Zilean Build Guide by Biotic
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++8 ability haste
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Ability Order Guardian / Standard
Threats & Synergies
His Level 3 with a Strong adc is very dangerous. After your first base with a Kindlegem dont be affraid to get engaged by him you win 2v2 most likely if you have the stronger or even Adc. Level 6+ You hard outscaled. You can follow roams.
Very easy to lane, you outrange him and can punish in Lane. Where this Matchup gets sometimes difficult is that you cant follow his roams so you need to ping your mid laner back. High Elo: Try to punish Adc while he roams and dont follow all roams.
ITs all about positioning yourself in the Wave so he cant hook you. Play it farly passive with Guardian until Level 3 if you have a strong Adc otherwhise farm 6. Dont forget his R Silence. If he times it well you cant Ult.
Fairly Dangerous and a skill matchup if you are able to dodge more spells than him than you win. Ask for Ganks, E into double bomb is always a kill on Brand. Brand lanes might push most likely.
The easiest Matchup Zilean has in the game. When he shields you can throwh the bombs behind him and they still hit, Play Agressive Level 3+ You are stronger than him and outscale.
You will rarely face it, but Fiddle is one of THE Countermatchups for Zilean. His long Range Silence and CC chain will not allow you to ult. Try to roam and win your other lanes. Mobility boots first item and leave your adc feeding to it.
Depending on The elo its between Minor Thread and Extreme. A good Janna like Ap0calpyse always wins lane really hard vs me. Janna is very lane dominant AND she outscales you. The worse the Janna the easier it is to make plays in the early game. Try to ask your jungler for Ganks, she is immobile. Start ALWAYS combos with E on Janna, due to her high base movement speed its hard to hit here with Doublebomb.
She has a lot of Poke, the Lane until Level 6 is fairly hard. You need to make sure to survive and take some bad backs and give up farm. As soon as you hit Level 6 there is noway you loose 2v2. Easy ganks, you can just E and doublebomb.
You have to always respect her E range. Her amount of CC is brutal for you and she outdamages you at every point of the game. After 6 you should win 2v2s. You outscale her hard.
Similiar to Janna, Skill matchup. Its mainly about preparing a good gank setup and killing them with your Jungler or Mid laner roaming. She outscales you and is stronger in lane until Level 6 but you outrange her. Midgame is your time to shine. Level 6-10 you usually win if you arent to behind.
Very easy to play farm level 3 and you can just E into double bomb and you should win 2v2. Be carefull that you dont get caught out by a binding you should be the one engaging.
Paired with Caitlyn its going to Even / Major. Besides that its fairly easy. The Binding is a slow Skillshot that you should be able to dodge most of the time. After Level 6 you just win straight up 2v2.
Really hard matchup in Seaosn 11, Mandate fits her so well and she outdamages you at every point of the game. Setup Ganks dont Trade ever, just play for all ins 3v2 / 2v2 if you have a strong allin Adc.
Again depending on Adc, vs Samira, Kalista Draven it goes up to Major Threat. Its about positioning yourself behind the Wave so he cant hook and After Level 6 it should be very free even if he hooks you. Give up some farm when the wave is in the middle and Naut threatens to hook you its fine you outscale.
One of the worst Matchups in the game. His W range is 50 Range higher then your E so you have technically no counterplay at all to stop him from gapclosing. His damage is absolutely absurd. You outscale. Roam sometimes. Call your jungler.
Pyke used to be one of the worst Matchups for Zilean but he was just in a horrible spot in Season 10. Now that he has good Items again its reaaaly unplayable. He outscales you and wins Lane at most points of the time and is very hard to gank due to his spellkit. He is better in Roamind and skirmishes. I personally ban Leona and Dodge if they play Pyke. CAN depend on elo aswell in lower elos it might be playable since Pyke has a huge Skillcap.
I like this matchup a lot i usually put 2 Points in E so my Adc can run out of the W of Rakan. IF you do that consistently he is very lost and can only roam to win the matchup. You can also match the roams and he cant really catch you out. Be carefull of his Level 6 Ult W when you are below 75% HP and dont have exhaust you might get 1 shot and cant R. If his W is out you can ignore the champ and just focus the enemy adc.
But it seems to be Similiar to Janna but she doesnt have such a dominant Lane. Gank her a lot you are way Stronger Level 3+ and in the mid game. Try to engage her whenenver you and your Adc are fulllife. She cant do a lot in All ins vs you.
Very hard matchup. Often Setts look to flash on you Level 1/2 with his E and still have Hexflash. After Level 6 it should be easy to win. Its again about giving up some cs, sit back and outscale. You can roam but be carefull they have a good dive. Sometimes 2 Points E make sense.
Almost the same as Seraphine fairly easy to stomp in lane but be carefull she outscales you. Call your jungler and dive her over and over post 6. Start with E and she cant dodge your double bombs.
Buy antiheal and this champ is useless. She has good base damage but you can match it. Again easy to lockdown CC Level 3+ and as soon as your Adc has Antiheal you should win all the time 6+. Also call jungler she is easy to gank.
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Fairly hard to play he has tons of damage and even if you lock him down you will not be able to 1 shot him. Build Locket first and scale. I would suggest roaming, he cant really follow and 2v2 seems to be quite hard.
Together with Braum very insane matchups. You can abuse him and immobalize him so his W isuseless. Be carefull if he gets meele and builds up stacks. Just cc him and go on distance again. You can roam in lane, he cant really punish your adc. If you gank make sure to focus Tahm.
You can keep him on range and scale for free vs him. Be carefull if he hits a E you loose 70% of your HP. In late game Zilean is really insane to kite Taric. Build Shireliyas instead of Locket to kite him as soon as he uses Ult in fights. Respect dash Taric E.
Not easy to play you are pretty much dead Pre level 6 if he hits a hook on you or your adc. Play around the wave, let them push. Also very scare are his ganks with lantern and flash. AS soon as you have 6 you should win 2v2.
Its a easy matchup but she scales so well so you need to punish her which is not that easy. Try to roam when you push the wave or atleast put good vision. Abuse weak early game. Level 6 you should also win hard. But be carefull later on its getting difficult.
Scary until Level 3 than you should win most all ins and you outscaled her on Level 6. Try to not get poked to much and just farm Minions and XP until Level 6. E into doublebomb should be at most cases a kill. Dodging her E is Key.
BAN THIS CHAMP UNPLAYABLE
I like having an Aphelios his stun is a great setup for a Double bomb and when he has the White+ Blue/Red gun he does tons of damage when you CC the opponent. He is also a great hypercarry who can go melee and receive your Ult.
Very good she is early game Strong and carries you through the early levels of the lane. Her dps is decent and your speedups provide Ashe the mobility she needs to be a strong DPS in Fights. Also her Ult is a great Setup for your combo.
She is lane strong and carries you kindoff through the lane. She works also as a Hypercarrie and benefits a lot from CC and speedups you give her. She is usually further back in the fights and not a great Ult target. Its hard and often not possible for Caitlyn to time there traps with your double bomb.
The best Adc you can have as Zilean. He is lane dominant, carried you in the lane gets huge benefits from Speedups and when you cc the opponent. A Draven also wants to get very close to the oppoents and be the Target so you can just ult him afterwards. If you want to duo an Adc take a Draven player.
Its fairly good, he doesnt benefit from your speedups. But if you slow the enemys its very easy for Ezreal to land his Q in Fights. He is also rather a backline carry and not a great ult target.
Very bad adc to play with. You both want to scale and thats to much scaling for bot lane. Also you overcap easily in movement speed, Jinx passive and Zilean E is simply to much. She doesnt get a lot out of your CC.
Kaisa gets stacks on her passive for your double bomb ofcourse and has huge DPS if you CC the Target. I see it often misstimed with the Kaisa R and Zilean R which goes horrible wrong. In general to close Range to play with i personally dont like Kaisa.
The worst Adc to have. Kalista needs someone to go in for her and thats simply not you. She wants to play agressive from Level 1 and Zilean feels very useless in that spot.
Kog maw is weak in lane, Yes he could need the mobility but to be really strong he should get a shield Supportand Zilean can not really be that. In teamfights if he is the target you ult he will just be out of position and die again.
He was recently bad in the meta but in general its great he wants to go close range and benefits a lot from movement speed. You can also play him as someone who goes really deep and than receives your ult It works great.
Really great she benefits a lot from your movement Speed, Her E is a setup for your double bomb. Also its very nice in lane to do: E into double bomb and MF ults on that they easily loose 60%+ HP
She can dash in and travel your bombs, likes your ult and gets value from movement speed. The only thing is her passive wants a heavy hard CC support which Zilean is not.
Nice adc to play with, she provides you with sustain, her W and Glacial auto attacks are a great setup for bombs and she can also use your movement speed buffs. Fasting Senna with Zilean is extremely broken.
Both scaling Champions, you can get easily dove and Movement speed is again overcap with the Sivir ult. She can use your CC to autoattack alot and Hit her Q guranteed but its still horrible.
Horrible Tristana wants to play extremely agressive first level, she cant use your movement speed at all since she just junp resets. Your cc is nice but she wants a tank Supp that engages for her.
You can be the setup for the Varus skillshots but also Varus R can be setup for you. He has great DPS with no mobility where you come in place.
Usually bad but depending on the vayne. Really good vaynes win most lanes and they can E enemys into your doublebombs when you throwh them behind really advanced but strong combo.
Pretty good she also has tons of DPS which gets effective when you speed her. Also its nice to CC the enemys and Xayah can farm a lot of feathers behind them for a clutch E while they stand still.
Insane adc, extremely good in the meta and can use your movement speed great. Also has a nice follow up on your CC