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Art Requires a Certain Cruelty - In Depth Jhin Guide

Vicious Skittle Last updated on September 17, 2018
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Jhin Build

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Hail of Blades
Hail of Blades
LoL Rune: Taste of Blood
Taste of Blood
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ravenous Hunter
Ravenous Hunter

Sorcery
LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Celerity
Celerity
LoL Rune: Gathering Storm
Gathering Storm
Bonus:

+12 Attack Damage or +20 Ability Power, Adaptive

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ADC Role
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ADC Role
Win 52%
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Ability Sequence

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3
5
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9
Ability Key Q
2
8
10
12
13
Ability Key W
4
14
15
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18
Ability Key E
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11
16
Ability Key R


Threats to Jhin with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
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Ezreal Ezreal will be doing the same thing as you, just trying to farm and avoid fighting. This is good for you as you outscale him very hard and his poke can be negated by some lifesteal/good dodging. Make sure to remember he can easily get out of his Curtain Call by arcane shifting over terrain, and he can line up his own ulti whilst you channel. Other than that, just outscale with ease. Stay behind/inside your creep wave so he cant Q poke you.
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Kog'Maw Late game god, but requires his team to keep him safe. Early-mid game, he's incredibly weak and can easily be pushed around. Early game always force fights and grenade bounces. Thanks to his low mobility, you can easily set up your E, W combo and show him his Curtain Call.
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Nami Another buff/pick support (common trend). Nami is great with champions who can auto attack 3 times pretty much every trade (Ezreal, Caitlyn, Lucian for example) as they can make the most use out of her E. She can heal/poke people with her W which is nice, and her Q is a pretty slow AoE stun knockup thing. Abuse the fact she hates all ins and after 3 auto attacks and her W, she's useless. Dodge her Q and let your support eat then W. Her ult is greta disengage and pseudo engage, slow moving and huge. Super simple lane, but can easily be swung in your enemies favour if you take bad fights with her E.
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Introduction



Welcome my audience to my guide on Jhin, the Virtuoso.


Hi, I am Vicious Skittle. I am a Diamond tier player on EUW whom in Seasons 4/5 peaked at Diamond 4/2 respectively. I've been playing Jhin from the moment he was released on the PBE and when the PBE was down for maintenance, I would be theorycrafting on how to best use Jhin. This guide covers the best builds and matchups for Jhin as well as all the math behind those choices and why you should fear the Virtuoso.


As I keep getting questions about flat pen, and people don't seem to read everything. HERE is a direct link to the section of the guide I cover flat pen and all you need to know about it.


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Pros / Cons



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Pros


+ Strong Lane Presence
+ Satisfying Animations
+ Game changing ultimate
+ Excellent Scaling
+ Incredible range and objective control
+ Obscenely high AD
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Cons


- Has no mobility at all
- Weak self peel, W just can't cut it
- High skill ceiling, more skill shots in 1 skill than most champ kits
- Sluggish from low attack speed
- Ult takes getting used to
- Unique laning phase


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So overall Jhin is a late game casterlike carry that has some lane presence thanks to Whisper and a solid mid-game thanks to his range and CC. He excels when he forces opponents to play his game. Incredible damage with Whisper and semi-reliable crits gives him similar DPS to other ADC's even without AS. However, he's one of the most immobile champions in the game and has no way to protect himself outside of well laid traps. A champion that can be picked up and played by most players, with a skill ceiling so high it's hard to see.


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Abilities



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Maxing R > Q > W > E is the best all around ability build for Jhin. The Q has an increased AD ratio per level and it's his best harass/wave-clear tool. W is great to max after Q due to its immesnse CC potential that can catch out a foe who's taken even a smidge of poke, landing it into an ultimate can secure many-a kill. Last is the Traps, the damage is too unreliable to be maxed any sooner and are more of a free vision tool than a damage dealer unless they chain in teamfights. Ultimate is ultimate and should be levelled whenever possible.




Ability Description
Whisper Death In 4 Acts: Jhin's basic attacks utilize ammunition and his attack speed cannot be improved except through leveling up. Jhin can attack 4 times before having to reload for 2.5 seconds, and automatically does so after 10 seconds of not attacking.

The final shot is a guaranteed critical strike that also deals 15 / 20 / 25% of target's missing health as bonus physical damage.

Every Moment Matters: Jhin's critical strikes deal 25% reduced damage, but grant 10% (+ 4% per 10% bonus attack speed) movement speed for 2 seconds.

Additionally, his attack damage is increased by 4% - 44% (based on level) (+ 4% per 10% critical strike chance) (+ 2.5% per 10% bonus attack speed).


My thoughts

This passive seems a lot more complicated than it actually is. Jhin can only auto attack 4 times before needing to reload, the 4th shot has 100% crit chance and also deals a % of the targets missing health as bonus damage. Also, Jhin can't gain attack speed through any means except leveling up. Instead, attack speed gives him a movement speed buff whenever you Crit. Crit chance works as normal, except every crit does 25% reduced damage. (With an Infinity Edge or Crit damage runes, you can increase the damage your crits do) So overall: you attack slow and hit hard, especially your 4th shot but you have to reload after firing said powerful shot.

The AD being increased by crit chance and attack speed, well thats a different story. Click HERE to go to the next section of the guide that covers how the multiplier works and the best way to utilize it.




Ability Description
Dancing Grenade Jhin launches a canister at the targeted enemy unit, dealing (45 / 70 / 95 / 120 / 145 (+ 40 / 47.5 / 55 / 62.5 / 70% AD) (+ 60% AP) physical damage. Dancing Grenade can bounce up to three additional units.

Cooldown: 7s/6.5s/6s/5.5s/5s
Mana Cost: 40/45/50/55/60

Each unit killed causes the subsequent bounce to deal 35% increased damage to deal up to 110.72 / 172.23 / 233.74 / 295.25 / 356.75 (+ 98.42 / 116.87 / 135.32 / 153.77 / 172.23% AD) (+ 147.62% AP) physical damage if it kills on the first 3 bounces.


My thoughts

The most simple ability in Jhin's kit, it's sort of like Bouncing Blades. However it deals more damage if you kill a target with it, so if you kill a minion with it you'll deal 35% more damage to the next bounce, and if that kills a minion that will deal 35% more of the increased damage from the last bounce. Capping out at a staggering amount of damage on the last bounce if you kill 3 things with this ability.

This is your waveclear and trading ability, prep the enemy backline by auto attacking the caster minions so they'll die to the first hit, allowing it to then do more damage to the other creeps and most likely one shotting them. The perfect scenario for this ability is to kill 3 ranged creeps with it, then for it to bounce to an enemy champion. It also has a pretty gnarly AP ratio allowing for some AP Jhin cheese, but to be honest with how much AD Jhin gets, it's pointless.

You should max this ability FIRST for its waveclear, reliable poke and the fact the AD ratio increases based on its level, unlike the other abilities.




Ability Description
Deadly Flourish Passive: Enemy champions that have been struck by Jhin's basic attacks or any allied damage, or are inside a Captive Audience Trap, are Deadly Flourish marked for 4 seconds.

Active: After a delay, Jhin fires a laser in the target direction, dealing 50 / 85 / 120 / 155 / 190 (+ 50% AD) physical damage to the first champion that it hits, and 75% of that damage to non-champions along the way.

Cooldown: 14s
Mana Cost: 50/60/70/80/90

Champions that are marked by the passive of Deadly Flourishare rooted for 0.75s / 1s / 1.25s / 1.5s / 1.75s and Jhin gains Whispers Every Moment Matter's movement speed.


My thoughts

This ability has the longest range of any basic ability in the game. At a whopping 2,500 range (TF's Destiny is 5,500 range for comparison). It's used to create picks and lock people into your third ability, Captive Audience. What makes Deadly Flourish so nice to use, is the fact that ally champions can also mark a target for you to root, allowing you to snare a target from very far away and deal a decent chunk of damage to them at the same time.

This ability is best used in conjunction with a well placed Captive Audience allowing you to get of its massive burst damage from very far away. It's also a great all in tool allowing you to snare a target bot lane so your support can either get a free trade off or a free engage.

I max this ability SECOND. Having a 2,500 range root is so good for making mid game picks, and even with a CC heavy comp you'll just be adding more CC to it. Nothing feels quite as nice as watching a Blitzcrank hook someone and you root them just before they hit the ground after his Power Fist.




Ability Description
Captive Audience Passive - Beauty in Death: Whenever Jhin scores a takedown on an enemy champion, he summons a blooming Lotus Trap around their corpse.

Active: Jhin places a Lotus Trap on the target location that arms and stealths after a brief delay, and lasts for 2 minutes. The Lotus Trap reveals all units in an area for 4 seconds and blooms if an enemy unit walks over it.

Captive Audience uses stock and Jhin can store up to 2 charges at once. Beauty in Death does not consume charges.

Cooldown: 2s + Ammo recharge: 28s/27s/26s/25s/24s
Mana cost: 30/35/40/45/50 + 1 Charge

Blooming Lotus Traps slow all enemy units inside for 2 seconds by 35% and mark them with Deadly Flourish, after which they explode, dealing 20 / 80 / 140 / 200 / 260 (+ 120% AD) (+ 100% AP) magic damage to nearby enemy units. Non-champions and champions recently damaged by one take only 13 / 52 / 91 / 130 / 169 (+ 78% AD) (+ 65% AP) damage.


My thoughts

This ability is what lets Jhin lock down an location and give him some incredible burst. You can place down as many traps as you want, but they only last 2 minutes. Feel free to throw around traps in the bushes in your lane whenever its off cooldown as the mana cost is fairly low, and it gives a lot of zone control because if they stand on a trap and you land your Deadly Flourish along side your support, you can usually outright kill someone because of the sheer amount of damage this ability does. They can also chain reaction in teamfights as getting a kill or assist puts one on the corpse of an enemy and immedietly starts to bloom, this means if the enemy team bundle up for more than 2 seconds ( Yasuo, Malphite, Orianna wombos) you can put out some incredible AoE burst.

Try placing these all over and around the objective you plan on trying to get, when getting towers you should place them around the sides and slightly behind you allowing you fall back over them then turn a fight. Or when fighting for Drag/Baron/Rift you should place them wherever the enemy frontline plan to come from. Landing your Deadly Flourish increases the odds that an enemy stays on the blooming trap long enough for them to pop.

I max this ability LAST. Whilst the damage increase is very apparent, the utility Deadly Flourish provides is to good too pass up.



Ability Description
Curtain Call First Cast: Jhin channels for 10 seconds and fully assembles his weapon before taking aim in the target direction, revealing all Deadly Flourish marked units in a huge area and gaining the ability to reactivate Curtain Call up to four times.

Second Cast: Jhin fires a round in the target direction that stops on the first enemy champion hit, dealing 50 / 115 / 180 (+ 20% AD) to 174 / 402.5 / 630 (+70% AD) physical damage to all units hit and slowing them by 80% for 0.5 seconds.

Cooldown: 120s/105s/90s. Mana cost: 100

Curtain Call's damage is increased by 2.5% for every 1% of the target's missing health, and the final shot critically strikes for 200% damage, this is unaffected by the reduction of Whisper, and can be affected by Infinity Edge.


My thoughts

Jhin's ultimate is so incredibly fun and powerful its unreal. It gives Jhin a true sniper feeling, so move over Caitlyn, your Ace in the Hole is nothing compared to this. Ok, so there are 2 ways to use this ability effectively. Either by using it before a fight starts, slowing targets allowing your team to engage and chipping the enemy team healthbars to create an unfair fight. Or by using the increased damage when enemy targets are low to execute people as they try to run.

If a target is marked by your Deadly Flourish passive, they're revealed for 4s when inside the radius of Curtain Call which allows you to get easy shots off. When you hit a target, they're revealed only breifly unless they're hit by Deadly Flourish. You have to wait about 1s between each shot, so you cant just fire all 4 in super fast succession.

I max this ability 6/11/16 (whenever I can) like 95% of other ultimates in the game.



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Whisper



Jhin's passive, Whisper, has a lot of maths to figure out his total AD. This section covers the AD you get from the best item build paths for Jhin, for everything else on Whisper read the abilities section above as that covers the auto attacks. You shouldn't always go for the 'most AD' because it lacks effiency in other areas, but it's something to keep in mind for super late game so you know what to buy to get the most out of Whisper.

The way Whisper works, as far as Jhin getting AD at least, is attack speed and Crit chance gives an AD multiplier. Jhin also CANNOT gain attack speed outside of leveling up, instead attack speed makes his critical stikes give him a short burst of movement speed and increases his total AD. Crit works the same as on other champions, just at a 25% reduced damage (his ult, Curtain Call is not effected by this 25% damage reduction).

The multipliers are:
4% per 10% Crit chance
2.5% per 10% BONUS attack speed
A BASE multiplier per level



With how Whisper works in multiplying every item with themselves it's pretty hard to show the exact value of each item and how it works with the other ones you buy.


So what does this mean to you? At full build Jhin will have around somewhere between 720 - 800 total AD. This will depend on if you need Armour Pen, or if you want more Crit chance etc etc. Getting an infernal Dragon is even more valuable on Jhin as this will apply to your end AD.

Whisper is a complicated passive, but the TLDR of it is: You AD gets multiplied based on how much Crit chance and Attack speed you buy, and your basic attacks DO NOT get sped up with your attack speed purchases.


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Runes


Domination & Sorcery



Hail of Blades
Hail of Blades gives you an incredible attack speed which for Jhin means a large amount of attack damage as well as a large amount of movement speed on crit. The biggest downside this rune has is that it can only last for 3 basic attacks, which for most champs means it's only useful for a split second. Jhin has a set attack speed and can only fire four times before needing to stop for a couple seconds. Both of those hand in hand make this rune incredibly potent and is the best choice in most situations.

Taste of Blood
Taste of Blood gives you some solid sustain from hitting champions with either basic attacks or an ability. There isn't any choice in this tier because you can't use Sudden Impact without Flash and Cheap Shot doesn't synergize with Jhin.

Eyeball Collection
Again, not much choice in this tier. Zombie Ward is awful after the nerf it got and Ghost Poro is only situationally useful as it basically serves the same purpose as your Captive Audience. Eyeball Collection gives you extra AD permanently on takedown that also increases with ward kills. Once finishing it you get even more AD making it the most consistent option.

Ravenous Hunter
Ravenous Hunter is the best in this tier but you do have some choice. The healing Ravenous offers works in full effect for both your Deadly Flourish and Curtain Call making it the most consistent especially because we no longer have Legend: Bloodline for lifesteal. Relentless Hunter has niche use if you need to be everywhere all the time and Ultimate Hunter scales inversely with CDR and as we no longer buy any it can be useful if Curtain Call is the only important thing you need to do in a match.


Sorcery


Celerity


Gathering Storm
Celerity: The extra movement speed is really nice but the large scaling with your movement speed makes this rune amazing. Hail of Blades and Whisper means you consistently run really fast which means you consistently have a lot of extra AD from Celerity which is then multiplied again by Whisper.

Gathering Storm: More AD = good. After 20 minutes you'll be sitting on a free longsword and a half. As time goes on you'll be picking up so much free AD you'll be unstoppable. Great late game insurance.


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Summoner Spells



You'll pretty much always be taking Flash and Heal. Flash should be self explanitory, giving an infinite amount of offensive/defensive uses and should be taken on nearly every champion every game. There are a few exceptions to this rule, but Jhin is not.

Heal is the best defensive summoner spell for bot lane, as it directly affects your lane partner as well as yourself which gives it a huge amount of utility in the form of baiting, saving yourself or saving an ally.

The reason you want a defensive summoner on ADC is that you have a lot of DPS, so the longer you can survive, the more damage you'll put out, usually out-damaging what you'd get from Ignite. And if it can go as far as to save your life, then that's even better, as ADC's are very important to have alive for both providing DPS and taking down towers. On Jhin this is even more pronounced as you can deal a lot of damage outside of the range of Ignite making it even less useful in comparison to the swiss army knife of Heal.



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Items



This section covers most of the items Jhin should buy. It doesn't cover lethality because it needs its own section to discuss. For more information of lethality and the items themselves, click HERE

Items

Item Sequence

Boots of Swiftness
900

Stormrazor
2800

Rapid Firecannon
2800

Infinity Edge
3400

Guardian Angel
2800

The Bloodthirster
3500


The default start. The extra AD makes it easy to last hit, the lifesteal is nice to sustain and the HP is great for the lane. It comes with enough spare gold for 1 potion which is great if you take a lot of poke. If you're against a poke lane, go DShield.

A situational item you usually buy against semi-consistent poke. Zyra, Caitlyn and Varus come to mind as champions that slowly chip away at your health until your zoned under your own tower. This item can help prevent that.

Another situational start. This + 4 pots gives a lot of HP sustain (at the cost of 200g worth of pots.) I only buy these against hook champs (Sometimes Thresh and usually always vs a Blitzcrank. It's also very useful if you expect an early gank or if the enemy bot lane has a lot of poke that you can't heal through pre 5 as the potions give you some incredible sustain.

A solid boot option if you're against multiple champions who rely on basic attacks. I would only buy these against champions such as Jax, Fiora, Yasuo, Kindred and Caitlyn. There needs to be at least 2 of these type of champions on the enemy team to consider Ninja Tabi over another boot choice.

The best boot by default for Jhin. The extra movement speed is always going to be nice but also the fact it scales directly with Celerity makes them great. Not to mention slow resistance is underrated as it makes the movement speed you get from Whisper be harder to stop. .

The best DPS boots on every ADC, including Jhin. Giving you a 8% AD multiplier and 12% bonus movement speed on a crit these boots give you both a lot of mobility and damage. If you assume the game is going to last at least 30 minutes then I would suggest these boots to scale into the mid-late game and become a monster.

Probably the best item for Jhin period. A large amount of attack damage and some attack speed for Whisper makes this item a powerful rush item. Not only is it cheap at 2800g but it also causes an attack to critically strike if you've not attacked for a small duration. As that duration scales with your base attack speed it'll be very predictable after a few games played making Jhin be able to abuse it greatly. It will also always trigger after a reload, so both your first and last shot will critically strike before any RNG is involved making Jhin also really consistent DPS wise. The perfect item for our Virtuoso.

The best zeal item for Jhin hands down. Extra range every few seconds on a champion who loads most of his damage into fewer but more powerful shots is incredibly potent. Especially combined with Stormrazor, you attack will be critting nearly all the time at an incredibly long range.

Infinity Edge gives a lot of attack damage and not much else alone. It only becomes useful if you have any crit chance from a zeal item. This is because it doubles your critical strike chance and converts some of your crit damage into true damage. This makes it a mid-late game monster against tanky targets and the doubling of crit makes zeal items give 60% crit instead of their usual 30%. It also converts some of your Curtain Calls fourth shot into true damage as well.

With the amount of damage you deal in the late game it will be a huge priority for the enemy team to kill you. Having a decent chunk of armour as well as being able to revive after death every 5 minutes is incredibly powerful when you're only fighting every 2-3. I buy this nearly every game as either my fourth or fifth item as after your core 3 items you already deal so much damage you can buy utility/defence instead of more damage usually.

The huge amount of attack damage this item offers makes your Whisper multiplier explode. The 20% lifesteal is also incredible with how hard Jhin hits with basic attacks making you heal for several hundred every basic attack late game. The overshield is also great against divers as having an extra giants belt worth of health can be the difference between life and death. A great late game item if you need both a lot of damage and survivability in combat.

Honestly after the last damage nerf this item is inferior to Rapid Firecannon in most scenarios. The extra damage is nice, especially as it will always crit with Stormrazor but Jhin has average basic attack range meaning usually you would get more auto attacks off with RFC which amounts to more damage. You also nearly never need 100% crit chance as Stormrazor makes your first shot always crit (and if you space attacks out, those too) alongside Whisper making your last shot crit, you'll rarely not crit even without crit chance.

Whilst The Bloodthirster gives more lifesteal and a shield, it doesn't have the great active that this does. In a lot of games you'll need the cleanse from Quicksilver Sash as there is a lot of deadly pick from abilities such as Dark Binding, Pick A Card and Charm. This is the replacement for The Bloodthirster if you needed that QSS.

This is your late game tank shredder, the APen on this is very high, but it very cost inefficient against squishy targets making it situationally useless. It's also gotten worse with the true damage Infinity Edge now offers as that can act like pseudo-armour penetration even though it's fairly small. You should only buy this item if the enemy team has multiple high threat targets with over 130 armour and even then only buy it as your fourth item at the earliest.

Very similar to Lord Dominik's Regards but focusing more on dealing with healing rather than just pure tank shredding. Champions such as Soraka, Dr. Mundo and Vladimir demand champions to buy grevious wounds and the most accessible form of that is Executioner's Calling. Mortal Reminder is the only item that Executioner's builds from so it's a natural progression. If you need the healing reduction get Executioner's Calling whenever you can and buy this item either last or when 2 or more enemies hit over 150 armour.

This is perfect against magic damage burst that isn't set up by CC, so you should buy this against the likes of LeBlanc or Kassadin. When the passive shield procs, you gain a 20 AD and 10% lifesteal/spell vamp which is great to turn on the would-be assassin and not only deal a lot of return damage but heal a fair bit too.

Again, like Statikk Shiv there is practically no reason to buy another zeal item over Rapid Firecannon. Phantom Dancer has some niche use against hyper dive like Hecarim or Olaf but even then the extra range might be more useful. The extra stats for the lower cost is important to note but 15% attack speed for 100g less isn't more valuble than the energize range RFC offers. Again, like Shiv, there is also no point to get 100% crit in most games.



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Supports






Jhin is played in one of 2 ways bot. Either hardcore aggression abusing your Whisper and letting your lane partner cover your weak dueling. Or playing very defensively with a full on peel support and farming up. There isn't much of an inbetween for Jhin as his weaknesses and strengths are both VERY apparant.

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Thresh, The Chain Warden
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Janna, The Storm's Fury
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Alistar, The Minotaur
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Blitzcrank, The Great Steam Golem
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Leona, The Radiant Dawn
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Soraka, The Starchild
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Braum, The Heart of the Freljord
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Brand, The Burning Vengeance
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Morgana, Fallen Angel
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Tahm Kench, The River King
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Bard, The Wandering Caretaker
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Nami, The Tidecaller
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Nautilus, The Titan of the Depths
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Sona, Maven of the Strings
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Zyra, Rise of the Thorns
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Karma, The Enlightened One
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Taric, The Shield of Valoran
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Lulu, The Fae Sorceress
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Laning Phase


This part of the game mainly is dictated by your support, as depending on who you have is how you should play. If you have a Thresh for example look to pick fights with your 4th Whisper shot or set up Deadly Flourish with a Captive Audience/ Death Sentence. If you have a passive support like a Janna then you should only look to trade if you land a bounced up Dancing Grenade and you have your 4th shot prepped and you'll be backing out before your opponenet can land an attack or two.




Most of the time, you'll want to focus on farming up, then holding onto your 4th Whisper shot until a creep is about to die and you can't waste mana on it or until you can auto attack an enemy. Properly CSing is hard on Jhin because of the fact he needs to reload every 4 shots, but thats where Dancing Grenade comes in.

After a few levels you can 'prep' the backline to ready your Dancing Grenade some bounces. As it deals more damage after each target it kills, you can attack the ranged creeps so that the grenade will kill its first and second target guaranteed, then it'll either bounce to more creeps killing them thanks to its bonus damage, or bounce to a champion and chunking them.

You'll want to try and force down the enemy tower in conjunction with getting your first item, so that when you start to go mid/top/objectives you'll have some power behind your attacks.

AVOID EXTENDED TRADES. This is because Jhin is more of a hit and run type champion in lane as he needs to reload and has low AS. Also, Warlord's Bloodlust being very common right now means that you need to either all in them and kill them in one go (great with a mage support like Zyra) or just farm it out because they out-sustain you.

Put your Captive Audience all around the lane entrances, bushes and just in generally annoying places. The mana isn't negligible in conjunction with your other abilities, so make sure to not just throw them out randomly unless you plan on going B soon or have a lot of mana to spare. Placing them in the river will slow down/reveal potential ganks. I would also put one on the exploding plant if you get enough time to throw one over the dragon pit of the wall below blue buff. It'll allow you to either pop the plant meaning they can't use it to get a sneaky gank off, or it'll be safe for 2 minutes as it'll nearly always proc when they use allowing you to run.

Look for a free Deadly Flourish if your support CCs an enemy, even more so if they step on your Captive Audience. You can win trades very hard if you manage your Whisper ammo properly and land your CC on targets about to be hit by a trap.


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Mid Game


Mid game usually starts after most people are finishing their first/second item and towers have started to drop. This is where Jhin starts to pick up because in lane you cant set up your beautiful show as easily. With Jhin you'll want to be grouping instead of split pushing as he's very vulnerable to assassins and duelist/fighters. So with this in mind you'll want to stick around the big objectives looking to start skirmishes with 5-6 people.




Killing towers isn't easy on Jhin as he can't push them down very fast because of his limited attack speed. That being said he's great at actually sieging because of his staggering range and potential for fallback traps allowing you to escape if something goes wrong. Set up Captive Audience around routes to flank you and give the places you can't trap a wide berth so you can run easily. Harass your opponents with Deadly Flourish and cleanup anyone on low HP with a Curtain Call. If you simply cant even get close to a fight because they have a fed Zed or something, then sit in the fog of war (ask the person on your team who has a sweeper to check for you) with a huge Curtain Call angle.

You can do the same around Dragon or the Rift Herald but aside from stopping your opponents getting them, or getting the herlad yourself they're not that valuable in comparison to towers or general area denial. Taking control of both jungles and side lane routes is a sure fire way to choke hold the opposing team, and Jhin is fantastic at that.



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Late game


Late game starts to roll around when ADCs can 3 shot people, tanks never seem to die and supports become CC bots. Or more accurately, around 4-5 full items on champs. Here is where teamfights start to break out all the time.




Jhin will want to do the same as he did in mid game, but will instead of wounding champions he can outright kill them with his W into ult combo. Also Whisper will really ramp up in the later levels, giving you some absurd AD allowing you to 1-2 shot enemy squishies with relative ease.

Prep traps where your team wants to fight and set up an easy Curtain Call. You can either stay around the team-fight landing Deadly Flourish's to keep people CC'd as you clean them up and then using your Curtain Call to execute, or open with the Curtain Call to mass slow a target allowing your tanks or brusiers get into range to murder their backline. Just make sure to be safe when you wind it up, an assassin can kill you faster than you can cancel the ultimate so don't do it without vision or without a nearby ally to peel.

Do your best to avoid any 1v1s, because whilst you can deal 50% of peoples hp per auto, you can't auto very often. People like Vayne or Lucian can and will still wreck you if you overstep your bounds.



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Summary



In closing, Jhin is a unqiue carry thanks to how much raw AD he can get from Whisper but his locked AS makes his DPS lower in extended fights and the fact his 4th auto is an execute. Both his strengths and weaknesses are very pronounced making him very all or nothing, which is a play style I love.

Proper early game management is what seperates a FOTM Jhin from a good one. Snowballing and built adaptation will truly make you shine and allow you to scale into something monstrous. However if all else fails, getting 800 AD is a great insurance for late game.


Thanks for reading my guide on Jhin, the Virtuoso.
Now if you don't mind, take a bow... It's your Curtain Call.



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Special Thanks




BBCode help: Janitsu. Just made everything a little cleaner.

Content help: Vapora Dark. A few sections of this guide are similar versions to his Tristana Guide because of how well written and how it's 100% applicable to this guide and any ADC guide in general.

Headers and Titles: Hopper. Incredible artwork that I couldn't even pretend to emulate




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Lethality




As ever, flat pen vs crit is a hot topic for Jhin players, and now the dust has settled they now have a place.



So in 6.22, what happened to ghostblade? It got lethality instead of APen, lost some lethality, lost its AS on active and its cost went down. This is an overall nerf to the item, and even bigger for Jhin as the active gave him a decent chunk of AD. With the marksmen item rework lethality is dead at the moment, and I doubt it will come back so this section is mostly legacy. I'll be removing it if after worlds (in a couple months as of writing) there is no lethality in sight for Jhin.




What does this mean for building Jhin? It means as a first item it gives some insane damage early and with how cheap it is it should nearly always be built as a first item if you're looking to snowball. However that flat out isn't the case anymore with the introduction to Stormrazor. It does have a great buildpath and as a finished item it's still strong but it's just not good anymore.



With the removal of lethality runes and no way for Jhin to get lethality aside from buying it we're left with only Youmuu's Ghostblade as a viable lethality item on Jhin. It isn't even the best single item power spike for him anymore with the introduction to Stormrazor making lethality even more dead on Jhin. Duskblade is just worse than Youmuu's for Jhin and I would argue it never was. Edge of night seems decent on paper but other defence items do more and other offence items do more. Hell I would argue just buy a GA even though it offers a lot less offence stats as it'll do the Edge's job better most of the time.

TLDR: Currently lethality is never bought and is inferior to every other build path/item Jhin should be buying.


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Self-Plug

So I've started to stream occasionally and I play all roles but I'll mainly be playing Jhin and Draven when I'm ADC. I would appreciate a follow if you wouldn't mind seeing some mid Diamond ADC game play from time to time.

Here is a link to the Patreon.Again I'll link to it and again I'll emphasise it's 500% optional. If you like my stuff and want to help me out, then I would appreciate any amount of money.