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Zilean Build Guide by Gudjonsveins

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Gudjonsveins

AD Carry Zilean (OP)

Gudjonsveins Last updated on December 30, 2012
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Ability Sequence

2
14
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18
Ability Key Q
3
8
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13
Ability Key W
1
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Ability Key E
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Ability Key R





Not Updated For Current Season

The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Executioner
 
 

Offense: 26

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honor Guard
 
 

Defense: 3

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pickpocket
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nimble
 
 

Utility: 1


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Introduction


Some might think this is a silly idea that wont work. I have proven those non-believers wrong quite a few times myself. I do it and get a response something like: "WTF, AD ZILEAN? FKN TROLL", then by the end of the game they apoligize (those of you that like wierd builds probably know the sensation when they do). But when you think about it, why not?


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Items

Focus on high damage each hit and move speed. Your aim is to be running around everywhere, dodging skillshots and poking a lot, due to your high range. You are also almost impossible to escape once they start running, (except possibly if they go over a wall).

Items also viable:

    Frozen Mallet
    Zephyr
    Bloodthirster
    Maw Of Malmortius
    Runaan's Hurricane
    Zeke's Herald
    Last Whisper
    Manamure/Muramana


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Skill Sequence

Why level speed boost first? Like i said in the items chapter, speed and range are your vital assets. The speed boost is also very versatile, etc. you have a Blitzcrank supporting you. You can speed him up so he can grab, you can slow the enemy for an easy grab, you can catch up if he is ahead of you, you can escape yourself while he runs with overdrive. Many possibilities. Then you level rewind for decreased cooldown on the cooldown decrease ability (lol).


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Spells

You need flash. Period.
If it's a ranked game or draft pick, improvise. They have lots of CC on bottom lane? Take cleanse! You need sustain? Take heal! They have nuke? Take barrier! (I usually prefer ignite though.)


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Pros / Cons

Main pros:

    Long range
    Much poke
    High speed (with boost)
    Functions well with a good team
    Versatile
Main cons:
    Relatively squishy
    Often vulnerable to gap close spells (jumps, dashes)
    Hard to play


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Ranked Play

Playing this build in Solo/duo queue can be tough, people will very likely rage on you because they dont understand the idea of AD carry zilean. They might leave or troll, so i would'nt risk it unless you're first pick and have a friend with you to back you up as a support, or in a full ranked team. You will at least definately surprise your enemies and they might underestimate you.


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Summary

Zilean is a very unusual pick as a carry, but strange builds that work are really fun (jungle or solo top Blitzcrank, jungle Ryze, AD Malzahar etc.)! It is relatively easy to fail this build, but when played right it is plain awesome! With his long range, speed boost and ulti, AD Zilean is very viable. You will need the items if you want to do any good, so make sure you farm a lot and preferably get all the kills an your lane. A good support will make things easy for you. Poke 'em down to 60% hp, then engage with full force, and if you have ulti, you come out of this with at least half your hp and probably 2 kills. Carry and support your team at the same time with your ultimate, speed boost and passive. Go nuts.

Dont waste your time, or time will waste you.

(Counters: Kog Maw!!! Ezreal, and Caitlyn can be tough)