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Generally a skill matchup, it gets easier with experience. Once you learn to block her Charm with your voidlings, she won't be able to do anything without jungler help.
Her ease to pop your passive is annoying, and the burst she has when she finishes Hextech Gunblade disgusting. Exhaust however shuts her down, and hard so i suggest that.
Try to dodge her Q, alternatively you can silence her when she throws it so she can't pop it. Either way if you do get hit, back off as her E deals double damage when hit by her Q or R. She really shouldn't kill you without a jungle gank, you cancel her R with your Q, and you outdamage her easily. Always keep track of her passive, you can see if it's up by clicking on Anivia and looking at her buff bar. Now to be fully effective she has to wait for her ult to fully charge, and you'll be miles away before that happens.
Annie the zone-bot. While she has her passive up, at any time she can AA and stun you and you can't do much about it other than... standing back. Play passive till level 6, afterwards she is a walk in the park. Always remember, Tibbers will chase you after her death.
Even though he can pop your passive quite easily, you generally counter him due to your silence which interrupts his passive. Try to dodge his stun and all-in him, he really can't do anything about it.
His ability to poke you from range is very frustrating to deal with, just play passively and farm, if he dives you should kill him with your full combo, otherwise ask for jungler gank and flash + ult.
His long range and DoT nature make it very hard to keep your passive up and trade with him, try to dodge his skillshots, and when he hits 6 try to stay as far away from your minions as you can, he will try to W and R you so he can get the bounces, try to all-in him away from allies and try to keep your junlger away from him, it only gives him extra bounces.
She is pretty easy actually, she has less mobility than you early game. If she lands Q try to silence her as you back so she can't follow up with her E. She is very prone to your full combo, your voidlings eat her alive. Just keep an eye out for her damage output, if you don't silence her, her DPS increases tremendously.
Poke him while he farms, don't let him stack his passive on you. Generally his playstyle is more of a hit-and-run, so just don't let him hit you without a trade.
While rare, the only hard thing about him is his surprising behind the walls all-ins. If you keep your cool, all-in him when he does (or before that). Silence him when he uses W.
Very hard matchup. Pre-6 you can't kill him unless he fucks up. After 6 if he decides to ult, there's literally nothing you can do about it other than eat his full combo (if you ult you will get interrupted). If you survive his initial burst, and his DoT + Ignite, you can try to all-in him. DODGE HIS ULT NO MATTER WHAT!!!
Galio is made to be annoying, and he;s supposed to "hard counter" you. The fact that he is melee, and all of his abilities are telegraphed, AND your passive which blocks his cc, kinda keep him from being a "hard counter" to Malzahar. Dodge as much as you can, combo him when he is low enough, sidestep his E, AND ALWAYS KEEP YOUR DISTANCE. Ping ss when you see him gone and the lane should pull itself out.
You decided to all-in Gangplank but he ate an orange and it was k... Jokes aside unless he already used W don't all-in him, he's melee so you can just poke him and deny him farm. He has the ability to take kills and assists from global range. You should be safe if you keep your distance and be careful of these goddamn barrels. The fact that he is melee makes this mathup bareable...
His strategy is to place down 3 turrets and farm. Luckily all of your spells kill them quickly (a simple E -> Q is enough but you also have your W). All-in him when you can he has no answer to that, and push the lane. Be wary for jungle ganks though. Also tell your jungler to never gank, most junglers die to him for some reason...
His poke is annoying, try to dodge his Q. Poke him when he goes into melee form and farm while he is in ranged form. Your all-ins are much better than his so use that to your advantage.
She has constant harass, and a shield that can block a lot of your poke. You have far better all-ins though, she doesn't have any real follow-up from her initial burst. Dodge her Q and all-in her when she tries to tether you. Remember you can still cast your spells when rooted.
Your silence blocks a large part of his damage (his Q), try not to stay to close to him and combo him when you can. Just be careful of his passive, try to back from him once you kill him. If he uses R before he dies you can interrupt him with Q or R.
Pre-6 he can poke you without problem due to his passive blocking a portion of your magic damage. After 6 he becomes even harder to deal with thanks to his R. Play passively, and try to kill him pre-6 with help from the jungler. In teamfights, if he tries to dive you or anyone else E + R him, he should die quickly. Late game he probably owns you in 1v1 so stay near your team.
Now with her rework, she relies fully on her daggers to deal any damage, and you cannot easily predict what she will do. Her main poke is to Q you, W to her position and then E back and forth. If she tries to dive combo her. Just be careful of her daggers and stay away from them, if you can. The problem is that she is too fast sometimes, and that can be unexpected, try to keep your spells up at all times so you can trade.
Kayle is pretty easy to kite. Just E and W, and walk back, if she follows she will get destroyed. Her R duration is 2/2.5/3 based on rank, so what you want to do is fight her till she is low and when she ults, ult back at her. After that she has no retaliation, so kill her and be on your merry way.
Kennen is pretty annoying, for the sole reason that his stun is delayed and you can't really block it. Farm while dodging his Q, if it hits and he tries to follow on that, E and Q him while backing. Your only chance of killing him is if you can get your combo before him, if he gets it first you will be stunned by his R.
Kog'Maw mid seems to be semi-viable, I haven't played against him so far, but you never know. He is squishy and mana hungry, if he tries to fight you deal much more damage on the early stages of the game. Late game if he plays AP, he probably doesn't have a QSS, try to ult him, or at least silence him. His clear is pretty decent, try to roam as you're faster than him.
In laning phase, when she uses Q, back off to avoid her W and poke her when she does. If she uses W first, E her, then when she returns use Q, if she stays to try to E you, use your W. Post-6 wait for her clone to disappear before you combo her for the kill.
Just a farm lane. Play passively and farm. When she roams, either push or roam the other lane, it's not wise to follow her.
She outranges you, so just farm and wait until she comes to close so you can poke her. If she lands Q, immediately silence her so she can't pop her E, or use R. Ping ss when she roams, her ult is on a very short cooldown. If you die from it... you're in bad luck. Now her ult refreshes a part of it's cooldown when she kills an enemy, which means she becomes even more annoying to deal with...
No mobility, little damage, and all that just for a regenerating shield. Poke him when you can, combo him when he's low, he can't do anything. Don't let him get in melee range though, you will probably die.
Her E can block all of your combo, as it blocks your suppress. Other than that just dodge her Q, she relies on hitting it to kill you. Your passive really helps you here, if it's down play safe and farm at turret range.
She can spam you so you can't keep your passive up. She outranges you so you can't poke without losing the trade. She can zone you with just the position of her Ball. And she can block your combo if she times her R well enough. Ask for jungler gank and play safe, you DO NOT want to see her fed. In teamfights try to land your silence when she uses her E, and try to ult when you are out of her range. Positioning is everything!
He has easy targeted poke via his Q, but he's also prone to your poke. If he decides to all-in you, your combo should kill him. He can roam with his R, when he does push the lane, he falls off very hard late game.
Riven can't win a trade against you. Simply E + W when she comes, and Q when she goes. Your all-in is superior to hers because of the suppress. Follow her if you can when she roams.
Ryze relies on spamming at all times. Too bad you have a silence. You can't lose 1v1 if you hit the silence. Remember that your Q and R cancel his ult.
His tankiness and sustain make him very hard to deal with, especially if he ults before you combo, because he can just sustain all the damage you deal. Your best bet is to combo him when his ult is down. Dodge his W and don't stay in his Q range too long.
Her Q is highly spammable with small mana cost, so she can just free poke you whenever she wants. She can also use her range to trade with you and she also has a stun. And while you fight you can risk either using your combo to early and die from her burst, or waiting and dying from her single targeted nuke. You really can't do all that much, you can play aggressively and poke her or ask for jungler gank. Barrier heavily recommended.
Taliya relies on her W to trade you can just dodge it by moving when fighting. Your silence makes quick work of her, and she doesn't have the damage to keep up. Post-6 you shut her down hard as she practically doesn't have an ult to fight you with. The only hard thing about her is the jungler ganks she's gonna get if you push. Be wary of her roams, and try to follow her.
Talon is an early game monster, with absolutely no pressure mid to late game. Just be careful of his level 2 all-in (stay very far and dodge his Rake [W]). When he roams, warn your teammates and keep farming. If he starts snowballing, just ult him when he dives your ADC.
Dodge his Q, he can't touch you while your passive is up, use that to your advantage. Your level 6 is much better than his because you can actually use your ult to fight. When you see him gone immediately ping your team to back. You shouldn't have any other problems with him.
Veigar needs all 4 of his spells to win a trade, and your passive can block one, your silence also reduces his damage output. He's really squishy and has no retaliation to your full combo.
His range can be outright annoying at times, he's gonna try to poke you and ult you from range. You can try to push to deny him from poking you or play safe and wait for gank. Either way, try to hold your Q to interrupt his R, it can be hard depending on how far he is you can just walk out of range.
His augmented E can one-shot waves, so you can't outpush him. He has a delayed stun which means you can't combo him. His damage is also absurdly high for the low mana costs he has. And a good timed R can interrupt yours. There's really not much to do, even jungler ganks seem futile, play safe farm for mid-late game where you can just ult him and your team can pick him off.
After level 4 his sustain can't keep up with your damage, and his damage isn't that high at that point. Post-6 it becomes even easier since he can't sustain during your R, and his own R is delayed. A thing to note: your E can still damage him in his pool, if you used it prior to him using W.
His range is far superior than yours, he will just poke poke poke. If he's playing it right you never have a chance to poke him. Try to dodge his spells, push the lane he has no real answer to that. Once pushed you can poke him under tower or roam. A thing to note: your Q interrupts his Q channeling and his R.
He can be annoying with his mobility but you can start retaliating when he's done dashing, or when he's silenced. His windwall blocks nothing but your basic attack. If you want to trade with him aa him to get rid of his passive and then start casting your spells.
Zed will try to poke you from afar, and all-in you when he can kill you. Stay close to your turret and if he goes for the all-in ult him under tower. With the changes to his ult, he shouldn't be focusing you that much anymore just ult him when he dives a teamate. The only problem he provides is the goddamn annoying Magic Resist build he can buy, that thing is made of nightmares.
His damage, range, and pushing power are crazy. You just have to farm and watch as he destroys your towers with ease while you are trying to dodge his Q. Your best chance is a flash + all-in but even that may prove isufficient.
Zyra is very dependent to her plants to deal damage, you should just stay away from the seeds, you can E + Q the plants to kill them anyway. Other than that be careful not to engage on top of her ult.
Your only hope of killing him is before he backs, after that there's not much you can do. Either he builds full AP, spams Q and when he hits you, walks up to you and kills you, or does the same, albeit slower, when building tank. Ask for jungler help.
Diana does have burst, but you a silence and a suppress. Just abuse her melee range, and whenever she dives you combo her. Ignite instead of ghost is recommended, as her shield can be problematic.
Most mid laners have a problem with full AP Malphite, but not you. Malphite relies on hitting Q+R and one shot everyone but your passive blocks one of the two spells, so try to keep it up at all times. When he does dive you, just stay calm and combo him, he dies easier than a cannon minion. The only problem with him is his ability to murder your team...
Teemo mid? I honestly don't know what to write here, I mean it's simple, farm until in range to kill him. If he tries to "outplay you" with his passive just Q wherever he is, you will get Deathfire Touch's red arrow indicator if you hit him.
You can't killean the Zilean... except you can. To damage you he has to hit 2 skillshots, and if you have your passive, his double bomb combo won't even do anything. And he's much too squishy so killing him twice should be easy. It's like an annoying version of Anivia that stays useful anyway...
You're probably here to learn about Malzahar, his gameplay, his tricks, his spells, and anything there is to know... Malzahar is a Battle Mage, as Riot classifies him, which means he's better in lengthier fights and skirmishes and he excels while in the middle of the fight on the contrary with the classical burst mage who likes to stay away and cast from range. This guide will teach you how to play Malzahar, what to do, where to be and who to ult. This builds aims on capping Malzahar at 40% cooldown reduction, which in combination of his ult's Nether Grasp naturally low cooldown, and the tankiness this build provides make for a pretty strong mid-late game combo. So let's get down with the basics.
"The land may melt, the sea may swell, the sky may fall... but they will come!" - Malzahar
Many men have gone mad beneath the glare of the Shuriman sun, but it was during the night's chilling embrace that Malzahar relinquished his sanity. Malzahar was born a Seer, blessed with the gift of foresight. His talent, though unrefined, promised to be one of Runeterra's greatest boons, but destiny plotted him another course; his sensitivity to the roiling tides of fate allowed other, unwelcome things to tug at his subconscious mind.
In his dreams, where the veil of separation is thinnest, a sinister thing beckoned. For some time, Malzahar was able to resist its prodding, but with each passing night the voice grew louder, or perhaps deeper, until he could withstand the call no more.
He ventured into the desert without supplies, drawn by the lure of a specious charm. His destination: a lost civilization to the east, known to ancient texts as Icathia. Few believed such a place ever existed, and those who did were certain that the sands had long since devoured whatever remained. When Malzahar's cracked feet finally failed him, he found himself kneeling at the base of a bizarre crumbling obelisk.
Beyond it lain the alien geometry of a ruined city and the giant decaying idols of dark and horrific gods. His eyes, seeing what others cannot, and what none should, were filled with the essence of the Void. His once shifting visions of the future were replaced with the immutable promise of Valoran beset by creatures of the Void.
Standing alone, but not alone, amidst the echoing dunes, he noticed the familiar voice escape his own lips in a parched rasp, bearing three words whose weight trembled his knees: League of Legends. Now infused with the power of the Void itself, Malzahar set off to the north to seek his fate.
So as you can see Malzahar is the Prophet of the Void, and after believing his world would be beset by the Void, he was turned into an immortal human with the powers of the Void. Based on his official homepage he is friends with Kog'Maw, and enemies with Kassadin. Here are some trivia you may or may have not known about Malzahar, taken directly from his own wikia page:
- Even though Malzahar (and Kassadin ) is Shuriman his ties to the Void directs all his focus to the ancient city of Icathia and what lies within it.
- Malzahar might be attempting to make Icathia rise again just like Azir did with the Ancient Shuriman capital.
- It is uncertain whether or not he is aware of the rise of the Ascended. Even if so, making way for the Voidborn takes precedence over a handful of actually mortal demigods that can be overrun by infinite hordes anyway.
- Malzahar might be attempting to make Icathia rise again just like Azir did with the Ancient Shuriman capital.
- Malzahar was brainwashed into believing the Void overrunning Runeterra is an inevitability and this in turned prompted him to become its prophet.
- The one resposible for luring Malzahar to Icathia might have been the same entity Aurelion Sol suspects of being commanding all the Void incursions into Runeterra.
You can always use the wikia page to check Malzahar's voicover, skins, etc... I personally think his voicover is pretty cool, but that's probably because he's my favourite champion.
+ Excellent Teamfight Presence via Q,R
+ Awesome Dueling Power
+ Easy Waveclear After First Item
+ Useful Even When Behind
+ Excellent Objective Control
+ CC-Immune Passive
+ Excellent Ganker
+ Melts Opponents
- Very Low Mobility
- Prone To Camping
- May Push Even When Undesired
- Easily Interruptible Ult
- Can Die Easily When Focused
- Mediocre Roamer
- Hard To One-Shot Anyone Unless Ahead
- Quicksilver Sash
Of course, it's not always bad if an opponents builds Quicksilver Sash, actually if anyone who builds it is not an ADC (or Marksman), then you essentially deprive them of an extra item slot, and you just focus someone else, or wait to bait it out.
So this is the basic summoner spell setup we will be taking, there's not much to say about it. Ghost has been meta after its buffs over in Patch 6.10. it provides you with stickiness, pseudomobility when needed, and an extra escape should things go bad. Now, as of Patch 7.2, it needs to accelerate for 2 seconds, before reaching maximum speed. This should affect you if you don't use Ghost in advance, so you can opt for Ignite instead but it's still a viable option. Its short 180s cooldown, or 3 minutes, is even lower coupled with Ionian Boots of Lucidity and Insight , going as low as 135s, or 2 minutes and 15 seconds! Flash is a must on almost all champions, and low mobility Malzahar is no-exception. Note that Flash's original cooldown is 300s, or 5 minutes, but with our summoner spell cooldown reduction this gets down to 225s, or 3 minutes and 45 seconds almost as much as Ghost!!.
These are your other alternative replacements to Ghost ( Flash should always be taken). Take Ignite if you feel that you don't really need the stickiness or chasing power of ghost, or if facing a Vladimir, Swain, or any healer as a matter of fact. While it provides extra lane pressure, you won't be needing it because there are very few cases where the opponent would escape with minimal health. And on top of that, it's nearly useless come late game, compared to our other choices at least. Ignite's original cooldown is 210s, or 3 minutes and 30 seconds. When we finish our Ionian Boots of Lucidity this gets down to 157.5s, or 2 minutes and 37.5 seconds.
Barrier is not that much viable, unless you want to be annoying... The only reason I would pick this is when laning against Syndra... It's the only way to survive that extremely frustrating, targeted nuke she has for an ult. Use it when she ults, and you survive. It's original cooldown is like Ghost's, 180s, or 3 minutes, and after Ionian Boots of Lucidity it gets down to 135s, or 2 minutes and 15 seconds.
Teleport is the go-to map awareness, map-pressure spell. If you think you can coordinate with your team for ganks and objectives, or even think that you will be stomped in lane (happens to the best of us, don't worry), Teleport is a decent choice. It also provides global pressure when it's up, as you can practically go anywhere with it. Don't try to backdoor though unless the nexus is like 1 hit away from victory, because with your low mobility you will never apply enough game-finishing pressure. Since Malzahar is an excellent duelist, if the team has 1 or 2 remaining players, you can go and try to do that, but I personally prefer to coordinate with my team. Teleport's original cooldown is 300s, or like Flash 6 minutes, and with Ionian Boots of Lucidity + Insight it gets down to 255s, or 3 minutes and 45 seconds.
Finally Exhaust, the last "viable" option. Sincerely I can see it beeing a good pick against something with huge burst, like Akali mainly, as it shuts her down hard. Other than that use it on the biggest damage dealer. Exhaust's original cooldown is like Ignite's, 210s, or 3 minutes and 30 seconds, and likewise, after Ionian Boots of Lucidity, this gets down to 157.5s, or 2 minutes and 37.5 seconds.
So Heal is just weaker (and more permanent but whatever) than Barrier, with the added benefit of healing an ally as well. Oh but wait... You're playing a SOLO lane. 'Nuff said. So Heal's original cooldown is 240s, or 4 minutes, after Ionian Boots of Lucidity it gets down to 180s, or 3 minutes.
Ah... Cleanse... This spell... is just... so infamous to me. I will explain after listing the cooldowns. First things first, you have a passive that is infinite times better than cleanse and on shorter cooldown. There is LITERALLY NO REASON TO TAKE IT! It's original cooldown is 210s, or 3 minutes and 30 seconds, with Ionian Boots of Lucidity it goes down to 157.5s, or 2 minutes and 37.5 seconds.
!!! IMPORTANT NOTICE !!!
So the reason this... spell is so infamous to me is because I've seen my lane opponents pick it to "counter" me. So I will say this once: CLEANSE DOESN'T WORK ON NETHER GRASP!!!!. If you ever, EVER see an opponent picking to counter you, or ANY SUPRESS as a matter of fact, spread the word, I beg you: Cleanse doesn't work on suppresses.
UPDATE: It seems Riot finally decided to include the fact that it doesn't remove suppression in it's tooltip, but I still see a lot of people making the same mistake so please spread the word...
Last and probably least (along side of cleanse of course) comes Clarity. This build gives you enough mana to spam your spells, and your kit has built-in mana restoration via your Malefic Visions. So its only use is on your very starting laning phase, before your first back, because that is the only time you can really run oom. Clarity's original cooldown is 240s, or (like Heal) 4 minutes, and after Ionian Boots of Lucidity, we get down to 180s, or 3 minutes.
VOID SHIFT (PASSIVE):
"Innate: Malzahar receives Void Shift if he hasn't taken damage nor been affected by crowd control in the last 30 / 24 / 18 / 12 seconds (at Levels 1 / 6 / 11 / 16). Damage from minions does not interact with Void Shift.
Void Shift phases out Malzahar, making him immune to crowd control and taking 90% reduced damage, lingering for 0.25 seconds after taking damage or blocking a crowd control effect."
As many people say, "this passive is Banshee's Veil on steroids!!!". I suppose it has some truth in it. This passive gives you all you need as Malzahar, a brief period of immunity to practically anything to make up for your immobility. It's really powerful because it blocks many key spells, but it also can be popped with a simple basic attack. Early game you will want to play safe to make most of it; if they try to pop it counter them with E + Q, generally they shouldn't be allowed to break it without punishment. Be most alarmed when it's down though; you are prone to anything and everything at that time: full combos, ganks, and even towerdives. Play passively until it returns. Try to keep it at all times because Malzahar because this forces opponents to play around it. Here are a few things to note:
- Void Shift does not reduce true damage at all; true damage just breaks it.
- Nocturne's ult, Paranoia, applies a debuff called shortsight (if i remember the name right). This debuff breaks the passive from global range. Essentially this means Nocturne is a pretty decent counter to our prophet.
CALL OF THE VOID (Q):
"Active: Malzahar summons two orbs at the target location perpendicular to where he is facing, dealing magic damage to all enemies caught between the orbs and silencing them."
-Range: 900 units
-Portal Width: 400 units
-Mana Cost: 80 at all ranks
-Cooldown: 6 seconds at all ranks
-Damage: 70 / 110 / 150 / 190 / 230 (+70% AP) magic damage
-Silence Duration: 1 / 1.25 / 1.5 / 1.75 / 2 seconds
This is our spammable long range spell. You will not want to use this much early unless it is to refresh Malefic Visions. You can also use it to farm from range when being zoned or bullied, but be careful as that pushes the wave. Positioning is everything with this spell, due to the nature of its placement. You will want to position yourself in a way that you can hit as many enemies possible, without risking yourself in the process. I advise you to play without smartcast the first few games to get used to it. A great tip to hit enemies is to cast it slightly behind them as their first reaction is to run away, and Call of the Void has a brief delay. Timing is also very important, as your silence can be used to interrupt combos and channeled spells (and Teleport). When the enemy is silenced, it's a good idea to flash + all-in them, because they can't react with shields, heals or even Flash away. Be wary though, in order for your all-in to work you must be very fast with your spells. Your Q refreshes your E so use that to your full potential. Things to note about Call of the Void:
- Call of the Void has a slight delay, it's very small (0.5s) but still noticeable.
- Call of the Void gives vision slightly where it's cast. Use it when heading to unwarded bushes, or even behind Dragon/Baron pit.
- While Call of the Void damages everything in it's path between the orbs (horizontally), it also has a very very small vertical radius.
- Casting Call of the Void and then dying will not complete the cast, and as a result, it will not deal damage, denying you many times a kill.
VOID SWARM (W):
"Passive: Malzahar stores a charge of Void Swarm periodically, up to a maximum of 2 at once.
Active: Malzahar spawns a Voidling at the target location for 12 seconds, that deals physical damage plus bonus magic damage on its attacks. Voidlings deal 50% damage to monsters, and 300% damage against minions affected by Malefic Visions. The first time a Voidling attacks a champion or large monster, Malzahar will spawn an additional Voidling with the same remaining duration that can in turn spawn additional Voidlings. This cannot happen if there is less than 9 seconds remaining on the swarm. Voidlings gain 100% bonus movement speed toward priority targets and if they're close enough to Malzahar."
-Cast Range: 450 units
-Range Between Malzahar and Voidlings for bonus Movement Speed: 600 units
-Mana Cost: 40 at all ranks
-Static Cooldown: 1 second
-Recharge Rate: 20 / 19 / 18 / 17 / 16 seconds
-Spawn Time: 0.35 seconds at all ranks
-Damage: (30 / 35 / 40 / 45 / 50 (+40% bonus AD) physical damage) + (10 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 (+20% AP) magic damage)
-Damage vs Monsters: (15 / 17.5 / 20 / 22.5 / 25 (+20% bonus AD) physical damage) + (5 / 7.5 / 10 / 12.5 / 15 (+10% AP) magic damage)
-Damage vs Minions affected by Malefic Visions: (90 / 105 / 120 / 135 / 150 (+120% bonus AD) physical damage) + (30 / 45 / 60 / 75 / 90 (+60% AP) magic damage)
First things first, static cooldown essentially means that if you have 2 charges you can use them on a 1-second delay, and it cannot be reduced by Cooldown Reduction. So on to Malzahar's most damaging ability: Void Swarm. In the mid-season update, Malzahar's damage and ratios on every spell was lowered, just so they could add his passive and this ability. Void Swarm is your most flexible spell, as it can be used for myriad of reasons like: pushing the lane, bursting or melting the enemies, finishing a teamfight, bullying in lane, controlling objectives, taking buffs, blocking skillshots and many more that you will find. The default uses are: In lane, when facing against melees, or if a ranged enemy comes too close and tries to trade, throw them Malefic Visions and cast Void Swarm as they try to fight or run, and Call of the Void them as they run, but try to chase to avoid voidlings geting slowed. This can chunk more than half hp of most champions, but be wary, overusing it will cause you to run out of mana early in the game (until you buy Lost Chapter.) When farming, use Malefic Visions on a minion and then use one voidling to farm (one is more than enough). If your opponent kills it, spawn a second one. Use it also to block important but predictable enemy spells, like Blitzcrank's Rocket Grab, or even Ahri's Charm. Be wary though, the spawn time of 0.35 s makes it so you must predict when they use their respective spell to block it. Lastly, when fighting dragons, spawn two when fighting a single target dragon (Water, Air), and wait for someone to draw aggro when fighting AoE dragons (Fire, Earth.). Don't even bother using them on Baron Nashor. When you hit level 6, if you see the rival low enough, or if he tries to all-in you, W -> E -> W -> R to kill them, plus Q if they survive. This is also effective when you're being ganked, by killing the first enemy you chain Malefic Visions to the next and also give them aggro of the swarm. It's also very important to learn how to control your voidlings, which is explained below. Things to note about Void Swarm:
- Your voidlings have "2 hp" which means they can take up to 2 champion basic attacks and spells before they die. Minions deal 0.5 damage on them, which means that it takes 6 minion basic attacks to kill a voidling. They also instantly die from turret shots. This hp is also affected by various on-hit effects (like Statik Shiv), dealing 2 full damage.
- Their attacks can be dodged ( Jax's Counter Strike) and blocked ( Pantheon's Aegis Protection). They can also be disarmed ( Quinn's Blinding Assault), which means they can't attack, and blinded ( Teemo's Blinding Dart).
- They have an attack speed of 0.831, 30 armor, 50 magic resist and a movement speed of 451.
- Their priority targets are:
- Target of Nether Grasp.
- Champions within the Null Zone from Nether Grasp
- Champions affected by Malefic Visions.
- Minions affected by Malefic Visions.
- Procs on-hit effects and Rylai's Crystal Scepter.
- When voidlings reach 600 units away from Malzahar, they get slower for every 100 units farther away from Malzahar they are. This means that as they get farther, they also get slower.
MALEFIC VISIONS (E):
Active: Malzahar infects the target enemy's mind, dealing them magic damage every half second over 4 seconds. Damaging a target with Call of the Void or Nether Grasp will refresh the duration of Malefic Visions. If the target dies during this time, they pass Malefic Visions onto the closest enemy, refreshing the duration and restoring 2% of maximum mana.
-Range: 650 units
-Mana Cost: 60 / 70 / 80 / 90 / 100
-Cooldown: 15 / 13 / 11 / 9 / 7
-Damage over 4 seconds: 80 / 115 / 150 / 185 / 220 (+70% of AP) magic damage
Ah... Malzahar's signature spell, Space Aids. While your Call of the Void may be your long range poke/refresh, and your Void Swarm your versatile main damaging ability, this spell is your bread and butter, what makes this kit run. Malefic Visions is your secondary damaging ability, but your most reliable way of dealing damage. Early game you will not want to use this as much, unless you are sure you will chain it to 5-6 minions, or to poke using 2 voidlings and Call of the Void. You can also use it in combination with Void Swarm, in order to push (or clear) the wave. Doing this will allow you to chain Malefic Visions to all minions within range, and possibly to the enemy champion. If you see the enemy kills your voidlings, you can use it as a bait. With Lost Chapter, this ability becomes much better to use, either to poke, or farm. In teamfights, you will want to use it either on the target you want to ult, just before you ult, or the enemy mage/adc. When sieging use it on the caster minions (the minions on the back), and in combination with your Q, the Visions might pass to the enemy team, effectively poking them. When being sieged, use it on the melee minions as they come, while using Q on the caster minions. There isn't much more to do with this spell as it's fairly simple, just be smart with your swarm targeting. Things to note about Malefic Visions:
- Malefic Visions stays on its target even after your death. If they kill any unit while you are dead, you will gain full gold and experience, and the Visions will chain on to the next target.
- Each tick of Malefic Visions will proc Deathfire Touch , Rylai's Crystal Scepter and Liandry's Anguish, making for a deadly combination.
NETHER GRASP (R):
"Active: Malzahar knocks down an enemy champion. For the next 2.5 seconds Malzahar channels, during which the target is suppressed. A Null Zone is opened beneath the target that lasts 5 seconds, dealing magic damage every second to both Nether Grasp's target as well as all other enemies within it."
-Range: 700 units
-Mana Cost: 100 at all ranks
-Cooldown: 120 / 100 / 80 seconds
-Damage: 5 / 7 / 9 (+ 1.5 per 100 AP)% of enemies maximum HP in magic damage per second
-Suppression Duration: 2.5 seconds at all ranks
The strongest form of hard CC to ever exist on league and Riot decided that Malzahar should keep it, that's a relief. This is the only thing that actually gives you kill pressure and makes opponents double think before they all-in you. I can't say much about it just use it as much as you can, this in combination with Void Swarm and Malefic Visions takes out most squishies. You can use it to stop a carry or an assassin right in his tracks, to catch an enemy out of position (in combination with Flash), or even peel for your team. Generally your level 6 Flash + all-in is one of the strongest as it doesn't leave opponents with much counterplay. There is a trick I like to use and not many may know: When contesting Dragon or Baron, when you see the objective low on health, ult the enemy jungler, disabling him from using Smite leaving the task to your jungler and securing an objective in the process. Things to note about Nether Grasp:
- Nether Grasp can be removed by Quicksilver Sash, but it can also be removed by Gangplank's Remove Scurvy, Alistar's Unbreakable Will and Olaf's Ragnarok.
- Note that using Nether Grasp on Alistar after he ults, will still suppress him. The same is not true for Olaf.
- Removing Nether Grasp, or hitting any kind of spell shield, will not trigger the suppression, but it will create the Null Zone.
- Nether Grasp is channeled which means that moving, attacking, using any other spell or getting (hard) CC'd will break the channel.
- Malzahar however can still cast Summoner Spells (except Flash and Teleport) and Items (except Zhonya's Hourglass and Seraph's Embrace) while channeling provided he is in range to do so.
- Null Zone lasts 5 seconds.
- Knock Down essentially means that any unit targeted will stop every movement command. In other words Nether Grasp stops dashes before they finish, and also brings airborne units (knocked up) back down.
The 2 skill sequences are pretty much the same except levels 2-3. If you're facing someone melee take Void Swarm at level 2 so you can bully him when he comes close to farm. If facing someone ranged take Call of the Void second so you can E -> Q them.
So your main combo is when you hit 6: Get in range and cast: W -> E -> W -> R -> Ignite(if you have), and Q when the R channel finishes. That alone should be enough to kill anyone level 6 bar Galio. When your jungler ganks, if he has some form of CC, a simple W -> W -> R -> Jungler's CC is enough (if you see you don't have time for a second W, just use 1). If not E them afterwards. In teamfights as mentioned above, try to ult an important target out of position, your team should take him out without needing any other of your spells.
Going in the lane for the first time, focus on your farming more than trading with your rival. Generally, only E him when he tries to pop your passive. Retain from using E on minions, because that pushes the lane, and even if you do kill all minions with it, you still won't get all your mana back, at least not without Lost Chapter. Roaming pre-6 is not advised, unless the enemy jungler invades yours, because you don't have the mobility nor the CC to apply pressure to anyone. You should also look out for any suspicious movement from your opponent, if for example he tries to walk in to basic attack you and the proceed to use his/her CC, it almost certainly means that a gank is on the way. In order to avoid dying from ganks, buy an early Control Ward and place it in one of the bushes, using your Stealth Ward on the other. Never let the opponent take your Control Ward without retaliation, always trade them for it. Be careful when overusing your spells, as one full rotation of your basic spells can leave you low on mana. If you do find yourself low on mana, last hit with your basic attacks to gain some of it back from Doran's Ring. When nearing level 6 you will want to have around 200-300 mana so you can try and kill your lane opponent before heading to base. When skirmishing, try to stay cose to the enemy to avoid Void Swarm's self-slow. Never go for the objectives unless at least two of the enemies are dead, one of which is the jungler. Your power spikes are: level 2 or 3(depending on when you learn Void Swarm) and level 6. Your first power spike is your Void Swarm because no one expects the sheer damage output your voidlings have. Level 6 obviously because you have a suppress. Once you hit level 6 and finish Lost Chapter you are officially in to the mid-game. I highly advise you to return to base only after you can finish Lost Chapter, since it solves most of your mana problems.
So you hit level 6. And you also have your Lost Chapter. Now you want to try and push with a simple E into minions -> W to slowly push the wave. Try to out trade your lane rival and go for the kill when you see he is close enough. Don't be afraid to just ult when the jungler is nearby, as most junglers have enough damage to kill your opponent around this time of the game. You can also look to roam if you push too far, or if you can't push (due to a Viktor for example), and try to help top or bot. It is advisable to always go for bot so you can start mounting a lead, and if all goes well, taking dragons. If bot lane is snowballing, there is no need for you to help, you should opt to help top lane instead. Another option is killing your opponent mid laner. There is a trick you can use, quickly clear your wave and hide in your bush. Your opponent will probably try to clear and follow, and while you wait in bush, you have a free chance to combo him.. Also try to keep track of things like enemy flashes, key spells etc... Try to contest dragon, with your suppress, your team has the upper hand. Your power spikes are: Finishing Rylai's Crystal Scepter and finishing Liandry's Anguish and this is where you truly shine. Rylai's Crystal Scepter gives you chase and kite potential, as well as teamfighting presence, while Liandry's Anguish can melt tanks and nuke carries. Focus on finishing these items, pushing tower, and most importantly taking dragons. When starting to build your Rabadon's Deathcap, the late game begins.
So far you managed to take some towers, get some kills, and hopefully amassed a dragon lead. The reason of why I'm so crazy about dragons is probably because, besides the obvious "you have more buffs than your opponents", my dragons affect my playstyle come late game to a large degree. I can't list every possible combination, but here is how you can use dragons as Malzahar:
-INFERNAL DRAKE: This one gives you 8 / 16 / 24 % extra AD and AP. In other words it gives you raw stats. Since it's a percentage it's much more powerful in the late game. Generally they are used for teaamfighting power. You should look to do just that, stay near your team, and fight as much as you can. When teamfighting, try to focus the one who deals the most damage and doesn't have, or has used Quicksilver Sash. Build your advantage, take more dragons, and victory will come.
-OCEAN DRAKE: This one gives you 4 / 8 / 12 % of your missing health and mana every 5 seconds if not damaged by champions or turrets for the past 8 seconds. In other words it gives you poke resistance, and poking resources. You should look to follow your team as they push and try to poke the opponents, mainly with Call of the Void. You can also try to follow an enemy splitpusher and stop them by dueling them. Poke slowly, send them back and take objectives, your lead will grow and win you the game.
-MOUNTAIN DRAKE: This one gives you 10 / 20 / 30 % additional damage as true damage versus turrets and epic monsters. In other words objective power. Try to lead your team's pushes by hitting the towers and capitalizing on enemy mistakes. Also look to safely solo the remaining elemental drakes when possible. Look to contest Baron Nashor, and use it for a final push to victory.
-CLOUD DRAKE: This one gives you 25 / 50 / 75 out of combat movement speed, or roaming potential. With this drake, you can go to other lanes and push with a simple Q -> E and return. You can also scout the map (always safely) and find any missing champions (never search when more than one enemy is missing). You have to outmaneuver your opponents gaining vision and splitpushing. This dragon allows you to play much more sneaky and sometimes you can even flank the enemy team. Capitalize on their mistakes and you will win.
ELDER DRAKE: This one increases your other elemental drake bonuses by 50% as well as a (45 x number of Elder Dragons killed) + (45 for every elemental drake killed) true damage buff on every spell and basic attack. A strong dragon, there is no real way of playing with it other than just enhancing any of the above strategies. You can also try to take baron, with the true damage, you should have the upper hand.
Now of course, you shouldn't try to do just one of the above, you could possibly have any combination of the above. Other times maybe you don't have the right team to splitpush or siege for example. Just take the above as a general guide. In teamfights, as stated above, focus the main damage dealer with your ult and voidlings but be careful of your positioning as it can cost you a timely death. You have two choices with your ult: Use it as early as you can on a key target out of position, or wait for the teamfight to play out casting your basic abilities, and using ult near the end, either when chasing or when an ally is in need. The first occurs much more frequently so don't hesitate to do so, with around 38% Cooldown Reduction mabe you will be able to ult a second time in a teamfight. Other than that, when contesting for objectives, look to scare the enemies away rather than help with the objective, and always ult the enemy jungler.
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-Wednesday 25 January 2017: Updated for Patch 7.2. Some changes to matchups, added a few new ones. Ghost update for Patch 7.2. Added knockdown explanation in Nether Grasp's things to note.
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