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Malzahar Statistics for Blue Cataquack

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

Value
Average
Games Played
84
6
Win %
60
44
Kills
3.9
4.4
Assists
10.6
7.3
Deaths
4.9
5.7
KA:D Ratio
3.0
2.0
Gold Earned
10.1K
10.9K
Creep Score
28.5
179.0
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

3.png4.png                   or              14.png4.png

When to take ignite and when to take exhaust?

As a support champion who is great at dealing damage and good at making picks and has a large amount of damage over time abilities, 14.png really is icing on the cake, making him feel very strong in lane and mid game for making picks.  That being said, sometimes 3.png is the better choice, especially against teams with heavy burst damage threats that are popular right now like; 55.png126.png, and 121.png.  For the most part I take 14.png over 3.png to be able to kill one of the enemy laners with my malzaharw.png,malzaharw.pngmalzahare.png ,14.png combo.  Further information about which summoner to take can be found in the match-up section down below!

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

90.png is an aggressive laning partner so you need to either take 18/12/0 or 12/18/0, but I highly advise taking 18/12/0 because it follows his DOT(damage over time) theme as a champion more heavily and personally I have found more success using it.  I think that all of the masteries I listed above are important to keep as it maximizes damage for you and your ADC( or 115.png rip adc 2017)

Abilities Back to Top

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

In this most recent patch (7.2) starting malzaharw.png becomes even stronger than before, so starting with any other skill would be silly.  It is stronger because red buff and blue buff are now spawning at 1:40 instead of 1:37 so you can give your jungler a nice smiteless leash without getting to the minions late. This will give your jg a head start on the enemy jg and allow them to gank faster and be at higher hp in the jungle.  I believe that this patch will make 90.png even more broken than before due to the leashing effect, as most jg's will have to start bottom due to the longer spawn time.  


Malzahar's abilities!

The main combo for people looking for quick info!:

malzaharw.png,malzaharw.png,malzahare.png,14.png,malzaharr.png, and after your R channel is done, malzaharq.png, and then don't forget your auto attacks!
You can also ignite during your ult without canceling the channel, but using any other skills will cancel your ult and make you look like a wood V baddie so try to avoid that if possible ;] (I did it many games in diamond and got flamed)

malzaharpassive.png: His passive gives him a shield that stops cc and reduces damage by 90% for basically only one spell unless the enemy times their cc's badly and hit you at the same time.  It is pretty important to try to keep this up so you can win trades more easily.  It has a fairly long cooldown and it can be knocked off by autoattacks so keep that in mind.  

malzaharq.png: Malzahar's Q,  You want to take this at level 3 and max it last, for reasons I will tell you now.  malzaharq.png seems like a good choice to max because it is very low cooldown and the silence scales to 2.0 seconds at rank 5, but it has a very high mana cost and without a doubt you will run out of mana trying to use it in lane.  Also with maxing malzaharq.png you won't have as strong of an all-in potential on one of the enemy bot laners so definitely do not max this skill.   When should you use malzaharq.png?  In laning phase only use it sparingly and when you have over ~ 220 mana so that you can still follow up with a full combo later on, and try to hit both enemy laners with it by taking advantage of its large hitbox.  It is also good for finishing kills and making enemy ganks less effective with the silence.  

malzaharw.png: Malzahar's W.   This is the STRONGEST part of 90.png's kit right now, you can use this skill in SO many ways that it is utterly broken.  You max this because it is your bread and butter throughout the game, and your main source of damage that makes the enemy support and adc cry about how broken you are.  It can be pretty hard to know when to use malzaharw.png, but I will try to go over as many as I can.  As I said above, you want to use one malzaharw.png on the buff that your jungler is starting, at 1:40, This will make it spawn 2 more voidlings and it will give your jg a strong, fast, , smiteless leash. In laning phase you can block skillshots like morgana's darkbindingmissile.png(q) and thresh threshq.png(q) and honestly any skillshot that you can think of, but it works best on slow moving and big hitbox'd skillshots.  It takes time to learn this skill but once you do you will feel like a god and get alot of satisfaction out of playing support.  The main combo for doing damage is using malzaharw.png,malzaharw.png,malzahare.png14.pngmalzaharq.png, and then keep auto'ing them as long as it's safe to do so.

malzahare.png: Malzahar's E.  This used to be the iconic "space aids" that everyone knows 90.png to be, but now the main purpose of this skill is to make the voidlings from your malzaharw.png aggro the target and to apply deathfire touch (your keystone mastery) in order to do MASSIVE damage on the target.  It is good to try to bait the enemy to get too close to you and keep trading with you once you put your malzahare.png and malzaharw.png down so that you spawn more and more voidlings.  

malzaharr.png: Malzahar's R.  malzaharr.png is the main reason why Malz is viable as a support right now.  This skill is extremely good for locking down high priority targets (121.png,7.png,254.png,55.png,103.png,126.png,85.png) that want to kill your squishy teammates.  Once you are level 6 you need to try to make either a play on the bot lane or make a play in mid or in their jungle.  It all depends on the situation you are in, but after you get malzaharr.png you should aim to get 3117.png soon after so that you can make a play with your jungler or your mid laner.  Early and mid game you should be trying to focus on making plays so that you can take objectives and rack up kills for your team.  Late game you become focused on using your malzaharr.png to either make a pick to be able to take a super important objective like Baron or Drag or push for inhibs and turrets.  The other main use for your ult can be to stop the high priority targets from killing your whole team, especially when your team is behind and making a pick is not really an option. 



Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    ALWAYS START THESE

Core Items

    BUY MOBIES IN 98% OF GAMES

Situational Items

90.png needs 3303.pngand 3x2009.png to start with.

Then you can build almost anything you what out of the above items, but the order of the first few items is highly dependent upon your situation.  In general what is best to do is this: 

3303.png --> 3098.png -->1001.png --> 3117.png -->2049.png -->2301.png -->3136.png -->3151.png .  Don't forget to upgrade your trinket at level 9 to this: 3364.png so that you can clear wards and make plays.  Don't forget that you are a support and not the mid laner, so vision control and making rotations are more important for you than dealing massive amounts of damage.  

After getting the 2301.png you can judge for yourself which items you should get, usually if the enemy team is ahead and has a lot of high damage threats, It is better to get 3190.png and then 3151.png  or even 3190.png and then 3107.png, and then 3151.png.  

1/27/17 edit:  In most of m games now I prefer to build straight damage after my core, so something like this:  3303.png--3098.png--(sometimes 1082.png if I get an early kill) --1001.png-->3117.png-->2049.png-->2301.png-->3136.png--> 3151.png--> 3116.png--> 3135.png or 3190.png

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Blitzcrank
    Medium
  • Janna
    Easy
  • Karma
    Medium
  • Morgana
    Easy
  • Soraka
    Easy
  • Thresh
    Medium
  • Zyra
    Hard

VS

Blitzcrank

Medium
53.png Is usually an easier match-up, especially before level 6 because he has no way to take down your passive malzaharpassive.png shield so you can auto attack him and put free malzahare.png's on him to poke him down.  After 6 he can use his staticfield.png R and pop it and then grab you.  Keep in mind that if you are fast and learn how to predict, you can block his rocketgrab.png with your malzaharw.png and it is an extremely worthwhile trade due to your low mana cost on malzaharw.png.  Blitz tends to roam a lot in this match-up so make sure to ping your teammates when he is roaming and if he does leave his adc, you can most likely towerdive the adc with your malzaharr.png and combo.  

VS

Janna

Easy

Easy:  Easiest support to abuse in my opinion, she cant cancel your ult and you can trade with her easy by wasting her shield and abusing her inability to put pressure on the lane.  She will usually shield herself and try to trade autos with you, so try to back off when she shields and wait for it to have 1 second left and malzahare.png her and auto her to win small trades.  I prefer to take 14.png in this lane because it can be hard to kill her or her adc without it due to her passive playstyle.

VS

Karma

Medium

Medium:  You can block her karmaq.png with your malzaharw.png, although it can be harder to predict that other skillshots.  She can poke you and your adc down so you have to trade sparingly, and try to bait her into playing aggressive so you can lay your combo on her and deal alot of damage to her.  She is also easy to bait for jungle ganks so keep that in mind as well.  Usually take 14.png if you can in this match-up because exhaust doesn't provide much against 43.png.

VS

Morgana

Easy

Easy:  Probably the second easiest to play against, her darkbindingmissile.png is actually painfully easy to block with malzaharw.png and if she cannot land them in lane she has no power at all.  Your malzahare.png plus the first few autos from malzaharw.png get rid of the blackshield.png so you can malzaharr.png them immediately after.

VS

Soraka

Easy

Always take 14.png vs 16.png!!!!!  Usually you want to try to poke 16.png down because hitting her adc is almost useless and will burn through all your health potions and force you to back.  Make sure to communicate with your adc that you want them to focus soraka too!  This lane can actually be hard if your  adc picked a short ranged champion like 29.png,67.png, or 236.png, because the enemy adc probably picked 51.pngor 202.png, so you will have to try to trade less and focus on a good oppurtunity to all-in 16.png with your malzaharw.pngmalzaharw.pngmalzahare.png14.png and try to ping it so your adc follows up as well.  This lane is usually easy but if you have an adc who doesn't know how to take advantage of 16.png weakness, you will have an awful lane and you should try to roam with 3117.png to get some picks.

VS

Thresh

Medium

This matchup is normally in your favor, but you have to make sure to maintain bush control and don't try to poke when they are under their tower too much or you or your adc will get hooked.  You have a significant advantage over 412.png before he goes for his first back because he will still be squishy and you can focus him or the enemy adc.  Once he buys his 2049.png or 3097.png the lane becomes harder and you have to respect his ability to walk up and threshw.png his jungler for a gank.  This is one of the lanes where taking 3.png is almost as strong as 14.png because if you 3.png the enemy adc, 412.png won't have the damage to kill your or your adc, and you can focus on killing the enemy adc.

VS

Zyra

Hard
143.png This is my least favorite champion to lane against as 90.png.  Her zyraw.pngzyraq.png poke constantly pops your malzaharpassive.png passive and she will make you run through all your potions if you try to trade aggressively.  Definitely take 14.png in this match-up because you will have the ability to all in her with your combo if she takes any missteps.  I would highly advise focusing 143.png in lane because she is very squishy and right now most of them do not run magic resist runes so she is very susceptible to your malzaharw.pngmalzaharw.pngmalzahare.png14.png damage.  If her adc is 51.png you will be in for an extra hard time, and you better hope your adc picked 202.png or else you will need to play extremely passive and just try to get your adc to have within ~10 cs of 51.png.  If you are being pushed under tower don't forget to try to help your adc last hit the minions, an adc will greatly appreciate a support that knows how to help last hit under tower. 

About Buddingpopp Back to Top

I have been playing this game since early season 2, and I got Plat 1 99lp season 3, and peaked Diamond 2 in season 4 and now I am D2 again in season 7.  I started off as a 143.png main and I still love the champion which is what led me from being a mid main to a support main, but due to how op 90.png is and how fun he is, I had to try him out and found myself really enjoying climbing the Soloq ladder.  I will continue to update the guide, as on 1/27/2017 the matchups are definitely not complete, and I will be working on them as time allows.  My goal is to get into Master this season and be able to play with some of my favorite streamers like Imaqtpi and IWillDominate!  Thank you for reading my guide and please feel free to leave any comments below, I am always looking for advice to improve at league and improve my guide writing skills!



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