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Maokai Build Guide by Galenodo

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Galenodo

Jungle Maokai (Tanky)

Galenodo Last updated on June 15, 2013
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Ability Sequence

2
5
7
9
13
Ability Key Q
4
12
14
17
18
Ability Key W
1
3
8
10
15
Ability Key E
6
11
16
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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Executioner
 
 

Offense: 0

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Honor Guard
 
 

Defense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pickpocket
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nimble
 
 

Utility: 9


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Introduction

Hello Maokai is my main jungler, this certain build good against AD heavy teams as I'm going straight tank as that's how I play Maokai his abilities do damage on their own. Maokai doesn't have that fast of a clear time like Olaf but can leave the jungle intact thanks to his natural tanky build. If played correctly he can have always get a kill when he ganks.


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Runes

Taking

Runes

Greater Mark of Magic Penetration
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
9

Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed
3
Taking magic penetration marks, ensures that you do damage in and out of the jungle and lets you do more damage to jungle creeps with your Sapling Toss. Taking armor seals ensures that you won't get killed by the Ancient golem and taking per lvl magic resist are chosen you won't be crushed by the AP carry late game.


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Masteries

Masteries
1/5
1/5
4/1
2/1
3/1
1/5
1/1
3/1
1/1
2/
1/
1/
3/5
2/1
3/5
1/1
Taking all of the hardning and jungling related masteries in the defense tree including Tough Skin and Bladed Armor helps against jungle creeps. Maokai is a very slow moving champ so I take Wanderer in the utility tree to make his level 3 ganks effective. I also take Runic Affinity to have blue longer since Maokai is mana hungry at every stage of the game.


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Items

A classic start to Maokai is a Hunter's Machete and x5 Health Potions but an alternative is Cloth Armor and x5 Health Potions. I Personally suggest getting Hunter's Machete so you can start on your first major item Spirit of the Ancient Golem but that Cloth Armor can turn into a Wriggle's Lantern, free sight wards ain't bad either. At this stage ganking mid or top is strongly appreciated if they're getting pushed under there tower. After ganking a few lanes and getting a few kills or assists go back and get a Spirit Stone this item goes towards your Spirit of the Ancient Golem so its quite important. Also grab your Boots of Speed for better ganking. I almost always get Boots of Mobility for easier ganking. As the game progresses get Runic Bulwark, Sunfire Cape, Iceborn Gauntlets, and either Warmog's Armor or Locket of the Iron Solari allies will appreciate a locket active every once in a while so they can get a kill. At the end of the game this a good looking build:

Item Sequence











Spirit of the Ancient Golem
2000

Sunfire Cape
2900

Warmog's Armor
2850

Runic Bulwark
2950

Locket of the Iron Solari
2200
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Skill Sequence

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Your Sapling Toss is your early jungling tool early on as they do good damage on their own and with themagic penetration marks will do more damage to the creeps. After hitting level two get Arcane Smash as this is your most damaging tool it, in conjunction with Sapling Toss, Arcane Smash destroys jungle creeps. It also makes your target look a different way so you can get more hits on them more. Level three if I plan to gank i get Twisted Advance this is what makes Maokai a great ganker. Hitting level six I obviously take my ult Vengeful Maelstrom this ult is incredible for team fights as it ignores 20% of damage to your allies in its AoE after compacting damage to allies you can repress r to do massive AoE damage.


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Spells

I ALWAYS take Smite as its essential for jungling. I also take Flash since Maokai has no real escape tool. You can also use flash to suprise a lane if they're too far away for you to use Twisted Advance on them.


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Summary

Maokai is a junglier who can gank lanes with almost no fail. Olaf is a good junglier but his q Undertow is a skillshot so if he misses its a failed gank. Maokai's w Twisted Advance is a targeted ablility so it can't be dodged. Having someone like Ashe who can slow the enemy after you use Twisted Advance is very powerful as it virtually disables them until they die or flash out.


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Creeping / Jungling

At around 1:25 start putting down your Sapling Toss so that way they don't expire. Always start at wolves as it makes sure you reach level two by killing the Ancient golem . Taking blue is essential as Maokai is mana hungry at all stages of the game. Remember to take it every chance you can get soy uo don't have issues with mana in the middle of team fight.


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Team Work

Placing down your Vengeful Maelstrom changes teamfights for the better since it repels 20% of damage taken by your allies and the consumed damage repeled makes the explosion of it much more damaging.


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Conclusion

Hope this helped you understand Maokai as he is a very fun champion to use.