Zed Build Guide by Lavn
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A how to guide on Zed (WIP) by
Not Updated For Current Season
The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.
Who am I? And introduction
Hi! My IGN in League Of Legends is BoomLavn and I have been playing league for a little over a year now. I enjoy playing mid lane but more importantly I enjoy playing the role of an Assassin with champions such as Zed, Fizz, Leblanc etc. I plan on making a guide for all of those champions in the future. In this guide I plan on teaching you my knowledge of Zed.
So, who is Zed?
Zed is a AD single target melee Assassin who has amazing wave clear and has high mobility. Your role in teamfights is generally to follow up and take out important roles on their team such as their ADC or APC. Although Zed is overall a very strong champion he isn't a champion who can easily 1 v 5 an enemy team due to him dealing high burst to only 1 champion.
Skill Sequence (WIP/OLD)
Your Basic harass/farm combo
+ (Slowing the target making it easier to land Q) +
Your full killing combo
+ + +
This combo will literrally kill anyone with the variable of how far build you are and how tanky the marked target is. Generally you want to use this on their ADC or APC as they should be biggest focus.
Match ups (WIP)
These match ups will be rated 1 - 10 from my perspective. 1 being extremely easy, 10 being hard counter and avoid at all costs. (COMING SOON)
Ok so before I begin I would just like to point out that there is no certain way to win every single team fight as every team fight is situational but this will give you a general idea on what todo in team fights.
As I have said before Zed is a single target assassin, with being said you are going to be able to take out 1 target in a teamfight. Before diving in there with Death Mark you need to make sure the enemy team's CC is down for the most part. Initiating on Zed is a really poor idea as if you get locked up with CC or focused too quickly, chances are you won't be able to do your job. Generally you want your teams tank to dive in and then follow up.
Shyvana jumps in with Dragons Decent (Her ultimate), Enemy team counters that by uses their CC to attempt to peel Shyvana off of their carrys. Now I would like to highlight this, this is your moment of opportunity the moment that their cool downs are down you need to get in and kill a carry before those cool downs are back up otherwise you will get locked up and will most likely die from it.
Now then, there will be situations where your team will not have a tank and all though teamfights will be much harder they are still due able
Ok so this is the number one counter to Zed as it denies all of Zeds burst. Although this item is stressful to deal with as Zed it is still possible to assassinate the target you are going after. First of all, take note of where the jungler is before proceeding (Or other potential threats) the enemy could be buying time for someone to aid them which could end up in a sticky situation for you. After you know there are no threats place your W (Living Shadow) behind them to gain a positioning advantage over them.. This ensures that they have no way of juking you. After this you are left to wait until they come out your cooldowns should be up by the time they're targetable so you will still be able to kill them.
Things to take note of
- Their cooldowns will most likely be up when they come out as well.. Not just yours.
- Remember to use your Shadows to dodge their Damage (Example Karthus uses Zhonya's with his AOE damage on, to avoid taking damage put your W (Living Shadow) behind them to catch back up when they come out of Zhonya's Hourglass and return to your Death Mark Shadow (R) to avoid taking as much damage as possible. Once they come out return to your Living Shadow and finish them off)
- Take note if you will be able to kill the target when they come out.. Your Death Mark (R) is a lot of your burst and without it, it can be tricky to take them out.
Many more things will be included in the future this guide was made in a day and will be worked on in the future :)!
Edit: I also plan on adding Videos examples in the future so be sure to look for that!