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Champion Spotlight

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Malzahar Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran&#039;s Ring item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Fiendish Codex item Lost Chapter item
Essential Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Morellonomicon item Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item
Standard Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item Void Staff item Liandry&#039;s Torment item
Situational Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item Abyssal Scepter item Banshee&#039;s Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Talisman item Health Potion item3 Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Skirmisher&#039;s Sabre item Aether Wisp item
Essential Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Skirmisher&#039;s Sabre (Runic Echoes) item Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item
Standard Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item Void Staff item Liandry&#039;s Torment item
Situational Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item Abyssal Scepter item Banshee&#039;s Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran&#039;s Ring item Health Potion item3
Essential Liandry&#039;s Torment item Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item
Offensive Void Staff item Luden&#039;s Echo item Morellonomicon item
Defensive Rod of Ages item Abyssal Scepter item Wooglet&#039;s Witchcap item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Machete item Hunter&#039;s Talisman item Refillable Potion item
Essential Liandry&#039;s Torment item Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item
Offensive Void Staff item Luden&#039;s Echo item Morellonomicon item
Defensive Rod of Ages item Abyssal Scepter item Wooglet&#039;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 Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item
Offensive Liandry&#039;s Torment item Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item Void Staff item
Defensive Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item Abyssal Scepter item Banshee&#039;s Veil item
Consumables Oracle&#039;s Extract item Corrupting Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item

Tips

Playing As Malzahar Malzahar
Playing Against Malzahar Malzahar
  • When Malzahar hits a spell on enemies affected by Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions, the Malefic Visions.png Visions are refreshed.
  • 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 is especially dangerous when he has built up his Void Swarm.png Void Swarm.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Void Shift.png Void Shift is great against high-burst mages and assassins. However, keep in mind that the duration of the damage reduction is only 0.25 seconds. This means that basic attacks can easily pop Void Shift.png Void Shift.
  • Never underestimate Call of the Void.png Call of the Void. It refreshes Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions and 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 that.
    • Remember that Call of the Void.png Call of the Void grants vision. Use this to check bushes or over walls for enemy champions.
  • Void Swarm.png Void Swarm is the key to Malzahar Malzahar's combo, as Voidling Voidlings are the ones who damage enemies while they're suppressed by Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp.
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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 on their 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 minions. This is useful both to avoid being denied farming and to continue farming aggressively all game long. Keep in mind that you don't get 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 loss (you might have gained mana), and the enemy champion losing 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.
  • Malzahar Malzahar is very good at harassing enemies under a turret. Call of the Void.png Call of the Void has 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 icon 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 them out quickly. When carefully aimed, it can be used through some walls in Summoner's Rift and Twisted Treeline.
  • A Void Swarm.png W > Malefic Visions.png E > Call of the Void.png Q > 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 quick cast to fire your arsenal of abilities as quickly as possible, denying your target any chance to escape.
    • Using 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.
  • Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp deals a percentage of the target's maximum health, meaning that late game Malzahar Malzahar can deal tons of damage when multiple enemies stand around Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp's target.
    • Also, working with teammates to stun an enemy champion next to Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp's target 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 there at least 3 Voidling Voidlings, because they gain 50% attack speed.
  • 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 Silence icon silences.
    3. He is very ultimate-dependent to kill an enemy by himself. Getting caught without it and his best chance to kill someone is to use Void Swarm.png Void Swarm, Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions and Call of the Void.png Call of the Void while running away.
    4. No one can safely 1v1 Malzahar Malzahar without Quicksilver Sash item.png Quicksilver Sash.
    5. If enemies use spell shields, try to pop it down with Call of the Void.png Call of the Void.
  • 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. However, 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 sometimes a better idea to use Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp on fighters or initiators than on carries, as a full Void Swarm.png W > Call of the Void.png Q > 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 Call of the Void.png Call of the Void, as Call of the Void.png Call of the Void refreshes Malefic Visions.png Malefic Visions.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
Countering
  • Use a basic attack to pop Void Shift.png Void Shift.
  • 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, because the pool is still there. 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 tools to turn the tide of battles with his Call of the Void.png 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 is one of the (if not the) most powerful 1v1 champions in game as his combo is extremely overwhelming for almost any champion. This is 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 against champions with long range crowd control or tanks with long range gap-closers.
  • 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 play carefully, as Malzahar Malzahar will smash them and flee (likely using Flash.png Flash).
  • 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 his combo, while you are suppressed and getting killed by the turret.
  • If you play as a tank, take care not to stand next to Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp's target for too long or else the spell will devastate 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, you can deny part of his farm early game by letting it jump to you. However, 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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