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Jax Champion Spotlight07:07

Jax Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Corrupting Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Bilgewater Cutlass item Boots of Speed item Sheen item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Hextech Gunblade item Trinity Force item
Offensive Ravenous Hydra item Maw of Malmortius item Guinsoo's Rageblade item
Defensive Sterak's Gage item Randuin's Omen item Banshee's Veil item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Machete item Refillable Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Stalker's Blade item Boots of Speed item
Essential Stalker's Blade (Bloodrazor) item Mercury's Treads item Hextech Gunblade item
Offensive Trinity Force item Ravenous Hydra item Maw of Malmortius item Guinsoo's Rageblade item
Defensive Sterak's Gage item Randuin's Omen item Banshee's Veil item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Ninja Tabi item Phage item Bilgewater Cutlass item
Offensive Trinity Force item Blade of the Ruined King item Hextech Gunblade item
Defensive Sterak's Gage item Randuin's Omen item Warmog's Armor item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Machete item Hunter's Talisman item Health Potion item3
Essential Ninja Tabi item Phage item Bilgewater Cutlass item
Offensive Trinity Force item Blade of the Ruined King item Hextech Gunblade item
Defensive Sterak's Gage item Randuin's Omen item Warmog's Armor item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2 Guardian's Hammer item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Trinity Force item Blade of the Ruined King item
Offensive Ravenous Hydra item The Bloodthirster item
Defensive Sterak's Gage item Randuin's Omen item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Health Potion item

Tips

Playing As Jax Jax
  • Jax can Leap Strike.png Leap Strike to friendly units, including wards. You can use them to plan your escape.
  • Jax benefits greatly from items that have both Ability Power and Attack Damage such as Guinsoo's Rageblade item.png Guinsoo's Rageblade and Hextech Gunblade item.png Hextech Gunblade.
Playing Against Jax Jax
  • Try to engage him in short bursts instead of going toe-to-toe with him. Preventing him from attacking Relentless Assault.png consecutively drastically lowers his damage output.
  • Jax can Counter Strike.png dodge all incoming attacks for a very short amount of time and Counter Strike.png stuns enemies in melee range when it ends. Wait to strike him until after his Counter Strike.png dodge is finished.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Relentless Assault.png Relentless Assault
    • At level 18, Jax can reach capped attack speed (2.5 attacks per second) with 8 stacks of Relentless Assault.png Relentless Assault and 145% additional attack speed.
    • The attack speed bonus increases every 3 levels. Thus, it may be worth it to hold off a fight until you reach the next 'stage' if you are close to reaching it.
  • Leap Strike.png Leap Strike
    • Level this first if your enemy is very mobile or is a controller/ranged champion.
      • However, this should be maxed second as the damage from Empower.png Empower is more significant.
    • Against mobile champs, try to Leap Strike.png leap to them only after they use their escape spells.
    • If you have spare wards, it can be useful to set them up in good spots to dodge skillshots or leave a team fight when you are low health, preferably across walls.
      • When you are roaming, be sure to have a ward to hop to in case of an enemy ambush.
    • Use this with Empower.png Empower to secure last hits or for a quick hit-and-run burst.
  • Empower.png Empower
    • This ability should be maxed first as its damage will increase while lowering its cooldown, making Jax even stronger in extended fights.
    • In the early levels, use Empower.png the empowered attack to ensure the kill on minions (especially the siege minion.)
    • If there are two minions near death, kill one with the lowest health and activate Empower.png Empower to reset you autoattack to kill the other one.
    • Empower.png Empower doesn't affects structures but you can activate it for the autoattack reset and Sheen item.png Sheen proc if you have the item.
  • Counter Strike.png Counter Strike
    • Max this last because it is mostly a utility spell, has low base damage and the stun duration is flat. However, many people take this ability at level 1 for a few reasons:
      • Leap Strike.png Leap Strike is lackluster without your other abilities and Empower.png Empower requires Jax to be in melee range which is dangerous early on.
      • Many champions can do more damage with their autoattacks than abilities at level one. SinceCounter Strike.png Counter Strike blocks autoattacks, it allows Jax to out trade enemies and stay safe until he has his other abilities.
      • Minions attacks are also blocked which allows Jax to simply walk up to his opponent, ignoring minion damage, and hit them with a fully charged Counter Strike.png Counter Strike.
    • Activate it only if your target is near enough and you are sure they can't escape.
      • In this case, Leap Strike.png leap to them before the effect ends.
      • In they use long cooldown escapes like Flash.png Flash or Quicksilver Sash item.png Quicksilver Sash, back off and wait for your cooldowns to refresh.
    • With some practice, Jax can stun most of the enemy team using this ability and Leap Strike.png Leap Strike.
    • Counter Strike.png Counter Strike also reduces damage from AoE abilities (including Requiem.png Requiem) which can save you during team fights and skirmishes.
  • Grandmaster's Might.png Grandmaster's Might
    • Use the active effect to protect you from important bursts of damage.
    • Land two basic attacks on minions then Leap Strike.png leap to your foe and use Empower.png Empower with your third hit of Grandmaster's Might.png Grandmaster's Might for a massive burst of damage.
    • Wait before using the active effect if you will receive invulnerability buffs, or ADAP buffs to get the most out of the ability.
Mastery Usage

Definitive mastery:

  • Fervor of Battle mastery 2016.png Fervor of Battle is the favorite for most of Jax's builds, offensive or defensive, as it gives bonus AD per level, requires attack speed to use it well (Relentless Assault.png Relentless Assault) and as a melee champ he only requires 4 basic attacks to full stack it.
    • Disadvantage 01: His using can call the focus of the enemy team and if Jax don't haves defenses he will die before acting.
    • Disadvantage 02: It only charges with basic attacks against champs.
  • Grasp of the Undying mastery 2016.png Grasp of the Undying can be useful for defensive builds with health and some sustain but it will cost the effectiveness of Grandmaster's Might.png Grandmaster's Might's active.
    • Disadvantage 01: The effect requires defenses (especially health) to work good because it needs 4 seconds in battle to become available one time.
    • Disadvantage 02: Attack speed doesn't synergize with it.
Item Usage

Starting Game:

  • Corrupting Potion item.png Corrupting Potion is the favorite item for the first minutes of the lane as it gives health and mana regeneration pretty useful against mana pool or harasser champs.
  • Doran's Shield item.png Doran's Shield is another more defensive option, it don't gives mana regen but it gives health and health regen that is very useful against counters. Be careful with your mana pool.
  • Movement speed is essential for Jax so always buy Boots of Speed item.png Boots of Speed before early items.

Early Game:

  • Sheen item.png Sheen can help you with your mana pool and his other effects help during battle, in early levels it don't gives good additional damage but during that time Jax only should try to farm with it.
  • For sustain Bilgewater Cutlass item.png Bilgewater Cutlass can help you to stay in the line more longer, the active also help him to escape or attack.
  • Harrasing champs are a mess for Jax, sustain builds like Spectre's Cowl item.png Spectre's Cowl are very useful to not leave the line early and survive the damage output until the help comes.

Mid Game:

  • Mercury's Treads item.png Mercury's Treads if one or more CCs give you to the enemy team focus.
  • Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force is a core item for Jax as it gives most of he need especially the bonus 40% AS, 20% CDR, and the Spellblade effect that synergize well with Empower.png Empower dealing massive damage against weak champs.
  • Frozen Mallet item.png Frozen Mallet help Jax with his defenses and also helps him to stay close near his enemies, is necessary in all builds defensive or offensive.
  • Hextech Gunblade item.png Hextech Gunblade makes Jax hard to kill when he lands basic attacks against enemies thanks to omnivore (+15% drain effect) also it gives 40 Bonus AD and 80 AP that is perfect for hybrid champs like Jax.
    • Use the active to stay close to your target (if you don't have Frozen Mallet item.png slows, escape or kill weak champs.
  • Guinsoo's Rageblade item.png Guinsoo's Rageblade's the right hand for Jax, this item was made for him, it gives flat AS, AD, AP and the previous amounts increase with basic attacks 6 times that works like a enhancer for Relentless Assault.png Relentless Assault and Fervor of Battle mastery 2016.png Fervor of Battle, add to that the Guinsoo's Rage effect that will make Jax launch his enhanced attack every two attacks instead of three and you have created a monster.
    • Also the bonus magic damage in each attack stacks with Empower.png Empower, Grandmaster's Might.png Grandmaster's Might and works with Guinsoo's Rage.
    • Remember this item is pure offensive so it don't allows Jax to stay to much time with out defensive or drain items.

Late Game:

  • At this time you only will complete your last items and start to build Guardian Angel item.png Guardian Angel to become more tanky and survive in a team battle despite if your are offensive or defensive , the enemy team will ignore you or they will attak you until you dead but your team help you to escape.
    • Don't underestimate your enemies, your are not god, and most of the time you should fight with your team in good conditions.
Countering
  • Jax has weak early game picking harassing champs allows to prevent him from farming with out take a dead risk.
  • Jax shines in prolonged battles so apply the strategy of attack and run.

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