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"Never question my loyalty. You will never know what I endure for it." - Katarina
Born to Noxian privilege, Katarina trained in the ways of the knife from the time she was a child. Now that fiery, willful child has grown into a beautiful and deadly woman. Katarina's intense passion for life is tempered by a sense of duty and loyalty to her family. That same passion proves a double-edged sword when her heart and her responsibilities are at odds.
As the free-spirited daughter of a prominent Noxian general, the young Katarina was given the best of everything. Naturally gifted in combat, she found herself drawn to blades. Much to her family's pride, she trained under the deadliest assassins in the Noxian military. It wasn't long before Katarina's instructors deemed her worthy of a trial by fire - to kill a prominent Demacian soldier.
Creeping through the darkened military camp, Katarina was overwhelmed by her passion to prove herself. When the army's General strayed across her path, unguarded, she quietly slit his throat. Katarina disappeared into the night, pleased with her impressive kill.
Her elation was soon crushed, as the next day her original target - the prominent soldier who was the true military genius - led his forces to ambush unprepared Noxian soldiers. Katarina flung herself into the fray to correct her mistake, earning a scar over her left eye as a permanent reminder.
Even though she finally completed her task, her family's reputation was damaged. Since that day, Katarina vowed to never let passion prevent her from bringing glory to both Noxus and her family. Reconciling her desires with her duty proves to be a constant challenge.
To the world, Katarina is a symbol of Noxian patriotism, though there is more to the red-haired assassin than meets the eye.
"The Sinister Blade of Noxus is like a black widow - beautiful, but deadly." - Garen, the Might of Demacia, following a skirmish in the field
As a militaristic state, it would perhaps come as no surprise that the primary responsibilities of Noxian women are raising strong children and providing succor for husbands who walk the path of soldiery. There are some, however, for whom nurture is not nature, and Katarina is just such a creature.
Born the daughter of the feared Noxian General Du Couteau, the girl was always more interested in her father's knives than in the dresses, jewelry, and other trifles that her sister spent so much time fussing over. A childhood dispute soon unveiled her uncanny knack for bloodshed, and her father, ever the opportunist, happily fostered her Killer Instincts.
After training under the tutelage of the finest assassins the mighty city-state had to offer, Katarina first cut her teeth performing assassinations in the Ionian War. There, her ruthless mastery of the knife and dagger combined with her sadistic temperament to earn her the title Sinister Blade, a moniker that would follow her for the remainder of her career.
She is most famous, however, for her exploits in the campaigns against Demacia, especially those surrounding her engagements with the nation's champion, Garen; a rivalry which began when she recovered the remains of Sion from a vanguard under his protection.
With the demand for warfare somewhat arrested by the tenuous peace settling over Valoran, Katarina sought the allure of violence in its last remaining haven: the League of Legends. Some might say it was an inevitability that Katarina's chosen path would draw her to become a champion of the League, continuing to enforce the will of Noxus and bring prestige of war to her noble family.
There, she continues to perform her bloody work - esteemed and reviled, feared and adored.
Passive:Katarina's abilities and basic attacks deal bonus damage, while she also gains stacking bonus attack speed on-hit each time she consecutively hits the same target.
Active:Katarina empowers her next basic attack, either to have Bouncing Blade deal full damage to every target hit, applying them Grievous Wounds for a short duration, or to increase her dodge chance for a few seconds after using Shunpo.
New Effect - Flourish: Catching or picking up one of her fallen Daggers causes Katarina to flourish it, dealing 75 - 285 (based on level)(+ 100% bonus AD)(+ 55 / 70 / 85 / 100% AP) magic damage to nearby enemies, as well as refunding 78 / 84 / 90 / 96% of Shunpo's cooldown.
Base damage changed to 75 / 105 / 135 / 165 / 195 from 60 / 85 / 110 / 135 / 160.
AP ratio reduced to 30% AP from 45% AP.
Range reduced to 625 from 675.
Targets hit reduced to 3 from 4.
New Effect: After bouncing, the Dagger falls to the ground on the opposite side from where it struck the first target for 4 seconds, getting there in the same amount of time regardless of how many times it bounces.
Katarina whirls her daggers in a circle, dealing 40 / 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 (+ 50% Bonus AD)(+ 35% AP) magic damage. If she hits an enemy champion, Katarina gains 12 / 20 / 28 / 36 / 44% bonus movement speed for 1 second.