Fizz has been in the meta for quite some time, so let’s take a look at the patch 8.18 Fizz build.
Fizz’s early game is very weak, and he can be abused early in lane. Corrupting Potion is a must-start, and a Dark Seal should be added to compliment it as soon as possible.
Fizz may need to back more often in the early game, so buying Boots of Speed early is never a bad idea. Hextech Protobelt-01 is Fizz’s first core item, so an early Hextech Revolver can help with sustain. Sorcerer’s Shoes should be the primary boots upgrade for Fizz, but Mercury’s Treads is situationally appropriate.
8.18 Fizz Build – Core
After the early game, Fizz can build in one of two directions. Sheen into Lich Bane is the ideal route because of the combination of CDR, Mana, Movespeed, and AP.
However, Fizz’s outplay potential is immense, and teams with full physical damage are extremely viable. You may want to build Zhonya’s Hourglass second, especially if you rushed a Seeker’s Armguard in the laning phase against a physical damage Mid Laner. Regardless of order, make sure to get both Lich Bane and Zhonya’s as your 2nd and 3rd items.
Void Staff and Rabadon’s Deathcap should round out the build in nearly all circumstances. Of course, there will be exceptions where Morellonomicon or Banshee’s Veil will be a preference. Fortunately, all of Fizz’s alternative items give him similar CDR or stat boosts to his other items. This makes Fizz’s build path quite flexible.
In an interview with InvenGlobal, Cloud9 Mid Laner Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen talked about his usage of Fizz at the pro level:
I wanted something mobile and Fizz made the most sense given my comfort and the favorable matchup into Zoe. Moreso, it’s a pretty easy champion to fit into our playstyle, so we didn’t have too much trouble with that adjustment.
Whether Fizz will make an appearance at the 2018 LoL World Championship will depend on if the pros will favor mobility over the control and utility of the current professional meta.