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Zed Statistics for Tzu

Author's performance with Zed compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
17
5
Win %
53
43
Kills
7.2
7.9
Assists
5.8
5.3
Deaths
7.2
6.6
KA:D Ratio
1.8
2.0
Gold Earned
12.5K
11.6K
Creep Score
178.2
171.0
Average

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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Hey there ! Welcome to my take on how I play zed  i was dia 5 at the end of season 3  I  have about 270 games played on zed. I feel like I can share some tips with you to improve your zed mechanics .

I also plan to try climb myself higher and update the guide as I see fit, I have a live stream feel free to check it out I would love to have you. I plan to create you tube content of my own game play and breakdown to see what I can improve on.

http://www.twitch.tv/captinsquidlips


Summoners 

Flash is a must it's too useful to pass up on unless you feel like you can play safe  but even then I  don't recommend it.

- Ignite will give you the most kill potential in the lane but teleport and exhaust  can have it's benefits in certain situations , 95% of the time I run ignite .

New Runes Back to Top

Abilities Back to Top

Q
W
E
Q
Q
R
Q
E
Q
E
R
E
E
W
W
R
W
W
Passive
Q
1
4
5
7
9
W
2
14
15
17
18
E
3
8
10
12
13
R
6
11
16

Skill order 

R , Q , E ,W


 Q ... Razor Shuriken  Zeds bread and butter learn to land this  or quit zed D:

 W... Living shadow  useful to gap close harass escape very nice ability neat passive to

 E... Shadow Slash  This ability can help you land your Q combined with shadow 


R... Death mark   amazing ult  for deleting them pesky carries and anything else that looks at you funny.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Sustain damage start
    Auto attack harass poke
    Dodging skill shots

Core Items

    core
    After core

Situational Items

In depth items

On your first back you want to buy either a 3144_32.png or 3134_32.png
3144_32.png Is better for sustain and gives you more burst damage with your ult a 6.
3134_32.png Is better for constant harass damage  but does less burst damage with your ult . But if you're running  full armor pen runes then it's mathematically better then going 3144_32.png first . 
Upgrade to an  3153_32.png  then buy a 3035_32.png then upgrade to  3142_32.png  Also don't forget to fit in your  1001_32.png

A final damage item I like to go is 3071_32.png  Black clever has great synergy with  3142_32.png 3035_32.png This gives you the most armor pen in the game for dealing with those pesky carries.

3155_32.png Is a very good item and I don't see it much on zeds in the EU W severs , but is more common on Korean severs  I advise going it if  there is any sort of double AP or your losing lane. Upgrading to  3156_32.png also is very strong with how zed goes all in on his targets you often get out with low hp making the passive of Maw strong.

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Ahri
    Medium
  • Fizz
    Medium
  • Katarina
    Easy
  • LeBlanc
    Easy
  • Lissandra
    Hard
  • Lux
    Medium
  • Malzahar
    Medium
  • Orianna
    Easy
  • Swain
    Hard
  • Syndra
    Hard
  • Talon
    Medium
  • Vel'Koz
    Easy
  • Yasuo
    Medium
  • Ziggs
    Medium

VS

Ahri

Medium

VS

Fizz

Medium

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFH-hBWcpNQ

VS

Katarina

Easy

VS

LeBlanc

Easy

VS

Lissandra

Hard

VS

Lux

Medium

VS

Malzahar

Medium

VS

Orianna

Easy

VS

Swain

Hard

VS

Syndra

Hard

VS

Talon

Medium

VS

Vel'Koz

Easy

VS

Yasuo

Medium

VS

Ziggs

Medium

Harass Tips Back to Top

Razor Shuriken

Landing Zed's Q is a important mechanic to learn  there is a few tricks you  can do to make it easier 


Living shadow 
W Escape harass tool 


Shadow slash 

E is a slow allowing you for better chase potential and landing skill shots 


Death mark 

Some mega death ninja burst spell I find pressing my face into my keyboard  works for this spell .  
All jokes aside it can be hard to figure out when  and who you should ult while playing zed it's not as simple as it seems.

If you can you should always try to ULT one of the carries their mid  or  adc , but  don't think you have to ult soon as a fight breaks out, holding onto your ult until the best opportunity arrives can often make or break zed players. ( good decision making )

When using death mark on a target it's very important to land your Q's as this is were most of your bust damage comes from it's possible to land 3  Q's with one  cast if you factor in zed himself his shadow from W and his shadow from ULT, although this is rare case it does tons of damage!
A simple way to make landing your Q easier is to slow with your E or a double slow with your W , E  hitting both E from zed and his shadow for extra slow , you can also use your3144_32.png or 3153_32.png to help land the Q.

Harassing tips 

Be careful when harassing with you shadow as this is also you escape tool you don't wanna be on the wrong side of a gank.

Throwing a simple Q at a champion is also i a good way to harass your opponent.
 
The most common harass you can do on zed is throwing your shadow on top of a champion using your shadow slash to slow followed by a razor shuriken.
Now along with this tip you can also  try to land  The Q from zed and his shadow this is a double Q and does tons of harass and is key to wining lane.

Once you get level 3 you normally would have a point in every spell , Q , W , E .  I neat trick you can do against ranged champions  is put another point in your Q this  will make it it harder to land your double Q but with enough zed practice it shouldn't matter to much this does more damage then  a level 1 in everything . I found this trick by watching high Elo zed players on the Korean severs.

Early game Back to Top

Now zed early game is not weak it's actual quite strong with good poke , but try not to play to aggressive with your shadows if your pushed up to their side of the lane , one of the best things about zed hes not restricted to a mana pool this will often give you the upper hand.


Once you get level 6 start to look for kills in lane or roaming this is a massive power spike and kill potential while it's up.

Try not to die early game as the will ruin your mid game power spike, zed scales extremely strong in the mid game alone if you farmed well enough so playing safe if also fine .

Mid game Back to Top

In the mid game  you have a great power spike and you have  to decide the best course of action, deciding on what you should do will make or break your zed games . Below are the options of what you should be doing in the mid game.


Roaming

You can roam by shoving your lane to the tower as fast as possible creating a dilemma for your opponent now they must make a choice  stay and farm or lose the wave to follow you either situation is a win for you.

Sometimes they will choose to follow if they make a pattern of this you can use this to your advantage  by waiting  for him to follow you into the jungle and trying to burst him down as he face checks a brush .

Camps
Another way to create map pressure and set yourself ahead is dirty farming the wraith camp / wolfs , even their camp if you feel safe enough . You gain a CS advantage and map pressure by leaving the mid lane people will be forced to play safer on the other team until you show again creating mind games on if your roaming or not.

Pressure 
By playing extremely aggressive  you can force jungle pressure onto your own lane, this can be risky  if you die to a gank so make sure to ward correctly while doing this method or you may be the one dying in lane instead of the opponent.

The little lost pup

If the game turns into a all out war grouping mid then sometimes  a lost puppy will be farming a said lane go  adopt this puppy (kill ). Creating picks when teams are grouping, can have a massive benefit to your team this can be done  by looking at creep waves and see which wave is juicy and fat. Chances are someone in the other team will come to farm it.
Getting a pick  by yourself if a very nice way of securing objects afterwards but be careful not to get baited into a bad fight.

Pros and cons Back to Top

Pros

Strong harass damage

Great at 1 v 1 split pushing 

Strong wave clear 

Is a ninja

Fun to play 

Cons


Can be counter bought with items ( but zed can outplay around a lot of them )

Has weak A O E  damage in team fights 

You must be great at making quick choices  to play an effective zed  ( sometimes making them plays is hard)

Warding + Trinkets Back to Top

You should always start with  3361_32.png   to help you stay safe in the early game , but often on my first or 2nd back I replace it now with a  3341_32.png  this should really be done every time you can and just buy a green ward and a pink  don't be stingy  with your wards . having a sweeper can put more pressure on your lane if you ahead by clearing out his vision making him face  check a few bushes mwahaha .


Make sure when you're about to place you pink ward , check and sweep just to make sure they already don't have vision don't be a lazy bum.


Zed game-play Back to Top

Hope you enjoyed! Back to Top

After many hours of being tortured by friends and receiving beatings from them they finally got me to write my zed guide hope you liked it!

I wrote this guide when i was a little tired so sorry if there is some mistake I will try clean then up later , but I would be grateful for your feed back and will be happy to answer any questions you may have for me.
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