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Katarina Preseason Spotlight02:09

Katarina Preseason Spotlight

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item4 Warding Totem item
Early Seeker's Armguard item Fiendish Codex item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Zhonya's Hourglass item Hextech Gunblade item
Offensive Void Staff item Luden's Echo item Rabadon's Deathcap item
Defensive Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Guardian Angel item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Shield item Health Potion item2
Essential Haunting Guise item Wooglet's Witchcap item Sorcerer's Shoes item
Offensive Void Staff item Luden's Echo item Hextech Gunblade item
Defensive Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Moonflair Spellblade item Abyssal Mask item
Consumables Health Potion item Refillable Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Howling Abyss
Starting Needlessly Large Rod item Health Potion item3
Essential Zhonya's Hourglass item Luden's Echo item Sorcerer's Shoes item
Offensive Rabadon's Deathcap item Void Staff item
Defensive Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item

Tips

Playing As KatarinaSquare Katarina
  • Try waiting until the other team is distracted with fighting your team, and use Shunpo Shunpo to teleport into the fray and unleash a devastating Death Lotus Death Lotus.
  • Using Shunpo Shunpo on an allied Champion or minion can be a great escape tactic.
Playing Against KatarinaSquare Katarina
  • Katarina's abilities deal magic damage, so even if she's building Attack Damage items, get magic resistance to counter her.
  • Try to save a disable for when Katarina uses her Death Lotus Death Lotus.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Voracity Voracity only refreshes your abilities, when you damaged the target within 3 seconds before their death. You can extend/refresh this time window by using a damage-over-time, like Ignite Ignite .
  • While laning, try to poke the enemy by landing Bouncing Blade Bouncing Blade through bouncing from minions, instead of targeting them directly. This way you can poke your enemy from a bigger and safer range.
  • Shunpo Shunpo will reveal units for a short period after landing the ability.
  • Shunpo Shunpo can also be cast on any interactable unit, like Dark Passage Dark Passage!
    • Shunpo Shunpo can be cast on jungle plants. Katarina will autoattack it after teleporting. Use it on a Blast Cone to escape over a wall, but be careful - issuing commands right after teleporting will cancel the basic attack, potentially ruining an escape.
  • Death Lotus Death Lotus will become castable when you are in range of an enemy, even in bushes. This way, you can also damage invisible champions. Keep that in mind!
  • Katarina's daggers are the key to her damage output. Picking them up allows her to both deal lots of extra damage and stay mobile.
  • Preparation Preparation is exactly what it sounds like. While it seems plain, the ability is useful for...
    • Escaping. The movement speed bonus allows you to outrace most other champions, or juke them using the dagger.
    • Harassing. Using Preparation Preparation, then Shunpo Shunpo on a Bouncing Blade Bouncing Blade dagger, then immediately using Shunpo Shunpo on the Preparation dagger allows for easy harass.
    • Turning. Your enemies may expect you to use Preparation Preparation's movement speed to escape, but if allies are coming in or cooldowns coming up, you can quickly Shunpo Shunpo back to the dagger and finish them off with Death Lotus Death Lotus.
    • Bursting. Casting Preparation Preparation right before casting Death Lotus Death Lotus will add an extra burst of damage once the dagger lands, and does not interrupt Death Lotus Death Lotus.
  • Death Lotus Death Lotus is a devastating ability, but easily interrupted. If Katarina is held down for even a second, she is liable to die. Gauge your ability to reset your abilities and get kills against your enemies' health and crowd control before entering the fight.
Rune Usage
Item Usage
  • Bouncing Blade Bouncing Blade is Katarina's only source of damage that does not scale off of her attack damage. As a cooldown-based champion with good scalings for both AP and AD, Hextech Gunblade item Hextech Gunblade is an excellent item that will give you much-needed sustain.
  • Katarina is generally built as a mage with high AP, and is extremely bursty, with massive damage and snowball potential. Items like Luden's Echo item Luden's Echo and Rabadon's Deathcap item Rabadon's Deathcap will do for damage, while often she will need an item like Zhonya's Hourglass item Zhonya's Hourglass for defense.
  • Sorcerer's Shoes item Sorcerer's Shoes are generally the best boots for Katarina, as she deals all magic damage. If you are behind, Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Ionian Boots of Lucidity are cheaper and offer cooldown reduction for both regular and summoner spells, allowing you to output more damage when you can't get kills reliably for Voracity Voracity resets.
  • Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Rylai's Crystal Scepter is a decent all-around item for Katarina. The slow can be applied to multiple enemies with daggers and Death Lotus Death Lotus, and makes it much more difficult to escape her. The health is a welcome addition to her squishiness as well.
  • Due to your weak early game sustain, you will be using lots of Health Potion item potions. So investing into a Corrupting Potion item Corrupting Potion can save you some gold!
Countering
  • If Shunpo Shunpo is not used on a dagger, punish Katarina while it's on cooldown. Beware of her picking up daggers after using Shunpo Shunpo though, as it still reduces the cooldown.

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