How to Synergize Zed with Karthus on the Same Team Zed is in the a tier of champions

Zed with Karthus

How to Win With Zed and Karthus Paired Together Karthus is in the b tier of champions
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How to Synergize Zed and Karthus

based on 1,227 Zed with Karthus pairs
Win Rate
48.1 %
K/D/A
2.31
Pick Rate
1.9 %

How We Analyze Champion Pairings in LoL

We take in data from from millions of League matches directly from Riot Games each and every week. Zed has been on the same team as Karthus in 1227 recent, competitive matches. By accumulating so much relevant data directly from the hosts of League of Legends, we are completely sure that we can showcase robust, insightful builds to help Zed play with Karthus. It is relatively rare for Zed to play alongside Karthus on the same team. This pairing has only taken place in about 1.9% of games with Zed.

Zed Karthus Synergy Summary

Unfortunately, Zed has done a below average job of synergizing with Karthus. Usually, he wins a poor 48.1% of rounds the champions fight together on the same side. If you want to do better as Zed when fighting on the same team as Karthus by figuring out how to better synergize your gameplay with him, then dig into the complete build (with items, runes, summoner spells, and skills) below!

Best Zed Karthus Synergy Build

Items

Starter Items

Time Target
Long SwordRefillable Potion

Early Items

~5 Mins
BootsLong Sword

Core Zed Items

~22 Mins
Duskblade of DraktharrYoumuu's GhostbladeSerylda's Grudge

Optional Items

Axiom ArcEdge of NightThe CollectorMaw of Malmortius

Summoner Spells

summonerflash summoner spell D
summonerdot summoner spell F

Skill Order

First skill for Zed to level up q
>
Second ability for Zed to level up e
>
Last skill for Zed to max out w

Runes

Domination Electrocute Taste of BloodEyeball CollectionUltimate Hunter
Sorcery TranscendenceScorch
Adaptive Adaptive MagicRes
Zed's passive ability p
Zed q ability q
Zed w ability w
Zed e ability e
Zed's ultimate ability r
1
Q
2
W
3
E
4
Q
5
Q
6
R
7
Q
8
E
9
Q
10
E
11
R
12
E
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E
14
W
15
W
16
R

Guide to Synergizing Zed and Karthus

Tips for Playing as Zed with Karthus

Placing a Living Shadow before using Death Mark can give Zed a safe escape from combat.

Quickly double tapping Living Shadow will teleport Zed to his shadow immediately for rapid escapes.

Saving energy and spell cooldowns until you use your ultimate will maximize Death Mark's damage.

Advice to Understand How Karthus Will Play

Lay Waste is very strong at farming minions and harassing enemy champions.

Ask your allies to help point out when you should use Requiem to get kills in different lanes.

Zed Karthus Synergy Stats

Zed Image
Win Rate
48.1 %
VS
Win Rate
51.9 %
Karthus Image
8.2
< Kills >
8.1
6.2
< Deaths >
6
6.1
< Assists >
5.7
1.86
< Killing Sprees >
1.85
163
< Minions Killed >
146
0.24
< Dragons Killed >
0.33
0.36
< Inhibitors >
0.38
20,204
< Physical Damage >
19,636
1,092
< Magic Damage >
1,068
1,549
< True Damage >
1,422
22,846
< Damage Dealt >
22,127
23,446
< Damage Taken >
23,058
12,524
< Gold Earned >
12,202
1.6
< Towers >
1.6
0.04
< Baron Takedowns >
0.06
2,425
< Total Healing >
2,783
14,663
< Experience >
14,238
19
< Vision Score >
19
7
< Wards Placed >
7
145
< Time Dealing CC >
155

How to Play with Karthus as Zed in LoL

The Zed Karthus synergy stats shown here demonstrate the areas of his gameplay that do better (or worse) when paired with Karthus, compared to his overall stats. Significant differences are areas of focus that highlight how his gameplay changes when paired with this other champion.

Overall, Zed sees a very large drop in his KDA (ratio of kills and assists to deaths) when paired with Karthus. His KDA went down from NaN to NaN. This negative change shows that Karthus helps Zed perform poorer in ranked LoL games. Yet, the small difference demonstrates that this performance change is not very impactful.

When Zed tries to synergize with Karthus, he sees a marginal improvement in his full damage dealt. This difference could indicate that Karthus helps provide protection for him to dish out more damage or that his presence on the team also helps extend the round's duration. Similarly, when Zed is played alongside Karthus on the same side, he usually scores many fewer killing sprees than when he plays on his own. This is contrasting evidence that he is worse when playing alongside Karthus.

Moreover, when Zed plays with Karthus on the same team, he on average takes a little more damage than when he plays alone. Receiving more damage may mean that Karthus does a poor job of protecting Zed during team fights.

Synergies between Zed and Karthus

Damage Types Compared

Zed with Karthus
Zed
Physical Damage
Magic Damage
True Damage

Champion Playstyles Contrasted

Zed
Karthus
Synergy

Is Zed better when played alongside Karthus?

There is no perfect ally for Zed that will no matter what be his ideal ally. However, overall, Karthus is a very typical teammate for Zed. By being on the same side as Zed, he drops their win rate by -0.3% to 48.1%. This shows that there is only a small synergy between Zed and Karthus that allows them to perform worse together than alone.

Karthus has a lower difficulty than Zed. That means you don't need to be careful when enlisting Karthus comrades to go into battle on the same side as, as they will need a relatively low level of skill to play well with you.

Fighting together, Zed players should see an overall large increase in your team’s capacity to destroy wih physical damage. When paired, these champs can provide a great amount of sustained physical damage.

In contrast, by grouping Zed and Karthus together, you probably will not be granting your other teammates a great deal of cover. Plan to pick other champs on your team that fills this disparity in this pairing's playstyle.

Regardless of the ability of your Karthus ally, you should focus on increasing your gold income, warding to avoid ambushes, and taking down objectives. If you heed this simple advice, you should do well anyway.

Additional Information for Zed Players

How We Calculated Our Zed Karthus Synergy Build and Stats

For this guide on pairing Zed and Karthus, we analyzed 1,227 ranked and recent League of Legends matches. We perform advanced data cleaning and statistical methods to guarantee that our team synergy stats are accurate and reliable. You can be confident that our recommended build to pair Zed with Karthus comes from actual 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 your division's most relevant stats and build.

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Further Insights to Win with this Champion Pairing

If you would like to learn all of the intricacies of Zed to work well with Karthus during both the lane and mid / late game phases of LoL matches, you should keep reading to learn additional tricks and insights into this champion pairing. If you listen to the build and suggestions presented above, you will grow your win rate by a lot.

The best items to have in your Zed and Karthus synergy build consist of Duskblade of Draktharr, Youmuu's Ghostblade, and Serylda's Grudge. When Zed included at least these three finished items in his build, he did much better as an ally of Karthus than with most other commonly used builds. In fact, Zed boasted an average win rate of 48.1% when synergizing his build and playstyle to Karthus with this build.

To have the highest likelihood of crushing your oponents, Zed players should equip the Electrocute, Taste of Blood, Eyeball Collection, Ultimate Hunter, Transcendence, and Scorch runes from the Domination and Sorcery rune sets. Of all the rune builds players picked for this champion pairing, this blending of runes resulted in the highest win rate. Notably, these runes gave a 48.1% winrate overall.

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