Zed is always among the most iconic mid laners in League of Legends, so we rank each of his skins to determine which is the best.
The champion involved in one of the most iconic professional League of Legends moments ever, Zed has been the prototype of a high-skill mid laner. As a result, he’s consistently one of the best mid laners in terms of pick rate. Which is why it’s so odd that, for a champion released almost eight years ago, Zed only has seven skins to his collection.
Half of those skins are legacy skins, meaning that they’re not even available for purchase, and Zed hasn’t received a new skin since last April. But, since there are so many players out there who love playing the Master of Shadows, let’s rank every single one of his skins.
6. Shockblade Zed
Price: 975 RP
Like most release skins, Shockblade is one of the least-impressive skins in Zed’s collection. It’s basically an upgraded chroma, providing no unique effects or animations. Really the only thing this skin has going for it is being one of his cheapest skins and also having a sick splash art.
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5. SKT T1 Zed
Price: 750 RP
This was the skin that honors the iconic performance by SKT T1 mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok during the Season 3 World Championship. The skin is probably the best of the SKT championship skins, giving the champion a really cool and unique style and upgrading those blades of his. Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer much more than nostalgia.
4. Championship Zed
Price: 975 RP
The Championship skin could have been a game-changer for Zed. The blue flames surrounding his shadow are really cool, and this is one of the few skins of his that have chromas available, but basically, that is where the upgrades over the base skin end.
3. Death Sworn Zed
Price: 1350 RP
The look of this skin is simply cool as hell. I mean, Zed really looks like a demonic ghoul and all this new animations and ability effects go along with that.
The best part of this skin is that the shadow, the most iconic parts of the kit, feels like a shadow. It swoops when it slashes and zooms back to the champion, rather than just kind of bursting out of his model. While his Q and ultimate animations are a bit underwhelming, this skin is still definitely worth the buy.
2. PROJECT: Zed
Price: 1350 RP
It’s no secret that I love the PROJECT skins, but this skin is among my favorites. The way Riot incorporated the futuristic theme into his kit, particularly with regards to his shadow (which is pixelated and vanishes in a cool “shadow deleted” manner) is really remarkable.
Like all PROJECT skins, the effects are top-notch, with his Razor Shurikens and Shadow Slash really feeling like they have some weight to them in the pixelated form. The PROJECT skin is a fantastic take on Zed and really stands out among his collection.
1. Galaxy Slayer Zed
Price: 1820 RP
The most expensive of all his skins, it’s hard not to argue that Galaxy Slayer isn’t worth the money. This is by far the skin with the most new animations and it’s easily the most unique in his collection. It’s hard to describe the theme of Galaxy Slayer Zed other than a unique mix of Avatar and Marvel movies.
At the end of the day, though, Riot succeeded in making a down-to-earth champion feel other-worldly. The new animations make Zed feel like a completely new champion and makes it his best skin.