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Champion Spotlight

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Maokai Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran&#039;s Ring item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Catalyst of Aeons item Glacial Shroud item
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item Rod of Ages item Frozen Heart item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Randuin&#039;s Omen item
Situational Hextech Protobelt-01 item Righteous Glory item Abyssal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Talisman item Refillable Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Tracker&#039;s Knife item Bami&#039;s Cinder item Boots of Speed item
Essential Tracker&#039;s Knife (Cinderhulk) item Boots of Mobility item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Frozen Heart item Locket of the Iron Solari item
Situational Rod of Ages item Righteous Glory item Abyssal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran&#039;s Ring item2 Health Potion item
Early Boots of Speed item Catalyst of Aeons item Glacial Shroud item
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item Rod of Ages item Frozen Heart item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Randuin&#039;s Omen item
Situational Righteous Glory item Iceborn Gauntlet item Abyssal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Talisman item Doran&#039;s Ring item Health Potion item2
Early Skirmisher&#039;s Sabre item Bami&#039;s Cinder item Boots of Speed item
Essential Skirmisher&#039;s Sabre (Cinderhulk) item Mercury&#039;s Treads item Rod of Ages item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Frozen Heart item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item
Situational Righteous Glory item Abyssal Scepter item Iceborn Gauntlet item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Howling Abyss
Starting Catalyst of Aeons item Boots of Speed item
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item Rod of Ages item Frozen Heart item
Defensive Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Spirit Visage item Randuin&#039;s Omen item
Situational Righteous Glory item Iceborn Gauntlet item Abyssal Scepter item
Consumables Oracle&#039;s Extract item Corrupting Potion item Elixir of Iron item

Tips

Playing As Maokai Maokai
  • Sapling Toss.png Saplings can be tossed into brush or over terrain to gain line of sight on your enemies.
  • Save Vengeful Maelstrom old2.png Vengeful Maelstrom for after your opponents have fully committed to a fight.
  • Ranking up Arcane Smash.png Arcane Smash and Twisted Advance.png Twisted Advance gives Maokai powerful crowd control moves, while ranking up Sapling Toss.png Sapling Toss will improve your damage output and ability to farm.
Playing Against Maokai Maokai
  • Sapling Toss.png Saplings can be avoided by placing friendly minions between yourself and them. You can also just outrun them if you're fast.
  • Vengeful Maelstrom old2.png Vengeful Maelstrom does more damage if you attack Maokai or his allies within the area of effect. Stay out of the area to avoid the damage.
  • Maokai will avoid taking damage while he's using Twisted Advance.png Twisted Advance, so don't waste your abilities.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Sap Magic.png Sap Magic
    • Maokai greatly benefits from enemies that keep spamming skills,each 5 stacks you get you a free cure based on your MAX HEALTH. When necessary, spamm your abilities too, keeping an eye on your mana.
  • Twisted Advance.png Twisted Advance
    • Combined with Flash, you can almostly set the death of your target. 
    • The damage scales with the target MAXIMUM HEALTH plus 3% of your AP.
  • Sapling Toss.png Sapling Toss
    • The saplings no longer damage when falling.
    • For fast clearing the jungle camps, and initialy on the blue buff, throw the first sapling at 0:59 seconds.
    • Always throw them on bushs to grant vision.
  • Vengeful Maelstrom old2.png Vengeful Maelstrom
    • Always use when the fight starts and always try to mitigate AoE damage dealt on your allies.
    • Sometimes it's better to use it to clear large minion waves.
    • The vortex will detonate when you run out of mana, die or reactivate it. Zhonya will not stop it.
Mastery Usage
  • The best talent for the actual Maokai's build and strategy is to use 6/6/18. Courage of the Colossus or Bond of Stoneborn Pact. Always use Expose Weakness and Sorcery. If you preffer, use the other 6 points on Vampirism/Battle Talent and Battle Trance.
Item Usage
  • Maokai's main status is the syngergy with high HP values to take advantage of the damage reduction from Vengeful Maelstrom old2.png Vengeful Maelstrom and the extra cure from his passive.Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage is always core for him.
  • Consider buying an early Mercury&#039;s Treads item.png Mercury's Treads for tenacity to always stay close to allies or easy engage/disengage.
  • Vengeful Maelstrom old2.png Vengeful Maelstrom scales really good with Catalyst of Aeons item.png Catalyst of Aeons's passive, that regenerates HP with mana spent on abilities and regains mana with damage recieved, since your ultimate consumes mana per second, it will work good on every situation. Always get one of the three itens using it.
  • Maokai need to keep close to his targets, so Dead Man&#039;s Plate item.png Dead Man's Plate will make it easier to move around, chase or escape.
  • Bacause of the synergy from his skills and constantly needs to use his passive, Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet can be a good option.
  • Maokai is one the tanks with average to good AP scalling, in some cases, one or two AP itens like Rod of Ages item.png Rod of Ages will upgrade most of it stats.
  • Hextech Protobelt-01 item.png Hextech Protobelt-01 is a good option for Maokai's kit. The extra mobility to combine with Q/W, cooldown reduction, HP and extra AP is almost core for one of the AP itens.(Protobelt "cancels" the animation from Arcane Smash but the damage will still be dealt, the two combined gives a huge early/mid damage for his main combo)
Countering

References

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