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.
Zilean is fragile if a team focuses on him, but otherwise he's very difficult to kill. Commit to killing him as a team.
If you're able to match Zilean's speed, it can sometimes be beneficial to wait until his ultimate has faded before landing the killing blow.
The stat comparisons provided here feature some important Diana vs. Zilean counter statistics that can help us realize the differences and similarities between the pair. Diana’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is more than Zilean’s ratio of NaN, indicating that Diana may be more central to her team's team fighting capacity than Zilean. This observation is in large part a result of the difference in kills.
Diana normally has a much larger longest killing spree than her counter does. Commonly, she takes more damage than Zilean. This typically indicates differing health capacities, yet it can also indicate that the champion with more health has less mobility and thus is not able to kite away from additional damage when engaged or poked.
Both League champs are great. Both have their pros and cons. In the game's current meta, Diana usually wins when taking on Zilean, with a 51.7% win rate. Thus, Diana makes a good counter for Zilean.
While Diana does have a higher win rate than Zilean, when they face off with one another, Diana also has a lower learning curve that makes her a less difficult character to pick up and master. You still need to be cautious when picking Diana into Zilean.
Additionally, Diana also has almost no amount of CC and other utility, a similar amount to Zilean. This makes her just as valuable during teamfights, especially when facing champions with a lot of burst damage.
While there isn't a single best champion overall in League of Legends, in Diana vs Zilean matchups, Diana is the better champion with a higher win rate, less champion complexity, and a similar amount of utility to help out your allies during teamfights.
Diana is a decent counter for Zilean. Make sure you focus your play on increasing your gold income and taking out objectives. If you can do that, you should be able to stand on your own as Diana against Zilean.
To learn all of the intricacies of Diana in order to counter Zilean during both the early game and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should keep reading to gather a few extra tips and tricks for this matchup. If you mind the build and suggestions displayed here, you will grow your win rate significantly and be that much closer to League of Legends pro players.
Diana often picks up a similar amount of CS as Zilean. Champs who on average don't acquire many minion kills typically don't require much CS to be valuable teammates, such as sup champs. These kinds of champions are able to scale properly off of their skills, stats, and first items alone. Yet, champions with large amounts of CS, such as hyper-carries, typically need a lot of items to be effective. In either situation, try to exceed the numbers displayed on this page to do well.
The top items to have in your Diana versus Zilean build consist of Sunfire Aegis, Nashor's Tooth, and Shadowflame. When Diana bought at least these three items in her build, she did much better when fighting Zilean than with most other common item sets. In fact, Diana boasted an average winrate of 51.7% when playing against Zilean with these items in her kit.
To have the best chance of vanquishing Zilean as Diana, you 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 combinations we have analyed for Diana vs Zilean clashes, this sequence of runes yielded the best win rate. In fact, these runes provided a 51.7% win rate overall.
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