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All Guides Maokai Guides ||WIP||Getting your ADC tankier than Dr. Mundo [Season 7 Pre-Season In Depth Maokai Guide]
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Maokai Statistics for Krypture

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

Value
Average
Games Played
2
4
Win %
0
45
Kills
0.5
3.0
Assists
11.5
9.1
Deaths
8.5
5.0
KA:D Ratio
1.4
2.4
Gold Earned
10.8K
9.8K
Creep Score
41.5
137.9
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

4.png Is used 100% of the games, it's just essential.

3.png Choose Exhaust if you're against a strong lane or against high dps. E.g.: 222.png12.png

14.png Choose Ignite if you want to go for a kill lane. E.g.: 81.png16.png

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

Cunning 12 
Wanderer 3% mov speed out of combat
Secret stach 
Meditation Regenerate 1.5% of your missing mana every 5 seconds
Bandit Gain 1 gold per minion killed

Resolve 18
Unyielding 5% armor and mr
siegemaster 8 mr and armor near allied turret
Runic Armor heals are 8% stronger
Fearless gain 10% +2 per level bonus magic resist and armor when damaged by an enemy champion for 2 secs
Legendary Guardian +3 Armor and MR per enemy champion nearby
Bond of Stone 4% damage reduction

WIP


Abilities Back to Top

E
Q
W
Q
Q
R
Q
W
Q
W
R
W
W
E
E
R
E
E
Passive
Q
2
4
5
7
9
W
3
8
10
12
13
E
1
14
15
17
18
R
6
11
16
Start Sapling Toss level 1, so you can place up to 3 little children on enemy side's lane bush. Watch the Support facechecking that bush and saying goodbye to 100+/- hp. 

Skill Order: R > Q > W > E

You should always level up Vengeful Maelstrom at levels 6, 11 and 16, once it will reduce damage taken by 20% and deal 3078.pngtons of damage3078.png if you absorb up to 100/150/200 damage.

Arcane Smash should be maxed first, because its cooldown will reduce per level up, from 8 seconds to 6, which makes some difference. It will knock enemies back and deal a nice amount of damage (for a tank) while it slows them from 20% to 48% for 1.5 seconds. It will help your ADC to kite easier.

Maxing Twisted Advance after Arcane Smash will be the best option, once it will lower its cooldown from 13 seconds to 9, and it will increase its damage (obviously) and root any champion from 1 sec to 2. Believe me, being rooted for 2 seconds it's a pain in the ass.

Well... The only ability that's left is Sapling Toss. Your children have rights to be leveled up too, huh? 
Sapling Toss' slow amount doesn't increase per level, which is boring, but Saplings will last from 40 seconds to 60, isn't that great? It will increase Sapling's damage from 40 to 120.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Not much to explain, just a gold income item, which will give you some more HP and pots
    check the author notes for some more info

Core Items

    Get one of these at your first back
    boots options
    These items will build Knight's Vow
    After Knight's Vow grab one of these
    Example of final game build. Knight's Vow missing though </3
    don't forget to upgrade your sweeping lens to oracle alteration at level 9!!!!!!

Situational Items

    Viable items on Support Maokai
    get this elixir at crucial moments or when you're full build

Starting items

3302.png2009.png2009.png2009.png3340.png - This should be your Starting Items 100%. You want to go tank and shield your ADC when you get Face of the Mountain. Sorry, I really prefer biscuits over potions.

First back

At your first back you should have from 600g at least. With 600g you can buy 3097.png and a 2043.png. You can bring some 2009.png with you if you have gold for it. 
If you visit your fountain and you have over 800g, you will want to buy 2049.png and, if you have some more gold, you can bring a 2043.png and some 2009.png. ALL HAIL BISCUITS.
If you eventually die or are forced to go back before getting 600g, your option is to buy a 1028.png or 1006.png. Don't forget about a 2043.png or your best friends (2009.png)!

Boots

It all depends on the game situation. If you're against a full AD team, you might wanna go for 3047.png; if you're against hard CC, you will probably build 3111.png; or if you're against a team that has lots of slows, (e.g.: 22.png), you will possibly get some 3009.png
PERSONALLY I prefer 3009.png above all the other boots, as it gives you more mov. speed, and reduces the slow effects. And better than all that, these boots have wings!

Knight's Vow

Forgot to mention, but get Face of the Mountain before Knight's Vow!

This is a new item for season 7. For those who don't know:
Total cost: 2400g
Recipe: Crystalline Bracer + Cloth Armor + Crystalline Bracer + 800g
Stats: +400 health ; +100% base health regen ; +20 armor
UNIQUE Active: Designate an allied champion as your Partner. (90 seconds cooldown)
UNIQUE Passive: If your Partner is nearby, gain +40 additional Armor and +15% Movement Speed towards them.
UNIQUE Passive: If your Partner is nearby, heal for 12% of the damage your Partner deals to champions and redirect 12% of the damage your Partner takes from champions to you as true damage (healing and damage redirection are reduced by 50% if you're ranged).

This item will help your ADC A LOT against AD Assassins, like 238.png or 91.png. 40 bonus armor is a significant amount of armor! I've tried it on PBE, and it's a great item for tanks.

After Knight's Vow

You should go for 3190.png first if the enemy team has AoE damage; If they have AA based champions instead, get 3110.png and watch them cry with lower Attack Speed.
Those two items are pretty good actually, both of them guarantee you fighting advantages. Locket gives your team a shield that can absorb from 70 to 665 damage, while Frozen Heart reduces enemies' Attack Speed for 15% within 700 range.

Ruby Sightstone

Make sure you get your Ruby Sightstone. Getting 20% cooldown on actives might help a lot. 
With Ruby Sightstone, Locket's cooldown will lower 18 seconds, going from 90 to 72 seconds of cooldown. Face of the Mountain's cooldown will lower 12 seconds, going from 60 to 48 seconds of cooldown.

Other Strong Items

If you wanna go for hard engages, when you don't have to worry about peeling for your ADC, go for 3800.png
3065.png will help you out with all the magic damage incoming and it will increase your healing for 25%
If you're a burning tree and you want to spread your fire while going ham and dealing damage, get 3068.png
Get 3143.png if the enemy team has 2 or more crit based bastards aka 23.png157.png
If you want to "stack" your %HP runes, go for 3083.png. PS: It won't give you more than +10 cdr, +800 hp and 200% health regen. OH! And it regens 1,5% of your maximum health every half second if damage hasn't been taken for 8 seconds.

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Alistar
    Medium
  • Annie
    Medium
  • Ashe
    Easy
  • Bard
    Easy
  • Blitzcrank
    Hard
  • Brand
    Hard
  • Braum
    Medium
  • Caitlyn
    Hard
  • Corki
    Medium
  • Draven
    Medium
  • Ezreal
    Medium
  • Janna
    Easy
  • Jhin
    Medium
  • Jinx
    Medium
  • Kalista
    Medium
  • Karma
    Easy
  • Kog'Maw
    Easy
  • Leona
    Easy
  • Lucian
    Medium
  • Lulu
    Hard
  • Miss Fortune
    Easy
  • Morgana
    Medium
  • Nami
    Easy
  • Sivir
    Medium
  • Sona
    Medium
  • Soraka
    Medium
  • Tahm Kench
    Hard
  • Taric
    Medium
  • Thresh
    Medium
  • Tristana
    Medium
  • Twitch
    Easy
  • Varus
    Medium
  • Vayne
    Medium
  • Zilean
    Easy
  • Zyra
    Hard

VS

Alistar

Medium

VS

Annie

Medium

VS

Ashe

Easy

VS

Bard

Easy

VS

Blitzcrank

Hard

VS

Brand

Hard

This boy will set you on fire for sure

VS

Braum

Medium

VS

Caitlyn

Hard

VS

Corki

Medium

VS

Draven

Medium

VS

Ezreal

Medium

VS

Janna

Easy

VS

Jhin

Medium

VS

Jinx

Medium

VS

Kalista

Medium

VS

Karma

Easy

VS

Kog'Maw

Easy

VS

Leona

Easy

I've never laned against her, but you might be able to cancel her Zenith Blade with your Arcane Smash if you time it well

VS

Lucian

Medium

VS

Lulu

Hard

VS

Miss Fortune

Easy

VS

Morgana

Medium

VS

Nami

Easy

VS

Sivir

Medium

VS

Sona

Medium

VS

Soraka

Medium

VS

Tahm Kench

Hard

VS

Taric

Medium

VS

Thresh

Medium

VS

Tristana

Medium

VS

Twitch

Easy

Get a control ward and make Twitch cry

VS

Varus

Medium

VS

Vayne

Medium

VS

Zilean

Easy

VS

Zyra

Hard

Bot Lane Synergy Back to Top

22.png - Your W is pretty helpful in order to root the enemy who will get hit by Ashe's ult. She has no escaping ability, so your kit will help her out for escaping safely or for long fights.
51.png - Caitlyn can place her cupcakes under an enemy while you W onto them. You two have decent poke, and a strong all-in, while you can stay safe at the same time.
42.png - Pre-6 you two should be careful, once Corki doesn't have much damage. After level 6 you will have some fun poking people and watching them cry.
119.png - Nothing much to say about this, it's Draaaaaven. Jk, Draven has 3078.pngtons of damage3078.png with his Q on. You can have an agressive lane with a lot of poking. After level 6 you can go even more agressive, but of course, depending on the matchup.
81.png - This boy/grill (Sincerely I don't know) has a nice poke, but the problem is that he only becomes a beast after completing his tear of the goddess. Before that, just let him farm and stack his tear. Protect him, of course, but don't try to do risky plays/all-ins.
202.png - Jhin has a great kit to be used with Maokai. Jhin doesn't have escaping abilities, but he has Maokai by his side, so that's one thing in his favor. When someone steps on his E, make sure you root them inside of it so it deals even more damage. After that he can hit an easy W and melt the poor enemy  ADC.
222.png - It's a good combo. She has no escape ability, but she has some CC, and it works well with you. When you see that Jinx is about to use her Rocket, try to root the low hp enemy champion, so her Rocket can land. 
429.png - I haven't seen Kalista in 4059300 years to be honest, but she will have 30 days of free kiting if you  stick to her. Enemies will get tired of chasing, and they'll just quit their life. 
96.png - He'll just sit back and AA the shit out of the enemies while you fight them in melee range. Be careful though! He needs some items to deal damage, so don't go full ham early.
236.png - That's a pretty nice bot lane! You have poke, engaging potential, some damage, escapes and sustain. With your root you make Lucian's ult become easier to hit.
21.png - This is an AoE lane. Stay safe, because she's stronger poking than all-ining. One great thing about this bot lane is that if you land your W, her ult will hit the enemy 99%! 
15.png - A kind of boring lane to be honest... Anyway you'll most likely be safe. Sivir's passive gives her kiting potential, combined with your abilities and her ult, she'll become untouchable.
18.png - All-ining with Tristana is funny, she'll hit her E on an enemy and you'll just CC him oooooooooooovertime. She has a safe ability kit, she has a jump for escapes, and a "GTFO" ult, which is pretty nice! 
29.png - Twitch is a funny champion to play with. You can bait people while you're "alone" in lane, and when they less expect, there goes a rat slapping their faces, but care though! You need to protect him!
110.png - Just a poking lane, nothing much. Your W will make Varus' abilities easier to land, especially his ult! Just keep poking and protect him, he doesn't have escape abilities too!
67.png - Pretty good lane. She has damage, sustain, escape and she's great at fighting 2v2, but you have to protect her obviously! 

Calculations Explained Back to Top

Maokai's base defensive stats are: 

Base HP: 572 (+90)
Base Armor: 28,72 (+4)
Base Magic Resist: 32 (+1,25)

The masteries will grant him:

Bonus Magic Resist and Armor: 5% + 10%+2 per level (when damaged by an enemy champion)
+3 Magic Resist and Armor per nearby enemy champion (15 bonus MR and Armor max)

The calculations of his level 1 base defensive stats plus his runes will be:

%HP runes: +9%                                             Lv 1= 572+9%= 623,48
Armor runes: +8,2                                         Lv 1= 28,72+8,2= 36,92 
MR runes: +5,4 +5,16 (15 lvl 18)                    Lv 1= 32+10,56= 42,56

Now calculating his base defensive stats with the runes plus the masteries and the level 1 Relic Shield, you'll start the game with:

HP: 572+75+9%=647                                     647+58,23= 705,23 HP
Armor: 28,74+8,2+5%=36,92                        36,92+1,846= 38,766 Armor
MR: 32+10,56+5%=42,56                              42,56+2,128= 44,688 Magic Resist

Pretty good, huh?
 

I've calculated level 18's final defensive stats with Frozen Heart, Locket of the Iron Solari, Ruby Sightstone, Knight's Vow and Face of the Mountain, and it'll be:

HP: 2102+450+500+400+9%=3452                   3452+310,68= 3762,68
Armor: 96,7+60+30+90+8,2+5%=284,9            284,9+14,245= 299,145
MR: 53,3+5,4+15+60+5%=133,7                      133,7+6,685= 140,385

 

DON'T GET ME WRONG, I'M NOT TELLING YOU TO BUILD IT EVERY GAME, IT WAS JUST AN EXAMPLE

About me Back to Top

I'm Sir Naughtylus, an EUW player. I've been playing League since season 3, more or less when Zac came out.

I was Bronze 4 (I think) in Season 3, Gold 5 in Season 4, Gold 1 in Season 5 and Platinum 3 in Season 6. 
My computer is way too bad for streaming, and so is my internet. I'll be trying to post new guides for you, and I'll update them whenever I can! If you have any questions, comment below and I'll answer it when I see it.
Thanks for reading this guide, and, if I manage to upload any Youtube video or to get a decent computer or internet (PRAY FOR ME) I'll put the link below!
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