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[2.2c] What once sailed free - Xin Zhao Guide by Levi

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What once sailed free - Xin Zhao Guide by Levi

“Though you may not have been born a Demacian, I shall allow you to travel back with us, to my kingdom, where you will then prove yourself and your loyalty as my personal guard.” - Darius

Xin Zhao Build

Best Build Guide for Xin Zhao

Core Items
Trinity Force
Sterak's Gage
Guardian Angel
Common Full build
Trinity Force
Sterak's Gage
Plated Steelcaps
Guardian Angel
Spirit Visage
Randuin's Omen
varietys
Randuin's Omen
Thornmail
Spirit Visage
enchantments
Redeeming Enchant
Glorious Enchant
Teleport Enchant

Item Build Description

Additional information on the items

  • Trinity ForceTrinity Force - Pretty expensive but includes every stat corki wants. Synergizes well with his scaling playstyle and provides him some utility and damage in early game. Also pretty easy to procc since you pretty much spam your abilitys the whole game.
  • Sterak's GageSterak's Gage - Your role as Xin is to engage on carrys and split them from their team. Steraks is great for such champions + its passive does synergize well with Xin Zhaos high base attack damage.
  • Guardian AngelGuardian Angel - Since you most likely have to be the engage, the chance is pretty high to pull the whole enemys attention. With Guardian AngelGuardian Angel you have an extra life which makes you less punishable and gives you the ability to sacrifice yourself for the engage.

  • Randuin's OmenRanduin's Omen - Does counter with YasuoYasuo and CorkiCorki most meta midlaner and does generally well vs. crit based champions or melee carrys.
  • ThornmailThornmail - Does synergize well with your engage heavy playstyle and spreads antiheal pretty fast once you did engage.
  • Spirit VisageSpirit Visage - The best magic resist item on you since you benefit from the healing buff with your DeterminationDetermination + its ability haste does very well.

  • Redeeming EnchantRedeeming Enchant - Pretty underrated and already standart on some jungler in competitive. Good sustain during objectives or general teamfights + it does 10(!)% max health as true damage on enemys.
  • Glorious EnchantGlorious Enchant - Common on most engage champions. Gives you movement speed and does slow the enemy once you arrive.
  • Teleport EnchantTeleport Enchant - I always get this when i have to backport while an objectives spawns or when I'm the only one who can splitpush.


Xin Zhao Runes

Best Runes for Xin Zhao

Keystone
Conqueror
Conqueror
Domination
Triumph
Triumph
Resolve
Hunter Titan
Hunter Titan
Inspiration
Mastermind
Mastermind



Conqueror

Uncontested the best rune on him. Great fighting potential throughout the whole game. Pretty easy to stack.

Triumph vs Champion

Triumph
Champion
- does not fall off
- great throughout the whole game
- keeps you alive in long fights
- rewards good targeting

- only buffs early game
- high risk high reward
- does not synergize with your playstyle
- will most likely be gone after 10 minutes

Hunter Titan

Also uncontested. Gives health and tenacity plus it scales.

Mastermind

As standart as Smite on every jungler.

Skill Order

How to distribute skill points

Determination
Determination - Passive
Three Talon Strike
Three Talon Strike
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Wind Becomes Lightning
Wind Becomes Lightning
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Audacious Charge
Audacious Charge
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Crescent Guard
Crescent Guard
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Summoner Spells

When to take which summoners

Flash
Common on almost every champion in the game. No need to explain.
Smite
Smite is the jungling Summoner spell, it helps you to clear jungle camps and getting important objectives.

Combos

Learn how to maximize the champions potential

Audacious Charge
3rd
Auto Attack
AA
Three Talon Strike
1st

Basic AA-Reset Combo

Dash in - auto attack - instantly use Q to cancel auto attack animations

Audacious Charge
3rd
Auto Attack
AA
Three Talon Strike
1st
Wind Becomes Lightning
2nd

Basic Gank Combo

Dash in - auto attack - Q to cancel auto attack animations - W after your first Three Talon StrikeThree Talon Strike auto attack to slow the enemy

Audacious Charge
3rd
Wind Becomes Lightning
2nd
Crescent Guard
Ult
Auto Attack
AA
Three Talon Strike
1st

All-In Combo

Dash in - press W during dash animation - Ult - auto attack - Q to cancel auto attack animation

You mostly want to use this combo on carrys. With your ultimate Crescent GuardCrescent Guard you knock the enemys back from your target so that it will remain alone.

Flash
Flash
Crescent Guard
Ult

Saving Combo

Sometimes when my team gets chased down from the enemy I use my ult defensively to knock the enemys back from my team.

Note: This can also be used to steal drakes by knocking the enemy jungler away so that he can't smite.

Three Talon Strike
1st
Auto Attack
AA
Auto Attack
AA
Audacious Charge
3rd
Auto Attack
AA

Surprising Engage

Use Q - auto attack 2x on minions - dash in - do the third Q-auto attack and knock your enemy up

Your enemy won't know that you can instantly knock him up.

Three Talon Strike
1st
Flash
Flash
Crescent Guard
Ult
Auto Attack
AA
Audacious Charge
3rd
Auto Attack
AA
Wind Becomes Lightning
2nd

Advanced All-In Combo

Activate your Q - Flash in - Ult the enemy away - auto attack during fly animation - dash when he landed - auto attack - slow with W - auto attack knock up

I always use this when i want to hard-force a kill on a hypercarry ( JinxJinx , VayneVayne ) since here I do apply kind of a cc-chain + I don't only knock the enemys away but I de-position the carry aswell. If perfectly executed you also will be able to quickly charge your Three Talon StrikeThree Talon Strike .

Xin Zhao Matchups & Counters

Detailed information on how to play matchups and counters

Amumu
Easy
Amumu
Evelynn
Easy
Evelynn
Graves
Easy
Graves
Jarvan Iv
Medium
Jarvan Iv
Lee Sin
Hard
Lee Sin
Olaf
Hard
Olaf
Shyvana
Hard
Shyvana
Vi
Skill
Vi
  • go aggressive early game
  • try to fight with him at 1st crab
  • countergank (gank when he tries to gank to create a 2v2 / 3v3)
  • Crescent GuardCrescent Guard can cancel dashed such as Bandage TossBandage Toss and knock him away
    this way you can secure drakes / barons
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Xin Zhao

How to play your Champion

Since I feel like nobody really bothers to read this whole thing + since this section always takes the most time, i'm taking this short from now on and skip basic stuff.

Makro

  1. Level Audacious ChargeAudacious Charge - Early smite the red buff
    - Why? Between 1:15 - 1:20 you will have 2 smites up again
  2. Level Wind Becomes LightningWind Becomes Lightning - insta combo both abilitys
  3. Between 1:10 - 1:15 you should level up - Level Three Talon StrikeThree Talon Strike
  4. You don't need to smite, only if you get pressured or if you wanna be full life
  • Now you can either gank top and get 1-2 flashes, sometimes even dive top or you can gank mid
  • if nothing is available you can just invade the enemy chickens and place a deep ward
  • If the enemy jungler started on his red he should most likely invade your krugs right now. If not, he will gank mid

Imagine you just ganked top. Meanwhile the enemy jungler did not show himself. Did he contest top crap ?
- No? > He most likely did the botside crab and looks for a gank mid / bot

- Yes? > He should be somewhere around topside to counter gank

Imagine you did invade him and you full cleared the chickens. Did he show himself yet ?

- No? > He is doing your krugs and will gank bot soon

- Yes? Try to track him down. Counter gank where he is about to gank


This should be enough for the first. I might do an actual video about him on my youtube channel. Make sure to subscribe to me there.

 

Xin Zhao

About

Thanks for reading this guide.

But who am I to think I can speak like a coach?
I'm Levi, ingame known as ζξζ ι ζξζ . (like the streamer ratirl)
4 years League (peaking Master 117lp)
3 years Arena of Valor (peak EU #21)

Currently partnering with the Wild Rift section of Singularity Esports. https://teamsingularity.com/

Coach for Hexis Esports. https://www.hexis-esports.de/

Community Coach on the official Wild Rift Discord Server. https://discord.gg/DEJhYPXa

Former Head/Coach of Andy PvPHD.
(2nd Place Wild Rift Competetive Monthly https://liquipedia.net/wildrift/Wild_Rift_Competitive/Monthly/EUNA/1 / 2nd Place JGDIFF Tournament)

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Enotmd
3 years ago
A pleasure reading this. Thank you! keep going.