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Xin Zhao Statistics for BryanButtButter

Author's performance with Xin Zhao compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
1
7
Win %
100
47
Kills
15.0
6.5
Assists
9.0
6.6
Deaths
14.0
6.9
KA:D Ratio
1.7
1.9
Gold Earned
18.5K
11.5K
Creep Score
209.0
80.3
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

4.png is my usual preference over ghost, since it allows xin to pretty much 4.png and E to chase/escape.

You can get 6.pngto benefit to team fights by chasing down the carry. 

You should only get 12.png when you know you'll have an easy lane or you need to split push. It's also a pretty nice spell to gank and sometimes escape with.

I like to get 14.pngto add the extra damage when fighting champions that heal. I recommend getting ignite!
Get 3.png for bursty champions like riven so that you don't get deleted before you do damage.
 
Testing out Runclaive with  11.png right now, so far, it seems pretty decent. Can try devourer too
UPDATE: OH BABY HOLY SHIT SATED IS PRETTY FUCKING GOOD

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

U could get "insight" on the resolve tree


If you feel more comfortable with other masteries, use them but I pref these to capitalize ur effectiveness

You could get cunning tree for windspeakers blessing for extra heal

thunderlords is gud too

Abilities Back to Top

E
W
Q
E
E
R
W
E
E
W
R
W
W
Q
Q
R
Q
Q
Passive
Q
3
14
15
17
18
W
2
7
10
12
13
E
1
4
5
8
9
R
6
11
16

Max E first if you get ganks from your jungler or if you're doing well in-lane. Max w first if your opponent if constantly poking you and you need to heal for sustain. I never max q first unless you're in a stalemate against champions like 62_64.png


cock in my ass

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    I usually get doran's shield for the sustain and slight tanky-ish start.
    You can start with this if you KNOW your lane is going to be easy to win. You can also build into an early sheen if they start building MR for some reason.
    If you really need sustain or if you're in a difficult laning phase.
    Nothing too great about this on xin. It'll be hard to get the mana refund for the item passive because he's a melee. The extra AP and Hp are good, but there are better items.

Core Items

    Get it in this order: Rageblade, berserkers, nashers, lich bane, deathcap, and spirit visage. Remember to get guinsoo's rageblade first to get some AD damage in there since full AP xin zhao is horrible in early game.
    Magic Pen if u wants
    HEY, this is pretty fucking good.
    LIKE I SAID THIS IS PRETTY GOOD SO YOU SHOULD TRY IT
    Another build (40% cdr) very strong (if jg can replace wits end w devourer)
    IM TELLING YOU THIS IS REALLY GOOD
    could be nice
    NOTE: this is just a reference for a build; obviously if you prefer a diff build, just switch out some items of this with something else

Situational Items

    These are some items you should think about when you need some hp. I would recommend banshee's veil since it blocks cc that prevents you from dealing damage, healing, and taking turrets.
    You can replace spirit visage with this to add to your healing ability, if you are killed by assasins quickly.
    You can grab this instead of lich bane if you wanna go a lil on the tanky side.
    The new gunblade is pretty good
    This item is ok, but i dont like it because it doesnt scale well late game.
    this item is extremely good for dives and taking towers. only get this if you think your team needs it
    Decent item if you lack damage, and their team has a lot of tanks
    Get this with iceborn gauntlet if you cannot teamfight and need to split push.
    I mean... you really don't need the slow because you have your e, but if you want to get it, go ahead.
    decent item if you wanna have some fun
    GET THIS FUCKING ITEM IM TELLING YOU
    fun

I dont think there are any other alternatives regarding to the items in this build because I pretty much covered everything, but if you think you need something else, go ahead and buy it!

There's a long-ass SITUATIONAL section. Stare at it... Just... LOOK AT IT! If you have more questions, feel free to ask me in the comments section.

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Aatrox
    Medium
  • Akali
    Easy
  • Alistar
    Medium
  • Azir
    Easy
  • Cho'Gath
    Medium
  • Darius
    Easy
  • Diana
    Medium
  • Dr. Mundo
    Medium
  • Ekko
    Hard
  • Fiora
    Medium
  • Fizz
    Medium
  • Galio
    Medium
  • Gangplank
    Easy
  • Garen
    Medium
  • Gnar
    Easy
  • Gragas
    Easy
  • Hecarim
    Easy
  • Irelia
    Easy
  • Jarvan IV
    Medium
  • Jax
    Hard
  • Jayce
    Hard
  • Kayle
    Easy
  • Kennen
    Hard
  • Lee Sin
    Hard
  • Malphite
    Medium
  • Mordekaiser
    Easy
  • Nasus
    Medium
  • Olaf
    Medium
  • Pantheon
    Medium
  • Poppy
    Easy
  • Quinn
    Medium
  • Rek'Sai
    Hard
  • Renekton
    Medium
  • Rengar
    Easy
  • Riven
    Medium
  • Rumble
    Easy
  • Shen
    Easy
  • Shyvana
    Easy
  • Singed
    Hard
  • Sion
    Easy
  • Teemo
    Hard
  • Tryndamere
    Hard
  • Urgot
    Hard
  • Vi
    Medium
  • Vladimir
    Medium
  • Wukong
    Medium
  • Yasuo
    Medium
  • Yorick
    Medium
  • Zac
    Easy

VS

Aatrox

Medium

Aatrox isn't too hard to handle if you can win trades and heal your HP back. But be careful for his passive!

VS

Akali

Easy

This is actually pretty easy to pull off when akali uses her w:

Ult (make sure she is not marked by your passive) E to her, and use your combo.
Also make sure to buy pink wards just to surprise her and get a kill.

VS

Alistar

Medium

His cc can really f*ck you up when youre taking minions. Be careful for ganks. Whenever you trade, he will hit knock you up in minion wave and hit you to tower. You can save your e to charge at him after he knocks you back, but most of the time I dont think you can trade well. Ask for ganks and farm as much as possible.

VS

Azir

Easy

Azir is super easy to go against. Simply sidestep whenever he summons his soldiers, and try not to dive him because of his ult.

VS

Cho'Gath

Medium

If you are against a cho'gath, pole whenever you can and do not let him take the minions. Cho'gath's passive allows him to heal by killing minions. Whenever he comes to take cs, use your E, W, aa, Q combo. When chogath uses his ult, use your own ult immediately. This is much harder to pull off because of the 4.8 patch, which makes his ult take a shorter amount of time to cast.

VS

Darius

Easy

Darius isn't too hard to lane against. Play safe and note the cooldowns on him.

VS

Diana

Medium

You can trade before level 6 if you dodge her abilities and heal off minions. After 6, she can burst you if you're not ahead. She's relatively easy to gank 

VS

Dr. Mundo

Medium

In my personal experience, Mundo is a actually a very skill-based matchup. If you are paired with mundo, start with a 1001_32.png and some 2003_32.png You should build a BoTRK as soon as possible if he is tanky. Use your combos only when there is minion aggro on Mundo. Wait for ganks and you should be fine.

VS

Ekko

Hard

NO. Fuck this champion. Try your best to dodge, farm and  ask you jgler to gank. Fuck this champion. Don't stand where is ult will be. Fuck this champion. Play defensively unless you are ahead. Fuck this champion.

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ekko

VS

Fiora

Medium

Be very careful while trading with fiora. Her parry should be something to watch out for as she can parry your third talon if she is good. Her parry has a pretty long cd. So when you see that she used her parry go in with your combo. Be wary of her ultimate, as it can pretty much destroy you. When she ults, use your W and start hitting minions like theres no tomorrow to heal off the dmg (only do this if you have a lot of AP). If you don't have at least 120 AP, flash to the tower so when she gets out of her ultimate, you can use your combo and kill her.

VS

Fizz

Medium

His w will reduce your healing. Play passive because he will be powerful in lane. Ganking him is hard, but not impossible. If he is ap, rush your normal build. If he is ad, make sure you get some early armor.

VS

Galio

Medium

When fighting with galio, rush guinsoo's and try to stay away from him because of his ult.

VS

Gangplank

Easy

This is a relatively easy match up. When he comes to poke you with his Q, Use your combo on him. DO be careful of his W which can remove any cc applied. I would grab teleport against this fellow to counter his ults and outfarm him.

VS

Garen

Medium

Garen isn't too much of a threat. Play defensive against him if he starts to build tanky.

VS

Gnar

Easy

Gnar is relatively easy to lane against. You will win early 1v1s. Watch his rage bar as it can deal burst damage. When you use your combo, he can hop away. You can grab exhaust in this matchup to have easier 1v1s and prevent Gnar from escaping.

VS

Gragas

Easy

This is a very easy matchup. You can easily deny his farm. Play super aggressive. When he uses his W, use your combo on him. Start with 1052_32.png 2003_32.png

VS

Hecarim

Easy

You never see a hecarim top, but when you do, you win. Harass but be careful for his cc as he can get pretty awesome ganks.

VS

Irelia

Easy

You don't see much of Irelia anymore, but this should be an easy lane if you can harass and sustain.

VS

Jarvan IV

Medium

The reason why this is a hard matchup is because:

  • Jarvan can win pokes with his passive and combo.
  • Jarvan's cc can deny your heal.
  • He can run away from ganks and gank you very well.
What to do:
  •   Farm farm farm.
  • Wait for ganks and use your sustain to outlast him.
  • Wait for late game

VS

Jax

Hard

This is a very difficult match up. Play defensively!

VS

Jayce

Hard

Be careful while in this lane. Stay behind minions and play passive.

VS

Kayle

Easy

her poke is strong, but when you all in, you can win because you out-damage her if she isn't ahead. When she ults, start autoing her or the minions and you can go in again. DO NOT LET HER KITE YOU! YOU ARE NOT A KITE



VS

Kennen

Hard

This guy is a pesty one. You should always stay behind minions and watch his w stacks, as he can trade very well. Don't be fooled if he gets 1055_32.png blade early, because he will most likely go AP. Don't fight him if you're both low because his ult can be very SHOCKING!! (Get it?... heh)

VS

Lee Sin

Hard

Do not engage with low hp. Try to out sustain him. Gank very carefully as he can flash or dash away with his W.

VS

Malphite

Medium

Malphite is a dangerous laning partner as he can slow your atk spd. and cause you to heal less. If you are skilled with Xin Zhao and win the lane, DO be careful to ganks as malphite can cc you. I would recommend poking until he has about 1/2 or 3/4 hp and wait for a gank.

VS

Mordekaiser

Easy

You can outsustain. Careful for his burst, and his shield passive. If you are low and he ults you, just auto some minions.

VS

Nasus

Medium

Try to deny his farm, and heal as much as possible. Don't engage too much because his life steal allows him to heal too.

VS

Olaf

Medium

Olaf is a pretty difficult match up to lane against. When someone is olaf, after he uses his E or Q, use your poking combo and walk away. This lane is also difficult because olaf can susatin with you with his w.


get ganks, harass when he uses his axe and doesnt catch it

VS

Pantheon

Medium

DO NOT play aggressive with Pantheon. Don't try to trade with him. Play defensive and ask for ganks.

VS

Poppy

Easy

Play cautiously and wait for ganks. 
Stay away from walls because she can stun you. Leave lane immediately if you are low as she can dive you with her ult.

VS

Quinn

Medium

Quinn is a pretty scary lane bully. But not that scary for xin. Because you are ap, her blind won't be as devastating as it would for an ad xin. Don't fight quinn if you are marked because she immediately mark you again after with her e. You can start dorans shield if you want to play safe. If you use your combo on her, wait until her blind is over to use your next q autos. Try not chase her for a long time because her kite is amazing. You can outsustain her early-game. Ask for ganks because her escapes aren't that good. Try not to dive her unless you are 100% certain you can kill her because of her blind.

VS

Rek'Sai

Hard

Holy sh*t this guy is broken... Play passively, and only trade when his rage bar is low. Wait for ganks and BEWARE!!

VS

Renekton

Medium

This isn't too hard. If you play aggressive, you won't do so well. Play defensive. When he comes to you, q him, and use w to heal more. So now that he's hurt, keep trading like that. When he's low, use the E, Q, and W combo to kill him. 

VS

Rengar

Easy

You can win trades if rengar doesn't have max fury(or whatever its called.) You can ult if he ever jumps on you. stand behind minions when farming.

VS

Riven

Medium

Trading with riven is hard once shes level 3. Try to use your minion wave to your advantage and make her fight in it. Even though you do less damage, you have a lot more sustain before she gets her hydra. Build zhonyas early to dodge her ult, and make her do less damage. Never go in unless you are SURE you can kill her. Dont dive either because of her shield and stun. In team fights, ult her before she can engage on ur carry

VS

Rumble

Easy

This is a very easy lane. Play aggressively and watch for ganks. If for some reason you are losing, follow the farm tips in the "Play Style" passage.

VS

Shen

Easy

This is pretty much an easy lane. Heal when he tries to engage, and get the kill by knocing him up with your q. But don't get too cocky as he can get easy ganks on you with his taunt. Beware if he gets kills by roaming with his ult.

VS

Shyvana

Easy

Don't fight her when she has her e on you because it does huge damage. You can outsustain. 

VS

Singed

Hard

Be very careful while playing with a singed. I do not recommend playing aggressively. Wait for ganks and farm by the tower.

VS

Sion

Easy

Sion shouldn't be that hard to lane against. If he grabs 12.png, he's probably going to kill a jg camp so keep that in mind. Your trades with him will be okay, just don't stand behind minions and prevent taking damage from his e, and q. Ganks on him are easy if he doesn't have ult.

VS

Teemo

Hard

BEWARE: This tiny little fellow can harass you until you feel like sh*t. Hide in a bush, and use your combo on him whenever you can. Also, beware of his Q. The blind will mess you up. Max your W for sustain.

VS

Tryndamere

Hard

Play very passive. Only use your combo on him when he has 0 fury.

VS

Urgot

Hard

Why is urgot a difficult laning partner to beat? Urgot and poke and bully you just like teemo. It is best to dodge his Noxian Corrosive Charge. If it hits you, run back to the tower. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE URGOT!

VS

Vi

Medium

Vi can harass you pretty hard with her e, but you should be able to heal it up again after a few minions. Trading with her depends if you're ahead or not. She has a good disengage and engage. Try not to push the lane.

VS

Vladimir

Medium

Try to use your combo from the bushes or whenever he uses his Q on a minion. Wait for ganks and be careful of diving him because of his pool. Play defensively.

VS

Wukong

Medium

This is more of a skill-based matchup. Use your q once on a minion and the last one on wukong so you can win more trades.

VS

Yasuo

Medium

Play passive until you hit lvl 4. Shut him down as soon as possible. Do NOT let him cs. Once he gets ie, he can kill you easily.

VS

Yorick

Medium

Don't try to trade with him unless his abilities are on cd because he can rack up a lot of damage on you. Kill his ghouls if you can to proc your w and get some gold. If he pushes, that should be easy. Try not to extend too far because he has a pretty mean slow. Keep in mind that you'll be fighting two of him when going all in 1v1

VS

Zac

Easy

Although Zac can sustain with you because of his blobs, get as many ganks as possible, and you can trade with him. Heal off of minions whenever you can, and engage when he uses his jump.

Ability Combinations Back to Top

When trading, use E, W, aa, Q and back off. 


When playing defensively, Q, W, and back off.

Going in for the kill? Use E, R, Q, and W.

If the enemy is pushing the lane, and can cant trade, use your E to an enemy minion nearest to the enemy champion, walk behind him, and use your ult to knock him to your tower. This can sometimes require flash. When they are at the tower, use your combo to knock em up and take the kill. If they flash away, just scare them away and farm minions.

Enemy team ganking you? E to the minion or champion nearest to your turret or in the direction you want to go, and ult the enemy champions.

Wanna kill a tower? Use W, Q, and auto attack until it dies.

In team fights, use your ult when their team tries to focus on your carry or if you need some time for CD.

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Play Style Back to Top

Laning Phase:

Ok. So, in in early game, I do not recommend playing aggressively. Why not? As said a million times before, AP Xin 
Zhao is so derpy early game. If you can win duels, go ahead! Play aggressive! But DO watch for ganks. Once you get guinsoo's rageblade, you should start playing aggressively. Enemy forcing you to retreat? Hug the tower, and heal with your W's passive. If you pushed your lane and you can't duel the enemy, go back and take golems. After this, go back to lane and farm again. Repeat this process until someone gives you a gank, and you'll be fine! 
Once you get into late game, you should be able to duel anyone. You also should be able to 1v1 towers and somewhat do decently against baron. If not, farm! Although, don't go overboard and just farm while your team is pushing/fighting. When I say farm, I mean whenever your team doesn't need you, occasionally kill a jungle camp or push a lane. Like I sad a few times, WATCH FOR GANKS! This is very important! Especially if youre taking a tower. ALWAYS ward. If you do this, you should be fine.

Teamfights:

Let's start this by talking about engaging. If someone on your team does not engage already, you can engage by using your e on the carry/mid, ult the surround enemies, and isolate that person so that your team can kill them. While in a team fight, you wanna peel for your team and distract their carry. this is pretty effective because you're gonna stall for a LONG time because of your sustain, you have zhonyas, and your team will probably win the team fight. Stalling in a team fight is OP!!


Taunting your enemies:

This is probably the most important section in the guide!!! If you wanna have some fun, and make the enemy team salty, you can zhonyas in a taunting position, while ulting, or right when you e. This is NOT a joke!! When the enemy team becomes salty, their team work falls and they start flaming each other creating a negative atmosphere on their team which can win you the game. :D :D :D :D

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Taking Towers Back to Top

As AP xin you should be able to 1v1 towers without minions once you get your 4 items. When taking a tower, use your W and Q combination. Make sure to WARD WARD WARD. There's nothing worse than trying to take the tower, and the enemy team jumping in, and killing you. Also, when you see their team coming, E to the nearest minion and run away. If you wanna take towers and think you're gonna have an easy lane, grab teleport to do the job.


DO NOT SOLO INNER TOWERS UNLESS YOU ARE SURE YOU CAN KILL THEM:  The inner towers can hurt a lot if it takes you a long time to kill it. Make sure you CAN kill it before you die, whether from the tower or an enemy.

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Auto-Attack Cooldowns and Reset Back to Top

Alright. This section will be about attack speed and attack reset. As you know, attack speed is the speed in which you attack an enemy. Every attack, there is a cooldown. When you get attack speed, the cooldown is reduced. Attack reset is when the attack cooldown is reset and you can attack immediately after. When auto-attacking, after attacking, immediately use your Q (talon strike) to reset your auto attack cooldown. Try this a few times, and you can get the hang of it. Do more research into this subject if you do not understand it. 


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DO NOT LET THEM KITE Back to Top

Champions like 133_64.png and 10_64.png will kite you and destroy you unless you know how to disengage and engage. 

Make sure you don't get kited, as they can dish out a LOT of damage while doing so. Know when to give up on the kill. If you walk away, and they follow you to bait you and if they're low, wait for your e cd and come back in (make sure they don't have any surprises.)
 
YOU ARE NOT A KITE

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Pros + Cons Back to Top

Pros:

  • Amazing Sustain
  • Great splitpush
  • Decent harass
  • Decent cc ability
  • Scary laner if played correctly

Cons:

  • Extremely BAD if you fall off in lane
  • Lacking huge burst
  • No great escape ability
  • Team will flame when the find out you're ap.
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Questions and Answers Back to Top

What the f*ck is this build for?

I made this build to promote people to try something fun, and new. To be honest, I hate how people say "Oh, that's not in the meta" or "OMG if you go (insert pick here) I will afk!"

Is AP Xin actually viable?

Yes! Although you may have a hard time sometimes, it is very viable. But that's not something I can say just like that because it requires effort the win.

Who are you?

I am DiscoBuddha! I started to play LoL since season 3. I've been finding fun yet viable ways to play champions because sometimes, it just gets old. I am currently ranked Gold, and yes, I play weird picks in ranked (ex. AP J4)
Yes sure, I sometimes get ridiculed in champion select, but it feels so satisfying to do well with my picks and carry the game.


Patches Back to Top

GOD DAMN IT


Not as viable, but still okay to pick because his AP ratio changed

Hopefully, runeclaive could be built on xin (ill test it out)


PATCH HAS BEEN REVERTED:

Xin is still okay.



Fuck.
Devourer nerfed pretty hard. Try testing around w the new items and see which one you prefer.

Im LCS Pro I swear Back to Top

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