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.
Particles: New particles for his abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Animations: New death animation.
Sounds: No new sounds.
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. Furthermore, they seem to compete with and diminish the relevance of the shadow theme. Overall, it’s a traditional look for Zed that feels novel and appealing yet isn’t as stunning as one would expect.

Conclusion

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.

Rating Criteria

Star clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZero: horrible skin, do not buy.
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Star clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZero: all right skin, not bad but there’s much better.
Star clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZeroStar clip art used in skin reviews at StrategyZero: very good skin, could’ve been better but it’s still worth it.
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  12 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.

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