Views: 588 Hear me out, Xin Zhao Mid.
I've played quite a bit of xin zhao, and I've recently tried him in the mid lane.
I don't want to say he's op, but he's definitely something.
His W does a lot of damage and slows AND marks the enemy, which extends his E range. His E is a dash that gets extended by his W and gives him extra attack speed which can help stack his Q, which knocks the enemy in the air on the 3rd attack. His ultimate, if you can hit the W, allows him to 2v1 against a gank if you can land his W E. He does great into melee matchups, and when thinking about it and looking around he is either even or beats most mid lane assassins and bruisers (with the exception of nocturne, who I would ban). His W can help him gap close and one shot squishy mages like orianna and veigar. If they don't have any cc in their kit they're doomed.
I am making a guide on this with the bruiser build and runes, but I would definitely try this out because he feels very strong in the mid lane as of now.