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Did the change make Xin Zhao Viable/OP?
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So, what do you think about the new Xin. And how would you build him now? I think, Trinity Force is pretty much core for him now. But, could AP Xin be viable?
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He's a lot better now.

Trin is good on him
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ap xin? no. his only damage move has a big cooldown and his heal is countered by ignite and the fact you have to attack 3 times, making as a must if you want to be ******ed.

i'd rather just have another straightforward damage item than a trinity force.
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But Trinity Force increases the damage of his charge(ap+proc) in, increases his as (he procs 3 strikes faster) and also increase his heal(on 2 ways). I think it fits him perfectly with that ratios. And because of his natural high as he easily procs the slow. Crit and MS is nice aswell. Finally, the new Xin needs mana more than before, so the mana helps aswell. HP and AD are nobrainer.

He uses every stat of Trinity Force well and that is why it is the perfect item for him.

Obviously, if you go Trinity Force on a tanky dps, you want Warmog's Armor aswell.

And if you get Warmog's Armor, Atma's Impaler is a nobrainer.

Finally some MR, so Wit's End or Maw of Malmortius would be nice. But I think Wit's End fits Xin more than Maw of Malmortius, because his kit is more based onto AS and not AD.

Aswell, The Black Cleaver seems to be a good item for him. His passive % armorreduction is applied first, and then The Black Cleaver second. So he could even reduce some into negative armor. This would help especially the ad-carry to murder tanky deeps.

So a proposed build would be:
Item Sequence











Warmog's Armor
2850

Atma's Impaler
2300

Wit's End
2500

Mercury's Treads
1100

The Black Cleaver
3000

Of course, lifesteal is great with AS aswell, so items like The Bloodthirster or Wriggle's Lantern can be good.

BTW: Would you go top lane or jungle?
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Atmog's is situational. I only would build it if I needed the chain vest to win my lane. I would get a thirster after Tforce if I'm not getting focused to maximize sustain and damage, as Xin you are a DPS first and tanky second.


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Trust me, you will get focused, new Xin has something like global taunt.
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NicknameMy wrote:

Trust me, you will get focused, new Xin has something like global taunt.


Old Xin had it too, plus he brainlessly charged 1 vs 5 anyway.
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But now, he can brainlessly charge into 1vs5, knock 4 back and kill 1 and walk away. Isn't that fun?
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Sounds more like global intimidate.
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How about charge in 1v5 knock 4 of them back, kill 5 of them and walk away?
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