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KATARINA BUILD GUIDE: [In Depth Guide] The Reset Queen Of Season 4 by Subwayz

by Subwayz (last updated 8 months ago)

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Greater Mark of Magic Penetration(+7.83 magic penetration)
9
Greater Seal of Armor(+12.69 armor)
5
Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist(+0.75 magic resist per level (13.5 at champion level 18))
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Greater Glyph of Magic Resist(+5.36 magic resist)
3
Greater Quintessence of Ability Power(+14.85 ability power)
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mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/4
mastery 3 4/4
mastery 4 1/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 3/3
mastery 3 1/1
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 1/1
mastery 3 1/1
mastery 3 3/3
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 3/3
mastery 4 1/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 1/1
mastery 2 1/1
30 Offense
mastery 1 0/2
mastery 2 0/2
mastery 3 0/2
mastery 4 0/2
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/1
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
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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
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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

Hi, i'm Subwayz a Katarina player in Platinum, i've not gotten as much games with her lately since everyone plays pretty good counters to her at mid and it's extremely frustrating to play then, so i've played most of her in normals. But don't get fooled by that, i'm still owning with her in ranked.

Total number of games with katarina: 108


This is on my main, I've played plenty of katarina games from then on but she's not really THAT strong in this meta.


Just got 30 on my smurf, focus on the K/D on this one as i've lost 2 games cause of the extreme toxicness and afkers.




Pros

+ Truly unique
+ High burst
+ Easy to carry lowelo
+ Playmaker
+ High skill cap
+ Nice skins
+ Snowballs really well
+ Easy to come back with
+ Amazing teamfighting champion.


Cons

- Can have a hard time laning
- Falls easily behind
- Hard to find a comp around her
- Squishy
- Has many counters

Runes

Marks Magic penetration is extremely important on Katarina. Very standard, if you want to play alot of Katarina this is a MUST.

Seals Best seals to get atm, armor is important or else you'll take huge creep damage when trading and not to mention AA damage especially by ad-champions.

Glyphs I like to run hybrid mr glyphs cause i'm a hipster, no but I like it, scales alittle to lategame.

Quints Very standard aswell, explains itself.

Masteries

mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/4
mastery 3 4/4
mastery 4 1/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 3/3
mastery 3 1/1
mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 1/1
mastery 3 1/1
mastery 3 3/3
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 3/3
mastery 4 1/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 3/3
mastery 3 1/1
mastery 2 1/1
30 Offense
mastery 1 0/2
mastery 2 0/2
mastery 3 0/2
mastery 4 0/2
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/3
mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 0/1
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
0 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
Now here's where we get into what is different from my guide.

I run these because she benefits from it, and Kata kinda needs to snowball so going full offense is pretty awsome. But I use 21/9 sometimes, against certain matchups.

Summoner Spells

Flash & Ignite
This setup is used 90% of my games, Ignite is extremely good as it secures kills and procs with ur Passive.
Flash & Teleport
I use this setup versus matchups I will not kill in lane and pushes me hard, which for me are Malzahar and Galio.

Items

Starting Build(s)
Standard
4
Optional
Vs Fizz
3
Standard: I usually start with this, since it gives me alot of sustain and fast rush into sorcs.

Optional: This is just as good, you can cs alittle better but trade less, I start this when I know I will take a AA for every lasthit (When I go vs a extremely good player).

Vs Fizz: Every single Fizz loves to all-in asap, make sure he'll regret it, but you could run boots too but imo it doesn't really help since he doesn't skillshot.
Final Build(s)
Standard Final Items
I always go with this order, even if i'm 10/0.

FIRST BACK: I pick up a Ruby Crystal and Sorc boots, if I can't afford both I get a Ruby Crystal & Amplifying Tome. Just get finished with Haunting Guise and Sorcs by 20 min and you're not out of the game.

MID GAME I go for Zhonya asap after that, i've done huge plays with it, it's the item for Katarina. Then I usually get Void Staff and I choose if I get damage or protection = Raba or GA first.

At last I upgrade my Haunting Guise into a Liandrys.

But senpai, y u no Well no, you can go for it, I won't since I don't feel like trading magicpen or zhonya for it.

Build Order
NOTE: If you're loosing lane go for a into a instead of

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
How maxing W looks like.

Matchups

Ahri
Difficulty
Favors You
Just watch out for W>Q harass, if she tries to charm you just shunpo to her and go all-in, she wont kill you without jungle help and you are more useful in teamfights, push>gank.


Max: W
Akali
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
Skillmatchup, you can't do much, outroam eachother and rush a negatron cloak.

Tip #1: Don't try to AA trade with her since her passive will destroy you, I am serious.

Tip #2: Post6>If she jumps on you and you're at a disadvantage try to ward>shunpo (or flash) over a obstacle or just release everything you got since it's no idea for you to try to run from her.

Max: W

Consider getting barrier if you are unsure if you will kill her.
Anivia
Difficulty
Favors You
I've gone vs a couple of Anivias, it's pretty easy, tho I almost always get a early Negatron Cloak to negate her R>E damage.

Tip #1: Play very aggressive at level 3 since she'll be at her squishiest moment and it's your only real advantage early.
Anyhow, dodge Q, all-in.

MAX: W
Annie
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
A great Annie can destroy you but i've gone against so many Annies that today, it's just funny to play this matchup.

Play this matchup>get better at it.

Tip #1: Your Q outranges her spells pre-6 by a tiny bit, so maxing it helps ALOT.

Tip#2: You can bait the stun easily if you walk up to her and trade Q's, then shunpo to a creep far away so she can't do anything with the stun, this pisses most Annies of, as you take minimal damage and she looses her precious stun.

Tip#3: Post6> I don't know why ppl can't get this, when Annie randomly flashes at you, instantly shunpo or flash as she will instault on where you are. (Tibbers has a little casttime, you can flash it even if she doesn't flash obviously at your face)

MAX: Q
Cassiopeia
Difficulty
Favors You
I love to dodge her ult, but she can be pesky in lane, you need to all-in and kite her with W

Plays can be made within this lane. However if you're not making plays and just keep getting hit by her Q>E spam just max Q and cry to your jungler.

Max: W if you win

Max: Q if you loose.

Diana
Difficulty
Favors You
Play it>Get better at it.

Most of the Dianas don't have the reaction time to instacancel your ult with their E so you'll get around 1,5 seconds from it.

If you're even around 9-11 you can outplay her by baiting her Q and dodging it with Sunpo and release your full combo. That's also how to win trades with her post 6.

MAX: W
(You can also go hybrid skill-order since you can use the Q poke at the start)
Fizz
Difficulty
Favors You
Skillmatchup, he will probably E your Q and you will probably E his E and/or R.

MAX: W

Start: Redpot and play aggressive.
Galio
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
Kill him early or you wont kill him at all.

MAX: W

Go with Teleport instead of Ignite.
Gragas
Difficulty
Favors You
Skillshots = izi.

He will get tankier later on so... yeah, that sux.
Kayle
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
Very good versus you, use your ult whenever you can as it's no idea using it only when she's low as she will ult.

Roam alot, try to win her early, as she's weak then.

Max: W

Get negatron if you're loosing lane.
Khazix
Difficulty
Favors You
well, you shouldn't really be hit by his isolated Q's and after level 4 your trading potential is much better than his.

But he has a pretty pesky sustain and later in the game he has more damage

This is the only lane I get DFG on as I really want to burst this dude when he tries to jump in teamfights.

Max: W
Leblanc
Difficulty
Favors You
I'll break this down really quick and easy.

Every single leblanc player does Q>W to shunk you down, but with descent reactions you can negate this damage by shupo to HER as she W's to you, then trade with her.

MAX: W

You win this lane, I believe.
Lissandra
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
Her ult is EXTREMELY annoying but you can trade with her early using your mobility and dodging her Q's. Outroam her

She can't 100-0 you, but can't either and she scales better into lategame imo with her immense kiting and CC's.

MAX: Q

Consider Teleport if you think you cannot kill her.
Malzahar
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
Go teleport, he will push you to your tower all day, and just teleport to answer his ganks. It's really hard to play vs a Malzahar theese days.

MAX: W
Orianna
Difficulty
Favors You
I loooooove to make plays with this matchup, shunpo her ult, flash her ult, do anything, when she tries to throw her ball at you just E>Q>W and kite backwards until you can all-in.

After you get a edge you can toy with her, just don't f**k up and get ganked.

MAX: W
Pantheon
Difficulty
Favors You
Noone plays him, but in lowelo, people does. I'll admit he can be extremely annoying, but if you have patience and not all-in him when you have no advantage you can easily win this lane.

Just max Q and outrange him, why noone plays him in higher elo is cause of his extremely small range, and most of the mages outranges him and pokes him out. And he becomes useless if he doesn't get kills, super useless.

Great champ to carry with low-elo tho.

MAX: Q
Riven
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
Even after every single nerf she has gotten she can win you, but the shield nerf really made it easier to get an edge on her.

She will E your Q all the time but after the shield has worn out your Q proc will be there so just do a E>W fast and you'll accually win the trade

But man after level 6 you can't do anything about her.

MAX: W

Consider barrier.
Syndra
Difficulty
Favors Enemy
Syndra is a beast in the midlane, and especially after level 9 or so, try to just farm this lane if you don't get a edge

Max: Q
Yasuo
Difficulty
Favors You
I'm not gonna complain about him being OP since riot will probably nerf him and I'm to lazy to update this guide but anyhow

TIP #1: You can Shunpo to him when he throws out his tornado, just don't do this every time as it will make a pattern and he'll be able to read you.

TIP #2: Never all-in if his shield is up, and NEVER EVER all-in if his W is up. That's absurd.

TIP #3: Don't all-in after he's gotten 2 items as he'll shred you to pieces any day.

Max: W
Zed
Difficulty
Favors You
When I play Zed against a Katarina I win and when I play Katarina Vs a Zed I win too, logics lol.

Remember that most Zed's will max Q, and you can easily dodge his W>E>Q and/or all-in when he has used it (it's on a high energycost combined with W).

However, if this Zed maxes his E, you can't do much, like, nothing. But it's k, noone does that.


MAX: W
Ziggs
Difficulty
Favors You
If the Ziggs is good you won't hit him, but yeah it requires one or two kills for you to gain a heavy advantage.

Remember that even if you are 0/3 against him you can still make plays if you dodge his skillshots

MAX:
W (If you win the lane)
Q (If you think it's a farmlane/if you loose)

Tips and Tricks.

Tip 1: Try to not faceroll when getting resets as you probably will double W and it's just ugly and awkward to do that.

Tip 2: Always keep wards with you so you can Ward>Shunpo.

Tip 3: Ult from a bush as it's harder to predict and CC you when you that way.

Tip 4: You can initate a fight with Q>E>W and zhonya BUT ONLY if you are sure you'll get someone low so you get the reset as you can just E back into safety.

Tip 5: Lategame you are pretty much useless if you don't position very nicely and if you get the shot to kill the backline, don't hesitate EVER. Otherwise throw Q>W into the frontline and do what you can I guess.

Tip 6: Flash>Shunpo is a extremely long distance, i've killed plenty of people in lane this way: Get someone low, go back farming while he backs around his tower, then instantly flash>E>Ignite>Q>W and shunpo away. That's a TRUE Assassin.

Tip 7: SUPERGREAT TIP HERE!!!

Always be smart about your trades and all-ins, this is important for every champion but especially for Katarina. Here's an example.

You're gonna trade with Q>W, what will the enemy respond with? If the odds are the person will respond with more damage you shouldn't

Your trade went well and he's now at 550 hp, can you all-in? Watch your damages, calculate it (ofcourse you don't have to be exact) watch your ignite damage and calculate if the damage goes atleast 20% over what the person has in hp so you can secure the kill no matter what.

You killed the enemy laner and you have 50% hp left, should you push and back? If the odds are the jungler is somewhere else, push and back. If he's somewhere near you should watch out cause if he pushes you up to the tower you will be forced to stay and when the enemy laner comes he has an item advantage (not to mention ignite advantage).

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