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Katarina Statistics for UglyEgg

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

Value
Average
Games Played
9
9
Win %
78
37
Kills
7.0
7.7
Assists
5.8
6.0
Deaths
5.1
8.1
KA:D Ratio
2.5
1.7
Gold Earned
11.7K
11.4K
Creep Score
164.4
147.6
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

I think flash and ignite are the essential spells to take. 14.png helps u secure some early kills and gives u kill pressure in lane. I wont consider other spells like3.png or12.png normally, but those spells can be situational. For Mid Katarina I suggest 4.png14.png. Remember to take4.png always because it will allows u to dive into the back line in teamfight. 

New Runes Back to Top

Abilities Back to Top

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

In my opinion, maxing Q or maxing W both work.  Normally, I get all my abilities at lv3 and then start maxing W first.


W has lower cool down and better AOE damage than Q. W helps the wave clear better. However, sometimes I go for a lv2 Q when I am lv4 to help me better poke the enemy champion .This only happens when I try to get a kill pre 6 and I find that I am wining the trade.  Also, the instant burst damage from maxing W is more unpredictable. The enemy will sometime underestimate your damage until you do a E Q W R all in on him because normally he only get hit by your Q. 

When against a melee champion84_64.png,157_64.png238_64.png91_64.png, I always max W. Because W helps you to poke the enemy when they try to farm.

When against Range Champion considering maxing Q to farm safely. I only max Q when I think I will be negated a lot of farm pre 6 or it is very unsafe to use W to farm. Example:50_64.png101_64.png99_64.png(xerath and lux have super long range harassing abilities)

If I don't find the match up that hard, I will max W for sure.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Standard items vs AP Mid
    Standard items vs AD Mid
    Passive Starting item against lane bully

Core Items

    Standard Early Game Core items. Great Damage, Health and Roaming ability.
    Early Game Build Against AD mid
    For low elos. Remember low elos......... OR you know you are not going to die while snowballing really hard
    Ideal early items against high burst ap mid
    Mid to Late Game Core items
    Ideal Full Build Late Game

Situational Items

    When the AP Mid has high kill pressure on you.When there are 2 or more ap in the enemy team
    The enemy team has targeted CC or 1 shot potential.
    Fighting in the Tank Meta.

Normally you want to start with1001_32.png+4x2003_32.png to vs AP mid  that not tough to lane against for example4_64.png45_64.png

Take 1029_32.png+5x2003_32.png with against AD mids 238_64.png91_64.png157_64.png92_64.png64_64.png(rare to see).

Take1054_32.png+1x2003_32.png when u face a lane bully like50_64.png103_64.png112_64.png 268_64.pngthat you are not confident in winning the lane on your own.  However without boot it is harder to dodge some of the ability and you will get your core items later than usual.
When facing normal low kill pressure AP, I will try to rush 3020_32.pngand3285_32.png as my first major items. But if you find that you are going even or you don't have enough money to buy3285_32.png within the next 10 mins or so, just go for3136_32.png3020_32.png then 3285_32.png.

When facing a high burst AP mid131_64.png7_64.png103_64.png, I will rush a 1057_32.png on the first back, then go for an early3001_32.png, then3285_32.png. AD mids: 3191_32.png is a must for the first back. If you are force to back at a bad time , try to go for the sub-items for the items listed above. Facing 238_64.png I might rush an early3157_32.png but a lot of the time I find that you need to go3285_32.png  first after3191_32.png for extra damage.

3001_32.png is also good for multiple APs in the enemy team. Lets say a top68_64.png,8_64.png, or jungle111_64.png154_64.png113_64.png

In my opinion the real core items for55_64.png are 3285_32.png3135_32.png3157_32.png3020_32.png. The reason why I don't like 3089_32.png is because kat has really low AP ratio on her abilities(thanks to riot nerfs on assassins). 3285_32.png is like a mini DFG that provides kat with more damage when she moves or casts abilities. 3285_32.png is just op in this patch(not any more for patch 5.16 but still a good buy). 3135_32.png is a must for almost every ap mid. 3157_32.png helps you survive if you want to do an early dive in team fight. What you need to do is to get in to teamfight, use R and then pop 3157_32.png then seek for low health target to clear them up. 
3136_32.png is really a transitional item, early to mid game to give you extra health and magic penetration because kat does not scale very well with full ap.


After 3285_32.png, you can build 3135_32.png  or 3157_32.png . Its is really situational. If the enemies have 1057_32.png3211_32.png, I will go 3135_32.png. If the enemies have low magic resist, I will go3157_32.png as the second core item.


Lets talk about defensive items. In my opinion, 3026_32.png is the best for Katarina so far because it gives you a second life for you to clear up fights. I had a experience where I die in the inhibitor turrent, and 4 enemies were waiting to kill me. Guess what? A quadra kill for me in the end.
  
3102_32.png can be quite useful as well for heavy CC or targeted spells. For example, 54_64.png's ult, 90_64.png's ult53_64.png's Q, 
I recommend getting this when the enemy team does not have easy poke to break the 3102_32.png's shield.

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Ahri
    Hard
  • Akali
    Medium
  • Anivia
    Medium
  • Annie
    Medium
  • Azir
    Hard
  • Brand
    Hard
  • Cassiopeia
    Hard
  • Cho'Gath
    Hard
  • Diana
    Medium
  • Ekko
    Medium
  • Fizz
    Hard
  • Galio
    Hard
  • Heimerdinger
    Hard
  • Karma
    Hard
  • Karthus
    Medium
  • Kassadin
    Medium
  • Kayle
    Medium
  • Kog'Maw
    Medium
  • LeBlanc
    Hard
  • Lissandra
    Medium
  • Orianna
    Hard
  • Talon
    Medium
  • Teemo
    Easy
  • Veigar
    Medium
  • Viktor
    Hard
  • Yasuo
    Medium
  • Zed
    Hard

VS

Ahri

Hard

A smart 103_64.png will always save her E. You can't really win the trade with purely your E Q W Combo because she will use E W Q back on you.  Pre 6 try to farm with your Q and use E Q W combo on her whenever she uses one of her ability. Try to harass her with your Q and slowly poke her down. Do the 4.png+EQW+14.png when she is very low. But again a good ahri will always poke you down first.


After lv6 you can't win the 1v1 at all because she can use her ult to dodge your ult easily.

Go for1054_32.png+1x2003_32.png and rush an early3001_32.png

VS

Akali

Medium

Both are high burst champion at lv6. Pre 6 watch out for 84_64.png's Q + Auto damage. It is always higher than you think.  


Start with:1001_32.png+4x2003_32.png
Rush3001_32.png
It's a skill match up.

VS

Anivia

Medium

Very hard to kill.

if you get hit by the Q+E or R+E, you will lose a ton of health.
One thing you can do pre 6 is to dodge her combo by using E.

Try to roam and ask for jungler ganks.
Get ahead and you can kill her easily 

VS

Annie

Medium

I would say annie is a counter pick to katarina no matter in lane or in team fight mainly because of the stun.

You can poke her down pre 6 but she gets good harassing ways too.
Post 6 she out-damage your combo so don't try to all in her when she has the ult up.

Farm with Q. Build 3001_32.png 

VS

Azir

Hard

Lane bully, no way to win trade in health. Because he has ult to interrupt your ult. He has long range poke.



Ask for ganks.3001_32.png

VS

Brand

Hard

Kat can never win a good brand because if he lands the stun off his Q. You lose lane automatically. Try to dodge his W and Q. Trade safely if you can. Ask for ganks.

VS

Cassiopeia

Hard

She is a lane bully. You cannot E in when she has the Q+E combo up. She can kill you at lv2 if you don't dodge her Q.


lv6 she gets more damage with ult. The only way is to push and roam to try to get ahead in items.


Rush 3001_32.png

VS

Cho'Gath

Hard

Too tanky Too many ways to interrupt your ult. You can't win on your own. Quite a counter pick to Katarina


Ask for ganks.

VS

Diana

Medium

Max W to poke her down pre 6 when she try to last hit minions. Easy to farm evenly.


Dodge her Q post 6 and do not use ult when she has E up.

Rush3001_32.png because she is bursty. 

VS

Ekko

Medium

skill match up. if he starts flask don't trade with him. You can dodge his W,Q.and his ult. try to avoid getting hit by his third hit on passive.


You have better teamfight potential.

VS

Fizz

Hard

Its a skill match up. He has kill pressure on you once he lands the shark.


His E and dodge your ult and Q and W.

Pre 6 its up to who win the trade in health first.

VS

Galio

Hard

If you have played this match up before you will know that it's a pain.



You need to roam to get yourself fed.
GGWP 
Galio is good against AP laners.

VS

Heimerdinger

Hard

No way to win lane. GGWP




Ask for ganks early.

VS

Karma

Hard

lane bully

VS

Karthus

Medium

He cannot kill you but you cannot kill him easily either.



Push and roam. But he out scale you late game. Remember! Get early lead and win the game. 

VS

Kassadin

Medium

Kassadin is not as strong as before but he can almost negates all your damage from Q because of his magic shield form his Q. He also has great roaming potential. 

Hard to win lane since jungler can't do a lot once he is lv6


But you can clean up a team fight better.

VS

Kayle

Medium

Try to use the EQW combo on her pre 6 when he does not have the Q or E up


Post 6 hard to win the 1v1.

1001_32.png+4x2003_32.png

VS

Kog'Maw

Medium

AP Kog is annoying to deal with. He outscales you late game. Try to roam a lot to get ahead.Then come back to lane to 1 shot the ap kogmaw.

VS

LeBlanc

Hard

LB has her lane dominance but you can fight her since she is very squishy.

Use your E to dodge her W and move to dodge her E.

once you have 1057_32.png you will win lane

VS

Lissandra

Medium

Too many CC abilities. Try to dodge her Q and then trade.

VS

Orianna

Hard

Can do some small trade in health but hard to win lane unless she runs out of mana.


Push and Roam.

VS

Talon

Medium

Skill match up. Rush3191.png to win lane

VS

Teemo

Easy

crush him pre 6

VS

Veigar

Medium

He can kill you post 6. But pre 6 you have the lane control. Try to bully him as hard as possible but be careful of his stun.

VS

Viktor

Hard

lane bully

VS

Yasuo

Medium

Skill match up. You have to be passive pre 3 to cut his health down. Then you can control the lane.

VS

Zed

Hard

Zed is a good 1v1 champion. He can poke you a lot and kill you at 6.

Team Fight Strategies Back to Top

Finally I am updating my teamfight tragedies for katarina.


There are really two ways to fight effectively in a 5v5.

No matter which one, you need to watch out the enemy's cc abilities and your allies's health bar.

Type 1: Typical clear up teamfight. You wait till all the enemy cc abilities are used. Then you appear from the frog of war, use E to enter the fight and use R. Once you found that someone is really low, use Q ,W then you will get all the resets of your abilities. Sometimes you have to wait patiently even though your teammates are fighting you can't go in if they have a single hard cc. If they are holding the CC for you, it means that your teammates will not be CCed and they have more time to output damage. But if your teammates are getting low, you have to go in because you don't want your teammates to get killed. 

Type 2: Late game damage output.  Pre condition: You have completed your core items. You teammates have CC.
Ask your teammates to CC the enemy team and then immediately jump into the fight to channel your ultimate. You will win this fight easily because they cannot react to your ult.
 If your team does not have CC, you can go in first use R and then pop zhonya. But remember, it is very risky to do so. You can get blown up or CC to death. Also remember that even your teammates kill one or two enemies after your zhongya, you cannot get the reset because your passive is limited in time unless you use Q W (E is on cool down) after zhongya to damage your enemies.  


Either way, the success of teamfight depends weather you get your reset or not. 

My thoughts on the recent katarina nerfs Back to Top

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Lets look at two recent nerfs on katarina which are the damage reduction on her E and base health and health regen nerfs.

To be honest, I think theses nerfs are massive in terms of katarina's viability in the current meta. At least, I would not be using katarina for rank games any more. The E AP ratio nerf reduces a lot of clear up potential. When you jump in for a clear up now, you will find that enemies would just walk away from your ultimate with decent amount of HP unless you are super fed. It is very hard to get the reset now on her passive without the help of your teammates. 

I have to admit that I am being biased here and I think riot had over-nerfed a lot of the assassins including katarina.  To be fair, katarina has obvious strengths and weaknesses. She can output tons of damage. However, she offers no CC. And she is countered by any cc. She is not a strong laner either which means that it is almost impossible to come out in lane ahead. The essence of katarina play style is decision making and reaction speed. If kat jumps into a teamfight at a good timing, she should be able to get the reset and clear up. But with these nerfs,  the "good timing" almost never comes.
Kat is never strong in high elos because people know when to use cc abilities.

For those who like katarina, I have to say that she is not great nor even decent at the moment. Try other assassins like fizz , diana , ekko, ahri. I think the concept of "champion diversity" is distorted and it is just an excuse to nerf a champion.
I have been testing katarina lately and I don't think she is viable. You will get crushed in lane easily and it is very hard to snowball because of the weak early game damage she has. I recommend only picking her for Gold and below elos and when the lane match up opponent isn't that hard.

Who Am I~ Back to Top

Hi, 


I am a league gamer just like you guys. I started my first game in league around 2 years ago because many of my friends were playing this game and then worked up my way from silver 4 to diamond 5. What is so fun about league? I like how different champions interact with each other and the teamwork strategies behind each team composition. I think league is a fair game in which you don't have to pay to get your power(paying does bring you lovely skins). The more you play the better you are. Especially when you form a team with friends, it is extremely interactive. Some champions are funny such as teemo and blitzcrank. 

I started as a mid laner and now mid lane is still my main and my favourite lane. Support is my secondary role.

I love assassins play style in the mid lane. Katarina55.png , Akali84.png, Leblanc7.png,Talon91.png, Fizz105.png, Ekko245.png are all my favourite champions.
I like brusty mages as well such as  Ahri103.png, Lux99.png, Annie1.png, Brand63.png, Syndra134.png.

My mains: Katarina:penta kills potentials, easy to play,old time favourite(too many nerfs on her)
                Akali: very mobile and high damage, can snowball out of control. easy to play. Great solo queue champion. 
                Leblanc: I picked her up this year and slowly mastering her great potentials. Lane dominance, crazy mobility, juking, long distance one shot potential. Higher skill cap play style.

Talking about the support role. I like leona89.png, blitzcrank53.png, braum201.png, janna40.png

That is my brief introduction about myself. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below or add my NA account. You are also welcomed to play with me as well. Have fun~
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