Those guys down at Riot just never stop pumping out the new champs. Once a month a new player gets added to the Fields of Justice. This month it was Zed: the Master of Shadows, a melee based assassin with the potential to wreak havoc on the battlefield. His back story puts him as an orphan trained by a great ninja. He was better than anyone in the school except for the masters son, who could always fight him to a draw. Then one day he found an ancient box filled with shadows. When he opened it they filled his mind with techniques that had long been hidden. These powers were forbidden because they were unbalanced, and when Zed used them to defeat the masters son, Shen, he was banished. The rivalry between Zed and Shen escalated when, years later, Zed returned to the dojo to retrieve the box and killed Shens father. that day, the old ninja order fell and Zed rules as the new master, determined to kill all ninjas who refuse to embrace the shadows.
His main skill set is based around his Living Shadow power, which lets him cast his shadow to a target location for up to 4 seconds. While his shadow is active it will duplicate any other powers you use, so it’s like having two of you doing twice the damage. Also, by reactivating the shadow power you can switch places with it, so it basically acts like a flash every 8 seconds, allowing you to dodge skill shots and escape sticky situations.
His other abilities are Razor Shuriken, which is a straight line skill shot, and Shadow Slash, a spinning move that hits all targets close by. When using the slash, his shadow will also slow the target. His ultimate attack lets him dash to his target while spawning another shadow behind them and marking them for death. After 3 seconds his shadow will explode, dealing a percentage of the damage you have done to the target in that amount of time. Zed is also an energy based champion, so you wont have to worry about running out of mana. His skill set allows him to harass his target and still have great mobility for engaging or escaping.
All in all, Zed is a very well rounded assassin champion. If you like being sneaky and still having the power to do lots of burst damage, then this might be the champ for you. For maximum damage output, save your spells until after you place your ultimate shadow down, then burst with q,w and e. When that ultimate detonates after, it will do a lot of extra damage. You can also through your Living Shadow down outside the fight area to use as a fast escape if the fight doesn’t go your way. It takes some time to learn how to use those shadows right, but once you do, you are very hard to kill. Enjoy stalking your prey!