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Malzahar Champion Spotlight

Malzahar Champion Spotlight

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Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Ring item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Fiendish Codex item Lost Chapter item
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Morellonomicon item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Standard Rabadon's Deathcap item Void Staff item Liandry's Torment item
Situational Zhonya's Hourglass item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Talisman item Health Potion item3 Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Skirmisher's Sabre item Aether Wisp item
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Skirmisher's Sabre (Runic Echoes) item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Standard Rabadon's Deathcap item Void Staff item Liandry's Torment item
Situational Zhonya's Hourglass item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Ring item Health Potion item3
Essential Liandry's Torment item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Sorcerer's Shoes item
Offensive Void Staff item Luden's Echo item Morellonomicon item
Defensive Rod of Ages item Banshee's Veil item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Machete item Hunter's Talisman item Refillable Potion item
Essential Liandry's Torment item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Sorcerer's Shoes item
Offensive Void Staff item Luden's Echo item Morellonomicon item
Defensive Rod of Ages item Banshee's Veil item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Howling Abyss
Starting Catalyst of Aeons item Boots of Speed item
Essential Rod of Ages item Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Offensive Liandry's Torment item Rabadon's Deathcap item Void Staff item
Defensive Zhonya's Hourglass item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Corrupting Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item

Tips

Playing As MalzaharSquare Malzahar
Playing Against MalzaharSquare Malzahar
  • When Malzahar hits an ability on enemies affected by Malefic Visions Malefic Visions, the Malefic Visions Visions are refreshed.
  • Avoid minion waves that have been affected by Malefic Visions Malefic Visions. You never know when they may die and pass the Malefic Visions Visions onto you.
  • Malzahar is especially dangerous while he has Void Swarm Voidlings on the map.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Void Shift Void Shift
    • Abuse the CC immunity and damage reduction while it lasts. Killing your lane enemy helps to refresh the passive if you're not good at avoiding damage.
  • Call of the Void Call of the Void
    • Silences foes and makes them unable to cast abilities. Also deals a nice amount of burst damage during late game.
  • Void Swarm Void Swarm
    • Casting your burst combo in the order Malefic Visions E>Call of the Void Q>Void Swarm W gives you three Voidlings and a DoT effect to work with. Nether Grasp Nether Grasp or Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Rylai's Crystal Scepter is helpful here to force the enemy into taking the full brunt of the ability damage.
  • Malefic Visions Malefic Visions
    • Good for farming. Restores mana per unit kill so it may be used to clear minion waves in combination with other abilities.
    • Allows Malzahar to partially control his Void Swarm Voidlings by redirecting their focus.
  • Nether Grasp Nether Grasp
    • Use it when you're enemy is getting away to force them to take all the damage you're pouring out on them using your sustained damage combos. That way, they are unable to run away without the use of a Quicksilver Sash item Quicksilver Sash.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
Countering
  • Malzahar's ultimate Nether Grasp Nether Grasp is the perfect skill to melt down enemy champions. The best way to counter this move is to remove the CC:
    • Quicksilver Sash item Quicksilver Sash (and therefore Mercurial Scimitar item Mercurial Scimitar) are the best direct counters to suppression.
    • Banshee's Veil item Banshee's Veil can prevent Malzahar players from summoning their ultimate on you. While this does not guarantee that you have Banshee's Veil item Banshee's Veil activated when Malzahar ults you, it can still provide magic resistance. It is thus a better option for APs than QSS late game.
    • Bear in mind that using QSS only removes the suppression and not the damage part. You still need to run away from Malzahar if you want to avoid the damage, although this allows you to displace him or trade with him.
    • Never take Cleanse Cleanse against Malzahar, as this summoner spell doesn't remove suppression, despite removing most other CCs.
    • MorganaSquare Morgana's Black Shield Black Shield, to a lesser extent, works well as a means to prevent Malzahar from ulting an enemy.
    • Spellshields such as NocturneSquare Nocturne's Shroud of Darkness Shroud of Darkness and SivirSquare Sivir's Spell Shield Spell Shield can block Nether Grasp Nether Grasp, but this is, at best, a shaky way to deal with his ultimate. This is because Nether Grasp is instantaneous, making it very difficult to properly time the spellshields to block it.
    • If KledSquare Kled is Skaarl the Cowardly Lizard mounted, Nether Grasp will be instantly removed the moment that Kled becomes Skaarl the Cowardly Lizard 2 dismounted. This can situtionally prevent Kled from dying, but shouldn't be relied upon, as Kled becomes vulnerable when dismounted. In addition, Kled is at his most powerful state when he is mounted, and he doesn't want to be suppressed at all.
    • Tahm KenchSquare Tahm Kench can Devour devour an ally that is being affected by Nether Grasp, removing the suppression and denying the damage.
    • If Malzahar's passive isn't up, your allies should try to displace Malzahar so that the suppression effect ends, and the damage tether ends too.
  • Adaptive Helm item Adaptive Helm helps a lot against Malzahar if you are playing a tank. Most of Malzahar's damage comes from DoTs, which this item works well against.
  • Malzahar is surprisingly weak during the early game, as he burns a lot of mana trying to waveclear or to trade with the enemy laner. Also, Void Shift Void Shift has a fairly long cooldown early. Thus, the first few levels can make all the difference against Malzahar. If possible, try to pop his passive, then all-in him, or call for jungler help.
    • Keep in mind that Malzahar has many tools to solve those problems. For example, if Malzahar has Teleport Teleport, he can just push as much as possible, recall, buy a Lost Chapter item Lost Chapter, go back to the lane, then continue pushing. After purchasing this item, Malzahar no longer has mana issues. Also, Malzahar can avoid interacting with you by staying away, while using his voidlings and his Malefic Visions Malefic Visions to waveclear.
  • Another solution is to pick a champion that can keep up with Malzahar's waveclear. There aren't many champions capable of doing this, but the few that do can be useful choices, even if they can't directly trade with Malzahar. Examples: OriannaSquare Orianna, RyzeSquare Ryze, AzirSquare Azir, ZiggsSquare Ziggs, and Vel'KozSquare Vel'Koz. AniviaSquare Anivia after level 6 can also do this, and she can deny Malzahar's voidlings too, thanks to her Glacial Storm Glacial Storm, but keep in mind that it can be interrupted by Call of the Void Call of the Void.
  • You can also just pick a champion that outranges Malzahar. Examples include XerathSquare Xerath and LuxSquare Lux, and the aforementioned ZiggsSquare Ziggs and Vel'KozSquare Vel'Koz. They can at least attempt to poke Malzahar and make sure that his passive Void Shift Void Shift will never be up.
  • If Malzahar doesn't have Void Shift Void Shift ready to use, he is fairly vulnerable to assassination attempts. Keep in mind however, that other than ZedSquare Zed, most assassins have a hard time actually deactivating Void Shift. Also, with Stopwatch item Stopwatch (and by extension, Zhonya's Hourglass item Zhonya's Hourglass), Malzahar can deny assassination attempts from the enemy.

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