Xin Zhao Guide





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Published on Aug 29, 2013

As wise man once said: hit enemy with tip of spear until your opponent is dead.

Xin Zhao is one of those "hidden gems" that not many folks play as since he takes a lot of patience to play as. Xin is a fighter, a really damned good one at best. His jungle clearing is actually pretty solid and is one of the best counter junglers in game. If done correctly, Xin is a damage/tank fighter that can ruin your opponent's team fighting like a hot knife through butter! His strength lies within his pursuit skills; if you manage to rush towards their most important damage (such as ADC or a mage that does a lot) and stay on them (AND SURVIVE), the team will have no choice but to turn to you while your ADC cleans up and thanks you for epicness. However, Xin's weakness lies with his lack of catching opponents with capabilities to escape and some can straight up kite or CC you down to death. So when playing Xin Zhao, be very careful of their team chemistry and make sure that the other team has a lack of CC or kiting potential. To be blunt with Xin, he is a pain in the ass for many but since there are many champs that can take him for a whirl, he isn't played that often. As a said previously, Xin can make or break the game depending on your skill level and your priorities (like any champion but Xin takes more to master than others).

Starting Build:

Machete and 5 Health Pots

Kick Start Build:

(Now be aware, I encourage all folks to go on the internet and experiment with different Xin Zhao builds. His build is very conditional but the build I will give is what I think can really work as a damage/tank fighter)

Madred's (or Wriggle's) and Boots of Mobility


Black Cleaver
Trinity Force
Spirit Visage (for that anti-AP glory)
Sunfire Cape
Infinity Edge
Berserker's Greaves

With that said, play Xin as often as you can and really know when to strike, who to strike, and what to build. Once you get these things down pat, Xin can be a really fun jungler. Perfect for people starting out and much better for those League vets. Overall, Xin Zhao will forever be remember as "the guy who smashed his or her face in with his spear and wow I cannot believe he took his or her blue in that small period of time"

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If you are new to my guides, please understand that this video serves as a CIRCUMSTANTIAL guide so others are able to see me adapt to any given situation that my team faces. My build is not the final build, others have a right to experiment and have their own opinions about this champion. All negative comments will be removed. Thank you for your cooperation.

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