Smartly using smart casting
when I browse to League of Legends forums I see a lot of guys playing with "Smartcast". What is this? Can someone explain me this and how can I use it?
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Smart cast automatically casts the selected ability at (or towards) the current mouse cursor position as if you had first pressed the ability button and then left-clicked at the target position. Smart cast works for self-buff abilities, targeted abilities, ground-targeted abilities and skillshots. Smart casting a support buff ability (an ability that can be cast on self e.g. a shield or a heal) when the cursor is on an invalid target will self-cast the ability instead. Note that you can use self-casting to self-cast support buff abilities regardless of cursor location. Using smart cast can be invaluable because it reduces the time delay between activating and casting by cutting the user input in half; activate vs activate and click. Remember that smart casting means you don't get the targeting graphic, which can make it harder to accurately aim skillshots. They will fire instantly, instead of showing the skillshot for fine tuning the shot. However, there is an option to turn range indicators on, which will show the targeting graphic while the ability key is depressed. This can also be helpful because the ability can then be canceled by right-clicking.
Long story short, abilities that normally would require to press the shortcut button (Q,W,E,R) is launched immediatly, without the display of targeting graphics (skillshot arrows or range indicators).
You can easily set all abilities to smartcast by going to the keybindings menu and looking up options such as "Smartcast ability 1, ability 2 etc." and switching them to your normal ability keys - Q,W,E,R.
Some examples are:
*Note: After some not-too-old patch, you can see the aim-helpers on (manually set) smartcast abilities while you are holding down the ability key.
Smart cast allows your champion to use a spell just by clicking on the skill button.
Whomever your mouse is highlighting the spell will be cast on.
Where ever your mouse is pointing your skill will be cast on that spot.
Skill shots will go in the direction of your mouse.
Note* If you want self heal spells to cast on yourself with smart casting, you need to bind your keys to Smart Cast + Self Cast