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Zed Statistics for Falcode

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

Value
Average
Games Played
6
Win %
43
Kills
7.8
Assists
5.3
Deaths
6.5
KA:D Ratio
2.0
Gold Earned
11.5K
Creep Score
168.1
Average

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Summoner Spells Back to Top

4.png Flash


Standard on almost any midlaner. Escape, gap closing, jumping over walls, etc.


14.png Ignite


Usually taken because it increases your damage and is great for 1v1s and can also secure you a kill when your enemy is about to walk away with 20 HP. The heal reduction really helps especially because of your ult.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

This is the standard mastery page for Zed, and you can also opt for a 18/12/0 page or even a 0/18/12 page.


18/12/0


Ferocity

  1. Fury or Sorcery
  2. Double Edged Sword
  3. Vampirism
  4. Oppressor
  5. Battering Blows
  6. Fervor of Battle

Cunning

  1. Savagery
  2. Assassin
  3. Merciless
  4. Dangerous Game

0/18/12


Cunning

  1. Same as standard

Resolve

  1. Recovery
  2. Tough Skin
  3. Veteran's Scar
  4. Insight or Perserverance, depending on what you specifically need

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



Death_Mark.jpg 

Whenever you can, put a point in your R.



Razor_Shuriken.jpg

Max your Q first, as it is your main source of damage.



Shadow_Slash.jpg

Max E next, as it is your only source of "guaranteed" damage  and applies a slow which can help you land your Q, or proceed with your ult.



Living_Shadow.jpg

Max W last as it just increases your AD.



Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Standard for Zed
    If you are absolutely confident about your lane, take this as it provides you with damage, health, and Life Steal

Core Items

    Your early game preferences
    If you are having trouble vs. an AP laner
    If you need to have sustain early
    Mid-game #1
    Mid-game #2
    Mid-game #3
    Final Build Example

Situational Items

    If you need to farm, and need that AoE damage
    Hard CC counter item
    Vs lots of AP
    If you are really fed and need the LS to carry the game
    Crit chance to do lots of damage when AA'ing your opponents

Normally, most builds, even for assassins, would want to incorporate at least 1 defensive item and although that is very viable, personally for me as Zed you want to maximize your damage output, as you are strictly an AD assassin: you want to build as much AD as possible.

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Akali
    Medium
  • Anivia
    Medium
  • Annie
    Medium
  • Azir
    Easy
  • Brand
    Medium
  • Cassiopeia
    Easy
  • Cho'Gath
    Easy
  • Corki
    Medium
  • Ekko
    Medium
  • Ezreal
    Medium
  • Heimerdinger
    Medium
  • Illaoi
    Hard
  • Jayce
    Medium
  • Jhin
    Hard
  • Karma
    Medium
  • Karthus
    Easy
  • Kassadin
    Easy
  • Katarina
    Easy
  • Kayle
    Hard
  • Kennen
    Hard
  • LeBlanc
    Hard
  • Lissandra
    Hard
  • Lulu
    Easy
  • Lux
    Medium
  • Malphite
    Medium
  • Malzahar
    Hard
  • Mordekaiser
    Medium
  • Morgana
    Easy
  • Nidalee
    Easy
  • Orianna
    Medium
  • Quinn
    Hard
  • Ryze
    Easy
  • Sona
    Medium
  • Swain
    Medium
  • Syndra
    Medium
  • Talon
    Easy
  • Teemo
    Medium
  • Twisted Fate
    Easy
  • Varus
    Medium
  • Vel'Koz
    Easy
  • Viktor
    Medium
  • Vladimir
    Medium
  • Xerath
    Easy
  • Yasuo
    Medium
  • Zed
    Hard
  • Ziggs
    Easy
  • Zyra
    Medium

VS

Akali

Medium

Dodge her Q and if you are hit, post-6 get out of her ult range as she will almost immediately ult you and proc her mark, dealing additional damage.


In lane, farm and just dodge all her skills. Harass whenever you are able to.

VS

Anivia

Medium

Relatively not so hard to lane against, just dodge her stun and her ult and you should be fine. Ask for a gank early to ensure that you will be able to stay ahead of her the entire laning phase. Harass whenever you can. Pressure is key in this lane.

VS

Annie

Medium

All you have to do is safely farm and harass. Predict when she will use her stun and you should have a safe laning phase. Beware for possible ganks as if she has her stun ready, you will probably die.

VS

Azir

Easy

Pretty easy matchup. Just don't get poked by his sandmen and poke him down whenever you can. Bait out his ult and all-in him. Careful of his tower, as he may try to close you in on it.

VS

Brand

Medium

Has very high burst potential. Avoid getting poked by him as he applies DoT. Farm and ask for a gank early to shut him down. Laning phase shouldn't be too difficult.

VS

Cassiopeia

Easy

All you have to do is dodge her abilities and make SURE you don't get hit by her E. Poke her down and outsustain her.

VS

Cho'Gath

Easy

It will be easy depending on how you do against him. He is a late game monster but you have a shot in early game. Be aggressive, deny him farm, poke him down as much as you can as he will not be able to sustain that well early game. Early ganks will really help you out here.

VS

Corki

Medium

Dodge his abilities and try not to get harassed by him too much. He will be able to zone you easily if you do not play this matchup correctly, which will make you fall behind. Roam if necessary.

VS

Ekko

Medium

Avoid getting hit by his abilities and if you see his bubble, GET OUT IMMEDIATELY as he will guaranteed try and do his combo, bursting you down. Farm and poke him down as much as you can. Deny him his farm.

VS

Ezreal

Medium

Don't get hit by his Q and W. He will probably push you to his turret which is fine, since you are able to farm under your turret anyway. Ask for an early gank as you will be able to snowball, as well as put pressure in the lane. Outsustain him.

VS

Heimerdinger

Medium

Focus on his turrets and don't try to engage. I find that freezing the lane (in my opinion) is a great strategy so that he won't be under the safety of his turret when your jungler comes to gank him.

VS

Illaoi

Hard

Tanky tentacle woman. Don't try to engage her as she will be able to survive your burst. Try to take her on early, as that is her weakest point. Key is that that is also her strongest point against you too. Ask for ganks early and just farm take her tentacles down, and roam.

VS

Jayce

Medium

Skill matchup. Don't get hit by his energy orbs and ask for a gank early so you can start to get ahead and snowball. Roam if necessary. You can pull this matchup off if you play smart.

VS

Jhin

Hard

I consider this matchup to be pretty hard because he is pretty bursty, but with longer range than you. He can farm easily as well. Ask for a gank early so you can be ahead of him. Just play safe and roam to get that extra gold.

VS

Karma

Medium

Deceptively strong. Just dodge her abilities and farm. Zone her out and put pressure on the lane.

VS

Karthus

Easy

He's very immobile. You're the complete opposite. Dodge his abilities, farm, and poke. Pretty easy lane.

VS

Kassadin

Easy

Both of you are melee assassins. Only thing is, he's useful only for AP laners. Deny him his farm and poke him out.

VS

Katarina

Easy

Somewhat of a skill matchup. Just avoid her bouncing blades by standing behind minions and try not to get in range of her E. Farm and outsustain. Gank her early to ensure she won't be able to catch up. Relatively easy lane depending on how you play against her.

VS

Kayle

Hard

Skill matchup. Yes, she is considered as your "ultimate counter" but honestly it's how good the Kayle is. If you find that she is making common mistakes for a Kayle, abuse this fact and poke her, deny farm, and roam. She will have a hard time if you pull this off correctly.

VS

Kennen

Hard

He's the AP version of you, but with a longer shuriken throw range and a movement speed/damage steroid. Outsustain him and play safe. Ask for a gank early if possible. Will be pretty difficult of a lane. Roam if you must though.

VS

LeBlanc

Hard

Has higher burst than you, a very similar kit. Avoid getting hit by her abilities especially her E. W onto her pad so when she teleports back you can poke her down. Her problem is that she has a hard time farming. Abuse this fact. You should most definitely roam when you can to get more gold. Somewhat of a skill matchup, but in her favor.

VS

Lissandra

Hard

Don't try to engage her. Just play safe. Dodge her abilities. Laning should be ok if you just don't get hit.

VS

Lulu

Easy

Avoid her poke, deny her farm, outsustain her. Pretty easy of a lane.

VS

Lux

Medium

Only easy depending on skill, yes this is skill matchup. Dodge all of her abilities, as they are basically all skillshots. If her kit is on CD, capitalize on this and poke her down and try to stay ahead of her as much as possible, she will be nigh-useless late game if you play correctly!

VS

Malphite

Medium

Play safe. You will not be able to kill him. You won't die, but you won't score a kill. Just try to deny him his farm and roam whenever you can. Poke him if you can.

VS

Malzahar

Hard

Hard, only depending on how you play against him. Dodge his abilities. Outsustaining him is key. Poke him down as much as you can to put pressure in the lane, making it easier for you to lane against him.

VS

Mordekaiser

Medium

Try to take him down early game with your jungler. Late game if both of you don't die he will become an unkillable metal monster. Poke him down as much as you can pre-6. and deny him his farm.

VS

Morgana

Easy

Just dodge her stun and deny her farm. Poke her down as much as possible. Relatively easy lane.

VS

Nidalee

Easy

Dodge her spears and outsustain her. Poke her down as hard as you can. Lane should be easy.

VS

Orianna

Medium

Somewhat of a skill matchup. Predict what she will do with her ball and avoid getting hit by it. Deny her farm as she won't be able to farm as well as you under turret. Outsustain her and ask for a gank early so you can start snowballing. Do as much as you can pre-6 so she will not be a threat mid-game.

VS

Quinn

Hard

I consider this matchup to be hard considering she has a blind, can poke you down pretty fast, and has no problem farming. Just play safe and roam when you can. Coordinate a gank early if you can as well, should help a lot during laning phase. Once laning phase is over, then you will be able to take her down easily, as you are a natural counter to almost all ADCs.

VS

Ryze

Easy

Avoid his rune prison. Deny him his farm and poke him down as hard as you can pre-6. Relatively easy lane.

VS

Sona

Medium

Deceptively strong. Poke her down as much as you can and outsustain her. She will not be able to farm well under turret. Somewhat of a skill matchup.

VS

Swain

Medium

Skill matchup. Avoid getting snared and deny his farm. Outsustain and ask for a gank early as he is not one to catch up very quickly.

VS

Syndra

Medium

Dodge her balls and her E. Deny her farm and you should be ok. Somewhat of a skill matchup, as both of you are single-target assassins.

VS

Talon

Easy

He's you but AoE focused. Bait his ult and try to predict where he will go as he has no reliable escape other than his ult. Deny him his farm and poke him down as hard as you can. Should be an easy lane but aso a skill matchup as Talon has the potential to burst Zed down pretty quickly.

VS

Teemo

Medium

Avoid his darts. Deny farm and outsustain. Roam.

VS

Twisted Fate

Easy

Dodge his cards, especially his gold card. Very easy lane as he will not be able to farm easily under pressure. Alert your teammates when he tries to ult someone to deny him his opportunity of a gank/kill, etc.

VS

Varus

Medium

Pretty ok lane as long as you dodge his arrows. Just farm and only go in if you are confident you can take him down, otherwise you're toast.

VS

Vel'Koz

Easy

Very easy. Deny him farm and poke him down. Avoid his knockup and you should have an easy lane.

VS

Viktor

Medium

Skill matchup. Avoid his deathbeam and poke him down as much as you can. Pre-6 you have a lot of pressure as you don't ahve to worry about his annoying ult. Ask for a gank early so you can start snowballing. Should be ok as long as you play smart.

VS

Vladimir

Medium

Bait his pool, outsustain him. Ask for a gank if your jungler can. Laning itself shouldn't be too hard. 

VS

Xerath

Easy

Easy only if you are able to avoid his long range poke. Try moving around so he will not be able to land his Q on you. If he ults, either get out of his ult range ASAP or move around so he will not be able to predict where you will be positioned. Deny him his farm and outsustain him. Somewhat of a skill matchup.

VS

Yasuo

Medium

Purely skill matchup. Bait his wind wall and pop his shield and proceed to poke him. Ganks will help you a lot. Try to get ahead as much as possible before 6, where he will try and play aggressive to score a kill.

VS

Zed

Hard

Mirror matchup. Play mind games with your opponent. If you find that the Zed is not as skilled, take advantage of this and outplay him.

VS

Ziggs

Easy

Dodge his bombs and poke him down. Pretty easy lane.

VS

Zyra

Medium

Avoid her snares. Only easy depending on your ability to dodge everything. Farm and zone.

Pros and Cons Back to Top

Pros

  1. A counter to almost any matchup
  2. Pretty safe laning phase
  3. Easy farm
  4. Very high mobility
  5. High outplay potential
  6. FUN TO PLAY
  7. Very bursty
  8. Great escape

Cons

  1. No CC
  2. Vulnerable without W
  3. High skill cap/hard to completely master
  4. Useless if not ahead
  5. Need to be able to make decisions very quickly

About Me Back to Top

Hey guys! My IGN is Falcode and I play on the North American server. As of 6-20-16, I am Diamond 5 and still climbing! Although I main jungle (Xin Zhao, Jax) I decided to pick up Zed seeing as how he looked fun to play. Even with jungle as my main role, I played Zed a lot more because he is really fun, and he is my first pick if I ever am in mid lane.


This is my VERY FIRST guide so I am open to any suggestions, questions, or comments :D. Thank you for taking the time to read my first guide ever.

If anybody is interested in queuing with me, whether it be ranked, or normals, or any other game mode, feel free to hit me up! I am most likely very down to play :).



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