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Xerath Build Guide by Potato Power


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Xerath MID - [How hit your skillshots 7.9] Comment/Criticise

Potato Power Last updated on August 15, 2017
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Ability Sequence

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Threats to Xerath with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
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Karthus Nothing to say :) all he can do is outfarm you and try to dodge your spells Preffer BARRIERE vs him
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Anivia Anivia is like 0 armor 1hp mage.. very easy, but care about your Q because anivia can stun you mutch easier then. Preffer Exhaust vs her
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Aurelion Sol Aurelian is completly useless, but care about hes roaming. Take a spell what helps you vs the enemy team overall because he is not worth wasting a spell on
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Brand Brand is easy but dont stick close to minions and in the same time stay in a way that he cant stun you. Preffer Cleanse vs him
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Twisted Fate Only way he can kill you is with Gold card... well 2 gold cards actualy :D Preffer CLEANSE vs him
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PATCH NOTES

1. If you look over the recomended items above each item set is a "Note" and it explanes why I buy it and when you should buy it more clearly, my brother said he would not know this at all if I did not tell him so Im telling you now :)


2. If you dont like my guide or any reason you want a diferent build, click HERE it will redirect you to a popular website what many people use to quicly see the most used champon builds from high elo/lvl up spells/First buy and some statistics.


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COMENT AND CRITICISE SO I CAN IMPROOVE THE GUIDE PLEASE!

- Masteries ⇒ UPDATED These masteries are a bit situational, but in teamfights they can be usefull aniways, I just dont like changing masteries based on enemies and like to take the best ones and keep them. I did some testing and witout any defensive items your MR and Armor jumps from 81 /39 to 118 / 71 for 2seconds.


- Vs. Champion ⇒ UPDATED Added Kayn, junglers that you need to be carefull of, and tweaked some already egzisting counterpicks.

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- VideoClips in "How to hit enemy dodges" section ADDED

- Explore "The Dark Seal" as starting item (probably worth but still) ⇒ADDED This item is amaizing especialy for this build, beacasue it helps psyhically that you play safer, click HERE to see my most recent games with it, the more recent games are better because I was still going into that "Safe mod"

- Explore when and is "Seraphs Embrance" worth it ⇒ REMOVED With my playstile I get into risky situations extremly rarely and I dont feel the use of the item for me.


- "Spells" section ⇒ REMOVED In the start I did not see the point of it but I kept it because other gudies did that, now Mobafire has the ABILITIES section on the website so I think now its a great moment to delete my part, to check the abilities click HERE


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- Rush negatron cloak early game to counter AP enemy bursts and finish the item after the core build is finished (Morellonomicon, Ludens Echo) ⇒ REMOVED the item is not worth because you cant rush negatron cloak what is the main reason I buy it and you get cleanse on enemies that need CC to kill aniways.


- Get scaling CDr runes exacly the number I recomended because that way any build I recomended on certain scenarios wont go over 40% ⇒ REMOVED CDr runes are totaly not worth it because xerath is strongest on late game and these runes are for late game, xerath is weakest at early game and I think you should invest runes for early game because of that, a bit on late game (HP scaling) but overall early game and filling the weak points.


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Spells

-Cleanse for champions who need to stun to kill like (Twitted Fate, Syndra, Veigar...)
-Exhaust champions who make a combo on close range like (Zed, Azir...)
-Bariere for champions like (Lux, Ziggz, Karthus)
-Heal same but only if you play safer and hardly get CC-d by enemy

DONT use ignite its just.. wrong
and I dont prefer ghost because xerath is vonerable to gap closing champions the most and ghost wont help that mutch as other spells, and for attacks you have a big range, especialy your ult .. its made to finish off enemies, defend a tower of being deastroyed or to zone a enemy from escaping


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Before game/First buy

WHY THIS BUILD AND MASTERIES: - well first masteries the only way you wil get thunderlord is by STUNING and then combo NO OTHER WAY and when the thunderlord would be more used (late game) Deathfire is better in late game aniways and it gives you information when you made a hit on a enemy champion in "Fog of war" by showing a red arrow like symbol to the direction of a hit enemy
- WHY not dorans ring.. well I personaly dont like starting items what Im going to sell after aniways, and "Dark Seal" is basicly made for xerath.
- Why not the CD-r why (lost Chapter) well idk is riot stupid but you cant cast spells witout manna :D especialy if you cast them more often .. lol


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Ranked Play

1 First WAVE You get to lane and show that sweet lvl7 mastery.... kidding :D so when you come to lane Q all minions if enemy is like (zilean, velkod) a champ with good wave clear so he doesent push you to your turet that easy.
and if you are not confident with your Q where the enemy will go just Q the direction where minions are so you get them atleast. AND if you see a group of low hp minions alighn them so they are betwean you and enemy champion so you hit minions and the champion.

2 PATTERN if enemy dodges your Q-s try to find his pattern... if its a better enemy he wil change the patterns often so if you are interested what patterns people normaly use scroll down to How to hit enemy dodges, and dont start to channel your Q too far from enemies becaue he can just run out of range


3 TWO ITEM POWER SPIKE you start blue crstal so you get the next item more easy (Lost Chapter) then i go for (Ludens), i buy boots after ludens or if enemy has poke i buy the small boots before finishing (Ludens)


4 FIRST ult upgrade ... ONLY ult when enemy is in 1 ult hit and dont spam your ult take your time... if you cant win lane or enemy got no good wave clear try to assist bot every time you have ult.


5 Reasons why i buy items in this order (Farsight Alteration)... i always forget it :D
and (Morellonomicon)... why not before ludens?... well because (Lost Chapter) gives mana on level up and (Morellonomicon) on kills or asists :)
by now you can make 55%-70% of enemy HP with combo if you stun what means your teammates can easily kill them.

6 TEAMFIGHTS: -Try to poke the enemy adc and other low hp
-IF you got lvl3 ult you can actualy only ult and help with that, but only if enemy has no fighters (This only counts for lower ELO)
-if teamfight is ON and enemy got champs what can get close to you easy ... try to keep your stun for that...


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How to hit enemy dodges

Bronce - Gold
Mainly people are not good at dodging and will go for the gut feeling and think little about dodging, especialy when you hit all your skill*****.

Q Dodges in this elo are:
COMMON - Always left, Always right, always to the closer river, continue walking

UNCOMMON - Walks the oposite way after you cast the spell, Always dodging to the center of the lane

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Platinum
In low platinum there is 50/50 will the person know how to dodge but in higher divizions expect it more often

Q Dodges in this elo are:
COMMON - Runing to the closer river, Runing to the direction of your base if you get them close to a wall and they are runing away, Ignoring you and farming, runing oposite direction after you cast your Q

UNCOMMON - Runing to the direction of their base if you get them close to a wall and they are runing away, moove left-right-left-right fast and releasing the mouse after you cast your Q, Ignoring your Q and going full ham on you because they are anoyed of your Q-s :D

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How to hit your ULTIMATE
-The most common type of dodging your ultimate is by walking to the direction where you are, but i recomend to press ult and spam your R direcly on enemy and try to suprise him with your first R, after that try predicting where he walks and just if he dodged backwards predict the dodge, and the last ult you throw for some reason people dont even try to dodge it but they only try to get out of your ult zone... its strange but in most situations they dont try to dodge your last ult but be carefull im still not sure is it because its last ult or its because they see the edge of my ultimate.
-Press R and try to hit a bit infront it is good for zoning if you are not so confident or the enemy is good at dodging, that way he wont run away so easy when your team tryes to katch up to him, so if you want that press R the second you activade ult on him and ONLY ult when he starts walking again.. dont do it unnececary, but after your ult comes to expire point just spam the last ults on him.

and a bonus tip, if you can get baron or drake with Q use it, DONT use ultimate... because it warns them and it has less damage than Q and when you warn them and just wait they wil just burst smite baron, but with Q they wil maby panic smite baron too early or not smite at all


While you charge your Q try to analize how the enemy moves, by me i got used to it and i know how to hit witout analising activly. well thats why im a bit worse now becuase i cant concentrate well... in lane or when enemy is alone and knows you are aming at him that is the only part where they activly try to dodge, when there are teammates close to him they wont think about it too hard even if you start hitting, unless they are in front line

this text here is not enough to lurn how to hit your Q but i tryed to put what more info into text format... :(






Here I will show the 3 basic enemy dodges, there are tons of dodging styles and too many to explane (before you even cast they do some movements to confuse you) but in the end they will do one of these dodges on the same direction or oposite one (this sounds stupid for me to post but I just feel like I need to post it to show it more clearly)

- This one shows the classic type to dodge when they are close to a wall (ofc can just continue walking)


- Sometimes you need to aim just where the enemy is because he wont try to dodge, here you can see how Talyah tryed to dodge by going oposite direction I tryed not to dodge but just my reflexes did it and it made in this "No dodge clip"


- This is you could say "The mainstream dodge" just SO MANY people dodge to the bottom side, In this case this could be dodging to closest river or dodging always bottom side.


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Overall game Warnings/TIPS

RED are WARNINGS, BLUE are TIPS

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-you CANT cancel your Q so dont charge it brainlessly

-DONT get greedy and try to get mana on minions if enemy is scary, rather ward Razorbeaks and auto attack them!

-DONT play xerath if you are sleepy, for xerath you need to think alot how the enemy dodges but the enemy doesent need to think that hard to dodge. Im telling this because most games I lost is because I coud not focus well

-If a enemy comes with a gap closer DONT E him if he has 2 or if he has one gap closer but still did not use it, rather slow with W and wait him to jump and THEN stun him, because if you hit or miss its closly the same... HIT means he will be stuned short period of time because what closer you hit the stun is shorter and he can katch up to you with hes gap closer after that
and if you miss... well same situation but just you did less damage


-When you are not confident about hiting your Q get in the "Fog of war" or bush and charge it from there and hit the enemy, its a 100% chance to hit (example in video)

-DONT be like other xerath palyers and charge to the max and THEN think what to hit charge the minimum ALWAYS

-If you play on locked screen like me when you hold a shillshot what is far away press "Z" or "Y" idk what is it on other keyboards.. but the most convinient position to press that is this one so put the lock on this key.
-When you go through the jungle to roam or whatever the reason is, AA jungle camps for mana (Plants and wards work too)

-if you have a sneeky gap through enemy minions use it to hit your E, its closly a guaranteed hit

-The first dodge direction enemy uses will be used again if you Q after some time, its like the enemy brain refreshed :)

If you see your ally attacking a enemy and you ult WAIT and see will he kill him, but if he escapes then ult, if not dont... because if you cast even a single ultimate your CD will be the full cooldown, but if you dont then it will be 50% less. But if your ally might die ult and support him ofc

-if you get the enemy pattern and you OVER predict he wil probably realize it and change the pattern even if a idiot.

-if enemy is tilted try to poke them most they dont try to dodge your spells at most so its easiest to hit them

-You dont need blue after you buy lost chapter so dont ask the jungler for the blue unless its like Rengar or so because you can alow yourself to miss more Q-s and spam W too in that situation

-I HIGHLY recomend to turn "Screen Flash on damage" on because you dont look at your champion too often, your spells have long range and especialy when you ult you have no idea if someone is attacking you


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Pros / Cons

This is same as "Spells" i think its unnececary info but people post this even though the "Tips/Warnings" is better in my opinion

- Has great range and can poke most champs out of lane.
- Passive that gives mana.
- Longest range kit in game what makes him a amaizing champion.


- Low mobility what makes him so easy to get ganked by enemy jungler, especialy because close range stun is shorter stun duration.
- All abilities are skill shots.
- When you ult you have no idea if enemy is attacking you.
- If your team doesent try to rely on you it will be harder for you to carry, because xerath is poke he needs time to do damage.


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Mejais Soulstealer



And just a warning, Xerath is a POKE champion so dont expect too many honors, poke champions are the hardest to notice that THEY are the ones who carry sadly, I will post here a picture of my situation here.


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Some games with Xerath

One is Cho´Gath because they did not want to swap :,(PICTURES!!! who doesent love pictures :)
These pictures are before I started to buy "Dark Seal"


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Random Xerath moments

Totaly "calculated"

_______________________________________________________________________________________ This one would be sutch a cool looking play if I did not get a lag spike at my 4th shot, its not a excuse you see it would hit but it landed too late :(
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In this clip ... well I just killed enemies with style :)

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Just a clip of killing one of my bigest counters <3