Distortion allows you to be aggressive with your other spells while being able to return to safety.
Using Distortion can help your positioning to land Ethereal Chains.
You can chain Sigil of Malice and Ethereal Chains to prevent characters with blink from escaping for up to 4 seconds.
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 provided here clarify some valuable LeBlanc against Maokai matchup stats that may help us realize the differences between the two. As an example, LeBlanc’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is more than Maokai’s KDA ratio of NaN, indicating that LeBlanc may be more central to her team's team fighting potential than Maokai. This observation is in large part a result of the difference in kills.
LeBlanc usually has a much larger longest kill spree than her matchup does. On average, she takes a similar amount of damage to Maokai. This is usually reflective of different amounts of tankyness; however, it can also show that the champ with more HP has less agility and thus is unable to escape further damage when poked or engaged.
Both League of Legends champions are great champions. Both champs have their pros and cons. In the game's current meta, LeBlanc usually loses when taking on Maokai, with a 47.6% win rate. Therefore, LeBlanc makes a poor counter to Maokai.
While LeBlanc does have a lower winrate compared to Maokai, when facing one another, LeBlanc also has a much greater level of difficulty that makes her a more difficult champion to learn. You may get destroyed when picking LeBlanc into Maokaias her relative depth means you may not be able to reach her full potential without a significant amount of practice beforehand.
Furthermore, LeBlanc has almost no 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 one best champion overall in League of Legends, in LeBlanc vs Maokai matchups, Maokai is the better champion with a lower win rate, more champion depth, and a similar amount of utility to help out your team members during teamfights.
LeBlanc is a bad counter to Maokai. Focus your strategy on increasing your gold and cs and destroying objectives. If you do that, you should hold your own as LeBlanc against Maokai.
If you would like to truly master LeBlanc in order to counter Maokai during both the lane and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should keep reading to pick up a few extra tricks and insights into this matchup. If you listen to the build and suggestions presented above, you should increase your win rate significantly and be closer to League of Legends pro players.
LeBlanc often gets more CS as Maokai. Champs who typically don't earn many minion kills usualy don't require much CS to be valuable teammates, such as sup champs. These kinds of champions are able to scale well off of their skills, stats, and first items alone. Yet, champions with large amounts of CS, such as hyper-carries, typically have to have many items to be effective. In either situation, try to exceed the values reported on this page to do well.
The top items to focus on in your LeBlanc versus Maokai build include Luden's Tempest, Zhonya's Hourglass, and Shadowflame. When LeBlanc bought at least these three items in her build, she performed significantly better countering Maokai than with many other typical item sets. In fact, LeBlanc had an average winrate of 47.6% when countering Maokai with these items in her kit.
To have the best likelihood of vanquishing Maokai as LeBlanc, LeBlanc players should use the Electrocute, Taste of Blood, Eyeball Collection, Treasure Hunter, Biscuit Delivery, and Time Warp Tonic runes from the Domination and Inspiration rune sets. Out of all the rune sets players chose for LeBlanc vs Maokai counters, this blending of runes yielded the highest win rate. In fact, these runes averaged a 47.6% win rate overall.
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