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Malzahar Survives the Void
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A very good mid lane
Passive allows for AD damage as well
No limit on how many voidlings you can have out
Self sustaining mana if you know how to farm
Badass filled with the void
Has very large mana costs
Gets mana hungry after long periods of time (prolonged by Rod of Ages)
Masteries and runes are a great tool to gain an edge on your opponent. There is only so many combinations in the runes and masteries, and some combos are just taboo. But this is pretty standard, it lets you get the best of both offense and defense.
Personally i feel that getting too much flat armor and magic resist is pointless. At mid-late game it becomes obsolete. And by level 9 they do more than the flat runes do anyway. This is just so you scale into the late game better and so all your health is backed by a little more beef.
You, as a mid laner or any other laner should buy wards. This is true for everyone but the AD carry. I do not care how good you may be, but if you are not warded then you can easily die. Especially if you are playing a champ who's only escape is killing the enemy or flashing away (aka Malzahar).
Honestly here you can go with a Doran's Ring. The pots are interchangeable, but with Malzahar's E, its basically its own Doran's Ring giving 10 or more mana every time it moves targets and the boots go into your core build. The red-blue pot ratio will depend on how you are at dodging skill shots.
By the first time you go back you should be able to get a Catalyst the Protector or both the components to it. This goes straight into the Rod of Ages and will help you sustain in lane longer. This also gives you a very nice scale into the mid game every minute that goes by. Then you get your boots for the penetration and the biggest AP item in the game; Rabadon's Deathcap. I have been completely under-leveled and underfed but when I came into a battle with these core items I completely nuked the enemy AP carry. This core will help you survive and then thrive.
Now here is where people question me, why would i get these two items on Malzahar? Well as with the Rod of Ages, these help you survive by giving you more health and more AP. With these items you get over 3000 health. And you sacrifice very little AP doing so. Not to mention these two items sync very well together with more DoT and slowing the enemies. The enchantments are for you to decide depending on whether you are on the offensive or defensive.
Late Game Options
Now here is where the build had some flexibility. With each of these items you become an even more dangerous champion on the fields of justice. With a Guardian Angel the enemy team needs to kill you twice and by the time your up many of your spells may be off of cooldown which means you can kill them easily. The Deathfire Grasp allows more AP and with its active of even more DoT you can bring most of the enemy carries down to or below half health with your own DoT and ignite. It allows for all of your abilities to become more damaging and more dangerous. Finally there is Zhonya's Hourglass. This is the one I would choose when you are more comfortable with Malzahar and the game in general. This gives you armor and AP in one neat bundle. But the difference is the active of this item. When timed correctly you are put in a stasis being untargetable and invincible for 2 seconds. And in the middle of a teamfight that can save you. Personally, I like to take Zhonya's Hourglass the most.
After Full Build
Oh no! Now i have full build and nothing to spend money on! Solution! These nifty pots help out at late game when you have nothing else to buy. Really i don't think an explanation is needed. Another way to help you build out is to sell any item on cooldown and completely rebuy it; refreshing the item. But other then that, congrats on getting full build :D
For the first ability taken this is assuming you are not invading. If your are invading then take your Call of the Void! Malefic Visions is Malzahar farming tool and sustaining tool. His Call of the Void allows for whole team silences and massive damage as the game progresses. But with the silence you can catch the enemy off guard and get a kill off of them right in the beginning. Also remember you can time your combo's to get a voidling out for more damage.
UPDATE- While the spell vamp helps a lot, the lifesteal from a voidling does not heal yourself. So if needed you could use a Will of the Ancients instead of the Liandry's Anguish. While ulting you would gain very much health.
Syndra- high skill cap but very versatile and very rare to see good players for this champ
Annie- low skill cap, easy to play and farm, can fall off late game
Fizz- very good mid laner, very slippery and can 100% to 0% champs very easily
Veigar- helps to learn last hitting creeps, and can destroy anybody in the game the longer the game goes on (good bonus ap on his q is 50AP/10 minutes of the game)