Katarina Build Guide by
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Pros and Cons
Good utility Easy to counter
High harassing potential Has no CC
High AoE damage Not a lot of range
Can stay in lane for very long Usually focused in team fights
Not very squishy Pretty hard to master
In laning phase you should always harass when you have the chance but be careful when the enemy has CC(Crowd Control).Wait until it is on cooldown and then go to harass.the usual harass combo is Bouncing Blades,Shunpo,Sinister steel.But if the enemy has no CC or utility then do this combo instead: Q,E,auto attack,W and try to hit him as many times as you can with your auto attacks to do as much damage as possible.when he has CC E on a minion instead and use Bouncing Blades,Sinister Steel in order to get away faster before he can trade with you.Also don't be afraid to use Death Lotus to harass since it has a very short cooldown and you can get a kill when it comes off of cooldown. If you are ganked and they have high chances of killing you then Shunpo,Sinister Steel and flash away as fast as you can.You will have covered a large distance and there's a very low chance that they will get you.If your opponent has skill shots try dodging them with shunpo and if they need mana to use abilities try to waste it so that you can harass,set up a gank etc.
First of all never try to go in immediately.Wait until someone is low and go in so that you get an assist when he dies.This way you'll be able to use your abilities again if you couldn't do enough damage or you got stunned.if you are about to die try to Shunpo to a teammate and go in the fight back when you find the opportunity.Try to be away from the enemy team's vision to surprise them when you go in for a kill or assist.With Katarina you will also need to be fast and have good reflexes.It will be a good idea to play with smart cast but i believe that playing without it will help you get better at her.Also if one of you teammates uses a kind of CC on their whole enemy team like Amumu's
or Malphite's ultimate you should go in immediately.
I tried hybrid Katarina once and it was really good.Her Sinister Steel and Death Lotus did really high damage and she has many abilities that help her catch up with her opponents so it will really help her get in range for her auto attacks.Its a good idea to play hybrid Katarina if you're going top lane or the enemy team stacks a lot of magic resist to counter you.Everyone usually take more magic resist than armor on their rune and masterie pages so you will be able to counter that.
With Katarina it doesn't matter what items you pick it's the order that you pick them.Always buy what is needed at that time,for example if the enemy is kinda getting fed and has high magic damage,buy a
Negatron Cloak to counter it.You can also buy wards to Shunpo at if the enemy team is trying to kill you all the time.