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The Master of Shadows ''Ignorance is Fatal''- Zed 8.1

AQRC Turtle Last updated on January 11, 2018
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AQRC Turtle - Project Zed

Zed 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: The Ultimate Hat
The Ultimate Hat
LoL Rune: Scorch

+5.4 Attack Damage or 9 Ability Power (Adaptive)

Precision / Sorcery / Inspiration: +5.6 Attack Damage or 9 Ability Power (Adaptive)
Resolve: +65 Health

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Win 49%
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Ability Sequence

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

Threats to Zed with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
Xerath Dodge his poke until u get lvl 3 and 6. Then, he's very weak to ur all-ins and cant escape them
Ziggs Once u hit lvl 6 u have the upper hand vs ziggs. Stay away from minions to avoid the Aoe from his Q
Taliyah Easy matchup, but keep ur lane pressure so she cant roams for free.
Vel'Koz Easy mathup for zed. try to get lvl advantage and engage when velkoz abilities are on cd. Also use minion to protect from his poke
Twisted Fate Keep ur lane pressure so TF cant roam for free. He cant escape u and his card are easily dodgable with ur R
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Im AQRC Turtle

Hi guys, first of all this is my 1st guide, I will try my best to keep it updated and srx for my bad english.

So, I 1st played league of legends in season 3. Since the start most of my game were as marksman in bot lane: Caitlyn Kalista Vayne Jhin Jinx Lucian Tristana

My first game with Zed was during in 5
And I reached my highest rank in season 6 (platinum 2)
Zed became my most played champ in season 7(800 game)
That mostly resume my 5 season on league. So welcome everyone!!
I'm AQRC Turtle and this is my Zed guide for Season 8. Enjoy!!

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Quick Zed Intro

He's a AD melee Assassin and energy user with very good mobility and high dps potential.
Mostly played as mid laner, he's a strong dmg carry who can snowball the game if he get ahead but can also fall-off quickly if behind.
Lore : Zed was taken and trained by his master who also teached him about balance and discipline.

One day, after defying his master, he was banished from his own clan. He unlocked the ancient forbidden ways and now he's using it to kill those who refuse to embrace the shadows.

Despite having many weaknesses and counter, I love playing Zed
He's full of tricks, jukes, kills opportunity and outplays potential that make him one of the best playmaking champion in League of legends.

To support my opinion take a look at the next video it's from a challenger korean Solo game and might be the sickest play ive seen on Zed
Played by the world champion season 7 CuVee he single handedly outplay 4 challenger LCK pro player Know as Ssumday, Arrow,Hachani they were starting Top AD Carry Support who played for KT rolster at the time.

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ZED mains

Feel free to join the Zed main community

Zed is very hard to master and you can always get better.
So if you want more tips/advice/gameplay to improve I recommand these 2 high elo Zed main
He's a streamer and youtuber who reach multiple time master tier and he's a very smart Zed player.
He also teached me a lot about the champion when I started and you can even ask him for private coaching lessson
follow his social media to support him:

He also made a Youtube tutorial series to learn the basics of Zed

He's the N.1 Zed in NA and challenger streamer/youtuber.
You can follow him here:

In my opinion he has the potential to be the best Zed in the world mechanicly.
You can always judge by yourself:

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Pros and cons

+One of the strongest duelist and splitpusher
+Can choose his fights very well
+Good mobility and roaming potential
+High DPS and kill pressure
+Good for turret dives
+ Last hitting undertower isnt hard

-Get counter by itemization ex: Zhonya's Hourglass or spell Exhaust
-Vulnerable to ennemy Crowd control , armor stacking and peel
-Lack of CCs, substain and AoE DMG from his abiities.
-Doesn't do well in late game teamfights
-High skillcap and hard to master.

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(Passive): Contempt for the Weak
-Autoattacking a targets below 50% health deal 6-10% of the target's
max HP as bonus magic damage.
-Effective on hit and can only occur once every 10 seconds on the same target

(Q):Razor shuriken
-Active: Each 6 seconde Zed can throw a spinning blades forward, dealing damage to the first targets while additional target hitted only dealth 60% damage.
-Additional shurikens striking the same enemy deal 75% damage and restore energy.

If youre low hp, Q Razor Shuriken is very good for last hitting creeps from safety.
But keep in mind u can't move while trowing Q Razor Shuriken

(W):Living Shadow
-Active : Zed's shadow dashes forward giving vision of the area and remain in place for 5 second
-At second cast, he swap places if hes inside 1300 range from his shadow
-Untargetable at all time, his shadow will mimics each Q Razor Shuriken and E Shadow Slash from Zed
-Landing at least two instances of the same ability on one target will restore some energy

-Even if the energy cost of W Living Shadow is very low, the cooldown is very long. So Avoid to overextend right after using W Living Shadow

(E):Shadow slash
-Active: Zed create a burst of physical damage to nearby enemies

-Each enemy champion hit will reduces Living Shadow cooldown by 2 seconds.
That mean at rank 5 on your W Living Shadow and at least ~30% Cooldown Reduction
you can fully reset the Cooldown of Living Shadow by hitting your E Shadow Slash on 4 enemy Champions.

-Landing this skill with both the shadow and Zed doesnt increase the damage, but
doubles the slowing effect and restore some energy .

(R):Death mark
-Active: Zed spawn a shadow at his starting position that mimics his abilities and remain in place for 6 secondes.
-He becames untargetable for 0,75 seconde and appear behind his target marking him for death.
-After 3 seconds, Death Mark will detonate dealing physical and grant him some dmg if his target die from it
- Death Mark doesnt cost any energy and the cooldown drop very low late game
-A target who is sure to die from Death Mark will display a swirling shuriken above their heads (enough shied, heals will make it disappear)

Hoverall, Death Mark has so many possibilities and different ways to use it.
You can of course use it to takedown a priority target or dodge enemy spells/CCs. You can also use it as gab closer/escape or to towerdives someone

When reappearing behind ur enemy that when ur the most vulnerable. Unfotunately, Death Mark require 0.5 sec CD before u can second cast and that can be a big probleme if ur low hp or get focus.
A good way to deal with these kind of situation is to trow W Living Shadow before using ur ult to get an instant escape and minimize the time ur expose in the middle of the ennemy team

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Starting Items
-Usully I start Long Sword + 3x Health Potion but sometimes, I take Refillable Potion vs safe matchup
-or Doran's Shield and Ninja Tabi when im laning vs adc's matchup EX: Corki Lucian

The 3 core Items


Duskblade of Draktharr Give more DMG.

Youmuu's Ghostblade Give more mobility
3rd The Black Cleaver Give a mix of DMG, Hp and will caps ur max CDR

Situational Item
Good defensive item at a very low cost.

Vs Bruisers ex: Jarvan IV Riven Or Vs health regen teamcomp ex: Soraka Swain

Adapt ur Itemization
- Maw of Malmortius Grant good MR but keep in mind u cant get more than 40% CDR.
- Mercurial Scimitar Vs Crowd control teamcomp like Morgana Lux
- Blade of the Ruined King For Splitpushing, and 1 vs 1
- Ravenous Hydra for Waveclear and substain
- Dead Man's Plate Edge of Night Sterak's Gage for more tanks stats

Standart trinkets: start Warding Totem for early vision.
Post lvl 9 take Farsight Alteration or Oracle Alteration

Standart Summoner Spells: Flash and Ignite
Other option : Teleport Cleanse

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Early Game

Lvl 1
-Usully, it better to play safe and avoid trades until u hit lvl 3. Since most mid laner are ranged, without gab closer Zed is most likely gonna get kited.
Be carefull when u walk up to farm minions melee range because ur gonna get punish by ennemy laner. So try your best to avoid getting poke/harrass when you walk up to farm

If Your lane opponent is melee EX: Akali Fizz Yasuo Try to initiate each early trades with your basic attack, than Q Razor Shuriken and than a 2nd basic attack as fast as u can to proc Electrocute. Than disengage to avoid extending the trades, Usully long fights are not in favor of Zed early game.

Your Q Razor Shuriken can last hit very safely from distance if youre low hp. It's also your main poke ability and as a slow skillshot, u have to predict ur opponent pathing/direction to land your combo sucesfully. Been unpredictable and quick in your execution will give less time for your target to react.

But remember, dont rush all your ability instantly and than waste all your combo.
Instead take ur time, when u feel safe throw W Living Shadow + E Shadow Slash to slow ur target and aim to land both Q Razor Shuriken to procs Electrocute

Lvl 2
-I usully Lvl up 2nd W Living Shadow to prevent early gank from ennemy jungler
Except in these 2 situation

1.When laning vs melee champs I lvl up 2nd E Shadow Slash Ex: Akali Fizz Yasuo
2.If my opponent is hard pushing the wave to my turret and the minions HP are 1/4 or 3/4, lvling up 2nd E Shadow Slash help for last hitting CS undertower. Fortunatly for Zed his passive Contempt for the Weak make last hitting undertower very easy early.

Post lvl 3
After lvl 3 you will have your full combo availible, but it after 6 that u get big powerspike and basicly make u the best duelist ,
So try to have the lvl advantage and enough energy availible to all-in your opponent as soon as you lvl up.

Zed is very good at roaming bot or top but shove ur lane before to avoid losing xp
wolf and Jungle raptors is a good option to get more gold

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Mid game

Mid game Zed have the potential to 1 vs 1 anyone in the game

Try your best to remain unoticed and avoid ennemy vision.
Than try to caugh someone off guard by using the fog of war or bushes with the suprise effect

U should always look for low Hp or isolated ennemy carries and before chosing your target remember that a simple Janna shield or like a Alistar peel/CCs can deny Zed and make the whole difference between get the kill or diing

If ur target have Flash or an escape availible, try to engages with R Death Mark and keep ur W Living Shadow to quickly follow up ur target escape/dash/flash and complete ur shutdown.

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Late Game

In late game your job isnt to engage the teamfights. Instead wait for ur opponent to waste their main CCs/ult and during the chaos of the fight, you quickly flank their team to bring ur dps on their backline and takedown the ennemy carries. Than try your best to get out alive.

If the ennemy team have a better teamfight comp, you can splitpush if ur ahead.
but I dont recomend it in soloQ it might be better to group with your team so you wont get flame.

Lastly I strongly suggest to end the game before late game with Zed because ur gonna fall off eventully.

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My last tips would be to always play with the mindset of an assassin.
But the most important is to keep practicing and learn from ur mistakes while always having fun.
''They follow the wrong master.''
- Zed

I also have fun making montage!