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Zed Statistics for DAIMOND LORD

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

Value
Average
Games Played
37
6
Win %
54
43
Kills
8.5
7.8
Assists
4.7
5.3
Deaths
6.6
6.5
KA:D Ratio
2.0
2.0
Gold Earned
12.4K
11.5K
Creep Score
187.2
168.4
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

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Flash is essential to most of the champions' kits, as operates as a "get out of jail free card". However, for Zed, flash
is not only a necessity for high-caliber escapes, but also works as a pseudo-engage tool. The flash-ulti combo on Zed is almost too fast to react to, creating a favorable situation for a Zed player, as you still have  zedW.png Living Shadow for a gap-closer/escape mechanism.

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As explained above, Flash is essential. Ignite, however, is the most optimal second Summoner Spell choice due to its amazing True Damage burn, its ability to execute low champions, and the Yung Grevious Wounds.
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Use exhaust when against extremely mobile or bursty champions such as Yasuo, Fiora etc. You can also take this in some scenarios against immobile champions to maximize your own mobility, while hindering the opponent's significantly. For example, when playing against a Xerath or a Syndra, fitting both the burst and immobile categories, causing exhaust to be an amazing Summoner Spell against them. However, Ignite would likely still be the most optimal choice due to its efficiency versus squishies.
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Take these only when you are in a losing lane match up that will be extremely hard to farm in.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

These runes allow for a great amount of burst with thunder lords decree. Take scaling pen rather than cdr because these compliment you runes very well by adding 14 armor pen late game and magic pen for thunderlords and zed's passive as well.

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

Standard zed maxes.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

Core Items

Situational Items

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Ahri
    Medium
  • Akali
    Easy
  • Anivia
    Hard
  • Annie
    Easy
  • Azir
    Hard
  • Brand
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Medium
  • Diana
    Hard
  • Ekko
    Medium
  • Fizz
    Medium
  • Galio
    Easy
  • Heimerdinger
    Medium
  • Irelia
    Hard
  • Karthus
    Medium
  • Katarina
    Easy
  • Kayle
    Hard
  • LeBlanc
    Medium
  • Lissandra
    Hard
  • Lulu
    Hard
  • Lux
    Medium
  • Malzahar
    Hard
  • Orianna
    Medium
  • Pantheon
    Hard
  • Ryze
    Medium
  • Talon
    Medium
  • Teemo
    Easy
  • Twisted Fate
    Easy
  • Varus
    Easy
  • Veigar
    Medium
  • Vel'Koz
    Easy
  • Viktor
    Medium
  • Xerath
    Easy
  • Yasuo
    Medium
  • Ziggs
    Medium
  • Zilean
    Hard

VS

Ahri

Medium

VS

Akali

Easy

VS

Anivia

Hard

Anivia is an extremely hard matchup to play against, despite her immobility, if she is good she can punish zed very early on in trades.

VS

Annie

Easy

VS

Azir

Hard

Has good harass early game and can be very difficult to lane against.

VS

Brand

Medium

VS

Cho'Gath

Medium

VS

Diana

Hard

VS

Ekko

Medium

VS

Fizz

Medium

VS

Galio

Easy

VS

Heimerdinger

Medium

VS

Irelia

Hard

VS

Karthus

Medium

VS

Katarina

Easy

VS

Kayle

Hard

VS

LeBlanc

Medium

VS

Lissandra

Hard

VS

Lulu

Hard

VS

Lux

Medium

Extremely immobile but has good burst and harass

VS

Malzahar

Hard

His ult wrecks zed.


VS

Orianna

Medium

VS

Pantheon

Hard

Dont ever play this matchup

VS

Ryze

Medium

VS

Talon

Medium

VS

Teemo

Easy

VS

Twisted Fate

Easy

VS

Varus

Easy

VS

Veigar

Medium

VS

Vel'Koz

Easy

VS

Viktor

Medium

VS

Xerath

Easy

VS

Yasuo

Medium

VS

Ziggs

Medium

Laning phase can be rough if you cant punish him correctly 

VS

Zilean

Hard

His ult destroys zed

Everything you need to know about Zed Back to Top

Introduction

HI everyone, I am DopeHo. Currently, I am Diamond rated in solo-queue with an intense interest for the game. This is my first guide so feel free to offer me some constructive criticism on how to improve my guides. Hope you guys enjoy this guide on one of my favorite champions, Zed the Master Of Shadows.


zed.pngZed is an attack-damage based assassin who has received massive amounts of popularity in professional and solo-q play. He is suitable to both mid,top and sometimes, even jungle. Zed is thoroughly rewarding with a ton of tricks and combos at your disposal meaning he never gets boring!

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Pros / Cons

Pros

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+ Best ninja in the game
+ Energy User
+ Easy farming champion because of zed-contempt-for-the-weak.png Contempt for the Weak
+ Huge Burst
+ Decent wave clear for an assassin
+ One of the best splitpusher's
+ One of the most fun and rewarding champs
zed.png Zed is an amazing champion with tons of reasons to play him. He has a plethora of tricks and skills at his disposal coupled with an enjoyable kit. One of the most rewarding champions to play who is not that hard to pick up (It was a Zed free week a couple of years ago, and I decided to play him, in that astounding game I went something like 28/7 .

Cons
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-First times will not be perfect
-Easy to miss spells
-Lack luster damage without zed-death-mark.pngDeath Mark
- zed-death-mark.png Death Mark damage countered by quicksilver-sash.gif Quicksilver Sash
-Consumes energy fairly quickly if spells are spammed
-zed-razor-shuriken.png Razor Shurikenis easy to miss
-Dynamic abilities like zed-living-shadow.png Living Shadow make him hard to play
Not everything is luscious and green on the other side, this includes Zed! This ninja has drawbacks as well such as not being easy to play at first. However, the Pros outweigh the Cons and if you can get past these pesky problems you will enjoy success on Zed!

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Summoner Spells

My Preferred Spells

Necessity
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This summoner spell is universally useful to all champions, this applies to Zed aswell. Gap-close, gap-make, without flash the cake is hard to rise without the flour!

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Zed is an assassin, and to kill you need that extra damage. So many times opposing laners run away with that slithering health bar however ignite can remove this risk. 400 true damage is pretty good!


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Zed's Abilities

The Arsenal Of Abilities Zed Obtains





Q

zed-razor-shuriken.pngRazor Shuriken is Zed's 'bread and butter'. Since Zed is not restricted by mana, don't be afraid to hold onto it, when an opening appears go for the poke/kill. Use this ability to
  • Farm
  • Poke/Harass
  • Intimidate
  • Spam this ability, don't be afraid!


W

zed-living-shadow.pngLiving Shadow is what makes Zed 'unique'. This skill allows him to stay relevant in the meta because it is his 'mobility spell'. Coupled with mobility is the extra enhancement it provides to zed-razor-shuriken.png and zed-shadow-slash.png. This ability helps with
  • Gap Closing
  • Running Away
  • Zoning
  • Double Shurikens
  • Second Shadow Slash
  • Allows creative ways to collaborate with Death Mark e.g. Living Shadow behind the target


E

zed-shadow-slash.pngThis ability is so severely underrated. Most people will purposely run through shadow because they believe after zed-razor-shuriken.png there is no threat, however. zed-shadow-slash.png has plenty of meaning full utility even after the damage.
  • A really underrated slow allowing for easier zed-razor-shuriken.png
  • Does a decent amount of damage
  • Is good to get in the mage's faces
  • Not the best but decent range to zone coupled with W.


R

zed-death-mark.pngThis is what makes zed.png , zed.png . This ability, in my opinion, separates the good zed.png from the mediocre ones. Knowing when to zed-death-mark.png back is crucial to the success of the Zed player. This vital ultimate provides zed.png with
  • 'Meh' zed-death-mark.png damage early game, however mid-game it starts to hold its weight
  • Is countered by items like quicksilver-sash.gif
  • Very good for extra mobility
  • Duplicates effects of regular abilities aswell
  • Collaborative ways to use with zed-living-shadow.png
  • Good timing with invulnerability allows key dodges e.g. fizz-chum-the-waters.png
  • Shuriken hovering over targeted head indicates imminent death for enemy. Port away at last second to look cool like a real ninja, unlike shen.png of course!

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Skill Sequence

Firstly, I scale my Zed skills like most Zed's do which is

ABILITY SEQUENCE
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Maxingzed-razor-shuriken.png allows for a higher amount of burst damage compared to maxing zed-living-shadow.png , I mean zed-shadow-slash.png. I max zed-shadow-slash.pngsecond because it's slow is really niche and zed-living-shadow.png last since it's my main utility move.
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Skill Combo>Burst Squishy>Profit $$$

IN LANE



What I like to do in lane is poke. zed-living-shadow.png is a really good zoning tool so use it to the best of its ability. There are many tricks to Zed such the E+W however I'm going for the simplified, simple version

zed-living-shadow.png>zed-shadow-slash.png>zed-razor-shuriken.png
BACK OFF, WAIT FOR A FEW COOLDOWNS THEN

zed-death-mark.png TRY AND zed-living-shadow.png behind the opposing laner AUTO ATTACK zed-shadow-slash.png finishing with zed-razor-shuriken.png




POP THAT LONELY SQUISHY!



OH LOOK, A WILD ashe.png BOT LANE BY HERSELF. Lets kill her with full utilization of our combos,item actives and summoner spells to create free split push pressure.

FIRSTLY, POP youmuus-ghostblade.gif for the speedup THEN > zed-living-shadow.png forward > zed-death-mark.png > blade-of-the-ruined-king.gif ignite.png zed-shadow-slash.png >zed-razor-shuriken.png > Auto Attack

How The Utilization Of This Combo Works?

The passive from youmuus-ghostblade.gif Youmuu's Ghostblade allows us to catch up towards the enemy ashe.png Ashe. Then, in the case in which she starts running away and there is still too much distance, we zed-living-shadow.png Living Shadow to close even more space, until we can zed-death-mark.png Death Mark. Once we're able to zed-death-mark.png Death Mark then we shall utilize the full combo for an amazing burst. Starting off with the active of blade-of-the-ruined-king.gif Blade of the Ruined King to amplify our ultimate damage, then ignite.png Ignite to have constant dps (damage per second) ticking. After this we use our regular abilities,zed-shadow-slash.png Shadow Slash for the niche slow and zed-razor-shuriken.png Razor Shuriken, finishing it off with an auto attack just in case, then porting back to original zed-death-mark.pngDeath Mark shadow to look cool!. With blade-of-the-ruined-king.gif Blade of the Ruined King it allows us to keep up with our enemies, this is why it's such an important item on zed.png Zed, for the sticking potential given by the active effect (slow them down, speed you up).

Q&A Why Did You zed-living-shadow.png Living Shadow In? You're not able to shadow behind them now and that shadow's shuriken will most likely miss!

Well normally, this assassination would occur somewhat pass laning phase but still early in the game. We would like to do this combo during the mid-game before the enemies start grabbing counters to our zed-death-mark.png Death Mark. Most of the time, since you were in a solo lane and bottom lane not. The ad carry should be behind you in levels, thus creating an advantage already. A lvl 11 zed.png Zed will definitely kill the lvl 9 twitch.png Twitch. Zed's mid-game power is strong with everything up including item actives and summoner spells, he will definitely pop the squishy even if he uses his zed-living-shadow.png Living Shadow as a gap-closing tool.
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Why Zed Isn't Preferred Top

zed.png top is okay in general however, he just isn't as optimal there as he is mid. Taking zed.png Zed into mid lane means he probably has a squishy to kill there. The lusciousness of the grass fades when going into top lane facing most likely a rugged hybrid beast mixed with damage and tank stats. The standard top laners I see in this meta the most are riven.png Riven,irelia.png Irelia,malphite.png Malphite and gnar.png Gnar. Zed struggles against almost all of them mainly because they all have that mix of survive-ability and damage to kill Zed in the laning phase before you can kill them.



Another Weakness In Zed Top


Another glaring weakness in Zed top, is that taking him there deprives your team of a tanky member. Honestly, junglers just do not receive enough gold, or as much as the solo laners do to carry the game unless they afk farm or get the majority of the kills. I'll tell you one thing, that lee-sin.png Lee Sin you see every 3 games, at least 2 of them will not get rolling thus, being deleted like how a fly swatter swats flies. This means that now you have possibly 5 eggs waiting to hatch but no basket to in-case them in.


Crush Or Be Crushed


There is so much pressure for top lane zed.png Zed to go off. And when I say "go off" i mean like explode in the laning phase. Many top lane champions like maokai.png Maokai and singed.png Singed scale into the late-game really well by being indestructible beings with stacks from rod-of-ages.gif Rod of Ages. If you're content with just 'laning' with them, you have lost the laning phase. It's already bad enough that your team doesn't have a sturdy, durable team member, but also that your rival laner will just scale into the cliffs of Everest.
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Zed In Patch 5.23

zed.png Alright, been a long time since I've updated this, anyways, currently on Patch 5.23 Zed is definitely not in the best spot. Riot can try to give him these minor buffs however, they are just bandages on a a much larger wound. Riot needs to give Zed that really major buff, maybe revert the return cooldown on zed-death-mark.png Death Mark?. With the buffs to the adc cohort and easier Ap itemization, zed.png Zed sits at a lowly 46% win rate. Overall, our favorite ninja is not in the best spot, but I think his time as the mid lane king will come again, just give it some time.


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Creeping / Jungling

Creep Killing


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zed.png is an amazing creep killer. This is mainly because his full combo entices easy wave of farming, zed-living-shadow.png+zed-shadow-slash.png+zed-razor-shuriken.png=$ Profit. Another reason why zed.png is such an awesome wave-clearer is because of , this extraordinary passive allows easy shred of minions's health below around half. Really healpful and neat passive which I believe is one of the best in the game because of its regularity of use.



Jungling


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zed.png jungle is not as optimal as it may seem. The new jungle really sucks for clearing and I haven't even dared taking him there. Before, back when all the jungle camps didn't receives steroids I would start Red but I guess now for the new patch, start golems,red,wolves (the ex-wraiths deal a lot of damage now} back/buy, then gromp and finish with blue.

zed.png ganks are hard to pull off unless the enemy laner is REALLY overextended. At best you can land one zed-razor-shuriken.pngzed-shadow-slash.png is your only form of crowd control, and the only way to hit it is with zed-living-shadow.png which has a decent range but not decent enough to pull off ganks.

Item Builds For

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Jungle


skirmishers-sabre.gif > bilgewater-cutlass.gif > boots-of-mobility.gif > randuins-omen.gif . If your team needs a tank grab a GA, finish your build like you would normally do just go that one extra defense item instead of offense.
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Team Comp For Zed

A Preferred Composition For Zed



A team composition like this would be perfect for Zed. Zed is an assassin and excels at picking off unsuspecting enemies with zed-death-mark.png Death Mark, a team built like this allows easy catches with initiates such as vi-assault-and-battery.png Assault and Battery and lissandra-frozen-tomb.png Frozen Tomb. Another plus side with this team is decent waveclear, while you're forcing/applying pressure else where, you need to trust that your team will be able to clear the minions/stop the recalls. Enemies trying to initiate 4v5's will be stopped dead in their tracks with champions like nami.png Nami, and also be chased down by champions like lissandra.png Lissandra!
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Zed's Role And Death Mark Counters

zed.png role in a team fight is to burst the enemy squishy (the champion which is weakest under fire however strongest when able to fire freely) for example, corki.png Corki. Your job as zed.png Zed is to divert all attention to you, kill them and run away safely.

However, not all super powerful things in league of legends have no counter play. Zed, late-game is easily countered by items such as quicksilver-sash.gif Quicksilver Sash which renders your zed-death-mark.png Death Mark damage use less. Once this happens, look at the scoreboard and aim for someone else to target, with a zhonyas-hourglass.gif Zhonya's Hourglass on the enemy mage, don't give them first priority. It is possible to even peel for your lucian.png Lucian instead of going for their tristana.pngTristana, thus eliminating their front line more quickly than yours.


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