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Xin Zhao Build Guide by Freyhacks



Updated on September 14, 2020
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Runes: Best runes

Hail of Blades
Sudden Impact
Eyeball Collection
Relentless Hunter

Legend: Alacrity

+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor


LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Smite


Threats & Synergies

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Hello Everyone, I am Freyhacks currently grandmaster tier becoming the next RANK 2. I climb on several accounts with a 70% w/r on all. I am making this guide because many people ask me questions on how they can improve and how to climb ELO. This guide will give information that nobody seems to explain to lower ELO players for whatever reason. In this guide I will explain lane priority and pathing which will make you successful on this strong and easy champion.
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Runes have changed in S9

For Xin what you need is movement speed.
The runes are

Sorcery Tree
Phase Rush - to catch up and escape
Nullifying orb- vs aps for extra shield, if not you take nimbus cloak
Celerity - Run Fast
Waterwalking- Run Fast in River

Domination tree
Sudden impact - for lethality damage
Relentless hunter - for more movement speed.

The 2nd variaton is

Hail of blades - faster knockup
Sudden impact - For dmg
Eyeball collection - free dmg
Relentless hunter - movement speed
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You only have 1 combo and Xin Zhao that you do over and over and over again. Please do it!

E > Q > Auto Atk > W > Auto Atk> Auto Atk

Use R to block anything you want.

Recently the combo has varied slightly you press

E > Q > Auto > Auto > Auto > W

This is due to phase rush making you very fast and you can end your combos damag with W.
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RED SMITE WARRIOR - Because if you red smite a champion, they burn and do reduce damage in a duel.
Black Cleaver(updated)- It makes Xin Zhao tanky and do lots of damage due to its shred and xins w synergy
Trinity Force - Instead of black cleaver now, trinity force has been offering more damage and movement speed. Movement speed is crucial for Xin Zhao because he needs to catch up to people in order to kill them. Also the sheen prod is nice.
Ninja Tabi/Merc Treads - If they have a lot of ad you go Tabi and lots of ap you go Mercs.
Randuins Omen- Reduce the AD Carry's Crit damage and overall op item.
Adaptive Helm - Reduce any ap champions damage like crazy.
Guardian Angel- You are so strong with the items you have gotten previously so this gives you a second life to be that strong again.
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Pathing (A.K.A Jungling) CHANGED!!!!!

So as of the scuttle update that has happened, jungle has slightly changed for the better. The only difference we see is that you incorporate scuttle crab in your full clear.

Often times you hear "High" elo players say stuff like my pathing is bad or I have no lane priority so I can't take this fight. By "High" elo, I only mean master tier and up. Even Masters tier might be a stretch. I will be explaining the vocabulary of these two concept so you can win 90% of the time in the jungle.

Pathing is really easy as long as you are relaxed, all it means is that you are clearing jungle camps to the lane you want to gank. Example would be Red > Blue > Gromp and than go TOP lane. Or Blue > Wolves > Red than BOT LANE. See the idea is simple. So after you decide if you want to clear to top or to bot, all you do for the rest of the game is clear the same exact way you just did.

Pathing top - Krugs > Wraiths > Wolves > Gromp ---- GANK TOP and than RECALL and repeat
Pathing bot - Gromp > Wolves > Wraiths > Gromp ---- GANK BOT and than RECALL and repeat

The goal is to get to your camps as they spawn or before.

Scuttle crab is a random spawn that you get if it happens to appear, but you do not want to die for it. You are way more effective, stronger and have more gold if you are faster than the enemy jungles versus slowing down for a scuttle.
Every camp spawns every 2 minutes and 30 seconds except for the blue and the red buff so every time you back your camps will be ready for you to take.
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Lane Priority

Lane priority is simple also, all it means is that one of the three lanes are pushing into the enemy tower. You use this to your advantage to create something called pressure. This makes the enemy team play more scared because they are being pushed in. As a jungler you have control over this if you clear efficiently and gank after you finish, but if you do not gank you are most likely going to be pushed in and thats no good.
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The way to win games

So most people who come look at MOBAFIRE guides have a simple goal in mind and that is to win. So to actually win these games it is about following your path and understanding if your lane has priority or not. Secondly you have to build the correct items that are given and I guarantee you will be successful in your climb no matter what elo you are in. The truth is the easy way out is to follow the guide and you will win. Easy and simple no matter how badly your teams feed.
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New Changes to Xin Zhao New Playstyle

Xin Zhao has been weak as of patch 8.9 until someone found the new way to play him. The new way to play him is to run phase rush and fight in burst.

Example: You press e q w combo like the above and than u run either closer to them or further with phase rush and wait on your e to come back to fight again.

It is a way to make Xin Zhao able to choose whether to fight or disengage.
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For any questions follow me

PM me on Twitch and I will be posting videos on Youtube on the players I coach.

I will be honest this guide is more a how to climb solo queue more than0 guide more than a champion spotlight guide, however if you are picking up Xin Zhao I'm sure you want to win.

"SEE YOU IN SOLO Q" -freyhacks 2018
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