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 from camping you ,since you can tp back to your lane every time even after being killed.
Karthus jungle is apparently more reliable compared to runeglaive.You can clear jungle camps too easily with him.
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 since they will lose their tower in return.Also i make flashy tp homeguard plays with that spell after 20 min mark.
With flash-ignite you can burst down an enemy faster.Still not recommending against assasins.
Ghost is a new alternative spell compared with tp after it got some nasty buffs .Better than exhaust and ignite in my opinion.Kinda not sure about if it is better than tp or not but surely tp is more reliable.
+0.87 magic penetration
Greater Mark of Magic Penetration
-0.09% cooldowns per level
Greater Glyph of Scaling Cooldown Reduction
+1.19 ability power
Greater Glyph of Ability Power
+1.33 health per level
Greater Seal of Scaling Health
Greater Seal of Armor
-0.28% cooldowns per level
Greater Quintessence of Scaling Cooldown Reduction
+4.95 ability power
Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
Karthus Jungle-Ap:AP Quints,Mp marks,Armor seals,Ap Glyphs After clearing 2 jungle camps at the very beginning you end up getting 250 golds which will give you the opportunity to farm endlessly with Hunter's Potion.
Karthus FULL CDR:Cdr per level quints,mp marks,health per level seals,cdr per level glyphs For this season i use this page in mid and top lane.Giving you an insane snowballing potential which is extremely crucial in solo queue.
I will not bother you with my other crafter rune pages which are not that efficient compared to these 2 rune pages above.
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 DFT(18-12-0):For ferocity it is the same with mid-top mastery.But for cunning line 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.
It doesn't matter where you play karthus at.Always up your abilities like on above.
Up your q whenever you see.You need to practise your q to be a master of karthus.Remember karthus q is the kiting power of an apc which is very rare in league of legends.
You need to upgrade your damage and mana return before slowing them 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 Requiem.Do i need to say something about it? :)
With an uniqueness of a such champhion and leaning on my past experiences there is no counter pick or play style for an experienced karthus.The only counter is your team thinking that you take at least 60% percent of the enemy's health.With experience you will come to that point,promise x)
For jungle karthus after removing spell vamp runes i found that very efficient since you can purchase this thing and get free mana and health every time for 250 gold after killing 2 jungle camps in the beginning.
Karthus Jungle build-Smite them all with requiem:
After getting hunters potion with clearing 2 jungle camps ,you will be getting blue smite while jungling as karthus.Runic echoes proc makes it very fast to clear with karthus.If you reach late game sell jungle item and copy mid and top build.
My Classic build path for mid-top karthus
Best karthus build for mid and top atm.
Here is the build order---) tear-rylai-mp boots-liandry-void staff-arcangel-rabaddon or zhonyas.(Don't buy zhonyas if the game is not 1x9)
The most preferred ap build path for karthus atm.Still i find tear-rylai-liandry more efficient.
Still good but i prefer the tear build path.However if you want to go for here is the build path for it
straight roa-rylai-mp boots-liandry-void-rabaddon.(dont get zhonyas unless it is 1x9)
sell boots after reaching full items and get this.
for efficieny purchasing it later on or never.
alternative item for zhonyas.extremely good in late game since you have 2 lives with a free zilean ult in your pocket.
General karthus boots.nothing to mention
WHAT ARE THE MOST İMPORTANT THİNGS WHEN PLAYİNG KARTHUS?
Always harass with your q range.kiting and peeling with rylais are very important to play karthus efficiently.
Try to apply damage on one target while using your q.
Requıem whenever needed.Keep an eye on all over the map not just your lane.
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 İT.
Be careful about your farm . When you reach high level of playing karthus you nearly won't miss any qs.
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.
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(sadly saw it was pointless cause people are kids that play ekko and leblanc xDDDD...)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 ! :)
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