Jax Build Guide

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Jungle JAX

written by ginkosc

Jax Build



Table of Contents

  • Abilities

    [spell=Equipment Mastery]
    Bulks you up just by buying AD/AP items.


    Leap Strike
    1st and most important skill.


    Empower
    2nd and deadly skill for killing squishies.


    Counter Strike
    3rd and good when facing other autoattackers.


    Relentless Assault
    0st, your signature move. This is what makes Jax OP. Remember to use it's active.


  • Masteries

    9/21/0
    http://leaguecraft.com/masteries/0112400100000001030421330301000000000000000
    for smite and late game ownage

    0/21/9
    http://leaguecraft.com/masteries/0000000000000001030421330301013040001000000
    for exp and jungle buff

  • Skill Point Allocation

    JUNGLE

    Get
    LVL SKILL
    1 Counter Strike
    2 Empower
    3 Counter Strike
    4,5 Leap Strike
    6 Relentless Assault
    Take Relentless Assault whenever possible
    MAX Leap Strike
    NEXT Empower
    PUT 2 POINTS, THEN MAX LAST Counter Strike

    LANING

    Leap Strike > Empower > Counter Strike

    get just 1 lvl of Counter Strike early game unless you are facing against a team with a lot of physicals.

  • Item Build

    EARLY GAME
    Start by buying:

    Cloth Armor
    5x Health Potion

    After returning from your first jungle expedition, you should have about 470gold. Buy
    Vampiric Scepter
    - Vital for a good jungle

    Wait a bit at fountain then buy
    1x Health Potion

    MID GAME

    Get items in the following order

    Ninja Tabi

    Bilgewater Cutlass
    - Efficient chasing/ catching heros
    - Lifesteal lets you farm for longer periods of time

    Guinsoo's Rageblade
    - Helps you build your ulti stacks quickly
    - Gives good health
    - Good damage and AP
    - Allows you to knock down towers like a bulldozer

    LATE GAME

    Guinsoo's Rageblade

    Hextech Gunblade
    - spell vamp works well because three of jax's skills does a high amount of magic dmg

    [item=Rylai's Scepter]

    This is my core build but feel free to mix it up.

    Other good OFFENSIVES

    Atma's Impaler
    - good health boost
    - crit/armor allows you to pwn other carries

    Trinity Force or Lich Bane
    - sheen procs work great with jax's low CD skills
    - MS is good for placing stuns and chasing/escaping

    Other good DEFENSIVES

    Banshee's Veil
    - good health boost
    - protection from spells

    [item=force of nature]
    - makes spells virtually useless against you
    - MS is good.
    - Insane health regen allows you to stay in the field for as long as you please

    NOT RECOMMENDED

    Why choose...
    [item=Rylai's Scepter] instead of Frozen Mallet
    - 660 health - 760 health
    - 80 AP - 20 AD
    - 145g cheaper
    - Slows come from your spells which means it's applied from Leap Strike. This is important when chasing because waiting for the first auto attack may be too late. Also the 80AP is just better compared to 20AD. Debate.

    Guardian Angel
    - Ask yourself thess 2 qns if buying GA.
    Is the rest of your team going to be dead when you revive? Yes? Then don't buy it.
    Are the opponents mainly casters that have to blow all their spells to bring you down? Yes? Maybe buy it.
    IMO GA seems weak for it's price.

  • Jungle Path

    START

    Put 1 point into Counter Strike, this ability is crucial, without it you can't solo BLUE at LVL 1

    GO TO

    BLUE GOLEM eat Health Potion(use Smite)

    WOLVES eat Health Potion

    WRAITHS eat Health Potion

    SMALL GOLEM eat Health Potion only if you are really dying. Save it otherwise. (use Smite)

    TELEPORT HOME

    Buy Vampiric Scepter then head down to

    RED LIZARD eat Health Potion. Smite will be coming just off cooldown for the last hit.
    your blue buff should expire by after you kill RED LIZARD

    WRATHS

    WOLVES

    TELEPORT HOME

    Help out a lane or continue to jungle until lvl 6, and continue to hog the blue buff.

    Remember to help gank.

    WHY JUNGLE?
    Jax has a weak laning phase. If he gets bullied then, or dies a few times, his late game is hampered.
    Bypass that and the stress of fighting opponents that can think and kill creeps that are just mindless bots.

    DISCLAIMER

    Summoner level 21 is recommended/necessary for jungle jax. You need the full defense talent tree and at a good set of runes to pull this off. Jax is not as good as people like Warwick or Shaco at jungling but he is decent.

  • Your Spells and You

    Counter Strike
    2
    3
    4,5
    6 Relentless Assault

    Leap Strike
    - Ambush
    - Escape
    - Pure damage. If you two are just gonna stand there and slug it out, use leap strike for some burst.
    - Plan escapes by timing your creep wave
    - Escape by using your allies/wards
    - Jumping past tanks to get to the soft squishies.
    - Not a initiating skill. Allow your tank to go in first.

    Empower
    - Use it to keep Guinsoo's Rageblade stacks
    - Last hitting
    - Spam this key constantly in a fight
    - Resets auto-attack timer, allows you to hit twice consecutively

    Counter Strike
    - Don't spam it just because it popped out
    - Get the right position, jax is naturally fast so don't worry about not being able to catch up.
    - use right after a leap strike

    Relentless Assault
    - count your strokes
    - minimize the hits required to kill something

  • Opponents and Allies

    TOUGH FIGHTS

    Singed
    Rammus
    Zilean

    FREE KILLS

    Shaco
    Twitch
    Veigar

    GOOD ALLIES

    Nunu
    People who can stun/disable. Hitting unconscious hero is just great for jax.



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