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Zed Build Guide by NocUout
Assassin at it's finest: 9.6 Zed Guide (WIP)
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+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
Threats & Synergies
Ahri is a champion that can easily burst you down with her e, q, w combo and once you appear out of her ult, she just dashes away. Play safe against her and avoid her charms. If you can time it right, you can ult her just as she charms to avoid it.
Her egg and stun are annoying, but as long as you dodge her stun you should be fine. After a while you should try and roam however, as she becomes quite tanky with ROA, archangels, and Zhonyas.
Not as hard as some might think, you can dodge her stun with your ult and like most mages she's not difficult to kill unless she builds some armor and Zhonyas.
This ends up becoming a skill matchup, just poke and play safe, and for all ins ignite before he ults so he gets reduced healing from ult.
Very annoying poke with her Q, and if you don't play it safe she can chunk you throughout laning phase. Try not to all in unless you know you can guarantee the kill even if she shields. You will have to give up some CS early in order to not get poked out of lane completely.
No longer as scary as a threat, as you can dodge all his ult blades with your own ult. Just beware of his early game power, as if you get to close without your abilities he will completely destroy you.
Although cant do much when you jump on him, ziggs has very good poke that ranges further then your Q. Just stay safe early game and try to bait his W before jumping on him.
One of your hardest matchups, her w counters any all in you might do, and even after that she still has ult which she can use on herself to avoid death mark pop or to ult you, ccing you for a long time. QSS early is useful, and I would not spend much time in your own lane trying to get ahead, roaming is better for this matchup.
I don't see viktor too often, and most of the time he's pretty easy to lane against, but a good viktor easily will destroy you. Let him push as you can cs under tower and use your ult to dodge his stun field and ult.
He's not as difficult to deal with, as his only real threat on you is his gold card which you can dodge with your ultimate. Just play this matchup like you would with most mages and all in level 6.
Do I need to even say why? His W completely negates your ult, and he easily sustains through all your damage. Just play safe and don't use ult unless he already used his pool, as most vladamir's will try to save their W for your ult.
Mostly a skill matchup, he outdamage you first 2 levels, but level 3 you should beat him. Unless you're ahead, dont engage on him unless you see an opportunity. When you WEQ before of him dashing to minions to dodge the abilities, and use your ultimate to dodge his tornado so he can't ult.
Negates your ult with his e, try to ult just before his shark comes and eats you as it will negate the damage. You should be able to deal more damage as long as you bait out his E.
Very skillshot reliant, if he ults try to ult him as you will end up behind him, negating his ult. He is very skillshot reliant so try to juke most of his skillshots and you should be fine.
Very easy matchup, he can't do anything when you are in his circle of stars. If he doesn't have ult, just all in him.
Decently hard matchup. Diana is relatively tanky and has shields to negate your damage while still dealing a ton to you. Just poke and avoid as many of her Q's as possible, and ask your jungler for a gank asap.
Fairly easy matchup, his early game will be very annoying, but he will need to back often because of mana problems. Push out under his turret and save your ult until he uses his, as if you ult him first he will just knock you back with his ult.
Your main goal is to just avoid his W and Q, then when he has no abilities all in. He has no mobility, and without a stun he is fairly helpless against you.
As long as you dodge his skillshots, he's very easy to kill. Just save W for when you ult him so you can use your W to follow his.
Very difficult as Akali can just stealth when you ult. Do not ult until she has used her stealth, or you will not be able to do much with that ultimate.
A pretty easy matchup. Just be sure to stay behind minions when she Q's, and your shadows can let you go over her minefield unharmed.
Very annoying with her able to ground you. If you ult her, try to immediately flash behind her as she will usually try to stun you with her ult.
Easily one of your hardest matchups. Build hexdrinker and QSS as soon as possible if you want any hope of winning. Don't even try to get in close for a kill, he will just ult you and silence you.
Fairly uncommon, but just avoid his E,Q combo and farm safe. He's not squishy, but fairly easy to kill.
Very hard matchup, if she gets ahead she will easily one shot combo you, just play safe and bait her Q before going in, as she is still very squishy.
Very difficult to deal with as he is super tanky. Avoid his Q and don't go in unless you are healthy enough to not die to a chomp and he is low enough for you to kill him. He won't easily be able to kill you in lane so you are not under immediate threat.
You should pretty easily win this matchup, as he is not that good at killing ad champs. (Passive and Q shield are useless against [[Zed]]) He will outpoke you prelevel 3, but once you get level 3, all in him. You outdamage him and he won't have ult to get away.
He waveclears fast so you will be stuck in lane for a lot of the game. Try to get jungle to gank and his w has a slight travel time so in all ins ult when hes about to root you.
This is very annoying to deal with, but he is a glass cannon. If he lands a stun on you, consider yourself dead. Avoid his stuns, and try to kill his turrets before going in.
Similar to lux, just avoid the root, and you should be fine. Her W is very annoying to deal with, and try to CS with Q until you are ready to go all in.
Pretty uncommon, but very difficult to deal with. She can deal almost the same amount of damage as you, and when you ult her, she will just use her E and avoid you. Try to avoid her when you are marked by valor, and use your W, E, Q, combo to poke her down, as she does have fairly short range.
He has a lot of burst, but if you time it right you can ult his ult to negate the damage. You should be able to fight him 1v1, and if he doesn't have his stun zone he is very vulnerable.
She used to be difficult but with new rework, her early game is quite terrible and you should be able to win someone easily. Just beware of her ult, and remember your ultimate cooldown is shorter than hers.
A rare matchup, but with a ton of early damage. He does outdamage you pre6, but you can win after that. Just let him waste his mana and try not to get poked down too far before that.
I apologize for not updating this guide in a while, somewhat forgot about mobafire for a while but decided to update my guide again now that Zed has changed quite a lot since my last update somewhere around mid season 8.
Hello and Welcome to my Zed Guide. A little about my history with Zed: I was wondering what champion to buy next, and chose Zed without even playing him because he looked pretty cool, but found that he was actually quite fun and he ended up becoming my main. I also like the challenge of high skill cap champions and Zed fits that category fairly well.
I am still fairly new to guide making, and if you have any suggestions please leave a comment so I can make this guide best as possible. The visuals of the guide aren't the greatest, but I will try and make the content as best as possible.
+ Great Splitpusher
+ Good laning phase
+ Extremely Powerful 1v1
+ Easy to CS with Contempt for the Weak
+ Great outplay potential
+ Decent teamfight with blue buff energy regen and tons of AOE damage
- Can only be played 1 lane
- Vulnerable to CC (like all assasins)
- Vulnerable without Living Shadow
- Hard to come back if you fall behind
- Can't carry easily as mostly single target elimination.
Contempt for the Weak (Passive)
BONUS DAMAGE: 6%/8%/10%
Deal bonus magic damage to enemies below 50% health, cannot activate on the same target again for a few seconds.
This a great passive for csing as the bonus damage makes it so you can kill minions much easier. The bonus damage is also great for bursting down enemies, and is even better for tanks. Even if there is a full armor stacking Rammus this adds some nice magic damage into your combo, chunking even the most armored Rammus.
Living Shadow (W)
MAX RANGE: 650
MAX BLINK RANGE: 1300
ENERGY RESTORED: 30/35/40/45/50
Throws out a Shadow that stays in place for a few seconds, mimicking all basic spells cast by Zed. Zed can recast this ability while within a certain range and duration to switch places with the shadow. If Zed hits two abilities of the same type, he restores some energy.
This ability is your primary way to get off your Electrocute proc, as throwing out W,
then using E, then throwing double shurikens will proc Electrocute and deal massive damage (That is if you hit your abilities). But be careful, this is your only escape, do not poke enemies unless you know you are safe or you are in a safe spot.
Shadow Slash (E)
DAMAGE: 70/95/120/145/170 (+80% bonus AD)
ENERGY RESTORED: 30/35/40/45/50
Zed and his shadows slash around, dealing physical damage. If one of Zed's Shadows hits an enemy with Shadow Slash, they are slowed. Hitting an enemy with multiple Shadow Slash's will not increase the damage but increase the slow.
This ability is sadly your only form of cc, being a weak one as well. This ability helps you CS under tower and mainly just some extra damage, while also slowing enemies for your WEQ combo allowing you to hit your Razor Shuriken more easily. It's also good for escaping as you can W away and when the enemy catches up to your shadow, you just E and slow them.
Death Mark (R)
COST: No Cost
DAMAGE: 100% AD (+25/35/45% Damage Dealt)
Zed becomes untargetable for 0.75, leaving behind a shadow in his place. Zed then appears behind his target, leaving a mark that will trigger after 3 seconds, dealing flat damage plus a percentage of damage dealt to the target while the mark was active. Zed can recast this ability to switch places with the shadow he left behind.
This ability is probably your biggest play maker, having many parts to it. You can combo it with your abilities in many ways, such as setting up a triple shuriken to deal massive damage. This ability is also great for dodging abilities, so use it wisely in a fight. This also gives you a lot of lane pressure against your opponent, so just before you hit six try to get ready and all in at level 6, usually catching enemies off guard and letting you pick up a free and easy kill.
(Tip, a shuriken appears above an opponents head if the Mark from Death Mark will kill them.)
✦ Sudden Impact Sudden impact gives you lethality, obviously you want lethality. You can also proc this with your R and W, making it so your damage on people not building armor is practically true damage. Definitely the best choice of the three.
WIP: Currently, I actually prefer Taste of Blood. For just hitting your Q's you get a bit of health back which is great for sustain in lane considering you are melee, and the lethality of sudden impact is not as beneficial as one might think considering when you WEQ you fire your abilities usually before you dash, meaning they are not affected by the bonus lethality.
✦ Eyeball Collection Here, pretty much any of the three runes work. I just prefer eyeball collection as it's more raw damage, but all of them work. If you splitpush a lot, I would take ghost poro as it's pretty much an extra ward, giving you time to run if you are about to get ganked, and zombie ward just gives your team more vision overall.
✦ Ultimate Hunter Zed relies a lot on his ultimate, it gives him a ton of damage, more shadows to outplay, and is also an ability that can burst even tanks, provided you do enough damage while the mark is still charging. With ultimate hunter, your ultimate cooldown goes down to about 30 seconds, letting him ult in every teamfight, and even to pick off squishies before the teamfight and still have it up in time.
✦ Transcendence Zed is very effective once he gets a lot of CDR, and since now Last whisper is usually better than Black cleaver, you want to get Transcendence in order to help get CDR faster. If you also end up building Black Cleaver in the late game and overstack CDR, you get some bonus AD from it which is always nice.
Scorch There are plenty of options here, but I prefer scorch as it gives you more poke in lane and the damage eventually adds up. It can also be used during your ultimate to give your mark a slight damage buff, even though it's not much. If your up against a hard ap matchup, I would recommend Nullifying Orb or if you roam a lot, Waterwalking is also a good rune.
WIP: Some secondary rune page, Precision (any two combinations of these runes, Triumph, Coup de Grace, Legend: Tenacity)
Inspiration: If you want to hop on board the meta train inspiration is quite good, essentially you can make use of majority of runes, such as biscuit, time warp tonic, free boots, perfect timing, minion dematerilizer. Recommended for tought lanes as you can get some extra sustain, free stopwatch, or some minion dematerilizers in order to farm easier.
Obviously, you add a point in your ult whenever you can at 6, 11, and 16. Then you max Q first as it's your main poke and deals more damage. Then you want to max E next as it deals damage, but not as much as your Razor Shuriken. Then you want to max W last as it's mainly for utility. In URF, you can also max E first as you spam it more than your Q.
I prefer taking your Living Shadow at level 2, but if the enemy is pushing fast and you need to cs under tower or you are having a hard time csing, your Shadow Slash at level 2 is perfectly fine as well.
- R, W, E, Q, R: This is for when you want to all in, you initiate with your R, W away for additional escape route and land triple shurikens, and if you did it right and ulted a squishy, they should be dead. This is Zed's main combo and what you will be doing most of the time.
(Will be adding more combos soon)
That's pretty much the only spells I ever take on Zed, but every once in a while, you could take other abilities if you see fit. (e.g. Use Cleanse if against someone like Twisted Fate to break his stun, as he relies on mainly his stun to land his Q, (although you should be able to dodge his gold card with your r since it has the travel speed of an aa)
|This is one of the most important items to get on Zed. Everything on it Zed uses; Damage for abilities and aa, lethality for more burst and armor pen, and the out of combat movespeed for roams, not to mention the active to get in and out of fights quickly.|
|Definitely a great buy on Zed. Adds some tankiness, movement speed, AD, and armor shred for Zed. Now it's more of a tank shredder, and unless the enemy team has a lot of tanks, you should go a Last Whisper item first. It's a good lategame choice however.|
Nice damage and good magic resist. If your up against heavy ap or your ap laner gets fed, definitely buy this. If you buy it during lane, only get the Hexdrinker
as it's more beneficial to finish other items before finishing this one.
|If you are snowballing hard and fed, or it is late game, just get this item. Damage, armor, and a free revive for very cheap. One of the most money efficient items you can buy on Zed|
(Video showing Tiamat and E being used at the same time.)
|This item is essentially just another version of duskblade, and with the new changes not very good on Zed anymore if you already have duskblade. Don't really recommend it much anymore.|
|Now that this item gives bonus AD instead of base AD, it is godly on Zed as most of your abilities scale with bonus ad. Definitely a great lategame buy when guardian angel is on cooldown (sell GA for steraks), as the passive lets you survive a ton of damage, and it gives a decent amount of ad and health as well.|
1: Have your team bait baron or dragon, and splitpush in whatever is the furthest lane from the objective your trying to bait (if drag, go top, if baron, go bot).
2: Try and get picks onto enemy carries. With ultimate hunter and level 3 ult, your ultimate should be up in time for you to fight while the carry is dead, leaving an easy 4v5.
3: Teamfight, not really the most ideal option but if you are fed enough and skilled enough, you should be able burst down enemy carries. I would recommend stormrazor if the enemy has a utility support such as [janna] or [nami] as with the bonus damage you should be able to w, e, q combo the enemy support to one shot them, then still have your ult to kill a carry.