Hello, i am xAgainstAllOddsx a current 2,000 elo player (platinum 2) and mid main role. as you can see my first language is not English but i try my best to help you guys out with a quick guide for Ryze! This will be a short guide i hope it's helpful. [imgext=http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/8706/2000d.png] [imgext=http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/4555/aaoryzegg.png]
Normally Ryze is really weak early game, but with this guide, you can REALLY harass the enemy champion, your early combo is only e + auto attack + q + auto attack, this will do a lot of damage early on, the reason of why you cast e + q with auto attacks in between is because you can't really do q + e + q early on NOTE: care with ganks!, the enemy champion will just back before you do so, unless they are really bad lol. CSing shouldn't be a problem unless you are getting ganked a lot. NOTE: you need blue buff to stack tear faster!
in mid game you should be able to clear waves really fast, and look for a gank, if there is nothing going on in other lanes, you can always go to the jungle and clear wolves/wraiths for extra gold + experience which will really bring you ahead of your opponent you should be harassing with Q + E + W + Q or Q + W + E + Q if the enemy are playing safe. NOTE: you need blue buff for the CDR before getting [imgsmall=items/frozen-heart.png] / [imgsmall=items/athenes-unholy-grail.png]
You should be face stomping everyone with your 38% CDR your combo should be Q + W + Q + E + Q + R + Q (only tanks should survive this combo by now)
[imgext=http://img541.imageshack.us/img541/8909/94913902.png] This set up let's you ignore 16 MR from them, stacking it with your E early on is 28 MR Ignored out of the generic 30 MR which most champions have (if not all of them, not including their runes MR bonus) makes you tanky early on because that's what ryze needs early game! since he is VERY squishy you need that Flat Armor + Magic resistance early on, plus the MR let's you trade better vs their Mid laner! with this runes set up you sure will be doing [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR_K7gqUuDI[/youtube] bad joke? too soon? still. TONS OF DAMAGE. Why Magic pen over Movement speed or spell vamp? Well i don't feel like Movement speed is THAT good in Ryze since he has his Ultimate which gives a lot of Movement speed Plus you have the Masteries to chase down people. Spell vamp is OK. imo but i'd rather go for more damage so they dont harass you, then again your ult is more than enough to sustain you, and it has a really short CD Plus your skills will reduce 1 Second of the CD each time you cast one of them.
Why this build.. Well Ryze's spells are based mostly of his base Mana, and his [imgsmall=skills/ryze/q.png] passive gives CDR and it has a short CD plus Ryze's [img=skills/ryze/p.png] reduces 1 second off CD on which is amazingly good [img=items/seraphs-embrace.png] is amazing in Ryze because it drains 25% of your total mana to shield you for 25% ryze will have 4,000 mana late game that makes it 1,000 damage absorbed, that's a LOT. warmongs gives 1,000 Hp... Think about it. [img=items/rod-of-ages.png] is a must in Ryze, the passive is also really good, it will save you a bunch of times, take my word. gives HP, Mana and AP what else do you need? [img=items/athenes-unholy-grail.png]/[img=items/frozen-heart.png] both amazing defensive items with a really good amount of CDR just what you need to burst more and faster as Ryze! [img=items/abyssal-scepter.png] Amazing Item for its price imo! Good magic resist reduction, good Magic resistance and a nice AP bonus which is always good to have [img=items/muramana.png] because you always want to burst more! Ryze has two single target skills one of them with almost no cooldown if you combo correctly! this item is just way too good for Ryze, sadly you will almost never get to buy it because you will end the game before you can! Why [img=items/seraphs-embrace.png] over [img=items/muramana.png] first? Well that's a good question, but as a high elo player i learned that defensive items are always better in most of the cases, i'd rather survive and do a lot of damage to the whole team and maybe take 2-3 kills than nuke someone and die because of lack of defensive items, with [img=items/seraphs-embrace.png] you can pretty much peel for youself, engage on a fight, get low to 1/2 hp active your [img=items/seraphs-embrace.png] then your [img=skills/ryze/r.png] and pretty much get your hp back, gives a lot of sustain in team fights.. A LOT. Why get [img=items/athenes-unholy-grail.png]? get this item when they lack of AD only.. i dont really recommend getting this if they have a strong brusier and ADC + jungler aka Jarvan, Xin, Khazix etc.
Why max E over W first? well it is very controversial i prefer E over W first because of the Magic Resistance reduction, i find it more useful for Damage out put. You can actually trade by kiting a 2v1 when they gank you more effectively. plus the 0.75 seconds from level W snare is more than enough for you to combo them. E also scales very well in AP which you will be building as well as Mana! makes a HUGE difference at level 13 when you are bursting people down PLUS when you combine it with your Ultimate you get sick Spell Vamp and you can survive a 1v1 or 2v1 from Spell Vamp, trust me.. It saved my life a bunch of times and that's what you need as ryze, survive Early/Mid game. Shows the power of [img=skills/ryze/e.png] + [img=skills/ryze/r.png] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0IlqKaBt1A[/youtube]
That's it for my short guide :) i hope you enjoy it and it's useful for you! good luck in solo queue and see you all in Platinum! Please like this guide if you did and leave a comment if you would like to know more about me or the ways i play ryze!