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Maokai Build Guide by PH45

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[10.16] PH45's guide for Maokai, The Twisted Treant!

By PH45 | Updated on August 5, 2020
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TheBoxWizardo0O | April 22, 2020 3:04pm
What role do you play maokai in normaly
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PH45 (37) | April 29, 2020 6:33am
I don't play Maokai anymore personally, but I'd say his best role is top lane. Some people play him as support and occasionally jungle, but top is probably his strongest role.
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b1queen1 (1) | April 21, 2020 1:29pm
good
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Animewolf32 (3) | November 11, 2018 5:16pm
This build has won my follow and commendation. I have only one concern personally and that is why not more ap? Other than that its absolutely beautiful. Please keep up the good work ill be looking forward to more of your builds!
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PH45 (37) | November 12, 2018 9:03am
I really just never like to build AP on Maokai. I feel your job is to just be the frontline, engage and protector for your team while your team dishes out the damage. Sure some AP items with health for example can work on Maokai but I've always just preferred to build full tank and watch the enemy team waste a ton of resources in taking me down. Thank you for the kind words!
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Shrewdo (22) | December 18, 2017 7:21am
i ever wanted to play maokai support coz of his tosse a lot of poke and harrassement to adc, nice guide for a tanky maokai but sometimes i build some ap i love to deal dmg most when my adc suck a bit top lane maokai is a toplane beast, nice guide my friend with everything correct here feels like its me playing maokai and got a clone here with same runes and abilities sequances and the items also :DDDDD, thank youf ro updating your guide, if it didnt help meim sure it will help others.
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PH45 (37) | December 18, 2017 11:48pm
Thank you! To be honest you don't need to build damage items on Maokai. Somehow he always ends up dealing loads of damage in a 30+ minute game, last time I played him I dealt like 34k damage with a full tank build :D

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PH45 (37) | November 19, 2017 8:58am
Thank you! If you are playing support Maokai then obviously you have to get the support item, which most of time time would be Relic Shield into either Eye of the Equinox or Face of the Mountain. Otherwise I would probably do the same stuff, getting tabis and Righteous Glory could help you snag those couple kills on bot lane easily if you get your jungler to come and just engage on the opponents.
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JunglerBuilds (4) | November 14, 2017 2:03am
Hey bro, nice guide and all but, there's some things I would change. I am a diamond Maokai main with a lot of games (and i mean a lot, 363 to be precise). Firstly, I would take Aftershock for the keystone rune, just because you don't have many good opportunities to trigger your Grasp of the Undying, in order to do that, you would have to use mana in order to get close (with your Twisted Advance) and then you would have to basic attack them. Aftershock brings so much resistance and more damage into laning phase. Items are okay, everything else is okay but generally could be way prettier, you can take a look at my guide, just to get a concept, it's in my thought well done.
Also, secondary tree is sorcery, but I would honestly pick inspiration. It's actually so good if you go for the Perfect Timing and the boot thingy, i forgot its name. Idk about your picks, but mine have proven alright in many ways.
here's a link to my guide: https://www.mobafire.com/league-of-legends/build/-411907?revision&nocache
Good guide though, keep it up!
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PH45 (37) | November 14, 2017 2:19am
Hey and thanks for the long and informative comment! The guide is still definitely work in progress, I haven't gotten around playing that many Maokai games yet this pre-season so I haven't really tested multiple different setups yet but Aftershock really seems like a solid choice. I guess I just instinctively chose Grasp of the Undying since it seems to be a good choice for tanks as well.

And yeah I still got a lot of work to do to make my guides more appealing and better looking. I already got some ideas but I just need more time to make them work well. Thanks for the concept and I'll keep some things in mind for the future updates!

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PH45 (37) | November 13, 2017 5:58am
Yeah Maokai is definitely a strong top laner, especially a teamfight monster. And yeah most Maokai's items and ability sequences are quite generic but there is still more stuff to cover once I get around to writing all of it :)
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