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Tips

Playing As Ryze Ryze
  • Spell Flux is exceptionally powerful against opponents standing in the middle of their minion waves.
  • Using Ryze's ultimate to farm creeps can lead to a large gold advantage.
  • Using Rune Prison to guarantee a hit with Overload.
  • Weaving Overload between other spellcasts while supercharged by Arcane Mastery allows Ryze to deal maximum damage during this period.
Playing Against Ryze Ryze
  • Be cautious about engaging Ryze alone with less than full health.
  • Cleanse and Banshee's Veil are especially effective defenses against Ryze.
  • Ryze can only lock down one player with Rune Prison. Attacking with friends is the most effective approach, but remember to avoid Spell Flux bouncing between you and your allies.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Don't be afraid to use Overload.png Overload to last hit minions, as the spell has low cooldown and low mana cost.
  • Chaining abilities in the right order is key to make optimal use of Arcane Mastery.png Arcane Mastery. For starters, begin with Overload.png Overload and use it every 2nd spell afterwards. Advanced combos rely on making use of Arcane Mastery.png Arcane Mastery to cooldown priority spells.
  • Some example spell combos include:
    1. Overload.png Q > Desperate Power.png R before Overload.png Q lands > Overload.png Q > Spell Flux.png E > Overload.png Q > Rune Prison.png W > Overload.png Q (maximum damage-over-time with 40% cooldown reduction teamfight damage combo)
    2. Rune Prison.png W > Overload.png Q > Spell Flux.png E > Overload.png Q (lane harassment short burst combo)
    3. Rune Prison.png W > Overload.png Q > Spell Flux.png E > Overload.png Q > Desperate Power.png R before Overload.png Q lands > Overload.png Q > Rune Prison.png W (chasing/picking combo to make Rune Prison.png Rune Prison refresh as soon as possible)
  • Casting Overload.png Overload before your other spells will allow a second cast soon, due to its relatively short cooldown and Arcane Mastery.png Arcane Mastery.
  • If pursued, try to cast your spells on the run to use your Rune Prison.png Rune Prison as many times as possible on your pursuers. Prioritize melee champions with gap closers.
  • Using Rune Prison.png Rune Prison on melee enemies will effectively remove them from the fight temporarily.
  • Rune Prison.png Rune Prison does not interrupt channeling abilities, so be aware of using it against enemies like Katarina Katarina or Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks.
  • Rune Prison.png Rune Prison will not stop a ranged champion from attacking your allies within range; always take this into consideration when using it on champions such as Twitch Twitch or Kog&#039;Maw Kog'Maw.
  • Try to use Spell Flux.png Spell Flux on groups of minions or a minion near a champion to hit them near turrets.
  • When encountering a single opponent, make sure you're sufficiently close for Spell Flux.png Spell Flux to bounce off you.
  • Desperate Power.png Desperate Power combined with Ryze's other abilities make farming gold easy in mid/late game.
  • Desperate Power.png Desperate Power has a relatively short cooldown and its spell vamp can help Ryze Ryze to regain health.
  • At 40% cooldown reduction, because of Arcane Mastery.png Arcane Mastery, Ryze Ryze's combo is only limited by the player's casting speed. This makes smartcasting all of Ryze Ryze's skills a good technique for veteran players.
  • When low on health, don't be afraid to use Desperate Power.png R > Spell Flux.png E on a minion wave to regain some health as Desperate Power.png Desperate Power has a low cooldown. Since Overload.png Overload has a low cooldown as well, use this as much as possible while Desperate Power.png Desperate Power is on cooldown to reduce it via Arcane Mastery.png Arcane Mastery.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • Ryze Ryze relies on mana, ability power, and magic penetration to increase his damage. Any items that grant one of these stats, or a reasonable combination, is probably worth buying.
  • Tear of the Goddess item.png Tear of the Goddess is the core item for Ryze Ryze, allowing him to use his spells more freely while passively increasing his mana pool and, indirectly, his magic damage.
  • Ryze Ryze should also invest in an early Catalyst the Protector item.png Catalyst the Protector for health and mana, and then upgrade it to Rod of Ages item.png Rod of Ages later.
  • Avoid purchasing Spellblade items (Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force, Lich Bane item.png Lich Bane, Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet) because despite all of them giving mana and ability power, Ryze Ryze's minimal cooldowns and ability spamming leave little room for autoattacks and, with 40% cooldown reduction, he can almost enter a non stop casting barrage by way of Arcane Mastery.png Arcane Mastery and proper use of smartcast.
    • Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet in particular might seem like a godsend for Ryze Ryze, as it gives a very large amount of mana and useful armor. Unfortunately the Spellblade proc is wasted, as Ryze Ryze is rarely autoattacking by late game and has no core items that boost his attack damage, unless you also decide to build a Manamune item.png Manamune. The cooldown reduction is also wasted thanks to Arcane Mastery.png Arcane Mastery and Desperate Power.png Desperate Power's passive.
    • Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force is more attack damage oriented and the large majority of its stats, like attacks speed or critical chance, are a full waste on Ryze Ryze. On the same vein, Ryze Ryze doesn't even have particularly good base attack damage or an on-hit ability, so the Spellblade proc is barely efficient.
    • Lich Bane item.png Lich Bane is actually a viable option but, despite the stats, Ryze Ryze still has very little use for the Spellblade proc, so it is not recommended.
  • Righteous Glory item.png Righteous Glory works wonderfully with Ryze Ryze, as it not only gives him some health and mana but the active synergizes well with Desperate Power.png Desperate Power, and makes Ryze Ryze more to difficult to kite once you get close enough and the slow is applied. Righteous Glory item.png Righteous Glory, however, does not offer any ability power, so take that into account if you decide to buy it. It is also not recommended to use it as a substitute for Rod of Ages item.png Rod of Ages.
  • Ryze Ryze's gameplay is based on cooldown reduction, however thanks to Arcane Mastery.png Arcane Mastery and Desperate Power.png Desperate Power's passive, he no longer depends on cooldown reduction items. As a result, he can purchase more situational items.
    1. Will of the Ancients item.png Will of the Ancients is a decent option to reach maxmimum cooldown reduction, mainly due to the Omnivore passive and high amounts of ability power. While not a core item, it synergizes with Desperate Power.png Desperate Power (which already offers spell vamp) allowing Ryze Ryze to heal for enormous amounts.
    2. Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage is a decent option against AP carries. Not only it helps reach maxmimum cooldown reduction, but it will also increase the sustain provided by Desperate Power.png Desperate Power. However, Ryze Ryze lacks innate sustain otherwise, and this item does not actually increase his damage, only his survivability.
    3. Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap is a powerful item for Ryze Ryze, albeit extremely expensive. You should never rush it, but rather purchase it in late game for a major power spike.
    4. Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass is the go-to armor item. It actually provides an important active effect for Ryze Ryze due to both his short range and the fact that he'll likely be focused due to his massive sustained damage.
    5. Luden&#039;s Echo item.png Luden's Echo is a good choice, since with Ryze Ryze's low cooldowns and spamming nature he will constantly have Echo charged for extra burst damage.
    6. Void Staff item.png Void Staff and Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter will improve Ryze Ryze's late game damage output if enemies have built some magic resistance, for even though Spell Flux.png Spell Flux reduces enemy magic resistance, it is often insufficient on its own.
Countering
  • Ryze Ryze's damage output is mainly magic damage. Investing in magic resistance items can help reduce his damage.
  • Because most of Ryze Ryze's abilities are point-and-click and rely on him entering a certain range, picking champions that outrange him or that can poke him without entering his ability range are good choices.
  • Stay back when you notice him activate his Desperate Power.png Desperate Power. It gives his spells AoE damage, causing him to deal a lot of damage when facing him in a minion wave.
  • Although Ryze Ryze has a very strong late game, he has a weak early game. Putting early pressure on his lane or denying him chances to farm or kill will reduce his effectiveness later.
  • Ryze Ryze takes a while to rack up mana via Tear of the Goddess item.png Tear of the Goddess, so denying him farm and killing him during early game will hamper him during late game.
  • Late game, although Ryze Ryze deals a high amount of damage and is quite tanky, his short range and relatively low base movement speed make him quite vulnerable to kiting. Beware, however, as the movement speed buff he receives during Desperate Power.png Desperate Power can make this tactic temporarily less viable.

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