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League of Legends Build Guide Author Vapora Dark

Vapora's Guide To Zed

Vapora Dark Last updated on October 6, 2017
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-Table of Contents-


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Zed is the classic assassin champion in LoL. He's extremely good at taking one champion out of the fight, but then loses a lot of his power once Death Mark is on cooldown. He also however has a great laning phase in most matchups and can easily snowball in the early-game, making him stylistically a great champion to play in solo queue.

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Marks: Lethality are the optimal marks for Zed. Marks are for taking stats that increase your damage, and Lethality simply increases your damage the most of any marks. AD marks only out-damage them the first few levels and then are quickly outscaled as you gain levels and items. You should only use AD marks if you don't have the option of using Lethality.

Seals: Mostly you'll be playing against AP matchups, and these seals will protect you the most in these matchups. They also scale so well into late-game that they're a better option than flat HP seals.
alternative options

Glyphs: Since most opponents will be mages and as a melee champion you're very vulnerable to harass, magic resist glyphs are a good option.

Quints: Lethality quints aren't quite as efficient as lethality marks so instead we'll be taking AD quints, as they'll still increase Zed's damage, especially in the early-game.

I won't spend too much time talking about the strengths and weaknesses of individual masteries, but here's the gist of it.


Thunderlord's Decree is the best keystone on Zed by far, no other keystone is worth considering.

As for the smaller masteries, it doesn't usually make a huge difference which you take and lots are viable, the ones I display on my guide are simply the ones I personally consider to be the best (and my opinion is subject to change).

The viable masteries are: Sorcery , Feast , Fresh Blood , Natural Talent , Double Edged Sword , Bounty Hunter , Wanderer , Savagery , Secret Stash , Assassin , Merciless , Dangerous Game and Precision .

Anything else is unarguably worse than the alternative and not worth running.
|| FLASH || This is the best summoner spell in the game, almost every champion takes it and it's completely irreplaceable. It's the best defensive summoner and the best offensive summoner all at once. The fact that you see all 10 players take this in 99% of games just goes to show how strong it is. Zed is no exception. ||

|| IGNITE || This is the second best summoner spell for Zed. It'll add even more kill potential to him pre-6 and post-6, and increase the strength of his burst in team-fights. ||



-Skill Order-

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Q W E Q Q R Q E Q E R E E W W R W W
Passive: Contempt for the Weak
Contempt for the Weak: Deals extra magic damage upon auto-attacking an enemy below 50% HP. This passive makes it extremely easy to last-hit on Zed, and strongly increases your burst against low HP enemies.
Q: Razor Shuriken
Razor Shuriken: This spell is amazing for both harassing and farming from a distance, given its range and spammability. When combined with Living Shadow or Death Mark's shadow, you can hit an enemy with Razor Shuriken multiple times, increasing its damage by 75% per shadow shuriken. Potentially you can hit an enemy with 3 Razor Shurikens, making its damage 525 +225% bonus AD.

Early on vs ranged champions you usually can't safely auto-attack minions to last-hit them, so you'll want to use Razor Shuriken to last-hit.
W: Living Shadow

Living Shadow: This spell functions as both a gap closer and a way to extend the strength/range of Zed's harass, since the shadow mimics Zed's Shadow Slash and Razor Shuriken. You only want to use it to harass however if you know you're safe from ganks.
E: Shadow Slash

Shadow Slash: This spell creates an instant melee range burst of damage that doesn't interrupt your auto-attack animation, meaning you can fluidly insert it into basically any part of your combo. While it's also mimicked by Living Shadow the damage doesn't stack like with Razor Shuriken. Instead, hitting an enemy with a ranged Shadow Slash will slow them.

You'll generally want to take Living Shadow at level 2, but you can take Shadow Slash instead if you're shoved under tower and need the help last-hitting, or if you're in a melee matchup where you can actually hit Shadow Slash on your enemy, which you can't without Living Shadow against ranged enemies.

R: Death Mark

Death Mark: This ability is Zed's main form of assassinating enemies. Death Mark makes Zed untargetable and makes him appear behind his target. After 3 seconds the target takes damage based on how much damage Zed dealt to them during that time. The damage resulting from this is often very overkill and thus almost impossible to survive as an ADC without the aid of Exhaust or lots of shielding/healing.

Death Mark causing you to become invulnerable allows for a lot of outplay potential as it can allow you to dodge skillshots or even to dodge usually undodgeable targeted damage, like an auto-attack.

Re-casting R will take you back to the point where you initially casted it, allowing for clean exits once you've gone in and done sufficient damage.

Remember that once a mark pops up over your target's head, that means that you've done enough damage for the pop to finish off your enemy (not counting shields or heals that happen afterwards), so at that point you're either doing some extra damage to ensure that an unexpected source of healing/shielding doesn't save them, or you're free to disengage with your second R activation and let the pop kill them.

Harass combo: W -> E -> Q
Basic harass is just throwing Q at an enemy, but the full harass combo, when you feel it's safe to use your W offensively, is throwing Living Shadow on top of your enemy, pressing Shadow Slash while your shadow is mid-air so it instantly casts once your shadow reaches its destination, which then slows your enemy for 1.5 seconds, and then you have these 1.5 seconds to aim Razor Shuriken towards your enemy. If you hit even one Shuriken that's nice, but optimally you'll want to hit both, since not only will you get the 75% extra damage, but you'll also proc Thunderlord's Decree from just one quick, fluid harass combo.
Basic burst: W -> R -> E -> AA -> Q
This is your most basic kill combo. You open up with Living Shadow to get into Death Mark range, then naturally use Death Mark, then when you land you use Shadow Slash and auto-attack the enemy.

You'll then just want to keep auto-attacking as much as you can while you temporarily hold your Q, and watch how your target reacts to the situation. Are they running away in a straight line for an easy Razor Shuriken? Are they trying to juke it? Are they just going to immediately Flash after your Death Mark and leave you to try and land a max range Razor Shuriken?

If they're just walking in a straight line, use your Q and continue outputting as much damage as you can. If they're zig-zagging trying to dodge the inevitable Razor Shuriken, simply keep walking with them landing more auto-attacks, since your effective movement speed is faster than theirs as you're walking in a straight line, and you can then either try your luck with Razor Shuriken right before Death Mark pops, or if they're low enough that they know for sure just getting hit with Razor Shuriken would kill them, you can just hold on to it the entire time to keep them zig-zagging like an idiot while you auto-attack them to death.

Naturally if they instantly Flash you should try and hit them with Razor Shuriken, but unless they were really low or you can Flash after them to continue the process uninterrupted, you're probably going to miss out on the kill, which is fine since Death Mark has a lower cooldown then Flash.
The Line: R -> W -> E -> AA -> Q
This is the combo that will most reliably do max damage (easiest way to hit triple Razor Shuriken). The conditions in which you perform this combo are when you can get in Death Mark range without using Living Shadow, and when your target has no dash and you know their Flash is on cooldown, since you'll be using Living Shadow to position for damage rather than to potentially chase. If the target has a dash or Flash up, you'll just want to do a normal combo and save Living Shadow to chase if they try and escape.

Open up with Death Mark, then place your Living Shadow right in front of you so it's in a line with you, your target and your Death Mark shadow. Use Shadow Slash which should hit the target twice and cause them to take the increased slow, and with the help of the slow, line up a triple Razor Shuriken onto the target, which will then be further amplified by Death Mark, practically guaranteeing a kill on your target.

Later on in the game once your damage becomes a lot stronger, this combo becomes overkill, but early-game this might help you pick up some kills.


Long Sword
Long Sword + Refillable Potion: This start gets you started on your first core item while also giving you a little sustain through Refillable Potion that'll prove to be very cost efficient as you won't have to spend gold on pots for the entire game.
Doran's Shield
Doran's Shield: Alternatively you can start with Doran's Shield, which is a much safer start since it gives so much sustain. You can either take this in hard matchups, or if you're just not that confident in your laning phase.
Duskblade of Draktharr
Duskblade of Draktharr: You'll want to rush this due to the massive damage increase it gives you.
Youmuu's Ghostblade
Youmuu's Ghostblade: This is your next core item as it gives you a lot of damage but more importantly the active will help you get in range of enemies to get your damage through in the first place. It's also great for simply being mobile in fights and helping you escape.
Mercury's Treads
Mercury's Treads: These are the Boots you'll most often want on Zed. He doesn't really particularly synergize with any boots, so Mercury's Treads are often the best choice simply for the reduced magic damage and tenacity.
Ninja Tabi]
Ninja Tabi: Ninja Tabi are a solid choice when laning vs an AD laner, especially against high AD comps.
Boots of Swiftness
Boots of Swiftness: When the enemy team has neither high enough AD to warrant Ninja Tabi, nor enough CC to make Mercury's Treads worthwhile, the extra mobility from these might come in handy.
The Black Cleaver
The Black Cleaver: At this stage you should usually aim to build The Black Cleaver, as it's a good mix of damage, armor pen/reduction, and some CDR to cap out your CDR.
Mortal Reminder
Mortal Reminder: Even if the enemy ADC hasn't built any armor, it's still often a good idea to pick up an Executioner's Calling to reduce their healing from Heal, Blade of the Ruined King, Ardent Censer, Redemption, etc. You'll then follow it up with a Last Whisper since even though it won't give you the biggest powerspike against the ADC, you have enough damage to 1-shot them anyway and it'll give you more damage against other targets that do have armor, such as the mid laner that should have a Zhonya's Hourglass by now.
Guardian Angel
Guardian Angel: At this stage it's a good idea to pick up a defensive item like Guardian Angel so you're harder to kill; more damage at this stage is often overkill since you have the damage to 1-shot squishies with a proper spell rotation anyway.
Edge of Night
Edge of Night: This could be a potential replacement for Mortal Reminder or Guardian Angel against teams where the spell shield is very useful, e.g. vs Twisted Fate. That being said, I don't like it much after the nerfs and rarely ever build it anymore.
Maw of Malmortius
Maw of Malmortius: This can be pretty good against high magic damage teams or burst. You would generally start off with a Hexdrinker which can be a pretty good item in lane if you're in a tough matchup where you want to survive burst.
Early Game
At level 1 you'll be taking Razor Shuriken to begin harassing your enemy and help you last-hit minions you can't move up far enough to auto-attack, such as ranged minions. The best time to cast this when harassing is when your enemy is going for a last-hit, as they'll have to stand still as they do it and will have to choose between getting the shuriken.

At level 2 you take Living Shadow. You'll continue laning the same, but you have the option of trying to harass with a double Razor Shuriken.

At level 3 you'll usually want to put a point in Shadow Slash and really begin to put out some damage with the harass combo mentioned earlier. Typically if your enemy drops below 50% HP, if you land a good harass combo (both Shuriken's hit) you can turn it into an all-in and kill your enemy with Contempt for the Weak + Ignite.

After level 6 is when you're at your strongest as it unlocks your full burst combo. From this point onward you should be applying as much pressure over your lane opponent as you can. If they're bad enough to die to you, take the kill and snowball. If they play too safe for you to kill them, look out for good roam opportunities as you should have an easy time shoving the lane whenever you please.

The most common lane you'll want to gank is bot lane, since both enemy bot laners will be 1-2 levels below you at all times, making them easy pray. However, never discard top lane if the enemy top laner is over-extended and is a champion that isn't too hard to kill; top lane tends to have far less wards than bot lane since it doesn't have a support with Sightstone to light up the top side of the map.

During ganks you have the option of opening up with Death Mark if you can reach them, or if you can't just walking up with Living Shadow (while also slowing them with Shadow Slash if possible). If you're already in auto-attack range after Living Shadow, you don't want to immediately use Death Mark; hold it until you either can't auto-attack them anymore, or they Flash out of your range, at which point you can use Death Mark to catch back up to them. Then simply blow your load all over them and watch them pop.
Out of Lane
Outside of laning phase, you'll either want to group with your team or split push. Split pushing works particularly well if you're ahead and can 1v1 either of the enemy solo laners that'll go to contest your push. However, it requires a lot of coordination with your team and so I honestly wouldn't advise doing it regularly in solo queue; the only exception is when you know for a fact you can't win team-fights but you know you can 1v1 anyone who comes to fight you.

In team-fights your job is to assassinate one of the enemy carries. You don't want to initiate though, you want to wait for the fight to start and wait out the important CC cooldowns. You want to make sure that once you go in they can't just lock you down and make you useless.

Usually you'll want to go after the ADC, but sometimes an enemy mage can also be an ideal target. Just make sure that they either don't have Zhonya's Hourglass, or that it's on cooldown by the time you use Death Mark, since the active can be used to completely block your ult damage.
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