Maokai Build
D
Sup

Maokai Build

Q
W
E
R
Tank
Tank
0/2
Win/Loss
<1%
Pick Rate
<1%
Ban Rate

Matchups

Maokai is strong against
56%
56%
55%
55%
Maokai is weak against
48%
48%
48%
49%

Early Maokai Build

Summoner Spells
88%
195
Starter Items
2
85%
188
Starter Trinket
59%
130
Item
First
Second
93%
186

Maokai Item Build

Mythic Item
95%
186
Item Buy Order
Two
Three
46%
68
Core Items
84%
186
58%
129
15%
33
Final Boots
47%
93
Final Trinket
96%
213

Abilities

Spell Skill Priority
E
W
Q
58%
129
Q
W
E
R

Runes

Resolve + Inspiration
1
2
3
Resolve
Inspiration

How to build Maokai

Maokai – the Twisted Treant – is based on our LoL Tier List on patch
11.4
a A-Tier Sup Support champion. Based on ranked matches from summoners with a PLATINUM+ tier,
Maokai has a win rate of
52.3%
, a pick rate of
2.6%
, a ban rate of
0.8%
and an average KDA Ratio of
2.3
, which shows that the
Tank is in a good spot in the current meta. If you want to build and play
Maokai on your matches, keep in mind that this champion is mechanically simple to play in LoL. The upcoming Maokai Support Build is the most popular build picked by many Pros.

Pregame Build

In champion select you need to choose your

Maokai runes and summoner spells. The best Maokai Runes
11.4
on the position Sup Support are
Resolve as the primary path and
Inspiration as the secondary path. The most supportive
Maokai keystone rune is
Aftershock.
Flash and
Ignite are the summoner spells, which fits this LoL Maokai Build the most.

Item Build on Maokai

The starter items for the best Maokai Build on patch

11.4
are
Health Potion,
Health Potion,
Relic Shield, and a
Stealth Ward as the trinket. 97% of all Maokai Probuilds include
Imperial Mandate as the favoured mythic item. As the game progresses, the most popular
Maokai items are
Imperial Mandate and
Bulwark of the Mountain.
Sorcerer's Shoes are the most bought
Maokai boots by Pros. This Maokai Build will exorbitantly increase your chances to gain LP and to climb the leaderboard in LoL.

Laning Phase

When it comes to gameplay,

Maokai is pretty simple, especially with this Maokai Build. Most of your damage comes from your saplings, so you can focus on planting several of them in a single bush – not too close to the minion wave, or they will be aggro'd by them – and then wait for an unsuspecting enemy to walk in. Because of the fear of walking into the brush, you can zone the enemies away from farming, causing them to lose out on experience and gold.

If you do have a good opportunity to engage,

Maokai is pretty great at that from level two onwards. The best thing to do is to whittle down your enemies with a sapling poke, then charge at them with
Twisted Advance. Once they're rooted, you can walk a bit in front of them and use your
Bramble Smash to push them closer towards your ally. Remember that your auto-attacks do a lot of damage in the early levels too, and they will heal you when
Sap Magic is up as well.

Maokai is great at avoiding ganks thanks to the fact that saplings work as security as well. Place a sapling in the tri-bush or the river bush, and they will detect the enemy jungler or midlaner if they approach. If your jungler is ganking for you, don't be afraid to burn a
Flash to ensure that
Twisted Advance finds its target. Your ultimate is also a fantastic initiation or follow-up tool when you are getting a gank.

Team Fights

While

Maokai is somewhat tanky compared to other AP supports, with the AP support build you will want to stay far away from the front line. In a teamfight, your usual job is to either follow up on an engage, find a pick with
Twisted Advance, or peel an enemy off for your botlaner.

Sapling Toss is generally not very useful in team fights, unless you are fighting somewhere in the jungle where there is brush to take advantage of. Peeling is a breeze for
Maokai with his targeted root, and he can follow it up by knocking the enemy back with
Bramble Smash or activating
Nature's Grasp.

Maokai Abilities

At the beginning of a match start to skill the ability

Sapling Toss on
Maokai. As the match progresses, it is best to maximise
Sapling Toss into
Twisted Advance and at last
Bramble Smash.
Sapling Toss is a very strong ability of
Maokai in order to build up a lead and dominate your opponents. The passive is called
Sap Magic and there is no need to set it manually on a Maokai Build.

Select one of the abilities below in order to start a clip of the ability:
Q
W
E
R
Sap Magic

Maokai's basic attack also heals him on a moderate cooldown. Each time Maokai casts a spell or is struck by an enemy's spell, this cooldown is reduced.

Biography

Maokai is a rageful, towering treant who fights the unnatural horrors of the Shadow Isles. He was twisted into a force of vengeance after a magical cataclysm destroyed his home, surviving undeath only through the Waters of Life infused within his heartwood. Once a peaceful nature spirit, Maokai now furiously battles to banish the scourge of unlife from the Shadow Isles and restore his home to its former beauty.

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