Originally Posted by Drevarius
It is now much harder to shove Katarina as she farms much better under tower with the addition of W. More risk has been added to her early engagements by shifting some Q damage to the mark, which will make certain champions harder to harass - but her mobility and sustained damage increase from W improves other matchups.
Giving Katarina a dominant early game is dangerous considering her snowball potential - so balance has to be very tight here.
I agree with:
~Kat now farms better.
~Kat has a weaker early game.
~Giving Kat a comparatively strong early game is a bad idea.
How is it considered "Risky" to proc your Dagger's mark with a Shunpo while of course activating your SS for extra damage?
It is, in fact, downright stupid. Every other mid has a higher burst than you do, and in order to get in to range to hit the mark, you absolutely open yourself to jungler ganks.
Therein lies the key to her terrible early game. You guys took out the damage on her Q, which was he only form of harass
pre-10. Now she has to put herself in a highly dangerous position to do damage sub-par compared to any other AP mid.
Not only this, are you forcing Katarina to farm under the tower and take abuse from long-range mids? Her Q will auto-push the lane, because of its damage to creeps, and because using SS on another champion will inevitably burst the mark on the minions.
Lastly, why was the ratio on Shunpo nerfed to all hell? One of the reasons harassing with Q->E on pre-nerf Kat was remotely acceptable is because it had a great ratio. Now the only reason is proc-hitting. Mentioning the cooldown seems redundant, but it has hurt her terribly.
The main points from my argument:
~Kat auto-pushes lane.
~Kat has lost her reliable harass in terms of being effective.
~Kat's mobility was halved.
Please note that I do appreciate your responses and I don't take them for granted. What I like specifically about Morello is that he tells us players how he wants us to think. So now I'm asking you, Drevarius, to tell me what I am missing in my considerations and what was going through the heads of Rioters with these changes (not to be taken negative connotative-wise).