League of Legends Champion Maokai Maokai is in the a tier of champions

Maokai

Tank Mage
Maokai is a tank Role tank
Difficulty Easy
Power Spike Mid-Game
Sap Magic ability p
Bramble Smash ability q
Twisted Advance ability w
Sapling Toss ability e
Nature's Grasp ability r
support
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Maokai Build

based on 34,204 matches
Win Rate
51.4 %
Pick Rate
7.2 %
Ban Rate
1.9 %

How We Come Up with Our Maokai Builds

We process over 1 Million League of Legends games every day to bring you the most accurate Maokai build so you can destroy your enemies and improve you win rate. We've broken down our Maokai builds by rank, position, and enemy team type, so you can find the most accurate set of Maokai core items and runes for any situation.

Maokai Build Summary

Maokai is a a solid utility lane champ in League of Legends. His best rune sets are Sorcery Inspiration. Including the selected runes shown below into your Maokai build will give you the bonus stats to help him play well through the laning phase of the round and into the late game. You should start by leveling up his q ability first.

Best Build for Maokai

Items

Starter Items

Time Target
Health PotionRelic Shield

Early Items

~5 Mins
Cloth ArmorBoots of Swiftness

Core Maokai Items

~22 Mins
Imperial MandateDead Man's PlateBulwark of the MountainBoots of Swiftness

Optional Items

Zhonya's HourglassWinter's ApproachDemonic EmbraceKnight's Vow

Summoner Spells

summonerflash summoner spell D
summonerdot summoner spell F

Skill Order

First skill for Maokai to level up q
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Second ability for Maokai to level up w
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Last skill for Maokai to max out e

Runes

Sorcery Arcane Comet Manaflow BandTranscendenceGathering Storm
Inspiration Magical FootwearBiscuit Delivery
CDRScaling Armor Armor
Maokai's passive ability p
Maokai q ability q
Maokai w ability w
Maokai e ability e
Maokai's ultimate ability r
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W
2
Q
3
E
4
Q
5
Q
6
R
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Q
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W
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Q
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W
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R
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W
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W
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E
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E
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R

Maokai Matchups Overview

More Gameplay Tips for Maokai Players

Tips and Tricks

Use Bramble Smash to harass your enemy lane champion and also to farm minions.

Use Twisted Advance to root your enemy lane champion when your allies come in for a gank.

As a support, you can use your Sapplings to prevent unseen ganks or flanking maneuvers.

Sapling Toss deals more damage with you cast them in the brush. Lure your enemies into them when they come in for an engagement.

Additional Maokai Build Insights

League of Legends Maokai players will find him to be a dynamic champion to build out properly. You will see that his build changes when he is up against either well-rounded or homogenous team compositions, indicating you shouldn't take the same Maokai build every single game of League of Legends

The most essential items to use in your champion's build include: Imperial Mandate, Dead Man's Plate, and Bulwark of the Mountain. Players who included these pieces in their gear had a much better winrate than those who utilized other Maokai builds. Moreover, if you are trying to beat a mixed enemy team comp, you should really consider grabbing him the Sorcery, and Inspiration runes. In recent matches, he won the largest number of his rounds when using these runes.

We set our Maokai build suggestions by analyzing 34,204 recently ranked LoL rounds with him in them. We only propose the highest winrate Maokai builds that have been built by ranked LoL players enough times for us to suggest them. With so many rounds in our dataset, we are quite confident in our recommended builds.