Beating Ahri is all about patience. Use your
to harass her in lane then use your
to dodge all her damage as it is all skill shots. Another part of laning against Ahri is make sure her charm is on cooldown before you go in for the final burst with your
] as it will just cancel it and leave you open for a full counter burst. If you have fast enough reactions bait out the Ahri charm then as it is travelling towards you
ontop of Ahri then proceed to use your full burst and demolish her.
Beating Akali in lane is fairly simple as your
out ranges and out damages her mark of the assasin and Katarinas
does the same against Akalis crescent slash. Akalis shroud is practically useless against you as it does not stop you from hitting her with your
. When Akali goes into her shroud use your
]on the minion closest to her shroud. This will cause the blade to bounce to her then proceed to use your
if she runs out and she is low enough to die to
then by all means use it. But if she is not low enough to die to your
then use it to disengage so that Akali cannot trade damage with you.
Just like Ahri anivia has a way to stop you from using your
but it is dodgeable using
and does have a rather large cooldown. Anivia is very mana hungry so you can harass her out of lane incredibly easy and if she doesnt trade back she will run out of mana very quickly meaning you can keep bullying her and she will not be able to retaliate. Anivias crystalize ( her ice wall) is rather useless against Katarina as if she blocks you off with it to either set up a gank or escape you from bursting her down you can just use your
to blink over it and escape or continue harassing her.
Annie can burst you down just as you can to her but just like Ahri if you have quick reactions and use your
you can dodge the majority of her damage. Annie has several ways of shutting down your
so looking at the amount of stacks she has on her passive can mean the difference between a kill and a death. If annie is on low mana and is on under 3 stacks of her passive then she more than likely will not be able to stop you from using your
as she has rather high manacosts. Just like every other mana using champion you can out harass, out sustain and just basically out damage Annie.
WHEN VSING BRAND ALWAYS CARRY A WARD
The majority of Brands damage is skill shot reliant. This is a very good thing for Katarina because as you may have realized you are some what of a anti-skill shot champion. When brand throws his Sear at you use your
to dodge it and vise-versa with brands pillar of flame. When Brand uses his ultimate on you if you are near a minion or an ally then put down the aforementioned ward and shunpo as far away as possible from the friendly minion or champion. Doing this will minimalise the damage that brands ultimate will be dealing to you. When you are against a brand only go in to burst him down when you know that his skill shot stun is on cooldown, this way he has no way of stopping you from using your
and you will grab an easy kill.
Cassiopeia is another champion who is also majority skill shots. With your
you can dodge all of her damage except her Twin fangs which when you are not afflicted by poison has a rather large cooldown and is not much of a threat to you. Against Cassiopeia your
is amazing. As it puts you behind the enemy that means as soon as Cassiopeia uses her Petrifying gaze you can
behind her and not only dodge the slow/stun but also dodge the entirety of the damage.
Note: because of her passive Cassiopeia does not run out of mana easily so to force her out of lane you will have to get a bit of pressure from your jungler so that she either has to burn her mana escaping the gank or gets to low enough hp that it would be dangerous for her to stay in lane against you.
If the enemy has picked Diana i would highly recommend not picking Katarina. Diana has a very good way to shut down your
and a built in shield so your in lane harass is sub-par against her. Diana also has an ability similar to your
this decreases the value of your
as if you use it to disengage from Diana then she will just follow with her Lunar rush. Also against Diana it will be nearly impossible to push her out of lane as with her shield and her low mana costs she will usually tend to stay in lane just long as you will.
Against an Evelynn this is where you should consider taking movement speed quintessences. Evelynn is a heavy roaming mid laner with a lot of mobility. She will hardly ever be in lane and will be constantly ganking other lanes. Keep an eye on which way evelynn is going and then follow. You out damage evelyn in burst damage so if you counter gank you will more than likely be able to win the fight. Evelynn's ultimate is a AOE skill shot so if you feel like she is going to use it
to the furthest away ally or ward to dodge the massive damage that it will deal.
NOTE: when evelynn leaves lane to gank try and push your creep wave up to her tower as it will cause her to miss out on experience and gold.
Fiddlesticks has 2 ways of stopping your
and neither are dodgeable with your
. Both of his CC's ( silence and fear) are long range single target spells. Fiddlesticks can also sustain in lane from all the burst you are putting down on him using his drain. I would highly not recomend picking Katarina against fiddlesticks. If you are picking Katarina against fiddles you should take the runes for roaming as he will beat you in lane and even if you get behind in farm fiddlesticks does not scale as well with items as you do.
Fizz is another melee range AP assasin. You can out trade fizz during laning and you will push him out of lane very easily because he has very high mana costs. Fizz also has only one ability that will stop Katarinas
but it has a huge cooldown and if you are not channeling your
then you can dodge it incredibly easy with
as it is slow moving and fairly small.
Galio's damage is entirely skill shot based and has very high mana costs. Using your
you can easily avoid his damage and then trade with him. When laning against Galio as long as you do not hit him when he uses his bulwark you will push him out of lane extremely easy. Galio's passive means that he can stack a large amount of magic resistance and still do a lot of damage. When against a galio grabbing a void staff before your rabadons will help a lot as it make his magic resistance futile.
Gragas is quite difficult to lane against as Katarina as his passive and his drunken rage will mean that he can stay in lane for a long time. This being said with your
you literally dodge every part of his combo. When he throws his barrel out just use your
to increase your movement speed and get away from it and him so you can also get out of range of him using his body slam. If gragas then uses his ultimate during the the travel time quickly
to the furthest away ally. After gragas has done all this jump onto him and either kill him or push him out of lane. In lane gragas is hard to harass as his barrels and his drunken rage mean he can stay at high mana and just farm from long range. Try and use your
combo on him after he has thrown a barrel this will either cause him to use more mana body slamming away or you will trade decent damage with him. Gragas's ult will stop your ultimate so make sure that it is on cooldown before you try anything against him.
Karthus is a matchup you definately want. You can harass him really hard early and since he has low mobility he cannot roam very well and cannot assist other lanes without using his reqium. His reqium also has a huge cooldown so take advantage of this. Without a blue buff karthus will run out of mana very easily so until he either builds his rod of ages or gets a blue buff you will be able to push him out of lane incredibly easily. Karthus has no way of cancelling your
so use it whenever the opportunity arises. Yuour high mobility means that karthus will more than likely not be able to land the majority of his lay wastes and will not be able to keep you in his defile as you can just
out of it.
Kassadin is a very annoying person to lane against. Kassadin can roam just as well as you can and has a very short cooldown on his silence which can cancel your
. Kassadin also has a blink just like your
will not be as effective while vsing him. Kassadin can use his rift walk to get out of range of your
very easily. When vsing a Kassadin you want to be harassing him a lot early as this is when he has no rift walk to escape from you and if he tries to trade he will run out of mana incredibly quickly. Getting a kill or two up on Kassadin will make the lane a walk in the park, Once you have your revolver and damage that he does to you you can just heal back through the spellvamp.
Since their a lot of things to know while playing Katarina there are a lot of little things to keep in mind while vsing yourself. You are both very mobile, you both have extremely high burst and you can both stay in lane forever. To counter the enemy katarinas burst opt out for an early negatron cloak to mediate the damage she will be dealing you. This will mean you can out trade her and win the lane. Also against another katarina try and out roam her as you being a kill ahead will mean that you will roll over your lane with great ease.
Kennen is a rough lane for katarina. Kennen does not run on mana and will most likely pick up and early hextech revolver just like you. This means that you will not be able to bully him out of lane or trade with him. Kennen also has several in built ways of stopping your
and he also has very high mobility just like you. The only upside of kennen vs katarina for you is that if you are quick enough you can
out of his ultimate before he gets the stun off. I highly recomend not picking Katarina against kennen as it will require a lot of skill to beat him in lane.
Leblanc is a very bursty AP mage you cannot out trade her in damage as she will just burst you down from full. Grabbing an early negatron cloak against le blanc is a must. When vsing a leblanc try and
out of range of her when she uses her distortion, this will mean she wont be able to get her burst off and will have wasted a lot of mana. When laning against leblanc use your large AOE damage to push her up to her tower. This will mean that le blanc will not be able to farm very well and you will get a head in gold by a lot. Leblanc has one way of shutting down your ultimate so be careful. Try and engage on her when she has just used her burst this means she will have nothing to stop you ulting and you will get free damage off one her. Your cooldowns are a lot shorter than le blancs so you will be able to apply more damage to her in a more extended time period. Le blanc is practically useless late game and you will be a lot more versatile than her and will be a lot more of a bigger asset to your team. So just do your best in the lane and you will excel in the later game.
Lee sin is a very hard person to lane against as katarina as you need to be in melee range to last hit creeps. When you do this lee sin will just jump to his nearest creep use his AOE slow on you and proceed to burst you down. Also lee sins ultimate cancels out your
and it has a very small cool down and deals massive damage to you. The damage from one of lee sins combos is enough to easily burst you down from full. Aswell as out damaging / trading you lee sin also runs on energy and has amazing built in sustain this means he is impossible to bully out of lane. Lee sin also has abilities that cancel out your
with his resonating strike and iron will he will just jump to you if you try to jump away or will jump away if you initiate on him with your
. If you do end up laning against a lee sin as Katarina then i advise taking armour in your masteries and having armour seals, then opting out for an early chain vest to deal with the massive physical damage he will be dealing.
Lissandra is a very difficult matchup for katarina to play. Lisandra's ult will completely lock you down and make you very vulnerable. In teamfights if you try and jump into their team and get reset's you will just be lissandra ulted and completely bursted down immediately. In lane lissandra can kite you with her q and will make you very easy to gank with her w. Iif you see the enemy pick lissandra then i highly advise not picking katarina into that.If you try to jump in on lissandra in lane you will either be ulted or she will just use her e to escape back to her tower and out of range of your ultimate.
Malzahar is a fairly difficult lane, When you hit level 6 his ultimate will cancel out your ultimate. Malzahar can out trade you and out sustain you in lane. If you go close to malzahar he will use his malefolic visions on you and you will basically lose any trade with him. If you are trying to go in to kill malzahar make sure his ultimate is on cooldown or else he will just suppress you the second you go near him. Malzahar also has unlimited mana in lane, the passive on his malefolic visions means he will regain mana evrytime it kills a creep which literally means he can never run out of mana. When vsing a malzahar as katarina try and roam and get kills on other lanes so you can get ahead and either buy a
or any offensive items so you can out trade him and eventually bully him out of lane.
Mordekaiser is a failry simple lane to go up against, you can use your
to get out of range of all his damage. I highly advise opting out for an early
against mordekaiser because it will take his ultimate off you and lower his burst damage by a lot and he wont able to get a ghost of you. Mordekaiser also has no way off stopping you from using your
This is much like the laning aginst malzahar morgana can out sustain you in lane because of her passive ( bonus spell vamp) and can out trade you in damage if she hits her dark binding and tormented soil combo. Morganas ultimate cancels out your ultimate and will make you very susceptible to ganks but like malzahars ultimate this has a lot longer cooldown than Katarinas
so only go in on her when you know it is on cooldown.
Note: this matchup depends on the skill of the orianna player. Most of the time Katarina will be able to out poke and out sustain orianna in lane and you can dodge all of her damage using your
but try and see if the orianna is good at orianna, if you know the person is good at orianna try and keep safe and just farm and roam as you will not be able to trade with her or kill her.
Ryze is annoying to lane against as he gets very tanky very quickly the trick to beating ryze is try deny him early game as he will have a low mana pool and will not be able to trade with you. Try and go in for a kill when you hit 6 as your combo will greatly out damage his. After this though you want to either be trying to deny him of blue buff or roaming as he will of built a lot of health and magic resistance and you will not be able to kill him.
Swain is a fairly straight forward lane to play. Use your
to jump over his never move and then just hit him with your
combo. Swain is incredibly mana hungry and although his ult heals him for a bit with your
you can easily out sustain him and bully him out of lane.
Talon is a very hard lane for katarina since the season 3 update. Talon can silence you during your ultimate and just out damage and out sustain you in lane, Talon also roams equally as well as you do. I recommend not picking katarina when faced against a talon and if you are try and get your jungler to get you a kill or two up so you can roam early, this way you can always stay ahead of him and late game let your top lane bruiser deal with him.
Twisted fate is a fairly diffcult lane for katarina his pick a card can easily cancel out your ultimate and it has a low cooldown. His blue card from pick a card also gives him mana back so you cannot push him out of lane. If you go in on him while his pick a card is on cooldown and you dodge his wild cards then you can get harass on him but as soon as he hits 6 he will start roaming. Since you cannot out roam a twisted fate i advise that during the time he is roasming you just push his lane and free farm, Doing this will potentially get you and your team ahead because you will have much more creep score than him and you will hopefully take his second tower.
Veigar is a fairly simple lane for katarina as she can out trade him incredibly easy until level 6, when veigar hits level 6 though he will have the potential to one hit you so i advise getting an early negatron cloak to counter the burst that he will be dishing out to you. You can use your
to jump out of veigars stun and to dodge his giant skill shot AOE nuke. Veigar is very mana hungry and has no in built sustain so pushing him out of lane is failry easy. when you go in on veigar make sure his stun is on cooldown this will assure you to get your full
off and will enable the easy kill.
Although vladimir has no way of cancelling out your
he can use his sanguine pool to get stop the blades hitting him and to get out of the range. So trying to burst him down from full is going to be quite hard. Although his pool does have a significantly large cool down so try and bait out his pool then go in for the kill. This way he will have absolutely no way of getting away from your
. vladimir's abilities are very close range so if he comes near you to get his combo off use your
to get on top of him and then
to do massive damage. Early on when vladimir has not purchased his
it will be incredibly easy to bully him out of lane as if he tries to trade with you he will get incredibly low from your spells and his.
xerath is a very long range AP caster that has huge mana costs. As katarina you can use your
to dodge the majority of his damage. Xerath has a stun that can shut down your ultimate but it has a huge cooldown. Xeraths combo delivers very high damage but it has costs a huge amount of mana so if he is out of mana go in on him because he cannot kill you/ trade with you. Xeraths main form of damage is a long range straight line skill shot nuke. This nuke is very easy to dodge with your
and will mean that he will be very easy to bully out of lane if you are constantly dodging this.
Zyra is a failry easy lane for katarina, You can use your
to dodge all of her damage and to get out of range of her plants. You can also dodge the knock up from her ultimate using
this means after you go in on her you will be able to quikcly get away before getting caught in her CC. Zyra has incredibly high mana costs so pushing her out of lane should be easy. Just do this and then roam as zyra has poor roaming and to kill people she needs to use her ultimate which has a massive cooldown.
Note: will add more matchups as i play more