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Zilean Statistics for Sherlock Kush

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

Value
Average
Games Played
57
6
Win %
51
44
Kills
4.4
2.8
Assists
10.6
10.8
Deaths
3.4
5.5
KA:D Ratio
4.4
2.5
Gold Earned
12.3K
9.4K
Creep Score
189.9
78.2
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

4.png + 21.png

I'll take this in most cases, because imo your early game is the weakest and it's great to survive till you reach your power spike. Barrier is kinda useless late game but Riot buffed it in Patch 6.10 (shorter CD) so its fine

4.png + 12.png

You want to take this against opponents, who are likely to pick teleport and if you feel confident enough in lane. I wont recommend it to new Zilean players.

4.png + 14.png

This is mostly for match ups that heal like crazy like 8.png , 50.png16.png or 36.png, while your support or top don't have ignite and your opponent does not one shot you like  7.png.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

I'll only put 18 Points in Cunning because of "Intelligence". You can decide if you want Thunderlords Decree or Stormraiders Surge. But let's start from the beginning and why i choose "this" over "that".

Ferocity: 12


So the first one should be self explanatory. 

I'll take Feast for some Sustain in Lane, because as i told. Laning Phase is not the strongest, if you don't know how to positioning yourself.

Natural talent for obv. reasons.

I like Battle Trance the most but it depends on your playstyle. The other two options are good aswell. 

Cunning: 18


Savagery:Last hitting with Zilean is a pain in the 17.png, because you heavy lack on base ad and your bombs doesn't instakill the lane at earlier levels.

Assasin/Runic Affinity : Assassin is a really nice mastery imo. If you catch people walking alone the 2% can decide if someone dies or not. 
I'll usually swap to Runic Affinity, if your jungler isn't someone, which depends on blue 9.png or 28.png for ex and if you kinda know if their team has a teamfight heavy comp (something like a "protecting vayne squad" etc.)

Meditation/ Merciless: I started to test out Meditation and I really like it. Your double stun combo is really mana heavy early- and mid-game.
However you can take Merciless, if you are confident enough.

EDIT: I take Merciless now more often instead of the mana reg. because u already got enough regen imo.

Dangerous Game for obv. reasons. BUT you can also take Bandit against a melee match up like 238.png.

INTELLIGENCE - the whole build is supporting this mastery. AT Level 18 you can use your combo almost every 4 seconds and you can boost timewarp.png yourself infinitely.

Stormraiders - saves you at many times and you can chase enemys even better down.
Thunderlord - deal some more damage but it is hard to proc with zilean.

Abilities Back to Top

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

SKILL ORDER : chronoshift.png R-> timebomb.png Q -> (rewind.png W -> timewarp.png E) 


zileanpassive.png  Passive - Time in a Bottle

 "Zilean stores time as Experience. When he has enough Experience to finish an ally's level, he can right-click them to impart it. Zilean receives as much Experience as he gives. Cannot be used in combat (if you are in combat it has 10 second cooldown before you can actually use it)"

So this is why you always be ahead in Levels than your opponent. If you store >100 Exp look at your jungler and top laner, to not only give them level up, but you gain a big benefit aswell. So roaming as Zilean is quite important. You won't win the game by just pushing mid with bombs, while you have 1200 EXP in your pocket. :^)

The big difference between a good and a great Zilean is to know when you can give/gain the most experience. If you just randomly give someone Exp. It could happend that you only give them 30 EXP and you still got 500 EXP more in your bottle. DON'T BE THAT ZILEAN, cause this passive has a 2 minute CD

Instead you have to always watch out and remember : When the ally is at a jungle camp or killing a wave it will greatly decrease the exp you'll give them.


timebomb.png     Q - Time Bomb

"Tosses a bomb to target area that sticks to units that come near it (prioritizes Champions). It detonates after 3 seconds, dealing area of effect damage. If a Time Bomb is detonated early by another Time Bomb, it also stuns enemies.

This is your only damage spell, but you can turn around teamfights, carry games and climb out of Elo Hell with it  kappa.  aHR0cDovL3MyNy5wb3N0aW1nLm9yZy8zbHRpbXRs

No but for real. This spell needs actually an own section, because it is more complex than it seems.

First of all if you play without smartcast, you won't become a good or even great Zilean. So turn that on. After some games you will get a feeling for the range of this spell. 

You can toss this bomb to mostly everything -  monsters, minions, ally, enemy. (Wards and Blue Trinket excluded)
I'll talk about combos and utilizing the bomb below match ups so see you there.

rewind.png    W - Rewind

"Zilean is reducing the cooldowns of his other BASIC abilities."

RIP Old zilean, but i think Rito has to nerf this ability otherwise he could chronoshift.png himself every 10 seconds with 45% CDR and that would be URF Mode if you ask me.

This ability is still one of the key's for Zileans succress. You can perma-slow someone, you can perma-speed your ally or yourself and you can use your amazing double bomb. As with his  timebomb.png I'll come to combos later on.

timewarp.png    E - Time Warp

"Zilean is decreasing an enemy's Movement Speed or increasing an ally's Movement Speed for a short time" 
 
I max this ability at the end, because i think W is more important than E, but you can swap maxing them if you want to. :)

This ability is so important for engaging and disengaging. With 45% you can save 2 people if you get chased down, or if you hunt people down, you can kill 2 people by slowing them.
This ability works best with champs like 106.png,  102.png or any other tanky laner/jungler. If your ADC is really good and doesn't play bad you can speed them up. Works extremly well with 67.png429.png29.png, and 236.png. So basically every meta ADC right now.


chronoshift.png    R - Chronoshift

"Zilean marks himself or an ally for 5 seconds. If the targeted champ dies within this time, he will be reborn regaining (600/850/1100 *2AP) Health."

This is Zileans most known ability. You target one they die they come back to murder everybody ... or they die again. You dont want to have the last case. 
Dont just randomly ult someone or yourself if you feel they will die soon. You need a good eye for your ult. (Is it worth to ult someone who is 1/5? Does he even know how my ult works? (I'm not kidding.))

Here is a good example when to ult :
Your adc, let's say 67.png is 11/2 and is murdering everybody, she is at low hp but not in danger. BUT WAIT?! here comes 45.png with flash ult ready to secure the kill. You want to ult 67.png when the veigarprimordialburst.png animation starts, so it is 100% sure that vayne dies. She comes back with full health. She is killing veigar, because his ult is on cd and you win the game, cause that was the last member of the enemy team. 

 
Most of the time its worth to ult the top laner/jungler if they are tanky as hell so u can double the time they'll survive in a teamfight.

Some math: You got 660 Ap and you are already Level 18. With runes,masteries and 20% cdr from items your ult is available every 25~30 seconds. That means that your ult is giving (1100*(2*660)) = 2420 HP everytime they'll die with your ult. This is mostly a full heal on every adc, mage support and assassin. 

If you think your whole team is a pile of doggy-poo there is nothing wrong with ulting yourself. Just be aware it goes into nothingness if there are 4-5 enemies around you and none of your teammates is coming for your rescue. :^) 

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Basic start, gives health, mana reg, sustain and ap
    If you aren't familiar with the term "dodge" this is for you
    Never tried this out. Feel free to give it a try and tell me how it works.
    get another one if you dont have enough money for catalyst. It lets you clear the mage minions with one bomb at level 5.

Core Items

    First buy
    Choose One. Once you buy one of these you don't need any more CDR items. EDIT: 99% u buy morello now. If you play support Grail is fine.
    double stack is good overall but tear has less value now EDIT: ROA is cheaper and i buy it most games now
    Late Game : they have much MR - Void Staff they don't have MR - Rabadons./ You can also buy both if you are ahead.
    Most time you will not reach this build, because the game is already over. But this is my standard build

Situational Items

    20% CDR together if you get stomped by AP . New Abyssal is good imo.
    Not a really high investment. Helps against Zed, Talon etc.
    Just for some troll action. But sometimes the banner is viable against ap mid laners (10% cdr).
    dont know how to feel about this item. It is actually really good because it doesnt give you any cdr and more burst. Still expensive.


Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Ahri
    Medium
  • Akali
    Easy
  • Anivia
    Easy
  • Annie
    Medium
  • Aurelion Sol
    Easy
  • Azir
    Hard
  • Brand
    Medium
  • Cassiopeia
    Medium
  • Diana
    Easy
  • Ezreal
    Hard
  • Fizz
    Medium
  • Galio
    Easy
  • Heimerdinger
    Easy
  • Karma
    Easy
  • Karthus
    Easy
  • Kassadin
    Medium
  • Katarina
    Hard
  • LeBlanc
    Medium
  • Lissandra
    Easy
  • Lux
    Easy
  • Malzahar
    Medium
  • Morgana
    Easy
  • Orianna
    Medium
  • Pantheon
    Medium
  • Ryze
    Hard
  • Swain
    Easy
  • Syndra
    Easy
  • Veigar
    Medium
  • Vel'Koz
    Medium
  • Yasuo
    Hard
  • Zed
    Medium
  • Ziggs
    Easy

VS

Ahri

Medium

Her only way in and out is her ahritumble.png so watch out when she uses it and ult for your own safety. You can also put a timebomb.png on yourself and wait if she dashes into you so you can rewind.pngtimebomb.png and stun her.Rush 1057.png if you are getting stomped. Otherwise you need to follow her roam, because if she is getting kills on other lanes you will have a bad time.

VS

Akali

Easy

Your  timebomb.png counters her akalismokebomb.png so you should be good to go. If she jumps onto you use the Q-W-Q Combo on yourself to stun her. But this is Season 6 so you shouldn't meet any season 3 akali veterans in the mid lane

VS

Anivia

Easy

See Item Description for building against Anivia.

Watch out for her  flashfrost.pngand you'll be safe.
Don't let the egg bait you and tell your jungler, when her passive is down.

VS

Annie

Medium

If you are stunnend you can't press ult, so watch out. If she got ignite, you both are Level 6 the better player wins the trade.

Since Patch 6.9 Tibbers is a real beast ... care.

Fun fact: If tibbers is out of annies range he teleports himself back so you can use it for some sneaky bombs. Always worth a try. 

VS

Aurelion Sol

Easy

No mobility except for  aurelionsolE.png. Should be no problem

VS

Azir

Hard

He outranges you and if he is playing azir like a god he can bully you down.


The Trick is to place double bomb to his soldiers so he has to use azirQ.png and then azirE.png to avoid that instead of the other way around. 
If you can't get any kills in lane go roaming, but don't sarifice your tower for it. 

VS

Brand

Medium

Since Patch 6.9 Brands Damage from his passive skyrockets. But luckily you got your ult so you won't die.

Didn't face many Brands since the patch, but 1057.png is always a good choice.

VS

Cassiopeia

Medium

She got a crazy buff to her movement speed so she can probably outrun your stuns. So rather focus on farming then trying to timebomb.png her. If she is building RoA you should do the same as always.


Dodge her poison otherwise the 0.5 second CD from her E will really hurt you.
She is very mana hungry so go for the trade, when she is low on mana.

VS

Diana

Easy

She literally does nothing pre 6 and if she ever wanted to kill you, you can just press ult and make her damage output useless. 

VS

Ezreal

Hard

Is annoying as hell.

If he used his ezrealarcaneshift.png you can try to go for a stun, but otherwise you should just try to dodge his skillshots. Buy 1001.png as first or second item and get the Zilean vs AD runes, because his damage is crazy imo.

VS

Fizz

Medium

Medium-Hard


He can just fizzjump.png your bombs and negate your only damage so that means that you got 3 non damage spells, while he has 4 damage spells. Math is op.
Grab an early  1057.png  to stand a chance and cry for help.

VS

Galio

Easy

You can't really kill him in Lane so go roam.

VS

Heimerdinger

Easy

Buy an 3060.png. Trust me on this one. You will be bullied under your turret and he can just auto your empowerd cannon minion. :^)

VS

Karma

Easy

VS

Karthus

Easy

this guy wants to farm, your ult clearly counters his. 

You just can't die in this matchup. 

If he is low on mana or just used his defile.png  trade with him.

VS

Kassadin

Medium

This one is kinda tough.


Pre 6 he just throws nulllance.png at you and you have to take the harass.
If you try to double stun him he will have his forcepulse.png up everytime so avoid it.

After 6 he will roam if he can't kill you, so follow his roams to succeed.

VS

Katarina

Hard
The best time to throw a double bomb is when she ults. So be patient if Level 6 is near.

EDIT: The new Kata is a pain in the 17.png. Because she can dodge your bombs like its nothing and burst you down really quick. If you ult you are dead for sure because she can prepare her dagger around your dead cold corpse and kill you again.

VS

LeBlanc

Medium

Medium- Hard


She can burst you down level 2 so watch out for that. She is as squishy as you are. So always try to timebomb.png her, when she used leblancslide.png.

The trick is to put a single or double bomb to her zone where she dashes off. So if she doesnt see it you get a guaranteed stun. If she is seeing it she can't use her w. This is perfect for ganks btw.

VS

Lissandra

Easy

Shouldnt be a terrible match up. If she uses E put a double bomb to the end location to stun her. 


Wait for her lissandraE.png then stun her otherwise she might get away with a short dash.

VS

Lux

Easy

You can easily dodge her skillshots with your timewarp.png. The best time to double stun her is when she uses her ult, because she has to stand still for a certain amount of time.

VS

Malzahar

Medium

VS

Morgana

Easy

She has only one Skillshot, no mobility and you can outrun her ult. Her shield is annoying tho.

In teamfights you can slow her down when she presses ult so she can't position herself and your mates live.

VS

Orianna

Medium

VS

Pantheon

Medium

You can easily stun him with a double bomb in the center of his ult. So he can't follow up with his combo.

His early game is his strongest imo so just survive.

VS

Ryze

Hard

He is in a pretty good spot now. But as always your ult counters everyone. I would recommend sustain in lane for surviving his combo.


Watch out for his fourth stack around him. You shouldn't fight him when he has full stacks.

VS

Swain

Easy

He has good sustain in lane so just buy tear+ roa.

VS

Syndra

Easy

You can "dodge" her ult with your ult. Be aware of her 100-0 kill potential.

VS

Veigar

Medium

He has some crazy damage and scales to late. Luckily you can avoid getting ulted by ulting yourself :^)

VS

Vel'Koz

Medium

The new vel koz does some crazy damage. Watch out for his sneaky velkozQ.png. Grab an early  1001.png+1057.png if you can't dodge any of his skill shots. 

VS

Yasuo

Hard

His mobility and his yasuoW.pngyasuoW.pngyasuoW.pngyasuoW.pngyasuoW.png will fuck you up. I'll almost always ban this champ.


If you encounter a wild yasuo slow him down and run for your life :^)

TIP: You can put a bomb onto yourself and run into him so his windwall won't block your Q.

VS

Zed

Medium

Your ult counters his ult,  the biggest tip is to not be scared of him. You are the god of time. He is the master of shadows.  Light can't travel when the time stands still so there are no shadows. 

What does that mean?
You are his natural counter.

VS

Ziggs

Easy

Combos Back to Top

1. E-Q-W-Q-E


After the stun duration you can slow them again.
Perfect to catch people off guard and to set up a gank.

2. Q-W-Q

Perfect for clearing minons and monster camps.
Most of the time even early-game it deals more damage than smite, so its perfect for stealing baron and dragon.

You can place your first Q timebomb.png on a minion then W rewind.png and Q on the same minion again to extend the range. Most opponents won't expect it and they take the double damage and are stunned. so you can follow up with an E timewarp.png and some AA  for some nice harass and the Thunderlord Proc. [IMPORTANT: If your double bomb explodes it counts as 1 incoming Damage so you have to make 2 AA's for the proc. ]

If you throw a double bomb on the ground. It will stun when you or someone else walks through them. So you can place it in the middle of  80.png Ult so he will stunned as soon as he dives. It also works if an enemy is using 12.pngon a minion, tower or ward. Other good examples : 3157.png3026.png 
It is great to zone people out in a teamfight, if you throw them at a jungle entrance etc.

This is more difficult to land on champs, when your opponent has high Movement Speed. Here you just want to use it if the enemy is under the effect of cc.



3. E-Q-W-E-Q


This combo has a 99% hit rate. They have 2 flash or you have to be bad to not hit this bomb :D

First you slow them and put your first bomb on them, REWIND and do it again. If you have 45% CDR you can slow them again to an almost infinite lock down. 

Early Game Back to Top

In the early game you want to look out for :


- a possible Level 3 jungler gank ( in this case skill Q-W-E). In the worst case you just lure out a flash from the      opponent.

- if a jungler is coming you want to slow the target down stun them and speed your jungler up.

- farming is the most important thing in the early game. When you are level 5 you can kill the mage minions with a bomb /double bomb 

- look for the sneaky double bomb when the enemy midlaner is behind his mage minions. This way you can extend the range of your bombs by a certain amount.

If you are getting ganked pop your barrier to avoid the most damage, cause instead of heal it will only block damage for a very short time. 

Mid - Late Game Back to Top

In the mid game you want to :


keep your MVP (most valuable Player) alive. It's your number 1 priority. 
Use your E  timewarp.png on champs which can engage like 54.png , 106.png or 79.png. It has a 99% movement speed buff /debuff for 2.5 seconds on rank 5. Additionally throw one bomb at your ally and if for ex. malph uses ultimate ufslash.png throw a bomb at him to cc them again and deal some good amount of damage.

Nothing more to tell here these are the basic rules :)

About the Author Back to Top

Hi im Sherlock Kush, Platin IV at the current state and coming from Germany. I'm apologizing for grammar mistakes as english is not my native language ^^


I am playing since early season 2 and i am maining zilean since his big rework in season 5. 

Feel free to leave comments about what to improve and it would be cool if you leave a like if you appreciate this guide and leave a dislike if you think im a boosted animal :^) .


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