IntroductionWelcome to the first Guide Dyrus has done all year. It just so happens the champion that I am doing a guide on is Zed since he is the last letter in the alphabet.
So far from what I've experienced Zed is a very mobile late game AD champion with ridiculous scaling passive W that gets 600+ AD and kills the hell out of everything in 1 hit.
He is not invincible but he has a lot of breathing room in terms of everything, but at the same time knowing when to go in is very important due to the lack of damage early/mid game.
I suggest Zed for mid/jungle/top but this guide is mainly from my point of view for top, enjoy!
THIS GUIDE IS THE RESULT OF 10-20 ZED GAMES IN 2200+ ELO IT IS NOT AS DETAILED AS THE USUAL (for example) ZAKKERS RUMBLE GUIDE OR INVERTEDCOMPOSERS SINGED. THIS IS ONLY TO BE USED AS A BENCHMARK GUIDE FOR PLAYERS WHO HAVE NO CLUE HOW TO PLAY ZED, FEEDBACK IS MUCH APPRECIATED BUT I WILL NOT SPEND 20 MINUTES EXPLAINING TO YOU WHY I ADDED WHATEVER DETAIL IN MY GUIDE. HERE IS MY CURRENT PROOF OF WHY I AM QUALIFIED TO MAKE A GUIDE FOR THIS HERO
DON'T QUESTION MY ABILITY TO PLAY ZED IT IS DEEMED AS "FCKING GOOD ENOUGH" ALSO I STARTED THE MARATHON WHEN IT WAS 0-2 SO WHEN THE MARATHON STARTED AND I STARTED TO PLAY HIM SERIOUSLY I HAVE WENT 13-3 instead of 13-5
anyways that's all I wanted to say for that, thanks for reading ^__^
I use these masteries because I don't get crit, but if you did get IE you can crit for 1k-1.5k so only get it if you're going to buy IE on zed.
These are optimal masteries in general.
Get these runes vs AD, you can also use them for 2v1. More AD the more it scales with your W.
go flat MR vs AP
Standard Ignite/Flash combo for bursting/control/instant flash.
Generalized for why everyone else gets flash ignite, if you're reading this guide and you're new I suggest you just do it just because.
Passive: Contempt for the Weak
I rarely notice this passive but it's extra damage, so sure why not.
Q: Razor Shuriken
Poke/Wave Clear/ get 2 or 3 shadows and this shit hurts.
W: Living Shadow
E: Shadow Slash
wave clear/sustained damage
R: Death Mark
your ult can literally take out anybody end game but throughout the game it's a good tool for gap closing and roaming with just enough damage to take people out.
Item BuildsStarting Items:
my general default start up
usually when I want to push up early vs ad brusiers/ranged such as rengar or riven.
not recommended anymore you don't need boots to get away in lane anyways with zed
also for pushing up early or going all in lvls 1-3
good vs CC/ap
good vs AD/AD mid casters/junglers
good vs all/ good damage output, but uses energy faster so use abilities with care. allows you to have ult avaliable more often.
I usuaully buy two of these, very strong early-mid game item that you can hold on to for a very long time. the lifesteal is a very helpful thing when trading or just farming/last hitting.
I hate buying this item but if you think it'll help your early mid game go for it.
I like to hold on to giants belt most of the time after double dorans but this item is just to good at the moment to pass up. it allows you to be somewhat tanky, a alternative option other then GA
I buy a lot of these, mainly when I have 1550 gold I always buy BF sword over most things.
seals your late game damage potential vs armor stack. common late game item.
late game having 1-3 of these greatly increases your sustain which also makes it very difficult to take you down, also scales very well with your abilities and your ridiculous W passive.
can be replaced with warmogs when you have so much gold and nothing to spend it on, just buy GA then replace it with warmogs when it's off cool down. or you can just buy GA again.
Strong item on zed goes with his ult, having an extra nuke/slow physical % dmg is nice. very expensive though.
if you ever get this item you will crit for 1200+ damage, with the mastery. it's pretty ridiculous but very situational in terms of can you even auto attack them in the first place. I don't like basing my builds off of luck.
builds from brutalizer, once again I don't really like these items after the 5 armor pen nerf.
works well with your ult, wave clear, aoe in team fights, aoe lifesteal, very experimental item.
Potential items: (buy at your own risk)
I have no reasoning for the rest of these items but if you like them and they work for you go for it.
Team FightsEarly on you want to roam a little if you have ult/flash/ignite.
When it gets to mid game, poke before you go in or go for their back line or whoever gets low to half hp and burst them.
Late game if you can kite, kite for as long as possible and only go in for the kill. Never walk through their front line unless you know you can instagib their back line. With your ult/W you can kite for a very long time by spamming E, which can also zone out their ad carry if you choose to use it this way. It provides slow CC across the area and can be very deadly/useful.
If you have warmogs feel free to go balls deep and do as much dmg as possible until you die or get to 10% hp and then get out.
JunglingLike most champions you can jungle with zed, he clears like a monster.
Just use the standard 15 AD + armor then start with these items.
or machete + 5 pots
1-2 dorans blade on zed in jungle works + brutalizer for damage.
warmogs if you need a tank.
Your ganks/damage potential is ridiculous also you clear like a boss.
For Jungle tips go bug oddone.
Final Comments/ Video DemontrationZed is a very viable, strong ad hero that can be played top/jungle/mid. With a ridiculous w passive and great mobility and possible potential for very good plays. He is a little difficult to start up with but after 10-20 games you should be a master of the shadows to a certain degree.
Here are all the top lane marathon stream sessions involving zed, look through them for zed games, some have yorick in it but these are all 2200+ elo games that anybody can learn from. if you're playing near the level I am or better you will easily get to 1500+ elo
Also you will be likely to gain 500+ elo if you copy 14:00 of this youtube video
Improving this Guide/QuestionsIF you have any feedback, questions, changes, spell checks please go here, I will read all of it. But if are they in the comment section below you have a close to 30% chance of me reading it.