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Katarina Statistics for Keyo

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

Value
Average
Games Played
42
5
Win %
52
42
Kills
9.3
7.8
Assists
4.6
5.7
Deaths
4.3
7.0
KA:D Ratio
3.3
1.9
Gold Earned
11.8K
11K
Creep Score
171.9
151.5
Average

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Summoner Spells Back to Top


4.png: Flash is op. Take this all the time, no exceptions.

14.png: Take ignite in lanes where you can easily pick up kills in a 1v1, or where you dont need the map pressure from TP

12.png: I've started taking this lately, I'm starting to like it better than ignite, gives you insane map pressure.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

Resolve

Recovery: More lane sustain, you wont be stacking resistances so you don't need unyielding.

Explorer: More movement speed for roaming.

Veteran's Scars: You want the health for the added tankiness in lane, specially in this current meta. You could maybe run Runic Armor if you had a team with strong shields and heals.

Insight: Lower cd on flash and tp/ignite. You don't need Perseverance.


Cunning 

Wanderer: This gives added power to your roaming ability. You don't need Savagery.

Secret Stash: Helps with Kat's sustain issues as she has no sustain outside of pots and gunblade. You could maybe run runic affinity now that blue gives 15% ap.

Merciless: Do I really need to explain.

Dangerous Game: This mastery makes me wet. The amount of times Dangerous Game has saved me in unreal. I would marry this mastery if I could.

Precision: You're not going to be stacking cdr so this is the better choice. This can also stack with the magic pen rune pages giving you insane early to mid game damage.

Thunderlord's Decree: Standard keystone for Katarina, really no other choices except for Deathfire which doesn't provide as much damage as Thunderlord's


You could run 12/18/0 but I'm preferring this page in this meta since Ferocity doesn't provide that much damage with 12 points.

Abilities Back to Top

Q
E
W
Q
Q
R
W
Q
W
Q
R
W
W
E
E
R
E
E
Passive
Q
1
4
5
8
10
W
3
7
9
12
13
E
2
14
15
17
18
R
6
11
16

Standard ability order for Katarina. 

Maxing killerinstinct.png is only needed when laning against melee champions with no reliable escapes, IE Diana, Talon, Shyvana, Mundo, Yasuo (This is actually really smart as you can pop his shield with bouncingblades.png and mark him, and then pop the mark with his shield is down with your maxed killerinstinct.png, thus out trading him). If you are running the magic pen pages, maxing w can be done in a lot more matchups since your w will benefit more from the magic pen rather than your q.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    I start this against matchups where I'm going to need the extra ms for dodging spells.
    Only start this against an AD laner.
    Not viable anymore.
    I usually start this against matchups where I'll be getting harassed a lot.
    Risky start, but it can work out in certain matchups/games.

Core Items

    You want sorcs for the magic pen. You could possibly run merc treads in extreme situations but generally you want sorcs.
    With the buff to Gunblade in patch 6.9, you want to rush this EVERY game. This item is now a downgraded dfg and with luden's, you'll be doing close to the same damage you would with dfg. It also gives ad with Kat scales off as well, healing and insane burst with the active. The only downside I see to this, is the build path is a bit awkward with cutless, and you lose the passive from revolver. You're going to wanna buy hourglass second for the active. The item has been nerfed a bit but I feel the added damage to gunblade helps compensate for that. Plus you get 10% cdr. If I'm REALLY ahead, I'll go luden's after gunblade into hourglass.
    RIP GREEN WARDS. Always carry one of these. They can be used for ward jumps and/or warding. Since the trinkets have been nerfed, ward jumping will be less frequent.
    You wanna pick from these 2 which one you need next. Get void staff if the adc/mid start stacking mr through items and/or aegis, otherwise start buying your deathcap.
    I usually fit one of these in when I feel its needed in my build, otherwise I'll buy either last. Most of the time I will stick to luden's but if I feel I need some tankiness, I will get rylais. With abyssal being nerfed, rylais replaces it as a damage item.
    I don't buy this at all anymore. The ap on the item has been nerfed and the passive no longer applies to minions which hurts the waveclear this item use to give. I only see myself buying this item if I desperately need mr against a triple ap comp.

Situational Items

    Buy GA against a team with assassins or if you are being focused very hard. I buy Randuin's against full AD comps. Randuin's mixed with the rune page for full AD comps will give you A LOT of armor.
    Guise isn't cost effcient, full stop. The AP it gives for the price is incredibly low and Katarina's base stats are too low for magic pen stacking to be a viable choice. Liandrys was recently buffed with the AP changes, but regardless, the reason to not buy it is still the same. The passive damage is very low and does % current health, Katarina is not an engager. This item is better for people who wish to poke, or for tanks. The passive burn ticks every 0.5 seconds and Katarina's ult will throw out a dagger every 0.25 seconds, making this item incredibly inefficient for her.
    You could maybe replace boots with this at 6 items.


Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Karthus
    Easy
  • LeBlanc
    Hard
  • Morgana
    Easy
  • Syndra
    Hard
  • Yasuo
    Easy
  • Zed
    Hard
  • Zilean
    Easy

VS

Karthus

Easy

This lane is super easy, he can't do anything against you and you completely out damage him throughout the entire game. All in every time you can, you should crush this lane almost everytime.

VS

LeBlanc

Hard

This lane has become easier because of the removal of her silence however it is still very hard. Focus on farming with your q, she beats you pretty hard pre 6. Post 6 is harder as she can 100-0 you if you let her. 

VS

Morgana

Easy

This lane is easy for Kat, if you dodge Morgana's q, she can't fight back very well against your autos and spells. 

VS

Syndra

Hard

I hate Syndra so much. Focus on farming, you can't do jack shit in this lane. You can dodge her q with your e. Post 6, if she rushes DFG, you need to be VERY CAREFUL. She looks at you, and you die.

VS

Yasuo

Easy

This lane is very easy. If you max w, you can pop his shield with q and then pop the mark from q with your w, for better harass since his shield will soak up your q regardless if it's maxed.

VS

Zed

Hard

Against a good Zed, this lane is very hard and he will win almost every time, however most of my experience in this lane has been against average/bad Zeds. Try to harass him and dodge his q, if you get him low enough you can all in him. Be careful post 6, he can potentially kill you if you're not careful. If he wastes all his spells on creeps, you can harass him with q-e-w or all in him.

VS

Zilean

Easy

This lane is very easy. Try to focus on farming and avoiding his bombs. Don't be afraid to take a few bombs for harass, you can try to all in him level 3 for a kill. Level 6 isn't as hard as before, just that he has a free GA.

Early game, Mid game and Late game Back to Top

Early game Lvl 1-8

  • In the early game, you should be focusing on harassing your laner, and out csing them. Nearly all of Kat's lanes are farm lanes, with the exception of the matchups that were explained above. Don't be afraid to miss a few cs to avoid harass. Try to cs with auto attacks but if you can't get to a minion or are being zoned, use your q. When you hit 6 you should be looking for lanes to gank. If you can kill your lane opponent, then go for it. Roaming at lower elos can be very good for snowballing yourself. DO NOT USE YOUR E TO FARM. Using your e to farm is asking to be ganked. 

  • If the enemy jungler is one red/blue side of the jungle, then move the opposite side that he's on; so in the event that you get ganked, you have room to escape.

Mid game 9-15

  • This is where Katarina really shines. By this time of the game, skirmishes should be happening around dragon/rift herald. You want to fight these as much as you can, skirmishes are a very good and easy way of snowballing Katarina. Continue to kill your opponent if you can, farm cs and roam bot/top. A good gank bot can lead into a drag.


Late game 16-18

  • This late into the game, you should have the majority of your damage items and maybe a defensive item. Team fights are very prominent late game. During these you want to focus the top priority carries. Which ever one is more fed and more relevant is the one you should focus. 

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