Zed has remained one of the most popular mid lane champions in League of Legends over the years thanks to his cool aesthetic and devastating abilities.
The Master of Shadows boasts a simple-to-learn, yet complex-to-master skillset that advanced players will be able to excel with. Using his Living Shadow, Zed attacks opponents from all angles and switches positions to find the finishing blow on his enemies.
Every champion in League requires specific items to more effective. These items will vary depending on the situation in a game. But there are still key items that will grant Zed a better chance of winning regardless of the situation.
Here is one of the best builds for Zed in season 11.
Electrocute: Zed is an assassin that uses a combination of abilities to burst his opponent in fast succession and secure the takedown. Electrocute is the perfect rune for this style of champion since it grants its user bonus damage should they successfully land three attacks on an enemy within three seconds. Zed’s Living Shadow duplicates some of his attacks, making activating Electrocute a simple task that will occur during a duel, sometimes without even noticing.
Taste Of Blood: Because Zed is an assassin, he doesn’t have a large health pool. To compensate for this, Zed is going to build many items that will grant him bonus life steal. This can also be gained through the use of the Taste Of Blood rune. This rune allows Zed to heal back some health every time he damages an enemy champion.
Eyeball Collection: This rune allows Zed to get stronger for every takedown he is part of. Once Zed secures a takedown, he will be granted an eyeball that will provide him bonus adaptive damage. Once Zed has acquired 10 eyeballs, he’ll deal even more damage.
Ultimate Hunter: Zed’s ultimate ability Death Mark is extremely powerful and any way to decrease the cooldown is worth taking. Ultimate Hunter will apply a five-percent cooldown reduction to Zed’s ultimate, allowing him the ability to use it more frequently.
Transcendence: Sticking with the theme of reducing Zed’s cooldowns, Transcendence grants the champion a 10-percent cooldown reduction at level 10. Once maximum cooldown reduction has been reached, each point of bonus CDR will also be converted into adaptive power, allowing Zed to deal more damage.
Scorch: This rune allows Zed to dish out extra damage since his first ability will set the enemy champion alight, dealing bonus damage based on his level. This will reset and can be reapplied every 10 seconds.
Bonuses: +9 adaptive force, +9 adaptive force, +8 magic resist
Since he’s a melee assassin, Zed’s abilities also scale off attack damage. Due to this, beginning the game with a Long Sword may not seem like the best option over Doran’s Blade. But for Zed, this allows him to begin building towards items immediately. With the effects of his runes, Zed doesn’t immediately require the life steal offered by the Doran’s Blade and can be powerful and comfortable in the lane with just a Long Sword for the beginning of the laning phase.
It is important for Zed to have a method of healing off early damage he sustains within lane so that he can remain farming and set himself up with sufficient gold to build items. While taking a Refillable Potion might seem appealing, the better option for Zed is to take three Health Potions. This is going to grant him a total of 450 healing as opposed to 125 health. They might not be reusable, but once Zed is forced back to base, he should have the gold to purchase items that will supersede health potions.
A staple item for Zed, Yomuu’s Ghostblade grants the champion bonus attack damage while also reducing his cooldown times. Furthermore, this item shines for Zed due to its abilities.
The first passive adds extra mobility while out of combat. Once it is activated Zed will gain bonus movement speed and the ability to pass through units. This gives Zed a way to quickly chase down his enemies and secure takedowns. The item also grants an important stat for Zed in lethality. This allows Zed to pierce through any armor that enemies may build and deal increased damage.
Duskblade of Draktharr
Duskblade of Draktharr provides Zed increases to the same stats as Yomuu’s Ghostblade but offers different unique abilities. This item will see Zed gain further lethality as well as the unique passive ability Nightstalker. This ability deals bonus damage with Zed’s next attack after being unseen for one second. The attack will also slow the enemy, allowing Zed to put together a combination of abilities and deal devastating damage.
Edge of Night
Since Zed does not have the most base health, he requires items to increase his durability. Edge of the Night facilitates this, granting the champion 325 health and 55 attack damage. This item shines with its passive ability Spell Shield. In the mid lane, many matchups will see Zed face off against spell-based mage champions. Having Edge of Night will allow him a shield from their initial spell offense refreshing after 40 seconds out of combat.
Zed is going to find himself going against many champions with crowd control abilities. Due to this, taking Mercury’s Treads is the best choice in boots. This item grants the standard movement speed increase of all boots with bonus magic resistance and tenacity that will reduce the effects of crowd control abilities.
As the later stages of the game approach, enemies will likely have built armor to counter Zed’s damage. Black Cleaver is a great item to counter this since it boasts a unique ability to reduce enemies’ armor on hit. On top of this, the item also will increase Zed’s health by 400, attack damage by 40, and reduce his cooldowns by 20 percent.
Serylda’s Grudge is a great way to top off this Zed build. With its added ability power, ability haste, and armor penetration, this item will grant Zed some handy buffs for combat. The biggest benefit to using this item is the slowing effect that it deals, affecting them for the entire debuff duration plus one second. This allows Zed to more easily chase down and eliminate his opposition.