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Maokai Statistics for Rav

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

Value
Average
Games Played
5
6
Win %
80
44
Kills
4.8
3.5
Assists
10.0
9.8
Deaths
3.2
5.6
KA:D Ratio
4.6
2.4
Gold Earned
13.3K
10.7K
Creep Score
218.4
117.5
Average

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Summoner Spells Back to Top

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4.png12.png 'The only way'


Pretty much the bread and butter spells of toplane. Maokai makes no exception.

12.png Is pretty usefull if you need a fast back because you are getting poked/you failed a trade/you are chunked.
12.png Is also pretty strong expecially on Maokai as a tool to gank bot. Tell your botlane to always deep-ward in the lane and when the opportunity presents don't be afraid to tping botlane. Your cc's should ensure you and your team will get some blood. (maybe even the first blood?)

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New Runes Back to Top

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Aftershock.png?width=64 Aftershock


The best rune for maokai, it gives you more tankiness and also a good chunk of AoE damage. 

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Perseverance.png?width=32vsDemolish.png?width=32vsFont%20of%20Life.png?width=32 

Perseverance.png?width=32 It gives you tenacity, since you will be the main engager it will be pretty usefull but not mandatory.

Demolish.png?width=32 It gives you some good damage to towers, mao is generally pretty slow to take down towers.

Font%20of%20Life.png?width=32  It's the 'Team oriented choice'. Pick this if you are one kind of supportive player that want to help.

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Iron%20Skin.png?width=32vsMirror%20Shell.png?width=32vsConditioning.png?width=32

Iron%20Skin.png?width=32 Vs heavy AD team or when laning vs and hard AD matchup like 126.png

Mirror%20Shell.png?width=32 Vs heavy AP team or when laning vs and hard AP matchup like 85.png

Conditioning.png?width=32 When noone of the above applies. Also a well balanced point overall

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Second%20Wind.png?width=32 Almost always the best choice since it helps your lanephase tremendously

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Manaflow%20Band.png?width=32 Helps you with your mana issues early on, a really good rune on maokai

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Celerity.png?width=32 Adds movement speed, and since you will be chasing carry that's always a good option. Scorch.png?width=32 is also a good pick up if you prefer having a bit more damage.

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Abilities Back to Top

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W
E
Q
Q
R
Q
W
Q
W
R
W
W
E
E
R
E
E
Passive
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4
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W
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12
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E
3
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R
6
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Level 1


If you invade with your team you can start maokaiw.png. Try to take it only if needed tho (max it right before you see the opportunity to land it on someone).
maokaiq.png Start is by far the most optimal option for maokai toplane.

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Why do i max maokaiw.png second?


You want to max W second for the higher snare duration as well as the reduced cd.

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Items Back to Top

Starting Items

Core Items

    Depending on ad/ap enemy laner
    Example of a final build

Situational Items

    Good items
    Situational items

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1054.png Best staring item


At the moment I feel like 1054.png is the perfect start for a lot of toplaners, Maokai makes no exeption

1056.png Viable if..


If you are learning maokai and you are afraid of going out of mana. Not a bad start by any mean but I feel like 1054.png is superior

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This item has every stat maokai needs. 

  1. 400 Health - Self explanatory
  2. 30 Armor - Helps you vs ad laner
  3. 300 Mana- Helps you not starving too much in lane
  4. 100% base hp regen - Why not
  5. 10% Cooldown reduction - Less cds means more presence/utility/damage
  6. An active that helps you catching people out of position/initiating fights
So basically this is your first item most of the time. It has an immense utility in little skirmishes which you are really looking to join.

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Pretty much the best starting items vs Ap laners.

  1. 250 Healt - Self explanatory
  2. 25 Magic Resist - Same as above
  3. A passive that grants you 150% healt regen for 10 seconds after taking damage from champions

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Good items 


3065.png Synergizes with your passive and has all good stats. Always a good item to fill one of your slots.

3075.png After the recent changes this item ramped up and became always a must for any tank, it just helps so much having hps/armor/a free grevious wounds.

3110.png Great item, gives you armor and mana which you are in need for and also 20% cdr. The passive is really strong and useful for your teams aswell since you will be reducing the attackspeed of the enemy champions.  Always a good buy.

3193.png Most of the time your 4th/5th/6th item. You are looking to fight and to jump on people and be as annoying as possibile. Amazing buy.

3025.png If you are facing not so many Attack speed reliant champions you might want to try this instead of 3110.png.

3001.png If you need a second magic resist item after 3065.png this is your choice. You can also buy it as your only Magic resist item. It's differences from 3065.png are:
  1. You and your team's magic damage will be amplified by 10% because of 3001.png
  2. 3001.png Gives you mana while 3065.png gives you more self regenerations
Said so if you feel like you and your team are gonna benefit from 3001.png greatly you can actually choose to buy it as your first and only magic resist item.

3109.png If one of your DPS (damage per second) carry is fed this item gives him more chance and easier time doing their job.

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Situational Items 


3083.png Interesting item, I won't judge you if you like it. It's a good item but I myself can't find a proper motivation to buy this item over anything else.

3143.png Pretty strong against multiple crit champions team comp (e.g. 157.png - 51.png)

3194.png Pretty good vs dot champions or champion that spam the same ability multiple times (e.g. 17.png 50.png 69.png)

3742.png If you feel like you need more armor and a catch up you can go for this route. 99% of the time you won't need it tho as 3800.png is more than enough.

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Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Aatrox
    Medium
  • Camille
    Hard
  • Cho'Gath
    Medium
  • Darius
    Hard
  • Dr. Mundo
    Easy
  • Fiora
    Medium
  • Gangplank
    Medium
  • Garen
    Easy
  • Illaoi
    Medium
  • Irelia
    Medium
  • Jax
    Easy
  • Jayce
    Hard
  • Kayle
    Hard
  • Kennen
    Hard
  • Kled
    Medium
  • Malphite
    Easy
  • Mordekaiser
    Medium
  • Nasus
    Medium
  • Pantheon
    Hard
  • Poppy
    Medium
  • Quinn
    Hard
  • Renekton
    Hard
  • Riven
    Medium
  • Rumble
    Medium
  • Singed
    Medium
  • Tryndamere
    Medium
  • Wukong
    Medium
  • Yasuo
    Hard
  • Yorick
    Medium

VS

Aatrox

Medium

Aatrox will be looking to fight you early on and will outsustain your poke. There's not really much you can do in this matchup other than farm and play to get stronger for teamfights.


  • Ask for jungler help if needed
  • Your maokaiq.png can stop the channel of his aatroxq.png. This little trick can be the difference from him escaping or dying.

VS

Camille

Hard

Camille is stronger in 1v1's. That's why you have to mind your own business while being aware of her damage and gapcloser.


  • Try to dodge as many camillew.png as possible 
  • Be really carefull with her camillee.png

VS

Cho'Gath

Medium

Cho is in a weird state right now, he's being changed and buffed. You won't be able to harrass him as his passive gives you sustain. In a ideal word this lane should be a farm fest but you both have tons of cc's so the junglers will most likely decide this lane.



VS

Darius

Hard

Darius is the bane of immobile tanks. He has way too much damage. You can exploit the fact that he is immobile too and ask your jungler for help.


  • Don't get it by his dariuscleave.png and let him push
  • dariusaxegrabcone.png Respect the range of it. If you get pulled chance are that you will have to waste a flash.
  • Don't be afraid to use your ult maokair.png to disengage him if he gets to many stacks of his passive on you 

VS

Dr. Mundo

Easy

Kinda a farm fest, mundo isn't meta at the moment. Farm and be way more impactfull later on in teamfights.


  • infectedcleavermissilecast.png are juicy but well.. don't eat all of them

VS

Fiora

Medium

Fiora can be a pain. You should aim to farm and let her do his thing, matching her later on in teamfights.


  • fioraw.png is a dangerous spell for you since she can block maokaiq.pngmaokaiw.pngmaokair.png
  • If she pop fiorar.png just disengage her
  • Reset vitals whenever you can by going out of vision

VS

Gangplank

Medium

His barrels are most of his damage. You should be able to take some gangplankqwrapper.png harrass to the face healing it up with your passive.


  • Look and ping his level 6 as he will most likely look to gangplankr.png another lane
  • Space out your cc's. His gangplankw.png is a free cleanse so for example if you engage him with maokaiw.png and he uses it use your maokaiq.png maokair.png after it

VS

Garen

Easy

Garen is a binary champion. Should be an easy farm matchup and you'll come ahead later on in teamfights.


  • maokaiq.png as soon as he garenq.png charge to you. You will slow him down and mostlikely he won't be able to reach you
  • Don't waste spells when he has his garenw.png active popped, he will take way less damage.

VS

Illaoi

Medium

Learn to dance and practice dodgeball. In all seriousness this matchup is all about you farming well and dodgint his illaoiq.pngs and illaoie.pngs.


  • If she engages on you with illaoir.png just say bye to her and walk away.

VS

Irelia

Medium

Tricky matchup, irelia is weak the first levels and she get's stronger as the time passes because of her ireliahitenstyle.png max.


  • Do not dive her, if you do consider her ireliaequilibriumstrike.png stun.
  • If you gank her early and put her behind she's mostlikely gonna be useless for a lot of time since you will delay her 3078.png powerspike

VS

Jax

Easy

Jax is weak early one and you are actually stronger than him. You really have to not underestimate his damage later on.


Like every fighter if you put him behind with your jungler, he's gonna be useless.

VS

Jayce

Hard

The toplane no one wants to face.


  • Farm as much as you can
  • Give up cs if that means taking 2/3 autos and maybe a jaycetotheskies.png to the face
  • Ask for help
  • Use your 12.png defensively to get atleast 1 free back

VS

Kayle

Hard

Another ranged threat.


Ask for your jungler help since with her judicatorrighteousfury.png she will naturally push the wave out. She has no dashes and she's pretty immobile. That would do. If your jungler does not want to come just not die and farm.

VS

Kennen

Hard

Another ranged, another pain.


Kennen got nerfed recently so he's not anymore a contested pick toplane (thank god). If it happens to face one

  • Rush an early 3211.png
  • Farm as much as you can
  • Neutralize him later on in teamfights


VS

Kled

Medium

A fighter with gapcloser and a good damage.


  • kledw.png Is most of his damage, let him waste it on minions 
  • kledq.png You have to dodge this
In general just farm and play safe, you might have chances of killing him with your jungler help tho.

VS

Malphite

Easy

He has his passive to counter your poke, you have your passive to sustain his poke.


Yes it should be a farm matchup and there's not really much you have to do.

Try to match his 12.pngs tho so he won't get any advantages in the game over you.

VS

Mordekaiser

Medium

You won't win trade vs mordekaiser, your best bet is to farm and don't die.


In teamfights he is immobile and you have a tons of cc's to lock him down. As most of the matchups, wait teamfight and show him what a good pick can do for your team.

VS

Nasus

Medium

Frustrating matchup as you can't really do much to stop him from farming up his nasusq.png stacks.


Farm as much as you can and maybe even try to roam and take advantages in other lanes. 

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Pantheon

Hard
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That's pretty much what all this lane is about. Be really aware of his damage. If you DON'T DIE you are already doing a great job.

His lategame is pretty subpar so just don't die. If get low early don't be afraid to use your 12.png to get a 'pit-stop'.

VS

Poppy

Medium
Poppy is a pretty easy matchup if you pay attention
  • Do not get stunned by poppye.png. So do not stand close to walls
  • Do not get hit by the second part of the poppyq.png. It hursts
Afterall another farm fest and another 'Cya in teamfights'

VS

Quinn

Hard

Fuck quinn - Ask ganks - Farm as you can - Pray to god and also ping if she roams.



VS

Renekton

Hard

Rene is a lane bully, that's why i'm setting this matchup as Hard.


Be really carefull about not dying early on.

  • Let him push and do not trade
  • Be really carefull at level 6 his damage output get's scary with renektonreignofthetyrant.png
  • Ideally in this matchup you can be outcsed. Try just to not be too far behind

VS

Riven

Medium

Dependent on riven's skill. 


  • You can stop her riventricleave.pngs with your maokaiq.png
  • You can dodge his rivenfengshuiengine.png with your maokaiw.png
And you can neutralize her in teamfight by locking her down with your cc's.

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Rumble

Medium

This matchup revoles around your passive, he will spam rumbleshield.pngrumbleflamethrower.pngrumblegrenade.png so you will have your passive up most of the time.


  • He is pretty vulnerable to ganks since he's immobile
  • He will push the wave innately and that's good
  • Do not long trade him, space out trades to make good use of your passive

VS

Singed

Medium

Do not chase him !


Build some armor early on if he proxy to be able to tank creeps.

If he dosn't prox just play the lane normally and farm.

VS

Tryndamere

Medium

Lanephase why this is a medium matchup where you should not look to trade him and should look to farm up. There's a special thing about this matchup to say.


Tryndamere will split. Well in that case since holding him isn't really going to do anything for you group 5v4 and hard engage on trynda's team. This is most likely gonna tilt the shit of the enemys and they will start to flame tryndamere.

VS

Wukong

Medium

Don't feed him. Play the lane carefully farm and build armor. After your first back you will be way safer.



VS

Yasuo

Hard

Depending on yasuo's ability to play the game.


Be really carefull early on, especially level 2, he is scary. 

  • yasuowmovingwall.png can block your maokair.png
  • You can gank him pretty easily will your cc's.
  • Farm and deny him in teamfights.

VS

Yorick

Medium

Yorick is pretty vulnerable to ganks, so ask your jungler to come visit top, other than that do not long trade him and just farm it up, he get's pretty screwed if you lock him down.

Abilities Explanations & Usage Back to Top

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maokaipassive.png Passive

Maokai Passive.png


  • Remember to autoattack when you have your passive up
  • This is the reason you are annoying to deal with
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maokaiq.png Q

Maokai Q.png

  • The spell you use to farm and harrass the most
  • Has a knockup if you are really close to the enemy
  • Can be used as a catch up since it still slows
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maokaiw.png W

Maokai W.png


  • Point and click cc
  • That's your main tool besides your ult to catch people out of position
  • Be really aware because this spell can hurt you. You will follow your target trough walls flash etc.
  • In combination with 4.png makes a pretty much undodgeable cc
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maokaie.png E


maokai E.png

  • High base damage and scales well
  • Can be used to facecheck brushes
  • Gets stronger when you throw it in brushes
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maokair.png R

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  • Aoe snare that has a really huge range
  • It's pretty slow so you have to consider about using it
  • A pretty awesome tool to start a fight
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Maokai's Role Back to Top

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Maokai's role


Makoai is a tank. That's pretty much his role. He has ton's of cc's. You can play him with a bit of ap tho but that's not what this guide is about. Right now the BEST way to play him is going fulltank and being a cockblock.

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Maokai's Early Game


Generally you want to farm. That's pretty much your main goal. You are sooo good at setting up ganks for your jungler but you really lack the damage to 1v1's most toplaners. Pratice farming and try to do as good as you can.

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Maokai's MidGame & Late Game


You have no choice but to group, you are the perfect cc machine and you are a good peeler aswell. You don't have the tools to splitpush neither to 1v1 and destroy towers.

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Maokai's Teamfights


That's pretty much Maokai's task. You have ton's of cc and you can peel aswell. Ask yourself:

  • Is your ADC fed? If so focus on peeling him.
  • Is their ADC fed? If so focus on cock blocking him.
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Pros & Cons Back to Top

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Pros


  • Ton's of cc's. Even an AOE one.
  • Good Peeling
  • Self sustain with maokaipassive.png
  • Pretty safe lanephase
  • Nice teamfight potential
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Cons


  • Can't really 1v1 
  • Can't splitpush
  • Low damage
  • While his ultimate is a good tool, it is pretty slow
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Tips and tricks Back to Top

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  • maokaiw.png Can be pretty useful to dodge skill, you are untargettable while dashing.
  • maokaiw.png You need to be really really cautious. You will follow your target everywhere so people will try to 4.png under tower to get you in a bad spot.
  • maokaiq.png Can be used to stop so many abilities and channelings.
  • You can maokaiw.png4.png. If you do it fast enough you will start your W as soon as your flash end.
  • maokaipassive.png Is useful to bait people aswell.
  • maokaie.png Can be used to spot and facecheck, it's a lot useful using this.
  • maokair.png Is pretty slow so consider who you are ulting and the way they can dodge it.
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About me and my other guides ! Back to Top

I started to play lol early in the days (half of the season 1), finished bronze (s1) gold (s2) diamond (every other season) i didn't really try to get higher since i think it would require me too much time.


I like to create guides and contents so expect some other guides coming soon, i don't have any stream or social media.
 
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I appriciate you taking the time to read until here ! Have a good day and thank you ! 

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