Each of Aphelios' weapons have different strengths, so try to find the right situation for your current weapons.
Karma's passive lowers her Mantra cooldown when she hits enemy champions with abilities and basic attacks. Deny her from getting free hits on you.
Karma's Soulflare erupts for bonus damage in the area in which it's placed. React quickly and escape the circle to avoid taking heavy damage.
Focused Resolve is a strong disengage tool. Create distance to avoid being rooted and seek to engage afterwards.
The stat comparisons shown on this page highlight several important Aphelios vs. Karma counter statistics that can help us distinguish the distinctions between the pair. As an example, Aphelios’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is better than Karma’s KDA ratio of NaN, demonstrating that Aphelios may be more central to his team's team fighting capability than Karma. This observation is largely a result of the difference in kills.
Aphelios often has a much larger longest killing spree than his foe does. Typically, he receives a similar amount of damage to Karma. This often reflects differing health capacities, yet it can also illustrate that the one champ has less agility and thus is not able to flee from additional harm when engaged or poked.
Both LoL champs are great. Both have their strengths, weaknesses, and counters. In League's current meta, Aphelios usually fairs equally well when facing off against Karma, with a 49.3% win rate. Therefore, Aphelios makes an ok counter to Karma.
While Aphelios does have a lower winrate than Karma, when on opposite teams, Aphelios also has a much greater level of difficulty that makes him a more challenging champ to pick up and master. You still need to be cautious when picking Aphelios into Karmaas his relative depth means you may not be able to unleash his full potential without a lot of practice beforehand.
Moreover, Aphelios has almost no amount of utility and CC, a similar amount to Karma. This makes her just as valuable during team fights, especially when fighting champions with a lot of burst damage.
While there is not a single best champion in League of Legends, in Aphelios vs Karma matchups, Karma is the better champ with a similar win rate, more champion depth, and a similar amount of utility to help out your allied champions during teamfights.
Aphelios is a somewhat poor counter to Karma. You will do well by focussing your play on maximizing your gold and cs and clearing objectives. If you can do that, you should do very well as Aphelios against Karma.
If you would like to truly master Aphelios in order to counter Karma during both the lane and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should continue reading to gather a few extra lessons on this matchup. If you pay attention to the build and tips displayed above, you will increase your win rate significantly and be that much closer to League of Legends pro players.
Aphelios often accumulates much more CS compared to Karma. Champs who on average don't earn many minion kills typically don't require much CS to be valuable teammates, such as sup champs. They are able to scale well off of their abilities and first items alone. Yet, champs with a lot of CS, such as hyper-carries, usually require several high cost items to be effective. In either case, try to exceed the numbers reported on this page to do well.
The most important items to focus on in your Aphelios versus Karma build consist of Galeforce, Infinity Edge, and The Collector. When Aphelios bought at least these three items in his build, he performed significantly better against Karma than with many other typical counter builds. In fact, Aphelios boasted an average winrate of 49.3% battling Karma with this counter build.
To have the highest chance of defeating Karma as Aphelios, Aphelios players should take the Fleet Footwork, Overheal, Legend: Bloodline, Cut Down, Taste of Blood, and Ingenious Hunter runes from the Precision and Domination rune sets. Out of all the rune sets players used for Aphelios vs Karma matchups, this mixture of runes resulted in the greatest win rate. Moreover, these runes averaged a 49.3% win rate overall.
By default, tips, statistics, and builds on how to beat Karma as Aphelios are given for all ranked divisions. If you want to narrow the statistics and builds to a specific rank, you can use the selection menu at the top of this page.