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Katarina Build Guide by noolan
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+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist
Threats & Synergies
Kind of a skill matchup, she will almost always save her charm for your ultimate if she is smart. If an Ahri EVER uses her charm on you, jump on her with your combo.
Relies heavily on her stun be effective, which is easily dodge able.
This totally depends on skill. If you play against a really stubborn Annie, she will always be aggressive when she gets full stacks. Be sure to click watch how many stacks she has, and act accordingly. Just farm, and ask for ganks.
Never played against an aurelion sol, but his stun will be more challenging to dodge than most, because it grows over time, but other than that he is fresh meat for you.
I HATE AZIR, SO UNBALANCED, SO BROKEN. He will forever be one of my least favorite champions. Good luck in lane, he gets free poke every 5 or so seconds.
Like Anivia, brand also relies heavily on landing his stun. Try to stay in the middle of the minion to avoid his stun, or if necessary, shunpo away from his q.
Oh god. Dont get me started on Cho Gath. If you dont kill him early, your lane will be a nightmare, because he will just become way too tricky to kill, and his ult was made for squishes like you.
Honestly I have never played against a Diana, but she is rated as Katarinas number one counter, so.
Yikes. Obviously Fizz is never fun to play against, but especially with Katarina. Because you are burst focused champion, he can negate so much of your damage. Try to keep poking him, and if he is low enough, go all in after he has used his dodge.
Again, I have never personally played against a Karthus. But, he is rated number Kats easiest champion to play against. Your mobility should be too much for him to handle.
You have a jump. He has a jump with a shorter cool down. Enough said.
Never played against a Lissandra nor do I know her abilities. However, her ult seems really strong against a Kat ult.
Makes you into a little animal with the click of a button, cancelling you ult.
You both have a ton of damage, but she is going to be able burst you down in a shorter amount of time. Her chains will make you a sitting duck if you dont have shunpo. Try to get Abyssal as soon as possible, and shunpo away if she goes for a quick combo. Play safe, you can do this.
Buckle your seatbelt, this is going to be a nightmare lane. You are going to lose lane so badly, it is going to physically hurt. DOT, 2.5 second ult cancelling suppression, an army of minions. Someone please remove this champion. Im done. . .
Even though most of her abilities are dodgeable, her potential damage and bs shield are gross. You are going to either destroy her, or she is going to destroy you.
Of all rooting/stunning champions Morgana is by far the most reliant on landing hers. Dodge her qs, and poke her down until you can all in.
This champion is a joke, not difficult for you whatsoever. Although her knockup will interrupt your ult.
He would be completely useless against you except, he has a long stun. NEVER ult onto him if he has his w up, unless you are fed. Other than his stun, he has nothing to stop you from destroying him and winning the lane.
I just hate Veigar, he is strong without even trying. Not sure what riot was thinking when they made this guy, but he should be pretty easy for you, just jump onto him if he traps you with his stun. But even if you manage to escape his stun cage, his ult will WRECK you. Always try to rush Abyssal against a Veigar.
Lots of annoying cc, but if he ults you it is hilarious to shunpo behind him, and watch him take 8 years to turn around. While he is turning around, unleash your combo.
Never played against this guy, but his damage seems pretty strong, and he has a wide snare.
Becomes invisible upon using ultimate, and he can ignore a crazy amount of your damage, also his cool downs are shorter than your shunpos so it gets tricky to dodge everything. To win your lane, poke constantly with your q, maybe letting it start bouncing in the back line of the minion wave and then it will hit him if he is close enough. Also ask for ganks, and try to freeze the lane, juke out his poke to the best of your ability. And most importantly, if you get low, either use a health potion or go back, dont risk it, zed players can be very unpredictable. Once you get that X on you, you are dead.
Completely dependent on skill. Bait out his wind wall before using death lotus, and of course dodge his tornados with shunpo. This will definitely be a difficult lane for you if he is good at Yasuo. Although his wind wall has a long cool down, he can still block your entire combo with it. Abuse him when his wall is on cd.
If the other team has a fiddle, you are so screwed. Two of his abilities cancel your ultimate. I have personal experience with this matchup, and believe me it is not going to be a fun game for you. This guy can and will make you completely useless for your team, no matter how fed you think you are.
Why Play Katarina?
Katarina is broken, I’m just gonna let you know that right now, before you get all the hateful comments saying that you are playing a stupid, broken, unbalanced champion. If you don’t believe me take a look at the video below. Katarina is an assassin AP carry, meaning she has the ability to deal huge amounts of damage in a short burst. Katarina’s kit revolves around her being able to jump between targets, spam her abilities multiple times, and get out safely. This is due to her Voracity passive and Shunpo. If you enjoy making your enemies rage-quit because they can’t handle your op-ness, then Katarina is the champion for you.
How Katarina And I Met
When I first started playing League back in 2013, my go to champion was always Ashe. I learned how to play the game with her, and she really got me hooked on League, she was kinda like my first virtual girlfriend. While I was in my “Ashe Phase” I was really into ADC’s and marksmen, and I started to expand off of Ashe by playing other marksmen like Lucian, Tristana, and Sivir. I tried playing in other lanes, and dabbled in jungling for a bit, but I always came back to bot lane. Over time however, I started to get tired of bot, and I started to drift into mid lane. That is where I met my second virtual girlfriend, Annie. Annie and I played game after game together, and fell into a deep love. I perfected my League skills while playing Annie. To this day, we still keep in touch and play games together occasionally. During the beginning of season 5, I was really interested in Katarina, and I liked the way she looked and what her kit was like. I saved up all of my IP to buy her. After a few games with Kat, I fell in love with her. I have played hundreds of games with her since then, and she is currently my third virtual girlfriend. I am just realizing now that it sounds nerdy and sad when I say “virtual” girlfriend, but you know what I mean.
+Insane mobility built into kit
+Very strong laning phase
+Doesn’t use mana
+ Voracity resets make crazy plays
+Is an assassin
+Lots of annoying poke
+Doesn’t have any skill shot abilities
+Multi-target, high damaging ultimate
+Really strong ganks, if able to roam
+Awesome at team fighting
+ Shunpo allows her to escape from fights
- Death Lotus can be interrupted.
-Has no escape if Shunpo is wasted.
-Very squishy if building 100% damage
-Everyone will call you broken/unskilled.
-Has melee range in mainly ranged lane.
-You will be targeted very hard
-Only CC is Hextech Gunblade.
-Very vulnerable to CC.
-Falls behind if she doesn’t have kills.
-Hard to master
-Countered by tanky champions
|space||space||ingite should be taken in almost every game you play as Katarina. This is simply because of the damage it adds to your combos. You can use it’s grievous wounds effect to counter an enemy with high healing capabilites ( Akali, Dr. Mundo, Swain, etc.). Have you ever gone all in on an enemy, and then watched them walk away with 10 health or less at the last millisecond? If you had Ignite, you wouldn’t be having that problem. Overall, Ignite just increases your kill potential, and scares off anyone who would dare to try and fight you.|
Flash adds variety to the different plays you can make. Flash can help take lives, and save lives. Usually you would be able Shunpo away if an enemy approaches you, but you won’t always have it up, so you need something else to depend on. You can use Flash to get in range for a Shunpo, and make completely unexpected plays. I am sure it has been shoved down your throat hundreds of times that taking flash is a necessity, but it can’t be stressed enough. I take flash every single game I play with Katarina, because the possibilities are literally endless.
|space||space||Teleport is another viable option, but I rarely take it. Katarina excels at roaming, because of her mobility and close proximity to the other lanes, and taking Teleport increases your roaming potential. Take Teleport and you now have a map-wide presence, and can be any where at anytime. Most importantly, teleport makes ganking other lanes a lot easier, because you can simply teleport to a ward and get an easy kill or two.|
INNATE: Katarina reduces the cool down on all of her abilities by 15 seconds whenever an enemy champion dies within 3 seconds of being damaged by her.
DAGGERS: Whenever Katarina catches a Dagger or picks it up from the ground, she uses it to slash through all nearby enemies, dealing magic damage and reducing Shunpo’s cooldown
Daggers last 4 seconds before disappearing.
MAGIC DAMAGE:75 - 285 (based on level) (+ 100% bonus AD) (+ 55 / 70 / 85 / 100% AP)
COOLDOWN REDUCTION: 78 / 84 / 90 / 96%, at levels 1, 6, 11, and 16
Bouncing Blades (Q)
ACTIVE: Katarina throws a Dagger to the target enemy that bounces to up to 2 nearby unaffected enemies, dealing magic damage to each target.
After bouncing to its targets, the Dagger then lands on the ground opposite from where it struck the first target. The Dagger always takes the same amount of time to land from the time it hits the first target.
MAGIC DAMAGE: 75 / 105 / 135 / 165 / 195 (+ 30% AP).
ACTIVE: Katarina tosses a Dagger into the air at her current location, which lands after 1.25 seconds, and gains bonus movement speed that decays over 1.25 seconds.
BONUS MOVEMENT SPEED: 50 / 60 / 70 / 80 / 90%
ACTIVE: Katarina blinks to the target location around the target unit or Dagger.
If the target is an enemy, Katarina deals them magic damage. Otherwise, she deals the same magic damage to the nearest enemy in range.
MAGIC DAMAGE: 30 / 45 / 60 / 75 / 90 (+ 25% AP) (+ 65% AD)
Death Lotus (R)
ACTIVE: Katarina rapidly spins in place and channels for 2.5 seconds, throwing a dagger every 0.166 seconds to each nearby enemy champion, up to a maximum of 3 at a time, dealing them magic damage and applying Grievous Wounds icon Grievous Wounds for 3 seconds.
Death Lotus cannot be cancelled by movement and basic attack commands in the first and last 0.25 seconds of channeling.
MAGIC DAMAGE PER DAGGER: 25 / 37.5 / 50 (+ 20% AP) (+ 22% bonus AD)