Karthus vs Malzahar Counter Build

How to Beat Malzahar as Karthus


We calculate our matchup statistics from the millions of recently rated LoL rounds that we analyze every week. This Karthus vs Malzahar counter guide resulted from an examination of 2,766 ranked games where both champs battled each other.

This particular champ pairing is fairly rare. Karthus encounters Malzahar in only 2.3% of his games. Unfortunitally, Karthus does a below average job of countering Malzahar. Typically, he wins a lowly 47.0% of matches the champs face one another in. In Karthus versus Malzahar rounds, Karthus’s side is 3.0% less expected to obtain first blood, implying that he most likely won't get first blood versus Malzahar.

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Team First Blood


Best Karthus Items to Counter Malzahar

The most important items to focus on in your Karthus versus Malzahar build include Rabadon's Deathcap, Demonic Embrace, and Liandry's Anguish. When Karthus incorporated at least these three items in his build, he did significantly better when facing Malzahar than with most other typical item sets.

Rabadon's Deathcap Item Demonic Embrace Item Liandry's Anguish Item

Best Karthus Runes to Counter Malzahar

To have the best chance of crushing Malzahar as Karthus, you should equip the Dark Harvest, Taste of Blood, Eyeball Collection, Ultimate Hunter, Presence of Mind, and Coup de Grace runes. Of all the runes players used for Karthus vs Malzahar face-offs, this set of runes yielded the highest win rate. We have also shown the top Malzahar runes to counterpick against Karthus to help you recognize how he will likely be built against your champion.

Best Karthus Runes

Dark Harvest Rune Dark Harvest
Taste of Blood Rune Taste of Blood
Eyeball Collection Rune Eyeball Collection
Ultimate Hunter Rune Ultimate Hunter
Presence of Mind Rune Presence of Mind
Coup de Grace Rune Coup de Grace

Best Malzahar Runes

Summon Aery Rune Summon Aery
Manaflow Band Rune Manaflow Band
Transcendence Rune Transcendence
Scorch Rune Scorch
Magical Footwear Rune Magical Footwear
Biscuit Delivery Rune Biscuit Delivery


The following tables feature some critical Karthus against Malzahar counter statistics that may help us realize the distinctions between the pair. As an example, Karthus’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of 2.4 is nearly equal to Malzahar’s KDA ratio of 2.3, showing that Karthus may be just as central to his team's team fighting capacity than Malzahar.

Battle Stats


Karthus Stats
7.8 5.8
Malzahar Stats


Karthus Stats
7.2 6.1
Malzahar Stats


Karthus Stats
9.5 8
Malzahar Stats

Largest Killing Spree

Karthus Stats
2.9 2.5
Malzahar Stats

Damage Dealt

Karthus Stats
27564 20767
Malzahar Stats

Damage Taken

Karthus Stats
25206 17758
Malzahar Stats

Objective Stats

Towers Destroyed

Karthus Stats
5.1 5.9
Malzahar Stats

Inhibitors Destroyed

Karthus Stats
0.9 1.1
Malzahar Stats

Dragons Killed

Karthus Stats
2 2.2
Malzahar Stats

Barons Killed

Karthus Stats
0.4 0.5
Malzahar Stats

Gold Earned

Karthus Stats
12183 11791
Malzahar Stats

Minions Killed

Karthus Stats
96 169
Malzahar Stats

Karthus normally has a slightly larger longest killing spree than his foe does. Commonly, Karthus receives more damage than Malzahar. This typically indicates different amounts of tankyness, but it can also show that the one champion has less mobility and thus is not able to flee from additional damage when engaged or poked.

In Karthus vs Malzahar matchups, Karthus commonly takes many fewer minion kills than Malzahar. Champions who on average don't finish with very much CS usually don't require much CS to be useful. They are able to scale fully off of their skills and stats alone. However, champions with plenty of CS, such as hyper-carries, usually require a lot of items to be effective. In either case, try to beat the averages displayed here to do well.

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How We Analyze Our Matchups

For this counter guide, we analyzed 2766 Karthus vs Malzahar 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 Malzahar 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.