Katarina Build Guide by Armoton17
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CONDITION: Soloing Middle
In the event that you are soloing middle, which I highly recommend you should if your team agrees. You NEED to edit this strategy slightly.
***If you are soloing middle!***
Your first spell should be Shunpo and you should buy boots + 3 health potions first. Shunpo is very strong middle because they will only have 1 player focusing you when you jump in for a burst harass, Shunpo is far to dangerous to harass with in top or bottom lane at levels 1 & 2.
90% of Kataina's gold is supplied from killing blows, you need to leave your lane often and gank with Death Lotus. Don't try to score a kill at level 1, Katarina is the worst Level 1 solo I have yet to play and you will most likely get killed if you face check the grass.
When the match starts, choose your lane with someone who can push or solo middle. I recommend that you solo middle for it is fairly easy to gank either lane when you reach level 6. Katarina is lanes best with casters or ranged because you can usually shunpo back to them if needed.
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
Q. Why are you using the spells Exhaust and Ghost?
A. Exhaust is much more powerful than ignite because exhaust not only slows their movement speed from escaping death lotus, it lowers an enemy's attack damage by 70% which is a MUST HAVE when you verse a Tryndamere or Xin'Zhao because they WILL focus you the moment you cast death lotus and trust me, THEY WILL 2 SHOT YOU.
- Ghost is a great offensive and defensive ability, you can escape enemies by Shunpoing to an ally unit and ghosting away until boots of mobility proc, insuring your escape or you can ghost to an target to will your get within shunpo range for a killing blow before being baited into the enemy team.
Q. Why are you using so many runes of force?
A. The runes of force are important because early game your AP is going to suffer due to rushing Rabadon's Death Cap, you need this AP to score early game kills, your income and AP is mostly from assassinating the enemy team. The Death Cap will also increase your total AP by 30%. By early game kills I mean level 4 through 12.
Pros and Cons
You can assassinate the entire team with Death Lotus.
You can make yourself Invulnerable after they switch to you for a fast kill, confusing them.
You will be pushing 1,000 AP when you're maxed out + Baron Buff.
Your fast enough to stop people from fleeing.
You can flee from the fight very easily with a Shunpo / Ghost combo.
You will die extremely fast, make sure you're the last one to enter a team fight.
Early game is rough, you need to score champion kills to be effective.
You're CDs are a bit long until higher levels and 20 stack M.S.S.