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League of Legends Build Guide Author Skrapux

High Elo Tanky Katarina Mid Lane

Skrapux Last updated on March 3, 2014
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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Offense: 21

Legendary Guardian

Defense: 9


Utility: 0

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Hello everyone and welcome to my High Elo Tanky Katarina Mid Lane Guide. I would like to share my build, my runes, my masteries and everything I use on Katarina with you guys so our league of legends community will get better and better all the time.

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Magic Penetration-Movement Speed-Health Per Level-Ability Power Per Level

Why I use these runes? Since I am bulding tanky on early game I do not need armor and mr runes that much,it is better getting HP per level runes so you stack HP aswell withouy buying it. I use movement speed Quints in order to be able to avoid many skill shot abilities and being able to reach my target to jump with E or poke Q and then leave. Magic penetration Marks so my abilities won't be weak and they will deal enough damage both in early and in late game.

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1st build: You must get tanky on early game in order to be able to avoid stuns with banshee's veil so they can not stop your ultimate and in order to be able to escape from ignites or a zed's ultimate or teemo's mushroom and etc with your zhonya's hourglass.

2nd build: The build in this case is the same but the only difference is that you buy banshee's veil first so you will have more magic resistance in the early game instead of armor to be able to kill the enemies and not dying from the opponent's Ability Power Carry.

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These masteries are common on Ability Power champions, I use them because they offer cooldown reduction, ability power, ability power per level, armor and magic penetration and maximum damage. Always remember to use Arcane Blade Mastery to Katarina since it offers the following:

Basic attacks also deal bonus magic damage equal to 5% of Ability Power.

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Skill Sequence

Here is where I introduce the order of the abilities once again and why.

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

Always start with Q in order to be able to farm against range enemies on lane and in order to be able to harass them. I suggest getting E on level 2 despite the fact that you do not max it anymore till level 14, but it is good for escapes since junglers start ganking around minute 2-4. Never forget to use your ward to jump with E so you can escape ganks in case you do not have minions near you and are being ganked.

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The main spells I use on katarina are Flash and Ignite. I find ignite necessary so you can last hit champions when they are going to escape and get the cooldown reduction from katarina's passive so you can escape/fight with someone who is chasing you. Instead of Flash you can use Barrier in order to bait your enemies and you have your E ability so in case you know how to use it and only keep it for escapes Flash is not that necessary.

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Ranked Play

In ranked games you must play seriously and do your best to win. Do not cry if your teammates feed or AFK or many other bad things. Just play , win your game, and something really important with katarina either you win your lane or you lose it YOU MUST ALWAYS ROAM. Roaming with katarina is so easy especially to bot lane , you just tell your support to stun them grab them hook them, depends on what support you have so you can use your QEWR combo to get the double kill for you or leave 1 kill for your Marksman.

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Pros / Cons

Snowballs hard
Lots of AoE damage
High mobility
Healing/Damage reduction ability

Countered by CC, Tanky Champions, and Champions with high mobility(If you build Banshee's CC will not be a big problem anymore)
Weak lane phase (So you have to roam as much as you can)

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In team fights always wait and stay last. You must never go first. Wait till an enemy gets low hp and jump on him use ult if necessary to kill him, then get the abilities back thanks to your passive, jump to the next target with low hp and keep doing that till all enemies are dead and your team has scored an ACE.

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Farming with katarina. Well it is kinda hard in early against ranged enemies but you can do it. If you can not get close to a minion to last hit it, then last hit it with Q. After level 3 use Q to minions and then W them and E to your minions to get out of there so your enemy mid laner can not poke you. After level 6 do not give that much attention to farming, just push your lane a bit and roam to bot or top laner to get kills and snowball the game for your team.