Karthus vs Nasus Counter Build

How to Beat Nasus as Karthus


We at MOBA Champion summarize millions of ranked LoL games each and every week. Within our data, Karthus faced off against Nasus in 14,490 rounds. Having so many games with Karthus vs Nasus gives us a lot of confidence in our ability to produce actionable data and a solid build to defeat your enemy.

This champion matchup is relatively common. Karthus is forced to battle against Nasus in 40.6% of his games. Unfortunitally, Karthus does a below average job of beating Nasus. Normally, he wins a lowly 47.0% of the time the champs clash against each other in. In Karthus against Nasus matches, Karthus’s team is 2.0% less expected to get first blood, indicating that he probably won't be able to get first blood versus Nasus.

Matchups Analyzed


Team First Blood


Win Rate


Best Karthus Items to Counter Nasus

The best items to have in your Karthus versus Nasus build consist of Rabadon's Deathcap, Void Staff, and Zhonya's Hourglass. When Karthus incorporated at least these three pieces in his build, he performed significantly better vs Nasus than with most other commonly used item sets.

Rabadon's Deathcap Item Void Staff Item Zhonya's Hourglass Item

Best Karthus Runes to Counter Nasus

To have the best chance of crushing Nasus as Karthus, you should equip the Dark Harvest, Cheap Shot, Eyeball Collection, Ravenous Hunter, Last Stand, and Presence of Mind runes. Of all the runes players chose for Karthus vs Nasus matchups, this composite of runes yielded the greatest win rate. We have also displayed the top Nasus runes to counterpick against Karthus in order to help you understand how he will likely be built against your champion.

Best Karthus Runes

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

Best Nasus Runes

Grasp of the Undying Rune Grasp of the Undying
Demolish Rune Demolish
Second Wind Rune Second Wind
Overgrowth Rune Overgrowth
Manaflow Band Rune Manaflow Band
Transcendence Rune Transcendence


The subsequent tables show some important Karthus versus Nasus matchup stats that can help us distinguish the distinctions between this set of champions. For instance, Karthus’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of 2.3 is similar to Nasus’s KDA ratio of 2.1, demonstrating that Karthus may be just as central to his team's team fighting capability than Nasus.

Battle Stats


Karthus Stats
7.1 5.7
Nasus Stats


Karthus Stats
6.9 5.3
Nasus Stats


Karthus Stats
9 5.6
Nasus Stats

Largest Killing Spree

Karthus Stats
2.7 2.8
Nasus Stats

Damage Dealt

Karthus Stats
26930 17703
Nasus Stats

Damage Taken

Karthus Stats
25060 35022
Nasus Stats

Objective Stats

Towers Destroyed

Karthus Stats
5.1 5.7
Nasus Stats

Inhibitors Destroyed

Karthus Stats
0.9 1
Nasus Stats

Dragons Killed

Karthus Stats
1.9 2.1
Nasus Stats

Barons Killed

Karthus Stats
0.4 0.4
Nasus Stats

Gold Earned

Karthus Stats
11573 11257
Nasus Stats

Minions Killed

Karthus Stats
77 150
Nasus Stats

Karthus usually has a similar longest killing spree as his opponent does. On average, Karthus receives less damage than Nasus. This commonly reflects different amounts of tankyness; however, it can also indicate that the champ with more HP has less mobility and thus is unable to escape additional harm when poked or engaged.

In Karthus vs Nasus matchups, Karthus usually racks up many fewer minion kills than Nasus. Champs that do not acquire many minion kills usually do not need much CS to be useful. They are capable of scaling fully off their abilities alone. Yet, champions with many minion kills, such as carries, usually have to have a lot of gold to be useful. In either case, work to exceed the values presented here to do well.

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How We Analyze Our Matchups

For this counter guide, we analyzed 14490 Karthus vs Nasus 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 Nasus 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.