Champion Sneak Peek - Zed, the Master of Shadows

By NeeksNaman [1]

Since early antiquity, shadows have long been a subject of fascination. If you're a scientist, your shadow is probably a simple projection of light. If you're more spiritual, your shadow might be a reflection of your more shady whims. And if you're following a forbidden path filled with dark techniques and even darker motives, it's possible that your shadow is a sinister Living Shadow.png companion ready to help you pull off a vicious assassination in some dark corner of the Fields of Justice.

While we're delving into the forbidden ways, allow us to introduce Zed Zed, a relentless ninja master who'll leave your enemies scared of their own shadows.

Zed, the Master of Shadows Revealed

By NeeksNaman [2]

A forbidden new champion stalks the Fields of Justice in the upcoming patch: Zed Zed, the Master of Shadows. Deadly in many roles, including mid lane and jungle, this dark assassin's energy-based gameplay revolves around conjuring and commanding Living Shadow.png shadow clones.

Abilities

Contempt for the Weak
Contempt for the Weak

Whenever Zed attacks an enemy below 50% Health, he deals an additional 8% of their maximum Health as magic damage. This effect has a short cooldown.


Razor Shuriken
Razor Shuriken

Zed and his Living Shadow.png shadow both throw their shurikens, dealing physical damage to any target they pass through. Each Shuriken deals less damage to targets beyond the first.


Living Shadow
Living Shadow

Zed's shadow dashes forward, remaining in place for a short duration. Zed's shadow will duplicate his spells. Activating Living Shadow 2.png Living Shadow again while his shadow is active will cause Zed to switch positions with his shadow. If both Zed and his shadow strike the same target with Razor Shuriken.png Razor Shuriken or Shadow Slash.png Shadow Slash, Zed re-gains some energy and the target suffers an additional effect: Razor Shuriken.png Razor Shuriken deal additional bonus damage and the Slow icon slow from Shadow Slash.png Shadow Slash is dramatically increased.


Shadow Slash
Shadow Slash

Zed and his shadow both create a burst of shadow, dealing physical damage to nearby enemies. Zed's Shadow Slash slightly reduces the cooldown of Living Shadow.png Living Shadow for each unit struck. The shadow's Shadow Slash briefly Slow icon slows enemies.


Death Mark
Death Mark

Zed sinks into the shadows and dashes to his target, dealing physical damage. He also spawns a Living Shadow.png Living Shadow beyond the target, which duplicates his spells and marks the target. After 3 seconds, the mark will detonate, dealing physical damage based on the damage dealt to the target by Zed and his shadow while the mark was active. Zed can Death Mark 2.png reactivate this ability to switch positions with this shadow.


Unlike other champions with illusions, Zed's shadow clone is the lynchpin in his kit. With a shadow clone active, Zed's abilities are duplicated, allowing him to deal more damage, apply additional effects, or even engage an enemy from an unexpected angle. Zed can even switch places with his clones to perform surprise initiations or quickly head off a fleeing enemy. This ability to strategically reposition combines with some hefty bursts of both physical and Contempt for the Weak.png magic damage to make Zed versatile across multipleroles.

When playing Zed in lane, Razor Shuriken.png Razor Shuriken can both harass the enemy and rapidly clear minions, making him a powerful bully. Spamming Razor Shuriken.png Razor Shuriken allows Zed to shove the lane and keep pressure up, buy time to roam, or stifle a push to drive enemies off his tower. Meanwhile, using Living Shadow.png Living Shadow to set up creative angles on your lane opponent can complicate juke attempts and allow you to land full damage nukes.

Zed's ganking and pursuit power also makes him an ideal jungler. Switching places with your shadow clone via Living Shadow 2.png Living Shadow creates opportunities for lightning-fast initiations, escapes, and even buff steals. The powerful slow from a cloned Shadow Slash.png Shadow Slash can also lock down an enemy champion, leaving him vulnerable to execution from a heavy hitting attack charged with Contempt for the Weak.png Contempt for the Weak.

Once the team fights start, Zed's clone enables him to alternately deploy his abilities from a safe distance or deal even more damage when he charges into the fray. He can also combine Living Shadow.png Living Shadow with Shadow Slash.png Shadow Slash to blanket an area with a high-intensity slow, throwing off enemy positioning. Finally, Death Mark.png Death Mark is an excellent cleanup ability to chase down and finish off fleeing low-health champions. The bonus magic damage from Contempt for the Weak.png Contempt for the Weak is a great way to top off Death Mark.png Death Mark's detonation damage for surefire killing blows.

Managing this Living Shadow.png clone-and-combo kit is crucial to dominating with Zed. Strategically positioning Zed and his clone for a Shadow Slash.png two-pronged assault before deploying your Razor Shuriken.png skillshots will ultimately make or break your success on the Fields of Justice.

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Zed, the Master of Shadows - Login Screen

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