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

PH45 Last updated on August 1, 2018
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Cheat Sheet

Zoe Build

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

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

+12 Attack Damage or +20 Ability Power, Adaptive

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Ability Sequence

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

Threats to Zoe with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
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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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 D5 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.

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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.

3.7.2018 - Cleaned the guide up a bit.

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Pros / Cons


+ 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.

- 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.

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For the primary tree we grab Domination. Out of the 3 keystones we take Electrocute, it adds a bit more burst on to your combo and overall just works well for a champ like Zoe.

Next is Sudden Impact. You will use your ult quite often when making combos, so this will trigger whenever you ult and so you will be able to burst your opponents down faster. The other two runes are Eyeball Collection and Ravenous Hunter for a bit of extra damage and sustain.

For the second tree take Sorcery, from where you take Celerity and Scorch for extra damage for poking in lane.

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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 that stay there for 40 seconds. Some enemy minions can drop Spell Shards that last for 20 seconds if they are 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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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.

Great item as it gives you some HP now, magic pen and 80 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
Great item as it gives you a lot of mana, some CDR and a nice amount of AP.

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
Gives you good amount of HP and AP. You mostly get this item for the passives though. Damaging an enemy champion generates one stack every second for the next 4 seconds which makes you deal 2% increased damage for each stack, up to a maximum of 10%. The other passive applies a damage-over-time effect on your opponent with your damaging spells. The damage-over-time effect is doubled vs immobilized and slowed units.

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

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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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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