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League of Legends Build Guide Author Kyle Kirnan

AD Xin

Kyle Kirnan Last updated on November 26, 2011
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Ability Sequence

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

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Offense: 25

Honor Guard

Defense: 0

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 5

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Trust me, AD Xin PONES! You'll regret not trying it out. I know that a lot of you like tanky Xin's but they dont get as much kills. It's good wwhen you don't have a tank but if you do, try this build. I'm not the number 1 Xin Zhao fan but I do beleive my build could help you number 1's. Read this and it might give you some more info for using this build and note: THIS DON'T WORK WELL IN 5V5'S.

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The Trio

Xin Zhao, Garen, and Jarvan IV are known to be a trio. I beleive (correct me if i'm wrong) that Xin is the messenger warior of Demacia, Garen is the military leader of Demacia, and Jarvan IV is the ruler of Demacia. Now I may be wrong but what I read out of the stories it sounded something like that. Here, read them yourself.

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Story - 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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Story - Garen

Throughout Valoran, the resolve of Demacia's military is alternately celebrated or despised, but always respected. Their ''zero tolerance'' moral code is strictly upheld by civilians and soldiers alike. In combat, this means Demacian troops may not make excuses, flee, or surrender under any circumstance. These principles are espoused to their forces by unrivaled demagogues who lead by example. Garen, the valiant warrior who bears the title ''the Might of Demacia'', is the paradigm to which these leaders are compared. Thousands of great heroes have risen and fallen on the bloody battlefields between Demacia and its preeminent rival, Noxus. It was beneath their mighty banners of war that Garen first met steel with Katarina, the Sinister Blade. The infantrymen who beheld this event (and survived) commented that it seemed as though the two were locked in a mortal waltz against a symphony of clashing blades.

Garen, the pride of the Demacian military and leader of the Dauntless Vanguard, returned from this battle breathless for the first time in his career, though some speculate that this was due to reasons other than exhaustion. The plausibility of these rumors was bolstered when, in every instance thereafter, Garen seized the opportunity to encounter the Sinister Blade again. A paragon of Demacian ethic, Garen never entertained such allegations, for he knew others couldn't understand. Even simply the pursuit of a worthy opponent on the battlefield is, to a true warrior, the reason to rise each morning. The promise of one, particularly so beautifully and diametrically opposed, is the validation of his existence.

''The most effective way to kill an opponent is to slice through the man next to him.'' - Garen, on front line strategy

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Story - Jarvan IV

As the royal family of Demacia for centuries, members of the Lightshield line have spent their lives waging war against any who opposed Demacian ethics. It is said that every Lightshield is born with anti-Noxian sentiment in his blood. Jarvan IV is no exception, even though he is the first Lightshield born to the age of the League of Legends. As his forefathers had before him, he led Demacian troops into bloody engagements with Noxian forces, and on many occasions he has bled alongside wounded allies and fallen comrades. In his most crushing defeat, he was outmaneuvered and captured by a Noxian battalion under the command of Jericho Swain. This mistake nearly cost him his life at the hands of Urgot, but he was rescued by the Dauntless Vanguard, an elite Demacian strike force led by Jarvan's childhood companion, Garen.

Those close to him believed that his capture changed him. Xin Zhao was quoted as saying: ''His eyes never seemed to look at you, only through you to something he could not look away from.'' One day, without warning, Jarvan IV handpicked a squad of Demacian soldiers and left Demacia, vowing to find ''atonement''. He began by tracking and hunting the most dangerous beasts and bandits he could find in northern Valoran, but he soon tired of such prey. Seeking something that only he understood, he ventured south of the Great Barrier. He wasn't heard from again for nearly two years. After many had assumed the worst, he returned to glorious fanfare on the streets of Demacia. His Demacian plates were adorned with the bones and scales of creatures unknown. His eyes bore the wisdom of someone twice his age. Of the twelve soldiers who had departed with him, only two returned. In a tone as cold and steady as steel, he swore to bring the enemies of Demacia to their knees.

''There is only one truth, and you will find it at the point of my lance.''
- the ''last words'' of Jarvan IV at his failed execution

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Champion Spotlight

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I'm trying to post something that can actualy help the people of LoL. This is also a big challenge for me to type this all up for the first time. So vote for me i'm trying to get this build noticed by the people. I've seen this build before by a guy online named Kangurs1 and it was a 4v5 and he carried me (I was lvl 5 approx.). And i couldn't beleive how much damage he did so I copied down this build. That's how I found it.

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Things You Should Already Know

Xin is a tanky,attack damage,jungling,melee. He is also the messanger warrior of Demacia. His passive gives him bonus health per level after every 3 hits, his Q gives him bonus attack damage for 3 strikes and the 3rd one knocks the target airborne, his Wgives him passivly attack speed and when you activate it for a few seconds it gives him more, his E dashes Xin to a opponent then it slows and does a little bit of damage, his R/Ultimate causes Xin to spin his spear around a small radius dealing damage to all enemies inside it also giving him bonus armor per champion hit. Comboing these togethor can deal MASSIVE amounts of damage as long as you do it right. You'll hear about the combo later.

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Why these items?

I choose these items because I honestly think they are the best. But that's just my opinion. I mostly just want you to look at the build and not so much runes and masteries. But trust me, this build rocks! You get a little of everything (armor pen., attack speed, attack damage, crit chance and damage, and lifesteal. Feel free to change it a little but my point is. AD Xin works better. So pretty please give this build a try and feel free to change it up a little.

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How To Use These Items

You have to be both agressivly and defensivly for this build. Try to play it defensivly early game. But late game try to get as much kills as possible. Make sure after you get this build to let your team get some of the kills. But if you really want them your ult is a pretty good ksing move (in my opinion). This build is mostly meant for a 3v3 or dominion not so much of a 5v5 so be aware of that.

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How I Use The Items

I happen to try to ks, play aggresivly, and push early game it doesn't work out best though. I actually happen to 1v3 with this build. And no joke i actually got a quadra kill before with it. But I wouldn't try doing this in a game it works for me. But who knows it might work for you but 75 pecent chance it isn't.

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NOTE:FEEL FREE TO CHANGE THESE, I HONESTLY DON'T THINK THEY ARE THE BEST BUT IF YOU AGREE, THEN AGREE. I thought these runes and masteries would be the best I have not tried them but I beleive they work. But I do know they go with the build. The masteries work great but the runes I don't have enough IP to spend on. Just try to get something near it. HP per level works great with a tank Xin and attack speed works best for a pusher Xin but those are the only ones i would put on him. If you have these runes feel free to try it and tell me how it does so maybe I can update this to the right one's.

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This build works out when it comes to soloing as long as you probably already know but to E then Q and W then when their knocked airborne R I beleive you already know that but if you don't know you do now! But farm lots! Be careful early game because if you get ganked... well lets just say ganked = death so make sure your checking your team chat and be aware of ganks. And you too so stay safe, stay in school, and call MIA's.

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Hi to all those jungelers out there I didn't forget that Xin can jungle. This build is a decent build for jungling but I would upgrade the W and still start off with the Q though. But I would start off with some cloth armor and the rest health potions. I like to start off with red but most people go with the blus so I would say it's good for blue and grab a leash if you can even though he's Xin he still needs help in the jungle. The only guy who doesn't need help is Udyr because he just knows how to jungle. But anyway you might need to start off with a little lefesteal after you get the cloth armor such as a doran's blade or a vampiric screpter. This build is mostly for laning not so much junling so I can understand if you don't agree with me because I don't jungle to often unless i'm Udyr. :)

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You got to do a lot of ganking to get the gold you need for your build because it cost so much. Of course you would gank when you jungle but I meen going MIA and stuff more like that. Do the combo that I told you about in soloing. Make sure you have a ward where your ganking you can't risk feeding plus it would just make you a noob. Place a ward where your going get in the bush and E. You know the combo. Why I say to put in an exaust and ignite is so after you E to exaust so first their slowed and second they have lowered armor and magic resist. And if their really fed it will lower their damage dealt. Then since Xin is such a short range champion you use the ignit if they get away to get the kill. If you are some super at ganking then I would take a ghost or flash but only if you are really good.

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Getting Away

It's good if you are getting ganked a lot to stay in front of the enemy minions so you can E back to them. And if you want take a flash to avoid dying and maybe even catch a champion for a kill. Ghost works too. And if none of that works and it's a 1v2 then if you got the bloodthirster you can try fighting because it's better than nothing. I don't have much to say because most people should know not to get ganked.

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Hey Let's End It With A Few Laughs

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Sorry I didn't write much this is my first build in all and I hope to make lots more soon probably including Miss Fortune, Ryze, or Alistar so keep in touch for those please. Just to let you know i probably won't come out with a new one for a while because of school :(. But what i'm mostly asking for is just to try the build and see if it works. I hope you learned lots of new ways to play Xin even if it didn't work. I'm mostly online. My name is Kyle Kirnan online and i'm level 30 so come add me and commet me on my build i live to know how i'm doing such as commets,questions,concernes,etc. I'm just trying to prove that AD Xin can really turn the tides in a very close match.
Thanks for reading!
Kyle Kirnan
(Which I decided to put in my real name for summoner name)