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League of Legends S12: Malzahar Mid Build Guide

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League of Legends S12: Malzahar Mid Build Guide

Find out all you need to know to build Malzahar Mid in League of Legends Season 12, including runes, items, and skill order.

League of Legends S12: Malzahar Mid Build Guide

From runes to items, gameplay tips amd more, we've put together a guide to help you master playing Malzahar in the midlane in League of Legends.

Be mindful that there are several ways to build and play a champion, and you'll need to be adaptable as the game and the enemy team progress.

That said, this guide is a good starting point to helping you get to grips with the champion and making an impact in your games.


Malzahar Rune Choices - League of Legends
Malzahar Rune Choices

Core Items

Liandry's Anguish

3200 Gold

Rylai's Crystal Scepter

3000 Gold


The Liandry's Anguish and Rylai's Crystal Scepter pairing is pretty standard for Malzahar, and will offer tons of AP, burn, and slow.

Other good items include Zhonya's HourglassMorellonomicon, and Demonic Embrace.

Starting Item & Boots

Health Potion

50 Gold

Doran's Ring

400 Gold

Sorcerer's Shoes

1100 Gold

Skill Order

While your choices may differ according to how the game progresses, the typical Malzahar skill priority is:

R > E > Q > W

Summoner Spells

These are the summoner spells most typically taken by Malzahar in this role. Naturally, this may change depending on match-ups.

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Malzahar is a curious midlaner, as he plays almost passively. He deals a lot of damage over time, and as such is an excellent duellist. 

  • Level 1 - Take E - Malefic Visions, so you can begin poking the enemy champion and bullying the lane. 
  • Level 2 - Take Q - Call of the Void, for trade potential and a tool for refreshing Malefic Visions on an enemy. 
  • First Back - A Lost Chapter will help with mana sustain, restoring a good amount on each level up. 

Tips & Tricks

  • Use Malefic Visions as much as possible to push the lane, regenerate mana and harass the enemy - keep refreshing the duration using Void Swarm.
  • Manage your spells patiently, as they have long cooldowns. Malzahar isn't about the all-in, but the slow burn.
  • Nether Grasp can be removed using Mercurial Scimitar, so pay attention to your target's build.
  • Nether Grasp also leaves you pretty vulnerable, so be mindful of lurking enemies.

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