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Jungle Zyra (Underrated)







Quick Zyra AP Jungle Build


Summoner Spells


Starting Items

Best Overall Build

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Intro

Hi, I'm Nutri, a season 5 challenger jungler with a lot of competitive experience, albeit a while ago now. I've recently somewhat accidentally discovered that zyra jungle, since the durability changes, actually has a lot to offer in the jungle. She has very strong skirmishing, decent ganks, very high damage and contributes immeasurable value to teamfights. Couple this with the fact that she scales amazingly well and has build options that can thrive vs both tanks and squishy carries alike, she really is a powerhouse jungler that's being slept on at the moment.

Runes

This is going to be your standard rune page, the only thing worthy of consideration with regards to alteration will be the secondary tree, which ultimately comes down to preference, I am a big fan of

Stopwatch
as it allows us to make aggressive ult plays before we have our completed zhonyas,
Future's Market
is also an excellent choice as Zyra is good at accumulating a lot of gold before resets and
Future's Market
can often help us to secure a large item spike on recall.

  • Rune Page


Summoner Spells



Flash
+
Smite
is the only option here. Flash is simply too valuable.

Skill Path

The only real variation with regards to skill path here, if you see an opportunity for a level 3 gank or you fear you may be invaded - Take E at level 3. the Q -> W -> Q skill order is for a full clear opener.

  • Skill Path

Zyra

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Item Builds

The first build shown is the "Standard build" which you should aim for in most games,

Morellonomicon
can be built in place of
Shadowflame
in extreme circumstances vs high healing but you should seek to avoid doing so where possible.

If the enemy team has a lot of tanky champions, it may be better to build a

Demonic Embrace
in place of the
Shadowflame
. The most important part of this build is the core 4 items,
Sorcerer's Shoes
Liandry's Anguish
Rylai's Crystal Scepter
Zhonya's Hourglass
.

With regards to build order, if you are playing vs high damage, bursty compositions then building

Zhonya's Hourglass
right after
Liandry's Anguish
is a good idea. I will usually gauge this based on whether or not i've used the
Stopwatch
from my runes.

  • Standard Build

Matchups and Synergies

The hardest matchups for Zyra in the jungle are going to be champions which can disrupt you during your first clear, now, Zyra is not at all weak when it comes to 1 on 1 interactions in the jungle, she has many tools to kite and deal damage from a distance in the form of her

Grasping Roots
and
Rampant Growth
. Champions such as
Kha'Zix
and
Rengar
can be very difficult to deal with due to their ability to leap directly onto you and apply reliable crowd control in the form of
Unseen Threat
and
Bola Strike
respectively.

Another difficult matchup for Zyra is

Olaf
, whilst he is not a problem early game for Zyra, in fact, quite the opposite. He becomes an issue later on into the game once he has his ultimate ability,
Ragnarok
. This, coupled with
Ghost
will be very difficult to deal with as Zyra.



Zyra
functions best when playing against engage champions such as
Wukong
,
Nautilus
,
Sejuani
,
Zac
etc. With regards to direct synergies, due to the extreme amount of utility and damage that zyra provides, the list of champions she compliments is very long. The way that
Zyra
can apply slows to enemies from a long range via
Rylai's Crystal Scepter
compliments poke champions such as
Ezreal
and
Jayce
, these two AD-based poke champions especially due to the fact that you will be poking with AP damage whilst these champions can poke with AD damage, making it very hard for your opponents to build items that deal with this.



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