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Katarina Build Guide by Nyrolol

Middle [12.17] Nyro's Challenger 1000LP RANK 1 KATA EUW Build Guide

Middle [12.17] Nyro's Challenger 1000LP RANK 1 KATA EUW Build Guide

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Runes: Conqueror + Domination

1 2 3 4
Precision
Conqueror
Triumph
Legend: Tenacity
Coup de Grace

Domination
Sudden Impact
Relentless Hunter
Bonus:

+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-140 HP (lvls 1-18)

Spells:

1 2 3 4
LoL Summoner Spell: Exhaust

Exhaust

LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite

Ignite

Items

Guide Fully Updated, Scroll down for detailed explanation
Guide Fully Updated, Scroll down for detailed explanation
Starting Items & Boots [Scroll down for detailed explanation]
Easy lanes (Conq/FS)
Hard lanes [90% of time] (Conq/FS)
Early strength (Conq)
ON AP BUILDS
WITH NON-AP MYTHIC VS HEAVY AD'S
WITH NON-AP MYTHIC VS HEAVY CC / AP
(S TIER) Protobelt FULL AP [Scroll down for detailed explanation]
(S TIER) Riftmaker [Runepage 1 or 2]
Build vs Tanks/bruisers/mr stackers. [Runepage 1 or 2]
(S Tier) Frostfire / Sunfire [Scroll down for detailed explanation]
[AP VARIANT] MYTHIC FIRST VS HARD LANE | INSANE VS CC AND ASSASSINS/BURST MAGES
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [AD VARIANT] Insane 1v1 / early [NEED 1 AP IN TEAM] [Runepage 1 or 2]
(A TIER) Divine Sunderer [Scroll down for detailed explanation]

Champion Build Guide

[12.17] Nyro's Challenger 1000LP RANK 1 KATA EUW Build Guide

By Nyrolol
Table of Contents
Guide Details
x Introduction
x Runes
x Starting Items & Boots
x Fullbuilds
x Skill Order
x Matchups
x Skin Tierlist


Introduction
yo, I am Nyro, a EUW Challenger Katarina OTP, sitting around 1060LP+ and peaking Rank 16.
I've been maining her since the rework and over the years have become the best Katarina on EUW. Katarina has the most diverse buildpaths and a build for almost any scenario and this Guide will help you choose the right one

I stream regularly on Twitch, so if you have any question, feel free to ask.

Important: Most of the time I dont pick specific Build/Runes against my lane opponent, but rather take the whole enemy comp into consideration
Summoner Spells

Ignite is your core Summoner Spell and will not be exchanged.



Exhaust Ignite
Most of the time i run it with Exhaust. The damage reduction is insane and makes you way stronger 1v1, especially using it defensive to not die. The slow allows you to also hit your daggers/ult way easier. Also provides you great kill pressure at lvl 3. The downside is that you have to be more careful against enemy ganks.
Flash Ignite
Flash is overall fine, since it almost always has value, especially if you build full AP. I pick it over exhaust vs mages or general longranges, where I cant utilise exhaust.
Ghost Ignite
Ghost is great for sticking to enemies, only with Tank build.
Cleanse Ignite
Cleanse is a very good against Lissandra, TF and Zoe.
Runes

Main Runepage: Conquerer


Conqueror is the best Rune for every build. It provides you with a great earlygame, especially if you go AD early. Its very good in Skirmishes and Teamfights where Katarina shines.
Always pick Triumph.
If they have any amount of CC pick Legend: Tenacity, if they have 0 CC pick Legend: Alacrity.
Pick Coup de Grace If you are building Full AP and Last Stand if you are going for a tankier build.
I always prefer the HP rune for scaling. I only go MR vs AP MID/JGL and Armor vs Full armor enemies

Secondary Runes. Divine / Rocketbelt


Always pick Sudden Impact.
Ingenious Hunter with Divine Sunderer Build.
Relentless Hunter with Hextech Rocketbelt Build.

Secondary Runes. Sunfire/Frostfire or Hard Lane


Conditioning If you go for Sunfire/Frostfire and your lane is free.
Second Wind If you're strugglig vs poke (Viktor,Azir...).
Bone Plating If you're struggling against all in (Renek,Zed,Sett)

Overgrowth is best in slot, unless you need the extra tenacity from Unflinching .








Main Runepage: First Strike


First Strike is a great scaling Rune (only for the Full AP Hextech Rocketbelt Build). Since the AP Build's early earlygame is non existent anyway, we just want to farm for our first item and after that it has a lot of Damage and insane tempo with Gold generation.
Most of the time pick Magical Footwear, unless you want to go Zhonya's Hourglass Second with Perfect Timing.
Always Future's Market for the Tempo.
Always pick Cosmic Insight.
I prefer the HP rune for scaling. I only go MR vs AP MID/JGL and Armor vs Full armor enemies

Secondary Runes for First Strike


Always pick Sudden Impact.
Pick [[Treasure Hunter] for the tempo.
Starting Items & Boots.
I will go trough the Builds explaining when to build it.

Starting Items
Doran's Shield
Build Doran's Shield if you want a safe lane, especially into ranged matchups and poke. Most of the time its the best option, because Katarina's early is horrible and going even is a win for us.
Doran's Blade
Build Doran's Blade if you want to have more early strength, works with AD and AP Builds, especially into melee matchups. Katarina's adaptive will become AD, so you are strong with Conqueror stacked. Here you want to play for lvl 3/4 kill/pressure or a jungle skirmish.
Long Sword
Build Long Sword for the same reason as Doran's Blade, but if you can build it into Items like Blade of the Ruined King or Divine Sunderer
Dark Seal
Build Dark Seal and Refillable Potion if your lane is easily sustainable.

This list is subjective to my elo. If you are very confident, you can run Doran's Blade against the bottom row, and if you are not confident at all, you can run Doran's Shield against every Matchup



Boots
Sorcerer's Shoes
Sorcerer's Shoes are most of the time the best Boots for Katarina, since all her abilitys do Magic Damage. Sorc's are insane with other M-Pen items so always buy it with Hextech Rocketbelt. With Divine Sunderer you also buy it most of the time. With Sunfire Aegis / Frostfire Gauntlet only if you dont need the other boots.

Plated Steelcaps
Build Plated Steelcaps only with non-AP Mythics like Sunfire Aegis / Frostfire Gauntlet or even Divine Sunderer if they are full AD or have a lot of Autoattackers.

Mercury's Treads
Build Mercury's Treads only with non-AP Mythics like Sunfire Aegis / Frostfire Gauntlet or even Divine Sunderer if they have a lot AP damage and CC.
Full Builds
Full Item Builds


(S TIER) Full AP Rocketbelt

Runes 1: Conqueror + Domination for better early

Runes 2: First Strike + Domination for Scaling




-OR-
When to build?
You should build FULL AP if you are against squishy targets, no/low amount of direct or aoe CC. This Build is very straight forward and deals the most damage. You go for quick 1 Shots with your daggers / r.
DONT build if they can buy MR easily.
example comp: Gangplank - Graves - Ahri - Ezreal - Karma
Shadowflame > If enemies build don't MR
Void Staff > If enemies build MR



(S TIER) Riftmaker

Runes: Conqueror + Resolve



optional
When to build?
This build is good if you want to go AP and you cant 1 shot them, for example if they can build MR/Deathsdance, they have Heal/Shields or if are Bruisers/Tanks. Most of the time you overkill anyway with Rocketbelt, so this build you are more tanky while decent damage, especially if you can go Deathcap third.
An example comp would be Ornn - Udyr - Yone - Ezreal - Renata Glasc

Shadowflame > if you are snowballing and they dont build MR
Zhonya's Hourglass > If you need it against champs like Zed



(S TIER) AP Divine Sunderer

Runes: Conqueror + Domination


optional 3rd item
last item
When to build?
You should build Divine if you are against Fighters/Brusiers/Tanks, who you will never be able to 1 shot. Simmilar to Riftmaker build, its better mid/late and in teamfights, Divine Sunderer is better first item spike and early, AD + Sheen is an Insane start and spikes very hard once completed. The key is to play around your divine procs, your damage is way more spread out and you are not reliant on hitting your daggers, also CC/Cancels aren't much of an issue anymore, since your damage doesnt come from you R. Also good for 1v1's.
But if you fall behind, its very bad.
An example comp would be Aatrox - Lee Sin - Sylas - Sivir - Nautilus

Shadowflame > if you are snowballing and enemies dont buy MR
Zhonya's Hourglass > against specific champs like Zed
Wit's End > against full AP

(S TIER) AD Divine Sunderer

Runes: Conqueror + Domination


optional
last item
When to build?
same as above, but if you have 1 AP in your team and you need AD damage. I like building this vs specific champs like Kassadin / Yasuo. Stronger early and 1v1 than AP variant, worse teamfighting/late.
An example comp would be Aatrox - Lee Sin - Kassadin - Sivir - Nautilus




(S TIER) AP Sunfire/Frostfire

Runes: Conqueror + Resolve




-OR-
last item
When to build?
This build is insane vs full damage / 1 Shot comp (especially Magic Penetration / Lethality champions), since most of these champs have 1 combo and thrive off 1 shotting you, which they can't anymore. Also its very good vs full CC comps. Building the Mythic first vs very hard lanes is also very good, Assassin's like Qiyana or LeBlanc, Burst Mages like Annie or Vex or Bruisers like Renekton cant abuse you anymore with it. You can take way more fights and the big point of this build is Mejai's Soulstealer since you basically never die and you get your missing damage back. For Sunfire Aegis you want long extended fights, where you can proc the Immolate passive, so it's also good vs Bruisers/Tanks.
Don't build it if they have a lot of %HP Damage, Botrk/Divine users or tank killers.
An example comp would be Irelia - Fiddlesticks - Vex - Lucian - Nami
Important! : Sunfire Aegis / Frostfire Gauntlet > Build Mythic first against very hard lanes.

Sunfire Aegis > for long extended fights / CC, else you go Frostfire Gauntlet


(S TIER) AD Botrk into Sunfire/Frostfire


Runes: Conqueror + Resolve






-OR-
optional
last item
When to build?
Blade of the Ruined King is the best early game item for Katarina. I love building it if I realy want to win lane/early and just perma fight vs champs that counter me like Kassadin's Q and MR passive, Yasuo's Windwall or vs champs that usually interrupt my R or run me down like Yone or Sylas. The Same concept for Sunfire/Frostfire applies as above, its just the best Mythic for Botrk.
An example comp would be Camille - Viego - Kassadin - Twitch - Lulu

Sunfire Aegis > for long extended fights / CC, else you go Frostfire Gauntlet

Wit's End > against full AP
Nashor's Tooth > If you are snowballing


Skill Order
Q MAX if you build Nashor's Tooth first
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Q
E
W
Q
Q
R
Q
E
Q
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3Q INTO 5E MAX if you build Divine Sunderer or Blade of the Ruined King first
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Matchups

Laning + Mid/Lategame taking into account.
For example Seraphine you can always go even in lane vs her, but very very annyoing/hard to kill after lane
Skin Tierlist
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