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League of Legends Build Guide Author Voosha

Voosha's Challenger Xin Zhao Guide for Twisted Treeline

Voosha Last updated on March 1, 2014
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Offense: 21

Legendary Guardian

Defense: 9


Utility: 0

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Who is Voosha

Hello I am Voosha. I play 3v3 religiously so I am very familiar with every aspect of it.

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Differences between Summoner's Rift and Twisted Treeline for Xin Zhao

Xin Zhao is used more frequently in 3v3 than in Summoner's Rift. He has a gap closer and some cc abilities which are good abilities to have for 3v3.

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Team Comps Good with Xin Zhao

Anyone with a stun would be amazing with Xin Zhao. Having a stun means that Xin Zhao can save his E to dash on them if they flash or use an escaping ability to get away. This will almost guarantee that you land all 3 of your Q strikes and get a knockup. Some of the comps below would be good.

You for this comp you should be camping the lane Annie is in mostly, since you should just let Jax farm and become a beast. As explained above, the annie can stun while xin can casually walk in and land a couple of his Q strikes. The laner now has the decision to risk being knocked up by the 3rd Q and hope to live through the damage or flash away. Luckily since you engaged on a stunned target, you didn't need to use your E so you can E onto them when they flash away to secure the kill.

This comp can be explained the same way as the above comp. Let lissandra snare them before you go in and it should be ez pz.

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Summoner Spells, Masteries, Runes, Abilities

Summoner Spells

You can choose to run Flash over Ignite, but I prefer Ignite for the kill potential.


I feel these are optimal masteries and going defensive masteries would ruin his killing potential.


Greater Seal of Armor

Greater Glyph of Magic Resist

Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage

Greater Mark of Attack Speed

You can consider swapping out the AD quints for Lifesteal if you feel you need more sustain or movement speed if you find yourself in need of more speed when ganking. The quints are personal preference and I've seen many xin zhao's use either of these 3.

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

Some Xin Zhao's choose to level Q over E which is fine, but I prefer the AOE damage from E. With the right set up, leveling Q could be a faster clear than leveling E.

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What to Build on Xin Zhao

Core Items

Xin Zhao, like lee sin, can build into many different items depending on the enemy team comp. Most comps will have a majority ad damage so I have Randuin's omen listed as a core item, but this can easily be replaced with a Spirit Visage if they are AP heavy.

Randuin's Omen Great against heavy AD teams and possibly even securing a kill with the active.

Ninja Tabi can be replaced with mercury treads if they are heavy with the cc.

Spirit Stone Needed to turn into lizard elder for a boost in damage or into golem if you need the tankiness or are behind.

Offensive Options

Xin Zhao has many offensive options to work with. These are all situation so pick the best one that fits your current enemy team.

Trinity Force An expensive item, but an all around good dps boost. However, this should not be your first dps item to get. It is a good compliment to other items, but by itself will not give you a large dps increase as other items would.

The Black Cleaver Xin Zhao can get many attacks in very quickly so stacking this will not be a problem at all. It will be a small boost to your damage and is more of a compliment item to your other items rather than being a core item.

Blade of the Ruined King I feel this should be one of your earlier dps items either 1st or 2nd dps item. It gives everything you need to become stronger, attack speed, damage, and life steal. The active is also very nice.

Spirit of the Elder Lizard You should only upgrade to this item if you are ahead of the enemy jungler. It is a pure damage item, no life steal or health, so it will make you quite squishy.

Youmuu's Ghostblade A very good item if you're having trouble diving onto the enemy carry.

Last Whisper A great item against very tanky teams.

Defensive Options

Spirit of the Ancient Golem Get this item if you're behind. Make sure that if you do buy this item to NOT get mercury treads. The tenacity effect will not stack.

Spirit Visage Great item against heavy AP damage. It will also help your regeneration and lifesteal a bit.

Sunfire Cape You can rush this item first, but otherwise I would not purchase this. I feel it's only good rushed otherwise it does not provide enough defensive options.

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Refer to my Voosha's general 3v3 guide for some strategic suggestions.

Early Game

In the picture above start at Wraith camp labeled 1, proceed to doing ONLY the big wolf in the wolf camp labeled 2. Immediately run to the health relic in the center and then you can gank either top or bottom. Communicate this strategy with your teammates to decide who will freeze the lane and who will push. Have the person who pushed their lane to invade with you to their altar. Getting level 2 while one of the enemy lanes is still level 1 is huge. Your gap closer with a knockup will sure force a flash if not securing a kill.

Mid Game

Core items should be finished along with maybe 1 or 2 dps items. Always try and save your dash for when they flash, but if you know their flash is down go ahead and start off by dashing in. As stated earlier, having a teammate that can stun is extremely helpful. For example an Annie can start off stunning then while Xin can just nonchalantly walk into them with his Q active. They can either take your damage and get knocked up, use one of their escaping abilities, or flash away. You then would ideally dash into them after the escape ability is used. Remember that whoever you attack will not be knocked away by your ult. So you can dive into their team and ult someone towards your other 2 teammates to single out a target or not attack anyone and ult defensively to get away. Other than these few tips, play with your teammates alot since Xin zhao will require more coordination than other champions.

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Thank you

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