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Katarina Build Guide by pikldqkumber
Katarina - Is That Fear I Smell? - ProgressiveBy pikldqkumber | Updated on November 25, 2017
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Threats & Synergies
Very oppressive. Trade by using shunpo on her while she's mid dash to negate W damage. This takes practice. Don't let her land an e on you or she is going to take a large chunk of your health bar and possibly kill you outright.
Pretty easy pre 6 because of her lack of mobility. Just bait out her charm and dodge it with your shunpo and combo her, usually ends up in a kill. After six, be careful of engaging her as she can easily ult away from your daggers with her ult and turn the fight in her favor.
Very immobile and squishy, easy target. E away from his corpse with your reset. Your base movement speed and boots should be enough to dodge his q with ease.
Pretty easy to trade with early. Just be careful of your positioning when she has egg because she can use that to bait you into a gank. You don't get resets when she is in egg form.
Easy trades early, regardless of stun (although if she sees you being too reckless despite her stun your basically screaming to get ganked). She will oneshot you with Tibbers though, so it's important to buy magic resist to survive her burst should you get caught. I like to build QSS agaisnt her so I can cleanse her stun and burst her.
Not a matchup I've played alot of. She is a punching bag pre six however be careful of her post 6 as a good Akali will use her shroud to get away from your falling daggers and combo you afterwards.
He used to destroy you, now the tables have been turned. Your basic combo completely wrecks him, but just be careful of fighting him near his tower as he will ult you into it and flash his mastery.
Avoid this matchup if possible. His early trading damage is faster than yours and he can dodge your spin damage with his troll pole. Being hit by his ultimate is pretty much an instant death and it isn't all too hard to land.
Harder than she seems. Only combo her when you don't have health disadvantage, as her snare is quite punishing. With enough practice, you could e onto her while she has cast ult - q and combo her afterwards, otherwise e to a minion if you aren't in range.
Very easy to bait the enemy kat into a gank, because most people believe that the more aggressive you are in a mirror matchup, the more likely you will win. You are both melee, so if possible try to q a minion infront of the other Kat and e to your dagger, which should secure you a good trade. May the best Kat win~~
She's quite weak early, but try not to fight her post 6 as her ult can turn the fight in her favor, and she will outscale you pretty hard.
Stand to the side of the minions to avoid being hit by her q. You can outrade her with your basic combo, but it's pretty unlikely you will be able to kill her because of her escape and ult. Careful of ganks because she is great at setting them up for her jungler.
QSS is important, I'd buy it right after gunblade. You can trade with him early game but pre 6 your probably not going to be able to kill him unless you have QSS.
Quite oppressive, and very susceptible to your basic combo since she is so immobile and squishy. You will probably die if you get caught by her snare, but that thing is relatively easy to sidestep or dodge with shunpo so you shouldn't have a problem.
She isn't likely to kill you at all, but assuming they are good, Morgana can be problematic as she can shove the wave with her w very safely, and a good morgana should save her Q for when you go in, so she can simply walk away and shield your damage with her e. See if you can bait out her Q by standing near her, then shunpoing to her afterwards, but if she isn't dumb be prepared for a pretty boring lane.
Very easy to burst. You should be able to outtrade her unless she hits a max range spear. But your a god and you should be able to just sidestep it.
Punish her with your basic combo early, she is still susceptible to it despite her shield. However her shield is probably why I wouldnt recommend fighting her at lvl 2. Only fight Ori when you don't have a health disadvantage post 6 as she can punish you for it.
W.I.P. Rush rylais to kite her.
Your combo is more powerful than his, and he has no form of hard cc. Don't be too afraid of his snare. Destroy him :D
W.I.P. Never played this matchup. Your basic combo should destroy her. Try to use your w movement speed to dodge her knockup/knockback.
Can't do anything about your burst, pretty easy as long as you don't get snared from a distance, but you should be able to easily sidestep/shunpo that.
Skill matchup. He can easily dodge your combo and even put you in a bad position with his shadow. Try and initiate when he has used it to harass you. The Q'ing a minion combo is very useful here as he is melee.
Dead once you get your hands on him, but the matchup will easily fall into his favor if you keep eating his bombs.
One of the few matchups that need to be mastered through sheer practice. Yasuo can be difficult because of his strong auto attacks and his ability to dodge your falling daggers with his endless amounts of dashes. Remember he can only get to you through your MINIONS, so try to back off your minion wave when it is in a straight line. You can combo him if he initiates on you, or if there are limited minions left. HOWEVER, if you decide to engage on him, It's best to do it by dodging his tornado with your shunpo. Know that he is 95% going to dash into you when you E to him, so DON'T throw your Q instantly. Throw it when he is in a favourable position (Usually you will just walk behind him).
Good Vel-koz's will throw their Q's in all sorts of wacky positions, so they can hit you unexpectedly. This is usually countered by sitting inside your minion wave, and with enough practice, you should be able to sidestep them. Very susceptible to your burst, and you should be able to walk out of his knock up with your W movement speed.
Susceptible to your combo, and your multiple shunpo's pretty much coutner his stun. Build magic resist so he doesn't one shot you with ult.
Very easy to kill. Literally can't do anything except waddle away lol. Post 6, he will 100% try to bait you into shrooms, but you only really have to worry about this if your at a health disadvantage.
Your basic combo will secure you trades, but she has all sorts of ways to disable you and cancel your ultimate, your not going to have a lot of kill pressure.
Treat him as you would treat a pre 6 Ahri, but he is quite difficult as his long range poke is relatively difficult to avoid.
✧ Why Katarina?
Katarina is an Ability Power based Assassin all about dancing around your enemies by using your daggers to jump to and from locations. She is extremely fun and takes plenty of time master and put your time towards. She can be a force to be reckoned with if you can take advantage of all the knowledge of your items, match ups and general mechanics. If you wish to learn Katarina you've come to the right guide. If you enjoy the content, learnt something, or want to share and idea or suggest something please leave a comment and vote it up if you enjoyed it.
I am pikldq***ber and I live in the Oceanic region and started play League of Legends around September 2015 and was introduced by my friends from school. After starting I came across Katarina in the free champions and that was when I started learning her. My friend already knew how to play her and so I was further interested in learning her. After playing her non stop till close to level 30 I was getting really confident on her. I played her through ranked and eventually made it to Silver 3 by the end of my first season.
Then came news of the Assassin rework and very soon Katarina would change. Despite the changes I feel she is now a more reliable and strong champion with a much much higher skill cap allowing me to explore, start over and get even better at my favourite champion.
Despite not being in a high elo at the moment I still want to share my knowledge. It may not be the best guide on Mobafire but I want to help others who want to learn. This guide is still in progress and I will update it as changes occur and as I myself learn and you. I have Since then I have racked up 330k mastery points and want to share all my knowledge on Katarina.
So get comfy, grab a drink, or two and get ready to read all I know about Katrina, The Sinister Blade.
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Farming on Katarina is fairly simple and extremely good late once you have a few items. Her early is a little bit weak until around level 3 or 4 as this is when she has all 3 abilities. For farming I recommend using your Q to lower the HP of tank minions and jump to the dagger to either kill them or bring them to 1 basic attack, if the enemy laner is far enough away just use your W as soon as you jump to your dagger to kill them all. If they enemy laner is close enough you can Q the mage minions and pressure poke while farming.
Late game its fairly simple, you will have enough damage to clear waves with just a single combo or combine it to reach the enemy and surprise engage them.
Katarinas rework has changed up her laning phase a lot, by allowing more aggresive plays, safer farming and potential early all in's. For most match ups it can be standard farming and poking. With less mobile match ups going all in for first blood or an early kill can start you snowballing towards victory fast. Unfortunately in some match ups it is best to play safer until level 6 and just avoid most solo engages with some.
The next section will include common match ups and progressively increase in content as I myself, my friend and you learn about laning against certain champions. So please remember to comment your experiences to help everyone learn.
I'd like to say thank you those who have read through the whole guide to this point and hope that you go on to share your knew knowledge with others. This is this best guide but I just wish to share what I know and give it my best. If you enjoyed it or just want to help me out give it a Vote and comment anything you want or think could improve this guide. Also if you would like to contact or just play and chat feel free to PM on Mobafire or add me on League. This has been my Katarina guide. - Is That Fear I Smell?
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- Jencarna - General contribution to guide and matchups
- BBCode Guide - Helpful reminders and tips on formating.
- jokersprank- Thank you for table code for Pro / Cons.
- JeffStrife- General tips on improving the guide.
- Elusive Ferret - Ability section and Anchor use.
- 07/02/2017 - Update to format of Abilities chapter and separated Summoner Spells.
- 09/02/2017 - Removed "Pros / Cons" secontion being transferred to "Why Katarina?" Section.
- 12/02/2017 - General Content and Animations for Abilities.
- 17/02/2017 - Formatted Items better and prepared gameplay section.
- 19/02/2017 - Setup Structre of Masteries section
- 23/02/2017 - Patch 7.4 mastery and balances information updated