Xin Zhao Build
Not Updated For Current Season
The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.
First let's take a look on his skills:
Tireless Warrior (Passive): Xin Zhao is healed for every 3 attacks that he lands. This amount increases every 2 levels.
As it's said, gives you nice heal for early game and later. With his attack speed and (in this build) bloodthirster, you can be only killed in 2v1 or against stuner/disabler.
Three Talon Strike: Xin Zhao's next 3 standard attacks deal increased damage, with the third attack knocking an opponent into the air.
It's his best skill. Interupts some's ultimates (for example Nunu's). Gives you nice damage early. Can devastate almost every champion.
Battle Cry: Xin Zhao passively increases his attack speed and can activate this ability to further increase attack speed and lower his ability cool downs with each attack.
Nice attack speed passive...LARGER ACTIVE. Fast, Faster, Fastest. Lowers cooldowns. Use it with Three Talon Strike.
Audacious Charge: Xin Zhao charges an enemy, dealing damage and slowing it and all other enemies in the area.
Personally, I don't max this skill fast. I use it only to slow/pursue/escape/engage in fight.
Crescent Sweep (Ultimate): Xin Zhao fiercely sweeps his spear around him, dealing damage to nearby enemies based on their current health. Also increases Xin Zhao's armor and magic resistance.
One of best ultis early game. But later it's a little weak. But always 25% weaker enemies are a bit nicer to you.
How to use his skills?
I start with Audacious Charge to get nearly (you can use flash, but i leave it to pursue, my cooldowns probably will be lowered, so i can Charge again), next use Crescent Sweep so you can make some heavy damage. Finish with Three Talon Strike and Battle Cry. If the target is alive: ignite or charge, three talon and ignite.
Personally i almost always take:Ignite
Use it to kill weakened enemies.
Used to engage to fight/escape. It's great combo with your Charge.
Other skills you could take?
Not really need to explain. Removes buffes (I don't use it now, because of Season One patch)Exhaust
Slow, blind...what you need more to punish them?Ghost
Same use as flash
Start with boots and 2 health pots and 1 mana pot.
With nice partner (stuns, slows, disables; for example Dr. Mundo) you can easily make a firstblood.
After that (or if not, farm well enough for berserker's, so you will have nice atk. speed) get berserker's graves and farm for Madred's Razor. Here's comes nice farm.
I don't upgrade it so fast, so i can farm minions and jungle a bit. Dragon is no challenge now.
Get bow and Zeal as fast as possibly. Now you could take almost every non-tank champion (expect assasins, it's pretty hard. Watch out for Taric too. He've got pretty good heal early).
One more thing, don't initiate team fight. They will probably focus on you :>
Honestly, I've never made with him Bloodthirster and Frozen Mallet...because game ended so fast, just like Xin Zhao's attack speed.
Frozen Mallet should enlarge his survability and make him pursue his prey easier.
Also, I don't have any runes, but i think these will be good.
I will edit this build and expand this build, but give me some time to test more this champ.
Q:Why don't you make him more durable?
A:Reason is easy. He is great DPS. With his passive and with life steal he can survive most of attacks. Only one dangerous thing are stuns.
Q:How to fight against stunners?
A:For sure not solo. Take a slow/stun/disable hero. Eventually you can do it with tank. Wait until prey uses his stun on your partner, then punish for that.
Q:Why you took frozen mallet?
A: Nice slow, health that increases survability. Why not guardian angel? Because 40% of your max hp is really low. Why not another atk. speed item? Because you easily gain 2.2 speed. It's almost maxed.
Q:Why you took utility masteries?
A:Mana and health regen early supports your survivality on lane. Gives you enough mana to harras.