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KATARINA BUILD GUIDE: (S3) OG - Top Lane Katarina by SOLlDlTY

by SOLlDlTY (last updated over a year ago)

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9
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)
3
Greater Quintessence of Ability Power( +14.85 ability power)
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Summoner Spells
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9
21
0
mastery 1 mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 mastery 2 0/4
mastery 3 mastery 3 3/4
mastery 4 mastery 4 0/2
mastery 2 mastery 2 0/4
mastery 3 mastery 3 4/4
mastery 4 mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 mastery 1 0/3
mastery 2 mastery 2 0/1
mastery 3 mastery 3 1/1
mastery 1 mastery 1 0/2
mastery 2 mastery 2 0/2
mastery 3 mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 mastery 2 0/3
mastery 3 mastery 3 0/4
mastery 2 mastery 2 0/1
9 Offense
mastery 1 mastery 1 0/1
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mastery 3 mastery 3 4/4
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mastery 1 mastery 1 2/2
mastery 2 mastery 2 2/2
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mastery 1 mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 mastery 2 1/3
mastery 3 mastery 3 3/3
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mastery 3 mastery 3 1/1
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21 Defense
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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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Runes

Masteries

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mastery 2 mastery 2 0/4
mastery 3 mastery 3 3/4
mastery 4 mastery 4 0/2
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mastery 3 mastery 3 4/4
mastery 4 mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 mastery 1 0/3
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mastery 3 mastery 3 1/1
mastery 1 mastery 1 0/2
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mastery 4 mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 mastery 2 0/3
mastery 3 mastery 3 0/4
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9 Offense
mastery 1 mastery 1 0/1
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mastery 3 mastery 3 4/4
mastery 4 mastery 4 0/2
mastery 1 mastery 1 3/3
mastery 2 mastery 2 1/3
mastery 4 mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 mastery 1 2/2
mastery 2 mastery 2 2/2
mastery 3 mastery 3 1/1
mastery 4 mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 mastery 1 1/1
mastery 2 mastery 2 1/3
mastery 3 mastery 3 3/3
mastery 1 mastery 1 1/1
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21 Defense
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mastery 2 mastery 2 0/3
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mastery 3 mastery 3 0/3
mastery 4 mastery 4 0/1
mastery 1 mastery 1 0/1
mastery 2 mastery 2 0/3
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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

Champion Matchups

Introduction

Katarina is a strong laning and team fighting champion. Katarina is very versatile and you can build her different ways. Her base damage is so strong IF you play it right she can be tanky and get the AP she needs later in the game.

Masteries and Runes

-MASTERIES: Not that much to explain here honestly, pretty much all self-explanatory. I like to take the 9 in Offense and 21 in Defense when I am going top with Katarina. In the Offense section I takes points in the ignite passive with Summoner's Wraith for the little extra damage when on cooldown. Then straight down the AP side of the Offense side until I get to the magic pen. In the Defense section I takes points in as much health as I can get because in my opinion health is HUGE in season 3 with the armor, magic resist, armor pen, and magic pen changes. Also taking points in tenacity because I don't plan on building any tenacity unless I absolutely have too.

-RUNES: 9 Greater Marks of Insight(.95 magic pen, 8.55 total magic pen), 9 Greater Seals of Resilience(1.41 armor, 12.69 total armor) , 9 Greater Glyphs of Warding(1.34 magic resist, 12.06 total magic resist), 3 Greater Quintessence of Potency(4.95 ability power, 14.85 total ability power). Depend on personal preference or amount of rune pages 9 Greater Glyphs of Shielding could be substituted for flat magic resist Glyphs. These runes in my opinion give you a good balance between damage and tank in the early game to help both poke and taking damage.

Skill Order and Skill Explanation

-FIRST, Katarina's Passive(Voracity) is what makes her incredible in teamfights. Scoring a kill or assist will reduce the cooldowns of Katarina's abilities by 15 seconds is HUGE! After a kill or assist every skill she has is immediately refreshed except for her ultimate because of its high cooldown. This allows her to go all in and get out, if positioned and timed correctly, without taking much damage.
-Levels 1-3 I like to get all there spells as Katarina for more poke and making Katarina as mobile as possible. I take a point in Q(Bouncing Blades) first for lv1 creeping and slight poke. I take a point in E(Shunpo) second so I have a possible second get away with flash for a lv2 gank from the enemy jungler. I take a point in W(Sinister Steel) third as I said to make her more mobile in lane. At lv3 you can land a quick Q-E-W combo on the enemy champion in lane and get the bonus movement to make back your side of the lane without taking much damage, in most cases.*
-I max her W(Sinister Steel) first because of the base damage output it has, low cooldown for harass in lane, and the movement speed buff is very resourceful.
-I level her E(Shunpo) to lv3 to have a lower cooldown on it for potential get away or turret dive situations and its extra damage helps as well
-Always take points in her ultimate, R(Death Lotus), when can. lv6, lv11, lv16.

-Katarina has a really good skill kit. She is able to get in and out of fights really easily if positioned and timed correctly. Katarina relies on her timing and position throughout the whole game except for certain situations.
-Katarina's Q(Bouncing Blades) is a farming mechanism and initiator to a 1v1 or teamfight for the extra damage it provides.
-Katarina's W(Sinister Steel) is probably the most damage output she has except her ultimate of course. Her W(Sinister Steel) is a big harassing mechanism with the high damage and low cooldown.
-Her E(Shunpo) is the gap closer. It gets you too the enemy champion, or away from if played correctly, and lets you do Katarina's full damage. With Katarina's E(Shunpo) you can jump to pretty much anything on the map (enemy/ally minions, neutral monsters/minions, enemies/allies, and even WARDS).
-Using all the skills you should be able to harass then go all and still be able to escape without a problem with her Passive(Voracity). Basic combo, Q-E-W-R, but with the W(Sinister Steel) giving you a movement speed buff for a short duration you can position yourself in front of the enemy champion in 1v1 situations to do as much damage as possible with her R(Death Lotus).

Early Game, Mid Game and Late Game

-EARLY GAME: Katarina top is a little slower in the early game compared to her being in mid vs AP mid champs, in most cases. Early game Katarina needs to play passive and make sure to creep. Creeping is so important in the early stages of the game because of the gold, level exp, etc. While in this early game creeping you should make sure to not press the wave to hard to where it puts you in a bad position too far up in the lane making you "gankable". Katarina has a really good harassment skill sets as stated earlier with the Q-E-W combo previous to lv6. When you have the chance to land the combo in lane, go for it IF it doesn't put you in a bad position. You can always just poke wiht her Q(Bouncing Blades) while hitting the creeps if done correctly. Once you hit lv6 as Katarina she gains a HUGE damage output skill if positioned and timed correctly. Once an enemy champion gets below half health or weaker you probable for a kill with Katarina's damage output (would almost wait to a 1/4 of health to insure the kill). Once that enemy champion is the low go in for the Q-E-W(position in front if can)-R combo. Most people don't realize moving, other spells, or abilities stop Katarina's ultimate. One thing that does not her ultimate is ignite. You can ignite someone while using Katarina's R(Death Lotus).

-MID GAME and LATE GAME: Katarina usually snowballs mid-game to get even more kills or starts getting more kills and assist because of teamfights. Because you are Katarina top you are WAY more tankier than you would ever be as AP mid Katarina. This means in most cases you are the initiator to team fights. This is both good and bad for Katarina. She has the gap closer and movement to engage, BUT her ultimate can be stopped by stun, silence, taunt, fear, etc. SO this is where timing and position skills with Katarina come in. You want to engage with your team UNLESS you know it's a FOR SURE easy pickup. Once you engage, your most likely going to get focused so this is when you use her W(Sinister Steel) as much as possible while waiting on your Q(Bouncing Blades) and E(Shunpo) to come off cooldown unless you've already gotten a kill or assist. You should wait until all enemy stuns are down at all cost to use Katarina's R(Death Lotus) to ensure all damage gets through, but you also want to position yourself so your ultimate hits as many members of the enemy team as possible.

-EXTRAS NOTES THROUGHOUT THE GAME: Ward as much as you can even though you are top and not the support. It not only helps you (E,Shunpo getting away from and to fights) but it helps your team keep track of enemy champs and neutral monster times as well. BE NICE and HELPFUL to your team. Say goodjob ad much as you can. It helps moral and makes people want to work with your and have your back. :)

Final Comments

Katarina is viable both top and mid, but have different builds and play styles when in each lane. Katarina regardless relies on position and timing in both teamfights and 1v1s in lane. Katarina takes a decent amount of practice to be able to pull of some of the plays you need to make in certain situations. When learning her, don't get frustrated because she takes time to be able to get in and out and stay alive (although some can figure her out rather easily). The difference with Katarina top and Katarina mid is the damage. As AP mid Katarina she can easily to kill people, but dies way faster. As APtank top Katarina she can sustain to creep more, survive throughout teammates, and still deal GOOD damage. Just practice and hopefully you guys learned something from this guide that help you improve with her because she is one of my favorite champs and I have a blast playing her so hopefully you guys will too. Feel free to comment about things you like, things you would change, etc. Use constructive criticism please :)




-SOLlDlTY

Comments

January 17, 2013 - 08:20 PM #1

voyboy played this during the north american qualification and won vs a shen top....it must be good : )

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