Originally Posted by Krald
I play at just below top ELO level, and this guide has helped me a lot. I love ryze, and I had used similar items to you generally, but the little descrepencies you discuss really helped me alot. I really enjoy your choice of masteries/summoner spells, as those definitely seem like the best choice. After playing a few games, I've realized that survivability/proper positioning is absolutely the most important aspect of playing Ryze, and is the only thing that separates good Ryze players from worthless garbage.
Good read. +1
Thanks for the feedback, glad I could help! After playing a variety of styles with Ryze (CD/survivability, pure AP, Hybrid AP), I have found that all of them work much much better with Ghost/Flash and Strength of Spirit, and the positioning advantage that Ghost and Flash give you. A Ryze that charges in with 600+ AP and crushes one hero and then dies in every combat is not as useful as one who wounds heroes badly, gets away, and then returns to wound/kill again and again.