Originally Posted by Beat Punchbeef
The early game harassment from our current Katarina was simply too egregious and given for free. We tried to manage this in early testing by giving her a resource (mana) but that gameplay simply wasn't fun for the Katarina player. Her trade-off now is melee engagement and putting herself at risk. Not getting amazing poke for free sounds healthy to me.
Maybe you should look at other champs that have a basically free, safe, strong poke then. How am I supposed to lane against say... Cassi or Gragas or Orianna or TF now? All have safe strong pokes that don't get nerfed merely because there's a mana cost associated with them. How about Kennen? The cost is even less, because he doesn't run out of Energy. And blue buffs makes it so that mana doesn't matter either. So what's the point. You can't balance in a vacuum bro. Which is what you're trying to do.
Forcing me to engage and use forced synergy is a disruption of her entire playstyle, and you guys should be ashamed you couldn't find a way fix Kat without ruining her for a lot of people. Because I, and probably many others, could have told you how to do it if you had taken the time to ask us, instead of mangling the champ and expecting us to swallow it without any issue.