Zyra Build Guide

Closer to the flower, closer to the thorns

Uploader Tovvel
Updated 4 years ago
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    Greater Mark of Magic Penetration (+0.87 magic penetration)
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    Greater Seal of Mana Regeneration (+0.41 mana regen / 5 sec.)
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    Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power (+0.17 ability power per level (+3.06 at champion level 18))
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    Greater Quintessence of Ability Power (+4.95 ability power)
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    Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed (+1.5% movement speed)
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[title]I WILL BE UPDATING THE MATCHUPS WITH MORE CHAMPS VERY SOON[/title] This is my first guide about my favourite and best champion. I'm not gonna write a wall of text, it will be useful information in a minimal amount of reading. Hopefully you will enjoy this guide and please leave a comment so i can further improve it Zyra is an extremely powerful AP carry even after the nerfs. She has it all; good burst, amazing utility, extremely easy to farm with, and is almost always a safe pick in competitive games. She has a very strong laning presence. She is hard to get a handle of but it's well worth the time to learn her for any competitive player. I will be updating this guide a lot so please leave any suggestions in the comments and ill get to them ASAP! [title][center]WHAT WILL BE COVERED I THIS GUIDE[/center][/title] [.]advanced and beginner tips on how to build and play Zyra to her full potential [.]Runes and mastery options to suit everyone's play style [.]different comps and how to play them with Zyra. [.]Matchups with tips and tricks on how to win [.]Synergies that can easily overwhelm your opponent [title]PROS AND CONS[/title] Pros: [.]Good poke [.]Amazing kiting [.]Strong AOE burst damage [.]Great utility [.]Ability to peel [.]DAT ASS Cons: [.]Slow move speed [.]no escapes [.]Squishy [title][center]WHEN IS ZYRA A GOOD PICK?[/center][/title] GOOD QUESTION!!!! Zyra is almost always a good pick due to her utility and damage. But Zyra really shines in AOE team comps due to her amazing ult. Or in a poke comp! Zyra can use E and Q to poke and even if you miss your initial damage, you have a plant attacking and slowing the enemy if they try to approach you. [title][center]LORE[/center][/title] Longing to take control of her fate, the ancient, dying plant Zyra transferred her consciousness into a human body for a second chance at life. Centuries ago, she and her kind dominated the Plague Lands, using thorns and vines to consume any animal that set foot in their territory. As the years passed, the animal population steadily died off. Food became increasingly scarce, and Zyra could only stand by helplessly as the last of her kin withered away. She thought she would perish alone, until the appearance of an unwary sorceress presented her with an opportunity for salvation. It was the first time in years Zyra had sensed a creature wander so close. Hunger drew her to the sorceress, but some other, deeper instinct compelled her. She enveloped the woman in thorns with ease, but as she savored this final meal, foreign memories invaded her thoughts. She saw great jungles of metal and stone where humans and animals thrived. Potent magic surged through her vines, and she devised an elegant but risky plan to survive. Using the woman’s memories, Zyra poured her newfound magic into the creation of a human-shaped vessel. She didn’t know what sort of world awaited her, but she had nothing left to lose. When Zyra opened her eyes, she was overwhelmed by the raw power ready at her fingertips. It wasn’t until she noticed the shriveled remains of the plant she once was that she realized how vulnerable she had become. If this body died, there would be no network of vines to retreat through, no roots to regrow her...but she felt truly alive. She beheld the world for the first time as animals did, and a dark smile crept across her lips. She was reborn, and there was so much now within her grasp. "Closer to the flower, closer to the thorns." ―Zyra [title][center]Common LoL Terms Used in This Guide[/center][/title] AoE: Area of Effect, commonly used to describe a skill. An AoE spell can hit more than one person in an area hence the name! Squishy: A term used to describe a champion who has low health and can be killed easily. Tank: A term used to describe a champion who has high health and resistances and can take a lot of damage. Also a person can build tanky by buying items that give health and Armour/Magic Resist. Stun: An ability that immobilizes the enemy causing them to not be able to attack or move for a certain amount of time Snare: Much like a stun, but when an opponent is snared the enemy can still attack. AP: Ability Power, another term for magic damage. AD: Attack Damage. Gank: A term used to describe when another player in the game flanks on an enemy champion in order to help his teammate secure a kill.

[center][title]Early Game Items[/title][/center] [img=items/dorans-ring.png] Get 2 of these because they give good mana regen and damage to help you harass and win your lane easily [img=items/chalice-of-harmony.png] The sustain this item gives you for the cost is amazing, and the fact that it builds into a decent item later makes it a early pickup almost 100% of the time [center][title]MAIN BUILD[/title][/center] [img=items/sorcerers-shoes.png] standard AP carry boots, shouldn't use any others on Zyra [img=items/rabadons-deathcap.png] a must have item. gives tons of damage. [img=items/rylais-crystal-scepter.png] I feel Rylais is a far better item than Rod of Ages on Zyra. She doesnt really need any extra mana, and the health from Rylais is all you'll need, but the reason why this item shines over RoA on her is because of how well the slow synergizes with her plants. The vine lashers slow isnt as good as Rylais and your Thorn Spitters can proc the slow too dealing lots of damage and easy setups for you Ult. [img=items/void-staff.png] A must on almost ALL ap mids. provides strong damage and late game can get through the enemies tanks. Usually you want to get this item asap when your full combo cannot burst a primary target down. [img=items/athenes-unholy-grail.png] A very good item on Zyra due to the Mana regen and magic resist from the chalice early. Then upgrading it into an item with decent damage and tankyness late game makes it a great item on Zyra. [img=items/zhonyas-hourglass.png]a must item late game on Zyra. She has no escapes so if you get focused you can use your commbo then hourglass to saftey. [title][center]OTHER GOOD ITEMS[/center][/title] [img=items/will-of-the-ancients.png]i dont feel this item is that strong anymore. its very situational but can still be usefull if you need survivability. [img=items/abyssal-scepter.png]very strong item in general, especially on Zyra. I tend to get it against high damage burst lanes like [img=champ/gragas.png] it also works great because her base damage is so high. This item wins you 1v1 all out fights in lane. [img=items/rod-of-ages.png]Its all preference between this and Rylais, i never really get this on her but you should try out both and see which you prefer :). The reason why I prefer rylais over this in most situations is because 1. rylais' slow procs on plants, Zyra does not have extreme mana problems so the sustain from catalyst cannot be abused to its full extent. [img=items/lich-bane.png] Litch Bane is decent on Zyra due to her responsive auto attack and low CD's on spells. The thing i really like about this item is the MoveSpeed it gives. I recommend not building this though, simply because you will get more damage out of other items [img=items/deathfire-grasp.png] Not too sure about DFG after the massive nerfs, but the extra nuke is always good. [img=items/guardian-angel.png] This is really the only defensive item (other than Hourglass) I sometimes build on Zyra. If your getting focused done in fights then this item does wonders.

[imgext=http://i48.tinypic.com/k21qo.png] Magic Pen Reds are pretty standard on every AP carry Mana Regen Yellows help Zyra sustain in lane and allow her to harass more effectively AP/level blues give Zyra amazing damage throughout the entire game and are the standard on most AP carries Movement Speed Quints are VERY good on Zyra. They make up for her lack of mobility and escapes and also help with kiting. [center][title][highlight]OR[/highlight][/title][/center] Flat Magic Resist blues: i use these if i'm in a lane vs an assassin like Kassadin, Diana, or Fizz. They just help you farm safely in lane. Flat AP Quints: i normally dont use any or only take 1. They increase her damage but she already has high enough base damage that i find MS Quints the better choice.

[title][img=skills/zyra/p.png] Passive: Rise of the Thorns [/title] [number]Upon death, Zyra returns to her plant form. After 2 seconds, she can press any ability to fire a Vengeful Thorn towards her cursor, dealing 99 + (25 � level) true damage to each enemy it strikes. [/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] A very good and under valued passive, you can almost always trade if you die mid 1v1 with this, and in teamfights can hit 500 true damage on the entire team. [center][imgext=http://i49.tinypic.com/dfx9ft.png][/center] TIP: try to use the passive just as you die because the enemy will most likely be in a more vulnerable position after just killing you. [title][img=skills/zyra/q.png] Q: Deadly Bloom [/title] [number]Thorns shoot from the ground, dealing magic damage to enemies within the area. Rampant Growth: If Deadly Bloom hits a seed, a Thorn Spitter grows. Thorn Spitter attacks with long range and deals magic damage. [/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Your main source of damage. very good poke with Q,W. even if you miss the Q then your plant is gonna zone them. It can also be used to farm very easily. [center][imgext=http://i48.tinypic.com/29qe3k5.png][/center] TIP: dont be afraid to use it to zone with Q,W. Even if you miss your Q then your plant will zone your enemy away. [title][img=skills/zyra/w.png] W: Rampant Growth [/title] [number](Passive): Grants bonus cooldown reduction. (Active): Plants a seed lasting 30 seconds. If an enemy champion steps on a seed, it will be destroyed but they will be revealed for 2 seconds. Zyra periodically stores seeds and she can hold up to 2 seeds at any given time. Zyra cannot plant any more than 4 plants at a time. Cast spells on seeds to grow plants. Plant damage is based on Zyra's level. Extra plants striking the same target deal 25% less damage. [/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] use this as a cheeky ward, and i always use my Q or E then W so i never miss the seed. try to keep 2 stacked whenever your about to teamfight. [center][imgext=http://i45.tinypic.com/2moxe0p.png][/center] TIP: Zyra can have 4 of these on the map at a time. If you feel like you're over extended and might be ganked then dont be afraid to put one in each brush on the side of the lanes, The cooldown isn't to long so you will still be able to harass with your plants in no time! [title][img=skills/zyra/e.png] E: Grasping Roots [/title] [number]Sends forward vines, dealing magic damage and rooting enemies for a short duration. Rampant Growth: If Grasping Roots hits a seed, a Vine Lasher grows. Vine Lasher has short ranged attack that deal magic damage and slow by 30% for 2 seconds. [/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] This is the hardest spell to hit on Zyra. It has amazing range and can lead to HUGE burst with E,W,Q,W. It is one of the most over powered spells in the game as it can bind the whole enemy team at long range. This skill gives Zyra a very, for a lack of better word, passive aggressive playing style. shes very counter initiative. Shes really good at taking the opponent's aggressiveness and turning it against them. If they decide to trade with you and is out of position for a easy snare. You can easily unleash your full combo onto them and get a easy kill. [center][imgext=http://i47.tinypic.com/16038d0.png][/center] TIP: dont be afraid to fish with this if you KNOW the enemy jungler is not around. Hitting one of these into Q,W can lead to big damage and make your opponent think twice about going for that CS again. [title][img=skills/zyra/r.png] R: Stranglethorns [/title] [number]Summons the fury of nature, growing a twisted thicket at target location which deals magic damage to all enemies in the area as it expands. After 2 seconds, the vines snap upward knocking enemies into the air. Rampant Growth: Plants within the thicket are enraged, increasing their attack speed by 50%. [/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Amazing damage and utility. Use it after you hit your E,W,Q,W combo and its almost always a kill. Hitting all 5 enemies in a fight can chunk the entire team and knock them up. Also the range is pretty big so its not hard to hit properly. [center][imgext=http://i49.tinypic.com/309o4ci.png][/center] TIP: think of this as a massive orianna ult. Don't use it right away just to kill someone in a teamfight, but use it when they are grouped and get a 4/5 man knock up!!

[imgsmall=skills/zyra/r.png] --> [imgsmall=skills/zyra/q.png]--> [imgsmall=skills/zyra/e.png] --> [imgsmall=skills/zyra/w.png] Get E first for invading and good control for lvl2 ganks. I normally get w 2nd but Q is also a good choice. Get whichever skill you havn't gotten yet at lvl 3 Some people think maxing [imgsmall=skills/zyra/w.png] after [imgsmall=skills/zyra/q.png] is better than maxing [imgsmall=skills/zyra/e.png]. I personally like the increased snare time you get for maxing E second, and as long as you don't use your W carelessly you should always have 2 stacked for Teamfights.

Zyra is an amazing laner, she can out harass almost everyone and has amazing farming potential. You can push the wave to tower then take their wraith is just a E,W,Q and your plant will finish the big one. Her auto attacks are great. they are very responsive and do good damage. At lvl 3 you can kill if you land a E,W. just follow it up with Q,W and ignite. Zyra is very easy to gank for as a jungler at any level. just land your e and its a guaranteed flash and kill if they dont. Just farm and harass and dont worry about getting kills most of the time because your gonna out damage almost anyone anyway, as long as you dont give up kills you will be stronger than their AP carry 90% of the time. Make sure if you're against a champion who likes to roam (Leblanc or Eve) to push the minions to the tower and make them loose experience. DO NOT try to follow them because if they catch on they will bait you and 1 shot you easily. on your first back you should get either [imgsmall=items/dorans-ring.png]x2 or [imgsmall=items/chalice-of-harmony.png] depending on how your lane has gone so far. If it's just a farm lane or you are loosing then go Chalice to stay in lane a little longer with the Mana Regen. Or if its an aggressive lane where you are trading non-stop, go 2 dorans first to give you the extra damage. Then build [imgsmall=items/sorcerers-shoes.png]. after that you can build into your core items

Zyra has amazing dragon control. You can place 4 seeds and kill it very fast. she can even solo it with 4 seeds and ult. She also has great ganks and can get kills while roaming, but most of the time its a better idea to just FARM FARM FARM. at this point she can 100-0 almost anyone. make sure you buy lots of [imgsmall=items/sight-ward.png] !!!!! if you have good vision of the map dont be afraid to push lane and steal the enemies wraiths with just E,W,Q! you should have or almost be done either [imgsmall=items/rylais-crystal-scepter.png] or [imgsmall=items/rabadons-deathcap.png] Also finishing [imgsmall=items/athenes-unholy-grail.png] instead isn't a bad idea either! Just choose which ever one you feel is most needed or try out all 3 and see which one you like more!

just as good as she was early. She can insta kill their ad and ap carry with 1 combo. She provides great poke and kiting ability and is one of the strongest AP carries throughout the entire game. At this point in the game your team should be grouping for objectives. Zyra is one of the best champs at baiting baron due to her long range snare and her W giving vision. If the other team has map control and is forcing baron on you, it's very easy to scout with your W and E. But don't forget you're a squishy champion and if caught out of position can be easily bursted down. If your team is behind make sure you have your [imgsmall=items/rylais-crystal-scepter.png] done! This item can help zone away enemies and prevent them from initiating on you.

She can win the teamfight very easily even if your team is losing. You can knock up the whole team while doing ridiculous bro worthy damage. you can have 4 plants doing DPS while your knocking up and snaring the entire team while slowing them and continuing to cast spells and more plants........ya shes op Position yourself properly and make sure to take advantage of your [imgsmall=items/zhonyas-hourglass.png]. you have a great initiate with you e and r and can kill people out of position very easily. Zyra also has amazing peeling potential with her E and Rylais Slow. If the enemy bruiser is on your AD carry simply hit an E and Q and your carry should be able to get away. If the enemy team is focusing you, you can bait them by getting low health then using [imgsmall=skills/zyra/r.png] into [imgsmall=items/zhonyas-hourglass.png].

i will be updating this guide with other matchups in the future. These are just the ones ive had the most experience with. they are based on how many times you would win within 10 matches (ie, i should beat Gragas 7 times out of 10 on average, the matchup is 6,4) these are all based on what i've experienced while playing ranked and normals and could be wrong, don't rely on anything i say :P [img=champ/gragas.png] (6,4) i think Zyra counters gragas if played right. you can poke better and can kite him very easily. I havnt played Zyra against a top level Gragas though so i could be wrong. [img=champ/swain.png](5-5) play passive and farm. hes a big lane bully so dont try to fight him 1v1. [img=champ/kassadin.png](4,6) if you dont get a kill pre 6 it will be a very hard lane. Just push the lane and farm your jungle and you should be ok. Also buy an early Negatron and you can 1v1 him. After he r's to you and does the burst just snare him and he should die in one hit. [img=champ/fizz.png](3,7) i feel Fizz is the hardest counter to Zyra in lane that i have faced. He can e your snare and do more damage then you. He can hit his shark very easily because you have no escapes. Play extremely passive and just farm the best you can. [img=champ/galio.png](5,5) just a farm lane [img=champ/vladimir.png](5,5) early game he cant do much but around mid he can kill your plants with one e and pool your ult or snare. its another farm lane. [img=champ/ryze.png](6,4) you can kite him pretty easy. you both have the potential to kill eachother if hit by a snare. just farm and harass until you feel confident you can kill. [img=champ/diana.png](3,7) does the same thing as fizz, the only difference is you can actually hit a snare. [img=champ/cassiopeia.png](5,5) she can kill you and you can kill her, this matchup is really who plays better. [img=champ/ahri.png] (4,6) decently hard lane. If you miss an E after lvl 6 and the ahri is good, you will most likely die. She can avoid your ult with hers. To play this match you should just farm wraiths and lane safely and call mia's when she roams. [img=champ/karthus.png] (7,3) Zyra can stomp karthus. You have 2 choices. either push your lane to tower and roam or farm jungle. OR fish with your E and if you hit one he's most likely dead with your combo. Try building [imgsmall=items/deathfire-grasp.png] if you just wanna shut him down. [img=champ/orianna.png] (5,5) you have essentially the same poke and utility as her. I would suggest just farming unless you feel very confident in your Zyra. [img=champ/morgana.png] (5,5) another farm lane. Just dont get hit by a bind and you should never die. You cant kill her because of her shield. [img=champ/syndra.png] (7,3) Syndra is pretty weak. You do more harrass then her and your stun is easier to hit. Just be careful of her lvl 6 burst and you should dominate her. [img=champ/anivia.png] (5,5) I haven't played much of this match but it seems like another farm lane. Ganks from the jungler can give either side a massive advantage though. [img=champ/leblanc.png] (3,7) If you miss one E she can jump on you and one shot you. Make sure you push her to tower before level 3 and always push when she goes to roam. [img=champ/lux.png] (6,4) both of her damage skills do the same as yours, the only difference is yours are on a much lower Cool Down so make sure to take advantage of that. [img=champ/malzahar.png] (5,5) He will just push you to tower and you will just have to be able to last hit under tower. Make sure to not get caught with his ult though. [img=champ/sion.png] (6,4) He should not even be able to get in range to stun you, but if he does then you are dead. Just make sure if your E is on cooldown then you have to back off. [img=champ/viktor.png] (6,4) Viktor has amazing poke and damage early on, but you have just as much but on shorter CD's. Just be careful of Viktors lvl 6 burst!!! [img=champ/xerath.png] (7,3) Xerath has a very hard time laning vs Zyra. If you ever see Xerath go into his W state, just dodge the q and walk up and snare. [img=champ/veigar.png] (5,5) Veigar can easily one shot you after lvl 6. But keep in mind your stun range is longer than his. Its hard to win this match unless you know the range on your E. But once you do then kiting him is easy. [img=champ/elise.png] (?,?) Zyra seems to beat her at all stages of the game. Maybe Elise will turn out to be OP but its too early to tell.

[img=champ/malphite.png] Almost everyone synergizes with Malphite. After Malph ults you can ult and knock up everyone malph hit making for amazing CC and lots of time for you AD carry to get free damage. [img=champ/varus.png] Varus's ULT is AMAZING if it can hit everyone, and Zyra's ult can set up for just that! Along with the slow from Rylais, snare from E and knock up from ult, Varus can get an easy ult to stun the enitre team. [img=champ/vladimir.png] Vlad has so much AOE damage that him paired with any AOE CC champ is amazing. This combo works much like the old Kennen Vlad combo where Zyra knocks up the team while vlad gets a free ult onto 4-5 of them. [img=champ/maokai.png] Getting ganks during laning phase from Mao are some of the easiest kills. Mao will snare the enemy giving you a free snare into massive damage and most certainly a kill. [img=champ/katarina.png] A Katarina top can synergize with Zyra much like Vlad where she just abuses the Zyra AOE. [img=champ/amumu.png] Same idea as Malphite. Amumu will ult and give Zyra free knock up allowing her and the AD carry to do free damage. [img=champ/caitlyn.png] POKE COMP!! Zyra and Cait have some of the best and easiest poke in the game, combined with Caits trap and Zyra's plants its easy to zone out an entire enemy team! There are many more great champions to pick when having a Zyra on your team. Basically anyone with AOE damage or CC will pair great with her!

I hope this guide has helped you and thanks for reading it! Zyra is extermley fun and hope that this guide will help you carry your team! DONT FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT AND LET ME KNOW WHAT I CAN IMPROVE ON :)

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