I think he's balanced for the most part. He does what he was designed to do really well, but that's about it.
My only cause for concern is that Zed seems to be the type of champion you can't really shut down. He has an amazing kit and you can't deny him farm; He's going to get his items and he's going to be a threat no matter what.
no its fine, you just not using him right. seriously once you learn how to use zed, nobody can stop you mid
Oh boy, one of those "arguments".
I know quite well how to use him, chump. I've been maining him since his release in both mid and jungle, his energy costs (and his method of regaining energy) are inneficient as **** and its really kinda dumb how he's constrained by energy in both lane and in TFs, ultimately defeating the purpose of him being an energy champ. And for being someone so dependent on his ult its on a stupid high CD, Talon can ult almost twice at lvl6 (and get a kill in an easier fashion) than Zed, that's just poorly balanced.
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He's very unforgiving, you really need to proc that energy regain upon initiating against someone, or you're going to be unable to do anything else.
The other combo-based energy champ that even remotely compared to him is Lee Sin, which has a passive allowing him to regain a lot of energy by autoattacking. Zed needs to put points into Living Shadow, the skill that's likely maxed last or second to last in order to have a stable combo.
He's got great but unstable potential. If you play him perfectly, he's amazing, if not, you're screwed. In other terms; "Balanced, but other champions are more forgiving and easier to play, yet have the same potential, making him sub-par".