Xin Zhao Build Guide by kkiskk
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Runes: Fervor of battle is back?
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Ability Order The usual
Threats & Synergies
DON'T start with cloth armor. Your damage is higher than her in any level unless you die to her often. Try to poke her with you Q in lv 1 while she last hit minions. You must have a point in W at lv 2 so she won't stand a chance in dueling you. If she gets lv 6 first, be sure to back off since her damage is suddenly boosted if she use her R. Get a cloth before youmuu's.
Stop playing NG. Poke him with your third passive + Q and all-in him when he has less hp than you.
Play carefully or else you will feed hard. Try not to let her AA you when she landed a Q on you. To win against akali is to not get AA if you have been Qed. Use your 3rd Q to poke her if she wants to last hit minions. Wait until her W's on cd before you fight/all-in her. Get MAW as your 2nd dmg item. If you're ahead, get MAW after youmuu's. If not, get spirit visage. You can build one tank or dmg item before completing the boot.
Getting hit by his Q is very painful. Put one point in W at lv 1 to get sustain. His passive gives him a shield to block AA, don't waste you third Q on it. You win the fight if he has no mana or you have 75% of health remaining when engaging on him and he don't have more than 75% health. Dodge his E if you can.
Dodge his Q and bully him. It will be painful if you let him get big. Get lord dominik mid game.
Always dodge her Q. If you don't dodge her Q post-6, You are dead. Try to bait her W without using your E before all-in her. W poke careful not to hit by her Q.
Dodge his W stun and third passive proc and you should be fine bullying him in lane.
This match up can be either easy or difficult. Try to heal with your W from his Q poke as much as you can. Dodge his E barrel explosion to avoid being killed, it does insane damage. Always watch out for barrels in bushes. Don't fight him in his R. Replace ignite with ghost if you're experienced.
It will be an annoying lane. If she poke you in the weak spot, she heals and gain movespeed buff. Don't let her parry your E and third Q, you'll most likely lose that trade.
You have better early sustain. Watch out if he gets thornmail. Immediately build tank if he goes full damage. Full AD garen's damage will make you shit your pants.
Try not to fight when he gets big early, you may lose. Since he is ranged when he is small, you can't bully him hard. Don't stand near walls if he's lv 6.
His Q is pain and it's hard to dodge. Try farming without being poke down. Always stay behind minions so he can't dash onto your face. You win mid and late game.
Dodging her tentacles is extremely important. If she don't have any tentacles, she's nothing. Try to be a dick that back off every time she use her R. Her Q is super good at wave clearing so wait until she's out of mana before fighting her. If you fight in the place where she has 2 or more tentacle, you die . Her tentacle hits heals her. Get executioner's calling first. Be careful as she will always come back after mid game.
Don't get chopped often. Get Executioner's Calling after dirk to win trades. Bully him in lane. Nowadays mundo is neither tanky nor painful in early game. you can get executioner's calling when he's 6 if you're wining.
What's the point in picking irelia this patch. You outdamage and outsustain her in lane. Wait for her Q timing to land your W. However she will have the some serious damage when she procs passive and have trinity force(not sheen, the whole item).
Bully him in lane. All-in him if he use his Q on you(be aware of cannon minion). Remember to waste his fourth W and you'll be fine. Save your R for his R.
Try not to let her kite you. All-in her when her E is about to end. Try not to fight her post-6 if you're not fed. Easy match up early-mid game before her rework goes online.
Dodging his Q is super easy because he's blind. If you can't dodge his Q, you're dead. Bully him in lane. Watch out for WR combo when you push your minion waves under his tower.
Just farm and dodge her Q. You will be bullied since she's ranged / her Q has low cd / W root / E escape. Build spirit visage after MAW.
Bully this ugly tree with your AAs. Dodge his Q and E. Get executioner's calling first(before dirk).
If you want to win her pre-6, be sure to E in before she uses her W. Try to farm safely post-6 because you can't win her if you can't dodge her R and Q. Get adaptive helm first item if you lose more than 1 kills
Push the minion wave hard and bully him early. Be sure to have a pink ward(RIP) post-6. If he's fed, try not to fight him alone. Remember not to fight him in his minion waves.
Bully her with your high sustain. Dodge her second Q proc, don't stand near walls, don't E ( her circle stun anyone dashes ) when she use her W.
Always get cleanse, if you don't, you're trolling. Build executioner's call as first item. It gives you descent AD and a powerful passive. Done the above 2 things, enjoy bullying him the whole game.
Try not to die. Wait for the passive debuff to end if she poke you with Q/W then use the combo to poke her and dodge her E to get back safely. Her E is super annoying. Dodge her E to win fights/trading.
It's simple. Dodge her Q and you win. If you can also dodge her E, you win harder.
His kit counters AA champions. I don't know why his early game is crappy now. First, dont combo him when he has his E up. Second, you have 50 more AA range than him, use this at your advantage. Third, be smart and back off if he has more than 5 stacks of passive. Fourth, watch out for the Q+W+third R proc combo, count his AAs. I guess they nerfed him hard, I win all the match up with Jax after the reworked conqueror.
Call jungler for ganks to bully him early. Otherwise you may lose duel. His Q hurts ( If you always get hit by it). His duel ability is top tier, passive AS when low HP / Q aoe slow scale with 1.0 bonus AD / W AS and lifesteal / E true damage scale with 0.5 total AD / R gives tank potential and CC immune with extra AD
She has no escape, let her push the lane and all-in her for easy kills. Don't get stunned, it hurts.
You have higher damage and high sustain than him. Bully him in lane but be careful not to proc his second W. Always ready to all-in him if he miss his first Q or you make him miss it (use your E) :)
This little devil is annoying as hell. If he's skilled, he'll poke you a lot with AA and max E first to poke you down. If he waste his Q to poke you, all-in him after the blind ends. You always win without being blinded. Get sweeping lens to locate him and his mushrooms. Your W is a powerful tool as it is not affected by his Q blind. Don't be afraid to engage if he is too close to AA you, when you E onto his face, he'll be scared and use his Q, use your W to apply slow on him. It's pretty much over if you land your W slow.
Get Executioner's Calling after dirk. Pre-6: When you dodged his E and W, all-in him for kills. Post-6:When you dodged his E and W, all-in him for kills. ( Yes there's no difference )
Dodge his Qs and win easily. If you're being Qed very often, you lose. Use W for safe poke.
She does insane damage when she proc her passive. If you try to engage her, she'll use her E to kite you. The good thing is, her E's slow is a minor thing that you can ignore. Your damage is actually crazier than hers, you can melt her if she engage on you. Try to let her all-in you but don't get poked often.
His combo damage is very high if he has electrocute and you can't really counter back because of his W invisibility. Be smart and farm under turret if possible. However, don't be afraid if he engage you when you have lots of minions.
It's an even match up, the one gets killed first will lose. Don't trade with him when he is full health AND has full rage bar. Try to fight him when his rage bar is not filled. If he wants to AA minions to fill the bar, punish him hard.
This match up is a piece of cake for you because conqueror reworked. Use your E to dodge his outter Q and punish him hard when he tries to poke you with outter Q. He is nothing without 5 stacks passive. Be sure to outdamage him before he 5 stacks you, else things will get ugly.
This ninja sees everything so he usually bring TP with him. Don't be afraid to trade with him. Don't waste your Q when he is in the aura. Watch out if he builds thronmail.
There is two point you need to bear in mind. First, don't fight him in his W. Second, when he use his R on you, try not to fight him. It is usually a farm lane. Bring TP if you want.
Dodge his full charged Q and you're fine. You can easily heal his E / W poke damage from minions. All-in him if he has no mana. Avoid aftershock peroid if he has it.
Easy win pre-6. However, there is no way you can win against her post-6 after they removed pink ward. Call jungler for ganks.
His main source of threat is his E and maiden of mist. He basically can burst anyone down after he get any sheen items and his maiden of mist proc. Always dodge his E so his mist walkers can't get to ridiculously jump on you. Get executioner's calling asap.
The one that gets killed first will lose laning phrase so try to kill him if he drop his combo on you. He can E twice if he E on an enemy first so wait til he used his second E to chase him with your E. He is rather weak after his combo so always fight him when he has no W or E. Watch out when he has his rage bar half full, his damage will be boosted. His normal combo is wait til rage bar half full then E -> W ( stun you 1.5s ) -> Q -> second E dash out something like that or just E -> Q -> E dash out. He may all-in you once he reach lv 6 as his ultimate gives him HP / AOE damage / continuous supply of rage which is very annoying. Play safe after lv 6.
Place a ward in the bush so he can't kite you. Unless you go full tank, you'll outdamage him in early and mid game. If he can't build his item faster than you, he has no damage to you. Watch out for he's 4 ferocity W that remove CC when you duel him, use ignite before he use his W. Get a pink ward post-6 so he can't escape / jumps on your unaware teammates.
He has no escape so let him push the wave and all-in him. Be sure not to fight him in your minion wave as his shield will be charged super fast by dealing damage to multiple enemies. Try to avoid his E poke . Kill the minion that has his W on ASAP.
His Q poke is annoying so get MAW first. Fight him when he is OM or after his Q's magic shield is gone pre-6. You won't have much chance to kill him post-6 as he can use his R to get away easily. His R has 6 seconds cool down at lv 1 so try to fight him after he used his R. He might build ROA and become somewhat tanky, so you can get one of the two last whisper item when you're fed.
Dodge all the skill shot to win. If he has no E at lv 2, all-in him by putting a point in E at lv 2, otherwise put a point in W. The key to win against Xerath is to survive his combo by either dodge it or tank it. Get Mercury's thread ASAP to have the move speed and MR. If you feel like you are not able to dodge his skill shots poke, all-in him before you run out of hp. He is very weak without his E as his E has rather long CD so try to dodge his E if he use it. Take E lvl 1 to bully him before lvl 2.
This match up is kind of easy until late game. You can bully him hard pre-6 without executioner's call if the lane goes even. He has no damage and tankiness until he has he's first item (rylai's or hextech belt) but if you have execution's call, you beat him anytime and anywhere (even tower dive). You can get execution's call after dirk if he plays well (you can't kill him(after all-in) / he has more cs than you). He will always be back late game like nasus, so get execution's call after Spectre's Cowl at the latest. Remeber to avoid his charged Q, he can heal a lot if it hit you (about 20% hp). Fight him when he has no W or he just used his charged Q, if he doesn't have either one, all-in him. The poke combo is effective on him as he won't be able to react so soon to press the W button. Use your ignite before he use his heal (Q or R HEAL(not right after he use his R)).
If you know about the "Don't chase a singed" rule, you'll be fine vs him. His damage is as crazy as your's if he builds full AP so be aware of that. Get MR boots and spirit visage ASAP after youmuu's, otherwise you can't chase him down. Always bully him with others, try not to 1v1 him unless you've got two or above MR items.
Get MAW first item and you'll be fine. Dodge his Q, it has decent scaling of both AP / HP. Watch out for his engage combo E->W->Q. Try to save your W after his W duration is off, his W gives dmg reduction. Get tiamat second item for lane pressure if his always gank your teammates.
This jelly monster will smash you if you don't build MR. You either call ganks frequently or build MR boots and spectre's cowl before completing youmuu's. Try to dodge his E knock up. Walk on his jelly parts so he can't heal from that. It will be a hard time for you to lane with this monster as he is tanky and large in size. Your harass will do no damage to him if he build armor (he usually will), it's like you poke your spear into a jelly (it's true). Get executioner's calling first item. Watch out for his R if you're near enemy turret.
It's too long so I'll put the explanation at the bottom. This thing is awful to deal with.
This champion is unbalance. Her Q does too much damage. Use you E wisely to win trades such as E away to a minion to dodge her E and E onto her face to dodge her W. If she use her R on you to start a fight, use you R immediately to make her R useless(wasted).
You are your own best match. You have the ability to engage(E) / disengage(R) / burst / hard(airborne) and soft(slow) CC / sustain(passive) / survivability(R invincible). You have almost everything in your kit so you will do a good job in synergy with any teammates.
ATTENTION : The champion threat part describes ONLY laning phrase.(it's kinda outdated)
This build is suitable in ranked games but it will be punishing if you lose in laning phrase.
I'm back after 3 months. It makes me sad that I'm losing hard every time I use this youmuu's build so I've been crying for about 90 days. I'm now as toxic as shaclone. I may someday make a full tank Xin Zhao build.
I'm back again after the rework and I'm still trying new build path with the new Xin. He don't need to build tank now because his R gives him damage reduction(reduced to 0) and build AD damage on Xin now is even more rewarding than before his rework because his damage spells(passive and W) scales heavily on AD.
I'll update new runes ASAP, it's pretty fun one-shoting enemies with new runes, especially AD carries.
2019/03/05 I can't believe I am back to update this guide, thanks for riot bringing back a new version of Fervor of battle, Conqueror. I will update the whole guide later, including the laning phrase. Most of my update is in the upper part notes section and I will move them down below in future for better visibility.
You don't give up even you have a bad early game, you always stay calm and focus. Being 0/5/0 is no big deal but how do you come back from the feeder's abyss is more important. Xin is a flexible champion that can build anything on him, if you've had a hard time that losing early game and feeds the enemy, don't be tilted and remember that you are not 1 vs 5. Be responsible to your teammates and yourself, don't give up.
2. Just use your W
3. Stack the first 2 hit of your Q on minions or whatever things you can hit(eg. wards/jungler) -> use E to engage your opponent -> use W while he/she's airbone
4. Use your E to engage (-> youmuu's) -> AA + Q reset + AA -> use W -> Fatality
You should :
+ CC important enemy with your third Q
+ Shove back incoming assassins / tanks with your R
+ Burst down alone carries
You should NOT :
- Dash into 5 enemies alone (unless it's a coordinated attack)
- Shove enemy assassins / tanks to your carries
- Focus enemy tanks
- Tank multiple heroes CC