Katarina Build Guide by BlackestFlames
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*~Glass Kannon Katarina~*
Not Updated For Current Season
Hello everyone and welcome to the *~Glass Kannon Katarina~* guide. I'll show you the ups and downs of Katarina. Now keep in mind this build is a Work in Progress and will change depending on updates to LoL itself. Katarina can easily get around quickly with her E (Shunpo) so keep that in mind if you need to catch someone. Her W (Spinning Blades) can also give you a boost but it's not as reliable as E due to you needing to hit ad enemy champion for it to take effect. If you get a Kill or an Assist your abilities cooldown will be shortened by 15 seconds which basically means all of your abilities (except your ult) will reset in cooldown allowing for either escapes or more kills! So without further a due let's get started!
Pros / Cons
High damage output
Decent Escape ability
Her ult can target up to 3 Champions simultaneously
Targeted often in team fights
She can be CC'ed hard
Now that you a tidbit on how Katarina gets around, you'll need to have a good steady flow of gold beginning game so remember how I said build Q first? Well Q will be you main way of sweeping up creep score. Wait until the minions are at about 1 / 4th hp then use your Q on either the minions themselves or the enemy champion and you should get in a good poke as well as gathering creep score. Rinse and repeat until level 3 which then you should now have your W so now you can attack minions when they are just below half health just remember to Q first then W.
When gong mid lane your opponent may disappear from lane time to time. If you haven't seen your opponent for more than 2 - 5 seconds then ping your teammate that your opponent is missing and for them the be careful, when they reappear in your lane or any other lane ping that you are locking on to them to let your team either know "Ok Kat is coming bot/top" or "Ok (insert your opposing mid laner's name here) is still mid" it'll help your team out a bunch! Also remember to occasionally buy wards to help you and your teammates with map awareness and to prevent ganks or counter ganks from the enemy team. If a team fight is happening, try to quickly get to the fight before any of your teammates die meaning be alert of the moving portraits on your minimap and begin heading in an area that might have a team fight break out. While in a team fight try to E (Shunpo) in the middle of the enemy team and ult immediately if you are certain they either A.) aren't going to target you because they are going for a kill on your teammate or B.) the other team used their CC's and it is safe for you to use your ult fully.
Low on Health
When low on health, play extremely safe and only poke with your Q, if your level 6 you can possibly bait your opponent into follow you into a bush to where you can easily Q them safely and follow up with a E then W and ult then Ignite if they manage to survive your combo, but only do this risky tactic if your opponent is around half health or lack magic defense to which you can exploit with your ult and Q. Now if you survive and get a kill immediately E to the minion closest to either your warded bush or your turrent so you can run to recall.
That's all I have for now send me a message on what you think so for now and tell me if you have used the build and if it has or hasn't helped you. I need to record a video on how farming works for her and more. Farewell for now and have a nice day.