Nov 152012
Zed, the Master of Shadows
Zed, the Master of Shadows

Zed, the Master of Shadows arrived at the League of Legends to finally offer the ways of a true ninja. Hardly conventional, his shadows are based on deceit so he retains the familiar furtive flavour of the classic ninja. Conversely, his release skin takes a different angle that contrasts his armoured look and shadow games. Your enemies may not see you marking them for death but you can still look good in the shadows with Zed’s skins’ review.

Shockblade Zed
Shockblade Zed Splash Art Shockblade Zed Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Zed as a white-clad ninja with electric powers.
Model: New model for Zed, his shadow and shurikens.
Particles: New whirlwinds and lightning particles for Zed and his shadow. New lightning particles for his abilities, auto-attack and recall plus new blue cross for Death Mark.
Animations: New death animation.
Sounds: New electric sounds for his abilities and the electric arc between blades when idle.
Splash Art: A lightning storm as a background is a simple but striking frame for a ninja. Except for the clouds and lightning there’s a lot of empty space but the intention is clear: Zed wields the power of nature itself. Moving on to him, the portrayal is quite good due to a dynamic stance and complex shading. Intricate folds on his clothes, multiple reflections and eye-catching light effects make the piece rather stunning to look at. However, the perspective of his right leg seems unconvincing and the rather empty setting makes him float in nothingness. All things considered, it’s a great looking spotlight of Zed but the background looks like it didn’t reach the level of quality that the portrayal did.
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Conclusion: Shockblade Zed takes off the classic armour and instead turns Zed into a conventional white ninja. The appearance is interesting and retains remarkable facets like the dual blades and oversized shurikens. However, in general the look feels rather plain and uninspired. The particles add some flare to the skin with tame lightning effects but they never appear as impactful as lightning should. In fact, they seem to compete with and diminish the relevance of the shadow theme. Furthermore, the new sounds don’t help that matter as they are subtle and almost inconspicuous. Overall, it’s a traditional look for Zed that feels novel and appealing yet isn’t as stunning as one would expect.

SKT T1 Zed
SKT T1 Zed Splash Art SKT T1 Zed Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Zed as a sleek, modern street ninja.
Model: New model for Zed, his shadow and shurikens.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Following on the footsteps laid before, the splash art is content with depicting the team of champions at an arena among bright lights and confetti. As dynamic as the portrayal is it also feels like it’s treading the same ground. It also doesn’t help matters that the background is so diffuse and that the setting seems empty.
That considered the champions do look good. Each depiction speaks about them though not always in the right way. Specifically, Jax appears agile and ready for a fight, Lee Sin concentrated and physically apt while Zed seems sneaky and lethal. The ladies though don’t shine as much: Zyra simply lashes forward with her classic tendrils and Vayne looks unexpectedly light-hearted and enticing.
In a way, it seems that the splash art followed the traditional path: powerful guys flanked by sexy girls. To be fair, the portrayals are nice with vibrant shading and great variety of colour. Besides, for better or for worse, all the champions look attractive in some way. Therefore, we can say that it’s a piece with a disappointing background and a good portrayal that doesn’t always display the best that each champion can offer.
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Conclusion: Thanks to the comfortable and practical clothes and lean, new design for his blades and shurikens SKT T1 Zed manages to appear as a modern-day street ninja. The brightly coloured weapons clash with the stealthy approach typical of the profession and the option of fingerless gloves seem suboptimal. Regardless, the result is appealing and appears feasible in the realm of fiction. It’s also quite nice that some of his abilities are also modified as they use assets from his base model: Razor Shuriken, Living Shadow and Death Mark; in particular. On the whole, it’s a decidedly fictionalized but eye-catching and enjoyable contemporary look for Zed.


Zed is a ninja with an imposing armoured look deeply rooted on the use of shadows. Therefore, Shockblade Zed’s style is paradoxical as it lightens his aspect and also his shadows. It’s still a good skin that retains his classic style while adding a bit of light to his appearance. Hence, if you can stand the competition between lightning and shadows then Shockblade Zed isn’t a bad option.

  31 Responses to “League of Legends: Zed Skins’ Review”

  1. Hi Zero, you can make the Shen skin review, plz…

  2. Hey, just a dumb question, but if you were to rate zed’s classic splash art what would you think of it? Just wondering because it has to be one of the most detailed (although sort of cluttered) splash arts for new champions.

    • Not a dumb question at all. The splash art is great as a portrayal with a complex background; the shadow in it is a nice touch. Regardless, the setting could be less diffuse as the mist of secrecy seems a poor way to avoid details and reduce the multitude of elements displayed; which compete with Zed for attention. The buildings look interesting but it seems that there’s untapped potential.

      As far as Zed is concerned, the depiction is superb: abounding in details and with a sharp quality that should be the norm for all splash arts. Even the pose is well done without obstructing much the view of his look.

      On the whole, an impressive portrayal with a bit disappointing background; still, a very good splash art.

  3. zed needs a new skin with maybe a new shadow(ability) color

  4. Hi Zero do you think Zed’s skin will be on sale soon?

    • It should be on sale in the foreseeable future as it’s the oldest skin not to have been discounted. Maybe we simply need a bit more of patience. With all the end of Season agitation and incoming Championship Thresh, as well as Victorious Elise, there seems to be a lot going on.

  5. Something I think is worth mentioning: When Shockblade Zed doesn’t move for a few seconds, he’ll play with a lightning between his hands.

  6. Zero . can you give me shockblade zed Code ? Please !

    • Sorry but we don’t have any codes for any skins. You’ll have to rely on purchasing RP to unlock it or find a giveaway of skins around the web. Still, be careful about where you submit information and remember never to reveal any passwords or specific personal details; no website should ask you for them.

  7. Will you do SKT T1 Zed skin when it comes out?

  8. Hey Zero.
    Firstly, thanks a lot for the trouble you do here. Never buy a skin without taking a review into consideration ^^

    Secondly, Zed’s Ultimate, Death Mark, has recently received a new aesthetic element. There is now a large cross on the target of Death Mark upon cast time. This is a red cross for his classic and SKT skins, but Shockblade’s is a shade of blue, in order to be more fitting to the theme. Thought you might want to mention that.

    Kind regards,


    • No problem, we are glad to be of help.

      We didn’t notice the change of colour though the giant cross seemed new; kind of: this wasn’t here before. We’ll give it a look and update the review, thanks for the information.

  9. I’ve found that shockblade zed has new lightning storm sounds for his abilities its a subtle difference to the classic skin so yeah :) just wanted to point that out.

  10. Has shockblade zed been on sale yet?

    • He was on sale between the 11th and 14th of October, 2013. Hopefully the skin will return before a full year passes but with the rate of sales nowadays anything is possible.

  11. Hello Zero, I would like to hear your opinion. Which skin do you prefer? Shockblade Zed or High Noon Yasuo?

    • We think that Shockblade Zed is a better option because the concept is more fitting and the execution is well done. High Noon Yasuo is also reasonably implemented but the idea behind it is more fanatstic and a bit of a stretch.

      It can be a matter of personal preference as Shockblade Zed is more conservative, another flavour of ninja, while High Noon changes the setting but keeps the core. Still, both are good skins.

      It could be said that if you like Zed there isn’t much reason not to like Shockblade but the same can’t be applied to Yasuo and High Noon. The skilled fugitive idea remains but the fantasy it’s based on is quite different.

  12. Your Shockblade Zed review was very helpful in my decision of buying it. My friend would always tell me not to buy it and just wait for SKT T1. But after 30 wins with him i just had to see what others thought, that’s how i stumbled upon your site. Your review was so detailed and amazing that i practically knew i would like the skin once i bought it a few days after reading.
    I don’t know why my friend said it was such a bad product. Well now that I think about it he is a mid main and he hates laning against Zed xP

    Anyways thanks so much for your review, im really enjoying the skin.

    Sincerely, Ward Mid Please.

    • We are glad you found the review useful and that you made a satisfactory purchase. We’ll keep working hard to make the most helpful reviews possible. Enjoy the skin.

  13. Zed could really use a new skin D:

  14. Hi Zero,
    There is going to be a PROJECT: Zed Skin and its in preview.
    What are your first expression on the new Zed skin?

    • and how many stars will you give it?

    • Looks good but we are talking about an expensive skins so a good model and particles isn’t enough to make it great. As it is, it look rather good but we don’t have enough information to settle on a rating yet. We’ll need to check the final product to reach a conclusion; let’s hope for the best.

  15. Can you do the review for the new project skins please

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