Note: with the new buffs, almost all of the matchups have changed. Most of them are a lot easier.
Gangplank is a strong level 1 champion if he has an offensive setup. Parley and his passive give him great dueling and chasing power and allow him to first blood a lot of champions. That said, you are an even STRONGER level 1 champion with your Q. The only issue is if Gangplank hangs back all day and harasses you with his Parley. If that is the case, play safe at level 1 and dart in for last hits. If he comes into melee range to farm, feel free to use AA-Q. Once level 2 arrives, simply jump him with E-AA-Q whenever you can and your burst will quickly overwhelm him.
Garen is all about his early burst. However, with Xin's new buffs, I suspect his early game may have even surpassed Garen's now. Even so, take advantage of the fact that Garen must stick to you for 3 seconds to apply his damage. At level 1, your 3 hits of Q outdamage his 1 hit of Q, so activate your Q before he silences you and knock him up. Once Garen gets his EQ combo, when he Es you, back up towards your minions, forcing him to take aggro before retaliating with your EQ combo. With minions backing you up, you will win. Your damage will scale better than his, so past the first few levels (maybe even in the first few levels now), you will win. Garen's harass also pushes pretty hard, opening him up to jungle ganks.
Rumble is not a very hard lane. Start with E, he will start with flamespitter. If he burns flamespitter, charge him and AA while it is on CD (If you start Q, most likely he will flame you and move away when you move in, E is better because your base AA beats his base AA 100%). Play smart and do not EQ him when his shield is up. After your EQ combo, retreat and dodge his harpoons. If you use hit-and-run EQ combos, you will come ahead.
Irelia is an easy lane if you engage right. Her W damage will beat your EQ combo in a continous fight, so, like Rumble, retreat after your EQ. When you engage, she will stun you with her E and proceed to use W and Q to fight back, but as long as you finish the fight with her knocked up, you will easily win damage trades. Irelia's combo has much higher mana costs than Xin's. EQ-retreat <-- do this continously and she will soon run out of mana. Free harass --> kill. You don't have to worry about her outsustaining you if you max W second. Your burst with
combined with the passive healing will make it so that she finds it impossible to consistently keep her health higher than yours.
Shyvana is another champion that has very strong level 1-2 damage with burnout. She can often do more damage than you expect, so manage your potions so that you remain full or near full health during these early levels. When she engages on you, just pop your E-AA-Q combo on her and retreat to avoid her burnout damage. You will come ahead if you do this.
The only reason Wukong is on this list is so that you know how to deal with his clone. His damage does not match yours. When you EQ Wukong, watch for a sudden stop in movement. If you see that, move towards his path of retreat so you can continue the combo when he destealths. For this reason, don't activate W after EQ.
Pantheon's passive and Q harass can be quite annoying to Xin. Like GP, his level 1 is quite strong with Q. For this reason start Q, as if you start E and just charge him, a good pantheon will outdamage you with his Q. Play and stay back at level 1 near your ranged minions, darting in for creeps. If Pantheon harasses you, your ranged minions will attack him, providing you with at least some form of counter harass. Unless he plans on burning his mana away by last hitting with Q, he will move into melee range to farm at level 1. This is your chance. Auto attack him first to break his shield and then use TTS and you should trade well. Once you get your charge, this lane becomes much easier. Just remember to use the E-AA-Q combo so you break his shield before applying TTS. At level 6 if you have both played evenly, you will find the damage gap between you and him lengthen considerably. Should be an easy lane as long as you handle early levels well.
Tryndamere is a win for Xin, but you have to play the lane carefully. At level 1, you can Q harass but back off immediately after. Do not go in straight for EQ, but get into melee range first and use Q before using E to catch up when he spins away. This is very important to get the full 3 TTS strikes, otherwise you will lose in damage output. Back off immediately after your EQ combo and don't fight him when you are affected by his W. Try to engage him before he completes his fury bar and you should be able to take the advantage/kill by level 4.
means that your burst and damage will by far surpass his. Once you get
, you can easily burst his health to 30% in one combo and outdamage his sustain.
Once he hits 6, try your best to force him to burn Endless Rage. Chase if you can kill, otherwise, just wait until he comes back to lane and it should be an easy kill without his ult. When tower diving Tryndamere, once he burns his ult, block off his path of escape by retreating towards the BACK of his tower. Once you are out of tower range, wait for his ult to time out before walking back to him and EQ as he stands there helplessly.
is the best starting item against her
Riven is a tough lane, though it is very winnable. Your EQ combo outdamages hers, but she can be annoying and kite you with her shield. For this reason, don't E-AA-Q, but rather use the melee combo: AA-Q-E to catch up when she dashes away.
It is important to begin AA-Q-E the moment she engages on you. Otherwise, if you wait too long, she can stun and kite away, getting free damage and not allowing you to trade. If you trade evenly, combo for combo, you will win this lane.
against Riven as she is one of the few champs that can both output a tremendous amount of melee damage and at the same time avoid taking damage from you. If she goes
and you don't, you will lose this lane against a good Riven. The biggest thing to watch for is when you both hit level 6.
Because she has no mana, she can use her ult the moment she hits 6. Make sure that when you hit 6, you have at least 200 mana for your combo. If this means you have to stop harassing at 5, do that. If you don't have your full combo and she has her's at level 6, you will lose trades. Try not to fight when her ultimate is on.
Fiora's problem is her W (the block). Unfortunately, it does block TTS, so try to use an Auto-Attack to break it before using Q. Her dash damage is negligible, but her E will do some pretty decent damage. However, your Q outdamages her E, so do not be afraid to trade. Watch out for her ultimate as it does more damage than you would expect. Her ultimate outdamages yours, but with less burst. When towerdiving Fiora, it is a good idea to bait her ultimate and W first if possible. You can do this by hitting the tower and then moving as if to attack her. She will use her W to block.
Yorick is damned annoying but can be an easy win if you play it right. Do not engage at level 1 as he can kite you with his slow and come ahead. Level 2 onwards, you want to use your E-AA-Q combo every time he harasses you as your EQ does more damage than his harass. If you don't do this, he will outsustain and outharass you early. It is important to retreat after your knockup, as he has a stronger retaliation. If you do your EQ combos correctly, the lane can go two ways. If Yorick starts typical cloth 5 pots, he will run out of mana before you and your harass will deal more damage than he can sustain. It will be a kill around level 5 for you.
If he starts meki pendant and has mad mana regen however, he may or may not force you to back at around level 6. Before this happens, you want to push as hard as possible and back to base. If you continue laning he will eventually kill you. Buy
if you can afford it, and return to lane. In Xin's buffed state, if you return to lane at level 6 with even health and mana as Yorick, you can easily dominate him and outburst his sustain with your ERQ(W) combo. Just remember to counter harass and watch for his ult reviving himself.
What a lot of Yoricks will do once they're 6 is use their ult and attempt to force an all-out engage when you jump him. Fight him. Don't retreat or he will sustain while his clone is active and come out ahead. Pop ERQ and W when he fights back and remember to use ignite to shut down his healing. More often than not, Yorick will end up retreating and you can gain health back from attacking minions. If you're losing in these sustained duels, rush
ASAP and pop the active the moment you know for sure he will fight back. This will let you win by a landslide or force him to retreat, letting you gain lane dominance.
If you know an enemy nidalee is going top, chances are it's an AD Nidalee. You can start boots 3 since the buffs as it is now more beneficial for you to get your full combo off than just to sustain. Start E and like all ranged AD champs, don't engage level 1 or she will kite you. Dart in for cs, and the moment you hit level 2, start counterharassing with E-Q, obviously taking into account factors like minion aggro and junglers. The boots will also help you dodge her spears, which is crucial for winning this lane.
Hide near your ranged minions when you're not harassing so that she takes damage when she attacks you. To make sure you get your full combo off, after charging Nidalee,move toward her escape path between each hit of Three Talon Strike to get as many hits as possible. Retreat after each EQ combo and you will force her to burn a lot of mana on her heals. Depending on the Nidalee and how safe she plays chances are you will be able to get an early kill or zone her. Even if she plays very well, you shouldn't lose this lane although you may not get a kill. As always, an early brutalizer will surely lead to a won lane.
This lane is manageable, if not easy if you play it right. If teemo just blinds you whenever he can, EQ him when blind wears off as it will be on CD and you will win. Hoewver, if he saves blind for when you jump him and harasses you constantly, it get tougher, but is still winnable.
Simply E to him, activate Q, and begin to auto attack him while paying close attention to Xin. The moment you are blinded (look for the tell-tale cloud and 'Blinded' tooltip), stop auto attacking to conserver your 3 Q hits, and use the move command to stay close to Teemo (follow him if he runs away). Once the blind wears off, use your TTS to wreck him. If you do this consistently, you will win by far.
For this purpose, start boots 3 pots. Alternatively, if you can play safe and survive until level 6, you will win the lane just by the burst damage on your ultimate. Just pay attention to where he places shrooms and avoid moving into bushes when possible.
Kayle is a tricky, but not difficult laners that can catch a lot of players off guard. Start with your E and boots 3. The first thing you have to be aware of is that her level 1 is deceptively strong with her E steroid. Do not engage at level 1 unless she uses a spell other than E (the flaming sword, righteous fury). If she uses her E to farm or harass you, back off and wait until it is over (lasts 10 seconds, cooldown 16 seconds, downtime 6 seconds) before you counter harass. Once level 2 comes, you can begin initiating harass.
What is crucially important is that you retreat immediately after your E+Q, leaving her knocked up in the air as you cannot fight her with auto-attacks vs righteous fury. She will use her slow and E to try to chase you down, so back back back up past your ranged minions until she stops chasing. If there's a bush nearby, use it; go inside and she will stop chasing at the threat of your TTS. When your E is on cooldown you will have to dart in for last hits if her righteous fury is up. For this lane, I recommend maxing E second so that you will be able to threaten and harass as often as possible. Your EQ burst will devastate her, but if you linger around too long afterwards, her E will devastate you. So long as you play this safely, carefully and back off after the knockup, you will come ahead. As usual, incorporate your R into your opening harass.
When she uses her ult, unless you have a significant health advantage, disengage and wait until it is over. If you are in no danger of dying (she is using ult as a defensive measure), simply stay next to her and follow her until her ult is over before continuing your combo. Alternatively, if your TTS is nearing the knockup, apply the knockup when she ults so she can't escape.
The trick to facing Udyr is not to be intimidated by his harass. If you let him harass you without counterharassing, you will surely lose. Realize that after he uses his tiger harass, it is on cooldown for 6 seconds, and this is your window to retaliate. Don't fight him in a sustained duel if you can help it, as even with your W, his ministun and turtle/tiger spam will overcome you. I would start boots 3 against him to get your combo off easier, since a good majority of his damage is magical anyway.
At level 1, he will tiger you. The moment he does so, use your AA-Q combo. If you can get just 2 hits of TTS, you come ahead in this trade. Past level 1, he has his turtle stance and will try to regen his health and mana. Don't let him do this. Use your AA-Q-E combo as often as it is up but remember to retreat afterwards. If he is giving you a tough time, get
. As long as you don't sustain engage him, and only fight when your Q is up, you should be able to overpower him early game.
Past level 6, aim to get
as fast as possible as you will need it to trade effectively. Avoid
, as if he gets it too, it becomes a sustain war, one that you will lose. Instead, take advantage of your ultimate and outburst his sustain. Use AA-R-Q-E whenever you can and retreat afterwards.
If you really can't get away, force him to chase you to your minions before fighting so he takes aggro. If you do well early game and get a fast
, the lane is yours. Just remember to be aggressive, counter harass, but do not sustain-fight. When I faced Udyr before Xin buffs and before Udyr nerfs, I was able to beat him early game, and lane at a slight disadvantage after he got
. Now that he has been nerfed and Xin has been buffed, I suspect Xin should be able to easily beat him.
Jax is a matchup where you have to beat him early. If you can gain the early advantage and get a fast brutalizer, the lane is yours. This isn't easy however, because of his counterstrike (E). Again, start Q at level 1 and try to get in some harass.
Once level 3 rolls around, however, Jax will likely have his dodge and be able to negate your harass. The trick is to do this: E + Q, and the moment Jax pops counterstrike, stop attacking and retreat as he dodges your TTS as well. Counterstrike is a significant mana investment and has an 18 second CD. This means after you retreat from the stun, you have a window of time to use your EQ again, as his only defense against you is on cooldown. If he stays back during the entire time his E is on CD, he will miss out a lot of farm and you will come out ahead. Simply put, press your early advantage and force him to use his dodge whenever you can, dealing damage to him when it is on cooldown.
During later levels, the same rule applies: disengage once he pops his counter strike and use your ERQ combo as often as possible, taking advantage of the fact that you have a burst ultimate while he does not. Unless you have a significant advantage, retreat after the knock-up, avoiding a long sustained duel and you should win. Again, if he is able to force duels consistently and wins them, rush
to increase your dueling capability.
Level 1 against Darius is probably the most frustrating part. He will use his Q to harass you, attacking you with the outer edge of the axe and staying just out of range for you to attack him back. Therefore, play safe by darting in for last hits until you learn your E at level 2. At this point, begin to counter harass with your typical E + Q, and you should be able to outdamage him. Retreat after the knockup to disallow him from applying hemorrhage stacks. This is a lane where I almost always get 2
If you haven't killed him by then, level 6 becomes a little trickier. You don't want to flat out fight to the death because of his finishing ultimate unless you have a significant advantage. The safest way to fight is to wait for him to hook you. When he does so, ult immediately before you attack him, knocking him away and counteracting his only way of re-engaging. Follow up with your standard EWQ, and retreat after knocking him up. This ensures that there is no way he can get a full stacked ultimate on you while you get your full combo off on him, as you negate his hook with your own ultimate, allowing you to escape after your EWQ.
If he doesn't initiate with hook and is harassing you with Q, do not allow him to chunk your health and attempt to bait him to waste his Q. Engage on him with your ERQ while your hp percentages are still even, as this is not a champion you want to fight when he has a health advantage. Use a modified combo to prevent him from getting a 5 stack ultimate: E + R + 2 x Q, then retreat. When he pulls you in, use your 3rd hit of Q to knock him up, allowing you to run away without retaliation. If you do this successfully, the lane is yours.