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Zyra Statistics for Avelys

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

Value
Average
Games Played
62
7
Win %
56
46
Kills
5.0
3.6
Assists
11.0
9.8
Deaths
3.7
6.6
KA:D Ratio
4.4
2.1
Gold Earned
11.2K
10.1K
Creep Score
52.2
61.8
Average

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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Let's be clear here. This guide isn't about how to play a good Zyra, or how to climb with her. This is mainly for people who want to play a cheese lane where they get kills and come out with a decent looking KDA while hopefully trudging their way out of bronze. I'm not saying this is the right way to play Zyra, or that I'm a good Zyra or whatever. But this got me to gold, so I'm hoping someone gets some value out of this. Or. Whatever.


So even though you seek to get lots of early kills with Zyra, you are not going to take 14.png. This is because if you take it, and you end up sucking, your ADC will flame and report you. Because that's how bronze works. That's how silver works. Actually that's probably how it works in gold as well. i don't know. But yeah, even though ignite fits Zyra's kit really nicely, we aren't taking it.

We're taking 3.png, like a nice unassuming support. Zyra benefits from this too, kind of. Exhaust can slow them and weaken them so that you can have better fights in the middle of your plant field. Exhaust will also give you some utility if you end up doing badly, getting 0 kills, and doing 0 damage. And your Vayne will be happy you took exhaust and won't report you. So even though ignite is better, its not worth the hassle.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

Thunderlord's decree is too good to pass up, especially because we are playing a cheese Zyra. DFT is probably better for those lovely DPS flowers, but we are looking to burst, and TLD is the only way to go, I'm afraid.


We will be taking intelligence instead of precision because we will not be building much CDR and you want as much as you can get. And the penetration of precision is paltry anyway.

Dangerous game instead of bandit so you don't die to red buff after 1v1 their ADC.

The rest are kind of no brainers.

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

Is there any other way to level Zyra? zyraQ.png has the shortest cooldown, so it makes sense to level it first. Most of time, you will want to spawn the ranged plants, so it's very useful to level Q. Honestly, I hate the shape and feel of the new Q. It's much harder to land, and it seems geared to spawning a billion plants with her RNG passive. Which isn't so great when you are sitting in a bush and looking to cheese.


zyraE.png next, because that's your only other damage spell.

zyraR.png whenever you can, obviously.

With the old Zyra, you could 100-0 both the support and the ADC pretty easily. With new Zyra, this is a bit of a challenge. Riot decided to shift a lot of the power to her passive, and she doesn't feel like much of a burst mage anymore, until you build a nice big chunk of AP. So the plan here is to keep whittling down your enemy laners with some nice plants. And then, when you have them at like, half health, you start looking for snare opportunities. Drop your whole combo, and watch them die a horrible death by vegetation.

Later in the game your role will change. Still burst when you can, but mainly you are looking to drop plants in nice places to gently caress your enemies. Plants are a delightful zoning tool around choke points, especially once you have both Liandry's and Rylais.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Start with these.

Core Items

    Rush these.
    Get this if your ADC is a whiny crybaby.
    Your first item.
    Example full build.

Situational Items

    you can sell your boots for these.
    If your ADC isn't a whiny crybaby (which is never.)

You are looking to burst, so none of that cute banner stuff.


Frostfang is a good long term investment, but thanks to your plants, you will get value out of it very fast. I upgrade it right away since Frostfang gives a lot more gold on harass than Spellthief's does.

Liandry's should always be rushed. It gives you MPen, AP, and health. These are all stats that Zyra likes. And because her plants proc the burn on each plant auto, it has superior synergy with Zyra as opposed to, say, Katarina. Seriously, every time a Kat builds Liandry's Torment a kitten dies.

More often than not your ADC will suck and will die to ganks. With zero wards out, your Vayne will start to rag on you to get a sightstone. So yeah, in that case you kind of have to. I only take sightstone of my own volition if the ADC is doing very well, if the whole team is doing well, or if the team is crashing and burning.

Rylai's after, so that your plants will slow enemies, and will do a bigger Liandry's burn. Also helps with getting away and kiting.

Then Rabs or Void, depending on MR of enemy team. These two items are a must have on any APC.

Then whichever one you didn't get earlier.

Boots whenever you don't have enough for a full item but just enough for boots.

If you don't find yourself pressured to build a sightstone, rush a FRQ. The active is amazing for snatching kills, facechecking, and coordinating ganks. It also slows enemies so that your lovely plant pets will attack them more. You also get a decent chunk of AP, mana regen, and CDR from this item. It's a good purchase.

As said before, lategame you will not be able to burst enemies like you did in lane. So you seek to deal assloads of damage by dropping a ton of plants and sending all your enemies a nice fat burn in the tushy. Drop your full combo if they're clumped. Ult to get kills and save yourself.

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Alistar
    Hard
  • Annie
    Medium
  • Ashe
    Easy
  • Bard
    Easy
  • Blitzcrank
    Easy
  • Brand
    Medium
  • Braum
    Hard
  • Caitlyn
    Medium
  • Draven
    Medium
  • Ezreal
    Hard
  • Janna
    Medium
  • Jhin
    Medium
  • Jinx
    Easy
  • Kalista
    Hard
  • Leona
    Hard
  • Lucian
    Easy
  • Lulu
    Medium
  • Lux
    Medium
  • Miss Fortune
    Medium
  • Morgana
    Medium
  • Nami
    Medium
  • Sona
    Easy
  • Soraka
    Easy
  • Thresh
    Easy
  • Tristana
    Easy
  • Varus
    Hard
  • Vayne
    Medium
  • Vel'Koz
    Hard

VS

Alistar

Hard

The worst. His heal and all-in are obnoxious. Just poke from afar. Very, very far.

VS

Annie

Medium

I think it's easy, but it can be a skill lane. You outrange her, so while you can both 100-0 each other, you can probably keep her so low she will never want to all-in you. If she does, immediately flash away, or exhaust her and drop your combo.


Support Annie is much weaker than midlane Annie, but IMHO Zyra wins against both.

VS

Ashe

Easy

You eat her alive. 

VS

Bard

Easy

LOL. If he doesn't stay in lane, his ADC is easy pickings. If he does, you just outdamage him very heavily. Bard can be bursted 100-0 at any time until he gets his ult. If you don't find kill opportunities, just harass him and his ADC for easy gold.

VS

Blitzcrank

Easy

Don't get hooked.

VS

Brand

Medium

You burst faster. It all comes down to how much harass each of you got off on each other before you guys all-inned. Not an especially hard lane.

VS

Braum

Hard

UGH.


Getting a kill before first back means you won this lane. If not though.

If he's bad he will overestimate his tankiness and die to plants, but if he isn't, then you will have to stay in lane to disenage for your ADC. Maybe the harass will be more meaningful after Liandry's.

VS

Caitlyn

Medium

Caitlyns that know how to abuse their range are annoying, but most don't. She can't really burst you down unless you trip a trap, so feel free to trade. If she tries to fight you in your plants, she loses.

VS

Draven

Medium

Don't try to 1v1 him, you will lose. Burst from a distance,

VS

Ezreal

Hard

Annoying. He can play so safe you never get to poke him. Look to roam.

VS

Janna

Medium

You probably won't kill her or her ADC unless they are bad, so make them back and roam.

VS

Jhin

Medium

He does a lot of damage, but he's immobile and you can easily burst him. Window of opportunity is right after he used his last auto.

VS

Jinx

Easy

Don't walk into her jinxE.png.


She does a lot of damage, but her range is pretty bad when she's on minigun, and snares are always easy to land on Jinx.

VS

Kalista

Hard

Depends on how good she is. A good one will jump and outplay you. A bad one will outplay herself.

VS

Leona

Hard

If you are alone you will die post-6 thanks to leonasolarflare.png.


Some Leonas are bad and will eat harass. If she leonazenithblade.png your ADC instead of you, you can probably burst her down before your ADC dies. Probably. But if you get fed, this lane tilts in your direction very hard.

VS

Lucian

Easy

A Zyra's wet dream. You outburst him easily and can abuse his range for free harass.

VS

Lulu

Medium

Unless she is bad you probably wont get her or her ADC. Try to catch her out when she's warding.

VS

Lux

Medium

Her range is annoying, but you outburst her 1v1. If she comes in to proc her passive, maybe you can burst her. Your burst is faster.

VS

Miss Fortune

Medium

Your ult can stop her ult, but the range is horrible and it's a waste. Strut makes landing harass a chore, but you can do it. Try not to get double-upped.

VS

Morgana

Medium

Skill lane, advantage to Zyra. Bait out her shield. Beware of flash-ults. Don't get snared.

VS

Nami

Medium

Skill lane.

VS

Sona

Easy

Her poke is inferior and her heal is pathetic. As long as you land your zyraE.png, you should be able to burst her 100-0 with or without your ult. You outrange her by a lot, and you're going to do a lot more damage. You have the advantage this lane, so pressure the enemies as much as you are able.

VS

Soraka

Easy

Annoying. Your harass won't stick, so look to burst them. There's not much she can do against you though.

VS

Thresh

Easy

Easy to harass this guy. Some Threshes like to lantern in the jungler, so be aware of that.

VS

Tristana

Easy

Most bronze Tristanas think they are melee and will jump in. Burst her right away.

VS

Varus

Hard

Ashe with a lot more damage. Try not to get poked.

VS

Vayne

Medium

Vayne will tilt the enemy support, keke.


A good Vayne can tumble your skillshots.

VS

Vel'Koz

Hard

I hate this lane.

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