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League of Legends Build Guide Author rnxiiii

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rnxiiii Last updated on April 13, 2011
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Ability Sequence

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





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.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3/
Brute Force
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3/
Lethality
Improved Rally
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Havoc
 
 

Offense: 23

 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
Evasion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Veteran's Scars
Willpower
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ardor
Reinforce
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tenacity
 
 

Defense: 0

 
 
 
 
 
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Awareness
Expanded Mind
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Quickness
Blink of an Eye
 
 
 
 
 
Intelligence
Mystical Vision
 
 
 
 
 
 
Presence of the Master
 
 

Utility: 7


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introduction

I BOUGHT XIN ZHAO WHEN I GOT 3150 INFLUENCE POINTS AND DONT KNOW HOW TO BUY. THEN MY CLASSMATE SUGGESTED THAT I SHOULD BUY XIN ZHAO.AFTER I BOUGHT XIN ZHAO I THOUGHT THAT I WILL NOT LIKE THIS CHARACTER BECAUSE WHEN I PLAYED THIS CHARACTER ON HIS FREE WEEK I DONT KNOW HOW TO PLAY HIM AND I JUST DIED AND DIED AND DIED AND DIED AFTER BUYING HIM I JUST PLAY WITH BOTS AND I STUDIED HIS SKILLS AND AFTER A LONG TIME OF PRACTICING XIN ZHAO IM HAPPY OF THE OUTPUT


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STORY

THIS IS THE STORY BEHIND XIN ZHAO

*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


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PROS AND CONS

Pros / Cons

Pros
Distance closer
Knock up
Group slow
Natural heal
Unstoppable when fed
Extremely fast
Lanes well with stunner


Cons
Picked on by ranged
A bit slow without items
Vulnerable to cc
No escape mechanism (except speed)


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SUMMONER SKILLS


My number one choices for Xin's spells are definitely ghost and exhaust. You can argue the benefits of almost any spell, but these two are standouts for the style of play that this build suggests. I'm talking about getting your *** moving, while slowing down the enemy as much as possible.

Exhaust is key to this build. Your number one difficulty as Xin will be keeping your enemies from running so that you can unload on them. You already have a slow and a knock up, but exhaust is the icing on the cake. A lot of kills will come from chasing down enemies as they are running away. The speed you get Trinity Force, Phantom Dancer, and ghost help, but exhaust is what will make your enemy's escape downright impossible. Exhaust is also great for one on one fights with another powerful melee character. The reduced damage from the enemy can often times tip the scale in your favor. With the mastery points set as they are, you will also be reducing armor and magic resist for that extra little pow.

Ghost is another must-have. The vast majority of your kills early game will come from chasing enemies in your lane who you've already weakened. Late game, although you won't have a problem catching people because of your items, ghost let's you get to the other side of the map in a hurry, or chase down other people using ghost. Using this build, I have literally chased down slower enemies using ghost that have also exhausted me. That's the crazy speed we are talking here. Like I said, this build is all about getting to enemies quickly, slowing them down, and unloading your damage.

Another important thing to remember is that Xin has no real escape mechanism besides his speed. That being said, you can sometimes avoid ganks by using ghost and exhaust defensively. Don't be afraid to avoid your death by popping exhaust on the nearby carry and ghosting out of there.

Other Options

Flash is a decent substitute for ghost. It can get you to a spot fast and save your *** from huge ganks. I still think ghost compliments this build more consistently, but feel free to make that swap.

Ignite can also be put in for those early kills, but in my experience the ghost/exhaust combo has allowed me to finish off most opponents. If you see the enemy team has a Dr. Mundo or Vladimir, then this spell becomes much more valuable. Don't underestimate the healing reduction it gives.

Teleport can be extremely useful on 5v5 for getting around, so you may need to make that change for ghost. Hopefully a tank has teleport instead, and you don't have to sacrifice that killing power.

Cleanse is never a bad idea on any champion, but your focus here should really be bringing the pain to the enemy. It can be extremely useful to diminish your vulnerability to CC if you are facing a Lux or a team with a lot of slows and stuns. Use your judgment based on the other teams champions.

THINGS U SHOULD NEVER USE!
I'm just going to suggest staying away from these spells for Xin. They definitely have their uses, but the spells I suggest above have more consistent benefits for this build.


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MASTERIES OF XIN ZHAO THE GREAT

Masteries focus primarily on offense. Your primary role is to be a carry, so you need to be getting the kills for your team. Points are placed in the masteries relating to ghost and exhaust, so swap those out if you aren't using these spells. Also, you have a point in Utility Mastery for a reason... Grab buffs as often as possible!!


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SKILLS

Xin Zhao's skills make him a huge asset to ganks. The ability to close distance and slow with Audacious Charge and then knock in the air with Three Talon Strike means your allies will have plenty of time to come in and clean up the scraps (if you haven't already finished the enemy off).Your passive heals you every 3 hits. This is a HUGE advantage in early game. It means you can lane for long periods of time without wasting money on lifesteal. Even mid and late game you will be healing rather quickly with all the attack speed you will be getting. Keep in mind that if you want to keep laning but are scared of the enemy, jungling for a bit is a viable option to get your health back up.

This is the skill you will level up first, and it will be your bread and butter throughout the game. Not only do you get in 3 quick hits with bonus damage, but you knock up your opponent on the third hit. This allows your teammates to help you out, or slows down the enemy enough to get that kill shot in. Spam this skill as much as you can. It works great in combo with the active of Battle Cry, because your 3 hits will get in faster and the cooldown on TTS will be extremely short.

This skill is great in itself as a passive ability. It boosts your attack speed up to 35%. That's like two daggers for free! You'll want to level this skill early because attack speed benefits Xin like no other champion. Faster attack speed with Tireless Warrior means faster healing. It makes your Three Talon knockup hit sooner. It makes your cooldowns reduce more quickly with Battle Cry's active. Moral of the story? You want attack speed.

Battle Cry's active is also amazing. It doubles the bonus of the passive for 7 seconds. An extra 70% attack speed? Yes, please! Also, during those 7 seconds all cooldowns are reduced by 1 second. This is a HUGE benefit for three talon strike. Don't forget, this also reduces the cooldown of your ult, making it nearly spammable. Word of caution: your passive attack speed bonus goes away while this active is on cooldown. That shouldn't stop you from spamming this skill (extremely low mana cost) to farm and get your ult off of cooldown.

This is a great skill for initiating fights. It's a distance closer, but also slows all enemies around the target. Typically after using this skill, you want to immediately use your ultimate for maximum damage. One point in this skill early is useful for closing distance, but we're going to hold off on more points till late game. The increased slowing is really nice, but we already have many tools for slowing the enemy, as well as a high movement speed to chase the baddies down.


Oh no! That tank has so much health! Nope. It doesn't. You just reduced it by 20%. Welcome to crescent sweep.

This great skill deals some flat damage, as well as a nice 20% of the current enemies health. What does that mean for you, almighty enemy pwner? Use this skill first when you are going for a kill, while their health is still high. A typical skill sequence is Battle Cry, Audacious Charge, Crescent Sweep, Three Talon Strike, and repeat the TTS and AC as much as possible. Not even tanks will last very long.


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RUNES

Top Choices


Staying true to the offensive nature of this build, all of your runes are going to be going towards more killing power. Armor penetration is most important, as has been proven all over the place. You want more damage, get more armor penetration. Seals are dedicated to attack speed, because Xin benefits from it more than anyone else. Just trust me, you want it. Glyphs go to cooldown reduction to help spam TTS and AC even more.

Other Options


These are some other choices if you don't have the money to buy new runes. Armor penetration is by far the best for quintessences and marks, so please use those if you can get them.

If you need alternative quints, the best choices are movement speed, health, or attack speed. The health will give you just a tad more survivability, especially early game. Attack and movement speeds are a bit of a theme in this guide, so that should be self explanatory. The same goes for attack speed marks. Mana regen seals are a very close second to attack speed seals. The bonus for attack speed is not that great on seals. I would probably go ahead and grab the mana regen seals for a game of 5's, because you are much farther from the base. In 3's you can just port home and have much better mana regeneration then runes can ever give you! :D Glyphs are mostly useless offensively besides cooldown reduction. I threw in alternative magic resist runes, just for some extra survivability.

Question: Why not dodge runes?
Dodge runes are going to primarily help you against other melee champs. With the strategies outlined in this guide, you will be able to either kill or run from almost all other melee champs. Plus, dodge runes will not help you offensively, which is the primary focus of this build. If you are being attacked and hit enough times for your dodge runes to really be helping, you are probably being focused in a group fight and you're probably dead either way.


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SITUATIONAL ITEMS

As you utilize this guide in your playing, much of the time you will find that everything goes to plan. You start out strong, you take it to 'em, and you carry your team to an outstanding victory. However, sometimes you will have a bit more trouble. Particularly in the more competitive levels of ranked play, you won't be able to feed as easily.

This is where situational items can come in handy! These items can be thrown into the mix to help you adapt to both team compositions to give you a little bit of an edge on your opponents. LoL is sort of like a giant game of rock, paper, scissors. Know your opponent's weaknesses and exploit them by making the right choices in items. I will try to outline some items that will be useful in doing this, but this is by no means a complete guide. Consider this just a few ideas for fine tuning your build.

Defensive Items


Your defensive items are the MOST situational items in the game. Period. No one defensive item is uber awesome in every single game. Not even on a tank. If you pick out an item from this section, make sure it applies to the enemies you are fighting. Be aware of whether your opponents require magic resist or armor, and choose items accordingly.
This is one of the best defensive items in the game. Xin suffers a weakness to crowd control, so this item is a dream come true. It completely cancels one ability used on you every 30 seconds. This is great for stopping stuns, taunts, snares, and all those other abilities people use to initiate that you hate. Plus, it gives health and mana. More health is never a bad thing, and the extra mana will let you stay away from your base longer. Spamming your abilities can eat away at your mana quickly, so this is a good thing.
If you aren't sure what item to get, Banshee's Veil is a safe choice. It gives 50 magic resist, which is great in its own right, but there are better pure magic resist items. That being said, it is still one of the best items because of its ability negating. This can help you versus any team.
Force of Nature is one of my favorite defensive items for Xin. It gives the most magic resistance of any item in the game. It also gives you GREAT health regeneration. You already have lifesteal, so this doesn't impact you as much as a tank. That doesn't mean it doesn't help. =] The thing that makes this item stand out so much as a top choice, is that it gives increased movement speed. Movement speed is what makes this build work well, so if you are taking out a trinity force or phantom dancer for a defensive item, I would highly suggest grabbing this.
Frozen Heart can be a game changing item. It gives 99 armor, which is one below the most in the game. If you are trying to stay offensive with this build (as you should be), then you only want to give up one, maybe two items for situational items. Picking items like frozen heart that give a lot of armor or magic resist is important to utilizing those one or two item slots. Frozen heart also gives mana, which is again a good thing.

One reason a lot of people buy frozen heart is for the cooldown reduction. While CDR is great on a lot of champs, it is mostly negligible on Xin. Cooldown reduction helps you a ton early game, as it lets you pop that three talon strike like a mad man. However, by the time you have half of your items it fails to be useful. Your battle cry makes every hit reduce all cooldowns, and with the attack speed you'll achieve with this build you will have no problem getting off your abilities.

The other half of frozen heart's passive is that all enemies nearby have their attack speed reduced by 20%. This is VERY useful for Xin. As a melee champion, you will always be right next to an enemy that you are attacking. This makes it harder for them to fight back. If the enemy team has a couple physical melee champions (Master Yi, Poppy, etc.) then this is can really disrupt their game plan. Note that this item loses effectiveness against ranged physical players such as Tristana, because they can attack from afar without feeling the effects of your passive.
I like this item because it gives both magic resist and armor. Most items either specialize in one or the other. If you are only going to get one defensive item, probably 80% of the time it will be this. It gives a very good armor bonus, and substantial magic resistance to help you against a balanced team. Of course, the great benefit to this item is that it revives you once every 5 minutes. This can be a huge lifesaver, especially for deterring the enemy from focusing you.
My opinion: THE most underestimated item in the game. This gives the second most magic resist of any item. It's passive...is...AWESOME. It removes any debuffs from your hero. It's like cleanse on steroids, because it really means ANY debuff. You can remove ignite, as well as stop other champion ultimates. This includes Malzahar, Mordekaiser, Warwick, and others! If you are facing a champion with a killer ultimate like above, definitely consider grabbing this item.I have not particularly used this item very much, but while reviewing the defensive items of the game I can't believe that I haven't. This seems like a great fit for Xin when facing a physical team. It gives you very high armor, as well as health. Good so far, right? The passive means when you are getting heckled, it can slow the enemy's movement speed and attack speed. This could help you run away, but it could also be a huge advantage in a 1 v 1 fight against another physical carry.

The active of this item makes my mouth water for a game on Twisted Treeline... It slows all movement and attack speed of nearby enemies by 35%. This, in combination with your audacious charge, can DESTROY a team. Charge into a group of enemies, pop your ult. If your team is any good whatsoever, you should be able to pick everyone off as they try to scurry away and can't attack quickly at all. I will definitely be testing this item the next time I find myself needing armor, and I'll update this to reflect my thoughts.

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The crowd control reduction of these boots is what makes them the most popular boots in the game. This really helps with one of Xin's vulnerabilities, but it will also make him weaker early game. If you decide to grab these boots, I would suggest getting the dagger portion of the Black Cleaver before the BF Sword. Also, if you complete the entire build late game and you had Berserker's Greaves, switching to these may be more beneficial in the end.

Still to come:
Offensive Items
Utility Items
Items NOT to get


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FINISHING MOVE

COMBO SKILL 1ST USE AUDACIOUS CHARGENEXT USE THREE TALON STRIKEAND THEN POP BATTLE CRYTHEN FINISH IT OFF WITH CRESCENT SWEEP


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BYE BYE

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