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Jax Build Guide by Exstor

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Exstor

Jax - Top Lane OP

Exstor Last updated on December 20, 2014
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Ability Sequence

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

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Offense: 21

Legendary Guardian

Defense: 9


Utility: 0

Threats to Jax with this build

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I outline the important things in light green. So you don't need to read the whole guide, but only the sentences outlined in green. Things that I haven't outlined is not that important, only for making my guide more in-depth.

People who are using this guide regulary, would appreciate if you guys create an mobafire account and up-vote this guide. Thanx! ;) If I get more up-votes, my guide would reach out to more people.

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Explanation - Items

I don't understand why you downvoted, cause that was unusual rough -,-

Based on the reasons you have told me, I can't understand why you should downvote. It pretty much looks like you don't want a fewly commented and voted guide/build should go all the way up to the top rated guides.

First of all if you think that The Black Cleaver is a poor item on jax, I can easily say that your beliefs are quite wrong.
with the Cleaver you will increase the effectiveness of Trinity Force's passive (150% bonus damage based on your base damage).

Trinity Force will never increase your damage with more than around 150 physical damage. After armor calculation it will not help you much mid/late game if you don't have some armor penetration ( The Black Cleaver or The Last Whisper??+++). With my hybrid build you will end up with more than 700 AP (Guinsoo's Rageblade's passive, other passives and masteries are not calculated on mobafire).
With Lich Bane you will increase your auto attack + (for example) Empower with over 700 physical damage. Giving jax an insane burst damage late game on all his abilities, as an hybrid.

What's best? 150 bonus physical damage or over 700 bonus physical damage? That's just from Lich Bane's passive.

If you play ranked (I bet you do) you'll know that summoners usually buys armor or/and has armor runes. If you want to increase your damage against quite armored off-tanks or just shred ad carries' armor, then The Cleaver is needed.

Guinsoo's Rageblade is one of the few optional items I have put up and I have said how great this item is on jax. Still I won't exchange The Cleaver or Atma's Impaler for it. Atma's armor is great against well-farmed ranged AD-carries (ranked). It also gives you some damage from HP.
More AD procs good with The Black Cleaver armor penetration. So why not?

End game is all about winning teamfights and The Black Cleaver will reduce the target's armor by 15 to 45 armor which will increase all physical damage done to that target. Guinsoo's wont help other than yourself. You also have to stack it up which takes some time.
Late game you and your AD Carry (when targeting the same target), facewreck most champs. Guinsoo's Rageblade can't do the same thing ^^

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This is my first guide and I hope you guys will enjoy it ;)

!!Please don't down-vote if you have not tried it out first!!

The reason I'm writing this guide is because I have had great success with this build playing jax.


Jax has been my main almost all my time playing league of legends, but when he got "nerfed"(at least after my opinion), the way I built him then, didn't suit him anymore. (It was a really big change with his passive and ulty).
After the "nerf" I almost didn't play him anymore, because I disliked the changes so bad.

Then I watched a live stream of "WickD" playing jax, solo top, in ranked (a high elo game, not long time ago. march 2012). They won and WickD played a really good game. They had an early win (mainly because of him I would say), so I tried out to continue his build from that point, and chose the items I think is the best to continue with. As my guide, WickD bought the same items till the part where I buy Bilgewater Cutlass, then he bought an amplifying tome which requires for getting hextech revolver and finishing hextech gunblade. Most likely he was going to do so ^^
(comparing WickD items to my solo top - jax guide).

This is my first guide and I hope Mobafire members will up-vote this, but please don't downvote if you have not tested it out. If you still dont like it, after you have tested it out too, please read the guide and see if you have done something wrong... PLEASE! XD ;)

Pls comment and say your opinion!! :D

If you think that the item section is too informal pls say so. If you rather want it to be like the Rune section I could do so. less info... XD

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Guide - upcoming and completed updates

I'm updating my guide, cause of changes in my build!

Introduction section - updated

Runes section - updated

Mastery section - updated

Items section - updating

Jax Jungling - Items section - updated

Skill Sequence section - expired

Summoner Spell section - expired

Summary section - updated

NB!In the item section I haven't put up all optional items yet... it will come for sure, but it will take sometime cause of school :(