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Karthus Statistics for AUTOFILLEDTOPXD

Author's performance with Karthus compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
67
3
Win %
55
43
Kills
7.5
6.7
Assists
9.7
8.3
Deaths
7.3
7.0
KA:D Ratio
2.4
2.1
Gold Earned
13.3K
12K
Creep Score
196.1
190.5
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Flash is very necessary and for a second spell you can take pretty much anything depending on your matchups. Most of the time I prefer taking exhaust since it will make your life easier when you are being tower dove aswell as it's very useful if your jungler wants to gank your lane and also good spell for mid / late.

I recommend taking TP if you are not scared of your lane opponent / enemy jungler.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

I Don't like Thunderlord I prefer DFT. Thunderlord can be better for laning and early but DFT is really good late aswell as when you need that extra DoT to finish off people after you ult.

Other than that I really prefer bounty hunter over double-edged sword and battle trance, because most likely you are able to kill multiple players on the enemy team with Karthus.

Also the new mastery greenfather's gift is really good in my opinion I would much rather get it than dangerous game.

Abilities Back to Top

Q
E
Q
W
Q
R
Q
E
Q
E
R
E
E
W
W
R
W
W
Passive
Q
1
3
5
7
9
W
4
14
15
17
18
E
2
8
10
12
13
R
6
11
16

R->Q->E->W

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Standard start, I don't really see any other options.

Core Items

    Rush.
    Core build. Early Sorcs super good.
    Full build late game.
    If you wanna go Tear early, you can go for Seraph's Embrace that will give you the absolute best lategame damage.
    You can go Tear 1st buy if you think you can get to the late game and it will also help with having less mana problems in lane.

Situational Items

    You can take Rylai over Luden's but I will only build it as a 6th item.

Ok so there is 2 builds that I know of for Karthus. The Most common build is when you rush 3027.png and get 3116.png second. That's fine and I have tried that out multiple times, however I rather rush 3165.png and go for maxium damage with fast itemspikes. So let's just put these two builds in comparison with pros and cons.

3027.png Karthus

Pros:
~ More tanky with more HP, can take bunch of damage before dying in fights.
~ 3116.png Slow. (This is the biggest reason to go for this build.)
~ Harder to dive and safer if you are getting camped.

Cons:
~ Slow item spiking.
~ No CDR.
~ Overall lower damage especially in early / mid.

3165.png Karthus

Pros:
~ Fast item spiking.
~ High damage.
~ CDR. (More ultimates!)

Cons:
~ Squishy.
~ No 3116.png slow.

Also wanna point out that 3116.png is a super good item on Karthus since it will make it very easy to hit your Qs. That was the biggest reason I was trying these two builds out, but in the end I found more success with 3165.png build, since you spike faster and get more ultimates you are able to impact the game much faster and much harder.

I think that going the original RoA build could be better in higher elos where you face really good midlaners and junglers.

NOWADAYS I REALLY PREFER GOING RYLAI 3RD OR 4TH. ALSO MY CURRENT BUILD ORDER IS :

 D RING / 3 POTS -> SORCS + GUISE -> LIANDRY -> MORELLO -> VOID / RYLAI -> RABADON. I really do not like going rabadon as early item because it is such an expensive item and theres faster damage spikes with the flat penetration and morello/rylai/void. I currently always go rabadon as 6th item. It's a one dimensional but conscistent build for solo queue that I have had the most success with.


I have taken a new consideration of building 3070.png in certain matchups where I get harassed a lot and need to spend a lot of mana. It will also help you with farming your wraiths / enemy wraiths or even wolves between waves if you get an opportunity. (Your jungler might flame you, but /mute him and be selfish and carry). Securing a good farm and playing selfishly will help you get to the late game a lot.

Currently I don't like Tear because it doesn't provide you with damage spike early. It's still a worth item if you get into the late game but you cannot always rely on sacrificing your early game into better late game. There is bunch of games where you have to be IMPACTING the game harder early / mid and that is why I don't build it. Sorc / guise rush gives me insane spiking +6 which gives me easy kills from sidelanes and expands my lead to the map.

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Cassiopeia
    Hard
  • LeBlanc
    Hard
  • Syndra
    Hard
  • Twisted Fate
    Medium
  • Viktor
    Hard

VS

Cassiopeia

Hard

Play safe and be more useful in 5v5's.

VS

LeBlanc

Hard

Play safe and outscale.

VS

Syndra

Hard

Play safe and outscale.

VS

Twisted Fate

Medium

You can take 1.png vs him if you really wanna be safe. Also ping your sidelanes if he is missing, so your team is alerted of him roaming with his ult. In late game 5v5's Karthus beats TF hard.

VS

Viktor

Hard

Play safe.

Karthus / Me Back to Top

Yeah so I don't play a lot of champions. I Used to be a Riven main and I still have the feeling I will start playing her again when I see the game changing better for her.

However Karthus is one of the champions that I really liked because playing him felt like free LP. I Spammed Karthus and got from D5 -> D3 super easily. Also I dislike playing him with the classic RoA rush, I really really only like him when you go with Morello and fast spiking / high damage.

Also I dislike playing Karthus on toplane, however you can still pull it off (it's just harder most of the time). But I still play him secondary as Top and main him as Mid.

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