Future Katarina mains, I am here to show you some relatively basic tips and tricks with Kat, and a build to get you going. My username on LOL is Brofish, I got diamond playing gangplank like a madman in season 5, and I have taken a liking to the new Kat so I wanted to help out some people who still use solomid with learning Kat, I also have an outdated youtube acc that I plan on using once again so check it out when I have posted some Kat videos (I will be posting the videos from my channel in this guide as I release them). https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWx1JvDZuwR7Q2qlKTunMXw (<< Old outdated Gp stuff on my channel with some montages, if you want to check them out)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwnsJPfhO6w&feature=youtu.be <<<< 1v1'ing cait broken down
Thanks for taking the time to look into my guide. Please feel free to ask any questions I will be happy to answer them!
Kat is still a pretty new champ as of late so we can expect rito to do their thing and balance her out if there are any issues, but I plan on keeping up to date on my guide, but as time goes on things may get a little outdated, such as stats, when they begin changing ratios and numbers on her abilities.
Right now I am still learning her, I just want to share what I know, so if you know something I do not, let me know, I am just trying to help you guys play at a higher level.
-Great snowball potential
-Great at roaming
-Strong mid game
-Fun to play
-Really hard to kill (if built and played well)
-Somewhat challenging to play
-Can be killed easily (not played correctly)
-Weak early game
-Shut down easily if focused
Runes Explained (essential)-
-Marks-Magic pen marks- magic pen is extremely important when almost all dmg you deal is magic, and works well with the 35% increase magic pen void staff gives you and sorcery boots.
-Seals-Scaling health seals- Kat is a champ who can be killed relatively easily, especially when she is being focused mid-late game because she hurts so much in team fights, having this extra hp that scales with her level makes her an incredibly difficult champ to kill, when she is provided with extra durability overall.
-What can be changed-
-Quintessences-cd quints- take as many as you want, you should keep at least one ap quint for more dmg on your abilities.
THE IMPORTANCE OF CDR Throw blade into the air (W) gain move speed- Throw bouncing blade into minion or champ then shunpo to blades drop location- catch blade- shunpo back to blade that you dropped before. The more cdr you have the faster you can do this. Do this if they are in a position where they cannot trade with you, if they can trade just throw blade into air (W) then Q (bouncing blade) then shunpo away to a minion to avoid taking dmg in order to poke.
As Kat levels up the amount of cdr she is refunded on her shunpo increases from picking up knives, if the cdr on the shunpo is already low enough, and she gets some cdr refunded, she will have very little time in between shunpos if she is picking up knives, maybe even no time in between. If kat shunpos to a knife and she used her ability bouncing blades to put it there, her q is down, her e is down, the ult may be available (maybe not, especially in laning phase when you dont have ult), the only thing you might be able to do is press w you throw a knife into the air but this is pretty much useless unless you are trying to catch it for more dmg but even then this takes to long most of the time.
-Glyphs-scaling cdr glyphs- sacrifice MR, if you feel confident enough, but MR is incredibly useful in mid so I do not recommend it.
Cdr focused for more early game aggression, and lower cooldowns overall.
-Sorcery- More ability power dmg, you don't need more atk speed.
-Feast- more sustain, slow early game, helps keep you alive in lane until you can snowball or just do more dmg overall and not be useless.
-Natural Talent- Help Kat scale even harder into mid-late game.
-Bounty Hunter- Continue to kill unique champions instead of your enemy laner by roaming and you build up more % damage.
-Savagery- Help with farming in lane, do more dmg to minions through auto atk to help last hit.
-Assassin- Assists in duels or fighting multiple champions when you are alone, especially if you are trying to roam and pick. people off you could find yourself alone some of the time and 2% more dmg just helps in these situations.
-Merciless- Aids in finishing and securing kills for your team and yourself.
-Dangerous Game- In high risk high reward situations you may find yourself in as Kat, the heal from dangerous game can save your life... sometimes.
-Precision- Allows you to deal more dmg overall by aiding in penetrating more of your enemies MR (and armor if you happen to auto atk).
Key Stone Masteries
I would consider stormraiders surge, but I will always choose thunderlords decree over it
-Thunderlords Decree- Gives additional damage when fighting, and works well with Kat if you are just trading.
1 bouncing blade 2 shunpo 3 pick up blade (procs thunderlords) 4 Shunpo out of thereNormally cool down is to high on shunpo early game to do this and not suffer punishment, so wait until you have a few levels
-Storm Raiders Surge- This allows you to move quickly after inflicting heavy damage on an enemy, most of the time will use shunpo to maneuver so I do not feel this is necessary for Kat to get in, do dmg, and most importantly, get out alive!
-Windspeakers Blessing- What are you doing, even if you are support kat... no just stop
Primary Summoner spells-
-Flash- helps maneuver, get over walls, get kills, escape, or dodge enemy abilities Must have!!!
-Ignite- Used to secure kills, deal some bonus damage or finish off enemies and let you escape without having to worry about finishing them off, may be even used to kill enemies in the early game if you get them low enough. Can be taken if going into an easy match up.
-Teleport- helps with poor laning phase by allowing you to heal, purchase items, and get back to lane very quickly without losing minions. It can also be used more offensively by teleporting into other lanes in attempt to aid allies or secure kills
-Exhaust- Typical support summoner spell, helps secure kills and keep you and your adc safe if you need to reduce the enemies dmg
-Heal- You can take this if you are matched up against champions with a lot of burst dmg to avoid getting killed works aswell
Bouncing blade first- Main source of dmg early game - helps secure farm, as an alternative to last hitting at melee range
Preparation last- Only increases Movespeed bonus when leveled not worth using levels on
Shunpo second- Preform combo (W-Q-E, pick up blade,-E) Shunpo is used frequently so this can be used to inflict heavy damage if this repeatedly hits an enemy
Death Lotus as soon as possible- Major component of katarina's kit, inflicts heavy damage to multiple enemies (preparation (W) before ultimate, when it lands the damage goes off when you are ulting, this can inflict massive dmg to nearby enemies without interrupting your ult)
builds into sorc boots, helps maneuver in lane, very rewarding if you dont lose lane because of money that is saved
dorans ring has mana regen which is unecessary for kat, but increases ap and hp
Built against enemies with dmg over time abilities (reduces dmg for each tick of dmg) helps you survive in lane if thats what you struggle with, or if its a hard match up
increase dmg via magic pen
more survivability through increased max hp, with cc through slows when dealing magic dmg
Inflict moderate dmg using gunblades unique active, while also slowing. More survivability through healing while dealing dmg
or depending on what resistance you need, either item is great to have. Abyssal increases dmg through reduced mr to nearby enemies and increased ap. Zhonyas increases ap (dmg) and its unique active can be used for survival from almost anything by giving invulnerability for a 2.5 seconds
After abyssal or zhonyas, helps increase dmg by increasing ap and magic pen (35%more magic pen!!)
Can be built for more dmg if you are doing very well, if not I would recommend not purchasing this item
Katarina is at her worst during this point in the game, depending on how well you do, it can determine the out come of the mid-late game for you, but there is a little room for you to come back in the mid game if you don't do well now.
Your main priority at this point is survival, until you gain a couple of levels and start being able to do some dmg. There is a little bit of room at the start to poke with bouncing blades, but you should focus on farming with it so you can secure minions and not take dmg while doing so. Don't worry about doing your w-q-e-e combo just yet, you will need more cdr before that happens, just hold on until you get some items and levels.
(Video coming soon!)
At this point you are still in laning phase, but you may have items and some levels, and you are now ready to roam. Keep a close eye on the map, look at the enemy laners HP to determine if the gank will be successful before you even try, or if you are not ready to roam just yet focus on winning your lane. At this point you can begin using the combo W-Q-E-E to do some dmg, just be careful when using it because there is still some time in between shunpos and picking up the blades so the enemy can dish out some damage at this time. If you did not do to well during the early game, roaming and hopefully being successful at it can help get you back into the game, or maybe your jungler can help out.
Time for team fighting
Unless you are doing very well, you should not be the one starting fights, however, since you are an assassin you have the ability to catch people out of position, just be wary of enemies luring you into more of their teammates, and as Kat you can move very quickly and possibly leave your own team in the dust, leaving you with no one to jump to.
The best things you can do in the late game include
-Catching people out when they are separated from their team
-Preforming the following combo on groups of enemies bouncing blade (Q) Shunpo to blade (E) pick up blade (-) shunpo (E) Preparation (W) Ult (R)
-Sticking with your team so you have allies to dash to, making you a much more difficult champ to kill/catch out of position
Focus on what the enemy team is doing when you lay out blades from your q, some enemies may be focusing on them getting ready to catch you when you shunpo to the blade, so don't always go in. Wait for your team to start the fight then back them up, or attempt to do some damage to someone out of position and back off quickly to your team for safety, if you have cdr from your items, higher levels (11-18) you can make your combo almost instant (if you can do it fast enough) but this does not mean they cannot still kill you with cc.
Unless you are incredibly fed, don't go starting fights try to stick with your team, when you are out of position and you have no one to jump to, you are easy to kill.
Best of luck fellow Katarina mains