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Malzahar Build Guide by Jnewbringspain

Middle gold

Jnew's In-Depthy Mid Lane Malzahar Guide!

By Jnewbringspain | Updated on April 12, 2021
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PixelNavi (4) | April 11, 2021 1:54pm
update plzzzzzzz
Jnewbringspain (5) | April 12, 2021 11:56pm
Small update for now, I will try to keep this up to date a little better, and matchups still need work. Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of time to keep up with this, so the updates are a bit sporadic.
PixelNavi (4) | April 13, 2021 11:13am
thats cool man, appreciate the work ur putting in. Wouldnt w second be better than q for waveclear and pushing?
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Mikifire | March 3, 2021 9:48am
Would the tear be a better starting item than dorans ring? Malzahar burns out mana relatively quick
Jnewbringspain (5) | March 3, 2021 1:30pm
Hi Mikifire,

I don't think so. I don't believe there's room in the build for Archangel's Staff. Plus, Doran's Ring does give mana back when you kill a minion.

Early on you will want to try and manage your mana. I don't really bother trying to use E on minion waves until at least level 3. Try to master farming using only basic attacks. Focus on staying safe and getting enough gold for Lost Chapter. I do occasionally use E + Q on the enemy laner if it's free, but often times a kill isn't possible this early on, so you're better off saving your mana.

Hope this helps, let me know if you have more questions.
Jnewbringspain (5) | April 5, 2017 3:05pm
1 day after I respond, 7.8 patch notes released with more Malz nerfs... so frustrating!
monimakaroni (14) | April 3, 2017 1:28pm
Hey Jnewbringspain,

Your guide looks amazingly cool. Man it is really good guide and the effort and the time you have spent in it may well be weeks. Why you are not updating this guide? You have so many votes and views on this one. Why you have forsaken Malzahar ;/. Please, Jnewbringspain, update your guide about malzahar and let the malzahar main players enjoy it

- monimakaroni
Jnewbringspain (5) | April 5, 2017 12:40am
To all those wondering why I no longer update the guide, I have not forgotten. However, if I'm being honest, my love for Malzahar has fallen off a lot since his remake. Following the remake he has additionally taken considerable nerfs in all areas. Simply put, I really don't play him much anymore. I do on occasion, but I am currently awaiting some fixes. He just is not as fun to play as he was pre-remake. I do plan on eventually updating the guide and staying on top of it, but I need to play him consistently again to do so.
FrostyMcChill | January 2, 2017 11:16am
Is this still a good build as of now?
Rockultimetal | September 2, 2016 10:10am
Hi is this item build still applicable? I usually go Athene's as the first item for overall stats. CDR + Mana = sustain in lane rather than teardrops/seraph. Is this item build still applicable in the current meta? I see that ROA is no longer being used as a first item. If I were to follow this in a perfect world, the item build would be: Rylai > Sorcerer's boots > archangel (after max stack for tear) > Raba > liandry > hg (in that order).

Any tips?

Additional info:
My current build goes: Athene's > boots > Rylai > Liandry's > HG/Raba > HG Raba (I also switch to abyssal/banshee if its a full AP enemy team). Thanks for your input guys.
Jnewbringspain (5) | September 6, 2016 12:35pm

I do not build Athene's, mostly because the item has such low AP output now. The best thing about that item is the CDR, but I do not think CDR is necessary on Malzahar. The magic resist is minimal, and the regen stats are not great either. I would say this is not a viable item.

Also, I noticed in your build you typically take HG. I would try to replace that item with Void Staff if possible. Hourglass is a viable item in certain situations, but Malzahar already has built in defense with his passive, and there are much better offensive items you could utilize.
LokiKiller45 | July 3, 2016 2:26pm
absolutely love this guide!w
Jnewbringspain (5) | March 9, 2016 7:31pm
Okay, it has been updated. I will get around to having an actual picture of my mastery tree up to make things simpler to look at. I just haven't had the time to do so lately.
Jnewbringspain (5) | March 9, 2016 7:22pm
Trestles wrote:

Question: Your guide says to take fervor of battle, is that an error? I checked your videos and your profile masteries on lolking and your malz page has Deathfire's Touch. Could you maybe explain why you have Fervor on the guide or correct it to Deathfire? Otherwise, great information!

Mistake for sure. The mastery planner wasn't really working properly when I was updating the guide, so I'm not surprised it happened. I will correct it. Looking at it now, there's more than one mistake on the mastery page.
Trestles | March 8, 2016 3:29pm
Question: Your guide says to take fervor of battle, is that an error? I checked your videos and your profile masteries on lolking and your malz page has Deathfire's Touch. Could you maybe explain why you have Fervor on the guide or correct it to Deathfire? Otherwise, great information!
Necrocalypse (1) | February 28, 2016 3:18am
Hey, this is my favourite guide for malzahar but its out of date for the new season, my question is are you will update it?
Jnewbringspain (5) | November 2, 2015 11:30pm
Jimago wrote:

The guide is really informative and well structured, but the matchup section could do with some updates,for example Viktor hasn't been updated to reflect his rework.
I've got one question that I always get mixed answers for, is Luden's Echo a strong item for Malzahar? I've always thought that it was sub-par because other items are more important, but a certain Malzahar main in diamond builds it every game and doesn't buy ROA.

I have experimented with Luden's and it does not work out for me so well. It obviously will do more damage than the RoA build, but I think it sacrifices too much. Everyone plays a little bit different, but I PERSONALLY don't think it is ideal to build Ludens. I wouldn't look too far into whichever diamond player you speak of. I am confident in my build and knowledge of Malzahar, and have a good rank to back it up. I do think it is a good idea to experiment with the build yourself. Maybe Luden's will work out better for you, who knows.

In the end, I suggest you try with Luden's and without. I wouldn't copy someone's build just because of their rank, because chances are, you are going to have a different playstyle. Experiment and do what works best for you.
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