Xin Zhao Build Guide by Coockieman22
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Hello my beatuifull people who came to learn the way of Man Zhao.
I'm a more casual player though sometimes I try my luck in ranked. I started making this guide beacuse I LOVED the Xin Zhao mini-rework. And due to my recent success with this buld. If you want to contact me, you can message me here or add me on LoL (username: coockieman22 EUW).
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Xin Zhaos story
*Whenever Jarvan III, the king of Demacia, delivers one of his rallying speeches from the glinting marble balcony atop the Royal Palace, Xin Zhao is at his side. Coined the Seneschal of Demacia, Xin Zhao is the personal steward of the Lightshield Dynasty. His enigmatic, silent vigil has led to an abundance of conjecture concerning his ''secret life'' and origins. Whether it's ''Zaun double-agent'' tendered at the dinner table or ''indebted rune mage'' mused in the editorials of the ''Demacian Constant'', Xin Zhao betrays no hints to sate the curiosity of the masses... for good reason.
Prior to the formation of the League, Noxus was renowned for a spectacle called The Fleshing. It was a gladiatorial event with a cruel twist: as a fighter won matches, his number of opponents (generally prisoners of war) fought simultaneously would increase. This meant eventual death for every contender, but with unparalleled glory. Xin Zhao, known then as Viscero, was slated to face 300 soldiers, nearly six times the previous record. This was clearly meant to be his final match. Jarvan II, hearing of this unprescedented feat, infiltrated the arena to offer him an alternative: serve Demacia and punish those who ultimately sentence him to death in exchange for his freedom. Xin Zhao accepted, astonished that a king would risk his own life on his behalf. Under the cover of a prearranged Demacian assault on Noxus, Jarvan liberated Xin Zhao and his 300 opponents. During their retreat, Xin Zhao took a poisoned dart meant for Jarvan. This act of loyalty, from a man who vowed no allegiance, earned Xin Zhao a spot at his side until the day the king died. Now in the service of his son, Jarvan III, Xin Zhao is stepping into a new ring - the Fields of Justice - to fight for his adopted country and to honor the legacy of the man who gave purpose to his life.
''Death is inevitable, one can only avoid defeat.''
- Demacian Manual of Arms
Xin Zhao - The basic
Pros / Cons
So lets start with the pros and cons.
+ Has a knockup and a slow
+ High burst and sustain dmg
+ Will get higher win ratio if you listen to Mulan - i'll make a man out of you
+Has a ult that knocks back people who you don't want to fight with, meaning you can burst down the target you want
+ Very strong early game
- Can be easily focused down
- Prone to harass
- Not much sustain
- Will usally get camped
Greater Glyph of Armor
Greater Mark of Attack Damage
Greater Seal of Attack Speed
Greater Quintessence of Health
More dmg. whats else to say. You can go for armor pen for marks, but I go for dmg beacuse of the q and r scalling. If you realy like getting more armor pen, it is viable, but you will be building a lot of armor pen so it's not that important.
Again you want these for more dmg output. you can swich them for flat ad, but again it's personal preference.
A little bit of defence is always good, and will help you greatly in lane.
I GO FOR THESE BEACUSE OF PERSONAL PERFERENCE, I WOULD NOT RECOMEND THEM.. I would recomend you go for some armor pen or ad. I just realy love having this extra hp, and sometimes it will save you.
Sice you'll be focusing on dmg in your build i reccomend defensive runes, but always take thearmor pen.
Flash - You NEED this you will get ganged a LOT if you play well, even if you have it warded you will need flash sometimes to escape. It's an awesome overall summoner.
Ignite - Good for more Dmg output.
Heal - Good summoner, it's viable but won't help you with bursting down AD carrys.
Exhaust - Will help you with 1v1s, I reccomend taking it only for REALY hard lanes like jax.
Teleport - It gives you great map control. Turret getting killed? teleport there in an instant. away from team fight? Teleport to a nearby unit.
Ghost - Ghost is only good if you get a head start from your opponent otherwise you just get cc'd and eaten. It covers more distance than flash, but its over time, so it's not as effective while tower diving. But it doesn't allow you to go over terrain so be careful when you are in a corner like the dragon lair, and baron lair.
This passive is a beast when it comes to Melee DPS champions. This is a REALY great passive and will help you early and late game. Is also great for stacking armor pen.
This will help a lot with dmg output, it stacks with sheen and resets AA. Great skill overall and ads some cc. Only the third hit procs spell shields like Banshee's Veil, or Spell Shield.
Adds a little bit of sustain and a great amount of AS. Will help a lot sometime and sometimes you won't even notice it. Passive works in blinds and on structures.
Xin Zhao charges an enemy, dealing damage and slowing all enemies in the area.
Very nice gap closer. Adds a nice slow. This is whats makes xin exelent vs some mages. Has also a nice coldown. Don't use it when initiating, use it when the enemy is running away. But somtimes you're gonna have to use it to get to your target
Xin Zhao fiercely sweeps his spear around him, dealing damage to nearby enemies based on their current health and knocking them back.
Adds tankyness to xin. Scales with AD. The knockback will somerimes save you from gangs. Usally you should use this to knock everyone away exept the AD/AP carry.
Audacious Charge-->Crescent Sweep--> Battle Cry-->Three Talon Strike--> auto attack--> repeat
You can use this combo w/o Crescent Sweep if its on cooldown. I like to save Crescent Sweep for when enemies start piling up on me just so I don't die, but you can use it right after you jump in if the enemies are clumped up. ALWAYS use Battle Cry before Three Talon Strike.
Harass- Just use to zone enemy or get them low
Audacious Charge--> Battle Cry--> Three Talon Strike
The enemy will usually run away after you finish due to the fact that they have almost no health. Don't harass if you're at a disadvantage
1v1 enemy initiates and starts to run
Battle Cry--> Three Talon Strike
--> Crescent Sweep-->Audacious Charge--> auto attack--> repeat
If you want you can swich for if you need more sustain. But IE will do more dmg overall.
Most of the time your build will resemble this. Two defensive items are about all Xin needs. This particular build is used against a balanced team where they have 1 mage, 1 ranged AD, 1 offtank, a jungler (either a AD offtank, or Fid), and a support.
When I say super tanky I actually mean **** load of HP. It does decent amount of damage. This is a meta golem build. Since the nerf to Atmogs, this build became a bit weaker, but still viable.
THIS BUILD IS NOT VIABLE IN RANKED OR SERIOUS NORMALS. This build is just for fun or if you're lvling a smurf or trolling or something.
. Even though gives you more flat AD, will give you crit chance and crit dmg. Thats why IE is the ultimate AD carry item.
THIS IS A MUST HAVE. You WILL get focused and you will need more time to kill your targets. This will help you do just that. Also gives a lot of armor and mr. You can replace it with , if you do then get before the 15 min mark.
already. It adds a very nice amount of hp. And it has a unique passive that slows the target, wich is just perfect. I reccomend getting with it.
. It doesn't cost much and gives you crit chance. You can seel it after you get for another defensive or offensive item.
if you REALY NEED the lifesteal. Otherwise it's Ireplaceble.
or with .
mallet. But it's stil a great defensive item.
Difficulty - Easy to Medium
- Avoid his Q.
- Try to kill him very early on.
- Kill him before he get's tanky
- He can kite with his Q.
Difficulty - Easy to Hard
- Start with cloth armor and 5 pots
- Don't let him farm, zone him if you can.
- He will hor*** you, I reccomend buying pots before you leave shop.
Difficulty -Medium to Hard
- Don't harass him unless you have the advantage.
- Try not to let him hit you with e then just run away.
- He will beat you in late game so don't even try 1v1 in late(if he's doing decent)
Difficulty - Medium to Very Hard
-I don't know how to help you here man. In this lane only skill will help you.
Difficulty - Easy to Hard
- You whould be stringer than him try to force fight
- Wait for him to use his e to farm or dmg you, he will have no escape tool
- Consider buying faster than you normaly would
Difficulty - Easy
- Zone him
- Wait for him to panicly use his pool
- Don't use your e to initate, w8 for him to get out of his pool
Difficulty - Easy
- Kill him early and kill him fast
- Zone him
- He has no escape tool use that to your advantage
Difficulty - Easy to Hard
- If he goes for a last hit just e and q him
- DON'T LET HIM FARM
- If he get's ahead, try helping your team as much as you can and don't focus on farming as much
Laning Phase/Team Fights
In the Laning Phase your job is to get as fed as you can, via farming and killing. once you killed your top about 2 times, iff that should happen you should consider destroying the tower and start roaming, as it will help your team and you.
Your job in team figts is to kill thir AD and AP carry. Do as much dmg as you can while you still live as you will get focused down, thats why you will be building a GA.
You can take on the role of protecting your ad carry. You will be good at that beacuse of your ult and slow.
I hope this guide has help you improve your Xin game play. This guuide is not nearly complete and wil be updated every weeek untill it's complete. Special tanks to submit95/cyberskull for helpng me.
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