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Come forth, demons! - Zhong Kui quick guide for mid and solo laners (S6, 6.8)

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Smite God: Zhong Kui

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Solo
Solo Mid

Purchase Order

Standard Build Exaple Notes Standard build for a Zhong solo. Power + Defenses. You will tank a decent amount of damage while still be able to burst enemies with a high damage.

Sell shoes late game to buy Gem of Isolation after you get Elixir of Speed.

Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Celestial Legion Helm Celestial Legion Helm
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Pridwen Pridwen
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation

Start

Build Item Talon Trinket Talon Trinket
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Alternative Start Notes You can buy Mana Potions instead of multi potions.

Build Item Warrior's Blessing Warrior's Blessing
Build Item Tiny Trinket Tiny Trinket
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Multi Potion Multi Potion
Build Item Multi Potion Multi Potion

Tank Build Notes Sell shoes late game to buy Pythagorem's Piece after you get Elixir of Speed.

Build Item Warlock's Staff Warlock's Staff
Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone
Build Item Hide of the Urchin Hide of the Urchin
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation
Build Item Pythagorem's Piece Pythagorem's Piece

Anti Healing Build Notes Sell boots to buy Elixir of Speed and then build Gem of Isolation.

If your enemy is physical, then build Contagion and swap Breastplate of Valor for Genji's Guard

Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Pestilence Pestilence
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation

Defensive Options

Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Celestial Legion Helm Celestial Legion Helm
Build Item Hide of the Nemean Lion Hide of the Nemean Lion
Build Item Hide of the Urchin Hide of the Urchin
Build Item Magi's Cloak Magi's Cloak
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Midgardian Mail Midgardian Mail
Build Item Spirit Robe Spirit Robe
Build Item Bulwark of Hope Bulwark of Hope
Build Item Pestilence Pestilence
Build Item Oni Hunter's Garb Oni Hunter's Garb
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone
Build Item Genji's Guard Genji's Guard
Build Item Pridwen Pridwen
Build Item Contagion Contagion

Offensive Options

Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation
Build Item Warlock's Staff Warlock's Staff
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff
Build Item Staff of Myrddin Staff of Myrddin
Build Item Pythagorem's Piece Pythagorem's Piece
Build Item Dynasty Plate Helm Dynasty Plate Helm

Zhong Kui's Skill Order

Expose Evil

Expose Evil

1 X
1 8 11 12 14
Exorcism

Exorcism

2 A
2 4 6 7 10
Book of Demons

Book of Demons

3 B
3 15 16 18 19
Recall Demons

Recall Demons

4 Y
5 9 13 17 20

Introduction



Art by G-CAT (R.I.P)
My name is x MysTeRioN z, an majority Xbox Player but sometimes I play on PC too. I'm a Brazilian nice guy who likes to play FPS, Racing, Plataform and RPG games. I like to study and read when I'm not playing and I'm also studying to be a lawyer. I do love cute characters. My xbox gamertag is the same as here: x MysterioN z.



I'm here to bring you this quick guide to play with Zhong Kui on mid and solo lane. My objective here is be as quick as possible, so I don't want make a long guide (such as my Cupid guide: Love, find your mark!). I want to tell everything you need to know about this fat boi to play in mid or solo and without wasting time.


Art by whiteguardian via DeviantArt



Pros:
  • High Burst Damage Early/Mid game
  • Tank early game with damage
  • Good teamfight presence
  • Excellent wave clear and poke
  • Excellent healing
  • Fat but Hot




Cons:
  • Fall a bit at late game
  • Anti-healing shutdown his sustain
  • No escape (kill or be killed)
  • Mana hungry
  • Almost melee range
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Skills and Combos



Skills

Demon Bag
Type: Passive

Protections Increased: 0.8 per demon

Zhong Kui store a demon on his bag every time anything dies near him (80 units) and increase his protections based on how much demons are in the bag (max 40). If he dies he lost half of the demons. If he uses Recall Demons he gains double protections from the bag but loses half demons too.

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Expose Evil
Type: Line

Total Damage: 100/150/200/250/300 (+75% of your Magical Power) (divided in 5 ticks)
Slow: 20% for 5 secs


Zhong Kui marks all enemies in a line with his card damaging and slowing. 75% of remaining damage of this card is applied instantly if it is removed from the target.

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Exorcism
Type: Cone

Damage: 75/125/175/225/275 (+50% of your Magical Power)
Heal: 20/35/50/65/80 (+20% of your Magical Power)

ZK uses his power to remove the demons from the enemy, dealing damage as soon as the demons get out. If the enemy is marked by Expose Evil the demons will be absorbed by ZK, healing him (up to 3).

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Book of demons
Type: Area

Damage: 60/115/170/225/280 (+50% of your Magical Power)
Stun: 0.6/0.7/0.8/0.9/1 (2x if the target is marked)

Active: When used, ZK spins around himself stunning all enemies and marked targets are stunned for the double duration.
Passive: Book of Demons will attack whenever you attack with a basic attack dealing 50% of your basic attack damage.

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Recall demons
Type: Area

Damage: 80/95/110/125/140 (+20% of your Magical Power)
Damage (Max): 400/475/550/625/700 (+100% of your Magical Power)

Zhong Kui recall all demons he got to attack nearby enemies gaining double protections from his bag and becoming immune to knockback/knockup and slows for 5 secs.

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Combos

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How to Play


Early Game


  • You are STRONG and a problem to most part of mids and solo laners so try force some early fights and poke.
  • Try to clear the wave as soon as possible, and try to don't take damage from the wave. If the enemy cleared his wave first (what I usually doubt that will happen), retreat to your tower.
  • High recommend you take the damage buff if mid. If you see that there is a chance of the enemy take your buff, then do it even before your jungler comes. If this chance is not possible, wait for him.
  • In teamfights try to participate from some "safe" distance and use and abuse your of your damage whenever possible.
  • PUT WARDS ON THE MAP to avoid Ganks!!
  • Poke your enemy as soon as possible (See the "soft n hard poke" on Combos Section) and be careful doing it, he might call for help and put you in serious trouble, remember that you don't have any escape!!!!
  • FOCUS ON FARMING, you need to get big as soon as possible so every farm you see, do it if possible (camps or minions waves), especially the camps on the right and left side of mid lane and the totem of Ku.
  • Be careful to don't die. IF THE ENEMY GOT BIGGER THAN YOU, YOU WILL SUFFER SO MUCH.
  • Ask for help every time you need, and don't do anything that can compromise yourself.
  • Remember that you have a low health pool and no escape early game so "be smart".

Mid Game


  • Squishy target should be dying extremely easy for you if you hit your entire combo (including your ulti). Time to shine.
  • REMEMBER THAT OBJECTIVES ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN KILLS, so it's time to start to rotate, taking down towers, and kill with your team jungle bosses such as gold fury and fire giant.
  • ALWAYS try to participate of teamfights now, 'cause your skills ARE VERY USEFUL to the team and do a VERY GOOD amount of damage.
  • Now it's a nice moment to start rotate to surprise enemies and recall some demons!!!


Late Game


  • Time to group up.
  • This is when you fall a bit
  • Now you start to fall because you have a very short range and your enemies are doing a lot of damage now and if you don't have any defenses you will suffer.
  • Use wisely your skills now 'cause they are powerful and can change the teamfight destiny.
  • Stay with your team helping them and now, more than ever, participate in the team fights combining your skills with theirs.
  • Unfortunately, you are squishy, so YOU DIE FAST if you don't have any defenses at late game, BUT, you can counter it by playing safe and building some protections even if you are a mid. So, as long as you don't try to be a front line when mid and stay together with you team you will still being a killing machine.
  • As you should notice, an ultimate combo can kill a full health squishy target if you are a mid laner and remove a good amount of HP of the targets if you are solo.

Builds and Itemization


How to Build

Now I will talk about of how you should build ZK properly, what your build must have to be decent and viable.



how to build

Builds

In this section I tell you pros and cons of each build and for each situation each build were made for. If you wanna see comments about specific items on the builds, them go to the "Itemization" section.

Please don't forget to read the notes of each build, they have important comments ;)


solo

mid

Final Considerations



With this I shall banish the DEMONS! - Zhong Kui

Art by tomtomss via DeviantArt

My conclusion is that Zhong kui is a funny god to play and follwing the tips and builds I posted here I'm sure you will have good results in mid or solo. Good luck and have fun!!!

Special thanks:
  • Kaiology - For the amazing art on the headers

Check my other guides:




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Kriega1 (82) | August 13, 2019 12:05pm
Why bancrofts over pythags in solo?
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xmysterionz (45) | August 13, 2019 12:08pm
Both are good options but I felt bancroft let you be MUCH more aggressive early game and try a Snowball, that fit betters my play style, but again, both can work.
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Kriega1 (82) | June 19, 2019 4:00am
Get magus before Bancrofts in the Thoth stacking mid build
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Gulfwulf (62) | June 19, 2019 11:04am
Is Warlock's Staff worth picking up in solo?
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Kriega1 (82) | June 19, 2019 7:02pm
It’s ok-ish, but probably best if you rush tier 2 Warlocks to stack it soon. Otherwise go into Pythags instead.
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xmysterionz (45) | June 19, 2019 11:52am
Honestly I don't think so. It can be picked but I don't think it is the best option. Also if I didn't listed it, you guys probably would be asking for it :p
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