Xin Zhao Build
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Top Lane, Jungle
Xin Zhao in nutshell:
Xin Zhao is sustained champion, with especially good early-game, but he doesn't drop out that bad in late-game, which makes him good pick even in ranked. He has really good potential for jungle and solo top, because of his gap closing ability Audacious Charge which also acts as a slow and a knock-up ability Three Talon Strike. He has also good sustain from Battle Cry and a nice pushback from his ultimate Crescent Sweep. As you can see, he has quite a lot of really useful CC. You can just rush in a team fight, focusing the carry and get him/her down and seperate rest of the team with pusback. That's what I call rushing!
I prefer that rune set-up for maximazing the early-game damage and defense in top lane. You do not want to loose the lane and you want to get all the last hits you can get! The flat attack damage will help the last hitting, even if you are not so good at it, but do remember; you don't want to push the lane either. The defensive glyphs and seals give you enough magic resistance and armor to take hits from minions and to go attack against your enemy. You do want to exchange damage, because you have so good damage at level 3. Your defensive runes will help a lot and you will notice the difference of damage taken for sure.