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Katarina Statistics for ßloodŁine

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

Value
Average
Games Played
4
9
Win %
25
38
Kills
6.5
7.7
Assists
4.5
6.0
Deaths
9.8
8.1
KA:D Ratio
1.1
1.7
Gold Earned
10K
11.4K
Creep Score
140.5
147.8
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

14.png+4.png
These two summoners are the best for Katarina.

14.png helps you secure kills and get resets.

4.png saves you from sticky situations and helps get in range for your combo. Must have.

12.png+4.png

12.png for teleport roam and higher presence. Requires map awareness but if you use it well it can turn fights around.



New Runes Back to Top

The new Runes have arrived!
Now that means that there are more unique rune builds and playstyles that you can use!


There are actually alot of other alternatives you can use for Katarina but in my opinion Domination is the best since she's an assassin.

So lets talk about the runes real quick for those who are unfamiliar. Riot combined the old runes and masteries into one. There are 5 paths that you can choose from:
Precision, Domination, Sorcery, Resolve, and Inspiration.
You can choose two Paths: one as your primary (Greater Runes) and one as your secondary (Lesser Runes)
For the primary Path you can choose 5 Greater Runes and for the secondary Path you can choose 2. 
Each runes are great and impact the game by a lot so choose carefully.

As for Katarina's Runes
This the one I recommend

Capture.PNG

So first I chose the Domination Path as my greater Rune. Domination is a path that is very good for assassins and since Katarina is an assassin well there ya go.



Masteries Back to Top

Standard Katarina mastery page.


FEROCITY

In the first tree, Sorcery is pretty much standard for AP Casters like Katarina. Increased Ability and Spell damage.

Next, Feast gives decent sustain during the laning phase. If not you can take the Fresh Blood mastery. Your first basic attack against a champion deals a bit more damage which will be easy because of your Shunpo.

Natural Talent is also a standard mastery. It gives you Attack Damage and Ability Power Per level.

Next, Double Edged Sword is great for Katarina since she's an assassin who wants to do as much damage as possible in a short time.  If the enemy team has too much damage and you don't want to take the extra damage then Bounty Hunter is also a good mastery to take.

Cunning

In the first tree, Savagery, just helps you clear waves faster.

Next, Assassin lets you deal more damage in laning phase or if you catch someone alone.

Merciless is also a standard mastery. Gives you increased damage to Champions that's below 40% Health. And since you're Katarina it's very often that you'll come across low health Champions. Not to mention it'll help you burst them faster for your passive.

Dangerous Game is also a standard mastery. Giving you 5% of your missing Health when killing Champions or getting assists.

Precision gives you Magic and Armor Pen per level.

Thunderlord's Decree is a decent keystone at the moment. It got nerfed many times so it isn't what it used to be but it's the best choice for an assassin like Katarina who wants to burst people quickly.

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

Don't take a skill Level 1 in case of invades


Max Q first for more damage. Main damage output other than your passive. Helps trigger your passive (Her slash) more often.

Max E second for more damage + utility from the cooldown reduction = more hops.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Typical Katarina item start. Good against AP especially skillshot champs
    Against AD Mids. More armor. Closer to Seeker's Armguard which builds into Zhonyas
    Another choice against AD mids but more useful against AD champs that autos often. My personal favorite first item start to compensate for your weak early game.
    Vision
    If you have a good early lead and wanna snowball harder.

Core Items

    Standard. More Magic Pen.
    Core Item. It's active helps burst your enemy much faster
    More damage + burst
    Damage + CDR+Survivability from active. Take earlier if you need the statis. Like if you're against Zed or Lux.
    Tons of Damage
    Magic Pen
    Merc If you're against a very CC Heavy team Tabis If you're against a high AD or Auto Attack reliant team

Situational Items

    If you need more health and a slow CC
    If getting heavily CC'd
    If the enemy team has multiple tanky champions.
    Only get when they have a heavy ap burst champion. Helps survive the damage. Example: Syndra, Anivia, Fizz
Due to Preseason changes, a lot of AP Items got more expensive. Rip

Starting Items

1001_32.png2003_32.png - Standard start. Particularly useful against Skillshot Champs.

1029_32.png2003_32.png - If your against an AD Mid. Build 1029_32.png into 3191_32.png
1054_32.png2003_32.png - Used for AD Auto attacks Anti-Harass. One of the better starting items for Katarina.
1082.png Helps you snowball much harder if you are ahead and get kills. But risky since if you die you'll lose your stacks.
3350_32.png

Early game items

3144.png + 3145.png Both are really easy to build into. Used to make 3146.png

3191_32.png Get this from the cloth armor you started with. Perfect against AD Mids. Turn it into a 3157_32.png if you think it'll help survive.


3020_32.png or 3111_32.png or 3009.png or 3047.png
Choose 3020_32.png if you want more Magic Pen for more damage.
Choose 3111_32.png if you need tenacity. If the enemy team has a lot of CC like 1_64.png 90.png 127_64.png
Choose 3009.png if you need more mobility and/or slowness resistance.
Choose 3047.png if you need armor + durability against a heavy AD team.
3020.png best choice though usually.


1058_32.png  Damage. Builds into 3285.png or 3089.png


Core Items

3146.png Crazy burst from active. Scales better if you have more AP.


 3285_32.png Damage + Burst. Helps pushes lane faster too.

3135_32.png gives you alot of Magic Pen that helps you deal much more damage. Especially good if their stacking Magic Resist.

3157_32.png for Armor and Survivability. Helps dodge high damage ults too (134_64.png99_64.png238_64.png45_64.png)
10% CDR is nice too

Situational Items

3116_32.png if you need the health and slow CC.

3026.png Survivability

3156.png To help survive heavy AP damage. 10% CDR is nice too

My usual Full Build

3020_32.png3146.png3089_32.png3157_32.png3135_32.png3285_32.png  

3102_32.png3026.png Survivability

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
  • Azir
    Medium
  • Brand
    Medium
  • Cassiopeia
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Hard
  • Diana
    Hard
  • Ekko
    Medium
  • Fizz
    Hard
  • Heimerdinger
    Medium
  • Jarvan IV
    Medium
  • Karthus
    Easy
  • Kassadin
    Hard
  • Katarina
    Medium
  • Kayle
    Hard
  • Kennen
    Medium
  • Kog'Maw
    Easy
  • LeBlanc
    Medium
  • Lee Sin
    Medium
  • Lissandra
    Hard
  • Lux
    Medium
  • Malzahar
    Hard
  • Mordekaiser
    Medium
  • Morgana
    Medium
  • Nidalee
    Easy
  • Syndra
    Hard
  • Talon
    Medium
  • Twisted Fate
    Easy
  • Veigar
    Medium
  • Vel'Koz
    Easy
  • Viktor
    Medium
  • Xerath
    Medium
  • Yasuo
    Medium
  • Zed
    Medium
  • Ziggs
    Medium
  • Zilean
    Hard
  • Zyra
    Medium

VS

Ahri

Medium

Poke her with your Q katarinaq.png

Look for opportunities to harass with your abilities while farming.
Dodge her abilities but most importantly her ahriseduce.png
Once she's 6 be careful of her all in.

VS

Akali

Medium

Abuse her weak Pre 6. 

Poke her and harass her as much as you can while farming.
Don't stand near her in melee range unless your abilities are up and you're trying to harass.
Once 6 be careful of her stickiness and all in.

VS

Anivia

Medium

Be careful of her Q flashfrost.png. If you get stunned by it, you'll lose the trade.

You can be aggressive if her Qflashfrost.png is in cooldown.
Abuse her weak Pre 6 but once she's 6 be careful. 
She'll shove the lane all the time and it'll be hard for you to push back or roam if she does.

VS

Annie

Hard

Pre 6 it's pretty difficult against her with her stun.

 Her auto range are also pretty annoying.
If she uses her stun you can go in for harass but if it's up or close to up stay back.
Once she's 6 her burst is pretty damn scary. She's an easy champion to gank against so call a jungler for help if needed.

VS

Azir

Medium

VS

Brand

Medium

VS

Cassiopeia

Medium

VS

Cho'Gath

Hard

VS

Diana

Hard

VS

Ekko

Medium

VS

Fizz

Hard

VS

Heimerdinger

Medium

VS

Jarvan IV

Medium

VS

Karthus

Easy

VS

Kassadin

Hard

VS

Katarina

Medium
Difficulty: DEPENDS ON YOUR SKILL LEVEL!!

DUN DUN DUNNN!! It's your evil twin.
Mirror lane. Ugh..I hate it..

Skill matchup.
May the best Katarina win.

VS

Kayle

Hard

VS

Kennen

Medium

VS

Kog'Maw

Easy


VS

LeBlanc

Medium

VS

Lee Sin

Medium

VS

Lissandra

Hard

VS

Lux

Medium

VS

Malzahar

Hard

VS

Mordekaiser

Medium

VS

Morgana

Medium

VS

Nidalee

Easy

VS

Syndra

Hard

VS

Talon

Medium

VS

Twisted Fate

Easy

VS

Veigar

Medium

VS

Vel'Koz

Easy

VS

Viktor

Medium

VS

Xerath

Medium

VS

Yasuo

Medium

VS

Zed

Medium

VS

Ziggs

Medium

VS

Zilean

Hard

VS

Zyra

Medium

Matchups Update IN PROGRESS Back to Top

New Runes
New matchup difficulties

Matchups in Progress!

Pros and Cons Back to Top

Pros
    - Non mana Champion
    - Devastating Ultimate and high scaling abilities
    - Insane Mobility/Juke potentials
    - One of THE best passives in the game
    - Very hard to gank if her shadowstep.png is up
    - Her roam is extremely good and can really help benefit the team
    - Insane burst lategame 
    - One reset can be gamechanging
    - SOO fun to play
    - Her skins are awesome :3
    - Boobs   

Cons
    - Early game is meh
    - CC screws her over and counters the crap out of her
    - Difficult if shutdown early
    - Squishy
    - Melee Champion
    - Ultimate has a pretty short range

Early Game Back to Top

THE EVIL EARLY GAME   

  -Lvl 1-2 you are very weak. All you can do is harass or last hit minions. Once you get all your abilities, you're more equal to the enemy.

     -Early game you should focus on your farm. Katarina is item dependent so you need to be ahead in farm so you can get your items. 

     -If you're against an easy matchup or a weak early game champion, you should go ahead and bully them. Be careful when using your Shunpo. If you use it at the wrong time the enemy jungler can easily gank you or the enemy Mid laner can take that to his/her advantage.

     -Once you hit 6, don't be scared to use it for harass. It is a very low cooldown so it'll be back for you in no time. You must know when to go in to use your ult though.

     - If you're vsing someone that can stop your ult like 103_64.png's Charm, or 90_64.png's Ulti, you must wait until after they use that ability or they can easily stop it.

Mid Game Back to Top

MID GAME

     - Her damage at this point should be decent and you should be able to do your part in teamfights. 
     
     - Start looking for fights. Roam and try to be a part of a fight.

     -Your goal in teamfights is to assassinate the enemy carries and get a reset. Once you get a reset, use your combo again and deal tons of damage to the enemy team to cause havoc and deal tons of damage. 

     -You must know when to go in during teamfights. If you are one of the first to go in, you're just going to be focused down and take all the cc. However, if you go in too late, your team will lose the fight without you. You have to wait for your opportunity and strike!



Late Game Back to Top

LATE GAME. PENTA PENTA PENTA GG

     -Late game you do tons of damage but you can get focused and bursted down if you make a mistake. At this point the enemy team will know that they must focus you and will try to kill you.


     - During teamfights, you want to wait until an enemy is low and then go in so you can burst them down and get your resets. 


     -Katarina has one of the best cleanup potential so go in when the enemy is low.


     -Positioning is very important at this stage of the game as a Katarina. 


     -If you have 3157_32.pngZhonyas, don't forget to use it if your getting focused down.


     

Combos + Tips Back to Top

Standard combos:


(1) Q > E (Pick up Dagger) > W > E on opponent

katarinaq.png > katarinaewrapper.png > katarinaw.png > katarinaewrapper.png

(2) E > W > Q > E (Pick up Dagger) > E on opponent

 katarinaewrapper.png >  katarinaw.png > katarinaq.png > katarinaewrapper.png > katarinaewrapper.png 

All in combos:


(1) E > W > Q > R > E (Pick up Dagger) > E on opponent

 katarinaewrapper.png >  katarinaw.png > katarinaq.png > katarinar.png > katarinaewrapper.png > katarinaewrapper.png

(2) E > W > R > Q > E (Pick up Dagger) > E on opponent

 katarinaewrapper.png >  katarinaw.png > katarinar.png >  katarinaq.png > katarinaewrapper.png > katarinaewrapper.png

Roaming and ganking other lanes Back to Top

Roaming is actually extremely huge on Katarina. It helps her snowball extremely hard and is also beneficial for the team. Not only will roaming help you and help you get your items faster, it'll help your team come ahead or catch up if behind. 


Mid is a very central lane and has the best roaming potential. You have the choice to gank top AND bot lane.

Roaming obviously has a few downsides but it gives more Pros than Cons if you're successful.


Pros and Cons on Roaming

Pros (if successful):
- Seriously help you snowball hard.
- Faster items
- Helps the team be ahead or catch up if behind.
- Scares the enemy and makes them paranoid.
- Secure objectives
- Katarina is one of the best roaming champions

Cons (if you fail):
- Your turret will be left alone to be damaged or even destroyed.
- Free farm and Exp for your matchup if left alone mid.
- Waste of time

Katarina's Lore Back to Top


Katarina Render
Driven by an intense killer instinct, Katarina uses her talents as an assassin for the glory of Noxus, and the continued elevation of her family. While her fervor drives her to ever-greater feats, it can sometimes lead her astray.

From childhood, Katarina displayed a natural gift for combat. As the daughter of a prominent Noxian pirate general, many paths were open to her, but she rejected them all for the path of the blade. Rigorously trained by the finest assassins in Noxus, her father the best among them, it was not long before Katarina demanded her first assignment. The task they gave her was aggravatingly simple: assassinate a low-ranking Demacian officer. As she set to her work infiltrating the enemy camp, Katarina discovered an opportunity too tantalizing to pass by – the arrival of a Demacian General. Stalking him to his tent, she quietly dispatched his guards and slit his throat. Pleased with her impressive kill, she disappeared into the night. Katarina's elation faded the next day when her original objective, the Demacian officer, led his forces to ambush unprepared Noxian soldiers. Though the Noxians fought valiantly, they suffered heavy casualties. Furious at her mistake, Katarina set off to complete her original task. Returning to the camp, she spied her now heavily guarded target and realized a stealthy kill was no longer possible. Drawing her blades, Katarina swore the officer would die, no matter the cost. She leapt into battle, unleashing a whirlwind of steel. One by one blades flashed and guards fell, each strike bringing her one step closer to the officer. A final thrown dagger restored her honor. Bloody and bruised, Katarina barely escaped the Demacian forces, and returned to Noxus a changed woman. The scar she earned that night now serves as a constant reminder that she must never let passion interfere with duty.

"Never question my loyalty. You will never know what I endure for it."
Katarina

Katarina's Quotes Back to Top

Upon selection
"Violence solves everything!"
Attacking
"My pleasure."
"Let the bloodshed begin!"
"Let's dance!"
"Blood for Noxus!"
"Without mercy."
"Is that fear I smell?"
"I can't wait."
Movement
"Ready for trouble?"
"I've made my choice."
"Intriguing."
"Keep friends close and enemies guessing."
"Never play fair."
"To the point."
"Why? Because I can."
"No going back."
"I like it."
"Only fools hesitate."
Taunt
"Better dead than dull."
"Come on, live a little... while you can!"
Joke
"If you run, you won't see me stab you!"
After using 20px-Death_Lotus.png Death Lotus
"Next time... run!"
"Unmatched."
"The dance of blades."
"Too easy."

Patch Notes 7.7 for Katarina (Most Recent Patch) Back to Top

KatarinaEWrapper.png&resize=32:E - Shunpo

COOLDOWN10/9.5/9/8.5/8 seconds  14/12.5/11/9.5/8 seconds
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