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Aug 10, 2012

Katarina Rework and What It Means

As you've probably seen on the website, Katarina's getting some hot new reworks:

Katarina’s New Abilities

Voracity (Passive) - Champion kills or assists reduce Death Lotus's cooldown by 10 seconds and refresh basic abilities.

Bouncing Blades (Q)- Throws a dagger dealing 50/85/120/155/190 (+0.5) magic damage. The dagger bounces to the 4 closest enemies dealing 10% less damage with each bounce. Enemies hit are marked for 4 seconds. Katarina's basic attacks or spells will consume the mark dealing 15/30/45/60/75(+0.2) additional magic damage.
Range - 675, Cooldown - 10/9.5/9/8.5/8 Seconds

Sinister Steel (W) - Whirls daggers in a circle dealing 40/80/120/160/200 (+0.5) attack damage, (+0.3) magic damage. If she hits an enemy Champion, Katarina gains 12/20/28/36.5/44% movement speed for 1 second.
Range - 750, Cooldown - 4/4/4/4/4 Seconds.

Shunpo (E) - Moves to a target's location. Deals 40/70/100/130/160 (+0.4) magic damage if the target is an enemy. After using Shunpo, Katarina takes 20% reduced damage for 3 seconds
Range - 700, Cooldown/14/12/10/8/6

Death Lotus (R) - Becomes a flurry of blades, throwing daggers at the closest 3 enemy Champions dealing 400/500/600 (0.3 attack damage), (+1.75) magic damage over 2 seconds. Daggers apply Grievous Wounds, reducing incoming healing by 50% for 3 seconds.
Range - 550/Cooldown - 60 Seconds

  • Her W will provide her more chasing ability options, so we might see a return of Rylai. It's an AOE ability though, so it's more likely that most will stick to gunblade.
  • Her ultimate is slightly weaker now, but channels much faster. This should give her a much better ability to pick and choose when to pop her ultimate to maximize its damage.
    • Katarina's Original Ult: 10 Daggers over 3 seconds dealing 50/65/80 (+.5ad, +1.25AP)
  • Shunpo's cooldown is much higher early game than it used to be at 10/9/8/7/6 seconds, which means she'll have to rely more on spells to farm against high harass lanes. This will probably be the most annoying part for long time Katarina players.
  • Overall it seems like a buff to Katarina, especially since her W will have an active and visible effect.
What do you guys think? Post below!

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  1. I like it... Her W wasn't too helpful, and i agreed with the new ult

  2. Has no poke in lanephase anymore aside from full combo. But then no longer has shunpo for escape.

    Ult change is meh.

    Q nerfed too hard. No longer any way to prevent damage decay and no heal reduction. -_-

    Shunpo AP ratio and CD big nerfs :(

    Passive changes are meh.


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