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Karthus Statistics for MarcusPower v2

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

Value
Average
Games Played
144
3
Win %
62
45
Kills
7.1
8.3
Assists
8.4
10.2
Deaths
6.0
8.3
KA:D Ratio
2.6
2.2
Gold Earned
13.3K
13K
Creep Score
189.8
152.7
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 -in current meta its viability is a lot more than ever too.) It also discourages enemy jungler for camping you ,since you can tp back to your lane every time.
  • Karthus jungle is apparently more reliable compared to runeglaive.I will definetely play more karthus jungle this season.
  • Flash exhaust is still good  especially against assasins.Depends on player.My playstyle is based on trying not to give your turret and making enemy mid laner not able to roam much.Also i make flashy tp homeguard plays with that spell.
  • With flash-ignite you can burst down an enemy faster.Still not recommending against assasins.

Runes Back to Top

  • 9x
    +0.87 magic penetration Greater Mark of Magic Penetration
  • 9x
    -0.09% cooldowns per level Greater Glyph of Scaling Cooldown Reduction
  • 9x
    +1.19 ability power Greater Glyph of Ability Power
  • 9x
    +0.17 ability power per level Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power
  • 9x
    +1.33 health per level Greater Seal of Scaling Health
  • 9x
    +1 armor Greater Seal of Armor
  • 3x
    -0.28% cooldowns per level Greater Quintessence of Scaling Cooldown Reduction
  • 3x
    +4.95 ability power Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
  • 3x
    +2% Spellvamp. Greater Quintessence of Spell Vamp
  • Karthus SV Jungle-Ap:Sv Quints,Mp marks,Armor seals,Ap Glyphs                                                                     No better option on karthus jungle to play with.Spell vamp is needed for you to not lose any hp and farming safely plus it provides you some survivability in team fights.It also makes it easier for you to make solo dragons.
  • Karthus yolo:Ap quints,Mp marks,health per level seals,Ap per levelquints                                                           It is to be used for non-cdr focused build.(which i don't recommend this season)
  • Karthus FULL CDR:Cdr per level quints,mp marks,health per level seals,cdr per level glyphs                             Taking this rune page with cdr boots give you the chance to snowball with your ultimate and a quite a bit more bursty damage with your qs.For this season i use this page in mid and top lane.    

Masteries Back to Top

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FEROCITY: 18
0/5
5/5
5/5
0/5
0/5
0/5
CUNNING: 12
0/5
0/5
0/5
0/5
0/5
0/5
RESOLVE: 0
  • General Karthus (18-12-0):I always run this while playing top or mid lane.I see no point in taking thunderlords or other stuffs.
  • Karthus Jungle(18-12-0):For ferocity it is the same with general line.But for cunning i go for runic affinity most of the time because it enhances your buff durations which is nice for farming jung and ulting more.Assasin mastery is not useful for junglers since it only increases the damage for enemies.       
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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 i 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.

Core Items

    Karthus Jungle build-Smite them all with requiem: You will be getting blue smite while jungling as karthus.Move around jungle camps for shocking the area with your echoes.If you reach late game sell jungle item and copy mid and top build.
    My Classic build path
    Classic karthus build for mid and top.With reaching 3rd dragon you can sell your boots to get luden's echo.
    With this you can burst tanks a lot easier.Extra 15 mp melts squishies to their pieces till late game.In addition it gives you more health .It is even worthier than before because rylai liandry combo got buffed.
    The most preferred ap build path for karthus atm.
    FAVORİTE BUİLD ATM:Raid boss karthus presents.(Op in current meta just use this in mid or top.)
    sell boots after reaching full items and get this.
    I see this item as completely waste of gold since it is too expensive and its stats are not valuable in current season.Its armor means nothing if enemy team gets last whisper which leads to that you use only relatively low ap and passive stat of the item.It is a waste compared to liandrys or rabaddons .

Situational Items

    General karthus boots.Go for this in general.Like 90 percent of my games...
    I USE CDR BOOTS TİLL 16 LEVEL THEN SELLİNG İT AND GETTİNG MP BOOTS SİNCE İT PİLES UP WİTH CDR PER LEVEL RUNES İN EARLY-MİD TO LATE GAME.
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 requiem .(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 champions 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
    Easy
  • Karthus
    Hard
  • Kassadin
    Easy
  • Katarina
    Easy
  • Kayle
    Easy
  • Kennen
    Easy
  • LeBlanc
    Medium
  • Lissandra
    Easy
  • Lulu
    Easy
  • Lux
    Easy
  • Malzahar
    Easy
  • Morgana
    Easy
  • Orianna
    Medium
  • Riven
    Easy
  • Ryze
    Medium
  • Swain
    Easy
  • Syndra
    Easy
  • Talon
    Easy
  • Twisted Fate
    Easy
  • Veigar
    Medium
  • Vel'Koz
    Easy
  • Viktor
    Medium
  • Vladimir
    Easy
  • Xerath
    Medium
  • Yasuo
    Easy
  • Zed
    Medium
  • Ziggs
    Easy
  • Zilean
    Easy
  • 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.
  • Rylai is a great item 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 rylai is great against her for chasing and not being assasinated.
  • Rushing tear rylai zhonyas build path is a nice idea against her.

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.
  • Rylai especially works well against her to chase.Going for rylai liandrys build path is a nice option against her.

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 be in advantage.
  • Zhonyas can block nice amount of his damage.
  • Rylai is so good against him to chase him down.
  • Rylai liandry build path is a nice option against him.

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
  • Rylai is great for chasing him.
  • Rylai-liandry build path is nice against 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.
  • Rylai 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 .
  • Rylai-liandry build path is recommended.

VS

Cho'Gath

Easy

  • If you face with 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 rylai is good for chasing him.
  • Rylai-liandry build path is recommended.

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 previous situation.
  • 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.
  • Rylai-zhonyas build path is recommended.

VS

Galio

Easy

  • You must just take care of his ultimate.
  • His magic resistance is nothing when you keep harassing him.
  • Get void staff in early game to deal direct damage to him.
  • Rylai-zhonyas build path is recommended.

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 using 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.
  • Rylai-liandry build path is recommended.

VS

Jayce

Easy

  • His burst is belonging to his range and closing gap skills.
  • You can juke his long range harass then harass him with your q in every chance .
  • His aoe is not even comparable to you.You just need to take care of his mid-late game assasination.
  • Zhonyas counters him hard.
  • Rhylai is great for chasing him.
  • Rylai-zhonyas build path is recommended.

VS

Karma

Easy

  • This lane is more about to getting farm and spamming q to her even if she has a shield.Because once she has a chance to keep away you from cs you will be in a bad situation.
  • If you land a good wall of pain on her, you will spam your q and finish him off more easily.
  • Rylai is great item against her.
  • Zhonyas counters her combo in team fights.
  • Rylai-liandry build path is recommended.

VS

Karthus

Hard

  • Damn karthus is broken :((((((

VS

Kassadin

Easy

  • 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 a chance to do.
  • In teamfights he will jump you for bursting you down, be careful about that.Use your defile to deal against melee champhions.
  • Rylai is so good against him.
  • Zhonyas and arcangel barrier is great counter for his burst damage.
  • Rylai- zhonyas build path is recommended.

VS

Katarina

Easy

  • First and the most important thing is harassing katarina to be safe in lane.She is a melee mage.But in other way she has a range combo which is deadly for you.
  • You need to be aware of her combo.If she attacks you with her 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.
  • Rylai-zhonyas build path is recommended.

VS

Kayle

Easy

  • Kayle has not enough range to reach you.
  • Even if she reaches you do not hesitate spamming your abilities with rylai slow.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rylai is so good to chase her.
  • Rylai -liandry build path is recommended.

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 wall is great against his initiation spell.
  • In team fights be sure he is slowed by your wall of pain.
  • If she ultimates you, use your zhonyas properly.
  • Rylai is great to chase her.
  • Rylai-liandry build path is recommended.

VS

LeBlanc

Medium

  • I will say that whatever you play it doesn't matter if you want to play against lb you must take care of her chain firstly then her combo.
  • Lb is extremely squishy and her purpose is dominating early game mostly.
  • Even if she dominates your team, be sure that 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.
  • Rylai-zhonyas build path is recommended.

VS

Lissandra

Easy

  • Firstly if 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 abuse your range against her.First harass her with your q then go for her to finish him with your defile and q.
  • Rylai is great against her.
  • Rylai-liandry build path is recommended.

VS

Lulu

Easy

  • In early game if 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.
  • She is just annoying to have that shields you know.Not even near damage you deal.
  • Rylai is the key factor of this match up.
  • Rylai-Liandry build path is recommended.

VS

Lux

Easy

  • The problem about lux is her long range poke which is bad for you.
  • 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.
  • Rylai is so good to chase her.
  • Rylai-liandry build path is recommended.

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 if you harass him well ,he will not be able to poison you.
  • In teamfights try to land him your wall of pain exactly on him then he is dead.
  • Rylai is so good to chase him.
  • Rylai-liandry build path is recommended.

VS

Morgana

Easy

  • If you dodge her abilities well you will be fine in lane if not she will have enough burst 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 stun.
  • With rylai you can chase her a lot easier.
  • Rylai-liandry build path is recommended.

VS

Orianna

Medium

  • 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 if you get used to play karthus you can predict her ultimate then use your zhonyas to counter it.
  • Rylai is great for chasing her.
  • Rylai-zhonyas is recommended.

VS

Riven

Easy

  • 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.
  • Rylai is great for dealing against her.
  • Rylai-zhonyas combo is recommended.

VS

Ryze

Medium

  • Ryze is a strange mage.If you underestimate him you will be punished so hard.
  • In laning phase there seems no problem for karthus if 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.
  • Rylai is good item for making him bursted easier in tfs.
  • Try to use your zhonyas when he is on your face to damage when you use zhonyas.
  • Rylai-liandry build path is recommended.

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 abusing your range .
  • Get zhonyas to counter his combo in team fights.
  • Rylai is so good to chase him.
  • Morellomicon destroys swains's ultimate healing.
  • Rylai-Liandry is recommended.(İf their swain is so good just go for rylai-morellos)

VS

Syndra

Easy

  • Syndra's stun is a big threat.
  • 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.
  • Rylai-zhonyas build path is recommended.

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.
  • Rylai is great to chase him.
  • Rylai-zhonyas build path is recommended.

VS

Twisted Fate

Easy

  • Dodging his abilities is easy with karthus.
  • Teleport summ. spell is so good for following his ultimate.
  • If you slow him and continue to fight him,he can't beat you.
  • Getting rylai is nice against to chase him.
  • With zhonyas you can block his gold cards.
  • Rylai-liandry build path is recommended.

VS

Veigar

Medium

  • Lets be honest if you can't play well against him in early, he will one shot you  whenever he stuns you.
  • Rylai 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 ultimate with zhonyas before being stunned.You should go for it.
  • Rylai-zhonyas build path is recommended.

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.
  • Rylai is a great item do deal against him.
  • With Zhonyas you can counter his ultimate combo.
  • Rylai-liandry build path is recommended.

VS

Viktor

Medium

  • 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.
  • Zhonyas is so good to block most of his damage.
  • Rylai is great to chase him.
  • Rylai-liandrys build path is recommended.

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.
  • Rylai is so good to chase him.
  • Rylai-liandry is recommended.

VS

Xerath

Medium

  • If you care in laning you can't take every q of him as damage.
  • 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.
  • Rylai is so good to chase him.
  • Rylai-liandry build path is recommended.

VS

Yasuo

Easy

  • His shield means nothing if you land nice lay wastes on him.
  • His wall means nothing.
  • You can outrange him easily.Your defile obliterates him in team fights.
  • Get early zhonyas and rhylai to deal against him more easily.

VS

Zed

Medium

  • You can farm safely in early game.
  • You need to go an early zhonyas to avoid most of his damage and ultimate.
  • With getting rylai you can chase him easier.
  • Rylai-zhonyas build path is the option there.

VS

Ziggs

Easy

  • Dodge his abilities.It is really easy with karthus since you have a long range too.
  • You can q him whenever he gets close to you.
  • Rylai is great to chase him.
  • Zhonyas can block most of his damage.
  • Your late game is slightly better than him.
  • Rylai-liandry build path is recommended.

VS

Zilean

Easy

  • 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.
  • If zilean is good zhonyas-rylai is recommended if not then rylai-liandry.

VS

Zyra

Easy

  • Dodging his abilities is 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.
  • Rylai-liandry combo is recommended.

About me and websites Back to Top

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Not the best deal but i finally reached to be the first in the karthus toplist ladder.



I have been playing this game for about 3 years.I discovered to play karthus 2 and a half years ago or further back.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 i did want to play high quality games.In two weeks i climbed plat 1 to dia 2 90s easily especially with karthus.Currently sitting on dia 3 euw and challenger on turkey.Playing two accounts with only karthus :)

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


Main account Tr:MarcusPower v2
Euw nick name:MarcusPower





17.10.2015 EVERY SECTİON İS UPDATED.(ONLY MİD MATCHUPS FOR NOW)

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23.01.2016 most important sections are edited. 
14.02.2016 added lolskill image 
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