The Ultimate Jax Build for Dominating Every Game
Love him or hate him, Jax is an excellent champion in League of Legends which can easily take on multiple opponents… and win! Thanks to his high damage output and tanky build, when played correctly, Jax can quickly become a beast in game.
However, in order to dominate your game and leave your opponents scratching their heads, you need the right Jax build. A build that tells you exactly what items you need, which abilities to level first, and what runes to run. Lucky for you, we have exactly what you’re looking for!
Today we’re taking a look at the grandmaster at arms, Jax and the perfect build to dominate in game. Starting from the foundations of runes and masteries we’ll also be taking a look at what item build to follow and how to tackle champions in game. Let’s begin!
When it comes to summoner spells, there is absolutely no question over whether you should have Flash or not. All the pros use it and so should you! Not only does it make escaping easier, but it can also help you dodge skill shots and dive enemies. The uses for it are just too good to not have it. This is why Flash is an essential summoner spell for every ranked player and why it’s the first summoner spell in our Jax build.
The other summoner spell on the other hand, is debatable. You have a choice between Teleport and Ignite, depending on your playstyle. If you want to try and push to get first blood in the early stages of the game then Ignite is definitely the better option. Ignite allows you to play more aggressive and unleash hell upon your opponent as he tries to run away. With Ignite, the chances of you getting first blood are greatly increased which could give you a nice snowball effect later on in game.
If you prefer a more defensive playstyle however, then you’ll get much more use out of Teleport. Teleport can be used to get back to lane quickly, which can give you a massive advantage over your opponent. Sometimes if you’re feeling adventurous, you can also use it to teleport to other towers where the action is happening. As you can see, Teleport opens up a lot of possibilities.
Ultimately this decision is up to you, but as long as you don’t pick Exhaust or Cleanse, then you’ll be fine.
Next up on our Jax build are runes. To many people, especially new players, runes aren’t that important and many often play without them. This is terrible as it gives you a huge disadvantage when up against other players. Not only do you do less damage, but you’ll also be squishier. Here are the runes you should be using for Jax:
- 6 x Greater Mark of Attack Damage
- 3 x Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
- 6 x Greater Glyph of Scaling Cooldown Reduction
- 3 x Greater Quintessence of Attack Speed
- 3 x Greater Mark of Attack Speed
- 9 x Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
- 9 x Greater Seal of Armor
As you can see, Jax doesn’t need any fancy runes to function properly. These selection of runes will give Jax a good laning phase which will make him durable with strong auto attacks. As Jax mainly relies on his auto attacks for damage, this turns him into a deadly weapon. The rest of the runes increase his durability which makes it slightly easier to survive in lane while trading blows. Combine these runes together and you have a nice mix of attack damage, attack speed, magic resist and cooldown reduction. Everything you need to turn Jax into a turbocharged machine.
When it comes to masteries, you don’t really have many choices regarding customizability. In order to benefit the most from a mastery tree, you need to spend at least 18 points which gives you an additional 12 to spend elsewhere.
For this Jax build we’re going to be using a simple 18/0/12 mastery which includes 18 points to unlock Fervor of Battle. The rest of the points are in the Resolve mastery tree and just give you that extra benefit of reducing your summoner spells by 15%. To give you an idea of what build you should be using, check the pic below or click this link.
As you can see, this masteries build focuses primarily on: increasing attack speed, armor penetration and damage. The Ferocity tree gives you extra damage to take on your opponents in lane, while the Resolve tree gives you more defensive to make your laning phase even easier. Overall, the combination of extra damage and additional tankiness makes this mastery tree a solid choice for all Jax players.
Now we’ve got the out of game basics covered; it’s take to explore things you can do in game to destroy your opponents. One of the hardest decisions you’ll come across in game is which abilities to level first. With so many good ones to choose from, should you focus on maxing your W or E first?
The answer really depends on who you are up against. If you’re facing a lot of ranged champions, e.g. Teemo, then you’ll most likely want to max Q first. This gives you a great gap closer to jump to and from enemies and allowing you to deal damage in their face. If however, you’re up against melee champions, then you’ll want to max E. Your counter strike ability is excellent for melee champions as it dodges incoming damage and stuns enemies at the end. The higher you level it, the more damage and longer the stun it does. Which one you go for as your primary ability, you’ll want to level your W up second.
Empower is a great ability that will let you deal most of your damage. With its ability to reset your auto attack timer, if you time this perfectly you can unleash double the damage. Combine this with the extra attack from your ultimate, and you can easily become a one-man wrecking machine. Here’s an example of a Jax ability build in game.
Now we’ve covered the foundations of your in-game strategy, what about items? Items can often make or break a game depending what route you go for. If you just stack up on damage, then you’ll become extra squishy, but if you get too defensive then your DPS will suffer. As a basic in-game item build for Jax, this is what we recommend:
- Cloth armor + healing pots
- Doran’s Blade + healing pot
- Long sword + healing pot
The first starting items are good for heavy counters or strong AD matchups. The extra armor allows you to survive a bit longer in lane as and gives you a chance of fighting back. The Doran’s Blade + healing pot combo is best used with Teleport as the chances are you’ll be heading back to base often to refill. The last combo is the super aggressive build that should only be used once you’ve mastered Jax and know the easy matchups.
- Trinity Force + Blade of the Ruined King
- Banshee’s Veil + Randuin’s Omen
- Ninja Tabi / Mercury’s Treads
Once you start to progress into the early stages of the game you’ll want to focus on building your core items. These core items include the Trinity Force and Blade of the Ruined King. Combine these together and you’ll have lots of attack speed and lots of damage.
Depending on how the game is going, at some point you’ll want to stack up on defensive items. The 2 best defensive items for Jax are the Banshee’s Veil and Randuin’s Omen. Both provide great defensive stats which allow you to fight off incoming attacks from both AP and AD opponents.
In addition to these 2 defensive items you also want to pick which boots you eventually go for. Ninja Tabi’s are great for teams without hard crowd control as it gives you some nice extra defensive stats. On the other hand, Mercury’s Treads are best for opponents with lots of AP or crowd control. The built-in Tenacity is a lifesaver and will allow you to escape even the worst CC.
- Hextech Gunblade
- Frozen Mallet
- Spirit Visage
Now you’ve got 5 / 6 of your items covered; you’re probably wondering what’s last. Well it really depends on your opponent’s team comp and how well it’s going. If you’re looking for some extra damage in those late phases then you’ll probably want to go for Hextech Gunblade. Not only does it give you extra attack damage, but it also gives you extra ability power. Combine this with a cool passive heal, and it’s a great choice to give you that extra bit of damage.
Next up is the Frozen Mallet. If you’re trying to catch pesky champions such as Teemo and Singed then the Frozen Mallet gives you lots of additional health and attack damage. It’s built in passive “icy” also helps slow down opponents so you can pummel them to death!
Last, but not least on the situational items list is the Spirit Visage. This item is great for those who are taking a beating in game and need something to help them survive a little longer. The extra health, magic resist and additional healing is great to turn you into a defensive brick. If you’re getting nuked down by Syndra or Veigar, then this is the best to fight back with.
In Game Strategy
The last part of this guide is all about how you actually play in game. Of course we can’t be looking over your shoulder whispering and telling you what to do, but we can give you a few pointers.
The early stage of the game is all about trying to secure kills and not die. Depending on your matchup this will determine your approach. If you’re up against someone really hard and tanky or with lots of poke. Then you’ll want to play defensive and not feed all game. That in itself is a great success for you and your team. If however you’re up against an easy matchup that is super squishy, then you should take full advantage of it.
Throughout the mid-game this is where you will really start to build up momentum. When you’ve unlocked your first ultimate rank, saved up enough gold for a few items and leveled your W, you’ll start to become a machine. It’s in this time that you want to rack up as many kills and as much farm as possible. Getting yourself as much gold as possible will lead you down the highway to success.
If you’re not doing as well as you’d like, then it’s time to make some changes to your strategy before you lose the game. This means doing things such as focusing on defensive items and opposed to offensive and changing your approach in game.
By the time you get to the late game you should be an absolute monster with your build. This means you can primarily focus on taking down the enemies ADC and any support they may have. This gives the rest of your team the chance to clean up and make a push to destroy their towers and ultimately their Nexus. If you are lagging behind and it doesn’t look like you are winning then be sure to start stacking up on defensive items like we mentioned above. This should give you the extra health and defensive stats to solo their ADC and really make a change to the game.
As you can see, Jax is a monster in game that is capable of doing a lot of damage really fast to his enemies. With the right build and items, Jax can unleash himself on the battlefield and do some impressive things. We hope you enjoyed this guide and that you put this knowledge to good use. See you on the rift!