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All Guides Karthus Guides (5.7) Best karthus by MarcusPower-Smite them all with Requiem!
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Karthus Statistics for MarcusPower v2

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

Value
Average
Games Played
174
3
Win %
60
46
Kills
7.5
9.2
Assists
9.6
10.7
Deaths
6.3
9.1
KA:D Ratio
2.7
2.2
Gold Earned
13.4K
12.8K
Creep Score
191.1
150.4
Average

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Summoner Spells Back to Top

  • Flash teleport is the best way to get farm and ganks.(My prefer in laning as karthus mid or top) 
  • After gromp buff is biased on tank champs ,karthus jungle lost some of his power.But still viable especially when you have a mid lane uses no mana.
  • Flash exhaust is still good  especially against assasins.Depends on player.My playstyle is based on trying not to give your turret for making enemy mid laner not able to roam much.Also ı gank with tp too.

Runes Back to Top

  • 9x
    +0.87 magic penetration Greater Mark of Magic Penetration
  • 9x
    +0.16 magic resist per level Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
  • 9x
    +1.19 ability power Greater Glyph of Ability Power
  • 9x
    +1.33 health per level Greater Seal of Scaling Health
  • 9x
    +1 armor Greater Seal of Armor
  • 3x
    +4.95 ability power Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
  • 3x
    +2% Spellvamp. Greater Quintessence of Spell Vamp
  • Karthus SV Jungle-Mr:Spell Vamp Quints,Armor seals,Mp marks,mr per level glyphs                                       Use this when you are jungling with karthus against a heavy magic damaged team.It is a defensive way of playing karthus jungle.It works in particular they have 2 mages.

  • Karthus SV Jungle- Ap:Sv Quints,Mp marks,Armor seals,Ap Glyphs                                                                   Use  this ıf you are pretty sure that their magic thread is not that much.It gives more offensive power and faster wave clear in early game while jungling.Honestly ıf you are used to playing karthus jungle then always go for this rune page.

  • Karthus SV HealthMr:Sv Quints,Mp marks,Health per level seals,Mr per level glyphs                                       Use this one against champs that you need sustain to survive(like xerath).Using this one gives you more defensive stats by leveling up but less damage in early game.In current meta ı use this page rarely .

  • Karthus SvHealthAp :Sv quints,Mp marks,Health per level seals,Ap glyphs                                                       Its purpose is dealing more damage in early game.Get this ıf they have weak carry champs but have a nice poke damage.  


  • Karthus Ap/Mr: Ap quints,Mp marks,health per level seals,Mr per level glyphs                                                  In current meta ı use this rune page most of the time.Because ı suppose laning sustain is not necessary for now .For using this page you need an ap damaged rival team.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Karthus yolo:Ap quints,Mp marks,health per level seals,Ap quints                                                                     Use this if they have a weak damaged ap or no ap,basicly ıf they are full ad.

Masteries Back to Top

1/1
0/4
2/4
1/1
1/1
0/3
3/3
1/1
0/1
0/1
1/1
3/3
0/1
0/3
3/3
1/1
0/1
3/3
0/1
1/1

Offense: 21

2/2
0/2
2/2
0/2
1/1
3/3
0/1
0/1
1/1
0/3
0/3
0/3
0/1
0/1
0/1
0/1
0/4
0/1
0/1

Defense: 9

0/1
0/3
0/3
0/1
0/3
0/1
0/1
0/3
0/1
0/3
0/1
0/1
0/1
0/3
0/2
0/1
0/3
0/1

Utility: 0

  • General Karthus (21-9-0):I always use this in top or mid lane.
  • Karthus Super Vamp(21-0-9):Really nice against poke damage .Getting this means 7 percent of spell vamp which allows you to farm and sustain for days in lane.(You can use it in top or mid).It also reduces your summoner spells cd.Honestly ı don't use it anymore.
  • Karthus Jungle(21-9-0):For offensive line up double-edged sword,Sorcery(3 points),Butcher,Expose weakness,mental force(3 points),Arcane Mastery,Executioner(3 points),Archmage(3 points),Dangerous Game,Devestating Strikes(3 points),Havoc  ---   For Defensive line Block(2 points),Tough skin(2 points),Bladed Armor,Veteran's Scats(3 points),Juggernaut                                                                                                     

Abilities Back to Top

Passive
Q
1
3
5
7
9
W
4
14
15
17
18
E
2
8
10
12
13
R
6
11
16
It doesn't matter where you play karthus at.Always up your abilities on above.
Up your q whenever you see.You need to practise your q to be a master of karthus.
You need to upgrade your damage before slowing so secondly you need to upgrade your E.
Your slow is one of the best slow in the game and it is also aoe slow which is extremely good at late game.
Your ultimate is Requıem.Do ı need to say something about it? :)

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    For more ability power early and mana sustain .
    For jungle karthus the only way.
    I use this starting path recently just because ı want to get my items and tear as soon as possible.

Core Items

    Karthus Jungle build-Smite them all with requiem: Of course you will get farmer smite while jungling as karthus.It is ridiculously strong because you will have more than 20 percent cdr.So you can spam your qs faster to clear or dealing more damage in a time period.Also you can use your ultimate more.If you reach late game sell jungle item and get rabaddon instead.
    Classic build path.Boots might be merc threads depending on situation.
    Classic karthus build for mid and top.I usually go for this build.With reaching 3rd dragon you can sell your boots to get luden's echo.
    Get this ıf they have 2 tanks.With this you can burst tanks a lot easier.And also ıt gives you more health as well.
    Nice boots alternative after getting 3rd dragon buff.

Situational Items

    General karthus boots.Go for this in general.
    Perfect combination to deal with mages.Especially works with mr per level glyphs.I use this boots ıf they have hard ccs or high magic damage mages.
WHAT ARE THE MOST İMPORTANT THİNGS WHEN PLAYİNG KARTHUS?
  1. Always harass with your q range.
  2. Try to apply damage on one target while using your q.
  3. Requıem whenever needs.Keep an eye on all over the map not just your lane.
  4. Not just die and ult in fights.Damage as much as you can with your lay waste then ıf you see the right time to suicide just do it.
  5. Be careful about your farm . When you reach high level of playing karthus you nearly won't miss any qs.
  6. People say that "PRESS R TO WİN" because they see karthus is  like only requıem .(especially low elo players).When you reach a high level of playing karthus you will see that karthus is more than R.He controls all over the map and there are a few champhions which can do that.

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Ahri
    Easy
  • Akali
    Easy
  • Anivia
    Easy
  • Azir
    Easy
  • Brand
    Easy
  • Cassiopeia
    Easy
  • Cho'Gath
    Easy
  • Diana
    Easy
  • Fizz
    Hard
  • Galio
    Easy
  • Heimerdinger
    Easy
  • Jayce
    Easy
  • Karma
    Medium
  • Karthus
    Hard
  • Kassadin
    Medium
  • Katarina
    Medium
  • Kayle
    Easy
  • Kennen
    Easy
  • LeBlanc
    Easy
  • Lissandra
    Easy
  • Lulu
    Easy
  • Lux
    Easy
  • Malzahar
    Easy
  • Mordekaiser
    Easy
  • Morgana
    Easy
  • Nidalee
    Easy
  • Orianna
    Easy
  • Riven
    Medium
  • Ryze
    Medium
  • Swain
    Easy
  • Syndra
    Medium
  • Talon
    Easy
  • Teemo
    Easy
  • Twisted Fate
    Easy
  • Veigar
    Medium
  • Vel'Koz
    Easy
  • Viktor
    Easy
  • Vladimir
    Easy
  • Xerath
    Medium
  • Yasuo
    Easy
  • Zed
    Easy
  • Ziggs
    Easy
  • Zilean
    Medium
  • Zyra
    Easy

VS

Ahri

Easy

  • İf she can't charm you she won't be able to kill you easily.
  • Harass her with your q whenever she tries to get farm.
  • Protect your range cause of her assasination.
  • İn team fights try to block her assasination with zhonyas.
  • Rhylai and morellomicon are so good against her.

VS

Akali

Easy

  • Akali is really weak in early game you must harass her in every chance you see.
  • Once she gets 6 she will definitely try to attack you with her ultimate but if you protect your range you will be safe .
  • Zhonyas, and rhylai is great against her for chasing and not being assasinated.
  • With morellemicon you can break her spell vamp.

VS

Anivia

Easy

  • Firstly your team fights are better than anivia.
  • Protect your range not to get stunned with her q.
  • Always spam your q to harass her down.
  • Use your ultimate even if she has her egg form because of cooldown of egg form and requıem are not the same.
  • Rhylai is especially works well against her to chase.

VS

Azir

Easy

  • Firstly azir is a late game champ and he is so good against low range champs.So you are great against him because your range is high and your late game is much better.
  • Don't stay near his soldiers.
  • To fight with him you need to land a nice wall of pain then you will in advantage.
  • Zhonyas can block nice amount of his damage.
  • Rhylai is so good against him to chase him down.

VS

Brand

Easy

  • Firstly you need to be careful about his combo.
  • Secondly harass him with your long range q.
  • Always ward bushes because brand can end you if they gank.
  • Your late game is much better.
  • Zhonyas counters his combo
  • Rhylai is great for chasing him.

VS

Cassiopeia

Easy

  • If you play carefully you can dodge her q and in a good chance you can harass him with your q.
  • To gain advantages to fight her you must land a nice wall of pain.
  • Rhylai is so good against her.
  • In team fights you must take care of her ultimate not to be stunned.
  • Your late game is much better than her cause of your uncounterable sustain damage in late game .

VS

Cho'Gath

Easy

  • He is not a good mage in current meta but if you face to him you should be careful about his q w r combo.
  • You can harass him with your q in every moment he is near of you.
  • Getting morellos will reduce his passive effectiveness.
  • Getting rhylai is good for chasing him.

VS

Diana

Easy

  • Firstly you really need to harass her with your q to provide a safe early game.
  • Be careful about her skill ranges.
  • Rhylai and zhonyas are so good against her.
  • Your late game and team fighting is better than her anyway.

VS

Fizz

Hard

  • This matchup requıres so much laning and team fighting skills if you are a karthus.
  • Firstly you must take care of his ultimate range.Don't close near him .
  • Try to harass him with your q range safely.
  • If you take his half health with your q harass, you are safer than normal.
  • In team fights try to block his combo and ultimate with your zhonyas.
  • Karthus deals more damage than him but he can snowball a game if you don't pay attention.

VS

Galio

Easy

  • Galio can not even harass you when you have spell vamp .This lane is so easy for a karthus.
  • You must just take care of his ultimate.
  • His magic resistance is nothing when you keep harassing to him.
  • Get void staff in early game to direct damage dealing to him.
  • Morello can reduce his health gaining while his w activated.

VS

Heimerdinger

Easy

  • Dongerino is maybe the easiest opponent for karthus.
  • You will just harass him with your q and take down his turrets with your q range.
  • In team fights he is nothing compared to you.
  • With zhonyas you can block most of his damage.
  • Rhylai is great for chasing him.

VS

Jayce

Easy

  • I rarely see jayce mid in current meta but if you face him do not scare.
  • His burst is belonging to his range than closing gap skills.So you need spell vamp to deal with him.Go for karthus ex vamp runes against him.
  • You can juke his long range harass and harass him with your q in every chance .
  • His aoe is not even comparable with you.You just need to take care of his mid-late game assasination.
  • You can get zhonyas in early game to deal with him easily.
  • Morello can counter his health gaining from life steal.
  • Rhylai is great for chasing him.

VS

Karma

Medium

  • This lane is more about to getting farm and spamming q to her even ıf she has a shield.Because once she has a chance to keep away you from cs you will be in a bad situation.Because of that spell vamp is a great factor to dealing with a karma.
  • If you land a good wall of pain you will spam your q and finish him off more easily.
  • Morello and rhylai are great items against her.
  • Zhonyas counters her combo in team fights.
  • In teamfight she has not even a comparable damage to you.

VS

Karthus

Hard

  • Damn karthus is broken :((((((

VS

Kassadin

Medium

  • New kassadin is not a hard lane for karthus cause of his early game damage and silence nerf.
  • You need to harass him with your q in lane whenever you find chance to do.
  • In teamfights he will jump you for burst be careful about that.Use your defile to deal against melee champhions.
  • Zhonyas and arcangel barrier is great counter for his burst damage.

VS

Katarina

Medium

  • First and the most important thing is harassing katarina to being safe in lane.She is a melee mage.But in other way she has a range combo which is deadly for you.
  • Your sustain is your best ally in lane.
  • You need to be aware of her combo.If she attacks you with q be careful about his ultimate combo which can be deadly for you.
  • In team fights you need to get zhonyas in early-mid game to counter her ultimate while dealing damage with your defile.

VS

Kayle

Easy

  • Kayle has not enough range to reach you.
  • Even ıf she reaches you do not hesitate spamming your abilities.
  • In laning phase you need to harass her with your q most of the time.If you do that she will hesitate to harass you.
  • In team fights you need to be careful about her deadly combo in particular.
  • You need to be sure of using ultimate to opponents cause of her ultimate and w.
  • Zhonyas is your best ally to counter kayle.Because zhonyas is a combo breaker.In that time you can use defile to deal her or your opponents.
  • Morello counters  her w health gaining.
  • Ryhlai is so good to chase her.

VS

Kennen

Easy

  • Kennen's combo is more deadly in super late game but you need to take care of her combo every time.
  • Your q can harass her without taking any damage if you block her q.
  • Your spell vamp will help you to deal with kennen more easily.
  • In team fights be sure he is slowed by your wall of pain.
  • If she ultimates you use your zhonyas properly.
  • Rhylai is great to chase her.

VS

LeBlanc

Easy

  • I will say that whatever you play it doesn't matter ıf you want to play against lb you must take care of her chain and her combo.
  • Lb is extremely squishy and her purpose is dominating early game mostly.
  • Even ıf she dominates your team be sure her late game is not that good.You will deal him 3 q damage and she gonna die.
  • Most lb players don't get zhonyas early so your requiem's damage will be applied in every chance when lb is low.
  • Zhonyas counters her combo well.You can get this in early game.

VS

Lissandra

Easy

  • Firstly ıf you care about her e range you will be fine in lane.
  • Always harass her with your q.Your range is much higher than her.She can't even harass you more than you.She can only assasinate you if you become reckless.
  • In team fights try not to near her immediately.First harass her with your q then go for her to finish him with your defile and q.
  • Rhylai is so good to chase her.

VS

Lulu

Easy

  • In early game ıf you harass her with using your q range she can't even try to get near you or harass you.
  • Your wall is a big factor in this match up because she can boost her speed as we know.
  • In team fights try to use your wall of pain on lulu then get near of her.
  • Zhonyas and arcangel are great versus items and protecting item for karthus.Don't forget.
  • Rhylai is the key factor of this match up.

VS

Lux

Easy

  • The problem about lux is her long range poke which is bad for you.You need spell vamp to deal with it.
  • Once you use your wall of pain well, attack her with zigzags to dodge her abilities. With this you will have won trades.
  • Zhonyas is a great counter item to dodge her abilities.
  • Rhylai is so good to chase her.

VS

Malzahar

Easy

  • Easy because you have range for not to be poisoned.
  • The only chance that he can kill you is  his ultimate combo .
  • In laning phase ıf you harass him well ,he will not be trying to poison you.
  • In teamfights try to land him your wall of pain exactly on him than harass him with your q ıf he poisons you, use your zhonyas directly to dodge his combo before he did.
  • Rhylai is so good to chase him.

VS

Mordekaiser

Easy

  • Melee champs are not so great against karthus cause of his range.
  • Morde's burst in early game is not enough .Only way that he can kill you is harassing you then finish you with an immediate ultimate combo.
  • Be careful about his combo and harass him with your q ıf he comes near you defile will be really great against a melee mage.
  • In teamfights try to poke him then focus him with your team and he gonna die directly he has no escape.
  • Morello,rhylai and zhonyas all of them are so good against him.

VS

Morgana

Easy

  • If you dodge her abilities well you will be fine in lane if not she will have enough burst you to make you down.
  • Always harass her with your q and use your wall of pain before she shields it.
  • In team fights when she uses ultimate on you ,use your zhonyas like her to counter her burst damage .
  • With rhylai you can chase her a lot easier.

VS

Nidalee

Easy

  • The problem is her range to knock you down.
  • You should be able to dodge her spears especially after her rework.
  • In teamfights you need to get near of her to kill her.
  • Zhonyas is good counter for her  cougar form while you use defile on her.
  • Morello counters her health gaining from her skill.
  • Rhylai is so good to chase her.

VS

Orianna

Easy

  • The main point of playing against orianna is being aware of her ball.
  • Try to focus farm in laning phase.Because both of you are not enough to be killed by 1x1 in mid lane.
  • In teamfights ıf you get used to play karthus you can predict her ultimate then use your zhonyas to counter it.
  • Rhlai is great for slowing her.

VS

Riven

Medium

  • Just watch out for her stun.You must keep the range and poke her with your q.
  • In team fights try to block her ultimate combo with your zhonyas.
  • Rhylai is great for dealing against her.
  • Morello counters her life steal.

VS

Ryze

Medium

  • Ryze is an strange mage.If you underestimate him you will be punished so hard.
  • In laning phase there seems no problem for karthus ıf you keep your range and poke him but in team fights if he had gotten kills and farmed well you could be in a bad situation with your team.
  • Rhylai is good item for slowing him to kill him fast.
  • Try to use your zhonyas when he is on your face to damage when you use zhonyas.
  • Morello counters his spell vamp gained from his ultimate.

VS

Swain

Easy

  • Swain is not a threat to kill you unless he catches you with nevermore.
  • Your early damage is enough to poke him.Always poke him with your range .
  • Get zhonyas to counter his combo in team fights.
  • Rhlai is so good to chase him.
  • Morellomicon destroys swains's ultimate.

VS

Syndra

Medium

  • Syndra's stun is a big threat to burst you so hard.
  • You must be aware of her stun then you will be fine.
  • Harass her carefully.
  • In team fights your damage is better than her.
  • Zhonyas counters her combo.
  • Rhylai is great for chasing her.

VS

Talon

Easy

  • Protect your range not to be hit by his combo.
  • You can harass him well with your q whenever he tries to get cs.
  • Early zhonyas is a must then you will counter him harder than usual.
  • Rhylai is great to chase him.
  • Morello can counter his life steal.

VS

Teemo

Easy

  • Teemo is just so bad against a karthus.He can't reach you.
  • Always harass him with your q in every chance you see.
  • In team fights slow him with your wall of pain to gain even more advantage on him.
  • Rhlai is so good to chase him.

VS

Twisted Fate

Easy

  • Dodging his abilities is easy with karthus.
  • I prefer taking tp against a twisted fate to follow his ultimate ganks.
  • If you slow him and continue to fight him,he can't beat you.
  • Getting ryhlai is nice against to chase him.
  • With zhonyas you can block his gold cards.

VS

Veigar

Medium

  • Lets be honest ıf you can't play well against him in early, he will one shot you  whenever he stuns you.
  • Rhlai will help you survive a lot easier from his combo and also you can chase him with your qs a lot easier.
  • You can dodge his combo with zhonyas you should go for it.

VS

Vel'Koz

Easy

  • Man dodging his abilities as karthus is so damn easy.
  • If you slow him you will have chance to kill him easily.
  • Rhylai is a great item do deal against him.
  • With Zhonyas you can counter his ultimate combo.

VS

Viktor

Easy

  • Viktor needs to stun you to kill you.Be careful about his stun.
  • You can use your q to avoid him whenever he tries to get aggressive on you.
  • His laser is easy to counter.
  • Zhonyas is so good to block most of his damage.
  • Rhylai is great to chase him.

VS

Vladimir

Easy

  • He can't beat you in early game you can use your q whenever he tries to get a cs.
  • A nice wall of pain makes it even easier.
  • Zhonyas is nice to counter his ultimate.
  • Morello counters all of his spell vamp.
  • Rhylai is so good to chase him.

VS

Xerath

Medium

  • If you care in laning you can't take every q of him as a damage.
  • Use karthus ex vamp masteries to survive in lane a lot easier.
  • Whenever your teammates reachs him he will probably be dead if you land a nice wall of pain.
  • Zhonyas counters most of his damage if it used correctly.
  • Rhylai is so good to chase him.

VS

Yasuo

Easy

  • His shield means nothing if you land nice lay wastes on him.
  • You can outrange him easily.
  • Get early zhonyas and rhylai to deal against him more easily.
  • Morello counters his life steal.

VS

Zed

Easy

  • You can farm safely in early game.
  • You need to go an early zhonyas to avoid most of his damage and ultimate.
  • With getting rhylai you can chase him easier.
  • Morello counters his life steal a lot.

VS

Ziggs

Easy

  • Dodge his abilities.It is really easy with karthus.
  • You can q him whenever he gets close to you.
  • Rhylai is great to chase him.
  • Zhonyas can block most of his damage.
  • Your late game is slightly better than him.

VS

Zilean

Medium

  • Getting Karthus super vamp runes will help you survive in lane a lot.
  • In teamfights try to focus him.He will die so easily.If he uses ultimate on himself it is fine.
  • Rhlai is so much needed in this matchup.
  • Zhonyas can block his bombs.Don't forget.

VS

Zyra

Easy

  • Dodging his abilities easy as karthus.
  • You really need to be careful about her ultimate combo.
  • You can dodge her ultimate with zhonyas.
  • Rhylai is great against her.He can't juke your abilities.

About me Back to Top

I have been playing this game for about 2 and a half years.I discovered to play karthus 2 years ago or more.Since then l mained him and practised a lot to teach people how to really play karthus.I transferred my main account to eu west again because ı do want to play high quality games.In two weeks ı climbed plat 1 to dia 2 90s easily especially with karthus.Due to bad luck afterwards ı got demoted to diamond 5 but it is all good.(was challenger in turkey ,due to transferring my account ı got demoted to plat 1 in euw).My goal is to reach high diamond 1 this season.

You guys can add me and ask any questions about karthus ! :)


Main account Tr:MârcusPower
Euw nick name:MarcusPower





ATTENTİON MATCHUPS MOST OF THE MATCHUPS ARE NOT UP TO DATE ,OTHERS ARE.
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