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Is it just me or is Xin jungle next to... useless? Every time I see him picked in silver elo (I was gold last leason, and climbing) the team seems to flat out lose. I normally pick Nocturne if I have the chance so is that really just it?
When I pick Nocturne I generally have a tough match up against jarvan, mundo and maokai. Is it that I just happen to create pressure quicker on lanes that slows Xin waaay down?
His kit sounds nice on paper but what can he do with hard-to-pull-off lane ganks and slow farming?
Xin can be very disruptive to the enemy team come teamfights and can build very tanky and still be useful. He potentially offers a slow, knockback and a knockup for ganks and provides good damage early on with minimal items, and has an instant, pretty long ranged gap closer to force people to burn flashes.
His clear speed in the jungle is not bad and he inherently has sustain, and his passive is quite good now with the changes to armor penetration.
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Of course you're going to think Xin's lane ganks are bad when you play a lot of Nocturne, Nocturne is by far the best at lane ganks. You just have to change up your strategies a bit. What makes Xin a strong pick is that he's good at all phases of the game. He's good with ganks and still has good team presence. For Xin I like to go around the long way to get ganks, you're generally more successful running up the river or coming from behind the enemy side of the map.
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