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Zilean: Time flies like an arrow, your opponents do not
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Threats & Synergies
Against Morgana you're going to have nightmares. The most broken thing that might happen to you is you or your carry getting hit with her Q. Do NOT let this happen. Using Zilean's E on an ally that Morgana's Q is aimed against should significantly help with avoiding the projectile.
Against Braum on lane you should feel comfortable. Unless you get hit by his primary harass ability, he won't be putting you at any disadvantage. You should abuse your range to bully your opponent.
Here's one of my favorite match-ups. No advantages or disadvantages here, one thing to note is that the Alistar can heal himself and his allies for ridiculous amounts, so be careful with your dives.
That's quite a nice match-up. Goes similar as against Morgana, though Blitzcrank will not be able to withstand your slows. Simply pop your E on him to make him suffer. Your ultimate should work magnificently against his attempts to grab your carry.
Fiddlesticks lane should cause you a little bit of trouble due to the amount of crows he can let out on you and your carry. Just make sure the crow does not bounce between your teammate and yourself and you'll be fine.
Janna vs Zilean on bottom lane is quite equal. Make sure to avoid her tornado and don't get yourself caught out by her ultimate in stupid situations and you'll be fine.
Annie will poke you down like a beast. Avoid contact. Also, Annie can stun you, thus preventing your ultimate from being cast.
Lux vs Zilean is quite okay, as long as you don't get yourself shot too often.
Thresh should not cause a big amount of trouble, just make sure to avoid his hook and you'll be all right. Your speed-up should completely nullify his lane presence and let your AD-Carry escape from sticky situations.
Taric lane should not cause you too many problems, but one thing you must keep in mind - you will do absolutely nothing with your autoattacks, due to Taric's armor aura. Other than that, he also sustains himself from your poke.
Very not nice lane. Big amount of poke and Sona can also sustain herself and her carry.
Versus Leona you are a God on your lane. You dictate the flow of the battle. Order of business is very similar to when facing Braum - dodge all of her abilities and everything will backfire at her.
|First i would like to leave basic guidelines and a short description - no, this is not a troll guide. I will try to do as many things in-depth as possible. The guide is absolutely not pointless, my experience proves something exactly opposite. I have been able to carry myself up to low platinum with the above Zilean build, which pretty much proves its effectiveness.|
|You're probably looking at this guide due to the fact that you are looking for an efficient way of leaving Platinum (or lower) leagues. If so, you've come to the right place! Just by reading the guide you should acknowledge how cool Zilean is in carrying your teammates to victory. Below is a short summary of what Zilean can and what Zilean can not do.|
+Zilean is very fun to play
+You can make big plays if you play Zilean correctly
+Insane movement speed
+You have almost no cooldowns due to 40% CDR and maxed Time Warp early
-You do not contribute damage to the team
-You are forced to sacrifice yourself for your team
-The build is very skill-oriented, you have to know what you are doing for it to work
|Below rune build is really straight-forward. You opt for increasing your survivability above anything else, that's why you need the extra armor and magic resist. This also works because you are only leveling your bombs at levels 13, 14, 15, 17 and 18. Your speed / slow does not scale with your AP, so you can leave this stat at 0 points.|
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This mastery setup allows you to sustain a lot of damage while also creating a lot of damage by buffing your teammates. You gain a bunch of experience due to the amount of points invested into Utility tree.
The Defense mastery tree is really straight-forward and self explaining. You need that extra survivability to be able to ult your teammates on time.
The Utility mastery tree is one of the most interesting I've ever created. Zilean is one of the champions that synergizes extremely well with the masteries provided from that tree:
|Now, people might find it amusing, but yes, you do not level bombs until level 13. This is an absolute must and if you level it earlier, you will fall behind. Leveling E is quite crucial, as it opens for gank possibilities from your jungler. The bigger possibility of getting a kill, the better. Also, you max yourself out at level 12 so as you reach level 12 you will be unstoppable. Also, this means you should opt for going into endgame as soon as reaching level 12, because you will have to push the enemy to secure your early victory. Most of my Zilean games using this build ended in 20 minutes due to enemy surrendering, OR ended in 25-30 minutes due to enemy Nexus being taken down.|
|There are only so few viable spells to choose. Most notably you will want to use Flash first. Then, you either have an option to use Exhaust to make your ADCarry survival even greater, OR use Heal to give your carry a little more breathing room (sometimes speed) during the laning phase.|
Thank you for reading my guide on how to carry low elo using Zilean! I wish you best of luck if you're going to try him out, or invite you to rate and comment if you're here only to see "that one interesting guide". If you wish to see some of my Zilean games, you can visit my Twitch channel.
This is the particular video where I play my promos to Plat IV with Zilean Support. Any feedback is appreciated!