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Maokai Build Guide by kaokao

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League of Legends Build Guide Author kaokao

meow meow maokai

kaokao Last updated on December 13, 2011
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Ability Sequence

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





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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: 9

 
 
 
 
 
Durability
Vigor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honor Guard
Mercenary
 
 
 
 
 
 
Juggernaut
 
 

Defense: 0

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
3/
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Mastermind
 

Utility: 21


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Introduction

Alright, I'm just posting how I play maokai because I thought it might help some other people starting off. Also by no means am I an amazing LoL player, I just play for fun.

Anyway, here we go...


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Runes

Alright, so runes... I am really lazy buying runes, so I just mix and match whatever runes I have. I'm sure there are other runes that you can buy that may be better, but this is what I use.


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Masteries

I use the 9/0/21 masteries because the utility masteres really help you stay inside your lane with the extra gold in the beginning, and the mana regen.

Because of maokai's box skill sap magicin addition to the regrowth pendant, you have pretty good sustain early game. Late game, you will build magic resist and armor, so I dont think the defense masteries is really needed.


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Skills

Alright, so this is what you're going to do to burst them.W -> Q -> E

one right after another.

For your R, just pop it anywhere you think that your team will be fighting.




TELL YOUR TEAM TO FIGHT IN THE CIRCLE.
TELL YOUR TEAM TO FIGHT IN THE CIRCLE.
TELL YOUR TEAM TO FIGHT IN THE CIRCLE.
TELL YOUR TEAM TO FIGHT IN THE CIRCLE.


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Items

Alright, so I start out with a regrowth pendantbecause it builds into the philosophers stone, which will give you some nice health and mana regen so you can stay in your lane longer.




For the first recall to buy, I save enough to finish the philosophers stone, boots, a ward, potions as needed, a heart of gold, and a sapphire crystal.



(if you are recalling because you are getting harassed a lot, rush the philosophers stone, boots, and heart of gold)




Next recall, will be to get the sheen, merc treads, and negatron cloak.




AFTER THIS, you need to use your own judgement to see what you need to build first.

If you want a balanced item, get the triforce
armor, randuins
tanky AP item, the rod of ages
magic resist AP item, abyssal scepter
If you feel they are always just out of snare range, shurelyas
Another couple of items that is worth building:
for an AD heavy team, frozen heart,


if the opposing team has a lot of CC's, banshees veil

for more tankiness, a sunfire cape







But ALWAYS get the triforce, and rod of ages.


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Summoner Spells

Alright I like to get flash, and exhaust, and here is why:

Normallly, the person that you are going to try to snare is either the ranged AD carry, or the AP carry. So to shut them down completely, you are going to snare them, exhaust, and do your combo, and if you're in a team fight, and your team cannot kill the person you snared, then your team sucks.

Flashis for that extra range so you can flash, then snare.

Flashis also a handy way to escape ganks. Learn where you can flashover walls, and run away.


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Summary

Alright, so there is my build for maokai. I like to build him as an AP offtank and keep it balanced between magic resist and armor, depending on the opposing team. But yeah, this is only for reference, I don't expect people to follow this build completely, try out wacky builds.


Remember, its just a game.