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Zilean Build Guide by Seductive Zilean
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Threats & Synergies
Aatrox is a joke. E > Q > W > Q and he's locked down without a reliable escape. Just wait until he uses his gapcloser before blowing your load on him.
Ahri is problematic. Her charm can stop you from ulting a carry and her R can let her avoid a double bomb. In teamfights, hang back and let somebody else eat her charm, then collapse on her with the BS range on your e before using double bomb. If she ults away, just wait for her R to expire and then all in her.
Akali is either a 0 or a 10, depending on your and her skill. She can blow your ad carries up faster than you can ult them, and isn't as predictable as kat is. If she uses her smokescreen, do NOT double bomb it unless you see her shadow from some damage your team manages to do to her. Save the double bomb for when she jumps on either you or your carry. If she's bad, just E > Q > W > Q and practically 1 shot her.
Alsitar is one of the best supports into zilean. Early you can poke him back pretty well, but the moment he hits level 2 he can all in you and there isn't anything you can do about it. In addition, alistar's passive provides a little healing from Zil's poke and his R can get him out of a stun, potentially saving his team. Play very carefully in lane once he hits level 2. Never double bomb unless you know you can get their carry, and keep the river warded. If you decide you need to fight, make sure you aren't the one Alistar engages on. It sounds stupid to let the enemy support get to your adc, but many enemy adc's will instantly zero in on the 3/4 or 1/2 hp adc and ignore you, which allows you to land a free Q > W > Q on them and speed your AD up so that you can suddenly jump on them while Ali has full CDs.
Ashe is annoying, but that's it. Your E will let you literally walk away from her R at level 2, and your R counters hers well. Just don't be stupid and get poked down by her volley.
Eh. Generally Blitz has to play forward which means free poke for you. If your adc gets pulled, just double stun the enemy adc. Just watch out for all ins early and enemy ganks.
This can be a painful lane. Brand is one of the few "supports" that can outdamage zilean's poke. His stun isn't as reliable, but his R counters Zilean's because it can damage both of you at the same time. Focus your poke on him
EZPZ. Braum E attracts zilean bombs, so just combo him when he's near his ADC. just make sure not to get hit by his ult or you'll die before you can R.
Cait is annoying. Her range stops you from poking for free, and her traps counter Zilean R. Exercise extreme caution in this lane, and go in the moment she blows her E. If her support is brand or any other high damage champion, do NOT pick zilean. You will lose this lane 9 times out of 10.
Cass is annoying, but her ultimate is predictable. Just use your E to counteract her movespeed boosts and avoid her R and she dies easily.
E. Just E. He's already slow. With Zilean, he won't even move.
Assassin. Don't screw your R up and she's free.
????? Mundo cant do anything against zilean. His R gets countered by your E, and you can keep him permaCC'd lategame. Don't even worry about this dude and make sure to build Morello.
Fiora is a strong champion, but Zilean stun CAN NOT be parried. All she can do is make one of the bombs disappear. Because of this, you don't have to fear much when chasing her down. Just make sure she doesn't parry your E and then give you a taste of your own 99% slow.
Ban fizz. That's it. Ban him. His R is aoe, and he can jump right out of your double bomb. His Q negates some of the effectiveness of your E as well. Just ban him and avoid the trouble.
He's fat. Q > W > Q
E and wait to bait out his orange, then combo. If the GP is good, it won't matter because your whole team will already be dead.
Blow your combo and E away. Ill can't do anything.
Annoying AA slow and powerful teamfight ulti. Stay out of range and don't screw your R up by ulting the tank when he knocks your whole team into the wall.
One of the Easiest champs for Zilean. Half his kit makes him stop. Just watch out for his 4th auto.
DANGER. Her ulti can stun both you and your adc, and she is full of cancerous CC. Play safe until you get a good pick on their adc.
Use your E to dodge lee's Q. His early ganks are really good if he can land it, so make sure he doesn't.
Imagine a caster minion with about 100 extra range.
Lategame is when Nasus gets strong. Unfortuantely for him, that's when Zilean gets strong as well. Keep him CC locked. Also, your E is like a better version of his wither.
Malz is annoying. His silence and his R can lock you down. Don't get in range.
Lucian's dash is annoying and a good way to dodge Zilean double bomb. Get a second point in E to counter this.
Black shield is annoying. If she uses it, go ham on the other champ in lane.
Jinx has to stop a lot in lane to use her poke. When she uses Zap, all in her.
You can't do shit to Olaf. Just press E on your carries and run like hell until his ulti wears off.
Press R. Don't get caught out or she'll still kill you because she can lock you down 2 times with her R.
Pretty easy to full combo Vic. Just don't get 1 shot before you can do it.
Sitting duck. Watch out for his q and back off when he uses R.
Eh. The moment he appears, full combo him and collapse. If you mess up, your team is screwed.
He can dodge your double bomb pretty easily, but his damage isn't too great. So so lane.
Windwall blocks your bombs, and he can move quickly. Just wait for him to get close to your team and then double bomb the ground where he's going.
Yeah, she has shields and healing. She also has about as much hp as two minions taped together. All in her early and get a free kill.
Janna shields will block zil bombs level 1 and 2, but after that she can't stop your stun. It'll take a while, but you'll probably win lane.
He gets away easy. Save your double bomb for after his pool.
Sitting duck. Use E > W > E to get two of your team away from his R.
Just don't get knocked up and you'll probably be fine. - Good life advice
E her and run away.
So, how's that 200 movespeed working out for you?
URGOT. I don't actually know how op he is rn since I haven't played vs him, but he's pretty hot.
his drain basically paints a huge target on his face. just double bomb him.
Eh. Nothing special in this lane.
In this section, I will cover two topics: mana partitioning and the actual combos.
Zilean has two main stages in the game in regard to his mana - Earlygame and Midgame. This seems oversimplified, but it is quite straight forward. Until you pick up your catalyst, Zilean will always struggle to maintain a good balance between poke and mana. Early game, you should throw a bomb level 1 onto your enemy laner(s) as soon as you think it will hit. After this, continue tossing bombs whenever you feel they will hit until you are at around 60% mana. You should be around level 2-3 at this point, but remember that the ONLY skill you should be using is your Q. Once you reach level 3, stop casting any abilites and save up as much mana as possible. At level 4, you can start double bombing the enemy, but always keep your mana above 30% (the amount you need to E > W > Eyourself). Continue playing like this until you can afford your catalyst.
After you have the catalyst, mana won't be as much of a problem and you can pretty much spam your double bomb as long as you think you will hit it. Never arbitrarily through them out, as Zilean does not have infinite mana like xerath, and will still go oom after some time.
As I mentioned earlier, do not use your Q much earlygame. The moment you hit level 4, all the combo opportunities open up. I will list them below, along with when you should use them.
Level 2 Combo:
(Not recommended) Standard Double Bomb - Press Q > W > Q with your mouse on the same spot in rapid succession. The chances of hitting this combo are pretty low, so only use it if you are getting ganked/your ADC steps up and gets caught.
Level 3 Combo:
(Best Standard Combo) Slow Double Bomb - Press E > Q > W > Q > E. This is your all in combo that you will continue to use throughout the entire game. The first E should be on the enemy champion that you are targetting, and the final one can be on either the same champion or one of your allies to get them closer.
Melee Opponent - This combo is hilarious when you are playing mid or top zilean into a melee enemy. Simply throw a single bomb onto cs that the enemy champ wants whenever it reaches low enough hp to be killed. They will be forced to either give up the minion or take poke damage. However, be careful not to overuse this as you will run oom and then get killed easily.
Delayed Double bomb - If you believe that the enemy champion will flash away from you, you can try to predict their flash. Do Q > Flash > E > Q where the E is on them. Only execute this combo if you land the first Q. I do not recommend Flashing and then doing the double bomb as, once they are running and have already flashed, landing the first bomb is a good bit harder. (If a champ already has 1 bomb on it, the range to hit the second one is just a little bit bigger. You can also toss it ahead of them to slow them down.)
Suicide Bomb - If someone is getting away and they have some backup near like a braum or tahm, the best way to catch them is what I call a suicide bomb. Do Q (on YOURSELF) > Flash > Q (on YOURSELF). When you q yourself and flash to them, the second Q will stun everyone in the area and will also bypass an ability like braum's e, which would normally block the bombs. It is important to get the first bomb on yourself, as this will make the second one unblockable by minions or some kind of ability. If you don't hit yourself with the first one and instead land it on the ground in front/next to them, the second bomb can be picked up by a creep or an enemy champion, allowing them to escape.
NOTE: NEVER USE THIS COMBO ON FIORA. Normally Fiora cannot parry your bombs as she will only make one of them disappear, stopping the stun but still taking 1 bomb of damage. If you do this combo, she will block the stun and stun you instead.
ZILEAN PASSIVE: Time in a bottle
Give a bit of EXP to a champion and yourself.
ZILEAN Q: Time Bomb
Throw a bomb. If you hit someone with 2 bombs, an AOE stun erupts around them.
ZILEAN W: Rewind
Reset the CDs of your basic skills by a few seconds.
ZILEAN R: CHRONO SHIFT
Portable Guardian Angel
Zilean passive usage: While this skill is quite simple, there are actually a few very important uses that come from it. First, you can't use it when in combat, but you can use it on someone who was just in combat. Occasionally a champion will run away from a fight with 100 hp and ignite ticking on them. Your passive, if it is stacked high enough, may be able to save them.
Aside from that, use it to get your ADC from level 2 > 3 and 5 > 6 early. This will give you large early game spikes.
Zilean Q usage: You have to pair Q W and E perfectly. I've seen so many Zilean players press Q and then wait a little before pressing w and q again. Get in the habit of pressing q w q as quickly as you can. This will make your double bombs land MUCH more often.
Zilean E usage: There are two ways you can use Zilean's E. On an enemy or on an ally. I usually use it to engage on the enemy by slowing them and getting a free stun. However, it is very useful for helping an ADC like vayne, xayah, or kog to kite the enemy team.
Zilean R usage: You probably shouldn't be ulting yourself if you can avoid it. Use it when your ADC or Mid get very low- somewhere just below 1/4. Of course, if you see a jinx ult heading down the lane and your AD is at 50 hp, you should ult them just in case. Zilean ulti has a very low CD at max level with 40$ cdr - 33 seconds. Do NOT be afraid to use it. It will be up in almost every teamfight as long as you don't ult your team's tank when he decides to solo baron.
If this strategy fails, go take a scuttle (if you're low) and the get wolves. It is VERY important to kite when playing jungle zilean. Start camps by standing slightly back and autoing. Then immediately double bomb before they can hit you and start hit-and-running. When your Q comes off cooldown, do NOT use it. Wait until your W is up as well to get the stun on the camp.
After you hit level 3, you won't be farming the jungle much. Focus on walking into a lane from behind them and landing the double bomb. Zilean ganks are really good if you can get close enough. Make sure not to waste your E getting close, because the enemy laner can easily run away and dodge your double bomb if you waste it.
To do well as AD zilean, you have to master kiting with a very strange attack speed and animation. Your CDR will not be maxed out lategame, so you can't keep anyone CC locked. Instead, you need to use your e on them, then immediately W and E yourself. This will let you easily shred them while staying safe enough to escape quickly.
P. S. If you spam one of Zilean's emotes, he can clap sarcastically. Who else can do that?
"Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like banana." - Zilean