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Zilean Build Guide by lkycch

Middle platinum


By lkycch | Updated on July 5, 2020
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Runes: (Please See Chapter 2)

Glacial Augment
Magical Footwear
Minion Dematerializer
Cosmic Insight

Presence of Mind
Legend: Tenacity

+1-10% CDR (lvls 1-18)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)


LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Teleport


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Support Role
Ranked #7 in
Support Role
Win 52%
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Ability Order Q>W>E

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Champion Build Guide


By lkycch
1) Why Play Zilean in Ranked?


- E has 99% SLOW at Rank 5!

- R synergises with ANY COMP!


2) Runes Explained! Back to Top

Glacial Augment:
- Synergises with GLP!
- Allows you to land Q+W+Q combo in a group of enemies without the fear of missing
- Perfect disengage tool for peeling

Magical Footwear:
- You need to focus on buying your mana items, so it's a no-brainer for free boots

Minion Dematerializer:
- For mid lane, you only have one damage ability, so killing the large cannon minions are a pain.

Cosmic Insight:
- Allows 45% Max CDR
- Lowers cooldown of summoner spells
- Lowers cooldown of GLP and Twin Shadows

Presence of Mind:
- Mana gained amplifies Seraph’s Shield

Legend: Tenacity:
- Tenacity will give you a lot more time to react and help you time your R
3) Combos! Back to Top
Q + W + Q
+ +

E(Yourself) + GLP + Q + W + Q
(Yourself) + + + +

E(Yourself) + Wait 2.5 seconds + W + E(Yourself)
(Yourself) + Wait 2.5 seconds + + (Yourself)

Lane Trading:
E(Enemy) + Q + W + Q + Auto Attack + E(Yourself)
(Enemy) + + + + Auto Attack + (Yourself)
4) Tips and Tricks! Back to Top
Favourite Tip: Summoner's Rift is a 5v5 and not a 1v1! Help your allies and work together as a team! That's what MOBA games are all about: TEAMWORK!

In order to play Zilean Mid effectively and gain some sweet winstreaks in solo Q, you must relax and respect your opponents. Your objective is to win the game, not your lane.

Zilean is a weak laner and can't compete with the meta mid laners in 1-to-1 combat. However, you have fantastic waveclear and roaming potential, so you can use this to your advantage! Carry by influencing other lanes and lead your teammates to victory!

When your Q reaches level 3:

- One Q+W+Q combo to clear the backline caster minions.
- Fastest way to push before your Q reaches level 4.
- Rely on your minions to lower the health of the melee minions, or lure them into your turret.

When your Q reaches level 4:

- One Q+W+Q combo to clear the frontline minions and bring caster minions down to single autos.

Once your Q reaches level 5:

- Stun duration will last long enough to clear both melee and caster minions (the entire wave of minions, except the Large Cannon minion):

1. Walk up to the wave, approaching the first three melee minions
2. Melee minions start bunching together horizontally
3. Q+W+Q the melee minion in the middle
4. Run away from the wave horizontally
5. As the caster minions catch up to the melee minions whilst they're stunned, the bomb explodes, clearing the entire wave

You can also wait till your opponent pushes the wave first:

1. As they last hit your final minion, throw out a Q+W+Q on the ground.
2. Let the enemy minions walk up to the bombs.
3. The melee minions get stunned and the caster minions catch up, getting cleared.

How To Actually Guarantee Landing Your Bombs?

The trick is to use your E to slow your enemies and WAIT 2 seconds! Your E duration lasts for 2.5 seconds, meaning that after 2 seconds you still have half a second to cast your Q+W+Q combo.

This works because your target will often think that you're not going to use your Q+W+Q combo, since you did not cast Q straight away. Also, by being patient and waiting it out, they might even burn their flash, who knows!

All-in-all, patience is key. Just wait out the 2 seconds, then quickly cast Q+W+Q. They won't suspect it!
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