Quickly double tapping Living Shadow will teleport Zed to his shadow immediately for rapid escapes.
Placing a Living Shadow before using Death Mark can give Zed a safe escape from combat.
Saving energy and spell cooldowns until you use your ultimate will maximize Death Mark's damage.
Akali can still be hit by area effect spells while obscured inside Twilight Shroud. Doing so will briefly reveal her position.
Return to base if your Health is low and Akali has her ultimate available.
Akali's Five Point Strike is powerful when used at maximum range and energy. Engage on her when she has low energy to maximize your chance of winning trades.
The stats provided here highlight some valuable Zed versus Akali matchup stats that may help you realize the differences and similarities between the pair. Zed’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is more than Akali’s ratio of NaN, indicating that Zed may be more central to his team's team fighting capacity than Akali..
Zed typically has a similar longest killing spree as his foe does. On average, he receives less damage than Akali. This commonly reflects differing health capacities; however, it can also indicate that the champ with more health has less agility and thus is unable to flee from additional harm when engaged or poked.
Both League champions are great champions. Both champs have their pros and cons. In the game's current meta, Zed usually fairs equally well when facing off against Akali, with a 50.7% win rate. Therefore, Zed makes an ok counter to Akali.
While Zed does have a higher win rate than Akali, when on opposite teams, Zed also has a greater level of difficulty that makes him a more difficult character to learn and master. You still need to be cautious when picking Zed into Akalias his relative depth means that you may not be able to unleash his full potential without a lot of practice beforehand.
Furthermore, Zed has only a small amount of utility and CC, a similar amount to Akali. This makes her just as valuable during team fights, especially when facing champions with a lot of burst damage.
While there isn't a single best champion in League of Legends, in Zed vs Akali matchups, Zed is the better champion with a similar win rate, similar champion depth, and a similar amount of utility to help out your allies during late stage team fights.
Zed is a decent counter for Akali. You will do well by focussing your play on keeping up your gold and cs and destroying objectives. If you can do that, you should do very well as Zed against Akali.
If you would like to truly master Zed in order to counter Akali during both the laning and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should keep reading to learn a few extra tricks and insights into this matchup. If you listen to the build and suggestions shown above, you should increase your win rate significantly and be that much closer to League of Legends pro players.
Zed on average racks up a similar amount of CS relative to Akali. Champs who on average don't acquire many minion kills typically don't require much CS to be effective, such as sup champs. These kinds of champions are able to scale well off of their skills, stats, and first items alone. Yet, champs with large amounts of CS, such as hyper-carries, usually have to have several high cost items to be effective. In either situation, try to surpass the numbers shown on this page to do well.
The ideal items to prioritize in your Zed versus Akali build include Eclipse, Edge of Night, and Serylda's Grudge. When Zed combined at least these three items in his build, he did a lot better against Akali than with most other commonly used builds. In fact, Zed had an average winrate of 50.7% when playing against Akali with these items in his kit.
To have the greatest probability of annihilating Akali as Zed, you should equip the Electrocute, Sudden Impact, Eyeball Collection, Ultimate Hunter, Transcendence, and Scorch runes from the Domination and Sorcery rune sets. Out of all the rune builds that we analyzed for Zed vs Akali matchups, this blending of runes resulted in the best win rate. Notably, these runes gave a 50.7% win rate overall.
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