Malphite Build Guide by TDKPBT
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Runes: Standard Runes
+1-10% CDR (lvls 1-18)
+8 Magic Resist
Ability Order Ability order: R>W>E>Q
Threats & Synergies
He hooks you, but you're tanky enough that you won't get bursted down. You can just E the enemy to start a fight, or just Q the blitz to walk away.
Same as blitzcrank, he hooks you but you can usually tank the damage that comes through.
While his damage isn't too much of a threat, he does have enough cc to lock you down.
When you have your passive shield on, you can step on traps and take on headshot damage. Shes also fairly immobile so its easy to kill her at level 6, and after.
His axes hurt, but if your passive shield is up, then its easy to take them on. Plus hes also immobile so easy to take him down with your ult
She's very similar to malphite in that she's a tanky support that can lock people down. However, you can trade autos with her and come out on top. Plus, if she engages your carry, you can always engage hers, and you'll have a better damage.
This is a tough lane as he can poke you from a safe distance and his combo hurts a lot. Plus, he's magic damage so your itemization suffers as well since you want to build armor when possible.
Magic damage poke with a pretty good all in at 6 - she's pretty scary. However, she is also pretty squishy so once you reach 6, easy to combo.
He can follow up on your ult and burst enemy down. Plus, your pre-6 needs your adc to play safe and ezreal is just the champion for that.
Her ult and your ult mean a double knockup. She can also save you if you ult in at the wrong time. Her early levels are strong enough that you won't get bullied too much in lane.
She does have a safe laning phase so its good for your pre-6 weakness. While she does take longer to kill enemies, if she ults them, then you'll be fine. Plus her passive slows means you can chase them while autoing with w.
Easy kill at 6. She can also farm and poke safely pre-6, which covers your weakness.
Champion Build Guide
Why Malphite support?
1) His passive means you get a TON of armor; no need to be afraid of heavy hitter adcs like Caitlyn/Draven/Jhin. You can eat as much as those cupcakes as you want :)
2) He mainly goes in at level 6 and its a pretty strong all in and ganking support so mostly guaranteed kill
3) He offers pretty much nothing pre-6, and this is the beauty of it. Too many adcs i played with didn't know how to trade in lanes properly. And since everyone knows Malphite doesnt do anything pre-6,they have no choice but to farm safely thus preventing my adcs from dying on me too many times
4) Teamfights are awesome cuz everyone follows a Malphite for some reason. you may not get it with other champs like Leona. Also you are the main character since everyone is counting on you to start the fight.
5) If enemy is ad heavy and/or your team needs a tank, Malphite is pretty gold efficient due to his passive.
W: Increases your armor passively, and increases your auto damage for a few seconds actively.
E: Damages and Slows attack speed of nearby enemies
R: You throw yourself to an area to damage and knock enemies up in the air. This is your main source of engage, and the start to your team's teamfighting strat. Usually other champions like yasuo and orianna will follow up after you ult.
Max R whenever possible. Usually I max W to get more armor to tank in enemy adc attacks. Plus this makes your armor stat more gold efficient. Then, max E 2nd if they have attack speed focused enemies (jax,xin,fiora, other adcs). Otherwise, maxing Q 2nd is good as well if you want to give chase since it gives a good slow.
You then build items depending on how the lane is going. Ideally you want a mixture of HP, ARMOR, and CDR (especially since you want to engage with your R as much as possible).
Then, get mercs if enemy is cc heavy/ap heavy.
I rush iceborn personally because it is a cool item and also because it gives 20% cdr, an aoe slow, armor , and the passive damage scales with your armor passive.
Then, it depends:
Are there AD enemies that heal a lot? Thornmail.
Are there AD enemies that crit a lot? Randuins.
Are there AP enemies that hurt a lot? Spirit Visage.
Are you having long fights and need sustain? Warmogs might be good.
Do you have AP carries in your team mostly? Abyssal mask is good.
Do you want to be like the AP Carry while being tanky? Liandry/Rod of Ages isn't too bad. Unfortunately, with your support gold Rod of Ages can't stack very well so it's better to buy the armor items first that can be bought in small parts as compared to a 850 g investment into the Blasting Wand.
Tenacity is good since you can just focus on getting ninja tabis and not worry about mercs. Triump is good to get extra gold, but mostly to keep you in the fight longer. As a support, you have low gold access meaning less defences and staying in fight longer will be good for you.
You can go Inspiration secondary if you want extra potions for lane sustain. Since Patch 9.23 removed heals from relic shield, this might be a better option sometimes.
Have fun playing him and feel free to experiment. Feel free to leave comments below and if this gets received well, I can write more guides for other champions I play. And if this doesn't go well? Then, I retire from writing guides. Maybe. We'll see.
Thanks for reading!