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League of Legends Build Guide Author VdXtR

Jungle Maokai

VdXtR Last updated on December 29, 2011
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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Offense: 7

Honor Guard

Defense: 14

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 9

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Well, as i've seen several builds and guides for a jungle maokai, honestly i do not like them >.< hehe
So here goes my build, hope u like it, any comment, plz let me know.

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Well, for Runes...
- Red Marks: Magic Penetration (x9)
Greater Mark of Magic Penetration
- Yellow Seals: Cooldown Reduction (x9)
Greater Seal of Cooldown Reduction
- Blue Glyphs: Ability Power (x9)
Greater Glyph of Ability Power
- Quints: Ability Power (x3)
Greater Quintessence of Ability Power

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Maybe a weird combination of masteries, not as normal but focusing on what i feel is the right thing.
As I play Maokai as a jungle/tank, my masterie tree will be focus on Defense and Utility, and focusing AP on the Damage Tree.
- Offense
As Jungler, extra damage to minions and monsters is neccesary, as well as the extra ap given at the start of the tree.
- Defense
As a jungler/tank, Armor, Health Regen, Health and Reducing the incoming damage is neccesary
- Utility
Focusing on Mana Regen, Mov Speed (as Mao is a slow champ) and on Increasing the duration of the buffs.

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Starting with Cloth Armor and 5 Health Potion to have a consistent jungling.
Then assuming you have earned enough gold, next items would be Sapphire Crystal and Ruby Crystal , upgrading later to Catalyst the Protector, and later on into Rod of Ages.

Between the Catalyst the Protector and the Rod of Ages, Boots of Speed thinking on Mercury┬┤s Treads later on.

After get those two items, next you basically build depending on the enemy team.
If there is a lot of DPS u can upgrade the Cloth Armor of the beggining into a Frozen Heart . Also getting Sunfire Cape or a Thornmail , both of them are good choices for a anti-dps build.

If the enemy team have a heavy AP line-up or much CC Quicksilver Sash its the perfect item. Also a Force of Nature getting advantage of the mov speed buff that it grants. Also a Banshee's Veil u would be able to evade 2 heavy enemy abilities on the gank.

So far, build would be like this:
- Mercury's Treads
- Rod of Ages
- Frozen Heart / Thornmail
- Sunfire Cape
- Quicksilver Sash
- Force of Nature

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Skill Sequence

The path u will follow on jungle will be the next.
1. Blue Buff
2. Wolves
3. Wraiths
4. Golems
5. Red buff

As jungler, initiating with Sapling Toss to stack them since 1:21 on the blue buff, since that time you can stack 3 of them before 1:55 an u will have time for other one. Then u reach level 2 getting arcane smash and get wolves. Then go to wraiths and golems, upgrading Sapling Toss by level 3 and on level 4 Twisted Advance Using the pots at the right time will give you a great advantage at the moment of ganking.

After having your 3 abilities you can upgrade them as you wish, if you are focusing on jungle upgrade the Toss first, if focusing on ganks upgrade Smash and Advance.

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Summoner Spells

As jungler Smite needed, use it on Blue buff at the beggining and then on red buff.

Ghost i think its a must be for Mao, as he is slow, ganking at level 4 with Ghost gives u a great advantage =D

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Team Work

Most of the times i play Jungle Mao with friends of mine, so they know which is the right moment for ganks and so on.
Several good champ combos are:
Mao + Teemo
Mao + Skarner
Mao + Irelia
Mao + Jarvan
Mao + Fizz

All those combinations me as jungler and my friend as solo top (except for teemo which was a duo lane)

Right time on snare the enemies, slow them and get them finally will be the diference between a good and bad push, i remember recently a match which we got top tower no more than 5 or 7 minutes after initiate the match.

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Well, i hope u guys find this guide helpful.

Any suggestion or comment, feel free to do it xD!