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Katarina Statistics for Yikes Coach

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

Value
Average
Games Played
75
7
Win %
60
40
Kills
8.7
7.0
Assists
6.6
5.7
Deaths
4.1
7.2
KA:D Ratio
3.7
1.8
Gold Earned
11.9K
10.5K
Creep Score
179.5
143.3
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

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Pretty standard to take flash on any mid laner. It is pretty much a must-have summoner spell for Katarina and there is no reason to take ghost over flash for this particular build. Even if you did go ghost, I would go Flash + Ghost never Ghost + Ignite. This summoner spell gives Katarina lots of safety in lane and also lots of potential to outplay using her passive.

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In my opinion, the best secondary summoner spell to take for an assassin mid laner that has no crowd control built into his/her kit. Katarina's early game laning is very strong now after her rework, and ignite will help you snowball in lane from levels 2 - 11. I would MAYBE take exhaust against champs like zed or yasuo, but really no reason to. 

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Teleport is a decent spell to run on Katarina, but I wouldn't really recommend it for going this assassin build. She doesn't really have crowd control in her kit, so teleporting to bot lane fights is kind of troll since the channel time is so long now. However, teleport can work for cleaning up bad enemy tower dives and Katarina builds gunblade + rylai's this season, so she has some chase potential. Still would recommend ignite for the solo lane pressure.

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If you run cleanse, you need to have 300 iq or something. This is some next level mind game sh*t that you run if you know the enemy mid is going to run exhaust. Ignite will give you more kill pressure 99% of the time, unless you react quickly against an enemy exhaust. Would not recommend running this spell because you need to be fairly experienced to be using this summoner spell and it is extremely situational. 
i.e Cass with exh, lissandra with exh.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

Explanation:

This mastery page is fairly standard compared to last season, besides the 2 changes in the ferocity tree and 1 change in the cunning tree. I recommend taking Fresh Blood over Feast now, and Double-Edged sword over bounty hunter.

Fresh blood will give you some extra burst, especially level 2 since its a flat 10 damage following per level scaling. Katarina is also more auto-attack based this season compared to last season where you would most of the time just Q -> E -> W and then back off after procing your mark.

Take Double Edged Sword because it will give you an extra boost of damage in lane for dominating early levels. I wouldn't take Battle Trance because it takes awhile to ramp-up and it gives the same amount of damage % as Double Edged Sword at max stacks.

For the cunning tree, run Savagery over Wanderer because last hitting was pretty Q reliant last patch, or auto-W. However, having the extra damage for your autos this patch will help a lot with early game last hitting since your Q doesn't do as much damage, and you have no low-cooldown aoe anymore. 


Masteries taken from Thalies :)

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
katarinapassive.png Voracity (Passive)
  • The main damage dealer and wave clear of Katarina's rework.
  • Essentially a stronger version of her old W, added to her old passive of "cooldown reduction" upon kill or assist.
  • The range will take some time to get used to, but remember that the aoe damage part of this skill will proc around Katarina's model and not the dagger on the ground.
  • This skill scales off of level, AD, and AP.
bouncingblades.pngBouncing Blade
  • This skill is a much weaker version of Katarina's old Q, and it only bounces 3 times.
  • It will always land behind the first enemy hit.
  • It drops a dagger where it lands and you touch anywhere inside the circle to proc her passive.
killerinstinct.png Preparation
  • This skill will drop a dagger and give katarina a decent movement speed buff over 1.25 seconds.
  • You can use this skill near a wall and shunpo to the outside edge of your dagger to hop over thin walls.
  • Does no damage unless you pick up the dagger to proc voracity.
  • Use this skill on top of yourself before you ult and you can catch it will ulting to deal extra aoe damage and to reset your shunpo.
shadowstep.png Shunpo
  • Similar to her old shunpo, but you can't ward jump with this version.
  • Shunpo deals more damage compared to before and it will cancel your auto attack animation allowing you to auto again within a short period of time.
  • Shunpo will reset upon champion kills or assists and upon catching daggers.
deathlotus.png Death Lotus
  • Same concept as pre-rework, but now it does less damage.
  • Still applies grievous wounds.
  • THIS SKILL CANCELS WHEN YOU USE AN ITEM ACTIVE (Important because we are going to be running gunblade)
  • Death Lotus now has a range indicator.
  • This skill will still do damage to champions in stealth.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Starting item

Core Items

Situational Items

Starting items:

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You want to start long sword after the rework because a lot of Katarina's early damage is from auto attacks, and her passive scales with AD. 1082.png was a good start last season, because you didn't build gunblade or AD so there was nothing that the long sword would build into. 1054.png1001.png You can start doran's shield or boots if you really want to play safe, but I would recommend going long sword for the lane dominance. You can go 1082.png if you are going to build the 3285.png path and completely skip gunblade.

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This one is completely up to personal preference. Refillable will be more cost efficient in the long run, but health potion x3 will be better for your early game sustain.

Core Items:

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This is the new standard Katarina build that I run. Gunblade and Rylai's gives katarina lots of chase potential and lots of damage. Having a slow works very well with katarina's kit, since the enemy has to be within her katarinapassive.png range to take fatal damage.

Matchups Back to Top

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

Conclusion Back to Top

This is a pretty barebones Katarina guide. Just giving people the basic set-up that I use when playing Katarina.

In no way am I claiming that this is the best possible mastery, rune, item, summoner spell set-up. I am just sharing what works for me, and what I will be running when I play katarina.

I will not be adding a section for combos, ward spots, laning phase, team fighting, etc..
I feel that all a player needs is a framework and practice to master a champion that they really enjoy.

Match-ups differ between people, so I will not be adding any match-ups because it may be deceptive.

Media/Help Back to Top

If you want to learn combos and basics from other players, I will recommend a few streams.


There are probably many other Katarina streams, but these are the streams that I can vouch for as being helpful. I also know that all of these players are very good at Katarina.

Feel free to add me on league on the NA server if you have any questions.

IGN is Roar.

My main account isn't Roar, but it is the account that I am most known for on Katarina, so I will be using this IGN for this guide.

I don't stream often, and I play other champions such as Leblanc or Ahri but I will also include my stream link.

My stream


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