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[8.12] PH45's guide to Zoe, trickstering your way to victory

PH45 Last updated on June 13, 2018
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Cheat Sheet

Zoe Build

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Sudden Impact
Sudden Impact
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ravenous Hunter
Ravenous Hunter

Sorcery
LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Celerity
Celerity
LoL Rune: Scorch
Scorch
Bonus:

+11 Attack Damage or +18 Ability Power, Adaptive

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Ability Sequence

1
3
5
7
9
Ability Key Q
4
14
15
17
18
Ability Key W
2
8
10
12
13
Ability Key E
6
11
16
Ability Key R


Threats to Zoe with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
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Annie Pretty low range so you should be able to poke her down. Be careful at level 6 for her flash combo as she can burst you down very quickly.
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Introduction









Hello, I'm PH45, and this is my Zoe Guide.

My real name is Patrik, but you can call me either way. I am a long time League of Legends player (started back in Season 1). I'm a top lane main but I occasionally play mid lane as my secondary role.


Zoe is a really fun type of champion. She fits into burst, poke roles and also offers control with her Sleepy Trouble Bubble. Using her Portal Jump for creative combos goes a long way when playing her. I'd suggest practicing her in normal games though before going into ranked as she can be a bit tricky to get the hang of at first.

I will be updating this guide whenever I have time to update this as I will be in military service for at least the first half of 2018 so my League playing time will be extremely limited.


Hello, I'm PH45, and this is my Zoe Guide.

My real name is Patrik, but you can call me either way. I am a long time League of Legends player (started back in Season 1). I'm a top lane main but I occasionally play mid lane as my secondary role.


Zoe is a really fun type of champion. She fits into burst, poke roles and also offers control with her Sleepy Trouble Bubble. Using her Portal Jump for creative combos goes a long way when playing her. I'd suggest practicing her in normal games though before going into ranked as she can be a bit tricky to get the hang of at first.

I will be updating this guide whenever I have time to update this as I will be in military service for at least the first half of 2018 so my League playing time will be extremely limited.


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Update List



16.11.2017 - Updated the look of the guide

19.11.2017 - Updated items section a bit.

20.11.2017 - Added some matchups, added Pros/Cons section, added items in the Items section

21.11.2017 - Edited ability explanations

23.11.2017 - Fixed a couple things, updated runes

26.11.2017 - Added combos video

7.1.2018 - Cleaned up some stuff.

26.1.2018 - Fixed the description of Zoe's W

13.6.2018 - Updated runes and items.


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I might occasionally stream some games, you can find me here on Twitch.tv!


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Pros / Cons

Pros


+ Extremely good damage
+ Oneshot potential
+ Small AoE damage on Q
+ Great CC ability with good range
+ W offers unique ways to lane and potentially outplay
+ Pretty low cooldowns
+ Great synergy with Lich Bane



Zoe has a lot going on with her, she has tons of burst damage and her W allows her to do very cool plays.
Cons


- Skillshot dependent
- Opponents can evade damage by standing behind minions
- Squishy so assasins are a nightmare
- Weak to champions who can all-in
- Opponents can play around your Q since it requires traveling distance in order to do tons of damage
Pros


+ Extremely good damage
+ Oneshot potential
+ Small AoE damage on Q
+ Great CC ability with good range
+ W offers unique ways to lane and potentially outplay
+ Pretty low cooldowns
+ Great synergy with Lich Bane



Zoe has a lot going on with her, she has tons of burst damage and her W allows her to do very cool plays.
Cons


- Skillshot dependent
- Opponents can evade damage by standing behind minions
- Squishy so assasins are a nightmare
- Weak to champions who can all-in
- Opponents can play around your Q since it requires traveling distance in order to do tons of damage


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Summoner Spells


Flash: Pretty normally taken summoner spell. Gives you an escape or a gapcloser.

Ignite: Good for lanes you want to go aggressive on and you'll be grabbing this most of the time as your second summoner spell. Adds a bit more kill potential for you in lane.

Heal: Helps you get out of sticky situations and also can score you a kill thanks to the movement speed boost you get from it.

Cleanse: Efficient choice vs comps with high amounts of CC like Lux, Twisted Fate and so on.

Flash: Pretty normally taken summoner spell. Gives you an escape or a gapcloser.
Ignite: Good for lanes you want to go aggressive on and you'll be grabbing this most of the time as your second summoner spell. Adds a bit more kill potential for you in lane.
Heal: Helps you get out of sticky situations and also can score you a kill thanks to the movement speed boost you get from it.
Cleanse: Efficient choice vs comps with high amounts of CC like Lux, Twisted Fate and so on.


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Runes




For the primary tree we grab Sorcery. Out of the 3 keystones we take Arcane Comet, it adds a bit more burst on to your combo and overall just works well for AP mages. Also if you land your Sleepy Trouble Bubble and you proc Arcane Comet it should hit the target most of the time thanks to the slow.

Next is Manaflow Band, you can be a bit more spammy in lane thanks to this and keep poking your opponent. After that take Transcendence for the 10% CDR. Lastly Gathering Storm seems pretty good. Other choice is Scorch but it remains to be seen which works better overall.


For the second tree things I've tested are Biscuit Delivery and Cosmic Insight just to survive in lane better with the cookies and just overall they feel pretty alright but will have to do more testing.


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Ability explanation

Zoe's abilities



  • More Sparkles! (Passive): After casting an ability, Zoe's next basic attack or bubble within 5 seconds deals bonus magic damage.

  • Paddle Star (Q): FIRST CAST: Zoe hurls a star in the target direction that collides with the first enemy hit, dealing magic damage in a small area, increased by the distance the star has traveled.

    If the star does not collide with an enemy, it remains stationary for up to 1 second. Zoe can reactivate Paddle Star at any point to redirect the star to a new location near her, albeit resetting the current damage modifier.

    Both casts of Paddle Star will prime More Sparkles!.

  • Spell Thief (W): PASSIVE - SPELL THIEF: Whenever enemy champions cast a summoner spell or item active, they drop the corresponding Spell Shard onto the ground. Spell Shards last for 20 seconds. Some enemy minions spawn with random Spell Shards that only drop to the ground if killed by Zoe.

    Collecting a Spell Shard allows Zoe to activate Spell Thief within the next 60 seconds, and she cannot pick up another Shard until she does.

    PASSIVE - SUMMONER SPECIALIST: Casting Spell Thief or one of her own summoner spells grants Zoe bonus movement speed as well as summoning three bubbles that orbit her for a short duration. The bubbles autonomously hurl themselves at nearest enemy, prioritizing her attack target, dealing magic damage.

    ACTIVE: Zoe mimics the active of the collected Spell Shard.

  • Sleepy Trouble Bubble (E): ACTIVE: Zoe kicks a ball that detonates on the first enemy hit, dealing magic damage and making the target Drowsy which slows them for 2.2 seconds,after which the Drowsy target falls asleep for 2 seconds.

    Sleeping targets take double damage from the next attack or ability to hit them, up to a cap of Sleepy Trouble Bubble's damage, but are awoken early upon taking damage.

    The ball's range is doubled when it passes through terrain. If the ball does not hit an enemy, it lingers on the ground as a trap for 4 seconds, which primes after a brief delay.

  • Portal Jump (R): Zoe targets a location and then dives into a portal that she opens beneath her, blinking to the target location after a very brief delay. After 1 second, she falls back through the portal and blinks back to her cast location.

    Zoe remains able to attack and cast abilities during Portal Jump, and can see over walls, but cannot move.


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Items



Doran's Ring
Great starting item for any mage really, gives you some HP, AP, mana regen and also restores some mana for you when you kill an enemy unit.

Lich Bane, more burst
This item works extremely well on Zoe. It has great synergy with her passive which allows it to burst your opponents even more.

Sorcerer's shoes, you are a wizard!
Pretty standard boot choice. Gives you magic pen which makes you deal more damage.

Morellonomicon,
Great item as it gives you much bigger mana pool, CDR and also good amount of AP.

Rabadon's deathcap, more AP!
Great pickup once you have a couple AP items under your belt. It will increase your damage tremendously and helps you burst people even more.

Luden's echo
Gives you lot's of AP and a bit of movespeed.

Zhonya's Hourglass, the golden touch
Great choice as it gives you a chance to survive any assassins that come your way. Even if the opposing team doesn't have that big of an AD threat still a great pickup just because the active is so good especially in teamfights if you are getting focused down.

Void Staff, what magic resist?
If the opponents are getting some magic resist this is a extremely good item to get,
or even if they aren't getting any still a really good choice.

Liandry's Torment, burn em up
Another great magic pen item, also gives you +300HP which helps you survive fights and trades, and it also works well with your Sleepy Trouble Bubble since it doubles the burn damage if the opponents movements are impaired.

Banshee's Veil
Get this if you are facing a high AP enemy comp. Also good item for some burst matchups with its magic resist and the spell shield passive.


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Skill Sequence

> > >
Maxing your Paddle Star first is the obvious choice as it is your main damage ability. Next you max Sleepy Trouble Bubble for the CC, then Spell Thief. I'm still debating whether to take points on your ult when possible or not, but in the end it does shorten the cd which helps you with those creative combos.
> > >
Maxing your Paddle Star first is the obvious choice as it is your main damage ability. Next you max Sleepy Trouble Bubble for the CC, then Spell Thief. I'm still debating whether to take points on your ult when possible or not, but in the end it does shorten the cd which helps you with those creative combos.


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Combos and gameplay clips


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Conclusion

Zoe is a really fun and unique type of champion that will surely keep you occupied once you start practicing her!

Any feedback on this guide or on any of my guides is highly appriciated!

Have a great time bursting and trickstering as Zoe!

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- PH45