How to Win Zilean vs Aphelios Counter Matchup Zilean is in the a tier of champions

Zilean vs Aphelios

How to Beat Aphelios as Zilean in LoL Aphelios is in the b tier of champions
Support Mage
Marksman

How to Beat Aphelios as Zilean

based on 596 Zilean vs Aphelios matchups
Win Rate
59.6 %
K/D/A
3.32
Pick Rate
1.9 %

How We Analyze LoL Champion Counters

We summarize our counter stats from the millions of recently rated League matches that we get from Riot Games every week. Our guide on how to beat Aphelios as Zilean resulted from an examination of 596 ranked matches where both champs faced off against each other. This particular counter pairing is relatively rare. Zilean is forced to battle against Aphelios in only 1.9% of his games.

Zilean vs Aphelios Matchup Summary

Zilean does a great job of countering Aphelios. Typically, he wins a fantastic 59.6% of matches the champs battle each other in. In Zilean vs Aphelios rounds, Zilean’s team is 0.1% less likely to earn first blood. This indicates that he most likely won't be able to get first blood against Aphelios.

Best Zilean vs Aphelios Counter Build

Items

Starter Items

Time Target
Health PotionSpellthief's Edge

Early Items

~5 Mins
BootsFaerie Charm

Core Zilean Items

~22 Mins
Shurelya's BattlesongChemtech PutrifierShard of True Ice

Optional Items

Seraph's EmbraceZhonya's Hourglass

Summoner Spells

summonerflash summoner spell D
summonerdot summoner spell F

Skill Order

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

Runes

Sorcery Summon Aery Manaflow BandTranscendenceWaterwalking
Domination Cheap ShotRelentless Hunter
CDRScaling Adaptive Armor
Zilean's passive ability p
Zilean q ability q
Zilean w ability w
Zilean e ability e
Zilean's ultimate ability r
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Q
2
W
3
E
4
Q
5
Q
6
R
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Q
8
E
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Q
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E
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R
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E
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E
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W
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W
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R

Guide to Countering Aphelios as Zilean

Tips for Playing as Zilean against Aphelios

Time Warp is an effective way to enable allies to finish off enemies, or escape from a losing battle.

You can combine the use of Time Bomb and Rewind to place two Time Bombs on a target quickly. Placing the second bomb will detonate the first and stun all nearby enemies.

Chronoshift is a powerful deterrent to attacking your carries, but casting Chronoshift too early in a fight can cause the enemy to switch targets too soon, making it less effective.

Advice to Win Against Aphelios

Each of Aphelios' weapons have different weaknesses, try to exploit the ones that work best for your champion. Watch out for the purple Gravity gun, it can root you.

Zilean vs Aphelios Counter Stats

Zilean Image
Win Rate
59.6 %
VS
Win Rate
40.4 %
Aphelios Image
2.8
< Kills >
6.2
5
< Deaths >
6.8
13.8
< Assists >
5.9
0.58
< Killing Sprees >
1.47
61
< Minions Killed >
172
0.06
< Dragons Killed >
0.21
0.64
< Inhibitors >
0.42
948
< Physical Damage >
17,250
9,368
< Magic Damage >
1,423
599
< True Damage >
705
10,916
< Damage Dealt >
19,379
16,629
< Damage Taken >
18,216
8,907
< Gold Earned >
11,740
2.29
< Towers >
2.19
0.01
< Baron Takedowns >
0.06
6,574
< Total Healing >
3,458
12,358
< Experience >
12,360
44
< Vision Score >
19
21
< Wards Placed >
9
188
< Time Dealing CC >
141

How to Counter Aphelios with Zilean in LoL

The stat comparisons shown here highlight several strategic Zilean vs. Aphelios counter stats that can help us realize the distinctions between this pair of champs. As an example, Zilean’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is better than Aphelios’s KDA ratio of NaN, showing that Zilean may be more central to his team's team fighting capability than Aphelios. This observation is largely fueled by the differences in assists.

Zilean normally has a significantly smaller longest killing spree than his opponent does. On average, he receives a similar amount of damage to Aphelios. This often reflects differing health capacities; however, it can also imply that the champion with higher HP has less mobility and thus is not able to kite away from additional damage when poked or engaged.

Differences between Zilean and Aphelios

Damage Types Compared

Zilean
Aphelios
Physical Damage
Magic Damage
True Damage

Champion Playstyles Compared

Zilean
Aphelios

Who is Better, Zilean or Aphelios?

Both League champions are great champions. Both have their strengths, weaknesses, and counters. In the game's current meta, Zilean usually wins when trying to fight Aphelios, with a 59.6% win rate. Therefore, Zilean makes a fantastic counter for Aphelios.

While Zilean does have a much higher winrate compared to Aphelios, when on opposite teams, Zilean also has a much lower level of difficulty that makes him a less challenging champ to develop with. You don't need to be too worried when picking Zilean into Aphelios.

Additionally, Zilean also has a great deal of CC and other utility, a similar amount to Aphelios. This makes her just as valuable during teamfights, especially when trying to counter champions with a ton of burst damage.

While there isn't a single best champion in League of Legends, in Zilean vs Aphelios matchups, Zilean is the better champion with a noticably higher win rate, less champion complexity, and a similar amount of utility to help out your allies during teamfights.

Zilean is a great counter to Aphelios. Focus your actions on increasing your gold and cs and clearing objectives. If you are able to do that, you should hold your own as Zilean against Aphelios.

Additional Information for Zilean Players

How We Calculated Our Zilean vs Aphelios Build and Stats

For this guide on countering Aphelios as Zilean, we analyzed 596 matchups from recent LoL games. We use rigorous data cleaning and processing methods to ensure that our counter stats are of the highest quality. You can rest assured that the recommended build to counter Aphelios as Zilean comes from real data and is not the fabrication of some random LoL player, as some other sites provide. You can use the filters at the top of the page to view the most relevant stats and items to your rank.

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Further Insights to Win this Matchup

To truly master Zilean in order to counter Aphelios during both the laning and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should continue reading to gather a few extra lessons on this matchup. If you listen to the build and suggestions shown here, you will grow your win rate significantly and be closer to League of Legends pro players.

Zilean often accumulates less CS compared to Aphelios. Champs who typically don't acquire many minion kills typically don't require much CS to be effective, such as sup champs. These kinds of champions are capable of scaling properly off of their skills, stats, and first items alone. Yet, champions with large amounts of CS, such as hyper-carries, often require a lot of items to be effective. In either situation, try to exceed the values displayed here to do well.

The top items to have in your Zilean versus Aphelios build include Shurelya's Battlesong, Chemtech Putrifier, and Shard of True Ice. When Zilean combined at least these three items in his build, he performed much better versus Aphelios than with many other typical builds. In fact, Zilean had an average win rate of 59.6% battling Aphelios with this build.

To have the highest probability of annihilating Aphelios as Zilean, Zilean players should use the Summon Aery, Manaflow Band, Transcendence, Waterwalking, Cheap Shot, and Relentless Hunter runes from the Sorcery and Domination rune sets. Out of all the rune sets players used for Zilean vs Aphelios counter picks, this combination of runes yielded the best win rate. In fact, these runes provided a 59.6% win rate overall.

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