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League of Legends (LoL) Question: How to play Xerath?

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    How to play Xerath?

    Hey everyone!

    I've started playing Xerath but I have no idea how to play him. I've read guides etc. but they seem to be outdated to just plain wrong. This is how I build:

    Doran's Ring > Haunting Guise > Sorcerer's Shoes > Athene's Unholy Grail > Rabadon's Deathcap/ Void Staff > Zhonya's Hourglass or Banner of Command

    I run 21/9/0 masteries usually and go with Barrier and Flash most of my games. Ignite doesn't seem to be that good on him.

    I run MPen marks, armor/mana reg seals, ap seals, ms/ap/mpen quints.
  • Answers (4)

    GrandmasterD (531) | February 1, 2014 2:35pm
    Xerath is one of my best champions and this is what I do:

    Masteries: 21/0/9 opting for Spell Weaving , Arcane Blade and Runic Affinity .
    Runes: 9x , 9x , 9x , 3x (Run Mres in glyphs against LeBlanc or Kassadin. I like AP quints better than Mpen due to the increased wave clear early-game and I think it's overkill.

    Build path: 2x -> -> -> ->

    Exchange Cap with Hourglass when necessary. For example against Zed.

    Continue with Liandry's Torment and Athene's Unholy Grail. To be completed in whatever order you require. If you have access to every blue then you can probably delay Grail. Finish the build with either Zhonya or Deathcap depending on what you built first.

    Barrier and Flash are my most chosen summoner's. Alternatives to Barrier are Cleanse and Teleport.
    GrandmasterD (531) | February 2, 2014 1:53am
    Mana sustain and damage combined. Chalice delays your damage and isn't necessary early-game and haunting guise doesn't give you enough waveclear for its price.
    TROLLing1999 (49) | February 2, 2014 1:50am
    not questioning the way you play Xerath, cuz i haven't ever played with him, but could you explain me what the point of 3x Doran's Ring is?
    Janitsu (569) | February 1, 2014 2:44pm
    The way I play him, agreed with this.
    ColossalAiur (3) | July 28, 2014 8:41pm
    As of today, I would say you really wanna build the following order:
    against AP: doran--Chalice +2nd doran--Unholy Grail--Deathcap--hourglass
    taking a hard lead: doran--2nd doran + Morellonomicon ASAP--Deathcap--- ask your support to buy MR aura for you
    against ad: doran--seeker--2nd doran+ chalice(maybe hourglass depending on the match-up, like against Zed)--Grail--Deathcap...

    Also, healing is very good for Xerath under current patch. I tried ghost but when you get ganked heal saves you much more than ghost. Heal will also help your jungler when he comes to gank/anti-gank
    RottedApples (57) | February 1, 2014 5:36pm
    I like getting Athene's Unholy Grail or at least the chalice super early. allows you to use q a lot which can mean farming if you are zoned away from creeps.

    I max q>e>w

    Magic pen is spectacular on Xerath since on top of the w you can shred through just about any amount of mr.
    locus of power read dat magic pen

    his ult cd is actually fairly short and he is super long range with the w, just remember you can't move. follow up the e with either a q or an ult for the stun. the ult can be cast 3 times and Xerath in general has some good siege potential.
    GrandmasterD (531) | February 2, 2014 1:37am
    W is maxed out second.
    mastrer1000 (134) | February 1, 2014 1:40pm
    why would you ever get Banner of Command on Xerath anyone?
    Foxy Riven (129) | July 29, 2014 2:09am
    Malzahar anyone?
    FalseoGod (316) | July 29, 2014 2:00am
    Banner is pretty good on heimer, even if it's mid heimer. It'd also be ok on Elise if she didn't need like 1000 other items instead.
    ColossalAiur (3) | July 28, 2014 8:36pm
    banner will help you push really hard, but in case of xerath, it is not helping.
    EdisonKhoo (74) | February 9, 2014 1:54am
    Not exactly 100% win rate though.....Nothing is 100% win rate here lol...except Teemo :D, if he's not 100% win rate then he'll probably be 0% win rate :p
    RottedApples (57) | February 2, 2014 6:23pm
    LCS it happened
    Aphromoo got it on his support Annie, probably means the item has a 100% win rate. but i don't know if it was used in other games
    Janitsu (569) | February 2, 2014 2:56am
    I get Banner of Command on some champions when it looks like I need it. It is also pretty good in the early game because that **** shreds turrets.
    tehAsian (247) | February 1, 2014 8:55pm
    Woah wtf Banner might actually be good now O_O Probably not on Xerath though.

    Don't shoot it down yet, guys.
    DKitten (78) | February 1, 2014 7:30pm
    Except Morellonomicon gives 20% CDR, 75AP, increased MP/sec (meaning you can actually support the CDR) and its passive...
    RottedApples (57) | February 1, 2014 5:32pm
    80 ap 20 cdr. i'm actually surprised literally no one ever buys it. i would expect there to be a few guys here and there that get the thing,
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