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Katarina Build Guide by DaRkks

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League of Legends Build Guide Author DaRkks

Katarina - The Noxus Assassin

DaRkks Last updated on February 7, 2012
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Ability Sequence

1
3
5
7
9
Ability Key Q
4
14
15
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18
Ability Key W
2
8
10
12
13
Ability Key E
6
11
16
Ability Key R





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The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunder
4/
Archmage
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Executioner
 
 

Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
4/
Durability
Vigor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honor Guard
Mercenary
 
 
 
 
 
 
Juggernaut
 
 

Defense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mastermind
 

Utility: 0


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Introduction

Hey guys, Darkks here, This is my first guide and some constructive criticism would be great.

I've been playing LoL since it's release in 2009, and I've loved Katarina ever since I first played her. She is very fast paced and if you can shunpo on the squishes they're dead.
She is only 3150 IP so she doesn't take that much time to get.


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Abbreviations

AP = Ability Power
AD = Attack Damage
CC = Crowd Control
CD = Cool Down(s)
CDR = Cool Down Reduction
Dmg = Damage
DoT = Damage Over Time
HP = Health Points/Hit Points
Mag Pen = Magic Penetration
MR = Magic Resist
Ult = Ultimate Skill (R)


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Smart Cast

Smart cast is amazing on Katarina, Smart cast turns all your abilities to aim where your cursor is (Who it's hovering over) like Karthus' Q or cassiopeias Q. because of this, if you have fast fingers and hand movements (And your passive) you can bouncing blade and shunpo their entire team dead.


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Pros / Cons

Pros
-NO MANA!
-Nice cooldowns
-Shunpo - Get out of jail free card
-Multi-Target Ultimate
-Great chaser
-Not hard to learn
-Amazing mid-game farmer
-Amazing Ganker


Cons
-Not a great EARLY game farmer
-Tends to get CCed and focused
-Can be hard to MASTER


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Summoner Spells

Now, You can swap out ignite for exhaust, But with the thing is, Once all your cooldowns are blown you're pretty much useless, so ignite helps with that.

-Flash to get away from a gank/ to reach with your shunpo the target
-It improve the range of your shunpo.
-Flash to run away from ganks
-Ignite to secure running people
-Ignite for that extra damage while your skills are on CD


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Rune Choice

-All mages are better with magic pen!
-Armor to be a little bit more tanky
-CD so your skills don't have A BIG *** CD
-Health so you can survive that little bit more


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Champions that go well with Katarina

The best possible champions for Katarina's team would be the ones with best CCs, so they would support Kata's ultimate. As long as I have been playing, I weren't able to find any better champion to match Kata than Amumu. If you have any friend playing this champ - pick your Kata and check out the damage you'll make when you will combine your ulties. Just wait for mummy to do its stun, Shunpo to him, do Death Lotus and prepare for a large multi kill.
Other possibilities include strong stunners such as Morgana, Ashe, Lux, Sion, Sona.


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In the lane

YOU WANT A SOLO LANE WITH KAT.
She has lots of survivability because of her long range harass and her Shunpo to get out of sticky situations.
She is very viable in mid or solo top. But if you go in a duo-lane her damage will not be the greatest when it matters.

If you happen to come up in mid with anyone with a hard cc or suppress (Malzahar, Lux, Morganna, Fiddle, Anivia) then you will have a hard time killing them with your ulti because they can just snare you and run, fear you or just stun you and kill you.


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AD Instead of AP?

There are some merit to both builds.
AD - Bouncing blade does more, and your auto attacks deal more too
But it does kind of tend to drop out late game

AP - Once cooldowns are down you have little to no damage
Can only get MORE powerful late game....
AND
Is better in AD in most ways. Period...


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Farming

Kats auto attack is good, but not great.
She can last hit minions easy with her bouncing blade, and most of the time it will also hit the enemy champion you are facing in lane. (Any damage is good damage)


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Skills

Shunpo has more range than bouncing blade, And her blade is mainly used as harassment, When you get into a team fight you want to use your W THEN E to reduce the amount of damage taken so when you pop your ulti you don't insta die. If someone is using a heal potion or is a healing character. Use your W before Q to cut their healing in half while still doing decent damage.


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Proper use of Death Lotus

To use Kats ultimate correctly you need to be in the middle of the fight (Preferably right next to all the squishiest people on their team).

her ultimate causes damage to only 3 people, so if you are in the wrong spot, Your ult will target the tanky people, which you don't want.


Her role in team fights is pretty simple. Bouncing blade - Shunpo into the squisies on the other team then Death Lotus the **** OUTA THEM. They should die with your insane amount of damage output in her late game.


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Summary

Thank you for taking the time to read my guide for Katarina.
She is very fun and if you haven't picked her up yet I HIGHLY recommend it.

Smart cast is a must to peak her damage output
Fast paced
Sexy
Viable AP mid


-NOTICE- Just filling up space cause i've run out of things to say.. I know stupid xD
By the way Big thanks to my clan Dead Pixel, Apply on our fourms http://deadpixel.forumotion.com/

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