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KATARINA BUILD GUIDE: [S4] Free Elo Boost To Diamond!!! by NextLvLPlays

by NextLvLPlays (last updated 7 months ago)

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Greater Mark of Magic Penetration(+7.83 magic penetration)
9
Greater Seal of Armor(+12.69 armor)
9
Greater Glyph of Magic Resist(+12.06 magic resist)
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Greater Quintessence of Ability Power(+14.85 ability power)
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9
0
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 0/4
mastery 3 4/4
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 3 3/3
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 1/1
mastery 3 3/3
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 3 3/3
mastery 4 1/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 2 1/1
21 Offense
mastery 1 2/2
mastery 2 0/2
mastery 3 2/2
mastery 4 0/2
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 1/1
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/3
mastery 1 0/3
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/4
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 2 0/1
9 Defense
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/3
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/2
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 2 0/1
0 Utility
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Player Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Voracity
QBouncing Blade
WSinister Steel
EShunpo
RDeath Lotus
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Introduction

Hello everyone,

I am NextLvLPlays a Diamond Katarina player and have played on multiple smurf accounts only playing Katarina. I have yet to see a guide for season 4 Kata so I decided to hook up the community and make one. I have a strong feeling Katarina is going to be a huge threat competitively (Professional play/Solo) this season for many reasons. *Wink* Anyway, in the words of Mario "Here we gooooooo!" (So far we've seen kat in lcs a few times since I made this guide before the season started)



Some of examples of Kat Games

You get the idea

My Kat Stats


Statistics

HEALTH 425 (+80)
HEALTH REGEN. 6.95 (+0.55)
MANA N/A
ARMOR 17 (+3.5)
MAGIC RES. 30 (+1.25)
ATTACK DAMAGE 53 (+3.2)
ATTACK SPEED 0.658 (+2.74%)
RANGE 125
MOV. SPEED 345

Runes

The ability power on kat is extremely useful for the extra damage output with your Magic Pen.. Especially with the early items you'll be focusing on building. The rest is pretty self explanatory. The reason for flat MR instead of scaling is because you're going to need it for those early trades coming your way from the laning opponent. You're already going to be building a bit of survivability anyhow, so ontop of this its nice!

Masteries

mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 0/4
mastery 3 4/4
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 3 3/3
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 1/1
mastery 3 3/3
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 3 3/3
mastery 4 1/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 2 1/1
21 Offense
mastery 1 2/2
mastery 2 0/2
mastery 3 2/2
mastery 4 0/2
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 1/1
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/3
mastery 1 0/3
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/4
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 2 0/1
9 Defense
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 3 0/1
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/3
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 0/2
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 2 0/1
0 Utility
I really dont see a need with these new masteries to really build another way with Katarina. Enough said.

Summoner Sets

Flash & Ignite
I really wouldn't recommend running anything else. I never really have seen the point in doing so and haven't personally ran anything else in any other game. I mean you could run I guess if you were scared by your lane opponent. But I never have.

Item Builds

Starting Build(s)
Disrespect Start
Movement plx
Second Core Start
Many people will call the first suggestion (main suggestion) a disrespect start, but about 85% of the time its what I start with now just because of having the trinket and shunpo



Final Build(s)
Standard Final Items
This is a full build, best case scenario you get that fed and the game is is still going.
Build Order
- This item is actually very viable again early game. That extra spell vamp comes in handy during trades as well as I have noticed it a significant amount of times now when the early game team fights happen around dragon or contesting some other objective that Hextech along with its been a game breaker for allowing me to clean up those fights and still be extremely healthy afterwards because of it.

- Haunting Guise is one of my favorite items to get on Katarina early. This one item alone gives her some decent tankiness as well as a huge increase in burst damage. That Magic pen with some flat ap this early.. Especially since you'll be picking up soon. You'll be shredding through their mr and there is nothing they can do it about it.

- I normally get Abyssal or work on Zonyas depending on my lane opponent match up. But most of the time if I am against an AP mid, I pick up this item. Once I have this item its full dumpster mode! Also, by this point I should be decently fed from my roaming and the kills I have picked up... so that will determine whether or not I build into Dcap or Zonya next.

The amount of ap damage you get off this item is a pretty hefty increase, but I don't feel its a huge priorty on Katarina early on. Her other items are way more important towards her style of play and bring a lot more. I normally either build zonya or Dcap toward the end after Abyssal. If I go zonya before Abyssal then Ill normally grab abyssal after zonya then Dcap.

IF FED EARLY FROM ROAMING (I always pick these up before Dcap)

I'll go full dumpster mode and really kick the dogs while they're by just completely having my way with them 1v5... Or..... ill be super safe and smart and....

I normally go with the dumpster mode grabbing void staff just cause im that kind of a jerk..haha. But this is actually a very smart and safe path to take.

Situational Items

Deathfire Grasp
This item is extremely useful to burst down tanks on the enemy team very quickly. If one of their tanky players becomes strong mid game/late game. I make sure I always get this item to be able to take them out as quick as possible.
Guardian Angel
Sometimes I will get this along with the in stead of picking up the because of the extra survivability.

Skill Order

Player Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Voracity
QBouncing Blade
WSinister Steel
EShunpo
RDeath Lotus
Leveling 1 bouncing blades because you're it has decent range and you can manipulate the bounces of the blade to trade onto your lane opponent early. Very safe.

You grab Shunpo second (sometimes) depending on your lane opponent to be perfectly honest. Like Lux for example. I save shunpo sometimes to just dodge abilities till I am able to all in her later on.

Basically MAX W first. Wave clear, massive amounts of damage. Yum!

Skills

Voracity
This is what makes Katarina so deadly. She can literally carry entire team fights with her ability to reset cooldowns upon enemy death. Most champions dont have the constant ability to keep going ham during a team fight. This passive is OP.
Bouncing Blade
This is basically your safety net and the way you're going to attempt to trade any kind of harrass level 1. It doesn't do to much damage but its got a decent range on it and it bounces around dealing damage which is also helpful in wave clearing, farming jungle camps if you get the opportunity to. But this isn't your bread and butter.
Sinister Steel
This ability has massive wave clear, deals massive amounts of damage, and its just beautiful! The movement speed is also huge for disengaging out of a fight, or kiting someone for the cd's to come back up. Its trolol
Shunpo
Everyone looks at this ability is a way to engage.... but... With the new trinket system ..once I hit lvl 2 and grab shunpo.. I never really have to worry about a jungle again. I have my safety net right there where as if they try and gank me, shunpo to the trinket (or minion if one is there) and im safe. Its also a great way to gapclose in the same kind of means.
Death Lotus
Can you say ouch? Aoe bursty damage the deals loads... and combined with her passive? Kat carry plx

Champion Matchups

Ahri
Difficulty
Favors You
This match up is such a joke for katarina. Early stages you require a bit of help from jungle, but once you start to scale your w (wave clear) you wave clear just as easy as her. Now for her skillshots, they're extremely easy to dodge. Lets say (knowing that the jungler is not in the area) you start to q harrass onto Ahri. She tries to charm you, shunpo behind w and aa then walk away. Pretty much never use your abilities Shunpo to be aggressive on Ahri, always let her make the first move and work off of that. I have never ever NOT dominated this lane playing Katarina.
Annie
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
Extremely annoying lane for Katarina. Against this lane most of the time I wait to see if I have a decent jungler who will apply pressure in lane so I can Roam. If not I to basically just sit under turret and farm until I can get my Once I have this item I wait for her to use up her stun passive on a creep wave, then I can begin to trade. I have to make sure that im out of her range before hand. Most of the time during this lane I just roam and help win other lanes or counter jungle. I try to be useful anywhere I can.
Brand
Difficulty
Favors You
Put his fire out lol
Diana
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
This champion is Kats crpytonite. She really can just bring it all day to katarina. Whenever I get this lane match up I just try and get 6 asap and roam as much as humanly possible. I rarely even stay in my lane against her. (Basically I have my jungler soak up the lane xp while I am doing constant ganking in other lanes or counter jungling.)
Fizz
Difficulty
Favors You
This lane for me fairly simple once you get and . If he tries to q combo you then aa, throw a q at him. Once he Trolpols away, shunpo (e) to him, Sinister Steel (w), Ult. GG You can also follow his roams very easily and bring more to the team fight.
Gragas
Difficulty
Favors You
He is naturally tanky, but once you start to get some items on him. He really is that much of a challenge. Very easy to shove against and roam early which will most likely you get fed so you can start to snowball his lane.
Karthus
Difficulty
Favors You
If you ever get this lane... Just consider it intentional feeding on his end. Everytime I get this lane I make sure I have my sides covered properly with vision and I snowball super hard. Basically, you'll become a proxy from their jungle having to camp your lane constantly cause you'll be dumpstering on that karthus so hard.
Lissandra
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
I really, really really hate this lane. Everything about her really makes Kat angry. This is another one of those super passive, farm lanes while roaming as much as possible
Lux
Difficulty
Favors You
This lane is also a free win in my opinion. Unless the lux is smart and just waits for you to get restless and make the first move.. This lane just wait for to try and throw a q at you. Soon as she does shunpo to her, w aa, q. Free trade. This lane is extremely easy imo.
Morgana
Difficulty
Favors You
She is very easy to deal with in lane, but once she gets zonya, its pretty impossible to really nuke her down. But, she still doesn't effect your ability to smash during team fights if you know the proper time to engage. Very easy to roam against.
Nidalee
Difficulty
Favors You
This lane you can cheese her early or choose not to and actually max q first and just poke her down. You can either start boots 4 pots to be able to dodge spears incoming or start dorans sheild and a pot to be able to avoid taking her auto attacks early. The longer this lane goes however the easier it becomes for you. If she tries to all in you, you can burst her down because of her lack of cc. I recommend picking up an early after your . Then this lane is easy gg and you can roam. Keep this lane shoved as much as possible pre 6.
Ziggs
Difficulty
Favors You
This lane all depends on skill match up I think. Yea his early harrass is pretty annoying, his ability to escape is semi annoying but in all reality once you get some items regardless of his, you can win trades easily as well as roam easily against him.

Early Game

Katarina is strong in all phases of the game
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First few levels depending on lane match up, majority of the time its annoying. Just q harrass with lucky bounces off creeps and wait for levels and items. Work on not missing any cs and avoid getting ganked. Early game no is extremely easy for katarina because of the new trinket system. Always save your shunpo in lanes you can win with q harrass and dodge their abilities properly. Shove your lane up into turret. When the jungle gank comes, lay trinket, shunpo to it (If you don't have any incoming creeps to shunpo to) and you're safe and free.

Mid Game

Katarina is strong in all phases of the game

Late Game

Katarina is strong in all phases of the game (Basically in end game, you need to wait for your team to engage and start a fight, kind of sit off in the back and pay attention to the enemy teams cooldowns. Once they use their forms of cc thats your invitation to enter the fight and clean up.) Sometimes this can be hard in solo que because certain team mates you may have might not engage properly.

Teamfights

In team fights you have to be smart. Normally what I pay attention to is my teams position, my initiators movement prediction. Once the fight is initiated I usually wait for people to be dumb and blow their forms of CC on others, once I notice those are on CD, Im full ham on their carries then go to work on the rest of the team. If I notice their frontline trying to zone out my adc, I normally help out that adc to survive longer in the fight to help me polish off their carries... While their carries are being zoned by our front line. Kat carries team fights pretty hard if she knows the right time to engage on the fight. Kat should NEVER ever be the one engaging the team fight (IN MOST CIRCUMSTANCES) You need to be the one that enters the fight at a safe precise time to clean up quick and easy.

Conclusion

Katarina is a very strong champion in solo que, and I am willing to bet that during LCS and other professional leagues you'll be seeing her a lot this season 4 in ranked team play. Season 4 all around compliments her extremely well!
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