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Tips Against Maokai in Top Lane Tips Provided by MOBAFire Guide Authors
I Am Goliath says “Similar to most tanks for Urgot, scaling matchup where you can't do too much to punish him early, I recommend building Cull on first back. Once you have Black Cleaver you can start to extended fight him more, once you get death's dance as well you should just destroy him.”
YoungTact says “Rush execs and build MR if their team has more ap. Play around his mana bar when looking for trades because his abilities cost him a lot. Your W doesn't work on his W. Remeber that his Q outranges yours so be cautious. Vid here: https://youtu.be/7Iufudcqj7Y”
Pathetic Singed says “Singed really struggles with killing Maokai, as do all champions. If you fling him he'll just W Q you and win the trade, he has super high sustain so whittling him down isn't an option, his R allows him to be relevant in teamfights even if you fling him away from your team. Your W cancels his W.”
Rhoku says “TL;DR - EASY LANE. DON’T TAKE BAD TRADES. DONT GET CHEESED BY SAPLINGS. TRY TO WIN TRADES HARD BECAUSE OF HIS SUSTAIN. CLEAVER IF BEHIND(somehow). CONQUEROR/PHASE RUSH BOTH WORK.
Even if you miss ALL of your abilities and just auto attack him, you will probably kill him. He is very shit at extended fights. A Maokai will be looking to safely farm with his abilities and keep trades with you short, damaging you a little and then disengaging, with him healing off of his passive later. Just don’t leave yourself in a position where he can easily knock you back without you retaliating. Q spam poke him off of minions. If he roots you in order to dodge the Q, just W/E him in order to stop him from escaping. If possible, time your E/W (whichever one is left) same time as his knock back so the slow lets you catch up. Maokai is VERY GOOD at setting up ganks.”
PH45 says “Can be semi-difficult to kill as he has built in sustain and he can just Q you if you try to jump on him. After 6 and with a couple items he shouldn't be a problem to you though. Bork is good buy against him.”
Drake6401 says “This is a pesky laner because of his sustain and CC. He's very good at buzzing you off every time you want to fight and is amazing at setting you up for his jungler to gank.
The best way to beat this lane is treat it like most tank matchups and zone him off the wave by establishing early kill pressure. Because of how easy he makes ganks to be, heavy warding is recommended and pray you are on blue side of the map because it's harder to gank than red side. Later in the game, you will want to invest in a Mortal reminder if he's an issue in fights.”
LiL Bunnie FuFuu says “Maokai is a pretty big threat to Thresh. He won't die after getting one item, can hard cc you more than you can hard cc him, and does more damage than you think. Bully him early but you won't be able to touch him later on. Go for a tanky build with CDR. A good Thresh is more useful than a good Maokai.”
Persicum777 says “his passive sucks, its awesome when he engages on your cause you can q combo then use e to reengage for another q combo and burst him hard dont do bush combos cause his minions can stack up dont engage or put yourself in a situation where he can engage you without having your passive out, if his ult is a problem qss is fine to grab here.”
Anoying bro5 says “More of an annoying match up. You can parry his Q and his E to stun him. Beware of ganks often as Maokai is easy to assist his jungle. Maokai is fairly easy to kill early if you play around his grasp proc and stuns. After he gets bramble, just focus on farming and possibly freezing to get your jungle to secure the kill.”
iZeal says “Run him down, only use your Q once you have a couple of bleed stacks on him already or else he will W to avoid it. W or E his Q so he can't disengage. Be wary of ganks as this is pretty much the only way for Mao to "win" this lane. His teamfight impact is huge however, so hope that your botlane did not int.
PH45 says “He will sustain a lot in lane but also runs out of mana extremely quick early on. Poke with Q and save your E2 for after he has used his Q. Keep vision up since Maokai has a ton of CC so he can setup ganks quite easily.”
Justkb says “Poke with auto's and run him down at level 3.if he dodges your Q with his E, press ghost and end him. if you get far enough ahead you can easily 2v1 the jungler as Moakai becomes a stacking tool.”
iZeal says “Very mana hungry early so you can just permapush him in and there is little he can do. Later on he becomes much harder to deal with since he shrugs off your damage with his passive sustain and has insane teamfighting capabilities. Be aware that his W can dodge your Q3 easily and his Q can displace your knock up sweet spot.
Once he has bramble trading becomes more difficult, so you might want to just push him into tower so he has to exhaust his mana if you can't fight him anymore.”
Rhoku says “Similar to any tank matchup, you just crush him. Bonus points if you Ult him as he ults as this will basically just make his ultimate meaningless. Not that you need to. He stands no chance ever. He is good at sustaining through his passive and cheesing damage through his saplings but when the cards are on the table, he can't stand up to you. Rylai into Lyandries and then just kill him over and over again.”
Ravenborne says “Ever since the Bami change and the Mana increase on Darius, it is really hard to kill him. He is way too tanky and you are forced to go Trinity Force in order to keep trading because you run out of Mana quicker. Black Cleaver does not really work here as you will run out of Mana too quickly during Lane Phase, but it'll be good out of Laning Phase. Do not stand close to tower as he can Q you into tower and then R for a easy kill. You can also get easily ganked so watch out for that. I'd say just keep pressure on him so he can't TP gank and play for farm.”
Do1HaveTh3Sauce says “Not played very often, but is an issue when going against him. He builds tank which makes him impossible to kill solo. Also, his R roots you and every team member around you, making it easier for him to kill you.”
Phrxshn says “This is a fair match-up for Warwick so not too hard nor too easy. Dodge his Bramble Smash(Q) by avoiding the front of Maokai. Avoid his Sapling Toss(E) as it deals "Maximum Health Percentage". Dodge or get out of range of Nature's Grasp(R) to avoid snare. (Outscaling Edge: Warwick) (Recommended Items: Blade of the Ruined King, Mercury's Treads) (Primal Howl or Infinite Duress prevent Maokai from casting Twisted Advance or his snare) (Sustained 1v1 Trades: Warwick)”
ERNESTSAURUS says “CONQUEROR SETUP - DORANS SHIELD / 3 REJUVENATION BEADS OR CULL + POT =
Maokai is one of the easiest matchups for Nasus, remember Nasus was used in WORLDS by Longzhu Gaming as a COUNTERPICK against FNATIC Maokai last pick, Longzhu was able to win the game with a clear Top lane advantage as Nasus was 2/0/0 even . This is one of the most realistic lanes that you can ever have as a tiny threat to Nasus. Maokai simply lacks of Mana sustain and Damage to outpoke Nasus, farm behind your minions and look to predict his Q to reduce his damage and once you get lvl 6 and Sheen he can't stop you unless he has his jungler but with the Conqueror setup, you can pretty much do 1v2's. Later on to the game you should have kills from laning phase and look to either teamfight if the enemy team has little CC, or look to setup a splitpush in case they have a lot of CC. This lane you will only lose it if you are either trolling or you got permaganked.”
chrisorion says “Can be annoying due to him having a lot of sustain in his kit. He shouldn't be able to kill you unless you get hit by his Q a lot. Parry his W or his R. Avoid brushes if he throws saplings in it. Go Manamune if he goes Bramble Vest and Ninja Tabi.”
Phrxshn says “This is a fair match-up for Maokai so not too hard nor too easy. Dodge his Bramble Smash(Q) by avoiding the front of Maokai. Avoid his Sapling Toss(E) as it deals "Maximum Health Percentage". Dodge or get out of range of Nature's Grasp(R) to avoid snare. (Outscaling Edge: Even) (Recommended Items: Abyssal Mask, Adaptive Helm) (Sustained 1v1 Trades: Even)”
Twist21 says “Maokai is one of the tanks that is killable for you in the late game if you itemize properly but for the most part you will have to play for tp roams aswell as against any tank matchup.Standard runes for this one.”
mscocca says “Maokai is going to abuse and get you out of the bushes where you should be staying the most during the laning phase. He's probably the best tank in the game so it will be very hard to win the lane and give your lead from the Top Lane.”
Bombabo says “Maokai won't beat you in damage, but he will likely win a war of attrition. Keep in mind that each of your passive procs will lower the cooldown of his passive healing, making him hard to kill. In laning phase, He will likely play passively and keep his health topped off, until his jungler comes”
wallobear53 says “Maokai will plant his E saplings in the lane brushes and the river brushes both as a way to provide vision as well as allow him to avoid gank due to the E slow. Be careful about them and let your Jungler know about their location beforehand.
Maokai can tank up a lot of damage and then heal it back up with his Passive. Rely on your Auto-Attacks for damage and make sure you go for short trades and don’t give him enough time to heal a lot of health with his Passive.
After his first back, take a good look at which item he has taken as it can allow him to win extended skirmishes with ease. If he all-ins you, CC him immediately and then back off after landing whatever amount of return damage which you can possibly land.
I Am Goliath says “Another favored matchup for you atleast in lane just because your W and poking abilites are so good against tanks and champions that can't get to you, the only thing Maokai can do to get onto you is W which then you can just E away and keep on kiting him.”
AWierdShoe says “Position your blade, make 1-2 empowered Q auto’s and apply your grasp whenever it’s up, and back out, and repeat. You’re simply so much stronger all early levels than he is, abuse it to the max with short trades. The only thing you should be careful about is taking longer trades inside a minion wave, since he can lock you down for a long time with W + Q, while healing himself up with the passive. So keep short trading him down for every CS he goes for until he’s low enough for you to all in him.
ClanBlade says “In theory he should counter you as his W makes you hard to Q him but his early game is garbage as he need items to scale and suffers from mana problems, abuse this to win the early game but beware, he outscales you hard. ”
Urgodzilla says “Very annoying passive. In my opinion Maokai is actually the only tank who can win against Urgot: each shotgun will reduce his passive cooldown and even healing reduction will not help you. If he builds Thornmail or at least Bramble vest he will most likely win 1v1. Sounds weird but trust me.”
Fiora Pogjet says “Maokai doesnt have much damage and in the early game you can outtrade him very easy. You can predict his Q with prarry which isn't that hard but you can also prarry his W if he goes for a trade which should be easy. At lvl 6 u have more pressure on him and can kill him easily.”
NullPC says “Annoying unkillable tree that will make supression look like soft cc. Overall his sustanin makes your poke negligable and is super tanky, watch out for ganks and only go for all ins when hes low on mana”
ModxLoL says “Despite what every other low elo Riven main claims, Riven actually beats Maokai in lane when played correctly. The most important thing is to not get knocked back by his Q when you're trading with him WHILE YOUR SHIELD IS NOT UP. His Q and W are what you have to watch out for in this matchup. It's why W into 3rd Q is a really important combo in this matchup. If you don't 3rd Q immediately after your W, then he can use either his W to cancel the damage and knock up(which means another auto) of your 3rd Q, or he can knock you out of your animation with Q and disengage.”
EntxRecoil says “Conqueror or Lethal Tempo Runes and Build. Ignite + Flash. Long sword refillable potion start. The biggest thing about maokai matchup is sticking onto him with his ways of disengaging with his Q. Maokai can actually cancel tryndamere's spin with his Q knockup if he times it correctly, so you need to always look to start trades with an auto attack or wait until he q's minions to look to spin on him. Make sure that if you are doing an extended trade that you move your character in between auto attacks to stay between maokai and his escape path (usually his turret.) Maokai wants to take short trades with you, but Tryndamere wants the long trades. So make sure when you pressure him that you are manipulating your wave so that it is in a position where you have plenty of room to run him down. When you dive a Maokai after getting him low enough, make sure that you save your spin to stick onto him rather then just for damage. Always start a dive off with an auto attack if its possible that way you can save your spin to better stick onto your opponent. In the mid-late game Maokai gets really tanky, but on the splitpush if he is overextended past his turret you can still run him down. Maokai usually won't have enough damage to threaten a 1v1 solo kill against tryndamere. If you cannot dive maokai, use your mobility to outrotate him and look for spots to flank his team after pushing him in.”
Dantheman81 says “Maokai isn't too difficult to lane against. He has to get close to you to attack and his saplings got nerfed so don't do nearly as much damage. He will eventually become extremely tanky and have an unreasonable amount of cc so if you get ahead don't get cocky.”
Alan234 says “Go PTA and attack speed.
Maokai just sort of w's you and you die. Dont go close to bushes because of his e (unless early game to zone him away). Dont go for harass when he wants to cs with his q (you will probably get hit by it). Look at their junglers pathing because maos gank setup is crazy. If mao all ins without his jungler commit with ignite and try to kill him (doable with agressive build and PTA). Be alpha”
Theknight31 says “Actually maokai is a very good champ he is a tank and he do some damage you need to dont die on your lane and roam for gain an advantage and try to kill all the enemies for being fed and end. Dont be aggressive in lane and dont stay always in the same bush because is e counter you”
Xplor says “I played a few times against Maokai on top lane as Yorick and probably is one of the easiest games. As Yorick, you should never have a problem to take him down, but don't go under his turret as he can root you in place and you will easily die then.”
Darrkescru says “Eu geralmente uso colheita contra ele, builda ap normal sempre puna ele dando AA + Q e tenta ao maximo desviar do Q dele, de forma geral e uma lane facil pois ele não tem dano pra te matar e vai buildar tank, pusha a wave rapido e tenta ajudar seu jg se ele ficar jogando safe”
Angela du Seithr says “Malgré l'énorme puissance de Maokai ces derniers temps et sa tenue de lane extrêmement puissante, il souffre de sa haute base de points de vie face à Lillia. Certes il favorise les ganks, mais il n'a que très peu de chances de pouvoir gagner un 1v1 si vous vous positionnez correctement, même une fois le Casque Adptatif complété.”
WayOfTheTempesst says “Impossible to lose 1v1 to him since conqueror makes it so you always win early against tanks. E away when his aftershock is about to proc on you to avoid extra damage he does with it. Windwall his Es and stay away from the bushes so his saplings don't chunk you. Post 6 save windwall for his ulti. Only dangerous thing in this matchup is his gank setup due to his pt click hard cc. Make sure you know where jungler is before you go on him and the matchup is free.”
ForOrion says “The Tree is a force of nature a shark can't really compete with. Early is possible, but overall just dont get into this matchup without understanding you'll be in the dirt under your tower if he gets ahead. His early is somewhat strong, but your damage can out trade enough to secure a execute once you reach 6.”
MateuszNH says “Skill matchup in his favour.
On highest elo he is almost unbeatable for you but without as much pressure to deny your CS as extreme thread champs, In lower ones you can all in him lvls 1-3 and you should be fine after 6 if he doesn't stack too much armour or buy black cleaver (don't do it if no one else is tanky though). Avoid trades in lvls 4-5, his Q is too strong punishment.
Try to jump on him with E everytime he uses Q, otherwise he can use it to disengage(if he doesn't just melt him and it's free game), try to bait him away from bushes and do get yourself cheesed into them by his Q. Keep good vision because he set up ganks extremely good.
report singed ty says “Boring lane because you're never going to kill him and he's never going to kill you. You can just proxy farm laning phase and neither of you are going to come out on top unless he's bad. I marked it as easy because as long as you don't try anything stupid you won't lose.”
HIGH TEST TOP88 says “Nuclear bomb for enemy backline, weark earlygame and doesnt really armorstack as well as ornn or malphite.
Use your W only if he cant W you to dodge it and its ez.
Buy executioners eventually.
Kingarthur720 says “maokai isnt too big of a threat as are most tanks but he does have the cc in his kit to make your life miserable if you arent careful. Hes more of a MR tank than armour but can easily transition into armour if necesary. Build LDR and BC after RFC and PD. Yuoll be able to kill him easier that way”
VIP Titan says “Honestly, with you maxing E first than Q. Maokai is no threats at all and just waited to be killed in lane.
Only things to remember is to dodge his Q and thats the only burst and don't stand to close. You rather let it slow you than knocks up for one second. ”
TrinityForceYasuo says “Maokai is really annoying for yasuo, he can cancel your Q with his or dodge it with your W which snares you. Try to stay away from the bushes because most likely he will have put 1 or 2 of his E's in there. Early game is the time to try and trade with him to make an all-in possible bit later. If he gets too tanky i would suggest go for a bork it will help you take bad trades and kill him too. Also his R is blockable with your W. Freeze against him because he is a tank and he ain't gonna win extended trades.”
Discord Rengar Mains says “You can't kill him, he can't kill you, but he scales pretty well and his CC is kind of nuts. He can set up ganks decently well too, and if you are not careful he can whittle you down without you even noticing. He is also kind of annoying because of his empowered E on bushes, which means that you might eat free (if not crippling) poke for trying to abuse your strengths. That's not to say lane is hopeless however; far from it. You can deal with him easily at levels 3-5 and if you get a kill or two he will never be able to do anything to you on his own. The only real problem is that, if the lane goes even, he will just facetank everything you have because of armor and his passive, which means that trying to kill him on your own is a complete waste of each other's time. To try and get a lead, get charges early, begin poking him down, and at levels 2 to 3 you can try to go for the kill if he is around 50% HP and you have ignite. You can save up W for his Q damage, it will reduce most of it without issue and if he isn't careful he will run out of mana fast trying to bring you down. BotRK + BC makes this matchup considerably easier, if only because you will hurt him enough to reconsider (if he didn't get bramble vest, ofc).
Ignite and TP are both valid options, but don't get the former if you think you won't be able to kill him for whatever reason early game. Conqueror is the way to go, it just allows you to fight him at any time without issue.”
Rivenetto says “Make sure you get executioners in laning phase.Dont go into bushes and dont fight him after level 3,try to get level 6 first and all in him.After that u cant really kill him,similar to Ornn matchup.Use ur wave clear advantage and roam on other lanes.”
lugzinho says “The invulnerabilty is kinda cancerous but he can still get pulled by your Q while on his W
The Grievous Wounds buff also made this matchup better since he doesn't get much healing from his passive.
If it gets too tanky to the point he wins fights, just push the leane and look for roams with your R or TP (if you brought it)”
Thr3shPrinc3 says “You should be able to win this lane since you can out sustain him during the laning phase and poke him out of lane. Be careful for ganks and pushing up too far as his CC can kill you when paired with a jungler. Don't try to flay him when he uses his W as it makes him untargetable and you will just waste your mana and cooldown. Late game he will be very tanky so you are probably not going to be able to kill him late game so just focus on squishier targets and stick to your team.”
6MillionBreads says “He doesn't really have kill pressure on you at any point, you can't kill him either because of his passive and Grasp sustain. Just focus on efficient farming and wait for ganks or just roam. You outclass him in teamfights imo”
Pedrokis says “Não é um tank tão chato de se jogar contra que nem o Malphite. / O maior problema dele é a cura; recomendo buildar Chamado do Carrasco e Cutelo Negro de first e tomar cuidado com os ganks do jungler inimigo, visto que o Maokai tem um tanto bom de CC.”
NoxianBlood says “Maokai is a sustained tank but you can easily out trade him every time just get some magic resist, and stun him with few knock-ups and don't make him root you and Q you, he can interrupt your channel, and watch out for late game he will incredibly out sustain you but overall Maokai doesn't really pare well against Sion, so if you play this correctly you should win.”
TheRevenantsHand says “Besides the fact he refuses to die, Maokai isn't to be that scared of. That out of the way, don't just let your guard down against this tree. He'll do quite some damage early, and will heal a lot. To kill him better, Cut Down should defeat him good. Morellonomicon and Liandry's should end him. Ult him only after he ults.”
ozmankaan says “Another unkillable, bt he cant kill u too. just farm calmly till 6 n get BC as soon as possible, he is doable then, he is easy to trade against just hard to kill coz too tanky, u will win lane easy.”
Split King says “You probably won't kill him if he just stacks tank stats, but he really can't kill you either in 1v1's. Maokai can, however, lock you down, and will often do so combined with a gank. This matchup is mostly about avoiding ganks. ”
Big Belly Bop says “You will need to keep away from bushes and get wards out ASAP. Maokai doesn't have lots of damage in his kit but he does have CC, which is a jungler's favorite thing. People love to camp this ol' guy due to his Slow, Root, Snare, Knockup, etc. Poke him early on and be ready to have a tent set up! Flash + TP, Corrupting Potion, Sustain rune page. You can trade out Bloodline for Tenacity if you prefer.”
ExfIamed says “So basically our "juggernaut" ( juggernauts are suppose to beat tanks btw) gets one shotted by maokai at pretty much every stage of the game regardless of how far behind he is and how ahead you are, but you can in laning phase once you get cleaver and executioners MAYBE beat him in a fight. Pack a lunch though cause you'll be at it for a couple days.”
oscarlotus says “Your worst matchup by far. If he lands his W on you once you will 100% lose the trade no matter the level. He even wins over you early game by that point you know its a losing matchup.”
mightydylan101 says “Maokai is a rarely seen champ but he is more now then the past few months. Be sure to just outfarm and outscale him because if you get caught too close he can combo you and easily dominate lane if you dont stay back.”
ProgettoYorick says “I have practically no more than 2 games against maokai, but I can tell you that its damage is zero against you want, in this case you will be the bullies of corisa
OTP tip: prioritize the farm, don't waste resources hitting it.”
Atlascrower says “Maokai can reset you poke with his Passive, has tons of cc, but early mana-problems. Its not difficult for you to get into the Game, but you cant kill him. Be aware of Ganks, His CC is enough for you.”
Aizo says “If for whatever reason you are in a blind pick game and the .00001% chance that both toplaners pick maokai, watch out, its probably me you're up against and I don't suffer any fools when it comes to maokai top dittos.”
Lynboe says “Maokai ne peut pas vous approcher. Et si vous gérez votre vague de sbires correctement il se fera sévèrement punir s'il essaye de farm, le Doran’s shield rendra ses trade insignifiants, les bottes de Mercure sont également très efficaces face à cet Arbre.
Essayez de freeze la vague de sbires proche de votre tourelle afin de l’empêcher de faire faire quoi que ce soit.
Sonny2o9 says “He doesn't have enough damage to kill you. Be careful as he can dodge your damage with his twisted advance (w). Trade with autos and q until you can one shot him. Free kill if he doesn't have flash. Remember you can Combo through his twisted advance and ultimate to escape a gank or to all in him. ”
Zestysquid says “You probably won't kill him ever unless he jumps into your boxes early on. If it happens later in the game he'll usually survive even 4+ boxes. His Q can knock back boxes and briefly stun them. Best option in this lane is to push him into tower and try to kill the jungle if they gank.”
Prince Afghan says “Maokai will be very difficult to kill but also does next to no damage as you can sustain almost all of it back up. Just focus on warding and not dying to ganks and you will be set.”
M2 Jizu says “Aunque el Maokai vaya full tanque, comprate resistencia mágica, revisa el equipo enemigo para ver si necesitas las Botas de Mercurio, si ves que las necesitas compralas en el primer back.”
RainbowNova says “Maokai isn't annoying against Tankmo. If he uses his passive on you while you have Thornmail, the healing will be demolished. His abilities aren't that annoying, they're more cc-based than damage based.”
Lil Tidepod says “Maokai is really tanky, and his passive can turn the tides of a lot of fights, as the heal he gets from it is insane, but he really shouldn't be a threat to you without his jungler. He simply doesn't do enough damage. His W makes your Q easily avoidable, as he goes untargetable when he uses it and he'll root you when he gets to you, but good timing will allow you to hit the majority of Q's. ”
DrMoneybags says “Maokai does pretty solid damage, but after his non-stop nerfs after his rework he's not much of a threat if you play well. He's only as much of a threat as his jungler is, so be sure to ward efficiently against ganks. Cleaver+Mortal Reminder+BotRK will help you fight him when he stacks HP and armor lategame.”
Big Boy Matty D says “He pretty much can't kill you unless he has help. You have a few windows to kill him before he gets too tanky, at level 3, 6 and when you complete Trinity Force. Try to engage when he uses abilities to waveclear. If you can't kill him look to push up and roam using your ultimate.”
ElleryTheViking says “Pretty boring match-up. Two tanks bludgeoning it out. He wont ever solo kill you though. Q W E spam can definitely do some work, but with his cc and passive he's pretty hard to actually put down. Best bet is when he overextends post 6 is to ghost ult and all in him. ”
SwiftOblivion says “Strengths: Tanky, Sustain, CC heavy. Weaknesses: Predictable CC, Sustain matched, Out-scaled. There was once a time where Maokai was a menace in the top lane, but now that time has passed. He is a much easier matchup than he once was considering you match him in terms of sustain and He’s a tank and you’re Fiora. You should be able to handle him throughout the early game if you do not feed him as you will scale much harder than he does. You can riposte his bramble smash and his root to get a free stun off and same applies with his ultimate. His sustain does make it difficult to all-in him so you are essentially focusing on farming and gaining items where your passive begins to shred him and the HP he is starting to build. Also, he shouldn’t be able to match you in a split push later in the game as if that needed to be stated any more.”
Proxxecube says “Tree, also known as Groot, can be slightly dangerous as his sustain from cannibalism can make him a pain to push out. But, he is a tank, and you can simply shred down his enormous health and resistance pool.”
Trixelkour says “Counters you with more health and sustain than ever. Rush Adaptive and Merc threads to survive. Get Ghost and Flash just to play it safe. Makes you very susceptible to ganks. Don't even think about solo killing him, you have to be extremely ahead.”
undeadsoldiers says “Maokai - Conqueror
Early items (in order) - Tiamat, Mercs, Phage
- NO all in lvl 1-2 (even if passive stacked)
- Play safe in lane (avoid trades)
- Stay away from the bushes where he hides his saplings and never faceheck them when entering lane (he can early cheese you by rushing to lane and filling a bush with saplings)
- NO all in alone until Trinity
- He can dodge your ult with his burrow
- Ult cooldown: 120/100/80
Zachlikespizza says “He is very similar to Malphite except he is very spooky early. Maokai brings a very suprising amount of consistent damage early game and may be able to out play you by w'ing through your q's. Always be on guard against him and keep an eye out for the enemy jungler.”
TakeLPlease says “Maokai has tons of armor and health late game. Use their health and armor early game as an advantage. Late game will be hard to take them down. They will also deal lots of damage if you don't take them out early game, so beware. Also be careful of his exploding minions as it does massive tons of damage and keep you out of brushes.”
thedunkening111 says “He's not too bad. Can get tanky, but always killable. Even if zenith blade puts you behind him, he'll still be able to knock you away with how his own Q works. Look for long trades, and all in him when he is in lethal and can be bursted.
galvapheonix says “ Maokai isn't too difficult to lane against. He has to get close to you to attack and his saplings got nerfed so don't do nearly as much damage. He will eventually become extremely tanky and have an unreasonable amount of cc so if you get ahead don't get cocky.”
Cyti says “Very even match up, since you cannot kill him but mid-late game, he can kill you. His passive makes his laning very easy against Veigar and so you should not poke him. Focus on getting cs instead. ”
yers says “Thick and he's going to make facechecking uncomfortable. Most you can do is play for earlygame and try to kill him then. Otherwise it will require your support to pitch in a lot of effort to take him down as well.”
Terrific says “Just obnoxious and annoying. Care for his W and plants in bushes. They do annoying amount of damage. His W is very dangerous because he will be able to position himself behind you and Q you towards his ADC. punish him for having cooldown and his melee range.”
Snap0ner says “Skill matchup. An smart Maokai will ward his jungle, and ask for help when he is countered so they destroy you in 2v1 with his CC. When invading, avoid taking common paths, and going 1v1 him isn't a good idea if he has everything up. Focus on feeding your lanes and securing all drakes. Since his ganks are epicly strong earlygame due to jump-stun, make sure your lanes are warded so enemy jungle is, so your allies can predict his ganks.”
The Top Bear says “This guy is annoying to kill, and can deal a surprising amount of early damage. I would be careful when invading and try to ward up his jungle. However, you still need to try and kill him in the jungle. Just watch out for his untargetability.”
Yuki H. says “Most of his damage is magic damage, and he has plenty of cc which makes it really hard for Graves to duel him. However, his clear speed isn't the best, and it is very easy to counter jungle him to set him further and further behind in xp, where eventually you will be able to 1v1 him. Executioner's is a good purchase into him.”
xTheUnlimited says “Rarely seen in the jungle, but if, he wont be a big threat to you. Hes pretty tanky, yes, but so are you. Your ganks, your CC and your 1v1 potential are way bigger than his. In a 1v1 you should still take care off his healing, because that may cause you some problems. ”
Violzandre says “This Isn't a real threat but he has a lot of cc and a great healing, a good tank, you can't kill him in early if you're alone, and in late it will be difficult, if you only want to gank and farm in early and midgame, you'll be fine.
It's very good in the teamfights, be careful with that, and if he's with a teammate, they can easily kill you if they find you in your jungle.”