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League of Legends Build Guide Author Ocktra

Zed - The Shadow Behind Your Fear - In Depth Guide *WORKING

Ocktra Last updated on January 4, 2013
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Zed Shadow Biding

Ability Sequence

4
14
15
17
18
Ability Key Q
2
8
10
12
13
Ability Key W
1
3
5
7
9
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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Executioner
 
 

Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honor Guard
 
 

Defense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pickpocket
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nimble
 
 

Utility: 0


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Introduction


BALANCE IS A LIE, WE ARE THE TRUE NINJAS...



Zed is a melee assassin, he relais on figthing from far range with his shadows that mimics his abilities. He may or may not seem like other assassins in LoL but he is far, far more special than other champions. He is as the title says the master of shadows and that is the main reason a Pro-Zed-Play means killing your opponent before he realized his screen is black and white and he cant farm anymore. What makes him that way? The main reason is he gets very fast from far to close with his abilityes and vice versa. Why he is an assassin? Well, take a main look at his passive and closely to his ultimate, to his slows and that maxed Living Shadow (W skill) gives you 25% + more AD. Well I can tell you from a full combo and some basics well placed you can easy kill a Full Built AD Carry.


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Lore ~ Fun to read !



Lore ( Shortened )



He and Shen were once of the same Temple and were Students. However, Zed and Shen took different paths. Like many stories, there is the good guy, and the bad guy. The one that stays and learns the True Way in Balance, and the other who seeks for something more, The one who instead of "Balancing", turns to "Destroying". Zed eventually overthrew the Temple in which he was banished from, and made it the Training Grounds for The Order of the Shadow, which he was the leader of. Now that he has proven himself to his Students and to the Temple, he has decided to join the League of Legends to let everyone know, that he is the One True Ninja.




Lore



"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.''
-Zed"


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Pros / Cons



Pros

    Ninja (Have Energy)
    Unseen
    Fast Mover
    HIGH Dmg output
    Hard Dodging abilityes
    Easy Farmer
    Good Jungler
    Fast Jungler
    If well played = 0 counters
    His laugh is soooo Evil

Cons
    Ninja (Energy Hungry)
    Can become fast GlassCannon (that's bad)
    Easy KS-er (Highly blamed)


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Abilities


Contempt of the Weak



What Ability do : 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.

What I say : With a full combo (without ulti) you can get your target from full to 3/4 HP and then if it comes to a Mexican Stand-Off your passive and E skill works wonderfull and if you have ulti your target have no escape.

Razor Shuriken



What Ability do : Active: Zed and his shadows throw their shurikens, each dealing 75 / 110 / 145 / 180 / 215 (100% bonus AD) physical damage to the first enemy they pass through and 60 / 88 / 116 / 144 / 172 (+80% bonus AD) physical damage enemies thereafter.

Living Shadow: Additional shurikens striking the same enemy deal 50% damage and restore energy.

What I say : Worst ability on Zed, Deals very low Dmg for her Energy cost and deals less and less dmg if you use it on your clone and if passes minions. Sometimes I dont even Add a Skill point in it!

Living Shadow



What Ability do : Passive: Zed's bonus attack damage is increased by 5 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 25%.

Active: Zed's shadow dashes forward, remaining in place for 4 seconds. Reactivating this ability will cause Zed to switch positions with this shadow.

Zed's shadow will mimic his basic abilities. If both strike the same target Zed regains 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40. Energy can only be restored once per mimicked ability.

What I say : Best ability on any assassin : 25% more Dmg, at full built with this you have 400 + Dmg
And the cooldowns gets lower and lower + It gives slow and creates Zed movebility so great and so good. In 1 word this ability is the *Caracter* itself!
THIS ABILITY IS THE MICHAEL JAVKSON OF LEAGUE OF LEGENDS

Shadow Slash



What ability do : Active: Zed and his shadows create a burst of shadow, dealing 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 / 180 (+80% bonus AD) physical damage to nearby enemies.

Zed's slash reduces the cooldown of Living Shadow by 1 second for each enemy struck. His shadows' slashes slow enemies by 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40% for 1.5 seconds.

Living Shadow: Overlapping Shadow Slashes striking the same enemy deal no additional damage but will incur an increased slow of 30 / 37.5 / 45 / 52.5 / 60% and restore energy.

What I say : That's the main reason Zed deals so much DMG : Low Cooldown, High AOE Dmg, Slows Target and good in teamfights! I love this ability but still Living Shadow ( W Ablity) is my favorite...

Death Mark



What ability do : Active: Zed becomes untargetable and dashes to target enemy champion. Upon arrival, he marks the target for death and spawns a living shadow behind the target. This shadow lasts 4 seconds and mimics Zed's abilities. Reactivating Death Mark will cause Zed to switch positions with this shadow.

After 3 seconds, the mark will detonate, dealing physical damage equal to 100% of Zed's attack damage plus 20 / 35 / 50% of damage dealt of all magic and physical damage dealt to the target by Zed and his shadows while the mark was active.

What I say : This is one of the best Ulties ever!!! Just check it's Base Dmg and deals half of the DMG you dealt to the target already O.o and it also create a clone in the front of the target with you can slow the target with Shadow Slash ( E ability )


Simply OP combo and easy win at 1vs1 beside other assassins that hit targets with low HP Zed can hit big tanks like jax because VS you they will built Armor but you deal 1/3 DMG Magic :D


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Summoner's Spells


RECOMENDED


-I use it for top only and works greatly from the beggining to the end of the game

-Works fine for mid and top

-For jungle ONLY, it's a jungle skill, not for lane

-Good for mid, somehow for top

-For jungle use

-If you are a p*ssy

-Some of you may find it viable


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Jungle Zed *EASY* Dificulty




There are some screens to understand what, why, where how ?

Many players think Zed don't need Blue, but he needs to gank at lvl 3 only! So instead of wasting time in jungle it's better to just take blue. There is a rute for you not to be repetitive, finish jungle fast and full hp and not to wait more longer then needed !

Jungle Rute with pics !~!~!




STARTING




Start here at wolfes and ask team for help (can do it solo) ~~~ Spawn at 1:40





Then go to blue and ask team to pull/help (can do it solo) ~~~ Spawn at 1:55




Jungling to lvl 3 and Red Buff





After Blue go to Wraits





Then go back to wolfes and do them again for lvl 3





Then go at Red Buff and after to gank or take wraits again for lvl 4 and gank after




This was the jungle Route but remember always jump on enemy with W and E for slow then teleport with clone near to him so you can slow him with Red buff to.

And an IMPORTANT Tip it is to use your clone in jungle only when you counter jungle. Put your clone in a bush so you can see if enemy is coming from any sides.


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TOP Zed *MEDIUM* Dificulty



The main thing you need to know about Zed on solo top is that you need to focus on harassing enemy with Q and Clone but NEVER EVER do jump on enemy target under 100 Energy and in 1VS1 fight NEVER USE SHURIKEN, this is a fatal mistake that many do because it's Energy cost in very big and it deals low dmg.

Another Tip for the solo top is that when you jump on someone with ultimate it's great to keep your clone put cuz your ulti already generated one behind enemy target and if things the stuffed up for you can use your real clone to chase the target or to run very easy and slowing the target also.

As I said Zed is UN-Counterable if you play him well.

And also don't built him GlassCannon, it will be fully useless in teamfights or at ganks.


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MiD Zed *HARD* Dificulty



Zed mid is a hard choice, you get or beat up very hard or you win your lane easy. As I said this is the hardest pozition for Zed, but still it is unbeliveble how good and how easy you can own your lane if you know the caracter very good.

Besides the majority thinking the upgraded skill shoud be E not Q because you are not far range mage, you are a close-call fighter and you need to conquer enemy with E & W combos so you give him slow and you get near him so you can fight.

There not more tips that I can tell you beside what I already said on TOP pozition :

Quoted:
The main thing you need to know about Zed on solo top is that you need to focus on harassing enemy with Q and Clone but NEVER EVER do jump on enemy target under 100 Energy and in 1VS1 fight NEVER USE SHURIKEN, this is a fatal mistake that many do because it's Energy cost in very big and it deals low dmg.

Another Tip for the solo top is that when you jump on someone with ultimate it's great to keep your clone put cuz your ulti already generated one behind enemy target and if things the stuffed up for you can use your real clone to chase the target or to run very easy and slowing the target also.

As I said Zed is UN-Counterable if you play him well.

And also don't built him GlassCannon, it will be fully useless in teamfights or at ganks.



As a conclusion is a FATAL error to go Zed in this position without knowing him at his best!


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Counters



As I said, noone counters the Master of The Shadows, But here are the guys you shoud fear a little.

- Most Harder to Deafeat
- Very Hard to Deafeat too
- Not so Hard to win her
- Easyer then Irelia
- One hell of a Fight
- Don't PAW her
- He is blind, use that!
- Real easy to win him
- You can even don't mind him
- Not important at all