Karthus vs Gangplank Counter Build

How to Beat Gangplank as Karthus


We at MOBA Champion summarize millions of ranked League of Legends games each week. In our database, Karthus battled Gangplank in 1,728 rounds. Including so many games with Karthus vs Gangplank gives us a lot of faith in our capability to produce useful data and a pro build to shatter your enemy.

This particular champion pairing is fairly rare. Karthus is forced to battle against Gangplank in only 1.4% of his rounds. Karthus has done a good job of beating Gangplank. On average, he wins a whopping 53.0% of games the champs face off with each other in. In Karthus versus Gangplank rounds, Karthus’s team is 4.0% less likely to earn first blood. This implies that he most likely won't be able to get first blood against Gangplank.

Matchups Analyzed


Win Rate


Team First Blood


Best Karthus Items to Counter Gangplank

The ideal items to prioritize in your Karthus versus Gangplank build include Void Staff, Demonic Embrace, and Liandry's Anguish. When Karthus bought at least these three pieces in his build, he performed significantly better when facing Gangplank than with most other commonly used item sets.

Void Staff Item Demonic Embrace Item Liandry's Anguish Item

Best Karthus Runes to Counter Gangplank

To have the highest chance of defeating Gangplank as Karthus, Karthus players should take the Dark Harvest, Cheap Shot, Eyeball Collection, Ravenous Hunter, Presence of Mind, and Last Stand runes. Of all the runes players picked for Karthus vs Gangplank clashes, this combo of runes resulted in the best win rate. We have also displayed the top Gangplank runes to counterpick against Karthus in order to help you interpret how he will probably be played to try to beat your champ.

Best Karthus Runes

Dark Harvest Rune Dark Harvest
Cheap Shot Rune Cheap Shot
Eyeball Collection Rune Eyeball Collection
Ravenous Hunter Rune Ravenous Hunter
Presence of Mind Rune Presence of Mind
Last Stand Rune Last Stand

Best Gangplank Runes

Grasp of the Undying Rune Grasp of the Undying
Demolish Rune Demolish
Bone Plating Rune Bone Plating
Overgrowth Rune Overgrowth
Biscuit Delivery Rune Biscuit Delivery
Time Warp Tonic Rune Time Warp Tonic


The subsequent tables emphasize some valuable Karthus vs. Gangplank matchup statistics that may help you interpret the distinctions between the two. For instance, Karthus’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of 2.4 is similar to Gangplank’s KDA ratio of 2.2, demonstrating that Karthus may be just as central to his team's team fighting capacity than Gangplank.

Battle Stats


Karthus Stats
7.4 5.8
Gangplank Stats


Karthus Stats
7 5.9
Gangplank Stats


Karthus Stats
9.1 7
Gangplank Stats

Largest Killing Spree

Karthus Stats
2.9 2.6
Gangplank Stats

Damage Dealt

Karthus Stats
26829 19295
Gangplank Stats

Damage Taken

Karthus Stats
24988 25715
Gangplank Stats

Objective Stats

Towers Destroyed

Karthus Stats
5.3 5.3
Gangplank Stats

Inhibitors Destroyed

Karthus Stats
0.9 0.9
Gangplank Stats

Dragons Killed

Karthus Stats
1.9 2.1
Gangplank Stats

Barons Killed

Karthus Stats
0.4 0.4
Gangplank Stats

Gold Earned

Karthus Stats
11940 12138
Gangplank Stats

Minions Killed

Karthus Stats
86 169
Gangplank Stats

Karthus often has a similar longest kill spree as his counter does. Typically, Karthus receives a similar amount of damage to Gangplank. This commonly reflects differing health capacities, but it can also illustrate that the one champ has less mobility and thus is not able to kite away from further harm when poked or engaged.

Karthus commonly gets many fewer minion kills than Gangplank. Champs who on average don't finish with a lot of minion kills normally do not require much CS to be effective. They are capable of scaling adequately off their abilities alone. Yet, champs with a lot of CS, such as carries, typically have to have a lot of gold to be effective. In either case, try to pass the values shown here to do well.

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How We Analyze Our Matchups

For this counter guide, we analyzed 1728 Karthus vs Gangplank 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 Gangplank as Karthus 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.