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By Ryan 'Morello' Scott [1]

Greetings Summoners!

Xerath Xerath, the Magus Ascendant, is our newest mage-type character in League of Legends. His playstyle offers a new way to perform the mage-carry role; long range barrages and sieging.

The cornerstone of this is in his ability Locus of Power.png Locus of Power. This makes Xerath immobile, but gives his spells massively increased range and defense penetration. This really allows him to set up and barrage an area before becoming mobile again to perform a more standard mage role.

Using this range gameplay, Xerath has wide-area spells he can use to really saturate an area with major damage. Arcanopulse.png Arcanopulse, his bread-and-butter ability, shoots a short-delay beam at the area, zapping anyone hit for significant damage. Arcane Barrage.png Arcane Barrage, his ultimate, allows him to launch up to three massive explosions at a long range, both doing area denial and good team damage. To protect himself, Mage Chains.png Mage Chains is a reliable single-target spell that will allow Xerath to stun an enemy if he hits him with a subsequent spell.

Xerath is something we liken to a Howitzer or artillery piece. He should really appeal to people who enjoy very long ranges and like aiming skillshots and leading targets. We're excited to offer a new mage paradigm to League of Legends, and will be continuing to add new ways to play existing roles into the game.

Champion Spotlight
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Xerath Champion Spotlight

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Summoner's Rift
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Twisted Treeline
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Howling Abyss
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Tips

Playing As Xerath Xerath
Playing Against Xerath Xerath

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Xerath Xerath has amazing range and is excellent for both strong harass and farm.
    • Arcanopulse.png Arcanopulse is best used to harass, but it can also be used to hit an entire line of minions.
    • Eye of Destruction.png Eye of Destruction is great for farming and harassing, since it does the most damage. It is also really useful to setup your other skills.
    • An early point into Shocking Orb.png Shocking Orb can help keep you safe from ganks as you can stun anyone who comes close, but it should generally be maxed last. It is also really useful to setup your other skills
  • One of his weaknesses is his constant need to attack a minion or champion with an auto-attack to maintain mana, as Xerath Xerath's mana costs are very high. This is very noticeable in early game.
  • Do not overcharge your Arcanopulse.png Arcanopulse. Remember that charging it doesn't increase the damage, only the range, so there's no need to fully charge it if you don't need the extra range.
  • Some effective skill combos include:
    1. Use the stun from Shocking Orb.png Shocking Orb to land an easy bullseye with Eye of Destruction.png Eye of Destruction and a quick Arcanopulse.png Arcanopulse. This will deal the maximum damage, but it is hard to hit Shocking Orb.png Shocking Orb without setup. In lane, only do this combo if your enemy overextends and you're able to hit Shocking Orb.png Shocking Orb because of that. Otherwise, it is advised to use the combo below. In teamfights this combo is massive, so try using it whenever you can.
    2. Use the slow from Eye of Destruction.png Eye of Destruction to help you land Arcanopulse.png Arcanopulse. If possible, also try to shoot Shocking Orb.png Shocking Orb in between the two abilities, because it makes Arcanopulse.png Arcanopulse impossible to dodge. This is the easiest combo to use, because Eye of Destruction.png Eye of Destruction is a lot easier to hit than Shocking Orb.png Shocking Orb. However, it deals less damage than the combo above. In lane this combo is the best to use, as it guarantees some free damage if you are used to hitting Eye of Destruction.png Eye of Destruction and Arcanopulse.png Arcanopulse. In teamfights this combo deals some good damage if they are pretty far away and hitting Shocking Orb.png Shocking Orb long-range isn't possible.
    3. A third and probably the most used way to harass is simply firing Arcanopulse.png Arcanopulse at the enemy without setup. If you're good enough with Arcanopulse.png Arcanopulse, then it is advised to fire it whenever you don't have Eye of Destruction.png Eye of Destruction or Shocking Orb.png Shocking Orb available. In lane, use this at level 1, but after unlocking Eye of Destruction.png Eye of Destruction, it is better to only use Arcanopulse.png Arcanopulse after firing Eye of Destruction.png Eye of Destruction to spare mana, which is scarce early game. In teamfights you'll probably be able to keep spamming Arcanopulse.png Arcanopulse instead of always waiting for Eye of Destruction.png Eye of Destruction or Shocking Orb.png Shocking Orb.
    • A good point to keep in mind with all combos is that the setup you used to hit Arcanopulse.png Arcanopulse is also very useful if you decide to use Rite of the Arcane.png Rite of the Arcane for the killing blow.
  • Xerath Xerath is one of the most powerful mages thanks to his range and power, but has 2 major weaknesses:
    • His abilities are all skillshots, therefore they can be dodged.
    • Xerath Xerath is very mana-hungry, and his passive requires him to get close to recover mana.
  • In teamfights, Xerath Xerath deals severe AoE damage and is very effective against tightly grouped enemies.
  • Rite of the Arcane.png Rite of the Arcane has amazing range and massive damage, however its delay and small area make it easy for unhindered enemies to dodge. Thus it is best used in conjunction with an ally.
    • It is also great for stealing objectives. He can reach both Dragon Dragon and Baron Nashor Baron Nashor from mid lane.
    • Rite of the Arcane.png Rite of the Arcane's immunity to displacement effects can be used defensively against Rocket Grab.png Rocket Grab or Explosive Cask.png Explosive Cask.
    • This skill can also be used to snipe targets from a safe distance, especially fleeing champions. Take note that both teams can see the ring that indicates the skill's maximum range.
    • Hitting Rite of the Arcane.png Rite of the Arcane is pretty tricky to hit often, due to issues with vision or being against an opponent that is able to dodge all the shots. Here are some great ways to deal with this:
      • Using Rite of the Arcane.png Rite of the Arcane after your target gets CC'd will help you hitting the shots, because the opponent has less possibility of dodging it.
      • If the target flees into the fog of war while you are channeling Rite of the Arcane.png Rite of the Arcane, you must get vision somehow if you want to hit the shots.
      • Hitting opponents who know how to dodge Rite of the Arcane.png Rite of the Arcane is almost impossible without crowd control. Then, the only way to hit Rite of the Arcane.png Rite of the Arcane is to predict to where they are about to walk. Some hints on this are:
        • Take your time. You have 10 seconds to fire 3 shots while your enemies need to get out of your ult fast. If you use your time to your benefit by figuring out their movement pattern, there is a larger chance that your shots will hit them.
        • If you know where the enemy is about to move, use that against them by shooting on the spots they will be moving in some seconds.
        • Sometimes, it is better to let them use Recall.png recall and use Rite of the Arcane.png Rite of the Arcane after that. They might be looking away from their own place or seeing things in the shop.
      • Later in the game with at least rank 2 on Rite of the Arcane.png Rite of the Arcane, Xerath Xerath can cast the first shot quicker than the range indicator animation. Use this to quickly kill the careless enemies far away.
  • Xerath has several options for summoner spells:
    1. Ignite.png Ignite is generally a poor choice since Xerath Xerath is rarely close enough to use it.
    2. Flash.png Flash is best used for defense, as Xerath Xerath already has long range. Also, you can use it during charging Arcanopulse.png Arcanopulse to kill fleeing enemies if you are too slow to keep up.
    3. Teleport.png Teleport allows for better lane-control and opens some gank-options.
    4. Barrier.png Barrier can help you survive against assassins, one of Xerath Xerath’s major weaknesses.
    5. Heal.png Heal can also help you against assassins plus it has a movement speed boost, though the healing can be countered by Grievous Wounds.
    6. Cleanse.png Cleanse is generally a poor choice, since you have no escape to capitalize on it.
    7. Exhaust.png Exhaust has a short range, but protects you from some of your counters who have to rely on getting close in order to kill you, namely Fizz Fizz and Ahri Ahri. It also slows down targets so you can more reliably hit with all your attacks.
    8. Smite.png Smite is generally a poor choice, as Xerath Xerath can already deal high damage to minions and does very poorly in the jungle.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • Xerath Xerath's range can allow him to build full offensive with cooldown reduction, ability power, magic penetration, and some mana regeneration to power it.
    • 2 core items are Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item.png Athene's Unholy Grail or Morellonomicon item.png Morellonomicon, which gives you AP, mana, and cooldown reduction in good amounts. If combined, you will reach the 40% CDR cap.
      • Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item.png Athene's Unholy Grail is the more defensive option, giving you MR, and more mana regeneration, allowing you to stay away more often.
      • Morellonomicon item.png Morellonomicon is the more offensive option, giving you more AP, and being cheaper, but you will need to move closer more often, to gain mana from Mana Surge.png Mana Surge.
    • Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap should be bought right after hitting the CDR cap. It provides a large boost in damage.
    • Void Staff item.png Void Staff will help you against target's that stack magic resistance, and combine nicely with Haunting Guise item.png Haunting Guise, and/or Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item.png Sorcerer's Shoes.
  • Building Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass will give you ability power, armor, and a powerful active that can help you survive if the enemy team has gap closing abilities.
  • Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter can slow people down, making it easier to land more attacks.
  • While Mejai&#039;s Soulstealer item.png Mejai's Soulstealer is usually a risky purchase, it is less so on Xerath Xerath due to his very long range. As long as he maintains himself far and protected, and avoid dying, getting stacks will be very easy, thanks to his abilities having long range. It is a viable purchase if you are snowballing. Be sure to avoid dying too much, else this item is a waste of slot.
Countering
  • Xerath Xerath deals magic damage, thus magic resistance is the obvious counter, especially Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil to help disrupt his combo as well.
  • While all of Xerath Xerath's spells have a very long range, they are also all delayed and/or skill shots and can be dodged.
  • Xerath Xerath is very powerful and can poke your team down quickly. Every team must be able to deal with Xerath Xerath, as it is extremely difficult to deal with Xerath Xerath if your team does not have any way to engage on him late game, due to him having one of the longest ranges in the game combined with his insane poke damage.
    • That said, hard engage is an high weakness for Xerath Xerath due to his lack of mobility and because his Shocking Orb.png Shocking Orb is a skillshot and can only hit a single target. Thus it is advised to run tanks with powerful engage tools such as Malphite Malphite's Unstoppable Force.png Unstoppable Force and/or powerful assassins that can quickly close the gap to Xerath Xerath, such as Rengar Rengar and Kha&#039;Zix Kha'Zix. Running one of the two or even both can make it difficult for Xerath Xerath to do his job and shall make him a non-threat for your team.
  • Xerath Xerath is most powerful late game, especially with full items. Try to stop and starve him early.
  • Xerath Xerath's mana can be depleted quickly and he needs to come in short range for his passive to work.
    • Try and make him waste his attacks, and then counter when he is out of mana.
  • With his long range Xerath Xerath can be a threat to other lanes, notify your team if he leaves your lane.
  • Most of Xerath Xerath's attacks are AoE, try to stay spread out in team fights.
  • Avoid getting hit by his Shocking Orb.png Shocking Orb, as the stun gives him ample opportunity to land his combo.
  • Observing Xerath Xerath can help you to dodge his Arcanopulse.png Arcanopulse. When you see Xerath Xerath slow down, it's time to start dodging left or right, perpendicular to the imaginary line between you and Xerath Xerath. This gives you an extra warning besides the lit track before it's about to hit.
  • Casting Rite of the Arcane.png Rite of the Arcane makes Xerath Xerath immobile, and makes him immune to displacements. However, hard CC like stuns and silences interrupt Rite of the Arcane.png Rite of the Arcane and put it on cooldown, so saving these for when he casts his ultimate is worth it.
    • When Xerath Xerath uses Rite of the Arcane.png Rite of the Arcane, a large circle quickly expands from it. This circle is visible by everyone, and it indicates his maximum cast range. Use this to your advantage, and keep in mind that Rite of the Arcane.png Rite of the Arcane is an AoE ability.

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