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Groot With A Root - [8.17] Maokai Support
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Threats & Synergies
The speed she gets from her W and slow with E may cause some issues with trying to root her, but she has no escape.
If Ezreal is good he'll stay back and poke you down. Keep track of when he uses his Arcane Shift as that's his only escape.
Stand in front of your ADC. Him hooking you in gives you a free engage.
Same thing with Blitzcrank. Although he can try to peel you off his carry with his Flay.
If you W into her or the carry, if she can land an Aqua Prison on you, you'll be taking a bit of damage.
No escape or disengage except for her ult. You can easily tank her poke as well.
She can peel you off with her Q and ult, but other than that not much of an issue.
Stand behind 2 or more minions to avoid her Q, although her E can also be a problem with the amount of poke it has. Once you engage, she can't escape.
Walk towards him when he's catching axes to get an easy root.
Heavy chunking and shields. Wait until her shields wear off then engage.
You're going to have a bad time with her root and Spellshield. Bait out the shield first.
Percent health damage haha xd
Keep track of where her plants are and buy Adaptive Helm if she becomes a huge problem.
Stun > Roots
Damn stupid polymorph duration. Rush Mercury Treads.
When he ults try to interrupt it with a Q. Also percent health damage xd
Jhinsoo's hurts a lot. If he plays right you'll get poked out. Play passively and keep track of where his traps are.
Poke and zoning. Wait for his Event Horizon to be used then engage. Be careful of him once he hits 6, his ult does a lot.
Aftershock - This will be your main keystone as it can proc on both your Twisted Advance and Nature's Grasp since those will be your main engage tools.
Font of Life - Bone Plating is also good on Maokai but you can consistently proc Font of Life with Bramble Smash and Sapling Toss to add more healing to your team. It can also serve as a notification that someone has been hit by one of your saplings if you place them in bushes as pseudo-wards.
Conditioning - After 10 minutes this allows Maokai to become even tankier with more resistances. Second Wind is another option if you're facing a poke-heavy lane such as Caitlyn and/or Zyra.
Overgrowth - More HP = Good. However that doesn't mean Revitalize isn't good either. Take Revitalize into a poke-heavy lane instead of Overgrowth.
- Secondary Tree
Triumph - This baby here can save you in early dives or big teamfights lategame since you can heal up for a massive amount and remain a constant threat.
Legend: Tenacity - With the recent buffs to this rune it can now basically replace Mercury's Treads and allow you to buy Ninja Tabi or stack even more Tenacity.
Spirit Visage - This works well with Maokai's Sap Magic to allow him to heal up for a massive amount.
Warmog's Armor - Gives you more HP and makes you beefier. Also lets you quickly heal up in between skirmishes.
Oracle Lens / Elixir of Iron - Your job as a Support is to ward objectives and make sure Akali isn't sitting in a bush waiting to murder your Vayne. Elixir of Iron should be bought if you can't afford anything before a large fight is going to start or lategame when you're at max build for more tankiness.
Turbo Chemtank - This will help Maokai cover a larger amount of distance between him and his target with the movement speed boost, and the slow from it will further increase the amount of CC he has.
-Basic Engage : Twisted Advance + Bramble Smash towards teammate(s)
-Basic Engage #2 : Turbo Chemtank + Twisted Advance + Bramble Smash
-"I'm Rengar" : Sit in a bush with Saplings, Twisted Advance when a target gets close enough -> Bramble Smash into Nature's Grasp
-Ultimate Engage : Nature's Grasp -> Sapling Toss onto target -> Twisted Advance -> Bramble Smash towards your teammate(s)
-Late Ultimate Engage : Twisted Advance -> Nature's Grasp -> (Q) / (E)