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Last updated on May 23, 2010
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Ability Sequence

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

 
 
 
 
 
4/
Sorcery
Alacrity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brute Force
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lethality
Improved Rally
 
 
 
 
 
 
Havoc
 
 

Offense: 9

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

Defense: 0

 
 
 
 
 
Awareness
4/
Expanded Mind
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3/
Quickness
Blink of an Eye
 
 
 
 
 
3/
Intelligence
Mystical Vision
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Presence of the Master
 
 

Utility: 21


Farming

Early on,I use the normal attack and lay waste to last hit minion mobs. At the same time, I use lay waste to harass enemy heroes and hinder their farming. If you can aim lay waste to single target an enemy champion you'll hit for double damage. This is an effective harassment technique if you can pull it off. Many times, I'm able to severely damage (if not kill) the enemy as they try to farm.

Laning/Best Allies

Contrary to popular belief, Karthus makes an excellent solo. If you don't want to solo, Karthus lanes well with pretty much every other hero. Tanks, support, disablers, mages, etc. Some of my favorite laning partners include: Taric, Singed, Alistar, Malphite, and Svir. During laning, Karthus mainly plays the role of farmer/pusher due to the excellent killing power of lay waste/defile. However, Karthus can also function as a chaser/disabler by using wall of pain. The lane mate you have won't change your game plan too much, but you'll want to calibrate slightly to suit your partner. Generally if I'm partnered with a tank, he'll be up front trying to last hit creeps while I nuke/harass any enemy champions that try to attack him. If I'm playing with another mage/disabler, I'll try to coordinate my wall with their nukes/disables to maximize chasing/killing potential. When I'm with support characters, like soraka, I can play out in front while she stays back and heals me.