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Zilean Build Guide by lkycch

Middle platinum


By lkycch | Updated on May 24, 2020
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Glacial Augment
Magical Footwear
Minion Dematerializer
Cosmic Insight

Presence of Mind
Legend: Tenacity

+1-10% CDR (lvls 1-18)
+8 Magic Resist
+8 Magic Resist


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LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Ghost


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Support Role
Ranked #7 in
Support Role
Win 52%
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Ability Order Q>W>E

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Champion Build Guide


By lkycch
1) Why Play Zilean?

Without a doubt, Zilean has been known for his ultimate: A free, low-CD Guardian Angel. But apart from that, what else does he shine upon?

Let's kick things off with his Bombs. His Q+W+Q combo is an AoE stun and if hit on multiple enemies at once, can literally win skirmishes instantly.

His E+W+E combo allows him to speed up himself or his allies very quickly, to create a powerful engage or escape. He can also use it on his enemies to instantly slow them down and the best part is when the ability reaches Rank 5... Yup that's right, a 99% slow! That's almost equivalent to making a champion stand still!

He flourishes in teamcomps where divers need to get to the back line and put themselves in danger. You compliment plays that require quick decision-making and chain cc.

- Zilean synergises well with any team comp because he is literally, a walking GA!

- He specialises in utility in the form of speed boosts and slows, coupled with powerful waveclear.

- The Mid lane is all about shoving in the wave and roaming, in order to create pressure all around the map. Zilean is definitely capable of doing this, making him a strong mid lane champion.

- Despite all the bad matchups you’ve got thanks to your weak early game, Zilean always comes out strong during teamfights and truly shines when you make perfectly timed saves with your ultimate.

- Finally, if you don't believe in what I have said, I just have to tell you that back in Season 7, I was the 116th Best Zilean in the World and reached Diamond 3! I may not be Challenger but hey Zilean is an awesome champion and this is pure proof that anyone can climb in solo Q! If I can do it, you can do it!
2) Runes Explained! Back to Top

Glacial Augment:
- Synergises with GLP!
- Allows you to land Q+W+Q combo in a group of enemies without the fear of missing
- Perfect disengage tool for peeling

Magical Footwear:
- You need to focus on buying your mana items, so it's a no-brainer for free boots

Minion Dematerializer:
- You only have one damage ability, so killing the large cannon minions are a pain.

Cosmic Insight:
- Allows 45% Max CDR
- Lowers cooldown of summoner spells
- Lowers colldown of GLP and Twin Shadows

Presence of Mind:
- Free mana for supporting allies

Legend: Tenacity:
- Tenacity will give you a lot more time to react and help you time your R
3) Combos! Back to Top
Waveclear/Main Damage Combo:
Q + W + Q
+ +

Roam/Speedboost Combo:
E (Yourself) + Wait 2.5 seconds + W + E (Yourself)
(Yourself/Ally) + Wait 2.5 seconds + + (Yourself/Ally)

Burst and Run Combo:
E (Enemy) + Q + W + Q + Auto Attack + E (Yourself)
(Enemy) + + + + Auto Attack + (Yourself)
4) Tips and Tricks! Back to Top
Favourite Tip: Summoner's Rift is a 5v5 and not a 1v1! Help your allies and work together as a team! That's what MOBA games are all about: TEAMWORK!

In order to play Zilean Mid effectively and gain some sweet winstreaks in solo Q, you must relax and respect your opponents. Your objective is to win the game, not your lane.

Zilean is a weak laner and can't possibly compete with the meta mid laners in 1-to-1 combat. However, you're simply using the minions in the mid lane as an excuse to farm gold to buy waveclear, so that you can affect other lanes and lead your teammates to victory!

When your Q reaches level 3:

- One Q+W+Q combo to clear the backline caster minions.
- Fastest way to push before your Q reaches level 4.
- Rely on your minions to lower the health of the melee minions, or lure them into your turret.

When your Q reaches level 4:

- One Q+W+Q combo to clear the frontline minions and bring caster minions down to single autos.

Once your Q reaches level 5:

- Stun duration will last long enough to clear both melee and caster minions (the entire wave of minions, except the Large Cannon minion):

1. Walk up to the wave, approaching the first three melee minions
2. Melee minions start bunching together horizontally
3. Q+W+Q the melee minion in the middle
4. Run away from the wave horizontally
5. As the caster minions catch up to the melee minions whilst they're stunned, the bomb explodes, clearing the entire wave

You can also wait till your opponent pushes the wave first:

1. As they last hit your final minion, throw out a Q+W+Q on the ground.
2. Let the enemy minions walk up to the bombs.
3. The melee minions get stunned and the caster minions catch up, getting cleared.

How To Actually Guarantee Landing Your Bombs?

The trick is to use your E to slow your enemies and WAIT 2 seconds! Your E duration lasts for 2.5 seconds, meaning that after 2 seconds you still have half a second to cast your Q+W+Q combo.

This works because your target will often think that you're not going to use your Q+W+Q combo, since you did not cast Q straight away. Also, by being patient and waiting it out, they might even burn their flash, who knows!

All-in-all, patience is key. Just wait out the 2 seconds, then quickly cast Q+W+Q. They won't suspect it!
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