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Malphite Build Guide by HulkingGrimm

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Malphite Support - The Mountain Support

HulkingGrimm Last updated on December 19, 2015
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Ability Sequence

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

Fury
 
 
5/
Sorcery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vampirism
 
 
Natural Talent
 
 
 
 
 
Bounty Hunter
Oppressor
 
 
 
 
 
Battering Blows
 
 
Piercing Thoughts
 
 
 
 

Ferocity: 6

5/
Wanderer
 
 
Savagery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Merciless
 
 
Meditation
 
 
 
 
 
Bandit
Dangerous Game
 
 
 
 
 
Precision
 
 
Intelligence
 
 
 
 

Cunning: 6

Recovery
 
 
5/
Unyielding
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Explorer
Tough Skin
 
 
 
 
 
Runic Armor
 
 
5/
Veteran's Scars
 
 
 
 
 
Insight
1/
Perseverance
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Resolve: 18



Threats to Malphite with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
1
Janna Not a very hard lane for you. Her knock up tornado is annoying for you but level 6 you and your ADC should easily burst her down to nothing.
1
Kalista She cant stop your ult. You will win this lane hard depending on her support.
1
Karma Not a very hard lane. You will have a field day ulting her down to nothing.
1
Kog'Maw Great match up for you. Ult his squishy and immobile existence. Lane is so easy. Also dependent on support.
1
Lulu This lane can be won pre 6 with your q poke. The lane will be won harder after 6. Her poke is your only worry. Honestly a super easy lane for you.
1
Sona So squishy. Easy lane. Watch her ult though because if she times it right, it can interrupt yours. You can poke her for crazy damage though.
1
Soraka Squishiest of the squishy. You will rule her whole life in lane. Don't bother poking a lot in this lane because soraka can just heal. But make your presence known. If your ADC all ins then you all in.
1
Vel'Koz Easy lane. Kite his q's, w's, his e, and you win this lane. Squishy target makes this easy.
1
Zilean Easy lane. Even after rework. Don't be afraid of his cc. Even though it is annoying. His squishiness will be his downfall. Your q will also slow him and speed you up. and with the added cooldowns of items can make you catch anyone he uses his e on easy.
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Why Malphite Support? - Introduction

Hello sumoners! My summoner name is Hulking Grimm (NA) am an experienced Malphite player that has easy 100+ Malphite games spanned over ranked and normals. I really wanted to make this guide because there is no updated guide for a Malphite support for this preseason. I thought I could share what little knowledge I have to the community. Malphite in my opinion can be considered an OP support. Your Q poke, armor and all-ins make Malphite a formidable opponent in the bot lane. Especially if you have a competent carry with you. If you see anything I can add or do better on this page please feel free to comment! Don't be too critical!


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Pros/Cons

Pros:
- Great Peel
- Tank
- Damage Output
- Poke is insane w/ slow


Cons:
- Not full tank
- Mana problems throughout
- Doesn't like CC AT ALL


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Runes

On runes, you have so many options. You take armor seals for the added tankyness, and 1 quint of armor because you still want a little flat armor early. 7 MR glyphs because of the support poke that you will encounter. 9 AP marks and 1 AP Quint for your damage ouput early. Then you want 1 movement speed quint because you can never have enough movement speed on malphite. It will help out your roaming potential. You will have 19.5% added movement speed when going through the river to roam with your runes and masteries. That can make the difference in a clutch situation.


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Masteries

- We take a point in Explorer for better roam potential.
- 6 points in Ferocity for extra damage in your Q poke.
- 6 points in Cunning for the added roaming potential and biscuits for health & mana.
- We take an even amount in swiftness and legendary guardian for a little added tenacity.
- Bond of Stone. Just take it.

Same thing as in the notes. You want the added damage and tankyness for this build to still synergize well. Keep in mind you will KS ALOT. It just comes in the nature of a good support malphite. We want the Bond of Stone because it can really save your ADC when it comes down to it. Its really the only viable keystone on ol malph.


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Items

The items you want and notes for them can be found in notes next to the items to make it easy. Really for the early poke and the current itemization on any kind of champ that can use more than 1 ability with AP in the bot lane as a support, you want to take spellthief. This item when it is fully upgraded to FQC can save an ally, peel for a teammate, and just be so annoying. Definitely the best thing to start with on our support malphite. The balance of AP/Armor/MR can make him a force to be reckoned with. You really aren't a pure tank so with these item combinations you don't want to just be the first one in a prolonged fight when teammates aren't around. You are an AP bruiser so you will still hurt. Although being the first one in can be the right thing to do while teammates are close to help.


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Skill Sequence

By Importance:

R

-Upgrade as quick as you can because this is your main source of engage into any confrontation, or an easy get away. Best peel for your ADC or a wombo combo set up. Remember you do a lot of damage with this ability 400 damage at max upgrade + 1 to 1 scaling on your Ability power make this a perfect damage ability.

Q

-Will be the first ability you max out because it is your main source of damage and you will poke so hard with your AP ratio giving you 60% of your AP to your Q which is quite a lot.

E

-Your Ground Slam is a nice way to do a little bit of extra damage to a champion while in close range. Armor and your AP will synergize with your E. This ability can also be used to clear minion waves quick.

W

We will go ahead and max our W last because we do not use a lot of basic attacks in the build mainly but can be used in a dire situation of course and certainly does scale end game with our Armor/AP build.


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Team Work

List of champions that synergize well with malphite:

- Orianna with her Ultimate ablity.

- Yasuo, his ultimate when you knock them up.

- Honestly these two are the best at synergizing with your ultimate ability. You cant go wrong picking with these champions in mind.


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Summary

All in all playing Malphite is not a hard thing to do. He is a pretty straightforward champion that can be played by anyone of any elo. He can play in almost any role in the rift. The support side is the only way that I personally play Malphite and just because I have a set way I play Malphite does not mean that that is the only way to build him. Experiment! Make it fun. I really hope this guide helped you out. Please leave a review so I can improve this guide. Good Luck out on the Rift Summoners!