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LoL Champion Build Guides: Zed

Zed the Master of Shadows

Find the best Zed build guides for League of Legends S11 Patch 11.21. The MOBAFire community works hard to keep their LoL builds and guides updated, and will help you craft the best Zed build for the S11 meta. Learn more about Zed's abilities, skins, or even ask your own questions to the community!

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Zed Build & Runes

If you're looking for the best rune build for Zed we've got you covered. Below you can find the best items and runes to build for Zed, as determined by LeagueSpy's calculations of thousands of Plat+ League of Legends games. If you are already familiar with how to play Zed this is a great resource to quickly get a good rune selection for Patch 11.21. However, if you are a new Zed player we highly recommend reading through some of the guides above to learn why this build is strong on Zed!

Patch 11.20: 478201 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Zed's Top Items

Zed's Runes

Zed's Best Runes 48%

Win Rate 8112 Games

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Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Taste of Blood
Taste of Blood
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Sorcery
LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Transcendence
Transcendence
LoL Rune: Scorch
Scorch

Second Best

Zed's 2nd Best Runes 48%

Win Rate 3919 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Taste of Blood
Taste of Blood
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Sorcery
LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Transcendence
Transcendence
LoL Rune: Scorch
Scorch

Third Best

Zed's 3rd Best Runes 60%

Win Rate 94 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Taste of Blood
Taste of Blood
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Sorcery
LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Transcendence
Transcendence
LoL Rune: Scorch
Scorch
More Zed Runes

Zed's Summoner Spells

Zed's Best Summoner Spells 49%

Win Rate 40245 Games

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Second Best

Zed's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 44%

Win Rate 272 Games

Flash Teleport

Third Best

Zed's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 42%

Win Rate 65 Games

Exhaust Flash

Zed's Starters

Zed's Best Starter Items 48%

Win Rate 14722 Games

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Trinket

Zed's Best Trinket 52%

Win Rate 19236 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Zed's 2nd Best Trinket 46%

Win Rate 18139 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Zed's 3rd Best Trinket 47%

Win Rate 3362 Games

Farsight Alteration
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Patch 11.20: 478204 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Zed's Top Items

Zed's Runes

Zed's Best Runes 60%

Win Rate 77 Games

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Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Sudden Impact
Sudden Impact
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Sorcery
LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Transcendence
Transcendence
LoL Rune: Gathering Storm
Gathering Storm

Second Best

Zed's 2nd Best Runes 56%

Win Rate 62 Games

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Legend: Alacrity
Legend: Alacrity
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter
LoL Rune: Sudden Impact
Sudden Impact

Third Best

Zed's 3rd Best Runes 44%

Win Rate 1293 Games

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Triumph
Triumph
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Magical Footwear
Magical Footwear
LoL Rune: Cosmic Insight
Cosmic Insight
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Zed's Summoner Spells

Zed's Best Summoner Spells 46%

Win Rate 16013 Games

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Second Best

Zed's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 356 Games

Flash Ignite

Third Best

Zed's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 44%

Win Rate 829 Games

Smite Ignite

Zed's Starters

Zed's Best Starter Items 46%

Win Rate 4852 Games

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Trinket

Zed's Best Trinket 47%

Win Rate 13693 Games

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Second Best

Zed's 2nd Best Trinket 44%

Win Rate 3157 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Zed's 3rd Best Trinket 45%

Win Rate 372 Games

Farsight Alteration
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards
Patch 11.20: 478220 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Zed's Top Items

Zed's Runes

Zed's Best Runes 49%

Win Rate 378 Games

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Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Taste of Blood
Taste of Blood
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Sorcery
LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Transcendence
Transcendence
LoL Rune: Scorch
Scorch

Second Best

Zed's 2nd Best Runes 49%

Win Rate 291 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Taste of Blood
Taste of Blood
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Sorcery
LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Transcendence
Transcendence
LoL Rune: Scorch
Scorch

Third Best

Zed's 3rd Best Runes 0%

Win Rate Games

LoL Path:

LoL Path:
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Zed's Summoner Spells

Zed's Best Summoner Spells 51%

Win Rate 2484 Games

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Second Best

Zed's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 52%

Win Rate 56 Games

Teleport Ignite

Third Best

Zed's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 42%

Win Rate 310 Games

Flash Teleport

Zed's Starters

Zed's Best Starter Items 53%

Win Rate 565 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Zed's 2nd Best Starter Items 49%

Win Rate 911 Games

Long Sword Refillable Potion

Third Best

Zed's 3rd Best Starter Items 43%

Win Rate 110 Games

Doran's Blade Health Potion

Trinket

Zed's Best Trinket 53%

Win Rate 1314 Games

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Second Best

Zed's 2nd Best Trinket 47%

Win Rate 1328 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Zed's 3rd Best Trinket 48%

Win Rate 253 Games

Farsight Alteration
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Zed Counters

Learn 's counters and discover matchups where they have an advantage! When you're starting a game of League of Legends you should always keep in mind if you'll be at an advantage or disadvantage against your opponent, so you can know whether to bully them or play safe. You can find detailed breakdowns of each matchup on CounterStats, and you can also check out some Zed guides to see how to build and play against other champions you may find yourself up against!


This counter data is for Zed Mid in Plat+ games. The percent shown is the enemy champion's counter rating against Zed. Counter rating is our own statistic that factors in counter kills, overall kills, early lead ratio, comeback ratio, and win percent to give the whole picture of that champion's effectiveness as a counter pick.

Zed Skins

Zed's Abilities

Zed's Contempt for the Weak
Contempt for the Weak Zed's Passive Zed's Passive
Self
Zed's Passive
Zed's Passive
Zed's basic attacks against targets below 50% of their maximum health deal 6 / 8 / 10% of the target's maximum health as bonus magic damage (depending on level).

Against monsters, Contempt for the Weak deals 200% damage, capped at 300.

Contempt for the Weak can only affect enemy champions once every few seconds.
Q
Zed's Razor Shuriken
Razor Shuriken Zed's Q Ability
900
75 / 70 / 65 / 60 / 55
6
Active: Zed and his shadows throw their shurikens, dealing 80 / 115 / 150 / 185 / 220 (+1.1 per bonus attack damage) physical damage to all enemies they pass through, reduced to 60% against units beyond the first.

Living Shadow: Additional shurikens striking the same enemy restore energy.
W
Zed's Living Shadow
Living Shadow Zed's W Ability
650
40 / 35 / 30 / 25 / 20
20 / 18.5 / 17 / 15.5 / 14
Zed's shadow dashes forward, remaining in place for 5 seconds. Reactivating this ability will cause Zed to switch positions with this shadow.

Zed's shadow will mimic his basic abilities. If both strike the same target Zed regains 30 / 35 / 40 / 45 / 50 energy. Energy can only be restored once per mimicked ability.
E
Zed's Shadow Slash
Shadow Slash Zed's E Ability
290
50
5 / 4.5 / 4 / 3.5 / 3
Active: Zed and his shadows create a burst of shadow, dealing 70 / 90 / 110 / 130 / 150 (+0.65 per bonus attack damage) physical damage to nearby enemies.

Zed's slash reduces the cooldown of Living Shadow by 1 second for each enemy struck. His shadows' slashes slow enemies by 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40% for 1.5 seconds.

Living Shadow: Overlapping Shadow Slashes striking the same enemy deal no additional damage but will incur an increased slow of 30 / 37.5 / 45 / 52.5 / 60% and restore energy.
R
Zed's Death Mark
Death Mark Zed's Ultimate (R) Ability
625
0
120 / 100 / 80 / 80 / 80
Active: Zed becomes untargetable and dashes to target enemy champion. Upon arrival, he marks the target for death and spawns a living shadow at his starting position. This shadow lasts 6 seconds and mimics Zed's abilities. After 0.5 seconds Zed can reactivate Death Mark, causing him to switch positions with this shadow.

After 3 seconds, the mark will detonate, dealing physical damage equal to 100% of Zed's attack damage plus 25 / 40 / 55% of damage dealt of all magic and physical damage dealt to the target by Zed and his shadows while the mark was active.

Questions About Zed

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Latest Questions

Is Zed a hard champion?

Zed is a hard champion? or not?

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Halloween skins coming back?

Hi guys! I'm a Katarina main and the only skin that I dont have is Kitty Cat, so yeah i want to buy it. The thing is that this skin is a Legacy one so i can't buy it from the shop right now. I've searched in the internet and found that is part of...

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Zed runes vs different mid laners?

hello, I would want to know how to change my runes according to the enemy mid laner.

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Zed's ult

How to stack Zed's ult

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How to MAster ZED ???

WEll iam lvl 6 Zed 90k MP i want to main zed how do i get s or s+ with zed??and combos mechanics??

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Who is better in general, Aurelion Sol or Zed?

Generally

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How can I improve my Zed Mechanics?

I love Zed's Kit and want to main him pretty hard, except whenever it comes to ranked im too afraid to pick zed (because I feel like my skills won't be enough) What can I do to improve?

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how to make zed.yasuo dance and laugh etc....

:D

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zed vs adc mid ... what can be done to make zed win ?!

i can't take it .... it's just unfair ! every time they got zed on mid ( my team ) we face an adc who just wins easily ... what can we do as a solution for this move ... and sometimes we just don't get the enough time to make zed stands on his...

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What is the best Zed Skin ?

Is it Shockblade Zed,Project Zed, or Championship Zed?

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[Help!] Blacklisted Text That Wasn't There Previously

Hello, I'm the creator of Evanave's In-Depth Guide on Zed, and recently I've run into this error message "Error: Your guide contains blacklisted text." Which is sort of weird since I was obviously able to change and publish previously....

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Where's my guide ?

Yesterday I made a guide for Zed. I published it and saved it and when I go to Builds and Guides-Newest Guides-Zed my guide isn't there ?? What I need to do for other people to see it. Guide name is Better Nerf Zed [S6]

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I made a guide and I cannot see it

I made a zed build called, "RedMercy's zed build NOT MY BUILD" (I got it from a youtuber) I can't find it. I also Favorited it

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Cunning or Resolve for AD assasins?

On all these ad assassins would cunning or resolve be a better choice for your 12 points after putting 18 in ferocity (I don't think you ever take anything but 18 in that tree with these champions although tell me if you would) but I'm not sure if...

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How do you win against Zed?

Hello, I've been playing against a few Zed's midlane, but I can't win against them, starting in early game. What do you recommend me to do against Zed? What champion is a good, a bit save, option against him? And how do you play against him in...

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