Consider when to cast Lunar Rush without Moonlight and when to wait for another Crescent Strike.
Landing Crescent Strike is critically important, but don't be afraid to miss. The cooldown is short and the mana cost is low.
Use Moonfall and Lunar Rush to stay on targets and activate Moonsilver Blade for extra damage.
The cooldown on Maokai's self healing is heavily gated on how many time you hit him with spells. Careful about wasting abilities on him.
Maokai will avoid taking damage while he's using Twisted Advance, so don't waste your spells.
Saplings will chase the first enemy that gets too close, but detonate after a few seconds or if they collide with other enemies. Be especially careful around brush sapling, as they are much more dangerous.
The stat comparisons shown on this page feature some important Diana against Maokai counter statistics that may help you interpret the differences and similarities between the two. As an example, Diana’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is more than Maokai’s KDA ratio of NaN, highlighting that Diana may be more central to her team's team fighting capability than Maokai. This observation is largely caused by the difference in kills.
Diana often has a much larger longest kill spree than her opponent does. Typically, she takes more damage than Maokai. This commonly reflects different amounts of tankyness; however, it can also indicate that the champ with more health has less agility and thus is not able to escape additional harm when poked or engaged.
Both League of Legends champions are great champions. Both champs have their pros and cons. In League's current meta, Diana usually wins when facing off against Maokai, with a 53.4% win rate. Thus, Diana makes a great counter for Maokai.
While Diana does have a higher win rate than Maokai, when on opposite teams, Diana also has a greater learning curve that makes her a more complex champ to learn and master. You should be be fine when picking Diana into Maokai.
Additionally, Diana also has only a small amount of CC and other utility, a similar amount to Maokai. This makes her just as valuable during teamfights, especially when fighting champions with a lot of burst damage.
While there is not a single best champion for every situation in League of Legends, in Diana vs Maokai matchups, Diana is the better champ with a noticably higher win rate, more champion depth, and a similar amount of utility to help out your allied champions during teamfights.
Diana is a great counter to Maokai. Make sure you focus your tactics on increasing your CS and destroying objectives. If you can do that, you should be able to stand on your own as Diana against Maokai.
If you would like to truly master Diana in order to counter Maokai during both the lane and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should continue reading to learn a few extra tips and tricks for this matchup. If you pay attention to the build and suggestions shown here, you should increase your win rate by a lot and be closer to League of Legends pro players.
Diana typically gets a similar amount of CS relative to Maokai. Champions who on average don't get many minion kills typically don't have to have much CS to be valuable teammates, such as supports. They are able to scale well off of their abilities and first items alone. Yet, champs with a lot of CS, such as hyper-carries, often need many items to be effective. In either situation, try to exceed the values reported on this page to do well.
The ideal items to prioritize in your Diana versus Maokai build include Sunfire Aegis, Thornmail, and Nashor's Tooth. When Diana bought at least these three items in her build, she did much better versus Maokai than with most other typical item sets. In fact, Diana boasted an average winrate of 53.4% when playing against Maokai with this counter build.
To have the greatest probability of annihilating Maokai as Diana, Diana players should equip the Conqueror, Triumph, Legend: Tenacity, Last Stand, Magical Footwear, and Cosmic Insight runes from the Precision and Inspiration rune sets. Of all the rune builds players used for Diana vs Maokai counterpicks, this combo of runes yielded the greatest win rate. Moreover, these runes gave a 53.4% win rate overall.
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