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Summoner's Rift (Mid)
Starting Doran's Ring item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Tear of the Goddess item Catalyst of Aeons item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Rod of Ages item Rabadon's Deathcap item
Aggressive Archangel's Staff item Void Staff item
Defensive Zhonya's Hourglass item Guardian Angel item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Summoner's Rift (Support)
Starting Ancient Coin item Refillable Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Nomad's Medallion item Boots of Speed item Tear of the Goddess item
Essential Sightstone item Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Talisman of Ascension item
Offensive Rabadon's Deathcap item Archangel's Staff item Void Staff item
Defensive Morellonomicon item Zeke's Convergence item Locket of the Iron Solari item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Ring item2 Health Potion item
Early Catalyst of Aeons item Fiendish Codex item Boots of Speed item
Essential Rod of Ages item Ionian Boots of Lucidity item
Standard Wooglet's Witchcap item Void Staff item Luden's Echo item
Situational Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Archangel's Staff item Moonflair Spellblade item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Tear of the Goddess item Refillable Potion item
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Rabadon's Deathcap item Archangel's Staff item
Offensive Void Staff item Luden's Echo item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Zhonya's Hourglass item Hextech GLP-800 item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item Corrupting Potion item

Tips

Playing As ZileanSquare Zilean
  • You can combine the use of Time Bomb Time Bomb and Rewind Rewind to place two Time Bomb Time Bombs on a target quickly. Placing the second bomb will detonate the first and Stun icon stun all nearby enemies.
  • Time Warp Time Warp is an effective way to enable allies to finish off enemies, or escape from a losing battle.
  • Chronoshift Chronoshift is a powerful deterrent to attacking your carries, but casting Chronoshift Chronoshift too early in a fight can cause the enemy to switch targets too soon, making it less effective.
Playing Against ZileanSquare Zilean
  • If you're able to match ZileanSquare Zilean's speed, it can sometimes be beneficial to wait until his Chronoshift ultimate has faded before landing the killing blow.
  • ZileanSquare Zilean is fragile if a team focuses on him, but otherwise he's very difficult to kill. Commit to killing him as a team.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Placing Time Bomb Time Bomb on allied initiators such as MalphiteSquare Malphite, HecarimSquare Hecarim, and AmumuSquare Amumu as they are about to initiate on multiple enemies is a good way to help rack up burst damage. Using Time Bomb Time Bombs on champions with invisibility (Such as EvelynnSquare Evelynn, ShacoSquare Shaco, RengarSquare Rengar, Kha'ZixSquare Kha'Zix, TalonSquare Talon, WukongSquare Wukong, and TwitchSquare Twitch) can lead to a heavy unexpected nuke to the enemy team.
  • After triggering an enemy ZacSquare Zac's Cell Division Cell Division, place one bomb on one bloblet and another bomb on a different bloblet. As the timer ticks down, the bombs will get crawl closer together and more likely finish him off. However, if you quickly double bomb one bloblet before the rest get close, only one bloblet will be killed, and ZacSquare Zac will revive.
  • Placing a Time Bomb Time Bomb on an ally as they teleport (ShenSquare Shen, PantheonSquare Pantheon, NocturneSquare Nocturne, etc.) may help you get an assist.
    • Placing a Time Bomb Time Bomb on an enemy as they teleport may also get you a kill as they will most likely be teleporting to a fight.
  • You can combine the use of Time Bomb Time Bomb and Rewind Rewind to place two Time Bomb Time Bombs on a target quickly. As this causes the first bomb to instantly explode, this is ZileanSquare Zilean main damage combo. If the first bomb is enough to kill the target, both bombs will explode. This can be very effective for farming and pushing. This combo costs a lot of mana, so you may not want to use it for harassing.
  • This strategy can be a good way to damage enemy champions standing near the target before they have a chance to shield themselves from damage.
    • This strategy has an effect on an enemy ZileanSquare Zilean bombs because planting your own bombs on debuffed allies will detonate the enemy bombs.
  • Time Bomb Time Bombs grant vision to allies. They can be used to scout unchecked bushes or over walls.
    • Lobbing bombs into bushes can surprise foes for an attack.
  • Using bombs on your own or enemy minions, is a good way of zoning your opponent. If the enemy champion is melee, they have to either wait 3 seconds for the bomb to explode, or be damaged by the bomb if they choose to farm that minion.
    • When sieging an enemy turret, have your allied champions clear the enemy minion wave. Place a bomb on the 2nd and 3rd melee minion in your ally minion column. They will carry the bombs forwards for you, possibly harassing a careless opponent under their tower.
    • When ZileanSquare Zilean has enough AP to kill melee minions with a Time Bomb Q > Rewind W > Time Bomb Q combo, he can insta-clear all 6 by walking ahead of his minions to the enemy minion line, then lead the melee minions towards the faster minions. Time Bomb Q > Rewind W > Time Bomb Q combo on a faster minion will clear the entire wave.
    • If the enemy has some sort of shield that can mitigate your bomb damage, use Time Bomb Time Bomb on a low health minion they are about to kill (smartcast helps). This transforms Time Bomb Time Bomb from a nuke with a 3-second windup to an instantaneous AoE damage nuke (without the use of Rewind Rewind).
    • If you have SyndraSquare Syndra as an ally, you can place a Time Bomb Time Bomb on a minion she grabbed with her Force of Will Force of Will. When she throws it the minion will explode, dealing heavy AOE damage due to the combined forces of Force of Will Force of Will and Time Bomb Time Bomb. This is basically a long range AoE skillshot, which is very helpful at sieging and poking.
    • Placing Time Bomb Time Bomb on a minion and then having an ally use a knockback ability on the minion (such as Headbutt Headbutt or Buster Shot Buster Shot) into an enemy champion can deal long-range damage or finish of fleeing enemies.
    • Placing a Time Bomb Time Bomb on certain uncontrollable pets will cause them to follow their masters around. This is great placement for a no-escape harass or instant kill at low health. This works most effectively on EliseSquare Elise because she has little control over her Spider Queen Spiderlings, and on MalzaharSquare Malzahar who cannot control his Voidling Voidlings without a cooldown in his favor and an enemy in range.
  • Consider enemy champions shield durations or damage reductions when casting time bomb. For example, after KatarinaSquare Katarina casts Shunpo Shunpo, she takes reduced damage for a little over a second. Therefore, placing a single bomb on her after Shunpo Shunpo will detonate 3 seconds later, with no damage reduction from Shunpo Shunpo. Or, placing a single bomb immediately, then waiting for the Shunpo Shunpo damage reduction to wear off before the casting the second bomb will also avoid damage reduction from Shunpo Shunpo.
  • Another example is Safeguard Safeguard, which shields Lee SinSquare Lee Sin and an ally champion for a few seconds. If ZileanSquare Zilean casts Time Bomb Time Bomb on Lee SinSquare Lee Sin directly, he can Safeguard Safeguard one second before the bomb goes off to mitigate the damage. The safest way to damage him with two bombs is to quickly double bomb a minion that is in the vicinity, assuming that one bomb is sufficient to kill the minion. This would result in the AoE damage to be that of two bombs, since placing one bomb over another detonates the first and since the target dies, the second immediately detonates. However, this is very difficult to pull off and requires you to have high AP.
    • This same technique can be used to harass them under their own tower without taking tower hits as well.
  • Use Time Warp Time Warp to get back to lane faster.
  • Time Warp Time Warp is an effective way to enable allies/yourself to finish off enemies, engage enemies, or escape from a losing battle. By using Rewind Rewind, ZileanSquare Zilean can slow or boost an enemy or ally twice allowing an easy kill or escape.
  • Placing Time Warp Time Warp on an initiator such as SingedSquare Singed, HecarimSquare Hecarim, Jarvan IVSquare Jarvan IV, UdyrSquare Udyr, RammusSquare Rammus, SejuaniSquare Sejuani, and VolibearSquare Volibear, while chasing an enemy champion running away, or out of position can allow the rest of your team to catch up and outnumber them once they are in range to apply their CC.
  • Rewind Rewind is ZileanSquare Zilean's only ability that is insta-cast. Casting another ability then Rewind Rewind in a quick sequence may end up the Rewind Rewind being cast earlier, hence the ability input next unaffected by Rewind Rewind as expected.
  • Use Chronoshift Chronoshift strategically for maximum effect. It can prolong the life span of yourself or a team member.
    • You can bait low enemies to your tower by saving your Chronoshift Chronoshift till the last second to bait enemies into committing to kill you or die.
    • Typically it is better to save Chronoshift Chronoshift for an AD carry or tanky DPS, don't use it to save a support unless you can tell the teamfight is almost over and no one else needs it. If the enemy team focuses you, use Chronoshift Chronoshift on yourself of course. If you save it you might die and not be able to use it at all. The benefit is the damage and CC you have absorbed only to come back to life.
    • It can be difficult to cast Chronoshift Chronoshift on the ally teammate you want during a team fight due to champions being on top of each other, visual effects of spells, and losing your mouse cursor. Casting the spell on your allies portrait in the upper left corner of the screen will avoid this problem. If ZileanSquare Zilean is out of range, he will walk towards them until he is in range and then automatically cast the spell.
  • In teamfights, ZileanSquare Zilean can safely Time Warp Time Warp the allied ADC to help them kite back and forth, and Chronoshift Chronoshift the allied ADC as a type of peel by remaining behind the allied ADC or to the side of them. Also, ZileanSquare Zilean can slow anyone trying to get to the allied ADC as well, however it only works on one opposing champion, so with multiple opposing champions rushing your allied ADC it may be more effective to speed your allied ADC instead.
  • ZileanSquare Zilean's greatest potential is unleashed around mid to late game, where the cooldown of his abilities will be ridiculously low, thanks to Rewind Rewind.
  • ZileanSquare Zilean is viable as a support, trading your early game damage spike for utility.
    • Placing Time Bomb Time Bomb on top of another provides an AoE stun, which can be helpful during skirmishes or teamfights.
    • Time Warp Time Warp helps a Marksman kite better.
    • Time Bomb Time Bomb is a great spam. A Marksman can kill enemies easily when their health bar was halved thanks to spamming Time Bomb Time Bomb beforehand.
Mastery Usage
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Countering
  • ZileanSquare Zilean's early harassment power can be mitigated by sending a tanky or healing champion to lane against him. You are more likely to win a battle of attrition due to his high early mana costs. Champions with the ability to silence also have an upper hand on ZileanSquare Zilean due to his low defense stats
  • When caught by Time Bomb Time Bomb, you can force him to push the lane by intentionally damaging your minions with the explosion.
    • Remember to stay away from your allies when he uses his Time Bomb Time Bomb on you so you won't unintentionally damage them.
  • Ideally you should attempt to take ZileanSquare Zilean down quickly with enough burst power to prevent him from making use of Chronoshift Chronoshift. If this proves impossible, consider that you may need to focus on which of ZileanSquare Zilean's allies you can kill the fastest over which one is dealing the most damage.
  • ZileanSquare Zilean's mobility with Time Warp Time Warp makes it difficult to finish him off without a well-orchestrated ambush, for he can easily bait and win a fight with Chronoshift Chronoshift. However, his low natural defenses make him a good target for assassins.
  • Time Warp Time Warp is one of the strongest movement speed reduction abilities in the game. Boots of Swiftness item Boots of Swiftness reduces its effectiveness.
  • ZileanSquare Zilean cannot usually afford to increase his ability power by late game and his utility is less dependent on his item build. Attempting to kill ZileanSquare Zilean during the laning phase should be a very low priority compared to farming minions.
  • Chronoshift Chronoshift is less useful versus teams with high sustained damage combined with crowd control like KassadinSquare Kassadin and JaxSquare Jax.
  • ZileanSquare Zilean is heavily susceptible to silence effects. If you have enough silence in team, you can try to silence ZileanSquare Zilean when he is about to cast Chronoshift Chronoshift on one of his allies or kill him before he can use it on himself.
  • Building a Hexdrinker item Hexdrinker or Zhonya's Hourglass item Zhonya's Hourglass could save you if you get bombed twice and are running away. The shield from Hexdrinker item Hexdrinker will activate before the 2nd bomb detonates. Activate Zhonya's Hourglass item Zhonya's Hourglass when the bomb counts down to 1.

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