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Malzahar Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items
Summoner's Rift
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Twisted Treeline
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Tips

Playing As Malzahar Malzahar
Playing Against Malzahar Malzahar
  • Summon Voidling.png Voidlings have a limited lifespan of 21 seconds.
  • Avoid minion waves that have been affected by Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions. You never know when they may die and pass the Malefic Visions.png Visions onto you.
  • Malzahar can be difficult to 1v1 if he has his Nether Grasp.png ultimate up. Make sure you have enough Health to survive a round of his spells.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Malzahar Malzahar can Summon Voidling.png Summon Voidlings by spamming abilities at spawn. This can be useful at beginning of game by using an ability to quickly decimate the jungle monsters or enemy minions in your lane.
    • Be aware that Voidling Voidlings grant 12 Gold as bounty. If you die while having a Voidling Voidling summoned, it will not die outright but rather stay motionless and sometimes attack an opponent very close to them, although they can still be killed to collect their bounty.
    • Voidling Voidlings the key to Malzahar's combo, as they are the ones who damage enemies while they're suppressed by Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp.
  • Never underestimate Call of the Void.png Call of the Void. It is extremely effective at turning teamfights, both damaging and silencing as many enemies as possible.
    • Call of the Void.png Call of the Void can turn a disadvantageous enemy push into a stalemate by spamming it on incoming enemy champions. Enemies who were damaged and silenced will think twice, or even retreat from the front due to the momentary vulnerability while the silence is in place.
    • If there is an enemy who needs to cast his whole combo and then use an escape ability, try to silence him after he is in range. He will be an easy target after it.
    • Remember that Call of the Void.png Call of the Void grants vision. Use this to check bushes or over walls for enemy champions.
  • Casting Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions on an enemy minion that is about to die is a good way to farm minion kills or harass safely because of its chain reaction. Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions is Malzahar's main ability to score a Pentakill, so keep an eye on your enemies and cast it at the right place and at the right time.
    • It is best to cast Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions on Caster Minions first when a new wave of minions comes. As they have lower health than Melee Minions, they typically have a higher chance of dying, thus increasing the chance of propagating. During this time the enemy Melee Minions will fight your own, causing their health to be lower and increasing your odds of killing them. If you are lucky enough and time it correctly, you can potentially chain one Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions through all 6 minions in a wave using this method.
  • Malzahar Malzahar will still gain gold and experience from anywhere on the map if Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions finishes off the minions. This is useful both to avoid being denied and to continue to farm aggressively all game long, but be careful as this might cost you gold and experience if Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions is blocked by enemy champions or siege minions.
  • Leveling up Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions early in the game is a great way to harass enemy champions without using any mana. Simply cast it on a wave of minions near the enemy champion and then autoattack the infected minion until it spreads to the enemy champion. This results in around 50-120 Gold, almost no mana lost (you might have gained mana), and the enemy champion being out of 100-200 health. At rank 1 it takes 6 minion kills to fully refund the mana cost; at all other ranks it takes 5 minion kills to fully refund the mana cost.
  • Against a single target (champion), Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions is Malzahar's most mana-efficient damage ability even if it doesn't jump, and is his only harassment method that won't push his lane.
  • Malzahar Malzahar is very good at harassing enemies under a turret. Call of the Void.png Call of the Void and Null Zone.png Null Zone both have excellent range, and can be used to harass or finish off enemies under a turret. Call of the Void.png Call of the Void and Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions both take a second before they deal their damage, allowing you to get back out of turret range.
  • Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp has a suppression effect; it disables the use of Summoner Spells and is not affected by tenacity sources like Mercury&#039;s Treads item.png Mercury's Treads. However, the suppression effect of Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp can be canceled by Quicksilver Sash item.png Quicksilver Sash, Ragnarok.png Ragnarok, Remove Scurvy.png Remove Scurvy or Unbreakable Will.png Unbreakable Will.
  • During a team fight, use Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp to disable any high DPS or healers for your team to pick off quick. When carefully aimed it can be used through some walls in Summoner's Rift and Twisted Treeline.
  • A Call of the Void.png Q > Null Zone.png W > Malefic Visions.png E > Nether Grasp.png R > Ignite.png Ignite combo will kill all but the toughest champions, which makes Malzahar Malzahar a great duelist.
    • It's highly recommended that you use Smart cast to fire your arsenal of abilities as quickly as possible and deny your target any chance to escape.
    • Possible Bug: Ignite.png Ignite will interrupt Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp, so it's advisable to take other Summoner Spells, such as Teleport.png Teleport or Barrier.png Barrier.
      • Note (needs testing): Ignite.png Ignite's range is slightly shorter than the cast range of Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp, so it is possible to get into range of Ignite.png Ignite and thus break the suppression.
  • Null Zone.png Null Zone deals a percentage of the target's maximum health, meaning that late game Malzahar Malzahar can deal tons of damage when multiple enemies stand on his Null Zone.png Null Zone.
  • Don't underestimate the power of Null Zone.png Null Zone; unlike many pool attacks, its damage scales off the enemy's max health, allowing it to do potentially more damage than most other pool attacks.
    • Also, working with teammates to stun an enemy champion on Null Zone.png Null Zone can prove to be devastating.
  • Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp does not have to be used to kill an enemy, but can disable an enemy instead. Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp is highly advisable to use on an enemy if the Voidling Voidling is fully grown because its damage is stronger.
  • Null Zone.png Null Zone is a great way of zoning enemies as they realize it takes away a percentage of their health.
  • Malzahar Malzahar can bring down fighters without much resistance, as his combo is the most powerful in-game (balanced by the entire lack of escaping abilities) and offers the highest DPS in game during the 2.5-3.5 seconds in which most of it happens.
  • Remember that Malzahar Malzahar is a combo mage, as it requires him to channel Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp. This means:
    1. He has a massive power curve at level 6 and can Flash.png Flash-kill almost any laning opponent.
    2. He is an easy prey to anti-combo opponents, especially those with silences.
    3. He is VERY ultimate-dependent to kill enemy by himself. Get caught without it and your best chance to kill someone is to land Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions, Call of the Void.png Call of the Void and Null Zone.png Null Zone in the way while you run.
    4. No one can safely 1v1 you without Quicksilver Sash item.png Quicksilver Sash.
    5. If a spell shield is in your way try to pop it down with Call of the Void.png Call of the Void.
    6. He has long cooldowns, so be extra-careful during those and abuse your Voidling Voidlings while you have no abilities, as unleashing a full combo will always summon at least one.
  • Malzahar Malzahar excels at killing carries and mages during teamfights, as they cannot defend or attack at all because of Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp and they are too fragile to survive, but it is dangerous to do so when the enemy frontline is present and carries are more likely to get a Quicksilver Sash item.png Quicksilver Sash.
  • It is usually a better idea to use Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp on fighters or initiators than on carries, as a full Call of the Void.png Q > Null Zone.png W > Malefic Visions.png E > Nether Grasp.png R combo and assistance from your team can most likely take out an enemy champion at the start of a teamfight. 
  • Malzahar Malzahar is a great pusher with Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions and either Call of the Void.png Call of the Void or Null Zone.png Null Zone. This allows Malzahar Malzahar to help lanes in trouble by pushing his own and ensure a kill at level 6 with his combo.
  • At level 6, while pushing with your Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions and your enemy laner gets caught in the DoT, you can then lay down your Null Zone.png Null Zone and then Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp for an easy kill.
  • Using Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp as a way to stop an enemy for a more successful gank or to feed the jungler a kill is never a bad idea, especially when the jungler is someone like Kha&#039;Zix Kha'Zix or Rengar Rengar, who are both devastating after a few kills.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • Malzahar Malzahar is an AP caster who hugely benefits from ability power and high-health items to kill and survive by using his combo.
  • Malzahar Malzahar also has unspoken potential as an AD caster due to the fact that Malzahar's Voidling Voidlings benefit from his bonus attack damage and his armor penetration. This makes a spam-oriented AD build fairly viable.
    • Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade provides cooldown reduction, armor penetration, and attack damage, as well as a handy passive that makes autoattacking more frequently a valuable asset.
    • To supplement the high mana costs regarding spamming spells, Manamune item.png Manamune can synergize in particular with this build as it provides mana and damage, which helps you deliver minions that are in turn stronger. Additionally, Muramana item.png Muramana also makes Malzahar Malzahar's autoattacks stronger, although it is advised to use Muramana item.png Muramana's Shock sparingly, as it will drain your mana just as fast as any of your abilities.
    • The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver provides health, attack damage, and cooldown reduction, while also giving more incentive to autoattack, as the passive stacking % armor shred will proc from not only Malzahar Malzahar's autos, but also his Voidling Voidlings'.
    • For this kind of build, Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force's Spellblade passive allows you to augment physical attacks and encourage your spell-spamming, while adding damage to Voidling Voidlings. Combine with Sterak&#039;s Gage item.png Sterak's Gage for enhanced Spellblade procs and more survivability.
    • For a tankier AD build, Warmog&#039;s Armor item.png Warmog's Armor can provide stellar health and health regeneration.
    • The Bloodthirster item.png The Bloodthirster can grant a spectacular amount of damage and sustain, and Malzahar Malzahar is naturally good at farming minions up.
    • To make Malzahar Malzahar's autoattacks potentially more lethal, Infinity Edge item.png Infinity Edge can grant you a potential for larger damage through critical strikes. Regardless of whether or not you're concerned with Malzahar Malzahar's regular damage output, his Voidling Voidlings will still benefit from the attack damage it grants.
    • For boots, consider either getting Berserker&#039;s Greaves item.png Berserker's Greaves for greater DPS output, Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.png Ionian Boots of Lucidity for cooldown reduction on abilities and Summoner Spells to help with Malzahar Malzahar's spamming potential, or Mercury&#039;s Treads item.png Mercury's Treads to help keep Malzahar Malzahar fairly tanky as well as reduce crowd control effects via Tenacity.
    • With cooldown reduction in mind, quick and easy ways to reach the 40% cap include Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart and The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver.
Countering
  • Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp's suppression can be removed by Quicksilver Sash item.png Quicksilver Sash, Unbreakable Will.png Unbreakable Will, Remove Scurvy.png Remove Scurvy and Ragnarok.png Ragnarok
    • A common misconception is that Quicksilver Sash item.png Quicksilver Sash will hard counter Malzahar Malzahar and leave him completely helpless. While it's true that Quicksilver Sash item.png Quicksilver Sash removes the suppression from Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp, it doesn't remove the damage, so Malzahar Malzahar may still kill you. You should be able to either quickly burst down or displace Malzahar Malzahar with hard CC, otherwise this item may actually be a waste of gold.
    • In addition, Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp is not the only dangerous ability on Malzahar Malzahar's kit. He has a lot of AoE abilities and the tools to destroy tanks and turn the tide of battles with his silence, so try to focus him (which should be easy, as Malzahar Malzahar has no escapes).
  • Quicksilver Sash item.png Quicksilver Sash and Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil might give an enemy Malzahar Malzahar second thoughts about trying to suppress you with Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp.
  • Malzahar Malzahar's abilities deal magic damage so getting more than 100 magic resistance can severely hinder the amount of damage he puts out.
  • Malzahar Malzahar's one of the (if not the) most powerful 1v1 champions in game as his combo is extremely overwhelming for almost any champion, because they can't benefit from any life steal or spell vamp during the combo, due to being disabled. On the other hand, he is pretty weak if long range crowd control or tank with long range gap-closer is present.
  • Take care when going 1v1 against an enemy Malzahar Malzahar as Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp is usually used to combo with Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions and Null Zone.png Null Zone. Usually this will be a kill for Malzahar Malzahar .
  • Keep in mind that Malzahar is essentially stunned when he uses Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp, as it has a fairly long channel time. Take advantage of this to gang up on him if he uses it in a bad position.
    • Be careful to gank Malzahar Malzahar if your ally is low on health and playing carefully, as Malzahar Malzahar will smash them and flee (likely using Flash.png Flash)
  • Save a disable for when Malzahar Malzahar uses his Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp.
  • If you see one of your allies under the effect of Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp, you can stun or silence the enemy Malzahar Malzahar out of the channeling and safe your allies.
  • Be extremely careful about turret diving Malzahar Malzahar even if he has very low health, he will just deliver the combo, while you are suppressed and getting killed by the turret
  • If you play as a tank, take care not to stand above Null Zone.png Null Zone for too long or else the spell will devastate your health and can sometimes kill you if you're not too careful as it deals a percentage of your health.
  • Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions is Malzahar Malzahar's main farming-tool and mana-sustain early game. If you stand next to a minion that has Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions on it, so that it jumps over to you and not to another minion, you can deny part of his farm early game, but beware that Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions and Voidling Voidlings still do considerable damage. This tactic is better used by high sustain champions with self-heal or huge shields like Galio Galio, whose Bulwark.png Bulwark allows him to catch Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions and still get away pretty unharmed.

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