Malzahar Build Guide by Rermo99
Mortality is weakness~Choose your Style~Malzahar GuideBy Rermo99 | Updated on January 16, 2020
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Runes: Full Damage
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
Ability Order For Crowd Control
Threats & Synergies
Akali is one of those champ that can outplay you easily but since your Malzahar you still win the game. You impact in the game is a lot more important than her's. She's good at roaming and you're good at punishing roamers by getting the first tower. Her W will piss you of, but don't be affraid you only have to play safe until it's wasted and she dies. However, her mobility is against you. If you get hit by her E, you'll die quick. If you dodge it, she looses half her damage.
She can't deal with you, BUT her passive litteraly stop your ult and it's really annoying so wait for her passive to proc before ulting, and check which on still have your E on it. That's the good one.
He depends on his ults to ingage. If he does that, your passive get rid of it. If he wants to remove your passives, then he'll have to get close. The closer he is from you, the less damage he'll get from his ult, and the closer you are from him, the faster you kill him.
He isn't that much hard to deal with. First, if you know how to dodge, you're in buisness. Second, your voidling can block his stun. Time their spawn well and they'll serve you as a meat shield. You also outrange his E with all of your abilities, except for your W.
Your Q silences, her ult stops. Your ult suppresses, her ult stop. As long as she's not fed, her ult is her only hope to get a kill, and can stop it without thinking about it.
She's not easy to deal with at all. But she's not good either. She'll piss you off by one shotting your voidlings and she'll get you away if you try to get close. But you actually have a good champion. That's your adventage against her. Ok enought bad talk, she's not bad she's just not the same she was before she got nerfed to death.
He's a bad guys and he's always casting his W where you put your voidling. Once he did that too much time he doesn't have enought mana to kill you. Take that chance to kill him before he return to base.
Your E has the reach to go from on turrets to the other if he places his turret like all Heim player does. But don't put it on his turret, your voidling will die quickly and you'll be defense less. Also you need to be close to him to do anything, and getting close to a Heimerdinger with Malzahar is harder than soloing the baron with soraka.
Ok, yes you outKILL her, but she outrange you. She knows she only have to stay away and she knows she only have to poke you until you die. You'll easily get more farm than her, but she's as much of a threat as you are in teamfight. The big difference is that she litterally don't need to be in the middle of the fight to make a difference. She's annoying.
Ok he may seems easy to deal with, and he is early game, but don't be fooled. Once he got his 6, he can kill you so fast that you'll barely have time to respond. Your passive isn't a problem for his W and he won't show mercy to immobile champion as Malzahar
She can easily get rid of your passive and once it's done, she just deals more damage than you. So you'll never be able to win a lane against her. At least she doesn't one shot your 3 voidling at once, and if she forgets you in a teamfights, your passive can nullify her ult.
She's quite a pickle to deal with. Her Q get rids of your minion real quick and she gets healing from her passive to deal with you're poke. She's the most played champ among the hard matchups so I kinda ban her most of the time when I want Malzahar.
She got one of the longest range among mage with her basic attack, so it won't be a problem for her to get rid of your passive without using any single drops of mana. I bear-ly recommend to pick Malzahar against her. hehe
Don't. Play. Againts. An Anti-mage. With a mage.
You probably won't win against her. She's the bane of all late game champion and she don't know the word mercy yet. Her Q squish your voidling under a pile of rock and kill them. And it costs nothing to cast.
3.75s Worth Of Suppress
Champion Build Guide
LISTEN TO ME, VOIDLINGS AND BARONS! My summoner's name is UtsukushiiSempai and this is my second guide on Mobafire! This guide is about my most played champion, Malzahar. Malzahar is a summon mage that has his place in mid lane as, in my sight, the strongest mid laner of all time. This guide will help you learn everything you need to know about the aids bringer.
Should you trust a Malzahar main? No, not when he's on the enemy team. But hey, I'm not on the enemy team! I'm here to help! I will guide you into the depth of the void and show you how magical it can be to play Malzahar.
Ready to bring the void's madness on your enemy? Then lets get started
In this guides, you'll be able to find two different builds for Malzahar; one CDR/Mana Sustain based build and one Full Damage based build. You can either choose the way you prefer to play, but you can also merge the two build to adapt them to your style of play.
Feel free to post a comment on how you build your kit on Malzahar to share with everyone the void madness!
Let's head to the first chapter.
Malzahar is for me the best mid laner for many reason. He got everything in his kit to dominate the mid lane in every game you play him.
Fisrt of all, Malzahar gets a big advantage from his passive Void Shift that provides him a protection against crowd control. In mid lane, many mages get advantage by immobilising you or by slowing you and then burst you down. While this passive is active, your opponent will try to poke you with a basic attack to remove your passive, but most of the mage have low range on their basic attacks, which force them to get closer to you and making you able to kill them.
Then, Malzahar has 2 damage over time spell, one burst damage spell and one summon spell, where only the busrt one is a skill shot, while the others are click-to-win and minion spawn. While his spells are easy to put on your opponent, all you have to do is dodging any spells or abilities while your enemy is burning down.
Also, Malzahar has high scaling abilities and all his abilities are easy to cast on your opponent. This will allows you to dominate your lane and you'll be able to destroy any laner.
Early Game (Levels 1 to 6)
Malzahar's early game is based on getting the fastest as you can your Lost Chapter. This item cost 1300g, this means you have to starts recalling at 1280g. Getting the Lost Chapter is very important for malzahar because he has a lot of big mana cost and cooldown early game. Since it gives now 10% CDR and a bunch of mana and mana regen (20% of maximum mana upon lv up), it will help you doing whatever you want to do after buying it.
Malzahar is really strong in laning phase, but if you want to max your efficiency, you'll need to farm with your abilities. Using the combo E on a minion > W > Q to reset your E, except for the first time you do it, you will ALWAYS have the maximum number of minion spawning from your W (1 stack with E, 2 voidling with W, 1 stack with Q, 1 stack with E, 3 voidling with W and then).
It will cost a lot of mana to do this (a LOT), so first you must be sure to kill every minion with your E on it, so it can spread on another minion and you can gain a bit of mana back.
That's why getting the Lost Chapter very quickly is important. You'll get 300 more mana from the Lost Chapter, and this will give you 6 more mana per minion kill with your E on it. More mana sustain is the best. You'll also get a bunch of mana each time you lv up, so you'll be able to stay in lane for as long as you'll be alive! The cream of the crop is that they added 10% CDR to the item, and this guide is based on a CDR/Mana sustain build. How convenient ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°).
All this will allow you to put huge pressure mid lane and you'll either prevent your opponent to recall, prevent them to roam, but also create a bunch of opportunities for you to hang out with your army of fluffy voidling (especially with Snowday Malzahar skin).
While you are in your early game, focus only on your farm, and if your opponent get caught by your E after killing a minion, you can try to hit him with your Q, but keeping your mana for farm is really worth before you hit 6.
Mid Game (10 to 25 minutes)
It's here that the real fun begins for you and the nightmare starts for the enemy team. At this moment, you'll have 35% CDR. Yes, 20% with Archangel's Staff + 10% with Transcendence +
5% with Cosmic Insight. With this cooldown reduction and enough knowledge about Malzahar, you'll be able to let your E Malefic Visions forever on your opponent. Let me Explain :
Your E burns your target for 4 second and can be RESET if the target is hit by your Q or R. Let put it together. You hit your target with E and summon your voilding, wait ~3s, cast your Q, and hit. Your E reset, and has around 1s cooldown left. After 3s, you recast your E and your Q is already up to continue until you have no mana left. But with the Archangel's Staff, you'll have 25% of your mana spent refunded. Which means you can abuse even more of this combo.
It's really OP and you can also finish your target with your R, which also reset your E.
With the "Full damage Malzahar" rune page and item set, the combo will be the same, but you'll have to be more careful about it, because you'll have less mana regen and higher cooldowns. However, the huge damage spike you'll get from Electrocute, the Luden's Echo and your Sorcerer's Shoes will be so high and funny that you won't even notice the differences in mana costs and cooldowns, because your opponent will die a lot faster.
Lets put the combos aside and let focus on your position. YOU'LL BE THE BEST TARGET FOR ANY GANKS FROM ENEMY JUNGLER. Why? Your pushing power is too strong and really hard to control. Also you are Malzahar. No ones want to fight a fed Malzahar.
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO what do you do when your lane is pushed and your opponent is staying undertower because you scared him too much time? It's called *Sparkles* Roaming~~~ *Sparkles*!!!
How to roam with Malzahar? Go to the Bot or Top lane, Ult someone. Your team will get the kill. You are happy. You can go back to lane.
There's more to your mid game. With the "CDR/Mana sustain Malzahar" runes and items, your CDR is enough high to do your infinite combo, you can litterally solo each dragons. You won't take any damage because your voidling will be closer to it than you, so they will tank the damage. The same is for the rift herald.
Late Game (30 minutes or more)
At this moment of the game, you are supposed to have your core build completed ( Archangel's Staff, Rylai's Crystal Scepter and Liandry's Torment). This means everyone melts when you are attacking them. But there's more to Malzahar's gameplay. Seriously.
Each ability you cast have it's own place in every team fight. Your game won't be resumed to burn anyone down.
First, your Q Call of the Void will be used to silence their mid laner while the fights begins and for as long as the fight is burning. You'll have a very low cooldown on it with all your CDR. Your ult MUST be kept for the ADC in team fights. But when the fight is about one team getting the Baron , always ult the enemy jungler so he won't be able to smite the objectives. If their jungle is already dead, then use your head to spot the most dangerous enemy before he make a heroic baron steal and ult him.
Your E will be your key ability to guide your voidling. Don't use it as your main source of damage, your main source of damage is your voidlings and you have to redirect them on the big damage of their team.
One last thing before we get to the next chapter. Your voidling may be very cute and strong, you'll have to use them as a meat shield. They can block so many skill shots and can save your life at anytime. They are your only best friend when you play Malzahar.
The Canon Minion is worth a lot of gold, everyone know that. But did you know that it could also make you win lane? Haha, well I'll explain myself a bit on that point!
EZ Tower, EZ Life
Statistically, the canon minion will always take max health damage from turret, from 14% to 8% depending on the game's timer, so they can always take 7 to 12 tower shot before getting killed. While towers have a base attack speed of 0.83 shots per second, the canon minion can tank the tower for more than 7 second if nothing else is in the way.
Now you know the basic of the plan. Getting a canon minion wave with nothing in its way to tank the tower while you hit it. "But Malzahar is still a mage, he won't get a big adventage from that canon minion." Well that's where you are wrong.
Malzahar doesn't have only 7 minion in it's wave, he can litterally get a 10 minion wave with Void Swarm!
Usually, Malzahar's voidling are automatically targeted by the tower if there are multiple target available for the tower. However, if they enter the tower's range while the tower is already hitting something else, they will be free until the first target die.
Now you probably get it, right? If a canon minion can tank tower shots for more than 7 to 12 seconds and malzahar's voidling can hit the tower for 5−64.5 (based on level) (+ 12 / 14 / 16 / 18 / 20) (+ 40% bonus AD) (+ 20% AP) magic damage with 0.67−0.89 attack speed (based on level), one can surely do a tons of damages to the tower, but don't forget you'll have 3 voidling at the same time hitting the tower!
How to get that OP Minion wave?
Well, to get canon minion to the tower without anything in its way, you must have no enemy champion in your lane. There's two way to do that. First, you kill him. Simple, right? you only have to syncronize your kill with the canon minion wave and bam! Free tower! However, when you are pushing a tower like this you are vulnerable to gank. You must choose a moment where you know that either the enemy jungle AND you laner won't be in the way.
It's sad, but the best moment for that is when your laner roam to another lane. Most of the time, if the enemy mid laner is ganking bot lane, the enemy jungle too will be there. This means you'll usually follow your laner to avoid the botlane to get killed. In my case, I always get first tower and once you get the first tower, it is 100% more easy and efficient to roam and kill. So I usually let my laner roam 1 time alone, I get the first tower, and then I catch him up with a lot more gold than him and all my teamates are like "YEAY MALZAHAR IS FED".
In the end, I don't suggest you never follow the enemy mid laner when he roam to get that double bot, but if you see a canon minion coming to your lane at that same time, and the enemy first tower isn't broken yet, I promise it will be more worth to get the first tower.
Spicy Shards :
This is a new thing that gives you the opportunity to choose some basic stats to start with in your games. This means you can now go with the runes above and still get a dang amount of resistance like armor and magic resist. Don't do it. I know you want to but don't.
Those are the shards you should take with Malzahar, no matter which build you are taking :
- 10 Adaptive (10 AP in your case)
- 10 Adaptive (10 AP in your case)
- 6 Magic Resist
Your two first shards are going to be the Adaptive one, because you will need that damage over that 1% CDR level 1, the 9% Attack Speed, or those Armor and MR stats.
At last, you are in mid lane, where a bunch of mages parties up to burst everyone in the enemy team. Especially you. But sometime they give that job to an AD champion, in which case you should take some armor instead.
Everything in this build is about saying "NO!" to your opponent. He wants to heal himself? NO! MORELLONOMICON! He wants to buy Magic Resist? NO! VOID STAFF! He wants to buy health? NO! LIANDRY'S TORMENT! He wants to escape? NO! RYLAI'S CRYSTAL SCEPTER!
|9.24 : Nothing affecting the void's prophet on the PBE right now!|
First, I want to give a SPECIAL GOLDEN CHOCOLATE BAR to JhoiJhoi, because of her guide, "Making a Guide". Without this guide, I should never have finished mine. I suggest to all new users who want to create a guide to read all her "Making a Guide" guide. It helps A LOT.
Next is a HUGE MEGA FLUFFY STRAWBERRY CAKE to both Mowen and PsiGuard for being the fastest admins I've ever seen when someone's in need and for helping writers at any moments.
Next is a OMEGA SECRET BISCUIT RECIPE FOR THE GREATER GOODS to Chromuro with his own Malzahar guide. He inspire me to take Precision as a secondary path for my full damage Malzahar. Have a look at his own guide by clicking here.
Then, I'll give an OVERPOWERED PANCAKE OF DOMINATION to Splj because he make me notice that Full Damage Malzahar could do even more damage that I though just by picking faster the Rylai's Crystal Scepter. Thanks buddy.
At last, I want to give a SPECIAL PLATINUM COOKIE to my brother Fuzzy Demon. He showed me many tricks in text formatting and BBCode for making my guide better and more comprehensive.
I'm an artist in real life and I know how copyrights are important, so there is the list of the website I used for picture, the guide I read to help me and anything like this. Remember that all champion, runes, masteries, runes reforged, items and summoner spells are the propriety of Riot games.