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Yesterday I played Swain. I thought buying Zhonya's hourglass is pretty awesome on him, because of ap and armor of course, but mainly because I like to focus on the active. A pretty cool thing about it is, that when you use Zhonya's while he has his ultimate on, it stays active, which saved me very often. I was able to use Zhonya's at low health and when my Zhonya's active expired in the teamfight, I had like half hp or so.

The thing I wish to know from you guys is that which champs are good with Zhonya's and which are not, because I don't know which ultimates get interrupted by Zhonya's and which not.

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Most ap champs can use Zhonya.

The ones that make the most use of it are the ones like Swain that have an ability that keeps going even when using it.

Swain, Morgana, Kennen, Fiddlestick (ults) and Karthus (defile) are the ones, of the top of my head, that have such abilities that will keep going while under Zhonya protection.

It can also be used on squeesh ap champs that use it for the protection only and that they need to be in the middle of the fight to deal the most damage, like Fizz and Katarina. It's a life saver. It may be used on Kassadin but with his escape ability, it usually not as useful. It will be seldomly used on Annie, Brand and the other ap champs that usually are not in the middle of the fight in case they get there and needs time for another cycle of spells.

Other ap champs can still use it but some don't generally use it, like Diana and Orianna. You won't see many people running Zhonya on those 2.

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Diana it can be common on because of how deep she goes into the fight. Orianna is a good point, because long-range AP carries tend to prefer better damage items. It can be very difficult to go all the way to the back to get an Orianna or Anivia, Zhonya's becomes less useful but could still be a situational pick. – GarrettJ Mar 11 '14 at 18:29
I mentionned Diana as many seems to prefer getting items like Lich's bane that help melee ap with ad burst but it does show up occasionnaly indeed. – Jonathan Drapeau Mar 11 '14 at 18:42
Don't forget Heimerdinger. Place 3 Turrets, Ultimate-Turret, Hourglass and they're left with their thumb up their rear getting blasted to death by your turrets with you safe from all damage. – Shelby115 Aug 11 '14 at 18:59

Any champion that has an ongoing high damage ability that deals damage over time. For example, Fiddlesticks ultimate ability allows him to teleport into a group of enemies with an area of effect damage over time attack. The weakness of this ability is that Fiddlesticks is a low-HP squishy champion. The couple seconds of invulnerability from Zhonya's allows him to deal a proportionately high amount of extra damage, often leading to multikills.

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who is that boy on your profile picture, I see him so often xD – Ibrahim Apachi Jul 23 '14 at 8:38
1 – Linkian06 Jul 23 '14 at 14:09

Zhonyias hourglass is an Item that works well on absolutely every champion. And by every I really mean EVERY champion. I even sometimes buy it as a last item on ADCs. The active of this item is really unique to the game and the only champion that has something similar is Lissandra with her ultimate. (Of course Zed and Shaco aswell but those are like .25 seconds so nothing in comparison). Not even Fizz or Vladimir have this total immunity (they will still take ticking damage).

What champs synergize with zhonyas?

Short answer:
Everything! Of course ap champs work better and tanks shouldn't be in a situation to use it but you can really buy it on every champ.

Long answer:
There are 3 factors that determine whether or not a champion synergizes well with zhonyas.

  • 1: His ultimate
    When playing as Fiddlesticks for example your ultimate continues to work even after you pressed zhonyias. Usually it's easy to avoid these ultimates since the champions are really squishy and thus easily oneshotted. With zhonyas however you can counter that weakness and either force the enemy to run away from you and give you free moving space or they have to take damage and you can maybe kill them.
    Champs with those ultimates: Fiddle,Kennen,Morgana,Swain

  • 2: His (escape) Spells
    Also a big factor is whether or not you will get away after using zhonyas. The best thing would be of course some spell that makes you invurnerable once again and also is an escape spell at the same time (Fizz/Vlad/Elise). But you can also use some kind of offensive spell to regain HP or maybe a shield (Mordekaiser) Which boosts your survivability.
    Champs with those spells: Everything with gapclosers, Fizz, Vlad, Elise, Morde, Akali

  • 3: Scaling
    Last but not least there is the scaling. As i mentioned earlier you can buy zhonyas even on ADCs but it makes more sense to buy it on a champ that actually benefits from its stats. Otherwise you will spend 3.2k gold on 50 armor and a short invurnerability. But this isn't really hard to think about. It gives you a huge amount of AP and some decent armor. So basically you can buy it on every AP champion.
    Champs that scale well: Every single ap champion. No exceptions

Overall you can say it's a must buy for every AP midlaner and a (sometimes very) situational pick for other champions. You can deny timed spells, reset turret aggro and bait like a god with this item. And according to LoL wiki it's even 110% cost efficient without the active!!

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If scaling applies to all the ap champs, no exceptions, it's not a factor to decide if you wanna use it... you will want to if you only factor in that one. – Jonathan Drapeau Mar 11 '14 at 12:19
You could still use it on non ap champs that don't scale that well like Ezreal or Graves since they have some decent gapclosers where you can use Zhonyas to bypass the remaining cooldown of the jumps. – Jutschge Mar 11 '14 at 12:29
Please do not get it on Ezreal/Graves. Late game you probably shouldn't be using their mobility as gap closers. You should be using them as escape mechanisms to keep the tanks off of you. Getting a Zhonya's on them is a wasted item slot that could have something useful. Telling someone to get Zhonya's on a non AP is horrid advice. – dphil Mar 11 '14 at 13:49
Well actually their gap closers are what makes them viable in late game and believe me it saved me a lot of lives using zhonyas. Especially on ezreal it also gives you a little bit more damage in late game for team fights (you also scale a bit with ap). Zhonyias active is arguably the strongest buyable active effect in-game and it's no waste at all. I don't know how it is in lower elos but in high elo you often see people buying it as a last item on an ADC – Jutschge Mar 11 '14 at 13:54
@Jutschge: what elo is that? How often do you get to full build in a game? – Moberg Mar 11 '14 at 15:19

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