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Zilean- AP Carry (Season 2)
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Any other spells would be obsolete.
fyi: Clairvoyance is a support spell and since this is a guide for AP Zilean, this is not what we are aiming for.
You want to get boots on your first trip back and then get Catalyst the Protector as soon as you can since it gives you great lane sustain.
Finish up with Rod of Ages. Rod of Ages is one of the best items that give you so much in order to stay in your lane for as much as you can.
Then go ahead and turn your Boots of Speed into Sorcerer's Shoes.
Then you want to grab Rabadon's Deathcap. This is the biggest must have items for any AP Champion.
Normally in every game I play, the opposing team will get a lot of magic resistance for you and/or more AP teammates in your team. Thats where Void Staff comes in and stacking with your boots, thats bye-bye to their Magic Resistance. In other cases where your opponents may not get any magic resistance, then skip Void Staff since your Sorcerer's Shoes should be enough to Spell Penetrate through their base magic resistance stat.
If this is the case, after Rabadon's, just make a Morello's Evil Tome. I love this item since it goes very well with your cooldown reduction runes and masteries. In total, you will have 35.89% cooldown reduction. Though cooldown reduction isnt that great for some champions, for Zilean its a must since you will be a great asset for you team if you always have your ultimate ready at all times.
Finish up with Zhonya's Hourglass.
You only need 1 level on your second skill as it only lowers the cooldown on it by every level. I love this skill cause it allows Zilean to harass and farm early game very effectively. Also this skill should be used everytime when its off cooldown since it only cost 50 mana and will allow your ultimate to be ready to be used that much faster.
Time Warp is very effective all game. Towards midgame, you will be able to use this twice combined with Rewind. I normally use this skill twice on an enemy trying to escape or even a teammate that is trying to escape or chase. You have to use your own set of skills on when and who you use this skill on.
Your ultimate is what makes Zilean one of the best ultimate's in the game. This skill is a game changer if used correctly. You must always be on alert in team fights getting ready to cast this on an ally champion that is about to die. This ultimate basically gives you or any ally the effects from the item Guardian Angels. You can imagine how overpowered this would be if say used on Tryndamere or basically any of your carries. I guarantee this skill will be the reason why you guys will win most if not every team fight that comes around.
That is basically it.. this is my very first guide ever so please no harsh comments but I will gladly take any advice if there should be a change in my guide. Thanks and please comment.