Zilean Build Guide

I've seen your death, it was painful - Mid

Uploader Soul_SG
Updated 2 years ago
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--------- PATCH 4.19 ---------- This nerf on Zilean makes him fairly weak in the midlane and I hope he'll be buffed back up soon, but for the gameplay and playstyle, nothing really changes, so this guide is still viable. If you want to talk about it and my opinion, this is my reddit thread: http://www.reddit.com/r/leagueoflegends/comments/2lifkx/are_zilean_nerfs_really_necessary/ Now let's head into the Guide Hi guys, my name is Soul and I will be making a guide on [img=champ/zilean.png] Zilean, the Chronokeeper. [img=champ/zilean.png] Zilean isn't really in the meta right now and if he is played (which doesn't happen often) he is played on the support role. But I believe [img=champ/zilean.png] Zilean mid is a beast since he can bully hard the lane and one-shot carries late game. His playstyle is very unique, since you need to make pics, for that, [img=items/sight-ward.png] Wards are great (but [img=items/sight-ward.png] Wards are always great, teamfight, picks, avoid ganks... just buy them), and in fights you need to stay behind your front lane / tanks (because [img=champ/zilean.png] Zilean is very vulnerable to CC because he won't be able to ult) and drop bombs everytime an enemy gets in range. Quick add: If you have ever though \"I don't see why [img=champ/zilean.png] Zilean or [img=champ/twistedfate.png] Twisted Fate are supposedly good midlaners, een if an enemy over extends they can't deal a lot of damage to them.\" The job of a midlaner is not to burst down enemies. For [img=champ/zilean.png] Zilean, his lack of burst isn't significant because of the enourmos amount of utility he brings. For [img=champ/twistedfate.png] Twisted Fate, his job is to provide the CC with a gold card and the poke with his Q. Plus he gives vision of every enemy, even in stealth, and can teleport with his ultimate. Pros: + Very strong harass in lane + Incredibly hard to play against in lane + Very nice poke damage with his [img=skills/zilean/q.png] Time Bomb + [img=skills/zilean/r.png] CHRONOSHIFT! + Strong speed/slow with [img=skills/zilean/e.png] Time Warp + CDR with his [img=skills/zilean/w.png] Rewind + Amazing damage late game Cons: - No escape - Very vulnerable without [img=skills/zilean/r.png] Chronoshift (basically pre-6) - No damage ability except [img=skills/zilean/q.png] Time Bomb (Q) so after he uses his Q>W>Q combo, he has to wait to hit again - Very manavore early (blue buff depent)

Use your [img=skills/zilean/q.png] Time Bomb followed by auto-attacks to use [img=masteries/4131.png] Spell Weaving. Poking the enemy will make you able to last hit peacefully (except when the enemy has a great range, like [img=champ/lux.png] Lux), which is pretty hard. Don't ever push your lane except if you are going to roam or recall. A quick tip: when playing against a melee, but more specifically [img=champ/fizz.png] Fizz since he can dodge your [img=skills/zilean/q.png] Time Bomb eith his [img=skills/fizz/e.png] Playful. Just when the enemy is about to last hit, put a [img=skills/zilean/q.png] Time Bomb on that minion and it will deal the damage to the enemy instantly. A more advanced tip: Against ranged, when you are going to last hit a minion who is next to the enemy champion, put a bomb on it during the travel time of the auto-attack.

As soon as you get [img=items/athenes-unholy-grail.png] Athene's Unholy Grail and [img=items/seraphs-embrace.png] Seraph's Embrace, you will be able to go around the map spamming [img=skills/zilean/w.png] Rewind and [img=skills/zilean/e.png] Time Warp, which basically means you will always have your [img=skills/zilean/r.png] Chronoshift up and you will be going around the map at crazy speed without stopping. This makes an incredible roaming potential and you want to be fighting very often just after a fight, when you know the opponent doesn't have his ultimate but you do. Push the mid lane, since there is no more room for last hitting, farm wraights, get the blue buff and get vision with wards.

In a teamfight, you want one of your team mates, most likely a bruiser or offtank, to go extremely deep with bombs on him so that he deals the most amount of damage while forcing their team to focus him, meaning the ADC will have free damage. When he dies (not really because you ult), slow down their engagers so that they can't jump on the ADC, then QWQ, and repeat. When they are close to the backline (if they aren't already dead) peel for your ADC while always use W when you can to possibly have another ult in the fight.

If ahead: Option 1: Group as 5 and push mid, Zilean has great waveclear and his ability spam is great. Option 2: Roam around with blue buff in their jungle (! WITH WARDS! youd on't want to die for no reason) and when an enemy pushes a lane alone, you can go kill him. Option 3: Get objectives, Baron, Dragon, Turrets... When at baron or dragon, you don't need to damage the monster but to zone the enemies out. If even: Option 1: Group and go for a fight. Option 2: Farm up and ward up. Option 3: Baron/Dragon dance. If behind: Option 1: Stay mid and waveclear without overextending Option 2: Go for a fight.

Zilean is a great ability spamming champion with a game changing ult and fits the hyper carry AD meta perfectly. I want to thank chronosh1ft for the match ups he gave me (and Mastery Set 3) <3

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