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Playstyle Builds

Pro Builds

  1. Broxah

    Luden's Tempest

    vs

    Viego
  2. Canyon

    Liandry's Anguish

    vs

    Sylas
  3. WhiteKnight

    Liandry's Anguish

    vs

    Sylas
  4. Josedeodo

    Liandry's Anguish

    vs

    Rammus
  5. Tumay

    Luden's Tempest

    vs

    Elise

Core Build Order

Scorchclaw Pup
Health Potion

Starting

Liandry's Anguish
Lost ChapterFiendish Codex

1st

Sorcerer's Shoes
Boots

2nd

Shadowflame
Hextech AlternatorNeedlessly Large Rod

3rd

Rabadon's Deathcap
Needlessly Large RodNeedlessly Large Rod

4th

Zhonya's Hourglass
Seeker's ArmguardStopwatchFiendish Codex

5th

Void Staff
Blighting JewelBlasting Wand

6th

Scorchclaw Pup
Health Potion

Starting

Liandry's Anguish
Lost ChapterFiendish Codex

1st

Sorcerer's Shoes
Boots

2nd

Shadowflame
Hextech AlternatorNeedlessly Large Rod

3rd

Rabadon's Deathcap
Needlessly Large RodNeedlessly Large Rod

4th

Zhonya's Hourglass
Seeker's ArmguardStopwatchFiendish Codex

5th

Void Staff
Blighting JewelBlasting Wand

6th

Core Build Path

Lost Chapter
Fiendish Codex
Liandry's Anguish
Boots
Sorcerer's Shoes
Hextech Alternator
Needlessly Large Rod
Shadowflame

Summoner Spells

FlashSmite

Starting Items

Health PotionScorchclaw Pup

Damage Breakdown

91% AP

Runes

PrecisionDominationSorceryInspirationResolve
ElectrocutePredatorDark HarvestHail of Blades
Cheap ShotTaste of BloodSudden Impact
Zombie WardGhost PoroEyeball Collection
Treasure HunterIngenious HunterRelentless HunterUltimate Hunter
PrecisionSorceryInspirationResolve
OverhealTriumphPresence of Mind
Legend: AlacrityLegend: TenacityLegend: Bloodline
Coup de GraceCut DownLast Stand
Death Defied

1

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8

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15

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17

18

Lay Waste

Q

Q

Q

Q

Q

Wall of Pain

W

W

W

W

W

Defile

E

E

E

E

E

Requiem

R

R

R

Skill Order

Q

E

W

Karthus's Matchups

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Karthus's Trends

Playing against Karthus

Key Insights
If
Q
only hits one enemy, it deals double damage.
Q
and
W
reveal their affected areas.
E
deals an extra tick of damage when Karthus recasts it.
R
damages all targetable enemy champions.
Strengths
Even if Karthus is killed first, he continues fighting with
P
, giving his team an advantage in fights since enemy resources were used on him.
Forces enemies to play with a "lower HP bar" since he can cast
R
at any point to finish them off.
Synergizes well with
Liandry's Anguish
,
Shadowflame
,
Horizon Focus
,
Rabadon's Deathcap
,
Zhonya's Hourglass
, and
Rylai's Crystal Scepter
. Can opt for
Night Harvester
or
Luden's Tempest
for more burst.
Weaknesses
Completely immobile, leaving him vulnerable to ganks.
When fighting, if Karthus misses a single
Q
, it becomes much harder to land one.
Buying
Edge of Night
/
Hexdrinker
as an AD champion,
Banshee's Veil
as a mage, or
Locket of the Iron Solari
as a support/tank will aid in negating
R
's damage.