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The Master of Shadows ''Ignorance is Fatal''- Zed 8.5

AQRC Turtle Last updated on March 18, 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

+11 Attack Damage or +18 Ability Power, Adaptive

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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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I am AQRC Turtle

Firstly, I am very sorry for the speeling mistakes and words faults. I tried my best but I rarely speak english.

My league of legend Background:
Hi guys, I started playing league of legends as a main AD Carry during the Season 3
Since then Ive learn the game as a Marksman and I peaked at plat 2 in Season 6
Up till now, Ive played over 1000 Zed game and most of them are from Season 7
So Welcome everyone, I'm AQRC Turtle and this is my Zed guide for Season 8

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Who's Zed

Mostly played as mid laner, Zed is a melee Attack Damage Assassin and energy user, known for his high DPS and strong mobility.
Lore resume : An orphan, Zed was taken and trained by a great ninja who eventully became his master

But Zed has never been able to win the favor of his master by beating Shen
Frustrated he got banned from his clan after defying his own master and unlock the ancient forbidden ways to beat Shen

Now, leading the Order of Shadow he's using the ancient forbidden ways to kill those who refuse to embrace the shadows.

Despite his weaknesses and counters, I love playing Zed He's full of tricks, jukes, kills opportunity and outplay potential that make him one of the best playmaker in league of legends.

The 20 sec clip down below is from Korean challenger SoloQ and show off CuVee (world champion season 7) single handedly outplayed 4 of the best player in the world know as Ssumday, Arrow, Hachani, and were starting Top AD Carry Support for Lck pro korean team KT Rolster, at the time.

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Main Zed

Everyone know that Zed is very hard to master mainly because you can always learn an get better on him. Feel free to join the community and meet other Zed main.

If youre looking for more tips/advice, I strongly recommend these 2 high elo Zed main

He's a streamer/youtuber and a Zed main from EU who reached multiple times master tier and teached me a lot about Zed when I started.
You can ask him for private coaching lessson or follow his social media to support him here:

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


He's the N.1 Zed in NA and a 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 potential and kill pressure
+Good for turret dives
+ Last hitting cs undertower is very simple

-Get counter easily Zhonya's Hourglass Exhaust
-Vulnerable to ennemy Crowd control and armor stacking
-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: Every 6 seconde Zed can throw a spinning blades forward, dealing damage to the first targets but 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
-He's untargetable at all time and his shadow will mimics every Q Razor Shuriken and E Shadow Slash from him
-At second cast, he swap places with his shadow if hes inside 1300 range from it
-Landing at least two instances of the same ability on one target will restore some energy

(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.

-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 use it to takedown a priority target or dodge enemy spells/CCs. You can easily towerdives someone or simply use it as a gab closer/escape.

Death Mark require 0.5 sec CD before u can recast it. A good way to deal with that probleme is to throw W Living Shadow before using ur ult to get an instant escape.

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Starting Items
-Usully I start Long Sword + 3x Health Potion but Refillable Potion vs easier matchup is viable too
- Doran's Shield and Ninja Tabi is good when laning vs adc's matchup EX: Corki Lucian

The 3 core Items


Duskblade of Draktharr Grant DMG, SLOW, VISION DENY.

Youmuu's Ghostblade Grant 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 teamcomp ex: Jarvan IV Riven
Vs health regen teamcomp ex: Soraka Swain

- Maw of Malmortius Grant some MR but keep in mind it gonna overcaps ur max CDR (40%) Unless youre running Transcendence or ennemy team has tons of AP
- 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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Laning Phase

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.

Try to focus on getting xp advantage than manage ur energy availible for going ham on your opponent when reaching lvl 6.

Zed roaming potential at lvl 6 is very effective to help ur side lane, but try to shove ur own lane before to keep ur lvl advantage
Remember wolf and raptors is an option to boost ur xp and gold

Trades in lane:
When your lane opponent is melee like 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 trades. Usully long fights are not in favor of Zed early game.

But when laning against a ranged champ like Lux or Corki. You should take ur time throwing W Living Shadow on top of ur target + E Shadow Slash for the slow and than try to aim and land both Q Razor Shuriken to procs Electrocute

Your Q Razor Shuriken is a slow and kind of hard skillshot to land, try to predict ur opponent pathing for landing your full combo succesfully.

Farm in lane: Be carefull when u walk up to farm cs melee range since most mid laner are ranged your mostly gonna get punish by the ennemy laner so try your best to not get poke/harrass for free

Your Q Razor Shuriken can last hit very safely from distance if youre low hp.
Watch out your positionning at all time and dont overextend after using W Living Shadow because the cooldown is very long.

I usully Lvl up 2nd W Living Shadow to prevent early ganks from ennemy jungler
Excepting in these 2 cases I take E Shadow Slash instead.
1. When laning vs melee match up like Akali Fizz Yasuo
2. If my opponent is hard pushing the wave to my turret and the minions are 1/4Hp or 3/4Hp, 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.

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Post Laning phase

Mid game Zed has the potential to 1 vs 1 anyone with R Death Mark and playing with the minbset of an assassin is ur goal

Basicly your main job during teamfights is taking out the ennemy dmg carries and be their nightmare for the rest of the game.

Otherwise, avoid ennemy vision and try to caugh someone off guard by using the fog of war and the suprise effect. Low Hp/isolated are the perfect target to focus in these 1 vs 1 situation. (important) keep in mind that If ur target has Flash or an escape availible, 95% of times it better to engages with R Death Mark and hold on your W Living Shadow to quickly follow up ur target's escape/dash/flash and finish the job

In late game your job isnt to engage the teamfights. Instead you should wait for ur opponent to waste their main CCs/ult and then in the chaos of the fight, you quickly flank their backline and bring ur dps on their carriees

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

Lastly, try to end before late game because ur gonna fall off eventully.

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Hoverall, the best tips i have for improving on Zed is to keep practicing, learn from ur mistakes and have fun playing!
''Ignorance is Fatal''
- Zed

I also upload montage on youtube for fun!