Ryze is to my mind one of the strongest champions in the game, if not the strongest. People discovered what ryze can do but they still do not know that there is much more to get out of that champion. While being a late game hypercarry you can easily win your lane and zone enemies. Many people do not expect ryze to have the damage output that he has early on what catches them off guard. While being able to deal unimagineable amounts of damage Ryze also very tanky and quite mobile. Pros of Ryze: No skillshots 1 snare (cc) AoE Single target burst decent waveclearing Tankyness No real mana problems Ranged Good late game Short Cooldowns Strong Spells No skillshots Cons of Ryze: Quite low range on spells Not that mobile needs items to be useful VERY VERY Weak against ganks
To my mind ryze is a farming champion who is great vs melee champions and can harass well. To my mind he fits perfect into the top lane + i have about 100 ryze games season 3 and i was not that successfull in mid in the early games. I often fed and got crushed many times. There are many more counters to ryze in mid. And people are not that brave to play a mid laner top. Since i play ryze top i win my lane always, except if there is huge enemy jungle pressure.
With the power of runes I basically want to be less squishy early on, that is why I use defensive runes but i still take scaling mana runes too for harassing and more damage output.
I generally like to have all 3 abilities at lvl 3 because i want to be able to put out as much damage if needed. Second, i think maxing W over E is better.
The save combo is WQE The combo (if you know he will be in range for at lest the next few seconds) QWEQ For jungle camps go QR -> QWEQ
As ryze you basically just want to farm, however you can harass your opponent badly, especially on the toplane. Attention!: it is not that easy to play ryze top and your mechanics have to be pretty decent. You have to watch out to be not too agressive while not being too defensive. If you overextend the enemy jungler will kill you or the enemy will just kill you. Note: The minions are very important early and you need them to be able to harass your enemy. Hide behind your creep wave so he cannnot attack you very well. Keep warding, everytime you go back pick up 1 or even 2 wards and tell you mid laner to ward too to be able tocover every entrance. Late game you cannot overextend, if the ememy carries have enough protection take the front line appart first. If you have a good angle or you are comming from behind you might try to snipe or force a carry out but do not risk to be chain cc'ed.
Ryze Top does not really have a direct counter. Basically you win almost every lane at least with time. There is the possibility that you have to play against an early game champion, then you just farm and harass. stay back and DO NOT GET KILLED. Keep on farming, but do not die for a few cs. Also do not go in for 1 cs and lose half Hp. You will win these matchups with time, as long as you have even cs you win. These rough champions in early are Darius, Renekton, Jarvan, Kennen, any adc, etc. Then there are other Late game champions. Altough there are not a lot of champions that can keep up with him in terms of scaling there are some that you need to watch out for. Champions like Irelia, Vladimir and Jax can keep up with you all game while being able to go on you agressive early. So basically, if you play against ryze i would advise you to play jax, as you can go agressive early and the killpotential is pretty high, while you do not get outscaled and Ryze cannot 1v1 jax at any point in the game.