Malzahar Counters: How To Counter Pick Malzahar

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Malzahar is a mid-lane mage that can also do well in the jungle. He’s a champion that capitalizes on damage over time/area of effect damage. He also spawns voidlings to help him in fights. In this article, we discuss how to effectively counter Malzahar.

Best Malzahar Counters

  • Gangplank
  • Syndra
  • Morgana
  • Galio
  • Annie
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Battle Boss Malzahar

Malzahar Counter Picks

Now that you know who counters Malzahar, you can finally counter pick Malzahar in any matchup. Let’s take you through some tips on how to use a few of these champions who are counters to Malzahar. After, there is a general section explaining how to use any LoL champion as counters for Malzahar. After all, if you know how to play against Malzahar, you can play safely and effectively to defeat Malzahar in a lane.

Gangplank

Gangplank’s Cure Scurvy negates Malzahar’s suppression.

Syndra

Syndra has good ranged wave clear and can throw Voidlings away. A skilled Syndra will throw a minion or monster behind her ranged creeps to break up the chain for Malefic Visions.

Morgana

Morgana’s E (Black Shield) negates both Malzahar’s Q (Call of the Void) and his R (Nether Grasp) at most points in the game. Since Malzahar is immobile with short range a binding will most likely spell his death.

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Djinn Malzahar

Tips For Playing Against Malzahar

  • A Quicksilver Sash will let you stop Malzahar from suppressing you with his ultimate.
  • Avoid being next to a minion marked by Malzahar’s Malefic Visions – as it may spread to you.
  • Voidlings last 21 seconds – it’s good to keep a counter on how long Malzahar will have them.
  • Malzahar puts out a lot of AoE damage. He has an AoE silence that can screw up your entire team and can do a lot of damage even to bruisers and tanks. However, Malzahar has no escapes. For these reasons, it’s recommended to always focus him during team fights.
  • Malzahar’s ultimate is a channeled ability. Therefore, it can be stopped by hard CC.
  • Malzahars Malefic Visions is his only mana sustain. If you happen to have a shield or heal, casting it on the infected minion or drawing it onto you will shut down his wave clear and cause him to run out of mana.
  • Early game(before Malzahar has insanely high burst), engaging after he uses his Q and/or W can be the safest time to burst him down.
  • Malzahar’s ultimate Nether Grasp is the perfect skill to melt down enemy champions. The best way to counter this move is to remove the CC:
    • Quicksilver Sash (and therefore Mercurial Scimitar) are the best direct counters to suppression.
    • Banshee’s Veil can prevent Malzahar players from summoning their ultimate on you. While this does not guarantee that you have Banshee’s Veil activated when Malzahar ults you, it can still provide Magic Resistant.
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Shadow Prince Malzahar

By using the champions who counter Malzahar and the LoL Malzahar counter tips above, you can now develop a strategy to help you, as a summoner, become an effective counter to Malzahar players.

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