Riven's Broken Wings locks onto the champion your cursor is over at the time of cast. If you want to move past your opponent, make sure that your cursor is past your opponent as well.
Riven lacks a source of healing or strong defense and must compensate with burst combos. Lead into fights with Broken Wings and Ki Burst, while using Valor to escape and absorb counter-harass.
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.
The stat comparisons provided here clarify some strategic Riven vs. Katarina counter stats that may help us appreciate the differences between this set of champs. Riven’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is more than Katarina’s KDA ratio of NaN, indicating that Riven may be more central to her team's team fighting capacity than Katarina..
Riven often has a slightly smaller longest kill spree than her counter does. Typically, she receives a similar amount of damage to Katarina. This commonly reflects different amounts of tankyness, yet it can also imply that the one champ has less agility and thus is unable to flee from additional damage when engaged or poked.
Both LoL champions are great champions. Both have their pros and cons. In League's current meta, Riven usually fairs equally well when trying to fight Katarina, with a 49.7% win rate. Thus, Riven makes an ok counter to Katarina.
While Riven does have a lower win rate compared to Katarina, when facing one another, Riven also has a greater level of difficulty that makes her a more complex character to develop with. You still need to be cautious when picking Riven into Katarinaas her relative depth means you may not be able to reach her full potential without a lot of practice beforehand.
Additionally, Riven has some amount of CC and other utility, a similar amount to Katarina. This makes her just as valuable during teamfights, especially when fighting champions with a lot of burst damage.
While there is not one best champion for every situation in League of Legends, in Riven vs Katarina matchups, Katarina is the better champion with a similar win rate, similar champion depth, and a similar amount of utility to help out your allies during late stage team fights.
Riven is a somewhat poor counter for Katarina. Focus your tactics on maximizing your CS and destroying objectives. If you do that, you should do very well as Riven against Katarina.
To truly master Riven to counter Katarina during both the lane and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should continue reading to pick up a few extra lessons on this matchup. If you pay attention to the build and tips presented above, you will increase your win rate by a lot and be that much closer to League of Legends pro players.
Riven often racks up a similar amount of CS as Katarina. Champs who typically don't earn much CS typically don't have to have much CS to be valuable teammates, such as sup champs. They are able to scale well off of their abilities and first items alone. Yet, champions with large amounts of CS, such as hyper-carries, often need many items to be effective. In either situation, try to exceed the numbers reported on this page to do well.
The ideal items to have in your Riven versus Katarina build include Goredrinker, Guardian Angel, and Death's Dance. When Riven included at least these three items in her build, she did much better when facing Katarina than with most other common counter builds. In fact, Riven boasted an average winrate of 49.7% when countering Katarina with this build.
To have the highest likelihood of defeating Katarina as Riven, Riven players should equip the Conqueror, Triumph, Legend: Alacrity, Last Stand, Transcendence, and Gathering Storm runes from the Precision and Sorcery rune sets. Out of all the runes that we analyzed for Riven vs Katarina counters, this composite of runes yielded the best win rate. Notably, these runes averaged a 49.7% winrate overall.
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