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League of Legends Build Guide Author Gramps Tewks

Do You... Feel.. a Chill? YES I DO

Gramps Tewks Last updated on May 16, 2012

Ability Sequence

1
4
7
9
12
Ability Key Q
3
14
15
17
18
Ability Key W
2
5
8
10
13
Ability Key E
6
11
16
Ability Key R





Not Updated For Current Season

The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunder
4/
Archmage
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Executioner
 
 

Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
Durability
Vigor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honor Guard
Mercenary
 
 
 
 
 
 
Juggernaut
 
 

Defense: 1

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mastermind
 

Utility: 8


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Introduction

Hello and welcome to Do You... Feel.. a Chill?; a Karthus build guide of a different color!

I'm Gramps Tewks, and I'll be your curator as we explore the possibilities of playing with the Wall of Pain-placing, Lay Waste-hurling, Defile-spinning, Requiem-firing Undead King of the Swamps!



"The only people who complain about Karthus are the people who don't play him."
An excellent parody video for your verymuch wish-fulfillment:



Please comment and rate in the comments section below; share your experiences playing with or against Karthus and/or put in your criticism about the guide itself.

Kudos to the incomparable JhoiJhoi for the template, which you can find here.

Onward, then!


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Pros / Cons

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Pros


+ Lay Waste + Defile = $$$
+ Fantastic duelist!
+ Unreal farm.
+ THE Ultimate!!! Requiem

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Cons


- Mana and Map-awareness required!
- Karthus is a slow Shaman indeed.
(Get Swiftness !)
- Not careful? You'll feed :3


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Masteries

Masteries
4/4
4/3
1/1
3/1
4/3
4/1
1/1
1/2
1/1
3/3
4/3

The Offensive Mastery Tree MASSIVELY boosts Karthus' damage!

Swiftness and Good Hands are craaazy good.


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Runes

Runes

Greater Mark of Magic Penetration
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
9

Greater Quintessence of Health
3


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Summoner Spells


Flash: Completely essential! Escapes, wall jumps, and surprise Wall of Pain or Defile kills are made possible by our good friend, Flash ;)
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Heal: Between Defile, Lay Waste, and Requiem, it's hard for a good Karthus to NOT finish people off!
Heal helps him survive the encounter.


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Skill Discussion


  • Death Defied: Defy death and demoralize your opponents! So so so good.

  • Lay Waste (Q): This is the reason why you can farm like a demon.
    This is the reason why you can control a lane.
    This is the reason why you can fully charge a Tear of the Goddess!

  • Wall of Pain (W): Great for trapping people in your Defile and Lay Waste barrage! Wall of Pain also serves as an excellent escape alternate to Flash.

  • Defile (E): Mini- Crowstorm on a stick! Careful usage is required, due to the Mana-drain. Defile is disgustingly powerful with high Ability Power!

  • Requiem (R): FUN. Requiem is my favorite skill in the game :D
    Always watch the map for kills and coordinate with your teammates!


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Skill Sequence

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

Max Lay Waste alongside Defile so that your Mana Regen matches your damage output and Defile doesn't drain lots of Mana until you can afford it! Wall of Pain comes last.
Grab Requiem, as always, at 6, 11, and 16.


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Items


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Gameplay

Early-Game

Karthus was pretty much custom-made for solo mid. He takes practice, but is fantastic when played well.

Your early goal is to FARM all day and night. Auto-attack and Lay Waste the **** outta minions for $$$!
Remember that Defile restores Mana per creep score ^^

Charge Tear of the Goddess as soon as (in)humanly possible.
If you can, coordinate a jungle gank with a Flash-> Wall of Pain + full spell combo!
This is rumored to induce death ;)

FARM.



Mid-Game

Karthus' Mid-Game begins when he's farmed out Rabadon's Deathcap!
Push turrets, farm, and help your teammates.

Late-Game

DESTROY the Nexus with your teammates!
Let the tougher ones initiate, then unleash unliving anguish upon the enemy!


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Summary

He's DPS with Lay Waste. He's got Anivia's Crystallize and Fiddlesticks' Crowstorm, with finer control and utility on each, and Requiem is the most powerful Ultimate in the game!

Karthus be de bomb-diggity Diable Tonnere, with outrageous skills that can't be matched and Paket Kongo from a higher astral plane~

Just press R to get your kills!

~Gramps Tewks


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