Why AP XIN ZHAO is TAKING OVER THE JUNGLE - League of Legends Guide

Why AP XIN ZHAO is TAKING OVER THE JUNGLE - League of Legends Guide

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here's a tip and a spear behind it zinza was a champion that has seen little to no play for the past couple of years however it has absolutely exploded in terms of pick rate and win rate with recent buffs and in n a high elo one player in particular has been a zen enthusiast of sorts playing him even when others considered him bad with the recent buffs he's been smurfing all over pro players like broxah and just absolutely dominating games with ap's zen's out so who is this mystery
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player what makes him the best zen zao in the entire server and arguably the world and why does every analytics website have the build totally wrong in this video we're going to be answering all of those questions and more as we delve into his thought process and get an in-depth look at exactly what makes zenzao so strong and show you how you can copy it but first let's get into our question of the day what champion do you think has an op build that hasn't caught on yet just how it took everyone a while to figure out that full tank hecarim was really broken
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there are always picks that haven't been optimized yet for me i think that tank lilia is going to be insane in the near future but let us know in the comments below what you think and we'll be sure to send our experts to go test them out alright let's jump right into it we're going to be going over his four different builds and their power spikes a tier list of his matchups pathing play style in both early game as well as late game team fights and zen specific tips and tricks needless to say this is going to be a very in-depth guide that gets the information straight from the vests in zao so i
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guess we should probably introduce him his name is nathan mosby better known as kind jungle and he's been around as a grandmaster challenger player for about three years now he currently jungles for maryville university and has a pretty impressive zinzal record in solo queue he's probably the person with the most games on it since the changes and he told us that there are four main archetypes that you're going to be looking to go full ip hybrid crit and bruiser each one of these has a very specific purpose and match up that you want to use them in and making sure that you have the best
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build for the best situation is extremely important in competitive you'll likely see a bruiser build as it's both the lowest in gold requirement to function and also operates in the way that most pro players are going to want to play him as kind of a frontline engage but when we asked him how he plays zinn this is what kind said the way i play xin zhao is a lot slower and really thinking about when i'm going in and when i can really maximize most of my damage so khan definitely prefers to play him as more of a solo damage threat and that's where the other three builds
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all come into play there's a ton of build and rune diversity so we're going to just dive deep and really get down to it the hardest scaling build is full ap and you'll want to build nashers into everfrost and zonias this is the weakest early game build however but there are a ton of things to talk about with it the main thing to mention is how zin actually makes use of the stats you're getting zinn really wants just a couple of things here raw ap attack speed and on hit damage his passive heals from him for a massive flat amount plus 55
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of your ap value essentially meaning he just stays alive forever and fights while dealing tons of on-hit damage with attack speed and ap at two items you can even solo baron without ever taking damage this makes nashers absolutely perfect as a rush item since it literally gives him everything that you want with no wasted stats on top of this his w and e both scale off of ap with the new changes so you're able to make use of your stats not just with healing but also to do damage and his ultimate well it got a massive 110
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ap ratio attached to it on top of the current health scaling and good base damage in late game you can jump into the entire enemy team to do 1200 plus damage to everyone you hit with just your r all while taking no damage in return because you straight up ignore anyone outside its 500 range this on top of the fact that your e-range becomes absolutely massive when you land your w means that you can dive bomb from the same range as malphite ultimate and do more damage than an orianna shockwave phase rush is a must take on ap because of this
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you'll be diving in and then running away from big threats after you use your burst taking a page like this is your best bet it's important to note that ap zinn does physical damage meaning you don't want to buy pen and he doesn't really benefit all that much from buying things like mana so when buying your everfrost go the kindle gem and blasting one components first then complete lost chapter later we'll talk more about when to build full ap but to do that we need to talk about the other builds first so we'll get back to that at the other end
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of the spectrum you have full crit zinzal and in this build you're going to be rushing shieldbow or galeforce and then building into things like lord doms infinity edge guardian angel and mortal reminder you have a lot of options here in terms of order so pick up things as you need them if you need anti-healing early then grab mortal early if you need to do damage versus tanks then go lord doms and so on the main thing here is that at noon quiver you spike extremely hard which helps to deal with a lot of the more difficult matchups that you'll have to face and the shield from shield helps from
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being bursted before you can win duels with your amazing extended fighting abilities you basically go this build when you need early game strength but you also need to scale it snowballs extremely hard and can lead to some pretty insane one shots later into the game for runes you'll be running this page against three or more frontliners take note of the bone plating and unflinching in the secondary tree as well as the tenacity rune in your primary you want to be able to freely auto attack with this build and getting one shot or cc'd is really the only answer to that this page helps a ton with mitigating
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burst and making sure you get your chance to dps you can swap out your primary tenacity rune to alacrity if the enemy team doesn't have a lot of chance with cc if you want to run crit but you're going versus some squishier champs like graves nidalee viego or talia switching conqueror to pta gives you stronger early skirmishing potential and is generally better in the shorter fights that you'll have versus these champs additionally going for water walking and nimbus cloak can help you stick to them even more the hybrid build is the weaker of these two builds early but overall has a better two item spike once you finish
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snatchers and shield bow however the really interesting part about zen builds is that you can pivot between which one you go first zin wants to be as strong as possible for every base that you take so you just want to buy the biggest spike available to you based on how much gold you have for example basing on 700 gold means two long swords and then a shield belt rush but basing on 1000 you should go recurve and nash's first at 1300 switch back to noon quiver and shield bow you have tons of diversity with this build which means you can pick up things like lord doms
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ga zhonya's or any tank item to just counter things that the enemy team wants to do if you start trying to build full ap or full crit and realize you aren't snowballing as hard as you want you can just jump ship and start building hybrid to get a better two item spike and start moving to tank items faster than the other builds while it's weaker in the late game sometimes you just won't get there by going glass cannon and this build is the bridge that you need to make it for all builds your skill order is going to be r w e then q so now that you know about all of the zen builds let's get into
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when to go each one and for this we made a matchup chart before we discuss further though we need to remind you where this guide comes from if you want to improve fast and get the rank you've always wanted then check out our hyper improvement system at skillcap.com we have professional courses by the top players smurf commentaries where a challenger player walks you through how to climb out of every rank from iron to diamond and we upload tons of new exclusive guides to our website each week in fact we're so confident you'll improve using our system that if you don't climb at least five divisions
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while actively using skill caps you can claim a full refund so there's no risk what are you waiting for check out skillcaps.com and get the rank you've always wanted link in the description below without further ado these are all the comments in match-ups split up into a couple of different categories the kind jungle direct quote god-goded matchups please pick zin if you see this champ tier good matchups even matchups bad matchups and the terrible matchups matchups are going to be the main determinant of your build and runes for the most part easier matchups means
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you can get away with doing the hardest scaling build ap while the more difficult matchups will likely be a hybrid or crit game however it all depends on how the game is going like we mentioned earlier if you get off to a great start you can feel free to invest in a better late game but the harder the early game the better a hybrid build is going to be there are a couple of specific matchups where he recommends certain builds or runes for example taking phase rush vs nocturne to break the fear tether or going crit vs graves even though it's a good matchup but we made a chart to
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give you a general guideline of these exceptions because zin is so versatile it is impossible to explain all the tiny adaptations that you can make based on not only the jungle matchup but other champions in the game so follow the general rules but don't be afraid to play around with builds and runes and really experiment for actual gameplay zinn needs to play for himself in the past he was really well known for level 2 ganking but kind completely recommends against it unless it's 100 guaranteed like for example versus someone running no flash
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or someone who blew their flash at level 1. otherwise we'll just listen to him describe the playstyle i think something to note which this may just be how i play xin zhao personally because this is what i'm finding success with is um actually just like taking the time just clear everything and then making plays happen whenever i'm done with all my camps like i'm i'm definitely playing zin a lot similarly to like a rex eye where i just can one shot all my camps and then and then i go make a play
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i'll very rarely just like spam chain gank over and over again because it puts you too far behind the one exception is that he does recommend for anyone around low plat and below to level 2 gank volatile top lane matchups like riven vs fiora since it can completely win your top lane the match up and we know what you're going to say my top laner will throw the lead and they definitely might but it puts the odds significantly enough in your favor to do it anyways your clear speed is overall not that fast you'll do three camps in around 235
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but taking five camps is going to take you around 3 15 which as we all know is a very important timer since scuttle crap spawn it's impossible at least with current knowledge to sixth camp before crabs so most of the time you're going to be looking for three to five camp clears depending on your lane states you will almost never full clear on this champion because you want to be on the map doing things to push your lead because zin is so strong early we definitely need to get a crab and this means either pathing into lanes where you have prio and fighting for it or making sure you're on the opposite
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crab right on time if you don't as with all champions jungle pathing is highly dependent on game state so we don't ever want to recommend cookie cutter pathing to plug and play think about the factors in the game that can influence your path like priority matchup summoners etc and adjust accordingly there are going to be times where full clearing is acceptable albeit rare so don't write anything off for team fighting and skirmishing you'll probably want to jump in right away and continue the auto attack to do dps but take it from the expert here and
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just listen to what he has to say i guess like another bonus note is in team fights you have to play a lot slower than you think like it takes some growing pains if anybody's trying to learn xin zhao it takes growing pains you have to just like coin flip figure out your strength but xin zhao plays a lot slower than what a lot of people would think because which i mean it's reflected by people's rune choices and build choices like halo blades tank you're trying to go in you're trying to blow your load and die basically like
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the strength of this champion is finding the ideal time for you to go in and kill everything like you you find the right time to go in and you will win every fight it's very focused on picking the right skirmishes for yourself your we engage range is basically malphite ulti range so you can sit at the outskirts of fights and look to poke until you can land it on a priority target before jumping in and one-shotting them even though you do tons of consistent dps you really need to play around your cooldowns it's fine to sit and not commit if you
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don't land skill shots part of the advantage of having such huge range is that you always get to pick and choose the fights that are good for you you'll be too far away for the enemy to engage onto you in most cases so really just fish for perfect opportunities and go when you see it the way you play hybrid or crit zin is much different from full ap full ap you'll look for people to clump and then go in to get big aoe burst or you'll just 1b1 someone and drain tank while ad plays much more like an assassin that looks for one person at a
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time and tries to one shot being able to adjust to each playstyle and switching it up every game is a difficult learning curve but with mastery xin is extremely rewarding and also just fun part of the reason why kind likes him so much is because you're always having to think when you play him how should he use your abilities when do you go in how to position based on your build so many things change all the time which just makes him a very multi-dimensional champion because of this there are quite a few cool zin tips and tricks that are important for you to know
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probably the most important trick is something kind likes to call prep 2 which is where you essentially use your cue twice on either frontliners wards or minions and then immediately look to jump onto the backline to surprise them with a knock up and a ton of damage even just getting one auto on something before jumping in can be a huge difference when it comes to abusing players reaction times and also getting your burst out you really want to hit both parts of your w so using it after a knock-up will not only animation cancel the knock-up into the first part of your w it guarantees that the second part
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connects so prepping cues will mean that this combo just comes out a whole lot faster you can also cancel your third q animation with r to get even more bursts out as well so all of your spells interact with the third q in particular increasing the value of this even more in addition to dealing tons of damage your w also applies lifesteal meaning that you can combo this with your jungle item spell vamp to heal for an absolute ton on camps in the middle of fights and if the spell wasn't already crazy enough it actually gives vision of large monsters and the increased range
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so not only can you check and then jump to baron and dragon to steal them you can use them for escapes as well as other camps like wolves and raptors and buffs that you normally wouldn't be able to get to before this just gives zinn a ton more options for running away which before was his main issue once you were in you were in but now you actually have a fair number of ways to get out as well these options are particularly strong at high level of play and it increases his viability and professional play by a large amount you thought we were done
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talking about the w now didn't you since the range is so long you also now have a super easy way to check unwarded bushes for enemies if it makes contact it'll make a particle effect as well as a sound that you can use to know not to run headfirst into the entire enemy team lastly in general you want to hold your e until the enemy commits something else if you can hit them without using it just save it so you can reposition during the fight and you'll have it for when you need it don't rush and blow all of your cooldowns right away or you
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won't be able to react to what the enemy does this goes for pretty much every champion but because you only have one dash and a flash it's extra important here zen used to be a really basic character but with these changes there's just a lot of build diversity and choices to make while playing we hoped this guide helped to clear up a lot of confusion and also gave you some insights into the mind of the best xin zhao and remember if you want to improve fast and get the rank you've always wanted then check out skillcap.com link in the
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