Katarina Build Guide

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Katarina, The Sexy Assassin

written by Necrotic

Katarina Build



Table of Contents

  • Introduction

    NOTE THAT THE NEWEST PATCH CAME OUT TODAY WITH SOME PRETTY NICE BUFFS, SO I'LL BE UPDATING THE GUIDE AFTER PLAYING HER FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS
    In this guide, I'll show you my way of play Katarina, The Sinister Blade.
    In the pre-season of League of Legends, Katarina was one of the most powerfull champions in the game. She could easily take mid lane and she'd be damn good. But the later nerfs got her pretty bad, so even the "used to be" hardcore Katarina players, stoped playing her.
    Now, I'm not saying Kata is a bad hero now, it's just that she's not what it used to be. I started playing Katarina after the nerf and I must say I didn't like her at first. But lately, I've been playing her quite alot, and I cant feed even in lost games.
    So without further distractiones let's get going.

  • Abilities

    Voracity
    This is an amazing passive that keeps your ulti nice and not on cooldown all the time :D If you're playing like you have to ofc ;)


    Bouncing Blade
    Nice early game harass against annoying enemies, plus if used with Killer Instincts nice counter for Soraka, Mundo,...


    [spell=Killer Instincts]
    This is an ability that will save your ass many times. Use this if with Shunpo and you will recieve a damage reduction buff for a couple of seconds.


    Shunpo
    Another nice harassing ability, get away ability, a must have :D


    Death Lotus
    Killer Instincts + Shunpo + Death Lotus... WIN :D


  • Masteries + Runes

    1.) Masteries
    Like many other championes, there are many possible builds for Katarina.
    OFFENSE:
    http://www.leaguecraft.com/masteries/3100411130330103030300000000000000000000000
    This is a pretty normal offense build with some defense masteries for increased armor and magic res.
    DEFENSE:
    http://leaguecraft.com/masteries/3100401130000003030401240000000000000000000
    This build is better since u start off with more armor, magic res., health... Tenacity and Havoc aren't worth getting since not damage or survivability won't be that noticable. I prefer this build.

    2.) Runes
    I dont know 'bout others but this is what I'd go for:
    Greater Quintessence of Fortitude
    Greater Mark of Desolation
    Greater Seal of Evasion
    Greater Glyph of Focus

    This rune setup will make your early game go pretty smoothly, altho it wont save you from your own cockiness.
    There is one thing everyone should remember and that is:
    COCKINESS KILLS

  • Skilling Order

    1.) This is a build I go for if I get 2x melee, or guys you can harass without taking to much damage after it
    Level 1: E
    Level 2: Q
    Level 3: W
    Level 4: E
    Level 5: Q
    Level 6: R
    Level 7: E
    Level 8: W
    Level 9: Q
    Level 10: E
    Level 11: R
    Level 12: Q
    Level 13: W
    Level 14: Q
    Level 15: E
    Level 16: R
    Level 17: W
    Level 18: W

    2.) Go for this if you're forced to play defensive, for example, if u have Ryze on the enemy team. You can't really harass him with Shunpo, so it's better if u lvl your bouncing blade a bit faster. so just switch Bouncing Blade for Shunpo.

  • Summoner Abilities

    Exhaust and Ignite, nothing more to say :D

  • Build Example

    1.) Start with either Doran's Blade or Doran's Shield and 1x Health Potion. This will give you a noticable amount of hp including your bonus hp from masteries.
    2.) Sorcerer's Shoes and Haunting Guise
    3.) B. F. Sword and make it into The Bloodthirster
    4.) Now you can either get one more B. F. Sword and make another The Bloodthirster but I prefer getting Leviathan.
    5.) After that, it's pretty much your choice since you'll be pwning every1s arse :D

  • Working in the team

    In the beggining noone will be that worried about Kata so they'll probably harass you alot since every1 thinks "Katarina= Fragile= Useless". So in early game just harass with your Shunpo/Bouncing blades, and if always pop Killer Instinct before using a shunpo against annoying enemies since it reduces your damage taken, except if the enemy team has a Soraka or cocky mundo running around with low health, taunting you and using ulti after you go in for the kill, then pop Killer Instict and Bouncing Blades for reduced healing and boom,... after a couple of kills every1 will be afraid of you :D



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