IntroductionIf you're reading this guide again, then you will know this first sentence is an edit.
To be honest I've just been trying to brainwash riot into buffing Jax, to me there isn't really anything wrong with him at all since I've had so many games playing him. If I could get a pentakill in a ranked game when he was underbuffed at crazy at his worse, not VS bad players either.
But I will admit he is not easy to understand and master, compared to heroes like warwick or sion. He has some depth and detail to him. There is an actual way of playing him, I just don't like showing it to other people because he's my main.
Only those who have really devoted to Jax know a little bit of what I'm talking about. I would say they understand fully if they were able to carry themselves into the higher rated games, I usually say rating doesn't mean anything but there is a trick to it(plus your luck)
In the future I will make a legit guide on Jax when I feel the time is right, but for now if you haven't already noticed, this guide is just to put up a front. That is all.
First of all, I want you all to know that Jax is weak as hell this patch, and you should probably not play him, since there are other hero's like or that are much more useful.
But before we start, as for heroes and support how Jax need's support, there are other heroes who could fulfill that role better then him and still do everything else fine, Jax is at a great disadvantage, how do I know? Because I've played Jax over a 1000 times, I know him inside out just as much as Big Mclarge Huge if not more. There are times where he's been overpowered but now that he's underpowered in my opinion now is the time to act for me to complain and give feedback.
Jax StoryEveryone from closed beta to now, or at least most of everyone has seen Jax's story, it is by far the best stories I have ever seen out of all the champions, he is just a total bad ass, and is now the Leader of the league as I recall. But is the leader of the league so incapable that he needs to be not only handicapped with his lamppost or hockey stick, but his base stats and ability to do what he does best? But the story doesn't effect ingame so lets move on to that.
This guide will be about what I think Jax needs for the next patch or whenever he'll be changed, and without a doubt he has such a low presence mid game and late game.
Now there are a lot of aspects I can cover. Hopefully this will answer Shurelia's questions to me about Jax and what does he need. (Has some ranting relating to me the player, and the game but for good reason and use)
The reason for these Masteries is that it give's you the full output for your attack speed, and it make's you tough. It's really hard to make Jax viable so you might as well absorb a lot of damage. The longer you survive the more you deal, and the faster you deal it.
Marks:Runes are really player preference but I find armor pen a must, seeing how you already have so much base attack at level one. It helps out in the long run too.
Seals:Dodge is user preference, since I'm Dyrus my luck with dodging is somewhat ridiculous. Don't ask me why it's just always been like that but since the recent nerfs cause I made him look so strong, it's kinda hard to make it stand out.
Glyphs:Magic Resist/AP/Mana w/e you want.
to keep people from running away or to stop that retarded caster who does a billion magic dmg. Or for the 1v1 fights to surprise people. Pretty self explanatory But this is user preference like everything else.
to chase, run away, everything. Ghost like I said before is like Ice Cream and you will be very sad without ice cream when a bunch of fat kids come to take it away from you, such as your survivability as a hero and being alive or dead.
Edited: May 7 2011.
Exhaust Flash. cause flash is op.
Passive: Equipment Mastery
Jax's prowess with weapons and armor increase his fortitude as he gains equipment. Jax gains 3 health per point of Attack Damage and 2 health per point of Ability Power received from items.
Honestly I wish they would change this mastery because it sucks.
But on another note this mastery is the entire reason why you get
Yes you can get 2 guinsoo's. Why? Because two is better than one, you can attack much faster and be more efficient, but at the same time gain hp from the item, and do more dmg.
Q: Leap Strike
Jax leaps towards a target. If it's an enemy, he attacks it and deals an additional 50 / 75 / 100 / 125 / 150 (+70% of ability power) magic damage.
Cooldown 13 / 11 / 9 / 7 / 5seconds
Use this to chase or get away. You can place wards to jump over wall's which can be considered like a flash.
You can have alot of fun with this spell because when you combine it with at level one you pretty much take half their HP if it's someone who starts with low hp like .
This skill is fine I don't agree with the AP nerf but maybe it's for the better for his raping late game
Jax charges his weapon with energy, causing his next attack to deal 75/110/145/180/215 (+40% ap and 40% bonus ad) bonus magic damage.
This skill is useless... Use it to farm quickly at the start? What the hell are you gonna do with 30-60 dmg early, when you have an aoe stun and a chasing or running ability. This either needs to be buffed slightly or changed back to how it used to be as it always was. I find it ridiculously useless because nobody uses it, and there's a reason why. You won't even have the mana to support it, and even if you go for supporting mana everything else falls apart making him useless again.
However, you need to hit with normal auto attack then press W to cancel out the attack speed animation. Sometimes really helpful and can combo into your ult passive.
E: Counter Strike
Passive: Increases Jax's dodge chance by 10 / 12 / 14 / 16 / 18%.
Active: Jax stuns surrounding enemies for 1 second and deals 80 / 100 / 120 / 140 / 160 (+60% of ability power) magic damage to them.
Usable only within 7 seconds of dodging an attack.
Without this you're useless, enough said.
I agree with the AP nerf, but you have to actually get hit to stun, and have people around. Casters will blow you up as they always have and should be able to but not as deadly as it should be.
It's just ridiculous, you have to set things up with jax and it shouldn't be like that, because any other hard carry is ready to go.
They might change the spell to something else stronger since Riot decided to make so many counter items for Jax... -_-`
R: Relentless Assault
(passive) Jax's basic attacks increase his attack speed by 6 / 10 / 14% for a short duration, and hitting the same unit 2 consecutive times enhances Jax's next attack for 140 / 170 / 210 (+70% of ability power) bonus magic damage. Attack speed stacks up to 10 times.
(active) Grants 20/35/50 + Jax's dodge percent in bonus magic resistance for a short time upon activation.
Cooldown 60 / 0seconds
Cost 80 / 0mana
Your main source for constant dps, if you manage to actually get 10 hits off someone. They'll probably be dead before it hit's 10 hits.
Attack speed doesn't work on towers, before you can get the first rotation off you die, this has always been an issue but now it's even more of a hassle. You find yourself picking people off rather then dpsing normally, Jax is able to beat any champion 1v1, but with all these new champions like olaf or shen, he just can't take them because he doesn't have enough damage as he should have until late game and is heavily item reliant. Even with good items he still dies. I can't even carry in solo queue when Jax is a hard hybrid carry and is only strong early and ultra late game.
Also what people don't realize for Jax is they should try and get the rotation up before fights, because if you're auto attacking creeps and someone decides to attack you, and you have guinsoo's.Then they're idiots for attacking you when you can deal your max dps.
Explanation:It's all about user preference.
If you want to do as much dmg as possible at lvl 1 get
Don't Get if it's an extra hit, does more.
If you want to survive at lvl 1 fight and draw attention to stun everyone for a second get
Item BuildsThere are way to many item builds to go over but here's what you need to know:
- Jax's item's take way to long to farm.
- Even when he's dominating and has alot of farm it's still hard to make him work compared to other
- The Dorans Blades nerf's really hit him hard.
Simple as this you can go...
Do NEVER get:
Note: All items are weak because riot still hasn't buffed Jax yet, and it's hard to make him work in high elo unless you have and solo lane.
Solo LaneJax is still a somewhat viable solo lane, even after all of this bashing he can give a few surprises who have no knowledge about Jax, and get first blood and turn the game in his favor. He still needs some serious tweaking.
Dual laneSemi strong laner with a support, he NEEDS farm and if he's getting denied he's pretty much screwed, this applies to most heroes but applies the most to Jax how he needs it the most.
JunglingHe can go straight to lizard and do it without smite, then straight to golem. This is fairly strong because he has good hp early and has dodge counter etc. But after that he farms way to slow and can't really gank unless the lane baits.
Early GameSurprisingly Jax is probably one of the strongest early game heroes even when he's meant to be a hybrid hard carry, this is because of his dodge and how much hp he has due to his passive, but his passive doesn't do him much good because there's not enough attack/ap dmg items.
Mid GameYou get your ult, you still farm slow because of slow attack speed, so you get attack speed but guess what? It doesn't go into your passive, rageblade takes a little while to farm and by then he still dies to fast because of the health max gain on each hit, because now he doesn't actually get hp from hits like life steal whether that was meant to be in there or not.
Late GameEven if you're doing good, you're still weak, You're a carry and in team fights if you get focused or don't have a good supporting team you're pretty much dead in 2 seconds even with dodge. Don't give me all this **** about oh you didn't have a good support, well there are some carries that jump in there and rape everyone without anything like xin, or tryn, or olaf, or a bunch of other carries. Ranged hero carries don't even need to worry about it, Jax's survivability and farm ability is way to low.
Ultra Late GameBy now you probably have rageblade and atmas and triple pot, and rape everyone. You still die pretty fast even with defensive mastery and such. You do massive damage but there's no point if you can't get it going before you die. Your life steal won't always save you because you probably won't have enough farm even at this point even if you're doing good.
Team FightsYou can't initiate them, you can only pick people off. If you get focused without support you're screwed and it takes awhile for you to get going and it takes forever to kill sometimes.
Difficulty to PlayPretty **** high now that he's underpowered, you have to do everything perfect one small mistake and your screwed high or low elo. Mistakes on other champions or carries are easily forgiven and forgotten with many 2nd chances.
ItemsNot only that Jax is underpowered and weak in a lot of aspects right now he even has an item that counters him. He is heavily reliant on items and still can't farm them at the right time even when you have like 5 kills, you will still be behind midgame which is natural but it's just way out of balance not in Jax's favor.
Equipment MasteryIf you go tank you still die pretty fast, and do no damage
If you go DPS you need attack speed and time to get your full dps going, and attack speed doesn't mean anything to your passive so you die before you even can get going
If you go AP you have slow attack speed and can't tank so you still die fast
If you go Hybrid, all of the above happens and you still die.
If you jungle, it's slow and all of the above applies
Health/SurvivabilityNimbleness benefits him this is no doubt, but it doesn't matter if he dies in 2 seconds and can't catch anybody anymore. No point of getting mallet with all the ghost flash and escape, or immune heroes. He lack major survivability
Attack/DPSHe's suppose to have a ridiculously strong attack, but this is invalid because it doesnt apply in until late game. He can't do any damage at all without any items, his base attack is way to low or average compared to every other hero on how it says to be. You can't even focus hard on attack because you pretty much die from tanks who just go all tank items and still do average damage and you still die.
Spells/APHis AP damage is pretty decent but still not effective enough because of the AP nerf. The damage he takes from spells is ridiculous how he can die to any caster in 2 seconds.
When is Jax strong?For Jax there isn't 3 categories of times, in my opinion Jax has 4 times of when he's strong or not however you guys want to look at it.
Jax Best Allies / Jax Counters
Heroes that benefit uou:
Jax counter items:
Everything that easily counter's you curiosity of Guinsoo, since he raged at me so much in closed beta, he decided to make a billion items/heroes that counter you
Final CommentsIn the end Jax is really hard to make him work, there is no real item build that will miraculous make you better. If you somehow get to top 25 by playing only Jax I will be amazed because even as a person who's played Jax as much as I have, it is almost impossible to make him work without good teammates. As much as I love Jax you would be better off playing Xin Zhao.
I apologize to those who expected a really positive guide, I will make one when I can make Jax work or see that they actually buff him. I honestly love Jax, I've played him 1000's of times. But I just can't make him work as good as he should be. Even if I play godlike with him he still can be shut down by experienced players and certain items or heroes very easily.
In my conclusion what needs to be changes is: his passive, empower, survivability or damage or ability to farm. I'm not asking to buff them all majorly and make him ******ed, just one or the other, he needs to be able to fulfill one role effectively or be able to hybrid decently.
Questions? Feedback? Suggestions? I got the info and advice and experience, I will give you an answer.
More to be added as I remember stuff, and answering questions etc.