This guide explains how to jungle Xin Zhao, and was written by IWillDominate, the jungler for Team Curse. Xin Zhao's early game is notorious for his strong early ganks and counter jungle potential from his gap closing, damage and crowd control. He falls off damage-wise as the game-progresses, but his natural tankiness, utility and armor shredding-capabilities help him stay powerful going into the lategame.
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This guide will play Xin Zhao as a bruiser/tanky dps. Xin’s abilities allow him to close gaps between his enemies and himself, and create strong crowd control in brawls and team fights. His base and per level stats are similar to what true tanks get. His base Health is 445 and +87 per level, base 16.2 Armor with +3.7 per level is equivalent to the base and per level of champions like Shen, Singed and Rammus. Xin however, does not have an inherent tank steroid like the standard tank champions do (i.e. Shen’s Defensive Shield, Rammus’s armor gain, and Singed’s health gain).Despite his stats, Xin Zhao serves a team better in the bruiser role as opposed to a tank role. However, if he is able to land a good ultimate, his armor and MR goes through the roof. In this guide, you’ll learn how to play Xin as a tanky jungler that can reek havoc your enemies.
Whenever Jarvan III, the king of Demacia, delivers one of his rallying speeches from the glinting marble balcony atop the Royal Palace, Xin Zhao is at his side. Coined the Seneschal of Demacia, Xin Zhao is the personal steward of the Lightshield Dynasty. His enigmatic, silent vigil has led to an abundance of conjecture concerning his ''secret life'' and origins. Whether it's ''Zaun double-agent'' tendered at the dinner table or ''indebted rune mage'' mused in the editorials of the ''Demacian Constant'', Xin Zhao betrays no hints to sate the curiosity of the masses... for good reason.
Prior to the formation of the League, Noxus was renowned for a spectacle called The Fleshing. It was a gladiatorial event with a cruel twist: as a fighter won matches, his number of opponents (generally prisoners of war) fought simultaneously would increase. This meant eventual death for every contender, but with unparalleled glory. Xin Zhao, known then as Viscero, was slated to face 300 soldiers, nearly six times the previous record. This was clearly meant to be his final match. Jarvan II, hearing of this unprecedented feat, infiltrated the arena to offer him an alternative: serve Demacia and punish those who ultimately sentence him to death in exchange for his freedom. Xin Zhao accepted, astonished that a king would risk his own life on his behalf. Under the cover of a prearranged Demacian assault on Noxus, Jarvan liberated Xin Zhao and his 300 opponents. During their retreat, Xin Zhao took a poisoned dart meant for Jarvan. This act of loyalty, from a man who vowed no allegiance, earned Xin Zhao a spot at his side until the day the king died. Now in the service of his son, Jarvan III, Xin Zhao is stepping into a new ring - the Fields of Justice - to fight for his adopted country and to honor the legacy of the man who gave purpose to his life.
''Death is inevitable, one can only avoid defeat.'' - Demacian Manual of Arms