Malzahar Build Guide by whitevelcro
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Highest Win Rate
+9 ability power or +5 attack damage, adaptive and +9% attack speed
items by win rate
About this Guide
I have just updated the guide as of patch 7.24. Originally, I created the guide in patch 7.2 to document what was then an odd off-meta build. Every once in a while I notice some statistical anomalies/unusual builds on Lolalytics.com, a League data aggregation site. I made the mistake of not recording the highest win rate builds for Support Shaco before it disappeared, so that's why I made this guide, to make sure I had the information in case Malzahar support became much less popular and disappeared from the site.
Support Malzahar became quite popular for a while, but after a few different changes and nerfs to the playstyle, it is back to being a rather unpopular role.
Please note that win rate is not the same as being good, at least in the case of items and builds. Try to understand why the highest win rate items are the highest win rate items. Sometimes it's because they are better, but sometimes it's just a statistical anomaly or something else, like the item is more expensive so only winning players can build it.
You can find all the statistics for this build at http://current.lolalytics.com/champion/Malzahar/Support/. I am just recording them here and interpreting them the best that I can.
Get Health pots with the biscuit mastery or refillable potion without. If you won't be harassed, you can skip pots and get faerie charm for extra mana. If you can figure out what high Elo players do with it, starting with a control ward and a potion is apparently strong.
Early in the game, buy control wards, sightstone, Frostfang, and boots in whatever order you see fit.
Eye of the Watchers
Perfect first item. Has everything you want. Frost Queen's Claim just delays Rylai's/Liandry's, so buying the cheaper item is much better.
Almost all the boots are pretty similar. Sorcerer's shoes give you a bit of extra damage, but if you don't quite have the gold, the CDR boots are also great. Malzahar benefits from both stats. Mobility boots are the current highest win rate option and give you great potential for roaming with your ult.
There are basically two choices here. Liandry's is what you'll want to get most of the time. The magic penetration is key to doing damage on a limited budget. However, Zhonya's is another good option if you need it for the active or the armor.
Most of the time, you are looking to complete the other half of the Rylai's Liandry's combo. You would really only want a different item if you really needed it, like Morellonomicon for healing or Zhonya's or Locket if you or your ADC are being focused by assassins or heavy burst damage.
You're in late game, so this will be pretty situational. If you don't have both parts of the Rylai's-Liandry's combo yet, finish it. Void Staff is probably the best option normally, but don't buy it if the enemy team isn't buying any MR. Locket of the Iron Solari is a good option now vs burst damage. Morello if you're running out of mana/need more ults/somebody is healing too much. Banshee's Veil if there's one spell you really need to block. Deathcap if you can afford it. Zhonya's if you need it. Redemption is a fine option, too. Just look at the list of items by winrate and decide what you could best use.
The game shouldn't have lasted this long, but if it does, you're probably going to win because now you're a full blown carry. Besides all the items discussed earlier, Redemption is the best value it can be at this point, since it scales with levels.