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League of Legends Build Guide Author Soapy

Xin Zhao - DO A 360!

Soapy Last updated on December 11, 2011
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Ability Sequence

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

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Offense: 21

Honor Guard

Defense: 9

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 0

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Hey guys! It's me SoapyWTF and if you haven't heard of me don't sweat. This is my first build
ever. Please don't criticize and please rate the guide!

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1v1 (Top / Mid)
My favorite setup. Farm patiently (You have NO ranged) and if they try to harass you, just
tower-hug and auto attack when possible. Mid... eh. Not bad, but save it for a AP / Carry (e.g. Xearth, Akali)

Not that bad but you will get harassed very quickly. Farm patiently and tower-hug. They will
be extremely aggressive and will try to aggressively harass you. If they get greedy you can sometimes turn tides.

Okay. You might not get fed without someone with a stun / grab. (e.g. Blitzcrank, Singed)

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Summoner Spells

Ghost - Very good skill. Saves your *** and can kill people.

Exhaust - Can save your *** by exhausting the melee carry and running away from others.

Ignite - Very good, helps to get first blood. (GET EXHAUST WITH THIS TO GET FED EASILY.) (However no escape.)

Flash - Get it with exhaust. It helps you come in, in team-fights.

The rest I don't cover, cause they suck.

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START WITH THIS. It helps your passive and holding your lane without going b.

This helps you farm / fight easily. (You should sell it for Mercury Treads later.)

Youmuu's Ghostblade helps alot in teamfights. 50% and 20% movement active? Helps alot early

Armor Penetration helps alot, even when they are stacking armor. The attack speed helps alot. (You should get phage before this.)

Helps alot if you don't get red buff. You can kill people without them running. Get red buff with this for overtime damage and extra slow.

The Black Cleaver! Helps with your red buff / frozen mallet. Armor reducing? Helps with your team against that armor stacking tank.

This is your last item. Make sure to farm it up every time you die. This will keep you alive in team-fights late game. You can build this earlier game before black cleaver if you'd like.

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Team Work

You're not the initiator. Get in after your tank initiates and use your combo.

Focus the carry or AOE that does most damage.

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"Xin Zhao prepares to unleash a fearsome combo, causing his next 3 standard attacks to deal bonus damage with the final attack knocking his opponent into the air."
Knock-up! This skill is your bread and butter which we max first. This skill resets the auto-attack timer. So you auto-attack and hit q.

"(Passive): Xin Zhao passively increases his attack speed."
That's very good. By just learning it you get 20% attack-speed for free.
"(Active): Xin Zhao unleashes a battle cry, increasing his attack speed by passive amount again for 5 seconds and causing his standard attacks during this time to reduce all of his other abilities' cooldowns by 1 second."
You know what that means? When you activate the active, your Battle Cry passive DOUBLES. And every time you attack when the active is on, all your skill's cooldown gets reduced by 1 second. This is why most Xins stack attack speed.

"Xin Zhao charges an enemy, dealing magic damage and slowing them and all other enemies in the area for 1.5 seconds."
This is how you get from point A to point B in 1 second. At max level it does 240 damage FLAT. At level 1 it only does 70 damage. Don't max it out first. Three Talon Strike does more damage. About like, 200 per hit. (At max level)

"Xin Zhao executes a fierce spear sweep on targets around him, dealing base damage + 15% of their current health in physical damage. His armor and magic resistance are boosted for 6 seconds by 25 plus a bonus per enemy champion hit."
This saves your life in team fights. It gives you 25 armor and 25 magic resist just by activating it! Plus, every champion hit gives you more armor and magic resist. It also takes away 15% of their health. You can reduce the enemy team's health by 15%.

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This may be a very short build but it's very good. I will continue to keep this build
updated. Thanks guys, please rate and leave a comment!