Jax


by:Zahariel

Hello, my name is Zahariel and welcome to my guide to Jax, the Grandmaster at Arms! Jax is a melee bruiser with incredible scaling. Staying strong throughout the whole game, he is a monster late game. He can deal and take huge amounts of damage and specializes in taking down auto-attacking heroes. He has multiple ways to avoid damage and an AOE stun, so he will find himself jumping among the enemy team quite often. If Jax manages to get to 3 or 4 items he will probably destroy anyone 1v1 and can easily carry games.



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While you pick up Q and E on the first two levels as they offer the most utility, against melee opponents you usually want to max W first. If you are completely certain a jungler isn't coming to gank early, you can start with W to get some early harass in.
Against ranged opponents you may want to max Q to get closer to them a little easier.
E is maxed last as it offers the least bonuses from being leveled.
And as always, get your ultimate on every available level.

Summoner SpellTop



Flash is the best summoner spell in the game at the moment. Ignite helps secure kills in the laning phase.
You can also use Ghost if you have trouble sticking to your opponents and Teleport for greater map presence.

ItemsTop


Starting Items

Start boots when you aren't sure what to start with or you need to avoid skillshots in lane.
Start Cloth and pots when versus an agressive physical damage laner (Darius, Pantheon etc)
Start Bottle and pots when versus a high harass opponent (Nidalee, Singed, Cho'Gath etc)
You can get a ward and two potions instead of 4 potions if they have an agressive early jungler (Xin Zhao, Lee Sin etc) 

Core Items

Buy boots depending on the enemy team. Mercury's will always be the best choice once you get to teamfights but don't hesitate buying Tabi if you are against a high damage AD hero (Pantheon, Renekton, Nidalee etc).
Trinity Force is by far the best item on Jax, he gains full value from it.  Every single stat makes him stronger and the slow proc makes it almost impossible to escape from him when he is chasing you.
Blade offers insane amounts of life gain and damage and a very useful active.
Finally, Warmog's Armor  makes him even harder to kill and allows him to be extremely agressive.
Works great with ulti's active. 

Luxury Items

Maw versus AP opponents, Scimitar versus lots of CC/supression.
Gauntlet instead of trinity if you need the armor early.
Guardian Angel for extreme teamfight durability.
Bloodthirster for extra damage/sustain.
Zephyr if you bought Tabi and have no tenacity.
And finally Wit's End only versus Singed in lane. 

MasteriesTop

Offense

Defence

Utility

This set of masteries give Jax a great amount of damage while offering lots of defensive benefits. The latest points in Offense are not that useful to Jax so they are replaced with some durability in defense.