Build Guide by Dandy
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THIS IS THE FIRST AND PROBABLY ONLY GUIDE I WILL BE WRITING
This build will allow you to tank ANYTHING and I mean ANYTHING!(Note-Just because he can take on physical damage from many champions at once does not mean that he should solo more than 2 or 3 champions at once.Keep in mind that his magic resistance will only be 68,so you are VERY vulnerable to skill spams).
So let's start off some of his pros and cons:
Even half way through building your items,you will be surviving many attacks that comes your way,in terms of physical damage.
With all this armor,you can dish out 605 spell damage with Ground Slam!(Ignoring the enemy's magic resistance)
Great for killing runners,due to his Unstoppable Force skill and Seismic Shard and Randuin's Omen
Can easily tank a tower when you have enough items
As you can tell from Malphite's magic resistance,heavy nukers will obliterate you if you are not careful.
May take time to get use to Malphite for some players
Ground Slam can be easily avoided
Will get ganked by at least 3 champions 70% of time that you are alone
Weak until mid-game(damage-wise)
Heal-This spell is meant to help you from early game to mid-game.Also,if timed correctly,it can be used to make an enemy chase you down at low hp,and than BOOM! unload your skills and they should die. :)
Cleanse-In my opinion,a "MUST HAVE" for any tank in the game.Let's look at the many situations that this can save your ***,shall we?
1.Stuns/Slows/Sleep:oh dear...it's a ***********ing stun...don't you just hate it when you are trying to run away,(not that you'd need to run away very much)and you get hit with a freakin stun/slow/sleep and have to watch yourself helplessly die?
2.The blinds:Many times for me,being blinded for a couple hits meant the difference between making a kill or letting them run away.
3.DoT Skills/Spells:I cannot emphasize enough how deadly poisons can be when stacked!!! Teemo,and other champions,can be your worst nightmares when they stack those poisons on you!
4.Taunts:You see yourself running away when your champion's at dangerously low health...but wait! what's this?!?!? YOU ARE TURNING AROUND TO FIGHT?!!??! Again,taunt WILL be a life saver in many get-away situations!
*BE CAREFUL TO THESE CROWD CONTROLS WHEN CLEANSE IS ON CD*
Seismic Shard:Use this to lower hp AND very useful for slowing down anybody that feels they cannot be within 3 yards of Malphite(I max this out second)
Brutal Strikes:This is a good passive skill for farming and activating for champion fights.(I max this out last because you will already farm easy enough with Ground Slam and your Sunfire Cloak)
Ground Slam:My favorite skill on Malphite.Why? When maxed,it does 220 damage PLUS 70% of your armor!This is sure to do some real damage when fighting or just farming when you want that extra gold.(I max this out first)
Unstoppable Force:Indeed,Malphite becomes and unstoppable force with this skill up his arsenal >:D
1.It stuns them for 2 seconds(enough for you to follow with a Ground Slam)
2.Does good damage
3.Great for running away if needed or chasing down runners with this skill's great range.(I add to this skill every time possible-6/11/16)
Items:(I will be repetitive about armor in this part of the guide.Sorry (>_<)
Sunfire Cape-Gives a pretty nice amount of armor and health but one more important thing is that it will help you farm for you next items during early-game!*hint hint* BIG ADVANTAGE
Ninja Tabi-Again,more armor but the speed boost will also help you make get-aways or chase down runners
Thornmail-One of your greatest source or armor and the 30% damage return will also help you farm if you are tackling enemy minions on your own
Guardian Angel-Good armor and more importantly.....gotta love that second life :)
Randuin's Omen-SLOW SLOW SLOW SLOW SLOW!Not only is this a great source of armor but it will also be one of your main sources for catching those pesky runners with the slow active skill,not to mention the 15% CD reduction
Frozen Heart-Great Armor,A 20% AS reduction to all nearby enemies(Easier on you for tanking),and More mp and a 25% CD reduction for skill spamage! >:D
Don't be afraid to use Ground Slam just to kill some weak minions for money.This just speeds up the time it takes for you to get your items.
Just because Malphite is an uber tank does not mean he should always be alone!Being with allies makes you that much harder to kill.
If you are one of those players that just tend to forget all about the active skills that come with your items,try to remember incorporate Randuin's Omen's active skill in a fight.IT WILL HELP
This is the end of my guide! I hope the guide has helped the people who bothered reading it and please criticize and rate this guide!I like feedback on my work.Good luck with your future games as Malphite! :D (Also very sorry that I did not add any pictures to this guide! I am new to guide making on this site so please bare with me. Thank You!)