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Maokai Build Guide by Turtle Man
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Threats & Synergies
Ezreal is a threat VERY early, ranks 1-4. But once you hit your first 2 pieces he is a piece of cake.
Ashe is very hit or miss. THE ONLY real threat I have run into with her is with Blitz and Morgana Supports that can hold you up for her to rapid fire on you ESPECIALLY if your ADC is not great. Otherwise you tank her pretty easily through the game.
I really don't like Cait, she was really OP in Season 5-6. But I feel like they nerfed her a bit with some of the newer champs and gets countered very easy vs Maokai. THE ONLY reason she is a yellow, is because of her traps because it limits the range you have on being able to move back and forth and take good angles to root her.
Jinx once she starts getting 4-5 pieces deep is REALLY the only ADC that can wipe Maokai since most of her abilities don't need a charge or be interrupted.
Jhinn is by far the softest on this list of champions. Maokai is literally an attack absorber. Once Jhinn lights up his ult you will be able to take every shot and keep it moving to keep your team alive.
The only reason Quinn is this far out, is because of her ultimate, an fog. Because Maokai is as slow as he is, you have the potential to get harassed easier and ganked later on.
Really the only thing you have to worry about here is her slow. Her Ult is SOO EASY TO COUNTER with Maokai. As soon as it starts use YOUR Ult, and then either use E tossing your mamba at her, an then W to root her an interrupting her. Funny part is once you hit ULT again or mana runs out all that damage you took will come back on her 2x insta kill.
WW is dangerous to you up until you get your Resistances up around 150. WW is really the ONLY jungle outside of Xin I would say you need to plan on having either Steraks Gage, or Thornmail for At that point you will be able to harass him out of battle. Ultimately your INTENTIONALLY BAITING the user late game to hound you with his ult. Mainly because it takes him away from locking your ADC's down to clear out other champs before coming back to him. I have yet to go a game against a WW jungle it didn't take intervention by 2-3 of their OTHER champions. Drawing their attention away from your team temporarily. GALIO is going to be your best friend with this build.