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Champion Spotlight

By David 'Phreak' Turley [1]

Zac Champion Spotlight

Zac Champion Spotlight

Learn to punish your opponents with an elastic beatdown in this episode of the Champion Spotlight, where we showcase ZacSquare Zac's high-speed jungle potential.

Zac quickly tears through monster camps using a combination of Cell Division high-sustain mechanics and potent area damage. With a little setup, Zac also has some of the longest range Elastic Slingshot initiation potential to date, enabling a variety of particularly devious ganks. Add in a powerful AoE Let's Bounce! ultimate and you've got one boisterous blob that's ready to lead the charge on the Fields of Justice.

Find out more about this amorphous combatant with tips, tricks, sample mastery builds, and more in the Zac Champion Spotlight.

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Shield item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Bami's Cinder item Giant's Belt item
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Sunfire Cape item Spirit Visage item
Defensive Randuin's Omen item Locket of the Iron Solari item Thornmail item Gargoyle Stoneplate item
Situational Adaptive Helm item Dead Man's Plate item Warmog's Armor item Abyssal Mask item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Talisman item Refillable Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Stalker's Blade item Bami's Cinder item Boots of Speed item
Essential Stalker's Blade (Cinderhulk) item Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Spirit Visage item
Defensive Randuin's Omen item Locket of the Iron Solari item Thornmail item Gargoyle Stoneplate item
Situational Adaptive Helm item Dead Man's Plate item Warmog's Armor item Abyssal Mask item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Shield item Health Potion item2 Boots of Speed item
Early Bami's Cinder item
Essential Sunfire Cape item Spirit Visage item Ninja Tabi item
Defensive Randuin's Omen item Banshee's Veil item Thornmail item
Situational Liandry's Torment item Abyssal Mask item Moonflair Spellblade item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Machete item Hunter's Talisman item Refillable Potion item
Early Bami's Cinder item Stalker's Blade item
Essential Stalker's Blade (Cinderhulk) item Spirit Visage item Ninja Tabi item
Defensive Randuin's Omen item Banshee's Veil item Thornmail item
Situational Liandry's Torment item Abyssal Mask item Moonflair Spellblade item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Howling Abyss
Starting Guardian's Horn item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item3
Essential Mercury's Treads item Spirit Visage item Locket of the Iron Solari item
Offensive Sunfire Cape item Abyssal Mask item Liandry's Torment item
Defensive Randuin's Omen item Warmog's Armor item Thornmail item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item

Tips

Playing as ZacSquare Zac
  • The combination of Elastic Slingshot Elastic Slingshot and Let's Bounce! Let's Bounce! is an amazing initiation tool, which can easily reposition a teamfight in your favor from the beginning.
  • Even when building very tanky, Zac has surprising damage output in teamfights. The enemy team will either be forced to focus you (allowing your ADC and APC to wreak havoc) or else take lots of damage from ZacSquare Zac's abilities.
    • This makes ZacSquare Zac's a deceptively tanky initiator. You will likely lose a lot of health during Let's Bounce! Let's Bounce!, but you can gain most of it back so long as your resistances are high. As such, ZacSquare Zac effectively has two build paths: full tank and AP bruiser.
Playing against ZacSquare Zac
  • If you are very weak in close quarters, avoid engaging in dangerous territory when you cannot account for Zac's engage.
  • You can crush Cell Division Cell Division blobs to prevent ZacSquare Zac from healing in a fight.
    • All forms of crowd control are especially effective against ZacSquare Zac, since he is unable to move to collect his {ai|Cell Division}} healing blobs.
  • You can use Ignite Ignite and Smite Smite on the Cell Division Cell Division bloblets to prevent Zac from reviving.
  • Silences, roots, stuns and knock ups will all interrupt the charging of ZacSquare Zac's Elastic Slingshot Elastic Slingshot.
  • Building a Morellonomicon item Morellonomicon or Executioner's Calling item Executioner's Calling against ZacSquare Zac can be extremely effective, since it significantly reduces his healing.
  • ZacSquare Zac needs to be very close to you in order to deal the majority of his damage, which makes kiting a very viable strategy.
  • Cell Division Cell Division has a very long cooldown. Popping this before a teamfight or other major engagement can cripple his effectiveness.
    • Be sure to keep an eye on when this is available, as it will allow you to more accurately determine whether you can win a 1v1 with him.
  • Even though they take reduced AoE damage, you can still easily destroy all of ZacSquare Zac's bloblets by using a Mage icon mage with a lot of AoE damage.
    • It may be helpful to wait to use AoE abilities against ZacSquare Zac's Cell Division Cell Division until the blob chunks have come close enough together that all can be targeted at once.
Playing with ZacSquare Zac
  • Zac can gank from a very far distance with Elastic Slingshot Elastic Slingshot, but can only succeed if the lane is set within range.
  • Since ZacSquare Zac's Cell Division bloblets count as minions, allies can Teleport Teleport to them to give Zac a brief period of invulnerability while reviving.

Playstyle

Zac is a tank that excels in disrupting enemy positioning through direct interceptions, whiel being equipped with excellent sustain and a revival mechanic that allows him to extend more than most engagements.

  • Although all of ZacSquare Zac's abilities cost a percentage of his current health, the cost is always compensated by picking up the blobs from Cell Division Cell Division. Since there is a net healing effect from consistent retrieval, Zac can spam his abilities without much repercussion.


Ability Usage

Cell Division Cell Division [Innate]
  • ZacSquare Zac can survive many situations that other champions could not, but only when the result plays out evenly. If you aren't confident in the success of the fight, might as well not bother.
    • This also includes tower diving. At maximum range of the turret, at least two of ZacSquare Zac's blobs will land out of range, allowing him to survive and come back with over a quarter of his maximum health.
Stretching Strikes Stretching Strikes [Q]
  • Casting this skill does not interrupt ZacSquare Zac, making it easy to use as an escape skill.
Unstable Matter Unstable Matter [W]
  • Spamming Unstable Matter Unstable Matter is a massive source of AoE damage in teamfights since it has a low cooldown and the percent damage is effective against champions.
  • Note that the damage deals more if the target has more health, but is limited on non-champions.
  • You can use Unstable Matter Unstable Matter during Let's Bounce! Let's Bounce!, take advantage of this to maximize ZacSquare Zac's damage output.
Elastic Slingshot Elastic Slingshot [E]
  • ZacSquare Zac can gank from a very far distance, avoiding warded areas almost entirely.
  • When initiating using Elastic Slingshot Elastic Slingshot, be sure to jump towards the back of the enemy team in an attempt to hit and focus the AD/AP carry.
Let's Bounce! Let's Bounce!
  • Using Let's Bounce! Let's Bounce! on the entire enemy team will result in the dropping of four blobs from Cell Division Cell Division, which you can pick up for a whopping amount of free health (even more with Spirit Visage item Spirit Visage)

Runes

Items

As a tanky initiator, ZacSquare Zac should purchase items that offer survivability stats such as Health icon Health, Armor icon Armor, and  Magic Resistance. To play into his sustainability, he benefits from stats like Cooldown reduction icon Cooldown Reduction and items with effects that can assist in weakening the enemy. Ability power icon Ability power and Magic penetration icon Magic Penetration can also be considered if ahead or if his team needs more damage as Zac's AP ratios and base damage are quite high.

  • Randuin's Omen item Randuin's Omen is a strong item on ZacSquare Zac for a tank build, since it provides health, armor, and useful active and passive effects.
  • Spirit Visage item Spirit Visage adds increased sustain, health, cooldown reduction, magic resistance, and no mana-related stats, making it perfect for ZacSquare Zac.
  • For boots, your decision should be between Mercury's Treads item Mercury's Treads, Ninja Tabi item Ninja Tabi, or Boots of Mobility item Boots of Mobility. However, Boots of Mobility item Boots of Mobility should only be used if you need to be getting back to lane very quickly, or if you're jungling and need more mobility.
  • Warmog's Armor item Warmog's Armor should be taken to provide tons of health as well as very strong health regeneration effect. It is especially effective when combined with Spirit Visage item Spirit Visage. It also gives CDR which is a bit hard to come by as most tank items that give the stat also give mana which is useless on ZacSquare Zac.
  • Juggernaut item Cinderhulk can be useful because of percent health boost and area damage.
    • Sunfire Cape item Sunfire Cape is amazing, since it gives AoE damage, health, and armor, which all tanks need in order to be effective.
  • Locket of the Iron Solari item Locket of the Iron Solari is really effective on all tanks, since it gives health and magic resist, as well as an active that allows you to shield your entire team, making your strong initiation skills even stronger.
  • A Guardian Angel item Guardian Angel is a good item to rush on ZacSquare Zac. Since the item synergizes well with Cell Division Cell Division he is granted a 'second life', which makes ZacSquare Zac incredibly difficult to kill and adds extra turret diving capacity.
  • Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Rylai's Crystal Scepter is a core item for a bruiser build. The slow, health, and AP all work perfectly with ZacSquare Zac's damaging style, plus this item functions well in combination with Sunfire Cape item Sunfire Cape or Juggernaut item Cinderhulk.
    • Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Rylai's Crystal Scepter works well even for a tank build because it provides a lot of health and gives utility and bonus damage. However, it should be noted that the passive only really works with his Unstable Matter Unstable Matter as all his other abilities already have CC.
  • Abyssal Mask item Abyssal Mask is a good defensive item, offering health, MR, CDR and a passive that reduces enemy MR. The passive is especially effective as ZacSquare Zac's abilities have high base damage and have ranges that work with the aura.
  • For boots, you should use Mercury's Treads item Mercury's Treads, Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Ionian Boots of Lucidity, or Sorcerer's Shoes item Sorcerer's Shoes. The decision is based on whether you want survivability, cooldown reduction, or magic penetration.
  • Rabadon's Deathcap item Rabadon's Deathcap is not recommended, but can be used if more damage is necessary.
    • Consider substituting it with a Warmog's Armor item Warmog's Armor for more survivability.
  • Zhonya's Hourglass item Zhonya's Hourglass is a viable purchase because of the survivability it provides as well as the AP and CDR, not to mention the stasis active.
  • Magus item Runic Echoes offers ability power and movement speed, making it a very efficient source of damage and mobility for ZacSquare Zac despite wasting the mana restoration.
  • Liandry's Torment item Liandry's Torment is basically a must on him, since he is so heavily based on health and that penetration will make his percent damage on Unstable Matter Unstable Matter even more potent. This is a particularly effective pick in combination with Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Rylai's Crystal Scepter.
  • Try not to waste gold on items with mana or mana regeneration components, as these are wasted on ZacSquare Zac.
  • Any slots not taken up by AP items should be slotted to increasing survivability, since ZacSquare Zac needs to be so close to enemies to effectively deal damage.
  • Spirit Visage item Spirit Visage is highly effective on him, and it is recommended that you pick it up regardless of build path, unless there are no champions on the enemy team that do significant magic damage. It is extremely strong because Spirit Visage item Spirit Visage's passive gives ZacSquare Zac more effective healing due to the healing from Cell Division Cell Division being partially negated by the health cost of his abilities. E.g. you're at 50% HP, you cast an ability which puts you to 48%, and then you pick up a blob which heals to up to 52.8% (rather than 52% without the Spirit Visage item Spirit Visage which is an effective healing increase of 40%).


Counterpicks

  • Champions like GragasSquare Gragas, JannaSquare Janna, Lee SinSquare Lee Sin, TristanaSquare Tristana and Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao can throw ZacSquare Zac away before he uses Let's Bounce! Let's Bounce!, by using their own ultimate abilities.
    • Alternatively, champions with knock up CC available like JannaSquare Janna or NamiSquare Nami can keep ZacSquare Zac from moving around a teamfight if used after ZacSquare Zac activated Let's Bounce! Let's Bounce!. This can significantly reduce the effectiveness of the ability.


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