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The Master Of Shadows Bible - AQRC Project Zed

AQRC Turtle Last updated on September 2, 2017
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VS AP Matchup

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Vs AD Matchup

Ability Sequence

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Ability Key Q
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Ability Key R

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Threats to Zed with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
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Xerath Dodge his poke until u get lvl 3 and 6. Then, he's very weak to ur engages
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Ziggs Once lvl 6 u have the upper hand. Stay away from minions to avoid the Aoe from his Q
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Taliyah Zed have the esiest matchup, just keep ur lane pressure so she cant roam .
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Vel'Koz Easy mathup for zed.keep poking him and engage when his ability are on cd. Also use minion to protect from his poke
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Twisted Fate Keep ur lane pressure so TF cant roam. He cant escape u and his card are easily dodgable with ur R
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From Marksman to Assassin


Hi guys,
-My Summoner name is AQRC Turtle (NA) and Ive been a main ADC since the start(S3)
So I firsly hated Zed because of his advantage on marksmans
Caitlyn Kalista Vayne Lucian Jhin Jinx were my most played ADCs

-My 1st time Zed was during preseson(7)
-Right now, im around 800-900 games with Zed only this season

-Of course, there's a lot of better Zed players, higher elo with more knowledge.
-So, for further Zed contents. I suggest these highelo zed main:

LL Stylish, Azoh, Redmercy, Ace Deathmark, xFace, RoyalDor, Majki and cj entus Bdd
-Lasty, this is my 1st guide and sorry for my bad english


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Quick Zed intro

ZED THE MASTER OF SHADOWS

Zed is an AD Mid assassin and energy user. He's the Master of shadows and he's using the ancient forbidden ways to kill those who refuse to embrace the shadow
He's a very strong carry if played well

But Zed has many weaknesses and he's a highrisk/highreward champ who can snowball if he get ahead but can also falloff quickly if behind.
That's why hes rarely pick in pro games.

Also, this patch (7.17) his W Living Shadow got buff and going to remain .5 second longer from 4.5 to 5 and his attack speed from 0.644 to 0.651


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Runes

Very few ppl use the same rune page as me for Zed vs AP
-1 Greater Quintessence of Lethality+ 3 Greater Mark of Lethalityfor 8 Lethality

Runes

Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
9

Greater Quintessence of Lethality
1

Greater Seal of Scaling Health
9

Greater Mark of Lethality
3

Greater Mark of Attack Damage
6

Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage
2

-The standard rune page for Zed is 3 Greater Quintessence of Lethality and 9 Greater Mark of Attack Damage
or..
-9 Greater Mark of Attack Damage and 3 Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage

-Vs AD Mid Matchup like : Yasuo or Talon take flat armor Seals
and trade ur glyph for scaling CDR/MR or flat CDR.
-Mix both CDR Glyphs ex:(6x CDR and 3x Scaling CDR) = 10 CDR at 18


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Masteries

Masteries
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Right now, this is the standart Masteries for Zed and the most popular
But u can Custum your masterie page depending on your own playstyle

Thunderlord's Decree is the best keystone for Zed

Vampirism and Natural Talent can be Mix or not.

Fresh Blood For more DMG

Secret Stash =(biscuits) help to stay full HP.

Wanderer for faster roams

Double Edged Sword for stronger early game

Intelligence for boosting ur CDR to 45 %.
-But, i think 40% CDR is enough for Zed as ur limited by ur energy regen.


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Adapt ur setup/build/playstyle

Itemization
-Vs Adc matchup like Corki or Lucian, Starting Doran's Shield is good
-Vs hard matchup take Health Potion if not u can take Refillable Potion
-Usully, i take Farsight Alteration but Oracle Alteration work too

-Vs high AP/CC teamcomp Mercurial Scimitar Maw of Malmortius
-Vs Bruiser Lord Dominik's Regards.
-Vs health regen teamcomp Mortal Reminder
-If u prefer splitpush Blade of the Ruined King
-If u need more waveclear Ravenous Hydra
-For more tanky stat Dead Man's Plate Edge of Night Sterak's Gage

Summoner spells
Most common is Flash Ignite
Other option (Situational): Cleanse Teleport Exhaust


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Pros and cons

pros:
-One of the strongest duelist and splitpusher
-High kill pressure in lane and mid game.
-Decent waveclear
-Can choose his fight very well
-Good mobility and roaming potential
-Very high DPS
-Strong Mid game powerspike

cons:
-Get counter by itemization like Zhonya's Hourglass or spell Exhaust
-High skillcap abilities that rely on skillshots, quick decision making and fast combos
-He's restricted by his slow energy regen
-Vulnerable to Crowd control, armor stacking and peel
-Lack of CCs and AoE DMG from his abiities.
-Doesn't do well in teamfights
-Doesn't scale very well and easily falloff if he get behind
-Hard to master

Despite of these, Zed is full of tricks, jukes, kill oportunities and outplay potential that make him one of the best playmaking champion in the game(my opinion).


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Early laning phase

-Usully, it better to play safe until u get lvl 3 and 6 powerspike.
-Try to poke while pushing your wave with your Q Razor Shuriken
-Keep a good postionning to avoid pokes/ganks. Backup if ur W Living Shadow is on CD
-Manage ur energy avalible to keep a High kill pressure in lane.
-Push ur lane before looking for roams. Zed is very strong when he get lvl advantage
-Pay attention to your enemies spell/item Cooldowns Zhonya's Hourglass, Exhaust
as your CDs AND energy availible before going all-in.

Farming:
-If your lane opponent is hard pushing the wave to your turret and minions are 1/4 or 3/4HP , it better to lvl up 2nd E Shadow Slash to last hit the cs undertower.
-But, Zed passive Contempt for the Weak make farming undertower very easy.
-A good zed players rarely use W Living Shadow to farm. Only for quick wave clear and when they know theyre safe of ganks/collapse/flanks. (high CD on W Living Shadow)
-Jungle raptors can be an option if ur lane is push and there is no roaming opportunity


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Late game Teamfights

- Zed doesnt shine in teamfight. He can be easily shutdown by Peel/cc if hes too slow
-Also, If ennemy team has vision on Zed, his engages gonna be easily anticipated/dodge/denied
-Sometimes if u keep diing, it better to take a step back from fights and look for ennemy mistakes.

-The best scenario for Zed in late game teamfight is flanking their team in the chaos of the teamfight and bring your DPS on the AD Carry/AP Carry as quick as possible so their frontline cant react and peel fast enough.
-Remember to be patient and wait for the best opportunity, Zedjob isnt to engage the teamfight.

-Isolated squishy/immobile carry like Jhin Vel'Koz are his Main target and easiest.
-U should know who's ur priority target for quicker/better decisions making and faster combo and the best target

Other tips/adviced

-Dont be afraid to use R Death Mark to dodge enemy DMG/CC. You're untargetabe for 0,75 Second and the cooldown is dropping very low when max

-Keeping your Q Razor Shuriken when engaging can be tricky for ur target. As a slow skillshot ability, he might try to dodge/ sidesteping can give u 2 extra AA instead of 1 possible Q Razor Shuriken dmg.
Then switch shadow back to safety for more precision on Q Razor Shuriken .

-Always, know your shadows location and if u can switch to them safely


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CONCLUSION

-My last advice would be to play with the mindset of an assassin. Stay unoticed and look for sneaky flanks and isolated target.
(Suprise effect is ur best weapon)

I also have fun making montage!