By: Newti

Skill Build
1 - Sword Throw
2 - Sword of the Damned
3 - Sword Throw
4 - Sword of the Damned
5 - Sword Throw
6 - Possession
7 - Sword Throw
8 - Sword of the Damned
9 - Sword of the Damned
10 - Hellbourne Zeal
11 - Possession
12 - Hellbourne Zeal
13 - Hellbourne Zeal
14 - Hellbourne Zeal
15 - Stats
16 - Possession
17 - Stats+

Justification / Modifications:
Standard build for all situations.

Lane Starting Items:
Runes of the Blight, Healing Potion, Mana Potion, 2x Crushing Claw, Minor Totem

Logger's Hatchet >> Whispering Helm>> Steam Boots >> Shrunken Head

Logger's Hatchet is needed to compensate for his weak base damage. Get Whispering Helm asap (before marchers) and start stacking ancients!
Steam Boots are the boots of choice since you can escape (and to an extent chase) with blink. Shrunken head is the Core Item on Malkien, being a rather squishy initiator. If you eat only one stun after initiation, chances are high you will die before you do your damage.

After Core:

Shieldbreaker/Insanitarious >> Daemonic Breastplate >> Behemoth's Heart >> Riftshards

Shieldbreaker is your item of choice. If you don't manage to farm it, get the easier-to-obtain Insanitarious. Then Breastplate for nice attackspeed and tanky-ish stats. If you farm really good you can directly skip to Heart + Riftshards which will put your damage through the roof.

Roles: Tank, Initiator, Carry
Prefered Lane: Short
Difficulty: 4 - Hard
Farming capabilities: 4 - Good
Item dependancy: 4 - Heavy (Used to be much lower, but since the nerf he needs quite some farm to be effective)
- Early Game / Lane Control: 3 - Medium (Sword Throw is very powerful, has some staying power)
- Mid Game / Ganks: 2 - Weak
- Late Game / Team Fights: 4 - Strong (Needs farm)

- Your job is to initiate battles with Sword Throw and Possession and let your team follow.
- When farming your ancient stacks use Sword Throw on cooldown and also don't be afraid to use your Ultimate. It has low cooldown and the splash helps a great deal, especially on large stacks.
- Keep Enchanted Flames active as soon as you get Whispering Helm. The lifesteal counteracts the damage you take. Whenever you drop below 25% hp in team fights, switch to Life Essence and machine-gun you life back up. You are very, very hard to kill in Possession form with Hellbourne Zeal maxxed out.
- Remember you can use Sword Throw to escape ganks. Throw the Sword into the Forest, blink and TP out.