Best Malzahar Build Guide | Runes | Spells | Items in League of Legends

Malzahar is a terrifying mage that can lock mobile carries down before they can even damage his allies. He is the press R to win champion!

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Best Malzahar Build Guide | Runes | Spells | Items in League of Legends

Malzahar mid is a really terrifying champion if the right player is using him. He has a very low pick rate and because of this, people find it hard to counter him. He can silence enemy champions and deal magic damage. Learn how to be the fear of enemy carries in this Malzahar build guide for patch 12.15.

Best Malzahar Build

For this Malzahar build, you will be focusing on raising the DPS of your abilities. You can easily take control of the early game with your E as it can repeatedly proc Summon Aery and you can also use it to restore mana when a minion dies while inflicted with Malefic Visions. Here are the best Malzahar runes to accompany his abilities.


Best Malzahar Runes

Summon Aery is also great for DoT champions as it can repeatedly deal magic damage as long as your DoT ability is still on the enemy champion. Arcane comet is another contender for this rune but the cooldown and chance to hit of arcane comet is much lower. The Sorcery rune set really brings out the best in Malzahar’s mana sustainability and poking potential.

Best Rune Path



Best Keystone

Summon Aery

Best Slot 1 (Rune)

Manaflow band

Magical Footwear

Best Slot 2 (Rune)


Cosmic insight

Best Slot 3 (Rune)


Manaflow Band can easily be stacked during the early game thanks to Malzahar’s Malefic Visions. It can be used on a minion and whenever a target dies while inflicted by Malefic Visions, Malzahar restores mana and the ability gets passed to the nearest enemy unit or even an enemy champion.

Scorch synergizes with Malzahar’s Malefic Visions because while it is dealing damage, this rune gets activated for more damage.

Best Malzahar Rune Shards

Clearly two points of adaptive force on Flex and Offense is a must for a DPS champion like Malzahar mid. The Magic resist bonus on defense is optional as you can change it to armor if you are facing an AD champion in mid lane.

Best Rune Shards



+9 adaptive Force


+9 Adaptive Force


+8 Magic Resist

Best Malzahar Spells

Malzahar’s summoner spells is a subtle flash teleport combo, he really doesn’t need ignite as his E already works like ignite, you just have to add grievous wounds items to his arsenal. Summoner spells like teleport should however be used in moderation as it is an important spell to use during objective fights.

Best Spells





Best Malzahar Abilities Order

Malzahar’s E is the first one to be maxed in this skill order because this will be your main damaging ability as well as for wave clearing. Call of the Void comes second as it has burst damage and can silence enemies. Void Swarm comes last in this skill order however because the ability is already great for pushing even at level one.


Void swarm and call of the void can be used just before Malzahar uses nether grasp to maximize the damage and finally end the combo with a call of the void. All of these abilities especially nether grasp can repeatedly activate Malzahar’s keystone so abuse it whenever you can.

Best Malzahar Items

The best Malzahar items are the ones that empower his Damage over time abilities. Items that inflict burns or deal percentage hp per second works really great with Malefic Visions. Magical Footwear is also one of the best runes for Malzahar as it gives him great gold efficiency during the laning phase.

Best Starter Malzahar Items

Doran’s ring and a health potion are already a great early items for Malzahar simply because of the mana sustainability the item provides which is not present in an amlpifying tome.

First Item

Second Item

Doran’s Ring

Health potion

Best Mid Game Malzahar Items

You should immediately improve the damage and utility of Malefic Visions with Liandry’s Anguish and a scepter, having this two item combo alone brings so much value to your main damaging ability.

First Item

Second Item

Third Item

Liandry’s Anguish

Sorcerer’s Shoes

Rylai’s Crystal Scepter


Best Final Late Game Malzahar Items

For Malzahar’s final build, you simply need to improve the damage of nether grasp to make sure that it kills the enemy carry even before the ability ends. Morellonomicon and Demonic embrace are both great for poking and dealing with tanks.

First Item

Second Item

Third Item

Fourth Item

Fifth Item

Sixth Item

Liandry’s Anguish

Sorcerer’s Shoes

Rylai’s Crystal Scepter

Demonic Embrace

Zhonya’s Hourglass


Best Champions to pair Malzahar with

Riot games recently released Bel’Veth which is an overpowered champion given that her enemies are immobilized. She has mobility but she lacks the skill to stun or root the enemy so she can burst them down with her abilities, and Malzahar’s ultimate gives her that luxury. So mid lane ganks are quite easy with this duo.


Win Rate %




Master Yi




Strongest Champions against Malzahar

League of legends never release champions that has no counter. Anivia, Fizz and Viktor are the greatest counters for Malzahar therefore he has very low win rate against them. All of these champions can easily remove Malzahar’s void shift with their long ranged and low cooldown abilities.


Win Rate %








Weakest Champions against Malzahar

The weakest champions against Malzahar however are the ones that get their combo’s ruined if they get locked down by Malzahar’s ultimate. Yasuo is one great example as he cannot use his dash repeatedly and his tornado can be blocked by Malzahar’s void shift making it hard for him to deal with Malzahar.


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Malzahar can be a great champion to add to your champion pool when playing league of legends games. He is pretty straightforward and easy to learn, after all, you just need to press R when you see the enemy carry and watch your team demolish theirs.

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