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Karthus Build Guide by ELOSANTA

ADC master

ADC Karthus - Reinventing The Botlane | Patch 10.24 Karthus

By ELOSANTA | Updated on December 3, 2020
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Runes:

Domination
Dark Harvest
Taste of Blood
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:

ASK SUPPORT TO GO IGNITE
LoL Summoner Spell: Exhaust

Exhaust

LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

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Win 43%
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Champion Build Guide

ADC Karthus - Reinventing The Botlane | Patch 10.24 Karthus

By ELOSANTA
INTRO
I am elosanta, I stream on Twitch.tv/elosanta I have participated in the Baltic esports league and I have peaked rank 8 challenger 929 LP at the start of season 9 and one of the champions I used to climb was karthus, I feel like he is still strong up to this day, and I have many games on him so I think I'm qualified to write a guide.
WHY ADC? Back to Top
As many of you know, Karthus is usually played in the jungle, more rarely Mid/Top. I started playing Karthus botlane after the infamous s8 ADC nerf when infinity edge became basically useless and everyone was playing mages / tanks botlane. Even to ADC's being restored their power with crit items right now, I just feel like Karthus botlane completely STOMPS every single lane down bot. The only lanes that I have been consistantly losing against are Syndra or some other mage botlane. I am practising many other mages botlane (Swain and Syndra seem to be my favorites now, but Heimerdinger and Veigar seem to be really good at this moment aswell). The only downside to playing a mage botlane is that your team will usually have too much AP power, which is why I usually ask my team to pick as many AD champions as they can Mid/Top/Jungle. Even if all three go for AD champions, Karthus just has so much damage that its enough to supply the whole team with AP damage even though 80% of your team is AD based champions.
FIRST RECALL Back to Top
On your first recall most of the time you want to buy Sorcerer's Shoes, because they give you the ability to hit more Q's as you have higher move speed and you have more base damage as well.
NEVER BUY ZHONYAS Back to Top
Zhonyas was a very bad item to get on Karthus in season 10, but in preseason and season 11 you can combo it very well with the burning build (liandrys) but in this build I am showing the night harvester build so Zhonyas should be a bad purchase.
BUILD [IMPORTANT] Back to Top
I am elosanta, I stream on Twitch.tv/elosanta I have participated in the Baltic esports league and I have peaked rank 8 challenger 929 LP at the start of season 9 and one of the champions I used to climb was karthus, I feel like he is still strong up to this day, and I have many games on him so I think I'm qualified to write a guide.
LANING PHASE Back to Top
In the laning phase you want to play aggressively and outpush the enemy lane into their turret, this lets you poke them under their turret making them lose health and they will have to give up minions as well. If doing this make sure to pay attention to the minimap as you will get ganked a lot while pushing. This is great for solo carrying games because if the enemy jungler is ganking you he is not ganking your teammates, which can get them ahead and as long as you don't die from the ganks you should be way more ahead than your enemies as a team.
SESAON 11 Back to Top
Edit of season 11: I have tried builds with liandrys, ludens and Night Harvester and I can say by far the strongest build is Night Harvester . The only downside with using this build is that you run out of mana really quickly. To compensate this I have tried taking Presence of Mind in the runes and buying a Tear of the Goddess as my starting item to help me out with mana problems. As well as that you can grab a Faerie Charm sometimes to help out laning a bit since the mana problem is really a huge one. Other than that I will keep the build updated at the start of the guide so it will always be up to date even if the guide itself isn't. Thanks.
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ADC Karthus - Reinventing The Botlane | Patch 10.24 Karthus
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