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Xerath Build Guide by Bosstatus XXL
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Pro tip - Bind the penguin with a top hat to the same key as your ult. He will be tipping his hat while you get Mejai's stacks.
I will update the guide with pretty pictures and plays at some point. I can also add matchups, laning, warding etc. Currently this is not a comprehensive guide teaching you how to play Xerath.
This build is not going to be as strong as some build if the game goes super late. Gathering storm will outscale the AP.
Manaflow Band is because you get a dark seal instead of dorans ring, and we do not build a morellonocicon.
Absolute Focus is for extra damage and you should be above 70% health most of the time with Xerath.
Scorch is for the extra early game poke.
Magical footwear is 350 free gold and will help you to snowball harder and cosmic insight because the others are meh.
Luden's rush will make it impossible for anyone to stay in lane for more than 2 Q pokes. Mejai's continues the snowball. Morellonomicon still seems to be too good of an item not to get because of CDR and mana restore. You have a ton of gold value if you have Mejais stacked.
Having boots, Mejais (stacked), Morellonomicon, and Ludens: 462 ms, 400 AP, and 20% CDR.
Riot has said that they are possibly changing Mejais to be cheaper if you have a dark seal with 10 stacks, if this happens, it makes this build even better.
Hypothetically the other teams mid laner has as many kills and assists as you have, your are still up 3,200 gold. Most games the opposing mid laner is not close to you in number of kills because you have been owning them and their team. You should have a massive gold lead, not just 3,200 in most games.