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Guide : Katarina

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League of Legends Champion Katarina

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Guide : Katarina

Katarina, the Sinister Blade.
Katarina is a melee champion who focuses on doing maximum damage in minimum time and taking out almost all of the enemy champions.
She specialises in cleaning up after a battle as her passive lets her cast her abilities more often as her team gets the kills.
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I. Abilities :-
Katarina's passive :-
Voracity : On any champion kill or assist, all of katarina's cooldowns are reduced by 15 seconds. This is a key passive ability which makes katarina so deadly in a team fight.
a) First ability (Q) :-
Bouncing Blades : Katarina throws a dagger at an enemy that bounces from enemy to enemy, damaging and marking them. Each subsequent hit deals 10% less damage. Bouncing Blades hits a total of 5 unique targets, each striking the closest next target. Katarina's other abilities and basic attacks consume the mark left behind by Bouncing Blades and deal additional magic damage to the target.
b) Second ability (W) :-
Sinister Steel : Katarina deals magic damage in a circle around her. If she hits a enemy champion with Sinister Steel, she gains a movement speed bonus which lasts for 1 second.
c) Third ability (E) :-
Shunpo : Katarina teleports to a target location and take reduced damage for 3 seconds. This ability can also be cast on friendly units like wards, minions or allied champions, giving katarina great mobility and the ability to quickly escape a fight if she is in trouble.
d) Fourth Ability (R) :-
Death Lotus : Katarina's ultimate ability, The Death Lotus deals tons of damage to a maximum of 3 enemy champions around katarina over a time of 2 seconds. She throws out daggers at the enemy champions and these daggers apply Grievous Wounds. Grievous wound reduces incoming healing by 50%. This is one of the most damaging abilities in the whole league and if used at the right time, can destroy the whole enemy team.
At level one, i take a point in Bouncing Blades. Then take a point in Shunpo and Sinister Steel. First i max Bouncing Blades For maximum damage output. Then maxing shunpo gives extra mobility with extra damage and also alows to trigger the mark from Bouncing Blades for extra magic damage. I level her ultimate at 6, 11 and 16.
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II. That's it for the abilities, lets check out katarina's build :-
Katarina focuses on ability power as all her abilities deal magic damage. Even though they deal magic damage, she has to get into melee range to use them. Hence it is always important to gain armor along with ability to keep her dying too soon.
---> I open with boots of speed and 3 health pots.
I upgrade the boots of speed into Sorcerer's Shoes for the magic penetration it provides.
---> My second item is the Hextech Gunblade.
This is one of the key items for katarina as Hextech Gunblade provides both life steal and spell vamp, which means katarina's basic attacks and her abilities will heal her for a percent of the damage she deals. As katarina deals large amounts of damage with her abilities and ultimate, this item is highly recommended.
---> My third item is the Rylai's Crystal Scepter.
Rylai's Crystal Scepter gives +80 ability power which is great but more importantly grants +500 health which is may more important with the ability power. The bonus health is so much more important as katarina need to be in melee range to be able to maximize the damage she deals (as mentioned above), so she needs this extra health to stay alive and not die away in the midst of battle, as she has to stay alive for the clean up.
---> My fourth item is the Abyssal Scepter.
Abyssal Scepter give + 70 ability power along with +57 magic resistance, and this item is also important for the same reason as stated above, the magic resistance will help you take more damage from magic attacks and live longer.
Also, The Abyssal Scepter has a unique aura which reduces the magic resistance or nearby enemy champions by -20, which means your abilities will deal more damage and help you clean up better.
---> My fifth item is the Rabadon's Deathcap.
The Rabadon's Deathcap grants +140 ability power along with a bonus of +30% of the ability power. This item greatly increases the damage output of katarina.
---> My final item is the Zhonya's Hourglass.
The Zhonya's Hourglass provides +100 ability power along with +50 armor. This armor helps alot when fight a team battle as it makes katarina take less damage from physical attacks, which is a must.
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III. Strategy :-
In early game, try to harass your opponent in your lane. Bouncing Blades combined with Shunpo gives great damage early game.
You should use Shunpo such a way that whenever your opponent uses any area effect abilities, you dodge their spells by jumping on them and doing some of your own damage. This will require some practice, but after some time this is a great tool to harass your opponent.
Remember, katarina's ultimate, Death lotus has a very low cool down, so dont be shy in using it more often just to deal more damage, even if you wont get a kill. Using Bouncing Blades then teleporting to them using shunpo and quickly activating sinister steel and death lotus deals awesome damage and keeps your enemy on their toes, unable to farm properly and helps them keep underleveled.
In late game, katarina's main role is to clear of the enemy team. If she jumps in a battle too early, she will be focused and killed, and if she jumps in too late, her team will fall without her in a 5v4 battle without you. This might require some practice, but after you know when the time is right, shunpo in and unleash the deadly death lotus, as you get the kill/assist on the minimum 3 champions u hit with death lotus, all your other cool downs will be refreshed and you will be able to destroy the others who were left. Remember, its all about the timming when playing with katarina and will require a few practice matches before you can properly play with her, so dont give up just after failing once or twice!
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IV. Runes and Masteries :-
a) Runes :-
---> For Marks, i take 'Greater Mark of Insight' which provides magic penetration.
---> For Seals, i take 'Greater Seal of Resilience' which provides bonus armor..
---> For Glyphs, i take 'Greater Glyph of Force' which provides bonus ability power per level.
---> For Quintessence, i take 'Greater Quintessence of Potency' which provides a flat ability power boost.
b) Masteries :-
My masteries are 21/9/0
I take everything that gives a ability power boost in offense, armor, magic resistance and health in defense.
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V. Summoner Spells :-
I use ignite or exhaust as damaging spells and flash to get in or out of battles. Flash combined with shunpo gives katarina great mobility to either chase an enemy or get out of danger safely.
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VI. Skins :-
---> Mercenary Katarina
---> Bilgewater Katarina
---> High Command Katarina
---> Sandstorm Katarina
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Thanks for looking up for my katarina guide,
Enjoy playing the game and the champion!


White Fang posted at 2012-10-20 21:53:32


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