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Ecco's Jinx Guide
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I am Tyler "ecco" Spesick and am the former mid player for the LCS teams "Team MRN" and "Team Velocity eSports!"
I've been playing a great deal of adc these past few weeks and as a result have taken a great liking to the newest champion to join the League of Legends, Jinx! She is a great deal of fun who is /extremely/ strong. There are always little things that I can be doing and improving on and it's overall a great experience playing her. Definitely one of the most fun champions in the game. This guide will give a general overview over Jinx as well as go over the more complicated things with her as well!
- Super fun.
- Extremely high attack speed early gives her a ton of tower/objective control.
- One of the longest AA range in the game with Fishbones activated.
- Longe-range, AoE damage late game.
- Zap is stupid long-range, high base-damage skill that is fairly spammable.
- Has an AoE root.
- Super Mega Death Rocket is one of the best executes in the game and is also global.
- High base attack-speed for Pow-Pow allows you to build straight damage for your first two items.
- Has lowest base movement-speed in the game as well as no real escape.
- Very vulnerable to assassins and needs baby-sitting in team-fights.
Also, it is good to have a consistent form of engage that can follow-up on your Zap! Zap is surprisingly a very strong lead-in for engages so having someone like a Jarvan IV or a Nocturne to capitalize on your Zap! connecting is very important.
Flash and Barrier have been the staple for adc for an extremely long time and that doesn't change for Jinx. Barrier has phenomenal synergy with champions that lifesteal because it increases their health-pool (sort of) which gives you more time to gain back that lost health and potentially live a lot longer than you would have. It also allows you to be the most aggressive out of all of the other summoners for the same reason.
Flash and Cleanse is your only other choice. This is something that I have actually never gone on Jinx in my roughly 30 games with her because cleanse is just not very good at all on ad-carries that don't have an escape. There are times though where I would go cleanse. Against a heavy catch comp (such as having an Elise + Lux/Morg) or laning against an Ashe + Janna lane would be times where I would consider it.
Greater Mark of Attack Damage
Greater Seal of Armor
Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
Greater Glyph of Mana Regeneration
Greater Quintessence of Life Steal
Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage
This rune-page has become the staple for adc near the end of season 3. It allows you to forgo having to put any points in utility which will help your laning a great deal as you can then put 9 into defense. Overall, these runes are very laning-centered and by far the best choice to run on Jinx.
I never really change the order that I obtain these abilities. I know that some players favor maxing W first before Q but I don't really see a reason to. The base damage and scaling on Zap! makes it a very strong 1 point wonder until lvl 8 so I think the extra range for fishbones and attack speed from Pow Pow makes it better to max first imo.
The starting item for Jinx is the same as the starting item for every other adc which is a Doran's Blade. There really is no better option as it gives you everything you need for the first stage of laning. Gives you extra health, gives you a pseudo life steal, and gives you damage. This is a great starting item because above all else, it'll keep you in lane the longest.
On my first back I try and have at least 900g to pick up Berserker's Greaves. Most players try and stack a lot of damage first and foremost on adc but I feel like with how terrible Jinx's escaping and pursuing is without boots 2 it is just best to get it first. Plus the attack speed is pretty good with her passive.
After I pick up my Berserker's Greaves, I will build towards a Bloodthirster to achieve the most damage I possibly can for early to mid-game. This is because your Zap! and Super Mega Death Rocket! both scale extremely well off of ad (as does fishbone as well). The argument against this would be to build an Infinity Edge first but I believe that her early game is strong enough to warrant stalling an infinity edge until later in the game to help maximize your early and mid-game damage.
Lastly, I pick up a Last Whisper to compliment my early pick up of bloodthirster. It will give you roughly ~250 damage ad total as well as a ridiculous amount of armor penetration which will cause your spells to do the most damage they possibly can for mid-game. This emphasizes her poking/sieging aspect more than her consistent/team-fight damage. The reason you can get away with stalling attack-speed so much is because once Switcheroo! is maxed you get up to 130% attack-speed from it which is more than enough for mid-game.
Once I have my core, I then go back and pick up some attack speed with a Phantom Dancer. It will help a great deal with Jinx' sustain and consistent damage in team-fights as well as her kiting abilities. Depending on whether their comp has a lot of cc I'll pick up a Quicksilver Sash now. If not, then I'll stall it a bit and pick up an infinity edge first. Because Jinx is such low mobility it is important to pick up a QSS after phantom dancer to help keep her alive and moving in team-fights. Finally, I will then finish up my build with a mercurial scimitar to maximize my potential damage.
Things to be weary of when picking Jinx into another bot-lane is dive heavy lanes. Zyra is very strong against Jinx because of her lock down and so is the rather unpopular Leona but she is /very/ good against her. Corki, Graves, and Vayne are arguably the strongest picks against Jinx because they can really get in on her in all-ins and just destroy her soul. Against these champions you really have to position perfectly to survive and win the lane.
|...||Jinx' laning is very push heavy. Mostly you will be harassing with fishbones as well as Zap!. The problem with playing really aggressive and doing heavy trades with Jinx is that she is super vulnerable to ganks and all ins. If Flame Chompers! was used aggressively in the lane and then a Jarvan IV comes flying in behind, you are pretty much dead. Use flame chompers sparingly and only use it aggressively when it is proper to. Remember that Jinx has the lowest base movement speed in the game as well as no get out of jail free card like most popular ad carries have right now.|
Keep the lane pushing for the most part as you destroy towers extremely quickly but like I said before be very weary of engaging too hard on the enemy. Once you hit 6 it becomes a lot easier to finish off targets that you have poked down so be patient. The way Jinx is balanced is that she does ridiculous amounts of dps in close range and has stupid strong poke but she is one of the weakest champions in the game when someone gets in her face. As a result, playing Jinx will help your positioning a great deal because of how severely punishing she is.
Make sure to stay fairly far back before any potential engage happens so you don't have to blow your flash at the beginning of the fight. Dance around in the poking around with fishbones and your spells and always try and keep range on the front-line that is diving you. You almost never want to go ham on Jinx where you'd go deep into their back-line unless you had a Get Excited! proc and were able to quickly mow down a considerably weakened back-line. Play safe, poke, mostly use pow-pow on the front-line for highest dps possible, and above all stay alive.
|...||Once you reach late-game, your damage is through the roof. You will have your Quicksilver Sash by now which allows you to play a little bit more aggressive and forward without the fear of getting caught once and being one shot. With that said, that doesn't mean you play like an idiot and are up front with you front-line when dancing around objectives. You are /still/ really squishy without many ways to escape the clench of assassins. The good thing is though, is that front-line will now completely melt to the bullets that pow-pow will be projecting into their soft, little stomachs.|
As for game-plan for your team it is the same as mid-game. You and your team should be sieging towers and after getting an inhibitor down, clearing around baron, then either baiting it or doing it. Jinx is a baron killing machine so if you have a 10 second window where you can hit baron uncontested then you kill that bad boy.