TO ENABLE SMARTCAST IN LEAGUE OF LEGENDS?

Now, when we already discused what is smart cast in LoL, it’s time to start using this useful feature. Turning it on is pretty easy and can be done in two simple steps:

  1. Open options tab
  2. Press “Quick Cast All” button to set it on, as you can see on the image below:

Enable quick cast in League of LegendsEnabling quickcast in League of Legends

However, it’s not always good idea to set each ability on quick cast therefore we recommend you to set up custom layout using “Additional Hotkeys” section below:

Custom quick cast layount in LoLHere you can setup each champion ability individually and we recommend you to do that

 

TIPS ON QUICKCASTING: INDICATORS, ABILITIES, EXCEPTIONS

There are some minor but important details which we will discuss in this part of our quickcast guide. For example, smart cast can’t be binded on the mouse side button.

LINE DRAWED SKILLSHOTS 

There are two linear skillshots which interact with smart cast system differently:

  1. Rumble‘s ultimate ability “The Equalizer
  2. Viktor‘s (E) ability “Death Ray

If you turn quickcast on on these skills they will act differently than others. In this case, you have to press the button and hold it down until you draw a line of a skillshot and then release it. If you just will press a button as you do usual it will be casted in the front of your champion and unlikely that what’s what you want to happen.

GOLDEN MEAN: QUICK CAST WITH INDICATOR

There is a quick cast with indicator option in the game. This works as follows: while you hold an ability key you see a graphic indicator, when you release the key then an ability will be casted. You cancel it by mouse right-click. This option leaves you a right to make a mistake and change your decision.

Set up Quick cast with IndicatorSetting up quick cast with indicator

QUICK CAST PLUS SELF CAST

There is a simple combination of “ALT” + “ABILITY HOTKEY” which allows you to use abilities on yourself (of course, it works only with abilities which can be used on yourself).

Examples of such abilities:

  • Lee Sin’s Safeguard (W)
  • Janna’s Eye of the Storm (E)
  • Karma’s Inspire (E)
  • Lulu’s Whismy (W) and Help, Pix! (E)
  • etc…

However, there is another option: “Smart cast + Self Cast“:

Smart cast plus self cast

Smart cast + Self Cast

It works as follows: if there is no appropriate target for your ability then it will be casted on yourself. It’s very profitable for champions like Janna and her Eye of the Storm (E), it allows her to cast shield on herself just by pressing “E” without moving cursor or additionally pressing “ALT” key.

HOW TO USE LOL QUICKCAST TO IMPROVE INGAME PERFORMANCE

Instantly using your ability without clicking to confirm it boosts your League of Legends performance without any doubt. Despite of obvious advantage of speeding up your abilities implementation by two times, there is an obvious con of not seeing graphic indicator of range. Because of that, to start getting advantage of using smartcast it can require spending time in practice (on each champion separately). However, setting a quick cast on each ability is not always a good decision therefore you have to decide everything by yourself. This video demonstrates advantages of smartcast lol

Smart cast is especially useful on champions with cooldown renewal mechanics. Very likely you already noticed how Irelia can clean a minion wave using Bladesurge in a few seconds. There is a better example: Katarina. You can see in the next YouTube video performance of which can not be repeated if player would use the usual casting method, having to left-click manually each time:

We hope that in our guide you found an answer on questions: “What is smartcasting in LoL?” and “How does it work?”.

 

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22 COMMENTS

    1. Boosteria

      Sometimes yes, but usual cast also doesn’t give you a guarantee of 100% hit. Anyway, you should practice with quickcasting before you will feel confident.

  1. watermelon9

    Well if spell has a low cooldown and doesn’t demand very high accuracy you should use quickcast. Actually to this category are going 90% of all league of legends abilities..

    1. LuckyMeAgain

      You mean 90% of all abilities that are not already on quickcast or should never be used with quickcast… so that would be around 40% – ish?

    2. viksik

      Well, that’s right in most cases it’s better to use quickcast because it makes time you have to spend to use ability less no matter how fast you click when using usual cast, it always will be faster / better.
      Of course, for spells that demand high accuracy you need to keep use usual cast until you will be used to cast these spells on smart cast. Like you have to learn their range / width before you can star to use something like Lee Sin Q on smartcast.

  2. XvertuX

    You should use quick cast for sure, it makes games so much responsive and it’s much easier to cast all your abilities when you have to burst enemy champ.

  3. ThePowerTale

    Earlier I did not approve quick casting, but later i getting used to it, and now I just can not understand how to play without it. Of course, if you are playing for a new champion and you do not yet know how the projectiles behave or how fast they fly, what is the radius of the ability, and etc., it is better to play without Quick casting. Although you can always hold down the ability button and you will see the same auxiliary line.

    1. Boosteria

      Yes, quick cast with indicator really helps in league if you still need auxiliary line to get successful hits with your abilities more often.

  4. Jezz'sOath

    Smartcasting is one of the best thing i ever saw, but i still prefer to disable it, especially when i’m only discovering a new champion. I need some time to get used to his projectile speed and etc. But still, after i master a champion i ALWAYS enable smart casts!

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