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Zed Statistics for Ishka

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

Value
Average
Games Played
211
8
Win %
57
40
Kills
9.6
7.6
Assists
5.1
5.6
Deaths
5.4
7.0
KA:D Ratio
2.7
1.9
Gold Earned
12.8K
11.9K
Creep Score
188.3
166.3
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

4.png-Taking flasharrow-10x10.png is a must, it helps you chase down enemies. It helps you get a double escape from when you ult and R back. It will help you outplay enemies in 1v1 fights too, example: flashing to dodge Riven's windslash.


14.png-Taking ignite is 100% must again. It will help you get kills in lane easier, and you already know if you get 2 kills in lane, it's SO easy to snowball. Also, a good secure way to get a kill(mostly in laning phase, but could be used to secure a kill in late game too). 

Update: PATCH 8.6 HAS BUFFED IGNITE 100% TAKE.

New Runes Back to Top

Abilities Back to Top

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Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Basic Start
    Upgrade to Blue Orb at level 9.

Core Items

    This should be your goal on your first back, if you have extra gold, buy boots.
    If you fall behind in lane against an AP bruiser, or a Malzahar, etc, rush a hexdrinker instead of dirk.
    Finish your duskblade FIRST ITEM - Start building your cleaver (STARTING OUT WITH KINDLEGEM)
    Finish Cleaver out (SECOND ITEM) and build Ghostblade (THIRD ITEM).
    Fourth item options: Edge of Night or Lord Dom's.
    Finish your boots after you get kindlegem; unless you are behind then buy it after duskblade.
    Last item should be guardian angel.
    FULL BUILD EXAMPLE.

Situational Items

    If they got a Mal, Fiddle, or anybody that really guts you from doing your ult combo grab a sash and finish the item in late game.

NEW RUNES: Runes are being a little bit bugged on when I try to show them so I'll just show you guys the build path here.



You want to go: Domination with Sorcery.

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Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Ahri
    Medium
  • Akali
    Medium
  • Anivia
    Medium
  • Annie
    Medium
  • Azir
    Easy
  • Brand
    Medium
  • Cassiopeia
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Hard
  • Diana
    Medium
  • Ekko
    Medium
  • Ezreal
    Easy
  • Fizz
    Hard
  • Galio
    Hard
  • Gragas
    Medium
  • Heimerdinger
    Medium
  • Karma
    Medium
  • Karthus
    Easy
  • Kassadin
    Easy
  • Katarina
    Medium
  • Kayle
    Medium
  • Kennen
    Medium
  • LeBlanc
    Medium
  • Lissandra
    Hard
  • Lulu
    Medium
  • Lux
    Easy
  • Malzahar
    Hard
  • Mordekaiser
    Hard
  • Nidalee
    Easy
  • Orianna
    Medium
  • Riven
    Medium
  • Swain
    Hard
  • Syndra
    Medium
  • Talon
    Medium
  • Twisted Fate
    Easy
  • Veigar
    Easy
  • Vel'Koz
    Easy
  • Viktor
    Medium
  • Vladimir
    Medium
  • Xerath
    Medium
  • Yasuo
    Medium
  • Ziggs
    Easy

VS

Ahri

Medium

Personally to me, it's a skill match up.


Pros: You can dodge her ahriseduce.png pretty easily, and predict it easily aswell.

Cons: She can outplay you with her ult by dodging your zedQ.pngin your combo


How to lane with her: Try to farm with your zedQ.png at level 1, and not get hit by her ahriorbofdeception.png, when you get to level 2, it will be easy for you to just harass her with zedW.pngzedQ.png. Level 3, you already know it's gonna be easier, with the zedW.pngzedE.pngzedQ.png  combo.
Melt her health down before level 6, then it will make it so much easier for you to just assassinate her at level 6. 


Advanced tip: When you throw your zedW.pngzedQ.pngcombo at level 2 or zedW.pngzedE.pngzedQ.png at level 3, and she throws her ahriorbofdeception.png, try to zedW.png to your shadow to dodge it, and make her pay, because that is her most damaging skill. 

VS

Akali

Medium

This is a easy-medium lane to me. 


How to win lane and get fed: Rush 3155_32.png and grab 2043_32.png everytime you come back in lane

Pros: You outdamage her by alot wth your zedR.png up

Cons: Her akalismokebomb.png counters your ult, but that's where your pink ward comes in handy
Her akalishadowdance.png has a quick reset so that's a negative to you.

Tip: Harass her hard levels 1-2-3-4-5, deny farm, and try not to let her akalimota.pngakalishadowswipe.png you.

VS

Anivia

Medium

Weird lane but I think it's safe to say, don't get your hopes up on getting fed in lane


Pros: Dodging her flashfrost.png, and out damaging her

Cons: With her glacialstorm.png up, it's very easy to hit her  frostbite.pngeven when she misses her flashfrost.png
          + if the enemy jungler comes, she has a very good crystallize.png to help you stay there if your zedW.png is on cooldown. Also has her Egg passive, and it really messes you up because you just wasted your ultimate on her, and I doubt you can kill the egg in time, before the enemy jungler comes in to kill you. 

How to sustain lane: Farm farm, let her glacialstorm.png her wave, and she'll clear fast, and then it's basically your turn afterwards to farm that.


VS

Annie

Medium

SKILL MATCHUP


Tip: RUSH 3155_32.png

Pros: You can dodge her infernalguardian.png by using advanced tactics(Explained below)

Cons: Easily burst you down, and can be very deadily when enemy jungler comes and ganks you. If she's ahead, it'll be hard for you to come back. 

Advanced tactic(How to dodge her ult): WITH HER STUN DOWN, make sure you can kill her though, you want to zedR.png in, quickly do your zedE.pngzedQ.png combo, drop ignite, etc, and then zedR.png back, in time for her to miss her infernalguardian.png. You'll be fine if you can do that.


Tip: Click on her, to see how many stacks she will have before her stun is up, THIS WILL HELP YOU A LOT.


VS

Azir

Easy

Very easy matchup for Zed


Pros: Everything in this matchup, just make sure he doesn't get a lot of autos on you early game

Cons: Can ult you away, but we have a tactic for that below ;)

Tip: You can dodge his azirE.png by switching to your zedW.png, and then zedR.png him. 

Advanced tip: To dodge his azirR.png, you must zedR.png FIRST, AND THEN THROW YOUR zedW.png BEHIND HIM, AND TELEPORT TO IT, this will dodge his ult, and then you may do your combo, and zedR.png back casually. 

VS

Brand

Medium

Medium matchup again, oh man, I love it.



Pros: Dodging his brandblaze.png is like ruining his life, and that's what you do

Cons: Can outplay if he has very good experience with Brand, and knows whats coming(Can harass, and max his brandconflagration.png)

If behind, rush 3155_32.png if not just go dirk

Tips: Harass him in lane with your zedW.pngzedE.pngzedQ.png combo, and then when he throws his brandblaze.png, (YOU BETTER HAVE SOME GOOD REFLEXES) then you just zedR.png him, and IF YOU CAN zedW.png AWAY FROM HIS brandfissure.png TO DODGE THE DAMAGE AND THEN DO YOUR COMBO, AND zedR.png BACK EASILY.

VS

Cassiopeia

Medium

SKILL MATCHUP


3155_32.png COULD BE REALLY HELPFUL HERE. 

Pros: You can dodge her ultimate very easily and dodge some skill shots of her (Q) 

Cons: She has very good early damage pressure on you with her (E), and can easily burn you down early. 

Tips: Sustain till 6 and keep up, you'll be fine.

Advanced tip: If you ult first, without her ulting, throw your W behind her and teleport behind it, dodging her ult and then do your combo easily.

WARNING: IF YOU FALL BEHIND OR LET HER GET A KILL ON YOU, IT WILL BE A GREAT PAIN IN LANE

Tip: Try to get a jungler to help you early

VS

Cho'Gath

Hard

Yes Cho'gath. You must be wondering, isn't he a top laner? I've seen him mid, many times.


Pros: Dodging his Q, and his silence

Cons: Will outscale you later on in the game, if he goes tanky

Tips: Take over 1-3, see if you can get a kill, or a gank from your jungler, anything to put him behind.

WARNING: Will be very deadly w/ his ult up 

VS

Diana

Medium

SKILL MATCHUP (FAVORS DIANA)



Pros: You have kind of early advantage to Diana, and you can dodge her Q by shadowing to your W or ulting right away

Cons: Will outscale you if you get behind, or just in late game/mid game

Tip: Harass her SMART levels 1-3, just be careful of her shield that comes up to absorb damage

RUSHHHHHHH THIS EARLY PLEASEE---IT WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE 3155_32.png

VS

Ekko

Medium

SKILL MATCHUP


NEW GUYYY


Early levels: Try to get a low level kill on him/early gank, if you succeed this will benefit you big time in lane.


At 6- Be careful of his ult, because it honestly counters yours.

Tip: I'm 99.9% sure you outdamage him without using your ult, so if you can make him use his ult, before using yours then make him pop it, and ult onto him for an easy kill.


Pros: Dodging his Q by teleporting to your other shadow when it's up, dodging his e as well by using that shadow again.

Cons: His ult counters yours, and his W(Shield) will also counter you into if he uses it right. 

VS

Ezreal

Easy

This matchup is in your favor


Pros: Dodging his skillshots is very easy for you, AND YOU CAN OUTDAMAGE HIM

Cons: His poke will murder you and if you don't hit your skillshots, he will make you pay
          Hard to get back in the game if he's ahead of you


Tip: WAIT FOR HIM TO USE HIS E, THEN POP YOUR ULT ON HIM, IT WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE SO MUCH EASIER.

VS

Fizz

Hard

People think Fizz counters Zed, nah it's a skill matchup.


Pros: You OUTDAMAGE HIM in lane so hard, you can dodge his ultimate(maybe), and get out quickly enough for him to get alot of damage on you

Cons: His E

How to win lane: Murder him in levels 1-3, he is so weak during that. Remember your auto's do a lot of damage!

Tip: Since you outdamage him, you have to do your W-E-Q then go onto him by just autoing him, and getting him to low health, and he will eventually use his E, once he does, pop your ultimate, and you have a cooked fish :-)


Patch 5.9: It's hard for you to dodge his ult since you have a 1 second timer on your ult so I suggest rushing 3155_32.png

VS

Galio

Hard

Straight up counter. I'm sorry aha.


Try to rush 3155_32.png or 3140_32.png but I doubt they will help. 

He really just counters you on everything.

Try to get ahead by roaming, but I'd rather just farm in lane, and just do work in teamfights

Tip in team fights: Wait for him to use his ult, then go in.

Try to avoid this matchup.

VS

Gragas

Medium

Skill matchup


Pros: Dodging his ultimate, and can dodge his stun(E)

Cons: If Gragas is experienced, he can outplay you, and will outdamage you in-lane early.

Tip: Try to dodge his barrel rolls, and his little stun run(E)

If you can, wait for him to use his E and then ult onto him. 

VS

Heimerdinger

Medium

Don't even attempt to kill him in-lane.


Keep farmed up.

Pros: Outdamage him, and can dodge his stun

Cons: He will trade you if he you kill him, then most likely, his ult will kill you.

Tip: Try to farm alot, and stay sustained, and roam a lot, trying to get in front of him, if you successfully have roamed and gotten 1-2 kills, it will be easier killing you Heim in lane. 


SNEAKY TIP: His turrets do less damage when he puts them down, and the longer they stay, the damage is increased. So try to kill the turrets early with your Q's

VS

Karma

Medium

Karma, Karma, Karma, she is a real pain, but you'll get through her.


Basically what you want to do is avoid her q's at all costs, and make her waste her snare, and E, either one works, but once she does you want to all in on her.

Pros: You can outdamage her late, and also, you can outdamage her at level 6

Cons: Hard to win lane if you fall behind on her. If she's experienced you will have to play passive on her. 

Tip: Wait for her to use W, and then she usually follows up with a Q, once she throws that Q, use your ult to dodge it to avoid damage.

VS

Karthus

Easy

Easy Peasy.


You can dodge his Q's, very predicatable.

Basically, it's an all around counter.

If you somehow fall behind, grab 3155_32.png
and you should be fine to be honest.

You have the damage on your side, and the advantage of mechanics. 

VS

Kassadin

Easy

Another easy matchup.


Pros: You outdamage him very easily, early, and at level 6

Cons: Using your ult before he uses riftwalk will become a hard thing to get kills with

Tip: Outdamage him with your combo's and just simply time when he's about to use his ultimate, and pop yours on him, and you'll just follow him and have an easy kill

Very easy to get fed off. 

VS

Katarina

Medium

SKILL MATCHUP


Pros: Dodging her ultimate damage, and outplaying her, and you may have damage on your side at times

Cons: If she gets ahead, very hard to get back in it, because she snowballs hard.

Tips: Harass her hard level 1-3, and you might want to use your ult first and do your combo first, then just R back, because I doubt she'll E to you that far away

IF YOU WANT TO PLAY SAFE, AND BE A LITTLE SAUSAGE, AND NOT LET HER BURST YOU DOWN GET THIS EARLY: 3155_32.png

VS

Kayle

Medium

Many people think Kayle is the biggest counter to Zed, i think it is not.


Pros: Your ultimate lasts more than her ultimate, and you can outdamage her at any point in the game

Cons: Don't take alot of damage from her E, and if you get behind, she'll rape you up the ass.

Tips: Outdamage her, or bait her ult up, and then once she uses it, you can go in. 

WARNING: WAIT FOR HER TO USE HER ULT IN FIGHTS BEFORE YOU GO IN AT ANY COST

VS

Kennen

Medium

Hard matchup in my opinon.


Pros: You may outdamage him in early levels, just depends on your skill shots. 

Cons: Can burst you down like hell at level 6

How to sustain lane: Rush 3155_32.png

Advanced tip: When ulting onto him try to e-q fast, and R back, without getting stunned or taking alot of damage. 

VS

LeBlanc

Medium

SKILL MATCHUP



Pros: Dodging her chain, and maybe a W

Cons: Can burst you down, and if she gets ahead, it's gg brotha

Tips: Rush 3155_32.png you'll rek her

Advanced tips: When using W, try to dodge her W by teleporting to your other shadow.
Dodge her chain, but ulting on her.

Tip: Wait for her to use one of her W's then ult onto her.

VS

Lissandra

Hard

Skill matchup in the favor of Liss


Rush 3155_32.png at all costs.

If she gets ahead of you, then you're basically out of the game.

You do outdamage her though, but that's not good enough because if a jungler camps you, you are basically a wild goose. She has crazy CC for you. 

Try to avoid this match up because she can just ult you in team fights, and make you invisible during the whole game

VS

Lulu

Medium

Skill matchup


Pros: Dodging her Q's will be easy, and you can outdamage her

Cons: Her ultimate will rek you and her shield

Tips: Try to go aggro level 1-3 on her and then have her low enough for you to go in on her at level 6 for an easy kill

TIP: TRY TO ROAM BECAUSE I DOUBT YOU WILL KILL A LULU IN LANE

VS

Lux

Easy

Easy matchup



Pros: You can dodge all of her skillshots easily by your ult

Cons: If she hit's her q's on you alot, then you lose lane, and you have a fed Lux snowballing

Tips: Dodge her Q by ulting her at the same time

ADVANCED TIP: WHEN ULTING HER, THROW YOUR W BEHIND HER AND TELEPORT TO IT, DODGING EVERY SKILLSHOT SHE HAS.

TIP: TRY TO DO YOUR COMBO QUICK OR ELSE YOU'RE DEAD.

VS

Malzahar

Hard

A very hard lane.


Lane bully for you.

You can outdamage him and maybe pick up a kill on him early, but that won't help.
He will prob call a jungler for you, at level 6, and then it's just a free kill on you again.

In fights, he can do the same thing that Liss does to you, and basically ult you. 

TIPS: TRY TO RUSH 3140_32.png, AND OUTPLAY HIM

VS

Mordekaiser

Hard

Probably in my opinion, a really hard counter to Zed.


Pros: He has no escape, so call a jungler to camp on ya.

Cons: He will rek you all around

Tips: Wait for his shield to be down before you harass him(The white bar below him)

Try to avoid this matchup because a fed Morde is gg

VS

Nidalee

Easy

Easy matchup once again.



Pros: You easily outdamage her, and can dodge her W-E-Q combo in cougar form by ulting on her.

Cons: If behind, she can burst you down hard.

Tips: Ulting her, when she pounces on you, will make her life so much harder

Advanced tip: Teleport to your W, to dodge her spears

VS

Orianna

Medium

SKILL MATCHUP



Pros: Dodging her ultimate, and wherever her ball goes, you can dodge it by your W, you also outdamage her.

Cons: Don't let her auto you that much, and be very careful of enemy junglers.

Tips: When you hear a "whrr" sound while your ulting her, you probably want to R back because that's her ultimate. 

Tip: Wait for her to waste her shield on her, and then go in on her.

VS

Riven

Medium

VERY SKILLED MATCHUP



What you want to do: is wait for her to E and then predict her W, and ult on her, and just use your W to your advantage, to dodge her Q's jumps and her ultimate.

ADVANCED TIP: ONCE YOU HEAR HER SCREAM, YOU SHOULD PROBABLY R BACK BECAUSE THEN YOU CAN DODGE THAT ULTIMATE

Cons: She's more bursty than you

VS

Swain

Hard

Very SKILLED matchup


Pros: You can dodge his snare, but that's advanced and do outdamage him at 6 but careful

Cons: His Lifesteal will murder you in lane.

Tip: Only go in if you have 14.png up.

Tip: Wait for him to use his ult before you go in

Tip: Teleport to your shadow to dodge his snare.

VS

Syndra

Medium

SKILL MATCHUP IN YOUR FAVOR


Pros: Dodging her E, and her q's

Cons: Can burst you down if you're behind

Tips: Rush 3155_32.png and buy boots early to dodge Q's

Tips: Wait for her to use her E on you then pop your ult on her to dodge it.

Tips: Use your gap closer as an advantage on Syndra because she hates close up fights

VS

Talon

Medium

SKILL MATCHUP


Pros: You can outplay him easily

Cons: He is more bursty than you, and his ult counters you

Tip: Buy a 2043_32.png everytime you come in lane, to see him in his ultimate.
Tip: Beware of his damage, do not underestimate it, and also wait for him to his E on you, then go in.


VS

Twisted Fate

Easy

Easy matchup


Pros: Outdamage him, counter him to everything except his ult.

Cons: Beware of his ult and roaming, and try to communicate with your team about it.


Tips: Wait for him to use a yellow, blue, red card, then go on him.

VS

Veigar

Easy

Easy matchup


TIP TO WIN LANE: RUSH 3155_32.png

Pros: You dodging his W is ruining his life

Cons: Can burst you down anytime if you're behind. Careful of camps by junglers


Tips: Wait for him to pop his stun on you, then you ult on him.

ADVANCED TIP: USE YOUR ULT ON HIM AND W OUT OF THE STUN RING

VS

Vel'Koz

Easy

VERY EASY.



Pros: Outdamage him, and dodge his skillshots eazzzzzzzzzzzzzzy

Cons: I don't see any. Careful of junglers though.

Tips: Wait till you see his E then pop your ult on him

ADVANCED TIP: WHEN YOU ARE ULTING THROW YOUR W BEHIND HIM AND TELEPORT TO IT, TO DODGE HIS ULT 

VS

Viktor

Medium

SKILL MATCHUP


Pros: You can outplay him, by your W and ultimate

Cons: Has his burst inside of him, be careful

Tips: Dodge his E as much as possible, wait for him to use it before you go in

Tips: W out of his stun trap

Tips: Do your ultimate combo quickly and R back so his ultimate won't do a lot of damage to you

VS

Vladimir

Medium
Pros and Must: Dominate him early level because once he hits 9 and you're even, he'll outscale you on a 1v1.
Maybe rush 3155_32.png
but avoid it

His pool will counter you alot, and his spell vamp will murder you. 

Skill Matchup!

VS

Xerath

Medium

Skill matchup IN YOUR FAVOR.


Pros: Easily doding his stun, which is basically what he needs to land all of his skill shots

Cons: His range is longer than yours, he can out poke you.

Tip: Dodge his Q by switching to your shadow if needed

Tip: Try to avoid getting harassed levels 1-2

Tip: Once he throws his E, ult him right away, and you'll have a 95% of getting a kill on him. 

VS

Yasuo

Medium

SKILL MATCHUP IN YOUR FAVOR



Pros: You can dodge his q's 24/7

Cons: Be careful of his stealthy damage of levels 1-3, and his shield

Tip: Try to buy cutlass, and use it on him always before you go in, because you have to get rid of his shield.

Tip: Auto him before ulting, if he has his shield up. 

Tip: Use your E to harass first to put down the shield and then Q him. 

VS

Ziggs

Easy

Very easy.



Pros: You can easily dodge his ultimate, and dodge all of his skillshots, and you outdamage him.

Cons: Watch for junglers

Tips: Once you ult on him, quickly use your combo, and R back, and most likely you'll dodge his ult that he will throw on top of him

Tip: Wait for him to use his W then go in

Laning Phase Tips Back to Top

Laning Phase Tips and Tricks



Your Q, is your main harass and highest damage ability in lane, so make sure you practice in normals and get the hang of hitting it in lane because advanced players know how to dodge it really well. 


ONCE YOU GET YOUR Q-W-E, YOU HAVE A REALLY EASY COMBO, YOU WANT TO SUMMON YOUR W AND E THEM, TO SLOW THEM, AND MAKE IT EASIER IT FOR YOU TO HIT YOUR Q'S. 


USING YOUR W-----VERY IMPORTANT. IF YOU ARE PUSHED, BE CAREFUL OF SUMMONING IT BECAUSE THAT IS YOUR ESCAPE ROUTE UNLESS YOU HAVE FLASH. BUT THE LANER MIGHT BE BAITING IT OUT JUST FOR THE JUNGLER TO COME AND GANK YOU EASIER. SO BE CAREFUL OF THAT


ANOTHER TIP ON THE W (MY PERSONAL TIP) IS WHEN YOU SUMMON IT IN LANE, AND USE YOUR COMBO(AND IF YOUR OPPONENT IS LOW ENOUGH FOR YOU TO TELEPORT BACK TO YOUR SHADOW AND GET A KILL)...THEN YOU WANT TO KIND OF WALK BACK LIKE YOUR GONNA PLAY PASSIVE, AND ONCE THEY COMMIT CLOSER TO YOUR SHADOW, YOU QUICKLY W BACK, AND FINISH THEM. 



USING YOUR W -  -  - WHEN YOU THROW YOUR SHADOW TO USE YOUR COMBO USE YOUR SHADOW TO GUIDE YOUR ENEMY TO WHERE YOU WANNA THROW YOUR SKILLSHOTS. FOR EXAMPLE: IF I PUT MY SHADOW ON THE RIGHT OF SOMEBODY MOST LIKELY THEY WILL LEAN TO THE LEFT WHICH IS WHERE I THROW MY SKILLSHOTS AT.

Early Game Back to Top

Zed has a very good early game. At level 1, you want to farm with yourarrow-10x10.png Q as much as possible, so you don't take haraass from the enemy laner. Once you hit level 2, you want to start harassing the enemy laner by your W-Q combo, and try to get a double hit on them, if not, one is fine. If you are against an enemy laner that throws skill shots, try to dodge them by teleporting to your W, but be careful of enemy junglers. You always want to keep your eye on your energy bar and not fight your enemy if it's low. At level 3, you just want to spam your W-E-Q combo at them. The more it hits, the easier it will get to kill the laner at level 6. 


Once you reach 6, you want to make sure they're at least half health or below, then easily ult them and ignite, do your combo, and R back, guaranteed kill. 

WARNING: When ulting, make sure you have enough energy for your combo! 

Tip: If you have one or two kills in lane, try to roam bot lane, and MAKE SURE IT WILL BE A SUCCESSFUL GANK BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT TO BE MISSING FARM FOR NOTHING. Roaming bot/top will probably give you at least one kill or an assist, helping you grow bigger in the game, and helping your other lanes win theirs easier.


Map Awareness Early Levels: Always keep an eye on where the enemy jungler starts! Also, if you see the jungler bot/top, you know you could use your W really EASILY without having the "scaredness" of being 2v1'ed. 
Keep in my mind, the health of bot lane/top lane(enemy), because if you have a low enemy top laner, or bot lane, you could easily roam and get some free kills.

Tip on roaming early: DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME GOING TO A LANE THAT YOU ARE FORSURE NOT GOING TO GET A KILL. IT JUST WASTES TIME. YOU COULD BE FARMING AND GETTING MORE ITEMS AND GETTING AHEAD OF YOUR LANER IF HE ISN'T IN LANE. 


WARD COVERAGE: PUT A PINK IN RIGHT/LEFT MIDDLE SIDE BRUSH IN RIVER OR A DEEP PINK IN THEIR RED SIDE JUNGLE. 


Mid Game Back to Top

Mid game is Zed's biggest power spike in my opinion. You basically want to do three things, try to get some picks, spilt push a little, or keep farming in lane, and jungle areas. 


What I like to do: I like to spilt push a little, and get some farm to help me grow just a little ahead of the enemy. Because in this time I will probably already have 3142.pngand 3812.png---THIS IS A GREAT POWER SPIKE. 

You can also, keep pushing your lane, and start roaming in rivers, and get some picks, or clean up fights at bot/top lane. Also, if you have three or four kills on your laner, you can easily kill them in lane, each time, it's just a perma kill for you if the enemy laner keeps pressuring you in lane. 

Another option you can go with, is to buy a 3362_32.png which will give you 3 wards, and help you secure vision a great part of the map, and will help you get off safer roams. But also, getting a 3341_32.png around level 9 or 10, will help you clear wards from the enemy team, and knock off their vision, and it's basically your choice on how you want to play this job. 


Map Awareness Middle Game: Now what you want to do, is keep in mind, is bot still farming down low? Or did they roam mid? Are they MIA? Most likely, bot will roam during mid-game to mid, and a 3v1 is not gonna be that easy for you. Point is, you gotta know where the enemy team is during mid-game, if they're all mia, don't go so aggro in lane, play passive, until you see some faces pop up. If they group mid, call your team, and help protect tower, or get a collapse on them. 


WARD COVERAGE: PINK ON YOUR SIDE OF THE RIVER BUSH. DEEP WARDS IN THEIR JUNGLE. 

Late Game Back to Top

A lot of people say Zed falls off late game, NO NO NO. No he does not, if you just follow these stepsarrow-10x10.png, you will see how he doesn't fall off. 


Main Goal: YOU WANT TO ASSASSINATE THE ADC, NOBODY ELSE, THE ADC. THEN YOU CAN MOVE ON TO OTHERS. 

A lot of people's mistakes in late game, or mid-game is to engage the fight, this is absolutely wrong. If you engage it first, you will get cc'ed and just rekted. 

What you want to do is to wait until they pop some ultimates and other cc spells. You want to wait on the side or behind your front line, just being invisible to the enemy team. Once you spot the adc, you might want to quickly W and just ult on to them, with their cc being down, and being low health, it will be easier for you to kill the adc and maybe even get a triple off the leftovers of the enemy team. 


ADVANCED TACTIC: Making a clean pick on an enemy player, will help your team so much, and that's what you want to do also in this late game because it's so hard for someone to outduel you. You might be asking why is this advanced? Because if you are just a beginner on Zed, it will be hard for you to outduel someone, that has experience with their champ, and if you lose, you basically just throw, because you're a huge damager in the fights. 



SPILT PUSHING: TELL YOUR TEAM TO WAIT UNTIL THEY SEND 2 PEOPLE UP TOP FOR YOU, AND MAKE THEM TAKE A HARD PUSH MID, OR FORCE FIGHT, OR FORCE BARON. BY SENDING 2 PEOPLE TO YOU, THEY NOW HAVE A 4V3 IN MID, VERY SIMPLE FIGHT, AND VERY SIMPLE LOGIC. Now you only wanna spilt, when your team is behind, and you're pretty fed or somewhat fed. So you may be asking what if they send one? Well, wtf, take him, one on one, and just keep pushing. I mean you are Zed, and you can practically 1v1 anybody unless they outplay you hard, but that's doubtful. You see my point on spilt pushing? Hopefully it's clear. FORCE 2 TOP. MAKE SURE YOUR TEAM PUSHES MID.


WARD  COVERAGE: CAREFULLLL DONT GET PICKED! GET SOME RIVER WARDS, AND SOME DEEP WARDS, BUT IF YOURE BEHIND, THEN WARD YOUR JUNGLE!


Team Fighting Back to Top

I'll make this clear and shortarrow-10x10.png.


Goal: Assassinate the adc

What you want to do: Wait till they use a lot of Cc's, and ultimates, and when they're at least low health, just hop in, and clean those bastards up. 


TIP TIP TIP: PLEASE PLEASE MAKE SURE TO USE YOUR ITEMS THEY WILL REALLY HELP YOU, LIKE 3153_32.png3142_32.png3139_32.png


POSITIONING: MAKE SURE YOU ARE BEHIND YOUR FRONT LINE OR AT LEAST NO WHERE TO BE SEEN UNTIL YOU COME IN! 

ADC Assassination Back to Top

BASED UPON TEAMFIGHT ASSASSINATIONS ONLY



15_64.png---Difficulty:EASY-----Her spell shield can only block ONE ability, auto attack of yoursarrow-10x10.png, so it doesn't really do much, because you can still burst her down easily. 

KILL RATE PERCENTAGE 80%



18_64.png---Difficulty:MEDIUM OR HARD-----Her jump(W) will make it hard for you to kill her, but you have a solution for that. Before you ult, activate your ghostblade, and ult her, and then bork, so at the moment you would have so much more speed than her to catch up to her. If your shadow is still up, I suggest you use it to catch up to her even fairly easy. CARREFULLLL---Her ult also counters you because of knocking you back and letting her kite easily. What I do to solve that is to, drop your shadow to whenever she ults you, and just teleport back to it. 

KILL RATE PERCENTAGE: 60%



21_64.png---Difficulty:EASY---Basically, a sitting duck. No escapes, one slow that barely affects you during the fights because of your speed and mobility during the AA. Should be a kill everytime unless she outplays you w/ sash and flash.

KILL RATE PERCENTAGE: 90%


22_64.png----Difficulty:EASY-----Usually easy because of her no escape, and one slow again, just like 21_64.png. But it can also be hard because if you get hit by her ult it's over, and if she kites you well, she can land alot of crits. Try to dodge her ult, by shadowing to either side of her, or behind her, she won't expect it, but THIS HAS TO BE A QUICK IN N OUT ON HER. 

KILL RATE PERCENTAGE: 90%




42_64.png---Difficulty:MEDIUM-----It can be a pain to kill a Corki, a real pain to kill a fed one too. But a tip that I usually keep in mind, is to wait for him to use his W, but if he doesn't you have to go in on him with an escape of his still up, which is dangerous. If you go in, and he W's away, it gives a chance for his support to CC you, and let him kite, or he can still kite you w/ the help of your support, and you could die. What I like to do is to save my shadow, and basically go in on him no matter what he has up, because knowing I have a follow up is really effective to killing champs. 

KILL RATE PERCENTAGE: 70%



51_64.png---Difficulty:EASY-MEDIUM---You might wonder how this is easy at all, because of her long kiting, and her ability to E on you, and slow you while kiting. But to be honest, if you don't get caught in one of her traps, then it's bascially a kill unless the support HARD PEELS for her because you clearly outburst her at any time in the game. The only hard part there is, if the Cait can get a lot of crits off of kiting on you. 

KILL RATE PERCENTAGE: 60-70%



67_64.png----Difficulty:MEDIUM-HARD----This matchup is not even easy. A pro vayne will always save her Q for you, and make your life hell. You want to wait out her Q, and VERY QUICKLY POUNCE ON HER after she uses it. Because with that being up, the only factor she has is her E, which she usually uses before on other champs focusing her, but if it's still up, you'll have a good chance of following up w/ your shadow or speed. You can get outplayed by a Vayne at any point in the game, with your ult + tumble, it will f*** you up. And, if she ever stuns you with her E, prepare to quickly get the hell back haha. Main Point: Wait for her to use her Q, and make it quick before it's up again. 

KILL RATE PERCENTAGE: 50%



81_64.png---Difficulty:EASY-MEDIUM----This matchup will only be hard if the support/team hard peels for the Ezreal ,and just focuses you. In other cases, it's pretty easy and simple, you outburst him, outdamage, and can just in n out really easy. I suggest waiting for him to use his E before you go in, so it makes you life 10x easier when you ult him. 

KILL RATE PERCENTAGE: 70%



29_64.png--Difficulty:MEDIUM----It will only be hard for you to kill him if he doesn't show himself in fights, until I suggest you keep your ult for him unless you're in deep trouble because he adds so much damage to the teamfights if he comes for the clean ups. If you spot him, he has no escape, and his Q will take long for him to go into so you can burst him down, careful not to get CC'ed. CAREFUL OF HIS STACKS ON YOU. 

KILL RATE PERCENTAGE: 75%




110_64.png---Difficulty:MEDIUM----Other than his ult and 4.png he has no kiting escapes. So either you want to wait out on his ult because most Varus's use it early in the fights for the CC. You can just hop onto him, and easily burst him down. But w/ his ult still up, and you go in...try to avoid it by shadowing to his side/behind, because KEEP IN MIND HIS ULT IS A SKILLSHOT. If you get caught, you'll probably get locked down(die). 

KILL RATE PERCENTAGE: 75%



119_64.png---Difficulty:MEDIUM---Draven has no escapes except for his flash, which makes it easy for you to kill him because you can follow up if he 4.png. But keep in mind, he has E, which will allow him to kite you, and let others CC you and that could make this match up really hard real quick. Make sure to either wait for his E or wait for his support to blow CC and others as well. 

KILL RATE PERCENTAGE: 70%



133_64.png----Difficulty:MEDIUM---I rarely see Quinns anymore. But she's still available for people to play. She is pretty easy to kill without her ult being up, even if her ult is up it will just make it more hard for you to kill her, but you can still outdamage, burst, and follow up on her. The only problem I see is her kiting you, and blinding you, and you getting hit by some CC. 

KILL RATE PERCENTAGE: 80%



222_64.png---Difficulty:MEDIUM-HARD----Jinx, Jinx, Jinx. A really complex/skill matchup here. When I play Zed, I don't want to go in on her w/ her passive being up, I ALWAYS make sure to go in when she's not about to get that passive or doesn't have it at all. Because w/ her passive, it helps her kite, get support from her teammates, and lets her even get her E(traps) on you, and will outdamage you from there on out. If I was you, wait till passive is either down or no where to be coming up, and when I ult, I teleport behind her to dodge the traps. In late game, she will be your second most difficult target to kill because of her life steal/damage, and help from her support also. 

KILL RATE PERCENTAGE: 80%



236_64.png---Difficulty:MEDIUM----Lucian is like 104_64.png. Same rules apply. Wait for him to use his E, and then pounce on him. With him having no CC to use on you, the only mechanics he could use is 4.png and kiting, basically it. The only hard part about this matchup is to avoid CC from the support. If you can do that, it should be fairly easy. 

KILL RATE PERCENTAGE: 75-80%





429_64.png---Difficulty:EASY-MEDIUM----Kalista again like 22_64.png21_64.png has no escape. You can go in on her at anytime, but I prefer to wait a little until she doesn't see you coming right away, and make sure others blow some CC to not use on you. The only difficulty here is that if you get bumped by her ult, or slowed by her E, and let her kite you, and again getting CC'ed(of course). 

KILL RATE PERCENTAGE: 85%


The Pros and Cons Back to Top

Pros:


  • Very bursty 
  • Hyper-carry(If fed, you can carry hard)
  • You can out-cs anybody in lane easily
  • Very good early-mid-late game
  • One of the best 1v1ers out there
  • Very good at roaming and making picks


Cons:


  • Can easily be countered by a 2420.pngor 3157_32.png
  • If he gets behind, you're worthless
  • Hard to avoid CC
  • Can be countered if enemy team waits and uses 3.png on you everytime
  • Takes a long time to learn his mechanics and a very skilled champ overall(Some don't believe this).

Warding Back to Top

It doesn't matter on which side you are on. You want to use the same warding spots. 
#1: is a 2044_32.png and it's called a mid-deep ward, because it's in the enemy jungle, and help you recognize when the jungler could be coming.
#2: is also a 2044_32.png and will help you see the jungler from ganking you on that side.
#3: is most likely a 2043_32.png and this is what I like to call, safe warding. It grants you vision on your own jungle, and if the enemy jungler tries to invade you will easily see him. 
#4: NOT PICTURED but to me, you want to put a 2043_32.png in the SMALL BRUSH IN THE RIVERS.  You can choose which side you want to put it on, but i'd suggestarrow-10x10.png putting it on the side that the jungler has spent a lot of time in. 
VERY GOOD WARD, AND WILL STAY THERE FOR AT LEAST 5 MINUTESarrow-10x10.png. Recommended by far...<-


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About Me Back to Top

My name is Ishka. I peaked at Diamond 3 (Season 7 ), I am a mid laner/adc.


Reason why I made this: Well to me, I have a lot of experience on Zed, and I feel that I know this champ, and can help people get better at him.

You can add me in-game for any questions or help. I don't charge, lol. 

If you want to see my Zed stats, simply click on the stats at the top of the guide, and you'll see my this season averages with Zed. 

If you have any comments, any bad comment or good comments is fine, also if you want me to add something, comment below and i'll see what I can do!

Also, let me know if you guys want to see me stream, I've been thinking, leave me some feedback about that too in the comments or add me  in-game!

Hope you guys enjoyed this guide!




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