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Skill usage

  • MalzaharSquare.png 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 Voidlings grant 12 Gold as bounty. If you die while having a Voidling summoned, it will not die outright but it will stay motionless and sometimes attack an opponent very close to them, they can still be killed to grant their bounty
  • Never underestimate Call of the Void.png Call of the Void. It is extremely effective at turning team fights, both damaging and silencing as many enemies as possible.
    • Call of the Void.png Call of the Void can turn a disadvantageous push from enemy team 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 debuff is in place.
    • If there is an enemy who needs to cast his whole combo and escape with skill 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.
    • At rank 5, with about 100 ability power, it can completely kill both melee and caster minions at full health.
    • It is best to cast Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions on Caster Minions first when a new wave of minions comes. As they have 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.
  • MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar will still gain gold and XP 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 XP if the vision 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 auto-attack the infected minion until it spreads to the 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.
  • There is a bug where two nearby Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions will not both propagate. Try to avoid casting a second copy in big minion waves.
  • MalzaharSquare.png 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 like Mercury's Treads item.png Mercury's Treads. However, the suppression effect of his ultimate can be canceled by Quicksilver Sash item.png Quicksilver Sash, OlafSquare.png Olaf's Ragnarok.png Ragnarok, GangplankSquare.png Gangplank's Remove Scurvy.png Remove Scurvy or AlistarSquare.png Alistar's 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, Twisted Treeline and the Crystal Scar as well.
  • A combo of Call of the Void.png Call of the Void, Null Zone.png Null Zone, Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions, Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp, and Ignite.png Ignite will kill all but the toughest champions, which makes MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar a great 1v1 champion.
    • 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.
  • MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar's Null Zone.png Null Zone deals a percentage of the target's maximum health, meaning that late game MalzaharSquare.png 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 HP, 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.
  • MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar's Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp does not have to be used to kill an enemy, but can disable an enemy instead.
  • Null Zone.png Null Zone is a great way of zoning enemies as they realize it takes away a percentage of their health.
  • Unlike most burst mages MalzaharSquare.png 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 MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar is a combo mage (NOT A BURST MAGE, as it requires him to channel it), this means:
    • He has a massive power curve at level 6 and can flash-kill almost any laning opponent.
    • He is an easy prey to anti-combo opponents, especially those with silences.
    • 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.
    • No one can safely 1v1 you without Quicksilver Sash item.png Quicksilver Sash.
    • If a spell shield is in your way try to pop in down with Call of the Void.png Call of the Void.
    • He has long cooldowns, be extra-careful during those and abuse of your Voidlings while you have no abilities, as unleashing a full combo will always get at least a Voidling.
  • MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar excels at killing carries and mages on 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 combo with QWER and assistance of your team can most likely take out one member of the enemy team from the beginning of the teamfight. 
  • MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar is a great pusher with his Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions and either with his Call of the Void.png Call of the Void or his Null Zone.png Null Zone. This allows MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar to help lanes in trouble by pushing his own and with his combo at level 6 can ensure a kill.
  • At level 6 while pushing with your Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions and your enemy laner gets caught 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 to an enemy champion is very wise to use when an enemy is close to the turret so that when using Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp can be a bad moment for the enemy.
  • 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'Zix or Rengar who are both devastating after a few kills.

Build usage

Malzahar is a combo-burst mage that works well with AP, cooldown reduction, extra mana for faster and stronger combo.

  • Although MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar has no mana problem in lane if Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions is chained  through the minions, outside of the lane MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar is mana hungry. So building one of these three : a Chalice of Harmony item.png Chalice of Harmony, a Catalyst the Protector item.png Catalyst the Protector or a Tear of the Goddess item.png Tear of the Goddess early game will solve the problem.
  • Rylai's Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter is a great item forMalzaharSquare.png Malzahar  considering he has no real escape mechanism or crowd control other than Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp and Call of the Void.png Call of the Void. However, since all of his abilities are AoE or DoT, only the 15% slow applies, making this item less effective.
  • Due to being a DoT champion, building a Rylai's Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter and a Liandry's Torment item.png Liandry's Torment on MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar will allow him to inflict even more damage over time. The burn effect on Liandry's Torment item.png Liandry's Torment will deal double damage to a slowed enemy, thanks to Rylai's Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter, allowing abilities such as Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions to become devastating.
  • Using a Banshee's Veil item.png Banshee's Veil is another good idea for more survivability and prevents your ultimate Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp from being interrupted by an enemy with a stun or silence.
  • Hextech Revolver item.png Hextech Revolver is a good item as it will keep you alive with the spell vamp while you are using Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp. However, on his AoE spells, the spell vamp is diminished (33% rate). Farming minions waves with Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions and spell vamp item can restore a lot of mana and restore health.
  • Void Staff item.png Void Staff is a useful item, giving you a lot of magic penetration, allowing all your abilities to deal more damage. Also use items such as Sorcerer's Shoes item.png Sorcerer's Shoes and Haunting Guise item.png Haunting GuiseAbyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter is also a great item to get if enemy team composition is magic-heavy.
  • Since Malzahar is a mage that can kill his enemies with one well-timed, a Deathfire Grasp is a good choice on him, since the active is perfect for quickly bringing down a single enemy. Malzahar also greatly benefits from the ability power and the cooldown reduction.
  • Putting Mejai's Soulstealer on Malzahar can give him tons of Ability Power that can quick-kill anybody.
  • You cannot use the Zhonya's Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass active in conjunction with Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp - it will interrupt the spell.
  • MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar can be built as a pusher as well. With his Voidling, he is able to put out a considerable amount of damage on turrets. Don't be afraid to buy Lich Bane item.png Lich Bane if you are feeling confident enough to push.
  • Rabadon's Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap is a great buy for MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar because all of his spells have high ability power ratios.
  • Banner of the Command, even when not using it as AD Malzahar, is quite a potent buy. The 80 AP and 20% CDR is quite a powerful combination of stats. And, the passive helps strengthen his Voidlings which is not too bad. Banner also gives Malzahar the freedom to roam more and better as he can simply use the active on a siege minion in mid and go gank the other lanes.
  • MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar has an unspoken potential as an AD caster due to the fact that Malzahar's Summon Voidling.png Voidlings benefit from his AD, and his armor penetration. This makes a spam-oriented AD Malzahar build fairly viable.
    • Youmuu'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 gives MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar strength with his autoattacks, although it is advised to use Muramana's passive sparingly, as it will drain your mana just as fast as any of your skills.
    • Banner of Command item.png Banner of Command grants his Voidlings 15% increased damage, as well as giving MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar AP for spell damage and cooldown reduction for more spell spamming. This should be in most Voidling-centric builds regardless of an AD focus or not, for its valuable stat bonuses that any kind of Malzahar can use.
    • The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver provides CDR, built-in penetration, and attack damage, while also giving MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar more incentive to autoattack, as your attacks will passively reduce armor for all incoming sources of physical damage, including Voidlings.
    • For this kind of build, Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force allows you to augment physical attacks and encourage your spell-spamming, while giving you damage for your Voidlings.
      • Alternatively, Frozen Mallet item.png Frozen Mallet has a built in slow as well as health, but does not amplify damage as well as Trinity Force. But if you need a guaranteed hard slow or desire bonus health, then this is a valuable item.
    • For a tankier AD build, Warmog's Armor item.png Warmog's Armor and Atma's Impaler item.png Atma's Impaler can provide stellar health and regen, as well as armor and bonus damage.
    • The Bloodthirster item.png The Bloodthirster can grant a spectacular amount of damage and sustain, and MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar is naturally good at farming minions up.
    • To make MalzaharSquare.png 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 MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar's regular damage output, his Voidlings will still benefit from the attack damage it grants.
    • For boots, consider either getting Berserker's Greaves item.png Berserker's Greaves, Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.png Ionian Boots of Lucidity or Mercury's Treads item.png Mercury's Treads. Greaves will give Malzahar a greater DPS output, while the Treads help keep Malzahar fairly tanky. The Ionian Boots will give MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar CDR, to help with his spamming potential.
    • With CDR in mind, quick and easy ways to achieve 40% CDR include Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart and Zeke's Herald item.png Zeke's Herald.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Ring item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Rod of Ages item Liandry's Torment item
Offensive Deathfire Grasp item Void Staff item Rabadon's Deathcap item
Defensive Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Zhonya's Hourglass item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Ring item2 Health Potion item2
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Rabadon's Deathcap item Liandry's Torment item
Offensive Abyssal Scepter item Deathfire Grasp item Void Staff item
Defensive Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Zhonya's Hourglass item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2 Prospector's Ring item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Wooglet's Witchcap item Blackfire Torch item
Offensive Void Staff item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Defensive Abyssal Scepter item Odyn's Veil item Hextech Sweeper item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Ring item Boots of Speed item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Wooglet's Witchcap item Blackfire Torch item
Offensive Void Staff item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Hextech Sweeper item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Abyssal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Countering

  • Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp's suppression can be removed by Quicksilver Sash item.png Quicksilver Sash, AlistarSquare.png Alistar's Unbreakable Will.png Unbreakable Will, GangplankSquare.png Gangplank's Remove Scurvy.png Remove Scurvy and OlafSquare.png Olaf's Ragnarok.png Ragnarok
    • A common misconception is that Quicksilver Sash will hard counter Malzahar and leave him completely helpless. While it's true that Quicksilver Sash removes the suppression from Nether Grasp, it doesn't remove the damage, so Malzahar may still kill you using the damage part of his ultimate. You should be able to either quickly burst Malzahar down, or displace him with a hard CC, otherwise this item may actually be a waste of gold.
    • In addition, Nether Grasp is not the only dangerous ability on 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 has no escapes).
  • Quicksilver Sash item.png Quicksilver Sash and Banshee's Veil item.png Banshee's Veil might give an enemy MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar second thoughts about trying to suppress you with Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp.
  • MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar's abilities deal magic damage so getting more than 100 magic resist can severely hinder the amount of damage he puts out.
  • MalzaharSquare.png 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 MalzaharSquare.png 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 MalzaharSquare.png 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  MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar if your partner is low on health and playing carefully, as MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar will smash your friend and flee (likely using Flash).
  • Save a disable for when MalzaharSquare.png 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 MalzaharSquare.png Malzahar out of the channeling and safe your allies.
  • Be extremely careful about turret diving MalzaharSquare.png 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 MalzaharSquare.png 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 Voidlings still do considerable damage. This tactic is better used by high sustain champions with self-heal or huge shields like GalioSquare.png Galio whose shield allow to catchMalefic Visions.png Malefic Visions and still get away pretty unharmed.

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