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League of Legends Build Guide Author Jamies4Ever

Theres a Shadow in the jungle

Jamies4Ever Last updated on August 12, 2013
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Ability Sequence

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

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Offense: 21

Honor Guard

Defense: 9


Utility: 0

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Greater Seal of Armor

Greater Glyph of Magic Resist

Greater Quintessence of Armor

Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed

Greater Mark of Attack Damage
ForSEALS i choose flat armor for the fact that zed wasn't intended to jungle so he hasn't alot of armor or natural sustain.
For my GLYPHS i choose magic resist just for the fact that I like to have it when i'm ganking mid.
For my MARKS flat attack damage for that first blood.
My QUINTESSENCE i take flat armor for surviving in the jungle at low lvls and movement speed because i like to fly from top to mid to bottom and gank as much as i can.

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Main build
Bonus damage to creeps
Your jungling you only have two choices here the machete or armor cloth, i tend to use the machete because you going to try and sweep the jungle in stead of tank the jungle.
25 armor 25 damage 15 lifesteal and bonus damage to jungle creeps plus free ward
I chose to build wriggles because the cheap armor damage and a free ward are to much to pass up early game. of course i sell wriggles to free up a space for something in a better tier.
45 movement speed plus buffed movement speed out of combat
See as your going to be in the jungle you will be out of combat for all of early game and some of mid game so getting these boots will maximize your ganking potential.
55 Attack damage, 10% cool down, 10 armor penetration, and 200 health.
The black cleaver is Zed's best friend. It gives you everything you need all in one, attack damage, cd, and armor pen (A MUST HAVE FOR ZED).
12% Life steal and 70 attack damage
The blood thirster is my favorite item on any AD champ seeing that it gives you the survivabilty you need to 1v1 almost any champ and since zed doesnt already have natural life steal this is a must have.
35% armor penetration and 40 attack damage.
The best iteam for anyone building armor, beacuse eventually your foes will get armor and you will need to shread it.
55 attack damage 36 magic resist and a spell shield absorbing 400 magic damage
Makes you stay alive in battles longer without subtracting your damage output.
1000 health and 1% of your health restored every 5 sec
Great way to increase survivability threw health.
+15 movement speed
If your combo doesn't kill like it should then you will need to either run from danger or chase your foes down to finish him/her so a little more movement speed helps that get the job done.

Situational Items
45 armor, 450 health and 40 magic dps
wonderful health item against heavey attack damage foes also gives some constent magic damage.
another life plus 50 armor and 40 magic resist
Everyone could use another life
75 attack damage 25% crit and 250% crit damage
Only good if your on a roll and have the money to spare
25 attack damage 50 attack speed 10 cool down reduction 10 movement
speed and 35% tenacity
Gives you everything zed needs to survive although its a weaker item then some of your main items.

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Skill Sequence

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

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On masteries i take 21/9/0 with offensive focusing on attack damage, with creep and turret damage also added in to make your jungle and split push stronger. On the defensive masteries I chose to go with armor( your jungling you need armor), the creep thornmail (faster clear time) and smites extra gold (the extra gold on your smite will come in handy when you need that 10 extra gold fast).

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Hello i am Jamies4Ever and first off i have to say this is my first guide and I thought I should do one of my favorite champs . is a melee assassin that is great early, mid and late game. Due to zeds shadow clone, high burst damage, and ult zed's ganks are potentially one of the best ganks in the game in my opinion. Zed's jungling abilities are smooth and extremely fast clear making him perfect for those people who like to jump lane to lane ganking. Since you don't see many people jungle zed that doesn't mean its not viable I have had a great record with zed on ranked games. almost every ranked I have played with him I have out done the enemy jungle by ten fold.

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Pros / Cons

  • High damage threw out game
  • Living Shadow ability is very versatile
  • Can get in and out of team fights very easily
  • Fast jungle
  • Uses energy
  • has a poke ability Razor Shuriken
  • Squishy early game
  • cooldown for Living Shadow is quite high
  • No CC
  • Probably be focused

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For my spells I like to either take Flash Smite or if im feeling like im on a roll ill skip the Flash and take Ignite Smite since i already have my shadow clone for an escape.

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Creeping / Jungling

    1. Red buff- Get your teammates to help leash you the Lizards, once your leash is gone you want to keep all the creeps near you so you can E them for the fastest clear.
    2. Wraiths- Move to Wraiths should just E and Q them to death.
    3. Wolves- same as wraiths
    4. Blue buff- is if you need the exp to get to the next lvl before a gank otherwise gank then do the Golems later.
    5. Ganking mid- your going to want you teammate to draw them close to your tower then proceed with your shadow, then E,Q until your target is dead.
    6. Ganking top- your going to want to go to the tri bush if there on purple otherwise just take the river bush and proceed with the kill.
    7. Golems- these are if you want them not really a necessity.
    8. Ganking bottom- this should be the easiest other seeing as you melt adc's and supports, but make sure to communicate with your teammates.