Originally Posted by CerealBoxOfDoom
but dont they just kindof fail to survive?
Still ignoring all the arguments I posed in my thread I see. I have explained time and time again why they DO survive, and you have failed to provide logical counter-arguments. Shall I explain it again?
Nobody focuses them. Voidings have 200 (+50/level) health, and smite deals 460 (+30/level) true damage. Level 13 is the threshold at which smite deals just enough damage to kill a voidling. Beyond this, smite will no longer kill a voidling. This leaves a very small window in the mid game where the enemy jungler can, if
he has smite available, kill one
of Malzahar's voidlings. By this point in the game, Malzahar is capable of summoning another voidling within a few seconds, although granted, this delay does weaken AD Malzahar.
Smite will kill voidlings in the lane phase, but this is only possible if the jungler is present, which very likely means that he is making a gank attempt. Malzahar doesn't need his voidling while he's running away from a gank.
In the late game, smite will not kill voidlings. The only other option at this point is to spend precious abilities, auto attacks, and time trying to kill Malzahar's voidlings, which is effectively the same thing as trying to kill a bruiser as an assassin: you waste your cooldowns and time, meanwhile, the enemy AD carry is beating on your team and you're not doing your job of trying to take him out. Even during the mid and early game, smite will only eliminate a single voidling, of which Malzahar will likely have two. You are weakening him, but certainly not destroying him. Also, during the mid game, most major team fights are to lay claim to dragon. If your jungler uses smite to weaken AD Malzahar's voidlings, he will not have it available to potentially steal or secure the dragon.
Finally, the AoE abilities of mages will not kill off voidlings. Malzahar's voidlings will, for one, be chasing his enemies. The enemy mage's abilities are going to targeted at Malzahar's team. The voidlings are not likely to be hit by AoE magic, and even if they are, with 1100 HP and 50 MR at level 18, it will take more than 1, or perhaps even two, spells to take one down. Some magic may target minions that are somewhat nearby, such as Brand's ultimate. In a team fight, Brand's ultimate will be wasted if it bounces to a voidling instead of a champion. Granted, in smaller engagements, or 1v1 engagements, Brand will have the upper hand on Malzahar, since his voidlings will cause Brand's ultimate to hit Malzahar more than once.