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Zed General Guide by Jipinguino

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Jipinguino

Magical Zed: A Guide for AP Zed

Jipinguino Last updated on August 4, 2016
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Ability Sequence

1
4
5
7
9
Ability Key Q
3
14
15
17
18
Ability Key W
2
8
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vampirism
 
 
5/
Natural Talent
 
 
 
 
 
Bounty Hunter
1/
Oppressor
 
 
 
 
 
Battering Blows
 
 
Piercing Thoughts
 
 
 
 

Ferocity: 12

5/
Wanderer
 
 
Savagery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Merciless
 
 
5/
Meditation
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Bandit
Dangerous Game
 
 
 
 
 
Precision
 
 
5/
Intelligence
 
 
 
 

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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Kassadin His aa reset will apply good damage on you, but your spells do higher burst damage.
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Introduction and Disclaimer



Welcome to my Guide for AP Zed . In this guide we will be covering itemization, masteries, runes, champion match-ups, and useful information that will help you cope with this guide. This guide comes from a Youtube video I saw, and all credit goes to Youtube user DM Trust, I will leave the link at the end of the guide. Without further ado, let´s start this guide. :D


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Pros / Cons

Pros
  • Enemies won´t expect your build nor your damage
  • Great damage in late game
  • High mobility
  • Very High Burst
  • Invulns (Zhonya´s)
  • No mana!!!
  • Lower cooldowns than Cassipoeia Twin Fang when enemies are poisoned (ok, not that low).
Cons
  • Sucky early damage and farming
  • Hard to master
  • Easy way to shut him down
  • Ult reliable
  • Needs kills to be strong in late game
  • If behind is hard to comeback


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Masteries

20/10/0



I like to take 20 points in offense and 10 points in defense.

Offensive Masteries



Tier 1: Sorcery We need cooldown to spam the q, this will proc Lich Bane´s passive faster, Butcher Helps a little in the earlier laning phase.


Tier 2: Menatal Force All ability power is welcomed, the more ap you have, the stronger lich bane hits.


Tier 3: Spell Weaving AA= more spell damage. Martial Mastery Hybrid damage in early stages of the game makes you do more damage. Arcane Mastery Small but useful quantity of AP. Executioner Zed´s passive synergizes perfectly with this, more than 15% magic damage to enemy champs with less than 50% of health.



Tier 4: Blade Weaving gives more damage to autoattacks, hybrid damage works perfect with ap zed. Archmage Mathematically, this gives us the same as an amplifying tome in late game, but for free.

Tier 5: Frenzy Due to the lack of attack speed, this mastery helps you attack faster, if you crit. Arcane Blade Full offensive build, with stacked Mejai´s Soulstealer including runes and masteries, gives you about a total of 605 ap. 5% of 605 equals 30, and our ad on basic attacks should be an approximate of 120+30= 150 in mixed damage.


Defensive Masteries




Tier 1: Block this can block champions damage that rely on aa like Kassadin and Diana. Recovery Health regen.

Tier 2: Unyielding Stacks with . Veteran Scars More health, more resistance, more farming chances.

Tier 3: Tenacious Most mid-laners have cc on their kit, this reduces the cc duration. Juggernaut Not much I can say but health=resistance.



Masteries
4/1
1/1
3/5
1/1
1/5
3/5
1/1
3/1
1/
1/
2/5
2/5
1/1
3/5
1/1
1/1


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Runes

Runes

Greater Mark of Ability Power
4

Greater Mark of Magic Penetration
5

Greater Seal of Scaling Ability Power
9

Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
9

Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
3


This give you:15 AP points
1.8 extra ap at level 18
4.35 magic penetration points
12 magic resist points


Marks
Early ability power. Magic penetration works great with Lich Bane.
Seals
There are no other offensive seals, so scaling ap is better than armor.
Glyphs
90% of the champs you will face in your lane will do magical damage, so to starting with 12 points with mr (plus masteries) helps in early trades.
Quintessences
More Ability Power stacking in early game. As well as marks, they give you extra damage with Lich Bane and Mejai´s Soulstealer stacking.


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Summoner Spells


Flash helps to engage,disengage, chasing enemies, and escaping early ganks. Flash is NECESSARY.
The true damage it deals STACKS
with and it restrains healing buffs.

Take this spell only if you have hard matchups and you have to recall continously. EG,
or
Only take Cleanse if you are against hard cc, eg , and take barrier against high burst enemies .


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Spells Explanation

Contempt for the Weak
// When enemies have 50% or less of their health, Zed's autoattacks deal 6%-10% of the enemies health as magic damage.

Razor Shuriken
// Zed throws a shuriken dealing 75-235 (+ 100% ad) on the first enemy hit and 45-141 (+ 60% ad) to enemies thereafter. When Living Shadow is active, Shadows also throw a shuriken dealing the same damage.


Living Shadow
// Passive Zed´s attack damage is increased by 5%-25% Active Zed summons a Living Shadow that mimics his spells. If the spell is reactivated, he is teleported to the shadow´s position. If Zed and a shadow both hit an opponent, Zed regains 20-40 energy.


Shadow Slash
// Zed and his Living Shadow create an AoE burst that deals 60-180 (+80% bonus ad). If the Living Shadow burst an enemy, they are slowed by 20-40% of their movement speed for 1.5 seconds. Additionally, if you overlap, both bursts, the slow is increased to 30-60%


Death Mark (Select with mouse cursor to see the name)
// Zed becomes untargetable and dashes to targeted enemy champion. When he arrives,he marks the enemy and spawns a Living Shadow. This shadow lasts 6 seconds and works as Living Shadow does. After 3 seconds the Death Mark detonates dealing 20%-50% of the damage (Magical and Physical) done by Zed.


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Champion Abilities and Skill Sequence

R>Q>E>W

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
>>> We max out first for initial poke and damage. The second spell we max is so that we can combo in low levels. is last maxed. Above we can see, the best way to max spells.


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Items

Items


Item Sequence

Mejai's Soulstealer
1400

Lich Bane
3200

Ionian Boots of Lucidity - Furor
1350

Luden's Echo
3200

Zhonya's Hourglass
2900

Hextech Gunblade
3400

This build spins around spamming your abilites to proc . The 15% cooldown it provides makes spamming easier, and obviously the movement speed helps.

gives you lifesteal and spellvamp, which is perfect because his and stack with lifesteal and spellvamp.

At 20 stacks gives 160 ability power and 20% more cooldown.

This item looks like it was made for ap melee assasins. The passive it gives, synergize with his . Most of his burst will come from Lich Bane.

Its passive copes well when using abilities, this synergizes with his and his

The Ability power it gives, its active, and the armor helps against hard ad carries like , or


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Teamfights

In teamfights, Zed
should stay back if he isn´t fed, but if he is, he should poke with Living Shadow, Razor Shuriken, and Shadow Slash to harrass enemy champs, and get the enemy carry to less than 50% of its health. If they start fleeing, use Shadow Slash to slow them, and finally Death Mark the enemy carry, remember to use Hextech Gunblade active to slow him.

If you get caught in a bad position, and you´ve already used Death Mark, throw a Living Shadow, use Death Mark's active shadow, and activate Zhonya's Hourglass, return to Living Shadow's active, and finally Flash out of danger.


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Summary


Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18


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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked


Answers



Q: Why would I play AP Zed? // If you like off the meta stuff or you´re bored, this build is for you. The complicated level is somewhat high and you´re going to have some fun too. Obviously, in your first match it´s not going to be that easy, though.
Q: Going more deeply in this guide, how much AP scaling does Zed have? // NONE! This makes the build funnier, people will think you´re trolling. Flamers are gonna be a trouble, just mute them, and concentrate on having a good time. The highest ap ratio I can talk about is: after using a spell Lich Bane´s passive applies 75% of ad and 50% of ap. If your build has 600 ap, you deal, 300 instant magic damage plus 113 attack damage, plus your basic attacks damage.

Q: Seroius Talk, what ELO are you? // I´m a proud Bronze player and if you want, we can play anytime. :D


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Farewell, Video Link, and Special Thanks

Thanks for spending your time reading this guide. I´m so glad you took some of your free time to see this. I hope this helped you and you can play AP Zed now. Farewell and we´ll see each other in the Fields of Justice. If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, etcetera, feel free to comment and I will gladly answer.

Video:
Special Thanks to jhoijhoi for his How to make a Guide guide

Link to the guide here: AAAND HIS NAME IS JOOOOHN CENAAAAA!


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Change Log

Im going to keep track on any change done to Zed, Items, Runes, and Masteries, and post those changes below.


Guide added on Patch 5.20


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