Zilean Build Guide by Keekdood78
[10.5] [MID/SUPPORT] Zilean is OP (Quick Guide)By Keekdood78 | Updated on March 18, 2020
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Support Zilean (GUIDE IS SIMILAR, CHECK MID ZILEAN)
MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT THE PLAYSTYLE/TEAMPLAY TO UNDERSTAND HOW TO COMBO WITH HIS SPELLS.
+ Can be used as a mid laner or support
+ His combos are the main style of his kit, and are very powerful
+ Can be played both long and short range (explained in Moveset and Playstyle/Teamplay)
+ Has a mobility/escape option
- His overall damage is mainly from his combos, so without them he cannot attack
- To deal consistent damage, you must near-to-always land your combos
- Uses up mana quite quickly in not careful
With Zilean, you can pick which second summoner spell you would like, depending on your playstyle. For me, I like to take IGNITE, because I like to play Zilean very offensively to farm and poke, to pressure the other mid laner to back to fountain. Sometimes I take EXHAUST (if I play support as well), but his E slows his target down anyway, so I don’t think it is essential.
His Q tosses a time bomb that detonates after a few seconds (and is shown visually). It deals magical AoE damage, and can latch onto enemies or minions (prioritises enemies). If you toss 2 time bombs at the same target, one of them will detonate early, and stun all the targets within the radius for a few seconds. This should be maxed first, as this is where Zilean deals his damage.
His W reduces the cooldowns of his Q and E by 10 seconds. Simple. This should be maxed second, so that you can keep on reusing it over and over again to combo with his Q. AGAIN, CHECK OUT PLAYSTYLE/TEAMPLAY TO UNDERSTAND HOW TO COMBO WITH HIS SPELLS.
His E is a soft CC that either reduces the movement speed of an enemy champ or increases an ally’s movement speed. This should be maxed last, as the first level of it increases/decreases the movement speed by around 40%, so it’s fine as it is.
His R casts a protective rune on himself or an ally, that revives the target after a brief delay when taking lethal damage. The rune lasts for 5 seconds, so be sure to cast it correctly and in time (not too early or too late).
The Inspiration section is useful in my opinion, as the extra CDR from Cosmic Insight is helpful, and the Biscuit Delivery just makes you stay in lane longer, so you are able to poke more without worrying about running out of mana.
You can take Inspiration as the secondary rune (like above), but you can also take Resolve, and take Chrysalis and Font of Life. This is so that he can sustain in lane longer.
I don’t recommend using other rune paths. Precision isn’t that useful, as the extra attack speed won’t be needed (Zilean is a spell-user), and Domination isn’t suitable for Zilean in my opinion.
- Rush Luden's Echo and Sorcerer's Shoes, as these will give you lots of poke potential in
the mid game, and a bit more mana sustain (Ionian Boots can be bought instead, it comes
down to preference)
- Buy Banshee's Veil if against AP, and Zhonya's Hourglass if against AD. Then buy
Morellonomicon for extra poke and sustain
- End with Rabadon's Deathcap, to finish off your poke build
- Instead, start and rush Eye of the Watchers and Ionian Boots
- The buy Archangel's Staff for mana sustain
- Buy Redemption and Locket of the Iron Solari for sustain and team healing
- End with Spellbinder to add a bit of damage to your build
1) Land a Q on the enemy
2) Use your W to refresh your Q
3) Land your Q again within 2 seconds
4) Your opponent is now stunned for 1.5 seconds
It’s easy as that. Then, you can use your E to speed up to the enemy, to slow them down from escaping, or to run away. Keep on doing this consistently and you will force them out of lane very quickly at level 3.
In teamfights, your job is to protect your allies AND do damage with your combos. You must try to stun a few champs on the enemy team whilst keeping your teammates safe. Your R is what saves lives, so be sure to keep on the look out if anyone is going to die on your team.
TIP: Sometimes, you mess up your R, and that’s fine. Just make sure that you don’t endanger yourself, because even though you have a mobility option, being cocky can backfire.