Jax Build Guide by LiNK4g
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Just came out of R&D with this new build, Jax has been around for a while and I couldn't stand that all the guides appeared as cookie cutter traditional purebreed Jaxers. With the new items, I sought to bring flare, and most of all FUN to the build, and I think I've succeeded.
Now I was taught to say what you need to say and STOP TALKING, so this guide is not going to be fanciful and flary, it's going to tell you what you need to know about this Jax and then I'm going to stfu, let you play and see for yourself!
The runes are pretty straight forward, I want to get Jax where he needs to be, in the front lines!
Greater Mark of Lethality
Greater Seal of Armor
Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
Greater Quintessence of Attack Speed
Flat Armor and Flat MR - In my opinion, the best defense is a good DEFENSE. Sticking to the flat defense and magic resists will negate all of the ADC/APC's flat armor pen and magic pen runes giving you the good end of the edge against them when roaming or jungling.
Attack Speed Quints! - I cannot stress this enough, Jax's passive needs to stack quickly at low levels and having that extra 10% boost will see to it!
Changing it up from how I had it, I've balanced it out more. I would have gone more into attack but I just can't live without Tenacious .
Here's the real beauty of this guide!
Mercury's Treads - Tried and true bruiser bread and butter! They give you that early magic resist so you wont get bursted down and they give you Tenacity an essential must with this tanky build, and with the Tenacious Masteries you're gonna be an unstoppable force.
Frozen Mallet - Now opposed to the Phage or even the Trinity Force the Mallet provides something more than just the extra tankiness that I so crave. It provides 100% chance to slow the enemy, and along with your Leap Strike no enemy will ever get away from you, even after they use Flash. Jax's passive assures the kill as he continues to pound them into the ground.
Iceborn Gauntlet - The physical damage (affected by armor pen) is now treated as area affect, and the area affect damage also slows the surrounding enemies as well, allowing for your team to tear apart the retreating foes. This coupled with it's 60 flat armor and 15% cooldown reduction makes the Guantlets a key item for season 3 competitive Jax play. As an added bonus, the high mana on this item will allow for much longer time spent away from nexus.
Wit's End - Seriously underrated item, what's not to like about it? Atk Speed, MR, MR steal, 42 extra damage per whack. gg!
Hextech Gunblade - Tried and true
Ninja Tabi x Zephyr - This is an alternative which can fit in well with this build, it's personally not my favorite way to go but if you find yourself against a heavy AD team it might be necessary!
Guardian Angel vs. Abyssal Scepter - In most cases you'd go with GA, but if you don't have a Scepter on the team, and you're lookin for some extra MR, it's really nice to build.
Enchantment: Homeguard vs. Enchantment: Alacrity - If we're on defense homeguard. if we're on offense, alecrity... Simple as that.
(Thank you sirell for the alternitive build suggestions)
Once you get your Hextech Gunblade you can solo Baron Nashor with Red and Blue buff
Jax's skill sequence doesn't change much at all, if you're building Jax any other way, then quite frankly, you're not building a proper Jax.
Though I will say, if you are jungling you may want to take Empower at level 2 and then Leap Strike at level 3 for faster camp clearing unless you plan on level 2 ganking.
Now if you're looking for a guide on how to play Jax, how to play him vs certain champions, you've come to the wrong place. I'm not here to hold your hand and explain to you how to play Jax. This guide is for seasoned Jax players looking for a new build to tear up toplane with.
Pros / Cons
- This build really rolls well with the gamestate.
- You're still gonna output a lot of damage while being able to take it as well.
- Amazing peels.
- They're going to have a really hard time fleeing from you.
- Not as much damage as the typical Jax.
- You have to switch up your typical Jax playstyle.
Now I've said what I need to say, so I'm about to stop talking. But I will say one more thing, before you knock this build, try it! They gonna call you the champ!