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League of Legends Build Guide Author marv2mars

Ultimate *New Ryze* Mana CDR Tank

marv2mars Last updated on June 1, 2011
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Ability Sequence

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

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The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.


Brute Force
Improved Rally

Offense: 9

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 0

Expanded Mind
Mystical Vision
Presence of the Master

Utility: 21

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This is my slightly changed version of the new Ryze. As you can see No AP is needed.
We will focus this build on CDR, Mana/Mana regen, and Armor/MR. This New Ryze is a great support (lots of assists early game) and an ever better ganker. As he is very squishy early game you'll have to wait mid/late game to get a lot of kills and once you have Frozen Heart and Banshee veil you become very difficult to kill.

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Runes are basically the caster standard.

9 Greater Seal of Clarity, mana per 5 per level.
9 Greater Mark of Insight, magic penetration.

Glyphs is where things get a little weird, you have two options here:

I use 2 Greater Glyph of Focus (.65% CDR), 6 Greater Glyph of Celerity (0.96% CDR at level 18) and finally 1 (25.56 mana at level 18). I do this because it adds up to 7.06 CDR at level 18, an important number that will be explained later in the guide.

However if you prefer having more CDR earlier you can do 5 Greater Glyph of Focus (.65% CDR) and 4 Greater Glyph of Celerity (0.96% CDR at level 18) which is 7.09 CDR at level 18, but by doing so you lose the 25.56 mana at level 18. It's entirely up to you.

Quintessences also give you some choice:

I use 3 Greater Quintessence of Swiftness, movement speed.
But I have no doubt these would work as well:
Greater Quintessence of Fortitude, flat health.
Greater Quintessence of Knowledge, mana per level.
Greater Quintessence of Insight, magic penatration.

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Ryze begins with 250 mana and 4.35 health regen. Add in a Sapphire Crystal and you being with around 450 mana. 1% of that is a bonus 4.5 health regen at level 1. Yes you read that right, Ryze more than doubles his health regen at level one thanks to Strength of spirit, and this only gets more ******ed as the game goes on. In regular games I get around 23 health regen per 5 early game thanks to Tear of the Goddess. I end games with around 70 Health regen with NO items that give health regen.

9 points in Offense for Archaic Knowledge is basically required and the rest can go in Utility.

Note, you can play around with the points in Meditation and Awareness to fit your play style.

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Games should start with you buying Sapphire Crystal some combination of Health Potion and Mana Potion. I'd recommend 2 Health Potions when you are just starting to play Ryze and when you are doing a solo or 1v2 lane.

Why not Meki Pendant?
Because the Crystal adds 20 damage to your Q, 2 health regen, and you're objective is not to stay in the lane for a long time and farm, in fact that is a bad idea because you need to rush an important item.

As you might of guessed your first back should be when you have around 595g or 945g so you can quickly get Tear of the Goddess and maybe a Boots of Speed. If you have 595g and still plenty of mana don't be afraid to use spells to both push the lane and get the last 350g you need for boots, otherwise go back.

From there you must make judgment calls on what core items to buy next and at what times.

I realized the new Ryze would require 40% CDR and wondered how I would get it. He gets a passive 13% from the mastery Sorcery and his Q, Overload, and you can get either 7.09% or 7.06% from runes easily so that leaves 20% from an Item, and I had the perfect one in mind.
Frozen Heart had everything Ryze needed as well as some defense.

Core items

Tear of the Goddess
Easily the best item for Ryze, adds the largest amount of mana in the game when upgraded to Archangel's Staff. You may notice however that I wait till practically the end of the game to upgrade it. This is because the upgrade cost is 1860g and you have more important things to buy, from the upgrade you get 100-150 ap, 50 mana, and some mana regen. I didn't even mention the fact that it takes longer to fill out the bonus of 1000 mana when you upgrade since Tear gives you 4 bonus mana up to twice in a 6 second time periods and Archangels gives you 4 bonus mana up to once every 3 seconds. This may seem the same to you but Ryze is a burst caster, I sometimes cast 4 spells in the space of a second or two and no more for another 4 to 10 seconds. Therefore it is better to gain 8 mana in 3 seconds than it is to gain 4 mana in 3 seconds.
Sorcerer's Shoes
Ryze is a caster and getting more magic penetration could never be a bad thing. However in specific games with an annoying amount of magic damage enemies with CC it would be in your best interest to use Mercury's Treads instead.
Rod of Ages
Another great Item for Ryze, increases your mana, health and ap by a lot. The earlier you buy this the better, as it takes time to build up.
Glacial Shroud
Ryze's one and only CDR item, this should be gotten early too. Doesn't need to be upgraded to Frozen Heart fast unless they have a lot of physical damage.
Banshee's Veil
Great for teams with magic damage, not overly important if they have a bunch of physical damage and few annoying abilities for it to block.

Your 6th item is a situational item. Some other 6th item choices in no particular order are:

Rod of Ages, a great 6th item for games with split damage sources
Quicksilver Sash, great for games with annoying ultimates such as Malzahar's Ult
Force of Nature, in games with plenty of magic damage I sometimes buy Mercury's Treads and this to survive.
Guardian Angel, for games with a little bit of both types of damage and they will do whatever it takes to put it all on you in the first 5 seconds of a team fight.
Thornmail, I haven't had a chance to buy and test this yet but I would probably only buy it if they had 3-5 heavy hitting physical DPS.
Void Staff, if any of you were unlucky enough to get in a game where your team thinks because they have Ryze they don't need another source of damage you know this item is basically required. You must note that while you can be a carry your team should still have another physical damage carry. Having no other physical damage option means that the enemy team can and should stack magic resistance. I get this usually when I see 3+ enemies getting large amounts of magic resistance.
Zhonya's Hourglass, good if you need the active to survive team fights and maybe even the 50 armor to help screw over their physical DPS. While I have never had to I imagine a game where you were facing 5 physical DPS you could forgo Banshee's Veil in favor of Thornmail and this to reach 300+ armor and REALLY **** them over.
Lich Bane, you'll be wondering "Why the contradiction" in a few sentences so let me get this out of the way. This item is good if you feel like enemies are escaping with low amounts of health and your speed feels lackluster. DO NOT spend the time to catch every proc, do so only when all your spells are on cooldown.

There are also items I am on the fence about, things that in some situations I can see being useful but have wasted stats or I just don't feel like testing them, I'll leave this up to you.

Deathfire Grasp, a amazing active in games where your opponents are stacking health and even if they aren't it's still great. Wasted CDR unless you rework the build somehow. If I got in a game with enemies stacking health I would get this, it just hasn't happened yet.
Will of the Ancients, having more spell vamp and not to mention you are buffing your team.
Rylai's Crystal Scepter, a slow on your spells and some health.

I'll now highlight items I believe to be terrible for Ryze, with reasoning, that for some reason various threads and builds/guides seem to think is actually good for Ryze.

How this ever got onto the forums is beyond my comprehension. First of all your skills have a range of 675, 625, and 675 respectively while your attack range is 550. If you REALLY want to take the extra second or two to get in range AND the extra second to actually auto attack you deserve to die.
You're right, if melee get in range of you by their own volition AFTER you use your 2 second root and AFTER you use your full combo maybe auto attacking once would be wise, or you could kite until your next combo. But if I see one more person suggesting you chain lichbanes during your combo I'm going to come through the internet and punch said person in the gut. Your combo goes off in the space of a second, saying you want to take the second or two to get in range and another half second to fire off a auto attack combined with a ****ty 300 damage lichbane proc is laughable.

ITEMS FOCUSING ON MAXING ABILITY POWER, (Deathcap, Stacking Archangels).
I can't understand this either, Ryze's ratios are absolute ****. IF you stack ability power you will not only be a squishy mage with **** damage, you'll also look like a ******. For example's sake lets say you have a generous 2k HP, 3.2k Mana and 800 AP. Probably impossible but lets go with it. End game I usually end games with 3.5k HP, 5.1k Mana, and 340 AP. Comparing Q's we get yours doing (3.2k*0.1)+(0.2*800)+120 = 600. Mine does (5.1k*0.1)+(0.2*340)+120 = 700. Before some ***hat argues that W and E will do more damage allow me to point out they have a 14 second cooldown, compared to Q's 3.5. If you plan on arguing that you can destroy players with your two 14 second cooldown spells with 0.6 and 0.35 for ratios maybe you should be in an institution designed to accommodate your level of stupidity.

No doubt some idiot will try a combination of the two sides of ******ation and argue Lichbane AND AP is the way to go. Then you'll just be a squishy mage with bad ratios who has to get extremely close to your target and spend 5 seconds just to get the most out of your lichbane procs.

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Skill Sequence

The skill sequence is fairly locked in place.
However there is an argument to make about getting W, Rune Prison, as your first spell over Q, Overload. Not my cup of tea but it's up to you.