Karthus vs Shen Counter Build

How to Beat Shen as Karthus


We generate our counter stats from the millions of recently ranked League of Legends rounds that we evaluate each week. This Karthus vs Shen matchup guide resulted from an analysis of 12,312 ranked matches where both champions clashed against one another.

This matchup is relatively common. Karthus encounters Shen in 34.5% of his games. Unfortunitally, Karthus has done a dismal job of beating Shen. Normally, Karthus wins a acceptable 49.0% of matches the champions clash against each other in. In Karthus versus Shen matches, Karthus’s team is 7.0% less likely to get first blood. This implies that he probably won't get first blood versus Shen.

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Team First Blood


Win Rate


Best Karthus Items to Counter Shen

The top items to use in your Karthus versus Shen build consist of Rabadon's Deathcap, Void Staff, and Liandry's Anguish. When Karthus bought at least these three items in his build, he did much better vs. Shen than with most other commonly used item sets.

Rabadon's Deathcap Item Void Staff Item Liandry's Anguish Item

Best Karthus Runes to Counter Shen

To have the best probability of vanquishing Shen as Karthus, you should equip the Dark Harvest, Taste of Blood, Eyeball Collection, Ravenous Hunter, Presence of Mind, and Coup de Grace runes. Out of all the runes players chose for Karthus vs Shen matchups, this sequence of runes resulted in the best win rate. We have also displayed the top Shen runes to counterpick against Karthus to help you realize how he will probably be played against your champion.

Best Karthus Runes

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

Best Shen Runes

Grasp of the Undying Rune Grasp of the Undying
Shield Bash Rune Shield Bash
Second Wind Rune Second Wind
Revitalize Rune Revitalize
Ravenous Hunter Rune Ravenous Hunter
Cheap Shot Rune Cheap Shot


The subsequent tables underscore several influential Karthus vs. Shen counter statistics that may help us grasp the distinctions between this set of champions. As an example, Karthus’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of 2.2 is not as good as Shen’s ratio of 2.9, highlighting that Karthus may be less central to his team's team fighting capacity than Shen. This observation is in large part fueled by the differences in deaths .

Battle Stats


Karthus Stats
7 4.5
Shen Stats


Karthus Stats
7.2 5.2
Shen Stats


Karthus Stats
9.1 10.6
Shen Stats

Largest Killing Spree

Karthus Stats
2.6 2.2
Shen Stats

Damage Dealt

Karthus Stats
26495 13233
Shen Stats

Damage Taken

Karthus Stats
25394 25483
Shen Stats

Objective Stats

Towers Destroyed

Karthus Stats
5.3 5.1
Shen Stats

Inhibitors Destroyed

Karthus Stats
0.9 0.9
Shen Stats

Dragons Killed

Karthus Stats
1.9 2.2
Shen Stats

Barons Killed

Karthus Stats
0.4 0.5
Shen Stats

Gold Earned

Karthus Stats
11719 9834
Shen Stats

Minions Killed

Karthus Stats
76 114
Shen Stats

Karthus typically has a slightly larger longest kill spree than his foe does. Typically, Karthus receives a similar amount of damage to Shen. This commonly reflects differing health capacities, but it can also hint that the champ with more HP has less agility and thus is not able to kite away from additional harm when engaged or poked.

Karthus often gets less CS than Shen. Champs who on average do not finish with many minion kills usually don't need much CS to be effective. They are able to scale properly off of their abilities alone. Yet, champs with plenty of minion kills, such as carries, typically need a lot of gold to be useful. In either situation, try to best the averages shown here to do well.

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How We Analyze Our Matchups

For this counter guide, we analyzed 12312 Karthus vs Shen 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 Shen 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.