[4.1b] A Baron Lane Jax Guide!
Best Build Guide for Jax
Item Build Description
Additional information on the items
- Long Sword is always the best starting item for Jax, as you can build it in every matchup.
- Ruby Crystal is the one you can buy if you aren't confident with your matchup. You can build it against what you think is a lane bully for you or matchups you can't do well.
- Cloth Armor is what I do if I want to get an early Bramble Vest , like when you are facing Aatrox.
Note: I know that Ruby Crystal doesn't build into some offensive items that are good for Jax like Trinity Force and Blade of the Ruined King but pretty much don't sell it, as you might use it to build other good items.
You always need a sheen item, so choose between Divine Sunderer or Trinity Force . Trinity Force offers attack speed and somewhat more burst damage, while Divine Sunderer offers more durability with more health and healing. Always build either one of these as your first item, but if you are rushing Blade of the Ruined King or Wit's End , then build them afterward.
BOOTS & ENCHANTMENTS
- Plated Steelcaps and Mercury's Treads are always the boots for Jax as it offers the matchup-specific defensive stat that Jax needs.
- Gluttonous Greaves and Ionian Boots of Lucidity are also viable options, but you become somewhat squishier.
For the Enchantments, It's free of your choice.
- Glorious Enchant Is good for chasing down your opponents or initiating a team fight.
- Gargoyle Enchant if you prefer being tanky.
- [stasis enchant] is highly situational, but it is good if they have so many bursts and you want to deny them.
- Teleport Enchant to join team fights quickly.
- Protobelt Enchant . Also an engaging tool.
- Quicksilver Enchant is a good enchantment for him since it solves Jax's vulnerability to crowd controls.
- Death's Dance is good if you need armor.
- Blade of the Ruined King good sustained damage item. Commonly build after your sheen items, but feel free to prioritize more on defensive items if needed.
- Sterak's Gage Makes Jax can survive bursts while offering a huge amount of AD.
- Guardian Angel . Revive and armor, nice. Also don't forget to replace it with other items while on cooldown.
- Wit's End is your go-to item against AP threats.
- Frozen Heart is an alternative option to death's dance if you need more armor, losing some AD but in return, you have more mana, armor, and ability haste.
- Randuin's Omen against 2 or more crit threats, or if one of them is really fed.
- Thornmail for anti-heal for AD threats.
- Force of Nature is best second MR item if the enemies are mostly AP.
- Hullbreaker for taking down turrets early while also boosting your 1v1 power with the resistance it provides.
- Black Cleaver have somewhat high gold efficiency, but is still better than mortal reminder for armor shred.
- Sunfire Aegis is kinda niche, but is still viable, and also good for long fights.
- Spirit Visage for teammates who heal a lot and if the enemies are all mostly AP.
- Maw of Malmortius if you just want to build full MR because the enemies are all AP, but offers AD and magic shield instead.
- Riftmaker is niche, but is usable you are feeling about getting vamp, and also good for long fights.
WHY OTHER ITEMS AREN'T HERE?
I understand that some of you might be asking that some items aren't here because, in my opinion, they are not that good with Jax. So here are some of them with my opinions on why they are not included.
- Dead Man's Plate offers movement speed, but is a huge waste on Jax early on. Maybe buyable as your 6th item when needed.
- Youmuu's Ghostblade is like Dead Man's Plate, but with more terrible stats.
- Mortal Reminder is an anti-heal physical item, but also has bad stats. If you are facing AP champions who heal a lot, just rely on your teammates than buying this.
Best Runes for Jax
Please note that the runes above are not matchup specific and are just solid choices, as you shall change them depending on the matchup. Conqueror is the best for Jax.
1ST SLOT (DOMINATION)
HUNT AND ELIMINATE PREY
- For more damage in the early game.
- An excellent rune for sustain after takedowns.
- An excellent rune for extra sustain during the laning phase and team fights.
- Effect is good, but only can be activated through his [jax:3].
- Same as weakness, but only through his [jax:1].
2ND SLOT (RESOLVE)
- A good rune to stack your health. The tenacity it gives is also excellent for all matchups as now all champions have crowd controls or slows. Good on any matchups.
- A good rune that works really well against poke heavy lanes or lane bullies like Malphite.
- Take this rune if your matchup is engage-heavy like Renekton, take this unless you are confident that you can counter each of your matchup engages with your [jax:3]
- Like hunter - titan, this rune is a really solid rune and can be played into any matchups.
- It offers nothing early on, but the resistance it provides is invaluable in the late game.
- For survive bursts, keep in mind that it can be played around easily in the early game.
3RD SLOT (INSPIRATION)
OUTWIT MERE MORTALS
- This is a good rune to stack your ability haste. Good on any matchups.
- Jax is an excellent pusher as his passive helps him to destroy turrets fast. Using this rune will make you faster destroying it by 10% and also grant more gold and XP.
- Excellent rune against lane bullies or just for a better early game.
- Makes his pushing power so much better.
How to distribute skill points
Learn how to maximize the champions potential
A typical gap-close combo for Jax.
Use your Counter Strike then jump to your enemy with your Leap Strike . Sometimes you can do use Counter Strike after using Leap Strike if you are not sure. Do an auto-attack and reset it quickly with you Empower . After that, quickly recast your Counter Strike to end it to stun your enemies, or if they are still in your area of Counter Strike , just wait until the duration comes off, and then back off, if it's in the early game.
This is a "poke" combo for Jax. This is one of the best combos to damage your enemies while losing but is also dangerous because you sometimes can lose your health a lot or even die. Engage your enemy with your Leap Strike and Empower . Then run and use your Counter Strike . If you are suffering too much damage, use your Grandmaster's Might also.
Note: Even if you're losing, don't use this against some matchups. You sometimes also can use this even though you're winning.
Stack your Relentless Assault attack speed on minions, then engage your enemies so you have the attack speed advantage.
Just a simple combo if you wanted to do a short trade against your enemy.
Jax Matchups & Counters
Detailed information on how to play matchups and counters
Easy matchup. When he tries to all-in you with his Audacious Charge , use your Counter Strike INSTANTLY to dodge all of his Three Talon Strike auto-attacks. Then trade back, as he doesn't have any abilities to escape and just gap close.
See her casting her E? Used ult to you and hit it? Use your Counter Strike to claim your free win.
Everyone knows how she engages. So, when you see she using her Crescent Strike against you, and you're in the middle of the lane if she continues to dash to you with her Lunar Rush , quickly use your Counter Strike and then trade back.
But, she can be a real problem in team fights as she has a better ability to team fight than you with her Moonfall .
You can buy Blade of the Ruined King to kill her easily during the laning phase.
P.S if she's gonna get nerfed because she's so broken in the mid lane, I just really hope It's her ult because she can lose some of her team fighting power there.
He can farm easily from long-range with his Dragon Strike and he also can poke you with that. Try to dodge it. When he uses his full combo to you (3>1>Ult), activate your Counter Strike and Grandmaster's Might , trade back, and then it shouldn't be a big problem for you, as after he uses his combo his Demacian Standard and Dragon Strike is on cooldown.
You should always try to engage him with 1st>AA>2nd or just 2nd>1st, but don't waste your third ability.
When he wanted to look a trade for you, keep in mind that you still can react when he puts down his Demacian Standard in front of you before you got knocked up by his Dragon Strike . When you saw him using Demacian Standard in front of you, quickly use your Counter Strike so he will miss his Martial Cadence empowered auto-attack.
Yasuo is extremely mobile. When you look for a trade, you will use your Counter Strike , but he can escape it with his Sweeping Blade when he uses it on minions. Still, if you hit it, you win the trade. Yes, Jax's Counter Strike dodge his Steel Tempest , but you mostly don't know when he's going to cast it. When you know that he is going to cast his tornado and you can't dodge it because your 3rd ability is on cooldown or just simply can't, use your Grandmaster's Might immediately to mitigate his ultimate damage.
Yes, I know how good Camille is compared to Jax in the meta right now. But Jax is still, Cammile's worst nightmare. But because of that, don't underestimate her. Try to dodge her Precision Protocol , especially the true damage one with your Counter Strike , and always look for a trade her after that until she can't do anything. If you did block it, you won the trade and then you can continue to destroy her. It's just victory at that point.
You always win 1v1s against her no matter how fed she is once you got few items.
Easy matchup. When he looked for a trade, he always uses his Spinning Slash to engage you. But most of the time, you can make him regret his decision since Tryndamere damage is so low without his rage stacked, as you can prevent him from stacking it with your Counter Strike . And if you did, he will most likely retreat.
When he tries to dive you with his Undying Rage , use your Counter Strike so you can dodge all of his auto-attacks. When the duration of your Counter Strike wear off and you're at low health, also use your ult. You also can buy an early locket in this matchup if you think that he will dive you so many times but it most likely will be impossible as Jax beats him in lane.
Since his primary damage come from crits, you can buy Randuin's Omen .
Buy wit's end as your first item, and maybe fleet footwork. With wit's end and fleet footwork, and also maybe barrier, you mostly can never kill each other until the mid/late game.
Play passive. She can easily kite you with her Five Point Strike or just she can deal damage without even getting damaged. Engaging her with your Leap Strike and Counter Strike is really risky, as she can easily use her Shuriken Flip to dodge it and then use her full combo to you after your Counter Strike duration is done. Her Twilight Shroud is also annoying.
Just really, play passively on this matchup. Avoid getting hit by any of her abilities when you're playing passively.
Try to block his 2nd ability in the cannon form and also his ultimate empowered auto-attacks with your Counter Strike to mitigate his poke. Engage only when he is on the cannon form, especially when he just switched to that form, then back off otherwise you will be knocked back with his 3rd ability in the hammer form.
He might look like a lane bully, but he's actually not a really big deal. His heal on his Cull The Meek is basically nothing compared to the pc as it doesn't scale with AD making his late game even worse.
Don't be cocky and disengage once he used his Dominus , except if it's really late game because you will just win it regardless.
You can buy grievous wounds items on this matchup.
It is really dangerous if you all-in him as he can just use his full combo to wreck you up. If you wanna engage him, make sure that the wave is on your side so it's safer. Buy items like Sterak's Gage and Death's Dance second so you can survive his full combo engage better and then you can trade back.
When all-inning him, he will most likely use his Blinding Dart . Please note that his Blinding Dart blind duration is 1.25 seconds, and your Counter Strike is 2 seconds, so when you got blinded while all-inning him, let your Counter Strike duration worn off by itself, so the duration of your Counter Strike will most likely end almost the same time with his blind duration. You definitely win the trade if his blind duration worn off faster than your Counter Strike .
Auto-attack him as many as you can after the duration of his blind worn off and don't forget to retreat when needed. Also, buy an oracle lens so you can clear his stupid mushrooms. Second wind and Wit's End are recommended. Fleet footwork and even Force of Nature works if you need extra survivability against him.
An early Executioner's Calling or Bramble Vest is mandatory. Think twice before engaging him as he can just use his Ragnarok to make him immune to your Counter Strike stun. Even if you engage him while his ult or still not level 5 yet, you most likely won't win the trade because he can keep spamming his Undertow in front of your face.
However, this is winnable. Just play safe for the first few minutes and once you get 2-3 items (one of them must be grievous wounds), you can duel him easily.
Regeneration and spirit walker are possible for this matchup. I also recommend you to continue your Bramble Vest to thornmail if about 3 of the enemy champions are AD.
This champion got nerfed few patches ago but still, it doesn't change so much about his matchup against Jax, since Jax is one of the easiest matchups for Kennen. These are just some tips from me:
Rush wit's end, or hexdrinker if you still want to buy trinity force. Fleet footwork and phase rush are possible if you need gap-closing against him. Preferably fleet footwork, because it offers you extra sustain.
It's so risky to engage him so think twice before doing that, As he can use all of his combos back. Play around his cooldowns.
Because of that, play safe in the early game. You should be able to out damage him in duels in the mid to late games. But still, it's a big problem that he is still better in team fights than you, as he can stun and damage all of your team at once. Try to kill him first before starting a team fight. He sometimes just come out from the back and ults everyone which is annoying. Because of that, you also can pick [exhaust] as your secondary summoner spell, so you can reduce his damage when he does an all-in in team fights.
Hunter - Titan is so good as it gives you tenacity but regeneration is also good since he is a lane bully.
He's a late-game champion and is so bad during the early game. Take advantage of the early game and (yes, try to) bully him like slow-pushing and freezing. You can start to slow push or freeze the wave if the wave is near your turret. To make it happen, let him push the first wave.
I don't recommend you to just go aggressively against him early game because you will get the aggro of minions and it can make the wave pushed to his side, which you don't want. Plus, Jax is more of a late-game champion, so if you wanna punish him during the early game, consider picking champions like Garen, Darius, and Pantheon.
Invest an early Executioner's Calling or Bramble Vest which you can continue to Thornmail if the enemy also has some AD. Blade of the Ruined King works well against him. Try to dodge his Siphoning Strike with your Counter Strike .
In most cases when he used his ult, disengage.
Singed is very different from all other baron laners. He can kite you easily because of his first ability Poison Trail , this becomes worse when he bought Rylai's Crystal Scepter . He also can escape you easily, since his Insanity Potion provide him a lot of movement speed. If really want to 1v1 him, you should at least destroy the first turret and get items like Force of Nature and Death's Dance . In the lane, NEVER take short trades or engage him while he's on the other side of the lane, unless his health is very low and you think you can kill him in one combo.
If you need more gap closing tools, you can use fleet footwork.
Unlike other champions, Jax can win any duels with kayle on any level. The key to fight against kayle is to not get kited too much with her Radiant Blast slow, and try to dodge it, so you might just want to engage her after she tried to last hit a minion with her Radiant Blast . After engaging, if she is post-level 5, then back off because she might use her Celestial Blessing to get a burst of movement speed and then kite you. In a real 1v1 where there are no towers, you might want to get either rocketbelt or glorious enchant to prevent her from kiting you.
I admit he is disgusting to play against. Your Counter Strike fully blocks the damage of his Drunken Rage . It's so hard to look for an extended trade against him, as his Barrel Roll slows you and his Body Slam knocks you back. Maybe, if you destroyed their turret, you can buy Frozen Mallet as your second item.
He loves short trades, make you eat his Seismic Shard so many times that is totally unavoidable, and can just avoid extended trades easily since when you lane against him you feel like his Seismic Shard has no cooldown at all. And well, when you're low enough, he can just jump to your ass even under your tower.
You might want to get second wind or wit's end early on.
When you try to engage him, he most likely will use his Shield Vault on you and try to run away, so quickly activate again your Counter Strike before he got the chance to run or use his Aegis Assault to mitigate the damage. His engage is pretty simple, 2>1>3. It is really possible to trade back after he engaged you.
When you're maybe under your tower, he can poke you with his long-range Comet Spear . If you see him charging that skill, try to walk up and down to avoid getting hit by it. It deals MASSIVE damage when you're in low health.
The reason why you really need phage, because of his Aegis Assault . With the extra movement speed you got from phage, you can get to his back a lot easier.
Lastly, bonus damage from his Mortal Will -empowered Shield Vault counts as an on-hit, so when he used his empowered S2 to you while your Counter Strike is still live, The whole bonus damage is fully DODGED.
You win mid to late-game anyways. If you're scared of his burst then also buy Sterak's gage or Guardian angel first.
Garen is so good in the early game. He will sometimes try to engage you with his Decisive Strike and Judgment combined and then back off. Always try to dodge his Decisive Strike with your Counter Strike as always but sometimes, when you even try to engage him even after when you know he used his Decisive Strike , or dodged it, and it's on CD, he still can use his Judgment to deal a lot of damage to you while engaging him. Regeneration works for early game sustain here, as Garen really falls off in the late game.
Also don't stay low under your tower for too long, as he can use his Demacian Justice to you to finish you off.
(NOTE THAT THIS IS THE REWORKED MUNDO)
Dr. Mundo's rework make him really strong. You now have literally no reason to engage him because he will win most trades due to his new passive and his second ability which allows him to heals back. His passive cooldown is really long, so you always have to try to destroy the cannister that he drops because activating it costs a 7% of his CURRENT health, and by picking it, will heals him for 8% of his MAXIMUM health, which exactly you don't want to happen when laning against him. If you see him wasting his crucial trading abilities like his second ability and his third, if there's an opportunity you can try to trigger his passive by walking in and activating your 3rd ability, then go back by using your 1st ability on a nearby minion, and then destroy the cannister if you can. While his passive is on cooldown, you can trade with him safely.
New Mundo heals less, but is still worth it to buy healing reduction items early on.
Extremely disgusting matchup. She will try to look to use her Condemn to you on a wall if possible and then all-ins you. Try to use your Counter Strike ASAP when she did that. After that, you can try to all-in her back, but it is better to all in her after when she used her Condemn , she immediately used her Tumble . Take second wind or hunter-titan.
This matchup is around medium and hard. He can kite you easily. When engaging him with your Counter Strike , he can just dash back. Because of that, when you land your full combo, activate your Counter Strike as soon as possible so he is stunned. If he actually used his Quickdraw before, then you don't need to activate it early.
His 3rd ability cooldown in the early game is quite long, so if you see him wasting it, engage with your normal combo.
A mirror matchup. you shall always play around cooldowns as he has the same kit as yours.
I don't remember that I met Fiora as Jax in my ranked games. But I think she will try to Riposte your Counter Strike stun when you all-in her. Also, your Counter Strike dodges her passive vitals including her Grand Challenge vitals as it counts as an auto-attack. But for some reason, her Lunge still goes through your dodge.
Use your Counter Strike before she can use her 3rd cast of her Broken Wings so you win the trade, also don't forget if you're trading like that against her after level 3, quickly recast your 3rd ability so you can deal some more damage before she can run away from your stun with her Valor .
Don't be afraid to engage him because you're Jax.
When he started to engage you with his Apprehend , use your Counter Strike ASAP so his Crippling Strike won't do any damage. If you think you can't activate your Counter Strike after he landed his full combo, then try to predict his Apprehend . After all, use you Leap Strike and Empower to damage him for a while and then go back. Keep repeating this until you can get a moment where you can finish him off. When he was about to use his Decimate , and you know that it's going to hit you, you have two choices here. You can jump to him and look for a trade, or if you want to back off, use your Leap Strike on a minion to escape if you didn't want to look for trade with him.
Always max your Counter Strike first for this matchup so you can use it more often on trades.
Always take barrier on this matchup so you can be saved if you were on full Hemorrhage stack and you know he's going to ult you.
Regeneration, spirit walker, and triumph are so possible in this matchup.