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Zakayza, the Scorched Soul (UPDATED)

MrSuperSpy January 14, 2015 User blog:MrSuperSpy
Health 512.2 +77.5 Attack damage 52.675 +2.75
Health regen. 7.45 +0.78 Attack speed [*] Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "{".  (+ 0 +1.7%)
Mana 256 +67 Armor 20.2 +2.56
Mana regen. 6.66 +0.66 Magic resist. 32.1 +1.25
Melee 225 Move. speed 345

Zakayza, the Scorched Soul is a custom champion for League of Legends.

When I originally, made Zakayza, I made a whole mess of unnecessary mechanics along with 2 miles of text, trying to explain what each second of an ability's effects does, even though the abilities were really broken. Some of that was fixed though, mostly the text, but I think her uniqueness as a melee bruiser with magic damage shouldn't just be passed by with a kit that somewhat resembles AP Yasuo/Swain mix with Teemo's E, and the only good abilites were her OP as hell Innate Passive and a broken as hell Q. I feel that I need to change a few things, and make her actually feel interesting gameplay-wise. In her current state, she is good at poking and pissing the enemy off, and scales somewhat well into late game with tons of potential to be either kited or killed due to her squishyness and low mobility or high chances to solo-carry the team depending on how dumb the enemy top-laner was.

This is the champion that I like most out of my champion concepts, and I want her to special, so in short context I'm changing the Q to be more interactive with her abilites, and not just be a damage amplifier with no real gameplay, I'm nerfing her passive, making it deal more damage the more she fights you (will reduce base damage) and I'm also giving her an ultimate that really feels ultimate, not a negligible heal with stupidly toxic dueling potential.

I've said all I need to so let's go on with the concept.

Short introduction

Zakayza is a melee bruiser who utilizes the burn of her eternal torture to scar and smelt opponents, and then execute their spirits in a painful fashion. Winning a fight against her is rare, due to her incredible durability in all kinds of fights and strong dueling potential when all of her rage is unleashed upon her opponents.

Her native area is the top lane where fighters thrive to succeed, while Zakayza endures her hellish afterlife by stealing energy through her Scorched Touch to end her tortured soul. When her opponent makes even the simplest mistake, Zakayza has the option to end them in a moment when her utility is used to its maximum.


Eternal Thrive

Scorched Touch: Zakayza's auto-attacks deal an additional 2 × level (+10% AP) magic damage.

Charring Strikes: Every 2nd auto-attack applies Ember to the target, lasting 5 seconds and stacking twice. Ember amplifies Zakayza's abilities towards the target, detonating a stack per ability, and Scorched Touch deals an additional 2 / 4 / 6 / 8 / 10 (+5% AP) magic damage per stack of Ember (champions only). After all Ember stacks have been consumed or after all have expired, the target is immune to more for the next 10 / 8 / 6 seconds.

Ability Details
Scorched Touch and Charring Strikes are on-hit effects.
  • The triggering attacks apply other on-hit effects and can critically strike as normal.
    • The bonus damage from Burning Touch does not interact with Zakayza's critical strike chance, but it does benefit from her life-steal.
    • The bonus damage from Burning Touch applies to structures.
    • The bonus damage from Burning Touch and the Ember de-buff will still be applied even if the attack was Counter Strike.png dodged, Riposte.png parried, Aegis Protection.png blocked, or if the attack misses.
  • Magic damage will be mitigated by magic shields.
  • Banshee's Veil item.png Spell shields will block Ember from being applied, and from being detonated.

COST: 30 mana

Active: The next auto-attack within 4 seconds deals magic damage in a 450 units line in front of Zakayza. Scorch can never apply Ember and deals only 75% damage to minions and monsters. If Eliminate or Raging Pass are cast within this 4 second window, either will deal bonus magic damage equal to 100% of Scorch's base damage and scaling (Ember does not amplify this). This effect puts Scorch on a 5 second cooldown.

  • Ember Bonus: Enemies take 60% more damage from Scorch.

  • Magic Damage: 80% AD + 20 / 30 / 40 / 50 / 60 (+20% AP)
  • Max. Magic Damage: 112% AD + 32 / 48 / 66 / 82 / 98 (+32% AP)
Ability Details
Scorch is a self-buff on-hit effect.

Additional Information:

  • Scorch resets the auto-attack timer upon cast.
  • The range of the triggering attack is still Zakayza's own auto-attack range, it is not increased by 225 when the attack is available.

RANGE: 800
COST: 50 mana

Passive: Zakayza gains 5% movement speed for every enemy champion marked with Ember.

Active: Zakayza fires an orb that bounces between 4 different enemy champions dealing magic damage, and then returns back to her if it is within cast range after its last bounce, reducing the cooldown of Eliminate by 2 seconds per champion hit.

  • Ember Bonus: Enemies take additional damage equal to 20 / 40 / 60 / 80 / 100 (+25% AP) (+8% of their missing health) and are revealed for 4 seconds only if the sphere returns to Zakayza.

  • Magic Damage: 20 / 50 / 80 / 110 / 140 (+75% AP)
Ability Details
Eliminate is a multi-champion-targeted collision linear skill shot that bounces between champions, and can return to Zakayza, reducing this ability's cooldown.

Additional Information:

  • The cooldown of Purify begins after the sphere has finished bouncing or after it has returned to Zakayza.
  • If an enemy becomes untargetable when the sphere returns back to Zakayza, she will not gain cooldown reduction from them, nor will the enemy be damaged if it was hit while affected by Ember, but the stack will be consumed upon hit.

Raging Pass
RANGE: 500
COST: 60 mana

Active: Zakayza dashes, stopping at the first enemy champion she hits and dealing magic damage to them. Auto-attacks reduce the cooldown of this ability by 1 second, and Scorch auto-attacks and abilites reduce it by 2.

  • Ember Bonus: The enemy is Slow icon slowed by 30% for 1.5 seconds.

  • Magic Damage: 70 / 90 / 110 / 130 / 150 (+40% AP) (+60% bonus AD)
Ability Details
Raging Pass is a linear dash.

Inner Wrath
RANGE: 400
COST: 40 / 60 / 80 mana per second

Toggle Off: Continuously attacking the same enemy grants an attack speed buffing stack for each landed attack for 3 seconds (max. 4 stacks). The stacks reset upon attacking a different enemy.

  • Attack Speed per stack: 5 / 10 / 15%
  • Max. Attack Speed: 20 / 40 / 60%

Toggle On: Zakayza creates a field around her that damages enemies every second, heals for a percentage of the damage dealt, causes her auto-attack to apply Ember to all enemies within 300 units, but drains mana. Using Scorch while Inner Wrath is active grants 40% attack speed after attacking for 2 seconds.

  • Ember Bonus: While Inner Wrath is toggled on, Zakayza's auto-attacks towards enemies with Ember increases self-healing by 5% for each enemy hit (max. 4) for 4 seconds. This can only occur once per enemy every 5 seconds.

  • Magic Damage per second: 40 / 70 / 100 (+20% AP)
  • Heal: 30 / 40 / 50% (+5% for every 100 AP) of damage dealt
Ability Details
Inner Wrath is a point-blank area of effect toggle that heals Zakayza and passively grants an attack speed buffing on-hit effect.


Zakayza is a durable melee bruiser that focuses on dealing magic damage and applying pressure to her enemies due to her on-hit damage and her ability to heavily amplify that damage. She is excellent when dueling because of her attack speed, ability to outlast her enemy and she is extremely potent when the team is fighting in groups. The intention with her is to make a pure bruiser based completely off of ability power, with capabilities to either shine brightly or flunk badly, depending on the skill, timing and execution of the summoner controlling her.

She has a variety of options when it comes to fighting, from damage to slows, dashes and even a shield, she is able to survive anything the enemy throws at her, but only once every now and then. Fights must be carefully picked out, and carefully carried out in order to bring out her full potential in a duel, and that is to control it and win it. Once she has access to all her abilities, she becomes a nightmare for almost any lane opponent - her stacking attack speed allows her to almost always win, and her sustain triples while within minion waves.

All good things must be equally mirrored with bad, so that's why Zakayza doesn't have the best early game, and if she fails here, it becomes hellish climbing back up - her squishyness in teamfights will have her quickly taken out. Either that, or she will be kited to her own death, due to her lack of mobility.

If a team is in need of both damage and durability at once, Zakayza is the perfect pick to dominate the enemy team.


Zakayza has a lot of utilities mixed with good and sustained damage and sustain for fights. Her area-of-effect damage makes her exceptionally strong in teamfights, and only a small portion of that strength is lost when fighting in a duel. Her mobility makes her a good chaser and she can possibly burst down a target with an offensive build. Maximizing her sustain in teamfights along with utilizing the right items is key to success, therefore, Zakayza must choose between the obvious ability power items mixed with items that provide reliability, tankyness and sustain.

  • The best starting items for Zakayza are a Doran's Blade item.png Doran's Blade and a Health Potion item.png Health Potion for an equal matchup to maximize sustain and durability along with good on-hit pressure or Doran's Ring item.png Doran's Ring along with a Health Potion item.png Health Potion and a Mana Potion item.png Mana Potion when Zakayza has the advantage to maximize poke and lane pressure due to the increased damage.
    • Alternatively, if Zakayza has the disadvantage, she can start a Doran's Shield item.png Doran's Shield or Boots of Speed item.png Boots of Speed, depending on the enemy. If the enemy deals heavy physical damage, Cloth Armor item.png Cloth Armor is a good option.
  • The bread-and-butter to Zakayza's build is Nashor's Tooth item.png Nashor's Tooth, which should always be bought and rushed as a first item. It gives Zakayza all of the needed stats in order to function properly: ability power, attack speed, even more on-hit magic damage and cooldown reduction. Due to its low price and high effectiveness, it is the core item for any Zakayza build.
  • After Nashor's Tooth item.png Nashor's Tooth, Zakayza may choose a defensive or an offensive item, depending on the outcome of the lane.
    • If the lane was equal (no clear winner) a good option is to choose Hextech Gunblade item.png Hextech Gunblade, because it adds more burst and damage and very good sustain in a fight and additionally, helps with chasing squishy targets, thus applying pressure during the mid-game, where Zakayza starts to spike in terms of power.
      • Alternatively to Hextech Gunblade item.png Hextech Gunblade, the second option is Will of the Ancients item.png Will of the Ancients, which boosts ability power significantly along with amplifying sustain and durability. The extra cooldown reduction it provides makes her more reliable in fights.
    • If the lane was lost, Zakayza may choose either Zhonya's Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass (the ultimate still deals damage even if Zakayza is in stasis) or a Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage. Both increase defensive stats, but also buff durability, which is one of Zakayza's main strengths. Zhonya additionally grants ability power and prevents Zakayza from being focused while still dealing damage.
      • Instead of the above mentioned, Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter works exceptionally well against a fed magic damage dealer, such as Vladimir Vladimir or Teemo Teemo.
    • A won lane will surely focus Zakayza towards increasing her damage, thus the most optimal option is a Rabadon's Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap for insane AP boosts, or a Lich Bane item.png Lich Bane for increased burst. Any item that significantly buffs damage will also work when Zakayza is ahead.
  • Once mid-game comes, Zakayza should have at least 2 items in her inventory along with a tier 2 boot.
  • Mid-game is where Zakayza's build starts to change directions depending on her performance. She can choose to be a high DPS mage, tanky mage, a mobile assassin or just a pure durable fighter.
    • The best option after the first 2 is Void Staff item.png Void Staff, which significantly boosts all of Zakayza's damage, and it also eliminates any resistances the enemy may have. Its low cost makes it super effective and very reliable.
    • Rod of Ages item.png Rod of Ages is an excellent choice after her optimal build. The extra health and mana improves her durability, while the extra damage buffs her DPS.
    • Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape is a good choice if the enemy is fed, and also has incredible synergy with Zakayza's ultimate Inner Wrath, buffing the AoE damage that Zakayza deals while also providing good tankyness and durability.
    • Liandry's Torment item.png Liandry's Torment is a very powerful choice if the enemy stacks a lot of health, but must be used effectively to maximize its potential, as it is more of a long-ranged mage item while Zakayza doesn't have a lot of poke. It's % health damage is excellent if the enemy has a lot of tanks and the bonus magic penetration nibbles down their resistance. It also provides some durability for Zakayza.
      • If Liandry's Torment was purchased, a good option is to buy Rylai's Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter after it, or even as an independent item without Liandry's Torment item.png Liandry's. It provides CC if your team doesn't have it and synergizes exceptionally well with Liandry's Torment item.png Liandry's Torment's % health damage. It also boosts DPS and durability along with tankyness.
    • Archangel's Staff item.png Archangel's Staff is a good option if you find yourself spending too much mana. Additionally, the shield it provides when fully stacked, gives an incredible boost during teamfights while also turning the focus off of you, allowing for more sustained damage.
      • Alternatively, Athene's Unholy Grail item.png Athene's Unholy Grail provides a resistance boost along with increased mana regeneration. Both of these factors help in Zakayza's reliability.
    • Guardian Angel item.png Guardian Angel helps with toning down the focus towards Zakayza while also providing a good resistance boosts. Helpful against fed assassins.
    • Banshee's Veil item.png Banshee's Veil should be considered if the enemy team has a LeBlanc LeBlanc or Veigar Veigar or similar champions that have the potential to one-shot anyone.


"The gate is open, princess Zakayza" - said the guard. "Well hurry on then, we don't have a lot of time" - said Zakayza, Pathaya's most profound and greatest queen; famous throughout all of Valoran for her righteousness and loyalty, no matter the situation.

As she had ordered, her along with a few guards left the fortress on a quest to the mysterious forest, where not many have been, and of those that have been, not many had returned. No-one had known that this particular day would be the worst of all of the days not just for Pathaya, but for all of Valoran.

It had been a very bright and sunny morning, just like any other. Birds were chirping, the ocean was singing and the people were happy, until word came of a powerful magic hidden beneath the crust of this nearby forest, speaking of control over the human mind and body. It first began as a rumor, and soon it became widespread news which eventually reached Zakayza, who along for greatness was also known for greed and ruthlessness.

As soon as she learned of what the magic can do, within the next hour, she arranged the trip, and so they were off, without even themselves knowing what could happen or when. The path wasn't exceptionally lengthy, rather it was pretty short, as the forest was nearby. When they finally reached their destination, the sun rays and cheeriness from near could no longer be heard, as a different atmosphere engulfed them. The forest had almost been completely roofed by thick trees, all overgrown with many, many leaves. It had also been really dark and gloomy, almost like a dead wasteland. It had seemed that there was no life for miles.

The guards and their queen gathered their wits and courage and marched within the trees' grasp. After what seemed like hours, they finally found a clearing completely covered with thick green-ish fog. This definitely was the place, as magic could even be smelled and not just felt. Curiosity indeed does kill the cat, but in this case snooping is definitely not recommended. Nevertheless, Zakayza's personality demanded that she found out what the source of this fog was. After careful treading, they managed to go even deeper, deeper and deeper until there was no more to go. The forest seemed to just stop at a wall of tree stumps seemingly millenia old. But, going back was not easy, as the thick fog completely reduced their vision, and some of the soldiers even started to panic, that is, until they saw a faint shimmer. No, not a shimmer. It was a man, a human just like them. A faint silhouette of a man.

"This way, please" - he whispered. "Who are you, reveal yourself" - said Zakayza with a rough tone. "I am..." - the man paused for a second - "Redemption, clarity, divinity, your cleanse, eternity and infinity."

Noone understood a word, but the man seemed to vanish after saying whatever that was. Zakayza's temper started to kick in, and then she went on to pursue the 'man'. Like monkeys in a pit, her guards followed, not knowing the terror ahead. After a minute, they stopped, looked around, and saw... nothing. Not a voice could be heard, not a light could be seen. It felt like hope was gone, like they had no more to tread.

The fog closed in, it was thicker than ever, and that's when they saw him again.

"Careful not to upset the peace"- he said - "Pause for a second and enjoy the purity"

After his final words echoed, the guards fell down, dropping dead in an instant. Zakayza panicked and the shade dissapeared. She struggled for a way out, but to no avail. She was trapped here, possibly forever. She fell to her knees, and started to grieve, loudly. She screamed for help, she tried to gather courage, but no, she accepted that this is her final destination, this is where it ends. After these thoughts passed through her head, she saw a hand that was being offered. It was bony, lifeless and cold, like the grip of death. She grabbed it, and in an instant, saw the dead, horribly terrifying gaze of evil. It was a lone skull, with no spine, a pair of hands and feet, controlled by a powerful spell.

"What do you want" - she asked in fear. "I want... you" - said the abomination.

The words froze Zakayza, and she instantly got up and started to run as fast as she could, but then she thought about something. What if, the magic she was searching for was that, that thing. It had been controlled by a spell, symbolizing magic. Walking death controlled by life. Yes, that had definitely been it. She then turned around, found the last piece of hope and bravery she had in herself and faced the creature which also pursued her. She drew her sword, and attacked its head, breaking it in pieces. It then fell down, dropping as dead as ever. Little did she know what would happen next, she thought it was over, but then she saw the magic rise up from the body, and come closer and closer, until, within the blink of an eye, went inside her nose and within her body. The next minute she felt excruciating pain, hellish torture, as her body seemed like it had smashed by a mountain. She struggled, as scratches, burns and marks started to appear all over her body. She started to scream, struggle, she tried to escape. No, the magic continued. It hurt her, tortured her until it finally killed her, transforming her into a burned, wounded and hellish abomination, a cross between life and death. She found what she was looking for, she had full control over her mind and body, and she had some of the most powerful magic she had ever felt, until she used it. A single spark send electricity down her spine, hurting her just as hard as she had felt during life.

After realizing what had just happened, she went into a violent rage, somehow igniting the fog around her. The fog then expanded, first throughout the forest, then reached the town and the fortress, killing everything in its path or transforming them into a deadly monster. Eventually, it engulfed all of the land, and finally the entire island system before it stopped. Life seized to exist and death overtook.

This was a mere 1500 years ago, and now Pathaya is just a myth. What it is now known by is the Shadow Isles, ruled by hellish death and a hellish queen of eternal torture. To this day, noone has seen or heard from Zakayza's soul again.

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