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Katarina-The Road To Pain AP

Last updated on December 5, 2012
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Ability Sequence

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

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The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Offense: 21

Honor Guard

Defense: 9


Utility: 0

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Pros And Cons

+Amazing passive that lowers her cooldowns every time you get a kill or assist!
+ Shunpo allows her to be super mobile -- chase, escape from ganks, blink over walls, juke enemies, etc.
+Multi-Target Ultimate
+Not very hard to learn, but somewhat hard to master
+No skillshots, so you don't have to worry about possibly missing your target with your abilities!
+Amazing all around farmer with Bouncing Blades + Sinister Steel
+Terrific ganker
+French and sexy

-Tends to get CCed and focused A LOT if not positioned carefully, due to her ultimate being channeled and, as a result, able to be interrupted
-Short range ultimate
-Melee range in mid, which makes it a bit harder to farm and harass when you don't have your Bouncing Blades or Sinister Steel off cooldown.
-Pretty high early game cooldowns
-Relies on picking up some kills or assists in teamfights in order to utilize her passive (not hard to do, but you have to make sure your team doesn't all get killed before it happens)

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So this is my first guide ;) be gentle ;o ill update it after a time. at first it will seem abit short but there will be more to come.

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Katarina short facts/tips/tricks

so. katarinas main harass ability is bouncing blades. at start its the best ability to get some nice dmg from a distance to! and late game. its a really nice finisher. cause its damage must NEVER be underestimated. if lets say a running brand is low. throw a knife and watch him die. a wukong summons his clone? bounce the knife in the clone and it will it wukong himself! :D

later game katarinas sinister steel(W) is the main attack ability and damage dealer exept her ult. its a great farm ability and also the damage is nice. the cooldown is so low. that in a close combat just spamm the **** out of that w.

shunpo is her e. its a nice way to evade or get that kill! someone uses flash? boom shunpo her/his ***. if they are faster than you? flash+ shunpo = mega long range jump stylez? xD

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how to play katarina mid lane?

keep yourself at distance at first. katarina can be squishy and her hp isnt the highest... use Q to harass. get some dmg in there. just farm some minions untill you unlock w and e. farm more and harass with q. if the opposite midlaner gets a just a little out of focus, throw a q+e+w combo. massive early game dmg. and when you get that ulti(r) you know its on. katarina becomes a massive doom bringer. causing that damage all over the place. she will rip her enemy to pices. remeber all Katarinas attacks scale on ability power. so early game ability is nice. try to use this combo for a certain kill. e+r+w and if they are still alive throw that q and they schould go right down town.

late game=
well in late game katarina is just... fantastic. if you see a team fight. dont engage first, wait untill a tank gets stuff started. then q in there real fast. for some nice extra dmg. jump in with e(shunpo) then just spamm that r(ult) after that get a quick w and they schould be dead. if not get that q in there. also you have a low cooldown on so to say all abilitys in end. so if they try to run just do another e(shunpo) + w(sinister steel) combo.

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items. why and how?

ok so after the patch at december 2012 some major **** went down. Gunblade is now OP xD. its a nice item to have get that spellvamp. boots + 3hp is ordinary and great on katarina.. SHE HAS NO MANA<3333
abysal septer is a must. its a really nice item on katarina, rabadons is nerfed... but still a great item on every ap champ. zonyas hour glass is a perfect item. you use your combo e+r+w and running low? use active on zonyas hour glass and let your team finish thing up so you survive.

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on the masteries we easily choose this:
cooldown,ability power and magic penetration... that makes Katarina a baad bad girl. i would not want to meet her in a dark ally at night ;o


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