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Malzahar - AP carry mid lane
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Threats & Synergies
After Akali reaches level 6, it is hard to play against her. You have to deny her for farming early game, poking her with E and passive.
He is the one, who can avoid your skills so easily. You should poke him and do not let him farm before lvl 6, after when he jumps to you, you have to combo him down. If you are lucky, his shark won't kill you before...
She is an easy opponent. poke her early, after lvl 6 it must be an easy kill. Just aim correctly!
What is hard with an 1v1 killing machine like Malzahar? If he is against something similar. This fight is really not the favourit to Malzahars, Le Blanc jumps out of Q and W, confuses with passive, but worst: brings you down before you could kill her. Be patient with Q-s, try to use her mechanic - put it where she jumped FROM. She might won't risk to jump back and you can get her.
Quite easy matchup. Poke him before level 6, avoid his Q-s, get him with your combo and the lane is yours.
If Zed is against you, then Zhonya is a must have item as soon as possible. Otherwise, he is not a threat.
Irritating pirate! He can make your ultimate useless. On lane, you can hardly kill him because of this. Farm, poke, wait jungler. Use your ultimate only if he ate his oranges.
I don't see many Malzahars ingame, but if I see, there are so many who can't use him well.
That's why I make this guide, to show his strengths, and show how cool this champion is!
With good positioning and casting his spells, he is almost able to kill ANYONE in the enemy team with full combo!
+ Can 1v1 almost everyone lategame
+ Quite underplayed
+ Voidlings are strong and fun!
+ Have safe kills with supress
+ AOE silence and % damage spell
+ Nice farming abilities
+ So fun to play
- Mana dependent
- Sometimes needs full combo
- Ultimate makes him an easy target
- Quite squishy
- Week before lvl 6
I highly recommend smart casting with Malzahar!
After casting 4 spells, Malzahar summons an uncontrollable Voidling to engage enemy units fo 21 seconds. Voidling grows in 7 seconds having more armor and damage, and Frenzy after 14 seconds having 100% attack speed
This spell can give you first blood in lower ranks! People there don't really know Malzahar and how strong can this little minion be. It is uncontrollable, but prefers targets with:
Malzahar opens up two portals to the Void. After a short delay, they fire projectiles that deal magic damage and sience enemy champion
This is a very useful spell with so much damage. It can help you escape if somebody's chasing you, if you can cast it properly behind yourself because of the silence. Moreover, it is a very good teamfighter spell - it can hit Every enemy in one time! It gives you vision as well, so Call of the Void can be used to facecheck bushes, or to cast behind walls.
This spell has % damage!! It is really useful in teamfights, and 1v1 as well. If you cast your ultimate, Nether Grasp while your enemy stands in Null Zone your damage will be so unbearable!:)
If somebody flashes through a wall with so low HP, you can throw a [null zone] randomly - it CAN give you the kill!!:)
Malzahar infects his target's mind, dealing damage each second. If the target dies while afficted by the visions, they pass on to a nearby enemy unit and Malzahar gains mana. Malhazar's voidlings are attracted to affected units
This is what makes Malzahar to Malzahar for me:D!
It is so fun when they thought they escape and you have a triple on them!
This spell is your main damage output (exc Nether Grasp) for one target, and it can goes to another!
It gives you mana when it kills a target, so it can be used in the laning phrase, but care, it pushes so hard!
Malzahar channels the essence of the Void to suppress an enemy champion and deal damage each second.
I think this is the best 1v1 ultimate in the game! They can't even touch you while you kill them with suppress. Lategame if you are fed, an ADC is an easy kill just with casting your ultimate on them.
- The enemy will try to avoid minions affected with Malefic Visions. If they are too far from you, try to put your E onto a very low hp-d minion next to him. If you cast the time it dies, it will jump into your enemy almost instantly.
- Use your Call of the Voidand Null Zone to catch low hpd enemies who flashed behind a wall. Both have enough damage to finish the job.
- Use your ultimate ALWAYS with your Null Zone under him! It gives more damage than you think! Without it, it can survive.
- you can kill anyone with this combo (in lategame with nice ap, even tanks!)
- If you do not start your route with silencing the enemy it can easily escape from you.
- Null Zone is important to have while Nether Grasp the enemy.
- Malefic vision gives you high burst - it should be casted before your ultimate. If they survive Nether Grasp, it can be an unfortunate situation.
- You can use Igniteon him while you are suppressing.
I start with 2x Total Biscuit of Rejuvenation and Doran's Ring - It is enough for me, to harass the enemy and farm well. It gives me mana If I don't have until I have blue buff.
Rod of Ages is good for Malzahar! It has damage, HP and mana. It solves his early squishyness and mana reliance.
Liandry's Anguish damages from enemy % HP - which is so cool with your Null Zone! and ultimate Nether Grasp This item makes your combo a lot stronger!
Rabadon's Deathcap I like this item to get early in the game. Malzahar needs ability power to make sure he can 1v1 anyone, so this item can maximalise his early damage.
Other viable choices
To maximalize your burst, I would recomment the 2 items made from Needlessly Large Rod - Deathfire Grasp and Zhonya's Hourglass. These items gives so much ability power, which can make you overkill and ADC only with your ultimate!
If they build magic res, then Void Staff is important to have
One of my friends recommended me Archangel's Staff once. If you can't save mana, it can help you. It is not the best item for Malzahar but can fill if you have problems with Mana.
Malzahar is the champion I can always have a great game with, and I wanted to share what I know about him.
Thank you, for reading this guide, I hope it was useful! :)