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Xin Zhao - Let's get down to business.

Last updated on July 20, 2010
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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: 9

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 21

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

Utility: 0

Xin Zhao - The Seneschal of Demacia.

I would consider Xin to be team carry who can tank well, with great dmg output. He is great at intiating fight's providing you have some support, heal's, shield's etc. His Passive: Tireless Warrior, allows him to lane for long periods of time and not needing lifesteal as a melee dps, though always consider it, will talk about that more later. This brief guide is my play style on Xin, what i do with him, and how it may help you in the process.


    Amazing DPS
    Great initiator for an off-tank dps
    Survivability in lanes
    Can Jungle
    Decent slow/knockup

    No "real" escape
    Currently likely to be targeted first ^_^
    Viable to CC

Summoner Spells
1.Improved Exaust, Catch up to champs and deal more dmg due to the armour debuff, can be used as an escape tool aswell.

2.Flash, by far my fave summoner spell, great for escaping and to chase, if you want to reach your target faster, Flash followed by Audacious Charge(AC) works wonders.

these are the curret runes I use for him, I have yet to try more rune options, though Armour Pen and Crit Dmg would certainly work well, (any ideas what glyphs i could use would be great).

Core Item Build
I reason my main boots are Tabi's and the first attack speed item is dancer is because you get a good load of dodge together with you're runes, around 38%. Plus move speed to catch up/escape from people, and who doesnt like crits! I Personally think a Phantom Dancer is enough Atk Speed and would swap a last whisper for something else, unless they are heavy in the tank department.

Madreds is a great item though im not a big fan of it myself, the items you need to build it are not so useful as what you could be buying(unless you plan to jungle with razors), and I dont like the price tag of 3800. Starks Is a great item to get, if your team is heavy phys dps, and you see no one else with one, dont be shy to swap it for a Dancer. Bloodthirster...Great Item to if you really need lifesteal, if you have a starks I would continue with the core build and not bother with a thirster aswell.
I Myself will probably not use Beserker Greaves for him as you don't need early game atk speed due to your Battle Cry (BC). Mercury treads is a great choice if the opposition are heavy in CC amd casters.

Ofcourse you can spec a bit more tanky with this champion

Early Game

Grab a Health Crystal, stick a point in Three Talon Strike(TTS) and Lane top or bottom, you can lane with a lot of champions well, so it really is not an issue who you go with. (I lane with Shen/garen and they are fine for a melee lane) if you have a partner there is a great chance you can grab a First Blood with him/her. I usally aim for first blood at lvl 3 when i have a point in all 3 skills, with another disabler and exaust it is very easy to achieve a kill, make sure to flash out of a turret in time to cancel the it's hit, if you have dived. Head back if you have Very low hp, or have over 1.3k gold to grab a phage and some boots. Head back to your lane and finish those noobs up again, ask if mid needs any help, if not push that turret down!
My Skill Rank Order tends to max BC whenever possible, followed by TTS then AC and ofcourse you're ult when you can.

Mid Game

You should have a zeal and be almost ready to B and change it for a Phantom Dancer.
...Gank time! I said myself you are a great itaitor if the tank is not around, Begin to push mid if you manage to get you laners tower down or is heavily pushed, this will bring pressure to mid and will attract more people, If you cannot push mid then go gank anyone who is still laning. B when you have 1.8 or are low to grab a BF sword and our you come again.

Here is how I got about killing people>>>> Auto Attack. Repeat even without the ult availble if they didnt die.

Get your Black Cleaver.

Late Game

By now you have a Frozen Mallet and getting your Last Whisper. I very rarely go any further then this as the game comes to an end with the opposition surrendering.
Dont be afraid to intiate,(aslong as u have support) as Crescent Sweep is great when they are all clumped together, aim for the caster's > dps > tanks. Turret Diving isnt a hardly a big problem. Always remember to play safe, and Don't be "Too" greedy.


If no one on your team desperatly needs the mana buff, go grab it, mana becomes an issue if you spam you're skills too often.
Solo Dragon, easy XP, easy Gold
You are a good backdoor, make sure you have Flash up if things get heavy.
"Here's a tip, with a spear behind it!"

GL & HF.