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League of Legends Build Guide Author Arkhel

Malzahar - AP carry mid lane

Arkhel Last updated on December 27, 2014
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Ability Sequence

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

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Offense: 21

Legendary Guardian

Defense: 0


Utility: 9

Threats to Malzahar with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
Katarina She is an easy opponent. poke her early, after lvl 6 it must be an easy kill. Just aim correctly!
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Hey everyone, I am Arkhel, and this is my first Moba guide. I play with Malzahar about a year long now, and still use him as my main midlaner. I like him, because he is so strong in 1v1 and can be very useful in teamfights if used well.

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!

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About Malzahar

Malzahar is a ranged AP carry with a very huge burst. He is quite underplayed in ranked solo Q-s, but I think he IS a kind of champion who can carry the game with focusing down their carry and spam Q and W under the enemy team.

With good positioning and casting his spells, he is almost able to kill ANYONE in the enemy team with full combo!

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Pros / Cons


+ Burst damage
+ 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

- Don't have escape
- Mana dependent
- Sometimes needs full combo
- Ultimate makes him an easy target
- Quite squishy
- Week before lvl 6

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I highly recommend smart casting with Malzahar!

His spells can make a very good combo, which can't be as quick casted in normal cast then smart cast. It is IMPORTANT to be fastest then your enemy!


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: Because of it's nice damage output, it can help you push your lane, but care(!) it can confuses you with last hitting! So use it well!


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.
I max this third because of its very nice aoe damage.


Malzahar creates a zone of negative energy which damages enemies that stands in it.

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!!:)
I max this last, because it is really strong only in lategame, earlier, Call of the Void is more useful


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!
I max this second to maximum DOT damage


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.
I max this first

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Combos and tricks with spells

- use your passive with your Malefic Visions in early game, it is good poking.
- 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.

Your Full combo is:


- 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.

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First items

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.

Core items

Rod of Ages is good for Malzahar! It has damage, HP and mana. It solves his early squishyness and mana reliance.

Liandry's Torment 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.

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I am not a pro player, I just play for fun :D
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! :)