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League of Legends Build Guide Author Gramps Tewks

Freddy Mercury: Voodoo Shaman!

Gramps Tewks Last updated on November 18, 2011
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Ability Sequence

1
3
5
7
9
Ability Key Q
4
12
13
15
18
Ability Key W
2
8
10
14
17
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

 
 
 
 
 
4/
Durability
Vigor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honor Guard
Mercenary
 
 
 
 
 
 
Juggernaut
 
 

Defense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mastermind
 

Utility: 0


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Introduction

Hello and welcome to Freddy Mercury: Voodoo Shaman!; 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 Undead King of the Swamps!



Here's jjgrover9's Fan-Made Champion Spotlight, in which he highlights Karthus's abilities, playstyle, and possible builds:



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.

As always, endless kudos upon 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


+ Spammable harass ( Lay Waste)
+ Fantastic duelist!
+ Unreal farm.
+ THE Ultimate!!! Requiem

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Cons


- Mana and Map-awareness are of the highest priority!
- Karthus is a slow Shaman indeed.
- If you Requiem, they will QQ :3


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Masteries

Masteries
2/5
4/1
4/5
1/5
1/1
4/1
4/
1/
3/5
1/1
4/1
1/1

The Offensive Tree suits Karthus splendidly, while the Defensive Masteries negate his squishiness quite effectively!

Executioner deals extra damage to your Requiem targets :3


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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: There's a really good reason that pro tournament matches always feature 10 Flash.
Try it, master it, love it.
It'll save your life.
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Teleport: Excellent for mid-laning!
Karthus is also quite slow, so Teleport helps keep him in the action.


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Skill Discussion


  • Death Defied: Defy death and demoralize your opponents!

  • 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 a great escape alternate to Flash.

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

  • Requiem (R): In discussion for Most-OP-Ultimate!
    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 first for excellent harass and farm! Level Defile next, but put a point in Wall of Pain now and then.
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 $$$!

You need Rabadon's Deathcap online as soon as humanly possible.
If you can, catch your opponent off-guard with a Wall of Pain-> Defile-> Lay Waste combo!
When executed correctly, this will do MASSIVE DAMAGE.

FARM.

Rainbow!



Mid-Game

Karthus' Mid-Game begins when he's farmed out Rabadon's Deathcap!

If you K.O. your Caitlyn, Veigar, or whoever (and have over 1/2 health), go find a lane to gank and rack up some Shaman-induced kills!
Push your turret, farm, and help your teammates.

Late-Game

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


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Summary

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

Just press R to get your kills!

~Gramps Tewks