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.
Malzahar gets a minor power spike when he unlocks his Q. This ability allows him to silence people, which is overpowered in certain situations.
Unlocking E will give Malzahar a superior wave clearing advantage over his laner. It can also act as a reliable damage source if the enemy laner is a melee champion.
Once Malzahar unlocks his Ultimate R, he will become quite powerful as he can lock down a chosen enemy for quite some time while dealing damage to them.
Getting more items will make him deal a lot of consistent DPS. One of the items which make him spike hard is 'Liandry's Anguish.'
Once Malzahar hits level eleven, he should be able to spam his Ultimate R quite frequently. It can allow him to get picks for his team, especially on incredibly mobile people.
Staying in the mid lane will help him preserve his power as he will have fewer chances of getting chased down. He will also be able to get lane priority fast.
His damage output, along with his wave clearing potential, will be at their peaks during this time. He will just need to pick a target now.
His Q silence will be critical during team fights. He can easily land a team-wide silence, which will make any ability dependent champion completely useless.
Before an objective fight, Malzahar can easily set a death brush and all-in the enemy jungler. Killing the jungler will ensure that the ally jungler can smite the objective comfortably.
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