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Champion Spotlight

Zyra Champion Spotlight

Zyra Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift (Support)
Starting Spellthief's Edge item Health Potion item3 Warding Totem item
Early Frostfang item Boots of Speed item
Essential Boots of Mobility item Remnant of the Watchers item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Aggressive Liandry's Torment item Void Staff item Morellonomicon item
Protective Zhonya's Hourglass item Banshee's Veil item Locket of the Iron Solari item
Consumables Control Ward item Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Summoner's Rift (Mid)
Starting Doran's Ring item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Fiendish Codex item Lost Chapter item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Morellonomicon item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Standard Liandry's Torment item Void Staff item
Situational Zhonya's Hourglass item Banshee's Veil item Rabadon's Deathcap item
Consumables Control Ward item Health Potion item Refillable Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Ring item Boots of Speed item Refillable Potion item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Athene's Unholy Grail item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Offensive Void Staff item Haunting Guise item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Howling Abyss
Starting Fiendish Codex item Forbidden Idol item Health Potion item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Morellonomicon item Liandry's Torment item
Offensive Void Staff item Rabadon's Deathcap item Luden's Echo item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Zhonya's Hourglass item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Health Potion item

Tips

Playing As Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra
  • Placing a seed in your spell's path after you have cast it gives you the best chance of having a seed in the proper spot.
  • Seeds grant vision to your team.
  • Zyra is a great ambusher - look for opportunities to set a trap of seeds in brush, then lure enemies in.
Playing Against Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra
  • Zyra's seeds can be destroyed by stepping on them. If she tries to grow them as you do, dodge back at the last moment.
  • Moving closer to Zyra can be a smart move if she places plants too far away from herself.
  • Plants take fixed damage from attacks and effects, similar to wards. They also expire quickly on their own.
  • Moving the fight to a different area will deprive Zyra of accumulated seeds.
  • Seeds placed by Zyra are larger, a different color, and grant a small amount of vision to her team.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Keep in mind that Stranglethorns Stranglethorns refreshes the duration of all your Rampant Growth Rampant Growth plants within its radius, as well as resetting their current hit points. So for example any plant that is about to die from an auto attack can be saved with Stranglethorns Stranglethorns. This can be used as a surprising advantage in a direct trade with Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra opponent since it allows you to keep plants who were about to get destroyed by your enemy, granting you easy access to 3 plants without much Cooldown Reduction.
  • Garden of Thorns Garden of Thorns allows for easy planting, since it spawns seeds without Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra needing to do so herself. Also, there is no need to cast her abilities directly on top of her seeds, making harassment for Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra much easier.
    • If you are not using quickcast, pay attention to the area around the cast indicator. Around the area where the ability will appear, there is a dimmer box that shows up. If any seeds are within that small area as the ability is cast, those seeds will turn into plants.
  • Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra's main combo is Grasping Roots E > Rampant Growth W before Grasping Roots E lands > Rampant Growth W > Deadly Spines Q. The root and slow prevents the enemy champion from escaping the Thorn Spitter and prevents much retaliation.
  • Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra's full combo is Grasping Roots E > Rampant Growth W > Stranglethorns R > Deadly Spines Q > Rampant Growth W > Ignite Ignite if available. Once you are certain that Grasping Roots Grasping Roots will snare your opponent(s), quickly use Rampant Growth Rampant Growth to turn it into a Vine Lasher, then follow with Stranglethorns Stranglethorns, and throw in your Deadly Spines Deadly Spines followed by another Rampant Growth Rampant Growth. If done correctly, both plants will be buffed by Stranglethorns Stranglethorns since there is a small delay before the thorns expand.
  • Placing and activating seeds behind a wall is not only a good surprise tactic, but adds a layer of protection to the plants, especially from melee enemies. Plants will be able to fire at enemies close to the wall without fear of retribution.
  • Seeds enter a brief grace period after being planted in which they cannot be stomped out. Aggressive players may take advantage of this by placing seeds directly under enemies and then activating them with Grasping Roots Grasping Roots, ensuring the targets will be slowed by the ensuing Vine Lasher.
  • Plants make great tanks. When in pursuit of jungle buffs, activate seeds between Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra and the targets, allowing Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra's plants to become the focus target of creeps when they begin attacking. They can also tank hits from DragonSquare Dragon, but not from Baron NashorSquare Baron Nashor, since he ignores all pets and only attacks champions.  While in lane, quick reflexes will even allow you to get a plant down to block a slow skillshot before it hits you or an ally.
  • Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra can prepare to defend turrets from pushes by planting extra seeds before the minions arrive at the tower, to allow for up to 8 plants to clear the minion wave quickly.
  • Rampant Growth Rampant Growth can be used to ward, set up a Teleport Teleport, set up targeted dashes, zone with the possibility of a plant, or set up perimeters.
  • Rampant Growth Rampant Growth has a longer range than wards do, so use them to gain sight in bushes it would be unsafe to ward.
  • Enemies will want to stomp on seeds, so use this to bait them in. Conversely, seeds threaten to turn into plants, and can zone or push others into unfavorable positions. Use Rampant Growth Rampant Growth creatively.
  • Rampant Growth Rampant Growth grants vision of enemies that step on the seeds. Use this to track opponents.
  • Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra is a great initiator like Morgana OriginalSquare Morgana - landing a long range Grasping Roots Grasping Roots or placing a good Stranglethorns Stranglethorns to knock up multiple enemies can lead to a game winning teamfight.
  • It is a good habit to drop a seed or two whenever you Recall Recall. If you Recall Recall without incident, the seeds will recharge while you run back to lane. However, if an enemy finds you or interrupts your Recall Recall, the extra seeds will give you a better chance to either escape or win an ensuing fight.
  • Stranglethorns Stranglethorns will cause all plants to unleash double attacks, which is very helpful in teamfights.
Runes Usage
Item Usage
  • Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra is usually played either as a solo mid laner, or more commonly as a support in the bottom lane. As a damage source for her team, Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra can get really scary by getting ability power, magic penetration and cooldown reduction. As a support, cooldown reduction and team auras allow her to make an impact during fights by controlling her enemies and helping her allies.
  • Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Rylai's Crystal Scepter is a great item on Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra as all of her spells and plants benefit from the slow.
  • Liandry's Torment item Liandry's Torment is an excellent item to get early for Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra as it provides her with more burst, poke damage and a little extra tankiness. Her plants also proc the burn passive as well.
  • A couple of items that can be used to round up Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra's damage are Void Staff item Void Staff and Rabadon's Deathcap item Rabadon's Deathcap while a more defensive option can be Zhonya's Hourglass item Zhonya's Hourglass.
  • Spellthief's Edge item Spellthief's Edge and its build path are a strong choice for Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra as her plants proc Tribute when they hit enemy champions. If you're worried about sustain, consider getting Ancient Coin item Ancient Coin instead.
  • Luden's Echo item Luden's Echo is a good option with easy buildpath. The cooldown reduction, the mana and the unique passive Echo on the item is useful for Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra to harass her opponents, either playing as a mid laner or a support.
    • Hextech GLP-800 item Hextech GLP-800 can be a cheaper choice if Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra is thirst for an item soon.
  • Buying magic penetration is also an easy way of increasing Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra's damage, magic penetration from items such as Sorcerer's Shoes item Sorcerer's Shoes or Murksphere item Oblivion Orb provides damage in every stage of the game for Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra because her plants have a low AP ratio but still scale with Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra's champion level.
    • Murksphere item Oblivion Orb can be later built into Morellonomicon item Morellonomicon, which furthermore amplifies Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra's damage output against squishy champions and provides her with extra health to help her survive better in skirmishes.
  • An item that increases Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra's ability to resist burst damage is Banshee's Veil item Banshee's Veil. In case her enemies deals a significant amount of magic damage, this item is an excellent choice.
  • When going support, Locket of the Iron Solari item Locket of the Iron Solari is a good late game item to use the bonus health from Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Rylai's Crystal Scepter and Liandry's Torment item Liandry's Torment to benefit Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra's allies.
Countering
  • Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra's seeds can be destroyed by stepping on them. Crush them underfoot if she is using them to give her team vision of an area. Remember that they cannot be crushed right after being planted. Be careful if Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra is hanging around near the seeds as she may be trying to lure you into a trap by setting off the seeds with her other spells.
    • Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra's seeds have a short invulnerability timer, which lasts for 1-1.5 seconds. Be very careful and move away immediately from seeds if she places near or behind you. If she places them behind you, she will likely attempt land her Grasping Roots Grasping Roots, rooting you and leaving the plants for massive damage, followed by a Deadly Spines Deadly Spines and a finishing Stranglethorns Stranglethorns if you are not quick.
    • Garden of Thorns Garden of Thorns makes it easy for Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra to spawn plants. Be cautious of the area.
  • Moving closer to Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra can be a smart move if she places plants too far away from herself.
    • This however can be a risky tactic, because she will likely fire Grasping Roots Grasping Roots if she sees you retreating near her seeds and will follow with a Deadly Spines Q > Stranglethorns R > Deadly Spines Q leaving you extremely wounded or even dead.
  • Plants can be killed by three basic attacks or a single target spell and one basic attack. They also grant a little extra 3 gold if you land the finishing attack.
  • Early game Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra will attempt to combo you with seeds behind or under you, followed by Grasping Roots Grasping Roots and Deadly Spines Deadly Spines. The damage from the plants is insane and can leave you in a terrible position or force you to go back to the base.
    • Here however, dodging Grasping Roots Grasping Roots will completely mess her up costing her a lot of mana. If she has bad aim with Grasping Roots Grasping Roots or you are easily avoiding it, she will instead use Deadly Spines Deadly Spines to harass with the ranged plants.
  • Be wary of chasing Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra as she can easily place seeds in her wake, creating a pseudo obstacle course of plants which may cause your pursuit to result in death.
  • Attempting to connect skill shots with Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra over her seeds can be problematic. Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra may use her seeds as shields, activating her plants in front of your shots. It is important to note that, although plants will block skill shots, seeds in and of themselves will not hinder shots of any kind.
  • During early game, try to determine which skills Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra is leveling first. A Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra that levels Deadly Spines Deadly Spines first will rely more on direct damage and less on CC, so she should be harassed more aggressively. When she levels Rampant Growth Rampant Growth first, she will try to harass more often than usual but rely on seeds more for damage, so staying away from the seeds or forcing her away from them will hurt Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra's game. A Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra that levels Grasping Roots Grasping Roots first will have powerful CC, but since the plants and Grasping Roots Grasping Roots have short range (narrow hitbox), moving around a lot will leave her struggling to deal damage.
  • Stranglethorns Stranglethorns has a large AoE, but it can be evaded at the edges, since it takes a while before the vines damage the edges, so a quick Flash Flash or simply moving away will leave her ultimate wasted. So Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra, when trying to setup for a good ultimate, will usually plant 1 or more seeds and activate them with Grasping Roots Grasping Roots to keep her target in place.
  • Since Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra has no targeting abilities, a teleporting champion such as Ezreal OriginalSquare Ezreal, Kassadin OriginalSquare Kassadin or Katarina OriginalSquare Katarina can prove to be very problematic for her.
  • As a jungler, wait for Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra to use Grasping Roots Grasping Roots, as it is her only escape mechanism, and then strike. Just remember that her plants can continue to attack no matter what happens to Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra.
  • Zyra OriginalSquare Zyra is quite squishy if she plays support. Try to play aggressively when her spells are on cooldown to effectively zone her and her Marksman.

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