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Malzahar - The Win Build (Short)
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Malzahar is a high-damage mage character that's especially good 1v1, but has pretty good functionality in teamfights aswell.
Flash is a good way to either escape or initiate fights, and could be used in combination with your ulti. Ignite is also good since it can be cast during your ulti to guarantee a kill.
For runes i like the magic penetration marks just for the extra damage vs tanks or generaly anyone with magic resist. I choose Abiity Power Glyphs and Quints for the extra damage early game and the HP seals just for some better sustain.
I believe Malzahar is one of the best AP-carries mid-game unless you're very underfarmed or been killed a few times. When you got your ultimate there's hardly anyone that can defeat you in a 1v1-fight. Just try to hit your Q and E, then place your W and then yout ultimate while the enemy is standing in your W. This combo should melt down most of the common mid-champions (Brand, Karthus, Veigar...). It is when you have bought your Rabadon's you will start to do alot of damage, if you get it pretty quick you can pretty one-hit the minions with your Q and your E is doing incredibly much damage. A fed Malzahar can drop almost any champion from 100 to 0 with his full burst and ignite.
Malzahars late game is also pretty strong, his Q, which also silences enemies is pretty strong and great in teamfights and your W is at its best late-game, splitting your enemies unless they stay in it and by that take heavy damage. The best way to use your ultimate in a teamfight is when 2 or 3 enemies are dead, since it's easy to interrupt it when the entire team is alive.