Maokai Guide

Key Insights
Maokai
P
's cooldown is reduced by 4 seconds anytime Maokai casts an ability or is struck by an enemy ability.
Maokai
Q
also knocks back nearby enemies.
Maokai
E
's placed in brushes last longer and deal double damage to enemies.
Maokai
E
reveals the affected area.
Maokai
R
's root lasts longer based on distance traveled and grants Maokai bonus movespeed when an enemy champion is rooted.
Strengths
Guarantees finding picks with
Maokai
W
's targeted root.
Maokai
E
's help set up objective plays and can act as free wards.
Maokai
R
doubles as a zoning tool to block enemies off from areas.
Synergizes well with
Sunfire Aegis
,
Winter's Approach
,
Dead Man's Plate
,
Abyssal Mask
,
Spirit Visage
, and
Warmog's Armor
. Can opt for
Hollow Radiance
,
Evenshroud
,
Imperial Mandate
, or
Liandry's Torment
when needed.
Weaknesses
Completely immobile, leaving him vulnerable to ganks.
Maokai
Q
is his main trading and waveclearing tool. When used for one, he can't do the other.
Maokai
E
's damage is unreliable, and most enemies can outrun Saplings.
Any form of Grievous Wounds hurts Maokai because of how much healing he has in his kit (
Bramble Vest
,
Executioner's Calling
,
Oblivion Orb
,
Chemtech Putrifier
,
Morellonomicon
,
Mortal Reminder
,
Thornmail
,
Chempunk Chainsword
).