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League of Legends Build Guide Author Bluprint

Xin Zhao Allround!

Bluprint Last updated on April 28, 2011
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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Brute Force
Improved Rally

Offense: 21

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 0

Expanded Mind
Blink of an Eye
Mystical Vision
Presence of the Master

Utility: 9

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Hello everyone!
This is my first build I post on mobafire, so please don't be so mean to me :)
The build is about one of my favourite LoL Champ's Xin Zhao.
Xin Zhao is a high Damage Dealer in Late game and does a lot of damage in early and mid game, too.
So enjoy my build!

Xin Zhao
-High Damage, especially in Late game
-Great Chaser
-Asian! :D

-Lil bit squishy without Randuin's Omen
-Weak against ranged enemys

Especially Champs like Teemo, with his blinding dart!
Your Q-Skill is knocking Teemo in the air though it does no damage

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I recommend the runes above, because Armor Penetration and Attackspeed are the most important things for Xin, especially in late game you will do a lot of Damage!

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The 21/0/9 is in my opinion the best choose for Xin.

21 Points in Attack
To cause more Damage

9 Points in Utility
To run faster and for a longer duration of Ghost. And to use red buff for a longer duration as well. The red buff is amazing for Xin, with his E Skill Xin Zhao is a great Chaser, because it also slows down the movement speed of an opponent champ. And with 1 Point in Utility Mastery, your Buffs have a longer Duration.

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When the game starts, you should buy
1.Doran's Blade
Because it will offer you some more Lifesteal additional to your
Lifesteal-like-Passive. And this will allow you to stay longer on your Lane. And don't forget the 100 HP you'll gain & 9 Attack Damage, those could be useful for doing Firstblood.

Xin is a nice Chaser, so buy boots to support your team because you have more mobility and you can chase much easier.

3.Long Sword4.Long Sword5.The Bruzalizer
The Brutalizer is very nice for Xin, because of its Armor Penetration. With it you will do damn much damage.

6.Vampiric Scepter
Vampiric Scepter is nice to stay longer on your Lane, because now you have 3% Lifesteal of Doran's Blade, and 12% Lifesteal of the Scepter AND your Passive. Now you can go in the jungle as well to farm for some gold.

7.Mercury Treads
Now you finish your Boots to Mercury Treads. Some Alternatives to them are Berserker Shoes ore Boots of Mobility.
But I recommend you to buy Mercury Treads, because Xin is very susceptible to CC.

Boots of Swiftnessare good as well for chasing your enemys.

Berserker Greaveswill offer you some additional Attackspeed what can be pretty helpful, but as I said, I recommend you Mercury Treads!

8.Heart of GoldAt this point you should sell Doran's Blade to buy the complete Heart of Gold, otherwise start with the Ruby Crystal or Cloth Armor and save your Doran's Blade.

9.Youmuu's GhostbladeIf you haven't sold your Doran's Blade yet, now you should sell it to get 208 Gold to buy Youmuu's Ghostblade, which is one of your Coreitems! And don't forget to use it's active!

10.Randuin's OmenContinue with finishing your Randuins Omen. And like Youmuu's Ghostblade you have to use its Active!

11.ZealZeal is a nice item for Xin, because you get some more Movementspeed AND Attackspeed AND Critical Chance.
This will make your chasing much easier.

12.Black CleaverNow when you bought Black Cleaver your such a damn hard damage dealer!
It will do 3 Stacks of 15 Armor Penetration on your target, at this point, you will kill tanks easily!

13.Phantom DancerFinish your Zeal to Phantom Dancer to keep enlarging your Attackspeed, Crit Chance, Movementspeed.

14.BloodthirsterNow you finish your Vampiric Scepter to Bloodthirster to do more Damage and get some more Lifesteal.

You should not buy the items in this sequence. It's just "Allround". In many fights I refer you to use Banshee's instead of Randuin's Omen or if you wanna play more defensive WITH Randuin's Omen and instead of Black Cleaver.

So just remember to use Black Cleaver against Tanks,
Banshee's against Casters,
Blood Thirster for nice ganks with 1-1 and to cause much damage.

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Skill Sequence

You start with your E-Skill Audacious Charge. It will allow you to charge immediately to your enemy, cause AoE Damage and slows your Enemy.
After that skill your Q-Skill Three Talon Strike, and then you Skill your W-Skill Battle Cry

So you've skilled like this:





The Skill Sequence, how you should skill is shown above. Now I will explain what this skills are made for.

Skill Priority: R,E,W,Q

Three Talon Strike (Q-Skill):
Xin's next three Attacks are causing extra Damage and the 3rd will knock an Enemy in the air.
This skill is very good for stopping Enemys running away.

Battle Cry (W-Skill):
Passive: Xin has increased Attack Speed
Active: Xin's normal Attacks reduces his Ability Cooldowns by 1 Second for every Attack he does. Additional Xin's Attackspeed is increased by the doubled amount of the passive Attackspeed

Audacious Charge (E-Skill):
Xin charges immediately to an enemy, causing AoE Damage and slows all nearby Enemys.
This is a very nice Skill for chasing enemys, because it causes damage, slows down your enemys and you are staying next to him.

Crescent Sweep (R-Skill):
Xin's Ulty! He swings his spear above his head and causes damage in an area next to him.
He also gets increased armor and magic resistance for the next 8 seconds.
Because it deals 350 Damage + 20% Damage basing on the Enemy's Life at this Time, you Should use it very early to deal more Damage. And of Course you will get your increased Armor and Magicresistance, what you need early, when the Fight begins and Not when it Is finished or You're Dead!
So try to use it in Clashs against more Enemys very early to cause more Damage and to have a higher Survivalchance!

A nice Combo for Xin is
1. Activate W-Skill for a higher Attackspeed!And to low your Cooldowns!
2. Activate Q-Skill for higher Damage and to knock your enemy in the air
3. Charge at your enemy with your E-Skill to do damage and to slow him!
4. Activate R-Skill to do much damage,(causes more Damage if he has got more HP!)
5. Keep Attacking your enemy with normal attacks to knock him in the air with your 3rd attack
6. Now you should be able to use your E-Skill again. Your Enemy should be dead now!

Try to have Red Buff, it will help you a lot.
Blue Buff could be a nice choose for him as well, but you should leave them for Champs who need the Blue Buff more than you!

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Summoner Spells

For the Summoner Spells I recommend you to use Ignite and Ghost.
Ghost is pretty good for chasing your enemys and Ignite can hurt Champs like Mordekaiser, Mundo or a fleeing Shaco very well.

Good Alternatives:

Flash: Good for fleeing through walls and chasing through walls.
Exhaust: Nice to kill Tanks because he can't flee and your teammates are killing him.
Cleanse: Cleanse could be very well if you play Xin with Boots of Mobility or Berserker Shoes to remove Stuns and other CC's

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How To play Xin Zhao

In early game you buy Doran`s Blade.
Keep doing last hits to earn money but you should play defensive and careful.
You should buy Wards as well, to know if you would be ganked.
Try to have a Teammate on your Lane. A good Teammate for Xin is Blitzcrank. Because Blitz can pull the enemy to you and stuns this guy. Another Skill of him is to knock the enemy in the air.
With Xin, they will do Firstblood so damn easy!
You just have to wait until Blitz pulls the enemy, then use your Q skill to disturb the flight-try of your enemy, then Blitz should knock him in the air and then use your E-Skill to do AoE Damage and to slow your enemy.
Blitz and you only have to use 2 Skills, this means you can charge to fb at level 2!
Wait for the right moment and win the game!
And dont waste your Skills so early and not only for creeps! The E-Skill drains a lot of your mana, so don't waste it!
A Champ with Clarity on your Lane could help you if you haven't got Mana anymore.

To win the game just fulfill the following points:
-Say ss if there's a enemy missed
-Play careful and don't overestimate you, though you are a well Champ!
-Don't waste your skills that easy!(You can kill Blue!)
-Try to do many Lasthits on creeps

The rest should be obvious.

Tip: Doing Last Hits with Xin Zhao is pretty necessary and pretty easy, too.

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Xin is a very good Champ, otherwise he wouldn't be one of my favourite Champs.
This is the build I almost play every time with Xin and I'm very glad that I've found it.
I would be very happy if you leave me a comment that allows me to keep improving my Xin Zhao guide.

Thanks for reading my build, your Bluprint :)

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Games with this Build

And if you play against Xin...don't feed him!

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Release Notes:

Xin Zhao's Release Notes:

Release Notes v1.0.0.116
* General
* Base Attack Damage increased to 59.1 from 52.3
* Attack Damage per level decreased to 3.1 from 3.3
* Fixed a bug where Three Talon Strike could be activated while it was
still active

* Battle Cry
* Passive Attack Speed is no longer removed while the ability is on cooldown
* Attack Speed increased to 20/25/30/35/40% from 15/20/25/30/35%

* Crescent Sweep
* Armor and Magic Resist reduced to 25
* Now scales and gives 7/10/13 Armor and Magic Resist for each champion hit

Release Notes v1.0.0.115:
* Battle Cry duration reduced to 5 from 7
* Crescent Sweep duration reduced to 6 from 8
* Audacious Charge cooldown adjusted to 16/15/14/13/12 from 18/16/14/12/10

Release Notes v1.0.0.109:

* Three Talon Strike cooldown changed to 10 from 12/11/10/9/8
* Crescent Sweep base damage reduced to 125/225/325 from 125/250/375