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Zilean Statistics for Gonewaytoofar

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

Value
Average
Games Played
6
Win %
44
Kills
2.7
Assists
10.4
Deaths
5.2
KA:D Ratio
2.5
Gold Earned
9.3K
Creep Score
82.8
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Exhaust and Flash are my go to summoners. Using exhaust for high threat targets. On  rare occasion will i take ignite if i am up against an enemy soraka or another champion with crazy sustain in which my teammates dont have ignite for.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

0/18/12 is my main choice for masteries. Am still experimenting going into Ferocity/Resolve however i feel it lacks the mana regen and utility that Zilean needs early on.

Abilities Back to Top

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

The skill order priority is as follows: R>Q>E>W, Sometimes R>Q>W>E if i find that i'm landing double bombs and my team is needing more damage (Lower cooldown on W = More bombs).


Overview and Combos

Before going in depth i recommend that you enable smart cast, this will make pulling off his combos alot quicker with less chance of failing.

timebomb.png Q - Time Bomb - This ability is Zileans only damaging ability but also has a strong cc if you can land the 
Q-W-Q combo.

It is key to max this ability first to keep up high pressure during the laning phase and also wreak havoc during teamfights. The great thing about this ability is that  It has a high base damage in addition to having a 1:1 ap ratio. 

Some tips to keep in mind before just tossing these around:

 Be careful about pushing lane during bad times (when the lane is pushing in your direction) and also be careful about Stealing the adc's minions with the AOE blast.

During the early laning phase (levels 1-3) be careful not to throw too many bombs. These bombs cost quite a bit a mana and you do not want to run out off mana before even ranking it up to level 2. A combination of early Qs and Autoattacks on the enemy adc should be sufficient pressure. 

rewind.png W - Rewind - Pretty straight forward ability but is the key to pulling off combos. 


Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    My usual start.
    Viable alternative start.

Core Items

    Maxing CDR is crucial here are my go to items. Feel free to swap out boots if/when you reach max cdr without them.
    A typical damage focused final build for that i use.
    A more tanky final build if i feel im getting focused.

Situational Items

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Alistar
    Medium
  • Bard
    Easy
  • Blitzcrank
    Hard
  • Braum
    Easy
  • Janna
    Easy
  • Leona
    Medium
  • Lucian
    Hard
  • Morgana
    Hard
  • Sona
    Medium
  • Soraka
    Hard
  • Zyra
    Medium

VS

Alistar

Medium

Alistar matchups can go either way depending on the ADCs. His combo can be quite lethal if he decides to go in on you during the early levels (1-5). Try to avoid long skirmishes, harass safely when you can, and be very careful of your positioning. Once you hit 6, you should have the edge on them given your ult.


Use your slow to peel for your adc if you see him trying to initiate and if he does manage to wombo your adc, save your stun for his adc if they try to go in. 

VS

Bard

Easy

Pretty straight forward matchup which will usually go in Zileans favor. As always the key point to keep in mind when fighting a bard lane: 

  • Be aware of positioning during the lane phase, a well placed bard stun with a strong follow up from his adc could push you out of lane or even kill you outright.
Bard does quite a bit of damage as well but if he misses his stun feel free to punish him or his adc for it. Dodge his q's and retaliate with harass. 

VS

Blitzcrank

Hard

This is the champion i consider to be Zileans hardest counter in lane. With as squishy as Zilean is, especially during the lower levels, a well placed pull from blitz means almost certain death if his adc follows up. To top it off, his level 6 silence is a hard counter to your level 6. His combo will certainly kill you (hook, knock up, and silence)


Your best shot to going even and possibly winning this lane is to dodge his hooks. slow him/ stun him when you see him rushing (using his overdrive) to get a pull. Standing behind minions is critical to avoid the hook, and backing up where there are no minions would be advised. 

Since his hook has a long cooldown, punish him for missing it. During the mid-late game he will still pose a major threat to you if manages to pick you with his team around. 


VS

Braum

Easy

Easy match up for zilean, his wall makes it even more simple to land a double bomb stun. you can get away with alot of free harass on his adc without having to worry about retaliation from a braum.

VS

Janna

Easy

The Queen of disengage shouldn't be too tough of a lane match up.  This lane typically will play it safe and win through attrition, and they wont have much kill pressure unless they have a jungler  helping or your side plays too aggressively. Her shields will mitigate most of the early bomb damages so dont commit too much time or mana trying to score kills during the first several levels. 




VS

Leona

Medium

Only really lethal during the early lane phase. With as squishy as Zilean is, a hook combo during the early levels with a strong follow up means death. However if you can dodge her hooks, take full advantage of her cool downs to punish her lane hard. Your level 6 ult counters her strong kill pressure and the lane becomes much easier from 6 and up.


If she jumps on your adc just slow/stun her adc to prevent them from following up.  

VS

Lucian

Hard

Any champion with a dash or jump is an annoying match up. I usually try to bait his dash by only slowing him with e and punishing him once its on cool down with a Q-W-Q combo. Poking him early is pretty important throwing a few Qs and AA's when he tries to go in to CS. If he makes the mistake of dashing offensively an E-Q-W-Q combo will put him in his place.

VS

Morgana

Hard

Very annoying lane matchup. Her spellshield completely counters your CC and a properly landed snare will obliterate you. Best bet against this lane is to play it safe (hiding behind minions to avoid her snare) and wait for some jungler help.


As always If she misses her bind feel free to retaliate and harass either her or the adc. 

VS

Sona

Medium

Matchup becomes easier in the later levels. However in the early levels (1-4ish) her poke is stronger than yours. Her empowered Q and the sustain she provides can make her annoying to deal with during the early laning phase. Just hunker down and avoid taking too much damage until you skillup your Q a bit. After that you should be able to start setting up kills for your adc when she tries to go in to poke with a E-Q-W-Q-E combo.

VS

Soraka

Hard

Another hard counter to Zilean if played right.The sustain she provides makes setting up kills neigh impossible and her silence will make you unable to use your ult at all. Harass when you can, but dont overly commit to scoring any kills in lane. try to avoid her silence

VS

Zyra

Medium

I've seen several Zyra supports so i'll just go ahead and add this match up. From my experience this match up is a very strong skill match up. Like Leona, Her snares are very deadly so it is critical to dodge that ability. Her damage far out scales yours but she lacks a hard cc. I tend to like to focus her given that she is quite squishy herself, so i usually focus my harass on her to push her out of lane. Just be mindful of her damage and dont underestimate her plants damage either. 

Intro Back to Top

Zilean has been my main champion ever since season 4. Before then i mained Urgot top landing me at plat 1 almost diamond before i had to stop to focus on finals. 


If you have any questions or comments feel free to post a comment or add me in game, GoneWayTooFar. 

This guide is still under construciton but i will attempt to get it done and refined before the end of July.

More about champion matchups Back to Top

For the most part Zilean excels against melee champs who lack engage. For example Darius, Irelia, Tryndamere, and so on. 


However champions with dashes can be quite tricky to fight against.

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