The 2023 pre-season has changed a lot of things in League of Legends, which Katarina gameplay will be effective in the current version?
Katarina has always been known as the champion that is most likely to have the most pentakill situations when after each kill, she will almost be able to recover her full skill set except for the ultimate to continue playing. Kanarina’s ability to transform after being edited also raised to a new level with situations of Phi Dao, Assassination of opponents in the blink of an eye. The amount of damage that Katarina possesses is also extremely abundant and diverse, making the opponent reel but can not find the optimal countermeasure.
The meta has changed a lot and Katarina’s gameplay has also been changed to accommodate that. From pure play for an assassin with AP items, Kanarina now has a lot of interesting equipment styles that are still somewhat effective. From the AP assassin, to the gladiator when the Mythology equipment systems landed and now is still leaning towards the tank after the 2023 Pre-Season. So which playstyle is the strongest for Katarina, let’s go. Let’s find out in this article.
Is the AP assassin obsolete?
The AP assassin Katarina is the most popular style of play and it has been associated with this general, an assassin throughout the time she appeared and participated in battles in the Arena of Justice. Since the first time when Katarina still had equipment such as Skull Charm, Hextech Gunblade, Kata’s power is extremely OP, just a simple combo will make the enemy evaporate without any delay.
However, things changed when those items disappeared and her skill set was changed to be easier to control. At the present time, AP is still Katarina’s mainstream gameplay with Conquest with AP equipment such as Nashor’s Fang, Evil God’s Scepter or Hextech Missile Belt, if green it can be Dark Seal and Soul Summons , then maybe other AP equipment such as Black Flame, Witch Hat, Hourglass…
With this playstyle, Katarina is very rich in damage and can completely assassinate enemies when she can make full use of the power of her skill set according to her AP. However, it is not perfect, Katarina is extremely thin and With just a hard control effect at the time she is using the Death Lotus, Kata can completely evaporate or even evaporate before the fight.
Another weakness of all in AP will be very easily countered by Exhaustion, a very popular summoner spell in the bot lane, so no matter how much AP Katarina has, Kata’s damage is hard to make anyone Any member on the opponent’s side goes to the countdown board to continue playing with the skill set being restored. So prioritize this gameplay in the current version if the player is really good at Katarina or the team needs a source of AP, green is of course very strong, but if it’s dead, then definitely go there.
Is Gladiator still suitable?
From the weak points that are easily limited by Exhaustion and easy to lay down, Katarina players began to build a new playstyle for her with the penchant of a mid laner. Still with the familiar Conqueror gem, Katarina will head up to a gladiator’s equipment including Godslayer Ax, Sword of Doom, Dance of Death, Serpent’s Ax or Great Serpent, Sterak’s Claws…
This playstyle really worked when Katarina was still able to deal a lot of damage with her Knife picks and Death Lotus ultimate and still extremely resilient in teamfights. Even this playstyle also counters well against champions with too many items that deal damage as a percentage of health. There was a time when this was the completely preferred playstyle for Katarina in early and mid-2022 before being touched.
Godslayer Hammer has been nerfed, reduced damage, replaced with resistance stats, especially for melee champions. Since then, this style of play is almost completely dead and only a few players still use it in ranked or Aram matches to confront certain matches only. However, it is no longer so efficient in the current version.
Does Resist take damage?
Finally, a gameplay that is being chosen by a lot of players since the time when some new Mythical items appeared with the changes in the 2023 Pre-Season version, we can call it anti. bear. Core equipment will be the Heart of God when giving Katarina a lot of health and massive attack damage from the passive that can be easily activated with a knife pick. Then, depending on the specific situation, Katarina will build the next equipment with AP including Nashor’s Fang and Cursed Helmet or STVL including Solar Shield and Serpent Ax.
Both builds take advantage of the changes made in the current patch because Katarina’s damage output is extremely diverse. We can see this as an improved gameplay of gladiator gameplay but it really works in the current version. Not to mention the buffalo, Katarina can easily reach about 3000 health at the time of completing 2 equipment. Katarina’s assassination and damage will still be guaranteed from Conquest and her ability to survive in combat. And of course, the longer you live, the more damage you can do. In addition to the Heart of God, Jak’Sho is also a good choice if the player needs armor and magic resistance instead of health
AP is still a good game for any player who has mastered Katarina and is confident in their individual skills. But it will be easily limited in strength by Exhaustion and control husband from enemies. The old-fashioned gladiator gameplay and an improved gameplay rather than the tank are taking the throne in the current version. Recommend you try to use Katarina resistance with one of the above 2 ways to build, you will be extremely surprised at what you can do with this champion.