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Katarina Build Guide by Excalibxr

Middle Excalibxr's Guide to Katarina

Middle Excalibxr's Guide to Katarina

Updated on July 6, 2021
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Runes: Winning Matchups: Conqueror

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Legend: Tenacity
Coup de Grace

Sudden Impact
Ravenous Hunter

+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor


LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite


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Excalibxr's Guide to Katarina

By Excalibxr
Laning Phase and Teamfighting
In Laning Phase, Katarina is pretty weak. However, there are a few things you can do.
Level 1: Just focus on last hitting with Q's. Don't walk up and don't take any poke,just stay healthy.
Level 2: Grab E. If you are taking electrocute, you can trade with Q, E, auto. If you are taking conqueror, I recommend waiting to trade until level 3.
Level 3: This is a strong powerspike for Katarina. I recommend trying to trade in most matchups at level 3. The current best trading pattern (with conqueror) is with E, auto, W, auto, Q, auto, E, auto, and finish them off with ignite. Make sure you use your w movement speed to dodge any skill shot cc thrown at you. In matchups such as lissandra where they have a non skillshot cc with a range to it, try to trade with q and e, and when you e onto your dagger stand at the max range and w away from them so that they can't root you. Generally these abilities having longer cooldowns, so you can trade them again before their abilities come back up.
Level 4-5: At this point how you play the lane depends on the earlier levels and there are many things you must think about.
Things such as: Do I have a kill yet? Can I kill my laner? Should I play safe? Can I roam? Where is the enemy jungler? These things will help you determine what you want to do next.
Past level 6: If you gain a large lead (2+ kills) before level 6, then past level 6, play very aggressively as long as the enemy jungler isn't very fed. If the enemy jungler is behind or even with your jungler, then a skilled Katarina is able to 1 v 2. If you aren't confident on her, then don't try this. Just focus on roams and plays on the map. Swap to sweeper and pick up control wards to help your roams. Try to always be available to make plays on the map.
Mid Game: This is where Katarina really shines. Her 3 item powerspike on both AD and AP is very great, and she is able to consistently hard carry her team in teamfights if you play it correctly. Look for picks on overextending squishies. Try to position yourself on the flank of the enemy team so that when they engage you have free access to their backline.
Late Game: Katarina is still pretty strong late game. There are many ways to play her at this point but currently, the playstyle of waiting patiently for enemies to waste key cc abilities with long cooldowns and then jumping in to kill them and jumping out is the best strategy.
A-Z Matchups:
Ahri: Ahri can use her e to stop your ultimate, and her w movement speed to avoid daggers. Past level 6, it's very hard to kill her. My personal recommendation in this matchup is looking for a pre 6 lead and then going for roams after to ensure your snowballing.
Akali: Akali is very difficult for Katarina, just try to short trade her. Consider taking electrocute with sorcery secondary(Null orb). Q e auto w e out is the best way to trade akali early. Make sure the wave is on your side.
Anivia: Trade anivia so that you use your w movement speed to dodge her stun. If she lands her stun, you won't win the trade. Early, she is very hard to kill. I recommend conqueror in this matchup so that you do extra damage with auto's while she is in egg.
Annie: Trade Annie so that the time you are stunned is the time that you are standing on your dagger waiting for it to proc. If you e auto w her, she will stun you, and your w dagger will proc while you are stunned. Once her stun is down, run her down.
Aurelion Sol: Really easy matchup. Just trade him whenever you can and when you trade him stand right next to him so he can't hit you with his passive.
Azir: Azir is pretty rough for Katarina. The best way to trade Azir is to place a q dagger where he will walk to cs. When he walks there, jump in, and use w to kite away. He will likely follow to try and auto you. If he does, jump back in and all in him.
Cassiopeia: At level 3, Cassio can use her w to ground you and with the new tear in season 11 she has the mana for an all in. Fight her at level 6. The interaction between Cassio R and Katarina R is that if you were looking away from her before you ulti, it won't stun you. Make sure to turn away before ulting so she can't cancel your r.
Corki: Try to trade Corki whenever possible past level 3. The best time to trade him is when his E is down.
Diana: Diana is currently much weaker than Katarina in all ins. Avoid her q's whenever you can and past level 3 if she tries to use q to poke you jump onto her to avoid her q and all in her.
Ekko: Ekko will likely try to use his e to dodge your daggers. Because of this, trade ekko similarly to Azir. Let him walk onto a dagger and then punish him for it.
Fizz: Go Electrocute and Null Orb + Scorch in this matchup. Just use Q to poke him and grab last hits. With the wave on your side, you can q e auto w and e out. Otherwise, just play safe. Past level 6, be watchful for his r and try to dodge it with your E.
Galio: Make sure you take conqueror in this matchup. When trading galio, let him burn aftershock before you use any daggers. Don't trade when you are down in minions, and when the wave is even e behind him and let him waste his cc. Then, use all your abilities when aftershock is down.
Heimerdinger: Similarly to anivia, just avoid his stun and you win. If you don't avoid it, you lose.
Irelia: This lane is very hard for Katarina to win. Play safe or play to roam. If you cannot roam, build zhonyas first and when she ults you, before her ult hits you use your zhonyas so she can't all in you. Try to use e to dodge her e.
Kassadin: Dodge or beg your jungler to camp you
LeBlanc: This matchup is very similar to fizz. Go Electrocute and Sorcery and just avoid her e. Don't trade using e w q e. Place daggers where she will walk and punish.
Lissandra: Trade her so that when you jump on a dagger it is at the max range where it'll hit her. Let her use her w at that point. If she does, jump onto her again with e and w and run her down with autos and finish with auto e auto.
Lux: Really easy matchup, look to trade lux whenever you can and past 6 just all in her, she can't cancel your ultimate.
Malzahar: Malzahar has 19 armor at level 2. Start Doran's Blade and try to all in him at level 2. You can also trade him at level 3. Past 6, don't ult until he ults.
Neeko: Just trade neeko when she has used her e to waveclear. This matchup is very good with electrocute. Past 6, e w q r e ignite to kill her before her ult goes off.
Qiyana: not a common matchup, the best way to deal with qiyana is to predict where she will stand in her invis. Try to play for roams in this matchup. Make sure to stand near the center of the lane so that qiyana can't r you into a wall.
Rumble: Rumble will try to poke you early, just stay behind your minions. Past level 3, if his fuel is in the danger zone, don't fight him. Wait for it to lower and then trade.
Ryze: Ryze has no damage ultimate. If he takes teleport, you win all ins easily. If you get a pre6 lead when trading him use your ultimate immediately as his phase rush will negate most of your ult's damage if you wait.
Seraphine: Seraphine will outscale and outteamfight you. The best way to play this lane is to make sure your other lanes are very ahead because even if you kill her her ultimate plus other enemies who are fed will win the game.
Sylas: Don't level q immediately. If he trades into you level 1 with e1 e2, you can actually start e and trade him back with auto e auto. Later, make sure sylas uses his stun before ulting, because once he has, since your ult has grevious wounds, sylas becomes doomed.
Syndra: This lane is really rough early, she will bully you out of lane. Start doran's shield in this matchup and just try to dodge as many q's as possible. At level 3, if you guys are even hp, kat starts to win trades. Make sure you use w to avoid an e into her orbs.
Talon: DO NOT fight talon early. You will always lose. The best time to fight talon is level 5. Make sure that you place wards over walls so that you can e to him if he tries to jump out. Don't trade talon with the standard e w q r e combo because that gives talon a free melee q. Place a dagger where he will walk and then e to it and kite away with w so that he can't get a melee q and so that he can't dodge your w dagger. Use the reset you get from the w dagger to dodge the 2nd strike of his W so he can't get his passive and he should be dead.
Twisted Fate: Really easy matchup in my opinion, similar to annie except TF does much less burst. Use your daggers so that when you are stunned is the time that your dagger is landing so that you aren't ever losing any damage. In this matchup, ignite teleport is viable because you don't really need flash as much since he has very little kill pressure on you. Teleport will help contest his roams later.
Veigar: Easiest Katarina matchup, you can E out of his cage and he is very squishy. Let him push you in and then jump on him. He can't do anything.
Vel'Koz: Also a very easy matchup, same as veigar, let him push and just jump on him, he will always lose.
Viktor: Pretty rough matchup, start doran's shield and just play for roams. Buy Sorc's first.
Vladimir: Don't q vladimir directly or he can pool it and you lose your dagger. If you are going to trade him, place a dagger where he will walk to cs and jump on him. Don't trade him when he will have his empowered q or you won't win the trade.
Xerath: really easy matchup, don't stand in your wave and let him push you in, at level 3 and beyond you always win every trade with the standard e w q r e combo.
Yasuo: The Yasuo Katarina dance is my favorite and most fun matchup. Yasuo will try to dash through your daggers to avoid any damage. When you dash to the dagger, dash to the center, so he can't avoid the damage by dashing through it. Don't use your ult before he windwalls or he can avoid the entire thing. If you struggle in lane just grab boots and roam or just grab seekers and scale.
Yone: You win this matchup easily at level 2, all in him if you can. If he respects you, try to trade him when he doesn't have any stacks of q and trade him before he uses e so he can't put space between you and his returning location.
Zed: This matchup is very difficult for Katarina, if you struggle early I recommend starting cloth armor and 4 health pots, and later build a seekers with that. Try to dash to the side of Zed to dodge his q's and to make it hard for him to outplay you. Building Zhonya's first in this matchup is good as the active makes him unable to kill you.
Ziggs: simple matchup, he will just push you in, you can't really kill him, farm lane.
Zoe: She will try to poke you early, try to dodge her Q's and use w to dodge her bubble. Past 6 you win all ins.
Overall Advice
Just practicing katarina will help you get better with her. She is hard to pick up and is a very mechanically demanding champ. Practice combos against bots and that will greatly help you learn to play her.
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