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If the enemy is smart they will realize that they are giving you cs and poke at the same time. They will start to stray to the sides of their creeps, making your two-for-one less possible. This is EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT! Now they are wide open for your stun to rock their world. you stun, auto attack so your passive can replenish your mana, then W then Q.
Congrats! You have officially learned how to be the most annoying midlane to play against ever.
(I don't have a computer capable of video capture or I would post a video of this technique. If I do end up upgrading my pc, I will get a video posted of this technique.
A word about Twin Shadows: This extremely underrated item is OP on Xerath. Your ult is all about seeing enemies who are far away and being able to hit them with your mortars. Twin Shadows reveals and slows your target, making them easy targets. THIS IS A MUST HAVE ITEM ON XERATH!
Lastly, please roam. Xerath's roaming capabilities (though deterred by his speed) are really essential for a successful team. Your ability to initiate from outside of danger is HUGE!
Xerath is the king of dropping huge amounts of unexpected damage through his awesome range. Skirt the outsides of the battles and unleash hell!