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[SEASON 10] Xayah High Elo Guide!

By tokyodamonsta | Updated on September 16, 2020
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Runes: Standard.

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Lethal Tempo
Legend: Bloodline
Coup de Grace

Magical Footwear
Biscuit Delivery

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


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LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Heal


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[SEASON 10] Xayah High Elo Guide!

By tokyodamonsta
Ability Breakdown
When i first made this guide i was D3, Making this guide reminded me how to play the champ correctly and now i have skyrocketed to master tier!

Passive - Clean Cuts: After casting an ability, Xayah's next 3 basic attacks penetrate through all enemies. At the end of their path, a Feather will be left in the ground for 6 seconds. This is the bread and butter of Xayah's Kit. Get used to maximizing the amount of feathers on the ground.

Q - Double Daggers: Xayah throws two feather-blades in quick succession, dealing Attack damage physical damage to all enemies hit and leaving two Feathers on the ground. This is your source of poke in lane phase and damaging champs that out range you, it also allows you to use your passive.

W - Deadly Plumage: Xayah creates a storm of blades for 4 seconds that grants her Attack speed icon bonus attack speed and cause her basic attacks to strike an additional time for 20% damage. If you have a Rakan he will also gain this attack speed buff and gain movement speed off you autoing enemy champs! Using this ability plus lethal tempo rune turns you into a turret and allows you to get a load of feathers out.

E - Bladecaller: Xayah calls all Feathers back to her, dealing physical damage to enemies they pass through, the more feathers, the more damage! This is what seperates the good from the great. Knowing when to call this back is the most important part of Xayah and is why i love this champ so much, you can win teamfights solo with a good E!

R - Featherstorm: Xayah leaps into the air, becoming Playful untargetable for 1.5 seconds, during which she is still able to move, then rains down daggers which deal physical damage and leave behind a line of 5 Feathers. Using ult to dodge extreme CC or a assassins combo is really important! Its also really useful to use Xayah's ult to juggle tower aggro in a dive!
General Guide Back to Top
Pros and Cons of locking Xayah!

- Can solo carry even in S10
- Can escape most assassins
- Insane wave clear
- Lots of damage!
- Self Peel and good CC

- Immobile
- Ult cooldown is very long
- Bad at chasing
- Low range
- Needs certain supports or isnt as impactful!

Lane Phase:
In lane phase Xayah is quite strong if played correctly!
Xayah forces the enemy botlane to be constantly thinking about the feathers on top of csing, which can deny farm from them or they can get punished by your feathers with a lot of damage.
Level's 1-3:
You want to be shoving the enemy botlane in if possible because getting the level 3 is a spike for you! So getting the wave to bounce back for you to freeze at level 3 is good! Even better if your jungler is pathing bot!
Level's 3-6::
Using Q and E try landing some poke on the enemy adc, also autoing them when possible to get them into lethal range! At 6, it is a huge spike and can almost guarantee a kill. Using W walk up and auto the enemy adc getting feathers behind them, and if you are against any heavy CC support use R to dodge the main CC ability. Use E to root the enemy ADC and severely damage them and finish them off with autos! Obviously this is a very specific case but it is the main way to play Xayah! You will have to adapt to different matchups where this wont work. For example walking up to Draven is a death sentence... Sometimes you will have to play off your supports CC or even just give up lane phase to outscale.

Team fighting:
Team fighting with Xayah is just like any other standard ADC, you play back line and attack whats closest. EXCEPT with the added benefit that you can completely change the outcome of the fight if fighting in a choke point! In team fights the enemy team is most likely not looking out for your feathers especially in lower elo's. Just from autoing the front line you can be damaging their backline. Getting off a lot of feathers then ulting and then getting off more feathers AND THEN pressing E in a choke point is a instant win on a fight! This is the main reason Xayah is in my champ pool!
Again this is specific, and you will sometimes need to use ult to peel for yourself by dodging CC and assassin all in's! But most assassins will wait for you to use your ult. So if they have a fed assassin and you dont have a enchantress support, keep your ult for peel!

Lane Phase:
- Push for level 3
- Use Q and E for poke
- Use ult to dodge main CC
- Play off support if enemy adc is strong!

Team fights:
- Play backline
- Get as many feathers on the ground as possible
- Know when to use your feathers and when not too
- Use ult to self peel against heavy CC tanks or Assasins
Build & Runes Back to Top
The 2 Rune pages ive shown are my personal preference and ill explain my choices here!
This is my most used page and i rarely use anything else because i like to spam abilities in lane phase, which the biscuits help me do before i get a essence reaver!
Xayah's lack in chase potential also is helped by magical footwear, having that extra movement speed is very nice!
Bloodline is vital for Xayah since you do not build any lifesteal but trust me the 12% from bloodline is more than enough!
For the other 2 runes it is preference, you can take presence of mind or overheal if you prefer them too triumph but i take triumph because i like to fight 2v2 and it helps you survive!
Coupe de grace can be swapped for Cut down if the enemy team have a lot of tanks! Last stand isnt great of ADC's.

I take the other rune page when i am against a botlane i know i can beat easily since this rune page for more aggressive plays and a stronger late game, so getting fed with this rune page is insanely strong. Just like before, bloodline is a must but the rest of the runes are preference!

The core items are Essence Reaver into Boots into Infinity Edge and then Rapid Fire Cannon then followed by Situational items.
Sit items if enemy are:
- AD heavy you go GA
- AP Heavy you go Maw or Scimitar if they have alot of CC
- Tanky you go Lord doms or if they heal a lot you go Mortal reminder
- Behind you go Phantom Dancer for pure annihilation!!
Tips & Tricks Back to Top
Mechanics you need to learn!
- You can Q - auto - E fast to get a unexpected root!
- You can R flash to catch your enemy and catch them off guard!
- Your feathers follow you, therefore you can E flash to change direction of feathers!
- Try not to R - E instantly, get as many feathers on the ground before ulting then after you ult auto 3 more times to maximize E damage!
- Use R to reset tower aggro in a dive!
Updates! Back to Top
[10.8] Update:
Small patch update, but a good damage buff on Xayah, i still think the champ is in a bad spot without rakan or lulu as support! Although the champ is going to be a team fighting god with the buff!

[10.9] Update:
No real changes to xayah. Wukong nerfs are always nice as a adc main!

[10.9] Update:
No real changes to xayah. MF nerfs are nice, Sivir buffs arent as a good since she counters you.

[10.11] Update:
Slight buffs to Xayah, health wont make much difference but the movement speed will help with team fights and farming waves quicker!

[10.12] Update:
Tiny bit of damage added to Xayah's R, will not make much difference in my opinion!

[10.13] Update:
No real changes to xayah, aphelios nerf which is always nice for other adcs!

[10.14] Update:
No buffs to Xayah, but Ezreal and Varus nerfs will make her a slightly bit more viable!

[10.15] Update:
Aphelios nerfs will make the matchup easier! Xayah still feels like a not so great pick right now! Probably look to play her with a Rakan duo!

[10.16] Update:
Nimbus cloak nerf isnt too bad, will be using it still all the time! Lucian buffs makes him harder to out dps, ashe nerfs are nice late but wont change much!

[10.17] Update:
Xayah AD buffs, in summary you get around 27 extra AD lvl 18 which is nice! Kai'sa buffs arent great for Xayah since its a counter.

[10.18] Update:
No direct changes to Xayah, just little buffs and nerfs to adc's this patch, nothing has really changed.

[10.19] Update:
No direct changes to Xayah, Lucian and Caitlyn nerfs are good for her overall spot in the meta!

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