Karthus Build Guide

Karthus the global destruction expert (27/12/15)

Updated 1 year ago
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[i]Update in progress[/i] b]Greetings Summoner, and welcome to my Karthus guide! In this guide I will be covering the most important things you should know about Karthus. Sit back and get your favorite drink, because this is gonna be long.[/b] Here I want to link Mid Lane Guide by ScrapComputer, don't get discouraged by the length of the video because it is full of interesting stuff, and even though it is old, most of it still applies to the current state of the game. It is definately worth your time. This guide has helped me greatly, so many thanks to ScrapComputer for making it (you might want to watch at 1.25 speed) [vid=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu1dJqhjcIs] [vid=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hhsvVz2B2c] If you feel like getting even more distracted, take a look at his other videos as well, they are full of interesting tips and the like. Here is also the Champion Spotlight, which I highly recommend you to watch. [vid=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSKw3m7JGvg] Pros: -One of the best teamfighting champions in the game -Safe ranged farming -Global presence, can pick up kills from other lanes in the early game and snowball, while at the same time assisting your team as well -Can run [img=summoners/exhaust.png] in mid lane -Practically never picked, surprises your enemies, who often miscalculate due to inexperience with Karthus as an opponent and do not expect his damage -Gets stronger the later the game goes and never falls off Cons: -Weak and squishy early game -[img=skills/karthus/q.png] can be tough to land consistently and takes a lot of practice -No hard CC -Mana hungry -No escape/gapcloser -[img=skills/karthus/w.png] got nerfed [i]for some reason[/i] -Item dependant -Dead

hus/r.png] or avoid dying in any way (selfcasted shields not included): -[img=champ/aatrox.png]: When trying to ult him, make sure his [img=skills/aatrox/p.png] is down (his second bar will be grey) -[img=champ/alistar.png]: Just keep in mind his ult that greatly reduces damage [img=skills/alistar/r.png], also do not forget about his [img=skills/alistar/e.png] since it can mess you up -[img=champ/anivia.png]: Mind her egg [img=skills/anivia/p.png] -[img=champ/blitzcrank.png]: Make sure his mana barrier [img=skills/blitzcrank/p.png] is down -[img=champ/drmundo.png]: NEVER EVER EVER ULT MUNDO!!! No matter how low his HP is, he apparently always has just enough to survive your ult. -[img=champ/elise.png]: She can dodge it with Rappel [img=skills/elise/e.png] -[img=champ/fiora.png]: Her [img=skills/fiora/w.png] will block all damage taken if she times it right -[img=champ/fizz.png]: His trollpole [img=skills/fizz/e.png] will dodge your ult -[img=champ/janna.png]: AoE heal [img=skills/janna/r.png] and a massive shield [img=skills/janna/e.png] -[img=champ/kalista.png]: She cannot save herself, but she can save her support by ulting him [img=skills/kalista/r.png]. -[img=champ/karma.png]: She has a shield [img=skills/karma/e.png] -[img=champ/kayle.png]: She can heal [img=skills/kayle/w.png] and ult [img=skills/kayle/r.png] anyone close to her -[img=champ/leesin.png]: He can shield himself and an ally [img=skills/leesin/w.png] -[img=champ/lissandra.png]: She can ult herself [img=skills/lissandra/r.png] -[img=champ/lulu.png]: She can shield [img=skills/lulu/e.png] or ult [img=skills/lulu/r.png] anyone close to her -[img=champ/lux.png]: She has an AoE shield [img=skills/lux/w.png] -[img=champ/maokai.png]: While he is travelling he is untargetable [img=skills/maokai/w.png] -[img=champ/masteryi.png]: While he is in the alpha strike [img=skills/masteryi/q.png] animation he is untargetable, he can also meditate [img=skills/masteryi/w.png] to block damage -[img=champ/nidalee.png]: She can heal [img=skills/nidalee/e.png] people, but AP nidalee is no longer played much so the heal should be weak -[img=champ/nocturne.png]: He can spellshield [img=skills/nocturne/w.png] it and gain attack speed too -[img=champ/orianna.png]: She can shield [img=skills/orianna/e.png] someone -[img=champ/poppy.png]: If she can ult [img=skills/poppy/r.png] someone else than you she will take no damage -[img=champ/shen.png]: He can save anyone with his ult [img=skills/shen/r.png] -[img=champ/sivir.png]: She can spellshield [img=skills/sivir/e.png] it and gain mana -[img=champ/sona.png]: She can heal someone and shield [img=skills/sona/w.png] anyone close to her -[img=champ/soraka.png]: BANE OF YOUR EXISTANCE [img=skills/soraka/r.png] -[img=champ/taric.png]: He can heal someone [img=skills/taric/q.png] -[img=champ/thresh.png]: Shield [img=skills/thresh/w.png] -[img=champ/tryndamere.png]: He can ult [img=skills/tryndamere/r.png] it, but if he barely survives a fight because of his ult you can kill him afterwards -[img=champ/vladimir.png]: He can trollpool [img=skills/vladimir/w.png] it -[img=champ/zilean.png]: He can revive someone [img=skills/zilean/r.png] -[img=champ/ekko.png]: He can time his [img=skills/ekko/r.png] just right to block the damage, or use it earlier to heal -[img=champ/tahmkench.png]: He can [img=skills/tahmkench/w.png] someone, and has a strong shield himself [img=skills/tahmkench/e.png]

Early game is critical for [img=champ/karthus.png], you want to farm as much as possible and avoid fights. Ward and keep track of their jungler. If you die, stay at your tower for the rest of the laning phase. You want to get to level 6 ASAP with the least deaths possible. I usually back as soon as I hit level 6, buy my [img=items/tear-of-the-goddess.png] and continue laning. At this stage you want to be looking for kills around the map. Your first [img=skills/karthus/r.png] should always be a kill, do not risk it otherwise since you will be put behind. As always, keep farming and playing safe.While trading, remember that although I recommend picking up an early point in [img=skills/karthus/e.png], [b]you should use it very conservatively![/b] The point is just there to help with mana, if you try to fight with this open you will run out of mana to cast [img=skills/karthus/q.png].

Mid game starts when the first towers fall and people start grouping. Dragon and towers should be the objectives, and teamfights will start as the teams contest them. Remember that if you catch somebody alone, a Wall followed up by Q's and an ult is lethal and can (and will) surprise them with the huge amount of damage. Keep farming, but don't forget to help your team with teamfights or Dragon. If you see enemies in another lane, group with your team to take down mid and roam. Also remember that you are a strong duelist with [img=summoners/exhaust.png], and can even duel fed people, provided you survive long enough to put down the damages and that you actually land these damages. Finally, I really like buying wards and upgrading my trinket at this stage, since vision can easily win or lose you games.

You are a monster and can duel anyone. Try to get objectives and don't forget that Dragon is still valuable, as the bonuses it gives are great. Work with your team and rotate around the map. Wards are very important, try to have a [img=items/vision-ward.png] somewhere as everyone can have only 1 pink so the support can't to the warding alone. A [img=items/sweeping-lens.png] will really help with vision by making sure the enemy does not see you. Try baiting Baron to force a teamfight, or simply push down mid to force the enemy to react. Your [img=skills/karthus/r.png] should be getting doubles and triples, as it can easily wipe out half the HP bar of a squishy. Don't forget that at this stage, your [img=skills/karthus/r.png] is not just a finisher. You can use it to force enemies away. For example, if you are trying to get an inhibitor turret, using [img=skills/karthus/r.png] will greatly reduce the enemy team's HP, giving you an advantage at the siege since they are low.

In teamfights, turn on your [img=skills/karthus/e.png], place [img=skills/karthus/w.png] and walk or [img=summoners/flash.png] in the middle of the enemy team. When you are in a position that your [img=skills/karthus/e.png] hits as many as possible, start using your [img=skills/karthus/q.png] to melt enemies. If you are being focused, [img=items/zhonyas-hourglass.png] and [img=items/seraphs-embrace.png] will make you impossible to kill. If you die, keep dealing damage and feel free to [img=skills/karthus/r.png] after 3 seconds of your [img=skills/karthus/p.png] have passed. Many times you will die since you are so close to the enemy that you are the easiest to focus, but if your team wins the fight you should be happy.

I hope my guide helped you learn a thing or two about Karthus! He may be unpopular but he is very fun to play! Please rate and comment as this is my first guide and I want to improve! GL&HF summoner and I will see you on the Rift!

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