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Katarina Build Guide by cobbzy
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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
Diana is a really difficult champion to play against in lane. Mostly you're looking to trade when she uses her Q to poke. Pre lvl 6 you have the advantage if you're up a level, make sure to punish them on this when they are trying to farm. Take doran's sheild, make sure to roam so you aren't too far behind her.
A goood Yasuo will pressure you early game and try to poke with his Q and tornado while you're walking to get CS. Farm with your Q and wait for an opening to E in. Make sure to take Doran's shield for this one as well. Early game you have him as long as his passive is down, but make sure to stay clear once he gets some crit.
The only reason why I label Xerath as an extreme threat is because of his poke. Mostly, trades with him are difficult unless he misses a bunch of abilities. A good Xerath player will take barrier and you want to make sure to punish him when he misses his abilities. Otherwise, he will sit in the back and just poke all day long. Take Doran's shield if you're not confident. Take Longsword if you can combo well.
Take Doran's shield. Try your best not to get hit by her Q. This match up is really difficult if you don't dodge her abilities. Her ult can ground you which means no shunpo so make sure to punish when she doesn't have ult up.
Really difficult match-up. He will poke all day long and every time you trade he will have his turrets do most of the work. Avoid getting stunned by his E, watch out for ult-W. Roam often, or get jungler help.
Fizz is difficult because he is another one of those huge burst AP assassins. Make sure to avoid the poke, go for trades when his abilities are down. Go Doran shield.
Punish him pre level 6, also make sure to fight him when his Q shield is down. If confident take Longsword.
Really difficult lane. Play passive and ask for jungler pressure when they can help. If you can get ganks and secure the kills, it could be easier for you in the mid game to destroy in lane. Take Doran's shield.
Mostly looking to all in when his abilities are down, he is a tanky boy so make sure to punish him when he makes a mistake. Otherwise, look for jungler help whenever you can.
His poke is a lot better than yours. I would go Doran's shield and make sure to go electrocute or conq in this match up. He will be roaming so punish the lane when he is gone, and roam whatever side he goes to.
Mostly don't get killed by his all in. Also, make sure to dodge his poke when you can. A jungler with CC is good in this match-up because if you can't kill before he starts jumping over walls then it'' be hard to secure. Take doran's shield.
Don't die to her all in, make sure to take Doran's sheild as she pokes often. Ask for jungler help when her W is down.
Don't get caught in her R, make sure to dodge her Q as well. As long as you do that, all you need to remember is not to forget that your cooldowns don't come back once you kill her and she goes into her egg form.
Only reason why I say major is because a good annie will wait on her abilities making you play really passive in lane. Take longsword here as once her stun is down, you can punish hard.
His ult is really annoying, I don't see him mid too often in my games but make sure you go in once his root is down or ult is down. Dodge abilities when you can and punish when he makes a mistake.
Practically an impossible matchup, since they are so tanky you really need jungler help, solo killing will be difficult.
watch out for the empowered Q, make sure to disengage when he is pooled. Otherwise, trade when his Q is down, and make sure to roam when you can. Being ahead of him is pretty much where you want to be for this matchup.
Katarina isn't great against CC, just make sure to dodge the abilities that you can. Punish when she messes up.
Harder match up as the poke is unreal. I would take Doran's shield and make sure to dodge the poke and go in on her cooldowns as well.
Just don't get hit by her charm. Dodge the Q when you can, punish when her charm is down and at that point it's based off of skill.
Just dodge her root. Shunpo out of her ult when you can, make sure to get zhonyas if you do get stuck in the ult.
Mirror matchup just shows who is the better Katarina player. Just set up daggers and poke when you can, often times you will both be roaming so if you can catch them in a team fight often times you will win.
Just make sure to dodge her Q and her sleep, otherwise she is squishy enough for you to all in and be able to secure a kill as long as you dodge those.
Just watch for the root and poke, otherwise this match up is really easy as they are squishy as hell.
Just make sure to dodge his abilities when you can. He is a bit more of a lane bully so take Doran shield and play more passive and make sure to trade when his abilities are on cooldown.
Pretty difficult lane. A good sylas player will poke hard and all in often so make sure to take Doran shield and ask for jungle pressure.
The biggest thing about ziggs is his poke, make sure to dodge his Q when you can. He is squishy so if you can catch him in an all in the kill is practically yours. It is hard to engage when his W and E are up so make sure to fight when he is on cooldown. Otherwise, go roam the map for kills and apply pressure elsewhere.
Make sure to go Doran shield, ask for jungle pressure often. She is a hard matchup but as long as you fight during her cooldowns it is possible.
Most of the time is this a skill vs skill match up. Dodge her Q and E and make sure to trade with her while her W is on cooldown. Jungle pressure could make this lane significantly easier for you.
Make sure to dodge his poke and punish when he is on cooldown. Ask for jungle pressure often and take Doran's shield to make up for the poke.
When facing a veigar with any champ, make sure to punish pre level 6. Try your best to dodge his E and make sure that when you're low enough, don't go in as his ult is just point and click.
He plays far back and poke soften but is by far one of the most squishy champs in the game. If you can catch him in an all in or maybe during his ult, he is an easy kill. Just dodge poke. Go Doran's shield.
His cage and CC are good for trapping enemies which makes it a lot easier for them to either waste a summoner spell or get killed by you.
This is one of the best junglers for katarina. The CC on this champ is insane and with katarina's burst it is easy to kill champs when they cannot move.
His CC is good and a proficient warwick player can really help out your lane well.
Really good comp for all-in's under tower, I recommend this jungler for higher tier play if you're playing ranked.
His stun can be useful when you're trying to catch a slippery opponent.
Tahm Kench jungle is a meme pick but surprisingly good for katarina as his stun can provide you with opportunities to trade or even all in opponents.
CC is useful, biggest problem is you'll be competing for kills with him.
Just a good jungler to have on your team, his E pill can be useful if they are a good trundle.
Champion Build Guide
My name is cobbzy and I am a newer league of legends player. I have been playing for probably 6 or 7 months now and I absolutely fell in love with the game! I bounce around from many different positions and characters but I instantly fell in love with Katarina when I played her the first time. Her ability to 1v9 when ahead is insane and I love being able to carry a team. I am currently bronze 4 but that is most due to the fact that I don't SoloQ often, but please don't let that deter you from my knowledge on this character! I hope this is a helpful guide for you!
- cobbzy :)
1v9 champ (when ahead)
Roamer (good to apply map pressure)
Fun to play!
Good at picks
Scales well (when ahead)
Really good with tanky team comps
Bad against CC
Lots of hard match-ups
Wouldn't use in ranked matches
Sometimes if roaming too often, easy to lose lane
Early game damage isn't great
Electrocute - Helps with your early game lack of damage and lack of lane pressure. Poking opponents are much easier with this rune and against a single opponent can prove very useful in killing them swiftly. Currently, this is the rune I am using.
Conqueror - I feel like this is the least of the 3 runes I have listed above. The conq damage is nice but I feel like you can get the same effect or maybe an even better effect just through electrocute. Also, the healing at the end of the game isn't super useful. I would take this maybe if you're in a harder match up and need to have the healing in order to complete more all in's on your lane opponent.
Dark Harvest - This rune is a super heavy snowball rune. If you go Dark Harvest and you are ahead in lane, all you have to do is make sure you continue to stack up. I used to take dark harvest and I would drop 20+ kills with 35+ dark harvest stacks and man you can 1v9 hard. However, the downside to this rune is it falls off if you can't get any stacks early, you're practically useless late game with it.
Depending on your match up, you're going to want to prioritize different things. If the match up is a difficult one, make sure to take Doran's shield first, and CS until you can either help your jungler at the scuttle fight, or wait until your jungler can gank your lane. Roaming pre level 6 isn't usually something you would do mainly because your ult gives you a lot of diving potential that you otherwise wouldn't normally have. If the match up ends up being easier and you're ahead quite a bit, make sure to see if you can apply pressure elsewhere on the map.
Pre Level 6:
Q -> E -> AA
E -> W -> AA
E -> W -> AA -> Q -> E -> AA
E -> W -> Q -> E -> AA -> Ignite
Level 6+ (ALL INS):
E -> W -> AA -> Q -> E -> R -> E -> AA
Q -> E -> W -> R -> E -> AA
GunBlade -> E -> W -> Q -> R -> E -> AA
Something about Katarina that is so awesome is her ability to do many different kinds of combos. You could pretty much take any of those pre level 6 combos and mash them together to make a completely new combo (I got this idea from Katlife, check him out on youtube!). So, her all in combos are very flexible in nature and can be done many different ways. These are just a few that I thought of for you guys!
- cobbzy :)