Originally Posted by Aizome
Ran it today against Kog'Maw and I basically got raped. It seemed like my shunpo + bouncing blade didn't do as much as his steady autos + nukes. Is there a specific trick to the matchup? And could I get tips on running Kat mid in general?
Also, AP or AD?
Kog is a beast in his current state, and his Barrage skill is highly abusable, even at low ranks.
I've had best success (my usual start, Boots+3HP) by being less aggressive about last hitting, and biding my time for the first several levels. I like to run Exhaust, so if I've kept my HP up until hitting 6, a good KI > Shunpo > BB > Exhaust > Lotus combo will typically be able to kill him, which shifts the balance of power pretty nicely.
Whatever you do, don't die, it will totally ruin your chances to fight him effectively. If he forces you B early, don't just save for your BF, work on your Merc's, as they will keep you in the fight. Also, if the Kog happens to be excessively skilled, or belligerent, or both - call for a gank. A highly aggressive Kog will push hard, so will be easier to gank than a more moderate, wiser Kog, who will simply abuse his insane range to zone you out of harassing him (he's too squishy to zone you out of xp/gold if you play halfway smart yourself).