Zed General Guide by Valco709

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Valco709

Zed, The Shadow Assassin (Lane and Jungle Guide)

Valco709 Last updated on December 5, 2012
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Lane Assasin


High cost/low cost jung

Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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Offense: 22

Honor Guard

Defense: 8


Utility: 0

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Hey guys! It's Valco here! Decided to make a Zed build because there aren't a whole lot yet! I like playing him as an assassin. I usually lead in with my Living Shadow, but you can also lead in with your Razor Shuriken. Zed is A LOT of fun to play, but he takes time to master. Practice, practice practice. That is the only way you will ever get good with him. He takes a good amount of skill to land his Razor Shuriken and place his Living Shadow just right. I am going to try to make a jungle guide with him soon, but I've found that I have better success with him when I lane. So, please try this out, and vote! If you are jungling, do the low cost first, I've found i have better success with that.

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LOW COST JUNGLE IS BETTER!!Jungling is definitely A LOT harder. You have to have a very good early game to be successful. Get through your jungle as quick as possible, then gank either top or mid, depending on which one is the LEAST fed. You can deal with the other more fed one later. You have to pick up kills. Assists are fine and dandy when it comes to teamwork, but if you want to do well, you have to get kills. Once you get good jungling with him however, you will obviously be better. Just keep trying, and it will be all good.

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Pros / Cons


    If you play him right, You can burn right through enemies
    Easy to farm with
    Has a very good getaway system
    Can play rock, paper, scissors with himself
    Can dance with himself
    Ganks very well
    Has a nice amount of crowd control

    runs out of energy pretty quickly
    does not have the nicest cooldown times
    at sometimes, pretty slow
    not great at 1v1 ing someone that has a ridiculously more amount of health than you
    gets focused a lot

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Runes are pretty simple. Go attack damage. It really does not matter what you get, as long as it is attack damage. I might like it better if I had all flat-rate Attack damage runes, for example +0.28 attack damage, rather than having a mix of flat-rate and by-level runes, for example +0.06 attack damage per level (1.08 at level 18). It's really up to you though, build your runes as you want.

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Masteries are pretty simple too. This is up to the player also. I like having a lot of armor and health, that is why I took more points in durability and hardiness than in resistance, magic resistance. I could type all the Attack choices reasons out, but I'm not going to. I will just say this. Masteries are up to you too.

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ITEMS ARE VERY IMPORTANT. This part is not up to you. Okay, you can do whatever you want. But this way is a very good way to buy. Take Boots of Speed and 3 Health Potion. You really need boots because you are outrageously slow if you don't. Once you get first blood with your teammate, go back and get your Doran's Blade. Health, Attack Damage, Life Steal. Perfect. Then, upgrade your boots. I like to take Berserker's Greaves for the attack speed, but you can also take Boots of Mobility if you want more movement speed. Now, it is time to build up for all your expensive items. Kind of like a build up to a dubstep or electro house song, if you don't have a good build up, then you/it's going to be a ****ty time. take The Brutalizer first for your Youmuu's Ghostblade. Then get your Vampiric Scepter for 2 reasons: You need a sufficient amount of life steal at this point of the game, and for your The Bloodthirster. Then get your B.F. Sword. BUT WAIT! DO NOT USE IT ON YOUR The Bloodthirster! Now you get Infinity Edge! So much Damage! WOO! Then, go ahead and pick-up a Giant's Belt for later. NOW you get your The Bloodthirster. Yummy! Now take your Giant's Belt and put it into a Warmog's Armor. You NEED this because you will not be able to survive your assassination's, and even team fights for that matter. Then pick up your Youmuu's Ghostblade and lastly get a Phantom Dancer. I know, it is a pretty expenive build. BUT, it is what you need to be a successful Zed.

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Skill Sequence

The skill sequence is really up to you too. BUT, please take your Razor Shuriken first, Shadow Slash second, and Living Shadow third. If you don't, you will not be able to gank or go in for the kill successfully. If you get Living Shadow second, even though it teleports you to your shadow, you now have absolutely no crowd control. So, harass them with your Razor Shuriken to get them low, until you are level 3. Then, you go in, and slice their brains out! Lead in with your Living Shadow, use your Shadow Slash, pop your Razor Shuriken, hopefully hitting your target with both, Then press Living Shadow again to move to your shadow, and attack him until your cooldown's are over.

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Summoner Spells

Man, this is such a good build right? Especially since I keep saying you can take whatever you want. Well, for this you can take whatever you want. I like Flash to give me insurance that I will escape, even if you are clutch with your Living Shadow. **** can still happen. Cool down on both your Living Shadow and your Flash are abnormally long. Ensure your escape. I also take Ignite to make sure I can get that kill. If you look at the picture above, you will see how I feel when I Ignite someone ;). You can also take Exhaust, Heal, Teleport, and Ghost if you want, it's up to your play style.

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Team Work

Team work is very important to Zed. This could be the life or death of you at sometimes. Always let someone else lead in in a team fight. Make sure there are at least 2-3 people in there before you go in. Lead in with your Living Shadow, use your Shadow Slash For that wonderful slow, Razor Shuriken, then pop in using your Living Shadow again. Then, from there, spam your Shadow Slash and Razor Shuriken and really make their days. It is very easy to get a penta kill with Zed if you use this technique just right. NEVER LEAD IN ON A TEAM FIGHT!! Remember you are an assassin. You clean up. You don't take the damage. Otherwise, you will die. And that is a real ****ty time.

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Don't be afraid to use your spells for your farm. After all, you do use energy. Lead in on a big group of minions with your Razor Shuriken and then clean up with your passive and Shadow Slash. You'll be through with a wave in a matter of seconds.

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Champion Spotlight

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So, in summary, Zed is a kick-*** and bad-*** champion. He has a stealthy attribute to him without being officially being part of the stealth class. He is very fun to play IF you play him right. If you don't start off well with him, don't give up! Practice until he is under your submission! Have Fun!

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