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Karthus Build Guide by Harambe Homie

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[9.20] Harambe Homie - Karthus the top dog of the jungle!

By Harambe Homie | Updated on October 24, 2019
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Runes: THE BEST RUNE PAGE

Domination
Dark Harvest
Cheap Shot
Eyeball Collection
Ravenous Hunter

Precision
Presence of Mind
Coup de Grace
Bonus:

+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor

Spells:

1 2
IDEAL SUMMONER SPELLS
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

LoL Summoner Spell: Smite

Smite

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[9.20] Harambe Homie - Karthus the top dog of the jungle!

By Harambe Homie
Who Am i?
I am Harambe Homie! I've been playing league since S3 on and off and have climbed to diamond playing JG. I'm currently platinum going for diamond before end of season! I'm currently working on a Youtube channel dedicated to League Of Legends content. I've made a couple different guide videos as well as a couple montages! I really hope you found this guide helpful. I put a lot of time into it!
Karthus - The Top Tier Jungle Back to Top
Karthus in his current state is one of the top 5 Junglers

Karthus is an amazing jungler right now. He out scales and out farms pretty much any other champion in the jungle. His ganking is very strong, and his ability to pick off enemies across the map really helps snowball the game.

This Guide focuses on
    Matchups
    Clear paths
    Item Builds
    Early-mid game
    Team fighting
    Tips and tricks

I have gone on some amazing win streaks with Karthus Jungle and got to play playing him. I won 8 games in a row absolutely smashing Solo Queue!
Playing Karthus - Strategy and Tips Back to Top
Karthus is a very middle of the pack champion in terms of difficult.

His early game clear is amazing, allowing him to hit level 3 and 4 earlier then most junglers. This gives you the opportunity to set up wards and ganks before the enemy jungler can. I've got many early game kills using his amazing clear. When ganking you can easily take a flash. Your "W" provides a massive 40% slow and allows you to do tons of damage.

Once you reach level 6 constantly be looking around the map as you power farm. You can easily pick up kills at this stage. Dark Harvest + Coupe De Grace + Ultimate deals a very high amount of damage. This will help you and all other lanes snowball even harder. Even the enemy laners who currently aren't low in lane will be affected by your ult, this can lead to them being pushed out of lane altogether!

Ensure you take all dragons you possibly can! When the dragon spawns at 5:00, you can easily solo it. Just ensure you have Sorcerers shoes and and fiendish codex. If you don't have enough gold for those items get your support to roam and help clear the dragon. Counter jungle wherever you can as well. Karthus has incredibly fast clear, so you can easily go clear the enemies camps when he isn't around.
Why is Karthus so strong? Back to Top
A lot of people seem to wonder why Karthus is so strong in the current meta and there are many reasons. The main one being he has map pressure without having to be in a specific place

This champion gets to powerfarm AND have early pressure, which is incredibly rare. His clear with his Q is very versatile allowing him to crit on lone camps, and make use of the AOE on camps with lots of units. He also says extremely healthy clearing these camps due to Ravenous Hunter and the Hunter's Talisman

Karthus generally while laning suffers from mana issues, forcing him to buy archangle's staff or Rod of Ages or both! However in the jungle with blue buff, as well as the passive from his jungle items he doesn't run into this issue. He also does absurd amounts of damage with his ult early game with the luden's echo passive on his jungle item.

Early game there is next to no counterplay again his ultimate ability. The only things being Stopwatch and Heal.

In conclusion you can pressure all areas of the map with Requiem, you can clear faster then most junglers, and you can out damage most other champions. Making Karthus one of the best picks in today's meta.
Whats better.. Lane Karthus or Jungle Karthus? Back to Top
One of the biggest debates amongst Karthus mains is what's better? Lane Karthus or Jungle Karthus.

I asked around the Karthus community a lot on Reddit, and I found in Karthus's current state he is much more reliable in the Jungle. The reason being is in the mid lane Assasin's and mobile carry's are very popular right now. Qiyana, Zed, Ekko and more. These assasins can easily dodge around Karthus's abilities in lane and they have the gap closers to kill Karthus and snowball early.

Putting Karthus in the jungle negates all these issues, while he still does have the same innate weakness he isn't exposed to these champions nearly as often. Giving him the ability to farm and scale extremely fast. Making him a much much stronger power pick. He can also press his advantage across the map by providing his ultimate and solo'ing dragons. This allows the entire team to benefit from his power.

Karthus Jungle is much stronger in the current meta, most Karthus mains will agree with this statement.
Is Karthus LCS / CLASH worthy? Back to Top
Karthus is an amazing pick for both LCS and Clash currently as well. He already has been picked up in Competitive league play as you can see in this link here. This was very early on in the season and in my opinion he has only gotten stronger since.

Hard farm junglers are better now then they were at the very start of season 9, and Squishy junglers are popular right now with the rising popularity of Kha'zix and Lee Sin. Making your ult the ideal choice for one-shotting these players.

You will definitely see him picked up in competitive league of legends in the upcoming matches. There has been some word of Karthus Jungle being played in scrimages, however information of these scrimages can't be directly disclosed. It is confidential, if you do start seeing him don't be surprised though!
Liked this guide? Back to Top
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Thank you guys so much for taking the time to review my guide, and I wish you the best of luck in your future climbing ventures with this beast of a champion!

Thankss again!