Malphite is a tank top lane champion. As long as Malphite can survive the early game and farm up to get his core items, he can really be a game-changer in the late game with his Ultimate Unstoppable Force. When he groups up in the mid and late game with his team this is really where Malphite can carry the game and be a big front-line tank that allows the rest of his team to walk up and damage the enemies.
Malphite is known as being a solo front-line tank that can survive a lot of damage and that reflects in his build. Sunfire Aegis is a perfect first item for Malphite. It gives you a bunch of health that you need and does damage to nearby enemy champions and/or monsters. Most of the time Malphite will be in the face of the enemy using Ground Slam (3rd Ability) to reduce the enemy's attack speed. Abyssal Mask is another great item for Malphite if you are against a lot of magic damage on the enemy team. Not only does it give you health, magic resistance, and much-needed mana, the item is also great for its passive. Nearby enemy champions take 15% more magic damage. This is for you and the rest of your team so when you get on top of the enemy not only will you do more damage but so will the rest of your team.
For runes we have:
This is great for Malphite especially in the early game. You can use Arey in combination with your Seismic Shard (1st Ability) to get that early poke damage off on the enemy.
Good way to get some extra ability power that can help at all stages of the game, especially early game when your poking with Seismic Shard.
Since our final build doesn't have mana and sometimes Malphite can struggle a bit with mana issues especially in the early game when poking down the enemy. Regeneration can help by regening mana over time.
With Seismic Shard (1st Ability) being an easy point and click spell to hit the enemies it's really easy to get stack on this rune to gain more mana which helps a lot as the game goes on.
Malphite doesn't do the best in the early game as a tank but as mentioned before it's best to stay back, farm up and poke down the enemy with your Seismic Shard (1st Ability). When you get close to the enemy and start to fight you want to make sure to use Ground Slam (3rd Ability) to reduce their attack speed. This will help a lot when fighting early on. Once you reach Level 5 and get Unstoppable Force (Ultimate) you can look for a solo kill on the enemy top lane if they are low or save it and roam down to Dragon when it spawns at 4 minutes and group up with your team to get a big game-changing Ulitmate on the enemy team.
The later the game goes the tankier and stronger Malphite will get! Not only do you have a great team fight Ultimate that can change the game but you also are really tanky and unkillable at this point of the game that you can walk up and take all the damage whilst your team is doing all the damage to them. You want to stay with your team at all times and try not to get caught out by yourself. You don't do well at all in a 1 vs 1 situation.
With Malphite being one of the only full tank options in the game right now he is really safe and really easy to play. If you like to have an Ultimate that can change and win you the game in an instant whilst also being a big front line tank then Malphite is the go-to champion for you.
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