"The Noxians called her, 'The Enlightened One' a nickname she embraced, and one which they would come to dread. She joined the League to represent Ionia in the ultimate political arena."
Oh Riot, if only you knew Karma's fate. She has indeed become dreaded ;by her own teammates. I've been forced to call mid and pretend to be some amazing champ such as Akali or Swain and switch to karma the last second; much to my teammates distress. I ASK YOU, FORUMS OF LEAGUE. WHY?
Karma is incredibly bursty, specifically at level 3-7 when her e, her bubble, combined with Mantra does abnormally high damage-to-level output. I got first blood on twisted fate, as well as second blood the moment he came back. I wont lie. Her midgame is indeed slow. You wont be destroying face, roaming and shutting down lanes solo like most APCs. Instead, you'll be split pushing or supporting your bad/feeding laners. But come late game? I've never played a more game-changing champion. As an APC without her passive AP increase, her shield will add about 800 hp, while dealing the same damage to all enemies nearby; priceless in teamfights. Her heal will heal 135 + 20% [on average] missing hp IN A CONE. Set up perfectly and you just healed your entire team for a large chunk of health in the middle of a team fight. What's that? Olaf is ghost ulting away? Dont worry, Ill mantra spirit bond with the ADC, we catch up to him in no time and it's an ace.
So what makes her so bad. Why is she frowned upon as both a mid champ and support, despite having the best shield and, besides soraka ult, heal? She has amazing pursuit and crippling ability, endless sustain with a chalice. I love nothing less then baiting a carry to follow me into a tower with 200 hp. Mantra shield, mantra heal, spirit bond; THE PLAYS! The possibilities! I realize her range and needing to shield an ally/herself to deal damage makes her way less reliable, but to be kicked around as the worst champ of the game, is a bit of a stretch.
I will defend Karma til the end of days!