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Malzahar Statistics for 3оK

Author's performance with Malzahar compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
3
Win %
45
Kills
4.5
Assists
7.6
Deaths
6.0
KA:D Ratio
2.0
Gold Earned
10.7K
Creep Score
169.5
Average

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Summoner Spells Back to Top

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6.png Best mobility option for early\late game. You really want this spell against 75.png2.png77.png13.png23.png69.png11.png106.png

12.png 4,5 sec. cast time - not the best way to come in fight. So use it after trades with enemy midlaner - u will get additional cs

3.png can save you against all-ins, assassins or yasuo(if u cant dodge his yasuoqw.png)  1.png157.png238.png55.png134.png69.png91.png103.png

21.png works not as good as 3.png, especially late game, but if u cant use 3.png after 1.png's  4.png,but before infernalguardian.png - u can take barrier.

1.png if u dont have enought vision and your opponents are 1.png127.png13.png4.png

And pls - dont take 14.png

Malzahar has enough damage to kill opponents on level 3,4,6 without it. Taking ignite will only reduce his escape and survival potentional, especially late game, and make opponents play more careful. 

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

Lets talk about Masteries:

Ferocity:


1)Feast or Expose Weakness. If u need more sustain - take Feast, esle take Expose Weakness.

Cunning:

1) Savagery - it will be much easier to make last hits with it. But if u are good enough its more profitable to have additional movespeed.
2)  Meditation or Merciless. I prefer to take meditation, cse it more versatile.
3) Why not Surge or Thunderlord's ? U dont need movespeed with 6.png. Malzahar doesnt need enough damage early game so for late game Deathfire touch is better then Thunderlord's.

Resolve:

1) When should i play 18-0-12? U can take it with Insight +3158.png  when u play with premade jungler and want to use 4.png+malzaharr.png combo as often as possible. Or if your opponent playing carefully and this combo is then only one way to kill him.

Abilities Back to Top

W
E
E
Q
E
R
E
Q
E
Q
R
Q
Q
W
W
R
W
W
Passive
Q
4
8
10
12
13
W
1
14
15
17
18
E
2
3
5
7
9
R
6
11
16

Most versatile start. Can help while invading and level 1 lane-trades.

U can start with malzahare.png if u know that u wont die before level 2 :)
U can learn malzaharq.png level 3 if your jungler is coming - so u will have more chance to kill enemy midlaner.

So main advice: try to learn level 1 and level 3 abilities only when u have enough information.


Tips:
1.png cant save from malzaharr.png . But pls, dont tell your opponents.
malzaharw.png+malzaharw.png+malzahare.png is now really painfull level 3. U can easily kill most midlaners with <80% HP.Ouch!

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Best start option
    And always try to buy control wards
    best mana option for early game. Nevertheless your jungler (EVEN YOUR PREMADE) WONT EVER GIVE YOU BLUE BUFF.
    Best mana options for late game. There is an option to end it after Rylai if u need utility in teamfights right now and everything is rly bad.
    PLS READ LASt SECTION - Other Important information

Core Items

    Core items - your enemies will cry. Even after rework(rylai) it works pretty well
    We need damage late game. Try to build void stuff a bit earlier then your opponents get enough magic resist.

Situational Items

    Mobility - if u cant stay mid or just want to roam. Lucidity+Insight = R + W combo. Sorcerer's - most frequent choise.
    U can change boots for this item in late game. Only for experienced players.
    Valuable in few matchups.

General tips:


1) You dont need 3157.png 95% of time:  Malzahar should be played by finding good position in teamfights. If you play low or medium elo u will die after ending 3157.png effect. You can buy it against:
1) 134.png'ssyndrar.png
2)56.png'snocturneparanoia.png
3)238.png'szedr.png
2)Sometimes against 2.png62.png23.png11.png92.png or 107.png121.png , if they are really fed, want to kill just you and your team is awfull with zero CC.
3)You can buy 3027.png  or 3048.png instead of 3165.png . But it will be harder to get 40% cooldown reduction. And dont forget about Grievious Wounds against,for example,122.png8.png57.png

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Ahri
    Easy
  • Akali
    Easy
  • Anivia
    Medium
  • Annie
    Hard
  • Aurelion Sol
    Easy
  • Azir
    Medium
  • Brand
    Medium
  • Cassiopeia
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Easy
  • Corki
    Easy
  • Ekko
    Easy
  • Fizz
    Easy
  • Galio
    Medium
  • Gangplank
    Easy
  • Heimerdinger
    Easy
  • Jayce
    Easy
  • Karthus
    Easy
  • Kassadin
    Medium
  • Katarina
    Easy
  • Kayle
    Easy
  • Kennen
    Easy
  • LeBlanc
    Medium
  • Lissandra
    Hard
  • Lux
    Easy
  • Morgana
    Easy
  • Orianna
    Medium
  • Ryze
    Hard
  • Swain
    Easy
  • Syndra
    Medium
  • Taliyah
    Easy
  • Talon
    Medium
  • Twisted Fate
    Medium
  • Varus
    Easy
  • Veigar
    Easy
  • Vel'Koz
    Easy
  • Viktor
    Medium
  • Vladimir
    Easy
  • Xerath
    Easy
  • Yasuo
    Easy
  • Zed
    Medium
  • Ziggs
    Easy
  • Zilean
    Easy
  • Zyra
    Easy

VS

Ahri

Easy
Try to dodge ahriorbofdeception.png.
You can block her ahriseduce.png by malzaharw.png.
It will be difficult to land malzaharq.png after malzaharr.png if she has ahritumble.png. But she will have to go back after such trades.
Dont overstay with low Hp.

VS

Akali

Easy

You are much stronger level 1-5.

Dont let her free cs.
Try to keep her HP  smaller then 80%, so u can kill her if she goes all-in.
akalismokebomb.png can save from malzaharw.png but not from malzahare.png+malzaharq.png

VS

Anivia

Medium
crystallize.png can help her jungler to kill you, so dont go farther than the middle of the lane without strong reasons or knowledge about enemy jungler's disposition.
Dodge her flashfrost.png.
Her waveclear is not so good before level 6, so try to push her and stay under your tower.
Dont forget about her passive abilitie.

VS

Annie

Hard

She can break your shield with AA(long range,damn it)

Try to push to make her use spells - small percent of 1.png can last hit good with only Auto Attacks, so she cant save her stun for you.
Dont be afraid to use malzaharw.pngmalzaharw.pngmalzaharr.png - your ultimate wont help you if she 4.png+infernalguardian.png so make her lose cs going back or ask jungler to help you.

VS

Aurelion Sol

Easy

Dodge aurelionsolq.png.

Try not to lose cs if he pushes you before level 4-5.
He can roam with aurelionsole.png so you can take 12.png or try to sacrefice teammates( if they dont look at map at all) and get perfect cs and tower on free lane.

VS

Azir

Medium

He cant poke without pushing. So just get your safe cs under tower or near it.

You outscale him, so dont worry.
268.png has been nerfed to much.

VS

Brand

Medium

try to dodge brandw.png and brandq.png.

If he lands all skill-shots = you die.
He has no escape so u can easily kill him with malzaharr.png or before 6 with your jungler.
Try to fight when he misses brandq.png or brandw.png.
3116.png means his death if he is in missposition.
In teamfights try to malzaharr.png before  brandr.png

VS

Cassiopeia

Medium

Dodge cassiopeiaq.png.

cassiopeiaw.png makes you easy target. Dont go far away.
You are stronger pre-6 so try to kill her with malzaharw.pngmalzaharw.pngmalzahare.png  level 3.
You can dodge cassiopeiar.png, just find guides how Faker makes it. Dont worry - some practise and you will do the same.
Its hard to land malzaharq.png if she has additional movespeed after landing cassiopeiaq.png or 6.png

VS

Cho'Gath

Easy

VS

Corki

Easy

Dodge missilebarrage.png and phosphorusbomb.png.

He cant use carpetbomb.png in offensive.

VS

Ekko

Easy

Same as 84.png

He cant escape from malzaharw.png after ekkoe.png

VS

Fizz

Easy

Same as 84.png

He has fizze.png to escape from your malzaharw.png but he is still melee champion.
Keep his HP<70-80%
Dodge fizzr.png.
You can go 18-0-12 and take 3158.png to 4.png more often.

VS

Galio

Medium

Be afraid of 4.png+galioidolofdurand.png

Try to dodge galioresolutesmite.png

VS

Gangplank

Easy

Try to AA gangplanke.png before he detonate it.

gangplankw.png counters your malzaharr.png, remember his cooldowns.
malzaharw.pngmalzahare.pngworks well if he want to AA or gangplankqwrapper.png you

VS

Heimerdinger

Easy
malzaharw.pngmalzahare.png on his heimerdingerq.png
Safe farm under your lane.He has no escape so ask jungler to kill him 1-2 times.

VS

Jayce

Easy

He cant all-in you when u have malzaharr.png

You can only push him under tower or ask gangs.

VS

Karthus

Easy

If he use karthuslaywastea1.png - he will push.So ask jungler to come.

karthusfallenone.png can win other lanes

VS

Kassadin

Medium

same as akali.

VS

Katarina

Easy

same as 84.png

Try to stay away from minions and dont let katarinaq.png hit you.
Dont step near daggers.

VS

Kayle

Easy

VS

Kennen

Easy

Dodge kennenshurikenhurlmissile1.png

Be afraid of his 4.png3152.png kennenshurikenstorm.png combo
Just push lane. Buy wards and push.
In teamfights try to malzaharr.png  him

VS

LeBlanc

Medium

Dodge leblance.png and leblancw.png

Try to keep her HP<80%
You will outscale her


VS

Lissandra

Hard

Dont let her turn off your shield with lissandraq.png

Buy wards to know about enemy jungler appearance.
Be afraid of lissandrae.png lissandrar.png combo. So dont stay near her tower.

VS

Lux

Easy

Dodge luxlightbinding.pngluxlightstrikekugel.png

Rush 1001.png
She cant escape from 4.pngmalzaharr.png combo.

VS

Morgana

Easy

Dodge darkbindingmissile.png


VS

Orianna

Medium

She has no escape, but can be tanky enough with orianaredactcommand.png and 21.png

Try to use malzaharr.png to deprive her some cs.
Dont give her kills - she will be a disaster late game with orianadetonatecommand.png

VS

Ryze

Hard

Have amazing damage pre6 with his ryzew.pngryzee.pngryzeq.png+ Thunderlords.

Amazing mobility with 6.png or Surge.
Can roam with ryzer.png

VS

Swain

Easy

U cant kill him - swainmetamorphism.png+3027.png makes him tanky.

He will kill you if u got caught into swainshadowgrasp.png
Just farm, u will outscale him

VS

Syndra

Medium

Dodge everything u can. Its vital abilitiy to survive.

Ask jungler to get easy kills - she cant escape.
Try to 4.pngmalzaharr.png when your shield is up, or it can be an embarrassment

VS

Taliyah

Easy

Same as 136.png

VS

Talon

Medium
U can buy 3027.png for sustain.
Your task is to malzaharr.png in teamfights, or malzaharq.png making him press 3140.png and then malzaharr.png.
Try to push:
1) he cant roam and get some kill on other lanes.
2) try to keep his HP <70-80%

VS

Twisted Fate

Medium

Same as 136.png

VS

Varus

Easy
Same as 126.png
Dodge varusq.png and farm. Try to push before he gets 3070.png
You really cant kill careful 110.png without 4.pngmalzaharr.png

VS

Veigar

Easy

Dodge veigarbalefulstrike.pngveigardarkmatter.png

It is difficult for him to break your shield.
He has no escape = 4.pngmalzaharr.png
Push early, make him farm with veigardarkmatter.png and not with veigarbalefulstrike.png
Dont let him get late game, your teammates can lose it with only one veigareventhorizon.png+veigardarkmatter.png

VS

Vel'Koz

Easy

Same as 134.png



VS

Viktor

Medium

Has strong level 1(viktorpowertransfer.png)

Pretty good late game, similar to 61.png, dont give free kills.
Dodge viktordeathray.png

VS

Vladimir

Easy

Strong level 1(vladimirq.png)

Good sustain after level 7
Go away from his vladimirq.png if his bar is red
Same as 50.png, but he cant kill you 100-0

VS

Xerath

Easy

Same as 134.png

VS

Yasuo

Easy

Strong level 1 with yasuodashwrapper.png ( learn malzaharw.png)

Dodge yasuoqw.png
Try to keep his HP<80%
After level 7 if he  yasuodashwrapper.png to you just use malzaharw.pngmalzaharw.pngmalzahare.pngmalzaharr.png
Dont be afraid spending malzaharr.png

VS

Zed

Medium

Same as 105.png

Dodge zedq.png
U can buy 3027.png

VS

Ziggs

Easy

Same as 30.png but ziggsw.png  helps him to escape.

Just farm, dont let him push towers.

VS

Zilean

Easy

Same as 30.png

Dodge zileanq.png

VS

Zyra

Easy

Same as 30.png

Matchups (some general info) Back to Top

Most dangerous:

1) Champions with direct stun or root 4.png13.png1.png127.png. U cant escape from this midlaners+enemy jungler without 4.png or 1.png if they do everything right (4.png+СС)

2) Champions with good damage and skillshot-based control
34.png134.png161.png101.png7.png99.png63.png110.png50.png61.png
Your ability to dodge their skillshots is individual so some matchups u will think more or less harder then my assessment.

3) All melee champs without escape ability suffer from 90.png even without 3116.png

Pros and cons Back to Top

Pros
  • Strong Wave Clear
  • High damage output
  • Outscales many  AP midlaners
  • Can silence multiple targets
  • Great AOE
  • High burst
  • Can kill targets with many Hit Points or magic resist
  • Summons creatures - you wont play alone :)
  • Make opponents buy 3140.png early
Cons
  • Need flash to make "plays"
  • No escape
  • Needs good positioning in teamfights
  • Weak level 1, has low waveclear before level 5
  • You must learn to dodge skillshots - its vital for Malzahar

Remember, that Malzahar's playstyle is really unique, so you need some time to adopt or find your own way.

Best premades Back to Top

Junglers:

1)121.png64.png107.png 59.png28.png- give them some kills with 4.pngmalzaharr.png and they will carry you. Enjoy and relax.

2)56.png - sweet combo 4.pngmalzaharr.png  + nocturneparanoia.png

3) 60.png  but i know 1 elise(d+ elo) who misses elisehumane.png during malzaharr.png so dont be surprised


Junglers\Toplaners

1) Something with cc that will protect you in teamfights

57.png31.png421.png48.png111.png

2) Something that can engage with cc
33.png154.png150.png39.png92.png58.png14.png2.png and can live more then 2 sec

Making general plan for the game Back to Top

1) Look at their team comp and take right summoners.


2) Look at enemy jungler and try to predict his plan. For example:
29.png28.png can make early level 2 gang.
Try to think about synergy beetween enemy midlaner and jungler.

3) Look at the cs and score of your teammates, decide whether you play passive, or roam, or aggressive

4) Think about priority of targets for your malzaharr.png. In basic you use it to kill target(even tanky) which is far way from enemy team(with experience u will understand it) or enemy APC\ADC( or the targer with most dps). Try not to use malzaharr.png to the target which alredy lost all main spells(ultimates or with big cooldown)

5) In teamfight try to stay in backlane, make good vision on each side. Before it you can use some malzaharq.png. Understand when enemy can break your malzaharr.png , find good time to use it.
6) Dont be afraid to use malzaharr.png even if your target didnt press 3139.png. 99% of players will use it only after 0.5-1 sec, so u can land malzaharq.png  after preventing his 4.png or escape abilities.

Malzahar Support Back to Top

-When do u want to play it:

+U can take against most matchups,depending on your knowledge and exp playing 90.png 
I think worst botlane to play against are:
  • 202.png+48.png or 267.png = hard to escape from enemy jungler if you dont have good wards
  • long-range supports like 143.png21.png25.png26.png43.png161.png - your adc and you have to dodge everything and it will be difficult to give good malzaharr.png without 4.png
-What items should i buy?
+2302.pngor2301.png  3158.png 3116.png3151.png3165.png3135.png 
  • U can rush 3158.png before 2049.png and after 3098.png or 3096.png. Depending on enemy jungler and yout abilitie to "read map"
  • Dont buy 3107.png or 3190.png. If u want to play full support,take 412.png37.png267.png instead

Other important information Back to Top

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