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Xin Zhao Build
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Xin Zhao - The Seneschal of Demacia.
Xin Zhao to me is a team carry, who can tank well. He is great at initiating fights providing you have some support, heals, shields etc. His passive: Tireless Warrior, allows him to lane for long periods of time. This guide is one style to which works for me but see my other build which also works well for me. So heres what I do with him, and some tips for when you play him.
Great initiator for an off-tank dps
Survivability in lanes
No "real" escape
Vulnerable to CC
1. Improved Exhaust: Catch up to champs, deal more damage due to the armour debuff, can be used as an escape tool as well.
2. Flash: By far my favourite summoner spell, great for escaping and to chase down fleeing champs. If you want to reach your target faster, flash followed by Audacious Charge (AC) works wonders.
These are the current runes I use for him, Although Crit Damage would certainly work well also.
Core Item Build
The reason I take Sword Of The Divine early is because you get a massive attack speed boost in a short build instead of farming out a long Phantom Dancer, also with Sword Of The Divine you get an added UNIQUE Passive: Every fourth attack deals 100 extra Magic Damage. UNIQUE Active: Your attacks cannot be dodged and you gain 30 Armor Penetration for 8 seconds.
Grab Vampiric Scepter which helps more than you believe as Attack speed in my build starts as early as boots. Stick a point in Audacious Charge(AC)(this will give a slow for a lvl 1 first blood). And lane top or bottom, you can lane with a lot of champions well, so its really not an issue who you go with. (I lane with Shen/garen and they are fine for a melee lane.) If you have a good partner there is a great chance you can grab First Blood with him/her. I usually aim for first blood at level 3 when I have a point in all 3 skills, with another disabler and exhaust it is very easy to achieve a kill, make sure to flash out of a turret in time to cancel its hit, if you dived for the kill. Head back if you have very low hp. My skill rank order tends to max AC whenever possible, followed by TTS then BC and of course you're ultimate when you can.
You should have a Sword Of The Divine by now and hit the enemy 4 times before he see's you coming...Gank time! I said myself you are a great initiator if the tank is not around, begin to push mid if you manage to get your lanes tower down, this will bring pressure to mid and will attract more people. If you cannot push mid then go gank anyone who is still laning. Recall when you have 1100 gold and get a Giants Belt which will give you a little more survivability.
Here is how I go about killing people>>>> Auto Attack. Repeat without the ultimate available if they didn't die.
By now you have a Infinity Edge hitting 3x faster than your enemy amd starting your Warmog's Armor. I very rarely get any further than Infinity Edge, as the game comes to an end with the opposition surrendering.
Don't be afraid to initiate (as long as u have support) as Crescent Sweep is great when they are all clumped together and are on high health, Prioritise: the casters > dps > tanks. Turret Diving isn't a big problem for you at this point but always remember to play safe, and don't be "Too" greedy.
"Here's a tip, with a spear behind it!"
If no one on your team desperately needs the mana buff, go grab it, mana becomes an issue if you spam your skills too often.
Solo Dragon, easy XP, easy gold
You are a good backdoorer, make sure you have flash up if things get heavy.