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Katarina General Guide by Soulblasterx
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Threats & Synergies
A Katarina wins vs Akali - the focus itself should be on tracking her whereabouts as well as the enemy jungler's.
Use E to avoid lots of her damage, but never get close to her unless she is OOM - Make her cry level 6.
Extremely annoying matchup, probably one of the worst to have against you - Keep track of his W-Auto-Q-Auto combos, you do not want him to hit you more than once with it.
Keep a ward placed behind you - Annie wants to stun with Q? Shunpo back to the ward and get stunned out of her range. Otherwise Annie is obvious when she want's to get in range for a W/Bear stun so keep your finger hovering over that E !
You might be surprised but if you max W and stay in exact range of your W and 1v1 him early you win the trades.
Do not let her push you! You can all in her at almost any post-level 3 situation. Try to avoid her Ethereal Chains or even Distortions while doing so.
Make him run out of mana, and by the time he does avoid as much damage as possible.
You can bait the E out of any kind of Diana, whether it's in Bronze or Diamond - Just trade with her using W earlygame and post level 6 you can still outdamage her in teamfights and bait her E's.
One of the Typical matchups, he has no burst but much Dots - Use that to your advantage. Post level 6 he runs out of mana unless he builds defensively-oriented items. In that case burst him if possible. Be careful early as always.
Xerath will push you to your tower. Ask for assistance if possible and in this case Hextech Revolver helps a load.
Use W's movement speed correctly and as you are maxing it you will be more and more able to outrade him. Try to do so when his Shadow is down and avoid his Shurikens !
As any other melee champion by maxing W you have Yasuo in your backpocket - Just do not let typical aggressive level 1-2 Yasuo's get you too low on hp.
Keep track of her cooldowns, always.
Incredibly annoying, must get assistance and play very carefully. NEVER all-in her pre OR post level 6. Unless you're fed, that is.
Kayle has mana problems and is not a skillshot-based champion - meaning she cannot attack you out of sight, use that to your advantage. Also, do not all-in her thinking she would pop an early self-cast ultimate because she might just kill you while you wait for it.
Unfortunately not many Katarinas build those temporary items but those items are gamechangers and crucial for all the game situations. Hope you enjoy it!
The Hextech Revolver is the most crucial item for me as a very experienced Katarina, it is the first item I get with the Sorcerer's boots. With those two items the laning phase will be a million times easier than if you decide to rush other items.
Katarina is all about lane sustain and ganks, you will bully your opponents and get the resets early ;)
You may say those small heals can be replaced by potions, but it's not true as in a fight it provides additional damage and instant heals as long as you keep getting resets you keep healing and survive in the end.
The Haunting guise is situational if you need some more health vs opponents that are pretty strong 1v1 like a Gragas, Mordekaiser, Fizz, etc.
NEVER UPGRADE TO LIANDRY'S
Another important case is that if you feel you team wouldn't be able to finish off the first kill in Mid-Late teamfights you should take ignite.
PS: shouldn't have 2 teleports in 1 team and should have 1 ignite at least.
As Katarina your main goal is to assassinate a squishy target as fast as possible, or getting him low for your team to get you the reset, I will talk about the team role later.
All in all, Get the Reset.. And dont get caught while doing so and die instanly so that your team doesn't insult my favorite champion !
BRONZE/SILVER:Go for ignite, outplay your enemy, roam bot get kills everywhere.
GOLD:Go for ignite, have map awareness, buy tons of wards, if you see any opportunity to roam go for it.
Platinum/DiamondAs I said teleport is situational. You have to consider the consequences while roaming, either execute it fast or keep farming till you outpush your opponent or kill or get a gank. Go for the squishiest target in big teamfights but if its a nami support for example dont waste your ult on her, you can just go for a fast unexpected q e w combo and run back. Try getting them low first and flash E to initiate if your team is made of scared players (lol). Never forget Zhonya's, when you go in and dont get a reset it will be very hard for you to work your way out of there as the enemy team will cc chain you.
- Second highest damage Ultimate in game
- Great Mobility
- The resets!
- Easy to use multi-target skills
- No CC (just the slow from scepter eventually)
- Needs a tank in team to keep enemy team busy and maybe eat some of the stuns while you are sneaking from behind or flashing for the ADC.
- Timing is key
- Requires great skill to be useful
As you may not find any sort of teamwork in low-moderate elo dont whine about it, just find the perfect opportunities to kill that fed adc and tell your team that you need some help to finsih him off. You still need a tank.
In high elo consider that your team knows all the champions skills and all you need is wait for the bruiser to go in or wait for the enemies to engage, stay back or on the sides (only if you know it's not warded).
That fight preparation part is crucial as if you get stunned once you may be bursted down and useless, which you don't want to be as AP carry and main damage source.
After the engage pops don't wait too long and go in, get a kill or not, then jump to a ward/zhonyas then jump to a ward ; if you are winning the fight just jump on the next squishy target and the more important one.
A tip for Katarina players: you can juke around by using your Q E W combo and running the other side with that W speed boost, jumping behind a J4 while he combos for a gank for example. That is when your trinket is down or you just wanna troll em'.
[E Range > Q Range by a sliver]
***IMPORTANT*** NEVER make use of your E ability except if it is VERY importan to do so. Always remember, a jungler may be near waiting for you to use your E on your opponent to gank. Getting too close to a ranged opponent with E aswell may waste you a flash or cost you a death.
Flash is more than extremely important for Katarina as she has to use it to position herself and get in range to assasinate the targets.