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[SEASON 8] Zyra Mid's Push and Poke
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Threats & Synergies
Insta kill after 6. Build Abyssal Mask, take Barrier.
Poke a ton early. After 6 shove from a distance, stay out of ult range. Take Barrier instead of Ignite.
Keep your distance.
Overall Gameplay for Zyra Mid
Another tip is if you've shoved to the enemy tower, and there are no enemy minions present, you can cast your Q and drop a couple seeds (W) under the tower and you will get 2-3 hits on the enemy while they're trying to kill your minions under the tower.
Mid game your priority is to poke down the enemy laner for a kill or make it so risky that they can't farm effectively. If you get them to back then roam. The obvious choice is a bot lane roam to set the enemy back bot then take dragon.
Note that clearing scuttles is a breeze by dropping seed for E then immediately dropping a seed for Q. This way you get the slow from the E plant while also getting some range with the Q plant as it leaves the slow range.
Once you have Rylai's you can start to snare long range with Q and set up for your assassins.
Zyra has an amazing init for team fights as well. If you can flash in and snare 2-3 enemies with E you can drop seeds for your E to slow them and throw down an Ult then immediately Zhonya. Enemies will NOT fight on your ult. They either scatter or your team will engage. If any get knocked up and your team is on it they're dead. If your team engaged early back up after your Zhonya and follow up with additional Q-W.
The trick to high damage output with Zyra is to make sure you have plants down when you Ult. While the Ult does a healthy amount of burst damage on its own the boosted plants that are in the ring of the Ult will be a significant damage bonus to any team fight.