Wave clear pressure, roams, and maximum utility.
Empowered abilities and resource manipulation
Your attacks and abilities send Aery to a target, damaging or shielding allies.
Hitting enemy champions with a spell grants maximum mana.
After reaching 250 mana, Manaflow Band restores 1% of your missing mana every 5 seconds.
Gain 10% CDR when you reach level 10. Excess CDR becomes AP or AD, Adaptive.
Gain increasing amounts of AD or AP, Adaptive over the course of the game.
Creative tools and rule bending
Start the game with 6 Minion Dematerializers. Killing minions with the item gives permanent bonus damage vs. that minion type.
+5% Max CDR
+5% Summoner Spell CDR
+5% Item CDR
+5 AD or 9 AP
+6 Armor or 8 MR (match-up)
Summon Aery is a great offensive as well as defensive tool on Zilean as casting [E] on a friendly target will grant them the shield.
Zilean is a champion who relies heavily on casting his ability often, sometimes leaving you out of mana during important fights. Manaflow Band helps you to regen that mana when paired with ROA.
Transcendence allows you to build an early ROA while still hitting that important mid game CDR cap.
Gathering Storm is a fantastic rune on Zilean as it allows you ro safely scale into a deadly late game carry with high bomb potential while still retaining your teamfight utility.
Minion Dematerialzer plays a key role in being able to keep the lane pressure/wave clear up so you're able to leave lane and find ganks or fights with your jungler.
The bonus damage to minions allows you to clear waves in 2 bombs without stragglers being left behind to auto attack.
Zilean's strongest stat is cooldown reduction as it allows him to get more of his high base-damage [Q] off as well as empoewring/slowing targets with [E].