Zed Build Guide by PeaceNerd

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League of Legends Build Guide Author PeaceNerd

Speak of The Devil and Zed shall appear

PeaceNerd Last updated on November 14, 2012
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Offense: 21

Honor Guard

Defense: 9

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 0

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I am PeaceNerd and this is my first guide ever, so be easy on me and give me feedback on what you think. So lets do a little background on zed.

Zed is the first ninja in 200 years to unlock the ancient, forbidden ways. He defied his clan and master, casting off the balance and discipline that had shackled him all his life. Zed now offers power to those who embrace knowledge of the shadows, and slays those who cling to ignorance.

An orphan, Zed was taken in and trained by a great ninja master. Only one other student appeared to be Zed's equal - the master's son, Shen. It seemed Zed could never win the favor of the master, as every match between the rivals ended in a draw. Frustrated and jealous, he sought an advantage. The young ninja ventured into a sealed part of the clan's temple, where he found an ornate, foreboding box. Sensing the dark knowledge within, Zed knew he should not open it, but he peered inside nonetheless. In an instant, shadows touched his mind, revealing techniques that had long been hidden. Now armed with a secret edge, he challenged Shen, and this time he defeated the master's son. He expected praise and recognition in his moment of victory, but somehow the master knew Zed had used forbidden ways, and banished him.

Humiliated, the young ninja wandered for years. His bitterness turned to ambition, and he began to train others in the style of the shadows. As his power grew, so did his circle of followers, but he knew that without the box, his technique would never be perfect. One day, Zed looked at his followers and saw that his students were now an army. He led them back to the temple to claim his prize. At the gates, he was surprised to find the old master waiting, receiving Zed and his disciples as if they were welcome guests. The old man laid his sword at Zed's feet, declaring that he had failed Zed as his master. By banishing his former student, the master had doomed Zed to the shadows, instead of leading him to the balanced path. The old man implored Zed to enter the temple, destroy the box, and lead his followers to balance. The dark ninja followed the master inside. Moments later, the assembled ninjas heard Zed cry out in pain. Mysteriously, he emerged unscathed, and threw the severed head of the master at Shen's feet. Screaming in rage, Zed commanded his followers to slaughter the master's students and seize the box.

That day, the old ninja order fell. Though many students died, some escaped thanks to Shen's heroic efforts. Now the temple is a dark training ground for the Order of the Shadow. Zed rules as the Order's master, and his edict is simple: perfect one's technique, and kill all ninjas who refuse to embrace the shadows.

''Balance is a lie - we are the true ninjas.''

So in my opinion Zed is supposed to be an assassin considering his kit and lore so in this build I emphasize damage and tearing through people and having a little bit of sustain.

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Zed gameplay

since this is my first guide i wont go into detail about my picks for runes or the history and fluff of the champion but i will talk about his play style which is the most important. This build is not for mid, or jungle but only for top. All items are situational but this is a core build that can obviously tailored to each individual match. Now moving on, Zed's Q is his damage dealer and can be amplified while using his W to create a shadow clone. His E is another nice damaging ability that you must spam to lower the cooldown of the W. If you combo W E the you do not do extra damage but instead slow the enemy with a nice touch of cc. Zed is not for the faint of heart considering his high skill cap, but he his high reward being an excellent top laner. I will be adding more to this comprehensive guide everyday in hopes that I can help people understand zed.

Zeds ultimate gives you the wonderful chance of being untargetable while you attack your opponent. After 3 seconds the mark that is put on the champion when you ulti will detonate amplifying the damage that you did during those seconds. A shadow will also spawn from the ulti allowing you to switch places with it just like the W ability. Use this shadow in sync with an extra shadow from W to have two shadows dealing damage with a Q. Then if the target isnt dead Zed's passive will kick in and surely finish him off.