Holy – Xerath Support is doing pretty well! Did you know that this pick has a 2.36% pick rate? How to build and play “this thing”? Check it out and play!
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HAHA! Unexpected and random Xerath gameplay on support!
Introduction – how to build it?
- 1st level: Q, W, E
- Then R > Q > W > E
- Flash + Exhaust
- Spellthief’s Edge + Health Potions
- Eye of the Watchers, Sorcerer’s Shoes, Morellonomicon, Luden’s Echo, Void Staff, Rabaddon’s Deathcap
Main Tree: Sorcery
- Arcane Comet: The perfect skill for Xerath – literally free damage from a very likely skill hit.
- Manaflow Band: Best rune of this tier – free skill cast? Sweet! Extra sustain? Sweet!
- Absolute Focus: This selection can be replaced by Transcendence – it all depends on your playstyle.
- Scorch: Strongest choice for Xerath.
Secondary Tree: Inspiration
- Magical Footwear: It or Stopwatch – it all depends (again) on your play style.
- Cosmic Insight: A useful rune, 5% is always nice.
Why does it work?
- High lane damage
Early Xeratha is very strong due to its damage. If we combine it with, for example, MF, we get a combo that can literally win the game early.
- Better mana management
Manaflow allows for better mana management – because it is much easier to poke opponents if we are not limited by mana.
- More rune pokes
Arcane Comet + Absolute Focus + Scorch – Remember these runes because they allow Xerath to deal damage. i.e. a lot of damage – enough to be considered a good / not bad pick. Hitting opposing supports? Izi. Poke the opposite, non-mobile ADC? Pfft, simple.
What might not work?
- Weak to all-ins
Leona or Taric can easily bring Xerath to the ground – one failed stun of our mage and this pair of supports can make Xerath incredibly vulnerable to enemy attacks.
- He has to snowball
The problem of characters that are strong in the early – Xerath Support has to snowball opponents in the bot early, so that he can then oppose, for example, Kayn or Rengar (who normally … kill him and that’s it for fun).
With this build, Xerath works great as a damage-focused character – he was strong before, but now he’s gained even more with the new runes. He has a nice synergy with the marksman meta, but assassins and all-in characters hurt him a lot.