Jax Build Guide by ItsPaulygon
(Updated for S11) Jax, The Grandmaster at Arms - Guide
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Runes: Standard Conqueror Path
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+10% Attack Speed
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Ability Order Skill Order
Threats & Synergies
This is a skill match up, if the Aatrox is good and can hit his Q's, you are in trouble. But if you play well, you can beat him. Don't trade with him pre 6, fight him once you reach level 3 to get your 3 skills. Try to get a level lead to increase your chances of killing him early. Take teleport to lane as Ignite will be useless once he reaches 6.
You have the advantage in this match up if she can't proc her Q at you. Even if she ult's you, you have the advantage. Just be careful for ganks as if she cc's you, you are dead.
Pretty easy match up for you, even if he knocks you up, you can just jump onto him and trade back. There's no way you can lose lane against Cho'Gath. Just be weary of ganks.
Skill match up, try to bait out his E. And if he try's to Q you, make sure you're in the inner circle of the blade if you're trying to trade. If he wins lane, you won't be able to outscale him late game. Try to get your jungler to gank a lot and beat him so that he can't be a threat.
I don't need to explain how easy this match up is right? Beat his ass!
Another skill match up, if the Akali is good, you won't be able to beat her due to her super high mobility and burst damage. When you E she will definitely shroud herself so play safe and take Doran's Shield. Just try to get ganks and outscale her.
You have the advantage damage wise, make sure to not get hit by his Q. Try to beat him pre 6 as once he does reach 6, it will be annoying due to his Ultimate. Avoid getting stunned which is pretty easy.
If the Fiora is good, you will have a clear disadvantage. If she is able to hit your vital's well, you are dead. If she can time your E, run away. This is a very hard skill match up. Whenever I am against a Fiora, I try to bait her counter so that I can stun her. Once you stun her, you can win. Play safe once she reaches level 6. Take Corrupting Potion start and try to beat her early game.
A Gangplank can be annoying for you as he has his oranges to counter your stun. Gangplank players will stay away from you and try to poke you with his Q and barrels. Take Doran's Shield to negate the poke damage. Bait his Oranges if you can, but if you want to win the lane, play safe and get ganks.
This will be an easy match up as long as you don't get greedy. Don't waste your E on his Q unless necessary because the cooldown on his Q is lower than your E. Once he gets his tanky items, you will have less kill pressure. Take Doran's Shield to negate as much damage from him as possible. Play safe until 3, if he tries to Q you, negate it with E and unleash a combo on him. Save your Q to go back, once you do your combo, you can Q back to safety. You shouldn't have too much trouble.
This will be a hard match up for you. He is ranged so he can kite you especially with his jump. And if you can engage, he can out damage you if he changes forms. Play safe and pray for your jungler to gank you. Once he gets his tanky items, you are not able to kill him. Try to beat him while he's squishy. After that, play safe. You won't be able to trade properly against a good Gnar player.
A fairly easy match up for you, she can't do much to out damage you unless all her tentacles hit you, just make sure not to get hit by her tentacles, and if she tries to W you, jump on her and unleash hell. But if she reaches 6, you're going to have a hard time especially if you can't dodge her tentacles.
Don't even try to trade with him. He can just stun you and let his turrets do all the work for him. Play safe, take Doran's shield and take all the cs you can. Only engage if you have your jungler with you. But be careful, as he can still deal with both of you.
This is a fair skill match up, try to stay away from her stun. And avoid using Q a lot. Once she misses her stun, you can trade with her. But be careful of fighting with her for too long, her passive can be troublesome for you.
Mirror match? Easy as f*** since you read this guide ;)
One of the hardest match ups a Jax player can face. He has a lot of damage both ranged and melee form. Take Doran's shield and play safe, this match up will be a nightmare for you.
You beat her early, but during the late game, she can out scale you. The reason why she is a major threat, is because of her late game power spike. Try to abuse her out of lane early, but be careful, she can still mean trouble for you in the early game with her ranged attacks. Bait out her Q and then trade. Don't underestimate a good Kayle player, so play smart and try to not let her scale.
A very hard match up for you. He will out trade you most of the time, and he can slip past your E. Take Doran's shield and play safe. Just hope for ganks.
Easy match up for you. The only time you will have a hard time with him is when you get ganked. But in all stages of the game, you win. When he engages on you, fight back, he can never win against you unless he baits you.
Lucian top will be tricky for you since he can always kite your E. If you hit your stun, you win, if you don't, you lose the trade. Take doran's shield and play passively.
Very hard match up for Jax, will be very annoying for you. He will be weak before he hits level 3, but after that, it will be tough. When you jump on him, he will most likely press E and you will lose the trade easily. After level 6, he has a powerful game changing ultimate that he can chain with his jungler. Play passively and wait for ganks.
Not really a problem early game, try to negate his stacks early game. As once he reaches 6 and has a good amount of stacks and a few items, you won't be able to beat him. So tell your jungler to come gank top as much as possible to stop this ticking time bomb. Take Doran's Shield.
Neeko top can be dangerous for you. She can escape your stun, she can snare you if you try to jump on her. She can also out damage you. Take Doran's shield and rush Merc Treads. If you bait out her snare, you can trade her, just be sure to hit your stun. If you do, you win.
You win before he reaches 6, but if you don't scale well, he will dominate you. You won't be able to stun him after 6 so force him out of lane early.
Once he gets tanky, you are going to lose. Always be careful of ganks because he has a good amount of CC. Don't underestimate Ornn. But try to beat him early, so go Corrupting Potion.
Don't underestimate a Pantheon. His passive shield is cancerous. Even if you stun him, he can just proc his shield again and again negating your damage. Take Doran's Shield and play safe. You can't win lane. So ask help from your Jungler.
She can deny your Q, so as much as possible, when trading, Just try to E beside her. Avoid using your jump if she has it up. Also try to trade if she doesn't have her shield. Once she uses her shield and it runs out, that's the best time to trade.
Renekton won't be much of a problem for you unless he is super good. If he engages, just press E and negate his stun. Once you do that, you win. Once he reaches 6, be careful. If he becomes a beast late game, you are screwed.
This will all go down to skill. If you don't let her cc you, and stun her, you win. If she trades with you and can escape, you're screwed. A good Riven player will always know how to deal with a Jax. Try to beat her early even though it will be hard for you. Try your best. If you can beat her early, you can do fairly well the rest of the game against her. Once she reaches 6, be very careful especially if you're on low health.
He can negate damage with his shield-like skill. But you have a fairly easy match up as long as you don't get taunted. Be careful of ganks too.
Skill matchup. If he can hit his skill shots, you will have a hard time. Also be very weary of his heal since it's a lot. Avoid his knock up and you can win lane.
Sion won't really be a threat unless you get hit by his knock up. Dodge that, and you can outdamage him.
Skill match up, a good zed player will dodge your stun and still out damage you. Make sure to play smart and land your stun. Once you land your stun, you can out damage him. Buy armor immediately since you will have trouble with his burst damage.
This is a very tricky match up, if you can bait her E. You can trade. But since she is ranged and can push you away, you will have a very hard time. Play safe, take Doran's Shield and try to get ganks from your jungler.
A good Talon player can out damage you with his bursts. If he reaches 6, save your E for when he ults. Rush Ninja Tabi's to negate damage. Try to avoid his Q as well.
This will be a tricky match up for you, he has no mana, has sustain, and a shield. You can still outscale him for sure, but you lose early game. If you outscale him, you win. Just focus on getting your core items.
Just don't chase after him lol. Take Merc Treads as well. You out damage him unless you try to get greedy and run after him.
This might be tricky for you especially if the Tahm is good. Once he gets tanky, you will have a hard time. Try to avoid fighting as he has his grey health stuff. Just take as much cs as you can since you can't really kill Tahm easily.
He relies on auto attacks, you win. Still, be careful when he reaches 6. But he can't be much of a problem for you as you have your E.
I rarely see Trundle in top now. But if you're up against him he won't be much of a problem. Even if you're in his W, you can just press E if he engages and out damage him. He can't beat you in lane though. Unless he baits your E.
Play safe, take Doran's Shield. Teemo will be a hard match up. If he uses his Q, then you can Q on him and use your E as by the time you land the stun, your blind will be gone. Be careful though as his E passive is painful especially if he has ignite. Take short trades. But be careful if you trade, once you're done, he can press W and chase after you and deal more damage. So don't trade much.
You win lane easily even if he jumps on you. Just trade only after level 3. Once he gets tanky, it will be hard for you. Take Corrupting Potion start.
Yasuo can be a nightmare for your team late game. This is a skill match up. Take Corrupting Potion if you are confident in your skill. If the Yasuo is a level 7 with 200,000 Mastery Points and you feel scared, take Doran's Shield. Be careful not to get hit with Tornadoes, and be careful if he tries combo's like Flash + Keyblade stuff. You can beat him pre 6. If he reaches 6, avoid getting knocked up as much as possible. Also be mindful of his shield passive. Once you stun him, you out damage him. After that, be careful not to get him with his Q's. He has more mobility with minions around. So it's best to trade with less minions. If there are a crap ton of minions, wait for them to clear. Rush Sheen and Ninja Tabi's.
You win all stages of the game against Yorick. Just be careful of his split push capability. He split pushes better than you. So even if you win lane, he can take objectives faster. So try to push towers more than him or try to predict where he is going to push. Yorick is pretty much useless if he can't split push towers.
A Veigar top lane? Well, you win if he can't stack. So pressure him early game. Don't be scared of his stun, once you do your E Q combo, you will out damage him even if you're in his stun area. Just be careful not to get hit with skillshots. Once he gets a good amount of stacks and reaches 6, be careful.
Azir top lane is rare but is pretty scary. When I played a match against him in top, it was very hard as he attacks with range. And he can escape your E. If he can kite you out and free hit you, you're basically screwed. Rush Merc Treads.
Fairly easy match up as long as you stun him and not his clone. If you fail to stun him, you're screwed. Also be careful once he reaches 6 as the cc on his ultimate is powerful and the jungler can gank you and get a free kill.
Very hard match up if you can't stun him. He will lifesteal you with his Q so be safe when he has his Q up especially if it is empowered. Rush Merc Treads and take Doran's Shield.
Not really a problem for you, go wild!