Karma Build Guide by C9LemonNation
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Threats to Karma with this build
Karma is a very strong support for kiting / poking. She is a very annoying champion to play against.
She is most effective in a strong kiting / poking comp, so if possible try to pick her in a comp that has good poke. I recommend picking a more all in champion, such as Leona or Annie if your team lacks poke and would rather just brawl.
Ignite is needed for kill pressure and is the best summoner for bullying lane with. Flash is necessary for everyone. Exhaust is a situational choice which is good vs champions such as Yasuo, or AD Carries without mobility.
CDR/ AP are all normal.
Expose Weakness is quite strong, as it boosts the damage of every ally on your team during teamfights.
This is a pretty normal 21 Utility set-up. I do not get Inspiration because it is bad. I prefer Meditation and Fleet of Foot over Phasewalker .
The Utility Tree provides a lot of movespeed, utility, gold generation, mana regeneration, summoner spell, item and ability cooldowns. Karma makes effective use out of all of these things, so 21 utility fits her very well.
With Karma you want to exploit her early game dominance, and this is done by maxing out her early game AP. Using this rune setup makes her Q hit extremely hard early game.
These runes (and the masteries displayed above) do leave Karma extremely squishy, so this will take some getting used to. If you feel you are dying too much with these runes, you could drop some of the Mana Yellows for more HP, or even some of the quints for Armor quints.
|(Passive) Gathering Fire|
(Q) Inner Flame|
Cooldown: 7/6.5/6/5.5/5 seconds
Using this to help clear the ranged minions is commonly helpful in pushing. Otherwise you should be using this to harass down the enemies, spamming it off cooldown basically.
MANTRA'ed: This adds a significant amount of damage, and makes it much easier to hit as the AOE exploded even if it misses. This is the most common Mantra you use throughout the first half of the game. It also leaves a detonation area which explodes shortly after; this causes enemies to move out of the way or get hurt.
(W) Focused Resolve|
Cooldown: 16/15/14/13/12 seconds
This is usually thrown on any enemy trying to hard engage upon you. It's also quite useful for peeling for your ADC. Just save it and throw it on anyone trying to engage upon your or your ADC, usually you want to target melee champs with it.
MANTRA'ed: This increases the damage and gives yourself a huge heal (20% of missing hp and then 20% again if the leash holds). This is a useful skill for baiting enemies early game and winning all ins where you are focused. This is the least used Mantra and should only be used if you are being focused down and need the heal.
Cooldown: 10 seconds
MANTRA'ed: Makes the shield AOE (at half effectiveness for allies not targeted) and does AOE around those cast damaging enemies. This is basically a Shurelia's on cast, and for the second half of the game is the primary way you should be using your Mantra's. AOE speed boost + Shield is extremely strong. Use it on your team to catch enemies or to kite enemies.
Cooldown: 45/42/39/36 seconds
Leveling this up reduces the cooldown and increases the damage of Mantra'ed abilities, making it worth it to level this, rather than just leaving it at lvl 1.
Spellthief's Edge -> Core for AP Harass supports.
Sightstone -> Core for supports.
Sorcerer's Shoes -> Good damage increase for Karma.
Frost Queen's Claim -> Good utility and damage Increase, gives you more catch potential and kite.
Haunting Guise -> Build if they do not have much MR.
Morellonomicon -> Build to max out your CDR, and get some good AP.
Rabadon's Deathcap -> Just lots of AP, is a good 5th or 6th item.
Void Staff -> Build if they have heavy MR.
Attempt to push the wave with auto attacks as much as possible. Use your Inner Flame ( Mantra'd as much as possible) to harass down their ADC or Support, and try to get the wave pushing on their turret. Karma is the most effective support at harassing down enemies under their turret, and you can cause the enemy ADC to miss many creeps due to your high pressure.
Karma is not a super effective ganker, due to her squishy nature and lack of really hard CC. I recommend mostly getting wards down and staying with your ADC, and trying to push down turrets. Once you guys get the turret bot lane, you should rotate to mid lane and try to harass them down under turret and slowly finish turrets.
Karma is quite effective at grouping, as she provides a large amount of mobility to her entire team with Talisman of Ascension and her Mantra'd shield, Defiance. I recommend staying with the large part of your team and attempting to poke the enemies as much as possible. Always be ready to use Talisman and mantra'd shield to help your team engage, or to allow your team to run away from an engage.
During teamfights you should be Mantra'ing her shield as much as possible, as an AOE shield and speed boost helps immensely. You should be spamming her shield on to your ADC as much as possible. Use Karma's Focused Resolve on any melee champion that tries to get on to you or your ADC, and use your Inner Flame to help your ADC kite any champion trying to get to him.