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[7.24] 85% W/R Diamond Karthus: Death Defied
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CDR Karthus Support
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Play aggressive early, deny her farm, zone her with Q's. She's pretty bad early until she gets her level 6. By then you should be enough ahead.
This match up is all about abusing her before level 6 and dodging her skillshots. Try to sidestep whenever you feel she is going to Q/E you. She can all in you at 6 if she is ahead, kill you and escape so be careful, and play aggressive early. Only thing that makes this a hard matchup is her skillshots.
Easy match up, you outrange her, deny her farm and make her weak prior to her 6. If she all ins on 6, exhaust and kill her.
This one is tricky. If its a good Aurelion Sol, he will outtrade you since he is moving faster and has a nice zoning tool. Try to farm safely under tower and get kills from other lanes with your ult.
Same as Ahri. If you dodge his skillshots, you can win, otherwise he can hurt a lot.
Very hard matchup if you face a good Ekko. Only choice you have is abuse your level 1/2 and get him real low, and zone him. If he gets a gank, you're toast. Your late game is better, so try farming under tower.
Easy matchup, he gets rekt before 6, nothing he can do. If he all ins, Exhaust and finish.
Abuse before level 6. Deny farm. Late game he hurts but your all around team damage is better than his.
Lol. Nothing to say. Q his turrets, Q him to death.
Easy peasy. Q him to death, nothing he can do. Control your lane and freeze it!
She can win the trades and kill you with ignite at level 4/5, make sure you keep her low at level 1-2 and she can't do much. Exhaust her when she ults. Be careful of getting all in'd when you're too low!
Very annoying match up. She can out trade you in level 3, so use your level 1 advantage. Farm under tower after that.
Meh. Avoid skillshots, abuse Q. Its a 50/50 match up.
This one can surprise you by far! Be careful, his pokes are insanely op. You win early levels so use that to your advantage and deny him farm.
A good leblanc will one shot you, and sneak up damage before you can react. Best thing you can do is farm under tower and beat her later. Hard match up.
Easy match up, all in her on level 1 / 2 and she can't do much.
Very annoying especially after level 6. Avoid his skillshots and win. Take too much damage and you can lose the lane.
What can I say, it's syndra. She is currently broken, but she is pretty bad early. Noone can stand your Q's damage, so hit them and zone her. Be careful because she has high range poke.
A good yasuo will trade you and get out without taking too much damage. A bad yasuo (most of them) will take a lot of free damage from your q's. It's a skill matchup.
Hit your q's, win. Miss your q's, and you run out of mana. Skill matchup
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#15 best Karthus in the world, valid for december 2016.
I got to Diamond with Karthus support only, after 54-22 wins/losses, and a 70% win rate!
I played with Challengers as well!
Karthus is all about zoning, having sustained DPS and punishing those who dare to dive your death zone. I have started maining Karthus in late Season 6, and I currently win against D2 players in flex. I have an 83.3% win rate, standing on 40 wins and 8 losses.
This guide will show you that Karthus support is viable, broken, and secret OP.
There is only one thing you have to do in order to master Karthus - hitting your Q's.
It takes lots and lots of practice, but after a while, I assure you, you will be the master of anticipation.
This is a Karthus support game that I won in, where we got camped bot lane for like 10 times as a 4 man dive, but still won the game. Look at the damage, and see what I mean when I say Karthus support.
Rylai was nerfed, but its still powerful if you can land your Q's - with max CDR its a perma slow.
Remember that Q deals increased damage if you hit an isolated enemy, so when you last his, try to hit the minions to their side.
W is a great initiate on jungle ganks. Not that great against gap closers.
E is very powerful when enemies all in you, you can kite with Rylai and add a perma slow.
Always consider when to use R. Always watch the map for fights. Your R can determine a losing bot lane fight, a top lane, or maybe even get a kill when their jungler is low.
If you don't feel you're going to contribute to your teamfight, or get a kill, save R for next time, use it wisely since it has a very high cooldown. Getting CDR on karthus can be nice but will reduce your damage, this is why I don't take it. I guess I have to experiment a bit more on CDR and compare the damage.
As mid/support I always do the most damage, and in 30 minutes games I usually do 50k+ damage! That is insane!
Just ignore it and prove them that the meta doesn't have to be what they say it is.
Your initial Q DPS is one of the most powerful DPS's in the game in level 1.
Q the backline of the caster minions once for early push to level 2, and ZONE THEM!
Your Q range is insane! You can have a huge rage, around ezreal's Q range. Stand on the side or behind your adc and Q them. You can easily get their adc or support as low as 20-30% hp for perma zoning, or for a swifting all ins by your adc.
For all ins, if you have a decent adc, you will win it definitely. They can't match your DPS!
Karthus works best with:
Twitch is the perfect ally because his DPS on level 1-2 is one of the best in the game right now. With a good twitch, you can 2v2 the lane and destroy them, and even 2v3 if the jungler comes - you get killed, you can still kill him with your passive. I reached diamond 2 with a twitch premade just by playing this, completely dominating the game.
Even though Lucian is one of the weakest in the current Meta, his early DPS is very strong, and provides good dueling on bot lane.
Jhin has insane pokes and can outtrade the enemy with his 4th shot. A good Jhin can follow up his skillshot with your W and Q, stunning in the enemy, providing another Q and finish up with his ult.
What about Sighstone?
Sure , you can take sighstone after Tear but I don't recommend it. You can still ward properly with a trinket and a pink ward which I always take. You will have reduced damage, and usually it doesn't really prevent a 4v2 dive. Just be careful and don't push the lane when you see mid is missing. If jungler focuses too much on your lane, you might lose it but your late game is a monster, allowing a team cleanup. Remember if you're getting camped, and other lanes are also losing, the jungler didn't do his job. If bot is getting camped, jungler always has to put pressure on other lanes or just counter jungle.
In low elo I recommend to play mid, and when you get to plat+ you can carry as support. The higher the elo, the easier it is to carry bot.
+ Can harass from far away
+ Can safe farm under tower
+ Highest DPS in teamfights if enemy team fights around your passive
+ Global ult that changes fights around
- No dashes, can die to divers
- Useless late game if your team doesn't teamfight with you
- Can't harass as much until you get tear
- Hard to hit Q's without Rylai
- Skillshot based champion