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[7.16] PH45's in-depth guide to Jax, the Grandmaster at arms

PH45 Last updated on August 19, 2017
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Aatrox Relies heavily on autoattacks so you should win pretty much every time he tries to trade with you if you have your E up. With the recent changes to his passive just don't let him get 5 stacks on his passive and he can't utilize it then against you, if he manages to get his passive up try to disengage him if you can't beat him in a fight.
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Information about the author aswell as Jax



Hello, I'm PH45, and this is my Jax Guide.

My real name is Patrik but you can call me either way. I am a long time League of Legends player (started back in Season 1). I picked up Jax in season 4 and have been playing him ever since as my champion to go as far as ranked goes. I mainly play him in the top lane but I occasionally play him jungle if I get my secondary role. At the time of writing this I'm the #500th Jax in the world and going strong onwards. My current rank is Platinum 2. Mastery points I have about 520k on him when adding up all of my accounts, on my main about 300k, so I would say I have mastered him quite well.

My OP.GG for anyone interested

My other acc I decided to start grinding

I also got multiple other accounts but these are my 2 highest ranked accs atm.

Check out my YouTube channel where I occasionally post League related videos!

You can also follow me on Twitter for more updates on everything. (Starting to use it if I actually get any followers xd) Twitter

Now on to Jax. Jax is a melee fighter who has one of the best late games amongst all champions in League. Jax's most weak point is laning phase. He has hard time against several champions like Malphite, Jayce and Pantheon. If you can get past that his late game is really good. Good thing about Jax is he is also very flexible as far as his build goes. I have a pretty routine build on him that I build almost every game but he can be made to work with a lot of different builds and you shouldn't really have a hard time itemizing him.


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Update list

I will try to update this whenever Im not playing ranked and got some free time xd.

19.4.2017 - Thank you everyone for the 1000 views on the guide! I couldn't expect this to get this much views at all! I will be sure to update this regularly. :)

20.4.2017 - 2k views already! Thank you so much!

21.4.2017 - Updated a couple matchups a bit and cleaned some of the code in the chapters. Added couple of gameplay clips. Also 3k views!

30.4.2017 - 10k views! Thank you for all, I will try to get back to grinding ranked and updating this guide whenever I have time off work.

6.5.2017 - Damn didn't visit this site in few days since I was grinding my new acc to be able to play ranked and this guide has passed 32k views! Amazing thank you all for viewing this guide!

13.5.2017 - Almost 50k views! I have been quite busy with work lately so I haven't had that much time to play lately. Ill be getting back on the grind next month as my work ends by then. Then I will be back to editing this guide with my growing knowledge etc. Till then thanks for all the views and the support! Good luck on the rift!
Any comments and feedback is appriciated! I will answer any questions you might have and of course give me suggestions on how to make this guide better and more interesting! :)

16.5.2017 - Updated the item section a bit.

23.5.2017 - 62k views!

6.6.2017 - Almost 80k views damn! Ill try to make something for Youtube in the following week, but I had a lot of time consumed by my graduation and some entrance tests for schools are still ahead.

18.6.2017 - We passed 100k views! Amazing, thank you all for viewing and commenting, upvoting my guide! I never believed this guide would reach this much attention. I haven't gotten around of doing anything on YouTube sadly but after my vacation next week I'll be sure to start working on something.

2.7.2017 - Added a new section ''Some Jax tricks''

9.7.2017 - Edited the core build, also updated the rune setup. Almost 140k views!

20.7.2017 - Updated the item section a bit!

24.7.2017 - Added a new clip into videos section! Also updated core build.

25.7.2017 - 170k views!

2.8.2017 - Updated some areas a bit. 190k views!

5.8.2017 - 200k views passed!

8.8.2017 - Updated Pantheon matchup a bit, also starting items descriptions.


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Summoner spells


Flash: Pretty normally taken summoner spell. Some like Ghost but I much more prefer Flash for capability of getting over walls or quickly getting in range with Leap Strike.

Ignite: Good for lanes you want to go aggressive on. Can easily win you the game if you put the enemy laner enough far behind. It is also extremely good against champions with a lot of healing like Dr. Mundo, Vladimir, Zac and even Aatrox.

Teleport: My preferred second summoner spell. Most of the time this is the best summoner spell to take second since it enables you to splitpush and teleport to teamfights if you aren't near the fight when it breaks out. It can also help you in tough matchups where you have to back a lot early.


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Pros and Cons

Pros


+ Excellent duelist
+ Can fight almost anyone late game
+ Extremely good late game
+ Great splitpusher
+ Has a built-in escape with ward + Q
+ Has an auto-attack reset
+ Gets naturally tanky in fights when using R as it gives you a good amount of resists


Jax is a very strong fighter once he picks up a couple items, and in late game he can be a monster in the right hands.
Cons


- Weak to CC
- Hard to get back in the game if behind
- Has some difficult matchups
- Can sometimes struggle with teamfights


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Masteries

When playing Jax it's best to take Fervor of Battle. I usually run 18/0/12 making use of Recovery and Runic Armor for extra survivability, which works well with Titanic rush. I occasionally see some people use Thunderlord's Decree but personally I always take Fervor no matter what. Courage of Colossus might be useful if your team doesn't have a frontline but in later parts of the game Fervor will be much more useful than Courage.


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Ability Explanation


  • Relentless Assault (Passive): Jax gains bonus attack speed for 2.5 seconds every time he lands a basic attack, stacking up to 8 times. This falls off one stack at a time. To utilize this passive in lane auto attack minions as much as you can before engaging the enemy so you have more attack speed to fight with.
  • Leap Strike (Q): Jax leaps to targeted enemy while dealing physical damage to the target. It can also be used to jump on wards, plants, Thresh lanterns etc. If you use your W before using Q the W's damage will be applied on top of your Q's damage.

  • Empower (W): Jax's next basic attack or Leap Strike within 10 seconds deals bonus magic damage. It is also an autoattack reset so after your auto attack has landed activate this for and immediate autoattack. They also added 50 more range on this ability in the patch 7.12 which is really nice since it makes this ability easier to land on a running opponent.
  • Counter Strike (E): When activated the first time Jax will block all incoming auto attacks for 2 seconds aswell as will take 25% reduced damage from all area of effect abilities. At the end of the duration or when reactivated Jax stuns nearby enemies for 1 second and deals physical damage to them, increased by 20% for each attack dodged, up to a 100% increase. This is the key to winning melee matchups at level 1. Just auto minions for your passive and then auto the enemy while near his minion wave so your E's damage increases.
  • Grandmaster's Might (R): It's passive enables Jax to deal bonus magic damage on every third basic attack within 2.5 seconds of each other. When activated Jax gains bonus armor and bonus magic resistance for 8 seconds. Once you hit level 6 in lane auto minions twice and then Q onto your enemy and autoattack and follow with immediate W for a good amount of burst.


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Skill Sequence

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You want to be taking points on Grandmaster's Might whenever possible. Out of the basic skills you want to max Empower most of the time for maximum DPS. In some ranged matchups maxing Leap Strike might me more worthwhile but personally I almost always max Empower. Maxing Counter Strike isn't worth in my opinion, as you get much more out of maxing Empower and Leap Strike.


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Items

Titanic Hydra, the god of wave clearing
This item is extremely efficient when looking at it's stats. It gives Jax HP which is always good especially early on, some damage and most importantly it improves Jax's wave clear immensively.

Trinity force, never skipperino
Maybe the most important item for Jax. It gives Jax everything he can want. It has nice boost on his attack speed, some damage, movement speed, but most importantly it gives him the Sheen proc that makes Jax deal so much damage in short bursts.

Hextech gunblade, the endless sustain
This item gives lots of healing and some nice burst to kill squishies aswell as let you live longer in fights since it heals you for 15% of all damage you deal.

Blade of the ruined king, % health damage is good
This item is a good option if the opposing team has multiple tanky champs, or if your lane opponent is hard to stick with and you need some sustain as well (for example Singed)
It also gives you some attack speed which is always a nice stat on Jax.

Spirit Visage, healing improver
This item works extremely well with Hextech Gunblade as it improves it's already good healing. It was kind of nerfed in the patch 9.10 but I still think it's relatively good. It is also good against AP poke lanes since the repice item Spectre's Cowl grants you more regeneration after you have been damaged by enemy champion. It also gives nice amount of MR.

Randuin's Omen, death to ADC's
The build path got updated and now feels sort of awkward to build. I usually bick up Warden's Mail first and then build it onwards from there. It's a good item still just made a bit harder to buy quickly as it fills your inventory with its components now. Helps extremely well in auto-attack oriented matchups and later on it's slowing effect is nice in teamfights and it also slows enemys attack speed when they hit you so it lessens the enemys DPS.

Ninja tabi, Nerfed but still good
All jokes aside it was pretty ridiculous how it negated 12% of incoming damage from basic attacks. Now it's 10% which is still really good, meaning they are still worth picking up early in lane against melee matchups. Late game it isn't as noticeable but it's still quite good.

Mercury's treads, the option for CC
Pretty self-explanitory, get this if the enemy laner or the whole enemy comp has a lot of CC as it can shut you down pretty well.

Guardian Angel, Aatrox passive for everyone
The item got a slight change, now builds out of a B. F. Sword and a Cloth Armor, it can be somewhat awkward to build as Jax doesn't need the huge AD you get from B. F. Sword but it's a efficient buy if you are getting focused a lot or you are the frontline of your team. If you have extra gold in late game and this items passive is down sell it and switch it for something else as the pure stats aren't worthwhile the wait.

Guinsoo's Rageblade, the splitpushers dream
I don't like this item in particular, but in some rare cases it can work out. In most cases you can't fully stack the rageblade passive before killing someone so in that aspect it isn't fully worthwhile. However it gives you a lot of attack speed and damage when fully stacked so it is a good item if you are dedicated to splitpushing constantly. I rarely however go for this item as I think with your core items you already have enough damage and more tanky items are better in terms of late game.

Thornmail, the way to cripple an AD comp
This item seems to be really good in some cases now. If the opposing team has lot's of healing champions or just a fed AD champ with lifesteal this is the perfect item.
Thornmail now applies Grievous wound which helps killing those pesky healing champs much easier. Also it get's the cold steel passive which is nice.

Iceborn Gauntlet, Sheen with CC
I don't really like to build this item ever, but it gives you armor, sheen proc and a small slow so you can stick to people. I wouldn't recommend building it over Trinity Force but Jax is so versatile with his builds you can make this item work on him since it has a Sheen proc.

Sterak's Gage, the bruiser item of your dreams
It's a good item to buy if opposing team has a lot of burst, but you don't know which resistance stat you want to build.


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Laning vs tanks

So the meta is somewhat shifting back to tank meta with champions like Cho'Gath and Maokai being extremely strong. This isn't that big of an issue however. If you face a tank in top lane just do what you usally do, farm and trade with them if the opportunity is good, and kill them if they make dumb mistakes. However when they get to a certain point of tankiness it becomes hard to kill them. In this case buy Tiamat and shove them to their tower while warding around so you don't get ganked. This gives them 2 options, either Teleport to help their team in fights and lose the top lane tower or stay in lane to clear waves.


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Splitpushing

Splitpushing is a good way of pressuring the enemy team. Jax excells at this since his passive gives him more attack speed and he can take turrets down pretty fast after he get's Sheen. You just auto-attack and right as the attack has landed you use Empower for the auto attack reset and at the same time you get a Sheen proc. Also having Titanic Hydra helps splitpushing as your waveclear improves and it also gives you an autoattack reset. Jax is also a strong splitpusher since he can duel pretty much anyone in the later points of the game and if you are ahead splitpushing is a great way of giving the enemy team pressure around the map. Jax can also escape sticky situations with his ward hop mechanic which makes him somewhat slippery as he can jump over walls.


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Some Jax tricks

At level 1 you can cheese your opponent (easier vs melee champs) with having Counter Strike up, going to auto them in their minion wave, after you have attacked and minions turn aggro on you activate your Counter Strike and keep autoattacking your opponent if you can stay in range. If done correctly you should chunk your opponent for a good hefty amount of damage and force them to pop a potion or in general just back off.

When you reach 6 a common thing to do is auto minions twice, then Leap Strike on to your opponent, auto them and immediatly follow with Empower. This combo will do good amount of damage as your Grandmaster's Might 3rd proc + Empower do quite a lot of damage in a short burst.

You can also cancel your autoattack animation with your Counter Strike. When the you have activated Counter Strike and you have autoattacked, right as the damage from your autoattack lands re-activate Counter Strike and this will cancel the rest of your autoattack. This is very useful if you want to do a fast combo with your W and Titanic Hydra for example.


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Ranked Play/Jax's place in the team

Jax can be played in multiple ways. He can splitpush very effectively, especially in mid- to lategame with the Titanic Hydra rush. He can escape sticky situations with his ward hops and with that put constant pressure on the lane he splits. He can also be played as a frontliner if your team lacks a tanky champion since Jax gets naturally tanky with Grandmaster's Might and a couple of tank items and you are set. He can also assasinate squishys even when building tanky, so if your team is fighting and you see the enemy ADC caught off guard you should try to assasinate the ADC if possible.


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Gameplay clips

Ill add some cool clips I get on Jax from time to time.


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Ward hopping

So a lot of times after level 9 top laners and others switch to the Scrying Orb but not on Jax. On Jax you keep Warding Totem so you can ward hop and potentially escape from tough spots. It's extremely useful when splitpushing and there are multiple enemies coming at you you just wardhop over a wall.

You should also note you can use your Leap Strike on things like Jarvan IV flag, Thresh lantern and so on.


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Summary

Jax is extremely good champion at taking advantage of an lead and carrying your team to victory! He can be difficult to play against comps with lot's of heavy CC but even that can't stop the Grandmaster in some cases.

Any feedback on this guide is highly appriciated, I will be updating this constantly whenever there is something to update or new ways of playing Jax are discovered

Have a great time splitpushing and smashing enemies as Jax!

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Also some of the code used in the making of this guide is from http://www.mobafire.com/league-of-legends/build/making-a-guide-101506#chapter11 @jhoijhoi

- PH45