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Summoner Spells

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4.png + 14.png is really the only way to go with Katarina.

Remember not to waste 4.png as it can and will either save you or get you kills.
14.png is for the finishing blow. If you are 100% sure you can get the kill don't be afraid to ignite early as it will give you the extra AP and AD. However this can be a setback if the use an escape such as flash and you wont have your ignite up later.
12.png & 21.png are also viable but used situationally. If you take these replace ignite, FLASH IS NOT CHANGEABLE (except for with ghost sometimes)!
Even 3.png can work, however I don't recommend 7.png or 1.png. If you really want, 6.png can work also in order to catch up to others for Shunpo's in team fights but I prefer flash.
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Runes

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Standard Kat rune page.


Health/level SEALS: Help deny some auto attack harass in lane. If you don't have these you can feel free to take any of the other recommended seals but these are the best in most matchups.

MR GLYPHS: The MR helps you win trades in lane and deny a lot of incoming damage along with Katarina's base 1.25 MR/Lvl.  If you really want you can take ap/lvl glyphs to get more damage but play careful as harass will do a lot. 

M PEN MARKS: Standard, every AP mid lane champion should take these or hybrid pen but since you are melee take these.

QUINTESSENCES:  Movement speed quints are really my favorite unless you win your lane easily and know you can get kills. The extra move speed helps you make plays in other lanes and help out your team while getting you an advantage yourself. The extra ability power if you choose to take the flat AP helps you do a decent amount of damage in lane however, the change is still quite minimal and against better players it is very hard to get kills in lane from just harassing. To be honest it is your preference that matters here because they are both a good option.

*Now i prefer running more ap and possibly 1-2 move speed quints depending on matchup.
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Masteries

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1/1
0/4
2/4
1/1
0/1
0/3
3/3
1/1
0/1
0/1
1/1
3/3
0/1
0/3
3/3
1/1
0/1
3/3
1/1
1/1
Offense: 21
2/2
2/2
0/2
0/2
1/1
3/3
0/1
0/1
1/1
0/3
0/3
0/3
0/1
0/1
0/1
0/1
0/4
0/1
0/1
Defense: 9
0/1
0/3
0/3
0/1
0/3
0/1
0/1
0/3
0/1
0/3
0/1
0/1
0/1
0/3
0/2
0/1
0/3
0/1
Utility: 0

21 in offensive tree for damage (standard). Feel free to go into defensive and utility tree or just utility if you want but for now I feel like the defensive tree is stronger. You can go 21/5/4  21/6/3 or 21/0/9 if you prefer.

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Abilities

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Q - Bouncing Blades: This is your strongest spell as Katarina. It lets you harass your opponent in lane, gives your combo burst, and lets you farm from a distance if you have to.

W - Sinister Steel: This is a very close ranged spell. Use it to proc bouncing blade's mark in lane for extra harass if you can. Don't overuse this spell as in don't proc the mark if you are going to take more harass than you are dealing unless you have much more sustain than the opponent (more health potions).

Get this at level 2 for extra harass if you know you are safe.

Why Max Q before W?

The reason to max Q before W is because it allows you to safely harass your opponent down in lane and get a few extra farm. Q gives a TOTAL DAMAGE: 75 / 115 / 155 / 195 / 235 (+ 60% AP) whereas W does 40 / 75 / 110 / 145 / 180 (+ 25% AP) 
(+ 60% bonus AD). On top of that Q's cool down is decreased every level whereas W's cool down stays the same. When you are in W range of an enemy champion you are always in danger. You don't want to walk up to the enemy if you don't have vision around your lane or you don't know where the enemy jungler is. In team fights your resets will be more effective with Q rather than W because cooldowns don't matter if the whole ability cool down is reset anyways meaning your team fight will be stronger, you will be safer, and will have higher burst damage by maxing Q.
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Items

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Start With
Core
Situational

CORE

To be honest, I almost always build 3020_32.png because they give damage and you are focused on killing other lanes not really out trading yours. Only build 3111_32.png if you can not survive lane and really need the MR and Tenacity. Rush tier 2 boots for ganking other lanes and making plays around the map.

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This is an amazing item and I always almost get this right after boots. It gives Kat the stats she needs, AP and a burst active that works with her full combo.

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Either of these are good for your third item. If you are ahead and then Rabadans is an extremely useful item however Zhonya's is often too much to give up with its game changing active. Depends on the game and ELO for which one you want to get first.

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This is a great item which scales well into late game. I find very few games that I pass this up. Usually pick this up as 5th item but 4th can be good as well. Make sure you have Rabadans before this unless the enemy team has HUGE amounts of MR.

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This is an amazing item on Katarina. I wouldn't recommend it on many other AP mid laners however this works so well with Katarina and can win you team fights easily. You already have 4 other AP items which will be enough damage. Pick this up last or possibly earlier if you need it. If it is late game and you lose  your GA's passive and you have full build, elixers, and a lot of extra gold you can sell it for another item such as Warmogs as mentioned below. 

SITUATIONAL

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If their team has more AP and you can pass on the active of Zhonya's this is a great item. I would get this item after DFG if you choose to get it. You can also substitute Void Staff for this if the enemy team has low magic resist which is unlikely if you are doing well. It is as strong as void staff in terms of damage at around 63 MR and does more if they have less, also it provides some nice defensive stats.

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This can replace GA if you prefer. It is worse than GA unless the passive on GA is down, in that case it is better. Don't exchange it for a damage item otherwise you will not do enough in fights.

WHY NOT THE OTHER ITEMS?

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Magic Pen stacking is for champions with high base damage which Katarina lacks. However if you get/are going to get Abyssal Scepter this is an option. Late game sell for 3135_32.png and NEVER UPGRADE TO 3151_32.png. Why you may ask? because 3151_32.png is for sustained/DoT damage dealers not for Katarina who tries to burst people. The upgrade is useless for Katarina.

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Personally I never get this item on Katarina because you don't need it to hit your whole combo and the passive is which is mainly used for kiting is useless on Katarina. Don't pick up unless you are a huge fan of it and no, this item does not make liandry's torment viable on Katarina  However it makes it closer because if u have the 2 you do extra damage with the passive and you don't kill people fast (the passive on liandry's goes off their current health) so if you build these 2 together your the most useless Katarina ever. 

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Only reason to get this before changes was your ultimate was longer (3s instead of 2s). Now there is no use for it. If you really want this item i suggest maxing w and rushing it.

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Just no, Katarina scales so poorly with spell vamp due to her AOE abilities and if you are going to die in a teamfight you are going to get bursted (you are not at all tanky).
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Matchups

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2 years ago
Thank you for this guide and can't wait for you to finish. It looks like you know a lot about Katarina as a champion. Sorry that lolking froze on you.
13
1 year ago
I swear I see this guy on ever guide! -.-
2
12 months ago
Yup, literally, and he has another bot who replies to him, then he replies 4 months later. Annoying AF right?
0
10 months ago
This guy is also on every featured guide.
0
10 months ago
Yea, he always posts some weird links (probalby some scam) :P
1
2 years ago
Hey, great start on this guide. The note on how the cooldown on W was always 4 seconds was something I never noticed (sadly, since I play Kat so much lols). I used to max Q like Tiensi until the Q nerf and automatically switched to maxing W. I will definitely be trying out maxing Q now. However, what're your thoughts on potentially alternating Q & W if it's an opponent you want to be safely and constantly harrassing (eg: Chogath, Akali pre-6)?
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2 years ago
To be honest i've never tried that. Im on a vacation right now and when i get back I'll test it and see.
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2 years ago
If you were doing this I would recommend getting 3 points on W before 6 then maxing Q by 10 just from looking at the stats but that could be completely off so I really don't know
0
2 years ago
I have been doing this versus Akali , Chogath, Diana match-ups. I leveled up like that: Q-E-W-W-Q-R at 6 (2-2-1-1) W Q W Q R Q W E E R E E.

The point was they got both ranged and meele harass and I was using Q when Akali used Q for farm, and used W to hit her and run before she pays back with her E.
0
2 years ago
Whatever works for u is great! so change this guide to fit your playstyle as everyone should with guides. Your playstyle is better for you than the person who wrote the guides playstyle.
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2 years ago
Come on, if you are disliking please tell me because it isn't very nice just to dislike to get your guide higher up.
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2 years ago
Always using this Build , but sometimes this Build might screwed me over ^^
But I really love Class Cannon Kat and really love watching TnA´s streams
So nice build overall.
Sorry for my bad english. lol
1
2 years ago
Thanks I appreciate you commenting.
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2 years ago
very nice guide. seems you have been listening to EVERYTHING he says lol. gj.
should add in to get lich as last item for boots in late late game
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2 years ago
I find that the move speed from sorc shoes with alacrity is too much to give up for lich bane. It makes a lot slower and you cant chase very easily. If you want to you can do it but I don't personally enjoy that item on kat and boots are too much to give up!
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3 months ago
Indeed, a lot of people forget that speed is one of the strongest stats in the game. You may have tons of Ap but when you can't use it because your opponent is faster then you. Then you can better refund everything for good old speedy boots.
(Katarina + twin shadows is also pretty solid)
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2 years ago
Thanks guys you just put me #1 under the approved and featured Katarina guide. :D Love all the support and hope you keep up. Just wanted to say thanks it actually feels really good to be recognized for your work.
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2 years ago
Great guide first game Kat and I went 18/2/9. Everyone help him reach his goal by liking the guide.
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2 years ago
How can I beat a Kassadin match up? When I play against him I can't even farm, harass, or do anything to him.
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2 years ago
To be honest you cant win, all you can do is early game trade and farm and later on just survive and farm when its under tower or he isn't there. Kassadin is an easy gank pre 6 so call for help from your jungler and roam for kills.