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Karthus Build Guide by Travster1

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Travster1

Karthus Surviveability and AP Carry

Travster1 Last updated on July 13, 2011
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Ability Sequence

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

 
 
 
 
 
Sorcery
Alacrity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brute Force
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lethality
Improved Rally
 
 
 
 
 
 
Havoc
 
 

Offense: 0

 
 
 
 
 
3/
Strength of Spirit
Evasion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Veteran's Scars
Willpower
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ardor
Reinforce
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tenacity
 
 

Defense: 12

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3/
Quickness
Blink of an Eye
 
 
 
 
 
Intelligence
Mystical Vision
 
 
 
 
 
 
Presence of the Master
 
 

Utility: 18


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Runes

Greater Mark of Insight: These are useful for what else bypassing enemy magic resist.
Greater Seal of Replenishment: I use these because it helps early game with mana but is loses its usefulness later in the game.
Greater Glyph of Potency: I use these to assist in early game kills. I feel that if you dont do well early game you won't do to well later game.
Greater Quintessence of Fortitude: Add a bit of surviability.


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Masteries

The masteries I chose gives Karthas surviablity and can continue to dish out damage


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Items

Sorcerer's Shoes: Basic caster shoes
Majia's Soulstealer: If played correctly Karthas ends up getting quite a few kills giving him a lot of stacks
Rod of Ages: Good for survivability and AP
Rabadons Deathcap: usual caster item
Rylai's Crystal Scepter: Good slow for his E spell, surviability, and AP
Void Staff: Good magic pen and more AP


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Skill Sequence

Use lay waste to harass and farm. In a team fight stand by and cast some lay waste once the initial burst is over or you think you can use defile without dieing go for it. Use wall of pain to run, keep people from running, or to weaken the enemy in a team fight. Don't waste requiem. Coordinate with your team to get kills in different lanes or kill enemy champs who have ran and got away with low health. Don't expect to always get the kill as it can easily be countered by item such as Banshee's Veil and abilitys that shield or regenerate health.


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Summoner Spells

Clarity: Great spell for Karthus because he does suffer from man starvation
Flash: useful for escape and chasing
Ghost: useful for escape and chasing
Ignite: early game kills
Exhaust: great for preventing escape but wall of pain is basically the same so it might be a waste
Other summoner spells: I don't feel any of them would be of great use to Karthus


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Pros / Cons

Pro:
Good Farmer
Good Harassment
Can get kills in other lanes
Can continuously dish out damage
Con:
Semi squishy
No definite escape ability
Needs good map awareness
Needs good positioning
Mana Starved


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Summary

Good champ if played correctly. Don't initiate fights leave that to the tank. Keep on doing damage but try to stay alive. This is my first build so sorry if its not made correctly. Hopefully it helps out. Good luck.