Katarina Assassin Build + 35 TRICKS (VIDEO)
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+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist
Ability Order Q > E > W
Threats & Synergies
She's kinda just more annoying than anything else. Ahri doesn't carry very hard usually. When you shunpo onto her, instantly W and walk to the side to dodge her charm in melee range.
I always start long sword + 3 pot, but for safety you can go dorans shield sometimes for her q poke. This matchup comes to playing around her stun. If she uses her stun on a minion from lvl 3-5, it is safe to go for a lvl 3 all-in. Hexdrinker is also a viable buy in this matchup because she is an example of a champ who can one shot without counterplay. Unless you’re ahead, I’d almost say this buy is a must post 6.
Laning will be annoying, but most Akali players flop outside of laning phase. Lvl 1: Her lvl 1 dmg and ms is absurd, mostly try to cs with q Lvl 2: A q + e + auto combo will beat her q + empowered auto. If she gets w second, you’ll win trade, but going for the shunpo is dangerous if she shrouds before you e in. if she starts e and hits it, she’ll win the trade hard. Lvl 3-5: It’s hard to all in her pre-6 due to her shroud. Stick to lvl 3 safe pokes, but shunpo’ing is still dangerous if she shrouds before you e in. Lvl 6: At this point, you can do a lvl 6 all-in because your ult hits her in your shroud, but you need to play around her ult because the first part of it will cancel your ult. If she hasn’t used the first part of her ult, don’t go for an all-in.
You can somewhat contest her in a long trade early on, especially with conqueror. (unless she has it too) Get hexdrinker. If she engages onto you, do not be afraid to trade back, you can't let her get free trades. Walk into the middle of her Q curve to try to dodge it.
He'll shove with Q, use abilities on him when he does so.
Get hexdrinker. Most fizz players have something wrong with their brains, so going barrier might even work too. They'll see you low and dive you, then you just pop a bunch of shields lol. It sounds dumb but works even in plat to low diamond.
Buy longswords and do whatever you can pre-6. You can kill him, but it difficult. You want to punish him, but at the same time, you want the wave to shove into you so he is vulnerable.
Survive laning phase until gunblade and maybe get hexdrinker. You kill her easily later on. Ult will attack her while invisible and will also attack the clone. The clone gives you resets if you kill it.
Same as ahri
Let her push, and try to all-in her with longswords. Don't get poked out.
He's annoying, especially with phase rush. Once you get gunblade, EW onto him, slow him with gunblade and ult. Should kill him or do most of his health. You need to bait out phase rush before doing this or the slow wont do anything.
Rush Seekers armguard. He is strong early but if you shunpo behind him as he Ws and don't let him proc his passive, you can out-damage him. Who ever gets a lead in this lane will keep it. You'll die really easily level 2, so be careful, play around his W cooldown. Be careful at 6. Your ult wil hit him while he is invisible, so be quick with your combo and ignite.
You can kill him if he pushes too far up. He heals obviously so take large trades, not small ones.
If you play well, his E has no reason why it should hit you. Same for his W. If he walks up to far, teach him some respect. If he gets to the point for he can pretty much just hit you with 2 Qs and press R, then make hexdrinker.
Rush Seekers armguard. His shadow has a 22 sec cooldown. So you need to punish him when it is down. When he ults, shunpo somewhere else so he misses Q. This is hard because if he gets a lead, you are screwed. If you get a lead, he still has a chance.
Honestly it just depends on the yasuo. The threat level could be 1. Even if it is a competent Yasuo, he will probably just E into your tower at some point. I can't even say how many Diamond Yasuo players I've seen play like animals. Then I've seen some smurfing silver yasuo look like what Moe wished he was. Idk. F Yasuo lol
Aurelion sol really has no kill pressure on you. You can e on him making it so none of his starts hit you. The only problems with aurelion sol is he is insanely fast so it may be hard to hit your daggers, so buying cutlass before AP is a viable option. If he hits his q, (which he shouldn’t really because of your shunpo), you can just shunpo out and he has no more follow up options.
Dependson the Azir but this champion has insane poke so you really need to play back the early levels. Lvl 3, if he uses his q it will have a 15 sec cooldown so you can go for a lvl 3 all-in while his daggers aren’t on top of him. Play around his cooldowns and be careful of his ult as it will cancel yours.
Lvl 1: Focus on dodging q, lose cs if you have to. Lvl 2: Even q + e + auto is extremely dangerous here because if she hits her q now, she will spam e and run you down. Lvl 3-5: Beware of her w, as it cucks your e. Without it, a lvl 3 all-in is rather safe but since they usually run phase rush, if she hits her q, you won’t be able to hit every single dagger on her. Going cutlass first before ap is viable. Lvl 6: The ULT is dependent on which way you were staring before you press r. A lvl 6 all-in will 100-0 Cass with gunblade slow, but make sure you’re not staring at her before you press r. Might also need to bait out phase rush if she took it before going for the all-in.
Corki is a pretty oppressive laner, try not to take too much poke early, and play around his cooldowns. Without his w, he’s pretty vulnerable. Lvl 6, the first lvl 6 all-in is safe even with w because the q will follow his w (random note: same with ezreal e). Do note however, if the corki is good, he will not w directly away from you but wait for the q to hit and then w to the side to get out of your ult. Many players aren’t this good (I’ve only seen two ezreals ever do this in diamond) but they can outplay you this way.
you usually want to kill him earlier if you can because you 100% aren’t going to be able to kill him later. I usually push a bit, try to hit lvl 2 first and just all-in him then q + e + autos. You can hopefully get a kill or push him out of lane before he gets aftershock. If he doesn’t have his taunt, he doesn't’ have guaranteed cc so he’s easy to kill. Take longswords, conqueror, and maybe even hexdrinker and just auto attack this this. You can E to get away between his E+W combo if he is incompetent.
At no point in the game do you beat him. If he somehow loses this lane 1v1, it’s due to his mistakes. He has higher dmg output, and he can always go to hammer form and e q you out of any combo you try. The only time you can maybe kill him is if he has no knockback, but he’ll always have it in lane unless he used it on you when you engaged on him. Play passive and ask for jungler help.
This matchup should rather easy, especially pre 6. Though the champion is annoying, he doesn’t really have any kill pressure and he has low dmg output compared to most mid laners. One q or e will take away his passive so it won’t block any of your combo damage, you can dodge his q with your e easily, one dagger will kill of his minions, you can avoid his e by not standing next to minions and if he e’s you, he’s practically trolling because the e damage isn’t that big and he won’t shove the wave which is what malz wants to do. All-in’ing him at any time after lvl 3, you will win the trade (although I advise starting with q for all-in’s against him usually pre-6). Even lvl 6, if you go for lvl 6 all-in and he ults you, his damage won’t kill you before his ult finishes so just save your ult until after he ults. Usually, it will go e + w + q >> he ults + your w kills his minion + his ult finishes >> gunblade + e + r + ignite.
Similar to the ahri like champs, just make sure you dodge her e. She does a lot of poke dmg but you have better all-in lvl 3-5. Lvl 6, you can’t really kill her with a lvl 6 all-in, but her ult takes a while to channel so you can get a lot of dmg off and then just e out midway through without losing any hp unless she roots you before she ults. You want to play lvl 6 the same as the ahri like matchups but e out before her ult lands.
He can’t really kill you alone. Lvl 1-2 he has lane pri but he doesn’t have much damage. Lvl 3-5, if he gold cards you, you can just e + w on him and the dagger dmg will go off. After you’re stunned, you can q + e + auto and try to kill him. If he pulls out any other card or his gold card is on cooldown, you can just lvl 3 all-in as usual and he can’t do anything to out damage you. The same thing when you’re 6, except save ult till after he uses gold card if he has it. This matchup is rather free, but he will usually either use gold card with jungler and if they have a cc jungler, you will die. Also, he wants to roam a lot so make sure to ping mia and tf ult for your team.
Lvl 3-5 is your best chance to fight against him. Try to avoid his e poke early and be conscientious of his w as it can make your combos really awkward and cause you to miss daggers. He wins short trades because of his q, similar to kassadin, but getting all your daggers off with auto attacks, you will do more damage. Post 6, you have the potential to kill him still but note his ultimate will cancel yours so don’t ult too early.
This matchup is more vlad favored but you can play around his cooldowns and abuse his mistakes. When he has no w, you can all-in him. If he has w, you can go for lvl 3 safe pokes depending on his other abilities. If he just used his q, you can go for a trade without losing any hp. If he has q, you can still go for a trade unless he has an empowered q (always keep track of his resource bar). His e will also do a lot of damage so when you go for a lvl 3 safe poke, try to immediately go behind your minions. If you tether him throughout the lane and keep track of cooldowns, you can win. Level 6, you won’t win really unless he has no w. Note: Your ult applies grievous wounds so try to use it when he wants to use q or his ult healing will kick in
Champion Build Guide
Katarina has insane AoE and Resets like no other champion, this lets you carry super hard if you get good with her.
This winstreak is from G3-P3. She is one of the best one trick champions, even into enemy comps that do not favor her. The enemy team will always be worried about that one teamfight that Katarina magically wins.
From here on, I will link a video if you want to watch it, but I'll also summarize the the video if you prefer to read it. I recommend watching the BEGINNER'S GUIDE and BUILD
Guide is a WIP, so I will continue to make it look better :)
This video goes over laning, some tips, and the goals of how to win a game as Katarina.
If you've never played the champion, read her abilities and try out combos in practice tool. Sounds like it isn't needed, but I'm Diamond and it helps me. Muscle memory is important for mechanical champs, so you want to get used to the inputs.
Level 1, you will get poked by ranged champs, so you need to stay back if they show they will poke you. Shove and get level 2 first if you can.
Level 2, you can look for a trade. If they aren't level 2 or if they missed an ability, use Q and instant Shunpo onto the dagger while it is still in the air or behind the opponent. Use auto attacks, pick up the dagger, the jump away to safety. Don't go in on too many minions.
Level 3-5, you can Q, wait, then see if they stay around the dagger. Jumping in to hit them with the edge while walking away is good poke.
You could Bouncing Blades > Shunpo > Preparation then see if they dodge it. If you miss it, jump out as catching 2 daggers will fully reset Shunpo. Otherwise, you might be able to all-in them
Shunpo (behind them) then Preparation works well. Especially if you dodge an ability as you're doing this. Since you're behind them, wait for them to walk away from you before Bouncing Blades. You want to position you Bouncing Blades properly to land where they are retreating. Makes sense right?
If you are interesting in early level all-ins, watch this video, it's a bit complicated to type out without seeing an in-game example. The idea is pretty much just using Shunpo right after Bouncing Blades, so you get a faster Shunpo reset because you're setting the Shunpo on cooldown quicker.
Level 6, you don't even have to kill your opponent. Just Death Lotus them in a position where they'll take a lot of damage which will force them to back. If they don't back, then you can kill them next all-in. Shunpo > Preparation > Death Lotus (Wait) Bouncing Blades > Shunpo to follow works well.
If you can't kill, shove the wave and roam. All throughout laning phase, you want to look for skirmishes that are occurring around the map. Skirmishes are those weird fights with your side laners and jungler who are fighting over stuff. Join them and clean it up.
Watch how you use your W, it has a long cooldown.
When looking at teamfights, I usually throw my Bouncing Blades off of the frontline onto awkward postions for the enemy backline. They'll have to path all the way around them, or risk me jumping in and killing them. This is tricky. You can Bouncing Blades then go out of vision, they won't even think about you because you aren't on their screen.
You could also walk with your team who is being chased, W, continue running until the person you are looking for walks over the dagger. This is how Katarina often turns fights.
Katarina and assassins in general are opportunists, you need to look for any slip-up by opponents and punish them instantly. Push your limits, and feed to learn your limits and Kat's limits.
Try to join a lot of fights. If you can 1v2 anyone, then splitting is good too. Buy a stopwatch early and dive someone.
There are 2 options.
Sit around your team and pray for a miracle fight while you're bleeding XP and gold from lack of farm.
Just farm, literally afk in a sidelane and farm. You need gold.
Hexdrinker isn't often necessary vs a lot of AP mids, but seekers pretty much always necessary vs AD assassins. They are crazy gold effective items. You dont need to upgrade them. Just buy it and sit on it then buy gunblade. You don't upgrade hexdrinker, but you could upgrade seekers later if you wanted to.
Lich Baneis one of the best front loaded damage items that also scales really well. You get MS to move around the map early and midgame also.
Build zhonyas if you need it. Sorcs is really good vs most enemy comps. Only get tabis or merc treads if you MUST. Sorc shoes are REALLLY GOOD.
Rabadons before voidstaff will usually be more damage, even if they have MR. That sounds weird but trust me. It's because Lich and Nashoor have insane AP scalings.
If you're against a bunch of melee champions who can make MR, Then a Void Staff or Zhonya's Hourglass will probably make more sense as a 2nd or 3rd item.
I Plan to make an in-depth video soon, in the meantime, here are some general tips.
Try to avoid poke, lose farm if you need to
You can go for a Bouncing Blades + Shunpo + auto + if they used or didn’t level their cc ability.
Here, you can go for an all-in starting with e. The way I go about all in’s vs these champions is Shunpo + Preparation + move to the side/behind them to dodge their skillshot, then Bouncing Blades + Shunpo + auto + auto + Shunpo + auto + Ignite + kill. Almost always, they will throw their cc in front of them but you can usually dodge it this way with the Preparation movement speed (easiest with zoe/morg because cast time, hardest with anivia because her Bouncing Blades has a large hitbox ). Make sure to pick up dagger so that you still get dmg.
You win the lvl 6 all-in if they’ve used their cc ability as long as you aren't too poked out.
Most assassins beat you in the early levels. They are melee so they're easier to poke. Try to bounce Bouncing Blades off a minion then hit them so you don't aggro minions, or just Bouncing Blades them directly. Auto whatever you can and Bouncing Blades what you can't. When you Bouncing Blades to farm, try to place you dagger so you can hit them with the far edge of it then walk back and W. If they follow you, you'll have your Preparation ready to hit them. Back before 6 if you need to. Don't overstay if they will get 6 before you. I would heavily suggest rushing Hexdrinker for AP assassins and Seeker's Armguard for AD assassins.
Give up farm if you need, build defensive. You scale better of off levels. You'll kill them eventually even with a gold deficit as long as you don't die. If there is a skirmush or fight, you have the advantage. Look for opportunities.
A lot of bruisers you can kill level 2/3, but pretty much never after that without a big lead. Don't build defensive, no point. Build to kill their team. Play lane to farm.
1. Shunpo > Flash.
Instant gap close. Shunpo before flash because it lets you buffer the combo to perform it instantly.
2. Shunpo on pretty much anything.
Jungle plants, camps, teammates, jarven flag, reksai tunnels, etc
3. You can choose what side you land on. Shunpo onto the far sides of opponents to land daggers more easily.
4. Double Dagger (Watch Video) 0:57
Start at 0:50 because the first 2 tricks were removed :*(
1. Shunpo > Preparation > Flash is a great bait
2/3. Pretty just making good use of resets. You all of your abilities before they get reset and use your resets quickly. Katarina can be played very quickly and it will take a lot of practice.
4. You can double dagger into an instant Shunpo to clear waves safely.
We all love building some random stuff and popping off with it. What are some weird things that Katarina can do?
Barrier Not that bad actually, taking it vs a Fizz is so funny because he will thirst for a Kill.
Exhaust I'd rather just take Barrier
Flash I've seen a Diamond 2 Katarina that never takes Flash so I tried it out. And I really like it actually. Against hard matchups like Irelia Fizz Zed and other melee champs, taking Barrier and Ignite is so CHEESY and fun. If the enemy picks a bad ganking jungler, then I will consider taking no flash.
Teleport Good if you are newer and in a lane that you usually get poked out in. A lot of higher elo players are taking this to move around the map and counter gank. Good if you have map awareness and not heavy trading in lane.
Cleanse I used to take against Ahri, but isn't really necessary. It's really good against Zoe. Cleanse also gives you like 85% CC reduction, so it's super good into comps with crazy CC with Conqueror
Predator is actually good, but her other options are more consistent. I used to take this run into hard-to-kill matchups WHILE my sidelaners picked champs that were easy to gank. Let's say I had a Renekton Top and a Leona support and I was against an Azir I would consider Predator
Fleet Footwork Was actually seen sometimes in high korean master/challenger before S10 Conqueror. The sustain you get in lane is good, and you're supposed to use that sustain to your advantage.
Grasp and Glacial are interesting because Kat can proc them easier now, but im unsure how they fit with kat.
Best secondary runes hands down are Sorcery/Precision/Domination
Honestly Katarina can take anything, but resolve is the worst. If you want sustain, go inspiration with Time Warp Tonic and Boots.
Putting 3 points into Shunpo before maxing Q gives you a faster Shunpo reset. It isn't even off-meta tbh, a lot of Katarina do it, but not every game. Only in games where you can take advantage of it.
Guardian's angel was once a great pickup, but I would only get it super ultra late game now when I'm rich and need the GA to stall.
Hexdrinker kinda off-meta, a lot of people don't really know about it. Try it, REALLY GOOD.
Catch a dagger, but catch dagger 2 right after but only after you buffered QEW onto the first dagger while you Shunpo during the second dagger catch to move the dagger?? idk just watch the video lol. Too hard
Turn before Death Lotus to never get stunned from Cassiopeia ult.
Death Lotus has 60% grevious wounds, but oyu can refresh that 60% with a Ignite or Morellonomicon, even though those have 40% grevious wounds.
W lets you walk through units. Shunpo lets you jump inside of units.
You can jump over walls using jungle plants. Even the green one that heals you. You just need to click on the far side of it to go over the wall.
If a dagger is in range, then you can Shunpo to any part of it. Pretty much extends the range of Shunpo.
Minion dematerializer deals damage, so you can stack spell vamp with it for some reason. Which makes it heal you for a silly amount.
Clones give you resets if you kill them. These include Neeko LeBlanc Wukong Shaco Illaoi and I'm sure I'm probably missing others. Will also reset Kha'Zix E and Master Yi abilities.
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