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.
He can single-handed win a team fight if he can pick off a key target with his Ultimate R.
He is vulnerable when his shield is down. If the enemy can destroy the shield, they can use the cooldown to play aggressive and get kills.
While using his Ultimate R, he will be stood still. This leaves him vulnerable to incoming damage and CC which could in turn get him killed.
Relies heavily on mana in the laning phase to trade with the enemy. His basic abilities cost tons of mana over an extended period of time.
0 - 15 min
Once you have a few levels under your belt, you can start to play aggressively 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.
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.
15 - 25 min
After you have switched with the mid-lane, ensure that you have mid-priority at all times. This will help a lot in neutral objective fights.
When no team fights are occurring, go to a side lane and push. You must 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.
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.
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.
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 isolated and alone, too far forward or way out of position.
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.
Malzahar’s first major power spike is when he gets his first component item. It will allow him to spam his abilities on the enemy laners.
When Malzahar hits level 6, he can look for picks and set up kills for his ADC or the Jungler.
During the early game, Malzahar should try to use his Ultimate R whenever he can. Using it as soon as it comes up will help his lane get more kills and start a snowball.
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.