Ryze is not for the faint of heart, or the squimishly squishy. If you play him 1 of two things will happen in your games. You will either 1) Dominate, or 2) be crushed so hard you can not even count the time you were penetrated. (I mean spell pen of course!)
Also, if you want to play the best Mage Burst in the game, play: veigar.
If you want to play the best Mage Stun/AOE in the game, play: Annie.
If you want to play the best Mage CC and AOE in the game, play: Fiddle.
If you want to play the best Ranged Mage, play: Anivia or Karthus.
For everyone else play Ryze, he is pretty much not going to fit in the best of any category except for "most annoying high single target burst champ that will lock you in place while you stare at him waiting to graze him once so he pops," champion.
Ryze is the glass-cannon Barney colored, giant blunt smoking, tattooed freak of brush/bush loving burst damage that I have come to enjoy. It must be noted that Ryze is Deadily. It must also be noted that Ryze is severly limited by his range, health and mobility. Ryze must be blind, or near blind, because he either is using those giant scrolls on his back to roll the biggest blunts in the world, or is more blind then your girlfriend after bukkake, and needs Gragas to write letters on his scrolls by dipping his belly in body paint. This explains his short range, and why you need to be very careful hug the bush he loves, and attack from the back like a true azz-azz-in does.
If you do this well your opponents will cry:
OMGWTFBBQ QQ TT WWJD HAX BOT BS ALT+F4 /Wrist /Quit /Surrender
And you will scream:
OWND! OWND! OWND! Imma BOSS, PAYCHECK, GTFO, LOL, YOU GOT FLUX"D! or I FLUX'D Your entire team. and you can add - 'in da azz' for good merit.
*** New Experimental build, has worked very well in 5 man premade higher skilled games so far:
1 - E (or Q - you will have a nice early benefit from 10% mana pool for very early game harrassment with sapphire as first item, however spell flux generally does more and pressures the lane)
2 - W
3 - E
4 - W
5 - E
6 - R
7 - Q then R>E>W>Q
Masteries: I know this is odd, but we want 10-7-13
10 = spell pen and ignite,
7 = strength of spirit (it is good)
13 = Ghost, and mana pool/mana regen/mana+hp regen + longer minion buffs
Summoner skills obv - Ghost and Ignite
1 - Start with Sapphire Crystal and 2 HP pots
2 - Tear of the Goddess + Boots
3 - Catalyst the Protector
4 - Mobility Boots
5 - Archangel's Staff
6 - Don't forgot to stack CD Reduction - Frozen Heart - Blue Potion - Nashor's Tooth - My recommendation is Frozen Heart
7 - Whatever (These items can change order, this is more about maxing your mana pool to improve your overall late game build - Archangel's staff is awesome, and tear with an early catalyst will be all the mana you will ever need between blue buff and base trips.)
I don't know what build I like best yet, I try to get glacial stone early in this build to get a decent CDR as I dont have CDR through the utility tree or runes. Spell Flux first seems to be the best skill for ganking in a side lane. As lvl 1 prison just tickles and snares for only .4 secs.
On to the guide***
Level progression Skill Priority:
R>W>E>Q (you want 1 point in each - Q/W/E by lvl 3 for burst attempts/early ganks)
looks like this by lvl:
1 - W (gank helper)
2 - E (great on dual melee lane harassment)
3 - Q (helps when coordinating burst, or just harassing with your mana pool)
4 - W (extra time in prison = bad for them, great for ganking - at lvl 4 you are ready to coordinate a lane kill)
5 - W
6 - R (game overman, idiots that approach = free kills - now go buy a soulstealer fast, get golem buff, and start the bush farming)
7 - Decide here to Max W, or Max E, then follow the above.
(you want Archaic Knowledge, and I prefer to get Experience gain over Mana pool in Utility - not a big fan of Overload as you can see. I typically also pass on Greed, and put 2 points in improved buffs to keep the blue golem buff up a bit longer)
Flash + Ghost
AP Quints, AP per level blues, Mana Regen per level golds, Magic Pen reds.
Doran's Ring* + 1 hp Pot*
Boots --> Merc's or Sorc's* depending
Haunting Guise or Lich's Bane*
Deathfire's Grasp or Banshee's Veil
Ryail's Scepter* or Zhonya's Ring*
*is what I prefer to get to max burst - Bolded is what is probably best to purchase for most people
(Other nice items to have - Archangel's Staff/Frozen Heart)
Best Champion Partner's for Ryze:
This is more game make-up then lane, but I think Ryze's best counter part in LOL is Karthus. With a Good Spell Flux volley, Karthus can just pick up the pieces with his Ultimate. The combo is dirty, yet sick/awesome.
Alistar also rocks, He rocks in general, but the stun and headbutt make it easier for you to initiate from saftey.
Blitz fits here also, but its rare to find a decent blitz that actually hits his grabs.. QFT!.
-Play like a complete puss from lvls 1-5, you can do early ganks with a decent stun/dps in lane, but will have trouble adding dps until around lvl 4. So use your mana conservatively and focus on early game last hitting.
-Let others initiate
-Gank from Brush or bait others to brush
-Overload (Q) got quite the nerf, because of this, I give much less thought to maxing Mana, as it typically leads to less overall AP throughout the game, and Spell Flux just does way more damage anyways with the buff to it.
-Use Ult to farm lanes also with Spell Flux = cash money money!
-It has been noted that Summoner Skills also effect Passive cooldown (may need further testing with all skills - Ignite works)
-To Burst own people, start just in range of someone with (R), and follow with (W), (Q). (E). Most people say to start with (W), but I prefer the added AP/AOE damage (R) gives to Rune Prison, rather than waiting around for Rune Prison to recharge a bit faster.
-You can speed up the passive of key skills by starting burst with (Q) (W) or (E) before hitting R, If you hit R after you cast (Q) (W) or (E) the damage will still get the AOE and AP buff. This may help you get in more than 1 volley while the ultimate is going.
-Spell Flux can often make their team QQ, if you use teamwork against them, you can often just get your AP fat and then (R)+(E) them, and watch them die. Sometimes I stop lvling Rune Prison at 3, and max Spell Flux first, if I notice my lane and their team hugging a lot in general. Make them pay for their happy-go-lucky co-dependent ways.
-Play aggresively, but also play smart, save your summoner skills as defensive moves vs very aggressive teams, and as offensive skills vs very defensive teams. Realizing this will get you in range when you need to be, and out of range when you need to be.
-Get the Blue buff whenever possible.
-Rune Prison (W) is your only escape skill, remember this when your summoner skills are down. This is also why you try to max (W) first against strong teams.
-Buy HP pots and Wards whenever possible, or get used to recall trips. Take advantage of the fact that you will be heavily targeted and bait ultimates when you can, do your burst and die if you have to so your team can wipe them. Sometimes staying in the fray to get off a combo although you know you will die will be worth it for your team in the end.
-Don't underestimate CD Reduction on Ryze. I don't think it should be overestimated either. It is good, but don't force your build around it. Use his passive to your benefit, but focus on AP burst for higher level games. You will rarely get opportunities to do double burst volleys, and if you do your team won a long time ago. Compensate for CD with Golem buff and masteries., My opinion is to not waste runes here.
-Ghost and Flash should not need to be explained, but for those lost in why, they are great ways to get there, and by there I mean either the helz away from the baddies, or down their throats like a good pron.
I play with players said to be top 500/high ELO on most occassions when I solo queue. I might not be top 500 myself, but I used to play solely Alistar, who is seen as one of the better champions in the game. Now at this unknown skill level, I still can win 60%+ of my games with Ryze, and these are against tryhard teams most often with a Solid TF player /Sivir/Alistar/Annie. Do not underestimate Ryze, he is strong, its all in how you use him, and his abilities to support the team, and when and where you chose to engage in burst battles.
Most importantly, after every kill as Ryze type or yell:
OW-OW-OWND! (without the E, as 1 vowel is enough)
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