Maokai is one of the champions getting a light rework in this year’s Tank focused, Mid-Season Update. In an effort to make The Twisted Treant a little more active and a little less passive, Riot has made changes to his Saplings and his Ultimate that should make him a more interesting champion to play with and against.
Passive - Sap Magic (Slightly changed!)
Maokai’s basic attacks periodically heal him. Sap Magic’s cooldown is reduced for each spell Maokai casts or is struck by.
Q - Bramble Smash (Unchanged)
Maokai smashes his fist into the ground, knocking back nearby enemies, slowing enemies in front of him, and damaging all affected enemies.
W - Twisted Advance (Unchanged)
Maokai transforms into a moving mass of roots, dashing to and rooting his target.
E - Sapling Toss (Slightly changed!)
Maokai flings a sapling to stand watch over an area. Saplings chase nearby enemies, exploding if they come in contact and slowing everything hit.
Saplings placed in a brush last longer and deal additional damage over time.
R - Nature’s Grasp (Changed!)
Maokai summons a colossal wall of brambles and thorns that advances forward, rooting enemies struck. Root duration increases the farther the wall travels.