“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.”
“Recommended: Standard Runes & Ignite
Tips: Passive shield his Q poke. Don't run into bushes with saplings. Don't try to dive him because he can CC you for 3 seconds.”
“Maokai can be a real pain to deal with, just keep your distance and do not allow him to get too close, as he will constantly knock you back, gap close, sustain and deal a ton of passive damage through his tanky item build. Void Staff will benefit you greatly in this match-up especially into the late game. You're better off keeping your distance and poking passively with your (Q). You can stop him from sustaining early game with Oblivion Orb and help you get more kill pressure upon him throughout it. Overall it's a pretty hard CC match-up where you don't want to be extended into him all game, due to gank pressure and his lockdown.”
“Build Sunfire Aegis.
Don't use the skill for no reason so that he doesn't heal himself heavily.
Wait for your R and destroy him.
“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 coupled with Divine Sunderer.”
“Maokai is annoying but generally has low kill pressure (and poke) on you. Go tanky with grasp and make him miserable.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Free Lane: Build Executioner Calling and use your Shapesplitter (W) on the bushes when he throws his Sapling Toss (E).”
“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.”