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Hey everybody. I've been playing a lot of Katarina in normals lately and have been able to win a large proportion of games using her, despite whatever the enemy team comp is or my team comp is. I'm hesitant to bring her into ranked play though as I still don't know if I'm good enough with her. I'd like to know what all of your thoughts are on when to use Kat in ranked and when not to, and also item builds on her. I usually go boots 3 pots for start, then build hextech revolver -> hextech gunblade (I find the active pivotal in winning lane/performing ganks), then rabadons and from there it's a toss up between WotA, zhonya's, and abyssal, depending on what's needed more. Opinions on this build? I've had a lot of criticism for building gunblade first but the active is just so dang good.
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If you really want to take her into ranked play, start playing draft normals.

She's a pretty niche champion with a really powerful early game. If they don't have a lot of CC, sure. Pick her. Just make sure you're really good at her or else things can go sour really quickly.
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Most players aren't stupid, and won't feed you ( But then again, it IS solo queue... ). However, one of the top rated Kat guides ( Can't remember if it's first or not, it made the top 10 for the month ) is made by somebody that's in 2000+ ELO and plays a LOT of Kat.

I went on his youtube channel and checked out his vids. He stresses that despite the number of stuns, silences, and other forms of CC, Kat can be played and can still dominate.

The player's skill is a lot more important in lower ELOs than the champ. I could play Evelynn vs Cass, where obviously Cass SHOULD win, but then again, skill levels. Team has 5 forms of CC? All of the players stupid? Abuse that. Abusing that = Good Kat :D

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I've played A LOT of games with Kat and I find just what clear days said to be true. Abusing their mistakes is key.
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Katarina is completely fine in ranked games, she's a pubstomper.

You might want to consider an early Rylai's though.

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Kat's great.

Watch Scarra play her. :)
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The thing about ranked games is that they usually pick some sort of hard CC to shut you down. What I do to counter this is have the last person on the champion select screen to pick for me while I pick a champ they want. Doesn't always work but more often than not, they will choose a less CC heavy team.

However, apart from all this, Katarina is just an ***sasin. There will a lot of games where you can be fed, but never carry the team. It's harder to win in ranked with Katarina because the enemy teams normally never quit despite how much they are getting owned. They know that once late game hits, it's anyone's game.

I have a 3:1 KD ratio with her in ranked, but my win percentage is only around 50% with her. Numbers don't lie.
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DuffTime wrote:

Kat's great.

Watch Scarra play her. :)

So scary o.O unofficial quadra without even trying...
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My buddy has also gone well over 2k with Kat recently.

She's strong.
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TiensiNoAkuma holds like 2.2k playing only kat right?
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