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Karthus Build Guide by Karthicide

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Karthicide

Suicide Karthus, dying on purpose killing them on accident

Karthicide Last updated on June 28, 2013
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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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Executioner
 
 

Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honor Guard
 
 

Defense: 0

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pickpocket
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nimble
 
 

Utility: 9


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Introduction

This is my Karthus build. I call it suicide Karthus but it's not a troll build. The build is meant to rely on item cooldowns (Zhonya's and Seraph's) to provide in fight survivability until they finally kill you triggering your passive at which time you use your ult and do tons of damage to everyone.


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Runes

Pretty stock AP Carry runes. Magic Pen marks, Armor Seals, Scaling Magic Resist glyphs, and some flat Ability Power in the Quintessences.


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Items

The items in this build are meant to enhance the suicide playstyle which is extremely viable with Karthus. To start with, you grab a Saphire Crystal and some Pots. You build this into a Tear of the Goddess and grab your boots on your first back. After that, build your Sorcerer's Shoes and rush Rabadon's Deathcap and Zhonya's Hourglass. This will give you a lot of ability power along with the Zhonya active to help you stay alive in team fights (always make sure you have Defile on before you activate Zhonya's so you can keep doing damage while invulnerable. The next thing you build is an Archangel's staff which should immediately turn into Seraph's Staff giving you the mana shield active since your Tear of the Goddess should be full. Those are the big items for the suicide Karthus build. After that just grab a Void Staff to max your damage along with a Rylai's Crystl Scepter to increase your longevity in engagements. The key is that you shouldn't be afraid to die and you should try to die completely surrounded because of your afterlife passive which allows you to stay alive with defile on and spam some Lay Wastes before eventually triggering Requiem and annihilating the enemy team.


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Spells

I have really like Teleport and Flash. Every Karthus needs flash because it is the only escapability you have, and ignite really isn't necessary. Plus the map control from teleport combined with your wall make you a very effective tele-ganker.


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Pros / Cons

Pros
Massive damage capabilities
Global ult
Passive allows him to contribute even once he's been killed

Cons
Very squishy
Not very mobile
No escapability when flash is down
Big cooldown on ult.