Kha'Zix Build Guide by Voosha
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Who am I?
Hello, my name is Spencer and I am a first-year student at UBC. I am on the number one ranked 3v3 team in North America. I hope you find my guide insightful, and helpful in improving your Kha'zix game-play.
Differences between Summoners Rift and Twisted Treeline for Kha’Zix
Kha’Zix plays the role as a burst assassin who can dive into the enemy's backline and destroy weak targets.
In Summoner’s Rift, Kha’Zix is often seen in the top lane and is occasionally seen in the jungle. As a top laner, he excels in 1v1 skirmishes because bushes allow him to activate his passive.
In Twisted Treeline, Kha’Zix sees more play because he excels in both jungle and top lanes. In the jungle, he is very dangerous because his early clear time result allows him to invade the enemy's jungle. Similarly in the top lane, his ability to duel champions makes him a dangerous opponent.
Champions and Team Compositionss that are strong with Kha’Zix
Champions that synergize well with Kha’Zix are characters that also pose a huge threat when they are not focused. If Kha'zix is the only one targeted, the other champions will be able to destroy the enemy team.
This team composition works well because Renekton provides a reliable damage source while being extremely tanky. Similar to Kha'zix, Zyra plays the role of a large damage threat because she provides incredible burst and sustain damage. Zyra is also able to protect her teammates with her immobilizing abilities. If Kha'zix is being focused, she will be able to control the pace of team fights, and potentially save his life. Overall, Zyra and Renekton are effective because they allow Kha’Zix to kill his target and escape unscathed.
This is another excellent team composition because it allows Kha’Zix to reach his target unharmed. In this composition, Kha’Zix usually plays the role as a laner, as opposed to a jungler. The goal of Annie and Jarvan in this team is to immobilize the enemy team to allow Kha’Zix to leap in and pick off a target.
Summoner Spells, Masteries, Runes, Abilities
Take flash and smite because they offer the most optimal clear time and allow Kha’Zix to be more mobile. Flash is extremely strong when used after/before your leap because it creates an element of surprise that the enemies cannot dodge. Smite allows junglers to clear jungle camps quickly.
Flash and ignite are optimal summoner spells for Kha’Zix because they give him additional damage to finish enemies, and superior mobility. Flash is great for escaping ganks and ignite is excellent for finishing off enemy targets.
I take 21 points in offense and 9 in defense to ensure maximum damage output.
In the top lane, I lean towards the offensive side because it allows you to assassinate targets quickly.
Greater Seal of Armor
Greater Mark of Attack Damage
Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage
Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
I run this set of runes for both top lane and in the jungle.Attack damage quints and marks are great because it optimizes Kha’Zix’s early game and late game. The +15 attack damage can be crucial when brawling with an opponent 1v1. The armor yellows allow Kha’Zix to take less damage from both champions and jungle creeps. The scaling resist blues are for end-game durability.
Your evolutions should be Evovle Taste Their Fear then Leap then Void Spike or Void Assault depending on their team comp.
This is the best skill order for Kha’Zix because Q is his primary ability so it is important to max and evolve it first. Having the evolved Q is nice because it gives Kha’Zix longerauto attacks and additional damage against low health targets. Maxing W provides extra burst and sustain. You can choose to evolve W or R at lvl 16 since it is usually depends on your team composition. If your team comp revolves around poking the enemy team, you should max "W."
What to build on Kha’Zix as top lane
Doran's Blade – This is a great starting offensive item because it gives a solid amount of HP and attack damage. The unique passive also gives Kha’Zix more sustain in lane due to his tendency to auto attack the wave.
Doran's Shield – This item that should be bought as a situational alternative to Doran’s blade. Buy this item to increase survivability against difficult lane match-ups such as Darius, Jax, etc. The extra hp and health regeneration is great for sustaining in lane and the unique passive reduces a significant amount of damage to Kha’Zix.
Cloth Armor – Build this item if you are against an enemy who primarily auto-attacks. This is later built into a Ninja Tabi if the enemy team lacks CC or is heavily attack damage dependent.
These are Kha'zix's core items because they allow Kha’Zix to burst down enemy targets.
Ravenous Hydra – This item is great on Kha’Zix because it gives him extra attack damage and the ability to clear waves extremely fast. Furthermore, the active allows Kha’Zix to reset his auto attacks.
Last Whisper – Last Whisper's armor penetration is necessary to quickly assassinate enemy targets. When coupled with a black cleaver, Kha'zix will quickly shred through the enemies' armor.
The Black Cleaver – Thi is a great item because it gives gives attack damage, armor penetration, and health. This item is great for assisting a team that is attack damage dominant because of the unique passive that shreds through the enemy team’s armor.
Randuin's Omen – This item is extremely important against champions who depend on auto-attacks. It provides durability and utility with its unique slowing ability.
Banshee's Veil – Build this item if the enemy team has the potential to burst your champion down quickly. The shield plays a vital role in your survival when faced against magic-reliant teams.
What to build on Kha’Zix as Jungle
Doran's Blade – This item can ensure faster clear times and can be beneficial in early skirmishes because it makes Kha’Zix more durable while giving bonus damage.
Hunter's Machete –Build this item to clear camps faster.
Which Spirit Item?
Spirit of the Ancient Golem - Build this item if your team is behind and is in need of a person who can absorb more hits. This item can replace the need to build Merc Treads.
Spirit of the Elder Lizard – Build this item if you are ahead to provide more pressure for your team.
(Explanations for these items can be found in the top lane section.)
General Kha’Zix techniques and combos
Walljumping with E:
Some walls can be jumped by Kha’Zix as seen in the diagram below:
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It is possible to use Taste Their Fear while leaping to reach distant targets. In order to perform this technique, quickly press the "Q" key while mid-air.
Strategy as top lane
At the start of the game Kha'zix players should buy items and watch the jungle to prevent enemy invasions.
At level one you should push the lane by repetitively Q attacking the minions. The goal of this is to reach level two before your opponent.
At this point in the game, teamfights begin to occur frequently. You should try and coordinate a fight as soon as the team’s ultimates are available. Furthermore, tell the team to group together and push a lane. In teamfights, Kha’Zix excels in killing the back line, so wait until the enemy's spells are on cool-down. In the event that you become immobilized, you will have to heavily rely on your team.
If your team is behind, just try and freeze lanes and farm up until end-game.
As Kha’Zix you should be looking for opportunities where you can catch the enemies isolated. In addition, Kha’Zix is also a formidable sieger due to his ability to poke enemies down with his "W" and his ability to push the lanes extremely quickly. As a team, you should look to pressure objectives such as Vilemaw, Altars, and Towers.
Strategy as jungle
Buy your items and go to your wraiths, remember to ask for a leash from your bot lane. After clearing your wraiths, you should rotate to the wolf camp. This path will allow you to reach level 2 quickly. Finishing only the big wolf creates more time to rush the HP relic in the middle of the map and to sneak into the enemy’s bush. The bush is an important part of the early game because it provides early map vision.
Continue to farm the jungle, but remember that it is important to gank. If you successfully pull off a gank, proceed to push the lane and take the tower to acquire global gold for your team. In addition, always remember to invade and create pressure on the enemy team to relieve your teammates of the enemy jungler’s presence.
End game is when you should be trying to pick-off the enemy mages / fighters and looking to duel isolated enemies. Killing one of your enemies creates a massive lead because the death timers at this point are extremely long. Catching the opponents multiple times can easily result in a win.
Thank you for reading my guide, and I hope I have provided helpful insight on how to play Kha'zix at a high-caliber level.