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Zed Build Guide by Yoshi84

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Yoshi84

How To Play Zed the Yoshi Way! (Season 6 mid lane)

Yoshi84 Last updated on August 12, 2016
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Ability Sequence

1
4
5
7
8
Ability Key Q
2
14
15
17
18
Ability Key W
3
9
10
12
13
Ability Key E
6
11
16
Ability Key R





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.



Masteries

Fury
 
 
5/
Sorcery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bounty Hunter
1/
Oppressor
 
 
 
 
 
Battering Blows
 
 
Piercing Thoughts
 
 
 
 

Ferocity: 12

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5/
Merciless
 
 
Meditation
 
 
 
 
 
Bandit
1/
Dangerous Game
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cunning: 18

Recovery
 
 
Unyielding
 
 
 
 
 
Explorer
Tough Skin
 
 
 
 
 
Runic Armor
 
 
Veteran's Scars
 
 
 
 
 
Insight
Perseverance
 
 
 
 
 
Swiftness
 
 
Legendary Guardian
 
 
 
 

Resolve: 0



Threats to Zed with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
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Lux Lux's #1 counter is zed; zed can jump onto her and she has no way of escaping if zed plays correctly.
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Zilean Zilean's damage is nothing against zed, even if he can land his Q.
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Introduction

Everybody knows about Zed - many people think he is overpowered, but i disagree because of Zed's difficult to master mechanics, and Zed has to keep watch of himself, his surroundings, his enemies, his allies and up to 2 shadows! Here is a little guide to all of you wanting to learn the zed basics!


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Runes and Masteries

My Runes and masteries are mainly focused around AD burst damage with zed's abilities. The AD i give him is self explanatory, and the armor pen helps him quickly burst squishys and fight tanks.


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Abilities

On Zed, you should get your Q at level 1, so that you can poke your enemy in lane, and then get W second so you have extra range on your Q and subsequently, more lane pressure and zoning. Then, you get your E, so you have your full combo and now you are able to trade with your laner. Max your Q first since it is your main poke and damage ability. Max E second because it is an AOE burst close combat ability which really helps when assassinating squishys and fighting tanks as it as a low cooldown. Max W last, because although the extra AD on it's passive helps, it isn't nearly as significant early game as it is late game. Level your R on every opportunity.


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Playstyle

Zed is a burst assassin who focusses around ability burst. Early game, you should focus on CSing as Zed's passive helps massively with getting farm for less experienced players, and is useful for getting under tower farm. Use your W Q combo to poke your enemy whenever you have a chance to (this should be whenever all of the enemy minions are on 50% or above health). When your enemy laner is on lower HP than you, you can trade with them as the wave just arrives in lane. When they are low enough, you can use your R and combo your other abilities to deal as much damage as possible and hopefully take them down. Mid game, you should focus on roaming more, getting you and your team fed, placing wards and helping the jungler secure kills/objectives. You can usually duel an enemy squishy, such as an ADC, or a squishy top laner like quinn top. Late game, your only goal is to assassinate the enemy ADC in team fights, and if they have another ADC champion (such as Varus Mid or Vayne Top) then you can wait for your cooldowns and take them down too (Note that you should only wait for your QWE and not your R, since the team fight will probably be over by then or it will be too late to make a difference.


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Other

The build i showed is all based around damage and assassination, and even some of the defensive items are, such as frozen mallet. Always take ignite and flash on zed so that you can secure kills and escapes much easier. If you are ever matched up against a hard counter, like lissandra or kayle, just politely ask your jungler for some help and play safe until he ganks and you should be fine.

Thank you for reading my Zed guide! I hope I have helped you pick up Zed and improve your gameplay, and any feedback would be appreciated, positive, negative or both!