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The Zil Build
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I have been using Zilean as my main since the beginning of the game and I have been experimenting with a variety of builds for him. So far this one works a whole lot better for me than any other and so I thought I would share it on Mobafire to see if others would also enjoy it.
As soon as you get Tears of the Goddess you should have no problems with your mana supplies if you use your abilities rightly. (read about in skill sequence) After you get the Archangel's Staff you should be set for mana and ability power for a little while. I decided to build into a Guardian Angel because I was always targeted first in team fights, and rather than use my ulti on myself I would get Guardian Angel and ulti my teammates. After I get the survivability I need from Guardian Angel I continue working for ability power with Rabadon's Deathcap. The reason I get Zhonya's Hourglass is because it provides good armor, ability power, and one hell of an active ability (besides your not a master of time if you don't own an hourglass). Finally I get Banshee's Veil for a little more survivability against mages with magic resist/spell block.
Mid Game (Level 6-12) You are relatively squishy but building into Guardian Angel so that you can survive, as soon as you get Guardian Angel you can start having a little fun with your enemies by bringing them into tower range expecting the kill, reviving and they will stay in tower range, then reviving again. (I have done this many times with noobs, some rage quit after doing this. NOTE: this only works with 1 MAYBE 2 enemies otherwise you will die)
Late Game (Level 12-18) You are now probably the squishiest champion in the match however you deal killer damage with your Bomb-Rewind-Bomb combo (especially against squishy mages: eg. annie annivia etc.) Always try to be with a teammate because remember: Zilean is a SUPPORT character, I realize I build him somewhat like a nuke but all this ability power/mana leads me to revive characters with near full health, and speed up allies/slow down enemies with Time Warp with mana to spare.
At the end of the game there you can always stay relatively back in a team fight because you will be targeted pretty hard... so what you can do is place 2 Time Bombs in the madness, retreat into a bush, some amazing damage will be done, just make sure you don't let your teammates die as they will get very angry at you.
YOU HAVE UNLIMITED GHOST!!!
At level 18 you can use Time Warp - Rewind - Time Warp as much as you like and you will go all the way across the map in no time.
I'll see you all in Summoners Rift.