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    Greater Mark of Magic Penetration (+0.87 magic penetration)
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    Greater Seal of Armor (+1 armor)
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    Greater Glyph of Magic Penetration (+0.63 magic penetration)
  • 3
    Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed (+1.5% movement speed)
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[center][imgext=][/center] [center]Hello Ryze enthusiasts! [/center] This is my first guide and it took me a while to get the motivation to finally make one for someone. As you all know they're are lots and lots of Ryze guides out there so whats the appeal of this over any other where the guide pretty much tells you how Ryze can build mana items.... get armor..... still do damage...... blah blah blah. Everything the generally interested new coming Ryze player will already know and just be told again. This guide will give you more do and don'ts and with items and for play style. Well if you don't know. Ryze is probably one of most unique mage characters in the game and quite honestly takes the most understanding with his pros and cons to get good at. I know if you look at Ryze in the LoL client You see something that looks like this for his stats. [imgext=] What you are looking at here is how Ryze used to be before they reworked him. He was devastatingly strong and quite honestly he needed the nerf. He used to run into lane with just a [imgsmall=items/faerie-charm.png] and rape face. [center]If I were to make a new stat bar for Ryze it would look like[/center] [imgext=] Reason I say this is Ryze [highlight]DOES NOT[/highlight] nuke down people like [imgsmall=champ/annie.png] or [imgsmall=champ/leblanc.png] or [imgsmall=champ/veigar.png] can. Only time you ever will is if your vastly more fed then they are and [highlight]AND!!!!![/highlight] if they have zero MR items. Otherwise if your wanting a mage that instantly nukes someones health he is not for you.Now this is not to get it twisted. Ryze is very capable or killing lots and lots of people without having such strong burst. His capability for this are within his constant and well used specific order of abilities. You will not hurt as much as other casters but make no mistake. [highlight]YOU WILL HURT[/highlight]! I'll go into further detail about this order later. His difficulty is definitely not as easy as listed. Ryze cannot just endlessy last hit minions for free like [imgsmall=champ/annie.png] then kill you when he hits level 6. Ryze cannot nuke you from full to death with only landing 3 spells. He by far isn't the most difficult character to understand but to know how to effectively play him you have to have a better than average grasp on the game and its mechanics. . 12/1/2011 So Ryze is considered tier one by elementz now. Haha maybe those artists at riot can give him some schmexy new skins ehh? Always said Ryze was a balla. Read through to see why :)

[youtube][/youtube] [youtube][/youtube] Finally made a full tutorial video! [center][imgext=][/center]

Flat Pen everything, I call it getting double penetrated. So dodge is getting taken out of the game so that shits out yeah. Many viable runes for yellows and nothing super solid over the other I guess so take what you want. Dodge you will be missed :( The rest I take flat magic pen now all the way through. Sounds stupid? Well I did a test to see where it put his early damage and well I got this. If I did magic pen reds and flat mana yellows and blues. My early game Q did around 81 damage to a character with 30 MR starting out. When I tried it with nothing but magic resist I got 74 damage. The flat mana wont have much use later in the game but the flat penn will. Think of that as starting out with a pair of [imgsmall=items/sorcerers-shoes.png]. Then if you get sorceror shoes on top of it you will have an early walloping 39 spell pen. Many characters base magic resist is only 30. So all of your attacks will be hitting for true damage. You will be doing less damage early on but its a forgivable amount. I now get the flat spell pen and [imgsmall=items/sorcerers-shoes.png] [imgsmall=items/abyssal-scepter.png]. This total will give you 59 spell pen. plus your [imgsmall=skills/ryze/e.png] will shred 24 magic resist. 84 spell pen total. This means you will bring all your opponents with items like [imgsmall=items/banshees-veil.png] plus 30 base magic resist to 0 still. Characters with more magic resist will still have a slight amount but Greatly Greatly reduced. If you have other allies with [imgsmall=items/abyssal-scepter.png] Since the AOE passive on it can stack twice than thats a potential of 100 magic resist shred to your attacks meaning you will be very strong all game. So thats what I take Flat mana pen. Undeniable super strength all damn game. Your start will be slightly weaker yes. But it will cost an extremely amount to ever make enough magic resist against you to be noticiable. This setup doesnt mean go focus tanks. It just means you wont have negligible damage against them even with magic resist. If you go this route. You can take off the spell pen mastery and dont get a [imgsmall=items/void-staff.png]. It wont compare shreding off 46% rather than just removing all your opponents magic resist. A nice trade off :) [highlight][center]Flat mana Runes???[/center][/highlight] So if you did a whole page of flat mana runes it would give you 347 more mana level 1. So if you got a [imgsmall=items/sapphire-crystal.png] on top of it your [imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png] would hit for 40+67= [highlight]107[/highlight]. Although when you factor in the base 30 magic resist that most starting characters have early game. That reduces attacks by 23% so if you took 107 - 23% of its damage it would be 82.39 damage afterword. Which is honestly not much stronger than just getting flat mana pen in the begining and the damage from mana pen will last longer through out the game than early flat mana will so its quite a difference in damage. Oh btw that would cost you over 15,000 IP for the runes so have fun. Well I now swap out pen for movement speed quints. Its like I cheated on my woman with some scrubby bitch but what I had was better already so I came cawling back :)

[title][img=skills/ryze/p.png] Passive: Arcane Mastery[/title] [number]When Ryze casts a spell, all other spells have their cooldown reduced by 1 second.[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title]The main reason Ryze can burst cast like he can is do to this passive. Will quickly let you combine spell combos like [imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/e.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/w.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png] [title][img=skills/ryze/q.png] Q: Overload[/title] [number]Ryze blasts enemy unit for 40/65/90/115/140 (+20% of ability power) plus 8% of his max mana in magic damage. Cooldown 3.5 seconds Cost 70 mana Range 675[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title]Your main harassing tool in lane and if getting pushed hard your best way of getting last hits. Has excellent range and boost up your CDR to 10% when it becomes maxed out. Against Mages like [imgsmall=champ/veigar.png] or [imgsmall=champ/vladimir.png] who don't have the range on there Q that you do you can run in and harass more easily. Always max this first. At 40% CDR its cooldown is 2.1 [title][img=skills/ryze/w.png] W: Rune Prison[/title] [number]Ryze traps an enemy unit, preventing them from moving for 1 / 1.25 / 1.5 / 1.75 / 2 and dealing 60 / 95 / 120 / 165 / 200 (+60% of ability power) plus 5% o f his max mana in magic damage. Cooldown 14seconds Cost 80 / 95 / 110 / 125 / 140mana Range 625[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Your main form of CC and a fairly damaging one too. A targeted snare like this helps save and helps chase. Late game its good for focusing the carrys and keeping them where you want them. Doesn't have the range of [imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png] But is still very good. Max this out 2nd. 40% CDR has it at 8.4 second cooldown. [title][img=skills/ryze/e.png] E: Spell Flux[/title] [number]Ryze unleashes a bouncing orb of magical power which bounces to enemy units or himself, up to 5 times. Each bounce deals 50 / 70 / 90 / 110 / 130 (+35% of ability power) magic damage and reduces the target's Magic Resistance by 15. Cooldown 14seconds Cost 60 / 75 / 90 / 105 / 120mana Range 675[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] The least damaging move is Ryze's arsenal and the one you want to level up last. Still because of his passive I take a point in this at level 3 so I can do a [imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/w.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/e.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png] combo with the ability of his passive. Its a burst that shouldn't be underestimated early on. 40% CDR has it at 8.4 second cooldown. [title][img=skills/ryze/r.png] R: Desperate Power[/title] [number]Ryze becomes supercharged, passivly grants 75 / 150 / 225 mana, also gaining 15/20/25% spell vamp and causing his spells to deal 50% AoE damage for 5 / 6 / 7 seconds. Cooldown 70 / 60 / 50 seconds Range 200 [/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Ryzes ult and its not the kinda ult you care about saving for a certain moment. You damn near almost have it and it doesn't really add that much damage to a fight. Yes it has AOE but yeah it really doesn't do much for a fight besides give you a tad bit of spell vamp. So does it have use? Yes because it has such a low cooldown you can use it often to heal your self of a group a of minions also its great for clearing out large groups of minions. Also is can be combined with your passive to keep your spell combo going. In fights that come close you can use it to heal up and keep you alive. Also the bonus mana you get for leveling it up is always a nice addition. Around 30 second cooldown with 40%cdr but will always be going down whenever you cast anything so you almost always have it.

Starting out: [imgsmall=items/sapphire-crystal.png] [imgsmall=items/health-potion2.png] There really isn't much substitute for this. If you take anything besides the mana crystal your damage will just suck really bad and you wont be able to harass for shit. Infact your Q wont be much stonger then your auto attack. [highlight]First trip back:[/highlight] [imgsmall=items/tear-of-the-goddess.png] + [imgsmall=items/boots-of-speed.png] The earlier you get your tear the better because it will eventually end up at 1000 plus mana it will be the number 1 contributor to the bulk of your damage. Also you will get nice mana regen with it. Don't be afraid to spam spells to clear minions once you have it. The faster the you build it the better. Just within reason so you don't screw yourself over. [highlight]Mid:[/highlight][imgsmall=items/boots-of-speed.png][imgsmall=items/tear-of-the-goddess.png][imgsmall=items/glacial-shroud.png] or[imgsmall=items/catalyst-the-protector.png] I say get a glacial shroud if you can first just because Ryze really needs the CDR for his burst. Also if you going against more AD then its the way to go. I can honestly say the games where I go for [imgsmall=items/catalyst-the-protector.png] first I notice it really hurts my ability to do good spell combos. Although IF your going against more AP then its a good idea to build for the [imgsmall=items/banshees-veil.png] first. [highlight]Mid-late game:[/highlight] [imgsmall=items/mercurys-treads.png][imgsmall=items/banshees-veil.png][imgsmall=items/frozen-heart.png][imgsmall=items/tear-of-the-goddess.png] This will always be your core build and make you a force to be reckoned with. With this build your have good armor/Magic resist/CDR/damage. A very solid build in itself with still having two slots left to use. [highlight]Last two items [/highlight]:[imgsmall=items/will-of-the-ancients.png] The spell vamp is nice to have and when you a constantly casting and getting health back and being this beefy it almost feels like being a mage version of [imgsmall=champ/warwick.png]. Also since this item stacks with allies having it. You will heal sooo much off of combos its insane. Also if combined with your you can give your self full health in seconds. [imgsmall=items/rod-of-ages.png] Why so late would I get this instead of earlier. Well I honestly dont care for this item on him but I wont say its bad. before you get this item though I would get the spell vamp first maybe even finish the [imgsmall=items/archangels-staff.png] too because it will start to add a nice little chunk of damage to your moves. Don't finish [imgsmall=items/archangels-staff.png]early though its not worth the [highlight]1800[/highlight] gold it costs to produce. Better used elsewhere. [imgsmall=items/rylais-crystal-scepter.png] Only for late games. The Health and slow utility are a nice addition effects for ryze. Don't expect much damage from it though. Never get one early always will be a late game item [highlight]I don't use this build anymore personally but it still works very well. [/highlight] falls off more so late game. Newer build listed doesn't as bad.

One thing that I actually think isn't too bad that I've seen people bitch about is Stacking [imgsmall=items/banshees-veil.png] Now most people would just start screaming about unique passives and start calling someone an idiot but I think someone who goes [imgsmall=items/banshees-veil.png][imgsmall=items/banshees-veil.png] is much smarter than someone who goes [imgsmall=items/banshees-veil.png][imgsmall=items/force-of-nature.png]. Heres Ryze. Max MANA!! If you ever heard of a nifty program called LoL builder for androids you can look at active health stats for builds such as physical damage health and magic damage health. So even though [imgsmall=items/banshees-veil.png] has less MR then [imgsmall=items/force-of-nature.png]. [imgsmall=items/banshees-veil.png] will actually give you more magic damage health. Its because it gives you health aswell. So why the hell would you get a [imgsmall=items/force-of-nature.png] over a second [imgsmall=items/banshees-veil.png] when the [imgsmall=items/banshees-veil.png] gives you More Health and Mana More damage to his spells Better magic damage health then [imgsmall=items/force-of-nature.png] Vs. Movement Speed Less magic damage health health regen Granted I'm not saying [imgsmall=items/force-of-nature.png] is a bad item but for Ryze's case if your having a game where its going real late and little [imgsmall=champ/veigar.png] has 1000+ ap farmed up over the stretch a single [imgsmall=items/banshees-veil.png] will not save you. You may have all the money you need and have to start swapping items around. Basically if you stacks banshees in cases where you need more magic resist I wouldn't call you stupid. I would call you smart. What about stacking [imgsmall=items/frozen-heart.png]? Well it sorta falls under the same deal as what if [imgsmall=champ/tryndamere.png] has sucked all game but it took too long and now hes godly by default no matter how bad the player is. Yeah a single [imgsmall=items/frozen-heart.png] won't save you from a fed [imgsmall=champ/tryndamere.png] and his undying bullshit. If he has [imgsmall=items/last-whisper.png] then he'll laugh at it. So Would stacking 2 [imgsmall=items/frozen-heart.png] then be good? Well Sorta. Obviously more mana and armor is gonna make you tougher in defense and offense but when Tryn looks like [imgsmall=items/the-bloodthirster.png][imgsmall=items/the-bloodthirster.png] [imgsmall=items/phantom-dancer.png][imgsmall=items/last-whisper.png][imgsmall=items/infinity-edge.png]. Its gonna be up to more than just you to kill him.... I guess [imgsmall=items/frozen-heart.png]x 2 would be alright but AD carries fed are a different ball game then AP carries. Theres no limit to how many autoattacks someone can do while alive. There is a limit to how many spells a mage can do though. In theory: If you against an all AD team you could probably stack as many [imgsmall=items/frozen-heart.png] as you like. lol

Sometimes you'll see idiots in game who say shit like hey get a [imgsmall=items/manamune.png] Or maybe you should try doing [imgsmall=items/archangels-staff.png][imgsmall=items/archangels-staff.png][imgsmall=items/archangels-staff.png][imgsmall=items/archangels-staff.png][imgsmall=items/archangels-staff.png][imgsmall=items/sorcerers-shoes.png] [highlight] Ryze not Manamune??[/highlight] [imgsmall=items/manamune.png] usually when you have a full build with Ryze and you have this item it will give you around [highlight]200+[/highlight] AD. So why would you ask is that bad. Certainly it isn't except for some fundamental things for being strong AD. [highlight]You will have no crit or armor pen to actually turn that into decent damage[/highlight] Since because of wonderful things like armor and the fact you wont even have any armor pen 200 wont be 200 you'll just be tickling them also. No crit = no damage. [highlight]You will have no attack speed[/highlight] 200 damage by iteslf when you have an attack speed below 1.000 Your spells will come out way faster and do more damage then this will so why waste your time on it. [highlight]You wont even be using autoattacks hardly when it fights.[/highlight] So it wont even be in the mix of your attacks when in a fight [highlight][center]WOULD NOT EVEN BE USEFUL FOR PUSHING TOWERS SO DON'T SAY THAT IT IS![/center][/highlight] Ryze's attack speed at level 18 is .849 as in really damn slow. I just tried getting manamune in a custom and pushing the tower infront of inhib and was only doing [highlight]111[/highlight] damage to it. 111 at .849 speed OH BOY!! your pushing some towers alright..... I sold the manamune and started attacking the top lane tower covering inhib for 86 damage. 111-86 = your a fucking Moron for buying manamune on Ryze. oh its 25 difference too. Wanna push towers? Don't be Ryze. Not satisfied?? [imgsmall=items/sword-of-the-divine.png][imgsmall=items/sword-of-the-divine.png][imgsmall=items/sword-of-the-divine.png][imgsmall=items/the-bloodthirster.png][imgsmall=items/the-bloodthirster.png][imgsmall=items/the-bloodthirster.png] This is my new build just for you. [highlight]Ryze not 5 ArchAngel staffs[/highlight] 5 arch angel staffs will give you around 4200 mana and 861 ap. One would think that actually having a nice amount of AP on top of having a nice amount of mana would be incredibly strong on ryze. Heres the reality [img=skills/ryze/q.png] will do 140 plus 8% mana 336 plus 20% AP 172 =[highlight]648[/highlight] [highlight][center]But if???[/center][/highlight] [img=champ/annie.png] with 5X[imgsmall=items/archangels-staff.png] on her Q [highlight]disintegrate[/highlight] 245 + 70% AP so thats 245 + 645 = [highlight]890[/highlight] [center][highlight]890>648[/highlight][/center] [img=champ/ryze.png][img=items/archangels-staff.png][img=items/archangels-staff.png][img=items/archangels-staff.png][img=items/archangels-staff.png][img=items/archangels-staff.png][img=items/sorcerers-shoes.png] :( [img=champ/annie.png][img=items/archangels-staff.png][img=items/archangels-staff.png][img=items/archangels-staff.png][img=items/archangels-staff.png][img=items/archangels-staff.png][img=items/sorcerers-shoes.png] :) Pretty much what this does here is takes 2 things thats great about Ryze. Tankyness and constant abilities through CDR and flushes them for damage that doesnt even compare to your typical mage like Annie. Yes you would have strong burst but they wouldn't even compare to the mages who naturally always play squishy. As I said before If you want great damage mages who burst in a second. Don't choose Ryze. Also your CDR is gonna suck so you wont be able to burst and burst. Unless you have a blue then go knock your self out. But you'll also die in a second which is why you would choose Ryze in the first place to not have this happen. [center][highlight]On A side note[/highlight][/center] So a little while back I put up a forum on LoLs website against doing this build because its really dumb and everyone who read it was like why would you do that blah blah as if i was suggesting it. Then I got downvoted to hell...... I find the community here isn't as bad as Leagues actual Forums. I swear people never actually read through some things. GO SOLOMID!:D

For Ryze to get the most out of his damage you have to know your stuff. Different spell combos dictate different situations. Being the smart player will help you determine what for when and be able to do it on the fly. Early Combo: [imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/w.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/e.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png] This can be done at level 3 and you will be suprised how much damage can be done. Say your mid Opponent just used there abilities or is low on mana and still hanging around. Thats when you want to lay into them with one of these. Yes minions will be hitting you but for suprisingly how much damamage this can do its not a bad trade. Most of the time when i land this the Opponent will run back to base. If i been harassing with my long range [imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png] well they just might be dead. People say Ryzes early game is weak but used well you'll be suprised just how good it can still be. Chasing combo: [imgsmall=skills/ryze/w.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/e.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/r.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png] This may seem excessive but thats how the cookie crumbles for Ryze. If you doing a chase you wont be able to lead into the fight with [imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png] because ryze stands still to cast so you want to make sure the first thing you hit them with is what keeps you able to lay in more hits. Once you do close in further so you have an easier time keeping on them dont just snare and them hit them from there if you know they're gonna live from it. Sometimes it may be the tank who's over-extended. So you want to make sure your positioning is the best for staying hot on their ass. For cases when its just a last hit you need to kill them obviously just tag them with a [imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png]. [highlight][center]Why max 40% CDR is important[/center][/highlight] Getting your CDR at 40% is a must so you can do your combos at there best. When you get well seasoned with Ryze you will notice how much not having the CDR effects your ability to do your good nukes. Being able to lay out more spells with the CDR on this [imgsmall=items/glacial-shroud.png] will keep you alive longer than this [imgsmall=items/catalyst-the-protector.png]. Your 1v1 combo: [imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/e.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/w.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/r.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/w.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/e.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png] When your Ryze you will be able to 1v1 against more characters than other mages can because of your tankyness. Ones you wouldn't think possible like [imgsmall=champ/warwick.png] And lets face it sometimes theres just no getting away and you have to man up! Better to try taking someone down with you then running away with your speed reduced by some form of CC and your death inescapable. This combo I use [imgsmall=skills/ryze/e.png] 2nd to reduce there Magic resist so that your following [imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/w.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png] will hit harder. Remember your damage is lower than most mages so make the most out of it. If your really low start out with [imgsmall=skills/ryze/r.png] to keep your health up as much as it can be. Better to go out like a man rather than like a [img=champ/drmundo.png] MUNDO!!!! [img=champ/ryze.png] "What are you doing here Mundo?" [img=champ/drmundo.png] "MUNDO INTERRUPTS WHERE HE PLEASES!" [img=champ/ryze.png]"Don't hold me up."

I Guess this is fairly important since it is how I play Ryze and made no mention of it. Smart casting makes your spell combos... how can I say too fast. For those of you who don't know smart casting is holding shift while hitting an ability button. Instead of it bringing up the targeting system it will instantly csst the spell to what ever your mouse is on. [highlight][center]Ryze does this help??[/center][/highlight] Now even though some people maybe extremely fast by doing Q click W click E click Q click. Imagine just doing Q W E Q [highlight]O_O[/highlight] Thing is sometimes when your trying to do that shit so fast you will do it too fast and go Q W click and then miss your Q entirely. Smart casting prevents this and makes your spells come out literally as fast as possible. To smart cast you can either hold shift then press the button. You can also set it up in your in game menu to just hit the buttons to smart cast instantly without shift. Just ensure you swap them back when not using someone who its not good with. Off the top of my head here are other mages i think smart casting would also be good on.[imgsmall=champ/veigar.png][imgsmall=champ/cassiopeia.png][imgsmall=champ/leblanc.png]

I prefer to take mid or solo with Ryze instead of doing a dual lane. Although dual lane with Ryze is okay too depending on who your with and who your up against. Vs. Solo. or mid. After doing a leash or guarding a Jungler..... I prefer to harass the enemy with [imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png] since it has great range and last hit using auto attacks. People say Ryze has a weak early game but if you harass like hell with his range you will become very dominate in your lane. This applies to dual lane too just be more careful as you won't have as much control in the situation since there is 3 others around you who positive or negative rolls will determine how well you do. Be on the lookout! Staying Static in your lane is one of the worst things you can do. If potential arises take it! Don't sit idle in your lane when shits going down that you could give a positive outcome to. If stupid ass enemy [imgsmall=champ/akali.png] just turned 6 and now burst down bot lanes health had having no damage items don't sit mid vs. a [imgsmall=champ/veigar.png] thats gonna be hardly able to push anyways. GO HELP! [center][highlight]GET KILLS! GET FED! GET SOME![/highlight][/center]

[center][imgext=][/center] Since it was suggested and I like the Idea I'm gonna make a list of characters I think Ryze owns and Characters own Ryze mid. [highlight]Circumstantial[/highlight] [imgsmall=champ/akali.png]- Prior to level 6 you have the advantage in damage with spell combos but once she hits 6 don't try to fight her. With no items she can easily burst you down and chase you down endlessly "really 3 times" with her ultimate. If she pops shroud just back off and wait for it to wear off. Try to be the aggressor while you can because once she hits 6 chances of you winning are slim. [highlight]Fair[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/anivia.png]- Winning this match depends on how well you can juke her Q. If she can't land it on you you'll be able to out damage her and put her in egg form fast. Keep in mind her ice wall is a strong tool for setting you up to be ganked. If it looks like shes purposely being stupid with low life its probably so she can egg bait you while there jungler comes to kill you. Jungler aside. It just depends on how good the player is at landing the stun. If they are bad then its easily in your favor. If they good then its only a fair match up. [highlight]Slightly Unfavorable[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/annie.png]- Cooldown wise Annie can go toe to toe when harrasing with Q. Best way to outplay annie is when she uses her Q to last hit a minion try to harass her then. Granted this isn't easy because Annie will start off with boots and if you wanna do damage you won't. So in the end this is a match up where you might forced to be passive rather than aggressive. More in Annies favor than in yours although not a terrible match up. [highlight]Favorable[/highlight] [imgsmall=champ/ashe.png]- Ashe starts out incredibly weak and has maybe the worse base damage out of any character in the game. Only a good range carry because of her utility. Other wise shes tremendously weak and will only be focusing on last hitting minions if shes good. This means you can harass her very hard. If she started out with [imgsmall=items/dorans-blade.png] then you will start out faster then her too granted you taken my rune page. This will let you be able to get in and out to land [imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png] very easily. Always be aware once she hits level 6 for her Arrow. [highlight]Unfavorable[/highlight]e[imgsmall=champ/brand.png]- This character has greater damage, range, and harass then you. A must be played passive type of character. If he burns up all his mana then you can start getting aggresive. Otherwise if you try going toe to toe with him you will lose. Over confident brands are susceptible to pushing too far and setting them selves up to be ganked. [highlight]Highly Unfavorable[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/caitlyn.png]- Another pain in the ass for Ryze since she just has out right huge range. So much infact the player could suck balls and still dominate you in lane. Watch for when her passive triggers. She also doesn't start nearly as weak as Ashe so with her Q she will hold her own against you. A harder character to be passive against because of her range and also once she pushes you far she'll set up traps all around your turret to keep you in. Definitely not in your favor match up. [highlight]Highly Unfavorable[/highlight] [imgsmall=champ/cassiopeia.png]- Endless Harass and range makes her a huge pain in the ass. If you can juke her well enough and land some good harass of your own you may be able your own but since playing her early game takes literally no talent chances of that happening are slim. Play Passive and wait for ganks. [highlight]Fair[/highlight] [imgsmall=champ/corki.png]- Main form of harass is his phosphorus bomb. Isn't terribly painful but when combined with his machine gun and Valkyrie charge he is very strong. Also his auto attacks are very strong early game due to his passive. All this being said its not such a bad match up for you since his range sucks. His auto attack range is 550 while your [imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png] range is 675 making you able to land free hits. This match is in your favor since you can harass easier but don't under estimate his damage or you can die fast. [imgsmall=champ/drmundo.png]- MUNDO MIDS WHEN HE PLEASES! [highlight]Favorable[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/ezreal.png]- His early skill shots are pretty strong but if he isn't able to land any on you because you know how to hide behind minions then you can out harass him easily. Just don't set yourself up to get hit by his Arcane shift and then get hit by his other two abilities. That will hurt any other mid character considerably. [highlight]Unfavorable[/highlight] [imgsmall=champ/fiddlesticks.png]- His bouncing silence can do heavy damage if you let it even get two bounces on you and it has incredible range to boot. If you try to do a damage him while hes using drain it will come to about even. But then he'll just use drain on a minion and heal up whatever you did to him. Has a strong fear that will let him do strong harass to you early game aswell. This match up sucks. [highlight]Unfavorable[/highlight] [imgsmall=champ/galio.png]- Don't UNDERESTIMATE THIS CHARACTER. Alot of people may look at this and laugh that I would list him but early game galio isn't to be fucked with. His Q and E is a great minion farming tool also the damage if he lands a Q and E on you you will be suprised by just how much damage that shit does.and as soon as he lands 500 more gold from starting he can rush back for a [imgsmall=items/chalice-of-harmony.png]. This will make his spell casting endless and give bonus AP and magic resist against you. Best way to fight him is try to juke his skill shots and land some damage of your own. Although given the extreme range of his abilites he can easily stay back and just farm minions without fear of punishment. [highlight]Favorable[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/gangplank.png]- This one depends on player skill and just shit luck if you get critted with parley or not. Your Q has more range than his parley but doesn't do as much damage."potentially" Really Gangplank has to play Passive against you because if he tries to trade he only shoots one thing. You shoot 4. His early remove scurvy wont heal him enough unless he just pours level after level into it. [highlight]Slightly Unfavorable[/highlight] [imgsmall=champ/gragas.png] His Barrels fucking hurt and have huge range and burst very wide. Juking is your best friend here but its honestly not easy to do. If you try to trade with him He will outdamage you. Also he has great sustain so he can play passively all he wants. Kinda falls under the same category as [imgsmall=champ/galio.png] except Gragas will be able to do more damage with his better AP ratios. Harass safely if you can. His Base life isn't very much starting out. If you see him last hit with a barrel that's when you would attempt to push him out. [highlight]Favorable[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/karthus.png]- If he can land dots on you then its even if he can't then you can definitely outdamage him though nukes and harass. Beware of his slow also don';t stick around when you kill him and have spare life too in case he has requiem up. Not a very hard mid though unless the player is very skilled. [highlight]Favorable[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/kassadin.png]- Has just as much range on his silence as you have your Q. So you will only be able to trade with him. If you want the trade to land in your favor once he'll shoot it he will run away. Keep going after him and do a [imgsmall=skills/ryze/w.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/e.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png] to follow up. His early silence does not last that long. Better you get the harass in before it really starts to do damage and last longer and also before he can constantly warp in and damage you for free. [highlight]Fair[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/katarina.png]- Start this match in your favor or it won't be. Kat is extremely weak before she gets many levels in her bouncing blade. If you try to play this passive you'll be eating the bounces and then eventually she will just shunpo in kill you with her death lotus and shunpo out. So get the early harass on her first. If you can out harass her at say level 3 you can block her form her minions and creep deny her hard. if she tries to poke in you can easily punish her for it and hard. [highlight]Slightly Favorable[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/kennen.png]- The only other lightning type mage in the game. If he cant hit you with his shruiken he will be forced to try and run in and do his AoE shock. When he does it opens you up to land a nice spell combo. Alot of dumb kennens will sometimes run too far in to harass and get popped by the turret. Once he gets his ult he will severly outdamage you even if he has little farm. Best him before he gets it. [highlight]Highly Unfavorable[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/kogmaw.png]- Falls under the same category as Caitlyn for harass although he can't block you in with traps so its not as bad. If you get stuck duking it out just to see who kills each other first you will not come out on top. He can out fight you at level 1 with with W's Range. Just ensure flash is up for once he dies and goes to chase you. Better to best him before 6 before his range from his ult makes him truly a huge pain in the ass. [highlight]Unfavorable[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/leblanc.png]- Has as much range on her Q as you do and will severly outdamage you. She does not however have a large mana pool. If you get a early harass lead take advantage of it and make her afraid to get close. Watch your range always because her W Q harass will always make her closer to you than appears. If you can catch her in the act land [imgsmall=skills/ryze/w.png] followed up by [imgsmall=skills/ryze/e.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png]. This trade will land in your favor but you have to be quick. Otherwise this match up sorta sucks. [highlight]Fair[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/lux.png]- Your best friend here will being able to predict where shes gonna shoot her skill shots. If she gets too happy with them she will easily run out of mana and you can harass her to hell. However if she is good with her skill shots you will be eating alot of damage you best to try and juke and punish. [highlight]Unfavorable[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/malzahar.png]- Will outdamage you and can be passive as hell. This character doesn't take much skill to be good in lane and can farm and sustain with his dot all day if you get close you'll be silenced. At level 6 never be within flashing range of him unless you plan on getting a gank. Not in your favor. [highlight]Favorable[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/missfortune.png] Only thing that makes her hard to harass is her movement speed. Does decent damage with her Q so watch for setting up bounces. If she levels up her W First don't try being too aggressive because that stacking shot does good damage. Not a horrible match up but being the smarter player will let you kill her. [highlight]Highly Unfavorable[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/morgana.png] Anyone who loses a lane with this character just sucks. Endless spell vamp, Un gankable shield and the easiest creep farming to boot. But still no tagarted attacks to harassing her is pretty easy just be safe about it. Except its not easy at all because she can black shield away your damage. If she wants to be passive and just farm creep and never leave lane she has the ability to do so. Also can nothing but miss her snares all day but as soon as she lands one and has her ult and bring bring you to full to death in one burst. Have someone else go mid. [highlight]Fair[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/nidalee.png] Watch for spears mainly if your in line with one dont just run away from it. Chances are your just adding damage to it and putting a smile on your opponents face. Run to the side. Run in and Spell combo harass when you can because she doesn't have much of an answer back for it. Once he hits 6 her cougar form does just stupid amounts of fucking damage without having any items. So be careful for it. Not a bad match up though. [highlight]Slightly Unfavorable[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/orianna.png] Despite its nerf the ball harass is still very good. Best thing to do if your gonna get hit is try your best to trade damage with a spell combo of yours. Shes not very beefy a few good ones can put the match in your favor. Although again this is one of those characters that has a very easy laneing phase. More in her favor then yours but not the worst. Just dont let her get free damage on you. Punish her back. [center][img=champ/ryze.png][highlight]MIRROR MATCH[/highlight][img=champ/ryze.png][/center] To beat your opponent Ryze your goal early would to be the better farmer and get [imgsmall=items/tear-of-the-goddess.png] and [imgsmall=items/boots-of-speed.png] first. If they are the average Ryze player which is to say they hardly play Ryze at all because most people think hes not viable they won't be getting [imgsmall=skills/ryze/e.png] at level 3. Chances are they will only have [imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/w.png] to their combo. If you do a [imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/w.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/e.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png] you will outdamage him in the trade. Always have [imgsmall=items/health-potion.png] available. If you can get a [imgsmall=items/null-magic-mantle.png] towards your boots first then you have won the fight. If he tries to do[imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/w.png][imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png] well he won't have the cooldown to be able to you can get out of range before he does. Trade nukes with him and watch how yours will always do more. Obviosly a 50/50 match up depending on player skill for the most part unless the jungler gets involved. [highlight]Slightly Unfavorable[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/sion.png] Very early the match is in your favor. You have range. He does not. You can start to spam at his life. As soon as he gets a few levels he will be better at farming creep and pushing then you are. Very soon he will stack doran rings and start doing considerable damage. Very fucking annoying. All you have to defend yourself at this point is snare him when he tries running up on you with his shield and then run away yourself. AP sion is gay. [highlight]Favorable[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/sivir.png] Watch for her uber slow boomerang but know that if it goes though a bunch of minions before hitting you the damage is laughable. Her autoattck range is 450 but bounces can make up for it. Although when they do bounce early game the damage for that is laughable too. Make sure you have creeps between you and boomerang. If you eat both hits of it you will wish you hadn't. Also if shes running towards you like a dumbass its probably because she wants to bait you into a spell shield. Spell shield for her cost 75 mana and returns 150 if it blocks something. In that case run towards her and watch her waste it then do nothing. On a side note. This character can do nothing all game but farm then backdoor your whole base in 30 seconds. Don't underestimate her. [highlight]Very Favorable[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/teemo.png] If you see teemo on the team and have 2 top 2 bottom and no one mid. Guess where he might be. Just wait for him to show up from impatience. Since your not a range AD character he can't blind your damage and win every trade. While Ashe may suffer like a motherfucker from no talent teemos you won't have too. If he wants to trade... trade. You will do more damage to him. Easy match up [highlight]Favorable[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/tristana.png] Her main form of damage early game is burning shot. If you try trading prior to level 3 you will probably take more damage then her. She is however extremely godamn slow. Most likely will just be looking for last hits early game. So don't stand near bursting minions. Aggresive ones will jump right on top of you and then burning shot. If you run she'll just continue to shoot you in the back. So just trade. Getting out bullied is the number one way to lose your lane. If you out push her don't get within range to let her hop over your head and buster shot you into her tower. She likes to pretend shes a mini [imgsmall=champ/alistar.png] Since this character can't out bully you safely don't let her. Biggest face rolling champ late game IMO. Early game is a fair match up though unless your [imgsmall=champ/vladimir.png] [highlight]Favorable[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/twistedfate.png] Only thing he has with range is tripple card throw. All his pick a cards are off his 510 range. 510 range sucks hard. Letting you get free [imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png] harass. If you see a card floating above his head just hang back and wait for him to waste it. If you trade with him you will outdamage him. As long as your good at avoiding 3 card harass this is an easy match up. Does have good sustain though. [highlight]Laughable[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/twitch.png] Literally all this character can try to do is ambush you and expunge. If you trade with him. He Just might die. His auto attack range is only 500 so he can eat alot of harass. Laughable match up. [highlight]Fair[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/vayne.png] a character that loves to harass with her stupid roll. When she does don't let her get a free trade. Has pretty good range damage and speed. Look for when shes trying to get a last hit to harass her. Dhe may just roll away or she may eat it. Not the worst match up but definitely not in your favor. Mind where your back is to walls and see if she'll push and over extend for a jungler to come gank. [highlight]Very Favorable[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/veigar.png] Most likely all he will be trying to do is last hit with his Q to build his AP. Due to his crazy man regen passive he can literally just last hit with Q all day and regen enough mana to do it again before his cooldown comes up. So harass the fuck outta him. His dark matter is slow you can juke it easily. Just run up and throw a [imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png] in his face as much as you want. If he wants to trade your spell combo will do more damage. Just be mindful of his AoE stuns and don't underestimate his damage from his ult. However this match up is definitely in your favor. [highlight]Very Favorable[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/vladimir.png] Has better sustain than you but doesn't have better damage. His Q has a very slow coodown early so and not as much range as yours so you can push him out of lane by just throwing your [imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png] in his face every chance you can. Another character you can out harass than just block him from minions and last hit. If you trade with him and then become to passive he will just heal up whatever you did to him. So be aggressive. This match up is in your favor. [highlight]Unfavorable[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/xerath.png]Has incredible range and if he can land skill shots on you then you will be pushed back hard. A very hard character to harass for Ryze. Even If you get first blood on him he can bounce back easily. Not in your favor. [highlight]Fair[/highlight][imgsmall=champ/zilean.png] Early bomb harass is very painful and stronger then your early combos. Play passive and if he uses a single bomb on minions then retaliate with a spell combo. Even if he does his cooldown ability and throws one on you will do more damage. Although because his good range. You will have to lead in with your snare and then hit him because Zilean loves to do hit and runs. Pretty annoying match up but not the worst. At level one you can out spam the hell out of him. At level 2 he will do more damage but if you took a good lead on him you'll be okay. Just dont let him get free bomb harass on you. Zilean is super squishy. You can fuck him up something proper if he tries to press his luck.

If all is going well at this point. Continue to help other lanes push and gank and try picking up a [highlight]blue buff[/highlight] for yourself. This will let you have your max CDR without having your items plus infinite mana. Using the typical spell combo Ryze can easily take blue for himself without losing much health. Also Ryze can solo dragon once he has a [imgsmall=items/frozen-heart.png] and a [imgsmall=items/catalyst-the-protector.png]. If you see it just chilling there and you got the time. Go get it. Know where the enemy is first though!. [center][highlight]AND WARDS!!!!![/highlight][/center]

At this point you should be FED. And that means your Ryze. Manliest of men. Bravest of brave. Women are falling at your feet left and right. They should have added manly chest hair to show off your brawn. [center] [highlight]What does all this mean?[/highlight][/center] If your opponents are smart then your damage is gonna start falling off so you have to pick your fights wisely and go for the damned squishys!!! As Ryze you are a mage carry. That means you do not initiate fights. Yes you are more beefy then your average caster but you are still by no means a tank. [imgsmall=champ/alistar.png][imgsmall=champ/amumu.png][imgsmall=champ/galio.png][imgsmall=champ/maokai.png][imgsmall=champ/malphite.png][imgsmall=champ/shen.png][imgsmall=champ/singed.png] These are the type of people who go pick fights. NOT YOU! But what to do when they do go pick fights. Don't go after the enemy tank like every other idiot does. Look for the real damage being done. If you see [imgsmall=champ/tristana.png] just chilling in the back critting your team for 600 damage a shot then she should be who your after. Most glass cannons don't hold up to Ryze and the lack of Magic resist they have will let you put them in a grave. For games going bad. Ward where you can! Wards win games, even games going down the toilette. If you ever playing a game going really bad with a few teammates that are high ad carries like [imgsmall=champ/caitlyn.png][imgsmall=champ/tryndamere.png][imgsmall=champ/tristana.png][imgsmall=champ/poppy.png] just do your part to keep them from pushing too hard in your base eventually all the minions flooding in will only being a smile on lets say [imgsmall=champ/sivir.png]'s face. meanwhile because all your minions are trapped not getting out they won't get fed anymore. Times like this ward your red and blue and/or pop a [imgsmall=summoners/clairvoyance.png] from a friendly [imgsmall=champ/taric.png] and try to catch of them going to steal it alone. Just be safe about it. Eventually your inhibs will come back up and you ADs will now be in controll of the fights. Use your [imgsmall=skills/ryze/w.png] to its best ability to lock targets for them to annihilate. One good fight late game is literally all it takes to push from mid to nexus. Even if its just you and one other fed AD left. You have the [imgsmall=items/frozen-heart.png] so tank the tower for them if they have there build strong you shouldn't be even getting hit all that long before it drops. Spell Vamp on approaching creeps and continue to push. These games are still winnable NEVER GIVE IN! [imgext=]

9/25/2011 Added a section about stacking certain items. Also added more detail on why you would be dumb for buying manamune on Ryze. I'm sick of hearing about it. So i'm done being nice. Manamune Ryze = failure 9/27/2011 Added section about doing smart casting. 9/27/2011 Added a character match up chapter for what i consider to be good and bad Ryze early lane match ups. 9/27/2011 Completed Early match list. If you don't see characters there that because they either rarely go mid or I have to limited experience with them to comment. I pretty much have all the viable and frequently seen mids though. 10/5/2011 RIP Steve Jobs Also added some stupid art I made and added a ward map. Being bored is fun :D 10/12/2011 Added a full length tutorial video after much effort. Hope you enjoy! 10/??/2011 --- 11/??/2011 Added a abunch of stuff here and there and never made a log for it so heres my lackluster log :D.

[img=champ/shen.png]Go Ninja Go Ninja GO![/center]

Of course I am open to suggestions. I feel very strongly about mana per level runes being lackluster but I am willing to listen to other thoughts of what can be used. Thanks for reading and let me know what you think :D - IZyze Also feel free to host score images if you had a really good game going off of this guide. I would like to make a section of gathered images from people playing ryze. :D ty

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