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Zilean Build Guide by Dreamripper31
[6.13] I Knew You Would Do That - Zilean MID GuideBy Dreamripper31 | Updated on July 4, 2016
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Threats & Synergies
Akali has a kit that revolves around assassination and resets. Your ultimate counters that completely. Further more, she is melee, so you should have absolutely 0 problems in laning versus her.
Diana has much more reliable kit than Akali, but i still think the range advantage and Zillean R completely screw her over.
Same as Akali, weak in lane, useless if she doesn't reset
Kassadin lanes should always go in your favor before and after 6. He is immoile as fk withould his Ulti, bomb him to death and shove him out of lane. Post 6, if he jumps on you, Q-W-Q just on top of yourself and kite back while he is stunned.
Laning fase should be used to farm up since fighting her 1v1 is plain useless. In teamfights u can save whoever she ults and can provide a heavy spped up or slow to help kite her.
Lux lanes have always tilted me for some reason until I found Zilean. You will be surprised how much damage you will do to her, and she won't be able to burst you after RoA buy.
Predictable damage and builds glass cannon, complete oneshot if you can double bomb him post 2 items.
Ahri is fairly easy. Her whole early game is skillshot reliant so if you can dodge her Q and E u will outtrade, since you outrange her with your Q. After 6 be carefull of an all in, though.
Not as easy lane as the other assasins, but easy enough since his damage is mostly single target focused. You outskale super hard and can deny him so many kills the Zed will be practically useless
Quite immobile, so stunning him should be a piece of cake. He has a good AoE teamfight though, be ware of who you want to ulti.
She will try and buly you out of lane early. Take a look at her build, if she also goes RoA dont even bother killing her - you won't.
I havent played this lane as much but in my oppinion the skill required to make this champ work is insane. Most of your opponents won't be that good anyways.
Mostly a farm lane since u can't kill each other. You also scale super hard so this is a skill matchup.
Entirely skill based. No, not the matchup, the Azir. You either win hard because the Azir is shit or you lose hard because Azir (if used correctly) is impossible to play against.
Both champs work in a similar way, I'd say whoever is better at their champion, wins
Depends on how often you let him roam. Very straight forward lane. Late game if he tries to dive somebody, press R
Her AoE burst is something to respect and she has a better laning phase. Focus on farming and stay passive. You can TP roam almost always since you have better waveclear and can push her easily after your first item.
Laning versus Syndra is always a game of cat and mouse. Early game she wins, but after you stack the Archangel she cant burst you while if you stun her she is dead.
ALWAYS TAKE EXHAUST in this lane since his damage is sustained. His windwall and passive shield both need to be baited before you trade or he can turn and kill you.
Very simmilar to an Azir lane, the only difference being the less punnishment a noob Cass takes. Play waveclear and ult whoever she's focusing. EXHAUST is a good summoner here too.
Good range, AoE kit, which is bad for you, but very underplayed champion.
Same as Velkoz, only with even bigger range.
Just as good waveclear as yours, better roams and an abnoxious first 3 levels. I dislike playing Zilean vs Sol but it's manageble after the Rod of Ages buy
Ekko is quite mobile so you are going to have to predict his movement before you use Q. Also he can 1 shot you or the ADC in the late game before you can react. An annoying matchup.
Landing bombs on a Karthus is generally easy, but the longer the game goes, the stronger he gets and Zilean is not meant to shut down late game champs. I reccomend an assasin versus KArthus
Recent nerfs made the lane less of a pain in the ass. Skip the tear in this matchup and get Morello. It will boost your midgame and will reduce Swain healing.
Reffer to Swain matchup
Just as Karthus, better take somebody that can shut him down since it's now common for Veigars to have 1600 AP late game.
Her ball outranges all your damage so if she is smart she will try and zone you like there is no tomorrow. Also, all her damage is AoE so your focus will constantly be split in teamfights.
Very strong pick in the current meta, has loads of damage and is a pain to deal with in teamfights. The only way to shut him down is to keep him mid, which is hard because Viktor is one of the few champs with better wave clear.
Why isn't Fizz banned?
Close to immpossible to stay equal, a LeBlanc Q-W lv2 can take half of your hp bar. Play hyper defensive at all times. You may want to consider taking BARRIER or HEAL, since her burst is so high you will be dead before you can exhaust her.
Probably only Talon, Fizz and LeBlanc can 1 shot you before you can ult. Very underplayed as a champion, but I have to mention him since he is one of the worst Zilean matchups, just avoid it.
Im Dreamripper31, a mid gold player in the EUNE. I was a jungle main for quite some time since I enjoyed the role, but the champions soon became boring for me, so i looked for a different role and I found the type of champions I enjoy playing the most: Utility mages. Currently I'm playing mid lane only and i can say my best champions are Orianna, Lulu, Karma and Zilean. I consider myself very knowledgeable about my mains so I think you'll find this guide usefull if you want to pick up Zilean.
Teleport - probably the best summoner. Allows early back for items and a free roam if your team needs you
Ignite - not a big fan, but i can see it work. It adds kill pressure in your lane and is a great way to bypass sone of that Swain healing without getting a Morellonomicon
Exhaust - great versus high damage laners with sustained damage such as Yasuo and Cassiopeia
Barrier or Heal - good versus predictable burst damage such as Death Mark
We need 6x Greater Glyph of Scaling Cooldown Reduction so we can have 10% CD when we are level 18. The other 3 glyphs would prefferably be Greater Glyph of Magic Resist We use FLAT mr glyphs because its far better early game and we can itemise versus heavy AP threaths
The 9 Greater Mark of Magic Penetration and the 3 Greater Quintessence of Ability Power are self explanitory
When choosing between Assassin and Secret Stash i generally pick the cookies because by the time we start to do good damage we would start grouping and we can never use the 3% amplified damage from Assassin
In the ferocity tree you have the option to take Double Edged Sword or Expose Weakness . Both are equally good but i tend to stick with Expose Weakness .
Finally, when choosing between Bounty Hunter and Oppressor i find it to be match dependant. If they have no frontline take Bounty Hunter . Stick with Oppressor if they have only 2 carries
Rod of Ages is a MUST BUY 100% of your games you will rush it.
Although Morellonomicon is a great item as it is now in 6.13, i value the shield from Seraph's Embrace, as well as the extra ap synergising with Rabadon's Deathcap. That's why i opt to get Tear of the Goddess and get it stacking ASAP.
Ionian Boots of Lucidity are not nessessary better than Sorcerer's Shoes but as a mage we want to get as much cooldown as possible. Also, having Teleport and Flash a bit sooner is never a bad thing.
WARNING: items that have 0 synergise with Zilean's playstyle or abilities, therefore useless on him are
Athene's Unholy Grail, Lich Bane, Liandry's Torment, Rylai's Crystal Scepter, and the 3 hextech items (although Hextech Protobelt-01 is always a fun item to play with)