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Zilean Build Guide by ThatGamerDan
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Threats & Synergies
your worst fear-a fantastic clear that destroys any defense you have.
in your face, and too high mobility. you can outscale him late, but rely on farming ang ganks more that usually.
stay back and farm. if your duo-quing rely on your jungler a lot. he is one of the highest threatss you can face, thanks to his relativly safe poke and dive. if you dont have your junglers help, try to freeze the lane with your bombs, but it drains mana quickly.
your burst early till late will only tickle him, and, to make matters worse, it heals him.
now, the other build they i put there may do a bit more damage, but your trading it in with utility and cdr. zil is very cdr-relient, and the lack of it hurts him a lot.
in the mid-late game, zilean is one of the biggest play makers, along-side janna and leona. the ability to stun a 5-man groupd up team is insane, and shouldn't be taken lightly. his stun is also wider than leonas ult, and unlike leona, the scalings on the stun + 2nd bomb combo is, in fact, insane.
another thing that should be taken into account is how strong your ult is. it can, at rank 2 and 3, almost refill a tanks healt bar. one of the biggest issues with the tank meta is that usually in-game there are only 1+1/2 tanks- the jungler+top-laner who builds bruiser, or the top-laner+jungler who builds bruiser, and from time to time the support is tanky, as well(but those are a rare exception).
if the jungler is someone tanky, for example, volibear,who deals stupidly high damage, the ability to refill his health bar and throw him again and the enemy team is insane.
-low cd insane burst damage
-a fantastic wave clear post 6
-an insane back-line team-fighter
-in the current tank meta, the abilty to almost completly fill a tanks health after death is overpowerd af.
-no mobilty at all, with the exception of flash
-an insane amount of counters
-early ganks will desroy your game and will snowball your team to oblivion
-the lack of early ganks leaves you open too much, unlike other mid-laners
-if the enmy team gets ahead, with only some rare exception zilean cannot catch up whatsoever
-almost no outplay potential