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I'm not sure why it would be so easy for them to shut you down. Malz can push his lane and stay both mobile and at decent range, while still farming very effectively.
If you're dying to ganks, then that's because you pushed too far without knowing where the jungler was, and that's just bad with any champ, but particularly with Malz. If you're dying 1v1 just laning, well that's just bad play I think. Malz has a very safe farming kit and even if he's playing vs a counter, he shouldn't be completely shut down or anything, or die.