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Katarina Build Guide by Pancaku

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Top [9.4] Lava Chan's: Dark Harvest Katarina Top Guide

Updated on February 27, 2019
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Dark Harvest
Sudden Impact
Eyeball Collection
Ravenous Hunter

Coup de Grace

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


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Basic Summoners
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite


Threats & Synergies

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Champion Build Guide

[9.4] Lava Chan's: Dark Harvest Katarina Top Guide

By Pancaku
So it's Lava Chan here... Back after who knows when and making another
off-meta guide for you featuring our favorite red headed assassin Katarina.
I'll be spilling the secrets behind what makes dark harvest Katarina in the top lane a viable option to climb with this season and before you ask if I am credible or trust worthy, I am currently ranked as the 14th best Katarina in North America with a 73% winrate in Diamond. Not only this, but I have reached diamond in season 7 with deathfire touch, season 8 with Tank Katarina and Comet Katarina, and now season 9 playing her in the top lane with nearly 2 million mastery points across multiple accounts.
Video Guide Below!
Dark Harvest
Dark Harvest is a very amazing keystone that many players skip out on due to the
overwhelming pressure that is on Katarina's shoulders.

Simply speaking, when you take Dark Harvest and don't win your lane you'll more than
likely lose the game if you're playing mid like most traditional players.

But, what if I told you that Dark Harvest can potentially stay relevant through the
entirety of the game even if you lose top lane? You're probably saying to yourself,
"Well if that's possible why doesn't it work better in the mid lane? You have more
opportunities to roam, proc it and possibly even pick up kills." and those are great
examples of why everyone assumes that it's more of a mid lane keystone for her but
in reality, you can play her just as effectively WITH less effort in the top lane
and let me explain why.

Top Lane is often regarded as an island. Junglers are more focused on getting mid
and bot fed instead of dealing with whatever tanks or bruisers that are picked,
but what happens when you bring Katarina into this lane with Dark Harvest? Simply
said, you will have free control of your lane in 75% of most match ups.
Roaming & Snowballing
Katarina can still roam just as effectively as if she was being played mid lane
without the need of taking TP.

The only roams you should be looking to take are:
- The Junglers fighting in the top jungle
- The Enemy midlane being low enough for a free kill
- Your enemy laner is MIA
- Roaming Bot after you base and buy

Roaming botlane will require you to learn gamesense and you must also be able to
predict certain situations UNLESS you decide to take teleport as making an
unsuccessful play could make your lane more difficult but, making a successful play
will reward you with a way to come back from a lane you are possibly losing or give
your bot an extra push to win their own lane even if you don't kill the enemies.

Don't be afraid of taking a jungle camp on the way back to your lane unless
your jungler specifies otherwise as you will partially gain back whatever cs and
exp that you lost during your roam.
Pro's & Cons
Biggest Pros:
- Easier match ups (melee vs. melee)
- Dark Harvest being enough to keep you strong
- Mobility to escape tanks or immobile champions you will be facing
- Able to see ganks better than mid

Biggest Cons:
- Some matchups are nearly impossible to win without help
- Unsuccessful roams could set you behind
- If you don't proc dark harvest enough you will be weaker late game
- Teammates being more willing to give up because of your pick
League of Legends Build Guide Author Pancaku
Pancaku Katarina Guide
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