Katarina Build Guide by Soleannis
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Katarina de Cousteau - The Sinister Blade
|SPACE||''The Sinister Blade of Noxus is like a black widow - beautiful, but deadly.'' - Garen, the Might of Demacia, following a skirmish in the field
As a militaristic state, it would perhaps come as no surprise that the primary responsibilities of Noxian women are raising strong children and providing succor for husbands who walk the path of soldiery. There are some, however, for whom nurture is not nature, and Katarina is just such a creature. Born the daughter of the feared Noxian General Du Couteau, the girl was always more interested in her father's knives than in the dresses, jewelry, and other trifles that her sisters spent so much time fussing over. A childhood dispute soon unveiled her uncanny knack for bloodshed, and her father, ever the opportunist, happily fostered her killer instincts. After training under the tutelage of the finest assassins the mighty city-state had to offer, Katarina first cut her teeth performing assassinations in the Ionian War. There, her ruthless mastery of the knife and dagger combined with her sadistic temperament to earn her the title Sinister Blade, a moniker that would follow her for the remainder of her career. She is most famous, however, for her exploits in the campaigns against Demacia, especially those surrounding her engagements with the nation's champion, Garen; a rivalry that began when she recovered the remains of Sion from a vanguard under his protection.
|With the demand for warfare somewhat arrested by the tenuous peace settling over Valoran, Katarina sought the allure of violence in its last remaining haven: The League of Legends. Some might say it was an inevitability that Katarina's chosen path would draw her to become a champion of the League, continuing to enforce the will of Noxus and bring prestige of war to her noble family. There, she continues to perform her bloody work - esteemed and reviled, feared and adored.||SPACE|
for the extra AP;
Summoner's Wrath for the bonus 6 AP after using Ignite;
Sorcery for the 4% cdr;
Arcane Knowledge for the 10% bonus MP;
Havoc for the plus 1.5% damage dealt;
Blast for the bonus AP per level;
Archmage for the bonus 5% AP;
Executioner for the bonus damage to low hp targets;
for the bonus 4 Armor;
Resistance for the bonus 4 Magic Resistence;
Durability for the extra hp per level;
Veteran's Scars for that GODLIKE bonus hp;
This is indeed one of the ideal picks to use on Katarina because sometimes you will not be able to use Shunpo, either because it's in cooldown or simply because you have nothing to Shunpo to. Also, this is perfect for quick escapes through the jungle walls.
Another exelent pick for Katarina. After you've done enought harassment to the targeted champ. with your Bouncing Blades simply finish him with killer instict Shunpo Bouncing Blades and Ignite and you'll get the kill.
Even tought I personaly don't like it, you can use Cleanse to remove all imparing effects on you simply your shumpo to jump away from tight situacions and disasterous team fight situacions.
tp ghost surge
Pros / Cons
Bouncing Blades will be your primary farm skill at latter levels. As I use it, Bouncing Blades is my main arrasment skill when miding. Imagine that you go agains Swain or Akali. Whiele most of their attacks and abilitys are ranged, you can and you should always use boucing blade, because above Rank 3, Bouncing Blades will almost always hit your target. Besides, combining with Sinister Steel will provide an exelent tactical avantage. During a team fight, Dr. Mundo excapes with low hp and uses his ulti, Sadism, you can chase him and still get the kill if you combine Killer Instincs and Bouncing Blades to reduce is healing effect by 50% and making possible the kill.
Shunpo will be the main source of Katarina's damage. Why, you say ? With this build, Shunpo get's a cooldown something between 3.5 to 4 sec. That is just amazing. Besides, with full build, shumpo can take up to 800-1000 magic damage to champ. with low magic resist. Also, combining your Shunpo with Sinister Steel will provide you with an incriesed survivability during team fights and, using it with Death Lotus will give you a very powerfull and yet susteinable ulti. Also, and I will post a video with this tactic later on, you can combine wards and Shunpo to make pro like escapes. For eg., if your using Q/W/E/R to play, i sugest that you make a keybind for your last item slot and buy wards so that when your being chased by faster champions, simply ward the jungle next to you and Shunpo to it.
Death Lotus ... Yeh ... I don't even have words to describe how AWESOME this ability is. I mean, you can get PENTAKILLS EASELY with this **** ! But, back to the guide : Death Lotus deals insane amounts of damage to enemy players if is not interrupted. I higly sugest that you are the last champion to enter a team fight because the other champions will probably use up all their silences and interrupts, so it will be easier to get the kills.
Some of my best games while playing with Katarina