Eye of Destruction will make landing Arcanopulse easier as the target will be slowed.
It's easier to land Arcanopulse on an enemy when they're moving toward or away from you, rather than side to side.
If you stun an enemy with Shocking Orb, follow up with a guaranteed center hit on Eye of Destruction.
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 highlight several critical Xerath against Maokai counter statistics that can help you distinguish the differences between the pair. As an example, Xerath’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is greater than Maokai’s ratio of NaN, indicating that Xerath may be more central to his team's team fighting potential than Maokai..
Xerath normally has a slightly larger longest killing spree than his enemy does. On average, he receives less damage than Maokai. This commonly reflects different amounts of tankyness; however, it can also illustrate that the one champ has less agility and thus is unable to kite away from further harm when poked or engaged.
Both League of Legends champs are great champions. Both champs have their pros and cons. In the game's current meta, Xerath usually loses when playing against Maokai, with a 48.7% win rate. Thus, Xerath makes a bad counter to Maokai.
While Xerath does have a lower winrate compared to Maokai, when on opposite teams, Xerath also has a much greater difficulty level that makes him a more challenging champ to pick up and master. You still need to be cautious when picking Xerath into Maokaias his relative depth means that you may not be able to unleash his full potential without a significant amount of practice beforehand.
Furthermore, Xerath has some amount of utility and CC, a similar amount to Maokai. This often makes her just as valuable during teamfights, especially when fighting champions with a ton of burst damage.
While there is not one best champion for every situation in League of Legends, in Xerath 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 late stage team fights.
Xerath is a somewhat poor counter for Maokai. You will do well by focussing your actions on maximizing your gold income and destroying objectives. If you are able to do that, you should hold your own as Xerath against Maokai.
If you would like to truly master Xerath to counter Maokai during both the laning and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should continue reading to gather a few extra tips and tricks for this matchup. If you listen to the build and suggestions displayed here, you will grow your win rate significantly and be that much closer to League of Legends pro players.
Xerath typically gets more CS relative to Maokai. Champions who on average don't earn much CS typically don't have to have much CS to be valuable teammates, such as support champions. They are able to scale properly off of their skills, stats, and first items alone. Yet, champs with large amounts of CS, such as hyper-carries, often need many items to be effective. In either situation, try to surpass the numbers shown here to do well.
The top items to have in your Xerath versus Maokai build include Luden's Tempest, Zhonya's Hourglass, and Horizon Focus. When Xerath combined at least these three pieces in his build, he performed much better countering Maokai than with most other commonly used builds. In fact, Xerath boasted an average win rate of 48.7% when countering Maokai with this counter build.
To have the best chance of defeating Maokai as Xerath, Xerath players should equip the First Strike, Magical Footwear, Biscuit Delivery, Cosmic Insight, Manaflow Band, and Scorch runes from the Inspiration and Sorcery rune sets. Out of all the rune builds that we analyzed for Xerath vs Maokai counterpicks, this order of runes yielded the best win rate. In fact, these runes averaged a 48.7% win rate overall.
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