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Maokai Build Guide by buschbohne

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League of Legends Build Guide Author buschbohne

maokai- dont chase me ima tree

buschbohne Last updated on January 2, 2012
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Ability Sequence

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunder
Archmage
 
 
 
 
 
 
Executioner
 
 

Offense: 0

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3/
Honor Guard
Mercenary
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Juggernaut
 
 

Defense: 30

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mastermind
 

Utility: 0


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Introduction

This is the maokai build I´m playing quite well on solotop, ap mao and jungle guides will come. I hope you like it and enjoy playing the best champion (tree) in the league, maokai.


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Pros/ Cons

Pros:

    great tank
    AoE less damage ult
    amazing early damage
    fun skills especially saplings
    35 sec wards
    he´s a fckin tree
Cons:
    no damage reduc spell like rammus or malphite exept your ult
    easy outplayed by jumping champ´s
    if you stun someone flashing in his base, your screwed -.-


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Runes

For runes I take standart tank runes with as marks for the great passive, which can not be used in fights because of the long attack animation, plus its great for laning and if you play well you´ll never miss one lasthit. Life quintessences give you an advantage on lane, because of your passive 7% life heal- means more life, more heal every 5 spells.


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Masteries

I play with standart tank masteries where I want to grab the cd´s which are also great for maokai.


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Items

Not much to say on that, maybe a explenation on shurelya´s, I take it because of the great escaping/cahsing opportunites it gives you, also as mentioned earlyer I like to get some cdr with mao because especielly his stun has a quite high cd. Other items are quite normal as tank and you could possibly grab a thornmail instead of force of nature if you are playing vs a heavy ad team.


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Skill Sequence

I have to say, my skill order is quite risky and your laning really is dependent on how good you hit your enemy´s with your sapling, if you hit them with both damage outputs (hit+explosion) the effect is amazings and squishe targets wil die like they arent even there. If you want to win your lane you should propably try before they get lvl.6, because the ult isnt that strong in 1 v 1 fights as other ults and you cant really rely on it everytime, which brings me to the next point.


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Your ult

Maokai´s ult is really tricky to place somewhere useful and can be a ***** in teamfights. You have to know your role in fights

    go in on their carry
    place your ult on the main fight place
    try to deny their carry´s damage output (stun and q combo help)
    let your ult explode if you get under 50% mana or noone is near
    use randuins and shurelya´s to flee/chase
It is really important, that you let your ult pop if you get near the half of your mana, because you need your spells to be useful, everytime I see a maokai lettig his ult up, while everyone is far away I nearly start to cry, it´s really the worst mistake you can do, so let it be.


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Summoner Spells

For solotop I normally take ghost and teleport to not die and dont get underlevel´d
other choice´s would be:

    exhaust: great spell against enemy´s like gp that need their aa, also great for chasing and escaping
    heal: a lot of advantage in fights
    flash: to get in stun range or go out of fights


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Escaping

In my opinion maokai is a quite good for escaping ganks or fights, if you have to do use your ghost and run, if someone gets near you and wants to hit you use your q for some distance.


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Summary

All in all maokai is a great tank and by far my favourite champ, this guide is to be extendet and I hope you exuse me for my bad english( I´m german). Please give my guide a serious rating and hope you enjoy plaing.