Zilean·Mid Guide

Time In A BottleP
Time BombQ
Time WarpE
Win rate51.8%
Pick rate0.2%
Ban rate0.6%
Matches4 044-
Zilean Mid has a 51.8% win rate and 0.2% pick rate in Emerald + and is currently ranked B tier. Below, you will find a very detailed guide for Zilean Mid, where we explain strengths and weaknesses of the champion, powerspikes, and game plans for each stage of the game. Step up your game with our Zilean Mid guide!
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Zilean Strengths & Weaknesses

His Time BombQ RewindW Time BombQ combo can allow him to stun a group of enemies which is highly beneficial in close-quarter combat. His scalings are quite high as well so he can deal a lot of damage through that combo.

His Ultimate ChronoshiftR, when used properly, is one of the most obnoxious and overpowered abilities in the game. That combined with his Time WarpE can make one of his carries nearly uncatchable and unkillable.

His Time WarpE allows him to guarantee a Time BombQ RewindW Time BombQ hit on a specified target. This can be highly beneficial in setting a death brush before a major objective fight.


Pre-six he is quite squishy, and easily killable if his Time WarpE is on cooldown. Therefore, any champion who can catch up to him by dashing or blinking will be able to kill him.

His Time BombQ is quite telegraphed and he can be easily punished once his Time BombQ is down. Again, his Time BombQ can also be dodge by blinking/dashing away from the drop point of his Time BombQ.

He is pretty much a poke/damage bot when his Ultimate ChronoshiftR is down. Zilean is inherently squishy so it should not be an issue to take him down once his Ultimate ChronoshiftR is on cooldown.

Game plan
Early game
0 - 15 min
Zilean is Average

Your goal throughout the laning phase is to poke and harass the enemy in lane. You have a lot of poke, so try to poke the enemy down as often as you can.

Play safe for the first few levels while you land poke on the enemy with your Time BombQ. Once they’re low enough, you can commit to an all-in.

Once you’ve hit level 6 and purchased key component items, look to harass and constantly push the enemy into their tower. This will allow you to earn turret plating and increase your gold income.

Mid game
15 - 25 min
Zilean is Strong

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.

Try and siege objectives with your team during the mid-game. You have strong poking tools which will allow you to siege objectives with ease. Try to poke the enemy down as much as possible while your team tries to take towers (or the Dragon or Baron).

Delay team fights for as long as possible while you harass the enemy and poke them down with your Time BombQ.

Late game
25+ min
Zilean is Strong

Stick with your team in the late game. Do not split up or walk away from them otherwise the enemy may try to pick you off or initiate a 4v5 fight when you’re away from your team.

Look for picks with your abilities. Picking someone off and then collapsing on them to take them down is a great way of winning a team fight and ending the game. Look for picks on isolated targets if possible.

Keep a constant eye on you and your allies positioning. You need to poke the enemy down with your Time BombQ and delay fights in the late game, but you need to watch your positioning as you move forward to harass. Do not get picked off by trying to harass and poke the enemy down.

Power Spikes
Early game0 - 15 min

At level three, Zilean will have access to all his abilities. This will allow him to play aggressively as well as poke the enemy mercilessly in the lane.

Level 6 offers quite a lot of protection to Zilean as it can allow him to counter lethal burst damage with ease. It will also make his opponent's job way harder than it is supposed to be.

Zilean's Ultimate ChronoshiftR is going to be helpful in fights. Zilean's first item component will allow him to spam his abilities frequently, making life miserable for the enemy team. It does help a lot when dealing with champions who have a lot of burst damage in their kit.

Mid game15 - 25 min

At level 11, Zilean will be very hard to deal with.His Ultimate will keep him or a key target alive and will make assassins' lives a living nightmare.

At level 9, his Time BombQ will be maxed out and will allow him to deal tons of damage with a single bomb. It helps a lot when executing his Time BombQ > RewindW > Time BombQ combo.

Zilean's damage and utility in any given fight are non-questionable. He can speed his allies out of trouble, revive them, or use them as a Time BombQ transport mechanism. Similarly, he can slow enemies, CC them, and allow his team to collapse on them.

Late game25+ min

At level 16, his Ultimate ChronoshiftR will be completely maxed out. This means that he can use his Ultimate ChronoshiftR way more frequently, which will be a source of nuisance for the enemy team.

This is the point of the game where teams are grouping which allows Zilean to use his Ultimate ChronoshiftR to save his primary carries from certain death situations. It will also let him CC multiple targets with his Time BombQ > RewindW > Time BombQ.

His Time BombQ will be on a low cooldown which means he can constantly poke and harass the enemy. Having more items will mean that he can chunk out enemies with ease.

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