Maokai vs Karthus Counter Build

How to Beat Karthus as Maokai


At MOBA Champion, we evaluate millions of recently ranked League rounds every week. Within our database, Maokai faced Karthus 3,451 times. With so many games with Maokai vs Karthus provides us a lot of confidence in our ability to prepare enlightening statistics and a pro build to annihilate your enemy.

This counter pairing is fairly rare. Maokai is forced to battle against Karthus in only 0.8% of his games. Maokai has done a great job of countering Karthus. On average, he wins a terrific 54.0% of matches the champs fight one another in. In Maokai versus Karthus rounds, Maokai’s side is 3.0% more likely to get first blood, indicating that he most likely will be able to get first blood versus Karthus.

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Team First Blood


Best Maokai Items to Counter Karthus

The most important items to use in your Maokai versus Karthus build include Abyssal Mask, Imperial Mandate, and Demonic Embrace. When Maokai combined at least these three items in his build, he did a lot better when facing Karthus than with most other typical item sets.

Abyssal Mask Item Imperial Mandate Item Demonic Embrace Item

Best Maokai Runes to Counter Karthus

To have the highest chance of beating Karthus as Maokai, Maokai players should take the Arcane Comet, Manaflow Band, Transcendence, Scorch, Cheap Shot, and Ultimate Hunter runes. Of all the runes players used for Maokai vs Karthus matchups, this set of runes resulted in the best win rate. We have also shown the top Karthus runes to counterpick against Maokai to help you grasp how he will probably be played against your champ.

Best Maokai Runes

Arcane Comet Rune Arcane Comet
Manaflow Band Rune Manaflow Band
Transcendence Rune Transcendence
Scorch Rune Scorch
Cheap Shot Rune Cheap Shot
Ultimate Hunter Rune Ultimate Hunter

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
Last Stand Rune Last Stand


The following tables feature some influential Maokai versus Karthus matchup stats that can help you figure out the differences and similarities between the pair. As an example, Maokai’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of 2.2 is nearly equal to Karthus’s ratio of 2.3, showing that Maokai may be just as central to his team's team fighting capability than Karthus. This observation is largely a result of the difference in kills .

Battle Stats


Maokai Stats
3.6 7.6
Karthus Stats


Maokai Stats
6.6 7.4
Karthus Stats


Maokai Stats
11.2 9.6
Karthus Stats

Largest Killing Spree

Maokai Stats
1.5 2.8
Karthus Stats

Damage Dealt

Maokai Stats
17638 28572
Karthus Stats

Damage Taken

Maokai Stats
26000 25616
Karthus Stats

Objective Stats

Towers Destroyed

Maokai Stats
5.6 5
Karthus Stats

Inhibitors Destroyed

Maokai Stats
1 0.8
Karthus Stats

Dragons Killed

Maokai Stats
2.2 1.9
Karthus Stats

Barons Killed

Maokai Stats
0.5 0.4
Karthus Stats

Gold Earned

Maokai Stats
8959 11989
Karthus Stats

Minions Killed

Maokai Stats
56 86
Karthus Stats

Maokai often has a significant smaller longest kill spree than his foe does. Typically, Maokai takes a similar amount of damage to Karthus. This typically indicates differing health capacities; however, it can also hint that the champ with increased HP has less agility and thus is not able to flee from further harm when poked or engaged.

Maokai often takes less CS than Karthus. Champions that don't earn very much CS typically do not need much CS to be effective. They are capable of scaling easily off of their abilities alone. Yet, champs with plenty of CS, such as carries, usually need a lot of items to be effective. In either case, try to pass the averages presented here to do well.

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How We Analyze Our Matchups

For this counter guide, we analyzed 3451 Maokai vs Karthus 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 Maokai 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.