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Zed - The Master of Shadows

philipp32 Last updated on July 4, 2013
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Hey There,

thank you for reading my guide. I really appreciate that and two things first:
1. I don't speak english as my native language, so please forgive me my bad english.
2. Please take into consideration that I am not a pro. I reached lvl 30 days ago. I am not a very good Zed player but I think I am good in theory and I have some friends helping me out to make this guide enjoyable for all the dear readers.

Why am I writing this guide if I can' play Zed?

Thats simple - cause I think that all the guides on mobafire don't give me the information I need to play Zed, for me personally.

Please note that this guide is still in progress and I am working on it. I've read many guides about Zed and this guide will contain the imo opinion best aspects of all the other guides. On top of that I don't have the former knowledge to create this guide visually but I will try my best. And last things last: I try to go as in-depth as I can with my knowledge and the help of my friends. I will try to keep this guide as updated as I can so if you have suggestions for improvement then don't hestitate to pm me and I will fix the problem.

And also, if you have anything to improve on this guide then feel free to send me a message.

Thanks and let's get into this.

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1. Introduction to Zed.

Zed is a mobile AD assassin who scales better into late game as other assassins, e.g. LeBlanc, so we can call him a late game assassin.
Normally, Zed is played in the top or mid lane but he also can jungle but I am too bad for that or I simply don't have the runes so I personally can't recommend that but I'd be thankful for being convinced of the contrary.
Zed is also very viable for ranked games (I've never played ranked games) but many people play him because he doesn't fall of late game as hard as e.g. LeBlanc.
He isn't also the most easy champ to play because it requires a bit of skill to hit both shurikens but you will have solved that problem after 5 games.

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.\"

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2. Pros/Cons


- Energy-reliant
- very mobile (Gap-Closer with his Living Shadows)
- strong harass
- last-hit friendly
- very strong splitpusher
- very good wave clear from lvl 10
- can go intargetable
- high burst damage (from 100% - 0% combos)
- not blue-buff dependant when jungleing
- spammable abilities
- Most important: FUN TO PLAY:


- Spells have high energy cost.
- weak early game
- short range (meelee)
- ult can be easily countered (Zhonya's Hourglass)
- if enemy flashes your ult then you will have a hard time
- sort of item dependent
- short range gap-closer
- runs out of energy quick

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X. Ability Sequence and Abilities Explained

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

Passive: Contempt for the Weak

Whenever Zed autoattacks an enemy below 50% health, he deals an additional 6 / 8 / 10% of their maximum health as magic damage. This effect cannot occur on the same target more than once every 10 seconds.


Well, this passive...
Many people aren't aware of that passive or underestimate it. It will be generally dangerous for your enemy to stay in the lane with under 50% health. This passive makes it necessary that you hit one autoattack in your combo. The enemy won't except that much damage from one autoattack and you can abuse that in your combos (-> w -> q -> AA -> w) but later in this guide more to combos.


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