Patch 9.22 3v3 TR Karthus Build Guide

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Welcome to the METAsrc Karthus build guide.

We've used our extensive database of League of Legends stats along with proprietary algorithms to calculate the most optimal build for Karthus. This algorithm is able to determine the best summoner spells, item build order, skill order, runes reforged, rune stats, counters, and team mates. Reference it during all phases of the game to ensure that you always have an edge over the competition.

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Best Summoner Spells

Flash
Teleports your champion a short distance toward your cursor's location.
Flash
44%
Smite
Deals 390-1000 true damage (depending on champion level) to target epic, large, or medium monster or enemy minion. Restores Health based on your maximum life when used against monsters.
Smite
50%

Best Starting Items

Health Potion
Limited to 5 at one time. Limited to 1 type of Healing Potion.

Click to Consume: Restores 150 Health over 15 seconds.
Health Potion
37%
Tear of the Goddess
+250 Mana

UNIQUE Passive - Awe: Refunds 10% of Mana spent.
UNIQUE Passive - Mana Charge: Grants 4 maximum Mana on Mana expenditure (up to 3 times per 12 seconds).

Caps at +750 Mana.

Limited to 1 Tear item.
Tear of the Goddess
37%
Doran's Ring
+60 Health
+15 Ability Power
+5 Mana per 5 seconds


Passive: Basic attacks deal an additional 5 physical damage to minions on hit.
Doran's Ring
38%
Hunter's Talisman

UNIQUE Passive - Tooth: Damaging a monster with a spell or attack steals 30 Health over 5 seconds and burns them for 60 magic damage. While in the jungle or river, regenerate up to 8 Mana per second based on your missing Mana. This item grants Monster Hunter.

Limited to 1 Gold Income or Jungle item.
Hunter's Talisman
54%

Best Item Build Order

Enchantment: Runic Echoes
+80 Ability Power
+10% Cooldown Reduction
+300 Mana


UNIQUE Passive - Echo: Gain charges upon moving or casting. At 100 charges, the next damaging spell hit expends all charges to deal 60 (+10% of Ability Power) bonus magic damage to up to 4 targets on hit.

This effect deals 250% damage to Large Monsters. Hitting a Large Monster with this effect will restore 25% of your missing Mana.

Limited to 1 Gold Income or Jungle item.
Enchantment: Runic Echoes
57%
Sorcerer's Shoes
Limited to 1 pair of boots.

+18 Magic Penetration

UNIQUE Passive - Enhanced Movement: +45 Movement Speed
Sorcerer's Shoes
42%
Rod of Ages
+300 Health
+300 Mana
+60 Ability Power


Passive: Grants +20 Health, +10 Mana, and +4 Ability Power per stack (max +200 Health, +100 Mana, and +40 Ability Power). Grants 1 stack per minute (max 10 stacks).
UNIQUE Passive - Eternity: 15% of damage taken from champions is gained as Mana. Spending Mana restores 20% of the cost as Health, up to 25 per spell cast.
Rod of Ages
33%
Archangel's Staff
+50 Ability Power
+650 Mana
+10% Cooldown Reduction


UNIQUE Passive - Haste: This item gains an additional 10% Cooldown Reduction.
UNIQUE Passive - Awe: Grants Ability Power equal to 1% of maximum Mana. Refunds 25% of Mana spent.
UNIQUE Passive - Mana Charge: Grants +8 maximum Mana (max +750 Mana) for each Mana expenditure (occurs up to 3 times every 12 seconds).

Transforms into Seraph's Embrace at +750 Mana.

Limited to 1 Tear item.
Archangel's Staff
53%
Wooglet's Witchcap
+100 Ability Power
+45 Armor


UNIQUE Passive: Increases Ability Power by 25%
UNIQUE Active: Champion becomes invulnerable and untargetable for 2.5 seconds, but is unable to move, attack, cast spells, or use items during this time (120 second cooldown).
Wooglet's Witchcap
51%
Void Staff
+70 Ability Power

UNIQUE Passive - Dissolve: +40% Magic Penetration.
Void Staff
31%

Best Skill Order

Death Defied
Upon dying, Karthus enters a spirit form that allows him to continue casting spells for 7 seconds.
Death Defied
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Lay Waste
Karthus unleashes a delayed blast at a location, dealing damage to nearby enemies.
Lay Waste
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Wall of Pain
Karthus creates a passable screen of leeching energy. Any enemy units that walk through the screen have their Movement Speed and Magic Resist reduced for a period.
Wall of Pain
WWWWW
Defile
Karthus passively steals energy from his victims, gaining Mana on each kill. Alternatively, Karthus can surround himself in the souls of his prey, dealing damage to nearby enemies, but quickly draining his own Mana.
Defile
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Requiem
After channeling for 3 seconds, Karthus deals damage to all enemy champions.
Requiem
RRR

Best Runes Reforged

Domination
Burst damage and target access
Dark Harvest
Damaging a Champion below 50% health deals adaptive damage and harvests their soul, permanently increasing Dark Harvest's damage by 5.

Dark Harvest damage: 20-60 (based on level) (+5 damage per soul) (+0.25 bonus AD) (+0.15 AP)
Cooldown: 45s (resets to 1.5s on takedown)
Taste of Blood
Heal when you damage an enemy champion.

Healing: 18-35 (+0.2 bonus AD, +0.1 AP) health (based on level)

Cooldown: 20s
Eyeball Collection
Collect eyeballs for champion takedowns. Gain an adaptive bonus of 1.2 Attack Damage or 2 Ability Power, per eyeball collected.

Upon completing your collection at 10 eyeballs, additionally gain an adaptive bonus of 6 Attack Damage, or 10 Ability Power.

Collect 1 eyeball per champion takedown.
Ravenous Hunter
Heal for a percentage of the damage dealt by your abilities.
Healing: 1.5% + 2.5% per Bounty Hunter stack.

Bounty Hunter stacks are earned the first time you get a takedown on each enemy champion.

Healing reduced to one third for Area of Effect abilities.
Precision
Improved attacks and sustained damage
Coup de Grace
Deal 8% more damage to champions who have less than 40% health.
Triumph
Takedowns restore 12% of your missing health and grant an additional 20 gold.



'The most dangerous game brings the greatest glory.'
—Noxian Reckoner
Adaptive
+9 Adaptive Force
Adaptive
+9 Adaptive Force
HealthScaling
+15-90 Health (based on level)
Karthus is countered by (under 49% win rate)
Darius
Tier:God
Score:66.30
Win Rate:56.20%
Pick Rate:14.66%
Ban Rate:46.19%
KDA Ratio:2.05
Darius, the Hand of Noxus
-5.2
Lee Sin
Tier:Above Average
Score:51.47
Win Rate:46.98%
Pick Rate:15.99%
Ban Rate:5.99%
KDA Ratio:1.89
Lee Sin, the Blind Monk
-6.1
Yasuo
Tier:God
Score:84.40
Win Rate:52.29%
Pick Rate:44.98%
Ban Rate:41.66%
KDA Ratio:1.72
Yasuo, the Unforgiven
-7.5
Sivir
Tier:Bad
Score:35.16
Win Rate:38.92%
Pick Rate:10.00%
Ban Rate:0.12%
KDA Ratio:0.38
Sivir, the Battle Mistress
-8.3
Ahri
Tier:Above Average
Score:54.70
Win Rate:54.49%
Pick Rate:4.43%
Ban Rate:1.67%
KDA Ratio:2.15
Ahri, the Nine-Tailed Fox
-9.0
Sylas
Tier:Above Average
Score:54.01
Win Rate:54.41%
Pick Rate:3.36%
Ban Rate:2.47%
KDA Ratio:2.10
Sylas, the Unshackled
-9.0
Kayn
Tier:God
Score:67.63
Win Rate:57.60%
Pick Rate:17.42%
Ban Rate:32.40%
KDA Ratio:2.20
Kayn, the Shadow Reaper
-10.5
Jinx
Tier:Weak
Score:41.46
Win Rate:44.45%
Pick Rate:2.91%
Ban Rate:0.40%
KDA Ratio:1.54
Jinx, the Loose Cannon
-11.5
Zed
Tier:God
Score:73.12
Win Rate:49.10%
Pick Rate:28.54%
Ban Rate:49.91%
KDA Ratio:2.09
Zed, the Master of Shadows
-12.6
Galio
Tier:Below Average
Score:48.29
Win Rate:49.59%
Pick Rate:1.91%
Ban Rate:0.57%
KDA Ratio:2.13
Galio, the Colossus
-15.7
Garen
Tier:Strong
Score:57.27
Win Rate:51.56%
Pick Rate:14.32%
Ban Rate:22.03%
KDA Ratio:2.00
Garen, The Might of Demacia
-15.7
Jhin
Tier:Below Average
Score:50.57
Win Rate:51.10%
Pick Rate:3.79%
Ban Rate:1.02%
KDA Ratio:2.07
Jhin, the Virtuoso
-15.7
Kha'Zix
Tier:Below Average
Score:50.22
Win Rate:49.24%
Pick Rate:8.10%
Ban Rate:4.34%
KDA Ratio:1.93
Kha'Zix, the Voidreaver
-15.7
Lissandra
Tier:Strong
Score:57.11
Win Rate:57.74%
Pick Rate:2.71%
Ban Rate:0.73%
KDA Ratio:2.06
Lissandra, the Ice Witch
-15.7
Neeko
Tier:Above Average
Score:51.24
Win Rate:52.12%
Pick Rate:2.65%
Ban Rate:0.47%
KDA Ratio:2.11
Neeko, the Curious Chameleon
-15.7
Poppy
Tier:Strong
Score:56.70
Win Rate:54.57%
Pick Rate:5.73%
Ban Rate:15.27%
KDA Ratio:2.41
Poppy, Keeper of the Hammer
-15.7
Wukong
Tier:Strong
Score:58.68
Win Rate:57.92%
Pick Rate:3.29%
Ban Rate:1.86%
KDA Ratio:2.42
Wukong, the Monkey King
-15.7
Aatrox
Tier:Below Average
Score:49.51
Win Rate:49.55%
Pick Rate:6.77%
Ban Rate:6.88%
KDA Ratio:1.77
Aatrox, the Darkin Blade
-20.4
Akali
Tier:Below Average
Score:45.56
Win Rate:44.11%
Pick Rate:10.80%
Ban Rate:8.60%
KDA Ratio:1.70
Akali, the Rogue Assassin
-21.7