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Katarina Build Guide by Eriosunx

Middle S11 UPDATED! (11.8) Eriosun's Katarina Guide BUILDS TIPS N

By Eriosunx | Updated on April 15, 2021
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Runes: CONQUEROR

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Precision
Conqueror
Triumph
Legend: Tenacity
Last Stand

Domination
Sudden Impact
Ravenous Hunter
Bonus:

+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor

Spells:

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TELEPORT IGNITE
LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite

Ignite

LoL Summoner Spell: Teleport

Teleport

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Ranked #30 in
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Win 51%
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Items

STARTERS
•LONG SWORD one of my favourite startes since I can buy 3 redpots and have tons of lane sustain. The 10 AD early really helps you out on the trades and is perfect for the AD Build path
•DORAN'S BLADE is a good item for starting since is good whenever you wanna direct your buildpath towards AP or AD damage. The only downside is the low amout of lane sustain since you can go for 1 redpot max.
•DORAN'S SHIELD perfect for matchups where you will get harassed a lot, gives you lane-sustain and hp. The downside is the low-damage level 2-3 on enemy champs
•DARK SEAL is the best item in my opinion when you play TP+IGNITE since if you get some kills on sides earlygame it really spikes up your damage, it also allows you to buy 3 redpots and have a good laningphase. The downside is like the dshield the low early game damage
BOOTS ARE IMPORTANT!
•PLATED STEELCAPS(Tabi :D) Perfect when you play conqueror into a lot of autoattack based champs and AD damage, these boots really allow you to make some insane fights early-midgame
•MERCURY'S TREADS unforgettable when we talk about tenacity and avoiding cc-chain locks
•SORCERER'S SHOES is the basic for katarina, allows you to burst-damage properly on squishy champs. The downside is that it does not give you any defence Usually when you play builds that require you to sustain and deal damage over time (Conqueror) is better to go for safer boots.
•LUCIDITY BOOTS I KNOW IT LOOKS WEIRD BUT, 20% CDR WHEN YOU ARE GOING NASHOR 1ST ITEM ALLOWS YOU TO PERMASHOVE THE WAVE MID, I SUGGEST GOING FOR THEM IF YOU ARE WINNING LANE HARD AND YOU HAVE ALREADY BLASTING WAND + AMPLYFING TOME, BASICALLY WHEN YOUR Q-W COMBO CAN ONESHOT THE WAVE . THESE BOOTS ARE CHEAP, GIVING YOU EARLY MOVEMENT SPEED FOR EASY ROAMS AND CDR FOR PERMASHOVE MIDWAVE AND HAVE BETTER ROAM TIMERS!
BEST BUILDS ATM
•IF YOU DIDNT START WITH DARK SEAL AND YOU ARE GOING FULL AP-ONHIT, MAKE SURE TO BUY IT IN YOUR EARLY RESET [BEST EARLY RESET EXAMPLE: BOOTS+AMP TOME+DARKSEAL+REFILLABLE] DARK SEAL IS *THE MOST GOLD EFFICIENT ITEM IN THE GAME* 10 STACKS ARE EQUAL TO 65 RAW AP!
•NASH+RIFT, ONE OF THE BEST BUILDS, 2ND ITEM RIFT ALLOWS YOU TO TEAMFIGHT PROPERLY AND HAVE A LOT OF HPS TO SUSTAIN ON. BEST KEYSTONE WITH THIS BUILD IS CONQUEROR+LAST STAND. MAKE SURE TO HIT YOUR ITEM SPIKE (NASH+RIFT) BEFORE MIN 20
•NASH+ZHONIA , RECCOMENDED IN GAMES WHERE THE ENEMY COMP IS FULL OF CC'S AND YOU DONT HAVE A LOT OF FRONTLINE/PEELING CHAMPS. ZHONIA 2ND ITEM ENABLES YOU TO TEAMFIGHT PROPERLY IN THE 20 MIN TIMER
•ON HIT SNOWBALL(CONQ) MY FAVOURITE AND THE MOST FLEXIBLE FOR NOW IN MY OPINION
•**NOW RABBA IS 3600G** SAFESCALE [TRY IT WITH CONQUEROR], ALLOWS YOU TO HAVE A DECENT EARLY-GAME AFTER YOU CLOSE NASHOR AND ASSICURE YOUR SCALING TILL LATEGAME!
•SUSTAIN/ANTI-TANK(CONQ) BEST THANKS TO THE SINERGY BETWEEN RIFTMAKER AND DEMONIC
•PROTO+NASHOR this build will allow you to be way tankier in the early stages of the game avoiding to get deleted into burst-based champions, the rocketbelt's active is pretty good on sidelane roamings. I suggest using this build when playing CONQUEROR/ELECTROCUTE
•BOTRK+KRAKEN(CONQ) ITS NERFED BUT THE DAMAGE OVERALL BESIDE ULTIMATE DAMAGE IS STILL GOOD AND VIABLE
•BOTRK+SUNDERER IS A VERY SAFE PATHING SINCE YOU BUILD A LOT OF HPS IN THE EARLY STAGES OF THE GAME, YOU CAN FACE TANKIER CHAMPIONS AND DEAL SUSTAINED DAMAGE, THE BIGGEST DOWNSIDE IN MY OPINION IS THE LATEGAME SCALING WICH IS BASICALLY INEXISTENT, YOUR GAMES NEED TO END IN MAX 25 MIN WITH THIS BUILD! YOU CAN CHOOSE VARIETY OF DIFFERENT ITEMS TO COUNTER ENEMY COMP AND ADAPT TO THE SITUATION, THATS THE BEST PART OF IT AND IS ONE OF THE ONLY REASON YOU WOULD DECIDE TO BUILDPATH THIS WAY!
•BOTRK+LICH (CONQ/ELEC) MIX OF SUSTAIN AND BURST , REALLY GOOD FOR EARLY SNOWBAL INTO BURST DAMAGE, YOU CAN SWAP MYTHIC BASED ON WHAT YOU NEED FOR THE ENEMY COMP
DONT FORGET!
•HEXDRINKER is a really good item when they have both mid and jungle dealing AP damage, it gives you also AD damage that allows you to have better skermishes if you are maxing E
•VERDANT BARRIER just like hexdrinker is optimal into mid jungle dealing AP damage, the difference is only in the buildpath you wanna choose, is way better to go for it when you wanna build Full AP damage
•VOIDSTAFF is a must , expecially when they removed % magic pen from the Riftmaker's Passive, this will enable you to deal damage even in the most tanky comps(%Magic Penetration works best into HEAVY MR BUILDERS , Flat Magic Pen works best into squishy champs)
•DOUBLE DORAN its a weird buildpath but trust me, 2 doran's swords in lane can help you out a lot , gives you hp , sustain and damage. Consider this option only when you are running CONQUEROR+SHUNPO MAX and you feel like there will be a lot of skermishes during the laningphase
•[UPDATED]SEEKER'S ARMGUARD is very weak after the nerf, I suggest PLAYING WITH BONEPLATING+RES IN STATS IF YOU WANNA GO SEEKER, BONEPLATING WILL HELP YOU OUT IN COMBINATION WITH SEEKER

Ability Order E MAX WHEN PLAYING WITH AD ITEMS AS STARTERS/PATHING AD BUILD

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S11 UPDATED! (11.8) Eriosun's Katarina Guide BUILDS TIPS N

By Eriosunx
Heeeey, welcome to my "KATARINA GUIDE S11 ONHIT". Im an Italian Diamond Katarina main.
I started playing in middle Season9 and peaked Diamond I in early Season10.
I know it sounds weird but, hold on, it wasnt my first experience on MOBA games.
I played DOTA 2 for years! So when switching to League of Legends I was still in my environment.

As I said , I come from Dota2, and in Dota details and game knowledge is a MUST.
That's why I decided to make a guide, I really like to speculate on the game details and share with you guys my experiences and knowledge.
I really hope this guide will help you out and answer some of the questions that playing Katarina raised in your minds.

So, with all that being said, hope you enjoyed the guide, I will do my best to keep it updated and make sure noone will be missing out on new builds and playstyles.

Thanks for passing by, and enjoy spinning aroud with your kat ;D
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Here's my stream, If you are interested you can pass by and say Hi
I stream almost every day and you can find me:HERE
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Im also trying to make some videos , for now I edit them myself, you can find the channel: HERE
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KATARINA is a very hard champion to master, you REALLY need a lot of hours and experience in order to start playing her properly.

The best tip I can give you in order to learn her is PLAY HER A LOT and also WATCH a lot of streams/videos.
Watching streams and videos allows you to experience situations even if you didnt had the opportunity to play them yourself. I know is weird but for me, watching others really helped me out on gaining confidence on the champion and knowing what to do in almost any situation.

KATA TRICKS
-Walljump: You can walljump with Katarina without any target on the other side of the wall. The wall doesnt have to be thick.
The trick can be executed by pressing W and before the W Dagger drops you can E Shunpo on the very edge of the dagger, even if you dont see it you can still jump over it.

-LongrangeShunpo:This trick allows you to instantly FLASH+E Shunpo on targets.
I use it mostly to surpise the enemy thanks to the very LONG RANGE, its basically instant if you do it in the correct way.
The trick is simply pressing both FLASH and E Shunpo and the same time on the target, it will automatically use both of the abilities and both their max range of usage. Trust me, noone will expect that much range of engage

-FlashDisengage: Consists in using E Shunpo on a Q Dagger landed into a teamfight and instanly flashing out , while leaving a W Dagger on the ground.
As a result, you picked up the Q Dagger resetting your E Shunpo and you still have your W Dagger in the middle of the fight ready to be picked up!
In that way you can bait some CC/SET UP SOME DAMAGE on the first jump you make and then you can go back in on the W Dagger and START MAKING BLADES DANCE!
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Laning as Katarina is the hardest thing to do, BUT is also the most IMPORTANT.
Knowing how to lane into all the matchups is exactly whay you need to make sure you will be able to have an IMPACT IN EVERY GAME YOU PLAY!

Katatina is known for her weak laningphase , but if you wanna become a Katarina master you will have to adapt and manage to play around any matchup. You can check the CHAMPION THREATS, I explained overall how the matchups should be played (the hardest ones).

The basics of laning as Katarina are:
-WAVE MANAGEMENT: Do not push lane for no reason, further you are from your tower, easier is for enemy midlaner to freeze the wave and easier is for enemy jungler to kill you with ganks. Also most matchups you NEED TO NOT PUSH EARLY LEVELS to make sure you have SPACE TO ALL-IN level 3 (ES:Kassadin,Zed,Qyaiana,Yasuo)

-CSING: Having perfect CS on Katarina is almost impossible, the only way you will find yourself in a position where you can CS properly is when you already snowballed on enemy midlaner , and you are the one in control of the lane-state.
In my experience IS NOT WORTH TO GET HARASSED FOR EARLY MINIONS, if you get outlaned before lv3 only to get a few CS more is absolutely not worth it.
Most of the times is better to give up CS BUT MAKE SURE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO LANE PROPERLY AND DONT LOSE XP.(ES:Orianna matchup , you just give up everything and you lasthit only what you can, if you manage to get lv3 with a good wave position you can easily all-in and solokill)
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Ok, remember that waves crash in the middle of the lane every "":30 , DO NOT ROAM when you have waves crashing. A lot of Katarinas waste a LOT OF GOLD AND EXP foundamental in order to scale properly and snowball only becaouse they see a single kill on the map.
A single kill is not worth, even if you get it, losing a whole wave is not worth 1 KILL , unless its a big shutdown of course.
I cant find the exact numbers from this patch of A WHOLE WAVE OF MINION GOLD AND EXP I'll make sure to inform myself on the details and update this section.

For now all I can say is , when you are attempting a roam MAKES SURE YOU SHOVED YOUR WAVE UNDER ENEMY TOWER AND TRY TO COME BACK INTO YOUR LANE AT "":30 WHEN WAVES ARE CRUSHING! Also make sure you know the position of enemy jungler and you are aware of the position of your own jungler, I know there are a lot of factors to consider, but with time and practice all these details will become AUTOPILOTED.
In my opinion when you AUTOPILOT and still manage to consider all these variations your skill level will increase exponencially!
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Katarina is known for her TEAMFIGHT POTENTIAL , thats why after laningphase and roaming, the TEAMFIGHT is the last but not least thing to focus on.

Teamfighting as Katarina can be tricky, many META CHAMPIONS have a LOT OF CC AND
BASED ON WHAT YOU ARE BUILDING YOUR PLAYSTYLE IN TEAMFIGHTS HAS TO BE ADAPTED.
Exactly, what you build, makes your champion A DIFFERENT CHAMPION.
If we are talking about ONESHOT-BURST builds you will focus mostly on LANDED DAGGERS in teamfights and you will E Shunpo on them ONLY WHEN A SQUISHY CHAMP OR A PRIORITY TARGET IS IN RAGE OF IT.
NEVER ENGAGE and NEVER COINFLIP FIGHTS, be aware of what cc's they have in their pockets and start projecting and immaginating what is going to happen when you pick up that dagger.
Knowing what spells they have to stop you and considering all of them allows you to be prepared and have BETTER REACTION TIME TO SKILLSHOTS AND CC'S.

If we are playing instead on a BRUISER-LIKE BUILD where sustained damage is the foundament of the build, you will have to look for POKE DAGGERS, so daggers landed in positions that are not punishable but allow you to deal some damage before the teamfight and start stacking up your keystone/item passive (CONQ+RIFRMAKER+DEMONIC)
And you can also take a bit more risks since usually these builds allow you to build a lot of hps/resistances
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