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League of Legends Build Guide Author LilContractkilla

[S4} Xin Zhao Jungle | Utility OP [work in progress]

LilContractkilla Last updated on March 30, 2014
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Introduction

Jungle is probable one of the best champions in terms of utility, pressuring lanes, dueling, and team fights. He can be built tanky to take the bulk of damage, or as an assassin/aoe fighter fopr maximum damage. Xin Zhao is most effective at his assassin and fighter capabilities. This guide will be oriented around utility and assassination as Xin is best played this way (for fun and competitive purposes).


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Runes

Runes

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Quintessence of Life Steal
3

Greater Glyph of Cooldown Reduction
9

Greater Mark of Attack Speed
9
I prefer this rune page for non-ranked play due to its sustain. The life steal combined with Xin's [battle cry] passive is very good early game and help Xin stay in the jungle longer, pre any lifesteal items.
The armor helps when ganking top and bottom laners.
Attack speed also syncs with his [battle cry] as well and helps him clear the jungle faster.


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Masteries

Masteries
4/5
4/1
1/1
1/5
3/5
3/1
1/
3/
1/
3/5
1/1
3/1
1/5
1/5
These masteries give Xin the viable damage needed to succeed in the jungle and in early game ganking.
The utility aspect gives Xin great sustain in the jungle
The offensive aspect allows him to clear slightly better but also secure kills faster in ganks that can snowball later on as the game progresses.


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Items and Strategy

Starting

Item Sequence











Health Potion
50

Mana Potion
35
The reality blue buff will not last forever so taking 4 biscuits and 1 mana potion is ideal. Taking one biscuit mid-buff clear will keep Xin at full hp and allow him to gank at level 3 (huge if enemy bot lane is pushed and can be killed).
DPS Build
Item Sequence











Health Potion
50

Mana Potion
35

Boots of Speed
300

Spirit Stone
700

Spirit of the Elder Lizard
2000

Ravenous Hydra
3500

The Black Cleaver
3100

Ninja Tabi
1100

Mercury's Treads
1100

Blade of the Ruined King
3400

Guardian Angel
2400
Post 3
If lanes are pushed consider buying wards for them. As a jungler, vision is benefical not only for you but for others as well. It can allow your team to spot ganks and allow you to counter gank. it can also allow you to invade safely for the 2nd and 3rd red buff of the game. When reasonable back and pick up at least a Spirit stone and Boots. If funds are enough, go straight for the elder lizard so you can farm faster.
Post 6
If you are Killing or Assisting more than you are dying go for the ravenous hydra so you can clear faster, apply map pressure, and sustain much more.
If KDA is negative, go for the black cleaver for needed hp and more damage in lane. Also go for a guardian angle to counter ad and ap.
Post 9
From here decisions must be made. If the game is going good go full out AD, pressure lanes, assassinate carries and allow your team to take objectives. If the game is going bad, your last three items should be tanky. Guardian angel and spirit visage and banshees veil are all viable options vs ap. Ad can be countered with Randuins , Frozen Mallet and guardian angel.
Here on out Xin falls off if he is not ahead. People start building up damage or armor and begin focusing him due to his squishiness( if he is behind) or his damage. Take objectives as fast as possible and look for opportunities for easy kills.


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Skill Sequence

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


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Team Work and Ganks

Team Fights:
Xin's early team fight is amazing at level 3, especially if he can reach it before anyone else. From here Xin has a gap closer and a knock up.
Mid game: Xin remains an effective assassin and can duel most champions and isolate a champion with his ultimate.
Late game:
Xin becomes either an off-tank or an ad carry and can continue to isolate targets and even kill but cannot be relied on as a main tank.


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