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League of Legends Build Guide Author JixiTheBaws

Jax - Season 5

JixiTheBaws Last updated on October 1, 2015
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Ability Sequence

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

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The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Offense: 21

Legendary Guardian

Defense: 9


Utility: 0

Threats to Jax with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
Aatrox Easy Matchup, you can probably kill him at lvl 2 if you choose to do a jungle camp.
Cho'Gath Very easy lane. Cho'gath is a lot weaker than you early game. Take advantage of this, and jump on him when he uses skills to farm.
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What's up. Welcome to my Jax guide. I'm currently a Diamond 4 League of Legends player. In this guide, I'll show you how to build and play Jax in top lane. Enjoy!

*I've return to update my guide, I still have not finished, but I've included the lvl 1 teleport trick for top laners and a new fresh build for Jaximus.

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Pros / Cons

-Huge damage
-His can be used as a free flash
-Very viable in solo queues
-It's Jax

-Kind of squishy at early levels
-Item reliant
-Easy to play, fast to learn, but need balls to play him
-You'll need to time your E, which is, in my opinion, the hardest thing to do when you first play Jax, but you'll eventually learn what to do in different situations.

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Let's begin with some descriptions. Jax is a melee tanky dps OR a full****** glass cannon helicopter who can just one shot anyone by smacking his big lantern to their face. His main role is to get very big, and hopefully snowball until late game. Jax is one of the most powerful late game champions. He scales perfectly with items and levels. Only a few champions can actually 1v1 him at late game.

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Standard boots for Jax. MR, tenacity.
Best item on Jax, you will benefit from all the stats.
Extremely good item. Gives you a lot more kill potential with its active. Also makes you a great splitpusher, and a better duelist.
Extremely good. Gives you defensive stats, while providing wave clear, and AD. On top of that, its active is an auto-attack reset, which helps a lot to proc your ult passive.
Tankier, faster, hit harder on first auto-attack. Why not?
Really good against high burst champion, and gives you tankiness during teamfights. Extremely great synergy with Trinity Force, because of the "bonus base AD" passive, making your Sheen procs way more powerful.

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Other items

*Will be updated soon

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Summoner's Spells

Must have, can be used as an escape tool, or a chasing tool.
Always take that spell, will be explained in next chapter.

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The lvl 1 Teleport Trick

The reason why it is way better to take Tp instead of Ignite now is because with Jax, you can start E, then do a jungle camp (wolves or raptors) at lvl 1 to get lvl 2 faster than your lane opponent. After your camp, you recall back to base, buy some pots to sustain and a ward if needed, then you Tp back to lane with something like Doran's Blade, 5 Health Potion, and one Mana Potion.

Note: DO NOT USE ANY POTION DURING YOUR FIGHT WITH THE WOLVES OR RAPTORS IF YOU TOOK A Doran's Blade or Doran's Shield, IT IS NOT NECESSARY! If you are doing raptors, kill the small ones first or you'll die.

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Runes and Masteries

*Will be updated soon

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Skills order

Against melee:

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Against ranged:
Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Always start with your. This is the safest skill to take level 1 and if you are good enough or if your opponent is dumb enough, he will try to 1v1 you at lvl 1. As long as the opponent's minions are targeting you, your will stack, and you will deal tons of damage. Also remember that your blocks all the auto attacks from your opponent.

At lvl 2, you will need to put one point in your . This can help you escape lvl 2 ganks or all in your opponent. If you get lvl 2 before your opponent, him once, auto attack him in his minions so they target you, activate your to soak up all the auto attacks from the minions and your opponent, then reactivate your if your opponent is running from you. If he is not, just keep trading and hopefully get a kill or burn his flash.

I highly recommend maxing your for high burst, then your and lastly your , and of course put a point in your every time you can. However, if you are against a ranged champion, you should probably max your to all in him.

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Laning phase

Laning phase with Jax is quite easy. All you really need to do is just farm until late game and dominate. Ask ganks from your jungler if you can't handle your lane. You also need buy a lot of wards to prevent ganks from the other jungler. Always remember this: if you die, your opponent gets gold/experience from your death AND gold/experience from the free farm he'll get. Call it law of solo queue:"If you want to win, don't die."
After level 6, you can do a very deadly combo. You just need to auto attack a minion twice then to your enemy auto attack him to proc your and you can immediately auto attack him again by using your which will reset your auto attack animation.

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Post-laning phase

What I mean by post-laning phase is when your opponent goes group with his team to push. By that time, you should have a few items. Now your role is to split push and get global gold for your team. Stay top lane, farm, take down turrets and force the enemy team to back off to stop you. They will need to send at least 2 or 3 people to stop you, so this is a great chance for your team to get turrets or dragon.

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Team fights

Jax is a secondary initiator. Do not engage any team fights by yourself because you are a HUGE source of damage. Once the fight is engaged, you need to jump on the carries and burst them down. Once you've done that, you pretty much won the fight. Now if you are still alive, clean up the other enemies.

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I hope this guide helped you guys. I highly recommend playing Jax right now, because he is just amazing and fits perfectly in the meta. But remember: if you don't have balls, don't play Jax.