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Katarina Statistics for Nebuladon

Author's performance with Katarina compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
30
5
Win %
47
42
Kills
9.0
8.0
Assists
5.8
6.0
Deaths
6.0
7.8
KA:D Ratio
2.5
1.8
Gold Earned
12.4K
10.7K
Creep Score
186.9
135.7
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Flash

Many Katarina players will disagree with this, saying Ghost provides more mobility in teamfights and you already have a built-in Flash in your E. However, there will be those situations where getting caught is inevitable and you have nothing to E towards to escape and will have to flash over a wall. While Ghost does provide more mobility in teamfights, Flash provides more survivability/utility/play making. Being able to manage situations is key with Katarina, and although Ghost may be better in some situations, Flash is definitely just as viable, if not more.  Flash also allows you to get to the backline where the squishy high priority targets are.

In addition, flash gives Kat the element of surprise that ghost does not. A good Kat can flash-shunpo combo the enemy and kill them before they even have time to react. Speed is key with Katarina, and flash only helps with this fact.

Ignite

Ignite is the bread and butter to snowballing Katarina, after shunpo, bouncing blades, and her ult, what can she do then? Ignite is that extra added Damage: Directly affects the power of a champion’s basic attack. Bonus damage is calculated before damage reduction from armor. This statistic scales additively, meaning that each bonus point acquired directly affects the statistic.

">damage that can guarantee that Katarina's passive goes off. Good players know exactly how much Damage: Directly affects the power of a champion’s basic attack. Bonus damage is calculated before damage reduction from armor. This statistic scales additively, meaning that each bonus point acquired directly affects the statistic.">damage they can deal in different situations, ignite only adds to that Damage: Directly affects the power of a champion’s basic attack. Bonus damage is calculated before damage reduction from armor. This statistic scales additively, meaning that each bonus point acquired directly affects the statistic.">damage and provides for more killing opportunities. A little trick I like to do is ignite an enemy that is guaranteed to die, and then proceed to combo someone else and combo them again as soon as the ignite finishes off the original player.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

This mastery setup provides both extra damage at lower enemy health but also extra damage with the thunderlord's procs and increased damage when in combat.We all know you're basically always going to be in combat.

Abilities Back to Top

Q
E
W
Q
Q
R
Q
E
Q
E
R
E
E
W
W
R
W
W
Passive
Q
1
4
5
7
9
W
3
14
15
17
18
E
2
8
10
12
13
R
6
11
16
I don't think i need to say much here.Maxing q of course is your best bet because not only is your main damage spell combined with the passive but also it lowers the cooldown of it when upgrading it.Then, obviously E is next since W does not deal damage anymore but also it's cooldown gets lowered as well.Lastly W and of course your R when it's available.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    COMMON KAT START ITEMS.EXTRA MOVEMENT SPEED IS NEVER BAD AND ALSO HEALTH POTS CAN HELP YOU STAY IN LANE
    Against Heavy AD enemy at mid such as(Zed,Kha'zix,Talon) e.t.c
    GOOD START AND A LOT OF SUSTAINABILITY
    Too risky start for me.Not much survivability if you're planning on staying in lane for long.
    Amazing starting item.Provides great sustain with the extra regeneration when using potions and great ability power as well.Best choice for most matchups.

Core Items

    SORCERER'S SHOES IS A COMMON ITEM ON KATARINA BECAUSE IT GIVES HER MAGIC PEN AND IF THE ENEMY AP CARRY HAS STACKED UP MAGIC RESIST, IT'S DEFINITELY GONNA HELP BURSTING THEM DOWN. MERC THREADS ARE NOT NECESSARY UNLESS THE ENEMY AP CARRY CAN DEFINITELY SHUT YOU DOWN.IT'S NOT A MUST.IF YOU ARE ROAMING A LOT THEN YOU'D BETTER GET BOOTS OF MOBILITY.IT'S THE PERFECT ITEM TO ROAM.
    GUARDIAN ANGEL AS YOU ALL KNOW IS PRETTY MUCH ONE OF THE BEST DEFENSIVE ITEMS .WHEN USED ON KATARINA IT CAN HELP YOU DIVE IN TEAMFIGHTS WITH LESS FEAR OF DYING AND LOSING THE TEAMFIGHT.AFTER YOU RESPAWN WHO KNOWS MAYBE YOU GET A PENTAKILL.IN MY OPINION IT'S A MUST ON HER
    Although i hate this item and i never get it,it's time that i start getting it since dfg was removed ;_; ( In memory of dfg ).However it's actually a pretty good item since it both gives a little bit of health and a red buff kind of thingy that can still guarantee a kill plus magic penetration is always amazing on kat, combined with sorc shoes and void staff.
    Full build.Sorc shoes,then zhonyas,deathcap,void staff,liandry's and lastly guardian angel.Follow this exact same order when building Katarina
    Right now i find luden's echo to be really useful.Not only does it give you pretty high movement speed combined with the movement speed in your runes, but also pretty high ability power and a pretty good passive.Since katarina isn't an aoe champion,you'll be surprised how usefull it can be.Ap statik shiv?I'll take it.It's passive damage combined with a full combo,will definitely guarantee you if not many a kill.
    So the actual build with luden's echo would be:In order:Sorcerer's shoes first,then follow up with zhonyas, then either luden's echo or void staff,then deathcap and finally guardian angel.
    Right now i find rushing abyssal scepter early as a first item is the best thing to do if you're laning against an ap of course.Not only does it lower their magic resist but the ap on it its pretty nice.Now that it also gives cooldown reduction its also pretty cool.So the current build i'd recommend would be the following in order:Sorc Shoes,Abyssal Scepter, Luden's Echo, Zhonya's Hourglass, Rabadon's Deathcap and finally Guardian Angel.
    Right now i believe this is one of the best builds since Katarina's new E scales with a lot more AD and honestly you're gonna be auto attacking a lot.Build order is:Gunblade>Rylai's or Sorc shoes>Void staff or Luden's.This one's situational depending what you need at that point and then lastly Deathcap.

Situational Items

    FOR EXTRA SUSTAIN AND TO BE ABLE TO STAY IN TEAMFIGHTS.RANDUIN'S OMEN IS USUALLY BUILT AGAINST HEAVY AD TEAMS
    Build these only when really in need of magic resist.
    It's a actually a pretty good defensive item.You can buy it early on if you want, it helps making chasing easier and gives pretty decent hp and armor.
This item setup, will give Katarina extra tankiness, sustainability and her chance of winning the lane will be higher.This item setup is also good for roaming combined with the movement speed quints in the rune setup and the magic penetration from both items and runes.

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Ahri
    Medium
  • Akali
    Medium
  • Anivia
    Medium
  • Annie
    Hard
  • Brand
    Medium
  • Cassiopeia
    Medium
  • Diana
    Medium
  • Ekko
    Medium
  • Evelynn
    Easy
  • Fiddlesticks
    Hard
  • Fizz
    Medium
  • Galio
    Medium
  • Gragas
    Medium
  • Heimerdinger
    Medium
  • Karma
    Easy
  • Karthus
    Medium
  • Kassadin
    Medium
  • Katarina
    Medium
  • Kayle
    Medium
  • Kennen
    Medium
  • Kha'Zix
    Medium
  • LeBlanc
    Medium
  • Lissandra
    Medium
  • Lux
    Medium
  • Malzahar
    Hard
  • Mordekaiser
    Medium
  • Morgana
    Easy
  • Nidalee
    Medium
  • Orianna
    Medium
  • Ryze
    Hard
  • Swain
    Hard
  • Syndra
    Medium
  • Talon
    Medium
  • Twisted Fate
    Easy
  • Veigar
    Medium
  • Vel'Koz
    Medium
  • Viktor
    Medium
  • Xerath
    Medium
  • Yasuo
    Medium
  • Zed
    Medium
  • Ziggs
    Medium

VS

Ahri

Medium

VS

Akali

Medium

VS

Anivia

Medium

VS

Annie

Hard

VS

Brand

Medium

VS

Cassiopeia

Medium

VS

Diana

Medium

VS

Ekko

Medium

VS

Evelynn

Easy

VS

Fiddlesticks

Hard

VS

Fizz

Medium

VS

Galio

Medium

VS

Gragas

Medium

VS

Heimerdinger

Medium

VS

Karma

Easy

VS

Karthus

Medium

VS

Kassadin

Medium

VS

Katarina

Medium

VS

Kayle

Medium

VS

Kennen

Medium

VS

Kha'Zix

Medium

VS

LeBlanc

Medium

VS

Lissandra

Medium

VS

Lux

Medium

VS

Malzahar

Hard

VS

Mordekaiser

Medium

VS

Morgana

Easy

VS

Nidalee

Medium

VS

Orianna

Medium

VS

Ryze

Hard

VS

Swain

Hard

VS

Syndra

Medium

VS

Talon

Medium

VS

Twisted Fate

Easy

VS

Veigar

Medium

VS

Vel'Koz

Medium

VS

Viktor

Medium

VS

Xerath

Medium

VS

Yasuo

Medium

VS

Zed

Medium

VS

Ziggs

Medium

Pros and Cons Back to Top

Pros:

She Snowballs hard.

She has lots of AoE damage.

She has High Mobility.

She has Healing/Damage reduction ability.


Con's:

She is easily countered by CC,Tanky Champions and Champions with high mobility.

She has Weak lane phase.

She does nothing else but damage.

Her attacks are melee.

She has weak single target burst/sustained damage.( Compared to other mages).

Against some Counterpicks Back to Top

When you are playing ranked matches with Katarina, you are pretty much gonna get countered and maybe lose the game.So, i will give you some tips on what to do against counterpicks.


131_64.png  Diana is a pretty hard counter to Katarina.She can easily stop her ulti and shut her down.She is pretty tanky though.What i suggest you Katarina players to do against her is to:

Max Q first.

Poke her down with it as much as you can.

Farm from a safe distance

 Don't 1v1 her unless you are confident that you can.

And if you are planning to go in just wait till she wastes her W and E.


38_64.png Kassadin might be the hardest counter against Katarina.What to do against him is to:

Max Q first.

Poke him as much as you can.

He has some annoying. CC that will not let you use your skills effectively.Try to dodge them as much as you can.

He is ranged and he can even poke you with his auto attacks except from his skills.So try to stay a little more behind that you would usually do.

Farm from a safe distance.You don't need to take any unecessairy damage.






Max Q first.

Poke him down as much as possible.

Farm from a safe distance.

Dodge his skills as much as you can because he deals a lot of damage.

Try to keep some distance from him.Doesn't matter if he is an assassin too.He can just jump onto you and kill you before you even know it.

Don't 1v1 him because he can kill you really fast.


90_64.pngMalzahar is definitely the most difficult champion to lane against for me as katarina.He has really great poke and his ulti is just so frustrating for your ulti.

What you gotta do against him is:

Farm safely using your Q.

Try to poke him as much as possible without getting poked back by using your Q.In that case you're gonna have to max your Q.

Try to avoid his silence and his voidling so you don't take the DoT damage.

Try to beat him in lane before he hits 6.

Ask for many jungler ganks and if your jungler isn't available, make sure to play defensive.

Update 2014-2015: As i have improved a lot, neither diana nor kassadin is a counter pick to me.I can finally beat them.However, malzahar is kinda tough.Still trying to beat him.I've beaten some though.As for the newer champions that have come out like Zed,Ekko e.t.c you're gonna have to do the same.Just farm safely max Q unless you feel you're gonna win max W,ask for jungler ganks and try to play defensively dont go offensive if you dont have any killing potential.

About Me Back to Top

Hello :D. I started playing League Of Legends in 2011.I have actually been really keen on AP champions since then and i wanted to try playing Katarina back then.As it turned out i really enjoyed it and kept playing and playing with her.Since now i play Katarina a lot and in ranked too.Despite the fact that i am still not that much of high Division, i still can play really well and carry my team to victory, but sometimes i can suck really bad.It mostly depends on my mood.Sometimes i suck, but sometimes my team likes to troll.I don't blame them only.Bad stuff happens.Anyways i don't give up and still improving or at least trying to improve but i think i have improved a lot.To all you guys out there, whatever Division you are, no matter what, don't give up!That's my motto.

Update 2014: I am now in platinum Division thanks to my improved playing, great teams, less raging (most of the times now no raging at all ) and my lovely Kitty Cat.


Update 2015: Currently back to Platinum.Trying to play Kat as much as possible,as im focusing on learning well how to play Adc and especially Vayne.

Farming with Katarina Back to Top

Since the rework, Katarina's farming has been a little bit harder.Basically, you just gotta predict as best as possible the cs health and pick them up with your Q.If you're safe to go a lot closer though of course you can just grab your dagger using your E or just walk onto it and get the Passive proc.But mostly, you're gonna be farming with your Q and auto attacks.

TiensiNoAkuma and Flyerbek Back to Top

Huge shoutout to those two Katarina mains.These two guys helped me climb to where i am today, improve my skills,become faster and develop better reflexes.Build inspirations from both with my own additions.

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