Zilean vs Gangplank Counter Build

How to Win Zilean vs Gangplank Counter Matchup vs How to Beat Gangplank as Zilean in LoL

How to Beat Gangplank as Zilean

1,747 Zilean vs Gangplank Matchups Analyzed

Win Rate


First Blood


Best Zilean Items to Counter Gangplank

The best items to prioritize in your Zilean versus Gangplank build include Shurelya's Battlesong, Chemtech Putrifier, and Cosmic Drive. When Zilean included at least these three pieces in his build, he performed much better when facing Gangplank than with most other commonly used builds.


2.6 | Zilean Gangplank | 5.1


4.8 | Zilean Gangplank | 5.7


12.6 | Zilean Gangplank | 6.3

Best Zilean Runes to Counter Gangplank

Summon Aery Rune Summon Aery
Manaflow Band Rune Manaflow Band
Transcendence Rune Transcendence
Gathering Storm Rune Gathering Storm
Biscuit Delivery Rune Biscuit Delivery
Cosmic Insight Rune Cosmic Insight
To have the best probability of defeating Gangplank as Zilean, you should use the Summon Aery, Manaflow Band, Transcendence, Gathering Storm, Biscuit Delivery, and Cosmic Insight runes. Out of all the runes players picked for Zilean vs Gangplank fights, this composite of runes yielded the highest win rate. We have also displayed the top Gangplank runes to counterpick against Zilean in order to help you understand how he will likely be played against you.

Runes Gangplank Will Likely Use to Counter Zilean

Grasp of the Undying Rune Grasp of the Undying
Demolish Rune Demolish
Bone Plating Rune Bone Plating
Overgrowth Rune Overgrowth
Future's Market Rune Future's Market
Time Warp Tonic Rune Time Warp Tonic

Zilean vs Gangplank Counter Stats Summary

The stats shown here feature several significant Zilean versus Gangplank counter statistics that can help you interpret the distinctions between the pair. Zilean’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of 3.2 is greater than Gangplank’s ratio of 2.0, showing that Zilean may be more central to his team's team fighting capability than Gangplank. This observation is in large part a result of the differences in assists.

Zilean typically has a significant smaller longest killing spree than his opponent does. On average, Zilean takes less damage than Gangplank. This commonly reflects different amounts of tankyness; however, it can also indicate that the champ with increased health has less agility and thus is not able to kite away from additional damage when poked or engaged.

Zilean usually takes much less CS than Gangplank. Champions who on average do not earn a lot of minion kills usually do not need much CS to be effective. Instead, they are capable of scaling fully off of their abilities alone. However, champions with large numbers of minion kills, such as ADCs, usually need a lot of items to be effective. In either case, try to top the averages shown here to do well.

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Killing Spree

1.2 | Zilean Gangplank | 2.4

Damage Dealt

11,485 | Zilean Gangplank | 20,409

Damage Taken

15,940 | Zilean Gangplank | 23,639

Gold Earned

8,619 | Zilean Gangplank | 11,946

Minions Killed

54 | Zilean Gangplank | 174


5.6 | Zilean Gangplank | 5.1

Dragons Killed

2 | Zilean Gangplank | 2

Barons Killed

0.5 | Zilean Gangplank | 0.4


1 | Zilean Gangplank | 0.9

Zilean vs Gangplank Matchup Summary

We generate our counter statistics from the millions of recently ranked LoL rounds that we review each and every week. This Zilean vs Gangplank counter review came out of an examination of 1,747 ranked rounds where both champs clashed against one another.

This particular matchup is relatively rare. Zilean is forced to battle against Gangplank in only 3.3% of his matches. Zilean has done a great job of countering Gangplank. Normally, Zilean wins a terrific 55.0% of matches the champions oppose each other in. In Zilean versus Gangplank games, Zilean’s side is 6.0% less likely to get first blood, implying that he most likely won't get first blood against Gangplank.

How We Analyze Our Champion Counters

For this counter guide, we analyzed 1,747 Zilean vs Gangplank 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 Gangplank 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.