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Katarina Statistics for Corrupt Hope

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

Value
Average
Games Played
662
9
Win %
54
37
Kills
8.7
7.7
Assists
5.1
6.0
Deaths
5.6
8.1
KA:D Ratio
2.5
1.7
Gold Earned
11.8K
11.4K
Creep Score
175.5
147.6
Average
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  • Guide Details

Summoner Spells Back to Top

4.png - Must take summoner spell 100%. Enables plays and let's you escape dangerous situations.



14.png - Increases your kill pressure and all-in damage. I take this 95% of the time I'm mid.



1.png - Great against high CC mid/jungle combos such as Twisted Fate/Lissandra + Elise.



12.png - Only take if playing Top Katarina, so you can teleport to teamfights. Not good on Mid Katarina.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

6121.png - Helps your all in damage, I build Katarina full damage so I usually take this.



6122.png - If against a hard lane like Viktor/Cass/etc consider taking Feast as it'll make laning much easier.



6311.png - Ideally you want all 5 points in this for better roaming, but it makes it hard to CS without savagery so I do few points.



6312.png - If you still have a hard time CSing just do all 5 in this mastery.



6362.png - Katarina's most valuable keystone. I've tried all of them and this is hands down the best one, raises your kill pressure and makes all trades much better. Plus you build AD+AP which is great since Thunderlords scale off both.

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 [Passive] - Voracity

  • Whenever a champion dies that Katarina has damaged in the last 3 seconds all of Katarina's cooldowns are reduced by 15 seconds. 
  • If Katarina picks up a Dagger, she uses it to slash through all nearby enemies, dealing magic damage.
  • Katarina's Q and W are the only ways to proc her Dagger passive.
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katarinaq.png[Q] - Bouncing Blade

  • Katarina throws a Dagger to the target enemy that bounces up to 2 nearby enemies.
  • After bouncing to its targets, the Dagger will always lands 350 units opposit from where it struck the first target.
  • Always takes the same time to land from the time it hits the first target.
  • Can shunpo to the Q dagger before it lands.
  • If timed properly it can track mobility abilities enabling you to chase people over long distances/walls.
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katarinaw.png [W] - Preparation

  • Katarina tosses a Dagger into the air at her current location, which lands after 1.25 seconds.
  • Katarina gains a movement speed boost 50/60/70/80/90 that decays over 1.25 seconds.
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katarinaewrapper.png [E] - Shunpo

  • Katarina blinks to the target location around the target unit or Dagger.
  • Can shunpo to allies or enemies, but damages enemies.
  • Functions as an auto attack reset if timed properly.
  • Shunpo can extend the range of your Dagger spin passive katarinapassive.png if you shunpo to the edge of the dagger circle.
179.png

katarinar.png [R] - Death Lotus


  • Katarina rapidly spins in place and channels for 2.5 seconds, throwing a dagger every 0.166 seconds.
  • Damages up to three nearby champions at once applying Grevious Wounds for three seconds.
  • 550 range Area of Effect range. 
  • At level 3 with a 45 second cooldown, it can fully reset its cooldown during a teamfight with 3 kills or assists.


Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Standard
    Anti-Harass
    Anti-AD

Core Items

    Standard Core
    Consumables & Vision

Situational Items

    Offensive
    Defensive (AP)
    Defensive (AD)
    Alternative
1082.png - Great for snowballing, I start this in the majority of matchups.

3146.png - #1 Core item on Katarina. Always rush this item first, healing, AD+AP, and burst.

3136.png - Another great offensive item, build after gunblade to maintain powerspike. Do not complete it into 3151.png until last item or unless they have a lot of tanks.

3285.png - Only get if very far ahead. Majority of times this item actually isn't worth it and it's better to go rabadon for pure damage. However if you're 10/0 by 15 minutes Ludens is way better.

3065.png - Great item in niche situations. If fighting a double AP I usually like to get visage, even better if you have a healing support as it'll amplify ALL healing.

3140.png - Hard to use but one of the most underrated items on Katarina. Only 1350 let's you ignore a massive CC and go crazy in teamfights/1v1s. The full item 3139.png is great too.

3155.png - I don't usually go this item but it is good vs very heavy AP assassins. Syndra/Fizz for example. The item lets you 1v1 way better but it doesn't scale well and slows down building Gunblade.

3026.png - Now that GA has Attack Damage it's actually quite good since Katarina scales off AD. Definetly a great item to get for late game teamfights.

3075.png - Consider building this vs heavy Auto Attack teams. The lethality meta has passed so I buy it less now, but it can stillb e useful.

3157.png - Pretty strong item, used to be core but now can be built situationally. The stats are subpar but the active is still great. Do not build vs 51.png, she will trap your Zhonya and you will die.

3742.png - Great item if you're ahead. The movement speed, attack discharge slow, and stats are all great on Katarina. Falls off late game so definitely swap for a GA but you can 2nd item this after Gunblade.


3116.png - After heavy nerfs rylai's isn't honestly that great anymore. I rarely build it, but it is viable if you need health and are fighting lots of squishy targets. You don't really need slows as Katarina when you have katarinaewrapper.png for days. 

3047.png - I always go 3020.png but if against heavy AD go ninja tabi

3111.png - Great against heavy CC + AP teams.

2138.png/2139.png - Your end game elixers. I actually usually prefer 2138.png over 2139.png, the reason is because  2138.png offers you health and tenacity meaning you have way more survivability in teamfights.  2139.png just offers ap, small true damage, and mana regen. You have no mana, and doing a little more damage is a lot less valuable when the entire enemy team wants to kill you.


2055.png - Buy this whenever you have spare gold for it. Vision is IMPORTANT. Plus it allows you to bush camp insta-kill people.


3147.png - I don't care what youtube video you saw. No.

3152.png - Much better items then this to build, so overall.... No.

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Ahri
    Medium
  • Akali
    Hard
  • Anivia
    Easy
  • Annie
    Medium
  • Aurelion Sol
    Medium
  • Azir
    Easy
  • Brand
    Easy
  • Cassiopeia
    Hard
  • Corki
    Easy
  • Darius
    Easy
  • Ekko
    Medium
  • Fizz
    Medium
  • Galio
    Medium
  • Gangplank
    Easy
  • Heimerdinger
    Easy
  • Jayce
    Hard
  • Karma
    Easy
  • Karthus
    Easy
  • Kassadin
    Medium
  • Kayle
    Easy
  • LeBlanc
    Medium
  • Lissandra
    Easy
  • Lucian
    Hard
  • Lulu
    Hard
  • Lux
    Easy
  • Malzahar
    Easy
  • Morgana
    Easy
  • Orianna
    Hard
  • Ryze
    Easy
  • Swain
    Easy
  • Syndra
    Medium
  • Taliyah
    Easy
  • Talon
    Medium
  • Zed
    Medium

VS

Ahri

Medium

Not too rough, don't take too many free autos before level 3. After that the 1v1 just depends on whether or not you get hit by ahriseduce.png. Ahri's will try to camp your daggers so they can ahriseduce.png your katarinaewrapper.png. Try to move up or down right after your katarinaewrapper.png to prevent this along with not taking very obvious camps. Her all in damage at 6 is incredibly high so 1v1s will be tricky. I recommend not using katarinar.png until she uses ahriseduce.png or having katarinaewrapper.png ready to cancel your ultimate halfway to dodge the ahriseduce.png.

VS

Akali

Hard

Very difficult matchup. Hard to CS because she'll akalimota.png spam you, and disengage any trade with akalismokebomb.png. After level 6 she will decimate you as she can chase you down with akalishadowdance.png. Look for jungle help early and to roam a lot. You perform better than her in teamfights if you position better.

VS

Anivia

Easy

If she ever uses flashfrost.png on you just katarinaewrapper.png to her and start the trade. You hard win until level 6. After level 6 Anivia will win the lane as glacialstorm.png will destroy you. Try to go for a kill pre-6 but careful for her passive. After level 6 look to roam to other lanes. Anivia is a very slow roamer so she won't be able to keep up with you.

VS

Annie

Medium

Actually not that difficult once you get used to it. Try to poke her down with katarinaq.png. Once she has her passive stacked you can still katarinaq.png trade but once you throw your Q, immediately katarinaewrapper.png to the back of your minions so she can't follow up her disintegrate.png stun with incinerate.png and autos. Majority of Annie's stun strength comes from the fact that she follows up her stun with more damage then disengages while you can't do anything. If you shunpo out while the Q is still traveling, the stun will run out by the time she gets to you. After level 6 you can still win but be very careful for infernalguardian.png damage. I like to get 3140.png after 3146.png in this matchup so I can ignore the stun and kill her 24/7.

VS

Aurelion Sol

Medium

The laning itself is easy dificulty, but matching his roam power is what makes this a medium difficulty matchup. Be very careful for his aurelionsolw.png. At early levels this will absolutely destroy you. Obviously katarinaewrapper.png lets you dodge aurelionsolq.png and aurelionsolw.png easily. Try to stick close to him so he can't utilize aurelionsolw.png well. Aurelion Sol has some of the best roaming in the game so do your best to follow him or spam ping your teammates whenever he leaves lane. He will look to roam a lot since he can't 1v1 you well.

VS

Azir

Easy

Azir sucks. Just don't take massive free harass before level 2-3 then you can all in kill him easily. Don't let him azirr.png you into turret after 6 easily.

VS

Brand

Easy
katarinaewrapper.png dodge his brandq.png and brandw.png and the lane is easy. He does have very high all in damage though so if you ever get stunned by brandq.png you have a high chance of dying.

VS

Cassiopeia

Hard

Very difficult matchup. Early levels dodge her cassiopeiaq.png by moving erratically. If you all in try to stick very close and run through her to prevent grounding from cassiopeiaw.png. If you ever get poisoned when you're not all inning immediately disengage or you will lose all your health from cassiopeiae.png spam. You'll be on the backfoot for the majority of laning but at first back lvls 4-5 and level 6+ you can win through 1v1 skill. If you get stunned by cassiopeiar.png the fight is over you lose. I like to channel katarinar.png to bait her cassiopeiar.png then cancel my R by walking backward to dodge the ult or just katarinaewrapper.png behind her.

VS

Corki

Easy

Corki has short range and a very weak early game. You should be able to easily push for a kill with 14.png. If he rushes hexdrinker you'll have a hard time 1v1ing him outright. He outscales you after 3155.png+3078.png so try to roam a lot.

VS

Darius

Easy

Katarina actually destroys Darius Top. You can katarinaewrapper.png out of dariuscleave.png and dariusaxegrabcone.png. If he ever starts stacking his passive on you just katarinaewrapper.png out and disengage.

VS

Ekko

Medium

Don't let him 3 stack his passive on you. Ekko has to choose between using ekkoq.png on the wave or you so punish him if he does it on the wave. You should never get hit by ekkow.png with your katarinaewrapper.png mobility. The one trick to this matchup is if he ekkoe.png's onto you, cast katarinaw.png immediately and use the extra movement speed to juke/dodge the followup ekkoq.png.

VS

Fizz

Medium

Not an easy matchup. One of the only ones where I go 3155.png. Dodge his fizze.png with katarinaewrapper.png. Try not to let him get the double fizzw.png hit on you. After level 6 if he fizzr.png's you try to immidiately disengage by katarinaewrapper.png'ing far backward. You can win 1v1's but he has so much invulnerability and CC with fizze.png + fizzr.png so it won't be easy. Place your daggers really well as he's very mobile.

VS

Galio

Medium

Hard to kill as the game goes on but the matchup is easy if you're good at Katarina. You have to poke him down with katarinaq.png spam and katarinaewrapper.png auto attack resets. A lot of your damage in this matchup is auto attacking. All of Galio's damage is his galioq.png so make sure to dodge that. Also don't take any super obvious katarinaewrapper.png into a galioe.png or you'll lose the trade hard.

VS

Gangplank

Easy

You destroy gangplank. Start 1054.png and try to not take a lot of harass levels 1-3. After that make sure his passive fire auto is down, and all in him. You can katarinaewrapper.png auto his gangplanke.png to instantly destroy them.

VS

Heimerdinger

Easy

Heimerdinger is annoying but not that hard to beat. Focus on Minimizing harass. Do your katarinaq.pngkatarinaewrapper.png combo to destroy turrets when Heimer isn't in position to protect them. You're looking for an opportunity in this lane to chunk Heimer without getting heimerdingere.png and taking a ton of heimerdingerq.pngheimerdingerw.png harass. The matchup more or less revolves around heimerdingere.png. If he misses it you can all in. Good heimer's will save it until you katarinaewrapper.png next to them so try to move/juke after your katarinaewrapper.png to dodge it. If you get hit by the heimerdingere.png get ready to die from heimerdingerr.pngheimerdingerw.png.

VS

Jayce

Hard

Very difficult matchup. You have to get  3191.png before gunblade. I actually just ban Jayce this patch due to how broken lethality is. Do not look to trade, his all in is always stronger than yours and his jaycethunderingblow.png will displace you from your daggers during trades. You can win if he messes up hard, but you usually just want to look for roams. Do your best to not be in an easy spot for him to hit his EQ combo.

VS

Karma

Easy

Easy matchup, you can snowball really hard. Dodge the karmamantra.pngkarmaq.png  and katarinaewrapper.png out of karmaspiritbind.png. You can just farm her for gold after level 6.

VS

Karthus

Easy

He does a lot of damage but you counter him due to your mobility. Just dodge the karthuslaywastea1.png's and he dies. Careful for level 1-2 as that is when Karthus is strongest against you.

VS

Kassadin

Medium

Most Kassadin's go 6164.png so start 1054.png. Doran shield ticks extra healing due to the DoT from 6164.png so it lasts even longer. When in lane Kassadin will mainly harass with nulllance.png, so after he does it, walk close to him in katarinaq.png range but don't throw it until his nulllance.png shield runs out. That's how you go even in Q harass trades. After that you need to maximize pressure against him and really get your value out of katarinaewrapper.pngAuto attack resets. Once he gets 3027.png, he becomes very tanky and hard to kill. After level 6 if you're behind, just look to clear the wave and roam. If ahead you can pressure for a kill, but it's very unlikely to kill a 3027.png without 3146.png.

VS

Kayle

Easy

Easy matchup get 1054.png so you can get free heals off her judicatorrighteousfury.png splash damage. Go for small and quick trades. Kayle prefers extended trades due to her DPS nature, so we want to prevent that. Once you have 3144.png the lane is pretty easy. Keep doing those quick trades and then katarinaewrapper.png out before she can trade back hard.

VS

LeBlanc

Medium

This is probably the matchup that requires the fastest reaction of of all Katarina matchups. Whoever's faster wins the lane as both you and Leblanc can dodge all of each other's spells. If she leblancq.png's you try to back off to wait for the her passive to disappear so you don't take as much damage. If she leblancw.png's onto you, make sure to commit to your full combo before she can leblancw.png back. So katarinaewrapper.pngAutokatarinaw.pngkatarinaq.pngAutokatarinaewrapper.pngAuto. You want to have your first katarinaewrapper.png go in between Leblanc and her W port back, that way even if she ports back your katarinapassive.png dagger passive can still hit her. Pretty much Leblanc's strength is bursting the opponent then porting back before they can trade, we deny that by trading back instantly so we can go even. The main thing to be afraid of is her leblance.png. If I can't escape her E by katarinaewrapper.png'ing out, I usually just katarinaewrapper.pngkatarinaw.png in. Also after 6, a double leblance.pngleblancr.png  Once you get 3146.png just commit to your all ins and you should be able to kill her.

VS

Lissandra

Easy

Easy matchup you will need 3140.png or 1.png. Laning is pretty much whoever can Q spam better, her's are quite easy to dodge if you position yourself not in a line with the minion wave. Try not to take any bait daggers that she's standing ready for or you'll eat a lissandraw.pnglissandraq.pnglissandrae.png combo. You can dodge lissandraw.png if you run immediately after you take the dagger away from her. Once 6 be very careful as lissandrar.png+Jungle gank is instadeath. The matchup isn't bad though, once you get a lead you can just constantly 1shot her. 

VS

Lucian

Hard

Very difficult matchup you won't win this without jungle help. E'ing forward is insanely dangerous as he'll stack fervor on you very fast and unload his full combo. This means you'll take 10 autos atleast by the game you're safely back behind your wave. I wouldn't reccomend picking Katarina in this matchup, look to fast wave clear and roam. You can kill him with 3144.png14.png if he doesn't have 3155.png yet.

VS

Lulu

Hard

117.pngREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE117.png

This is the shit Katarina mains have nightmares about. The physical manifestation of everything that's wrong with the world is Lulu. Her entire kit counters you. If she gets ahead of you in laning, you will die. Once laning is over she'll turn you into a god damn squirrel with luluw.png. If you try to ult her she will lulur.png. The laning actually isn't horrible if you're really respectful of her luluq.png. If she lulue.png's you, try to juke side to side so you can dodge the following luluq.png. If you get a lead you can really abuse her, but once you entire mid/late she will destroy you in teamfights. Try to wait for her to use luluw.png before you enter into the fray.

VS

Lux

Easy

It's always better to just katarinaewrapper.png dodge her luxlightstrikekugel.png in the early parts of laning phase. Make sure you don't get hit by luxlightbinding.png and the laning is super easy. You should be able to dominate Lux and free farm kills off of her.

VS

Malzahar

Easy

Not hard at all. Most Malzahar's go 6164.png so start 1054.png. Try to not let him malzahare.pngAuto you. The best time to trade is after he malzahare.png's a minion. His malzaharw.png will be focused on the malzahare.png minion so you can freely trade with him. Just be careful for the malzahare.png spread on the initial minion. You can quickly clear his voidlings with katarinaq.pngkatarinaewrapper.png. After he's level 6 becareful for malzaharr.png+Jungle gank. You will 100% die. You want a 3140.png after 3146.png. Once you have QSS you can farm kills from Malzahar. Just do katarinaewrapper.pngkatarinaw.pngkatarinaq.pngkatarinaewrapper.png, he will counter somewhere in the combo with his malzaharr.png, then you 3140.png and he's D O N E Z O.

VS

Morgana

Easy

Dodge darkbindingmissile.png with katarinaewrapper.png. Easy matchup, you can match her push, and katarinaewrapper.png out of her soulshackles.png.

VS

Orianna

Hard

Not an easy matchup at all. If there's no jungle help Orianna has the advantage. She can punish you hard for every CS and you can't katarinaq.png trade easily due to her orianaredactcommand.png shield. Look to trade after she uses orianaizunacommand.png on minions/misses. If you all in after 6 setup your katarinaw.png immidiately in your combo so you can katarinaewrapper.png reset in time to dodge her orianadetonatecommand.png. If you get ahead, with an early 3144.png or 3146.png you can farm kills from Orianna. That being said if she's good, she'll have the advantage. The key to this match up is minimizing the harass you take until you can all-in.

VS

Ryze

Easy

Fairly easy matchup, try not to be in the open past minions randomly or you'll eat his full combo. Try to go for small quick trades, you win at level 6. Try to katarinaewrapper.png to him before he ryzew.png's you so you can do your full combo while snared. Careful about standing near minions as his main harass tool is ryzee.pngryzee.pngryzeqwrapper.png on the wave. Lane is pretty dominant in your favor until he gets 3027.png1057.png. He does outscale you eventually so once he gets those items unless you're insanely far ahead, don't go for 1v1s.

VS

Swain

Easy

Easy matchup just look for small trades and don't get swainshadowgrasp.png'd. It's better to fight swain when neither of you have minion waves as he get's a lot of swainmetamorphism.png healing from your minion wave. Your katarinar.png applies Grievous Wounds though so you innately counter it.

VS

Syndra

Medium

Try not to take too many syndraq.png+Auto harass at levels 1-2. At around level 3-4+ you can look for an engage. You win by dodging syndrae.png stun. If you start your all-in with katarinaewrapper.png be you might want to save your katarinaw.png until she syndrae.png's. The reason for this is if you use katarinaw.png immidiately and she syndrae.png's you'll be displaced from your dagger and have to awkwardly run to it to reset shunpo meaning she can chunk you hard. You can consider getting a 3155.png in this matchup if you need it. At level 6 be very careful if she starts spamming syndraq.png orbs. Let some of them timeout before you trade as if she stacks them up her syndrar.png will decimate you. Lastly be insanely careful for the syndrar.pngsyndrae.png combo there are a LOT of orbs meaning you can easily get hit by the stun.

VS

Taliyah

Easy

Fairly easy lane, try not to take too much taliyahq.png harass for free as it does hurt a lot. Your katarinaewrapper.png mobility counters Taliyah so you should never get hit by random taliyahe.pngtaliyahwvc.png combo's. That being said if you all in try to move initially after the katarinaewrapper.png as good Taliyah's will save their taliyahwvc.png until you shunpo on them. After level 6 you destroy with your all in combo. Most Taliyah's will look to shove the wave and roam, so make sure to follow her as she can decimate your side lanes with taliyahr.png.

VS

Talon

Medium

All of talon's damage centers around his 3 proc into auto passivetalonpassive.png. Before level 6 he can only proc it with both talonw.png hits + talonq.png + Auto. So the main way to prevent it is to dodge the 2nd part of talonw.png. When he casts it, move perpendicular to escape it before it comes back and he'll never be able to proc his passive. The key to this matchup is to get a lot of katarinaq.png spam with katarinaewrapper.png+Auto resets.

VS

Zed

Medium

Intense skill matchup, take armor in your runes and start 1029.png or 1082.png if you're ballsy. Early game just dodge his zedq.png. The key to this match up is spamming not only katarinaq.png but maximizing your katarinaewrapper.png + Auto reset damage. After 6 you have two options on how to play, when he zedr.png, you katarinaewrapper.png far away to a minion, and he'll try to chase with W really. Try to disengage if he ults you, and re-engage after. If you stand still to ult before he throws his zedq.png you will die. The other insanely hard option is to reaction katarinaewrapper.png the cast animation of his zedq.png and all in him. Requires crazy reaction time but that's why it's an intense skill matchup. Once he builds 3155.png unless you're really far ahead don't try to fight him, just roam. Otherwise you'll get demolished in a 1v1.

Combo Guide Back to Top

Basic trading combo

katarinaq.pngkatarinaewrapper.pngkatarinaw.pngkatarinaewrapper.png
Basic trading combo, your last katarinaewrapper.png can be used aggressively to push more damage, or defensively before they can trade back. Using it defensively to move back before they can counter burst you is vital to winning trades. Important thing to note, is Indirect katarinaq.png vs direct katarinaq.png engaging. Indirect means you katarinaq.png the minions then katarinaewrapper.png to the dagger to get close to them. This is the easier way to engage, but you lose out on a LOT of damage because your katarinaq.png which we max first isn't directly hitting them. Direct katarinaq.png engage as you imagine means the dagger does hit them, adding more damage to your combo.

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All in pre-6 combo

katarinaewrapper.pngkatarinaw.pngkatarinaq.pngkatarinaewrapper.png
Basic all in combo when going for kills pre-6. Make sure to weave in auto attacks with katarinaewrapper.png



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Long range Engage combo

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Now this may seem like the basic all-in combo, but the way you do it is much different. I do this combo when I want to catch weak carries farming waves while I'm a screen away. How it works is you stay out of their vision, then you katarinaewrapper.png max range to a minion/unit near them. Drop your katarinaw.png and throw katarinaq.png. They will be running away, but it doesn't matter as long as your katarinaq.png connected. You then pick up your katarinaw.png to reset katarinaewrapper.png, and then katarinaewrapper.png to your katarinaq.png dagger. This puts you right on top of them, and you can finish them off with 3146.pngkatarinar.png14.pngkatarinaewrapper.png or if they still have some distance katarinaewrapper.png 3146.pngkatarinar.png14.png. This might sound a bit complicated, but it is the combo that let's Katarina reach MAXIMUM range. ADC's will respond with "bullshit OP mobility champ" after you do this combo properly. Here's an example from my montage of me doing the Long range Engage combo TWICE after I kill Leona.


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Absolute all-in combo (Burst Q variant)

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Fastest burst combo and most standard all in that Katarina has. This relies on your first shunpo being placed OPPOSITE to the direction they'll run, so your katarinaq.png will land perfectly in their escape route. Meaning after they are about to exit your katarinar.png range you can quickly katarinaewrapper.png triggering your katarinaq.pngkatarinapassive.png for the kill. The most important part of this combo is your first katarinaewrapper.png, as if you mess up the landing, your katarinaq.png dagger will be off and you miss out on a LOT of damage.


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Absolute all-in combo (Tracking Q variant)

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Similar to the burst Q combo, except this time we hold our katarinaq.png. This combo is used when we can't reliably determine their escape path, as it could be in a multitude of directions. So we proceed through the combo and right when they are about to exit our katarinar.png range, we throw our katarinaq.png and follow it up with a katarinaewrapper.png for a kill. This is very good against people with mobility spells as if you time your katarinaq.png perfectly it will land after they finish the mobility spell. Meaning you get a long range katarinaewrapper.png to kill them. For example if you time it right against Tristana's rocket jump tristanaw.png, your katarinaq.png dagger will land in front of her AFTER she lands from her tristanaw.png. This is incredibly useful against champions who can quickly get out of your range.

Early Game Back to Top

Level 1

You want to rush level two if you can. If they leash raptors which is common you can quickly katarinaq.png the melee minions and walk into your dagger from the SIDE so your passivekatarinapassive.png hits ALL of the minion wave. They might harass you a bit but by the time you finish the melee minions you can once again katarinaq.png the ranged and pick up your passive for a fast clear. Now if they don't leash you can't do this. Your goal is to get level two before them, but it's not worth losing 80% of your health just for the rush. So if they are in lane at the start guarding, just try to katarinaq.png spam them while farming creeps. 
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Level 2

Now once you're level two you can start going for kills. While katarinaq.png spamming them, if they step near your dagger you can katarinaewrapper.png it and go for early kills. You do an insane amount of damage level two if you weave in your auto attacks properly. Now if they were pushing you since level 1 and have built up a huge wave crashing at your turret, just chill and farm slowly. You don't want to engage on them if they have a big minion wave as you'll take minion aggro and that does a LOT of damage to you.
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Levels 3-6

Now you have access to your full non ult kit katarinaq.pngkatarinaw.pngkatarinaewrapper.png. In this kit, if you reset shunpo properly, you can katarinaewrapper.png 3 times without any kill resets, just off daggers. This means your all-in potential is still crazy strong. But Katarina is an opportunistic champion, you look for opportunities where your opponent makes a mistake for you to go in. Keep on katarinaq.png spamming them to get them into your all-in kill range. Keep your eyes constantly looking at your minimap, Katarina excels in small skirmishes so if there's a gank happening or a jungle fight, you want to be their first.
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Levels 6+

Now you have katarinar.png. Same as above with looking for ganks/skirmishes happening and being their before your opponent mid laner.  Ideally by this time you want to be pretty close to 3144.png as it helps your all in kill potential a lot. You can start doing the Absolute All-In Burst combo (Burst Q variant) to kill enemies. Also you can now start roaming much harder. The key to roaming on Katarina is to clear your wave fast, and go to a different lane while your opponent is stuck at their turret trying to farm. To do this simply position your katarinaq.png so it lands in the center of the minion wave, and let it bounce off the first 3 melee. Then katarinaewrapper.pngkatarinaw.png. This'll proc your dagger katarinapassive.png twice and kill the majority of the wave. 

Mid Game Back to Top

End of Laning Phase

So laning phase is signified when Outer Turrets start falling. Usually when EITHER bot lane turret falls, I ask my bot lane to swap lanes with me. There are two reasons for this.
  1. When the bot turret falls, the enemy support usually comes mid to help their laner. This makes it much harder for you to CS and lowers your kill pressure immensely 1v2. They'll chip away at your turret also.
  2. If I go bottom, there'll be my ADC/SUPP in mid meaning they have to counter it with MID/SUPP or ADC/SUPP. Therefore I'll be solo bot in a 1v1 against the ADC or MID in an extended lane great for chasing kills with the turret down.
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So now that I'm bot lane I can easily initiate kills with the Long range Engage Combo. And free farm waves on top of that. Now the strict balance you want, is to be able to splitpush 1v1 weak enemies to pick up free kills WHILE also being at teamfights. Mid game teamfights is where Katarina shines as they don't have enough items to insta-kill/CC you. Although assuming you're Mid Katarina you never run 12.png. This means you need to understand when a teamfight/skirmish is happening, and head over FAST to pick up kills and sway the fight. A lot of low elo players don't have map awareness and will stay bottom splitting while their team dies. I can't stress this enough, you want to FIND A BALANCE between splitting to free farm/get turrets, and also make it in time to clean up teamfights.


Here's a good example featuring SCARRA. If you look at the minimap at the start of the clip you'll see I was bot lane splitting/farming, and I noticed both teams were gathered mid, with the enemy team about to siege our turret. I head on over to help clean up and win the fight.

Late Game Back to Top

Now we approach the hardest part of the game for Katarina. Late game. At this point of the game, the enemy team hates your guts. And will save their CC for you, insta-killing you the moment you enter a fight. Split pushing is a lot less effective, as not being at the start of a late game teamfight can easily lose it for your team. As I said earlier Katarina is an OPPORTUNISTIC champion and late game will push your limits of decision making + positioning to the limits. You have four basic options when it comes to late game on how to win fights.

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Surprise kill someone farming/rotating. You can pretty much 1-shot anyone who isn't tanky at this point in the game, so getting a pick kill 1v1/1v2 before they can 5v5 teamfight is good.231.png

Teamfight disruption. So obviously you go in at certain points of engage where the enemy team in CC'd, disrupting them therefore making it hard for them to counter your initial burst. This is ideal when you have team-members with massive CC like 154.png54.png113.png79.png.All you need is a few seconds to kill a carry, so you have to be sure that you capitalize on that opportunity if it opens up.
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Waiting out CC. This is more ideal with team-members that draw aggro from the enemy team taking their focus off of you, like 92.png8.png2.png58.png114.png. The enemy supports/tanks will have to use their CC on them, and when they do, that's your chance to jump in and get some kills. For example if the enemy has 117.pngREEE117.png, I want to wait for her to use her polymorphluluw.png before I go in otherwise I'll turn into a squirrel and instantly die. You can't wait out every CC ability, but you can wait out the big ones. 231.png

All-In. This pretty much is the hardest and most dangerous option. More or less you rely on instant-killing someone in a fight through burst, before you get CC'd. Keep in mind if you fail or miscalculate, you will instantly get CC'd and die making the teamfight 5v4. If you succeed however, you can katarinaewrapper.png out before they can retaliate and let your team re-engage, or katarinaewrapper.png in for more kills. This is the least reccomended option when it comes to late game Katarina. But it's on here because sometimes you don't have a choice as your team will have either poor engage, or be too weak to do anything. This is when you have to 1v5 the game.

Tips and Tricks Back to Top

  • If timed properly katarinaq.png will track people over walls/long distances.
  • katarinaq.png will always bounce to the closest target after it hits the current target. This means you can harass enemies outside of their own attack range.
  • You can katarinaewrapper.png to the spot your katarinaq.png dagger will land before it lands.
  • If you position opposite to the wall and katarinaq.png a jungle camp, your dagger will land on the other side of the wall enabling you to katarinaewrapper.png past.
  •  IMPORTANT: Your katarinapassive.png can be aimed to increase its range. Simply your katarinaewrapper.png and  dagger katarinapassive.png are two different circles. As long as your katarinaewrapper.png indicating circle is touching the dagger katarinapassive.png circle even a little, you can katarinaewrapper.png and your katarinapassive.png will trigger wherever you land. 
  • If you place your katarinaw.png next to a thin wall, you can katarinaewrapper.png to the otherside by placing your shunpo as far possible above the dagger circle. Great for escaping rough situations.
  • You can katarinaewrapper.png to all plants. Blasting plants will enable you a quick get away with katarinaewrapper.png+Auto. Healing plants are conveniently placed near walls, and sometimes thin ones. This means you can actually place your katarinaewrapper.png far behind the healing plant and land over the wall. Very useful for quick escapes.
  • Your katarinaewrapper.png won't fully fast reset off daggers until it's level 4/5. Until then the reset is quite slow, keep this in mind when doing all in combos. If you need to escape a gank you can always setup both your QW daggers at the same time to double reset your katarinaewrapper.png to give it an instant reset at early levels. Here's an example.
  • 3146.png/3144.png actives will interrupt your ultimate katarinar.png. Make sure to use them BEFORE you cast katarinar.png. The reason we use them before and not after, is because it slows the enemy so they take even longer to exit your katarinar.png circle, maximizing your damage.

Montages + Twitch Livestream Back to Top

I stream often at Twitch.tv/CorruptHope. There I explain in-depth how to play Katarina, macro-knowledge, replay/op.gg analysis, and how to climb Ranked. If you have any questions or just want to see a pro Katarina in action, make sure to check out my stream! 





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