Build Guide by Dark Grail
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Ok So I am publishing this Katarina build after talking to a friend. I was using a build on here and he made alot of sense to me about some changes to it. Granted I have no done ranked matches and am far from pro but this is something more for a guide for me and if it works for others awesome. Keep in mind too that every game is different and this is obviously not gonna work in all situations.
Summoner Spells: I use Exhaust and Ignite. Exhaust is great for getting that last hit in for the kill or to get the hell out of there when gank is coming. Ignite for me is more of a love it on cool down cause of the burning ember mastery I took but its great from some harrassment and or that last sliver of some fleeing champions life.
Skill Progression: I used to start with Shunpo and work my way from there but as my friend pointed out Bouncing Blade is a great start for some ranged harrass and cause the bouce can hit in areas its not safe to shunpo to. Other than that I normally max out Shunpo quick and juggle the rest as the situations call for it.
General Item Progression: Boots of speed and 3x health pots for me they save my *** way too often. I then go for rylai's scepter for the AP and slow then work my way down the list as shown. Now I know people gonna say "Oh you didn't put in Mejai's Soulstealer" and you are correct. As my friend pointed out I sometimes am a tard, do stupid things, and die... sometimes too often, as I said before this isn't an elitests guide for Katarina but a guide for me. I can't keep the stack at 20 making it a waste of money for me UNLESS I am having a fantastic game and am on point then I'll grab it so its a situation sideboard item for me. Banshee's Veil is also one of my sideboard items if I hit a heavy caster team.
Masteries: As the great OGSixer once said "Katarina isn't a tank she's supposed to beat your face" so instead of going down the defensive tree he had me max the offense and take just what I needed too for nimbleness. simply put I want to hurt you not play smack around and try to survive it cause even if I stack health and armor Katarina is never gonna tank.
Runes: Basically the typical runes I have seen with Katarina builds except OGSixer pointed out to me the Scaling by level runes are way better than the flat ones as the game goes on. by level 4ish they have surpassed the bonus the flat ones gave me so I changed em out Except for the Quints the scale is minimal in comparison to marks seals and glyphs so I went flat Quints for early game boost and overall flatness
Like I said this guide is more for me than you guys so please feel free to bash me and give me all thumbs down but hey if it works for me than here's a dagger in your eye.