Zeri’s best teammates in League of Legends

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Zeri makes her debut on the Summoner Rift. Source: Riot Games.
Zeri is strong in some areas, but needs a great partner to succeed in the bottom lane. (Photo: Riot Games)

Zeri, the Spark of Zaun, is one of the newest champions in League of Legends (LoL), and you have to admit that the new AD carry is very cool.

And who can blame you? She is awfully mobile and powerful, has a lot of tools at her disposal, and opportunities for ganks with her are endless. In fact, she was so powerful that during the PBE and in the patch right after her release, she had to be nerfed.

But like any other champion in LoL, Zeri also has weaknesses. 0:28 1:10  Vanille Velasquez on the differences between LoL’s Zeri and VALORANT’s NeonScroll back up to restore default view.

First, remember that while Zeri is very mobile and can deal a good amount of damage to enemies, she is pretty squishy.

Secondly, she’s powerful in the early and mid-game but other ADCs outscale her quite easily in the late game. So you don’t want the Spark of Zaun to be left behind in the laning phase, and you need to keep that snowball going.

Zeri will also need teammates that help with engaging, so she can land her Qs more efficiently, and a front line to keep her from easily going down in team fights.https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y4WD94BCUE4?rel=0

And like any other team composition in LoL, each draft needs balance, and respond to the enemy team’s champion picks.

The team needs to be balanced in countering the enemy. Any team would need some sort of front line, some engage, crowd control, damage, and poke.

But most importantly, Zeri needs a support that both protects her and enhances her strengths. Her passive, Living Battery grants her moving speed every time she is shielded, so picking supports that have shielding or shield-based abilities would best synergize with her. The support also needs to be able to keep up with her pace, since Zeri is very mobile.

There are plenty of support champs that provide these and more, namely Lux, Soraka, and more. We’ve picked the top 5 champions that go well with our electrifying ADC.

Rakan

Rakan and Xayah may be a strong duo, but the Charmer definitely synergizes well with Zeri (Photo: Riot Games)
Rakan and Xayah may be a strong duo, but the Charmer definitely synergizes well with Zeri (Photo: Riot Games)

While our sweet Rakan-Xayah couple is a powerful duo, this Vastayan Charmer is also a perfect match for the Spark of Zaun on the Summoner’s Rift.

Combined with his mobility that allows him to keep pace with Zeri, he can also provide a shield that enables Zeri’s Living Battery.

On top of that, Rakan is a tanky champion, so he can easily protect Zeri from the enemy. Coupled with abilities that can set and engage enemies during teamfights and skirmishes, Rakan is one of the best champions to duo with our Sparky Zaunite.

Janna

Reworked Janna's Q syncs well with Zeri, and her shields buff Zeri's Speed (Photo: Riot Games)
Reworked Janna’s Q syncs well with Zeri, and her shields buff Zeri’s Speed (Photo: Riot Games)

Since her rework, Janna has been one of the most viable picks both in the support lane and in the top lane. I’m sure you’ve seen how responsive her Howling Gale (Q) is since her rework — it’s lightning quick and can easily set up and harass enemy champions for Zeri.

Janna also provides shields to allies, so again, this ability enables Zeri’s passive and makes the Zaunite marksman quicker. Janna’s poke isn’t as painful as before but is still useful in pushing back enemies so that she can win in the laning phase.

Coupled with healing abilities that can keep Zeri from zeroing out too soon, the Storm’s Fury can definitely help Zeri snowball her way through the game.

Lulu

The Fae Sorceress Lulu is a bright and cheery companion that can greatly help Zeri. (Photo: Riot Games)
The Fae Sorceress Lulu is a bright and cheery companion that can greatly help Zeri. (Photo: Riot Games)

The Yordle Mage is also one of the best options to go with Zeri. Lulu’s Help, Pix! (E) casts a shield on herself or on allies, so again, Zeri’s passive will be activated every time our Fae Sorceress casts this spell. Lulu’s Whimsy (W) also gives additional movement speed, so Zeri can easily zoom in and out of enemy lines and dish out damage.

Some of Lulu’s abilities also slows down enemies, allowing herself and Zeri to catch up and keep them from escaping — or the other way around, where our Fae Sorceress can help her team disengage from a bad situation on the Rift.

Thresh

Not exactly the same aesthetic as Zeri, but Thresh is one of the best champions to team up with her. (Photo: Riot Games)
Not exactly the same aesthetic as Zeri, but Thresh is one of the best champions to team up with her. (Photo: Riot Games)

Thresh may very well be the opposite of Zeri’s energy and aesthetic, but his kit syncs well with hers. Thresh is also quite tanky and has a lot of engage and crowd control tools that can help his team win the bot lane.

His lantern provides the Spark of Zaun a shield through Dark Passage, which again activates Zeri’s passive, Living Battery. Death Sentence provides stuns that can set up for some of Zeri’s skills as well.

Karma

Karma's Defiance and Inspire boosts Zeri's strengths (Photo: Riot Games)
Karma’s Defiance and Inspire boosts Zeri’s strengths (Photo: Riot Games)

It took me a while to decide on which champion will take the fifth spot, but ultimately, among the other choices, Karma took the last spot.

Karma has root tools that prevent enemies from escaping and helps Zeri lock onto them, and on top of that, her Defiance and Inspire both provide shields for herself and Zeri, which activates Zeri’s Living Battery. Both of these skills also give additional movement speed, and we can only imagine that Zeri will have the speed of lightning with Karma’s buffs.

Ultimately, it’s important to know that while these are good picks, it also boils down to who your matchup is in the bot lane.

Picking mage supports that provide a lot of shield, crowd control, and movement speed may be good to get ahead of the enemy. However, if you’re facing some tanky opponents, choosing tankier partners for Zeri also makes sense.

Nautilus, Blitzcrank, Leona, and Alistar are runner-ups as viable supports for Zeri. (Photo: Riot Games)
Nautilus, Blitzcrank, Leona, and Alistar are runner-ups as viable supports for Zeri. (Photo: Riot Games)

This is why Nautilus, Blitzcrank, Leona, and Alistar are honorable mentions for list. Nautilus and Blitzcrank are tanky supports that have a lot of engage and harass tools to help Zeri but do not provide enough shielding to activate her Living Battery.

Leona and Alistor are great tank picks that root the enemy in place, however, the longer cooldowns on their skills may limit them from helping the Sparky champion from snowballing as fast as she can.

If you want to learn more about how to play Zeri herself, check out our beginner’s guide for the Spark of Zaun here.

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