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Jax General Guide by lila_kobold

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[S4] From Silver to Gold with Jax [GOLD I GUIDE]

lila_kobold Last updated on January 20, 2014
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Ability Sequence

2
8
10
12
13
Ability Key Q
3
4
5
7
9
Ability Key W
1
14
15
17
18
Ability Key E
6
11
16
Ability Key R





Not Updated For Current Season

The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Havoc
 
 

Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Legendary Guardian
 
 

Defense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bandit
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wanderer
 
 

Utility: 0


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Introduction

This will be my first guide and I will try to help you get over the real hard step from silver to gold. For this good old Jax is one of the best champs imho. Im surely not a pro, but for me it worked and I think it will work for you too.

Some facts: I´m playing LOL since November 2009. I was always about 1200-1300 Elo (or Silver 5-1), because I never played really serious. It was just a fun game without deeper ingoing for me. Now I changed my view a bit and started to go more concentrated.

This guide has 3 main goals:

    1.) Give you a full overview of Jax gamestyle.
    2.) Its a solo Q winning stategie
    3.) It will help you to master Toplane


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General Informations

These steps are the basics to win ranked games. If you dont learn to follow them in all ur games you will stay in bronze/silver. Thats ok for sure. But if you want to increase ur Elo try this:

    1.) Never ever Flame. Never. Always be polite and friendly to ur mates.
    2.) Use Wards. Mapawearness is your best way to win, especially for this guide you will need it.
    3.) Never go for a kill unless you are 100% sure u get it.
    4.) Never ever surrender.
    4.) Objectives win the game.
    5.) Dont go for a teamfight if its not about an objectiv.
    6.) Try to be the leader. Make smart calls and hold up the will to win in your team.
    7.) BE POLITE IN ANY CHASE! Tell your team that you will win, that they have a nice build, whatever. Suck there balls, but let them believe you can win this game, no matter how bad your game goes.


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The start - Champion selektion and loading screen

Champion selection: I will just give you another tipp to get a big advantage. If you are not sure about how to play versus another top champing try to get some informations about him and his gameplay. Use these side to look up the weak side of your enemie champion. It will help you to make your decicion about your Runes, Masteries and Spells.


Loading Screen:: Use this time to get even more informations about your enemie. At Lolking.net you can check out how many games your opponent has played with the char, what runes he probably use and so on. For example if you see a Riven with full Dmg runes (even if thats not the best choice...) try to stay even more defensiv etc. . Informations will help you to improve your decision making.


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Champions Spotlight

Go get some impressions about Jax in the beginning:


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Runes

Take this:


Runes

Greater Mark of Lethality
4

Greater Mark of Attack Damage
5

Greater Seal of Armor
5

Greater Seal of Health Regeneration
4

Greater Glyph of Attack Damage
4

Greater Glyph of Attack Speed
5

Greater Quintessence of Health
3

Marks: They are mainly to increase your dmg, so the best way is to take some flat dmg and flat armor pen



Seals: Seals will help you survive in the early laning phase. You will mostly have Ad based opponents so armor is very usefull. I always add some hp reg too if I have to wait for my Teleport cooldown.



Glyph: This will be the hardest part to explain. Some will say thats ********. I took it because I noticed that its better on Jax to get some more dmg than to have mag res on top. The other way would be to take Greater Glyph of Magic Resist. These I will take only versus mag based Champs on top like Elise, Teemo or Zac.

You can think about changing ur Quints into Greater Quintessence of Armor. This I would recommend versus stong autoattack based top champs like Aatrox or Riven.


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Masteries

For masteries you mainly take this. It will increase your dmg and your sustain which are your main strengths.


Masteries
1/5
4/5
1/1
3/5
1/1
3/5
3/1
1/
3/
1/
2/5
2/1
1/1
3/5
1/1


Nothing to add. You choose this because you need the power of this setup and the sustain from the defensiv tree. If u want to, you could go for "Fleet of Foot" and "Summoners Insight" (utility tree) instat. It will make you faster and you can really get something from the cooldown, but I wouldn´t recommend this because you will decrease your sustain.


In addition to some discussion this way is also a good choice because of the big cooldown advantage for your Teleport and you can lower your Mana problems in early a bit

Masteries
4/5
4/1
3/5
1/1
3/5
3/1
3/
1/
3/5
2/1
3/1


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Items

These is your item setup for Jax:

Start with:

Item Sequence











Health Potion
50

Health Potion
50

Health Potion
50

Health Potion
50

Health Potion
50


I recommend this because this guide is based on playing more defense than offense. With Cloth Armor you will have a long farming periode at the beginning. The pots will increase this, so you can farm until you can buy
Item Sequence











Ninja Tabi
1100

After you went back to lane farm again as long as possible untill you get
Item Sequence











Ninja Tabi
1100

Sunfire Cape
2900

This will be your main build as you can start to "play". We talk about that in "How to play Jax" later.


Your final build will be this. End BotrK first then go on with trinity (sheen first):

Item Sequence











Blade of the Ruined King
3400

Sunfire Cape
2900

Trinity Force
3733

Spirit Visage
2800

Guardian Angel
2400



Alternatives

For your boots you can think about changing them to mercury treads if the enemie team have powerfull CC (crowd control) or Mag Dmg. In some cases also Boots of Swiftness can make sense. In my opinion these boots are the choice if you have won your lane and in general your game runs well. With the additional speed you can increase your roaming and mobility-based gameplay. If u upgrade your Boots of Swiftness early with Homeguard you will wast a bit of money in terms of Dmg or sustain in early but you can combine this with your Teleport like this guy


/league-of-legends/item/spirit-visage-56 Your Antitank build would look like this finally:

Item Sequence











Sunfire Cape
2900

Blade of the Ruined King
3400

The Black Cleaver
3100

Trinity Force
3733

Guardian Angel
2400


For a totaly pushing Jax you can change your setup to this:

Item Sequence











Sunfire Cape
2900

Blade of the Ruined King
3400

The Black Cleaver
3100

Trinity Force
3733

Last Whisper
1300


Its pretty dangerous in teamfights because of you´re very squishy now. But if you just use it to push everything you can get its a nice way of playing him. Finally I start change my build in this if my team is not able to win teamfights. Then I try to save the game with going even more on objectives than the I would do with the first build. It depends on the ongoing of the game and on your personal feeling. Over all the first build is the mail strategie to win because you have build for all situations.


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Skill Sequence

Start with your E. This will make you quite immune to attacks from your enemie and it can help you to survive early ganks. Then first max your W to increase your dmg.


Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18


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Spells

For spells I recommend this:



Teleport + Exhaust


or


Teleport + Ignite


or


Flash + Ignite



In fact Teleport is the main Spell for you in my guide. You just need it. The whole guide is based on your mobility and your ability to show up at places nobody wants you to have. Use Teleport for pushing while your enemies running around somewhere else. Join teamfights, gank, steal objectivs. If you play activ and smart with Teleport it will give you a big advantage. I will explain this lateron at "How to play Jax".

The situation you have to take Ignite is when u play versus some healing based champs like Dr. Mundo or Aatrox. Exhaust is great if you notice in champseclection that there are many Ad-based champs in the enemie team. Especially if they are autoattack based. Like a Tryndamere in jungle and a Riven on top. In this situation you can really gain alot from Exhaust.


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Pros / Cons

PROS

+ incredible strong and still tanky due to his ulti and the itemsetup

+ Easy to play

+ Gapcloser with ur Leap Strike, which can be also used as escape skill (use wards to jump over walls etc.)

+ In lategame he can handle everybody



CONS:

- In this way of playing him weak in early (but its not about the champ at all but about the recommended way of playing)

- Bad versus very tanky champs in early (if u have to play versus Shyvana or Malphite u can think about changing ur Spirit Visage into The Black Cleaver or Last Whisper)


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Unique Skills

The main power of Jax for our Elo is that he has a great combination of abilities.

Leap Strike: This ability will give you the power to engage teamfights, flee from your enemy in different situations, steal objectivs (because you can jump over walls).


/league-of-legends/ability/empower-73 /league-of-legends/ability/counter-strike-75 /league-of-legends/ability/grandmasters-might-76


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How to win ranked games with Jax?

My point for choosing Jax to carry was that hes really easy to master and he has a incredible combination of skills. As were talking in this guide about the lower/middle elo and skill we need to find easy ways to win and to increase ur skill. If you have read my general informations and you follow them the biggest step is done to get Gold. To become Gold you dont need to be really good or Skillfull. You just need some basics of this game. To get higher than Gold - well I may not the best advisor for this :D - yet.

How do we play Jax:

1.) Farm

Farm as much as you can. If your enemie leavs the lane push it to the limit (ping and call Miss for sure). Then leave the lane and go to your jungle and take either the wraith or golems (depends on the side u play). Some will say you should follow your enemie - I dont think so. If u take pressur with the pushing on top he will soon come back. Also your teammate on mid should have warded his bush, you may cannot count on that but you also cannot let ur farm be killed by an unlucky dead in the river. Just stay, ping then push and go on with your farm. You will win the lane sooner or later.

Dont try to fight if your not 100% sure that you will kill him.


2.) Ward

You always have to know whats going on at the area around you. Never stay out of turretrange without having warded the river/bush. The two places infront of baron and the bush right under the lane are the best. You can help your jungler and avoid ganks from the back with the ward at the entrance to your own blue. The ward at the river will give you a general overview what happens near you.
If you are playing at the red buff side just use one ward for river and a second ward to have some look at your own red or the enemies blue entrance for counterjungling.






3.) Objectivs = win

Try to get as many objectivs as you can get. Don´t think thats a clear point. I noticed so many games where my team always tried to win teamfights while the other team won by there ability to push and get objectivs like the dragon . The coordination of the team is the biggest problem in solo Q games on my opinion. You cannot wait for ur team to play with you. Unless you should never try to solo right from the start. Ask them and try to lead them to push and to go for Dragon or Baron etc. If they dont follow just use your Teleport and your fast pushing skills to move around push all lanes, get the dragon , lizard elder or the enemies ancient golem . Avoid teamfights if its not about an objectiv.
You should always have the respawn times in mind while playing, best will be you write it right after you did a objectiv in the chat so everybody can read it.






There are also some programms that can do this job for you, just google.


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How to play vs....

... Aatrox: Aatrox will be no problem for you with this build until u dont try to go all in right from the start. Normaly even then you should beat him up with your stun, but I wouldn´t try it. His passiv gives him a big sustain in early. If he combiens that with ignite u will pretty sure go down. Your build is perfect to play versus him. So just wait and farm.





... Cho Gath will be not that easy for you. Due to his sustain u can´t kill him early and you will have problems in mid/late too. If he goes for Ap you will have more chances to win. He´s not the worse champ versus your Jax because his poke is quit dodgeable. You also cannot push the lane versus him normaly, so just farm under the tower and wait for ganks.





... Dr. Mundo: Wait for a good jungler or towercamp 24/7. You just cant beat him normaly...Try to use your mobility and to get some kills before he´s lvl 6. May you get at least a bit gold from him. After lvl 6 you will have problems.




... Elise: She is another problematic enemie for you. As I said at the runes explanation you can think about getting Greater Glyph of Magic Resist. This will give you the sustain to get well in early versus her. In late you might have the same problems as with any other tank.






... Shyvana: Atm. too op to win versus her. Hope for ganks but normaly you will loose the tower. At least it´s possible to farm against her. So focus on that.


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End

Thanks for reading, I hope I could give you something for your next games. If you have questions just ask. Hope for some comments what you´re thinking about my style to play him.

If you like to have added some more facts also just tell it to me.


Gz


Lila


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