How to Win Bard vs Karthus Counter Matchup Bard is in the s tier of champions

Bard vs Karthus

How to Beat Karthus as Bard in LoL Karthus is in the b tier of champions
Support Mage
Mage

How to Beat Karthus as Bard

based on 616 Bard vs Karthus matchups
Win Rate
50.6 %
K/D/A
3.05
Pick Rate
1.6 %

How We Analyze LoL Champion Counters

We at MOBA Champion analyze millions of ranked League matches each and every week. Within our dataset, Bard faced Karthus in 616 matches. Having so many games with Bard versus Karthus provides us confidence in our capability to provide enlightening stats and a pro build to suppress your rival. This counter pairing is somewhat rare. Bard has to counter Karthus in only 1.6% of his matches.

Bard vs Karthus Matchup Summary

Bard has done a average job of beating Karthus. Typically, he wins a acceptable 50.6% of games the champs face each other in. In Bard versus Karthus matches, Bard’s team is 0.0% more probable to earn first blood, indicating that he most likely will get first blood versus Karthus.

Best Bard vs Karthus Counter Build

Items

Starter Items

Time Target
Health PotionSpellthief's Edge

Early Items

~5 Mins
BootsCloth Armor

Core Bard Items

~22 Mins
Locket of the Iron SolariRedemptionShard of True Ice

Optional Items

Dead Man's PlateChemtech PutrifierForce of Nature

Summoner Spells

summonerflash summoner spell D
summonerdot summoner spell F

Skill Order

First skill for Bard to level up q
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Second ability for Bard to level up w
>
Last skill for Bard to max out e

Runes

Resolve Guardian Font of LifeBone PlatingUnflinching
Domination Zombie WardRelentless Hunter
AttackSpeed Armor HealthScaling
Bard's passive ability p
Bard q ability q
Bard w ability w
Bard e ability e
Bard's ultimate ability r
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Q
2
W
3
E
4
Q
5
Q
6
R
7
Q
8
W
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Q
10
W
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R
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W
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W
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E
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E
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R

Guide to Countering Karthus as Bard

Tips for Playing as Bard against Karthus

Don't forget that enemies can also use your Magical Journey doorways, and that your ultimate can also hit your allies!

Let your Caretaker's Shrines charge up - they heal for a lot more when at full power.

It's important to collect chimes to improve your meep's attacks, but don't neglect your lane partner! Try to make a big entrance by bringing an ally into the lane with you with Magical Journey.

Advice to Win Against Karthus

Karthus can cast spells for a short duration after he is killed. Move away from his corpse to be safe.

Make sure you always have enough health to survive Requiem, even if you have to go back to the base more frequently to heal.

Bard vs Karthus Counter Stats

Bard Image
Win Rate
50.6 %
VS
Win Rate
49.4 %
Karthus Image
3
< Kills >
7.5
5.7
< Deaths >
7.5
14.4
< Assists >
9.4
0.6
< Killing Sprees >
1.74
26
< Minions Killed >
105
0.04
< Dragons Killed >
0.78
0.49
< Inhibitors >
0.33
2,334
< Physical Damage >
280
8,085
< Magic Damage >
31,089
982
< True Damage >
1,949
11,402
< Damage Dealt >
33,319
21,442
< Damage Taken >
26,057
8,724
< Gold Earned >
12,933
1.64
< Towers >
1.31
0.01
< Baron Takedowns >
0.21
6,084
< Total Healing >
5,024
11,787
< Experience >
14,699
60
< Vision Score >
18
29
< Wards Placed >
7
250
< Time Dealing CC >
193

How to Counter Karthus with Bard in LoL

The stat comparisons shown on this page underscore some critical Bard against Karthus counter statistics that can help us interpret the differences between the two. Bard’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is better than Karthus’s ratio of NaN, indicating that Bard may be more central to his team's team fighting effectiveness than Karthus. This observation is in large part fueled by the differences in assists.

Bard usually has a significantly smaller longest killing spree than his matchup does. Commonly, he receives less damage than Karthus. This is usually reflective of differing health capacities, but it can also hint that the champ with higher health has less agility and thus is not able to kite away from additional harm when poked or engaged.

Differences between Bard and Karthus

Damage Types Compared

Bard
Karthus
Physical Damage
Magic Damage
True Damage

Champion Playstyles Compared

Bard
Karthus

Who is Better, Bard or Karthus?

Both LoL champions are great champions. Both champs have their pros and cons. In the game's current meta, Bard usually fairs equally well when trying to fight Karthus, with a 50.6% win rate. As a result, Bard makes an ok counter for Karthus.

While Bard does have a higher win rate compared to Karthus, when on opposite teams, Bard also has a greater level of difficulty that makes him a more difficult champion to pick up and master. You still need to be cautious when picking Bard into Karthusas his relative depth means you may not be able to unleash his full potential without a significant amount of practice beforehand.

Additionally, Bard has a good amount of CC and other utility, a similar amount to Karthus. This makes her just as valuable during teamfights, especially when trying to counter champions with a ton of burst damage.

While there isn't one best champion for every situation in League of Legends, in Bard vs Karthus matchups, Bard is the better champ with a similar win rate, more champion depth, and a similar amount of utility to help out your teammates during late stage team fights.

Bard is a decent counter to Karthus. Make sure you focus your tactics on maximizing your gold income and clearing objectives. If you do that, you should be able to stand on your own as Bard against Karthus.

Additional Information for Bard Players

How We Calculated Our Bard vs Karthus Build and Stats

For this guide on countering Karthus as Bard, we analyzed 616 matchups from recent LoL games. We use rigorous data cleaning and processing methods to ensure that our counter stats are of the highest quality. You can rest assured that the recommended build to counter Karthus as Bard comes from real data and is not the fabrication of some random LoL player, as some other sites provide. You can use the filters at the top of the page to view the most relevant stats and items to your rank.

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Further Insights to Win this Matchup

If you would like to truly master Bard to counter Karthus during both the early game and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should continue reading to pick up a few extra lessons on this matchup. If you pay attention to the build and suggestions shown here, you should increase your win rate significantly and be that much closer to League of Legends pro players.

Bard often racks up a lot less CS compared to Karthus. Champs who typically don't take much CS often don't have to have much CS to be effective, such as support champions. These kinds of champions are capable of scaling well off of their skills, stats, and first items alone. Yet, champs with a lot of CS, such as hyper-carries, often need many items to be effective. In either situation, try to do better than the numbers displayed on this page to do well.

The most crucial items to use in your Bard versus Karthus build include Locket of the Iron Solari, Redemption, and Shard of True Ice. When Bard bought at least these three pieces in his build, he did a lot better when fighting Karthus than with most other typical builds. In fact, Bard had an average win rate of 50.6% battling Karthus with this counter build.

To have the greatest chance of defeating Karthus as Bard, you should equip the Guardian, Font of Life, Bone Plating, Unflinching, Zombie Ward, and Relentless Hunter runes from the Resolve and Domination rune sets. Out of all the runes players picked for Bard vs Karthus matchups, this order of runes resulted in the highest win rate. Notably, these runes gave a 50.6% win rate overall.

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