This article is part of “Professional Help” an ongoing series of tips and tricks from pro players on their favorite characters.
Sky Wee is a full-time streamer and professional MLBB player. He finished First Runner Up at the GamePlan Anime Expo 2017, and Runner Up at the Singapore Game3asia Game Tournament 2017.
Known by the title “King of Fighters”, he excels on an assortment of fighters at a high level, even when they are not in the meta, and is best known for being the global rank one Zilong player for three seasons and counting.
Considered one of the strongest “assassin-fighters” in the game, Zilong may be easy to play but he’s also one of the hardest to master.
Here are five tips from the man himself to up your Zilong game.
1. Run Assassin Emblem
Start with Agility for the extra movement speed to help you engage or run away when needed. Next, pump points into Invasion for increased physical penetration, and finally Bounty Hunter.
These choices max out Zilong’s damage, and gives him more burst.
2. Watch your early game positioning
What differentiates a top tier Zilong is his positioning and timing. In the early game, focus on farming up fast, ganking, taking Crab, and securing Red Buff.
Use bushes to your advantage by hiding in them, then patiently wait for the right opportunity to strike with his full combo of Supreme Warrior, into Spear Strike, and Spear Flip.
3. Keep creating opportunities for yourself and your team
Secure first blood by hiding in the bush adjacent to mid lane at level one. The moment the enemy heroes push up a minion wave, Spear Flip them into your team for an easy kill.
From there, you can invade the enemy’s blue buff with a number’s advantage. Keep looking for chances to steal their jungle creeps so that they will have less XP and gold than you.
From mid to late game, work with your allies to set up combos and keep up the pressure.
4. Use this all-rounded item build
As core items, Wind Talker and Demon Hunter Sword help increase Zilong’s attack speed, while Raptor Machete increases his effectiveness in clearing the jungle.
What sets my build apart from others is the addition of Queen’s Wings. An item that reduces damage taken by 50% when your hero’s HP is less than 40%, it prevents Zilong from getting burst down in any situation. Finally, in the late game, opt for Immortality.
5. Late game strategy
Because Zilong is best at 1v1 situations in the late game, I recommend solo pushing a lane. However, you’ll need high map awareness in order not to get caught out of position.
When fights break out, it is crucial for Zilong to pick his targets carefully. Focus primarily on killing the enemy’s most important heroes – marksmen and assassins.