Originally Posted by Thee One
I believe the Malzahar build is manamune then cdr to spam spells and get 2-3 minions up at a time (which scale very well with ad)
Yes, Manamune to tanky items (thornmail / frozen heart / sunfire / banshees).
The Malzahar minion scales 50% out off Attack Damage AND 50% off your Armor, so if you're going against a bruiser / adc (which is what 90% of the players play) you can just stack up mana and resist items (like frozen heart / the new gauntlet / banshees) and it gives you both tankiness, damage (manamune % mana pump) and provides your minion with both damage and tankiness as well.
So while fighting you can just cast your spells, run around/juke and let your minion do the damage. The reason malz is so good is that he's so tanky and durable that the fights go on for a very long time so he can pop up to 3 minions while you try to juke and run away from your opponent. Most other characters actually have to standstill and fight to do damage