In this guide I will be showing you how to counter the great Maokai. This League of Legends champion is quite annoying, as he has a great CC and stamina. Maokai is considered one of the most powerful tank champions, as he can heal and catch his targets. But here I will show you how to beat Maokai.

Tips for dealing with Maokai

  • Play it passive. If you get too aggressive against him, he will be able to catch you easier and kill you with the help of his team.
  • Don’t spend definitive skills of great damage against Maokai. If Maokai has his W he might dodge that ability.
  • Use champions with mobility and distance. Mobility helps to dodge the ultimate of him and the distance he does not activate his passive healing.
  • Maokai counter champions

    The following champions are the most recommended against Maokai.

    Rengar

    This champion I recommend jungle, as it can counter Maokai and help win the line where Maokai is. Rengar’s W ability counters Maokai’s definitive ability or W, as he can exit that CC, if he has that ability in «Ferocity». It is also recommended if Maokai goes jungle, as it can rob him of the objectives of the easy jungle.

    Swain

    Swain can finish Maokai in the TOP line, as Maokai is slow and he can attack with his Q,W and E quite easily. Also in Swain’s definitive skill it allows him to heal much more than Maokai’s passive. If in a given case Maokai’s ally tries to win the line will not be feasible thanks to Swain’s ultimate.

    Cassiopeia

    This champion can make Maokai’s healing not so great, as her venom is quite annoying. Cassiopeia if caught by Maokai can stop Maokai’s allies with her ultimate. Maokai’s W ability is also weak against it, as Cassiopeia’s W ability does not allow enemies to move. Cassiopeia’s E skill cures her while the enemy is poisoned, a great point to face Maokai.

    Draven

    If you don’t know which ADC to use against Maokai I recommend you to Draven, as he possesses great attack damage. As we know Draven’s great power, he can split Maokai in two. He can also prevent Maokai from catching Draven and reaching him, as his E skill pushes his beaten enemies aside.

    Taric

    This support can save your allied team from any situation in which Maokai has caught your team. The ultimate Taric can save your team from any difficult situation your allies find themselves in. Taric’s ultimate ability allows him immunity from nearby allies allowing Maokai’s ultimate not to be so successful.

    Maokai counter items

    The following items are the most recommended to face Maokai.

    Call of the Executioner

    This object decreases the healing of the enemy when it is hit by the possessor. A confrontation against Maokai is necessary this object, because it avoids the passive of it. The passive Maokai heals it each time it hits an enemy for a period of time.

    Death Fairy Veil

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    This item avoids any first skill that touches the possessor. This item is recommended for killing AP champions, as this item can prevent Maokai’s ultimate ability. You can’t get caught if Maokai tries to start with his ultimate.

    Zhonyas

    Zhonyas

    This item allows the possessor to remain immune for a moment after being activated. If Maokai tries to catch you with his ultimate, this object can make that ability go on long. Also if Maokai’s ability E will explode in you and cause you to die, this item can save you.

    Edge of the Night

    This object invokes a shield, when it is channeled in a moment. This object is necessary for ADCs or AD killers, because if they see Maokai trying to catch them they can channel that shield. You can not miss this item in the game against Maokai, it also brings in the lethality that helps quite a bit.

    Memories of Lord Dominik

    This object helps hit +20% physical damage to champions who have more life. As we know Maokai is a champion tank of enough life, if they do not have this object they will never be able to wear it. It is necessary to use this item, because it is a tank killer.

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