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[8.20.1]Mid Katarina Guide

by Pr0Sing

(Last updated on October 17, 2018)

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Builds

Summoner Spells

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  • Flash
  • Ignite

Runes

  • domination
    DOMINATION
  • Electrocute
  • Sudden Impact
  • Eyeball Collection
  • Ingenious Hunter
  • precision
    PRECISION
  • Triumph
  • Coup de Grace
Bonus :

+9 Ability power or +5 attack damage, adaptive and +9% attack speed

this is the rune page i take most of the time because of how much important "triumph" is in teamfights and it gives her more survivability, if their team has a lot of cc you can swap "coup de grace" with "legend:tenacity" since cc is katarina's nightmare, also you can take "relentless hunter" instead of "ingenious hunter" if you want to roam more, or "ravenous hunter" if you want more sustain in lane, but i personally find "ingenious hunter" the best one on kat because you can have 3 active items "gunblade-zhonyas-qss" and it puts them on a really low cd if its fully stacked.

Items

Starting items

  • The Dark Seal
  • Health Potion
  • Health Potion
  • Health Potion
  • Doran's Shield
  • Long Sword

Personally i prefer starting with "dark seal" + 3pots because of the ap and the sustain it gives you, also it helps you snowball harder.
You take "long sword" if you want extended trades with auto against melee champs and low-armor mages like "orianna-malzahar.."
You take "doran's shield" vs assasins if you are not confident about yourself and vs heavy poke mages.

First back

  • Hextech Revolver
  • Long Sword
  • Long Sword
  • Bilgewater Cutlass
  • Refillable Potion
  • Control Ward

In your first back you get a "hextech revolver" if you have enough gold for it, but if you don't have alot of gold you can just get a double "long sword" and a "refilable potions".
Control wards are so important for some cheesy plays (pretend like you are roaming bot and if your enemy midlaner follows you , you can stay in a bush and burst him to death) also you can invade the enemy jungle with your jungler if you are ahead and put some wards there to track their jungler.

Core items

  • Sorcerer's Shoes
  • Space Hextech Gunblade
  • Oblivion Orb
  • Zhonya's Hourglass

"Hextech gunblade" is a must-take item on katarina because how well it synergizes with katarina"s abilities since she has both ap and ad ratios and it gives you a very good sustain

Late game items

  • Morellonomicon
  • Rabadon's Deathcap
  • Void Staff

Situational items

  • Mercury's Treads
  • Ninja Tabi
  • Banshee's Veil
  • Liandry's Torment
  • Rylai's Crystal Scepter
  • Guardian Angel
  • Quicksilver Sash

Ability Sequence

  • Voracity

    Voracity(Passive)

  • Bouncing Blade
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
  • Preparation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
  • Shunpo
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
  • Death Lotus
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
  • Bouncing Blade
    Shunpo
    Preparation
    Bouncing Blade
    Bouncing Blade
    Death Lotus
    Bouncing Blade
    Shunpo
    Bouncing Blade
    Shunpo
    Death Lotus
    Shunpo
    Shunpo
    Preparation
    Preparation
    Death Lotus
    Preparation
    Preparation

Vs. Champions

  • Lux
  • Syndra
  • Veigar
  • Annie
  • Orianna
  • Irelia
  • Akali
  • Kassadin
  • LeBlanc
  • Zed
  • Ahri
  • Fizz
  • Yasuo
  • Ekko
  • Zoe
  • Difficulty
  • Champion
  • Notes
Easy
LuxLux

lux will try to poke you with e and autoattacks when you go for last hitting so setup some daggers with your q on minions and take advantage of her q and w being on cd.

Easy
SyndraSyndra

quickly jump on her if she misses the q+e combo and never engage if her e is up.

Easy
VeigarVeigar

this is probably the easiest matchup for katarina since you can easly shunpo out of his e and then land a full combo on him.

Easy
AnnieAnnie

keep tracking of her passive if she uses her stun on a minion quickly trade with her and e out so you don't get bursted.

Easy
OriannaOrianna

start long sword since orianna has the lowest armor in early levels, she will try to zone you out of cs with her q , you can trade with her if her w or e is on cd.

Normal
AhriAhri

always dodge her charm with your shunpo and if she misses it you can get a good trade with the e+w+q combo, when she hits 6 she becomes hard to kill since her ult give her 3 dashes.

Normal
FizzFizz

fizz can outdamage you pretty hard if he lands all his abilities so try your best to dodge his e with your shunpo and take advantage of it if its on cooldown, be careful when his ult his up he has a high kill pressure than you try to stay near minions so you can dodge his fish then land a full combo on him.

Normal
YasuoYasuo

always pop his shield and his bone plating first with your q before engaging on him , never engage on him with a q +e because he can windwall your q and deny you the shunpo reset , yasuo is very good at long trades because of conqueror so you will need to land your combo and then quickly shunpo out.

Normal
EkkoEkko

if he uses his q to farm you can land a full combo on him , start with a long sword so you can do some extended trades since his passive has a cooldown , setup some q daggers when he goes to last hit a minion, when he hits 6 he becomes more harder to kill so try to always leave some abilities like w or ult so you can kill him after he ults.

Normal
ZoeZoe

you need to avoid getting hit by her bubble and her long range q's, zoe is very immobile so take advantage of her e being on cooldown and engage on her. always put some wards in both rivers because she will try to snipe you with her e and then kill you.

Hard
IreliaIrelia

in this matchup all you need is to farm and roam because she can outdamage you really hard due to her passive bonus damage and attack speed, if you get hit by her e or ult you are probably dead so always dodge it with your shunpo.

Hard
AkaliAkali

this one is a skill matchup but slightly in akali's favour because her ult can cancel your ult, if her w is on cooldown you can do some quick trades and get out to safety.

Hard
KassadinKassadin

this is one of the hardest counters to katarina due to his passive that reduces magic damage and his q thats gives him a magic damage, personally i ban him every game because he outdamages you in every stage of the game and his scaling is so op, in lane never poke him your q since he can deny all that damage and then damage you, pre 6 if his q is down do a quick e+w+q combo and shunpo out, careful when you should never ult him if his q is up because it cancels it.

Hard
LeblancLeBlanc

in this matchup you need to farm only with q in early levels, its okay to miss some cs because its better than dying, never engage if her w is up , try to shove the wave and then roam to get some kills.

Hard
ZedZed

i feel like this one is also is a skill matchup but you can still win it if you dodge zed's w+e+q with ur shunpo and don't be afraid to trade with him when his shadow is on cd, always keep tracking of his level because if he hits 6 before you he can kill you so easly.

Introduction

Hey guys, im a Katarina otp for a year now , i reached plat 5 this season and i want to share with you guys the things i know about katarina in my first guide here so i hope you will like it!

Abilities

Passive : VoracityVoracity 

This passive is what makes Katarina Katarina the teamfighting aoe assasin , it has 2 parts 

First part : all your abilities cooldown get reduced by 15 second when you get a kill or an assist within 3 seconds  so be sure to get as much kills as you can in teamfights to get your abilities faster.

second part : when you catch a dagger from your  Bouncing Blade q or your Preparation w its deals damage in a circle , this is Katarina Katarina's main damage source so you need to hit them.


Q : Bouncing BladeBouncing blade


This is your main farming ability in the laning phase , it basically throws a dagger to the targeted enemy then it bounces to 2 nearby enemies and then it lands 350 units on the opposite side of the enemy that you targeted. A useful thing that you can do with Katarina Katarina's Bouncing Blade q is running away from the enemy or chasing a champion through the jungle (example : you can q the gromp so the dagger lands behind the wall).


W : Preparation Preparation


Katarina Katarina throws a dagger in the air then it lands after 1.25 seconds and you gain bonus movement speed for 1.25 seconds , this ability can be used for chasing/trading/dodging and mainly for getting e resets, i will explain more in the combos section.


E : ShunpoSHUNPO


This is what makes Katarina Katarina a mobile assasin, you can blink to a target(it can be an enemy or an ally) after a 0.25 second delay dealing damage if the target is an enemy, it can also reset your autoattack timer so be sure to auto+Shunpo+auto to maximize your damage in a trade, Shunpo Shunpo's cooldown is reduced when you pick a dagger, its so useful for some quick trades in lane. "small tip :  you can shunpoKatarina to your daggers before they land on the ground :)".


R : Death LotusDeath lotus


This ultimate helps you deal more damage in teamfights, Katarina Katarina  channels for 2.5 seconds and deals damage to 3 nearby enemies and applying Grevious Wounds on them for 3 seconds, you need to know that this is a channel ultimate so it can be interrupted by any hard cc (stuns/suppresion/knockups...) be sure to bait enemy's cc then you can go in.














Combos

Katarina has a lot of combos that needs practice and time to master them, here are some of the combos that i use : 


Q + E Combo : you can use this when you want to cheese the enemy and get lvl 2 first, you just Bouncing Blade q  your opponent or a minion(make sure to make the dagger land near the enemy) then Shunpo e to the dagger for a fast and easy electrocuteElectrocuteproc.


Q + E + W + E out Combo : if you think you cant kill your opponent with a full rotation you can do this combo for some juicy damage and at the end Shunpo shunpo out to safety.


E + W + Q + E Combo : This is KatarinaKatarina's best combo imo , you can almost everytime land both daggers with this combo but the previous one its more likely that you gonna hit only one, you also gonna use this combo in teamfights when you get resets.


E + W + Q + Gunblade + R + E : After getting you power spike itemHextech Gunblade you gonna use it alot in your combos because of how powerful it is(damage+slow), the slow makes it more diffucult for your target to dodge your daggers. This combo is one of the hardest ones to do because you need to be very fast to throw everything at the same time in order to burst your enemies then get your reset and jump on another target or just run away, when you Shunpo e +Preparation w + Bouncing Blade +Death Lotus  on an enemies you give them 2 choices : stay inside your ult to not get hit by the q dagger or just get away from your ult to not get damaged to death, when you see them do the second choice instantly Shunposhunpo to the Bouncing Bladeq dagger and then you type "/all ez" for some bm  :3. 


W + E + Q + Gunblade + R + E : This combo is very situational and you can do it when you run away from your enemies, you throw your Preparation then walk away a bit , if a squishy enemy walks onto your dagger you execute this combo and then eShunpo out so you don't get caught by his teammates.



Teamfighting

  • Most of the teamfights you will need first to wait the enemy to throw all their cc on your team if you have a tanky top/jungler/support , if not you can jump to a low health enemy and kill them fast to get your resets and then you can do the Shunpo e+ Preparation w + Bouncing Blade + Death Lotus r combo.
  • Sometimes if your team lacks engagers you can bait your enemies buy jumping on a squishy target and then instantly Zhonya's Hourglass so your team can back you up after the statis finishes.
  • In late game  you can use Katarinakatarina's  Death Lotusultimate 2 times in the same teamfight if you get atleast 3 resets.



TLDR

I hope you guys enjoyed my first Katarina guide and remember Katarina is just a faceroll champ Kappa.

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