Malzahar has great pick potential with his Ultimate R. Picking off one champion could win you the game!
Malzahar has a shield that will protect him against incoming damage. This increases your survivability in lane.
You have great wave clear thanks to your Q, W and E. Once you have an item behind you, you can constantly push the enemy into their tower.
Malzahar cannot roam as much as other laners. He also is unable to follow the majority of roams due to his low 1v1 potential.
While his Ultimate R is on cooldown, he is incredibly vulnerable to all-in.
While you’re channelling your Ultimate R, you will be stood still. This can allow an untargeted champion to fight or kill you. This is a common downfall of your Ultimate R in mid and late game team fights- especially against hard engage teams.
0 - 15 min
Play safe for the first few levels. You need time to come online and you shouldn’t be fighting unless you have a clear early advantage.
Once you have a few levels under your belt, you can start to play aggressive and look for aggressive plays. You benefit from extended trades, so try to go for them frequently.
When you’ve hit level 6, request assistance from your Jungler to kill the enemy laner. Request assistance or look to roam whenever your Ultimate R is up.
15 - 25 min
When no team fights are occurring, go to a side lane and push. It’s important that you continue to farm during the mid-game so you can get your items as quickly as possible. Do not just stay mid if you can’t get anything done.
After your bot lane has moved to the mid lane, rotate to the bot side of the map or somewhere else on the map so you can continue to farm and gain XP.
Play around your Ultimate R in the mid-game. It is an incredibly strong tool that can help you get a kill advantage. With the numbers advantage, you can then make the call for Baron or siege a nearby tower.
Do not fight in the late game unless your Ultimate R is up. It is crucial that you only commit or look for fights when it is available as you’re going to miss on the CC it provides.
Your Ultimate R will be on a shorter cooldown in the later stages of the game. If you can find an opportunity to do so, use it to catch out someone who is isolated and alone, too far forward or way out of position.
Peel for your carries to keep them alive for longer. If your allies die quickly, there will be little chance that you will win the team fight.
He is frail early on as his presence is negligible, and his abilities are telegraphed. All he needs to do is conserve his health and utilize his Passive till he gets to level six.
Once he hits level six, his presence will skyrocket, becoming a significant threat for the enemy laner. Working with the allied Jungler will help him massively.
The first item component will allow him to spam his abilities quite frequently. It will also let him deal more damage, especially once he gets his Ultimate R.
He will have his core items by now, which means he will have a lot of mana and spam his Q and W.
Multiple points in his Ultimate R will allow him to use the ability frequently and make crucial picks. His silence will be invaluable as well.
Malzahar is quite good during team fights as he can silence enemies and can lockdown high-priority targets effortlessly.
A fully maxed out Ultimate R will allow Malzahar to dish out hefty amounts of damage. Enchanters and squishy targets will have a hard time.
He is solid during late-game fights as his Q and Ultimate R will hit like a truck now. He will need to check the enemy inventory for a QSS before he decides to all-in a champion, though.
His Q and E will be maxed out and will be doing many consistent DPS during this phase of the game. The Q will let him keep the wave in check as well.