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Xayah Build Guide by PH45

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[7.12] PH45's detailed guide to Xayah, the Rebel!

PH45 Last updated on June 18, 2017
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Twitch Doesn't have too much damage or range pre-6 so take advantage of that. After level 6 he gains big boost in range with his ult so be careful of that.
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Sivir Try to bait out her spellshield or she will block your E. Should be otherwise quite an easy matchup just dodge her Q poke.
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Introduction

Hello, I'm PH45, and this is my Xayah Guide.

My real name is Patrik but you can call me either way. I am a long time League of Legends player (started back in Season 1) and currently sitting in Platinum 2. Im a top lane main who mainly plays Jax. I got really excited about this new champion, so I decided I will start to practise her on a brand new account and learn her properly. I currently have 107k mastery points on her.
Im also thinking of starting to stream every once in a while when my internet connection is solid (It changes it's speed from time to time cause I live in the countryside)

My Twitch.tv:ThisIsPatrik

You can also follow me on Twitter for more updates on everything. (Starting to use it if I actually get any followers xd) Twitter


Xayah is the newest adc in League of Legends, she was introduced in the patch 7.8. She is a high-DPS ADC with a good sync with crit chance as her Bladecaller damage scales with crit chance. She can dish out immensive amount of damage in teamfights if she is able to setup feathers in her way and draw them with Bladecaller. This guide is going to go through her abilitys, playstyle, matchups and it will go more in-depth once I familiarize my self more with Xayah.


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[WIP]

Any feedback is highly appriciated as I'm constantly working on improving this guide!

21.4.2017 - Thanks for 2k views already! Having a blast playing and learning Xayah and I hope this guide will help you guys also to find a suitable playstyle on her!

21.4.2017 - Already 3k views! Thank you all so much! Any comments/feedback is highly appriciated so leave a comment down if you have any questions or advices on how to improve this guide!

21.4.2017 - Added a couple of matchups that I've faced so far enough times to know it. Added Xayah mid choice also, though it's still heavily WIP. Also already 5k views!

22.4.2017 - Reached level 6 mastery on Xayah! Also 10k views holy damn! Added some more matchups.

24.4.2017 - Added combo video and explanation chapter. Also made the Pros/Cons a bit nicer looking than before. Also 16k views!

25.4.2017 - Achieved level 7 mastery with Xayah! Also 17k views!

1.5.2017 - Added couple more builds. Also 20k views!

6.5.2017 - Currently doing placements on the fresh account, so far 4-1. Also updated some of the matchups.

13.5.2017 - 41k views full! Also I've been quite busy with work and stuff so haven't had the time to do much else lately. I however will be having more time next month as my work ends at least for a while so I might be able to play more and get back on the grind then. Also updated build section a bit.

24.5.2017 - Almost 50k views! Updated my current favourite build a bit.

7.6.2017 - I haven't been playing much Xayah since I've been grinding my main, I however noticed the incoming nerf on her W which I will note once the patch releases. I think Ill go back on my Xayah account once I reach Diamond on my main account etc, Ill however keep updating this guide nontheless.

18.6.2017 - Rip Xayah's Q+AA combo :/ The combo video that is in this guide is sort of outdated now that they nerfed that combo away, but it is still in other ways relevant. Also 94k views! Almost 100k thank you all!


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Pros / Cons

Pros


+ Excellent waveclear especially in late game
+ Has a ult that makes her invulnerable, countering ults like Zed ult
+ Good ranged poke with Q and feathers
+ Has great burst in mid to late game
+ Has very good damage once you get a couple crit items
+ Has CC (root) which can CC multiple targets
+ Pushes towers fast with W, especially after getting some attack speed items
+ Extremely rewarding and fun champion when ahead and doing well

Xayah is a very fun ADC, with very good mid and late game. She has lot's of burst with her feathers and a ult that makes her invulnerable which can help against assasins. [/color]
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- Struggles against very aggressive lanes
- Requires time to setup feathers in order to maximize damage and utility
- Weak to CC and focus when ult is down
- Can be tricky to learn
- You have to pay attention with feathers if you want to use them to your fullest with Bladecaller
- Struggles against long range lanes
- Somewhat immobile (Hard to catch up with enemies]

Xayah can struggle against aggressive and long range poke lanes. She needs time to scale up as she isn't really that strong in the early game. She is also quite tricky to learn as you have to constantly think about aiming your feathers and keeping an eye on when you can use her ult to its fullest.


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Masteries

In my opinion Fervor of Battle is probably best keystone for her. She tends to autoattack a lot to get her DPS with feathers and so on, so you have the opportunity to stack Fervor of Battle while autoing those feathers out. I've chosen Feast so you can get some early sustain in lane since her early game isn't the strongest part of her gameplay.
In some matchups Warlord's Bloodlust can be worth to take if you need the early sustain and the movespeed boost can also help you sometimes to kite more or get out of sticky situations a bit better. I however pref Fervor of Battle and take it almost always but I think Warlord's Bloodlust is a viable keystone in some matchups. However late game you will be missing some damage without Fervor of Battle
I will be doing more testing and update this once I have come to an conclusion on the other masteries. I can say right off the bat that Thunderlord's Decree isn't probably worth taking aswell as Stormraider's Surge .


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Ability Explanation


  • Clean Cuts (Passive): After [[Xayah casts an ability, her next 3 basic attacks strike all enemies in their path dealing 100% damage to main target and 50% to other enemies passed. Feathers stay active for 6 seconds. Feathers can be stored up to 5 basic attacks.
  • Lover's Leap (Passive): Xayah has a second passive. If either Xayah or Rakan is recalling, the other may move up nearby and join the other in recall.
  • Double Daggers (Q): After a short wind-up, Xayah throws two feather-blades rapidly in the target direction, and leaving 2 Feathers on the ground at maximum range. The feather-blades deal physical damage to all enemies they pass through, reduced to 50% against units beyond the first.

  • Deadly Plumage (W): Xayah surrounds herself with a storm of feathers-blades for 4 seconds, granting her bonus attack speed, 20% increased damage on her attacks, and 30% bonus movement speed for 1.5 seconds whenever she attacks a champion. If Rakan is near Xayah when casted, he will gain Deadly Plumage, increasing the bonus damage on each of them to 40%.
  • Bladecaller (E): Xayah recalls all her Feathers, dealing physical damage to enemies they strike on their way toward her, increasing by 0.5% for every 1% of Xayah's Critical Strike Chance. Minions take 50% damage.
  • Featherstorm (R): Xayah leaps into the air, becoming untargetable for a short amount of time but still able to move. After a short delay, she unleashes a volley of feather-blades forward in a cone, dealing physical damage to all enemies struck and leaving a line of 5 Feathers at the end of Featherstorm's maximum range.


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Skill Sequence

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Im still experimenting, but right now I feel maxing Double Daggers first out of your basic abilities is the best choice as it enhances your poke in lane. Second max Bladecaller for more damage and smaller cooldown so you can increase your DPS and maximize your rooting potential. Last max your Deadly Plumage as your DPS is way smaller if you max it. However maxing your Bladecaller first isn't a bad idea either, but you will be missing some damage if you can't hit enemies with it so maxing it against enemies with a lot of mobility can be somewhat bad. If you however decide to max Bladecaller first take at least 3 points on your Double Daggers first. On jungle Xayah however I feel starting Deadly Plumage is best and then you follow the normal ability maxing that I previously mentioned. And of course take points on your Featherstorm whenever possible.


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Combo video + explanation

Basic instant root combo: Start by casting your Double Daggers, after starting the cast immediatly auto attack once and then cast your Bladecaller once the yellow glowing effect has ended. This will result your target being rooted and they have little to no time to dodge it (unless they have flash or some other quick blink ability). Extremely effective in 1v1 situations and even in laning phase if you want to initiate a fight.

Q + R + E combo: Start by casting your Double Daggers, after you have initiated the cast follow up immediatly with Featherstorm. This will overlap your Double Daggers animation, resulting in both Double Daggers and Featherstorm being cast at the same time. After your Featherstorm has ended cast E for your root/burst. This combo is extremely convinient in teamfights as it get's you more feathers than just with your Featherstorm alone. Of course you can auto attack etc if you have time after your Featherstorm has cast but this is a semi-secure way of CCing multiple targets in a teamfight.


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Jungling as Xayah

Xayah is an adc, but she can also be played as a jungler. I haven't played too many games on her as jungle, but I can tell that after the niche early game her mid and late are pretty good. Shes extremely good at taking late game objectives with throwing lots of feathers and does really fast normal camps. challenging smite also is extremely good on her as you deal true damage with your auto attacks and it enables you to duel enemy junglers and let's you deal with those pesky tanky champs.

I have been lately grinding on my main so I haven't been playing that much Xayah, however I updated the mastery tree a bit and I will get back to testing Xayah jungle once I have graduated next month etc.


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Ranked Play

Xayah is a pretty good champ to pick up on ranked if you know what you are doing with her. She can peel for herself with her ult and she has very good damage late game especially if you manage to get good Featherstorm and multiple feathers on the ground + Bladecaller. She can struggle against agro laners such as Draven but with a good supp it's a winnable lane.


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Items

Essence Reaver, spammy spammy
This item works really well on Xayah. It gives her crit chance which helps her Bladecallers damage. It also gives nice amount of AD and CDR is really good on Xayah as it enables her to spam more and the mana passive on this item helps with spamming so you can get more feathers up.

Infinity Edge, gimme those crits
Really good item on ADC's and especially Xayah. Since Xayah's Bladecaller scales with crit chance it's an excellent item for her since it gives lot's of AD, crit chance and also increases the damage of your crits. I wouldn't rush this first but maybe 3rd or 4th item this is really solid.

Phantom Dancer, duelist's dream
Gives crit which is important, and attack speed boost from this item is really good.
The benefit of this items passive which reduced incoming damage from the champion you are fighting also helps when you duel people.

Blade of the ruined king, sustain and attack speed
This item is good for giving you some sustain while giving you the % hp damage to deal with more tanky champions. The attack speed boost is also nice, although it's not as big as it used to be.

Runaan's hurricane, autoattacks everywhere
I know what you are thinking, it doesn't give feathers on Runaan's procs. I know it doesn't work, but still I feel this item is really good on her, as it is relatively cheap, gives her lot's of attack speed and overall increases your DPS a good amount since you are throwing 3 autos instead of 1. Also it gives you more damage with your Deadly Plumage. I've been liking this item more and more lately and I feel like it is really good choice on her.
PD is still good but I still haven't decided which I like more.

Statikk Shiv, bring the thunder
I haven't actually built this in a single game on Xayah, but thanks to a comment on this guide I included it here. I generally have always liked more of Phantom Dancer and Runaan's Hurricane, but needless to say Statikk Shiv has it's pros also. It gives nice burst damage with it's proc. I wouldn't pick it up first tho, rather late game if you want the 100% crit chance, though most of the time with my favorite build I replace my boots with Phantom Dancer for the 100% crit chance.

Lord Dominik's regards, the tank destroyer
Helps really a lot dealing with tanks especially late game where they have 4-4.5k HP.

Berserker's greaves
Pretty standard boots for ADC's. Gives you attack speed and movespeed. In some cases you can substitute for Ninja Tabi but in my opinion this is important for your DPS especially early.

Guardian angel, savior from assasins
Although Xayah has her ultimate to avoid ultis from Zed etc, but it isn't always up when needed so Guardian Angel helps really a lot especially if you are getting focused down in fights which in most cases happens.

Mortal Reminder, answer to healers
Good item if you are facing a lot of healing in the opposing team. Especially if the enemy team has a Soraka or Swain. Helps you kill them faster and also gives you armor pen which is always nice.

The Bloodthirster, sustain god
Gives you lot's of sustain and damage, and the shield helps especially a lot in teamfight's once you stack it up.

Maw of Malmortius, negater of magic damage
Good item to get if enemy AP carries/carry is fed and you can't avoid their damage.
Gives nice amount of damage and also gives you some sustain after the shield procs.


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Some gameplay clips

I will add more once I get decent clips.


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Summary

Xayah is still a very new champion so the opinions about everything on her might still change and undergo some changes. This is however my opinion on her and her playstyle right now and so far it was worked for me quite well.

Have a great time feathering your way to victory as Xayah!

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- PH45