The Ultimate Thorny Zyra Mid Guide (latest patch) - The Strangle Queen
Welcome to our Zyra Mid Guide where we are ready to show you that deadly spines aren't just for gardening accidents – they're also the key to cultivating chaos and sprouting victory in the mid lane! From turning enemies into unwilling flowerbeds to unleashing more thorns than a hedgehog's daydream!
Zyra Summoner Spells:
- Flash: Essential for escaping, engaging, and repositioning.
- Ignite: Great for securing kills and reducing healing.
Primary Tree (Domination):
- Keystone: Dark Harvest - Amplifies your burst damage as enemies get low.
- Cheap Shot: Deal additional damage to movement-impaired enemies.
- Eyeball Collection: Gain AP for champion takedowns.
- Ultimate Hunter: Reduces the cooldown of your ultimate.
Secondary Tree (Sorcery):
- Manaflow Band: Helps with mana sustain.
- Gathering Storm: Increases your AP over time.
+8 ability haste
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist
Zyra Starting Items:
Doran's Ring, Health Potion, Stealth Ward
ZyraCore Build Options:
Burn them down Build:
Liandry's Anguish, Sorcerer's Shoes, Rylai's Crystal Scepter, Demonic Embrace, Morellonomicon, Rabadon's Deathcap, (Void Staff)
Note: If you are super late game (sell your boots and buy the Void Staff)
Burst o’clock Build:
Luden's Tempest, Sorcerer's Shoes, Cosmic Drive, Shadowflame, Morellonomicon, Rabadon's Deathcap, Rylai's Crystal Scepter
Note: If you are super late game (sell your boots and buy Rylai's Crystal Scepter)
Slow them down CC Build:
Everfrost, Ionian Boots of Lucidity, Rylai's Crystal Scepter, Zhonya's Hourglass, Cosmic Drive, Horizon Focus
Rod of Ages, Ionian Boots of Lucidity, Rylai's Crystal Scepter, Archangel's Staff, Cosmic Drive, Demonic Embrace
Ability Details & Skill Order vs. Ranged:
1. Garden of Thorns (Passive): Zyra's passive ability.
2. Deadly Spines (Q): Zyra's main poke and wave clear tool.
3. Rampant Growth (W): Plant seeds that can be activated by Zyra's abilities.
4. Grasping Roots (E): A skill shot that roots enemies and activates seeds.
5. Stranglethorns (R): Zyra's ultimate, which knocks up enemies and empowers plants.
- Level 1: Q
- Level 2: E
- Level 3: W
- Max Order: Q -> E -> W
- Take a point in your R (ultimate) whenever possible (levels 6, 11, and 16).
Zyra General Playstyle:
Zyra during the Laning Phase:
Zyra excels at poking and zoning enemies with her plants. Use Q and E to harass and control the wave. Be wary of ganks and use W seeds for vision.
Zyra in the Mid Game:
Look for picks with your E and control objectives with your plant zoning. Group with your team and use your ultimate for team fights.
Zyra in the Late Game:
Zyra becomes a significant damage threat. Position safely, use plants to zone, and look for multi-target ultimates in team fights.
Zyra during Farming:
- Use Q to clear waves and last hit.
- Use plants to help zone enemies away from farm.
Zyra in Team Fights:
- Stay in the backline, using plants to zone and deal damage.
- Look for opportunities to land a multi-target E or R.
- Protect your ADC and other carries with your root and plants.
Zyra around Objectives:
- Dragon/Baron: Use plants to tank and zone enemies. Your ultimate can disrupt the enemy team if they try to contest.
Zyra generally struggles against high mobility assassins and champions that can engage on her quickly. \
She excels against immobile mages and champions she can poke down.
Additional Advice on how to play Zyra:
- Zyra's plants can block skill shots, use them strategically.
- Always be aware of your surroundings, as Zyra is immobile and can be easily caught out.
- Use your ultimate to peel for yourself or your carries if needed.
Use these blooming insights of the Zyra Mid Guide, to transform the mid lane into a garden of chaos and confusion, where foes find themselves ensnared in the stranglethorns of your strategy, desperately wishing they had brought a pair of gardening gloves.