Build Guide by Krash
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Xin Zhao Build
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this build is for a tank/dps hybrid of Xin, now there is ALOT of ways to build him and to go about him, i prefer to play him more tank style seeing how his damage output is still high only difference is you wont do as much auto attacking as if you went a pure DPS build. Another reason why i go this route is cause xin is such a grate initiator an to do such properly means you should survive and if you add a dash of tank to the mix its all gravy from there.
now im not sure how to do the fancy pictures in text and all like some of the other ppl, but i will try to brake down my build for you here.
for starters grab a ruby crystal right off the bat, this should give you a major health advantage and help with first blood, now heres ware it comes down to preference either get one point into audacious charge or one into three talon strike, i prefer charge cause if you have a melee fight in the bush's you can pop the charge to slow them as they run, you can use that to keep your lane partner alive if the battle was not in your favor, ware as the three talon strike can only help immobilize the target for 2 seconds as they fly up in the air and back down. you have no chasing potential how ever till level two, wich to be honest is ware all my first bloods usually come from is level two.
now with Xin i suggest you play aggressive to keep your enemy's on edge, and keeping them in moderate to low health is useful for easy kills when you and your partner can burst them down.
now the items this is ware it gets really tricky. i suggest getting a heart of gold first thing, for its extra income mainly, but after that theres alot of variables to consider on what to get. if there team is magic heavy obviously your going to want something that gives magic resist and vise versa, and the same call about boots, use ninja tabbies unless theres alot of CC'ing then go merk treads.
as far as the Dps items go i suggest your third item after your heart of gold and your boots of choice you pick up a phage for the life and slight damage boost. but if your popping in and out of the jungle alot then you may want to pick up a wriggles lantern next, or if you have crit runes on and have high HP go for a atmas impaler.
so here is your shopping list. Ruby Crystal, boots, heart of gold, merk treads or ninja tabbies, then phage, then either go phage to a frozen mallet or heart of gold to ronduins omen. from this point its your call on either another health heavy defensive item such as a fire cape or warmogs, or go more more damage such as a wrigles lantern or atmas impaler.
please leave comments as to what you think of this build and why.